Thomas B. Nelson autobiographical sketch, circa 1902.
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My father [Edmond Nelson] left Mt. Pisgah in the spring of May, 1850, for Salt Lake, with a good outfit. We all enjoyed and travelled with the Saints across the plains to Salt Lake. I was then in my fourteenth year. Tom [Smith] Johnson was my company captain. I stood guard twice a week for my father was sick a better part of the time, so my brother William and myself stood his guard all the way across the plains, but we had plenty of good men and women and lots of young folks and plenty of good singers, plenty of music, and lots of preaching, lots of good singing, and praying.
We entered Salt lake a happy band of Saints.