Tuttle, Newton, Journal, 1854 Apr.-July.
April 3" He writes, "We took the cars at 3:30 p.m. at North Haven, my hometown, for New Haven. Took tea with my cousin Martin Tuttle[.] he took us to the boat in New Haven Harbor that was going to N. York. We arrived at N.Y[.] at 6 a.m [A.M.] next morning
April 4" Fare from North Haven to N.Y[.] was $85.00. We took a "hack" across to Pier No[.]1 to North river. At 4:p.m., we took steam boat to Amboy[.] Then we traveled by Rail Road to Philadelphia
April 5 (From N.Y. to Philadelphia 90 miles.[)] Weather clear and pleas[a]nt, at 11’ am we took the car on the Pa.[Pennsylvania] R.R. for Pittsburgh. Our company all told numbered 53[.] "This is a fine farming country. We came to Susquehanna River. Ruff [rough] country.["]
Apr 6" The following is from his Journal "Traveling thru heavy pine timbers. We got to Alto[o]na at 12 a.m. where we stayed until 5 p.m. then traveled on till 11 am[.] Stop[p]ed until morning. In afternoon and evening we went over the mountains and thru the tunnel. It took 5 or 6 Locomotives to get up over the Mountain. Arrived at Pittsburgh at 5 pm[.] One of the dirtiest and blackest places I ever saw in my life. We took a large hack or Omnibus and all went at once to the boat. Had 4 loads of goods. We went board the "Keystone State of Pittsburgh." We took a view of the city from the boat. (From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia was 360 miles.) Lucinda was home-sick or sea-sick when we came a board [aboard]. Perhaps both.
Apr 9" Charles and I went out to look at the city. Saw them make Brick, only made 2 at a time. They had no machinery to grind the clay.
Apr 10. Lucinda was sick in the night. Better this morning. Bro. Wells and I took a walk. Saw men make glass. Boat started at 11:30 a. m. from Pittsburgh, a hilly, timber country, grass green in the city. Streets full of hogs and filth.
Apr 11" We ran into another boat in the night. We passed the steamboat Redstone[.] it was sunk by running into a snag. The captain of the Keystone State was I[.] Haslep. In Pittsburgh the Fruit trees were in blossom. Peaches[,] Pears, and Apples. Hilly, but fine country. Passed some vineyards on our way.
Apr 12 Got into Cincinnati at noon. We then went were on board the "Paul Anderson and Carrol Master"[.] She is bound for St[.] Louis and was to set sail to day, but when I do not know. Lucinda feeling better, and she and Ann Hinck and I took a walk around the City. It is a very pretty City. In the evening Arron Farr, Lucricia Ann [blank space]
Apr 14" and Charley went to the Museum. Some went to the theatre. Here, we could buy nice assorted apples for $2.25 a barrell [barrel].
<Saturday> Apr 15 I went up to Mount Adams, had quite a good view of the city and country. It is quite hilly. I saw the reservoir from which the city is supplied with water.
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.16 Rainy and showery this morning. The boat has started at last. 10 am From Cincinnati we went to Lawrenceburgh, arrived at 12 noon. Lay here until 4 p.m. then moved on. Mr[.] Cook’s child died in the night. It was burried [buried] at Louisville
17 Have been most all day getting thru the locks at Louisville and Portland Canal at Shipping Port[.] We saw the Big Jiant [Giant], he was 7 ft 9 in. tall, his cane was 4 ft 2 in, age 44 years. His gun was 8 ft. long. Lucinda is sick with dysentery; she surely is not enjoying herself when feeling so poorly. Lucinda is feeling some better which I am thankful for. We are now going down the Ohio which is delightful, low lands and heavy timbers. Weather clear and ple[a]sant[.] Scenery pretty much the same as yesterday. We arrived at Cairo at 1 pm. a (at?) the mouth of the Ohio. Lucinda is still improving[.] Thank heaven!
Apr. 20" The country is more hilly but pleasant[.] it is rather slow going up the river. St[.] Geneva is a beautiful sight. It’s ple[a]sant from there up the river and scenery is fine. Weather clear and fine.
Apr 21" We got into St[.] Lewis [Louis] early in the morning. Then we went to find Horace S. Eldredge and some other Elders. I took dinner with Elder Turpe[.] I saw William Smith in the evening. Aaron Farr and Lucrecia went up to my place
Apr 22 I went and bought my wagon and other things for the trip across the plains. Just at night we left the boat "Paul Anderson" and went on board the boat "Sam Cloom [Cloon]" for Fort Leavensworth [Leavenworth].
Sun. 23 Showers: I went to meeting, we had one grand meeting. There were people from the 4 quarters of the earth. One was from the Isle of Malta.
Mon. 24 I was buying stuff, preparatory for travel across the plains. Thunder showers
25" Thunder showers and more showers.
Wed. 26" Thunder Showers and hail stones as large as hen’s eggs. Some weighed 1 oz. Just at night on board of "Sam Cloon." Captain John McCloy in charge, for Fort Leavensworth [Leavenworth]. Lucinda and Clara both sick all night.
Apr. 27 Lucinda and Clara were better. Weather clear. The scenery up the river very
Apr. 28 much the same as before
Apr. 29" Charles Russell’s wife had a daughter born. Lucinda not so well.
Sunday- Weather clear and pleasant
Apr. 30 We arrived at the Parrarie [prairie] land at Hills Landing. Our bottle of Brandy was stolen which we needed for Lucinda.
May 1: Raining: As we traveled along I saw two birds Pellicans [pelicans]. At Richfield saw some Indians at Wayne city or Independance [Independence.] I saw the Indians filing out for the plains
May 2" Clear and Ple[a]sant: We arrived at Fort Leavenworth at 12 noon.
May 3" I went hunting, shot one rabbit, one dove[,] 1 Redhead woodpecker, one yellow hammer.
May 4" Worked on my wagon cover
May 5" Gathered wood, did our washing[,] etc. Lucinda still sick[.] I took care of her best I could. I took a walk out to see what I could see in the late afternoon and saw a flock of parrotts [parrots]. S. Healey’s folks youngest boy died.
May 6" at 2:30 a m[.] I stood watch from midnight till morning. I did some more washing
I purchased two sacks of flour. The Hinchcliffs took eight bars of soap. I took a walk at night. This is a fine country. Lucinda no better, she was prayed for and administered to.
May 7 Lucinda no better.
May 8 I went out into the woods and cut some wood for neckyokes. I shot one blackbird. Lucinda is no better—had her administered to again.
May 10 & 11 I was making yokes and fixing things in wagon. A.W. Babbit[t] stopped here. Got my yokes finished and finished loading my wagon. I was watchman until 12 o’clock midnight. A. L. Buckland got back with 13 yoke of oxen in the morning.
May 12 & 13 Raining. Lucinda is worse, I had to take care of her alone. I went over to Salt Creek and got Horace Gillett[e] to come over to Fort and move us over to Salt Creek as Lucinda is much worse. She was administered to again.
Sunday May 14 Lucinda passed away at 6:30 a.m. She was buried just at night, on the right side of the road just before you get to Salt Creek as you come from Fort Leavenworth, in a cluster of walnut trees, to mark the burial spot.
May 15 We could not stop long as the company wished us to arrange our affairs to move on as soon as we could in the morning of the 15th.
May 16 The father in company with Bro. Gillett[e] took off the next morning to the Fort, crossed the ferry to Pratt City and beyond. (Stayed all night at a place.)
The next morning Newton bought two yoke of oxen. Paid $75.00 for one yoke and $70 for the other, and drove to camp and started on their journey. Drove 30 miles that night. [This entry was written by someone other than Newton.]
May 17 Cloudy and windy. Took care of the oxen went out hunting, shot a duck. Wild meat was good for all who were traveling and appreciated.
May 18" Warm, Thunder showers, did our washing and the things necessary to be done[.] I received a letter from Bro. Farr.
May 19" Worked on my wagon cover and did more washing. A man that had just come into camp died, and his child died too. My little girl Clara is sick.
May 20" Rainy and Showery: I went out to hunt a deer in the forenoon. (Doesn’t say he got one) In afternoon I was grinding axes[.] I sold 15 lbs flour for 50 cents[.] Clara sick
May 21 I was out hurding [herding] cattle[.] My little Clara some better
May 22 I took my steers and drove to Weston to take a load of soldiers (got 50 cents)
May 23 William Healey died in the morning[.] I hurded [herded] cattle
May 24 Went out cooning[.] Worked on yokes. Found (lobst?) in the creek but not very large
May 25 Thunder Showers. Bro. Farr came here to see us. Just at night I went over to the Fort to get a coffin for an English woman who died. Then I worked on my wagon. I received a letter from Bro. Farr dated 4 May at St[.] Louis
May 26 I was sick[.] stayed in my wagon[.] gave Bro. Robinson somethings.
May 27 I fixed yokes in forenoon while it was stormy. hurded [Herded] cows[.] in afternoon gave Bro[.] Robinson some more things[.] I was sick at night.
May 28 I was sick in bed. I took an Emetic[.] Charles Hawley stayed all night with me
May 28 A man in the other camp Died with Cholery [cholera], a terrible sickness!
May 29 Clara went out and gathered some wild strawberries. I was some better in the forenoon
May 30, 31 I was administered to and am little freer from pain[.] Weather changeable.
June 1 Weather changeable[.] I got some eggs[.] I ate one. Am still sick, very sick
June 2 I felt worse in the evening but was administered to. Ate a little thru the day
June 3 Still sick. I got a hen to cook.
June 4 Cold and rainy. I am sick in bed. There were 6 people baptised into the church. One young man and 5 ladies. One couple was married.
June 5 & 6 I’m still sick. There is small-pox in camp.
June 7 I got over to the other camp. A woman died
June 8 Sat up and picked over my dried peaches[.] Sold my bake oven for cash $1.05[.] I gave Sister Gillett a pair of Lucinda’s shoes.
June 9 A child died over in the other camp
June 10 A woman died in the other camp
June 10 Horace S. Eldredge has come (H.S. Eldrige [Eldredge]) went from SLC to meet the emigrants and help those who needed help to get to the valley of the Saints)
June 11 An other [another] woman and a child died today. Orson Pratt came to camp[.] he was certainly a welcome visitor[.] I had him administer to me[.] There was a couple married. Two members baptised.
June 12 The Blacksmith died[.] The Hinchcliff[s] finished my cane that I started to make. I surely needed it.
June 13 & 14 Clear and warm: I nailed the ([blank space] load]) on my ox yoke
June 15 Cloudy and rainy
June 16 Thunder Showers: Six wagons occupants of the company started out on the Journey. I was moved back to the other camp. Clara, my little daughter[,] is real sick. She was administered to
June 17 Thunder Showers[.] One woman and two children died[.] Samuel Wells borrowed 1 pt of whiskey
June 18 Clara very very sick[.] Orson Pratt laid hands on her and blessed her.
June 19 A man died. I went up to my dear wife’s grave. I got James Buttler [Butler] to drive for me.
June 20 Thunder Showers: Clear & warm in the afternoon. I left camp and went out where the others were camped[.] It was a nasty time[.] One died. Clara very sick, hard sick! Had her administered to, again. A.L.D. Buckland passed a way [away] To deaths today
June 21 (Clear and warm) We started on drove all day until one man broke axeltree, we had [to] stop to fix it. We camped on the left side of a Creek on a knowl [knoll] as we came from Fort Leavenworth. It is the 2nd creek east of Oak Creek.
June 22 Traveled on until the axeltree broke again[.] We had to stop and put in a new axle. In the afternoon we had to stop again.
June 23 Dear little Clara [Tuttle] was worse. She passed away at 4 p.m. I had a coffin made for her and we laid her in a grave on the west side of the cove on Grasshopper Creek, just at night.
June 24 Clear and warm: We drove on next morning leaving a little mound containing my [blank space] (word cut off) and comfort. But she was relieved of earthly suffering. Gone back to her Maker and her mother who no doubt wished to have her. God bless and protect their remains. May I live worthy to meet to meet them when my mission on earth is ended and permitted to return to my Maker and loved ones who have preceded me to their Heavenly [blank space] I gave to Mrs. George Cook, two of Clara’s dresses, two Shirts, one Skirt, 1 pair drawers, 1 sack, and B.
June 25 We all camped and a reorganization[.] Captain [Horace] Gillet[t]’s company was made[.] We now had 14 wagons in the company. I saw two young buffaloes.
June 26 We crossed the creek, then stopped all day to hold services and bury Captain Horace Gillette who died with cholera. Bro. [William] Fields lost a cow an other [another] man lost an [ox.] or had to kill it
June 27 Two more death[s] with cholera, a child and a man. They being burried [buried] we drove the remainder of the day. Hot 92. far (farenheit) [Fahrenheit]
June 28 Cloudy but warm[.] We traveled all day[.] Thermon [Thermometer] 105 deg[.] One man lost an ox. It just drop[p]ed dead.
June 29 We drove all day til[l] dark. Then 98 deg
June 30 Warm Tem 94 deg[.] We stop[p]ed three hours in the middle of the day at a creek.
July 1 The next morning we drove to the Big Blue. We stop[p]ed for one hour
July 2 We stop[ped all day to rest and observe Sunday
Sunday seventy Indians came and we had to make a feast for them
July 3 We stayed in camp til 3 p.m Then crossed the Ferry and went over to the Big Blue and camped
July 4 Warm temp 96 deg[.] We stayed in camp till 11 o’clock a.m. to get a yoke of stray oxen. The men went out or armed after the oxen. We then drove on til night. In evening had some singing speaking and conversing.
July 5 At noon we stop[p]ed 1 hour drove on in afternoon[.] Bro Welch broke his axel tree, we took his load and drove on to camp[.] About 150 Indians came up with us
July 6, Thur We had to give them something to eat. I gave them some butter and a knife. We started on, drove to a creek, stop[p]ed and had breakfast, then drove on. There was two men broke their axeltree had to stop and fix them[.] I traded off a handkerchief shawl for a pair of socks
July 7 Friday We stayed in camp till 11 a m to put an axle tree in a wagon
July 8 Saturday cold and rainy tem. down to 55 deg[.] we traveled til noon and stop[p]ed 2 hrs[.] The mail passed us. We got a letter from Horace S. Eldredge. I am sick again with bowel complaint.
Sund[ay] July 9 Clear but cold. We drove 5 miles and camped[.] I am still sick[;] no better.
July 10 One yoke of my oxen was gone and some of the others. We were detained till 10 a.m[.] Then started and drove all day. I was sick all day
July 11 We found an ox[.] Shot it had some beef. Drove all day. I saw some deer at night[.] Bro Buttler [James Butler] got high and would not cook.