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History, circa 1841, fair copy

a hill of considerable size and the most elevated of any in the neighborhood; on the west side of which near the top under a large stone lay the plates deposited in a stone box This stone was rounding thinner at the edges than in the middle which was visible above the ground Having removed the earth which covered the thin edge of the stone I fixed a lever under it, and raised it with little exertion I looked in, there indeed did I behold the plates with the Urim and Thummin, and the breast plate The box in which they were placed, was formed of stones laid in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were transverse stones on which lay the plates &c I made an attempt to take them but was forbidden by the messenger, as the time for bringing them forth had not yet arrived; neither would it until four years had expired: but he told me to visit the place one year from that time and he would be with me, and I should continue to do so until permitted to obtain them Accordingly I went at the end of each year and found the Messenger there recieving instruction and intelligence from him of what the Lord was going to do, and how his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days
In the year 1824 my father

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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s family met with with a great affliction in the death of my eldest brother

11 Feb. 1798–19 Nov. 1823. Farmer, carpenter. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; returned to Tunbridge, before May 1803. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804, and to...

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In october the following year I hired to Josiah Stoal [Stowell]

22 Mar. 1770–12 May 1844. Farmer, sawmill owner. Born in Winchester, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Stowell and Mary Butler. Member of Presbyterian church. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1791. Married Miriam Bridgeman...

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an elderly gentleman residing in Chenango, Co

Created in south-central New York state, 1798. Population in 1830 about 37,000. In this county, Josiah Stowell employed JS as farmhand and millworker, 1825–1827. JS married Emma Hale in South Bainbridge, Chenango Co., 1827. JS was charged with and acquitted...

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He had heard something of Silver mine in Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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a hill of considerable size and the most elevated  of any in the neighborhood; on the west side of which  near the top under a <large> stone of large size lay the plates  deposited in a stone box This stone was round ing thinner at the edges than in the middle which  was visible above the ground Having removed the  earth which covered the thin edge of the stone I  fixed a lever under it, and raised it with little exer tion I looked in, there indeed did I behold the  plates with the Urim and Thummin, with <and> the  breast plate The box in which they were placed, was  formed of stones laid in some kind of cement. In the  bottom of the box were transverse stones on  which lay the plates &c I made an attempt to take  them but was forbidden by the messenger, as the  time for bringing them forth had not yet  arrived; neither would it until four years had  expired: but he told me to visit the place one year  from that time and he would be with me, and  I should continue to do so until permitted to  obtain them Accordingly I went at the end of  each year and found the Messenger there recieving  instruction and intelligence from him of what  the Lord was going to do, and how his kingdom  was to be conducted in the last days
In the year 1824 my father

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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s family met with  with a great affliction in the death of my  eldest brother

11 Feb. 1798–19 Nov. 1823. Farmer, carpenter. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; returned to Tunbridge, before May 1803. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804, and to...

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In october the following year  I hired to Josiah Stoal [Stowell]

22 Mar. 1770–12 May 1844. Farmer, sawmill owner. Born in Winchester, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Stowell and Mary Butler. Member of Presbyterian church. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1791. Married Miriam Bridgeman...

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an elderly gentleman  residing in Chenango, Co

Created in south-central New York state, 1798. Population in 1830 about 37,000. In this county, Josiah Stowell employed JS as farmhand and millworker, 1825–1827. JS married Emma Hale in South Bainbridge, Chenango Co., 1827. JS was charged with and acquitted...

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He had heard something of Silver mine  in Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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JS, History, [ca. 1841], fair copy; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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; 100 pages; CHL.
See also source note for JS History, circa 1841, draft.

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