Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

February 1, 1835

Geauga County, Ohio—
State of Ohio v. Hurlbut: A writ of execution was issued and delivered to Sheriff Jabez Tracy. It was returned to the court on March 29, 1836, with "Nothing made."

February 21, 1835

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith ordained Parley P. Pratt as one of the Twelve Apostles and blessed him with great promises of health and capability in his calling.

February 21, 1836

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith spent the day at home in meditation and prayer.

About February 1839

Liberty, Missouri—
All six inmates in Liberty Jail petitioned Judge Joel Turnham for a writ of habeas corpus. Only Sidney Rigdon's was granted. They were all returned to jail; Rigdon was released that night and was pursued but succeeded in arriving in Illinois.

About February 21, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith prophesied to John Taylor's worried mother that her son John would safely return from jail within a week after having been imprisoned in Missouri for six months; he returned six days later.
  • Juvenile Instructor, John W. Taylor, 27:202

February 21, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith publicly chastised Robert D. Foster for selling lots and building the big "Mammoth Hotel" in uptown Nauvoo in competition with Church lot sales and the Church's Nauvoo House hotel. This was a major grievance against Joseph Smith for the Fosters (and Laws), who considered Joseph Smith as having an unjust monopoly and engaging in unfair competition.

February 21, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith attended a lecture in the assembly room above the Red Brick Store given by an Episcopalian reverend, Mr. De Wolfe, and spoke afterward on the importance of obeying all commandments to receive salvation.


December 23, 1805

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


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.


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