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David Hyrum Smith
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1844
Nauvoo
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1904
Elgin
Kane County
Illinois, USA

"Sweet Singer of Israel"

Brilliant and charismatic, David Hyrum Smith was a poet, painter, singer, philosopher, naturalist, and highly effective missionary for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the last son of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith and his wife Emma. He married Clara Charlotte Hartshorn on May 15, 1870.

David’s poetry often revealed his personality and emotional struggles.

I strive to win again the pleasant thought;
The music only speaks in mournful tone;
The very flowers wear a shade, and naught
Can bring again the halo that is gone;
And every company my soul hath sought,
Though crowds surround me, finds me still alone.

I turn unto my tasks with weary hands,
Grieving with sadness, knowing not the cause
Before my face a desert path expands,
I will not falter in the toil, nor pause;
Only, my spirit somehow understands
This mournful truth—I am not what I was.

His mental deterioration, starting with a probable breakdown early in 1870 ended with his death in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in Elgin, where he had been confined for twenty-seven years.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844)
  Emma Hale Smith (1804 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Clara Charlotte Hartshorn Smith (1851 - 1926)
 
 Children:
  Elbert Aoriul Smith (1871 - 1959)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alvin Smith (1828 - 1828)*
  Infants Smith (1831 - 1831)*
  Julia Murdock Smith Middleton (1831 - 1880)*
  Joseph Smith (1832 - 1914)*
  Frederick Granger Williams Smith (1836 - 1862)*
  Alexander Hale Smith (1838 - 1909)*
  Don Carlos Smith (1840 - 1841)*
  Thomas Smith (1842 - 1842)*
  David Hyrum Smith (1844 - 1904)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Lamoni
Decatur County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Aug 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9288773
David Hyrum Smith
Added by: Carl W. McBrayer
 
David Hyrum Smith
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David Hyrum Smith
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- Joyce
 Added: Oct. 20, 2014
A biography, From Mission to Madness; Last Son of the Mormon Prophet, written by Valeen Tippetts Avery, was published in 1998 by the Univ. of IL Press.
- Sue Sterling Tretter
 Added: Nov. 22, 2013

- SAO
 Added: Oct. 7, 2013
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