Unlike Agnes Caldwell and Mary Hurren, poor Ellen Cantwell, age 7, did not fare so well with the snakes. She was severely bitten on her hand by a rattlesnake. She did not fully recover until the following January and kept a scar for the rest of her life.1 The company journal reported that they applied a remedy of “powder and lard,” with a little whiskey.
Nancy Stewart, who had been traveling with the independent wagons, was discovered missing at the noon meal. She had joined the Willie Company on August 31st, at the request of Colonel Babbit, and she had been assigned to James Cantwell’s independent wagon. With James’s daughter, Ellen, having been bitten by a snake on the 17th and then his passenger, Nancy Stewart, becoming lost, it is safe to assume that things were not going well for the Cantwells. While struggling into Ash Hollow they had to send out searchers. Ash Hollow, even today, has an abundance of trees and is an area where people could get lost easily. Levi Savage referred to Almon Babbit as “Brother Babel.” He designated Nancy Stewart as “Sister Reade.”
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