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Minutes, 9 November 1831

Minutes of a special Conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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held in Hiram

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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Nov 9 1831
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Joseph Smith jrChristian Whitmer

18 Jan. 1798–27 Nov. 1835. Shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Married Anna (Anne) Schott, 22 Feb. 1825, at Seneca Co., New York. Ensign in New York militia, 1825. Constable of Fayette, Seneca Co., 1828–1829. Member...

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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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Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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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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This mistake is likely based on the minutes of 8 November 1831, which contain this same list of names, except for Lyman Johnson’s name. McLellin’s name appears to have been stricken as Ebenezer Robinson was copying the minutes into Minute Book 2 in 1838. Up to McLellin, the listed participants of the 9 November conference are the same as those who attended the 8 November conference. Robinson may have mistakenly copied the roster of participants from the 8 November conference, realized his error, crossed out McLellin’s name, and then added the name of Lyman Johnson (who did not attend the 8 November conference) on the same line as Luke Johnson’s name. (Minutes, 8 Nov. 1831.)  


Peter Whitmer Jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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, Lyman Johnson

24 Oct. 1811–20 Dec. 1859. Merchant, lawyer, hotelier. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 1818. Baptized into LDS church by Sidney Rigdon, Feb. 1831. Ordained an elder...

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Brs 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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appointed Moderator & 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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Clerk
Opened. prayer by br 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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Brs Silvester Hulett Sylvester Hulet

1 Mar. 1800–17 Nov. 1885. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Sylvanus Hulet and Mary. Moved to Nelson Township, Portage Co., Ohio, 1814. Baptized into LDS church, Mar. 1830. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Nov. 1833. Participated in the ...

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and John Noah2

Possibly John Mathias Noah (1761–1849), but more likely his son John Storey Noah (1799–1857). John Mathias Noah, who was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States as a young man and moved to Nelson, Ohio, circa 1804. John Storey Noah was born in Pennsylvania. No baptismal record exists for either man, making it more difficult to determine which was the church member who petitioned the conference. However, John Storey Noah named two children, born in 1832 and 1834, Joseph and Emma, likely after JS and his wife. John Storey Noah’s sister Margaret was married to Charles Hulet, the brother of John’s fellow-petitioner Sylvester Hulet. John Storey Noah was also about the same age as Sylvester Hulet, further suggesting that he was the John Noah who appeared before the conference. (Johnson, Life History of Charles Hulet, 25, 32–33, 35, 53, 62; Simmonds, “John Noah and the Hulets,” 18; 1850 U.S. Census, Mentor, Lake Co., OH, 278[A]; Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death for Emma A. Williams, no. 16532, Birth and Death Records, MSA; Lake Co., OH, Probate Court, Probate Records, 1846–1860, vol. E, p. 371, microfilm 974,902, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


expressed desires to preach the word if thought proper by this conference Voted that these two brethren be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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according to the voice of the church in which they live.3

On 16 November, William E. McLellin and Samuel Smith visited Nelson and held a meeting with church members there. McLellin wrote in his journal that “the brethren were much animated and made known their good determinations and resolutions to serve the Lord.” It is possible that McLellin or Smith ordained Hulet and Noah at this time, although it is unknown to what office. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church listed preaching as a responsibility of a priest, while other revelations stated that elders were to proclaim the gospel. (McLellin, Journal, 16 Nov. 1831; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38, 46]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:7–8].)  


Closed. Prayer by Peter Whitmer jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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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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Clerk. [p. 17]
Minutes of a special Conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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held in Hiram

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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Nov 9 1831
Present
Joseph Smith jrChristian Whitmer

18 Jan. 1798–27 Nov. 1835. Shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Married Anna (Anne) Schott, 22 Feb. 1825, at Seneca Co., New York. Ensign in New York militia, 1825. Constable of Fayette, Seneca Co., 1828–1829. Member...

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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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Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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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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William E Mclelen [McLellin]

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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This mistake is likely based on the minutes of 8 November 1831, which contain this same list of names, except for Lyman Johnson’s name. McLellin’s name appears to have been stricken as Ebenezer Robinson was copying the minutes into Minute Book 2 in 1838. Up to McLellin, the listed participants of the 9 November conference are the same as those who attended the 8 November conference. Robinson may have mistakenly copied the roster of participants from the 8 November conference, realized his error, crossed out McLellin’s name, and then added the name of Lyman Johnson (who did not attend the 8 November conference) on the same line as Luke Johnson’s name. (Minutes, 8 Nov. 1831.)  


Peter Whitmer [Jr.]

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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, Lyman Johnson

24 Oct. 1811–20 Dec. 1859. Merchant, lawyer, hotelier. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 1818. Baptized into LDS church by Sidney Rigdon, Feb. 1831. Ordained an elder...

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Brs 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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appointed Moderator & 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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Clerk
Opened. prayer by br 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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Brs Silvester Hulett [Sylvester Hulet]

1 Mar. 1800–17 Nov. 1885. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Sylvanus Hulet and Mary. Moved to Nelson Township, Portage Co., Ohio, 1814. Baptized into LDS church, Mar. 1830. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Nov. 1833. Participated in the ...

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and  John Noah2

Possibly John Mathias Noah (1761–1849), but more likely his son John Storey Noah (1799–1857). John Mathias Noah, who was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States as a young man and moved to Nelson, Ohio, circa 1804. John Storey Noah was born in Pennsylvania. No baptismal record exists for either man, making it more difficult to determine which was the church member who petitioned the conference. However, John Storey Noah named two children, born in 1832 and 1834, Joseph and Emma, likely after JS and his wife. John Storey Noah’s sister Margaret was married to Charles Hulet, the brother of John’s fellow-petitioner Sylvester Hulet. John Storey Noah was also about the same age as Sylvester Hulet, further suggesting that he was the John Noah who appeared before the conference. (Johnson, Life History of Charles Hulet, 25, 32–33, 35, 53, 62; Simmonds, “John Noah and the Hulets,” 18; 1850 U.S. Census, Mentor, Lake Co., OH, 278[A]; Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death for Emma A. Williams, no. 16532, Birth and Death Records, MSA; Lake Co., OH, Probate Court, Probate Records, 1846–1860, vol. E, p. 371, microfilm 974,902, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


expressed desires to preach the word if thought proper  by this conference Voted that these two brethren be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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according to  the voice of the church in which they live.3

On 16 November, William E. McLellin and Samuel Smith visited Nelson and held a meeting with church members there. McLellin wrote in his journal that “the brethren were much animated and made known their good determinations and resolutions to serve the Lord.” It is possible that McLellin or Smith ordained Hulet and Noah at this time, although it is unknown to what office. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church listed preaching as a responsibility of a priest, while other revelations stated that elders were to proclaim the gospel. (McLellin, Journal, 16 Nov. 1831; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38, 46]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:7–8].)  


Closed. Prayer by Peter  Whitmer jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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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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Clerk. [p. 17]
Minutes, 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, 9 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “Minutes of a special Conference held in Hiram Nov 9 1831,” copied [between ca. 6 Apr. and 19 June 1838] in Minute Book 2, p. 17; handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 2.

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