She was well-educated and kept a diary with a clear account of what happened on the four-month journey.Sarah viewed life through the lense of a strong Christian whose beliefs reflect those of the mid-nineteenth century faithful.
Two weeks into the journey, one of the en in the wagon train is shot and killed accidently by a gun that was believed to be inoperable.
The funeral was held at a local Presbyterian Church and Sarah has this to say about the Presbyterian faith of the mid-nineteenth century: “ What a precious, what a omforting, satisfying faith the Presbyterian faith must be … According to their belief one never dies, nothing ever happens without God ’ s providence, approval and foreknowledge that it will happen in just that way.
When one of the wome was away fetching water from a reek, the other eleven men were killed and the two me were taken hostage.
As the clouds rose higher and higher, they seemed to mass over the top of the ountain, as in benediction, glittering in the sunshine until they seemed to melt away. ” Neelie, one of Jayne ’ s ear friends on the move west, came down with “ mountain fever ”.
Claire and her mother put on their big aprons and began their work to save Nic. They melted a quart of lard and put it in a long-necked bottle.
arah put her hand way down Joe ’ s throat so he would swallow the strips of bacon fat.
Going to teach school and play lady. ” Sarah wrote, “ I laughed at the first impression made, and tried to realize that teaching is not work. ” In Virginia City, Sarah ’ s family moved into a log cabin with two rooms that they rented for eight dollars per month, and that is where her story ends.This book was truly riveting from cover to cover.
The lexicographer ’ s upbeat can-do view of life comes through on every page and serves as a sterling example of what strong women in the mid-nineteenth century could do.