Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

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Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

Dates: 1855

Photocopy of holograph account of the murder of Joseph Smith (1805-1844) and his brother Hyrum (1800-1844) on June 27, 1844. Jones was with the Smiths in the Carthage jail the night before they were killed. He was involved in carrying messages to and from Joseph and in appealing to Illinois officials for greater protection for the two men. Jones relates some comments verbatim made by Joseph that indicate he had a premonition of death, as well as remarks by the mob. He also tells of the reaction of many of the Mormons when they heard of Joseph's death.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.4 linear ft.) : 26 p.
  • Creator: Jones, Dan, 1810-1862
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1059
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Location of Originals
Mat'l specified: Original manuscript. Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Typescript included.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1059; Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1059, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Ford, Thomas, 1800-1850; Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844--Assassination; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History
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19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
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Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:08-0600
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Biographical History

Farmer, explorer, steamboat captain, and Mormon Church leader. Native of Wales, emigrated to the United States in 1840, joined the Mormon Church in 1843 and served as a missionary for that church to Wales (1845-9 and 1852-6), came to Utah in 1849, and served as mayor of Manti, Utah (1851-2).

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts