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Joseph Hancock
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1800
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 1893
Utah County
Utah, USA

Son of Thomas and Amy Ward Hancock. He married Betsey Johnson and they were baptized into the LDS Church at Mayfield, Ohio in 1830. She died a few months later. He then married Experience Wheeler Rud by whom he had children. After Amy's death he moved to Kirtland, Ohio where he worked as a brick maker. He joined Zions Camp in 1834 and as a sucessful hunter was dubbed "Nimrod" by Joseph Smith (a nickname that stayed with him). He came down with cholera on the trip to Missouri, but was healed by the Prophet. As a result of his faithfulness in Zions Camp he was ordained to the Seventy and called to the First Quorum of Seventy. He hauled rock for the Kirtland Temple and later moved to Missouri where he experienced persecutions. He later settled at Nauvoo, Illinois. He was assigned to be one of the foot hunters on the trek west. Near the end of the trek, he climbed a hill, where he caught a view of the valley. After the saints arrived in the valley, he helped explore for timber. Together with Lewis Barney, he was sent eastward into the mountains to look for timber. They returned after a two days tour and reported "an abundance of good timber, principally pine, balsam fir, and a little cottonwood; access to the same very difficult." He was given property near the temple site, but after returning to Winter Quarters that fall with Brigham Young was unable to return for two years because of sickness and poverty. He was given instead land near Provo, Utah. Of a wandering nature, he traveled to California in 1852 and then to the east but returned ten years later to stay three years in the Salt Lake Valley. He traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1867 to visit his children. He returned to Utah in 1882. (1997-98 LDS Church Almanac)

Alt. death date Jul. 5, 1893, Payson Cemetery
Family links: 
  Thomas Hancock (1763 - 1844)
  Amy Ward Hancock (1769 - 1847)
  Experience Wheeler Hancock (1792 - 1852)
  Betsey Johnson Hancock (1804 - 1831)*
  Solomon Hancock (1825 - 1854)*
  Amy Experience Hancock Hancock (1835 - 1921)*
  Thomas Hancock (1788 - 1848)*
  Clarissa Hancock Alger (1790 - 1870)**
  Solomon Hancock (1793 - 1847)*
  Alvah Hancock (1796 - 1847)**
  Joseph Hancock (1800 - 1893)
*Calculated relationship
He was one of Zion's Camp and he was called by Brigham Young to be a hunter for the first company of pioneers who came to Salt Lake Valley 1847.
Payson City Cemetery
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: UK495
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Mar 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10675973
Joseph Hancock
Added by: Carl W. McBrayer
Joseph Hancock
Added by: John Warnke
Joseph Hancock
Added by: John Warnke
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With love from your 4th great-grandnephew
- William Talbot
 Added: Sep. 13, 2015
Page 65 of the book "111 Days to Zion" I read about your journey on the Mormon pioneer trail in 1847.
- Jerry Clark
 Added: Nov. 22, 2013
Sending smiles to you dear Joseph, to let you know you are not forgotten.
- Jo-Ann
 Added: May. 19, 2011
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