Transcript for Sparks, Jane Ann Fowler, Reminiscences and diary, 1886 Jan.-1910 Mar., 15-16
. we traveled over 3 weeks through plenty of mud holes and it was quite a time with unbroken cattle and green teamsters. 12 persons to a wagon and tent. Cyrus H[ubbard]. Whe[e]lock was the captain of the company. We traveled in arriving in Kan[e]sville we camped there 1 week to recruit our cattle and wash up and get ready to start to travel over the plains to the City of the Great Salt Lake, while camping there I had a vision which comforted me very much[.] I had troubled a great deal about my parents since I had left them never realizing how dear they were to me until I was so far away from them. One night It appeared as though I was awake laying in bed with my sister beside me locked arms and my brother laying at the foot of the bed[,] the room appeared with a heavenly light and two Angels in the room[.] they laid their hand[s] upon our heads and blessed us and told me not to grieve about my parents[.] said that both my father and mother should be Eaternally saved[.] I heard my sisters blessing also my brothers. I inquired about the two that were dead[.] I felt the pressure of my hand when the[y] wished me good bye[.] this heavenly feeling lasted with me for a long while and gave me great joy but I could not finish this page[.] realize how my father could ever be converted to the truth but I never ceased to pray for them in my prayers and in 27 years my prayers was answerd in their behalf[.] I think It was about the 10th of July. My companion and her husband in the same wagon with us one wagon. Geogre [George] P. Dykes traveled with us was our guide[.] We always rested on the Sabbath Day and held our meetings[.] our captain was very much thought of[.] The Indians was very hostile that summer but we didn't have any serious trouble with them. But long before we reached our jou[r]neys end our cattle gave out and comensed to die and we had to leave our boxes and lots of thing[s] to lighten our load and before we got to our jou[r]neys end our provisions gave out and we suffered with hunger and we was glad to eat our dead cattle and bran bread but the health of the poeple [people] was generally good. We arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 11th 1853. . . .