Joseph Hancock

Joseph Hancock (1800-1893) was born 18 Mar. 1800 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He was the son of Thomas Hancock III and Amy Ward. He married Betsy Johnson in 1823; widowed in 1831. He married Experience Reeder on 22 Mar. 1835. He was baptized in 1830. He and Wilford Woodruff were part of Zion's Camp in 1834. He died 4 Jul. 1893.


Joseph Hancock (KWVP-ZZM), "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch (, accessed 6 Feb. 2022). Joseph Hancock, Wilford Woodruff Papers (, accessed 10 Feb. 2022). Joseph Hancock, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed 17 Jan. 2022).

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    horses, as he was one of my life guards, and it belonged to Roger to see that the teams were attended to, but as the team was Kimball's, and he had taken the care of it all through, Ortons still threw the care on him. The Silver grey company numbering fourteen were attached to my mess making it twenty eight in numbers. June 14, 1834 ~ Saturday Saturday 14 Brother Joseph Hancock and another of the brotherin we're chased a considerable po[r]tion of the day ...
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    by our enemies for our religion, and that we had come one thousand miles to assist our brethren to bring them clothing, &c and to reinstate them upon their own lands, and that we had no intention to molest or injure any people, but to administer to the wants of our afflicted friends; and that the evil reports circulated about us were false and got up by our enemies to procure our destruction. When I had closed a lengthy speech the spirit of which melted them into compassion they arose and offered me their hands and ...
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    off from their peeled fingers while they were swaring that they could not go to fight "Joe Smith but what thare must be a Hail storm sent or some other Damned damned thin[g] kicked up to stop them["] and after the mob had had spent that Dreary night in the midst of the pelting storm, all their amunictian wet many of their Horses gone they were willing to return home & as soon as Arangements could be made this forlorn hope took the back tract to Jackson County & other places to Joined the ...