Friday, April 4, 2008
Preparing for the Trek: A History Lesson of My Family!
Last night Brian and I had to go to a Trek Meeting. We have been called to be a Ma and Pa for the Stake Trek this year. I am so grateful for this opportunity because it has really lit the fire within for my genealogy work and to find out all I can about my ancestors.
One of my favorite ancestors is Patience Loader. I am not in her direct line, I come from her little brother's Robert Loader's line. Robert was only 9 years old when the Loaders came across the plains in the Martin Handcart company. Patience was 23 years old and along with her brother in law John Jacques, they documented a ton of history in their journals documenting the horrible trek with the Martin Handcart Company.
Every time I go to these meetings I bawl. I was fine until I found out that I had actual family that had to endure this voyage. Now, I cry all of the time. I have been studying their stories and trying to find out all that I can about them. To me, they are more than just names, they are real people that did an incredible thing and I want to know them.
So after my meeting, I came home and Joyce had given me a book called "Women's Voices." It is the accounts from Latter-day women from 1830-1900. I instantly looked for the Loaders and there is a ton of stuff from Patience.
So my family who reads this blog, I will from time to time share some of our history to you, so you can get to know them also.
Here is a short paragraph Patience Loader wrote from her journal:
"I will say we traveld on all day in the snow but the weather was fine and in the midle of the day the sun was quite warm. Some time in the afternoon a strange man appeard to me as we was resting as we got up the hill. He came and looked in my face. He sais is you Patience. I said yes. He said agian I thought it was you. Travel on. There is help for you. You will come to a good place. There is plenty. With this he was gone. He dissapeared. I looked but never saw whare he went. This seemed very strange to me. I took this as some one sent to encurage us and give us strength."