Averett family notebook, circa 1916-1965, 36-38.
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Br Brigham called on me to go and drive his first wife Marys wagon across the plains. Allen Taylor Capt. of the hundred, and John Harvey captain of the first fifty and David Carnes captain of the second fifty, we crossed the Horn river and finished organizing the company and rolled out for the mountains[.] We crossed the plains without any particular accident. We saw a great many buffalo. I went to the head of Sweet Water [Sweetwater]. There the President lost a good many cattle. He let me have a wagon and two yoke of steers, and I started back for my family in company of br. John Taylor and fifteen or twenty others. We got home all right. The next spring br. George A. Smith started with his company.