Norma Ricketts contended that Burns went to Winter Quarters in 1847 with three others from the Mormon Battalion Sick Detachment who did not go to Utah ("The Mormon Battalion," page 251). If so, he and his wife would've had to have started west in early spring 1848 with other Oregon emigrants well before Mormons began venturing west in order to have reached the Green River in July 1848. Evidence that he traveled to Utah in 1848 is based on historical documentation. He had charges preferred against him on 3 Aug. 1848 for stealing cattle from Oregon emigrants near Green River. He left the Mormon Battalion sick detachment to return to Winter Quarters in 1847 and must have waited until spring 1848 to then continue to Utah. At a public meeting in Salt Lake City in March 1849, it was ordered that he be made to work to pay a fine. This is evidence that he must have reached Utah in 1848.
Company Unknown (1848)Age at departure: 23
- Journal History, 4 Mar. 1849, 1.
- Source Location
- Church History Library, Salt Lake City
- Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register