Isom, Alice Parker, The life of my father, John Parker, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon Diaries [1935-1938], reel 6, item 8, p. 4.
Father brought all my brothers and sisters, his two sisters and families across the plains. It was an independent company. He only hired one teamster. We came without an accident of any kind.
The cows furnished milk and butter for the company, besides taking their places as teams. The milk was strained into a kit in the morning and the jolt of the wagon churned it. The only non-mormon in the company was the teamster, a Catholic on his way to California in search of gold. The rest were all relations and a jolly crowd they were. They often spoke of crossing the plains as a pleasure trip.
Many emmigrants had died of Cholera that year and the year before. We saw where they had been buried by the beds of clothing left by their graves.
August the twenty-eighth, 1852, we arrived in Salt Lake Valley.