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Higbee, Francis M. (Francis Marion), 1820-



  • Existence: approximately 1820 - 1850

Biographical History

Francis M. Higbee (approximately 1820-1850) was an attorney and merchant in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois.

Francis Marion Higbee was born in 1820 to Elias Higbee and Sarah Elizabeth Ward in Tate, Ohio. Higbee was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832 and moved with the Saints between the states of Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois. He was arraigned with Joseph Smith in Missouri on November 11, 1838. In 1842 he was made aide-de-camp to the major general of the Nauvoo Legion. Two years later on May 18, 1844 Higbee was excommunicated from the Church. Soon after, Higbee started the newspaper Nauvoo Expositor and formed a new church. Two Mormons identified Higbee as part of the mob that murdered Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He lived in Hancock, Illinois in 1850, but documents of his death have yet to be found.

Joseph Smith papers, July 29, 2015 (Francis Marion Higbee, b. 1820; d. after 1850; baptized into LDS church in 1832; moved between Mo., Ohio, and Ill. with Saints; arraigned with Joseph Smith in Missouri on Nov. 11, 1838; made aide-de-camp for the major general of the Nauvoo Legion in 1842; excommunicated from LDS church on May 18, 1844; started the newspaper Nauvoo Expositor; formed a new church; identified as part of the mob that murdered Joseph and Hyrum Smith; lived in Hancock, Ill. in 1850)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

True bill for riot on 10th June 44

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197238103896]
Identifier: MSS 8730
Scope and Contents

A handwritten bill for a riot held on 10 June 1844. The item relates to an infraction related to the property of Francis M. Higbee. Includes signature of Alpheus Cutler.

Dates: date of production not identified