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Whitmer, John, 1802-1878



  • Existence: 1802 - 1878


John Whitmer (1802-1878) was a early Latter-day Saint leader in Missouri.

John Whitmer was born in 1802 in Pennsylvania, but his family soon moved to New York. In New York, John's family heard about Joseph Smith and offered to let him live with them. During this time, John Whitmer was a scribe for Joseph Smith. John was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Seneca Lake. John Whitmer was also one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon. In 1830, John was appointed to Church historian and recorder. On February 10, 1833, John married Sarah Maria Jackson. In 1834, John served as counselor for the presidency for the Church in Missouri. In March 1838, John Whitmer was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John Whitmer died in 1878.

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas J. Jackson receipt

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233287595]
Identifier: Vault MSS 242
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed receipt which obligates John Whitmer to pay money before 22 April 1845.

Dates: 1845

Hyrum Smith papers

 Collection — Oversize 4: [Barcode: 31197233641825]
Identifier: Vault MSS 774
Scope and Contents

Collection includes diaries, letters, property records, bibles and family records related to Hyrum Smith. Includes diaries of missions taken by Hyrum, the 1834 Hyrum Smith family bible, with family record dating up to 1872, and material used by the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio. Dated 1831-1872.

Dates: 1831-1872

Whitmer family papers and photographs

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225531463]
Identifier: MSS 3198
Scope and Contents Three items, as follows: 1) Civil War letter dated 13 September 1864, "Camp near St. Joseph, Missouri," written from A. [Alexander] Whitmer to his father, John. 1 pg. writes that one boy has been discharged and that some of the boys are homesick; 2) Printed program for the "Sunday School and Religion Convention of the Far West District." St. Joseph, Missouri, Jan. 16-17, 1915; 3) Prints of 26 digitally scanned photographs relating to the Whitmer family. Most are unidentified except for a few...
Dates: 1864-1915

John Whitmer letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231045748]
Identifier: MSS 1215
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated 29 Aug. 1837, and addressed to the Mormon Church leaders, David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery. Whitmer writes about the title to lands in Far West, Missouri. The sheet also includes a some miscellaneous notes and scribblings from 1862. Also included is a typescript of the item.

Dates: 1837 August 29

John Whitmer letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231045805]
Identifier: MSS 1221
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated 1 March 1871, and addressed to "Dear Children." The item was written in Far West, Missouri. Whitmer wishes his children good health and extends an invitation to them to visit him. Also included are salutations from Whitmer's son, Jake Whitmer.

Dates: 1871 March 1

John Whitmer letters received

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231045839]
Identifier: MSS 1224
Scope and Contents

Collection contains two letters and a postcard received by John Whitmer and his family. The letters focus on family news, including a letter from Alexander Whitmer complaining of the conditions of the Union Army during the Civil War, a letter from David P. Whitmer lamenting the death of his child, Harry G. Whitmer, and a postcard announces the birth of a baby boy to members of the Whitmer family in 1916.

Dates: 1864-1916

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 8
Letters 8
Missions and Missionaries 6
Correspondence 5
Latter Day Saint churches -- History 5