June 12, 1847
Location: Winter Quarters - 1014 miles left, Nebraska - Location: 41:21:41N 95:56:45W Currently the site of Florence, Nebraska, Winter Quarters was settled in September, 1846 as a temporary resting place for the pioneers. It is located just west of the Missouri river in Nebraska.
Summary: Saturday. First day of the journey.
Journal entry: Bade farewell to many who seem dearer to me than life & seated in the carriage with sis. P. [Pierce] M. [Margaret] & E. [Edith Evaline] I took my departure from Winter Quarters. It commenc'd raining soon after our start--one of br. P.s drivers had the misfortune to break his wagon tongue which was soon repaired--we travel'd 7 ms. the weather became fine & we encamp'd at night having 14 wagons in com. I felt a loneliness for a while after parting with my friends but the spirit of consolation & rejoicing return'd & I journey'd with good cheer.
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