Joseph Smith Jr.

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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 22, 1836

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith baptized John O. Waterman and filled out records on eleven marriages he had performed in the last three months.

February 22, 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Martindale v. Smith: Joseph Smith and others were arrested and released on $10,000 bond each.

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 22, 1840

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith wrote his autograph in the family album of the Wilkinsons, nonmembers in Philadelphia who later joined the Church.
  • Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, Joseph Smith, pp. 497-98

February 22, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Nauvoo City Ordinance: Transferred all powers over the educational system in Nauvoo to the City Council.

December 22, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
State v. Eagle: On a complaint of Joseph Smith, John Eagle was charged with robbery and assault with the intent to kill Richard Badham. The defendant was discharged for want of evidence. The case was heard before Justices of the Peace Aaron Johnson and Robert D. Foster.


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 about which church he should join.

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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