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Smith, Jerusha Barden, 1805-1837


Biographical History

Jerusha Barden Smith (1805-1837) married Hyrum Smith in 1826 and bore him six children. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by David Whitmer in 1830.

Jerusha Barden Smith was born February 15, 1805 in Norfolk, Connecticut, to Seth and Sarah Barden. She (or the family) moved to Greene, New York, by 1820. She married Hyrum Smith on November 2, 1826 in Manchester, New York, after which they moved to Palmyra. The marriage produced six children: Lovina (1827-1876), Mary (1829-1832), John (1832-1911), Hyrum (1834-1841), Jerusha (1836-1912), and Sarah (1837-1876).

She was baptized by David Whitmer, circa June 9, 1830 (at the first conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), in Seneca Lake, New York. The family moved to Colesville, New York, in 1830, then to Kirtland, Ohio, in 1831. Jerusha was a member of the Kirtland Safety Society in 1837. She died on October 12, 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio, from complications of childbirth.

Citation:, April 25, 2013: Joseph Smith Sr. Genealogical Website (birth date and location, death and burial dates and locations, husband's name, wedding date and location, names and birth/death years of children), April 25, 2013: Joseph Smith Papers page (names of parents, dates and destinations of family movements (single and married families), leisure activities)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

John Smith family genealogical information, approximately 1884

 File — Box: 2, Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 803 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains letters, notes, and other documents related to Smith family genealogy, including one related to Jerusha Barden Smith. One item is dated December 1884 and the others have no dates.

Dates: approximately 1884

Smith family artifacts

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 775
Scope and Contents Collection consists of physical artifacts of Hyrum Smith and his son John Smith. These include a walking stick of Hyrum Smith, a walking cane of John Smith purchased while on his mission to Denmark, Hyrum Smith's metal scales, John Smith's pistol and carrying case, Hyrum Smith's razor and case (ownership of this item is dubious; it may have belonged to his grandson, Hyrum Fisher Smith), Hyrum Smith's coin purse and notebook, a knife of uncertain ownership, and six portraits (two of Hyrum...
Dates: 1832-1911

Jerusha Barden Smith collection

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 5890

Beaded purse handmade by Jerusha Barden Smith (wife of Hyrum Smith, d. 1837) and multigenerational photo of its owners.

Dates: approximately 1837-1934