March 5, 2012

Heigh-Ho to the Valley They Go

This week I will continue the story of the family’s journey west. I feel the best way to do this is to once again 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 that they would only have more hardship in the Utah Desert.
Next week I will delve into this families experience as pioneers in Utah.

1 comment:

  1. It's great to be able to use the words of your ancestors. Especially when it had something to do with such a big trial!