Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

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 1820

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

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.

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 May 24, 1829

Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania—
After Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood, the Melchizedek Priesthood was also conferred upon them by the ancient Apostles Peter, James, and John along the banks of the Susquehanna River between Colesville, New York, and Harmony, Pennsylvania. It should be noted that some historians place the Melchizedek Priesthood restoration at a later date.

May 24, 1834

Edgar County, Illinois—
The ongoing Zion’s Camp march, led by Joseph Smith, left Greencastle, crossed the Wabash River in ferry boats, and pushed on to the Illinois state line at Edgar County.
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May 24, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Smith v. Shearer: The writ of restitution was returned; no property was found belonging to Shearer.

May 24, 1842

Carthage, Illinois—
State v. Higbee: In an action brought by Joseph Smith before Justice of the Peace Ebenezer Robinson, Chauncy L. Higbee was charged with slandering and defaming the character of Joseph Smith.

May 24, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
City of Nauvoo v. Davis: The County Circuit Court affirmed the convictions of December 2, 1841, for the liquor sales and assault violations but reversed the conviction of Davis's allegded slander against Joseph Smith.

May 24, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
To Joseph Smith's pleasant surprise, the Boston Bee published a favorable letter about him.
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May 24, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State v. Smith: Grand jury issued an indictment against Joseph for "adultery and fornication" involving Maria Lawrence and other unnamed women, as well as the one for perjury. The suit abated on October 21, 1844, on account of death of Joseph Smith.

May 24, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith recounts the First Vision and is recorded by Church member Alexander Neibaur in his diary.

May 1845

Carthage, Illinois—
People v. John C. Elliott: John C. Elliott was accused of murdering Joseph Smith. The grand jury refused to indict.  
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Events

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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