Amelia Hadley was one of the thousands of women who left their home in the East and traveled via covered wagon along the Oregon Trail. Here is an excerpt from Amelia’s diary, written in 1851. Her diary was called Journal of Travails to Oregon.
Thursday June 5 Travelled 22 miles had some verry sandy road, road still near the river, cotton wood plenty, good grass, within 6 miles of Fort Larimi, camped here and lay by a day. plenty of timber. There is an Indian village where we are camped where the Sioux wintered last winter, cut nearly all the trees off about as high as their heads here we had a hard hail storm hailed about an hour as hard as I ever saw it so that the ground was perfectly white hailled also last night not so much but considerable larger see nothing much worthy of note to day but expect to when we arrive at thee fort is over 900 miles from home to fort Larimie shall soon be half our distance.
I have traveled along the route many times and often wondered what it would have been like for the pioneer women who traveled coast-to-coast, mostly walking alongside a covered wagon. Was your ancestor one who traveled the Oregon Trail?