|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1781|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||May 23, 1854|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
NOTE: There is convoluted evidence John's body was disinterred and reinterred at the Salt Lake City Cemetery
(Manchester was Derryfield at the date of his birth)
John Smith was the Fourth Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Those patriarchs who preceded him were (1) Joseph Smith Sr., (2) Hyrum Smith and... (3*)*William B. Smith [not sustained]*
* Brigham Young stated that William B. Smith was entitled by birthright to the office of Patriarch to the Church. President Young ordained him to that office, but William manifested a spirit of rebellion and was rejected by The Church in General Conference. Thus he was never sustained. President Joseph Fielding Smith stated that he "was never legally installed in this office."
John Smith was a son of Mary Duty and Asahel Smith; he was a brother of Joseph Smith, Sr., who was the father of LDS President, Joseph Smith, Jr.
John was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 9 January, 1832 by his brother, Joseph, Sr. At that time, he was also ordained an Elder of the Church.
The next year, he moved his family to Kirtland, Ohio and was ordained as a High Priest of the LDS Church on 3 June 1833. Afterward, he served a mission in the eastern United States during 1836-1837 and became Assistant Counselor to the First Presidency, a position he held for over seven years.
As LDS Church members were driven west and after the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, John had moved his family first to Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, then to Adam-Ondi-Ahmen, Daviess County and on to Green Plains, Missouri.
Their next settlement was at Nauvoo, Illinois for a few months before being called to help the Saints in Lee County, Iowa. In October of 1843, he was required to move to Macedonia, Hancock, Illinois to fulfill his calling to preside over the Saints there.
After having been ordained as Church Patriarch on 10 January 1844 by the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Saints were driven from Macedonia to Nauvoo, where he settled until 9 February 1846.
Mob violence against the Church members required them to move their family across the Mississippi River to Winter Quarters on the Missouri; here he was appointed a member of the Council of Fifty on 3 May 1844.
They started for the Great Salt lake Valley on 9 June 1847, arriving there 23 September.
He had administered hundreds of patriarchal blessings to Church members; however, his appointment by the Prophet Joseph had awaited the setting apart ceremony until it was conducted 1 January 1849 under the hands of President Brigham Young and Apostle Heber C. Kimball at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Before his death in 1854, John Smith had administered 5, 560 patriarchal blessings, which were recorded and bound in seven books, now stored in the Church Historian's office.
Asahel Smith (1744 - 1830)
Mary Duty Smith (1743 - 1836)
Clarissa Lyman Smith (1790 - 1854)
Jesse Smith (1768 - 1853)*
Joseph Smith (1771 - 1840)*
Asahel Smith (1773 - 1848)**
John Smith (1781 - 1854)
John Smith (1781 - 1854)*
Stephen Smith (1785 - 1802)*
Sarah Smith Sanford (1789 - 1824)*
Smith Family Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Plot: grave of "Father" John Smith
Created by: history4sure
Record added: Mar 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106981152