Mary Elizabeth Jones Summers, Biographical information relating to Mormon pioneer overland travel database, 2003-2017.
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In June of 1861 the Mormon people were requested to migrate to Utah. My parents, with a company of emigrants that had just arrived in America, were loaded on cattle cars and sent to Florence, (now Omaha) Nebraska. They were told that cattle cars were good enough for "you terrible Mormons." Thus began the long trek to Utah.
I was born while my parents were crossing the plains on the 2nd of August, 1862, at Goose Creek, Nebraska, in the Ox team company of Homer Duncan and Joseph Horn with John Bybee driving our wagon. Next day while riding on a high spring seat the nurse [Mary Ann Campbell Foreman] fell asleep, fell to the ground and broke her neck. She was buried at noon, and the company moved on with sad hearts for one of their kind benefactors. . . .
My parents arrived in Utah on the 13th of September, 1861. . . .