On 17 June 1864, Ira Eldredge and David Spencer departed from Elkhorn Nebraska with a company of 186 other individuals to travel across the plains to Salt Lake City, Utah. In the company was Bryan Ward Nowlin 5 and his sister Amanda Thomas Nowlin, along with Mary Suzanna Cummings Nowlin. There were 76 wagons in the party which arrive 19-22 September 1847. The full list of individuals and biographies written about individuals in the journey can be found on the website for the Mormon Pioneers Overland Travel. Also on the journey was Benjamin Franklin Cummings and his brother Alva.