William Kimball, Ephraim Hanks, and James Ferguson are thought to be the three men that carried the beleaguered handcart Saints across the ice filled Sweetwater River. The initial consensus was what about their personalities?
b. Rough around the edges
B The Jailer
From the life of Elizabeth Haven Barlow: Past scenes have greatly strengthened my faith. If we were of the world, I believe that the people of Missouri would love us well enough to let us remain somewhere in the state. But they hate us, despise us, and persecute us, and when they kill us they verily think they do God’s service. My faith is strengthened by seeing the prophecies beginning to be fulfilled. Verily thus saith the Lord, peace shall even be taken from the earth. It is already taken from Missouri. They are troubled and perplexed, and since I have commenced this letter, [I] have heard than some who have fought against us are now fleeing their country, and also that the jailor at Liberty says if the government will not set the Prophet and the rest who are with him free, that he will, for such prayers as are offered up in the prison will never go unanswered. But the jailor would not dare to liberate them, for the mob surrounds them continually, determined to kill them if they are [liberated]. President Rigdon was let out of jail after dark, leaning on the sheriff’s arm, and the next morning at sunrise he was forty miles from Liberty. When the mob learnt that he was gone they were much exasperated and are more bitter against those that are left.
President Rigdon was bailed out for $2,000, not that he was guilty, but to appease the wrath of the mob, and all the rest in Liberty jail have no cause of action found against them, but for their own safety they remain there, for the mob characters have threatened to [burn] Liberty if they are let out.
Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 111-112.