My 4th great grandfather, Reuben Richmond, took his family on one heck of a road trip. In the 1860s. Via covered wagon.
Reuben, his wife, Sarah Jane Miller, and three children, Clinton Marshall, Joseph O. and Sarah Etta left their home in Glencoe, KY, in the late 1850s. It’s not known when they left, but it was after 1856, when Sarah Etta was born in Kentucky, but before 1858, when a 4th child, Mary, was born in Missouri. It is said that Mary was so frail her mother didn’t believe she would survive the trip and wouldn’t leave St. Louis until they had acquired a casket. The family was travelling by covered wagon drawn by oxen and leading one cow.
They arrived in Denver in 1859 and set up in a village there for a bit while the children attended a subscription school. It was here in Denver that Reuben met up with George Bruffey, with whom they joined on their way west and who documented their travels.
The Richmonds and George left Cache la Poudre outside Fort Collins on September 7, 1863. They traveled with a group of 47 men, 9 women and 14 children. They had with them 2 yoke oxen; some steers and heifers; 2 muzzle loading rifles; a Colt revolver; and flour, bacon, coffee, salt, 3 gallons of whiskey, beans and rice to last them a year. Take note, Oregon Trail players!
They traveled over the Laramie Plains to Fort Halleck where they stopped for two days to shoe the horses and oxen. They then joined up with the Mormon Trail at the Laramie River. They camped at Muddy Creek in the Salt Lake Basin and then moved on toward Soda Springs, where they met a group of people from Alder Gulch and decided to make that their destination.
On November 4th, they reached the Snake River where they had to row the wagons across. They arrived in Nevada City, MT on November 12th. At the time the city had 20 cabins. Daughter Sarah reported that the family stayed in an abandoned cabin until a new one could be built. Reuben later opened a blacksmith shop.
Mary Richmond did survive that trip, despite her mother’s worries. She grew up to marry August Wehrle and became my 3rd great grandmother.
Pioneer Trails and Trials Compiled by the Madison County History Association 1976. Entry for Richmond Family by Larry K. Jacobson
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