. . . I embraced the gospel in November, 1861. At this time I was working for William Smith but left in December and went to work at the coal mines until I emigrated to America. I boarded with a family that were good Latter-day Saints. I lived with them for two years. I left my native land about the 21st of May, 1864, on the good ship [General] McClellan.. We were thirty-two days on the ocean and had a good voyage for a sailing vessel. There were about nine hundred passengers on board, and there was only one death. We landed at Castle Gardens, New York, and had a pleasant trip up the Hudson River, a change from our sailing vessel. From there we took a train to Rochester, where we stayed for one day, the day being Sunday. I had twelve cents left at that time. We traveled night and day until we reached Wyoming, Nebraska, on July 4th, about sundown. There was only one building there, a church belonging to the Latter-day Saints, which was used as a commissary or storehouse for outfitting the emigrants. It was during the time of the Civil War when I came through the United States. It was quite an exciting time, but we got through safely without any serious trouble. The vessel that I came on was sunk on her return trip to Liverpool. She was a North American vessel and was sunk by the "Alabama". . . .
. . . We started across the plains in August in Warren Snow's company and arrived in Salt Lake City November 2, 1864. . . . [p.57]
BIB: Crowther, Richard, [Autobiography] Our Pioneer Heritage, comp. by Kate B. Carter, vol. 8 (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1965) p. 57. (CHL)