Transcript for Cornia, Ruth Clarissa Carter, Autobiographical sketch, 8-9
My sister Harriet Amelia was married at the Bluffs to William Henry Lee, December 11, 1849. Harriet's getting married left father and I, of our family, alone to cross the Plains. Our company was sorely afflicted with cholera. Seventeen of our number left us. Everybody looked so worried not knowing who would be next, with the fever.
Those who captained our company were Aaron Johnston and Mattie Caldwell. The journey was rough, long and uncertain, but we arrived at our destination, "Utah", September 10, 1850.