The Young family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the William Snow/Joseph Young Company in 1850. The Young family included Joseph and his wife Jane Adeline Bicknell and their children: Jane Adeline, Joseph Bicknell, Seymour Bicknell, LeGrand, Julia Ann Vilate, and Chloe Eliza.
His death certificate and the inscription on his gravestone show his name as "Marcus Young." His death certificate shows his birth year as 1841, and his gravestone shows it as 1840. The Nauvoo Community Project also shows his birth year as 1840.