Mariger, Lawrence Christian, Autobiography and journal 1879-1891, 11-12.
Nephi Johnson was appointed as Captain for the Company by George Q. Cannon one of the twelve Apostles[.] We had not travelled far when Mother [Else Madsen Mariger] was taken very sick, and only survived One and a half days[.] This was a very hard blow to us as she was our only dependence in the new land. Mother was burried about ten miles west of the little Horn River, at some springs and there was a few Log Houses there. We placed a Lumber Fence arround the Grave to prevent it being run over by Cattle. Brother [Charles or Carl] Widerborg late President of the Danish mission preached the funeral sermon, in which he related the mode in which we had left our Native Land Etcr. We had a general good time in crossing the Plains, on the way we left one of our Stoves as we had most too much loading.
We arrived in Salt Lake City on October the 6th being met by the Brass Band at the mouth of Emigration Canyon and were escorted in to the City. Our company consisted of 86 Wagons.