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Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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no more of my brother untill the letter came 20 years after—— thence to Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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years Dead wife dead one daugter alive
 
Having attained my 62 year, and being offlicted with a complication of disease and infirmities, many of which have been brought upon me by the cruelty of an ungodly and hard hearted world; and do at often— times threaten to put a period to my Earthly existence, I feel it a privilege as well as my duty to all and Candid inquirers after truth to give (as my last testimony to a world from whence I must soon take my departure) an account, not exclusively of my own manner of life from my youth up, but after saying somewhat concerning my ancestors, as well as myself, to trace carefully up, ev en from the cradle to the grave The footsteps of some whose life and death have been such as are calculated to excite intense curiosity in the minds of all who ever knew them personally or shall hear of them hereafter. And inasmuch as no one on earth is so thorougholy acquainted) as myself with the entire history of those of whom I speak I have been induced by these and other considerations to assume the task of only tracing them during the windings, and vicisstudes of a life checkered with many ills; likewise to give a sketch of their progenitors and the dealing of God with them .
I will firstly take up an old document which I have in my possession writen by my Father

15 Sept. 1732–23 Aug. 1820. Farmer, manufacturer, merchant, shipmaster, real estate investor, freighter. Born in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut. Son of Ebenezer Mack and Hannah Hanlly. Served in French and Indian War, 1755–1759. Married Lydia Gates, 4 ...

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in the 80 year of his age and from which I shall perhaps make a n [p. [1], bk. [1]]

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Martha Knowlton Coray handwriting begins.  


no more of my brother untill the letter came 20 yea[rs]  after—— thence to Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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2 <years> Dead wife dead one  daugter alive
 
Having attained my 62 year, and being offlicted  with a complication of disease and infirmities,  many of which have been brought upon me by  the cruelty of an ungodly and hard hearted world;  and do many <at> <often— times> times threaten to put a period  to my Earthly existence, I feel it <a privilege as well as> my duty <to all can> and  my priveledge <Candid inquirers after truth> to give (as my last testimony to a  world from whence I must soon take my depart ure) an account, not particularly <exclusively> of my own manne[r]  of life from my youth up, but after saying som ewhat concerning my ancestors, as well as myself, to  trace carefully up, ev en from the cradle to the  grave The footsteps of some <the circumsttances> the manner of  whose life and <death> as <have been such> such as <are calculated> to excite in the  minds intense of int cur<iosity> in the minds of all who  ever knew them personally or shall hear  of them hereafter. And inasmuch as none no one  on earth <is so thorougholy acquainted)> do know as fully as myself <with> the  entire history of those of whom I speak and  all those intimately connected with them  I have been induced by these and other con siderations to assume the task of not  only tracing them through during their own indi vidual existences throug <all the windings, and vicisstudes of> a life checkered  with many ills; but likewise to give a  sketch of their forefathers <progenitors> and the dealing  of God with <them> also.
I will firstly take up an old document  which I have in my possession writen by  my Father

15 Sept. 1732–23 Aug. 1820. Farmer, manufacturer, merchant, shipmaster, real estate investor, freighter. Born in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut. Son of Ebenezer Mack and Hannah Hanlly. Served in French and Indian War, 1755–1759. Married Lydia Gates, 4 ...

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in the 80 year of his age and  from which I shall perhaps make a n [p. [1], bk. [1]]
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Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845; handwriting of Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and 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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; 240 pages, with miscellaneous inserted pages; CHL.
Note: Lucy Mack Smith

8 July 1775–14 May 1856. Oilcloth painter, nurse, fund-raiser, author. Born at Gilsum, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Daughter of Solomon Mack Sr. and Lydia Gates. Moved to Montague, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, 1779; to Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont, 1788...

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, the mother of Joseph Smith, dictated this rough draft version of her history to Martha Jane Knowlton Coray (with some additional scribal help from Martha’s husband, Howard

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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) beginning in 1844 and concluding in 1845. In 1845, the Corays inscribed a fair copy of the history under Lucy’s direction.

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