Ajax immigrated to the United States in 1862. Detailed diary entries describe the overland journey from Florence, Nebraska to Salt Lake City by ox team. Ajax comments on food, travelling conditions, and frequently mentions meeting Indians. He wrote exhaustively about a variety of aspects of the overland trail: its appearance, landmarks, and people. The journals also include an explanation of a phonographic alphabet system. Ajax writes about life in Utah and his service helping protect Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church.