Joseph Smith Jr.

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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 6, 1829

Manchester, New York—
In a letter to Joseph Smith at Harmony, Pennsylvania, Oliver Cowdery wrote, "The printing goes rather Slow yet as the type founder has been sick but we expect that the type will be in and Mr. Granden still think he will finish printing by the first of February."

January 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith v. Abner Cole. Joseph won an arbitration against Cole, who had copied passages from the Book of Mormon he had found at Grandin's print shop and included them in his newspaper, The Reflector.

January–February 1830

Manchester, New York—
A revelation was given authorizing agents to go to Canada to try to publish the Book of Mormon there, which would protect its copyright "upon all the face of the earth" under British law.

January 16, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith and Martin Harris enter into an agreement regarding proceeds from the sale of the Book of Mormon.

March 26, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
The Book of Mormon was advertised for sale at Egbert B. Grandin's bookstore.

April 6, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Joseph officially organized the Church of Christ in Peter Whitmer Sr.'s home and recorded Doctrine and Covenants 20 concerning Church organization and government. Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 21.

April 10, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Doctrine and Covenants 20, the Articles and Covenants of the Church, was finalized.

April 11, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Joseph Smith attended the first public sermon given after the organization of the Church, preached by Oliver Cowdery in the Peter Whitmer Sr. home.

April 14, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 23, a revelation to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., and Joseph Knight Sr., calling them to preach the gospel and strengthen the Church.

April 16, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 22, a revelation directing converts who had been previously baptized in other churches to be rebaptized as members of the Church.


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