Joseph Smith Jr.

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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.

Spring 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 10, a revelation about the designs of wicked men who had made alterations to the 116 lost manuscript pages. Parts of this revelation may have been received as early as summer 1828.

Summer 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 19, a revelation to Martin Harris concerning repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Martin was commanded to pay the debt that he had contracted with the printer for the publication of the Book of Mormon.

May or June 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Martin Harris's wife, Lucy, filed a complaint against Joseph Smith, attempting to prove that he never had gold plates.

About June 24, 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith showed the Eight Witnesses the gold plates near the Joseph Smith Sr. log home.

June 1830

Colesville, New York—
Joseph Smith received by revelation what is now the first chapter of the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price.

In 1830

Hiram, Ohio—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 74, a revelation answering some of his questions about Paul's teachings in 1 Corinthians 7:14.

June 1831

Thompson, Ohio—
Copley v. Smith: Church members were forced to leave Leman Copley's farm and "pay sixty dollars damage for fitting up his houses and planting his ground."

June 24, 1834

Rush Creek, Missouri—
Joseph Smith and many of the Zion's Camp marchers were taken sick as cholera swept through the camp.

June 24, 1839

Independence, Missouri—
Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs requested certified copies of the treason indictments against Joseph Smith.

June 1843

Gallatin, Missouri—
State of Missouri v. Smith (Daviess Co. Circuit Court): A Daviess County grand jury indicted Joseph Smith for alleged treason arising out of 1838 activities.

June 24, 1843

Dixon, Illinois—
Although Reynolds and Wilson sought to prevent Joseph Smith from obtaining legal counsel, they were unsuccessful, and Joseph obtained a writ of habeas corpus, returnable before Judge John D. Caton at Ottawa, Illinois. Cyrus Walker, candidate for U.S. representative, agreed to serve as Joseph’s lawyer only after securing Joseph’s promise to vote for him.

June 24, 1844

Outside Carthage, Illinois—
Joseph Smith dictated a letter to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford explaining that his arrival in Carthage would be delayed as he was assisting Captain James A. Dunn with the retrieval of state arms from the Nauvoo Legion.
  • Personal Writings of Joseph Smith,  Joseph Smith, 619

June 24, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State v. Hyrum Smith et al.: All seventeen defendants rode to Carthage, finding the town in turmoil.

June 24, 1844

Four miles west of Carthage, Illinois—
Joseph Smith rode from Nauvoo to Carthage, Illinois, turning back, however, to deliver up to Captain James A. Dunn the state arms of the Nauvoo Legion before his final arrival in Carthage.

June 1845

Carthage, Illinois—
State of Illinois v. Levi Williams, Jacob C. Davis, Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich and Thomas Grover. All defendants were acquitted for the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 
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February 7, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: An arrest warrant was issued to Sheriff P. P. Bates, commanding him to take Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith before the Court of Common Pleas in Canandaigua on "the third Tuesday of May next" [May 18, 1819] to answer Hurlbut in a plea of trespass.

February 8, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Jeremiah Hurlbut appealed the decision against him to the Ontario County Court of Common Pleas.

May 18, 1819

Canandaigua, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Effectively setting the jury verdict aside, the Court of Common Pleas ordered the sheriff to collect evidence about the amount of damages sustained.

Spring 1820

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

September 21–22, 1823

Manchester, New York—
The angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith three times in the night in the Smith family log home, telling Joseph Smith about the gold plates (the Book of Mormon) and the Lord's divine mission for him. Some of his instruction about the coming of Elijah is recorded in D&C 2.

September 22, 1823

Palmyra and Manchester, New York—
The angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith again during the day and "related unto [him] all that he had related to [him] the previous night," after which Joseph Smith went to the hill and first saw the plates.

About November 19, 1823

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith's brother Alvin died at age 25. He had been ill with "bilious colic" and was given a dose of calomel, which may have killed him.

February 18, 1824

Manchester, New York—
Stoddard v. Smith Sr.: Stoddard filed suit against Joseph Smith Sr. for unpaid carpentry work on the frame home.

September 22, 1824

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith met with Moroni at Hill Cumorah one year after Moroni's initial visits.

September 22, 1825

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith met with Moroni at Hill Cumorah two years after Moroni's initial visits.


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