There is a series of small notebooks in the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, whose value is beyond the price of gold. They are the diaries of Patty Sessions, "Mother of Mormon Midwifery," from February 10, 1846, for some forty years following, off and on.
Her first entry reads as follows:
A Day Book
given to me
by Sylvia Lyon
this 10th day of Feb.
I am now fifty one years six days old. Feb. 10, 1846 City of Joseph [another name for Nauvoo] Hancock Co Ill . . . My things are now packed ready for the west have been and put Richards wife to bed with a daughter. in the afternoon put sister Harriet Young to bed with a son.
It is with the permission of the Historical Department that the part of Patty Sessions' "Day Book" that tells of her overland covered wagon journey in 1847 from the Winter Quarters in eastern Nebraska to Salt Lake City is here published.
She is reputed over a career of many years to have