Transcript for Steven C. Harper, "A Testimony Written by Martha Tuttle Gardner," Nauvoo Journal (Fall 1995): 58

It was here [Winter Quarters] that I became acquainted with Walter E. Gardner. We were married April 28, 1847. It was here also in August 1847 that my father was killed. In 1848 we started on our perilous journey across the plains with Pres. B. Young as our leader.

My son Ira was born in a place called Shoe [Horseshoe] Bend about a month before we arrived in Salt Lake City, which we reached in September.