Smith, Joseph, Sr., 1771-1840

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Joseph Smith Senior (1771-1840) was born in Massachusetts and married Lucy Mack in 1795. Among his eleven children was the founder of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith Junior. Being plagued by crop failures in Vermont, Smith moved his family to upstate New York where the birth of the Latter-day Saint movement began. In late 1833, Joseph Smith Junior called upon his father to become the first presiding patriarch of the LDS Church. Patriarchal blessings often state an individual's particular talents and abilities, lineage, and often contain admonitions and blessings. Joseph Smith Senior carried this calling until his death in 1840 at Nauvoo, Illinois. The calling of patriarch was then given to Smith's son, Hyrum.

From the guide to the Joseph Smith Senior patriarchal blessing book records, 1833-1843, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Father of the first president of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith (1805-1844).

From the description of Patriarchal blessing, 1835. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122480499

From the description of Letter, 1806. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86171867

From the guide to the Jospeh Smith Sr. letter, 1806, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

First president of the Mormon Church.

From the guide to the Joseph Smith receipt, 1840, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Abraham Alonzo Kimball was the son of Heber C. and Clarissa Cutler Kimball. He was born April 6, 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. He lived with his grandparents in Iowa until 1862, when he came to Utah. He was baptized in 1863 and served two missions. The first mission was to Iowa in 1863,the second to England from 1877-1879. Abraham practiced polygamy. He married Mary Eliza Hatton Kimball in 1866, Lucy Brown in 1874, and Laura Moody in 1882. To these three marriages were born fourteen children, Abraham Kimball, Jr. among them. Abraham kept a series of journals and personal papers which recorded his time as a missionary, as well as his experiences as a Bishop in the Kanosh ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Abraham A. Kimball, Sr. died September 24, 1889, of lung complications.

From the guide to the Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers, 1875-1898, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Joseph Smith, Sr. was the father of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the LDS Church. In 1833, Jospeh Smith, Jr. called upon his father to become the first presiding patriarch of the LDS Church. Patriarchal blessings often state an individual's particular talents and abilities, lineage, and often contain admonitions and blessings.

From the description of The Joseph Smith Senior patriarchal blessing book records. 1833-1843. (University of Utah). WorldCat record id: 436466314

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Smith, Joseph, 1771-1840. Patriarchal blessing, 1835. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Joseph Smith, Sr. family reunion newsletters, 1972-1981 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf MS 10304, Smith, Joseph 1805-1844. Sturdevant and Mathews family collection 1807-1853 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Bible record for the Joseph Smith family, 1771-1845. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn MS 1326, Smith, John 1781-1854. John Smith papers 1833-1854 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Smith, Joseph, 1771-1840. Letter, 1806. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Asael and Mary Duty Smith, 1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Kimball, Abraham Alonzo, 1846-1889. Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers, 1875-1898. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Jospeh Smith Sr. letter, 1806 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf MS 23693, Scott, John 1811-1876. John Scott journal 1847-1848 and 1855-1856. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Joseph Smith, Sr., family reunion news, 1872-1985. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn The unwritten chapter of the history of the Mormons, 1955 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Joseph Smith Senior patriarchal blessing book records, 1833-1843 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
creatorOf MS 892, Partridge, Edward 1793-1840. Edward Partridge papers 1818-1839 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn CR 100 96, Historian's Office (1842?-1972). Historian's Office history of persecutions 1879-1880 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn MS 9046, Historic Palmyra. Collected records from Palmyra, New York 1789-1985 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Downward, Luella Jones. Asael and Mary Duty Smith, ca. 1950. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn MS 1311, Sessions, Perrigrine 1814-1893. Perrigrine Sessions reminiscences and diaries 1839-1886 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875. George Albert Smith papers, 1870-1872. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf MS 14305, Smith, Hyrum 1800-1844. Hyrum Smith papers 1834-1843 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Scott, John, 1811-1876. Diaries, 1847-1856. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers, 1875-1898 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Pulsipher, Mary Brown, 1799-1886. Autobiographies [microform] (Typescript). Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Smoot, A. O. (Abraham Owen), 1815-1895. Papers, 1837-1892. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Smith, Joseph, 1771-1840. Agreement with Martin Harris regarding the first edition of the Book of Mormon, 1830, January 16. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Foster, Robert D., 1811-. Patriarchal blessing [microform] 1840 July 20. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Joseph Smith, Sr. Family Reunion. Newsletters, 1972-1981. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Opening of the Special Collections Joseph Smith Sr. Family Room, 2000 May 11 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsUniversity Archives
creatorOf Smith, Joseph, 1771-1840. The Joseph Smith Senior patriarchal blessing book records. 1833-1843. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
referencedIn Smith, Oliver R.,. Oliver R. Smith photographs, circa 1890s-1910s. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Joseph Smith receipt, 1840 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
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associatedWith Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901 person
associatedWith Downward, Luella Jones person
associatedWith Downward, Luella Jones. person
associatedWith Duty, Israel person
associatedWith Foster, Robert D., 1811- person
associatedWith Freniere, Maxime O. person
associatedWith Harris, Martin, 1783-1875. person
associatedWith Historian's Office (1842?-1972) corporateBody
associatedWith Historic Palmyra corporateBody
associatedWith Joseph Smith, Sr. Family Reunion. corporateBody
associatedWith Kimball, Abraham Alonzo, 1846-1889. person
associatedWith Kimball, Abraham Alonzo, 1872- person
associatedWith Partridge, Edward 1793-1840 person
associatedWith Pulsipher, Mary Brown, 1799-1886. person
associatedWith Scott, John, 1811-1876. person
associatedWith Sessions, Perrigrine 1814-1893 person
associatedWith Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875. person
associatedWith Smith, Hyrum 1800-1844 person
associatedWith Smith, John 1781-1854 person
associatedWith Smith, Lucy Mack 1776-1856 person
associatedWith Smith, Oliver R., person
associatedWith Smith, W. Wallace (William Wallace), 1900-1989 person
associatedWith Smoot, A. O. (Abraham Owen), 1815-1895. person
associatedWith University of Utah. Libraries. Manuscripts Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Whitmer, John, 1802-1878. person
associatedWith Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898 person
associatedWith Young, Brigham, 1801-1877 person
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Religion
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Teachers--United States--Correspondence
Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)
City and Town Life
Missions and Missionaries
Teachers--Correspondence
Correspondence
Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History--Source
Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--Sources
Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Mormons--Correspondence
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Mormons--Utah--Millard County
Mormon Church--History--19th century
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Birth 1771-07-12

Death 1840-09-14

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