Historical Pioneer Journals
One of the original company, William Clayton served as historian
and secretary for the pioneers, keeping a detailed journal of
the wagon train's journey. He is most know for coming up with
the idea of the odometer which helped the pioneers measure the
Snow, Eliza Roxcy
She crossed the plains in 1847 in the big company. She was
a gifted writer and poet, as well as a strong advocate for women.
(1810 - 1889)
Of the Mormon diaries available to scholars, perhaps there is
none which so adequately mirrors the times and locale of the writer
and his people over such an extended time as does the diary of
Hosea Stout. Over various times, he was an officer in the militia,
chief of police, attorney general, United States district attorney,
and president of the house of the Utah Territorial Legislature.
These associations with the highest ecclesiastical and civil authorities
permitted Stout to inscribe in his diary conversations and transactions
which were outside the knowledge of many diarists.
He organized and led the Mormon pioneers across the plains
from Winter Quarters, Nebraska, into the Rocky Mountains to the
valley of the Great Salt Lake.