Joel was a member of the Mormon Battalion Sick detachment. He was a 3rd Sergeant and was re-baptized in the Salt Lake Valley on 8 August 1847. By 16 April 1854 he was at Mound Fort (Ogden,) Utah. He was a member of the 23rd Quorum of Seventy. His birth and death dates are confirmed by his gravestone.
Captain of Fifty in the 1850 Warren Foote Company.