Edson Whipple in Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia Volume 3, complied by Andrew Jenson, 3:560.
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In the spring of 1847 I was called, in company with 142 others, to lead the way to the wilderness in search of a new home for the Saints. I left Winter Quarters April 9, 1847, and traveled in the first ten of the second division under Captain Appleton M. Harmon, in which company Pres. Heber C. Kimball also traveled. I took my turn to guard the camp every third night, half the night. When the pioneers returned from their temporary stay in the Salt Lake Valley I was called to remain to take charge of the property left by the pioneers and also the family of Heber C. Kimball and other families which followed the pioneers. Having buried my whole family on the journey, I farmed for Heber C. Kimball the first season and raised some four hundred bushels of grain for him.