Joseph Smith Jr.

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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 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.

Summer 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 19, a revelation to Martin Harris concerning repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Martin was commanded to pay the debt that he had contracted with the printer for the publication of the Book of Mormon.

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.

June 1830

Colesville, New York—
Joseph Smith received by revelation what is now the first chapter of the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price.

In 1830

Hiram, Ohio—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 74, a revelation answering some of his questions about Paul's teachings in 1 Corinthians 7:14.

June 1831

Thompson, Ohio—
Copley v. Smith: Church members were forced to leave Leman Copley's farm and "pay sixty dollars damage for fitting up his houses and planting his ground."

June 25, 1835

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith attended a meeting to raise money for the Kirtland Temple and pledged $500.

June 25, 1839

Kirtland, Ohio—
Coe v. Smith: The case was heard in the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, for goods sold and delivered in the amount of $900. A pre-judgment attachment against Joseph Smith's property was attempted, but no service of process was served on Joseph Smith, so the case was stricken from the calendar. Coe was ordered to pay costs.

June 1843

Gallatin, Missouri—
State of Missouri v. Smith (Daviess Co. Circuit Court): A Daviess County grand jury indicted Joseph Smith for alleged treason arising out of 1838 activities.

June 25, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
Joseph Smith dictated a letter to his wife Emma from Carthage Jail, informing her of the new treason charge and of his interactions with Governor Ford.
  • Personal Writings of Joseph Smith,  Joseph Smith, 620-23
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June 25, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State v. Joseph and Hyrum Smith: In the courtroom, Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were served writs charging them with treason, a nonbailable offense, for placing Nauvoo under martial law on June 18, 1844. Despite there having been no hearing on that new charge, the defendants were taken to the Carthage Jail that evening under protective custody. The two treason complaints against Joseph Smith and Hyrum were apparently signed by Augustine Spencer and Henry Norton, respectively. John Taylor called them "two worthless fellows not worth 5 cents between them." Governor Ford speculated that the charges of treason were based on declaring martial law in Nauvoo and resisting the "posse comitatus."

June 25, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
After Joseph and Hyrum Smith surrendered to the authorities in the morning, Illinois Governor Thomas Ford paraded the brothers through the ranks of the troops assembled by his orders from the surrounding counties. The Smiths and the other defendants were arraigned before Justice of the Peace ­Robert F. Smith, also Captain of the Carthage Greys. The case was postponed until October because Francis Higbee, a key witness, failed to appear. All the defendants posted bail, even in excessive amounts. Joseph and Hyrum were served writs charging them with treason, a nonbailable offense. Despite having no hearing on that new charge, the defendants were taken to Carthage Jail that evening under protective custody.

June 1845

Carthage, Illinois—
State of Illinois v. Levi Williams, Jacob C. Davis, Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich and Thomas Grover. All defendants were acquitted for the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 
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Events

About February 15, 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith gave Martin Harris a transcript of characters from the book of Lehi on the gold plates and their translation, which Harris took to show scholars in Albany and New York City.
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April 12, 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Martin Harris returned to Joseph Smith's home in Harmony, where he began to help with the translation of the 116 Book of Mormon pages from the book of Lehi that were later lost.
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June 14, 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith completed the translation of the book of Lehi, and Martin Harris took the 116 manuscript pages to Palmyra, New York, to show selected members of his family as bound by covenant.
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June 15, 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph and Emma Smith's first child, a boy later named Alvin, was born but died within hours.

About July 1, 1828

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith arrived at his father's farm and learned from Martin Harris that the 116 manuscript pages of the book of Lehi had been lost.
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About July 8, 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith received through the Urim and Thummim Doctrine and Covenants 3, a revelation calling him to repentance after entrusting Martin Harris with 116 pages of translation from the book of Lehi, which were lost.

November 25, 1828

Ontario County, New York—
Smith v. Worden: In the Supreme Court of Ontario County, a writ of collection was returned by Deputy George Smith of Wayne County, New York. The sheriff was given a writ of execution on Sylvester Worden's property. No more information has been found.

About February 1, 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 4, a revelation for his father, Joseph Smith Sr., containing qualifications for missionary service.

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.

March 2, 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
At the urging of Martin Harris, who sought assurance that Joseph Smith had the gold plates, Joseph received the revelation found in Doctrine and Covenants 5. Three witnesses to the Book of Mormon are promised.

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