Lewis, Joseph, Reminiscence, in Jennie S. Crane, Biography of Joseph Lewis, Sr. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
Some had ox teams, some mules, and others pulled handcarts, loaded with baggage that could not be dispensed with. I pulled a handcart and my family walked nearly all the way across the state, about three or four hundred miles.
My wife, carrying her infant babe in her arms and suffering with hunger and fatigue that was experienced on this long march cannot be described. Language is inadequate and no one, but those who suffered will ever know what this brave and hardy band of pilgrims endured.
Hungry and worn out we reached Florence on 11, August, 1856. My daughter was taken sick with the fever, and the rest of the children all had the scurvy so badly that we were unable to proceed farther with the company. After a stay of two weeks we however moved on to Council Bluffs, where I rented a small house and obtained a little work at shoe-making.
I had not a cent in the world and the family was completely destitute of clothing and other necessities of life, . . . .