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History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

And a young woman, named Emily Coburn

Jan. 1813–after 1900. Milliner, teacher, nurse. Born in Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Amariah Coburn and Rose Linda Lyon. Moved to Unadilla River area of Otsego Co., New York, 1818; to Greene, Chenango Co., New York, by 1820; to Guilford, Chenango ...

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a sister in law to Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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was taken upon a power of attorney, and forcibly carried out of the neighborhood because her relations understood her to be in the way of believing our doctrine. Early however on Monday morning we wer on the alert, and got together before our enemies were aware we soon repaired the dam, and proceeded to baptize—when the following thirteen persons were baptized for the remission of their sins under the hands 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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Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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, 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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& wife, Joseph Knight Sr.

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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& wife

16 Apr. 1774–7 Aug. 1831. Born in Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Daughter of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Married Joseph Knight Sr., 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ...

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William Stringham

10 Mar. 1788–3 Nov. 1865. Tailor. Born in North Hempstead, Queens Co., New York. Son of James Stringham and Martha Willis. Married first Esther Knight, ca. 1816. Resident of Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, by Aug. 1820. Baptized into ...

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& wife

25 Apr. 1798–ca. 1833. Born in Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Daughter of Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1808. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, 1811. Married William...

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Joseph Knight Jr

21 June 1808–4 Nov. 1866. Miller, carder, millwright. Born at Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1808. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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Aaron Culver

Ca. 1772–1831. Son of Nathan Culver and Eunice. Married Esther Peck. Resided at Wardsboro, Windham Co., Vermont, 1800; at Guilford, Windham Co., 1810; and at Colesville, Broome Co., New York, 1830. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830,...

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& wife

10 July 1766–11 Oct. 1836. Born at Attleboro, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Married Aaron Culver. Resided at Wardsboro, Windham Co., Vermont, 1800; at Guilford, Windham Co., 1810; and at Colesville, Broome Co., New...

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Levi Hall

Ca. 1802–16 May 1867. Farmer. Born in Canada. Son of Roxanna. Married Ruth. Moved to Windsor, Broome Co., New York, ca. 1827. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830, at Colesville, Broome Co. Apparently remained in Windsor when Colesville...

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, Polly Knight

7 Mar. 1811–28 Apr. 1844. Born in Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York. Daughter of Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, 1811. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830, in...

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, & Julia Ann Stringham

28 Feb. 1818–30 Apr. 1886. Born in Broome Co., New York. Daughter of William Stringham and Esther Knight. Baptized into LDS church, 28 June 1830, in Colesville, Broome Co. Moved with Colesville branch to Thompson, Geauga Co., Ohio, May 1831, and to Kaw Township...

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Before we had yet finished the baptism of these, the same mob began again to collect together, and shortly after we had done and retired to the house of Joseph Knight Sr.

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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, the mob amounted to about fifty men. They surrounded the House, raging with anger, and apparently wishful to commit violence upon us, some of them asked questions, others threatened us, and annoyed us so much that we thought it wisdom to leave and go to the house of Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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. They followed us there also, and it was with great persevereance and prudence that we were enabled to keep them in bounds Numbers of the brethren had to constantly keep the door and keep them in talk, & answer their various and unprofitable questions, so long as they were inclined to stay. I talked to them considerable, but in general to no purpose. We had appointed a meeting on the evening of the same day, for the purpose of confirmations, the time appointed had arrived and our friends had nearly all collected together, when to my surprise I was visited by a constable, and arrested by him, on a warrant on a charge of being a disorderly person, of setting the country in an uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, and various other such like charges. The constable informed me soon after he had arrested me that the plan of those who had got out this warrant, was to get me into the hands of the mob who were now lying in ambust ambush for me [p. [16]]
<And> a young woman, <named Emily Coburn

Jan. 1813–after 1900. Milliner, teacher, nurse. Born in Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Amariah Coburn and Rose Linda Lyon. Moved to Unadilla River area of Otsego Co., New York, 1818; to Greene, Chenango Co., New York, by 1820; to Guilford, Chenango ...

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> a sister in law to Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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was forcibly  taken upon a power of attorney, and <forcibly> carried out of the neighborhood  because her relations understood her to be in the way of believing our  doctrine. Early however on Monday morning we wer on the  alert, and got together quite early in the before our enemies were awar[e]  we soon repaired the dam, and proceeded to baptize—when the  following thirteen persons were baptized for the remission of their  sins under the hands 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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Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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, 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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& wife, Joseph Knights [Sr.]

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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& wife

16 Apr. 1774–7 Aug. 1831. Born in Guilford, Cumberland Co., New York (later in Windham Co., Vermont). Daughter of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Married Joseph Knight Sr., 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ...

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 William Stringham

10 Mar. 1788–3 Nov. 1865. Tailor. Born in North Hempstead, Queens Co., New York. Son of James Stringham and Martha Willis. Married first Esther Knight, ca. 1816. Resident of Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, by Aug. 1820. Baptized into ...

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& wife

25 Apr. 1798–ca. 1833. Born in Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Daughter of Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1808. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, 1811. Married William...

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Joseph Knights Jr

21 June 1808–4 Nov. 1866. Miller, carder, millwright. Born at Halifax, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, 1808. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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A[a]ron Culver

Ca. 1772–1831. Son of Nathan Culver and Eunice. Married Esther Peck. Resided at Wardsboro, Windham Co., Vermont, 1800; at Guilford, Windham Co., 1810; and at Colesville, Broome Co., New York, 1830. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830,...

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& wife

10 July 1766–11 Oct. 1836. Born at Attleboro, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Daughter of Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Read. Married Aaron Culver. Resided at Wardsboro, Windham Co., Vermont, 1800; at Guilford, Windham Co., 1810; and at Colesville, Broome Co., New...

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 Levi Hall

Ca. 1802–16 May 1867. Farmer. Born in Canada. Son of Roxanna. Married Ruth. Moved to Windsor, Broome Co., New York, ca. 1827. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830, at Colesville, Broome Co. Apparently remained in Windsor when Colesville...

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, Polly Knight

7 Mar. 1811–28 Apr. 1844. Born in Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York. Daughter of Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New York, 1811. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 28 June 1830, in...

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, <&> Julia [Ann] Stringham

28 Feb. 1818–30 Apr. 1886. Born in Broome Co., New York. Daughter of William Stringham and Esther Knight. Baptized into LDS church, 28 June 1830, in Colesville, Broome Co. Moved with Colesville branch to Thompson, Geauga Co., Ohio, May 1831, and to Kaw Township...

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Before we had yet finished the baptism of these, the same mob  began again to collect together, and shortly after we had done  and retired to the house of Joseph Knight [Sr.]

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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, the mob had amounted  to about fifty men. They surrounded the House, raging  with anger, and apparently wishful to commit violence upon us,  some of them asked questions, others threatened us, and annoyed us so  much that we thought it wisdom to leave and go to the house of  Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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. They followed us there also, and it was  with great persevereance and prudence that we were enabled to  keep them in bounds untill we succeeded in Confirming  those who had been baptized, Some <Numbers> of the brethren had to  constantly keep the door and keep them in talk, <&> answer their  various and unprofitable questions, so long as they were inclined  to stay. I talked to them considerable, but in general to no  purpose. We had appointed a meeting on the evening of the same  day, for the purpose of confirmations, the time appointed had arrived  and our friends had nearly all collected together, when to my surprise  I was visited by a constable, and arrested by him, on <a> warrant  on a charge of being a disorderly person, of setting the country in an  uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon, and various other such like  charges. The constable informed me soon after he had arrested  me that the plan of those who had got out this warrant, was to get me  into the hands of the mob who were now lying in ambust [ambush] for me [p. [16]]
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JS, History, [ca. June–Oct. 1839], draft; 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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; twenty-five pages; CHL. Includes file notes.
This draft history was inscribed in a makeshift gathering of nine loose leaves measuring 12⅜ × 15¾ inches (31 × 40 cm), folded in half to form eighteen unlined leaves measuring 12⅜ × 7⅞ inches (31 × 20 cm). The loose leaves are held together by a piece of string threaded through two holes in the upper half of the center fold of the leaves. Other holes in the folds indicate that additional sewing was in place at some earlier time. The eighteen-leaf gathering was used circa July 1833 as part of an effort to index JS’s revision of the Bible.1

See Jensen, “Ignored and Unknown Clues of Early Mormon Record Keeping,” 147–154.  


Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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inscribed the first page of the gathering with the title “Scriptures on Covenants”, followed by five lines of references from JS’s revision of Genesis. This entire page was lined in graphite by Frederick G. Williams. A remnant of a wafer is also found on the upper left corner of this original first page, indicating that it may have been attached to a book or that another document was attached to the page. At some point, apparently in preparation to be used for the history draft, the fold of the gathering was inverted so that the original first and last pages became the center of the gathering (pages 18 and 19) and the original center spread became the first page and last page. 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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inscribed the history draft on twenty-five pages of the gathering, leaving eleven pages blank.
After its inscription in 1839, the whereabouts of this text for the remainder of the nineteenth century are unknown, though it presumably remained in church custody. The document was not listed on any of the known early Church Historian’s Office inventories, which did not detail all holdings. The first known listing of the history draft is in the inventory from circa 1905.2

“Contents of Box No. Two,” Joseph Fielding Smith, Papers, 1893–1973, CHL.  


The document is also listed on a 1970 inventory of papers of Joseph Fielding Smith, who had served as church historian and recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1921, perhaps indicating that the document had been in his possession for some time.3

“Inventory of President Joseph Fielding Smith’s Safe,” 23 May 1970, First Presidency, General Administration Files, CHL.  


The draft history became part of the First Presidency’s papers when Smith became president of the church in 1970, and it remained there until it was transferred in 2010 to the Church History Library.

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