Transcript for Smith, Jesse Nathaniel, [Reminiscence], in Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, [1971], 1:317-18

The Pioneers set out in April, 1847. On the 9th of June the later companies were organized near the Elk Horn river, where Jacob Wetherby was killed by Indians. We traveled with a company if fifty wagons; Perregrine Sessions was our captain. I drove Uncle John Smith's ox team. We followed the track of the Pioneers up the north side of the Platte river. In the Black Hills we met some men who had been in the Mormon Battalion, on their return to their families. We crossed the South Pass of the Rocky mountains and met the Pioneers on the Little Sandy. A meeting was called and glowing descriptions given of the Valley and surrounding country. The Pioneers tarried with us one day. We reached the Valley Sept. 25, 1847