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

Bainbridge

Located 110 miles southwest of Albany, New York. Hilly land cut by Susquehanna River. Organized as Jericho, 1791, as part of tract of land given by New York to “Vermont sufferers” who lost land titles after border dispute between New York and Vermont. Name...

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, Chenango County, New York, came in to make some November 13. enquiries about Hezekiah Peck

19 Jan. 1782–25 Aug. 1850. Millwright. Born at Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Son of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, by 1812. Married Martha Long, by 1812. Baptized...

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’s family. We entered into conversation upon religious subjects, and went to President 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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s and spent the evening in conversation. We preached the Gospel to him, and bore testimony of what we had seen and heard. He attempted to raise some objections, but the force of truth bore him down and he was silent although unbeleiving. I returned home and retired to rest.

14 November 1835 • Saturday

14 Saturday Morning 14th. Thus came the word of the Lord Word of the Lord concerning Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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unto me saying;
verily thus saith the Lord unto my Servant Joseph, concerning my servant Warren

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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, behold, his sins are forgiven him, because of his desires to do the works of righteousness, therefore inasmuch as he will continue to hearken unto my voice he shall be blessed with wisdom, and with a sound mind even above his fellows. Behold it shall come to pass in his day, that he shall see great things shew forth themselves unto my people, he shall see much of my ancient Records, and shall know of hidden things, and shall be endowed with a knowledge of hidden languages; and if he desires and shall seek it at my hand he shall be privileged with writing much of my word, as a scribe unto me for the benefit of my people; Therefore this shall be his calling until I shall order it otherwise in my wisdom, and it shall be said of him in a time to come; Behold Warren

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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, the Lord’s Scribe, for the Lord’s Seer whom he hath appointed in Israel: Therefore, if he will keep my commandments, he shall be lifted up at the last day, even so. Amen.
This after-noon. Erastus Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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, of Newbury

Also spelled Newberry. Village located in southwest Ohio. Laid out, 1818. Platted by 1833. Post office established, by 1833. Population in 1830 about 45.

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, Ohio. called on me to enquire about the establishment of the church, and to be instructed in doctrine more perfectly: I gave him a brief relation of my experience while in my juvenile years, say from six years old up to the time I received the first visitation of Angels, which was when I was about fourteen years old. also the revelations that I received afterwards concerning the book of mormon, and a short account of the rise and progress of the church up to this date. He listened very attentively, and seemed highly gratified, and intends to unite with the church.

15 November 1835 • Sunday

Sabbath. 15. Meting On Sabbath morning 15th. he Erastus Holmes went with me to meeting, which was held in the school-house, as the chappel

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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was not finished plastering. President 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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preached on the subject of men’s being called to preach the gospel, their qualifications &c.. We had a fine discourse it was very interesting indeed. Mr Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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was well satisfied, and returned and dined with me. Said Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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has been a member of the Methodist Church and was excommunicated for receiving the elders of the afternoon. Isaac Hill

28 Sept. 1806–25 June 1879. Blacksmith, brick maker. Born near Brighton, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania. Son of John Hill and Nancy Warrick. Moved to East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., Ohio, by Dec. 1826. Married first Mary Bell, 7 June 1827, at East Liverpool. Joined...

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’s case Latter Day Saints into his house. Went to meeting in the afternoon. Before partaking of the sacrament, Isaac Hill

28 Sept. 1806–25 June 1879. Blacksmith, brick maker. Born near Brighton, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania. Son of John Hill and Nancy Warrick. Moved to East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., Ohio, by Dec. 1826. Married first Mary Bell, 7 June 1827, at East Liverpool. Joined...

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Bainbridge

Located 110 miles southwest of Albany, New York. Hilly land cut by Susquehanna River. Organized as Jericho, 1791, as part of tract of land given by New York to “Vermont sufferers” who lost land titles after border dispute between New York and Vermont. Name...

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, Chenango County, New York, came in to make some  <November 13.> enquiries about H<ezekiah> Peck

19 Jan. 1782–25 Aug. 1850. Millwright. Born at Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Son of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, by 1812. Married Martha Long, by 1812. Baptized...

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’s family. We entered into conversation  upon religious subjects, and went to President [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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s and  spent the evening in conversation. We preached the Gospel  to him, and bore testimony of what we had seen and heard.  He attempted to raise some objections, but the force of truth  bore him down and he was silent although unbeleiving. I  returned home and retired to rest.

14 November 1835 • Saturday

<14> Saturday Morning 14th. Thus came the word of the Lord  <Word of the Lord  concerning Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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> unto me saying;
verily thus saith the Lord unto my  Servant Joseph, concerning my servant Warren

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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, behold, his  sins are forgiven him, because of his desires to do the works  of righteousness, therefore inasmuch as he will continue  to hearken unto my voice he shall be blessed with wis dom, and with a sound mind even above his fellows.  Behold it shall come to pass in his day, that he shall see  great things shew forth themselves unto my people, he shall  see much of my ancient Records, and shall know of hidden  things, and shall be endowed with a knowledge of hidden  languages; and if he desires and shall seek it at my hand  he shall be privileged with writing much of my word, as  a scribe unto me for the benefit of my people; Therefore this  shall be his calling until I shall order it otherwise in my  wisdom, and it shall be said of him in <a> time to come; Behold  Warren

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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, the Lord’s Scribe, for the Lord’s Seer whom he hath  appointed in Israel: Therefore, if he will keep my comm andments, he shall be lifted up at the last day, even so. Amen.
This after-noon. Erastus Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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, of Newbury

Also spelled Newberry. Village located in southwest Ohio. Laid out, 1818. Platted by 1833. Post office established, by 1833. Population in 1830 about 45.

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, Ohio. called on me  to enquire about the establishment of the church, and to be instructed  in doctrine more perfectly: I gave him a brief relation of my ex perience while in my juvenile years, say from six years old  up to the time I received the first visitation of Angels,  which was when I was about fourteen years old. also  the revelations that I received afterwards concerning the  book of mormon, and a short account of the rise and  progress of the church up to this date. He listened very  attentively, and seemed highly gratified, and intends to unite  with the church.

15 November 1835 • Sunday

<Sabbath. 15.  Meting> On Sabbath morning 15th. he [Erastus Holmes] went with me to meeting, which  was held in the school-house, as the chappel

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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was not finish ed plastering. President [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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preached on the subject  of men’s being called to preach the gospel, their qualifications  &c.. We had a fine discourse it was very interesting indeed.  Mr Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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was well satisfied, and returned and dined with  me. Said Holmes

12 Oct. 1800–26 Aug. 1863. Clerk, trader, merchant. Born at Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of George Holmes and Betsy Ball. Moved to Newbury (probably later Mulberry), Miami Township, Clermont Co., Ohio, 1821. Married Mary Ann Leming, after Jan...

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has been a member of the Methodist Church  and was excommunicated for receiving the elders of the  <afternoon.  Isaac Hill

28 Sept. 1806–25 June 1879. Blacksmith, brick maker. Born near Brighton, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania. Son of John Hill and Nancy Warrick. Moved to East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., Ohio, by Dec. 1826. Married first Mary Bell, 7 June 1827, at East Liverpool. Joined...

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’s case> Latter Day Saints into his house. Went to meeting in the  afternoon. Before partaking of the sacrament, Isaac Hill

28 Sept. 1806–25 June 1879. Blacksmith, brick maker. Born near Brighton, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania. Son of John Hill and Nancy Warrick. Moved to East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., Ohio, by Dec. 1826. Married first Mary Bell, 7 June 1827, at East Liverpool. Joined...

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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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