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Agreement with Martin Harris, 16 January 1830

JS, Agreement with Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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, Manchester Township

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, Ontario Co., NY, 16 Jan. 1830; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; signature of JS, witnessed by Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; one page; Simon Gratz Autograph Collection, 1517–1925, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Includes redactions and archival marking. Transcription from digital color image obtained from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 2010.
Document measures 3⅜–3⅝ × 7¾ inches (9 × 20 cm). Residue of red wax appears to be present following JS’s signature. Notations in graphite in unidentified handwriting on the verso read “Joseph Smith, Sen.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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| Father of Jos. Smith, the founder | of Mormonism— & himself | one of the most prominent | of the Sect—”1

This identification is incorrect; the agreement involved JS, not Joseph Smith Sr.  


and “Oliver H. P. Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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| One of the most active of Smith’s | adherents—and his scribe in | the preparation of ‘The Book | of Mormon.’” The verso also includes an archival notation in graphite: “gratz | case 8 Box 17”.
It is unknown when autograph collector Simon Gratz acquired this document. According to the register of the Gratz Collection, Gratz’s entire collection was deeded to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1917 and finalized shortly after his death in 1928.

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