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License for William Smith, 5 October 1831

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License, Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, OH, for William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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, 5 Oct. 1831; handwriting of John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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; signatures of John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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and JS; one page; CCLA.
Leaf measuring 3–3½ × 7¾ inches (8–9 × 20 cm). This document has been folded, possibly for travel. The folds are weakened, partially broken, or separated—with a loss at one fold. The license was pasted onto backing paper at some point, likely because the leftmost quarter had become separated. There appear to be no inscriptions on the verso of the actual license, but the backing makes it impossible to be certain.
The license was received by the RLDS church (now Community of Christ) in July 1965. The document passed from William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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to Isaac Sheen, early supporter to William Smith’s later claims to lead the church. Sheen gave the certificate to his son who gave it to his brother-in-law, Oliver Ira Babbitt. Babbitt presented this certificate with other books to his friend Alvin Smith of Miami, Oklahoma, who gave them to his daughter. She, in turn, donated them to the RLDS Church.1

Richard P. Howard, Independence, MO, to Paul Wellington, 16 July 1965, in “Record of Accession,” bk 4, CCLA.  


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