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Joseph Smith, Jr
Birth: Dec. 23, 1805
Sharon
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1844
Carthage
Hancock County
Illinois, USA

Founder and First President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormons). Born in Sharon, Vermont, his parents, Joseph and Lucy Smith, operated a farm. When the farm failed, Joseph Senior moved the family to Palmyra, New York, hoping to do better. Near poverty nearly all their lives, the children had to work early to support the family, and as a result, their education suffered. At the age of 14, Joseph announced that he had seen a vision of God and Jesus Christ. Some years later, Joseph unearthed golden plates on a local hillside, and these plates would later be translated as the Book of Mormon. After printing and distributing copies of the Book of Mormon in the Upstate New York region, Smith gathered a small core of followers and founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fayette, New York on April 6, 1830. Smith, his wife Emma, and several followers moved to Kirtland, Ohio, Far West, Missouri, and finally Nauvoo, Illinois to avoid religious persecution. After destroying a newspaper operation that printed negative material about him and his church, Joseph was arrested for "suppression of freedom of the press" and imprisoned at the Carthage Jail. On June 27, 1844, a mob of 200 men stormed the jail and murdered Joseph and his brother Hyrum. The brothers were buried together at their family homesite in Nauvoo, Illinois. Brigham Young became the next President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
 (bio by: Carla Fehr) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Smith (1771 - 1840)
  Lucy Mack Smith (1775 - 1856)
 
 Spouses:
  Frances (Fanny) Ward Alger Custer (1817 - 1889)
  Emma Hale Smith (1804 - 1879)
  Rhoda Richards (1784 - 1879)*
  Fanny Young Murray (1787 - 1859)*
  Eliza Roxcy Snow (1804 - 1887)*
  Martha K McBride Knight (1805 - 1901)*
  Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer Smith (1809 - 1886)*
  Presendia Lathrop Huntington Kimball (1810 - 1892)*
  Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant (1821 - 1909)*
  Melissa Lott Willes (1824 - 1898)*
  Catherine Walker Rogers (1824 - 1885)*
  Emily Dow Partridge Young (1824 - 1899)*
  Lucy Walker Kimball (1826 - 1910)*
  Zina Diantha Huntington Young (1821 - 1901)*
  Delcina Diademia Johnson Sherman (1806 - 1854)*
  Sarah Ann Whitney Kimball (1825 - 1873)*
  Almera Woodard Johnson Smith Barton (1812 - 1896)*
  Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman (1820 - 1886)*
  Melissa Lott Willes (1824 - 1898)*
  Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (1828 - 1896)*
 
 Children:
  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)*
 
 Siblings:
  Baby Smith (1797 - 1797)*
  Alvin Smith (1798 - 1823)*
  Hyrum Smith (1800 - 1844)*
  Sophronia Smith Stoddard McCleary (1803 - 1876)*
  Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844)
  Samuel Harrison Smith (1808 - 1844)*
  Ephriam Smith (1810 - 1810)*
  William B. Smith (1811 - 1893)*
  Katharine Smith Salisbury Younger (1813 - 1900)*
  Don Carlos Smith (1816 - 1841)*
  Lucy Smith Millikin (1821 - 1882)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Smith Family Cemetery
Nauvoo
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Joseph Smith, Jr
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Joseph Smith, Jr
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Joseph Smith, Jr
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