Joseph Jehiel Stoker

Male 1846 - 1921  (75 years)

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  • Name Joseph Jehiel Stoker 
    Born 26 Apr 1846  near Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Nov 1921  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I361  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2015 

    Father Michael S. Stoker,   b. 10 Feb 1805, , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1858, Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Martha McDaniel,   b. 24 Feb 1808, Raccoon Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1873, Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1829  , , Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rozeltha Barstow,   b. 1856, , Mills, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, of Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 75 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1871  , Sarpy, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F265  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Reviewed Worldconnect 5 Jun 2002 and Ancestral File Oct 2003. Some report middle name as Joahil; however, father's birth entry as quoted in his journal below states Joseph Jehiel.

      2. Censuses:
      1850 US: District 21, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 67b, household and family #62 [note judging from 1834 birth of Moroni, it would appear family was Mormon by that date by using a Book of Mormon name for the son]:
      Michael Stoker, 41, no occupation, NC.
      Martha, 39, Ohio.
      Gabriel, 21, laborer, Ohio.
      David, 18, Ohio.
      Maroni, 16, Ohio.
      Alexander, 13, Ohio.
      Michael, 10, Ill.
      Jared, 6, Ill.
      Joseph, 4, Ill.
      Rebecca, 2, Ill.

      1851 Iowa State: Pottawattamie County. FHL film 1022203. The entire state was counted but only Pottawattamie listed everyone by name in the household and their ages; other counties only listed the head of the household and a numerical count without names of the various ages by sex in the household. No date is given when the census was taken but it was certified in Dec. 1851; however, the other counties show a Sep 1851 date which also appears more likely for Pottawattamie as well in light of ages given some children with known birthdays in October. Census return:
      Stoker: Michael 46, Martha 44, Gabriel M. [male] 21, David N. 19, William M. 16, John A. 13, James M. 10, Jared 7, Joseph J. 4, Martha R. 2. [Note that the following related families are in this census and very close neighbors: Simeon P. Graybill, Michael/Polly Graybill with Polly's mother Catherine Eller Stoker, Eller/Margaret Stoker, Jacob/Catherine Stoker, Philip/Catherine Gatrost, David/Barbara Stoker, Edward/Sarah Davis, and William/Almira Stoker. Other relatives in same county but separated by several pages of census include the following families: Thomas/Hannah Pilling whose daughter Hannah, later marries William Lenore Graybill, Levi/Patience Graybill, John W./Sarah Stoker, Hannah Ford whose son Martin later marries Zibiah M. Stoker, and John/Sarah Smith.]

      1856 Iowa: (From Kane, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 28 of 63, 175/176 (family of Martin Ford is two doors away); also note the family has been residents of the state for 8 years:
      Michael Stoker, 51, NC, farmer. (Also includes some agricultural production figures.)
      Martha, 48, OH.
      Moroni, 21, OH, farmer.
      Alexander, 18, MO.
      M.J., 16, IL.
      Jared, 13, IL.
      J.J, 10, IL.
      Rebecca M., 7, IA.

      1860 US: Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 377, entry 562:
      Martha Stoker, 52, OH, farmer.
      William M. 25, OH, farmer.
      John A., 23, OH, farmhand.
      Michael, 19, IL, farmhand.
      Jared, 17, IL, farmhand.
      Joseph, 14, IL.
      Martha, 12, IL.

      1870 US: Council Bluffs P.O., Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 179a, entry 141:
      Michael Stoker, 29, IL, farmer.
      Martha, 62, OH, keeping house.
      Joseph, 24, IL.
      Martha, 21, IA.
      Alexander, 32, MO.
      Mary, 29, Ire.
      Martha, 7/12, IA.

      1880 US: Couldn't find on a house by house search of Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa.

      1895 Iowa State: Hazel Dell, Pottawattamie, IA:
      Joseph J. Stoker, 48, IL.
      Rozeltel, 38, Mills Co. [IA].
      Blance, 16, UT.
      Clyde, 14, UT.
      Ray, 9, Harrison Co. [IA].
      Ina, 8, Harrison Co.
      Michael Stoker, 54, IL.

      1910 US: Baker 3rd Ward, Baker, Oregon, p. 53b, 400 Resort St., dwelling #405, family #410:
      John A. Stoker, Head, 72, widower, MO NC OH, laborer in sawmill.
      Martha J., dau., 39, single, IA MO Ire.
      Joseph J., bro., 64, widower, IL NC OH, laborer in box factory.

      3. Judging from 1834 birth of brother Moroni, it would appear father's family was Mormon by that date by their use of a Book of Mormon name for the son.

      1. Mentioned in the book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories, "FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 92, 93: "Michael Stoker, b. 10 Feb 1805, m. Martha Carr McDaniels... By noting where the children were born, one can trace the whereabouts of their journeys. By August of 1837, they were in Caldwell County, Missouri. They were at Trader's Point in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in January of 1849 and lived there the rest of their lives, Michael died on March 30, 1858 at the age of 53, and Martha died 15 years later. Trader's Point, an early Indian trading center, was south of Council Bluffs and across the river from Sarpy's Ferry. When the Missouri River changed its course, Trader's Point ended up on the Nebraska side. Michael Stoker's Journal: 'One of the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints... Joseph Jehiel Stoker was born April 26, 1846 near Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Ill."

      2. Susan Easton Black, compiler, "Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints," (Religious Studies Center, BYU, 1993, copy in Family History Library in Salt Lake City): "Joseph J. Stoker, birth 26 Apr 1846, d. 24 Nov 1921. Joseph J. Stoker attended the RLDS. Source: RLDS Deceased Files."

      3. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories, "FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 93-98: "The wife of Joseph Jehiel Stoker was named Rozeltha. The births and deaths of their children leave a record of sadness and grief which often existed among families a hundred years ago. Twice they moved to Utah and twice they moved back to Iowa. Joseph m. Rozeltha at Trader's Point and d. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1921 at Council Bluffs. [Children:]
      a. Clara Eunice Stoker, born 24 Jul 1872 at Trader's Point. Clara died three days later and Joseph's mother died the following Feb. Soon after Joseph and Rozeltha left for Utah.
      b. Ethel Rebecca Stoker, born 25 Oct 1873 at Wallsburgh, Wasatch Co., Utah. Ethel died the following January 8, and they then moved back to Trader's Point.
      c. Ada Stoker, born 6 Nov 1875 at Trader's Point, died in an accident the following March 17, 1876. Joseph and Rozeltha moved to Utah for the second time.
      d. Emma Blanche Stoker, b. 7 Dec 1878 at Lehi, UT, d. 1974, m. Clause Henry Ronfeldt. [The author notes that in 1971 with the help of her family, Blanche sent the author a booklet they had made listing the names and dates of her entire family from 1805-1971. This downline information of hundreds of names from Joseph Jehiel Stoker down is in this book.]
      e. Joseph Clyde Stoker, b. 30 Jun 1881 at Cache Co., UT, m. Pauline Bauerkemper.
      f. Michael Ray Stoker, b. 2 Dec 1885 at Calhoun, Harrison Co., IA, d. 3 Jul 1896 at Persia, IA.
      g. Ina Rozeltha Stoker, b. 1 Jan 1887 at Calhoun, IA, m. Nelson Pursel who was b. 3 Jan 1884 and d. 4 Mar 1964."

      4. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. Selected family related passages from his journal:
      P. 1: Nov. 1-4, 1869: The journal starts with John leaving as a 52 year old missionary with Jesse N. Perkins as a companion from Salt Lake City on the railroad to Omaha, NE. The railroad had just recently been completed so he details the progress of the transcontinental railway journey.
      P. 2: Saturday, Nov. 6, 1869: "Went to Bluff City with J.N. Perkins. Sunday 7th, spent the fore noon with Moroni Stoker - took dinner with him." [William Moroni Stoker, 1834-1929, was John's first cousin thru John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858.]
      P. 3: "Monday 8th. Went up to Musketoe to see Simeon P. Graybill. Stayed all night. Tuesday 9th, took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker, Uncle Eller Stoker's widow, and returned to Aunt Martha's at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co., Iowa. Wednesday, 10th. Wrote a letter to Mr. Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah. Thursday 11th. Visited Wm. McDaniel in Harrison Co. 40 miles north. Friday 12th. Visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno [could also be Binders], my wife's mother. Saturday 13th. Returned to Aunt Martha's at Trader's Point. Sunday 14th. Spent the day with Aunt Martha's family. Monday 15th. Went to Bluff City to look for a letter but got none and returned to the Point. [Simeon Graybill, 1816-1889, was John's first cousin twice thru his father's sister Polly Stoker, 1792-1864, and thru his mother's brother Michael Peter Graybill. Eller Stoker, 1816-1855, was John's father's brother and married to Margaret Judd, 1822-1893. Aunt Martha was Martha Carr McDaniel, 1808-1873, wife of John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858. William McDaniel, 1810-1885, is John's brother-in-law. John's Mother-in-law, Zibiah (McCarley) McDaniels, 1786-1860, apparently remarried a Mr. Birdno after her husband James McDaniel, 1762-1820, died.]
      Pp. 4-9: The journal details their departure from Council Bluffs area by various means including railroad, hack, steamboat, packet boat, hired horses, and on foot with luggage to "Leith Co. 5 miles north of Estillville," Virginia via many detailed waypoints including but not limited to DesMoines, Chicago, Cleveland, Wheeling VA, Burlington on the Ohio River, the "Big Sandy" on the line between Kentucky and Virginia, the "Pound Gap" summit of Cumberland Mountain, the "High Nob the highest point in Virginia." John details with whom they stayed and what hospitality they received. Along the way they see and preach the Gospel to many McLelland/McClelland relatives of his companion. In Leith Co., VA, on Monday, Dec. 13, 1869, he "wrote a letter home to my family and one to Ash[e] Co., North Carolina to David and Henry Graybill" which they mailed the next day from Estillville. [John's mother, Barbara Graybill, had two brothers - Henry, ca1780-ca1843, and David, 1794-1874 - who remained in Ashe Co. where she was born; however, Henry was dead by then but his "Uncle" David responds later on Jan. 22.]
      Pp. 10-17: They stayed in the area doing missionary work mainly among McClellands. He notes on Christmas day while staying with Samuel McClelland, they went to a meeting and heard a Dunkard preach. On Monday, Dec. 27th, John notes, "wrote a letter to my family also one to my sister-in-law Martha Stoker at Bluff City, Iowa. [Martha Carr (McDaniel) Stoker was whom he referred to as Aunt Martha previously in his journal since she was married to his father's brother Michael S. Stoker, but she was also a sister-in-law since she was the sister to John's wife Jane McDaniel.] John notes on Saturday, Jan. 8th, that he "went to the widow Quillins to inquire concerning the Wampler family." [I am unsure who the widow was, but John's maternal grandmother was Christina Wampler, 1753-1844.] On Tuesday, Jan. 11th, John notes, "Went to Patsy Daughterty's to inquire after my mother's relatives." On Thursday, Jan. 13th, he notes that he "went to Wm. Wampler's, took dinner." [I do not have either a Patsy Daughterty nor William Wampler in my database - they must be of a later generation than John's grandmother Christina Wampler.] He also notes on the same day that he received a letter from his son-in-law J. Tolman and daughter in Utah. On Saturday, Jan. 22nd, John notes, 'Received a letter from my son David Stoker, Davis Co., Utah dated Jan'y 1st, 1870, gave particulars of my son John Stoker's sickness but getting better. Also received a letter from my uncle David Graybill, Ashe Co., Jefferson, North Carolina." On Jan. 24th, he writes back to his uncle David Graybill.
      Pp. 18-24: Starting on Jan. 26th, 1870, the missionaries are on the move: first to Bristol (VA?), then thru Chattanooga, Nashville, Sparta, to Putnam Co., Tennessee where they did missionary work with the Perkins and Mayberry families who relatives of his companion, Jesse Perkins. On Sunday, Feb. 13th, 1870, John wrote letters to his son David Stoker in Davis Co., Utah and one to Aunt Martha Stoker and cousins in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. On the next day he went to Gainesboro where he received a letter from his son David Stoker. Beginning Feb. 16th, 1870, John proceeds by boat down the Cumberland to Nashville then to St. Louis via the Mississippi River from Cape "Jerido". On Feb. 23rd, took the from St. Louis to Trader's Point where again he sees Aunt Martha. He sends money to his companion in Decatur Co., Iowa to help him get to Council Bluffs. He also sends a letter to Utah asking his family for money for himself and his companion.
      Pp. 25-33: John arrives Feb. 26 and remains in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa until March 24 when he, Jesse Perkins who arrives March 9, and several other missionaries from the East Coast join up in Omaha for the trip home to Utah by railroad which he notes cost $50.75. Generally he is staying with his Aunt Martha. Some journal entries during that time period dealing with family follow: "Sat., Feb 26th, 1870: Went up to Musketoe Creek to Simeon Peter Graybill, my cousin. Stayed over night. Sunday, 27th. Went to Walker's Grove in Harrison Co. to Sidney R. Graybill, my cousin, with Moroni Stoker to see some sick cousins Michael and Elizabeth Graybill. [Sidney Rigdon, 1836-1893, Michael S., 1827-1910, and Elizabeth, 1833-1891, are siblings and all children of Polly Stoker, John's father's sister.] Stayed over night. Monday 28th. Cold and windy. Remained all day. Stayed all night. Tuesday, March 1st 1870. Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's at Traders Point. Read a letter from David Stoker, my son, to John A. Stoker, dated Feb'y 21st, 1870. Stayed overnight… Thursday 3d. Cousin Jared Stoker killed 2 turkeys, the 2 weighing 40 lbs. [John Alexander Stoker, 1837-1918, and Jared, 1843-1912, were first cousins and sons of Michael S. Stoker, brother of John's father David.] Stayed over… Tuesday 8th, being my birthday, age 53… Wednesday 9th… was weighed being 184 lbs… Friday 18th… went to Aaron Thomas, took dinner and spent the day with him and family. [Aaron Morris Thomas, 1833-1920, was married to John's first cousin, Elizabeth Jane Stoker, who was the daughter of John W. Stoker, a brother of John's father David.] Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's… Saturday 19th… Sent a letter to Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, heard from home by a letter wrote to John A. Stoker dated March the 12th, 1870. All was well… Thursday 24th… John A. Stoker and Joseph Stoker took me and Bro. Jesse N. Perkins to Omaha with a wagon. Rained before we got there. Joseph Stoker went over the River with us met about 30 of the missionaries at the St. Charles Hotel. [Joseph Jehiel Stoker, 1846-1921, was a brother of John Alexander and William Moroni Stoker.] Left Omaha at 6 p.m. on the Emigrant Cars for home…"
      Pp. 33-35: John details the train trip which started March 24th and arrived home in Bountiful March 29th after switching to the Utah Central in Ogden. He notes his arrival "in the midst of family and friends with a hearty God bless you… and a hearty shaking of hands." The missionary journal ends at this point.
      Pp. 36-227: The balance of John's journal book is genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank, which I did not copy. Besides family, John would also note many other unrelated Stokers who he must have gleaned from books and other sources. He also notes some totally unrelated non-Stoker individuals with whom he evidently has some acquaintance. I have entered the pertinent data with each family in my database.

      5. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. The first 35 pages detail his mission taken from Utah to Virginia and Tennessee through Council Bluffs, Iowa, which I have summarized and included with his notes in this database. Pp. 36-227, the balance of John's journal, are genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank. Besides family, the journal also notes many other unrelated Stokers who were probably gleaned from books and other sources. It appears as if maybe his son David may have taken over the book later. Many entries are repetitive at different times. Pertinent data for this family or individual is quoted verbatim as follows on pages:
      106-107: Michael Stoker, born Feb. 10, 1805, North Carolina, married Martha McDaniel - father was James McDaniel, mother was Zibiah McCarley. Children:
      Gabriel McNeel Stoker, born Oct. 23, 1829, Jackson Co., Bloomfield, Ohio.
      David Newbury Stoker, born July 2, 1832, Bloomfield, Jac. Co., Ohio.
      John A. Stoker, born Aug 25, 1837, Colewill Co.
      Michael James Stoker, born May 23, 1840, Columbus, Ill.
      Jared Samuel, born Mar. 19, 1843 Hancock Co., Ill.
      Joseph J. Stoker, born April 20, 1845, Hancock Co., Ill.
      Martha Rebecca Stoker, born Jan. 1 1849 Potawatamie Co., Iowa, died Oct. 9, 1871.
      182-183: Martha Stoker, daughter of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarly was born Feby 24th, 1808, Ohio, Galia Co., Raccoon Township.
      Gabriel McNeel Stoker, son of Michael Stoker and Martha McDaniel was born Oct. 23d, 1829, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township, State of Ohio.
      David Newbury Stoker, son of Michael Stoker and Martha was born July 2d, 1832 Ohio, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township.
      Wm. Moroni Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born July 20th, 1834, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township, State of Ohio.
      John A. Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born Aug. 25, 1837, Missouri, Caldwell Co.
      Michael James Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born May 23d, 1840, Columbus, Adams Co., Illinois.
      Jared Samuel Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born March 19th, 1843 Illinois, Hancock Co.
      Joseph Johile Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born April 26th, 1846, Illinois, Hancock Co.
      Martha Rebecca Stoker, daughter of Michael and Martha was born Jany 1st, 1849, Potawatamie Co, Kane Township, Iowa, Died Oct.19, 1871.

      6. This individual is mention in the following partial quote from an article entitled: "John Stoker (1817-1881) and Wives: Jane McDaniel, Harriet Susan Willis, and Jane Allen" in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT." See John's notes for full transcription:
      "Beginning in 1869, John filled a short mission. The following is a copy of John's missionary journal, which after he returned was turned into a genealogical records - some believe it was not written by him. It is entered here exactly as it is written. John's journal is on microfilm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. The whereabout of original journal is unknown and many pages have been ripped out before the journal was microfilmed.
      'The Journal of John Stoker, 1869 (direct copy from the hard copy, genealogical sheets provided by Ora and Vinal Barlow. The micro film copy shows many pages torn from the journal.)
      1. Parentheses are used to insert words and letters not used in the journal but believed to be meant.
      2. After Journal Page 1 below, the abbreviation JP2, JP3, etc. will be used on this transcript.
      3. As much as possible we have tried to copy the wording as it was written by John or others who wrote in the journal.
      4. A sort of preface is given before page (1) of the journal on the reverse of the cover page.
      Journal Page 1. (Labeled in error on the original journal.)
      'Elders went up to (station) left home on his (my) mission to the United States Nov 1 1869 1/2 past 4 AM Arrived at unita 9 minutes before 9 oclock left on the Cars 35 minutes after 2 oclock Arrived at Green River Tuesday 2nd- 5 minutes past 8 at Point of Rock Station half Past 9 the engine Switched off to Bring on the Main track 6 or 7 Cars of Coal in Running Back to hitch on Ran into the other Cars on the Main track and Broke the Coupling of 2 cars no body was Hurt by the Blessing of God'
      JP2 (Unlabeled in original journal)
      '(Minu)tes Past 11
      Wednesday 3rd- Arrived at Larima (Laramie) City 1/2 past 7 A.M. left at 11- fixed Cars. Crossed the Bridge in Black Hills 1/2 after 1
      Thursday the 4th Arrived at North Platt 20 minutes Past 10 A.M. all well Counted Missionaries 67 Arrived at FT Kearney 1/2 past 4 P.M.
      Friday the 5th Arrived at Omaha 20 minutes Past 10 A.M.
      Saturday 6th went to Bluff city with J N Perkins-
      Sunday 7th Spent the fore Noon with Moroni Stoker- Took Dinner with him'
      'Monday 8th went up to Musketoe to See Simoen P Graybill Stayed all night
      Tuesday 9th took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker uncle Eller Stoker's widdow and Returned at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co Iowa
      Wednesday 10th wrote a letter to Br Wm Atkinson in Bountiful Davis County Utah
      Thursday 11th visited We McDaniel in Harrison Co 40 Miles north
      Friday 12th visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno my wifes mother
      Saturday 13th Returned to Aunt Marthas at Traders Point
      Sunday 14th Spent the day with Aunt Marthas family
      Monday 15th went to Bluff City (Council Bluffs) to look for a Letter but gone none and Returned to the Point Traders...
      'Br We, H Lee giving information (of) Charles burton making arrangements in N.Y. to have a Company of missionaries to Start from Omaha on the 25th for Utah at 50.75 (or 30.75) the same that it cost us to come down last November- Returned to Trades Point Stayed over night wrote a letter to Wm H Lee Calamazoo Michigan
      Saturday 12th Cloudy and Cold wint from the North Sent a letter home to Utah to inform our families that we Received their Check of 160.00 and 1 (letter) to Wm H Lee Calamazoo Michigan Stayed over'night
      'Sunday 13th Cold wind North East all Day Snowed at night High wind Stayed over night
      Monday 14th Cold wind in the North East Cloudy and very'
      'Cold and Snow Blowing and Elements Stark Blew all night Stayed over night to Aunt Martha Stoker
      Tuesday 15th very Cold and Blowing wind I the north west colder than the Day before the Elements Still Stark with Snow Blowing Stayed over night
      Wednesday 16th very Cold wind in the north west the Elements Still Darkened with Snow blowing Wind very Hard more Moderate in the afternoon. Stayed over night
      Thursday 17th weather more Moderate but Changeable went to Moroni Stokers Spent the Day Took Dinner with him and in the evening Returned to Aunt Martha Stokers Stayed over night'
      'Friday 18th pleasant and wind in the South went to Aaron Thomas took Dinner and spent the Day with his family, Returned to Aunt Martha Stokers Stayed over night
      Saturday 19th wind in the North Cloudy and Cold. Sent a letter to Wm Atkinson in Bountiful Davis Co Utah, heard from home by a letter wrote to John A Stoker Dated March the 12th 1870 All very well Stayed over night
      'Sunday 20th wind in the North Cold Sleet last night also cloudy Broke away at Noon Stayed over night
      Monday 21st Pleasant in the Morning went to Omaha and drawed our money for our Check on the First national Bank Met Br'
      'Daniel Carter and Aron Farr, Thomas Rich and a number of Missionaries at the St Charles Hotel Rained Some in the afternoon Returned to Traders Point to Aunt Martha Stokers being quite u(n)well Stayed over night
      Tuesday 22nd Clear and pleasant Cool wind North West very unwell in the evening Br Wm Neel arrived at Martha Stokers about 10 oclock and (al) the missionaries from the East Came up through St Louis was better in the afternoon Stayed over night
      Wednesday 23rd Clear and pleasant wind in the South not being well Jesse N Perkins went and got'
      'Some plum Sprouts and lilocks Packed up our clothes Stayed over night
      Thursday 24th Cloudy wind in the South John a Stoker and Joseph Stoker and Br Jesse N Perkins (went) to Omaha with a wagon Rained before we got there Joseph Stoker went over the River with us met about 30 Missionaries at the St Charles Hotel left Omaha at 6 P.M. On the Emigrant Cars for home..."

      1. Per both RLDS and father's journal as cited above with biography. Variant date of 20 Apr 1845 is used in John Stoker's Journal as quoted herein.

      1. Online Ordinance Index provides the date of 22 Dec 1871 and location as Sarpy Co. in Nebraska. The Doris Lewis book cited in biography above gives no date and marriage place as Trader's Point, IA, which is same place, just on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. Directly opposite across the river from Trader's Point is Sarpy's Ferry. Lewis' book shows that by 1912, the Missouri River had changed course moving east putting Trader's Point onto the Nebraska side.

      1. RLDS citation above. Also confirmed in Doris Lewis' book cited above in biography. Doris also provides place as Council Bluffs. Death date was Thanksgiving Day that year.

      1. Ancestral File 4.19 (27 May 2001).

      2. Mentioned in the FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, p. 87.

      3. FHL Book 929.273EL54h