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 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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