About Bryan Ward Nowlin
"...I will now mention that B.W. Nowlin from who I got a yoke of oxen to work through my journey was one of the same company he being without any family with him as his wife had deserted him at Winter Quarters returning to Kentucky from <:w>hence they had emigrated, taking three children and two young negro slaves and quite an amount of property in team[,] carriage and dry goods. This she did while he was on a trip down into the State of Missouri for Supplies.
Bro Nowlin and my self entered into an arrangement to unite in our Cooking and eating arrangements as one family, both of us being bachelors. He had <also> a young man, by the name of William Bryant along with him as teamster driving a team he furnish to haul one of the canon had in the company.
My bro Alva also drove a team for Bro Nowlin he having three teams. My sister Mary [Mary Cummings Nowlin] acted as cook and house Keeper and I might as well state now that after we had been on the road a few week (the date I have lost) She became the wife of bro Nowlin being married by father John Smith President of the camp ..."
SOURCE: Cummings, Benjamin Franklin, Reminiscences and diaries, 1842-1879, fd. 1, 8p. Retrieved from https://preview.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/1,18016,4976-6119,00.html