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Section 7 To Mechanicsville, Winter Quarters:  

This was the 4 day of May 1846 we traveled 9 or 10 miles and put up at a brother Tyril he has since apostatised. It was a dark stormy night rain and snow Ann Eliza slept in the house and I in the waggon

A man by the name of Mexon with his family was with us all the way to Keosauqua Iowa Ter. on the Desmoin river The 2d night we camped near pigeon prairie A man came to our camp and told us that a family of Mormans had started that day for Nauvoo and if we had been a little sooner we could been in their company all the way. I prayed in my heart that something might hapen that we might yet fall in with them.

It rained all that night. la the morning we yoked up our oxen and drove on We traveled all that day in the rain camped it rained all that night in the morning it stopt raining the families aluded to passt us as we ware eating breakfast We soon hookt our teams on and started after them, they stopt about 10 o'clock and we passt them and at night we all campt together finely I asked them which way they ware traveling they said they ware going to Van buren Co. Iowa I then asked them if they ware not mormans they answered by asking me the same question I told them we was and we ware going with the church, they then said that they ware also mormans and ware on the same erand and we would travel on together, they then told us their names Levi Savage and wife and 3 sons Levi Jr. and Mathew and Moroni one daughter Hanah. the other family was Benjamine Waldren and wife and two sons Glusby & ______

We traveld on as far as Walnut Grove in Ilinois before we stopt except over night here we camped for 6 days. While we ware at this place we were^ visited by WmjSmith and many other apostates they said everything in their power to turn us back but we had enough of the spirit of the gospel to overcome their arguments and they would turn and leave us after pronouncing all maner of bad luck to us.

After our teams ware rested and we had washed our clothes and written letters home or back we started on, while we ware camped I had a dream, being somewhat disturbed in consequence of the stories we heard from apostates about the corruption of the mormans for it was a continual harrang from morning to night and being tired of disputing them continualy I went away and prayed that the Lord would grant me his spirit that I might know what more to say to them and to give me power to resist them, after which I felt much strengthened that night I dreamed that I had two young wives one had red hair slim in stature the other black hair not quite as tall as the other I looked at them and could hardly believe that it was so but after I had convinced myself that the ancient order was again restored and it was right I awoke being convinced. In the morning I told my dream to father Waldren and he believed that it was a true dream and that I should live to see its fulfilment This dream gave us great comfort and satisfaction and it strengthend our faith so that we felt as though we could ask no odds of all the powers of darkness or its emisaries

We went on our way rejoicing although the rains had made the roads vary muddy and had raised the streams so much that it was almost impossible to travel but we determined that nothing should stop us, we traveled for miles with our waggon wheels two thirds the way to the hubs and it seemed as though the heavens was composed of clouds and water for it rained almost continualy night and day and had done almost the whole time we had been on the road the first day in the morning crossing a stream I strained one of my oxen, the next day he was taken with the dry murin at noon he was so bad that he could hardly travel. I gave him a dose composed of 1 pint of hogs lard 1/2 pint of sutt a lump of rosin about the size of a hens egg and 1/2 pint of salt and started on. at night he seemed no better he laid down as soon as I took the yoke from his neck, after he had rested a little while I got him up and drove him a little ways from the camp and he laid down again, by this time it was dark I watched over him and carried him water but he would not drink, finely the thought came into my mind to lay my hands on him and pray for him which I did and while my hands ware on him I heard a rumbling noise inside of him which I took to be a testimony that my prayers was answerd. The next morning I as soon as day appeard I was out to see how he was and to my joy he was up and eating grass I drove him down to the water and he drank harty, as he turned around to the grass his phisic operated It was not thought best to work him for a day or two or until he was better this left me with three oxen but brother Savage had some loose cattle along and among them was a bull which he told me to yoke in his place a few days I used him 3 or 4 days We had much trouble in crossing fox river the water was fcdgh and ran vary swift so that we had to hang on to the bow of the yoke to keep from being washed down stream by the currant and we had to put all our oxen onto one waggon to keep them from being washed down stream for they reached nearly acc-ross the stream and having the heavy teams ahead they would get through the deepest and pull the rest through with the load, but we got over all safe I waded the stream 9 times but it done me no harm that I know of I generaly took the lead in all the hard and dangerous places for the Lord was with me and this always encouraged me and give me strength

Mahen had about a dozen sheep which was more trouble to us in crossing streams than all our teams and waggons I had one that Hall wanted me to take along for him, it was a fine merino buck of the best breed. I took him through to winter quarters but he did not live through the winter

When we got to the DesMoin river we had another hard time to get accross. it was about 50 rods wide and the curant swift we had to cut blocks and rais eur waggon beds up 6 or 8 inches to keep them out of the water, this river I also waded 9 times the next day I had the ague took some pills and some opium and broke it up

Here we bid goodby to Mahon and his family we went on two days and came to the Morman road from Nauvoo to winter quarters, it was about nine o'clock at night when we got to a camping place in the morning we found ourselves in company of many of the brethren but all strangers to me but one that was Edward M. Webb the man who baptized us. he wanted me to stop and help him build a barn which he had taken by the job to build which I did. We got our pay in wheat We had 27 bushels each for our pay. We took it to mill and got 34 pounds to the bushel which made us 918 Ibs of flour besides brand and shoots

The place was called Mechanicsville While I was at the mill I traded off one yoke of cattle for a lighter pair for mine was to heavy and too slow for the trip, and a missourian stole a good 2 gallon jug out of my waggon. We then started for the bluffs the last house was on soap creek whare we camped the first night. While we was camped at Mechanicsville a man came to our tent and told us that government had sent a man on to overtake the mormans with orders to rais 500 men to go fight Mexico and in case the mormans refused to rais them he was orderd to rais an army and kill evry damd morman between the Missippi and Misourie river however this we did not believe but in a few days we found that it was true the men had to go and leave their helpless families the plan was discovered by the heads of the church and they calld on the brethren to volunteer to save the lives of the rest they traveld all through the camps to get men to go so that in a tew days upwards of 500 men volunteered to fight for their enemies which ware such in reality if they could have had a cause, but in this instance the wisdom of God was greater than the cuning of the devil. We traveled on in company with Edward M and Wesley Webb and a man by the name of Pate who I let have 150 Ibs flour We all went on to the bluffs & crosst the missourie river the first day of October except father Pate he slept at Pisgah we camped in company with Seth Taft Chancy Webb and Morace Snedaker to cut hay for the winter I was for going on to fix a cabin as soon as possible for Ann Eliza was soon to be confined. But E. M. Webb urged us not to leave their company that he would let me have his tent that would be more comfortable than anything that I could build in so short a time, accordingly I accepted his offer and staid the 9th day of October Eliza was born it was 6 miles south of the main camp she was taken sick in the night and it was with dificulty that I could get any one to go for assistance, but after looking about the camp for some one to go I found a man by the name of Dykes who had traveled with us from Mechanicsville (which I had forgotten to mention before) he took Brother Tafts horses and started about 9 o'clock in the evening and returned at 3 in the morning he had to get off going through the sloughs and mud holes and take the woman on his back and carry her accross as she was afraid to ride accross on the horse Ann Eliza was vary sick she was delivered safely of a daughter in about an hour after Mother Sessions arrived for that was the name of the mid wife The indi-ans ware very hostile in their feelings they wanted us to give them all we had and because we would not they set our hay on fire, several times, and tried to burn our waggons and all we had but we succeeded in puting it out. they shot an airow into one of Brother Tafts cows which was like to kill her and he butcherd her to save the meat. And he divided her out to the families. I had about 30 Ibs it was first rate

On Sunday I went up to the camp to meeting in company with Dykes this was the first time I ever saw any of the 12 but P. P. Pratt he came to our camp in Iowa on his way to England thare was but two or three of them presant I did not see Bri-gham or Heber.

We returned from meeting and found the women much frightned by the Indians they was vary mad because sister Taft would not give them one hind quarter of beef she offerd to give them about 15 or 20 Ibs a piece, but they said it was their cow for they had examined the hide and found whare they had shot the arrow and by that they claimed it they pointed to the hay and said this is our land and we will burn it all over and then your cattle will all die But they finely took the amount they offered and appeared satisfied. After we had done cuting hay we went up to camp we had a hired girl with us by the name of Dolly Childs She left us when we come up to the camp Eliza was about 11 days old Ann E was not vary strong but the want of means compeled us to let her go at first, Edward M, Webb and myself went to see Brigham to know whare we should camp this the first sight that I had of the leader of the Kingdom of God on the earth, he told us to camp along on the outside line wharever we could find a place we went Into the south west corner on the side hill. In a few days I got Into work for President Young and we moved over onto the north side of the hill whare the mill was building, here I dug out a flat place in the side hill to set our waggon box in while I took the riming gears to draw logs for a house here I labored hard to build a house. I got most of the logs hauled onto the spot and part of it layed up. it was 14 feet square Dykes the man who was helping me did not like the place and he concluded to give me his part of the logs and make him a cave in the ground which he did. Soon he left father Pate came and helped me finish the house and lived in with us till spring after we got the body of the house up we cut out the door and while I was hewing a casing for the door I stuck the corner of the axe into the instep of my foot which laid me up about 3 weeks. When I got so that I could step on my foot I went over whare Daniel Collett was whip sawing I asked him to trust me to 25 cents worth of slabs for door jams and when I got to work on the mill I would pay him for it but he refused to do he had him a good house and was sawing lumber to sell and I thought it rather hard that I could not get a brother to trust me a single farthing and winter was on hand and I was still lame and not able to work but I resolved not to complain come what would.

Journal Sections
  1. Brief history of Phineas' ancestry
  2. Childhood to 1838
  3. 1839 - Spring of 1843
  4. 1843 - 1845
  5. Conversion to the Mormon Church
  6. Leaving the family to join with the Mormons in the west 1845-46
  7. To Mechanicsville, Winter Quarters
  8. Winter Quarters 2
  9. Traveling West to Utah
  1. Settling in the Valley
  2. Run in with Indians
  3. 1851 - 1853
  4. 1854-1855
  5. Events of 1855
  6. September 1855- March 1856
  7. May - July 1856
  8. August - December 1856
  9. 1857 - Journal Conclusion