Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

Spring 1820

Manchester, New York—
God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer.

After March 24, 1832

Ravenna, Ohio—
Johnson v. Williams: John Johnson brought an action for trespass against those who tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. It was tried before Justice of the Peace Aaron Williams and appealed to Court of Common Pleas. The judgment was affirmed.

March 24, 1832

Hiram, Ohio—
A mob violently tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.

March 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Rounds qui tam v. Smith: Plaintiff's attorney R. Hitchcock filed a writ asserting the defendant's failure to incorporate by law the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co., and sued for $1,000—one half for the state of Ohio and the other half for the plaintiff.

March 24, 1837

Kirtland, Ohio—
Bank of Geauga v. Smith, Whitney, and Rigdon: Vinson Knight and Ira Bond entered into a recognizance of special bail on behalf of Smith, Whitney, and Rigdon, promising $8,000 to the bank. The court ordered that the cause be continued until the next term of the court.

March 24, 1837

Kirtland, Ohio—
Bank of Geauga v. Smith: Sheriff Abel Kimball endorsed the writ and arrested the defendants two days later.

About March 1838

Geauga County, Ohio—
Lory Holmes & Charles Holmes v. Joseph Smith Jr. & Reynolds Cahoon. Court of Common Pleas, Geauga County. The plaintiffs sued on two promissory notes of $5,000 each. A default judgment rendered was for $10,071. Satisfied in full.

March 1838

Far West, Missouri—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 113, a revelation identifying the "stem of Jesse" and the "rod" and "root of Jesse" in Isaiah 11.

March 24, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith attended the Relief Society meeting to complete its organization.
Click here to view the new timeline feature

Events

December 23, 1805

Sharon, Vermont—
Joseph Smith Jr. was born to Lucy Mack Smith and Joseph Smith Sr.

1813

West Lebanon, New Hampshire—
Joseph Smith's leg was operated on by Dr. Nathan Smith of Dartmouth Medical School. In convalescence Joseph traveled with his uncle Jesse Smith to Salem, Massachusetts.

November 18, 1814

Tunbridge, Vermont—
Jesse Smith files his protest objecting to changes in the organization of his local congregation.

Late 1816

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith moved with his mother and siblings to Palmyra, New York, from Norwich, Vermont. Joseph Smith Sr. had gone to Palmyra earlier in the year to investigate the move.

March 27, 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith executed a promissory note to pay Jeremiah Hurlbut $65.00 in grain for the purchase of two horses.

May–July 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. created a list of damages sustained by "fraud or ducet" when he and Alvin Smith had purchased two deficient horses from Jeremiah Hurlbut.

August 10, 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith transferred $53.00 in "crops on the ground" to Hurlbut.

January 12, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith filed suit against Hurlbut in the Justice Court seeking damages for deficient horses they had bought from Hurlbut.

January 13, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Constable D. Uandee served the summons to Jeremiah Hurlbut.

February 6, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Jr. appeared as a credible witness in the case of Joseph Smith Sr. v. Jeremiah Hurlbut. The jury awarded the Smiths $40.78.

Pages

Winter Quarters

Read peer-reviewed articles about Joseph Smith and other Church history topics from BYU Studies. Visit byustudies.byu.edu.