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Smith, Emma Hale


biographical statement


Joseph Smith Papers, via WWW, March 3, 2014 (born in 1804 at Willingborough Township (later Harmony), Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; parents Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis; well educated; member of the Methodist Church; baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Oliver Cowdrey in 1830; married Joseph Smith Jr. on January 18, 1827, in New York; eleven children, six of whom died early deaths; with Joseph Smith on the night he obtained the records from which The Book of Mormon; scribe during part of the translation; prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "elect lady"; editor of "A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of the Latter Day Saints," published in 1835; first Relief Society president in 1842; moved around to escape mobs, husband imprisoned; Joseph Smith was murdered in June 1844, she stayed in Nauvoo; married Lewis Crum Bidamon; affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints; lived in Nauvoo; d. Apr. 20, 1879 in Nauvoo, Illinois)

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

William Adams autobiography

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 569
Scope and Contents Handwritten autobiography with a typescript of the item. Adams came from Ireland, migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, and later to Salt Lake Valley, Utah. He also lived in Springville, Spanish Fork, Parowan, and Cedar City, Utah. Adams writes about Jacob Hamblin's efforts to convert Indians, the preparations to meet the United States Army coming to Utah in 1857 and 1858, going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and meeting Emma Hales Smith, the wife of the first...
Dates: 1894

Donald Q. Cannon research materials

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2005
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten and typed letters, histories, interviews, diaries, pamphlets, and newspapers. The materials relate to a large range of topics in the early history of the Mormon Church; Joseph Smith, second president of the Mormon Church; and his family. Interviewees include Smith family members and those who knew them. The items were copied by Donald Q. Cannon as part of the continuing Mormon Church History Sources Project.
Dates: 1840-1981

Emma Hale Smith certificate

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 432
Scope and Contents Printed form with handwritten entries. The item is dated 17 July 1844 and is signed. Emma Smith accepts responsibility for the estate of her husband, Joseph Smith.
Dates: 1844 July 17

H. H. Cluff cartes-de-visite and tintypes

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS P 282
Scope and Contents Collection includes 170 photographs and four tintypes. All images are cartes-de-visite of Provo and Utah residents. Includes images of Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, and Emma Smith. Collection also includes a photocopy of the complete album as originally created by H.H. Cluff, available in the collection case file.
Dates: approximately 1860-1916

Vesta Pierce Crawford book drafts

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1282
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typewritten book drafts and supplementary materials for the "Life and History of Emma Hale Smith, 1804-1879" and "A Journal History of the Relief Society Building."
Dates: approximately 1950

Jesse Hale letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1009
Scope and Contents Typescript of a signed letter dated March 30, 1845 and addressed to Emma Hale Smith, wife of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Hale comments on Joseph Smith's generosity to him.
Dates: 1845

Hancock County, Illinois summonses

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 759
Scope and Contents Handwritten and printed summonses for Joseph Smith, first president of the Mormon Church, and John C. Bennett, and apostle in the Mormon Church. Also included is a receipt from Emma Hale Smith, first wife of Joseph Smith, made out to Thomas Sharp.
Dates: 1841-1847

John Smith letter to Emma Smith Bidamon, 1866 December 2

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Identifier: Vault MSS 803 Series 2 Sub-Series 1

May Louise Hunt Larson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 540
Scope and Contents Holographs, typescripts, and photocopies. The collection includes writings by Larson concerning the move her family made from Utah to Arizona, a history of Snowflake Latter-day Saint Stake Academy, biographies of Addison Pratt and Emma Hale Smith, and a birthdate record of members of the Snowflake Latter-day Saint Stake, Arizona. Also includes a biography of Larson by her daughter, Louise L. Comish and Larson's funeral program.
Dates: 1933-1965

Smith family legal instruments

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 744
Scope and Contents Handwritten and printed legal instruments relating to Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879), wife of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844). One of the items deals with the payment of taxes owed on certain properties in the county. The other item is a statement of guardianship and real estate inheritances relating to the children of Emma Smith and signed by her.
Dates: 1847-1848