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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

discovered two Prairie Rattle Snakes quietly sleeping under them, which they carefully carried out of the Camp— this day my health was so poor, I left the affairs of the Camp

The name of the spring 1834 military expedition from Kirtland, Ohio, to Clay County, Missouri. It later came to be known as “Zion’s Camp.” This relief expedition, appointed by revelation and led by JS, consisted of about two hundred armed but largely untrained...

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to the management of General [Lyman] Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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— having no provisions we travelled seventeen miles before breakfast, and I rode in Elder [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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’s Waggon, we crossed a slough half a mile wide, thro’ which most of the brethren were obliged to wade waist deep in mud and water— General Lyman Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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who had travelled from Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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without a stocking on his foot, carried brother Joseph Young

7 Apr. 1797–16 July 1881. Farmer, painter, glazier. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Moved to Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, before 1830. Joined Methodist church, before Apr. 1832. Baptized into LDS...

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thro’ on his back— our breakfast consisted entirely of Corn Meal Mush, or hasty pudding, we had not meal enough in our Company to make the mush of the consistence of good starch, after our ten o clock breakfast we passed on to within one mile of Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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— we encamped in a very small prairie surrounded by a thicket of hazel brush— when I arrived where the Camp had pitched their tents and viewed our unsafe location,— considering the danger of an attack from our enemies, I almost forgot my sickness, went some distance in the brush, bowed down and prayed my heavenly Father to suffer no evil to come upon us, but keep us safely thro’ the night— I obtained an assurance that we should be safe until morning, notwithstanding about 50 of the Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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Mob crossed the Lexington Ferry that evening for the purpose of joining the Ray County

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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mob, and of making an attack upon us— all was quiet in the Camp thro’ the night— while the brethren were making their bed in Captain Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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’s tent, one of them discovered a very musical Rattle Snake which they were about to kill, Captain Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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told them not to hurt him but carry him out of the tent, when brother Carpenter took him in his hands carried him beyond all danger and left him to enjoy his liberty— telling him not to return—
Thursday 19 at day break, feeling that we were in a very unsafe situation I counselled the camp to move forward without delay, and continued a lively march for about nine miles where we stopt for breakfast, while passing thro’ Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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brother Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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observed a black woman in a gentleman’s garden near the road. She beckoned to him and said “come here massa.” She was evidently much agitated in her feelings. He went up to the fence and she said to him, there is a company of men laying in wait here, who are calculating to kill you this morning as you pass through”, we halted for breakfast on an eminence near a Farm House, the owner furnished us with a large quantity of milk, which gave a great relish to our Bacon and Corn Dodger, which our commissary had procured that morning, when we asked the price of his milk he repled “he is a mean man that will sell milk, I could have let you had more, if I had known you had been coming”, he further said “you have many enemies about here, and you may meet with some trouble, and it is a damd shame that every man cant come up and enjoy his religion, and every thing else without being molested.” it was near noon when we finished our breakfast, and we passed on in fine Spirits,— determined to go thro’ and meet the brethren in Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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, we travelled but a short distance when one waggon broke down; and the wheels ran off from others, and there seemed to be many things to hinder our progress, altho’ we strove with all diligence to speed our way forward,— This night we camped on an elevated piece of land, between Little Fishing and Big fishing Rivers which was formed by seven small streams or branches. Page 495* [p. 15 [addenda]]
discovered two Prairie Rattle Snakes quietly sleeping under them, which they carefully carried  out of the Camp— this day my health was so poor, I left the affairs of the Camp

The name of the spring 1834 military expedition from Kirtland, Ohio, to Clay County, Missouri. It later came to be known as “Zion’s Camp.” This relief expedition, appointed by revelation and led by JS, consisted of about two hundred armed but largely untrained...

View Glossary
to the management  of General [Lyman] Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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— having no provisions we travelled seventeen miles before breakfast,  and I rode in Elder [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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’s Waggon, we crossed a slough half a mile wide, thro’ which  most of the brethren were obliged to wade waist deep in mud and water— General Lyman  Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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who had travelled from Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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without a stocking on his foot, carried brother Joseph  Young

7 Apr. 1797–16 July 1881. Farmer, painter, glazier. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Moved to Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, before 1830. Joined Methodist church, before Apr. 1832. Baptized into LDS...

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thro’ on his back— our breakfast consisted entirely of Corn Meal Mush, or hasty pudding,  we had not meal enough in our Company to make the mush of the consistence of good  starch, after our ten o clock breakfast we passed on to within one mile of Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

More Info
— we  encamped in a very small prairie surrounded by a thicket of hazel brush— when I  arrived where the Camp had pitched their tents and viewed our unsafe location,—  considering the danger of an attack from our enemies, I almost forgot my sickness,  went some distance in the brush, bowed down and prayed my heavenly Father to suffer  no evil to come upon us, but keep us safely thro’ the night— I obtained an assurance  that we should be safe until morning, notwithstanding about 50 of the Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

More Info
Mob  crossed the Lexington Ferry that evening for the purpose of joining the Ray County

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

More Info
mob, and  of making an attack upon us— all was quiet in the Camp thro’ the night— while the  brethren were making their bed in Captain Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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’s tent, one of them discovered a  very musical Rattle Snake which they were about to kill, Captain Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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told them not to  hurt him but carry him out of the tent, when brother Carpenter took him in his hands  carried him beyond all danger and left him to enjoy his liberty— telling him not to return—
Thursday 19 at day break, feeling that we were in a very unsafe situation I counselled the  camp to move forward without delay, and continued a lively march for about nine miles  where we stopt for breakfast, while passing thro’ Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

More Info
brother Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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observed  a black woman in a gentleman’s garden near the road. She beckoned to him and said  “come here massa.” She was evidently much agitated in her feelings. He went up to the fence  and she said to him, there is a company of men laying in wait here, who are calculating  to kill you this morning as you pass through”, we halted for breakfast on an eminence near  a Farm House, the owner furnished us with a large quantity of milk, which gave a great  relish to our Bacon and Corn Dodger, which our commissary had procured that morning, when  we asked the price of his milk he repled “he is a mean man that will sell milk, I could  have let you had more, if I had known you had been coming”, he further said “you have many  enemies about here, and you may meet with some trouble, and it is a damd shame that  every man cant come up and enjoy his religion, and every thing else without being molested.”  it was near noon when we finished our breakfast, and we passed on in fine Spirits,—  determined to go thro’ and meet the brethren in Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

More Info
, we travelled but a short  distance when one waggon broke down; and the wheels ran off from others, and there seemed  to be many things to hinder our progress, altho’ we strove with all diligence to speed our way  forward,— This night we camped on an elevated piece of land, between Little Fishing  and Big fishing Rivers which was formed by seven small streams or branches. <Page 495*> [p. 15 [addenda]]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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