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Note, circa 9 December 1832

The council

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1 held in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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on the 5 day of December AD 1832 decided that Brother Horace Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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should be ordained

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an Elder

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in the Church of Christ

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according to his desires;2

In September 1832, John Murdock and Zebedee Coltrin visited a “Bro. Kingsbury” in Painesville, Ohio—apparently the Horace Kingsbury mentioned here. (Murdock, Journal, 27 Sept. 1832; Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 27 Sept. 1832.)  


accordingly it was done by the hand of Brother John B Green John P. Greene

3 Sept. 1793–10 Sept. 1844. Farmer, shoemaker, printer, publisher. Born at Herkimer, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of John Coddington Greene and Anna Chapman. Married first Rhoda Young, 11 Feb. 1813. Moved to Aurelius, Cayuga Co., New York, 1814; to Brownsville...

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on the 9th day of Dec 1832
Frederick G, Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clk. [p. 2]
The conference council

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1 held in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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on the  5 day of December AD 1832 decided that  Brothe[r] Horace Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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should 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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an Elder

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in the <Church of> Christ

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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according  to his desires;2

In September 1832, John Murdock and Zebedee Coltrin visited a “Bro. Kingsbury” in Painesville, Ohio—apparently the Horace Kingsbury mentioned here. (Murdock, Journal, 27 Sept. 1832; Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 27 Sept. 1832.)  


accordingly it was done  by the hand of Broth[e]r John B Green [John P. Greene]

3 Sept. 1793–10 Sept. 1844. Farmer, shoemaker, printer, publisher. Born at Herkimer, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of John Coddington Greene and Anna Chapman. Married first Rhoda Young, 11 Feb. 1813. Moved to Aurelius, Cayuga Co., New York, 1814; to Brownsville...

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 on the 9th day of Dec 1832
F[rederick] G, Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clk. [p. 2]
On the evening of 5 December 1832, JS presided over a council

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of high priests

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in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio.1

For additional information on this council, see Minutes, 5 Dec. 1832.  


The minutes of that meeting record only one item of business: discussing a new assignment for Solomon Humphrey Jr.

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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2 One other item was addressed, although it is not mentioned in the original minutes: Horace Kingsbury

Ca. 1798–12 Mar. 1853. Jeweler, silversmith. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Dianthe Stiles, 20 July 1826. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1827. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder by John P. Greene, 9 Dec. 1832. Elected Painesville trustee...

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’s ordination

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to the office of elder

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. Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, clerk of the council, recorded the council’s decision regarding Kingsbury and the ordination, which followed a few days later, in an additional entry in Minute Book 1. This entry is located a page after the original 5 December entry, following the minutes of a 10 October 1832 meeting.

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