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 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.


November 2, 1845

Nauvoo, Illinois—
In speaking of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Robert D. Foster told Abraham Hodge: "I haven't seen one moment's peace since that time. . . . The thought of meeting Joseph and Hyrum Smith at the bar of God is more awful to me than anything else."  

January 1846

Hancock County, Illinois—
Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. Smith and Coolidge: Babbitt filed a new action, adding Sarah and Maria Lawrence as co-petitioners. Babbitt filed only against the estates of Joseph Smith and Hyrum.  

May 19, 1846

Hancock County, Illinois—
Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. Smith and Coolidge: The case was tried. Mary Fielding Smith and Joseph Coolidge failed to appear. After hearing evidence of damages, judgment was rendered against each estate for $4,275.88 plus court costs. It does not appear that Babbit made any effort to execute on the judgments.

August 8, 1848

Carthage, Illinois—
John M. Ferris was appointed administrator of Joseph Smith's estate, following the appointments of Emma Smith (in July 1844) and of Joseph Coolidge (on September 19, 1844).

August 19 and December 4, 1850

Springfield, Illinois—
United States v. Smith: The United States brought actions against the estate of Joseph Smith and 104 defendants for nonpayment of the 1840 debt to Robert E. Lee for the purchase of the steamboat Nauvoo. No fraud was found, but foreclosures were permitted by Judge Thomas Drummond against nearly 4,000 acres originally owned by Joseph Smith. Four public sales were conducted locally through July 17, 1852.


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