- Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844 (Creator, Person)
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1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Hyrum Smith, the second son of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith and older brother of Joseph Smith, Jr., was born in Tunbridge, Vermont, February 9, 1800. At nineteen he moved with his family to western New York. On November 12, 1826 he married Jerusha Barden. He was baptized by his brother Joseph in Seneca Lake in June 1829 and was one of the Eight Witnesses to see the actual gold plates of the Book of Mormon. Hyrum's wife, Jerusha, died in October of 1837, shortly before Hyrum was called as Joseph Smith's second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. Hyrum then married Mary Fielding on December 24, 1837.
During the 1830's Hyrum served several short missions for the Church, mostly in Ohio. Hoping for a respite from religious persecution, the main body of the Church moved from Ohio to Missouri in 1838. As the oppression intensified in Missouri, however, Hyrum and his brother Joseph were incarcerated in the jail at Liberty, Missouri for about six months before escaping to western Illinois in April of 1839. Hyrum later helped establish the city of Nauvoo and held several civil and military offices in Nauvoo.
In January of 1841, Hyrum was called to be Patriarch of the Church. The office, being hereditary, was passed to him upon his father's death. He was also called to serve as Associate President of the Church in 1841. In June 1844 he was again imprisoned with Joseph. This imprisonment took place at Carthage, Illinois. On June 27, 1844 Hyrum and Joseph were both killed by a mob that stormed the Carthage jail.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Eldred G. Smith, 2000.
Updated record; Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2013.
Additional materials added; Corinne Bird, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2016.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History
- Family records
- Missions and Missionaries
- Mormon Church -- History
- Mormons -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History
- Mormons -- Ohio -- History
- Nauvoo (Ill.)
- New York (State)
- Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844 -- Archives
- Whitmer, John, 1802-1878
- Register of Hyrum Smith papers
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 November 29
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- 2013 October 4: Date span and related notes corrected by Ryan Lee on October 4, 2013.
- 2013 October 11: 1 oversize box added to the collection. Finding aid updated to reflect addition by Peter Hoyt on April 11, 2013.
- 2013 October 11: File-level inventory added by Ryan Lee in preparation for digitization on October 11, 2013.
- 2016 March 25: Add three items to the collection and create file-level descriptions for all items in oversize box 5. Finding aid updated by Corinne Bird on March 25, 2016.
- 2019 June 24: Changed description of "City plan" based on email from Lachlan MacKay of Community of Christ, who along with Ron Romig identified this previously unidentified plat map as being Kirtland, created ca. 1833 by F. G. Wiliams. Description updated to reflect this; Ryan K. Lee.