. . . We set sail May 23,1866, on the ship, American Congress. At sea we were tossed about and nearly all became seasick. I was blessed by having only three days of seasickness. Father and mother and my two younger sisters were very sick, and my baby caught the whooping cough. The Lord spared her life and she got well. . .
We landed in New York the 4th of July, 1866. We anchored and saw many beautiful fireworks. A ship was set on fire on the sea and with flames coming out of its many windows, it was a great sight. Next day we went on the pier, and then came another task. We had to pass a man who read our names off the list. When he came to my name, as I was called Sarah Keep, and child, he said, "Stop, where is your husband, and how do you know he is not here? Stand back!" He shouted. I stood back and all the young men passed. My old friend, Will Penney, came and asked what was the matter. I told him, and he said, "Come with me, they will not know who I am." I went with him, and all was well. We stayed in New York three weeks. My sister's baby was born. Then came another task. My father did not have enough money to take me on to the Valley. I sold my wedding ring to buy my baby a pair of shoes and a hat; also to pay for an advertisement to be a wet nurse. My mother was to take my baby on to Zion, and I would follow. I went to the office and was engaged at twenty dollars a month. I was returning and met father who had been to the office where Brother Bullock and Thomas Taylor were looking after the emigration company, and they told him not to leave me in a strange land, since I had left my husband for the gospel. My father told them he did not have the necessary money, and they said the Church would take me and I could pay the money back when I got to Zion. Father decided I could go on with him if I wanted to. Later I decided to go. . . .
. . . I traveled first with father and mother and two sisters in Pratt's Company, then Captain Enkley came back to bring the sick in, and I was put with his company, leaving my parents. We arrived in Salt Lake City at conference time, the 5th or 6th of October, 1866. . . [p.249]
BIB: Buttars, Sarah Keep, [Autobiography], Our Pioneer Heritage, compiled by Kate B. Carter, vol. 10 (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1967), p. 249. (CHL)