Joseph Smith Sr

12 July 1771–14 September 1840 (Age 69)
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Joseph

When Joseph Smith Sr was born on 12 July 1771, in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Asael Smith, was 27 and his mother, Mary Duty, was 27. He married Lucy Mack on 24 January 1796, in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 14 September 1840, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

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Joseph Smith Sr
Lucy Mack
Marriage: 24 January 1796
Alvin Smith
Hyrum Smith
Sophronia Smith
Joseph Smith Jr
Samuel Harrison Smith
Ephraim Smith
William B Smith
Katharine Smith
Don Carlos Smith
Lucy Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 January 1796Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 5
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1776 · The Declaration to the King
    Age 5
    "At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""
    Age 20
    Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Joseph Smith's Account of his History - Pearl of Great Price

    The following is the account that Joseph Smith gives of his early background and history related to the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as published in the Pearl of Great …

    Sources (48)

    • Joseph Smith, "United States Census, 1840"
    • Joseph Smith in entry for Alvins Smith, "Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908"
    • Joseph Smith in entry for William B. Smith and Rosa Jewitt Surprise, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

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