Schoenfeld, Mary Alice Springall, Autobiographical sketch, [ca. 1911] 1-2.
I went with the [General Robert] Cannon family to France, as above stated, and remained a Mormon, although far away from the Church, and nobody knew, that I was a Mormon. In 1865, while the Cannon family came for a short stay to England, the Apostle Orson Pratt was asked by the brethren, to go to Cannons house and try to prevail upon me to go to Zion, instead of going back to France with them. I obeyed the call, and this was the turnpoint in my life. It was only by telling the Cannons a falsehood, (as if I was going to be married) that they could be prevailed upon to let me go. So I left father and mother and, taking my youngest brother (8 yr.old) [Arthur], with me, we started in the spring of 1866 for Zion. . . .
We sailed on the old Sailing vessel "Caroline" from London bridge This was the last sailing vessel used to carry the Mormon Emigrants.
We were several weeks on the sea under very uncomfortable circumstances. The Elders in charge was Thomas Friday, Samuel Hill and Elder Thurber. On our trip by railway, between Niagara falls and Montreal, on the Canadian side, the cars took fire, 6 cars were burned, and with it all my luggage. Not having an inventory, I received no remuneration, and although I had a good outfit of splendid and good clothing, me and my little brother had scarcely anything left, but what we stood up in. Not being treated right by the family, that my mother had paid, my monies to, before we left England, the Captain of the Company on the plains transferred me and my little brother to the teams of the Church, and my lot was then more favorable and comfortable under Captain Thompson. Towards the end of September 1866 we arrived in Salt Lake City, ragged and without soles on the shoes. We came in through Parleys Canyon and camped near what is now Liberty Park, our Company (Captain Thompsons) having entered the Valley via Mountain Dell through Parleys Canyon.