Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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When Hyrum [Smith] left home he requeste[d] Don carlos [Smith] to see to his  family accordnigly Don Carlos moved into the same house with  them in a short time after Hyrum left Jerasha <Jerusha [Barden Smith]>— his wife  was confined had a daughter which she named  Sarah as her health continued very poor for some  time after the birth of her child She it was taken  care of by one Mrs Grenolds who stayed with its  mother during Hyrums abscence Jerusha’s health  was still on the decline she became subject to fainting  fits at last she sent for a physician who gave her  some mild restorative and left her saying he thou ght she would be better soon She still grew worse  and in a short time She sent for me and said She  did not think before that her time to die was so near  but she was sure She should not live but a very  little while— She then sent for her children were  then brought to her and She kissed them and bid  bid them and us farewell and immediately expir ed It was a time of dreadful mourning with us all  when <that> followed this sad disaster—
About one year after my husband returned from  this mission a misfortune happened our family that wrin gs our heart with more than common grief— Hyrum [Smith]  being under the necessity of going to Missouri  s’ wife Jerusha [Barden Smith] who was taken sick during his  abscence and after an illness of perhaps 2 weeks  died while her husband was absent on a mission  to Misouri. She was a woman whom every body  body loved that ever knew her for she was every  way worthy and the family were so deeply attacched  to her that if she had been an own sister they soul  not have been more affected at her death [p. [11], [miscellany]]
Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845; handwriting of Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and Howard Coray; 240 pages, with miscellaneous inserted pages; CHL.
Note: Lucy Mack Smith, 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) beginning in 1844 and concluding in 1845. In 1845, the Corays inscribed a fair copy of the history under Lucy’s direction.