May 1846

“In the winter of 18 and 46 our neighbor got hold of Fremont’s History of California and began talking of moving to the New Country & brought the book to my husband to read & he was carried away with the idea too. I said O let us not go. Our neighbors, some of them old men & women, with large families, but it made no difference. They must go….We sold our home and what we could not take with us and what we could not sell…we gave away & on the 7th day of May 1846 we joined the camp for California.”

From the Diary of Mary A. Jones (Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey)