Finlayson, James. "The Story of My Life By James Finlayson," in Cleon Huish Moore & Vida Hill Family History(s), David W. Moore (Privately Printed), 256-257.
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How were you outfitted for this journey?
With ox team and wagon, containing our clothing and provisions via for myself and wife, her mother and sister and a young man, Thomas Wand, I brought from Scotland, an orphan and near relative of my first wife.
When did you start?
We left the city of St. Louis on May 18, 1859, sailed up the Missouri River to Florence Nebraska, arriving there on May 26th.
By what route did you come?
On June 12th we started from Florence with our teams and on the route known as the Mormon Trail on the north side of the Platte River, through the Black Hills and Sweetwater over the Big and Little Mountains into Salt Lake Valley through Emigration Canyon.
Under whose command and whose direction?
Captain James Brown. We had about 100 wagons in the company.
What associations formed on the way?
One very interesting to me was the uniting in marriage by Elder Horace S. Eldredge, of Mary Ada Alexander to myself at Florence, Nebraska on June 1st, a few days before the starting of our company to cross the Plains with our teams and wagons, accompanied by her mother, Sarah B. Alexander and sister, Sarah C. Alexander, of whom many of the older settlers will remember in connection with the Salt Lake Theatre Company.
When did you arrive in Utah?
August 29, 1859.