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|Place of Burial:||Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States|
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John Tidwell Company 1852 Company Information John Tidwell Company
Departure 4-9 June 1852 Arrival 10-23 September 1852 Number In Company 315
340 individuals and 61 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).
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A JOURNAL of the EMIGRATION COMPANY of COUNCIL POINT Pottawatamie County IOWA From the time of their organization until their arrival. Into the GREAT SALT LAKE VALLEY In the summer of 1852
Friday November 28th 1851. Council Point Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Was visited this evening by one of the Twelve Apostles Ezra T. Benson, and his assistant Elder Thomas McKensie. Elder Ezra T. Benson is one of the deligates that was appointed by the Authorities of the Church in company with President Orson Hide [Hyde] and Elder Jedekiah [Jedediah] M. Grant as Agents for the Emigrating Fund, to see to the gathering of the poor and superintend the Emigration the coming season and exert themselves in pushing the Saints unto the Valley. The Saints assembled in the Council House and was called to order by President John Tidwell. After the meeting had been opened by prayer Elder Thomas McKensie arose and read from the ‘Frontier Guardian’ the following,
Great Salt Lake City
Sept. 21, 1851
To all the Saints in Pottawat[t]amie,
Beloved, Brethren: We send unto you our beloved brethren, Ezra T. Benson and Jedekiah [Jedediah] M. Grant, for the special purpose of counselling and assisting you to come to this place, and we desire you to give heed unto their counsel in all things and come to this place with them next season; and fail not. Come all ye officers of the Church, and all ye officers in the State or county. There is no more time for Saints to hesitate what course they will pursue. We have been calling to the Saints in Pottawatamie ever since we left them to come away; but there has continually been an opposing spirit, whispering, as it were—stay another year, and get better fit-out, untill many who had means to come conveniently have nothing left to come with, even as a former Prophet said, “if a man will not gather when he has the chance, he will be afflicted with the Devil.” His property will go to waste, his family fall by sickness, and destruction and misery will be on his path; even so has it been with some of you, and soon will it be with more of you, if you do not hearken to this call and come away. What are you waiting for? Have you any excuse for not coming. No! you have all of you, unitedly, a far better chance than we had when we started as Pioneers to find this place; you have better teams and more of them. You have as good food and more of it; you have as much natural strength as we have had to come; our women and children have walked here, and been blessed in walking here, and barefoot too, only as they could occasionally get a skin from the Indians to make a moccasin, and can you not do the same? You can. And we say again, come home! And if you can get one good wagon and team to five families, and five teams to 100 souls; or no teams at all, more than cows and calves to your handcarts, you can come here with greater comfort and safety[.] when the Pioneers come here they had nothing to come to: while you will have every thing; and here is the place for all the Saints to get their fitout for Zion, even from all nations, therefore we say again, Arise and Come home. Elder Hide [Hyde] will return to your place with Brs. Benson and Grant, and act in his calling as usual; but you must not depend too much on him, for he has his private affairs to settle and prepare to bring on his family, and come with you; and we have sent Brs. Benson and Grant to bless you, and counsel you and relieve Br. Hide. Therefore we wish you to evacuate Pottawatamie, and the States, and next fall be with us all you saints of the Most High, and it shall be well with you if you will keep all the commandments. Oh ye Saints give not your heritage to reproach, neither sell your improvements in Pottawatamie to strangers for nothing. No! rather sell your improvements for their value or give them into the hands of those you shall be counseled to for the benifit of the poor Saints who are coming after as a concecration for the benifit of the poor. It is a day of sacrafice and those who are ready to sacrafice and do their duty, and come home they may save being burned. How long will the Saints in St. Loues [Louis] remain where they are? Arise and come with the Saints of Pottawatamie and you shall be blessed.
We remain your brethren in the New Covenant. Brigham Young Heber C. Kimball Willard Richards.
After which Ezra T. Benson arose and exorted us, on the necessity of us as a people emigrating from these Pottawat[t]amie lands in mass to the Valley of the great Salt Lake so that we might escape the scourge and judgments that is about to come upon this nation for the rejection of the gospel and went on to show that this call for the Saints to come home has been the greatest ever since the Church has been in existance, that if we wanted to be blessed we must give heed to this call to come home, he said those that neglected the same would not attend unto this counsel of the servants of the Lord might expect to suffer loss and perhaps have to lay their bones down here, and we was to see to the fiting up of our wagons, and those that could not get wagons was to get hand carts, and those that could not get hand carts was to get wheelbarrows or a cow to carry a pack upon and so make their way unto the Valley. Then he went on to state the advantageous circumstances of the Salt Lake Valley that it was good soil, good houses, good water, and plenty of timber &c &cThen Elder Benson nominated our worthy and much esteemed President Elder John Tidwell to be the Captain of Council Point Emigrating Company. Carried Unanimous. Moved by William Parks that Brs: John M[orris]. King and Thomas Robins be his Counsellors[.] Carried Unanimous. Then it was moved by Captain John Tidwell that the brethren meet in the Council House at six Oclock tomorrow evening to take down the names of all those that intended to unite themselves into a company and also to obtain a knowledge of the strength of the same, Carried Unanimous. Then the congregation was dismissed.
November 29th. According to appointment the Saints meet this evening at six o’clock. Captain John Tidwell opened the meeting by prayer. Then it was moved by Captain Tidwell, Seconded by Orran D. Farlin that George Bowering act as Clerk Potem untill further arrangements were made[.] Carried Unanimous. Then we proceeded to take down the names and strength of the people and what we did not get down this evening we get on the 1st of December <by> the Clerk going to the houses of the people for the purpose of receiving names.
The following is a copy of said list.
1 John Tidwell, 8 in family, 2 wagons, 7 oxen, 4 cows, 8 sheep, 6 hogs, Went on to Salt Lake
2 John M[orris]. King, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 hog, Went on to Salt Lake
3 Thomas Robins, 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 4 hogs, 9 young stock, Went on to Salt Lake
4 George Bowering, 1 in family, Went on to Salt Lake with Telemichus Rogers
5 Telemichus Rogers, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 1 horse, 4 oxen, Went on
6 Daniel Shearer, 2 in family, 1 wagon, 1 cow, 6 hogs, Reported that he went on
7 David [Barclay] Adams, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 1 cow, 6 hogs, 8 young stock, Went on
8 Alex Ingram, 2 in family, 2 cows, Went on
9 John Andrews, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 5 cows, 1 hog, 1 young stock, Reported that he went on
10 Thomas McKee, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 1 cow, 3 hogs, Stayed back
11 Thomas Knowls, 3 in family, 5 cows, 1 hog, 2 young stock, Went on
12 Orren D. [Orrin Day] Farlin, 3 in family 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 4 cows, Went on
13 Samuel J. Raymond, 2 in familly, Went on
14 James Mckee, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 1 cow, 4 hogs, 2 young stock, Stayed back
15 Johnathan Mckee, 4 in family, 3 cows, 3 sheep, 40 young stock, Went on
16 Hugh Mckee, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 5 hogs, 8 young stock, Went on
17 Jeremiah Leavett [Leavitt], 7 in family, 4 oxen, 1 cow, 1 hog, 3 young stock, Went on
18 Charles Lapworth, 2 in family, 2 oxen, 2 cows, 3 hogs, Went on
19 William Watts, 1 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 1 cow, 4 young stock, Went on
20 Charles Merrel, 9 in family, 1 horse, 1 cow, 2 young stock, Reported that he went on
21 William Mckee, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, Went on
22 James Mathews, 2 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 1 cow, Went on
23 Joel W. Welden, 2 in family, 2 horses, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 2 hogs, Went on
24 Henry Rodgers, 1 in family, Went on
25 Rocksene [Roxana] Huntsman, 3 in family, 2 cows, Went on Went with Farlin
26 Elizabeth Smith, 1 in family, Unknown
27 Edward Pool, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 2 horses, 4 oxen, 1 cow, 1 hog, Went on
28 Eleiser [Samuel Eleazer] King Senr, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 3 cows, Went on
29 Eleiser King Junr, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 1 horse, 8 oxen, 4 cows, Dropped from the company And again accepted in the company
30 Enoch Crowel, 2 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 2 cows, 1 hog, Came on in a later company
31 Franklin J. Daves [Davis], 6 in family, 2 oxen, 1 cow, 5 sheep, 11 young stock, Went on
32 John Yates, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 4 hogs, 4 young stock, Went on
33 Ann Rodgers, 2 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 4 hogs, 9 young stock, Removed to Kanesville
34 J[efferson]. T. McCallough, 3 in family, 2 cows, Went on
35 John W. Vance, 5 in family, 2 cows, Went on
36 John Roberts, 2 in family, 1 cow, 2 hogs, 1 young stock, Stayed at Council Point
37 Mary Hall, 1 in family, Removed to Kanesville
38 Susanna Preece, 5 in family, 1 cow, 1 hog, 2 young stock, Went on
39 Andrew Whitlock, 10 in family, 1 wagon, 2 horses, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 1 sheep, 10 hogs, 3 young stock, Went on
40 Sally Rodgers, 2 in family, 1 cow, Went on
41 William Parks, 6 in family, 2 cows, 1 hog, Himself went into the states, his family went on
42 William Clark, 3 in family, 1 horse, 5 cows, 2 hogs, 3 young stock, Went on
43 Mary Skinner, 2 in family, 1 cow, 3 hogs, Again accepted in the list. Dropped, April 13, 1852.
44 Jane Ross, 4 in family, 1 hog, 2 young stock, United to Wm. Clark
45 Jane Mason, 2 in family, Went on in another company some few days before us
46 John Wright, 4 in family, 1 horse, 2 oxen, 3 cows, 4 hogs, 2 young stock, Went on
47 Pelena Booth, 3 in family, Would have come but was counciled to remain because of sickness
48 Ann Wilkshire, 6 in family, 1 cow, 4 young stock, Went on
49 Sarah B. Allen, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 2 cows, Went on
50 Lydia Coulson, 4 in family, Went on in a company before we started.
51 Joseph S. Clark, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 horses, 4 cows, 2 hogs page 15, 8 young stock, Backed out. See page 7[.] Feb. 15th. 1852
52 James Watton, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 1 cow, 2 hogs, 3 young stock, Went on
53 Mary Southwick, 3 in family, 1 cow, 1 young stock, Unknown
54 Henry Garfield, 2 in family, 2 oxen, 1 hog, 1 young stock, Went on
55 John Enniss, 4 in family, 3 oxen, 3 cows, 4 hogs, 4 young stock, Went on
56 John Johnson, 1 in family, Went on
57 Thomas Hutchins, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 2 cows, Himself died but the rest the of family went on
58 Thomas Hepworth, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, Went on
59 John Hepworth, 2 in family, Went on Thomas (58) and John (59) Hepworth together sharing wagon and oxen
60 Adolphas Young, Went on
December 3rd. At six o’clock P.M. the company meet to talk over matters and to see if any arrangements could be made to get timber to make wagons, but as yet could not come to a decision.
December 17th At six o’clock in the evening the company again came together to consult matters and came <to> the conclusion that a company of brethren go off and get some timber at a distance.
They afterward went but did not succeed according to expectation.
1852 February 3rd At six o’clock p. m. the company again meet to talk over their feelings and how near they were prepared for emigrating. In the first place was talked over the necesity of appointing a clerk for the company untill they arrived safe in the Salt Lake Valley and it was finally moved by Captian John Tidwell and seconded by Franklin J. Daves [Davis] that George Bowering be Clerk for the company[.] Carried Unanimous. Several brethren said they were making [Headw..] as fast as they could to get away. one said that he had all ready with the exception of puting a bottom into his powder horn. Captain [Tidwell] gave a short address with good and wholesome counsel about getting away as early as the first of May next, and he moved that we should meet once every two weeks to consult together and also moved that some writing paper be found to prepare a book for the company. Carried.
February 17th The company again assembled, to talk over their feelings. In the first place Captain John Tidwell arose and spoke on the disposition that there were in some to back out from covenants they have made, and said that Joseph S. Clark came to him and his counsellors, and told them that he thought he could not go to the Salt Lake Valley this year and that we were not to think hard of him for so doing. The fact of the thing we find by conversation <with> him and his family, that they are a great deal tainted with the Doctrines of Charles Thompson, who has entitled himself Barack Ale and Beemy who is carrying on his operations in St. Loues [Louis]. Counseller John M. King. Then arose and bare testimony that what Captain Tidwell had said was true, for he came to us boys and told us as has been afore said, Counseller Thomas Rob[b]ins, Also arose and spoke of many things good for the company if observed, and also said that we as a people had unitedly covennanted together to move all away by our united efforts, and if we can take the one half of the poor that we have in this branch I believe that we shall then do more than any other branch in the county and we know the boys that is obeying counsel and that deserves to be helped. Again as near as the time has come, we may yet be hurried off, in consequence of appression. And again if the boys will back up the course that Brothers Tidwell and Daves has began, to get wagons by forming themselves into a company will be to advantage &c Captain Tidwell again arose and said you all know the circumstance that we are in and any of you that can come and assist in making wagons come and be on hand. Again would it be just for us to take big heavy boxes full of clothing that perhaps in value is worth more than the clothing and teams of those they may want to haul them, and at the same time we have had a pretty hard times in getting teams and wagons and we want those of the poor that expects to be took away by others to go and make bargains with some and if they have a surplus of clothing to part with some of that for the hauling of the rest[.] Brother Benson counseled <us> not to take any big heavy boxes unless they paid down the dimes for the hauling of the same &c And again it is reported that we shall have a very large emigration this season, <much larger> than has been before since the Mormons has been here. there is 2000 Saints waiting in St. Loues [Louis] to come on to Salt Lake Valley, besides an immence quantity of people coming on for California and Oregon through which cattle and provisions are <expected> to bring high prices. We want all to bring a correct account next time we meet how far they can help themselves and assist in helping others and who wants assistance and how much they want assistance.
March 2nd. The company again met, and the following is the account the members gave of themselves. Those that say they go independent are these: John Tidwell, John M. King, Thomas Robins, Telemachus Rodgers, Daniel Shearer, Alex Ingram, John Andrews, Thomas McKee, Thomas Knowls, Orren D. Farlin, Samuel J. Raymond, James McKee, Jonathan McKee, Hugh McKee, Jeremiah Leivett [Leavitt], Charles Lapworth, William McKee, James Mathew, [blank space] Welden, Henry Rodgers, Edward Pool, [Samuel] Eleizer King Senr, Eleizer King Junr, Enoch Crowel, Franklin J. Daves [Davis], John Yates, J. T. McCallough [Jefferson T. McCullough], John [W.] Vance, Andrew Whitlock, William Clark, John Wright, Sarah B. Allen, Lydia Coulson, Henry Garfield; The next are those that stand in need of part assistance Mary Skinner, James Watton; And the last is those that want helping in the whole, George Bowering, Charles Merrel, Roxena [Roxana] Huntsman, Susanna Preece, Sally Rodgers, William Parks, Jane Mason, Pelena Booth, Ann Wilkshire, Mary Southwick. Again since our list were made the following individuals has got on hand new wagons. Charles Lapworth 1, [blank space] Welden 1, Franklin J Daves [Davis] 1, J[efferson] T McCallough [McCullough]1, and Andrew Whitlock 1. And those where prospects are of geting wagons these. Thomas Knowles 1, Jeremiah Leivett [Leavitt] 1, Charles Merrell 1, William Clark 1, Henry Garfield 1, which will add 10 unto the number, but in consequence of Joseph S Clark backing out, who owned one, and Ann Rodgers going to another place. who owned another we are two wagons less than is down on the list. Making the amount of wagons that the camps is likely to have 32. Captain John Tidwell then addressed the company at some length. He said, It is coming close to the time for us to be going away and it is necessary for us to prepare our things as much as we can and all the wagons as fast as they are finished[.] I should like them to be prepared ready to a moment if required, for we are bound to go, and let nothing have any influence over our minds that may come along, and if there is anything that comes along that comes crossed grained unto counsel do not trouble yourselves about the same. I have my eye on a good many of the movements that is going on in our midst and I am watching them. there is nobody to try, nor any body else to counsel the people in this place in the Emigrating opperations but myself, and my two Counselors. Therefore let every one mind their own business and go right ahead in the same. Those that are placed at the head see that they are reverenced as long as that counsel does right, and out of that Counsel one as just as much right to counsel as another. Although some may not get sleep neither by Day nor by night <in consequence of> devising scheems how they may gain power and whose work is in darkness because they are out of place, and there is a working that will have to come out some of these Days. I want to see this branch from here and it is better to get from here as soon as we can and let none of these things trouble us. And when you are tired of the Counsellors that is placed over you put them away. I do not intend to give the ground I occupy to any one illegally. I want to let every one know that I do not want others to go and tell; or counsel any that if they do not do so and so that they will be left behind &c Moved by Samuel J Raymond[.] Seconded by James McKee that Bro John Tidwell and John M. King and Thomas Robins be upheld by our faith and prayers. Bro Tidwell as President at the branch and also as Captain of the emigrating company. Bro’s King and Robins as his Counsellors in the same[.] Carried Unanimous. Captain Tidwell again arose and said, I see that you are not tired of us—we do all the good that we can. And I am well satisfied with the feelings of some in this place. Counsellor John M. King then arose and said, While he had been siting there, had been reflecting that we, were all poor, in temperal things and on the other hand that we were all rich in the gospel, some say it looks dark and that they will stay another year to be better prepared and if they by so doing do not find themselves in a snap I am not here. Captain Tidwell again said, That all was to take care of their corn for he had no doubt but that it will fetch a good price. and also those of you that have not paid up your tithing Do it forthwith and so have that thing all square. Moved and Carried that Captain Tidwell go up to the Conference held at Bensons Tabernacle on Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th inst. <to> represent the condition of this company and also receive such counsel and instructions for us as the Conference may see fit to give.
On the 5th inst. David Adams said that he thought he should also be able to emigrate on his own means.
March 16th. The meeting tonight were postponded in consequence of the severity of the weather.
March 30th. The company again met and talked over their affairs as they had no particular business on hand. In the Midst of what was said Captain John Tidwell said I went and represented the Branch at the Emigration Conference, and that I gave nothing but a good report and the instructions of Conference amounted to this that they were to do all in our power to help ourselves and our poor away, &c &c It was finally Proved by Captain Tidwell that the members of the Emigrating company <meet> at early candlelight on monday evening next April 5th to ascertain a correct state and condition of the people who could help themselves and help others and who Each wants help. Carried Unanimously
April 5. According to appointment the Company met this evening and the following is some items of the business. After [it] had been opened in the us[u]al way, Captain John Tidwell arose and said the The time is fast drawing near that our wagons should be ready and seeing after our poor, when I talk of the poor it is those that is unable to help themselves away without aid for to come to the point we are all poor...and it is our salvation to know how we are going to the Mountains....we want everyone to act in his place, and also we want to know how many can help the poor, and who they can help. it is not my desire that one Individual should stay back....as it is in the heart of the brethren to do well, therefore let us be anxious to do our best to assist away the poor. but do not strain and undertake to do more than you can, and so have cause to fall back....for I want to see you all go. The Clerk then call[ed] over the names on the list and each answered to their name what they would do. John Tidwell. I do not know as yet what I can do, but I shall do all in my power when I get things in a shape I will then tell you what I can do. I don’t think that I can take any one for my wife is sickly and will not <be> able to do much except it be to take a little luggage for some one, for I have my tools and other thing to carry. John M. King. I am made up and shall have eight in our wagon. Thomas Robins. I am in a right shape, I take my Mother who through misfortunes since she has been in this Country is on my hands. and has been on for the last two years, and besides keeping her I have paid my tithing and she I consider is as much Church property as any one else. George Bowering. Made arrangements. Telemachus Rogers. I take one and do as much as I can other ways. Daniel Shearer. I can’t give any encouragement. I have no team, and I think that of sell my wagon and go as a pasenger. Davis Adams. I do not know that I can haul my own provisions as yet. Alex. Ingram. Suposed that he can go. John Andrews. I do not feel that I can take myself, if I can sell my things I can go. Thomas McKee. I do not know how it will go with <me> yet. I have only got a small team. Thomas Knowls. It will be as much as I can do to fit up a wagon. Oren D[ay]. Farlin[.] I have concluded to take three Roxana Huntsman and her two children. Samuel J. Raymond. I shall go. James McKee. Supposed that he can go. Jonathan. I will try to be in the crowd with the rest, and I can not promise to take any more but my family. Hugh McKee. If I can take any I will. Jeremiah Leivett [Leavitt]. I mean to go myself and family. Charles Lapworth. I think of going myself if I can, it looks dark. if I can help any I will. I have corn to sell and if it should fetch 50 cents a bushel. I shall then have a tite pinch to go. William Watts. I would have a pretty good push if I am able to help myself away. Charles Merrell. Requires help to take away his family. William McKee. I calculate to go. James Mathews. Can help myself. Rachel Welden, Supposed to go. Henry Rogers. I can go myself. Edward Pool. I can go and have relations to help that is coming up here, and perhaps I can take one child besides. Eleazer King Senr. I can help myself and family. I can’t tell whether I can help any other or not. Eleazer King Junr. I can take way myself and family[.] Enoch Crowel. I intend to get out some way, my team is small[.] I have got one yoke of calves[.] Franklin J. Davies. I shall go. John Yates[.] I have seven or eight in family to take. J. T. McCallough [McCullough]. It is uncertain to myself. John Vance[.] Unknown. John Roberts. Unknown. Mary Hall. Unknown. Andrew Whitlock. I expect to starte whether I go or not. I am not able to take any more than my own family. Sally Rodgers. She has made her arrangements for going. William Clark. I intend to go and have six in family. John Wright. He means to go, and does not know as yet what he can as to assist others. Sarah B. Allen. I expect to join teams but will want some provisions. Lydia Coulson. Unknown. James Walton. He will go. Mary Southwick. In expectation of going. Henry Garfield. Supposed to go. John Enniss. He will go. John Johnson attached himself to the Company: and also Thomas Hutchins. he has three in family 1 wagon 2 oxen and 2 cows. he intends to go and can take one woman that is able and willing to assist in cooking. Charles Merrell. Susanna Preece. William Parks. Mary Skinner. Jane Mason. Pelena Booth. Ann Wilkshire and their families, still remain unprovided for. While the Brethren and Sisters were giving in their reports, there were several remarks made by different individuals[.] one remark was made by Andrew Whit[lock] about some of those belonging to him being on the poor list which he did not like, and sooner than they should go in that way he would work untill his hands were sorer than they are at this time for they are now sore with work &c Counsellor John M. King arose and said .....I do not want anyone to think that any one that goes to the Valley with, are on the poor list. I take them as my own family....I am acquainted with the road over the plains....I’m willing always to do according to the strength of my team.....And i[t] is a mans right in the first place to take care of his own family. the Lord requires this at his hands, and provide the best he can for them. after I have done this, I am willing to do my share to assist others[.] I could travel with a pack on my back but my family I am not going to subject to that. we have got a heavy load.....I hate to start from here, and have to leave one soul that wishes to go, behind.. Counsellor Thomas Robins, Then arose and said on the head of some saying that they did not know but that they should have to stay here and raise corn &c He said it was mean in individuals runing down traid and not only made it bad for themselves but for all which lives around them, and those that is so mean as to sell their corn for twenty cents should stop here and raise it, then sell it for twenty cents and then go to hell and parch it...... We can meet together and rejoice though our circumstances may not be so favourable.....I can not say in my own heart to go away and leave one family behind...take away the salt, from our midst or, Saints and what shall we be good for. and the country will feel the smart when we are gone...And I hurge upon you to take away the poor, for it tis high time for all to be out of Babylon....I feel thankful more than ever that the time has come so near for the saints to go out from here...our teams are young and is not able to bear much, or the fetugue of older and strong ones. I feel thankful to the generallity of the brothers in for what they can do. Captain Tidwell. Also arose and said. We came here to do the best we can. In the first place, let me be free and act for myself[.] this we all should Do when we are together[.] it is a volintery move. we are know [now] in, and when we came here to night, it is for every one to work according to their own feelings and means....When we come here I want to take the lead of these meetings myself, and if any one need a whiping I will do it...let us act upright and on generous principles...let every man be meek and humble and when he does so the [...star] will shine in his bosom....I wish to morrow to go to Conference. and give in the report such as it is; if we go away [illegible] And leave the poor of the branch we may expect darkness to overtake us, and every bit that I can do to help I will do, someone may take exceptions from this, but I am disposed to ask for myself, and do all in my power and want assistance for my wife, and if I cannot take any in the wagon and haul them, I will take luggage and they [tr.tt] know when it comes to the point, take up with such as you can get, for you cannot expect to go upon flowery beds of ease. I do not believe in setting stakes for any to go by....I do not intend to dispose of what little I have to spare for little or nothing. listen to the counsel that we should have corn at 50 cents a bushel as a general thing to sell out and let us get all we can for our means, it is not wisdom to fool away our crops....do not let anyone feel discouraged to think that they will not get to the valley, hold on to your corn the Imigration will soon be here, for when the Lord promises through his servants he will not run back, we are tried and proven and at the very last will be something turn out that we do not see at the present. I want to report you as favourable as I can. I want it to go out that those who want help to dispose of their heavy box[e]s and be preparing, and part with all that is useless. I desire to do good. &c Brethren and Sisters let us all be on hand to do all we can. I will try and report you satisfactory.....And now Brethren and Sisters, The peace and blessing of god rest upon you all Amen. The following are those who have suscribed to the assisting: Ezra T. Benson one of the Apostles to the Salt lake Valley. Enoch Crowel 50 cts[.] Daniel Shearer 75 cts in whip lathes. John Tidwell 50 cts[.] Charles Lapworth 50 cts. Lyden Coulson 9 pair of gloves[.] Henry Rodgers $1.00[.] Edson King 50 cts[.] Telemachus Rogers $2.00 in blacksmithing or store pay. Orren D. Farlin 57 cts groceries. Jeremiah Leivett 50 cts in Corn or potatoes[.] Franklin J. Daves [Davis] $1.00 in corn or potatoes. Eleazer King Junr. 50 [cts.] in corn. David Adams 50 cts[.] Andrew Whitlock 50 cts. Proved that we adjourn untill a week to morrow night, carried, Unanimous.
April 11th Sunday. This morning while the Saints were assembled to worship the instruction which was given <was> on the principle of gathering and amongst the rest. given the following were said by Captain John Tidwell. Which he learned at the General Conference......If we give heed unto the commandments given us respecting the gathering we can all be gathered....and the time to set for us to be away from here, by the 10th of May and at the most not be later than the 15th of June, and if the grass be up let us endeavour and be off by the 1st of May..... and we have got to begin from this very time to organize ourselves, that we may be on hand in making arrangements, and the means that are expected has not come....teams, and wagons are scarce. therefore do not crowd things into them that is useless and let us make our calculations to round up our shoulders, and all that do not desire to stay here let them be like clay in the hand of the potter, and know [now] go to work, and not expect to crowd upon any one above their strength....Again let us be willing to gather up all and go along in the first place. do as much as you can for your own and then do as much as you can for others, and in so doing we shall see brighter prospects. And I have one thing more to say, it is this, on Tuesday last at the Conference there was a move made, That we as much as any has any desire to back out if they undertook to use any false argument or influence to work to the disadvantage of the Emigration they should be drop[p]ed from the Church &c The <Captain> moved that all those that were depending upon others to get away should meet in the Council House tomorrow evening an hour before sun down to see what could be done for them. Carried Unanimous.
April 12th According to appointment the Captain his Counsellors, and those that were depending on assistance met to examine into their circumstances. The Captain arose and said, in the first place we want to find out the number of each family and their ages, and what means they have to help themselves to the Valley with, so that we may devise ways and means for each to go[.] in order to accomplish this thing all must act upon a pure principle, there is no proviso in any instructions given for any to stay.....now those that want to go are the individuals that we want to look after and the amount of freight for each person to take will be according to their circumstances, and as need may require, those things we are going to desire in righteousness &c &c[.] Charles Merrell, said, I lack wagon and provisions[.] under the present circumstances I think I could take my wife and baby and if I had a wagon I should be abler than I am at the present to take the whole family. we are 10 in family. William Park. I have two cows, and perhaps a little provisions, and also my children is destitute of clothing. I feel prefectly pliable[.] we are 6 in family[.] my oldest child 13 and youngest 5 years old. Mary Skinner. I have 2 heffers[.] I want to go and take 4 or 5 hundred [pounds], and if I cannot get in a wagon I must stay here[.] I have some provisions. I have nothing but clothing and provisions to take and I want both clothing and shoes before I go away and have 2 in family. I[n] fact through the processing Sister Skinner manifested a Spirit of contention and confusion, and was finally told by the Captain That she had got to govern and rule herself, and also had to change her feelings before we want [blank space] to say any thing more to you[.] Jane Mason. I have not got much to boast of. and what I have is in your hands, I am willing to do and to take what you say. we are 2 in family[.] my boy is 10 years old. Pelena Booth. I have nothing but my 2 boys, I have neither Cow nor provisions[.] Ann Wilkshire. I have not much. I have 3 steers and one at the Lake[.] my cow is not fit to go to the Valley. and I want both clothing and provisions. Mary Southwick. My prospects are the same as they were. I have 2 cows, and can arrange for provisions. I have in family myself and 2 little boys. James Watton. I lack both provisions and clothing and have not wherewith to obtain them. During the reports were given several remarks were made by the Captain. such as these that we shall be under the necesity of deviding families in different wagons, and in this we are not desireous to injure or hurt the feelings of any for we shall all be in the same crowd. Again, All that do go that is healthy we shall expect them to attend to cooking and washing and so forth. And after all the reports were given in the Captain again arose and said, We do not expect to stay here to arrange matters, but we will look the thing over and arrange for the best, we all want to go, and be delth [dealt] with justly and I want all the brethren and sisters to act on honourable and righteous principles. and I want always to see a spirit manifest to do right, Counsellor John M. King then arose and spoke upon the principles of those that depends upon others for assistance to put up with difficulties and submitt to ill conveniences and it will be necesary to have a great deal of patience and the spirit of God while traveling. &c &c[.] We are all required to meet here to morrow evening at sun down.
April 13th The Company again met this evening. The Captain arose and made a few remarks about the meeting yesterday evening, he also spoke about the behavour of Mary Skinner while at the meeting and of her being on the complaining list for some time, and also of her saying that when she got to the Valley that she intended to lay charges against some of the brethren of this branch which is known by all would be false, and it is well known that she has somewhat partook of an apostatizing influence, and he told her with those feelings in her heart <he could> fellowship her and asked the assembly if there were any that would take her in their wagon to the Valley. The assembly answered in many cries of no, no. Then it was Moved by Counsellor Thomas Robins, That Mary Skinner be droped from the Emigration list. Seconded by Enoch Crowel and carried Unanimous. The Captain said, Now it is fairly understood that Mary Skinner is droped from the Emigration list, she had just as good be dropped from the Church as from the Emigration. The arrangements of the poor is now a point at hand, and I must take a part and others must do the same. Orren D. Farlin and Telemachus Rogers has agreed to do their part in assisting some away, and if others do not come out and do likewise, we must try and make some arrangements. now there is an opening made by Thomas Hutchins and some one ought to fill that place, and as soon as a place is open some one ought to fill it, for there is only so many wagons, and we ought to divide as well as we could and if there is any one that can take any of the widows to assist them, do, so. After a few remarks by some others the Captain said there is no occasion for us to stay together any longer this evening as himself and Counsellors had not had time to make out the report. Moved by Eleazer King Senr[,] Seconded by David Adams, that the company meet here this day week in the evening. Carried Unanimous.April 20th. This evening according to the general appointment the company again met. Counsellor Thomas Robins arose to introduce the business of said meeting, He said, We have met this evening to arrange matters for the good of this people, and we have to put up with troubles, and also a portion of your troubles too, and to make the matter short if we can be the means in the hand of God in stimulating you to go to the Mountains of Israel we shall be satisfied, &c &c Captain John Tidwell then arose and made some very appropreate remarks, and then called upon Counsellor John M. King to read over a list of supposition they had in counsel formed stating who was to take this and that unable person which thing the people were to consider upon between now and the next time of meeting. And the arrangement caused some two or three <to> kick and bring forth a spirit of contention and disorder. Mary Skinner arose and made acknowledgements that she had said things which was not right and prayed for forgiveness. Franklin J. Daves, Moved that the acknowledgements of Mary Skinner be accepted. Seconded by Orren D. Farlin and Carried Unanimous. Then it was Moved by F. J. Daves [Davis]. Seconded, by Counsellor Thomas Robins that Mary Skinner again have her name attached to the Emigration Company. Carried Unanimous. Telemachus Rogers then arose and made some few remarks. He said, he did not think that the Council could have took a wiser plan, and he went on to say that he felt to uphold our Captain and his Counsellors for he believed that their desire was for the good of this people and he make a Move that we sustain John Tidwell as our Captain and John M. King and Thomas Robins as his Counsellors[.] Seconded, by Orren D. Farlin. Captain Tidwell then made a few remarks[.] He said, in this branch there is a portion that is willing to do right and there is others that is eternally fault finding complaining and barking like a dog, and while I occupy the place that I know [now] do I feel to stand to my ground and <not> give way to anyone, now I have said what I have and all those that feel to sustain me in my place, make it manifest by the show of the right hand, Carried. You who are willing to sustain John M. King make it manifest in the same way. Carried. Those in favour of Thomas Robins manifest in the same way[.] Carried. Captain Tidwell said the next time we meet we will organize into tens, and he also moved that we from this time forth meet once every week. Carried Unanimous.April 25th Sunday, This morning and yesterday evening there were three steam boats landed at the landing at this point loaded with freight and about 4 or 5 hundred of passengers all Californians except thirty or forthy [forty] Mormons[.] the Calilfornians brough[t] with them corn and oats for feed for their horses and cattle, this they did because it had been reported in the States that these things were expensive here, and at this time corn is sold for 20 cent a bushel and oat only 35 cents at this place. when the californians found this out they were disapointed and some would not pay the freight for which corn they brought because they could get it cheaper. The Authorities of this branch of the church converted the Council house into a ware-house to stow goods in for the Merchants and Californians and the money which will be paid for the storeage are to be used for the benift [benefit] of the branch, and the few saints that came up the river were took into our houses untill they could find places to go to.April 27th Tuesday. This evening the company met in Bro. Tidwell’s work shop. After the meeting had been opened in the usual way, Captain John Tidwell made some remarks on the necessity of organizing the company into tens so that each may know how and who they are to travel with and so that each may have the opportunity of counseling together for their own benifit, so that there may be good order: and all these Captains to be subject to the present organization, and the Clerk may read over ten names of the List the male portion, and so organize for the present[.] Again, there is a large number in the branch that requires assistance to get away, and to be a benifit of the same we have took the move we did in respects to filling the school-house with storeage so that we may obtain some means for that purpose and those of you that are willing to bear us out in the same, make it manifest by the show of the right hand. Carried Unanimous. If there is anyone feels not to go this season we should like to know it, and you can chuse whether you will organize the tens according as they stand on the List or other ways. Moved by Telemachus Rogers, Seconded by Jeremiah Leivett, That we organize the tens as they stand on the List[.] Carried Unanimous. Moved by David Adams Seconded by John Andrews, That Telemachus Rogers be Captain of the first company of tens. Carried Unanimous. Moved by Thomas Knowls, Seconded by Charles Lapworth, That Jonathan McKee be Captain over the second company of tens. Carried Unanimous. Moved by Franklin J. Daves. Seconded Eleazer King Senr. That Enoch Crowel be Captain of the third company of tens. <Carried> and Moved by James Watton, Seconded by John Enniss that Andrew Whitlock be Captain over the fourth Company of tens[.] Carried Unanimous. And thus the organization stands.
Captain. John Tidwell.
His Counsellors. John M. King Thomas Robins Company, Clerk George Bowering
First Ten Captain, Telemachus Roger John Tidwell John M. King Thomas Robins George Bowering Daniel Shearer David Adams Alex Ingram John Andrews Thomas McKee
Second Ten Captain Jonathan McKee Thomas Knowls Orren D. Farlin Samuel J. Raymond James McKee Hugh McKee Jeremiah Leivett Charles Lapworth William Watts Charles Merrel
Third Ten Captain Enoch Crowel William McKee James Mathews Henry Rogers Eleazer King Senr Eleazer King Junr Franklin J. Daves Edward Pool John Yates T. J. McCallough [McCullough]
Fourth Ten Captain Andrew Whitlock John Vance John Roberts William Clark John Wright James Watton Henry Garfield John Enniss John Johnson Thomas Hutchins
Captain John Tidwell then arose and said, You can now organize and counsil with yourselves as you like and you can make changes to suit yourselves and in the Midst of your doings do not forget the poor. and the school-house and some timber in it I think would be well to use for the benifit of the branch and finally it was moved by Captain John Tidwell, Seconded Telemachus Rogers, That we sell the school-house and use the timber therein for the benifit for the poor[.] Carried Unanimous. Moved and Carried that we adjourn untill this day week.
May 4th. The Emigrations company again met this evening, but not any business done. Captain John Tidwell arose and made some remarks on the preveledge that any family might have in attaching themselves to the company if they had any desire so to do[.] Thomas Hepworth arose and said that himself and his brother John and their families desired to unite themselves to the company. Then it was moved, Seconded and carried Unanimous that they be accepted into the company. Captain Tidwell, Again endeavoured to impress upon the minds of the Captains of tens and the people the necessity of taking up the poor and he also spoke of The great blessings those would be entitled unto [..] that took up the poor. &c &c&c[.] Counsellor John M. King. Spoke upon the principle of <the> gathering[.] his remarks were of a noble and excellent nature....After which there were business introduced in the meeting which did not partain to the emigration on which there <were> vehement speeches made by some in high Authority in the branch which manifested a spirit of Contention and confusion. this Captain Tidwell had some difficulty in subdueing...Then the meeting was dismissed in us[u]al way.
May 11th. Teusday evening the company again met. but no business of any kind done. For the last week or so we have been full of Californians and other emigrants which has made considerable stir around and caused provisions to raise[.] Flower is now standing at sixteen dollars per barrell or eight dollar per hundred, corn is only from 30 to 35 cents per bushel and other things in proportion. Grass is springing up very nicely but at present the ferries is so crowded so that we have to wait some little untill the crowd of Californians have passed over.
May 18th Tuesday evening. The company met as usal and after it had been opened by prayer Captain John Tidwell arose and said. That we want to hear from the Captain of Tens, to know how far each company is able to take the poor. suffice it to say that we want to remove them all, and we want all to put forth a willing mind and hand to help. I can’t get the content of my mind to go away and leave any of the poor behind. &c Let us hear from the Captains that we may know what they have accomplished. Captain Telemachus Rogers. Then arose and said, I believe that our Team still have the mind to do all they can and extend their influence to carry all they can[.] I calculate for us to get together and see what steps we can take in getting a public Tent &c Captain Jonathan McKee Abstant. Captain Enoch Crowel said We have not made any new arrangements. Captain Andrew Whitlock. I have made some arrangements, and there does not any know that they can help any but themselves. Captain Tidwell. Again arose and made some few remarks on counsel[.] he said when we profess to observe counsel we should mind how far we do so..Again there can be some provision to take the poor if they can get an home [to] sleep in, there must be some mean provided to help them and we should like all to extend their hand to take in one if not any more and if any can find themselves a place let them do it and so far as any can take themselves they have done a good deed. if the poor is removed and we do not exert ourselves to take them we cannot expect the [hou...] of the same, but we want to know as quick as possible what we have to do, and I should like for each Captain to make their appointments to me[.] their company to make all necessary arrangements, and let us all be united and do all in our power. Counsellor Thomas Robins arose and made some approbriate remarks. Captain Rogers said, I should like our Ten to meet together & make our arrangements about moveing and geting a tent for the time is now at the door to be away and I want to see everyone in our ten <who> intend to take any to look them up and report it on Thursday evening and it is my opinion that we shall extend some means in helping the poor and the place of meeting will be in Bro: Tidwells shop next Thursday evening an hour before sun down. Counsellor John M. King made some remarks and urged all to exert themselves to get ready &c Captain Tidwell, said the time that we set for all to be ready is Thursday week we want you all to be ready and on the wheels. Captain Whitlock said that he desired his Ten to meet on Thursday at the same time and place. Moved by David Adams Seconded by Captain Rodgers that we accept Adolphus Young into our company[.] Carried Unanimous. Moved and Carried that we adjourn untill this day week.
May 25th The company met this evening. Captain Tidwell called upon the Captains of Tens That were present to make known how far they made arrangements for the poor and for moving away since we last met. Captain Rogers, Arose and said, as far as I have seen our Ten they have made no different arrangements, and the rest, you have mostly seen and are desirous to go on[.] I have not time to look round myself, but I want every one to go on, and I urge you to get a company Tent. &c Captain Tidwell said that he believed There were some arrangements made for some one or two more of the poor but yet there still remained <some> without a place. but, he wants all to go. &c After which some two or three more spoke hurying the necesity to be off from hear soon after which ten said that they would be read[y] for moving of[f] next Monday. Then it was moved by Captain Rogers[.] Second[ed] by J. V. McCallough that some one see Elder E. T. Benson to inform him of our intentions so that we might [k]now his mind about the same and also that one go to the Ferry to see what arrangement could be made for the company[.] Carried Unanimous. Then we dismissed.
Lydea [Lydia] Coulson took her team and left this Council Point. and ourself heard that she did this contrary to the advise and wish of the Captain of the company.
May 30. Sunday. Captain Tidwell said to say at meeting, That we are all going to roll out right ahead and we want every one <to> make themselves ready to get set across the river by next Saturda
The last few days Wagons has sprung up in the Camp all in full rig for crossing the Plains like mushrooms.
F[riday] June 3. This evening the company again met and after considerable talk it was finally moved and carried that the property that the brethren left unsold was to be left in the hands of Thomas and James McKee, who is going to remain here, untill the property is put in the hands of a committe[e] which is to be appointed by the authorities for that purpose. It was also moved by Telemachus Rogers and Seconded by James Watton that we sustasin John Tidwell as our captain. And it was Moved and carried that we begin to move out to morrow.
June 4 Today ten teams rolled out of from here on their way to the upper ferry.
June 5. This morning Eleazer King Junr was droped from the Emigrating company for refusing to help any of the poor, and for contention with the power that be. After this had been done he came to the authorities and made satisfaction and agreed to take one hundred weight of freight of luggage for the poor. To day Capt. John Tidwell moved away for the Camp ground near the ferry. Also today Captain John Tidwell moved out with his teams.
June 7th. To day several more teams put out from this Council Point and among them was Bro. Telemachus Roger’s two teams, and in one of them we ourself moved out and inconsequence of some heavy showers of rain and the bad roads there were some trouble in traveling and one of our wagons was overturned but no damage done and we had to camp about three miles the other side of Kanesville.—The weather was very cold, &.
June 8th. This morning we again hitched up our teams and traveled the distance of five miles through the Bluff to our Company[.] ourself went ahead of the teams and found all the Saints in the Camp in good spirits and good health and by the time we had been in camp an hour or two Elder Ezra T. Benson came an reorganized us into a company called the
Fift[h] Company. John Tidwell Captain of Fifty
1 Captain of 1st Ten, Thomas Robins, 8 in family, 2 wagons, 4 oxen, 6 cows, 2 horses, 1 man fit for duty, Dropped from the Captains ship of disobedience 2 John Tidwell, 10 in family, 2 wagons, 7 oxen, 5 cows, 8 sheep, 2 men fit for duty 3 Telemachus Rogers, 9 in family, 2 wagons, 6 oxen, 4 cows, 3 horses, 1 man fit for duty, Appoint Captain in the place of T. Robins. 4 [E. Crowel] 5 David Adams, 11 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 6 Richard Lowe, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 2 horses, 1 man fit for duty 7 John Trout, 2 wagons, Backed out 8 Stephensen, M. Trout, 1 wagon, Backed out 9 Henry Howland, 7 in family, 2 wagons, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 2 horses, 2 men fit for duty 10 John Heldredge,[blank space] in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 6 cows, 2 men fit for duty 11 David Ross, 8 in family, 1 wagon, 7 oxen, 2 cows, 2 men fit for duty 12 A. D. Boyington, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 3 cows, 1 man fit for duty Amount—62 in families, 13 wagons, 42 oxen, 30 cows, 8 sheep, 9 horses, 13 men fit for duty—Amount
1 Captain of 2nd Ten John M. King, 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 sheep, 2 men fit for duty 2 James Mathews, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 3 John Gilespie, 2 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 4 Eleazer King Senr., 4 in family, 1 wagon, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 5 Eleazer King Junr., 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 horse, 1 man fit for duty 6 James Henderson, 1 wagon, Backed out 7 Joshua Gillat, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 8 Robert Forester, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 3 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 9 George Howley, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 5 oxen, 1 cow, 2 man fit for duty 10 Absolam Yates, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 11 John Merry, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 12 Robert McKell, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 men fit for duty Amount------49 in families, 11 wagons, 42 oxen, 35 cows, 2 sheep, 1 horse, 14 men fit for duty
1 Captain of 3rd Ten, Adolphus Young, 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 3 cows, 1 man fit for duty 2 William Clark, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 3 John W. Vance, 7 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 4 Charles Lapworth, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 5 William Watts, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 6 Franklin J. Daves [Davis], 7 in family, 2 wagons, 6 oxen, 6 cows, 1 man fit for duty 7 T. J. McCallough [McCullough], 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 8 George Foster, 11 in family, 2 wagons, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 13 sheep, 1 horse, 1 man fit for duty 9 W. B. Cousworth [Causworth], 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 3 men fit for duty 10 James Portus, 3 in family, 1 wagon, 5 oxen, 1 cow, 1 man fit for duty Amount------59 in families, 12 wagons, 37 oxen, 32 cows, 13 sheep, 1 horse, 12 men fit for duty
1 Captain of 4th Ten, Andrew Whitlock, 10 in family, 2 wagons, 6 oxen, 4 cows, 2 sheep, 1 horse, 2 men fit for duty 2 John Enness [Ennis], 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 6 cows, 2 men fit for duty 3 John Yates, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 4 Edward Peel [Pool], 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 men fit for duty 5 John Wright, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 6 Martin Cole, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 7 Stephen Wood, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 1 man fit for duty 8 Henry Kebbell, 7 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 men fit for duty 9 Isaac Geusford [Gaisford], 6 in family, 1 wagon, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 4 men fit for duty 10 Thomas Hepworth, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 2 men fit for duty Amount------63 in families, 11 wagons, 44 oxen, 34 cows, 1 horse, 18 men fit for duty
1 Captain of fifth Ten, Henry Garfield, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 man fit for duty 2 Orrin D. Farlin, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 3 Jonathan McKee, 6 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 men fit for duty 4 Jeremiah Leivett [Leavitt], 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 1 man fit for duty 5 David Nelson, 8 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 2 men fit for duty 6 Harrison Peck, 7 in family, 1 wagon, 2 oxen, 1 cow, 1 man fit for duty 7 William Westwood, 15 in family, 3 wagons, 10 oxen, 2 cows, 3 horses, 3 men fit for duty 8 Richard Golitely [Golightly], 7 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 3 men fit for duty 9 Henry Green, 10 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 2 men fit for duty 10 Hugh McKee, 4 in family, 1 wagon, 4 oxen, 2 cows, 2 men fit for duty 11 William McKee, 10 in family, 2 wagons, 8 oxen, 8 cows, 2 men fit for duty Amount------86 in families, 14 wagons, 52 oxen, 33 cows, 3 horses, 20 men fit for duty-----Amount
[Totals] 62 in families, 13 wagons, 42 oxen, 30 cows, 8 sheep, 9 horses, 13 fit for duty, Amount of first Ten
49 in families, 11 wagons, 42 oxen, 35 cows, 2 sheep, 1 horse, 14 fit for duty, Amount of Second Ten
69 in families, 12 wagons, 37 oxen, 32 cows, 13 sheep, 12 men fit for duty, Amount of Third Ten
63 in families, 11 wagons, 44 oxen, 34 cows, 2 sheep, 1 horse, 18 men fit for duty, Amount of Fourth Ten
86 in families, 14 wagons, 52 oxen, 33 cows, 3 horses, 20 men fit for duty, Amount of Fifth Ten
Total 319 in families, 61 wagons, 217 oxen, 154 cows, 25 sheep, 14 horses, 77 men fit for duty,
James D. Ross, Captain of the Guard. George Bowering, Clerk
These Several officers were nominated by Elder Ezra T. Benson and carried Unanimous. After which some useful instructions were given to the several officers which if observed will prove beneficial to the whole company. Then was read over by Elder Ezra T. Benson the rules to be observed by the company.
First. Prayers to be observed night and morning.
Second. Meeting to be held on the Sabbath.
Third. No swearing to be allowed.
Fourth. Every one to be prepared to tie up their cattle.
Fift[h]. A Guard to be kept every night and the word cried every half hour.
Sixth. Horses put into the correll for safty every night.
Seventh. No cattle to be put in the correll, but to be kept outside and a guard kept round them.
Eighth. No man permitted to leave the Camp without the consent of the Captain.
Nineth. Every man to have a good gun and ammunition.
Tenth. No gun to be put in the wagon with a cap on to avoid accident, and put a piece of leather over the tube.
Eleventh. Treat your animals with the utmost kindness.
And Twelvth. A Captain of fifty to be appointed.
Then we had a little more instructions from Elder Benson and dismissed. In the evening we were again called together by the sound of the bugle to receive some instructions from the Captain of fifty which will be benificial if observed. And let it be known to all who see this that Telemachus Rogers, Jonathan McKee and Enoch Crowel was not put out of office in their tens inconsequence of transgression but because of being abstant at the time of reorganization.
June 9th The weather very cold but fine with a strong N wind the first part of the day. And we still remain in camp. And at evening after sundown the company were called together by the sound of the bugle and had some instructions from Captain John Tidwell about each ten suppl[y]ing them with a few extry axletrees fellows and spokes so that we might be prepared if any accident <occured>. He also spoke on the selecting of the tens and said that he had so arranged it as to devide a portion of our Council Point people in each ten by which means we are more liable to have union in our midst and those of you who are present if you be satisfied with this arrangement make it manifest by the show of the right hand. Clear vote.
June 10,th. This morning we were again called together and each company of ten was called out to themselves and each was given the privilege of changing with each others in other tens to suit themselves so that each man might know his ten that he might be in. In the evening the first company of ten moved near unto the ferry to be ready to be put over the river first thing in the morning.
June 11th. This morning immediately after breakfast the company hitched up their teams and went down to the ferry but we could not go over inconsequence of the wind been high[.] it blew from the S.W. So we turned back about half a mile to camp untill the wind went down. Near upon eleven oclock a m we were joined by the second company of ten who also had come to the ferry. In the evening Captain Yound [Young] also came up with the third ten.
June 12th Saturday. At sun rise this morning Captain Robins and his Ten hitched up their teams, and went to the Ferry and in a short time began to cross the river, and while we were crossing Captain King came up with his ten and was on hand, and so on unto the fifth. After the first and second tens had crossed the river we again hitched up teams and went through the Bluffs about three quarters of a mile beyond Winter-quarters, and camped in a small valley w[h]ere there were good water and grass, but fire-fuel is scarce. The weather fine but the heat oppressive.
June 13th. Sunday. Early this morning, the third ten under Captain Young came rolling into Camp and also part of the Fourth Ten with them. In the evening the camp was called together for meeting[.] After Prayer we had two very approbriate addresses from Captain’s Tidwell and Robins. Today some one or two were engaged in fixing six spokes in one of the fore wheels on the wagon of Bro. David Adams which had been broke on the road by his young and unruly cattle turning round. Also yesterday Bro. Telemachus Rogers had one of his swindle trees broke by his horse jumping over a small run of water at the bottom of a hill where it was a rather bad crossing.
June 14th Monday. Early this morning some more of the Fourth Ten came rolling into Camp. And this morning Bro. Telemachus Rogers left the Camp and returned to Kanesville after coming out with his family this far, he has returned according to the Counsel of Ezra T. Benson to work in the behalf of getting the poor over the planes and for the general benifit of the Church, he says that he expects to over take us again about half way has [as] he comes through with Ezra T. Benson. And our hearnest prayer is that health, Strength and the peace and blessing of Israels God may be with him in all his opperations and labour that he takes in hand and also that the same may rest upon his family untill they again meet, and then we hope that they may enjoy all the blessing that heaven can bestow upon mortal man. In the afternoon ourself and three others went back to the Ferry and found three wagons of our company and the teams with only the women with them the men being on the other side, the three that was with us went to work and hitched up their teams and brought them to Camp, the wind being so high that the remainder has not been able to cross the river as yet[.] two of the wagons were Captain Whitlocks and one is Bro. John Wrights, and he has lost his two cows[.] he got them put across the river and left them in the hands of a boy, and from him they got away and took over the river and has not been seen since. In the evening the wind abated and some eight wagons of Fifth Ten got across, Captains Tidwell and Robins also got their sheep across and brought them to Camp. The weather has been very warm and the sun bright for the last two days.
June 15th Teusday. This morning the remainder of the Company crossed the river & came up to the camping ground but why we did not cross all the wagons on saturday was inconsequence of Bro: Clark the Ferryman devoting one of the boats entirely to the removal of Californians, and again about an hour before sundown the boat hands were quite Tipsey[.] the pleasures of the dram shop was more powerful than the salvation we Mormons. but the last day or two the wind has been unfavorable for crossing. When the last wagons of the company arrived they reported that as they were traveling between Kane[s]ville and the Ferry, they had a small misfortune in one of the ladies in the crowd having the ill luck to fall out of the wagon and the wheel of the same running over her leg and bruising it which has caused her to be lame ever since but she continues to get better daily. About noon as the company were making preparations for moving to an higher and <better> land for camping purposes, we were visited by a slight thunder storm which terminated in heavy rain all the afternoon. And also at the same time our camp was visited by the monster Death which took possession of W[illia]m Henry Howland through that foul and dreaded desease Cholrea [cholera], after laying eighteen hours. And to put the cap stone on the story this was followed with the fatal accident that terminated the existance in this life of <our> aged Sister Leanor Reynolds. The cause and nature of the accident was as following. all hand[s] were about ready to start to the new camping ground, some three of the Captains of Tens with their companies had moved on[.] The corpse of our friend was placed in the Wagon and with it was our deceased Sister. just as the teamster of Br GL had steped on to the wagon and took hold of the reins he spoke to the horses, away they flew at a rapid rate up and down hills & they took a circle back towards the river untill they smashed the wagon at a gully and Oh Horror the old lady was thrown out by their stopage and the wheels ran over her breast[.] she just spoke after and said I am a dead woman lay hands upon me and expired, for a few moments the by standers were paralized but to their credit be it spoken on went a few of the brethren on foot like Indian runners[.] At the same time Captain Whitlock mounted his noble steed and in an instant joined in pursuite of the runaways. at last by the teamster speaking to the horses they stoped. they brought the horses back and left three or four to guard the two corpses and the property[.] they remain with them until evening when another wagon was sent for the property. and a grave was dug and the two was laid side by side in the same[.] the woman was on the left hand side of the man near unto Winter quarters. Now let us turn and see what is going on in the Camp through these things[.] we were thrown somewhat in confusion but this was soon over come and all hands commenced to roll out in the midst of mud and heavy rain to the new ground selected for the purpose of Camping for the evening. The fift[h] ten and one or two more wagons went about half a mile farther, unto Beeby’s Company. We did not form into correll but stood jumbled up any how. It continued to rain for some time after we had come into camp.
June 16th Wednesday. Some men were dispatched back for the broken wagon and brought it into camp[.] Soon after the first ten rolled out and took with them the broken wagon and formed into correll about three miles beyond Winter quarters, and the other four Tens followed in rotation and all <we> five Tens made a large Correll[.] some hands went to work to repair the broken wagon. In the afternoon <the> Captain got the Captain of the guard to write a letter to Elder Ezra T. Benson to inform him how things had went with us since we were organized. The following is a copy of the letter.
3 Miles from Winter quarters Wednesday June 16. 1852
We deem it our duty to acquaint you with the testament we experienced from the Mangeers of the Upper Ferry[.] on Friday afternoon the first ten was dispatched from the Camping ground where we were organized and in accordance with Bro: Clark request the whole company moved to the Ferry on Saturday. the weather was in every respects favourable for crossing but you can guess the extent of our mortification when we discovered that one of the boats were devoted entirely to the removal of Californians and about an hour before sun-set the boat hands were mostly quite tipsey[.] the attractions of the Saloon was far more powerful than the salvation of we Pilgrims, but to end this part of the story it was Teusday forenoon untill all our Company were safely landed this side of the Missouri[.] Bro John Wright of Council Point lost one yoke of Cows in crossing[.] they were in yoke. In as short a time as possible after our party had all reached the Camping ground. Preparations were made for removal to higher and better land for Camping purposes but a slight thunder storm and the Death of Henry Howland by the dreaded desease Cholrea together with the fatal accident that terminated the existence in this world of our aged Sister Reynold[s] from ill. The cause and nature of the accident was as follows[.] all were about ready to start to the New Camping ground[.] some three of the following of Tens with their companies had moved on, the corpse of our friend was placed in the wagon together with the deceased Sister, just as the teamster of Mr. H. had steped onto the wagon when away went the horses at a fearful rapid rate, on, on, on, they went helter skelter up hill and down dale, for a moment or two the bystanders were Paralized but to their credit be it spoken, on went a few of the brethren on foot like some well trained Indian runners[,] meantime Captain Whitlock mounted his horse and in a moment joined in pursuit of the runaways[.] the Brethren were just about heading the horses when Oh Horror the Old Lady was thrown out and the wheels passed right over her body and in a few minutes she expired. shortly afterwards the horses stopped of their own accord with no other mischeif than the smashing of a wheel. by the Death of Mr. H. we have lost our Blacksmith and if you could spare our old Companion Bro. T. Rogers to attend to the important duties of blacksmithing we should feel obliged, at present our Company are all in good health and spirits[.] accept our best wishes and fervent prayers for your prosperity.
Written by order of Captain Tidwell, Captain of fifty Signed James D. Ross, Captain of Guard.
Just before dark the company was called together and the Rules to be adopted was read over, and suitable instructions was then given by Captain Tidwell on the same.
June 17th Thursday. This morning the air thick and foggy but in an hour or two cleared of[f] & was fine and hot. At noon we hitched up teams and went a few miles and correlled just beyond the Six-mile grove w[h]ere there was plenty of grass and little water of an inferior kind. As we were traveling William McKee’s two wagons was at the last end of the train, and the first of the wagons was drove by a colored man, and the other drove by McKee himself and was about half a mile behind the rest inconsequence of the cattle breaking loose. three Indians came up to the one the colored man was with and wanted him to let them have some thing and when they found that he would not give them any thing they put for the one behind; the colored man seeing this also put for the other and it is supposed that if it had not been for him they would have rob[b]ed McKee.
June 18th Friday. About eight o’clock am. the company again made a start. Captain Garfield took the Tens with the Fift[h] ten. All the wagons had not been on the road far before Bro: John Wright had the missfortune to break the tongue of his wagon as he was coming down an hill by turning to sudden when near another wagon. When we had moved about two miles we were headed by a Slew that we had to go over[.] Captain Garfield went round about the slew and would not venture over but his men tryed it and got safe over and when he saw this he turned about and tried to go over in another place and was stuck fast and his wagon had to be drawn back and then he had to go the same way the others went; for a while the train was thrown in a little Disorder. After we got clear of this hindrance we went a few yards and then stoped for dinner[.] in the afternoon we travelled to the Pappea and camped on the hill the East side of the same. The Pappea is a creek ten feet wide and high banks[,] plenty of grass[,] Wood, and good water. About nine o’clock pm. Mrs Mary Ann Andrews Late of greavestone, Norfork [Norfolk] England, who came out this season with her son[,] Died of Diarrhea after laying about thirty hours and was buried on the hill the East side the Pappea.
June 19th This morning at nine o’clock the Company began to cross a narrow bridge over the Pappea[.] the bridge was only just wide enough for a wagon to go over. Captain Whitlock with the Fourth ten lead the way and the whole company got over the bridge in two hours and a half. Then we traveled nine miles and came to Elk horn: it is about nine rods wide and three feet deep. Plenty of grass wood and water for [illegible] being purposes, The Fourth and Fift[h] tens got over this evening
June 20th Sunday. This morning the First, Second and Third tens got safe over the river and the greater part swam their cattle and the others had them took over by the boat. The charge was one dollar a wagon and two bits for a yoke of cattle, then we moved a short distance and formed in correll. In the afternoon the Company was called together for meeting. It was opened by the Brass band that we have in our midst playing a lively tune, then an hymn was sung and played. Prayer by Captain John M. King. After which the Captain of the guard Elder James D. Ross was called upon to address the Assembly. he gave a most able and impulsive discourse upon the principles of gathering showing that we are know [now] in the act of helping to fulfil prophecy that was spoken by prophets of old &c &c[.] He was followed by Captain Tidwell who made some remarks on the same subject and also said that we have had some hindrances by the missfortunes and other things that transpired in our midst and in conclusion said we have made some few arrangements respecting the order of things and the following things are to be done. A trumpet will be blown first in the morning to arise from bed and unloose the cattle for herding[.] at the same time the herdmen to be ready to go with them. The second time it is blown is for prayers, the third time it is blown is for the herdmen to bring up the cattle and all hand is to yoke up and prepare moving. And the fourth time it is blown is for the camp to start their journey. John Heldredge then arose and said that he proposed that we rouse our Captain an horse either by subscription or some other means[.] Eleazer King Junr said he might ride his horse if he had a mind[.] it was young, and had never been rode with a saddle yet but it was at his service. It was then moved and carried that we accept this offer. Then the Captain of the guard read over some by laws which Captain Tidwell had requested him to draw out for the regulating of the guard and herdsmen[.] they read as follows.
Bye laws for the goverment of the guard—
First. Every Man to be ready for duty when called upon unless he is sick and not able to take his post.
Second. Carpenters and Blacksmiths to be released from duty when they have been at work for the benifit of the company.
Third. Any man no matter what [h]is station or calling if found asleep or otherwise neglecting his duty for the first offence he will be required to perform double duty, for the second offence in addit[i]on to double duty he will be required to perform one half day herding and for the third offence a fine of one dollar shall be demanded, and every aditional offence the fine to be doubled.
Fourth. The money produced by the fines imposed upon the delinquents to be paid into the Perpetual Emigration fund for the benifit of the poor
Bye laws for the Herdsmen
First. The same number of men to be employed for herding the cattle during the day as are on guard during the night.
Second. Any of the herdsmen found guilty of indolence to the neglect and danger of loosing the cattle the same Penalties to be imposed upon the delinquents herdsmen as those placed upon the attending guard. Moved by Captain King that we accept these bye laws[.] Second by Captain Whitlock and Carried Unanimous[.] And then the meeting dismissed. Immediately after the meeting five individuals went down to the water and was Baptized under the hands of Captain John Tidwell in the Elk horn[.] their names are as follows, Martha Diana Howland Aged 28, George Goddard Aged 11, Eliza Goddard Aged 10, Joseph Goddard Aged 9 and Emma Broomhead Aged 13.
June 21st Monday. Between twelve and one oclock this morning we were visited by an heavy thunderstorm[.] The rain fell in turrents for a short time. This morning about half a dozen of Indeans [Indians] came into the camp and about 9 o’clock a.m. we again started out to travel and went some distancs [distance] beyond Liberty Pole. The weather rather cool[.] plenty of Timber grass and water. And this evening Lewis Reno Vance, Born January 29[,] 1793 was baptized and confirmed under the hands of Captain John Tidwell.June 22nd. This morning and the previous night we have had some heavy rain which has hindered us some in travelling. At noon we hitch up teams and traveled some few miles and encamped were there were neither wood nor water but plenty of grass. The weather continued dull during the day but at night we had more rain.
June 23rd Wednesday. A fine morning but rather cloudy and cold at an early hour we [hi]tched up and traveled a few miles untill we came to the R R and T roads w[h]ere they join the river[.] at this point there is a branch of the river running round an Island and hear we stoped for dinner. In the afternoon we traveled some few miles and camped near the river were there is plenty of Timber and grass for camping purposes.
June 24th Thursday. This morning we traveled near two miles and came to Shell Creek which is twelve feet wide and two feet deep and to all appearance is a fine place for camping purposes. afterwards we traveled five and three quarters of miles and stayed for dinner near Small Lake south side the road. In the afternoon we traveled about seven miles and camped near the Long Lake South side the road, Plenty of grass and water but no wood.
June 25. Friday. At an early hour this morning we put out and traveled between six and seven miles. Stayed for dinner near the Lake South side the road. This is a pretty camping place. We saw about two miles an head of us a few wagons which we found to beat the Ferry. About an hour after we started again we arrived at the Loup Fork[.] immediately after we arrived it was supposed that A. D. Boyinton’s wife had the small pox, and on this suspision was sent the out side the camp. And the wagons that were near was found to be Captain Beeby’s Ten, and another with six brethren from Salt Lake Valley on a Mission to Europe[.] their Captain was Thomas Margretts Late of London. At dusk in the evening the Camp was called together by the sound of the bugle. When Captain John Tidwell informed the company that he had been to see what arrangements could be made with the Ferryman about puting the company over the river. he told us that the Ferryman charged two dollar a wagon but if the company would pay one dollar a wagon all round he would put us over and we can swim the cattle. It was carried that we pay one dollar all round. Then there was considerable said about A. D. Boyinton going out of the crowd in consequence of his wife having the Small pox. the mind of some was for him to leave the Camp and others for him to remain with us but remaining at some distance in the rear. It was finally moved by Bro: Charles Miller That we covenent to stand by each other unto death under all circumstances. Seconded by Bro: Henry Green and Carried Unanimous. Then Bro Charles Miller volenteered to go and do for Bro: Boyintons family during the sickness if required. Then Captain Beeby said, he wished to unite with this company when it was moved and carried Unanimous that he do according unto his desire. After this buisness was over Captain Tidwell gave the company permission to amuse themselves as they pleased[.] The Six Brethren from the Salt Lake Valley was also in our midst. The amusement commenced with the Salt Lake Boys singing a song[.] the brass band that is with us were present and gave us some delicious and melodious music followed up with dancing song singing and it concluded by some remarks from Captain Margretts about the prospects at Salt Lake. The things which he said was both cheering and encouraging to the Humble Saint, but calculated to discourage and blithe the expectations of the half hearted. And they closed with one of the songs of Zion.
June 26. Saturday. This morning very rainy but in a few hours it cleared off. Between five and six a.m. Ann the wife [Ann Richmond Davis] of Franklin J. Daves [Davis] departed this life by the grasp of that foul and dreaded desease Cholrea after laying only a few hours[.] Aged [blank space]  years And was buried about eighty rods East of the Loup Fork Ferry. Today our company crossed the Ferry. The ferryman were rather saucy and wanted <to> put over the river at the same time he was ferrying us over some Californians but our Captain would not suffer it[.] this he wanted to do because he could get more pay. About six oclock p m after the company had got in correll we had a slight thunderstorm and heavy rain for a few minutes. The Seventh Company of Mormons has just arrived at the Ferry.
June 27th <Sunday> This morning we went between six and seven miles and camped near unto a Lake and Timber which place we [k]now no name for[.] Therefore we will name it Tidwells camping place and a few rods North of the camp is two graves with head boards stating that the individuals buried is T. N. Cox died May 30th and A Lyon died May 31st 1852 Lake of New Harmony. In the evening at dark we held meeting when the brethren had the previlege of speaking their feeling. several spoke and what was said was calculated to cheer the hearts of all
June 28. Monday. [This] [mo]rning we went a few miles and stayed for dinner <near> some muddy water. [there we] call the place Muddy water[.] this place is about ten miles from [Loup] Fork and fifteen miles from where the road leaves the Loup fork River. While we were here we buried Lewis Reno Vance who died this morning just as we were leaving camp of Diarrhoea [diarrhea] after laying about a week[.] Aged 59 years. He was buried the South side the road. Immediately after we arrived into camp this evening we were visited by a very Heavy Thunder storm accompanied with rain. Beebies Company of Ten was camped near unto us tonight.
June 29th Teusday. Early this morning Beeby’s Company went off without ever offering to unite themselves with us after they had solicited for to be in our company and a moved made in favour of the same. <This they did> in consequence of been scared of the Cholrea and Small Pox. This morning the Sixth company under Captain Wood past us and camped just beyond us[.] they numbered about sixty three wagons. At noon we again commenced to travel and past three graves two the south side the road and one the north[.] The discription of one of the South was M. E. Steen Died Jun 8, 1852[.] Aged 5 years[.] The other an infant. That on the North was I. Turner who has been in the Church 15 years and was a worthy Deacon Late of Apple Creek[.] Morgan Cy Vro died May 30, 1852, Aged 54 years. Ourself and one Richard Lowe walked on before <the> company and Immediately after the company had over taken us we were informed that there had been a Stampead in the first ten caused by Widow [Rachal] Weldens horses running away but no damage done except the breaking a ox yoke belonging to Father James Watton. Soon after ourself had been informed of this runaway scrape, The whole company was thrown into cheerfulness by the arrival of our old Friend and brother Telemachus Rogers who came riding up. he was received in our midst with acclamation of friendship, and cheers[.] yea all faces seemed to manifest joy on the occassion[.] he came through in two days after he was liberated. And we can confidently say that he has the good feel of the whole crowd. And of none more so than of ourself and our prayer is that the richest blessings of heaven [may be] his and also that of his family, for we have full confidence that he [is the] [m]an of God, and one that rejoices continually in doing good to all around hi[m.] [blank space] we believe that ourself have experienced this as much as any other being [li]ving on the earth, yea we know him to be a good friend to the friendless and forsaken, and we can consistently say as far as ourself is concerned that he has been the means in the hand of the Great God of cheering and healing up the wounds of a broken heart even of a spirit that has been crushed from very childhood caused by the scoffs and snears that has been heaped upon <us> both by friends and other inconsequence of our informaties. And for these kindnesses we can only say that our heart overflows with love and gratitude to him, in thus having compassion upon us and it does not stop here. no it does not for he has undertook to take us to Salt Lake Valley and thus far he has been like a father and his good Lady our much beloved Sister has been as a mother unto us. For these blessings we pray God the Eternal Father to continually bless them with the blessings of earth and heaven which we ask in the Name of Jesus of Nazaraeth Even so, Amen. This evening as soon as we came to a stand [blank space] there was a difficulty arose in our midst by Thomas Robins Captain of the First Ten disobeying the orders of the Captain of Fifty in refusing to correll in the place that he should have done. and he said many things which plainly showed that he did not regard the authority that is over him, and it is determinated in holding a meeting on the same. Captain Tidwell made some remarks on the same and said that Captain Robins had been grumbling and complaining for some time and know [now] he comes out openly manifests that he disreguards authority. Captain Robins made some remarks to justify himself but they had no effect up [on] the crowd. It was finally moved by the Captain of the Guard James D. Ross, Seconded by James Watton, that Captain Robins be droped from his office and another appointed in his place. Carried Unanimous. Captain Robins then made a few more remarks and amongst the rest said that he had intended to resign his Captainship. Moved by David Adams, Seconded by John Enness [Ennis] that Telemachus Rogers be appointed Captain of the First Ten. Carried Unanimous then we dismissed.
June 30th. This morning we started soon after 3 o’clock and first thing we went through the [Ra]vene on the Bluffs and traveled over a considerable sandy [land] for a little distance and then the road got somewhat better[.] [we]nt about ten miles and stayed for dinner[.] in the afternoon we went about six miles and camped for the night near a river but no wood this side of it[.] To night we had in our Camp an horse wagon with three men[.] one was Elder Johnson late from a mission in England.
July 1st Thursday. To day we traveled somewhere about twenty miles over sandy roads hills and mud holes and camped were there were neither wood nor water. At sundown there was a meeting held to deside matters respecting a bull that had be[en] bought by Benjamin Tallows [Dallow] for the good of the camp[.] it was bought last Sunday in consequence of the company desiring him to do so and this meeting is to deside how he is to be paid again. He said he was willing to be paid in the way and manner the company desired. Moved by Charles M. Miller[.] Seconded by David Ross. That each man who owns [illegible] [c]ows give him ten cents an head whether he required the use of the Bull or not and if any misfortune befalls said Bull in consequence of the using him that the company refund the ballance of the money to said Benjamin Dallow for the pay of the bull[.] Carried Unanimous. Moved by David Ross[.] Seconded by Orrin D. Farlin that James D. Ross the Captain of the Guard get the names of all those who owns cows and the number of the cows, and what each man pays. Carried Unanimous[.] The following is a copy of said list.
1 John Tidwell, 5 cows, 50 cents
2 Telemachus Rogers, 2 cows, 20 cents
3 Thomas Robins, 6 cows, 20 cents
4 David Adams, 2 cows, 20 cents
5 M Dinna [Martha Diana Case] Howland, 2 cows, 20 cents
6 James [Watto]n, 2 cows, 20 cents
7 Thomas Hepworth, 2 cows, 20 cents
8 John <Heldredge, 3 cows, 30 cents>
9 John M[orris] Tring [King], 3 cows, 30 cents
10 James Mathews, 2 cows, 20 cents
11 Eleazer King Senr, 2 cows, 20 cents
12 Eleazer King Junr, 3 cows
13 Rachal Welden, 2 cows
14 Robert Forester, 1 cow, 10 cents
15 Elizabeth Taylor, 2 cows, 20 cents
16 Joshua Gillat [Gillette], 2 cows, 20 cents
17 Robert McKell, 4 cows, 40 cents
18 Haslam [Absalom] Yates, 2 cows, 20 cents
19 George Howley, 1 cow, 10 cents
20 John Murray, 4 cows, 25 cents
21 Adolphie [Adolphus] Young, 3 cows
22 John W. Vance, 2 cows, 20 cents
23 T. J. [Jefferson T.] McCallough [McCullough], 2 cows, 20 cents
24 Franklin J. Daves [Davis], 4 cows
25 Charles Lapworth, 4 cows, 40 cents
26 William Clark, 2 cows, 20 cents
27 James Portas, 1 cow, 10 cents
28 William Watts, 4 cows, 40 cents
29 George Foster, 4 cows
30 Causworth & Dallow 4 cows, 40 cents
31 Andrew Whitlock, 4 cows, 50 cents
32 John Yates, 4 cows, 40 cents
33 John Wright, 2 cows, 20 cents
34 Henry Kibble, 4 cows, 40 cents
35 Martin Cole, 4 cows, 40 cents
36 Isaac Gailsford [Gaisford], 2 cows, 20 cents
37 David Ross, 2 cows, 20 cents
38 John Enness [Ennis], 4 cows, 40 cents
39 Edward Andrews, 2 cows, 20 cents
40 Edward Poole, [illegible] cows, 40 cents
41 Henry Garfield, [illegible] cows, 20 cents
42 Orrin D. Farlin, [illegible] cows, 20 cents
43 Jeremy D. Leivett [Leavitt], 2 cows, 20 cents
44 Hugh McKee, 2 cows
45 Harrison Peck, 1 cow, 10 cents
46 William Westwood, 2 cows, 20 cents
47 Richard Golightly, 3 cows, 30 cents
48 David Nelson, 2 cows, 20 cents
49 Henry Green, 2 cows, 20 cents
50 Geo[r]ge Goddard, 2 cows, 20 cents
50  Jonathan McKee, 4 cows, 40 cents
51  William McKee, 5 cows, 50 cents
52  Mary Clark, 3 cows, 30 cents
Amount of Cach [Cash], 11 dollars 95 cents Total
Received from James D. Ross the sum of Eleven dollars and Ninetifive cents being the amount collected by the Fifth[.] Fifty to aid in paying for the Bull I purchased at their request
July 2nd, 1852
Settled by B Dallow
July 2nd This morning we traveled about eight and nine miles over sandy bluffs and mud holes, and stayed for dinner near a round pond. Here the seventh company of fifty under Captain Jolley past us and buted just ahead of us. In the afternoon we again past the seventh company and traveled on untill we got beyond Prarrie Chreek [Prairie Creek] and camped for the night...And here the seventh company again past us [illegible] and camped an head of us. There is plenty of grass here but no timber.
July 3rd To day we traveled about thirteen miles and camped in the evening one mile beyond Wood Creek[.] we went just an head of the seventh company. When we arrived at the river we had [to] stop untill the seventh company had past over and while <we were visited> here by the appearence of an Emigrant from the invisible wo[...] came to
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