In an obituary written by William Alma Holt, son of James Holt:
Deseret News April 18, 1894 page 3
JAMES HOLT Teasdale, Wayne County, Utah, April 9, 1894 – Not having seen a notice of the death of my father in your paper, I take the liberty of sending you a short sketch of his life. James Holt was born Feb 10, 1804 in North Carolina. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Holt. His parents moved to Tennessee when he was six months old where they made a permanent home. My father received the gospel in the year 1839 and was baptized. In 1840 he emigrated to Nauvoo, where he became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph. He was sent on a mission in the spring of 1844 to Tennessee, and was preaching on the day the Prophet was killed. He was filled with prophecy at the time and said: “Now they have murdered the prophet of God, he has sealed his testimony with his blood and my mission is ended for this time.” He immediately started home and on his way learned it was all too true.