Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and journals, 1846-1864; 1894-1897, vol. 3, 188-91.
Wed. 10 A child died this morning[.] br S. Nelsen [Neslen] attended to the burial[.] Moved at 2 p m 2½ miles. 1 tire fell off[.] teamster got knocked down & the wagon run over him but no bones were broken
Thurs 11. train waiting all day for 8 wagons to join us from Wyoming belonging to Messer's Humphrey & Slicker who made me a present of a revolver as I had looked after their freight from Quincy—to Wyoming.
Fri 12 The Saints left Camp & walked ahead of the Train ½ a mile & held a prayer meeting in English & German & instructions were given concerning our Journey[.] Made 9 Miles & Camped. Meeting Evening.
Sat 13 The people Moved a Short distance when we were advised from Cap Hyde not to go far as some of the cattle wer Missing—All found & traveled 12 miles.
Sun. 14 25 miles from Wyoming—Recd. Express from Wyoming not to pass Salt Creek untill Captn Snows Company reached us on account of the Indians being troublesome on the road
pm A Meeting was held & addressed by Captn Hyde[.] 4 persons buried to day.
Mon 15 Sent Express to Wyoming.
Tues. 16. Lay bye waiting return of our express. The 6 person died & buried
Wed 17 Camp moved out of the bottom land & Camped on a ridge of prararie ½ a Mile from Salt Creek[.] Br Snows Company arived in the Evening
Thur 18. Moved 5 Miles—
Frid 19. 9 am Started & drove for the Day 12 Miles.
Sat 20 at 7.30 am. Drove 9 Miles
Sun 21 Started at 9[.]20 am. Drove 14 Miles
Mon 22. Traveled 15 Miles to day[.] buried 2 persons
Tues. 23. Traveled 8 Miles & Camped[.] J W Young & some of the bretheren arieved & addressed the Saints In Even[in]g
Wed. 24 Moved 8 Miles. Crossing Several bad Creeks & Sloughs & Camped[.] Health of Camp poor[.] Each Morning before leaving Camp I Call the people out [..ing] & have prayers & give Such instruction as are necessary untill the Camp are ready to move. We received instructions to Travel close to gether on account of Indian depredations reported on the road[.] While laying by at this point I baptized 18 persons & Confirmed them in Company with br Alex Ross At the waters edge. 17 of them were of the Rotterdam (Holland)[.] People who had not the opportunity of having the ordanince attended to untill the present.
Thur 25. We Traveled 16 Miles to Beaver Creek[.] we Met a large Freight Train from Denver.
Frid 26. 7.30 am. Prayers in German & English[.] 8.30 am Rolled 16 miles & Camped on the head waters of Beaver Creek.
Sat. 27. A 26 mile drive of no water & bad Roads said to be before us. At 10 am passed a well[.] watered our Teams at a Slough. I walked the whole distance[.] reach Camp at 10 pm except 2 wagons that were left on the road[.] a German Sister & little girl were left but came in all right[.] We Recen [reckon] that we are 152 Miles W. of Wyoming
Sun. 28. Wagons were brought up[.] drove a few miles to better feed & Camped & companys all in close proximity Capt. Snows, Capt. Hydes, & Several Smaller Companies & some freight Companies.
Mon 29. Rolled out at 7.30 am. 16 miles & Camped for the [night] near the Main Platt[e].
Tues. 30 Today we moved past Fort Kearn[e]y & camped for the night having traveled 21 miles[.] I met Several friends at Adobie Town among which were Pypers from Florence. We learn that many of the people from Towns & Mail Stateons in advance had been driven in by Indians & were now at Fort Kearney.Wed 31. 8 am[.] on account of Reported depredations we Travilled out in Double file[.] am 8 miles & pm 7 miles = 15 Miles & Camped