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Mary Elsa Musselman Whitmer
Birth: Aug. 27, 1778
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan., 1856
Ray County
Missouri, USA

Mormon Folklore Figure. Matriarch of the Whitmer family, influential members of the early Mormon Church. She is the only woman reported to have seen the golden plates associated with the Book of Mormons. Joseph and Emma Smith had been invited to board at the family farm while the translation of the plates was completed. Overwhelmed with the responsibilities of hosting the Smith's and company, she told of a visit by Brother Nephi who explained the nature of the work involved. "He then untied his knapsack and showed her a bundle of plates, which in size and appearance corresponded with the description subsequently given by the witnesses to the Book of Mormon. This strange person turned the leaves of the book of plates over, leaf after leaf, and also showed her the engravings upon them; after which he told her to be patient and faithful in bearing her burden a little longer, promising that if she would do so, she should be blessed; and her reward would be sure, if she proved faithful to the end. The personage then suddenly vanished with the plates." Mary and her family would follow the Smith's from New York into Ohio and Missouri; leaving the church in 1838 when two of her sons were excommunicated. (bio by: Thom Painter) 
Family links: 
  Peter Whitmer (1773 - 1854)
  Jacob Whitmer (1800 - 1856)*
  John Whitmer (1802 - 1878)*
  David Whitmer (1805 - 1888)*
  Catherine Whitmer Page (1807 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Ann Whitmer Cowdery (1815 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Pioneer Cemetery
Ray County
Missouri, USA
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Originally Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Apr 10, 2005
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Mary Elsa <i>Musselman</i> Whitmer
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Mary Elsa <i>Musselman</i> Whitmer
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