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Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

and contemplating the various comforts with which I found myself surrounded— were with I fell into a very agreeable train of The day was exceeding fine and would of itself produce fine feelings but every thing seemed to contribute to raise in the heart those soothing and grateful emmotions that we all have seasons of enjoying when the mind is at rest and the circumstances favorable. As I stood musing upon the busy bustling life we had led and the apparent prospect of quiet and comfortable old age my attention was suddenly attracted across the yard to a trio of strangers who were entering upon nearer approach I recognized Mr. Stodard the man who took charge of building the house that we now occupied. When they entered I seated them and we commenced commonplace conversation but one of them soon began to ask impertinent questions as to our making the last payment on the place and if we did not want to sell the house. where Mr. Smith

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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& my son had gone &c. &c. Sell the House I replied No— sir we have no occasion to sell the house we have made every necessary arrangement for getting the deed and have an understanding with the agent so we are quite secure about the matter— They made no answer but went out to meet Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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who was then coming in & propounded the same questions to him and received the same answers when they had experimented in this way to their satisfaction they proceeded to inform my son

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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that he need not put himself to any unnecessary trouble for said they we have bought the place and paid for it and we forbid you touching anything on the farm and moreover we warn you to leave forthwith and give possession to the lawful owners as we have got the deed in our possesion [p. [11], bk. 4]
< and contemplating the various comforts with which I found myself surrou nded—>  were surrounded with that seemed to surpass our most flatt ering expectations I fell into an very agreeable train of  reflections and I poured out my soul to God in thanks & prai se for the many blessings which he had conferred upon  us as a family the The day was e[x]ceeding fine and would of  itself produce fine feelings but every thing seemed to  contribute to raise in the heart those warm soothing  and grateful emmotions that that we all have seasons  of enjoying when the mind is at rest and the circum stances favorable. As I stood musing upon the busy  bustling life we had led and the apparent prospect of  quiet and comfortable old age my attention was suddenly  attracted across the yard to a a trio of strangers who  were entering upon nearer approach I recognized Mr.  Stodard the man who took charge of the building this the  house that we now occupied. When they <they> entered I seated  them and we commenced commonplace conversation  but one of them soon began to ask impertinent questions  as to our making the last payment on the place and if  we did not want to sell the house. where Mr. Smith

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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&  my son had gone &c. &c. Sell the House I replied No— sir  we have no occasion to sell the house we have made every  necessary arrangement for getting the deed and have an  understanding with the agent so we are quite secure about  the matter— They made no answer but went out to meet  Hyrum

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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who was then coming in & propounded the same  questions to him and received the same answers when  they had experimented in this way to their satisfaction they  proceeded to inform my son

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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that he need not put him self to any unnecessary trouble for said they we have  bought the place and paid for it and we forbid you  touching anything on the farm and moreover we warn you  to leave forthwith and give possession to the lawful owners  as we have got the <deed> in our possesion We were thunderstruck [p. [11], bk. 4]
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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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