Eunice Dunning was born
April 6, 1810 in Scroon, Essex County, New York, the eighth of nine children
of David and Susannah Colvin Dunning. She married Chandler Holbrook on June
22, 1831, at Wethersfield, Genesee County, New York, where they soon bought a
They were baptized and
confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on
January 14, 1833. On October 27, 1833, their first child was born at
Eunice and Chandler were
parents of the following seven children:
Diana Eliza, born 1833
Mary Maria, born 1836
Eunice Emma, born 1838
Orson Chandler, born 1841
Joseph Hyrum, born 1844
Lafayette, born 1850
Erasmus, born 1852 (died as a child)
They were asked by Joseph
Smith to go to Missouri to help rescue the Saints there from harassing mobs.
At Rush Creek, Eunice became very ill with cholera. Brigham Young administered
to her and kind friends took her into their home and nursed her with the
greatest attention so that in a few days she had recovered.
They experienced a short
period of respite from the mobs, and they were able to build a house. Soon
after, the "Extermination Order" was signed by the Governor of the
State of Missouri and the Saints made their way to Illinois. Eunice and
Chandler helped all who were unable to help themselves to safety outside of
In 1839, the Holbrook family
settled in Commerce, Illinois, and were soon engaged in building yet another
city of refuge, Nauvoo, They were closely associated with the leaders of the
Church. Fifteen years after their marriage, Eunice and Chandler were sealed in
the Nauvoo Temple by President Brigham Young.
When mob persecution again
made it necessary to leave Nauvoo, Chandler left with the advance company.
Eunice and their five children left Nauvoo with her husband's brother, Joseph,
and his family, in a wagon drawn by oxen and cows. Chandler met them six weeks
later as he was returning from his duties with the advance company. They were
advised not to travel further that season, but to find a nearby location to
Ponca Indian Chiefs invited
the whole group to be guests on their land, near the junction of the Missouri
and Running Water Rivers. Their invitation was accepted and the group spent an
interesting winter among the Ponca Indians.
In April, 1847, the Ponca
Camp was ordered to return to Winter Quarters where they spent another year or
more raising crops and preparing for the westward trek. They finally left for
the West on May 17, 1848, by wagon, in the Brigham Young company. They arrived
in the Salt Lake Valley on September 21, 1848.
Early in the Fall of 1851,
the family settled in Fillmore, Utah, where they stayed for the remainder of
their lives. Their home was open to the leaders of the Church as they traveled
to St. George, Utah and then back to Salt Lake City.
They were very charitable.
They paid the passage for many young men emigrating to Utah from England.
Eunice's energy and endurance seemed limitless. She was quick, dynamic, and
excelled in preparing and serving delicious meals.
Her husband passed away in
Fillmore fifteen months before Eunice, who died December 30, 1890. They
were buried side by side at the Fillmore Cemetery.