Lewis, Jane Sarah Goody, Autobiography of Jane Goody Lewis, 2. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
We arrived at Florence on August 2nd. We camped here and helped get the equipment ready for the trip across the plains. We were divided into two companies under Captains Warren Snow and Hyde. We had to walk but when I got tired I was allowed to ride with my mother who was lame and could not walk. When making camp at night I helped gather wood, when there was no wood we had to gather dry sun-flowers and buffalo chips for the fire.
It was to[o] much of a physical strain for many and we sadly left many shallow wayside graves. Of the original company of 1000 almost 100 died on the way. On October 30th we arrived in Salt Lake.