Matthews, Samuel, “Life of Samuel Matthews,” 2.
When we were near the old Fort Laramie, we stopped. Wm. S. Godbee [Godbe] had seven wagons. A Dutch boy was a teamster for one wagon. He left Mr. Godbee here and I was hired by him to drive his team, three yoke of oxen. I was 12 years old. I yoked my oxen three times a day, and drove them to Salt Lake city. My parents left me, and were in Salt Lake two weeks before me. My load was very heavy. I hauled heavy tin and medicine. I also had the cook in my wagon. We ran out of flour and Billie [William] Godbee went to Salt Lake City on a mule and sent us two sacks of flour. We landed in S. L. Oct. 26, 1855.