This text sketches the obstacles that faced many pioneers of the early west. Leaving his home in Ohio in the 1830's to find his way across many roadless stretches of the midwest. Beset by floods, blizzards, starvation, and dehydration this family endured the full spectrum of mother nature's impediments. Death was a constant companion, fear of the indians, fear of the unknown and one's own ability to overcome, was in their thoughts daily. With stops to replenish funds, learn the best trail, and rest a weary family it was not a short Journey. This book will appeal to the history buff, western migration study, and to any reader that would learn more about the settling of the West. It should appeal particularly to those who are descendants of Amariah and want to know more about his life.