The majority of the records of the pioneers record the difficulty of the wolves following their camps, hungry for the dying cattle and ever ready to exhume the shallow graves of their people. Even so, out of reverence and respect for the dead, shawls, linens and other coveted items were donated for burial coverings. Newlywed Sarah Ann Bitton of the Martin Handcart Company even tore up her wedding dress and donated it for this purpose.
Nancy Stewart traveled with a group under Almon Babbit until August 30th when they caught up with the Willie Company and she decided to stay and travel with them. This proved to be a good decision as Babbit’s group met with an Indian massacre a short time later.
Soon after the first night frost in September Nancy took a wrong turn one day and became lost.
“A number of brethren [went] in search for her and during our absence she returned to the camp after sleeping in the company of wolves for the night . . . one of which came within 2 yards of her. It seemed inclined to be rather too familiar, which she instantly checked by a steady gaze, accompanied by an authoritative shake or wave of her right hand. (Willie Company Journal)
Levi Savage recorded in his diary that “She was nearly exhausted, having been thirty-six hours without food and water.” Nancy, however, was not forgotten, even after two search parties went out looking for her.
Ezekiel 34:16: I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick . . .