Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

Spring 1820

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

March 25, 1832

Hiram, Ohio—
Joseph Smith preached at a Sabbath meeting the day after he had been tarred and feathered. He also baptized three people that afternoon.

March 25, 1834

Westfield, New York—
Joseph Smith traveled to Job Lewis's home in Westfield, New York.

March 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Rounds qui tam v. Smith: Plaintiff's attorney R. Hitchcock filed a writ asserting the defendant's failure to incorporate by law the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co., and sued for $1,000—one half for the state of Ohio and the other half for the plaintiff.

About March 1838

Geauga County, Ohio—
Lory Holmes & Charles Holmes v. Joseph Smith Jr. & Reynolds Cahoon. Court of Common Pleas, Geauga County. The plaintiffs sued on two promissory notes of $5,000 each. A default judgment rendered was for $10,071. Satisfied in full.

March 1838

Far West, Missouri—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 113, a revelation identifying the "stem of Jesse" and the "rod" and "root of Jesse" in Isaiah 11.

March 25, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
In the office, Joseph Smith received a letter from former United States senator Richard M. Young of Quincy, Illinois, containing “a bond for a quarter section of land.”
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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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