1806 - 1885
of Joseph Holbrook - Written by his own Hand
wrote his life history and kept a journal until about 1871. With various
attached documents, this history is well over 100 pages. Copies are at the
BYU Harold B. Lee Library (Special Collections Department) and at the LDS Church
A few of Joseph's descendants have typed up this history --
some with more or less editing. Several Holbrook family members have
copies of the transcribed versions. A word-for-word transcription of this
journal has been done by a cousin, Jaelyn Harding Hathaway. Another
version was done by Mable & Ward Holbrook. Both editions are
available for purchase on the Publications
Short Sketch from Joseph's Journal
short condensed sketch of my life in vol. 1 & 2
Joseph Holbrook was born in the Township of Florence, Oneida County, State of
New York, Jan. 16, 1806. Baptized in Warsaw, Genesee County, State of New York
by Leonard C. Rich Jan. 6, 1833. Ordained a Teacher Jan. 7, 1833 under the
hand of Aaron C. Lyon. Mar. 1833 took a journey to Kirtland, Ohio 200 miles to
see the prophet Joseph Smith. Ordained an Elder in Warsaw, Genesee County, New
York April 12, 1833 under the hand of Reynolds Cahoon.
April 29, 1833 started on a mission in company with Truman O. Angell through
York State, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, 1200 miles. Sept.
1833 was appointed to preside over the branch of church in Weathersfield and
China numbering 80 members. April 14, 1834 started for the Land of Zion,
united with my brethren at Kirtland in Zion's Camp, Joseph Smith the Prophet
of the Lord being our leader, arrived in Clay County, Missouri June 26, 1834.
Dec. 23, 1834 started on a mission in company with Amasa Lyman, Milton Holmes
& Heman S, Hyde to Illinois. Aug. 31, 1835 started on another mission East
in company [of] Ellis Eames, was in Clay County during the persecution of
1836, took the first load for Bishop Edward Patridge to Caldwell County &
moved there among the first. Ordained into the Quorum of Seventies under the
hand of Levi W. Hancock, May 19, 1838 in Far West.
It was through the general persecution in Caldwell and Davis County Oct. 25 I
was wounded at Crooked River battle by the mob, in my left arm which laid me
up some months.
Jan. 20, 1839, I left Far West for Illinois leaving my family sick to follow
me afterwards. Aug. 1840 I was chosen councilor to President Joel N. Johnson
and ordained under the hand of Hyrum Smith. I removed to Nauvoo July 6, 1842.
My wife, Nancy Holbrook, died July 16, 1842 leaving our four little children.
May 24, 1843 went to the finery with Bishop George Miller to get lumber for
the Temple and Nauvoo House. At April Conference 1844 was appointed on a mission to
the State of Kentucky, to hold forth the views and policy of government by
President Joseph Smith
Handwritten Page from Joseph's Journal
Joseph's Family Record
Joseph Holbrook, Born
Nancy Lampson Born Aug. 14,
Joseph Holbrook married to
Nancy Lampson in the Township of Western , County of Worcester, Massachusetts
Dec.30, 1860, and by this the following children were born:
Lucretia Holbrook, born in Weathersfield, Genesee County, State of New
York Jan. 21, 1832
Holbrook, born in Weathersfield, Genesee County, State of New York Nov.
Lamoni Holbrook, born near Plumb Creek 2-1/2 miles west of Far West,
Callwell County, State of Missouri Jany. 31, 1837
Jane Holbrook, born near Plumb Creek 2-1/2 miles west of Far West,
Callwell County, State of Missouri Jany. 27, 1839
Holbrook, stillborn at Ramus, Hancock County, State of Illinois Feb. 11,
Holbrook, stillborn at the same place Aug. 31, 1841.
Nancy Holbrook died at Nauvoo,
Hancock County, State of Illinois July 16, 1842. Age 37 years 11 months and 2
days. Sickness, cholera, morbus and inflammation on the lungs. Sick nine days
from the time she was taken.
Nancy Jane Holbrook died at
Nauvoo, Hancock County, State of Illinois Sept.7, 1843. Age 4 years, 7 months,
10 days. Disease, measles &
canker. The place of their burial, in the Public burying ground at Nauvoo on
block 5, lot 5, Nancy Holbrook grave 2. Nancy Jane grave 1. I put at the head of Nancy Holbrook a good cut grave stone
with her age, death and also at the grave of Nancy Jane.
Joseph Holbrook married Hannah
Flint at Nauvoo Jany.1, 1843. Married
by Heber C. Kimball. Hannah Flint born July 18, 1806
Joseph Holbrook sealed to
Nancy Lampson, my first wife, deceased. Hannah Holbrook my second wife acting
as proxy, at the house of Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, Dec.31, 1850,
and also to Hannah Holbrook my second wife & to Caroline Frances Angell at
the same time and place.
Caroline Frances Angell born
in North Providence, Road island [sic] Oct.3, 1825
She had two children living
and one dead when I married her.
Ann Angell Born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois Jany.11, 1844.
Abigail Angell Born Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois Aug. 28, 1845
Abigail Angell died at Nauvoo Dec.2, 1845, age 3 months & five days.
David Angell born at Winter Quarters, Indian Territory, near Mipouni River
being sealed to Caroline Frances Angell the following children [were born].
Frances Angell Holbrook, born at Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory Oct.
Holbrook, born at Great Salt Lake City Feb. 8, 1854
Holbrook, born at the City Bountiful, Davis County, Feb.10, 1856
Holbrook , born at Bountiful, Davis County, Utah Territory Jany.16, 1858.
Holbrook, born at Bountiful April 3, 1860.
Holbrook died at the City Bountiful Oct.17, 1860, age 6 months 14 days.
Holbrook Born at Bountiful Dec.9, 1862[1861?], Died age six hours.
Joseph Holbrook Sealed to
Jones By Brigham Young at his Office, Great Salt Lake Nov.10. 1855.
Lucy Jones born Glen, Morgan
shire, North Wales June 11, 1834. She had buried a daughter, Delphina Graso,
Born at Great Salt Lake City July 10, 1854, died Aug.10, 1855
age 13 months.
we were sealed we had the following children,
Lucy Ann Jones
Holbrook, born at the City Bountiful, Oct.7, 1856.
Died Nov.20, 1856 of the small pox.
Age 6 weeks 1 day.
Holbrook, born City Bountiful, Jany.23, 1858
Holbrook, born City Bountiful, Feb.4, 1860
Jones Holbrook my wife died, City Bountiful August 22, 1860. Age 26 years 2
months & 11 days. Short illness of about 35 hours of the liver complaint.
She with her child Lucy Ann were buried in the public burying grounds
south of the city Bountiful 2 miles, James Angell & John, my children, are
buried beside them.
Frances Angell Holbrook had a son born April 18, 1863, Saturday 1 O’clock A.M.
and [I] blessed him on the 8th day with [a] fathers blessing in the name of the
Lord and named him Ephraim Angell Holbrook. Ephraim Angell Holbrook died
Feb.25,1864. Age 10 months & 10 days.
Frances Angell Holbrook had a son born July 12, on Wednesday at 15 minutes past
12 O’clock in the morning 1865 and [I] blessed him on the 19th with a Fathers
blessing that he may live to help to build up Zion and see the Zion of Enoch
gain, an inheritance with the Saints, and receive a fullness of the Holy
Priesthood in the name of the Lord and [I] named him Enoch Angell Holbrook.
Frances Holbrook had a son born June 5,1867, Wednesday at seven O’clock in the
morning and [I] blessed him [on the] 13th with a fathers blessing, with long
life to the fullness of the Blessings of the Holy Priesthood and the blessing of
the sulumess[?] Kingdom in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and [I] named him
Heber Angell Holbrook.
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