Transcript for Thomas Steed, The Life of Thomas Steed from His Own Diary, 1826-1910
Thomas Stead [Steed] who had emigrated from England to Nauvoo in 1844, and who afterwards became a resident of Farmington, Utah, crossed the plains in Capt. Milo Andrus' company. From his private writings we cull the following: "On the 1st of May, 1850, we bade farewell to old Keokuk, Iowa, and bent our way toward Council Bluffs. We were a company of five wagons, Bro. Richard Cook, who had just arrived from England, came with us;
Steads [Steed's] wife and family; we had fitted her out with a team that Bro. John Cook was to drive for her. We were 16 souls all together, and had pretty good luck in traveling through the mud and bad roads of Iowa. We arrived in Kanesville in the later part of May <1850> without any material accident and all in good health. Here we stayed a few days and were organized into the first company of Mormon emigrants in 1850. We crossed the Missouri river the 1st of June and traveled along the south side of the Platte River.
Milo Andrus was the captain of our company of 50 wagons. We got along pretty well