. . . Accordingly, on the 3rd of May, 1866, having disposed of our small stock of furniture and other things, we left home, traveling by rail via the Great Northern Railroad to London, a distance of about fifty six miles. There we remained two days viewing some of the sights of that great city visiting with my brother Samuel, who was then living near London, and [-] with Aunt Maria, Mother's sister, and then we embarked on the ship Caroline and bade farewell to our native land.
We experienced some tolerably rough weather while sailing down the English Channel but our voyage of five weeks, was generally pleasant, there being but little sickness, except ordinary seasickness, and only two or three deaths amongst a company of over three hundred.
After landing at Castle Garden, New York, we went down Long Island Sound to New Haven, Connecticut, then by rail to Montreal, Canada, along the Grand Trunk Railroad to Lake Huron, thence to Chicago & thence to St. Joseph. While traveling, we had to ride in freight cars the greater portion of the way; owing, it was alleged to there being no passenger cars at hand many being used by soldiers that were out after Ferrians. Arriving at St. Joe, we continued our journey up the Missouri River by steamboat to Wyoming. There we attached ourselves to Horton D. Haight's train owing to the teams from Willard City, the residence of my brother, being there. We remained at Wyoming waiting for this train for about six weeks. The wagons were loaded principally with wire for telegraph lines. We were ten weeks crossing the plains, but at last when at Coalville we were met [p.5] by my brother George Facer who came to meet us.
On the 15th of October 1866 we arrived at Salt Lake City and on the 17th reached Willard City, the home of my brother. He kindly furnished us with a house and lot, and we rejoiced at once more having a place we could call home. . . .[p.6]
BIB: Chandler, James J. Reminiscences and diary (Ms 1893), pp. 5-6. (CHL)