"A Brief Sketch of the Life of Mary Rees Thatcher."
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Her journey across the plains was filled with many hardships. She took care of the father and mother of Elder George Byewaters. They were an elderly couple, and the old gentleman died on their trip and was burried [sic] on the plains. The Indians were very bad at that time and they were always on the watch for attacks from them.
One morning while traveling over the desert they come to a camp where the bodies of eleven men were lying on the ground. They must have been killed by a band of Indians who had been frightened away by the approach of the caravan. The only woman of party was found hiding in the wagon box under some clothing, very frightened, but unhurt.
They buried the bodies and brought the woman to Utah with them. Her chum Margaret Jones and herself had started out with the intention of walking across the plains, but the teamsters were kind enough to see that they did very little walking. Many buffalo were seen on the plains, and when the party stopped to camp the woman would gather buffalo chips to make their fires. At night the hardships of the day were forgotten as they gathered around the camp fire to dance, sing, and pray and otherwise enjoy themselves. Twenty-six of their number died while crossing the plains.