Early in May we left St. Louis for Kanesville, the great outfitting place for the California Emigration. At this place I was able to sell enough needles, goggles and other articles needed by the emigrants to purchase an outfit for our own immigration across the plains to Utah. It consisted of 2 yoke of oxen, 2 yoke of cows, one wagon and provisions.
We crossed the Missouri River on the 9th of June, 1852, in the 5th Company of Latter-day Saints under Captain [John] Tedwell [Tidwell]. Before reaching the Buffale country two more of our children died from cholera, making five having died since we left our native country in nine months time.
We arrived in Salt Lake on the 15th of September, 1852, minus our wagon which broke down and necessitated our provisions being hauled in by others who sympathized with us in our misfortune.