In the fall of 1849 we moved to what was called North Mill Creek, where we made our firsthome, a log house 14 feet by 18 feet. By the 15th of Nov. we were settled in this log home quitecomfortable. Peninah's second baby was born 8 Dec. 1848. Though she was expecting this baby,she had driven a wagon across the plains, all the way.
uoted from her son Joseph C. Wood's History:She and her husband lived one year in this cabin on the upper road (4th East) on the side of MillCreek, where Heber C. Kimball Grist mill was built, years later. There the wolves howled atnight, and bear were often seen. She helped colonize Woods Cross when there were only sixfamilies there. She bore seven children, six boys and one girl.She went thru the cricket famine, which lasted three years. She knew no fear, and was never sick until she reached the age of 44 years. She was 54 when she died of a tumor caused by thehardships and poor care in childbirth.Home made clothes were part of her house work, making her own clothes as well as thechildrens. She took worn out clothes to make caps for the boys. She braded straw for hats for themenfolk, her daughter and herself. (Many times she made hats for the men who were hired tohelp clear the land.)She helped milk cows, drove the ox team, was an excellent hand with horse teams, and had avery tender feeling for dumb animals. She knitted the stockings for her family, from wool off into warp, as it was called then, to the loom to make cloth from which their clothes were made.She was a lover of horses, taking a horse-back ride for an outing, going sometimes into Salt LakeCity and back in one day.I, her son Joseph C. Wood, have made this trip with her as a growing boy.She knew how to strike a steel on a flint, or rub two boards together to start a fire, as matchedwere unknown. She could cover a pine knot up in the hot ashes and coals so it would keep a firefor days.She made moccasins for shoes, homemade brooms to sweep the crude floors. She doctored thesick horses and cows and raised motherless colts many times. She made tallow candles, knewhow to braid rope, made heavy thread for the mens clothing, and kept house with only a fireplacefor heat and cooking. She baked bread in an old iron kettle on the hot coals. She made hominyout of corn, and cloth out of hemp, and cured all kinds of meat. She always took the wild animalsthat were killed to rend out grease for leather and harness oil..Her summer times were always busy with ;lanting (planting) ner (her) own kitchen garden, andcaring for it, drying all kinds of fruits, making her own molasses, syrups,, sour kraut, and pickles,for their supply during the long, hard winters. She knew how to make her own gloves, and thosefor the men fold as well.