Our great desire now was to go to Utah, but being without funds, such of the boys as were old enough secured work and six months later we journeyed on to go to Melbourne and took passage on the ship Milwaukie for San Francisco, California. A company of Saints were formed and we stayed on board ship ten days before the ship received clearance papers, sailing on New Year's Day in 1859. Considering all things we had a pleasant trip. We had plenty of water, good provisions and good health prevailed among the ninety passengers. The trip occupied seventy-nine days and during that time no land nor sails were seen. We arrived in San Francisco, March 21, 1859 and lived there three months but as work was scarce we moved to go Stockton and the four boys, John, James, Charles and myself obtained employment on a ranch where we lived until August 1860.
During the year 1859 father embarked from South America landing in San Francisco. He learned of our removal to Stockton and finally started with Stephen to join us. They were welcomed with joy by all the family but father and mother could not reconcile themselves to living together again. Peace reigned for about three weeks then disagreements came again. About August 1860 we joined [p.293] friends at Sacramento and proceeded on our way over the Sierra Nevada mountains to old Carson Valley, where a company of twenty wagons was organized. We traveled up the Humboldt River, over the Goosecreek mountains, through Thousand Springs Valley and thence reached Brigham City, through Ogden, Utah, and stopped at old East Weber, later known as Uintah, about October 1860. The family was baptized again making three times in all. . . . [p.294]
BIB: Nye, Ephraim Hesmer, [Diary], Our Pioneer Heritage, comp. by Kate B. Carter, vol. 1 (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1958) p. 293-294. (CHL)