February 21, 2012

Moving Up and Out

This week I will continue the story of the family’s journey west. I feel the best way to do this is to once agin use the words of my ancestor.
“The 2nd day of july, 1849, I and my family started for council Bluffs, where we wintered. The next spring, june 6th, we started for Salt Lake. I had a hard time with my little family, but the hand of the lord was over me and my children. The cholera was very bad that year and two of my children came near unto death, but they were spared by the hand of the Lord. We arrived in the valley on the 27th of September, 1850, in the Ezra T. Benson Company.”
Even though the family made it across the plains without any more casualties they would find even more difficulties upon arriving in the valley. Once they arrived, the family found the that they would only have more hardship in the Utah Desert. 

Join me next week for news about the family in the valley.


  1. I love the first-hand accounts you incorporate into your posts. Did you find any supplementary information to fill in the gaps?

  2. Good idea about including the words of your ancestor in your blog and in the podcast. The account really added a lot to your blog. Good job.

  3. I can't imagine the courage it must have taken for a woman to bring 10 children to the West. It is a great blessing for you to have this information to pass on. It is amazing how these stories can touch one of the descendants in their time of need.

  4. It is so nice to have the actual words of your ancestors to find out their pioneer story.