Joseph Smith Jr

Male23 December 1805–27 June 1844

Brief Life History of Joseph

When Joseph Smith Jr was born on 23 December 1805, in Sharon, Windsor, Vermont, United States, his father, Joseph Smith Sr, was 34 and his mother, Lucy Mack, was 30. He married Emma Hale on 18 January 1827, in Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 27 June 1844, in Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith Jr
Emma Hale
Marriage: 18 January 1827
Alvin Smith
Louisa Smith
Thaddeus Smith
Joseph Murdock Smith
Julia Murdock Smith
Joseph Smith III
Frederick Granger William Smith
Alexander Hale Smith
Don Carlos Smith
David Hyrum Smith

Sources (25)

  • Joseph Smith in entry for Joseph Smith and Ada Rachael Clark, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Joseph Smith in entry for Desdemona W Fullmer Smith, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • Joseph Smith in entry for Eliza R Smith Snow, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 January 1827Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (12)

    +7 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.


    Age 7

    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 14

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    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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    Story Highlight

    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 …

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