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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

28 April 1838 • Saturday

April 28 Aaron Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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tried for offering marriage to Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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“Saturday April 28th. 1838. This morning President, J. Smith Jun. and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, attended the High council by invitation. The business before the council was an appeal case from the branch of the church near Guymons mill

Near small Mormon settlement. Built by Lyons brothers, fall 1833.

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.—— [Henry] Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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was plaintiff, and Aaron Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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Defendant. Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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and David W. Patten

14 Nov. 1799–25 Oct. 1838. Farmer. Born in Vermont. Son of Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. Moved to Theresa, Oneida Co., New York, as a young child. Moved to Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, as a youth. Married Phoebe Ann Babcock, 1828, in Dundee. Affiliated...

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Presiding. It appeared in calling the council to order that some of the seats were vacant, which the Council proceeded to fill, but as there were not a sufficient number present, who were eligible to the station, Presidents Smith and Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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were strongly solicited to act as counsellors, or to preside and let the presiding officers act as counsellors; &c. They accepted the former proposal, and Prest Smith was chosen to act on the part of the defence, and to speak upon the case, together with Geo. W. Harris

1 Apr. 1780–1857. Jeweler. Born at Lanesboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Harris and Diana (Margaret) Burton. Married first Elizabeth, ca. 1800. Married second Margaret, who died in 1828. Moved to Batavia, Genesee Co., New York, by 1830. Married...

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. Prest Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was chosen to speak on the part of the prosecution, together with Geo. M. Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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, after the council was organized, &c. After some arbitrarious speeches to know whether witnesses should be admitted to testify against A. Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, or whether he should have the privilege of confessing his own sins; It was decided that witnesses should be admitted and also the written testimony of the wife

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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of said Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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. As to this man, Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, it is a well know fact, and without contradiction, that he has been in transgression ever since he first came into 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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, which is some four or five years, as appeared this day by different witnesses, which are unimpeachable The witnesses against Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, were first, Sarah Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, wife of Plaintiff Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, one Bro. Burt, Bro [Shadrach] Roundy

1 Jan. 1789–4 July 1872. Merchant. Born at Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Uriah Roundy and Lucretia Needham. Married Betsy Quimby, 22 June 1814, at Rockingham. Lived at Spafford, Onondaga Co., New York. Member of Freewill Baptist Church in Spafford...

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, Bro John P. Barnard

28 Jan. 1804–28 July 1874. Farmer, blacksmith. Born at New Hartford, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ezra Barnard and Diadema Porter. Moved to Ulysses, Tompkins Co., New York, by Aug. 1826. Married Eliza Ann Wycoff, 31 Aug. 1826, at Ulysses. Moved to Barrington...

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, Bro Thomas Gimon [Guymon]

10 Mar. 1787–20 Oct. 1855. Schoolteacher, farmer. Born in Surry Co., North Carolina. Son of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn. Married Sarah (Sally) Gordon/Gordin, Feb. 1809, in Stokes Co., North Carolina. Moved to Jackson Co., Tennessee, by 1820. Moved to...

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also, Bro Benjamin and the plaintiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, Which testimony says that some time last season the plaintiff sent his wife from Alton

City and river port, situated on east bank of Mississippi River. Incorporated as city, 1837. Population in 1840 about 2,300. Two hundred Saints, some from Liverpool, England, detained in Alton, winter 1842–1843; Saints later departed Alton aboard steamer ...

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Illinois, to this country, as he, himself, could not come at that time. Accordingly his wife, Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, came, and settled in the branch first above mentioned. Now this man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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had settled in this branch also, and was their presiding High Priest, and had gained to himself great influence in and over that Branch, and it also appears that this man had great possessions; and (if we may judge from testimony given this day,) calculates to keep them, let the saints necessities be what they may. and it also appears that this man was in want of a wife, (if actions bespeak the desire of any man.) Consequently set his wits to work to get one. He commenced, (as he said) by getting a revelation from God that he must marry Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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; or that she was the woman to make his wife; and it appeared that these revelations were frequently received by him. and shortly introduced to Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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. It was also manifested that the old man had sagacity enough to know that unless he used his priestly office to assist him in accomplishing his designs, he would fail in the attempt; he therefor told Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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that he had a revelation from God that her husband was dead &c. and that she must consent to marry him, or she would be forever miserable; for he had seen her future state of existence, and that she must remember that whomsoever he blessed would be blessed, and whomsoever he cursed would be cursed. [p. 792]

28 April 1838 • Saturday

<April 28  Aaron Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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tried  for offering marriage  to Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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> “Saturday April 28th. 1838. This morning President, J. Smith Jun. and S[idney]  Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, attended the High council by invitation. The business before the  council was the an appeal case from the branch of the church near  G[u]ymons horse mill

Near small Mormon settlement. Built by Lyons brothers, fall 1833.

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.—— Jackman [Henry] Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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was plaintiff, and Aaron Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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 Defendant. Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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and David W. Patten

14 Nov. 1799–25 Oct. 1838. Farmer. Born in Vermont. Son of Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. Moved to Theresa, Oneida Co., New York, as a young child. Moved to Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, as a youth. Married Phoebe Ann Babcock, 1828, in Dundee. Affiliated...

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Presiding. It  appeared in calling the council to order that some of the seats were  vacant, which the Council proceeded to fill, but as there were not  a sufficient number present, for the who were eligible to the  station, Presidents Smith and Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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were strongly solicited to  act as counsellors, or to preside and let the presiding officers  act as counsellors; &c. They accepted the former proposal, and Prest  Smith was chosen to act on the part of the defence, and to speak  upon the case, together with Geo. W. Harris

1 Apr. 1780–1857. Jeweler. Born at Lanesboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Harris and Diana (Margaret) Burton. Married first Elizabeth, ca. 1800. Married second Margaret, who died in 1828. Moved to Batavia, Genesee Co., New York, by 1830. Married...

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. Prest Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was chosen  to speak on the part of the prosecution, together with Geo. M. Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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, after  the council was organized, &c. After some arbitrarious speeches to  know whether witnesses should be admitted to testify against A.  Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, or whether he should have the privilege of confessing his  own sins; It was decided that witnesses should be admitted  and also the written testimony of the wife

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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of said Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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. As to this  man, Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, it is a well know fact, and without contradiction,  that he has been in transgression ever since he first came into  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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, which is some four or five years, as appeared this day by  different witnesses, which are unimpeachable The witnesses against  Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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, were first, Sarah Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, wife of Plaintiff Jackson

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, one  Bro. Burt, Bro [Shadrach] Roundy

1 Jan. 1789–4 July 1872. Merchant. Born at Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Uriah Roundy and Lucretia Needham. Married Betsy Quimby, 22 June 1814, at Rockingham. Lived at Spafford, Onondaga Co., New York. Member of Freewill Baptist Church in Spafford...

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, Bro John P. Barnard

28 Jan. 1804–28 July 1874. Farmer, blacksmith. Born at New Hartford, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ezra Barnard and Diadema Porter. Moved to Ulysses, Tompkins Co., New York, by Aug. 1826. Married Eliza Ann Wycoff, 31 Aug. 1826, at Ulysses. Moved to Barrington...

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, Bro Thomas Gimon [Guymon]

10 Mar. 1787–20 Oct. 1855. Schoolteacher, farmer. Born in Surry Co., North Carolina. Son of Isaiah Guymon and Elizabeth Flynn. Married Sarah (Sally) Gordon/Gordin, Feb. 1809, in Stokes Co., North Carolina. Moved to Jackson Co., Tennessee, by 1820. Moved to...

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 also, Bro Benjamin and the plaintiff

Ca. 1798–1887. Basket maker. Born in Ohio. Married first Sarah, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder, before 1831. Moved to Indiana, by 1831. Disciplined at church conference at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, and subsequently reordained...

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, Which testimony says that  some time last season the plaintiff sent his wife from Alton

City and river port, situated on east bank of Mississippi River. Incorporated as city, 1837. Population in 1840 about 2,300. Two hundred Saints, some from Liverpool, England, detained in Alton, winter 1842–1843; Saints later departed Alton aboard steamer ...

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Illin ois, to this country, as he, himself, could not come at that time.  Accordingly his wife, Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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, came, and settled in the branch  first above mentioned. Now this man Lyon

Ca. 1781–30 Sept. 1839. Born in Holland, Hampton Co., Massachusetts. Married Roxana (Rocksey) Palmer, 15 July 1804, at Orwell, Rutland Co., Vermont. Presumably baptized into LDS church. Acquired land at Caldwell Co., Missouri, including town lot at Far West...

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had settled in this  branch also, and was their presiding High Priest, and had gain ed to himself great influence in and over that Branch, and it  also appears that this man had great possessions; and (if we  may judge from testimony given this day,) calculates to keep them,  let the saints necessity necessities be what they may. and it also appears  that this man was in want of a wife, (if actions bespeak the desire  of any man.) Consequently set his wits to work to get one. He commen ced, (as he said) by getting a revelation from God that he must marry  Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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; or that she was the woman to make his wife; and it  appeared that these revelations were frequently received by him. and  shortly introduced to Mrs. Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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. It was also manifested that the  old man had sagacity enough to know that unless he used his priest ly office to assist him in accomplishing his designs, he would fail in  the attempt; he therefor told Mrs Jackson

ca. 1814–26 Sept. 1876. Born in Kentucky. Married first Henry Jackson. Moved from Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, to area near Guymon’s horse mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Present with husband during appeal heard before Far West high council, 28 Apr. ...

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that he had a revelation  from God that her husband was dead &c. and that she must con sent to marry him, or she would be forever miserable; for he had  seen her future state of existence, and that she must remember that whom soever he blessed would be blessed, and whomsoever he cursed would be cursed. [p. 792]
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This document, volume B-1, is the second of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over the span of seventeen years, 1838 to 1856. The narrative in volume B-1 begins with the entry for 1 September 1834, just after the conclusion of the Camp of Israel (later called Zion’s Camp), and continues to 2 November 1838, when JS was interned as a prisoner of war at Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, Missouri. For a fuller discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to the history.
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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, serving as JS’s “private secretary and historian,” completed the account of JS’s history contained in volume A-1 in August 1843. It covered the period from JS’s birth in 1805 through the aftermath of the Camp of Israel in August 1834. When work resumed on the history on 1 October 1843, Richards started a new volume, eventually designated B-1.
At the time of JS’s death in June 1844, the account had been advanced to 5 August 1838, on page 812 of volume B-1. 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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’s poor health led to the curtailment of work on B-1 for several months, until 11 December 1844. On that date, Richards and 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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, assisted by Thomas Bullock, resumed gathering the records and reports needed to draft the history. Richards then composed and drafted roughed-out notes while Thomas Bullock compiled the text of the history and inscribed it in B-1. They completed their work on the volume on or about 24 February 1845. Richards, Willmer Benson, and Jonathan Grimshaw later added ten pages of “Addenda,” which provided notes, extensive revisions, or additional text to be inserted in the original manuscript where indicated.
Though JS did not dictate or revise any of the text recorded in B-1, 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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and Thomas Bullock chose to maintain the first-person, chronological narrative format established in A-1 as if JS were the author. They drew from a variety of primary and secondary sources including JS’s diaries and letters, minutes of meetings, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, church and other periodicals, reports of JS’s discourses, and the reminiscences and recollections of church members. As was the case with A-1, after JS’s death, 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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, 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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, George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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, and others modified and corrected the manuscript as they reviewed material before its eventual publication.
Beginning in March 1842 the church’s Nauvoo periodical, the Times and Seasons, began publishing the narrative as the “History of Joseph Smith.” It was also published in England in the church periodical the Millennial Star beginning in June 1842. Once a press was established in Utah and the Deseret News began publication, the “History of Joseph Smith” once more appeared in print in serialized form. Beginning with the November 1851 issue, the narrative picked up where the Times and Seasons had left off over five years earlier.
The narrative recorded in B-1 continued the story of JS’s life as the prophet and president of the church he labored to establish. The account encompasses significant developments in the church’s two centers at that time—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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, Ohio, and northwest Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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—during a four-year-span. Critical events included the organization of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy, the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of the Kirtland Safety Society, dissension and apostasy in Kirtland and Missouri, the first mission to England, JS’s flight from Kirtland to Missouri in the winter of 1838, the Saints’ exodus from Kirtland later that year, the disciplining of the Missouri presidency, and the outbreak of the Missouri War and arrest of JS. Thus, B-1 provides substantial detail regarding a significant period of church expansion and transition as well as travail.

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