Joseph Holbrook, Mormon Pioneer, a Journal : With commentary on the winter he spent with the Ponca Indians
Joseph Holbrook, Mormon pioneer, spent the winter of 1846-1847 with his family and a group of 400 Mormon refugees stranded on the Nebraska prairie until they were invited to winter with the Ponca Indians. During the Ponca period, Joseph and two other men also explored a northern route west along the Niobrara River and made it nearly to Fort Laramie before they determined the route was unsuitable and returned. Holbook was born January 16, 1801 in Florence, Oneida County, New York. He marries Nancy Lampson in 1830 and moves to upstate New York where joins the Mormon Church on January 5, 1833. He folllows the Latter-day Saints to Kirtland, Ohio, Jackson County, Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois, eventually crossing the plains and arriving in Salt Lake on September 20, 1848. He settles in Bountiful, Utah and dies there on November 14, 1885.