This was begun about September 10, 1850, There were more of us to make this than on previous journeys, as the family had increased to six children, four boys and two girls, sisters Mollie E. Vandervort and Lydia C. Hunter. Besides we were accompanied by an old maiden lady, Lydia Walton, as far as Attica, Indiana, where she left us to remain with her uncle, Dr. John McNulty. Here it was we forded the Wabash river and bade adieu to the beautiful prairies we had traveled over for so many days. Through Kane, Kankakee and Iroquois counties Illinois and western Indiana up to the Wabash river it was an unbroken prairie.
After staying overnight with Dr. McNulty we went the next day down the east bank of the Wabash ten miles to the little town of Newton in Fountain county to stop over night with Mrs. Malinda Stafford, who was a sister to aunt Polly Walton and aunt to Jane Beam, and at whose solicitation we made the stop-over. This Mrs. Stafford was a widow, owning a large farm near this town and besides a large family of children. Here it was we found the best apple orchard we had seen, and you may believe we children fairly reveled in Maiden Blush apples and cider while we stayed there. It was here we boys found out that apples did not have to be red to be ripe. With apples and cider and helping her boys take care of the show horses they were feeding for a show exhibiting there, we boys were right in it.
This Mrs. Stafford has been dead many years, but has children and grand- children still living there. It was here I saw my first log-heap, an old deadening of timber coming up to the very edge of the town. Mother did some necessary baking and washing while here, and on Monday morning early we resumed our way, and in little over a week we landed at our destination, Grand-father Hildebrant's, where part of us wintered, the balance of us staying at Grand-father Miller's.