Joseph Holbrook autobiography

Joseph Holbrook autobiography

Dates: 1806-1846

Autobiography of Joseph Holbrook (typed). The autobiography is of interest to Latter-day Saints because it describes the religious and social climate that surrounded the events of the Restoration, Joseph Holbrook's conversion to the gospel and a first hand account of events of the Church in Ohio and Illinois. Joseph Holbrook lives in Albany, New York, for a time, and discusses his introduction to religion. It contains genealogical information of the Holbrook family, the Lampson family and the Flint family. It contains brief biographies of 21 high priest quorum members in 1844: Johnathan H. Hale, Benjamin Aber, Anthony Blackburn, John E. Royu, Gidson Allen, Henry W. Wilson, Samuel Heath, Martin H. Peck, Joseph L. Robinson, John Stiles, John Colomere, Geruge W. Pitkin, Gardner Clark, William Milam, Simeon Thayer, Thomas Grover, John Rempton, Thomas Cornice, Archibald Batten, Jeremiah Hatch and Joseph Holbrook.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Holbrook, Joseph, 1806-1885
  • Call Number: MSS 3907
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public access.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Joseph Holbrook autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3907; Joseph Holbrook autobiography; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3907, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The item was received by Special Collections in 1995.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Church and state--Illinois--History--19th century; Mormon Church--History--19th century; Mormon pioneers
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19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Holbrook (Joseph) autobiography
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Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:39-0600
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Biographical History

Joseph Holbrook was born on 17 January 1806 in Florence, Oneida, New York. He was the first child born to Moses and Hannah Holbrook, who were farmers on a piece of land that was part of "Scriba's Patent." Joseph studied hard and became a teacher. He also hired himself out as a farm laborer and worked as a miner. While working as a miner, Joseph met Nancy Lampson. He married her on December 30, 1830. Joseph was a religious man. He began to hear about "Mormonites" in 1832. After attending a meeting where a universal preacher read an article from a Mormon magazine, Joseph frantically began to search for ways to obtain a Book of Mormon. His wife became convinced that the Church was true and the two of them were baptized in January 1833. He was called as a missionary in 1833 and traveled east from Kirtland to preach with his companion, Truman O. Angel. His wife survived cholera at Zion's Camp with the help of Brigham Young and others, but his mother died of quick consumption in 1836. He was driven from his home in Far West. His home was burned and his livestock and bushels of corn were stolen or destroyed, and sisters of the Church were abused. He and his family crossed the Mississippi River. His wife died in 16 July 1842. He married Hannah Flint on 1 January 1843. Joseph received his temple ordinances in the Nauvoo temple on 6 February 1846, on the same day as five hundred other Latter-day Saints.

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