Faith Greater Than Pain

About my trek

Beginning June, 9, 2009,  Lynn “Doc” Cleland reenacts the 1,400 mile historic journey made by his great-grandmother, Sarah Goode Marshall.  She was one of almost 3,000 hardcart pioneers that traveled on foot from Iowa City, IA to Salt Lake City, UT between 1856 and 1860.  Pulling a handcart constructed from the original specifications, Lynn is following his ancestor’s footsteps, eating only what they ate, sleeping in a replica 1850’s canvas tent, wearing period clothing, and following the Mormon, Oregon, California trail as closely as possible.

Lynn “Doc” Cleland is the first individual to travel any great distance by foot and handcart in almost 150 years.  His reenactment of the original trek is an expression of his love and honor to God, Country, and a very brave, strong and faithful woman,
his great-grandmother – Sarah Goode Marshall.


  1. My ancestor, Henry Walker, was a member of the Ellsworth handcart company. He was stuck and killed by lightning just after crossing the Loup Fork. I am looking for a detailed map of where this might have occured so I can visit this area.

    Comment by Greg Coffey — July 19, 2009 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

    • Hi Greg…
      Did you ever get help with your Loup Fork map?
      Respond to me via and I can direct you to some 1860’s maps.
      – Kevin

      Comment by Kevin — April 19, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  2. I too am a descendant of Sarah Goode Marshall. I would be greatly interested in finding our how we are related.

    Comment by Debi King — August 10, 2009 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  3. send me an email

    Comment by doc — August 13, 2009 @ 12:44 am | Reply

  4. Lynn, Did you make it to SLC? We have been waiting for a new update, and nothing…. Please don’t make me wait for the book. Congrats

    Lois Wolf

    Comment by Lois Wolf — September 29, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  5. I am a descendant of Sarah Good Marshall. I have never seen the picture that you show. I wonder where we connect. Please respond

    Comment by Fern Stokes — October 4, 2009 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

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