Transcript for Ann Ham Hickenlooper, Diary of Ann Ham Hickenlooper, wife of William Hanney Hickenlooper, crossed the plains with the first handcart co., arrived in Salt Lake City 26. Sept., 1856 and record of work done for the dead (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957

June 9th we left the camping ground about 3 pm traveled about 5 miles & then camped for the night[.] lighted a fire & baked our bread[.] the Brethen went for water, the remainder of camp gave us a hearty Hurrah when we started[.] I felt thankful to my Heavenly Father that the time to move onward had arrived[.] Hannah helped Brother [John] Robinson with his cart[.] I carried Clara [Alice Robinson]

10 had a good nights sleep[.] felt better this morning then I have felt before for a long time[.] after Breakfast H[annah] Sarah & Lizzy & Absalom went & Picked a Hankerchief of strawberies[.] Lizzie & me went and gathered a can full after dinner[.] the oxen went astray therefore we had to lie in camp all day[.] felt very well and thankful that we had made a start to cross the Plains in our Handcarts.

11 had a good nights rest[.] the cattle found we started and walked to the nine mile House[.] two Handcarts broke down[.] they were soon mended and on we went again[.] the second company arrived about an Hour after us[.] we had a Beautiful camp ground[.] Strawberes in abundance[.] Brother Ellisworth [Ellsworth] addressed <us> in the Evening

12 started Early travelled 12 miles through clouds of Dust[.] I carried my little Clara[.] very tired when we stoped

13 we went seven miles[.] some did their washing[.] Brother Ellsworth addressed us in the Evening[.] felt very well in Health and spirits

14 started at 6 am walked seven miles[.] Brother Ferguson came and those that went back with him[.] we were all glad to see him[.] Brother [John] Lees son [William] died <of consumption> just before he arrived.

15 Sister [Mary Harper] Praters [Preator’s] child [Loran Isabella Preator] Died of [w]Hooping Cough[.] Brother [Joseph] France addressed us in the morning[.] there were many strangers Present[.] Brother [Edward] Frost addressed us in the afternoon[.] in the Evening we Partook of the Sacrament[.] Brother Ferguson addressed us after spoke well[.] he said he felt Sorry to go back & leave us, he would gladly go with us but it was not the will of the Lord he should.

15[16] sister Robinson fainted. Hannah and me had some words. I had counsel from BrotherRobinson concerning it.

21 Brother [James] Bowers Died of consumption neglect

22 Camped near a Beautiful wood[.] had a goosebery Pudding for Dinner[.] Dined in the woods[.] Brother Granger addressed us[.] Brother Mac farther & Ellisworth[.] there were many strangers Present[.] Brother Bowers was Buried[,] he has left 6 children and a wife to lament his loss

28 Camped on the Parie [prairie] had a violent storm[,] 3 tents blew down[.] ours stood it well,

29 Sunday the meeting was adressed by Brothers Hargrave[,] [Edmund] Ellisworth [Ellsworth,] Macfarther[,] Crandal & Leonard[.] the strangers were very attentive

30 started at six Carried Clara till the Handcarts overtook us then put her in the covered cart and kept with the carts the remainder of the way[.] thought a good deal about Eddy & my grandfather[.] Oh Lord my Heart is fixed to do thy and to keep thy comandments and thou k[n]owest it, Comfort me therefore wherein thou seest my soul is troubled[.] Brother Ellisworths Birthday they Decorated the tent with flowers[.] the Band Played some lively tunes

July 1st a storm before we started[.] walked 10 miles and then we rested[.] went with the Handcarts all through as Clara rode in the big Cart, Oh my Father Hear My Prayer that <my> soul may <be> comforted concerning that which thou seest troubleth me[.] I know that thou will in the End cause all things to work together for my good

Sister [Sarah] Cards Daughter [Polly Caroline Card] Died of consumption[.] a violent storm in the night[,] the tent stood it well but we had to hold it which made us very wet[.] Brother Parkers little Boy got left behind in the s[e]cond company

2 started at noon waited for the return of the child But he is not found yet

3rd many of our Camp walked ahead with the Children took the wrong road. there were five from our tent Sarah & John[,] Brother Birch two Children & sister Morris[.] the mule team arrived & Did not bring them[.] Lizzy & Brother Birch took a Handcart and went to seek them[.] <found them> 10 mi from camp[.] they arrived safe at camp about four in the morning, tired & weary

4 walked twenty miles through a very bad road and the last ten or twelve miles without any water[.] never did we suffer from thirst before as much as we did then. Brother Ellisworth talked to Brother Morris in the [text missing] Brother [Joseph] Argille [Argyle] shot an Elk belonging to a farmer in a mistake for which the camp has to Pay 50 dollars

5 Brother Parker returned with his son[.] he found him at some house

6 neglected to July 17

17 left Winter quarters about 3 and went 3 miles to sumers quarters and camped in a very nice camp ground

18 in camp all day[,] sewed[.] the Brethren very busy getting the carts repaired &c

19 went to Florence in the afternoon with sister Robinson[,] bought some Bacon[,] Apples[.] Paid our share for oil & candle

20 very busy loading the waggons[,] carts &c started at 4 came seven miles[,] did not get into camp untill it was quite Dark[.] had to get a light to find the cow[,] raise the tent &c

21 travelled 15 miles got to Elk Horn river[.] a v[i]olent storm arose just as we were Ferryed over[.] we all got dripping wet[.] had a wet bedroom[,] got some boughs and laid our bed clothes on[.] had a good nights sleep so none of us took a cold[.] surely thy Preserving Power is truly made manifest upon us from day to day O Lord God of Hosts

22 started at 11, travelled 16 miles[.] we managed to raise the tent before Dark[.] walked 11 miles without water came to Platte river camped there

23 started at ½8, Brother [Thomas] Bourne sick so our cart took the lead[.] we came to a curcular Pond where were Beautiful water lillies growing [illegible][.] we went through acres of what I call Boot cutting grass as high as our heads which made it very hot and caused us to be very thirsty[.] had a beautiful camp ground

24 this is the anniversary of the Pioneers Entering the valley[.] the Brethern fired two rounds very early in the morning and the band Played[.] started at [illegible sentence] ½8 travelled nine miles camped on a Beautiful place on the Border of the Plain[.] Brother Watts & Brother [George] Hanson shot five Ducks & a P[r]arie Hen gave 1 to Brother Ellisworth and 1 to Borther Farnce [France]

25 started at seven travelled 12½ miles stoped and Had dinner[,] went on 8½ further (sandy)[.] camped[,] were tormented with the musquitoes[.] a storm about 12 at night, I worked with Brother Birch[.] Felt more confident about Eddy than Ever I had before

26 Started about eight came to Platte River were we had to <be> ferryed over which took some Hours then we had to cross a small stream barefoot then through some Heavy sands which caused a break down of Agriles [Argyles] cart[.] we had not gone far when the clouds began to gather[.] blackness[,] the lighting flashed and the thunder rolled[.] Presently the rain Poured in torrents another burst of thunder and a stream of lighting and oh my God what a sight[.] ten out of one tent fell to the ground[.] one of the number[,] Brother [Henry] Walker[,] fell to rise no more untill the mor[n]ing of the first resurection, his wife [Isabella] was struck on one side of her face as though she was burnt with fire and a young lad was struck from head to foot on one side, he was quite helpless for some time[.] the Brethren laid Hands on him and he soon became better[.] Brother Walker has left a widow and one son, the son is in the valley[.] Be thou her comfort, her solace, her strength, Her Preserver and may she live to reach Zion in safety, He was aged 58 years. we stoped untill the storm was over and then went two miles further. found our tents raised ready for us; this is a day to be remembered by us as a camp and also as individuals

27 started at 11 traveled 3 miles[.] found a good camp ground plenty of wood and water[.] Camped here for the day[.] Brother Ellisworth killed an ox for us[.] Brother Watts shot a Duck[.] a meeting in the Evening[.] Brothers [William] Butler[,] [Joseph] France[,] Ellisworth addressed us[.] Promised us every desire of our Hearts in rightousness if we would live[.] my soul thrills with joy concerning Eddy

28 Started at seven travelled 21 miles Drove down to the river side to camp about a mile from the road[.] I worked with Brother Hanson [uninterpreted code]

29 travelled 15 miles met a Party of gold seekers coming from California[.] Camped near the river[.] sister Downy [Ann Doney] gave birth to a fine Daughter [Mary Jane].

30 Started at seven travelled 24 miles[,] no water only what we took with us[.] the Brethren [Joseph] France[,] [Cyrus] Card[,] Edwards[,] &c came out to meet us with some, some part of the road very sandy[.] the children walked all the way which a great testimony that the Lord[,] Even the God of Israel is with us[.] there were 12 wells Dug where we camped but no wood save a little brushwood

31 Started at 8[.] very sandy roads found that we were 30 miles out the <right> road[.] camped on the Plains where was no wood[.] made our fires of Buffalo chips[.] before we had taken our tea a storm & wind arose and rent the tent in two[.] me and Hannah slept in Brother Elisworths tent

August 1st Started at ½8 travelled 16 miles camped at the side of a creek[.] Plenty of wood & water

2 travelled 16 miles saw a herd of Buffalo in the distance[.] Brother Ellisworth & Watts went to them but did not succeed in killing one[.] Sarahs Birthday aged 20[.] camped again on the creek[.] we had to cross two creeks[.] the Brethren carried the sisters & children in their arms and took the Handcarts on their shoulders

3 camped on the creek[.] Brother Watts[,] sister W; Lizzy & me went a fishing[.] I caught 3 & Lizzy 1[.] Camped all Day

4 travelled 18 miles before dinner[,] camped[.] Brother Watts & Hanson killed a Deer[.] we had the Head & feet boiled down for broth which made us a nice tent supper[.] Hannah & me had a nice pi[e]ce for which we felt thankful to our Brethren and to our Heavenly Father for sending it in their way[.] I dont remember Ever suffering so much from Hunger <as> I have for the last few days

5 Had a dream concerning Edmond [uninterpreted code]. travelled 15 miles met three companys of Callifornias[.] camped at Elm creek, but I think it should be Grasshopper creek for there were millions of them, watter bad & scarce[.] Brother Ellisworth shoot at a Buffalo & wounded him[.] the creature turned upon him and in Defending himself broke the stock of his gun[.] did not succeed in getting him

6 started ½7 the brethren killed 3 Buffalo[.] before dinner we came wherer there were thousands of them

7 travelled twenty three miles did not get to camp til nine oclock[.] the Brethren had to dig wells before we could get water[.] Hannah & me had the bowel complaint[.] Hannah rode in the wagon

8 Hannah & me were administered to by Brother Ellisworth[.] very sick all day[,] could not keep up with the carts[.] Brother [Walter] Sanders lost[.] camped by the Platte River[.] the Pre Brethren were sent in all directions to seek for Brother Sanders but returned without him

9 Brother Sanders found about ten o clock[.] started about one o clock travelled 14 miles through a very heavy sandy road[.] met some Callifornia Emigrants

10 Sunday[,] had a good thrashing from our captain[,] also from Brother France[.] started at 12 travelled 14 miles[,] camped at a Beautiful spring of water

11 travelled 16 miles camped Early for the Brethren to kill Buffalo[.] they killed three

12 in camp all Day Drying and Preparing the meat to take with us. a storm in the Evening and again in the night

13 travelled 12 miles through very bad road and crossed several creeks[.] very tired and weary

14 travelled 18 miles through very sandy road, sick

15 travelled 15 miles much sand and several creeks[.] Hannah and me both very poorly, <camped at rattle snake> creek

16 travelled 17 miles very sandy & several creeks[.] camped not far from the Platte River

17 Sunday[,] travelled 12 miles[.] the road very sandy at places and the weather very Hot[.] the poor Itelian [Italian] Brother [Jean Pierre Stalle] left his tabernacle of clay which has been wasting for some time to go where affliction and Pain is not felt[.] we had a meeting in the Evening[,] Brother Ellisworth addressed us[.] a storm arose and we were Dismissed but it was not very volent[.] camped at Ash Hollow

18 Started at ½ <past> seven travelled 20 miles[,] a better road not much sand[.] Absalom [Frisby] left the tent[.] Charels [Charles] Bridges put in his Place

19 travelled 19 miles not much sand[.] camped by the side of the Platte[.] Brother Ellisworth killed a Beef[.] a volent storm before we lay Down to rest. we are now 91 miles from Fort Lar[a]mie

20 Started at 8 o clock travelled 18 miles through a very heavy sand a great part of the way. Brother Ellisworth gave Each man that worked at the carts a can of flour and Each single Person that was not conected with a family one, we did not get into camp till after sunset[.] Bufflao chips very scarce

21 started at 8 travelled 18 miles no water[.] got to camp quite Early[.] did our washing[.] Brother Ellisworth read us a song which he was composing, Chorus[,] [“]Out of the way Out of the way the Handcarts they are rolling Zions Children now are coming,[”]

22 Started at ½7 travelled 20 miles met some Callifornia Emigrants who informed us that 50 waggons had started from the valley to meet us[.] had a slight storm at dinner time[.] Put up our tents &c

23 travelled 18 miles sandy road great Part of the way[.] camped at the river side[.] Brother Ellisworth killed a cow[.] we were in camp in good time[.] a storm arose as soon as the tents were up

24 Sunday in camp all Day[.] an Indian visited us, we had a good meetting Partook of the Scarment some of the Brethen testified[.] Brothers France[,] Oakeley [John Oakley] & [William] Butler spoke[.] felt well and to thank my God for my Deliverance

25 travelled 20 miles very sandy road met some men from the fort Passed an Indian camp[.] several of them Both men women & children came to look at us[.] they were very civil & quiet[.] had a good camping Place for wood[.] bid farewell to the Buffalo chips

26 started at 10 min 7 travelled 16 miles through a very heavy sand[.] came to the Fort about 1 o clock[.] crossed the river camped about three miles from the Fort[.] a Beautiful camp ground[.] an Extra can of flour gave us, we Passed a good many Indians [illegible] Brother Frances waggon Passed over sister [Eliza] Watts

27 travelled 20 miles over Hills & through vallies met some People returning from the valley[.] Camped near a camp from Callifornia[,] some of the Brethen traded with them[.] they had Indian women for wives

28 travelled 15 miles had a Beautiful camp ground Hops & mint grew there in abundance[.] gathered some to take with us, did our washing

29 started at ½7 travelled 25 miles[.] 9 or 10 miles very good road came into camp very Hungary & tired[.] crossed the river

30 travelled 21 miles met some Califfornias who informed us that there were 5 waggons waiting for us at Deer Creek, crossed the river

31 started at ½7 travelled 24 miles met with the Brethen from the valley who had come to meet us with flour & salt[.] flour 18 Dollars <100> lbs[.] Paid the last 5 cents we had for a can of salt, felt very tired & weary[.] Dissapointed in not having and Potatoes felt very low spirited but do thou O Lord refresh me & comfort me[.] Brother stoddard [Robert Stoddart] Died in the waggon[,] had been sick a few days

Sep 1 lay in camp all Day[.] washed[,] worked at our needle[,] washed our heads[,] spoke to Brother Ellisworth concerning the flour[.] an meeting in the moring and again in the Evening[.] two of the Brethen that came to meet us spoke

2 Hannah & me went to Brother Neelly who gave us a recommendation[.] <Hannah> to go to his House & me to sister Burr 1st ward south Entrance[.] started at ¼ to seven[.] Brother Snider came out a few miles with us[.] Drew the Handcart with me[,] made proposals of marriage to me but I did not feel free[.] High winds & much dust[.] travelled 20 miles. Brother Hinckley returned with us[.] received table rations

3 High winds & sandy roads[,] only made 9 miles[.] we sisters went round by the store and over the Bridge to avoid crossing the Platte[.] the Brethen took the carts [illegible] we met several familys returning to the states from the valley[.] the[y] gave a Poor account of affairs there[.] B Brother [Walter] Sanders died yest[erday]

4 started 20 min to seven travelled 26 miles[.] Camped where there was no wood and but few Buffalo Chips[.] it began to rain just as the tent was raised and then snow and continued all night[.] had a great Diffculty to get our Porridge for Breakfast

5 in camp all day[.] the storm continued and it was with great Difficulty we could cook anything[.] the weather Extremly cold[,] the mountains covered with snow

6 in camp all Day through the cattle Being lost[.] the weather very cold[.] Brother France & Mother very sick & Brother Birch & Brother [William] Pratt

7 <Sunday> travelled 22 miles[,] ten miles in heavy sandy road[.] Brother Birch sick[,] Hannah & me drew the cart[.] Brother [George] Liddard died[.] he drew his cart the Early part of the day but when we camped he was missing[.] Brother [John] Oakley went on a mule & found him[.] he lived a few hours after[.] we camped on a Beautiful camp ground at the side of the sweet water river

8 travelled 16 miles nooned at Devil’s Gate[.] roads bad and the winds high, Brother Birch very sick

9 travelled 16 miles[,] very sick all the afternoon[.] Prayed Earnestly for strength to be able to reach the camp[.] fainted after I got to camp[.] Brother [John] Robinson addminstered to me and I soon got Better[.] Brother Ellisworth killed a cow[.] Camped at the side of the sweet water

10 travelled 18 miles[.] Brother Birch still very sick[,] rode in the waggon[.] roads very sandy, winds High and my Breath very bad, my Help cometh from the Lord

11 travelled 18 miles roads very bad[.] a very Poor Camp ground[.] was woke out of my sleep about 11 o clock by a loud Hurrah and shouting and the band struck up[.] got up to see what it was and it turned out to be Brother Mac Arthurs company[.] went to the camp to see the sister Hardys[.] staid up and did my baking

12 travelled 13 miles[,] campd on a nice Peice of ground[.] Beautiful weather

13 travelled 25 miles did not get into camp till ten o clock[.] very weary and tired[.] camped with Part of the St Louis company and Passed another portion of them at noon[.] Brother Palmer was with them and a son of Chambers from the valley to meet his Parents from Mac Arthurs company

14 travelled 4 miles and camped for the day it being sunday[.] four waggons from the valley arrived going out to meet the last Emigrants[.] Brother John Smith the Patrach [Patriarch] was with them[.] had a meeting in the Evening[.] the Brethen from the valley addressed us[,] allso Brother Elilsworth[.] Brother Birch still very sick

15 travelled 26 miles Hindered by a storm two Hours[.] Had to Pitch our tents[.] got to camp very late and my spirits very depressed[.] comfort me and strengthen me O Lord God for thou knowest my whole trust is in thee,

16 travelled 24 miles fainted and fell from the cart[.] Brother Robinson administered to me[.] walked to the camp but did not pull the cart[.] Brother Watts shot 2 Hares and a sage Hen[.] Brother Hanson shot 1 Hare and a sage Hen[.] Brother Birch very sick

17 sister Birch woke us about four o clock[,] found that her Husband had Breathed his last in Peace and without a strugle or a groan[.] he has left a widdow [Mary Ann Hale Birch] and three children [Thomas, Mary Ann, and Edward James] and she very soon expects another[.] [illegible] very poorly[,] was administered to by Brother Ellisworth before we started[.] walked on a Head with Johny Robinson[.] could not keep up with the carts[,] got sick and vomited three times[.] reached the camp at noon[.] the vomiting continued and allso Diarheria[.] suffered Extreme Pain for some Hours[.] Brother Ellisworth & Robinson administered to me and said I should live and go up to the valley rejoicing[.] several said I was going to die but I Believed their word and felt that I should live, was took to camp in the waggon[.] camped at green river

18 Better[.] walked on a Head[,] rode a few milles in Brother Oakelys waggon[.] met Brother Parley Pratt and many other Brethen going on missions[.] they gave away Biscuits[,] Potatoes[,] cheese[,] fish &c[.] Hannah got a Potatoe and had it ready Boiled by the time I came up to the camp[.] I thought it was the nicest I ever Eat, walked to camp in the afternoon

neglected to the 25.

25 travelled 25 miles found it tight work to Pull our carts up the Big Mountain but realized the Promise that as thy Day thy strength shall be[.] Brother Lyne 26 came to meet us from the valley

26 a waggon from the valley Brought us a Breakfast, Biscuits and Potatoes, Onions & cheese[.] had not time to cook anything[.] Eat our Biscuits and started[.] a great many came to meet us[.] Brother Brigham and the Band and and carriages and waggons[,] laides [ladies] on Horseback[.] they Brought us a Present of watermellons which we Enjoyed very much[.] on Eating a Peice of melon my voice was restored[,] having been very horse for three weeks[.] could [not] speak above a wisper but the watermelon cured me complete

Bro Brighams heart was full[.] all he could say was God Bless you

after about an Hours rest we rolled on again[.] late in the afternoon we came out of the mouth Emagraton [Emigration Canyon] on to the Bench in full view of the City[.] my Heart sank within me and I cryd out[,] O Lord where shall I find me a Home[,] for I felt that I was a stranger in a strange land

we laid down our Hand carts on union square 16 ward[,] Salt Lake City[,] sep 26[,] 1856