McKee, Julia Sophia, Autobiographical sketch, 1892-1898, .
At the end of the first month, disease came in our midst. Cholera broke out. Many were laid in the grave. Timber to make coffins,--we had none, and they were wrapped in blankets and laid to rest. It was a dreadful sight. Well I remember of seeing three little children playing. One took sick and died. The other two were carrying it to the grave. They took the disease and died in a few hours. You never knew when you got up in the morning, whether you would live to see the sun go down or not. But I feel very thankful for the blessings and mercies which were shown to me and my family.
Although we had but two meals a day, our provisions were scarce. We were comfortable anyway. We arrived in Salt Lake City the 15 day of September 1852. We were three months crossing the plains. After our arrival, the next thing to do was to find work and shelter for the winter.
[Another version was also published in Julia Sophia Raymond McKee, [Journal], in James Albert Jones, comp., Some Early Pioneers of Huntington, Utah and Surrounding Area , 191.]