Lewis Barney autobiography and diary, 1878-1883, 62-65.
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Morning Came. the Company in readiness moved forward and made Camp on the bottoms near the Crossing of the Missouri River[.] here we remained Several days waiting the rendesvouse of the Saints. Our Camp was organized under Briant [Henry Bryant Manning] Jolly as Capt of fifty families[.] I was also Chosen as Capt of the first ten families[.] The organization being Completed the Companies Crosed over the River[.] made Camp for the night on its banks
The next morning the 15th of June We made a forward move for as a start for the mountains[.] All feeling lively and Cheerful[.] We Continued our Journey quietly as far as fort Larimie[Laramie.] aftter this Capt Jolly began to exercize a great deal of authority over the Camp[.] in Consequence of this tyrany of the Capt the Camp divided[.] about one half remaining with the Capt[.] the other half travled on[.] I remained with Capt Jollys half[.] from this time forward he seemed to Center all his mallice on me and discharged me as being Capt. of the first ten[.] He then Called for a nomination of some man to be Capt over my ten[.] Asoon as he Called for the nomination haff a dozen voices shouted I nominate Lewis Barney[.] I second it was heard all over the Croud[.] the motion was put and I was again unanimously Elected Captain[.] This moove Completely nonplused the Capt and served to kindle his anger against me[.] under these Circumstances we moved on afews days not very agreeable[.] He again Called the Camp togeather[.] hurrang<ed> the Camp Centering his rage on me for about an hour[.] he then DisCharged me again with[out] giving any Chance for a reply[.] the nomination being Called for I was again nominated and Elected[.] this he done three times with the same result[.] Finely one day there Chanced to be a small herd of buffalo Crossing the road ahead of us[.] He Called the Camp to a halt and sent three or four men to try and kill one of them[.] I told him there was no use of their going for they Could not get near them[.] While the Camp was waiting the result of the hunters[,] the teams being nearly starved[,] my team Commenced picking grass along the side of the road[.] Jolly hapend to discover this [and] Bawled out at the top of his voice Lewis what are you doing[?] there you are never in your place[.] He then grathered a singletree from a wagon and Came running towards me yelling as he Came I mash you to the ground[.] I had not yet said a word[.] I saw rage and knew he was bent on hurting me[.] I geathered my riffle[.] sain[said] Jolly stop or I will blow your dnd heart out of you[.] At this he made a sudden halt and shouted to the Company run here every boddy[.] Barney is going to shoot me[.] At this the Camp Came runing up[.] When a general pow wow ensued with[.] Came nigh ending in a general war[.] I got out of my wagon and Stood on the tongue and Called the Atention of the Crowd and said Listen to me one minute[.] you all know all about the trouble between Jolly and my self[.] And there is no use of multiplying words about it[.] it will make it no better[.] All I want to say is this that I will not travel another inch with Jolly if I have to <go> from here to salt Lake alone. Now Brethren If any of you want to gowith me you are welcome to do so and we will do the Best we Can[.] I then got in my wagon and drove on[.] 18 other wagons following. We travled 3 or 4 miles and Came to Bottom Covered with gras[.] I Called the Camp to halt and said here Brthern is a nice place and plenty of good feed[.] I propose we stop and turn out and stay till tomorrow morning and let our teams Rest and fill up[.] to this preposition they were all agreed so we struck Camp. A bout an hour after Jolly drove up with his Crowd of 17 wagons and Camped about a hundred yards above us[.] After dinner was over he come to our Camp and as usual Commenced his Insults By threatning to report every one of our Camp to the authorities at Salt Lake[.] this raised quite jargon in Camp[.] I told him We will take Care of our selves and all the favors we ask of yo[u] is to mind your own busines and let ours alone[.] He then ordered all to hitch up and addressing my Camp said I Order you to get up your teams and start on[.] But not a man moved So he went back to his Crowd hitched up and started on[.] My Company remained in Camp untill Next morning. We then geathered up our teams and started on our journey But before night we pased Jolleys train[.] no words pased between them and us[.] we Continued on a few miles and Camped for the night[.] A few minutes after Jolley drove up[,] past by about half a mile and Camped[.] In the evining two or three of Jolleys men Came to our Camp And spent the evining with us[.] Said they would like to join our Crowd but was afraid to disobey Jolleys orders. We waited the next morning untill Jolly drove off[.] We then hitched up and resumed our Journey traveling slow to let Jolley keep a head
the 3[rd] day we Come up with them again While they Campt for noon on the upper Crossing of the Sweet watter[.] There we also nooned But nothing pased between the twos Companies[.] after dinner We travled on and saw no more of Jolley untill after we arived into Salt Lake valley
On the 3 day of september as we was Camped on black's fork My wife Elizabeth [Turner Barney] was Confined and brought forth ason and We called his name Arthur [Barney]
And on the 12th of september We roled into salt Lake City which had by this time become quite a settlement.