The Joseph Smith family Bible Ken Sanders Rare Books 268 South 200 East, Salt Lake City Between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday From Monday, August 2 through Thursday, August 5th The Revised and Enhanced History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, ed. He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. [104] However, Lawrence was apparently not the "right person", because Smith did not obtain the plates in his 1825 visit. [8] In Palmyra village, Smith Sr. and his oldest sons hired themselves out as common laborers, ran a "cake and beer shop," and peddled refreshments from a cart; Lucy painted cloth coverings for tables and stands. There are reports that Smith directed further excavations on Knight's property and at other locations around Colesville. "[39] Thus, Smith was reared in a family that believed in prophecy and visions, was skeptical of organized religion, and was interested in both folk magic and new religious ideas. She married Arthur MILLIKIN on June 4, 1840, in Nauvoo, Illinois. No children. Hear Him!'".[60]. Later, Joseph Smith Sr. told Hyrum he had "been out of the way through wine.". After Jerusha’s death, Hyrum married Mary FIELDING on December 24, 1837, in Kirtland, Ohio. [106] Late that night, Smith took the horse and carriage of Joseph Knight Sr. to Cumorah with his wife Emma. When Smith was fourteen, he was apparently shot at while returning home from an errand, but was not injured. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other, 'This is my Beloved Son. Don Carlos has six known descendants. [94] According to Smith's mother, the angel forbade him to put the plates on the ground until they were under lock and key. [14] By this time Joseph Smith Sr. may have partially abdicated family leadership to Alvin,[15] and in 1825, the Smiths were unable to make their mortgage payments. He married Lucy MACK on January 24, 1796, in Tunbridge, Vermont. He died August 7, 1841, in Nauvoo, Illinois. [71] Smith usually practiced crystal gazing by putting a stone at the bottom of a white stovepipe hat, putting his face over the hat to block the light, then divining information from the stone. [75] Smith boarded with an Isaac Hale (a relative of William Hale), and fell in love with Isaac Hale's daughter Emma, a schoolteacher he would later marry in 1827. 1831–1866. Joseph III died at age 82 on December 10, 1914, and has a large posterity. After they divorced, William married Eliza E. SANBORN on November 12, 1857, in Kirtland, Ohio. The Prophet Joseph: Essays on the Life and Mission of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988), 46–47. Private possession. On the 100-acre property that became the family farm, young Joseph and his brothers and sisters learned to work hard, love each other, and do as they were commanded of God. [105] He was reportedly told that the next annual meeting was his last chance to get the plates and the Urim and Thummim. [49], Like his father, the younger Smith reportedly had his own set of visions, the first of which occurred in the early 1820s when Smith was in his early teens and is called by Latter Day Saints the First Vision. [25] Small denominational revivals and camp meetings occurred during the intervals. He has 13,583 known descendants. [original research?] Her children were an unnamed child, who died shortly after birth, Alvin, Hyrum, Sophronia, Joseph, Samuel, Ephraim, William, Catherine, Don Carlos, and Lucy. The family tree for Joseph Smith is still in the early stages of research. The Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family Reunion is held biennially in various locations around the country. The first of Smith's wives, Emma Hale, gave birth to nine children during their marriage, five of whom died before the age of two. Joseph Smith Jr. dated the vision to when he was "a little over fourteen years of age", "At first, Joseph was reluctant to talk about his vision. Joseph’s elder brother, Hyrum, attended Moor’s Academy, a prep school for Dartmouth College, from 1811 to 1815. Web site of the Joseph Smith Sr. Foundation: [127], The money provided by Harris was enough to pay all of Smith's debts in Palmyra, and for him to travel with Emma and all of their belongings to Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where they would be able to avoid the public commotion in Palmyra over the plates. Get started Geni World Family Tree. [18] His mother described him as "much less inclined to the perusal of books than any of the rest of the children, but far more given to meditation and deep study." Hyrum was martyred June 27, 1844, in Carthage, Illinois. Copy of genealogical information in Joseph Smith Sr. Family Reunions Files, 1972–2003. For more information about upcoming reunions, please contact Frances Orton at [29] For instance, Joseph Smith's paternal grandfather, Asael, was a Universalist who opposed evangelical religion. He has 1,112 known descendants. His grandfather, Asael Smith, lost most of his property in Topsfield, Massachusetts, during the economic downturn of the 1780s and eventually moved to Vermont, where Smith’s father, Joseph Smith, Sr., established himself as a farmer. [61] According to Smith, he told his mother at the time that he had "learned for [him]self that Presbyterianism is not true";[62] however, mention of this conversation is omitted from Lucy's own history,[63] and Joseph never stated that he described the details of the vision to his family in 1820 or soon thereafter. Smith came from an unremarkable New England family. [9] Joseph Smith Family and the Year without a summer. [110] He also reportedly retrieved the Urim and Thummim, which he showed to his mother the next morning. [125] Smith convinced Harris that he had the plates, and that the angel had told him to "quit the company of the money-diggers". The term 'Urim and Thummim' was not initially used by Smith and his associates prior to around 1832, instead referring to the device as 'interpreters' or 'spectacles'. "[74], Smith agreed to take the job of assisting Stowell and Hale, and he and his father worked with the Stowell-Hale team for approximately one month, attempting, according to their contract, to locate "a valuable mine of either Gold or Silver and also...coined money and bars or ingots of Gold or Silver". In 1841, Don Carlos, who had been born a year earlier, died of malaria. E. Cecil McGavin, The Family of Joseph Smith (1963), 58. [33] Lucy's account, recorded thirty years after the period in which the visions are said to have occurred, suggests "a tendency to make her husband the predecessor of her son" by echoing passages in the Book of Mormon. **, Joseph SMITH Jr. was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont. She died December 9, 1882, in Colchester, Illinois. [17] Young Joseph worked on his family farm and perhaps took an occasional odd job or worked for nearby farmers. They lived in Norwich, Vermont, from 1814 to 1816. "[21] One acquaintance said Smith had "a jovial, easy, don't-care way about him," and he had an aptitude for debating moral and political issues in a local junior debating club. Once or Twice in a Thousand Years Once or twice in a thousand years—perhaps a dozen times since mortal man became of dust a living soul—an event of such transcendent import occurs that neither heaven nor earth are ever thereafter the same. "[73], In late 1825, Josiah Stowell, a well-to-do farmer from South Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York, who had been searching for a lost Spanish mine near Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania with another seer, traveled to Manchester to hire Smith "on account of having heard that he possessed certain keys, by which he could discern things invisible to the natural eye. [89] The words Urim and Thummim derive from passages in the Old Testament which describe the use of "the Urim and the Thummim" as a means for divination by Israelite priests (see, e.g., Exodus 28:30). [116], Smith refused to allow anyone, including his family, to view the plates directly. "[36] Magical parchments handed down in the Hyrum Smith family may have belonged to Joseph Sr.[37] Lucy Mack Smith noted in her memoirs that while family members were "trying to win the faculty of Abrac, drawing magic circles or sooth saying," they did not neglect manual labor, "but whilst we worked with our hands we endeavored to remember the service of & the welfare of our souls. [113] When Emma heard of this, she went to Macedon and informed Smith Jr., who reportedly determined through his Urim and Thummim that the plates were safe, but nevertheless he hurriedly traveled home by horseback. [111] By then, however, some of Smith's treasure-seeking company had heard that Smith was successful in obtaining the plates, and they wanted what they believed was their cut of the profits from what they saw as part of their joint venture. [107] Because Smith was concerned that Samuel Lawrence, his earlier confidant, might interfere, Smith sent his father to spy on Lawrence's house the night of September 21 until dark. It is unclear who, if anyone, Smith told about his vision prior to his reported discovery of the golden plates in 1823. Named after Joseph’s close friend and first counselor in the First Presidency, Frederick G. Williams, the second surviving son of the Joseph Smith Jr. family was born in … [111] According to Knight, Smith was more fascinated by this artifact than he was the plates. Hyrum SMITH was born February 9, 1800, in Tunbridge, Vermont. Joseph Smith Hide this Quote Hide this Author I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. In 1842, Emma gave birth to a stillborn son. See Reviews & Make an Appointment! Joseph Smith 1845 1907 Kentucky Kentucky Joseph Smith, 1845 - 1907. They had three children. [128] Thus, in early October 1827, they moved to Harmony, with the glass box reportedly holding the plates hidden during the trip in a barrel of beans. ", "When Joseph Smith first began to use his seer or "peep" stone he employed the folklore familiar to rural America. [16], Joseph Smith had little formal schooling, but may have attended school briefly in Palmyra and received instruction in his home. He married Emma Hale on 18 January 1827, in Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States. [100] When he turned around, however, the plates were said to have disappeared into the box, which was then closed. Once again, the angel reportedly told Smith that he must return the next year with the "right person", the identity of whom the angel would not say. After his death, she married Joseph YOUNGER in Illinois. [91], Thus, on September 22, 1823, a day listed in local almanacs as the autumn equinox, Smith said that he went to a prominent hill near his home, and found the location of the artifacts. [92] There are varying accounts as to how Smith reportedly found the precise location of the golden plates. The early life of Joseph Smith covers his life from his birth to the end of 1827. History, 1834–1836. [96], The plates, according to Smith, were inside a covered stone box. Smith may have attended school briefly in Palmyra. [106], Just days prior to the day Smith said he was to meet with the angel on September 22, 1827, Smith's treasure-seeking associate, Josiah Stowell, and Joseph Knight Sr. arranged to be in Palmyra for the attempt to retrieve the plates. Born into a poor farming family, he was the fifth child of 11 — nine of whom survived childhood. [1][2], The Smiths were a middling farm family, but suffered a fateful loss when Smith Sr., after speculating in ginseng and being cheated by a business associate, was financially ruined. He also said that the fulness[sic] of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants; also that there were two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim—deposited with the plates".[88]. [108] Leaving Emma in the wagon, where she knelt in prayer,[109] he reportedly walked to the site of the golden plates, retrieved them, and hid them in a fallen tree-top on or near the hill. He later wrote that he was "deprived of the bennifit of an education" and that he had been instructed only in reading, writing, and the ground rules of arithmetic. There are many phenomena which seem to defy reasonable explanation. Lane, but there is no record of Lane visiting the Palmyra vicinity in 1820. Her twin brother, Joseph, was also born the same day. Yes, but it was never a very profitable job for him, as he only got fourteen dollars a month for it. However, Smith stated he was unable to obtain the plates at his first visit. The eldest, Alvin (born in 1828), died within hours of birth, as did twins Thaddeus and Louisa (born in 1831). **, Lucy SMITH was born July 18, 1821, in Manchester Township, New York. "[32] According to Lucy, Joseph Smith Sr. also had seven visions between 1811 and 1819, coming at a time when he was "much excited upon the subject of religion." Some people, however, were allowed to heft them or feel them through a cloth. They had 11 children. [26][27][28], Joseph Smith's ancestors had an eclectic variety of religious views and affiliations. Soon afterward, they divorced. [126] Convinced, Harris immediately gave Smith $50 (equivalent to $1,100 in 2019), and committed to sponsor the translation of the plates. “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Mar. Joseph Smith History 1.1-26 Show Notes. Tours and markers on the site tell about Joseph Smith’s First Vision and his first visits with the angel Moroni. March 29 Joseph and Emma’s adopted son, Joseph Murdock, dies in consequence of exposure the night Joseph was tarred and feathered. [128], Alvin Smith's death remains mysterious. house and angrily bade him read that until he believed it. Born into a poor farming family, he was the fifth child of 11 — nine of whom survived childhood. [68][69] Early prejudice against Smith may have taken place by clergy, but there is no contemporary record of this. When the farm failed, Joseph Senior moved the family to Palmyra, New York, hoping to do better. "[70], From about 1819, Smith regularly practiced scrying, a form of divination in which a "seer" looked into a seer stone to receive supernatural knowledge. Smith made annual visits to the hill over the next three years, reporting to his family that he had not yet been allowed to take the plates. Joseph and E… Isaac Hale, however, disapproved of their relationship and of Smith in general. He married Jerusha BARDEN on November 2, 1826, in Manchester Township, New York. Joseph Smith, Sr. Ancestry of Joseph Smith. After Eliza’s death, William married Rosella GOYETTE on December 21, 1889, in Clinton, Iowa. Intending to translate the plates himself, Smith moved to Harmony Township to live with his in-laws. [56] Lane is never recorded as having visited Palmyra until 1824, although he visited nearby Vienna in 1819 for a large Methodist conference. He was also a theocrat, politician, city planner, military leader, and polygamist. [118] Fearing it might be discovered, however, Smith hid the chest under the floor boards of his parents' old log home nearby. Background: After Much Contemplation, © Al Rounds, may not be copied, Joseph Smith Sr. portrait and family sketches by William Whitaker; Lucy Mack Smith portrait by Lee Greene Richards, Painting by unknown artist, © Community of Christ, may not be copied, Background: Winter at Joseph Smith Sr. Home, © Al Rounds, may not be copied. Most early converts probably never heard about the 1820 vision. [citation needed], Years later, one non-Mormon neighbor summed up views of Smith and his family by their Palmyra neighbors by saying, "To tell the truth, there was something about him they could not understand; some way he knew more than they did, and it made them mad. Lucy later claimed that she had refused to permit her son's leg to be amputated; in fact, the Smiths had chanced on one of New England's most respected physicians, Nathan Smith, who "probably alone in American medicine at this time" advocated removal of the dead portion of the bone rather than amputation of the leg. [102] When Lucy visited Harris, he had heard about Smith's report to have found golden plates through the grapevine in Palmyra, and was interested in finding out more. To do so, however, he needed an investment of money, and at the time he was penniless. The exact date of the birth comes into dispute but other contemporary information […] Before Joseph was born, his mother Lucy, prayed in a grove about her husband's refusal to attend church and later said she had had a dream-vision, which she interpreted as a prophecy that Joseph Sr. would later accept the "pure and undefiled Gospel of the Son of God. After he sold the family farm to pay his debts, the Smiths "crossed the boundary dividing independent ownership from tenancy and day labor." New Haven: Yale University Press. Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. After Mary’s death, Samuel married Levira CLARK on April 29, 1841, in Nauvoo, Illinois. Near poverty nearly all their lives, the children had to work early to support the family, and as a result, their education suffered. [93] This conforms to an account by Smith's friend Joseph Knight Sr., though he refers to Smith's guide only as "the personage. "[94] However, according to a Palmyra resident Henry Harris, who said Smith told him he located the plates using his seer stone. The bulk of Smith's persecution seems to have arisen among laity, and not because of his First Vision, but because of his later assertion to have discovered the golden plates in a hill near his home;[citation needed] the statement was widely publicized and ridiculed in local newspapers beginning around 1827. [34], Like perhaps thousands of contemporary Americans,[35] the Smith family practiced various forms of folk magic such as using divining rods and seer stones to search for buried treasure. 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