Transcript for Denison, Mary Agnes Braithwaite, Autobiographical sketch, 1-2

Father and mother with grandmother Braithwaite, three brothers and a sister left England, May 22, 1863 and arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 3, 1863.

They came across the plains with an ox team company of sixty wagons under Capt. Daniel McArthy [McArthur] and Jim Thaxton [Paxton] of Fillmore, Utah as teamster.

Father was ill most of the way. Mothers’ constant prayer was that he would live at least until they could reach Salt Lake City where they knew they would meet their host of friends. She could not bear to think of having him out on the lonely plains, though such a thing was becoming quite common especially with other companies. Our company loosing only three or four members during the whole journey.