“Frederick Yeates,” In Biographical Information Relating to Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database.
My sister [Sarah] started to cross the plains in Capt. Jessie B. Martin’s company and I, through the blessings of the Lord had a chance to follow the same season in Jacob Offine’s [Hoffheins/Matthew McCune] Ox train. One of the brethren named Joseph Cosgrove wanted to get someone to drive a team so the way opened up for me to come right along.
And so for three months we wandered across dreary plains and over high mountains until we arrived in the Valley of Great Salt Lake. Who can measure the depth of joy and gladness that filled our souls after wandering for a thousand miles in the midst of all kinds of dangers without habitation of any kind and finding ourselves in the midst of friends and civilization and above all the place where a kind Father has led us where we can enjoy peace. None to molest or make afraid. Oh, how my heart did swell with gratitude. Again we could learn the will of God and from every habitation were songs of praise.
The company that I was with arrived in the Valley on the 21st of September 1857.