my business and going to the Valley. Again I went to the Bluffs and found my cattle (oxen) so poor that I couldn’t go and finding, if I stayed another year, my brother Jeremiah might get ready and go. This caused me to give up the object until next year. Brother Abram and myself took two yoke of cattle and a wagon and went to St. Joseph, Missouri. We went to work hauling and chopping wood. Then I fell in with Brother William List. He had rented a wagon shop and proposed to take me in as a partner. I consented and went to work, bought timber and soon got so I could do good work. We were blessed in our labors. Abram continued hauling with the team, and we divided our profits.
Prepares to travel to Utah
We worked with Brother List three months, after which I bought him out and sent for Jeremiah. He came. We worked through the fall and winter of 1849-50. All that we made was divided between the three of us. We made some fifty wagons in ten and a half months and sold them for $26.50 each. Then we gathered clothes, tools, and provisions for our outfit; three yoke of steers, fourteen cows and all necessary things for our journey, repaired to the Bluffs, fitted our wagons up and on the 12th of June 1850, we crossed the Missouri River with three wagons, five yoke of oxen and seventeen cows.
My brother Jeremiah and his family consisted of his wife, two children and Elizabeth (our sister). My family consisted of Abram, Adeline (our sister) and myself. Thus my anticipations were more than realized. We had gathered much around us in this year and through the blessings of God whom we praise forever and ever. We traveled in the Company of Captain David Evans. We had some cases of cholera and buried five or six of our numbers. However the trip was a pleasant one and we arrived the 17th of September 1850. Jeremiah was very sick when we arrived but he soon recovered.
I was greatly delighted with the country. We all remained together and rented a house in the Third Ward, cut some hay in the Big Field, and got a lot in the 10th Ward. I was rebaptized and commenced anew to keep the commandments of God. We went to work and built a house 37 x 16 feet, one and a half stories high in the winter of 1850-51.
I began examining for a mill--probably in Utah County. Found a good place on the American Fork River. Nathan W. Packer, Abram and myself agreed that we would put up a Mile for flour. Abram, Jeremiah and myself took up some land on what was called “Dry Creek” or Evansville, now known as Lehi.P
Married Sylvia, build mill, mill burns
December 25, 1850, I became acquainted with Sylvia Eastman and on 27 February 1851, I married her. revious to which Abram and I went to Evansville and built a log house. Sometime in the month of March, we moved to Evansville. We put in some wheat and
other grain and prepared to build the Mill, which we commenced sometime in June. I worked very hard during the summer and fall and in the month of September we got the Mill going. We had a good custom.
The 9th or 10th of January 1852 our mill burned down and our labors were gone. Some of our stock gone too and we were owing several hundreds of dollars. But being counseled by Dr. Richards, we concluded to build again.
25 December 1851, I had a fine boy born and called his name Lorenzo Lafayette.
Accordingly we set to build the Mile over again and got it to running in September of 1852, during which time Abram and I had dissolved partnership. Thus I spent 1851 and ‘52 principally in building the two mills. In the summer of ‘53, we went to work and put in a smut machine. In the month of July, the Indians commenced their depredations and all the settlements in the south part of the Territory were compelled to move into Forts. We commenced moving our houses into the City of Lehi, according to the orders. We had large crops of wheat. It was just ready to cut.
Thus we had our harvest and Indian war at the same time and our houses to move. All hands worked hard and we soon accomplished the job. We formed companies to move the houses and herd the cattle. I was appointed captain over a few men to move houses. Worked fourteen days and moved in the widows and ourselves. There were several other companies that helped move houses. We gathered our grain and prepared for winter.
In the winter of 1852-53, I was chosen 2nd counselor to Bishop David Evans and McConnel the first counselor and thus passed away the year of 1853.
1854-55—married Katherine Karren
In the spring of 1854, we were counseled to run our town or fort into city lots and build a wall around it. The wall was to be of mud. Six feet thick and twelve feet high. And we were to move our houses onto the lots or build new ones. From this time on there were many duties devolving upon me. Brother McConnel, first counselor to the Bishop, was called away in the fall of 1853, which left me the first counselor.
I commenced my wall and was appointed Captain of the north string of the wall. We had commenced building a meeting house and I had to take charge of getting the timber for it. I had commenced building me a house and thus I worked very hard and accomplished the getting of the timber for the Tithing House also. 11 November, married another wife by the name of Catherine Karren. I was blessed in all my labors. My house was 26x16 feet and one and a half stories high. I made a good job of it.
Lehi City, March 9 A.D. 1855—Ordained High Priest