On This Day

October 1, 1835

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith studied the Egyptian alphabet with Oliver Cowdery and William W. Phelps, and the principles of astronomy that Abraham understood were revealed to them.

October 20, 1835

Geauga County, Ohio—
Lake v. Smith: Sheriff Jabez Tracy reported to the court that he was unable to recover any costs from Lake.

October 1, 1836

Ohio—
Samuel and Sabrina Canfield executed a promisory note payable to Joseph Smith for $500 for the purchase of parts of lots 29, 41, and 42 in Kirtland, which note he held for four weeks.

October 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Underwood v. Rigdon: Defendants file their answer and plea.

October 1, 1842

Springfield, Illinois—
In the matter of Joseph Smith: Authorized by Treasury Solicitor Charles B. Penrose, U.S. Attorney Justin Butterfield filed formal objections in federal district court, based upon allegations of fraud, seeking to block the discharge of both Joseph Smith and Hyrum's bankruptcy petitions. The pleading is captioned, "Objections to his Discharge." Butterfield was successful in blocking the discharge, but Judge Nathaniel Pope ordered the cases be set over for further hearings on December 15.

October 1, 1843

Carthage, Illinois—
Schwartz v. Smith: Joseph Smith was summoned to appear in circuit court for unlawfully withholding possession of a tract of land from William, Edward, Isabella, Eliza, Horatio, Josiah, Hiram, and Elizabeth Schwartz.

October 1, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith published in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons an invitation to donate money for Elder George J. Adams's mission to Russia.
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October 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
City of Nauvoo v. Foster: In a full jury trial, all remaining defendants were acquitted of riot and destruction of property by the County Circuit Court in its October term.

October 1, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
People v. Williams 1: After being relentlessly pursued by Governor Ford's forces, Defendants Sharp and Williams surrender themselves.

October 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State of Illinois v. Levi Williams, Jacob C. Davis, Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich and Thomas Grover. This suit was filed for the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 

On This Day—Expanded

October 1, 1835

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith studied the Egyptian alphabet with Oliver Cowdery and William W. Phelps, and the principles of astronomy that Abraham understood were revealed to them.

October 20, 1835

Geauga County, Ohio—
Lake v. Smith: Sheriff Jabez Tracy reported to the court that he was unable to recover any costs from Lake.

October 1, 1836

Ohio—
Samuel and Sabrina Canfield executed a promisory note payable to Joseph Smith for $500 for the purchase of parts of lots 29, 41, and 42 in Kirtland, which note he held for four weeks.

October 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Underwood v. Rigdon: Defendants file their answer and plea.

October 1, 1842

Springfield, Illinois—
In the matter of Joseph Smith: Authorized by Treasury Solicitor Charles B. Penrose, U.S. Attorney Justin Butterfield filed formal objections in federal district court, based upon allegations of fraud, seeking to block the discharge of both Joseph Smith and Hyrum's bankruptcy petitions. The pleading is captioned, "Objections to his Discharge." Butterfield was successful in blocking the discharge, but Judge Nathaniel Pope ordered the cases be set over for further hearings on December 15.

October 1, 1843

Carthage, Illinois—
Schwartz v. Smith: Joseph Smith was summoned to appear in circuit court for unlawfully withholding possession of a tract of land from William, Edward, Isabella, Eliza, Horatio, Josiah, Hiram, and Elizabeth Schwartz.

October 1, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith published in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons an invitation to donate money for Elder George J. Adams's mission to Russia.
Tag:

October 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
City of Nauvoo v. Foster: In a full jury trial, all remaining defendants were acquitted of riot and destruction of property by the County Circuit Court in its October term.

October 1, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
People v. Williams 1: After being relentlessly pursued by Governor Ford's forces, Defendants Sharp and Williams surrender themselves.

October 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State of Illinois v. Levi Williams, Jacob C. Davis, Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich and Thomas Grover. This suit was filed for the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 
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