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
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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.

Events

November or December 1825

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith's family moved into the frame home that Joseph's brother Alvin had begun before his death in 1823. The home was completed sometime after October 25, 1825.

November 17, 1825

Harmony, Pennsylvania, and near South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith's employment for Josiah Stowell at the mining excavations in Harmony, Pennsylvania, ended. Joseph then continued to work for Stowell at his farm near South Bainbridge, New York.

December 20, 1825

Manchester, New York—
The Smiths' home and 99.5-acre farm were sold to Lemuel Durfee, who kept the Smiths as tenants.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 

March 20, 1826

South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith was tried and acquitted by Justice of the Peace Albert Neely Jr. of a charge of being a disorderly ­person, meaning not acceptably employed and "pretending to discover where lost goods may be found."

April 19, 1826

Manchester, New York—
Stoddard v. Smith Sr.: Joseph Smith Sr. had confessed judgment to Stoddard for $66.59. The judgment was satisfied on this day.

June 20, 1826

Ontario County, New York—
Smith v. Worden: Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith hired the firm of Howell & Hubble, presumably as legal counsel, in an action against Sylvester Worden. The balance the Smiths owed to Howell & Hubble is recorded as $8.62 with interest beginning on that date.

September 22, 1826

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

January 18, 1827

South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith was married to Emma Hale by Esquire Zacharia Tarble, Justice of the Peace.

September 22, 1827

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith received the gold plates from the angel Moroni on the hill where they were buried.

December 1827 to February 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith copied characters from the book of Lehi on the plates and translated them using the Urim and Thummim.
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