Mitchell, Benjamin Thomas, Journal [ca. 1853-1866].
Left Kirtland for Bluff City on the 6 of April in charg of father Dixon family and affects for the Valley and Landed at Rock Iseland [Island] on the 12[.] Stayed there about 8 days fitting up. Guring [Gearing] for the plaines[.] during that time the colera broke out and we lost 4 of our number but as soon as the camp began to move the sickness ceased and we had no more sickness nor death in the camp during the journey. We crossed the Misouria [Missouri] River on the first day june and Baptized Luther [Sylvester] Burnham & Wife Charlotte [Joslin Burnham.] with 17 wagons and 54 hed of oxen and +
July 2nd 1855 5 miles below Laramee [Laramie] horses + and had a properos journey across the plaines and arived in the Valey the 5 of August 1855.