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Transcript for Johnson, Joel Hills, Reminiscences and journals, 1835-1882, reel 1, fd. 2, 27-33

Sunday the 15 th Since the last date I have assisted most of the time in tending my brothers Store and in pechasing my fit out for the plains, I Started to day with a few families for my home at Wood River, Nephi was obliged to stop behind to pilot out a large Company of Saints he being their Captain or pilot, Stopt at the Camp two miles from Florence.

Monday the 16th Started from camp a little after noon in company with John Snider and some Dani[sh] Families and came to the big Papillion Creek and campt for the night

Tuesday the 17th Started early in the morning and campt for the night within two miles of Freemont

Wednesday the 18th Started very early and campt for night at Barbers old place

Thursday the 19th Started early and campt for the night at Shell Creek

Friday the 20th Started early[.] very hot through the day[.] Came near melting Some of our Cattle for want of water[.] campt for the night at Spaldings

Saturday the 21st left camp in good season and campt for the night at the Lo[o]king glass creek

Sunday the 22nd Came to the Loup fork ferry and crossed over the River

Monday the 23d Stopt in camp on the bank of the river all day

Tuesday the 24th Started early in the morning and campt for the night Just below Crystal Brook

Wednesday the 25th Started early and campt for the night a few miles above the lone tree Station on the platt[e] river

Thursday the 26th my Brother Joseph met us in camp this morning on his way to Genoa and Columbus, Started rather late and campt for the night a little below Wood river Crossing

Friday the 27th Started early and arived home at Woodriver Center about Sundown

Saturday the 28th Commenced fitting up my waggon bows and cover

Wednesday the first of August Since the above date I have been busy in fitting up for my Journey—to day had a severe attact of the Aciatic [Asiatic] Cholera Cramping, vomiting and purging[.] it was thought several times by those who attended me that I was dieing but the Lord in his goodness Saw fit to Spare my life for which I thank his holy name

Thursday the 2nd Still Confind to my bed through weakness[.] Nephi arived to day ahead of his train

Friday the 3d Nephis train arived to day in the forenoon

Saturday the 4th to day in the afternoon the train Started on but I was not able and ready to Start

Sunday the 5th Started to day a little after Breakfast on my Journey across the planes with two waggons belonging to myself one containing goods belonging to the hand Carts and other companies gone before which I was freighting under contract with Bro. G[eorge], Q, Cannon, the other <with> goods provisions &c belonging to myself[.] Nephi[,] Margarett and an old Maid who was with us by the name of Mary Allen—I had in charge also another waggon Sent out by my brother Joseph, E, Johnson to take out the children of the late Sister Babbitt and old Maiden Lady by the name of Hannah Allen Sister to the the above mentioned Mary with a Young Lady and child sent by my Brother by the name of Eliza Sanders, we Campt for the night a little above Fort K[e]arney on the Platt[e] river

Monday the 6th fell in company with Nephis train this morning[.] the train was divided into two companies consisting of about 35 waggons each one division of the train being Scandinavian and Brother Patterson being their leader[.] it was thought best for them to go ahead, we Started from camp about noon and traveld about eight miles and campt by a large Slew near the river while the other division of the camp went on in order to keep a little in the advance that we might not hinder each other in traveling

Sunday the 12th the past Six days has been fine cool weather and first rate traveling[.] we have had good luck and good time to this place, the Pawnee Springs, about one hundred miles above Fort K[e]arney

Monday the 13th Started early and traveld about twenty miles and campt for the night on the bank of the river

Tuesday the 14th to day Brother Budge (the president of the camp) lost a small child by death it having been sick several days, it was buried at evening about a mile west of the bluff fork of the plat[te] river, I wrote the following lines on the occasion and gave them to the Mother

On the bank of platte River
Near the Bluff fork, Sandy wild
There I saw a loving Mother
Keeping oer her dieing child

There the darling babe we buried
Just as daylight disappeard
Where the red man long has tarried
And the wolfs Shrill howl is heard

Sleeping on his Sandy pillow
Where no friend his grave can strew
With sweet flowers, or plant the willow
Loves Sweet token to renew

There must wait till all that Slumber
With the Just are waked again
Then he shall be with the number
Free from sorrow toil and pain

Then his Mother Shall behold him
Still more precious than before
And with songs of Joy enfold him
In her arms to past no more—

We traveled to day about twenty miles and campt near the river

Wednesday the 15th to day we traveld over immence Sand banks and passesd an Indien village a little before night and campt about half a mile from the river having traveld about twenty miles

Thursday the 16th this morning Brother Sharp found that his horses was missing. Neph[i] immediately Started back to look for them[.] he tracked them for several miles and untill they came near a camp of returning apostates from Utah when no further traces of them could be found, he therefore Supposed that they had been Stolen by them and returnd to the camp, we started about 9 o clock and traveld a few miles and campt for the night on a Small Stream

Friday the 17th Started early and traveld about 10 miles and campt for the night on rattlesnake creek having had a very hard sandy road

Saturday the 18th Started at about 8 oclock and traveld about seventeen miles to Sandy creek and campt for the night

Sunday the 19th Started early and traveld about [.4] miles and came to the Sand Bluffs and had to double all our teams to cross them after which we traveld five or six miles and campt for the night

Monday the 20th traveld about eighteen or twenty miles and campt for the night

Tuesday the 21st traveld about twenty miles and campt for the night

Wednesday the 22nd Started early[.] noond at the foot of the Cobblestone Bluffs[.] passed over them in the afternoon and made in all to day about 18 miles

Thursday the 23d Started very early and traveld over a very heavy Sandy road for 12 miles and stopt for noon near the river[.] I had to walk most of the way and was very tired which has often been the case over this heavy sandy road, in the afternoon we traveld 8 or 9 miles and campt for the night near the river

Friday the 24th Started early[.] Nephi being obleiged to attend <to some other business> employed a lad to drive his team who in driving over a sideling place capsized it which detained us an hour or more[.] at night we campt opposite chim[ney] rock

Saturday the 25th Started at about 7 o clock[.] traveld about 10 miles and Stopt for noon on the river, Some of my Cattle getting foot sore[.] I had to shoe one on both hind feet—Campt for the night at Scots Bluffs

Sunday the 26th Started a after 6 oclock and came to cold Creek and Stopt for noon, weather very hot, and have to drive my own team and walk most of the way which is very hard Considering my poor State of health[.] I sometimes got so tired it seems as though life [wa-] depart—Campt for the night near the river

Monday the 27th Started early and traveld about 20 miles and campt near the river

Tuesday the 28th Started about 7 oclock and traveld about 10 miles through nothing but heavy Sand and stopt [page torn] noon near the river, and campt for [page torn] 8 or 9 miles b[e]low Fort Laramie

Wednesday the 29th Started early and Stopt oposite Fort Laramie about noon, while Some of the camp went over to the Fort to trade, Nephi went over also and got a letter from home, we then went about 4 miles above the fort and campt for the night

Thursday the 30th Started early and came to the Black hills road[.] found it very uneven and stony[.] traveld about fifteen miles and Campt for the night at some Springs on the north side of the road

Friday the 31st Started at 7 oclock and traveld about Seven miles over a hard rough hilly road to the river and stopt for noon, Started again about 4 oclock and traveld in a Small Sprincle of <rain> about three miles and Campt for the night on a high hill without water

Saturday September the 1st Started about 7 o clock and traveld about 10 miles to Alder Springs and Stopt for noon[.] road very hard over the Black hills and I am almost tired to death walking all day and driving team which is my constant lot, Campt for the night on the river

Sunday the 2d Started early and campt for the night on the river

Monday the 3d Stopt all day to repair wagons shoe oxen wash &c, at this place I caught a few fine fish from the river

Tuesday the 4th Started at 1 Oclock in the afternoon and traveld till nine O clock at night and campt on the bank of the river[.] at this place I also Caught some fish

Wednesday the 5th forded the river to the south side and at night campt on its bank

Thursday the 6th Started about 7 o clock and Campt for the night at dark on the bank of the river

Friday the 7th Started very early and overtook Joseph youngs train, and campt about 9 o clock at night

Saturday the 8th Started early and crossed the upper Bridge of the plat[te] and campt for the night [illegible] where the road leaves at

Sunday the 9th Started in good time[.] traveld all day behind Joseph Youngs train and passed him in camp late in the evening[.] Campt for the night on Goose Creek

Monday the 10th Started early[.] traveld all day and campt for the night at Independence Rock on the Sweetwater river

Tuesday the 11th Started early[.] traveld all day and Campt for the night on the river

Wednesday the 12th Started late[.] traveld all day and campt at night on the river

Thursday the 13th Started early[.] passed the three Crossings about noon[.] traveld all day and Campt for the night on the river

Friday the 14th Started early[.] traveld all day and Campt at night on the river, the bones of animals with tyre and other remains of waggons lies thickly Strewd all along the road being the remains of Uncle Sams war expedition against the Saints

Saturday the 15th Started early and left the river about noon and crossed the rocky ridges toward evening, and campt for the night near a Small Spring Stream

Sunday the 16th last night and this morning the train lost four oxen which died from the effects of Alcolye—we Started late and traveld to rock creek and campt for the night

Monday the 17th Started at 10 oclock[.] wind very high[.] Came to the last Crossing of the Sweetwater and campt for the night

Tuesday the 18th This morning the ground was white with snow with ice in the water buckets—found two of our oxen dead—I think the camp has lost eight up to this time—Started early and crossed the South pass and Campt for the night on Pacific Creek

Wednesday the 19th Started early and traveld about 18 miles and campt for the night without water[.] five miles from little Sandy

Thursday the 20th Started about Sunrise without breakfast and drove to the little Sandy for water and grass and Stopt for the camp to get breakfast[.] we then Started on and campt for the night on the big Sandy

Friday the 21st Started early and traveld twenty mile and campt on the big Sandy again

Saturday the 22nd Started at 8 oclock and campt for the night one mile below the crossing of Green river

Sunday the 23d Started about 7 o clock[.] traveld all day[.] made about twenty one miles and Campt for the night on Blacks fork[.] here I caught Several pounds of very fine fish

Monday the 24th Started as usual[.] took the new or right hand road leaving Fort Bridger to the left[.] traveld about 18 miles and Campt for the night again on Blacks fork

Tuesday the 25th Started about 10 oclock and campt for the night on muddy Creek without water it being dry

Wednesday the 26th Started early[.] traveld about 15 miles[.] road bad[.] passed Some Springs on the left in the afternoon[.] Campt for the night on a burnt peice of ground without water

Thursday the 27th Started before breakfast[.] traveld about 8 or 9 miles to the Station on the Muddy near some Springs where we Campt for the balance of the day and night, at this place we buried Sister [Catherine Jones] Bennet an aged Saint from England who died the day before

Friday the 28th Started early and crossed the Bear river Mountains and Campt for the night on Sulpher creek

Saturday the 29th Started early <Crossed Bear river> where we left Mary Allen with her niece[.] traveld 18 miles and Campt for the night at Cash [Cache] Cave in Echo Kanyon

Sunday the 30th traveld about 18 miles and Campt for the night in the Kanyon

Monday the 1st of October this morning Some of our Cattle were missing and after a long Search [torn page]

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