Mormon History, About 1822

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-- About 1822
and 1824 Sidney Rigdon is known as a friend or associate of J. Harrison Lambdin and is often at his printing office (Patterson & J. Harrison Lambdin). (1)

-- 1822
[John Taylor] Apprenticed as a cooper (barrel maker) in Liverpool. Within a year his masters business fails and he returns home. (2)

-- 1822-24
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Jr. tells that by looking in Willard Chase's stone he can see hidden treasures, all things in caves, in and under the earth, and spirits in ancient dress in charge of the treasures. (3)

-- 1822
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Jr. is present when Willard Chase finds a stone in a well on the Chase property. Joseph borrows the stone. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Smiths build their cabin on the Manchester farm and move into it before July 1823 when their tax assessment increases markedly. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Alvin begins construction on frame house at Manchester farm. LucyM

[West] California became part of Mexico. (5)

[Sydney Rigdon] John Johnson resigned as Postmaster of Pittsburgh and was replaced by his son-in-law William Eichbaum; John's daughter, R. J. Eichbaum (also William's wife) worked in the Post Office when her husband was absent; she recalled knowing Robert & Joseph Patterson, Silas Engles, J. Harrison Lambdin and Sidney Rigdon during this general time-period (6)

-- Jan 5, 1822
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon ended his ministry in the Warren region with final sermon at Warren -- Rigdon and Phebe his wife requested letters of dismission to the baptist Church at Pittsburgh which was granted (6)

-- 1822 mid-Jan.
[Oliver Cowdery] Sidney Rigdon moved from Trumbull Co., OH to Pittsburgh to become pastor of the First Baptist Church there. He assumed his official duties on Jan. 28, 1822. (7)

-- Jan 28, 1822
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon arrived in Pittsburgh to become Minister of the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh (under the jurisdiction of the Redstone Baptist Association) (6)

-- Feb 6, 1822
[Sydney Rigdon] ? Sydney Rigdon officially became the Minister of the First Baptist Church (6)

-- After Apr 1822
Joseph Smith family begins move to Manchester, NY (100 acres purchased by Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith). (1)

-- 1822 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. and Alvin are listed on south end of Stafford Road in Palmyra. (3)


Footnotes:
1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
3 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/radioprogramblog/id8.html
6 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
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Mormon History, 1821 Sum

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-- 1821 Sum
[Sydney Rigdon] Rigdon and Bentley return to Warren, to spread Campbell's reforms among the Baptists of the Western Reserve. (1)

-- Jul 7, 1821
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. is taxed for 100 acres of Lot 1. (2)

-- Jul 16, 1821
[U.S. Religious History] Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, was born. (3)

-- Jul 18, 1821
Lucy Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Palmyra, NY. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Daughter Lucy Smith is born in Palmyra Township. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Smiths youngest child, Lucy, is born at Palmyra. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Lucy. LucyM

-- 1821 Sep
[Sydney Rigdon] Sidney was a member in the council of the Mahoning Baptist Association, convening that year at Palmyra, Portage County, Ohio. At the meeting, he was asked to become the Association's messenger to the Grand River Association and to write the "Corresponding Letter" for the next year. (1)

-- 1821 Fall
The log cabin on the Farmington land is built and the Smith family moves in. (6)

-- 1821 Nov.
[Oliver Cowdery] Congregationalist minister Ethan Smith (1762-1849) moved to Poultney, Rutland, VT and took charge of the congregation there. Keziah Cowdery, her three daughters, and other children of William Cowdery, Jr. probably attended services conducted by Ethan Smith. (7)

[Oliver Cowdery] William Morgan (1797-1826) married Lucinda Pendleton (prob. in Monroe, Orange, NY). Morgan would later meet Oliver Cowdery in western NY. (7)

-- 1821 Nov
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon took his family to visit his mother and sister in PA; conferred with First Baptist congregation in Pittsburgh and received an invitation to become their full-time to succeed Rev. John Davis as the 4th Pastor there -- the plan behind this invitation was initiated and pushed forward by Alexander Campbell, who in 1821 still had some influence in the Redstone Association, to which the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh belonged; Campbell also used his influence to get Rigdon to accept the offer. (1)

-- Dec 2, 1821
[Sydney Rigdon] Phebe Brooks Rigdon baptized into Concord Church at Warren (1)

-- 1822
Sidney Rigdon gets Pastor job at Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. He preaches Reformed Baptist (Campbellites), as opposed to the Redstone Baptists. (4)


Footnotes:
1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
3 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
4 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
5 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
6 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
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Mormon History, 1821

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-- 1821
[Deseret] Mexico wins independence from Spain and claims Utah. (1)

Sidney Rigdon & Adamson Bentley go to Bethany, MO. and meet Alexander Campbell. (2)

to 1830 Whitmers were Methodists, Reformers, Presbyterians, Menonites, and Baptists [per Rev. Dierich Willers] (2)

[West] Mexico won independence from Spain. (3)

[Wilford Woodruff] Begins work as a miller. (4)

-- c. 1821
[Oliver Cowdery] Lyman Cowdery (then about 19?) moved west to NY at about this time. He may have initially lived with his brother Warren in Cattaraugus Co., but by 1825 he was living in Ontario (later Wayne) Co. (5)

-- 1821
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell first met Walter Scott (suspect date) (6)

[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell's Debate with Walker published; read enthusiastically by Adamson Bentley and Sidney Rigdon (6)

[Sydney Rigdon] Rev. John Davis left the First Baptist Church in Pittsburgh (6)

-- 1821 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr., Alvin, and Hyrum Smith are residing at the south end of Stafford Road in Palmyra. (7)

-- Jun 3, 1821
[Lucy Mack Smith] Martha Jane Knowlton is born at Covington, Boone County, Kentucky. (8)

-- Jun 21, 1821
[U.S. Religious History] The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church was founded in New York City. (9)

-- July 1821
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr. and Alvin contract for their land in Manchester. (8)

-- 1821 Jul
[Sydney Rigdon] While traveling through Virginia, Brothers Bentley and Rigdon visited Alexander Campbell at Buffaloe (the future Bethany, West Virginia) and after a day and a night's stay both men were won over to his reform cause. (6)


Footnotes:
1 - http://historytogo.utah.gov/timeline/trapperstradersandexplorers.html
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/radioprogramblog/id8.html
4 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
5 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
6 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
7 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
8 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
9 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
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Mormon History, Jun 13, 1820

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-- Jun 13, 1820
[Joseph Smith] The Smith family is living on land owned by Samuel Jennings. (1)

-- Jun 19, 1820-20
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell debated with Seceder Presbyterian Minister John Walker in Mount Pleasant, OH (2)

-- Jun 22, 1820
[Joseph Smith] Tax on 300 acres of Lot 1 in Farmington (later Manchester) is to be paid by Nicholas Evertson heirs. (1)

-- 1820 Summer
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. and Alvin article for 100 acres of land in Farmington, Lot 1, from Zachariah Seymour, land agent for Nicholas Evertson's heirs. (1)

-- 1820 summer?
[Oliver Cowdery] Erastus Cowdery was recorded as being the head of a household in NE Youngstown twp., Trumbull (later Mahoning), OH by the Federal Census. Sidney Rigdon was recorded in the same Census as living approx. 9 miles away, in Brookfield twp., Trumbull, OH. (3)

[Oliver Cowdery] William Cowdery, Jr., his wife Keziah, and his younger children were recorded by the Federal Census as still living in Poultney, Rutland, VT. (3)

-- 1820 Sum
[Sydney Rigdon] Sidney Rigdon and Adamson Bentley baptized in Warren and vicinity "upward of ninety persons. (2)

-- Jul 14, 1820
[Joseph Smith] Power of attorney is given to Zachariah Seymour. (1)

-- 1820 August
Joseph Smith, Sr. contracts to buy land in Farmington. (4)

-- 1820 bef. Aug 24
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon ordained a Baptist minister in Warren OH (2)

-- Aug 24, 1820-26
[Sydney Rigdon] Last Annual Meeting of the Beaver Baptist Association in Connoquenessing; Rigdon reported to have already been ordained; Sidney was asked with his mentor Bentley and cousin Charles to draft the "Corresponding Letter" for the year. (2)

-- Aug 30, 1820
[Sydney Rigdon] The "middle division" of the old Beaver Association met at Salem, where Andrew Clark was now minister, and formed the Mahoning Association, covering the counties of Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning, and some of Columbiana County and consisting of the churches of Warren, New Lisbon, Nelson, Youngstown, Salem, Randolph, Liberty, Mount Hope, Bazetta, and Braceville. (2)

-- Oct 4, 1820
[Sydney Rigdon] Beaver Baptist Association was formally divided and the newly formed Mahoning Association (mostly in OH) would become the future seedbed for Alexander Campbell's views (2)

-- 1821
[Deseret] Following the Mexican Revolution, traders from Spanish and Mexican territory barter actively in Utah. (5)


Footnotes:
1 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
2 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
5 - http://historytogo.utah.gov/timeline/trapperstradersandexplorers.html
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1832 Account of the First Vision



Joseph Smith's 1832 Account (earliest) of His First Vision

I was born in the town of Charon [Sharon] in the of Vermont North
America on the twenty third day of December AD 1805 of goodly Parents
who spared no pains to instructing me in christian religion at the age
of about ten years my Father Joseph Smith Siegnior moved to Palmyra
Ontario County in the State of New York and being in indigent
circumstances were obliged to labour hard for the support of a large
Family having nine chilldren and as it required the exertions of all
that were able to render any assistance for the support of the Family
therefore we were deprived of the bennifit of an education suffice it
to say I was mearly instructid in reading writing and the ground of
Arithmatic which const[it]uted my whole literary acquirements.

At about the age of twelve years my mind become seriously imprest with
regard to the all importent concerns for the wellfare of my immortal
Soul which led me to searching the scriptures believeing as I was
taught, that they contained the word of God thus applying myself to
them and my intimate acquaintance with those different denominations
led me to marvel exce[e]dingly for I discovered that of adorn their
profession by a holy walk and Godly conversation agreeable to what I
found contained in that sacred depository this was a grief to my Soul

thus from the age of twelve years to fifteen I pondered many things in
my heart concerning the sittuation of the world of mankind the
contentions and divi[si]ons the wicke[d]ness and abominations and the
darkness which pervaded the minds of mankind my mind become
exce[e]dingly distressed for I become convicted of my sins and by
searching the scriptures I found that did not come unto the Lord but
that they had apostatised from the true and liveing faith and there
was no society or denomination that built upon the gospel of Jesus
Christ as recorded in the new testament and I felt to mourn for my own
sins and for the sins of the world

for I learned in the scriptures that God was the same yesterday to day
and forever that he was no respector to persons for he was God for I
looked upon the sun the glorious luminary of the earth and also the
moon rolling in their magesty through the heavens and also the stars
shining in their courses and the earth also upon which I stood and the
beast of the field and the fowls of heaven and the fish of the waters
and also man walking forth upon the face of the earth in magesty and
in the strength of beauty whose power and intiligence in governing the
things which are so exceding great and marvilous even in the likeness
of him who created and when I considered upon these things my heart
exclaimed well hath the wise man said fool saith in his heart there is
no God

my heart exclaimed all all these bear testimony and bespeak an
omnipotant and omnipreasant power a being who makith Laws and decreeth
and bindeth all things in their bounds who filleth Eternity who was
and is and will be from all Eternity to Eternity and when I considered
all these things and that being seeketh such to worship him as worship
him in spirit and in truth

therefore I cried unto the Lord for mercy for there was none else to
whom I could go and obtain mercy and the Lord heard my cry in the
wilderness and while in attitude of calling upon the Lord a piller of
light above the brightness of the sun at noon day come down from above
and rested upon me and I was filled with the spirit of god and the
opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me
saying Joseph thy sins are forgiven thee. go thy walk in my statutes
and keep my commandments behold I am the Lord of glory I was crucifyed
for the world that all those who believe on my name may have Eternal
life the world lieth in sin at this time and none doeth good no not
one they have turned asside from the gospel and keep not commandments
they draw near to me with their lips while their hearts are far from
me and mine anger is kindling against the inhabitants of the earth to
visit them ac[c]ording to th[e]ir ungodliness and to bring to pass
that which been spoken by the mouth of the prophets and Ap[o]stles
behold and lo I come quickly as it [is] written of me in the cloud in
the glory of my Father

and my soul was filled with love and for many days I could rejoice
with great Joy and the Lord was with me but [I] could find none that
would believe the he[a]v[e]nly vision nevertheless I pondered these
things in my heart

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-- 1820-21
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell occasionally visited the First Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and preached there, winning some members over to his reform (1)

[Sydney Rigdon] Concord Baptist Church of Warren built its first meeting house; Rigdon assisted in the construction and "occasionally delivered a sermon from the church's pulpit" (1)

-- 1820 Jan-Feb
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon may have served as assistant to Rev. John Davis in Pittsburgh (1)

-- 1820 ?
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon visited Pittsburgh region; preached four Sundays at First Baptist Church while visiting in Library area; may have been informally invited to apply for the Pastor's position there by some members (this may be the same trip as the one reported for Nov) (1)

-- 1820 Mar-Apr?
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon moved in with Adamson Bentley, an ordained Baptist minister in Warren, OH (1)

-- Mar 1, 1820
Alex Campbell tells of a man reporting a vision where he saw the Savior at the tree tops and gave him forgiveness. (2)

-- 1820 late Mar.
[Oliver Cowdery] Sidney Rigdon arrived in Warren, Trumbull, OH, where he lived at first with his fellow Baptist minister, Adamson Bentley. (3)

-- Spring 1820
First Vision: Church History puts the first vision at this date, but the description of the circumstances at the time, place it in 1824 (event was not recalled until 1832). (2)

-- 1820 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. and family are located at the south end of Stafford Road in Palmyra Township; Alvin Smith is residing in the village of Palmyra. (4)

-- 1820, early spring
[Joseph Smith] (age 14)Prays in the woods near his home. Visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. Asks which sect he should join. The Savior tells him that they are all wrong and he should join none of them. (5)

-- 1820 spring
[Oliver Cowdery] Benjamin Franklin Cowdery (a second cousin of Oliver Cowdery) moved to Angelica, Allegany, NY and there edited and published the Angelica Republican (later the Allegany Republican) until about 1824, when he moved to Rochester, Monroe, NY. (3)

-- Apr 1, 1820
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon requested a certificate as a licensed preacher -- licensed to preach by Concord Baptist Church of Warren (later called Warren Central Christian Church under Campbellites) -- served as traveling evangelist in the Warren region -- preached in northern Trumbull Co. (as did "Elder Goff") (1)

-- Spring 1820
[Joseph Smith] Manchester, New York. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer about which church he should join. (6)

-- Jun 12, 1820
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon married Phebe Brooks (prob. in Warren by Rev. A. Bentley) (1)


Footnotes:
1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
5 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
6 - http://josephsmith.byu.edu
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Mormon History, 1819 Mar

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-- 1819 Mar
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon received preaching license from the Regular Baptists in PA (1)

-- Mar 29, 1819
[U.S. Religious History] Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College, was born. (2)

-- 1819 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. is still residing in Palmyra village. (3)

-- Apr. Apr 1819, 1820
[Lucy Mack Smith] The Smiths live in a small cabin on Samuel Jennings's property just north of the Palmyra/Manchester township line. (4)

-- 1819 Sum
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell moved to West Middleton, PA; assisted son Alexander at nearby Buffaloe Seminary in VA (1)

-- Aug 4, 1819
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon received letter of dismission from Providence Baptist Church (1)

-- Aug 26, 1819
[Oliver Cowdery] Erastus Cowdery married Rebecca Pawley (probably in Youngstown, Trumbull, OH. The couple had two daughters who lived to maturity. Some sources give Rebecca's last name as McCormick. There were several members of the Pawley/Polley family in Trumbull Co. in the early 1800s; Rebecca may have first married into that family and later married Erastus as a widow. (5)

-- 1819 Fall
[Sydney Rigdon] Annual meeting of Beaver Association in New Lisbon, OH -- lists Sidney Rigdon as a member -- Andrew Clark, Adamson Bentley, and another minister were appointed to a committee which was to consider the ordination of Sidney Rigdon, provided the church applied for this ordination (1)

-- Dec 23, 1819
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. turns fourteen years old. LucyM

-- 1820
Joseph Smith, now 14, has become increasingly troubled by denominational differences among local Christians, but remains unsure which church is the right one to follow. One spring morning, he goes into the woods and witnesses a pillar of light descending from heaven, followed by an image of God and Jesus Christ (who are perceived by Joseph as separate "personages") forgiving his sins and warning Smith that all denominations have strayed from the truth and he should not join any of them. This event, known to Mormons as the First Vision, does not dramatically change Smith's life. He continues to work the farm and treasure hunt with his father, and when he mentions the vision to a local minister, he is scorned. Smith will not give his followers a detailed description of this vision until 1839. (6)

-- About 1820
Joseph Smith Sr. and older sons begin operation with a group of "money diggers" (term for treasure hunters using occult methods to find and retrieve treasure); Alvin is reportedly the leader. (7)

-- 1820
[Heber C. Kimball] Moves to Mendon Village, Mendon Township, Franklin County, New York; becomes an apprentice potter to his brother. (8)

-- 1820-21
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith, Jr., later reports he has a personal forgiveness of sins; he is an exhorter for the Methodist class in Palmyra and attends a local debating club. (3)

-- 1820
[Lucy Mack Smith] Traditional date of a revival in the Palmyra area and Joseph Smith's first vision. (4)


Footnotes:
1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
3 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
6 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
7 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
8 - On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanely B. Kimball editor. Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987. Chronology
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More McLellin material found

A notebook apparently owned by former Mormon Apostle William McLellin has been obtained by Mormon document collector Brent Ashworth.  The "McLellin Collection" has had an interesting history starting with Mark Hoffman's claims to have obtained the collection.  Since then, some of it was  uncovered in the 1st Presidency's vault and published by BYU Studies.  Signature Books has also published some of the McLellin materials.  Now a 3rd document has come to light.

Excerpt from Early LDS Church apostle's journal bought by Provo collector by Cody Clark - of the Daily Herald



Ashworth said the notebook is inscribed by Hanson, an RLDS apostle, and was handed down to his descendants. Following the death of its most recent owner, the family wanted to sell it. "It kind of walked in the door" at his Provo store, B. Ashworth's, Ashworth said. A friend who'd helped him locate rare items in the past tipped him off, and Ashworth paid what he said was a substantial sum to acquire it.


Excerpts from McLellin journal finally is located by Local Book Dealer - Brent Ashworth , a Deseret News article by Michael De Groote

There was a record of two partial pages of one McLellin notebook. Those pages had been photographed probably in the 1920s. An excerpt from those same pages appeared in an RLDS Church newspaper in 1929. But by the time "The William E. McLellin Papers" was published it was thought the notebook was "not extant."

Ashworth, however, was always on the lookout for McLellin materials and hoped to find the lost notebook. After about 20 years he finally did so.

The notebook is about 6 by 8 inches and 266 pages long. It is filled from binding to page edges with the fine and clear handwriting of a teacher of penmanship. McLellin wrote in it in 1871 and 1872. The notebook has a detailed index of the many subjects it contains.

"My opinion is he was trying to write a book. And this is written with more care than some of his other notebooks. I think he was actually trying to put a book together," Ashworth said.

Another surprise is McLellin's description of Joseph Smith as a student in McLellin's "High school" he taught during the winter of 1834. McLellin wrote: "I learned the strength of his mind as to the study and principles of science. … And I here say that he had one of the strongest and well-balanced, penetrating and retentive minds of any man with whom I ever formed an acquaintance."


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-- Aug 2, 1818
[Oliver Cowdery] William Jr. and Keziah's three daughters (Lucy P., Rebecca M., & Phoebe L) were baptized in the Poultney Congregational church. (1)

-- 1818 Fall
[Lucy Mack Smith] Smiths move into small cabin at north end of their Manchester property. (2)

-- 1818 fall
[Oliver Cowdery] Benjamin Franklin Cowdery (a second cousin of Oliver Cowdery) and Benjamin F. Smead apparently purchased the printing office of the defunct Allegany Mercury in Olean, Cattaraugus, NY and there founded and published the Hamilton Recorder until early 1820. (1)

-- 1818 Wtr-Spr
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell opened Buffalo Seminary, located near Brush Run in Washington Co.; Alexander lived on his father-in-law's farm (Brown Farm) (3)

-- Early 1819
Sidney Rigdon moves in with Rev. Andrew Clark in Beaver County, PA. (4)

-- 1819
[John Taylor] Moves with his family to Hale (near Milnthorpe), where he helps work on a small farm left to his father by an uncle. (5)

[Joseph Smith Sr. Visions] Just one thing more
... the seventh and last vision that my husband had, which vision was received in the year 1819.
Joseph dreams that a peddler approaches him and asks him to trade with him again. He says he has always traded with him and found him strictly honest. This is the last time. He (Joseph) needs only one more thing for salvation.
The man says he will write down what he needs. In his rush to get some paper, Joseph wakes up. (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr. reports his seventh visionof the peddler who will tell him what one thing he lacks for salvation. (7)

-- 1819/20
[Lucy Mack Smith] Attempted assassination of Joseph Jr. (2)

-- 1819-20?
[Sydney Rigdon] Mrs. Nancy Rigdon left the farm and went to live with her daughter Lacy Rigdon Boyer (Mrs. Peter Boyer). (3)

-- 1819-20
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon occasionally returned briefly to Library area, may have engaged in occasional preaching at First Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and/or Peter's Creek Church (3)

-- 1819
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon may have served as assistant to Rev. Obadiah Newcomb in Pittsburgh; kept membership in Providence Baptist Church (3)

-- Feb 27, 1819
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon Presented Dismission from the Peters Creek Church and accepted into the Providence Regular Baptist Church of North Sewickley (3)

-- Mar 1819
Sidney Rigdon gets minister's license and moves in with Adamson Bentley in Ohio. (4)


Footnotes:
1 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
2 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
3 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
4 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
5 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
6 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/n/visions_js_sr.phtml#sr2
7 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
LDS History


A lighter version of this blog:
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Clair Barrus

Joseph Smith Papers discussion

Mormon Miscellaneous World-Wide Talk Show
Host: Van Hale
Radio Station: KTKK 630 AM, Salt Lake City

Date: Sunday, 25 January 2009

Subject: Joseph Smith Papers Project

Mark Ashurst-McGee and Richard L. Jensen, two of the editors of the
first volume of the multi-volume work, the Joseph Smith Papers, will
join me to discuss this volume and the project in general. Volume one
includes Joseph Smith's diaries for 1832-1839, with extensive
footnotes, an excellent introduction, many maps, biographical and
geographical notes, a glossary, a chronology, charts and tables. They
will answer whatever questions may be asked

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm MST


Live Internet Streaming Audio can be accessed at: www.k-talk.com or
mms://stream.netro.ca/ktkk

Mormon History,

-- May 31, 1817
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon baptized by Rev. Phillips and became a member of the Peter's Creek Baptist Church (Library, PA); may have studied some preparatory ministry under Rev. David Phillips. (1)

-- Jun 26, 1817
[Lucy Mack Smith] George A. Smith is born to John Smith and Clarissa Lyman Smith. He is eleven and a half years younger than Joseph Jr. (2)

-- 1817 Aug
[Sydney Rigdon] Annual Meeting of the Redstone Association at Peter's Creek; both Sidney Rigdon and Alexander Campbell attended (1)

-- ca. 1818-19
[Joseph Smith] (age 12 or 13)Moves with his family from the village of Palmyra to a log home in Palmyra Township, New York. (3)

-- 1818
[Joseph Smith Sr. Visions] Judgment day, pray for forgiveness in Jesus' name
6th vision of Joseph Smith Sen. ...
I thought I was walking {very fast} alone and although I was very much {I still} fatigued I went on as fast as I convenineently could
and I seemed to be on my way to meeting <and it was the day of judgement and I was going to be judged but {I thou}> when I came in sight of the meeting house I saw crowds of people coming from every direction
They are "pressing with great anxiety towards the door" of the house. Joseph decides there is time and slows his pace. But when he gets there, the door is shut. He knocks on the door and is told he has arrived too late.
I soon felt that I was perishing and began to pray but {I} my flesh continued to wither on my bones and I grew still more anxious and prayed still more fervently
and I was about to despair ... when the angel that attended {th} me asked {hi}me if I had not [le]ft some thing undone
Joseph replies that he has done everything he knew about and the guide responds, "Justice must have its demands and then mercy ..."
Suddenly Joseph remembers to ask God in the name of Jesus, and he cries out:
Oh lord I beseech thee in the name of Jesus christ to forgive my sins
He is strengthened and his flesh begins to be restored. The angel tells him he "must plead the merits of jesus for he is a [ad]vocate with the father and a mediator between God and man."
The door opens and as he enters, Joseph awakes. (4)

-- c. 1818
[Oliver Cowdery] Dyar Cowdery (then about 25?) moved to Farmersville, Cattaraugus, NY. He probably lived with his brother Warren in Freedom, Cattaraugus, NY, until after 1820. (5)

[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver's brother, Erastus Cowdery (then about 22?) moved to Youngstown, Trumbull (later Mahoning), OH. He may have initially lived with his brother Warren in Cattaraugus Co., NY, but by 1820 he was living in Youngstown. (5)

-- 1818-19
[Sydney Rigdon] Adamson Bentley met Alexander Campbell when his family was traveling across the mountains of Pennsylvania to their new home. (1)

-- 1818
[Sydney Rigdon] Obadiah Newcomb became Minister of First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh (1)

[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon moved to North Sewickley on the Connoquenessing River, where he studied for the ministry under the Reverend Andrew Clark, minister of the Providence Regular Baptist Church (1)

-- Jan 1, 1818
[Sydney Rigdon] Partnership of Robert & Joseph Patterson suffered bankruptcy and was replaced by the Partnership of Robert Patterson & J. Harrison Lambdin; Lambdin had been a former employ of Robert Patterson in his previous partnership with Mr. Hopkins; the firm operated a book store on 4th St., a book bindary, and a separate job-office print shop under the name of Butler and Lambdin; Robert & Joseph Patterson appear to have begun or continued only one division of their former firm at this time: the Robert & Joseph Patterson steam paper mill on the Allegheny River (1)

-- 1818 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Sr. is residing in Palmyra village. (6)

-- May 1818
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Smith Sr. reports his sixth visionbeing locked out of the building on the day of judgement. (2)

-- 1818 Aug
[Sydney Rigdon] Annual Meeting of the Redstone Association (at Peter's Creek?) both Sidney Rigdon and Alexander Campbell attended; Campbell served as association secretary that year (1)


Footnotes:
1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/n/visions_js_sr.phtml#sr2
5 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
6 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi

LDS History:
http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com/

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Clair Barrus

Church History,

-- 1817-1892
[General Religious History] The life of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith (1)

-- 1817
George A. Smith born in Potsdam, NY, cousin of Joseph Smith. (2)

Religious revival held in NY area. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Smiths purchase 100 acres of virgin forest land two miles south of Palmyra. (3)

-- Jan. 1817
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy and the children follow Joseph Sr. to Palmyra. They live in a small house on Main Street. (3)ack

-- 1817-18
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon said to have "coveted the aging David Philips's pastorship." and "began to put himself forward and seek the preeminence" (5)

-- Jan 17, 1817
[Oliver Cowdery] Phoebe Cowdery born to William & Keziah Cowdery in Middleton, Rutland, VT. (6)

-- Mar 4, 1817
James Monroe becomes U.S. President. (2)

-- 1817 April
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith, Sr., is living in the village of Palmyra, New York, on Road District 26. (7)

-- Apr. 1817
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Smith Sr.'s name appears on a Palmyra road list. (3)ack

-- 1817 Spr
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon affected a conversion experience (a personal experience of the miracle of grace); applied with Peter's Creek Church for baptism; Pastor Phillips "entertained serious doubts at the time in regard to the genuineness of the work" (5)

[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell moved with family from Pittsburgh to Newport, KY; served as headmaster at new academy in Burlington, Boone Co. (5)

[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell's Independent Church united with another independent group of Haldane persuasion, under the leadership of John Tassey. Samuel Church and John Tassey presided over the joined congregations. (5)

-- May 6, 1817
[Lucy Mack Smith] Howard Coray is born in Stueben County, New York, to Silas Coray and Mary Stephens Coray. (3)ack


Footnotes:
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_religion#History_of_Religion
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
6 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
7 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi

LDS History
http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com/

Church History,

-- 25-Mar 1816
Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Norwich, VT. (1)

-- 25 Mar. 1816
[Lucy Mack Smith] Don Carlos is born at Norwich, Vermont, the tenth child and seventh (or eighth) son of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. (2)

-- 1816 Mar 25
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Don Carlos. LucyM

-- 25-May 1816
Ebenezer Robertson born in Floyd, NY. (1)

-- 1816 June
[Lucy Mack Smith] Crops are killed by series of untimely ice storms. "Year without a summer." LucyM

-- 1816 summer?
[Oliver Cowdery] The Joseph Smith, Sr. family moved from VT to Palmyra, Ontario (later Wayne), NY and lived in the town for two years before moving south a few miles to Manchester. (3)

-- 1816 Aug
[Sydney Rigdon] Angry over the Redstone's refusal to admit his father's church in Pittsburgh, Alexander Campbell delivered "Sermon on the Law" (4)

-- 1816 Aug?
[Sydney Rigdon] First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh accepted into the Redstone Baptist Association (4)

-- 1816 Aug
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell's group applied for admission to the Redstone Baptist Association and was refused (4)

-- Fall 1816
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr. moves to Palmyra, Ontario (now Wayne) County, New York. (2)

-- 1816 Fall
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move from New England to Palmyra, N.Y. (could be Jan. 1817). LucyM

-- 1816 Oct
[Sydney Rigdon] Solomon Spalding dies in Amity, PA and is buried there (4)

-- 1816 Oct. 20
[Oliver Cowdery] Solomon Spalding died (age 55) in Amity, Washington, PA. The following year his widow and adopted daughter moved to Onondaga Hollow, Onondaga, NY. (3)

-- 1817
Young leaves his family, who have settled in New York, and sets out on his own as a carpenter and handyman. (5)


Footnotes:
1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
5 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/

Church History,

-- 1815 Oct
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell moved from Cambridge OH to Pittsburgh and established his English Classical School or "Mercantile Academy" (1)

-- 1815 Fall
[Sydney Rigdon] The Campbells' Brush Run Church applied for membership in the Redstone Baptist Association; after some debate they were accepted (1)

-- 1815 Nov.?
[Oliver Cowdery] Warren A. Cowdery (then nearly 28), his wife and son moved to a farm at Freedom, Cattaraugus, NY. (2)

-- 1816
The "year without a summer." Crops failed throughout New England. Joseph Smith, Sr., left Norwich, VT, settled his family in Palmyra, NY. (3)

-- 1816
Following a third straight year of crop failure, the Smith family moves to Palmyra, New York, a town of 4,000 situated near the planned route of the Erie Canal. Palmyra lies within an area known as the "Burned-over District" for the evangelical fervor of its residents. (4)

-- 1816
Elias Boudnot book published, referencing Adair's book. (5)

Elias Smith (a minister)'s story published, telling of a vision in woods (when he fell and was injured) and seeing the "Throne of God" and .."the Lamb appeared." (5)

Joseph Smith family moves to Palmyra. (5)

Solomon Spalding (~55) dies in Amity, PA. (5)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Family moves to Palmyra, New York. (6)

[Joseph Smith] (age 10)Moves with his family to the village of Palmyra, New York. (7)

-- c. 1816
[Oliver Cowdery] Stephen Fuller Cowdery (then 25?) married Betsey Bradshaw (probably in Rutland Co., VT). Stephen may have moved west to NY at about this time. He probably lived with relatives until after 1820. He is almost certainly the "Suthen F. Cowdery" whose name appears in the 1830 NY Census for Rochester, Monroe, NY. (2)

-- March 1816
[Joseph Smith Sr. Visions] Flower garden and bowing wooden images
3th vision of Joseph Smith Senior ...
Joseph Sr. very sick and lame [Joseph Sr.] dreamed that he was very sick and so lame he could scarcely walk.
He asks his guide, who tells him to go to a certain garden. So Joseph sets out, then asks the guide how he will recognize the garden.
Guide: go to garden the guid said walk till you come to a larger gate then open the gate and your eyes shall see behold the most beautiful folowers [sic] you ever Saw

Benches with bowing images Determined to get to the garden, Joseph Sr. sets off with a staff, limping along until, with great effort, he reaches the garden. It is filled with beautiful flowers and marble pathways. The path from the gate is lined with benches on each side. On each seat is a wooden image [the states that each figure is the size of a very large man]. As he passes by, each image rises and bows to him.
12 on each side Turning to the left, he sees an image that rises to bow to him, then notices there are twelve images on the right and twelve on the left. Each rises and bows as he passes by.
He asks the guide for the meaning of all this.
Wakes he began to explain the vision when I sudenly awoke (8)

-- 15 Mar. 1816
[Lucy Mack Smith] Norwich town authorities formally "warn out" the Joseph Smith family, a device for moving indigent arrivals into another jurisdiction; these writs had to be issued within a year of a family's arrival. For dating problems caused by this document, see Vogel 1:222-68. Joseph Smith Sr. reports his third vision: images in a garden bowing to him. (9)


Footnotes:
1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
3 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
4 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
5 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
6 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
7 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
8 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/n/visions_js_sr.phtml#sr2
9 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books

The Pittsfield Parchments

Joseph Merrick finds Pittsfield Parchments containing verses from Bible. (7)

I was unfamiliar with the "Pittsfield Parchments." 

"In 1815, a man named Joseph Merrick said that after ploughing some ground, he found what looked like a black strap. A closer examination revealed that it was pieces of thick rawhide sewed together, which contained four folded leaves of old parchment of a dark yellow color. The parchments were taken to Cambridge, where it was determined that the writing consisted of verses of Deuteronomy and Exodus in Hebrew characters."

Ethan Smith, author of A View of the Hebrews tried to locate the document in his quest to tie American Indians to the lost tribes of Israel, but he was not a able to locate the Pittsifield Parcmnents.

Details about it being uncovered and analyzed can be read here.

And several links include more information here.

Church History, 1814, April 3

-- 1814, April 3
Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901) b. Mantua, Portage Co., OH. (1)

-- 1814 3 April
Lorenzo Snow born in Mantua, Ohio. (2)

-- 1814 June 3
[Oliver Cowdery] Lucy Pearce Cowdery born to William & Keziah Cowdery in Poultney, Rutland, VT. Within a year or two the family moved to Middleton, Rutland, VT. (3)

-- 1814 July 17
[William Clayton] Born at Charnock Moss, Penwortham Parish, Lancashire County, England, the first of fourteen children born to Thomas and Ann Clayton. (4)

-- 1814 Sep. 22
[Oliver Cowdery] Warren A. Cowdery married Patience Simmonds in Pawlet, Rutland, VT. Their first child, Marcellus F. Cowdery was born in Pawlet on Aug. 31, 1815. (3)

-- 1814 Fall
[Lucy Mack Smith] Complete crop failures for the Smiths in Norwich. (5)

-- 1815-21
[Brigham Young] Mother dies; Brigham begins to earn his own way in life, eventually becoming a carpenter. (6)

-- 1815
Joseph Merrick finds Pittsfield Parchments containing verses from Bible. (7)

-- 1815
[Lucy Mack Smith] Complete crop failures for the Smiths in Norwich. (5)

-- 1815
[Lucy Mack Smith] Newspaper reports of good land available in western N.Y. (5)

-- 1815
[Sydney Rigdon] Rev. Andrew Clark accepted by Beaver Association as ordained Minister (8)

-- 1815
[Sydney Rigdon] Small Pittsburgh Independent Church formed under the leadership of Thomas Campbell; active until 1817 (8)

-- by May 1815
[Lucy Mack Smith] The Smith family is no longer listed on the Lebanon tax rolls and has probably moved to Norwich, Vermont. The seasons of 1814, 1815, and 1816, unnaturally cold because of volcanic dust, cause crop failure. (5)ack

-- 28-Jun 1815
Marinda M. (Johnson) Hyde born. (7)


Footnotes:
1 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
5 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
6 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
7 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
8 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
9 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books

Church History, 1813

-- 1813
[U.S. Religious History] England, Toleration Act extended to Unitarians (1813) (1)

-- c. 1813
[Oliver Cowdery] Dyar Cowdery studied to become a doctor in Rutland Co., VT. He may have also been a pharmacist, like his brother Warren. (2)

-- 30-Mar 1813
Amasa Lyman born in Grafton, NH. (3)

-- 1813 c. Oct.
[Oliver Cowdery] Justus Winchell was practicing bigamy in Adams (near Watertown), Jefferson, NY, apparently in close company with some members of the Nathaniel Wood family. (2)

-- 1813 Fall
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell moved from Washington Co., PA to Cambridge, OH; operated farm and ran a seminary (4)

-- 1813 Winter
[Sydney Rigdon] Solomon Spalding obtains temporary residence with the Wilson family in Washington Co. (4)

-- 1813 winter
[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver Cowdery probably started attending school in Poultney, Rutland, VT at about this time. Evidence from his later life indicates that he was likely an attentive and capable student who remained in school (or a literacy-promoting apprenticeship) until his education was well advanced. (2)

-- About 1814
Solomon Spalding moves to Amity, PA. (3)

-- Between 1812 and 1814
Solomon Spalding brings a manuscript of Manuscript Found to printers Patterson & J. Harrison Lambdin. Lambdin wants Spalding to write a preface and provide funds to print it. (3)

-- Between 1812 and 1814
Solomon Spalding reportedly suspects Sidney Rigdon (18-20) of taking his missing manuscript (later found). (Sidney Rigdon lives within 15 miles of Pittsburgh.) (3)

-- 1814
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move from Lebanon, N.H., to Norwich, Vt. (5)

-- 1814
[Sydney Rigdon] Andrew Clark begins ministry at Providence Baptist Church in Beaver Co., PA (4)

-- 1814
[Sydney Rigdon] Solomon Spalding, wife, & daughter move from Pittsburgh to Amity, Washington Co., operate a "temperance" tavern (4)

-- 1814 Feb 23
[Sydney Rigdon] Partnership of Silas Engles & Co. in Pittsburgh was dissolved and replaced by the Silas Engles Printing Shop (4)


Footnotes:
1 - Milton Backman, Regional Studies, British Isles, Birth of Mormonism, p.27. Preliminaries to the Restoration: Chronology
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
4 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
5 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix

Church History, 1812/13

-- 1812/13
[Lucy Mack Smith] Typhoid fever epidemic. All Smith children contract the disease. (1)

-- c. 1812
[Oliver Cowdery] Warren A. Cowdery studied to become a doctor (perhaps at first only a "root doctor") in Rutland Co., VT. A year or two later he may have become a licensed physician and pharmacist. (2)

-- c. 1812
[Oliver Cowdery] William & Keziah Cowdery moved their family back to Rutland Co., VT. (2)

-- 1812 Jan. 1
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell licensed to preach (possibly also ordained) (3)

-- 1812 Apr
[Sydney Rigdon] First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh formed by the Rev. Edward Jones, undere the direction of Rev. David Phillips of Peter's Creek Church (3)

-- 1812 Jun. 12
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas, Jane & Campbell re-baptized by immersion; Buffaloe Creek, Washington Co., PA (by Rev. Mathias Luse) (3)

-- 1812 July 28
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Catharine. (1)

-- 6-Sep 1812
John D. Lee born in Kaskaskia, IL. (4)

-- 1812 Sep 21
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell, Senior minister of church at Crossroads and Brushrun, Washington Co., signed son Alexander Campbell's certificate of ordination (3)

-- 1812 Fall
[Sydney Rigdon] Solomon Spalding, wife, & daughter move from New Salem, OH to Pittsburgh; open a small retail store (3)

-- 1812 Nov 5
[Sydney Rigdon] Patterson & Hopkins Booksellers firm in Pittsburgh was dissolved and replaced by the Robert & Joseph Patterson Book and Stationery Store; Robert Patterson had a close association with the job-office print shop of Butler & Lambdin, established after 1817. Silas Engles was the printer for Patterson & Hopkins, as well as for R. & J. Patterson 1812 Fall At about this time, Solomon Spalding, newly arrived from OH, apparently approached Joseph Patterson in regard to having Butler & Lambdin print a book he had written. Silas Engles told Robert Patterson "that a gentleman from the East originally" had left a manuscript written "in the style" of "the Bible" for publication. Patterson looked at the MS and approved it publication, provided the author pay the costs. (3)

-- 28-Dec 1812
Catherine Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Lebanon, NH. (4)

-- ca. 1813
[Joseph Smith] (age 7)Contracts typhoid fever; complications require surgery on his left leg. At this time, the Smith family was living in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, one of several places to which the family moved between 1808 and 1816 in search of opportunities for work. (5)

-- 1813
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr.s leg operation. (1)


Footnotes:
1 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
3 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
4 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
5 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

Doctrine & Covenants History & Doctrine

Mormon Miscellaneous Talk Show
Van Hale
Sunday, 18 January 2009


Doctrine & Covenants History & Doctrine

I will present an overview of the history of the D&C from 1828 to 1981 dicussing some additions, deletions, modifications, historical situations and doctrinal points.

I have a selection of notecards from my notecard collection I will be reading. It is Notecard Selection #7. I will email it to those who email me their request to van.hale@k-talk.com. 

Time:

5:00 - 7:00 pm MST

Host:

Van Hale

Radio Station:

KTKK 630 AM, Salt Lake City

Live Internet Streaming Audio

can be accessed at:

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Joseph Smith Sr. 2nd Vision, Desolate field, broad and narrow ways, delicious white fruit, spacious building

Summer 1811. Desolate field, broad and narrow ways, delicious white fruit, spacious building

Traveling in an open, desolate field, it occurs to Joseph that he should stop and consider what he was doing before continuing. His guide tells him this is "the desolate world; but travel on."

The road was so broad and barren that I wondered why I should travel in it; for, said I to myself, "Broad is the road, and wide is the gate that leads to death, and many there be that walk therein; but narrow is the way, and straight is the gate that leads to everlasting life, and few there be that go in thereat."

Soon he comes to a narrow path, which he takes. He sees a beautiful stream running from east to west as far as he could see in both directions. A rope runs along the bank as high as a man can reach.


Beyond is a pleasant valley with a beautiful tree in it. Its fruit is shaped like a chestnut bur. As he watches, the burs open, dropping dazzling white fruit. Joseph eats the fruit, which is "delicious beyond description."

Then he remembers his family and brings them—a wife and seven children—to the tree. They all eat and praise God for the blessing.

We were exceedingly happy, inso–[289]much that our joy could not easily be expressed.

Then Joseph notices "a spacious building" on the opposite side of the valley, "and it appeared to reach to the very heavens." It is full of doors and windows, "filled with people, who were very finely dressed. When these people observed us in the low valley, under the tree, they pointed the finger of scorn at us and treated us with all manner of disrespect and contempt."

Turning from them, Joseph asks the guide what the delicious fruit means.

He told me it was the pure love of God, shed abroad in the hearts of all those who love him, and keep his commandments.

He then commanded me to go and bring the rest of my children. I told him that we were all there.

"No," he replied, "look yonder, you have two more, and you must bring them also."

In the distance he sees two small children. He brings them to the tree, where they also eat the fruit.

The more we eat, the more we seemed to desire, until we even got down upon our knees, and scooped it, eating it by double handfulls.

When Joseph asks what the spacious building means, he is told:

"It is Babylon, it is Babylon, and it must fall. The people in the doors and windows are the inhabitants thereof, who scorn and despise the Saints of god, because of their humility."

I soon awoke, clapping my hands together for joy.

http://saintswithouthalos.com/n/visions_js_sr.phtml#sr2

Dream of Joseph Smith Sr., April 1811

1st Dream of Joseph Smith Sr., April] 1811 (Barren field, magic box, beasts)

Joseph Sr. retires to bed contemplating the confusion of the Christian world.

He soon fell into a sleep, and before waking had the following vision,
which I shall relate in his own words, just as he told it to me the
next morning:—

Joseph "seemed" to be traveling through an open, barren field—nothing
but fallen trees in all directions, not even a blade of grass, and not
a sound to be heard.

… no living thing … was there save myself and an attendant spirit that
stood at my side of this personage I enquired the meaning of what I
saw and why I was traveling in this gloomy place

Joseph Sr. asks the spirit why he (Joseph) was in such a dismal place.
The spirit answers that the field is the world:

inanimate & dumb as to the things pertaining to the true religion or
the order of Heavenly things all is darkness

He is told to continue on until he comes upon a box on a log:

whose contents will make you wise and if you eat the same you {shall}
have wisdom and understanding

I did as I was directed and presently came to box I took it up and
placed it under my left arm forced up the lid and began to taste of
its contents

when all maner of beasts {and} horned cattle and roaring animals rose
up on every side and rushed upon me tearing the Earth tossing their
horns in air belowing round {him} <me> threatning every moment to
devour {me} <me>

they came so close upon me that I was forced to drop the box—and fly
for my life although <it> {the possesion of} made me the happiest of
anything <of which> I ever had possession I awoke trembling with
terror

http://saintswithouthalos.com/n/visions_js_sr.phtml

Church History, 1811

-- 1811
Lucy Mack Smith says Joseph Smith Sr. has visions in a dream where plates would be found in a box. (1)

-- 1811
[Heber C. Kimball] Moves to West Bloomfield Village, Bloomfield Township, Ontario County, New York. (2)

-- 1811
[Sydney Rigdon] R. Johnson, daughter of Pittsburgh Post Master John Johnson, became the regular clerk at the Post Office, serving there until 1816, after which she only occasionally worked in the office; during this general time-period she knew Solomon Spalding, Robert & Joseph Patterson, and probably J. Harrison Lambdin and Silas Engles; later (probably after 1816) she knew Sidney Rigdon = (3)

-- 1811 Mar 11
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell married Margaret Brown; reception in Thomas Campbell's house near Washington, PA (3)

-- 13-Mar 1811
William Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Royalton, VT (1)

-- 1811 Mar 13
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of William. (4)

-- 1811 Apr
[Lucy Mack Smith] First in series of seven visions received by Joseph Smith Sr. (1811-19). (4)

-- 1811 May-Jun
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell's 1st preaching tour, to: Steubenville, Cadiz, Wheeling, St. Claisville, Warren, OH, Charlestown (3)

-- 1811 May
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell's "Christian Association" formally organized as an independent church; issued his "Declaration and Address" (3)

-- 1811 Summer
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Lebanon, N.H. (4)

-- 19-Sep 1811
Orson Pratt born in Hartford, NY. (1)

-- 1811 Fall
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell's 2nd preaching tour, to: Steubenville, Cadiz, Wheeling, St. Claisville, Warren, OH, Charlestown (3)

-- 1812
A local typhoid epidemic kills 6,000 and infects the Smith children. Although none die, young Joseph develops a leg infection that doctors initially think will require amputation. A novel type of surgery saves the boy's limb, but he must use crutches for the next three years and will walk with a limp thereafter. (5)

-- 1812
Solomon Spalding (~51) leaves Conneaut OH, moves to Pittsburgh, PA. (1)


Footnotes:
1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanely B. Kimball editor. Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987. Chronology
3 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
4 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
5 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/

Church History, 13-Mar 1810

-- 13-Mar 1810
Ephriam Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Royalton, VT. (1)

-- 1810 Mar 13
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Ephraim. (2)

-- 24-Mar 1810
Ephriam Smith dies. (1)

-- 1810 Mar 24
[Lucy Mack Smith] Death of Ephraim. (2)

-- 1810 spring?
[Oliver Cowdery] William Cowdery, Jr. married the widow Keziah Pearce Austin, (probably in Wells, Rutland, VT). The marriage ocurred before May 26, 1810 when Keziah, a member of the Congregational Church in Poultney, received a letter of recommendation for her transfer to a new congregation in NY. (3)

-- 1810 May 19
[Sydney Rigdon] Adamson Bentley became Minister of Concord Baptist Church at Warren, OH (4)

-- 1810 May 22
[Sydney Rigdon] William Rigdon died, leaving Sidney 100 acres of land -- at about this time Sidney evidently began occasional training as an apprentice tanner (such an apprenticeship would have been required before he was accepted as a "journeyman tanner" in 1824) (4)

-- 1810 summer?
[Oliver Cowdery] William & Keziah Cowdery moved their family to Williamson, Ontario (after 1823 Wayne) Co., NY. It is not known whether all of William's children and Keziah's son Austin accompanied them. The family was in Williamson in time to be recorded in the 1810 Federal Census (probably conducted during the summer). (3)

-- 1810 Oct
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell's "Christian Association" sought union with the Presbyterian Synod of Pittsburgh; application was refused (4)

-- 1810, November 9
[Wilford Woodruff] His father marries Azubah Hart. (5)

-- 1810 Dec. 10
[Oliver Cowdery] Rebecca Marie Cowdery born to William & Keziah Cowdery in Williamson, Ontario, NY. (3)

-- 1811
The Smith family moves to Lebanon, New Hampshire, where their financial situation improves and the children are able to begin school. (6)

-- 1811
Joseph Smith's family moves from Sharon or Royalton, VT. to Lebanon, NH. (1)

-- 1811
Knights move to Colesville, NY and employed Joseph Smith from time to time. (1)


Footnotes:
1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/history_mother_appendix
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
5 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
6 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/

Church History, 1808

-- 1808
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell suspended by the "Anti-Burgher" Presbyterian Synod (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 13-Mar 1808
Samuel Harrison Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1808 Mar 13
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Samuel Harrison. (LucyM)

-- 1808, June 11
[Wilford Woodruff] His mother dies at age 26. (P-RS-Woodruff)

-- 1808, November 1
John Taylor (1808-1887) b. Milnthorpe, Westmoreland, England. (EofM)

-- 1808 1 November
John Taylor born in Milnthorpe, England. (Hemidakota)

-- 1808, November 1
[John Taylor] Born in Milnthorpe, Westmoreland, England, the second of James and Agnes Taylors 10 children. (P-RS-JT)

-- 1809
Solomon Spalding (reportedly an anti-Mason) moves to Conneaut (New Salem) OH from Cherry Valley, NY. Builds a forge but business fails. (Tidd)

-- 1809
[Sydney Rigdon] Rev. David Phillips partitioned his land, providing a lot for a house of worship of Peters Creek Baptist Society (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1809
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell and his followers formed The First Church of the Christian Association of Washington (near Washington, PA); meetings were held at Crossroads and Brush Run (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 4-Mar 1809
James Madison becomes U.S. President. (Tidd)

-- 1809 Sep. 3
[Oliver Cowdery] Rebecca Fuller Cowdery died in Wells, Rutland, VT, leaving Oliver Cowdery and his siblings without a mother. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 8-Sep 1809
William Law born. (Tidd)

-- 27-Sep 1809
Peter Whitmer Jr. Born in Fayette, NY. (Tidd)

-- 1810-11
[Sydney Rigdon] Peter's Creek Church log meeting house erected (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1810
[Sydney Rigdon] Beaver Baptist Association formed of churches on PA/OH border (Broadhurst-Rigdon)


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Church History, 1806

-- 1806
Eclipse. (Tidd)

-- 1806
William McLellin born in Tennessee. (Tidd)

-- 1806/7
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Tunbridge. (LucyM)

-- 6-Jun 1806
Philo Dibble born in Peru, MA. (Tidd)

-- 3-Oct 1806
Oliver Cowdery (third cousin of Joseph Smith) born in Wells, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1806 Oct. 3
[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- c. 1807
[Oliver Cowdery] Keziah Pearce (Pierce) married Mr. Austin, probably in Rutland Co., VT. Soon after they had a son, Silas Austin. Mr. Austin died not long after this (perhaps c. 1809). (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1807
[Sydney Rigdon] Thomas Campbell left Ireland; arrived in Washington Co., PA; was assigned to the Presbytery of Chartiers by the North America Synod of the Seceder Presbyterian Church (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1807, March 1
Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) b. Farmington, Hartford Co., CT. (EofM)

-- 1807 1 March
Wilford Woodruff born in Farmington (now Avon), Connecticut. (Hemidakota)

-- 1-Mar 1807
Wilford Woodruff born in Farmington (Avon), CT. (Tidd)

-- 1807 March 1
[Wilford Woodruff] Born in Avon, Hartford --- County, Connecticut, to Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson (KennyWW)

-- 1807, March 1
[Wilford Woodruff] Wilford Woodruff is born in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, to Beulah Thompson Woodruff and Aphek Woodruff. (P-RS-Woodruff)

-- 12-Apr 1807
Parley P. Pratt born in Burlington, NY. (Tidd)

-- 1808
John Taylor born. (Tidd)

-- 1808/9
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Royalton, Vt. (LucyM)


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Church History, 7-Sep 1804

-- 7-Sep 1804
Zebedee Coltrin born. (Tidd)

-- 1804 Oct.
[Oliver Cowdery] James D. Bemis became a joint proprietor of the Western Repository and Genesee Advertiser published in Canandaigua, Ontario, NY. Bemis was editor of the paper until 1828. He no doubt knew William Wine Phelps and he probably knew Oliver Cowdery. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1805
Joseph Smith, Jun., was born on the 23d of December, in Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont. (Richards)

-- 1805
Joseph Smith Family moves to Sharon, VT. (county next to county of Poultney, VT.) (Tidd)

-- 8-Jan 1805
Orson Hyde born in Oxford, CN. (Tidd)

-- 1805 June 16
[Oliver Cowdery] Olive Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Some accounts say June 16, 1804.) (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1805, December 23
Joseph Smith (1805-1844) b. to Joseph Smith, Sr., and Lucy Mack Smith, Sharon, Windsor Co., VT. (EofM)

-- 1805 23 December
Joseph Smith Jr. born in Sharon, Vermont. (Hemidakota)

-- 1805, December 23
Joseph Smith (1805-44) born to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, Sharon, Vermont (see JS-H 1: 3). (LDSOrg)

-- 1805 December 23
Joseph Smith, Junior is born in Sharon, Vermont, fifth child of Lucy and Joseph Smith, a hard-luck farmer whose family moves frequently as his business ventures fail. Joseph, Sr. and his sons spend part of the warm weather months treasure hunting using various divination tools, including seer stones that, when viewed at the bottom of a hat, are said to convey special sight. (PBS)

-- 23-Dec 1805
Joseph Smith Jr. Born in Sharon, VT. (Tidd)

-- December 23, 1805
[Joseph Smith] Sharon, Vermont. Joseph Smith was born. (BYU-Studies)

-- 1805 23 December
[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Born at Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont. (JSPapers)

-- 1805, December 23
[Joseph Smith] Born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, the fifth child of eleven in the family of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. (P-RS-JS)

-- 1805 Dec 23
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Joseph Jr. (LucyM)

-- 1805 Dec. 23
[Oliver Cowdery] Joseph Smith, Jr. born to Joseph & Lucy Smith in Sharon, Windsor, VT. At this time Oliver Cowdery's grandfather, William Cowdery, Sr. also lived in Windsor Co., VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)


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An Alternative Group

As you know,  Mormon-Church-History, will present a fairly detailed look at church history.  It should appeal to those who want to look at church history in-depth.

I've created an alternative blog/group called LDS-Church-History.  It  is based on a smaller set of chronologies (less than half the size), does not contain any controversial material, and should be more readable.  It still offers a fairly detailed look at church history, just not to the extent this blog/group does.  I will try to adjust posts to LDS-Church-History to roughly correspond with the gospel doctrine lessons on Church History/Doctrine & Covenants this year.  It will take about one year to traverse the chronology based on about a dozen entries per day.

I wanted to create LDS-Church-History for those who may not be interested in reading occasional controversial material, or who are not looking for such a detailed approach.  If this appeals to you (or others who have an interest in church history) I hope you'll switch over.

-Clair


Church History, 1802 Sep.

-- 1802 Sep.
[Oliver Cowdery] Justus Winchell was "warned out" of Middleton by the local authorities. Other members of Nathaniel Wood's sect appear to have left the group and/or left Rutland Co. at about this same time. Nathaniel Wood's sons were moving to Jefferson Co., NY by the end of 1803. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1803
[Oliver Cowdery] The city of Buffalo, Erie, NY was founded. It was at the end of the Genesee Road, which began in Albany. The Genesee Road was constructed in the 1790s and was largely complete by 1797. It was the major route followed by immigrants moving to western NY. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1803 Spring
[Lucy Mack Smith] Loss of the Tunbridge farm. (LucyM)

-- 17-May 1803
Sophronia Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Tunbridge, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1803 May 17
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Sophronia. (LucyM)

-- 1803 Summer
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Royalton, Vt. (LucyM)

-- 1803 Sep 3
[Sydney Rigdon] Concord Baptist Church of Warren, OH established (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1803 Fall
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Sharon, Vt. Rent farm from Solomon Mack. (LucyM)

-- 1803 Winter
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move back to the Tunbridge farm (early in the year). (LucyM)

-- 1804
John C. Bennett born in Massachusetts. (Tidd)

-- 1804
[Sydney Rigdon] John Johnston became Post Master of Pittsburgh and served in that office until 1822; he was occasionally assisted by his young daughter, Rebecca Johnston. (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1804 spring
[Oliver Cowdery] Some of Nathaniel Wood's family members and his remaining followers moved to Jefferson Co., NY. By 1805 they were firmly settled in this new location (Woodville, Ellisburg, Jefferson, NY). (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 24-Jun 1804
(or 4-Jun) Willard Richards born in Hopkinton, MA. (Tidd)

-- 1804, July 10
Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879) b. to Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis Hale, Harmony, Susquehanna Co., PA. (EofM)

-- 10-Jul 1804
Emma Hale born in Harmony, PA. (Tidd)

-- 1804 July 10
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Emma Hale at Harmony, Pa. (LucyM)


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Multiple Entries

A note about how I approached this list of church history entries; you will notice important events may have multiple entries.  For example, in today's post, the birth of Brigham Young was mentioned six times.  This is because of the 70+ chronologies I used, six of them mention the birth of Brigham Young.  Joseph Smith's birth will have many more.  Rather than edit out all but one entry, I let each chronology speak for itself, and allow the duplicate entries to emphasize importance of the event.

On some occasions, multiple entries on a single event will illuminate how individual authors view or interpret an event differently.  Additionally it is interesting who will choose to disregard an event, or who may choose to emphasize an obscure point.

-Clair

Church History, 4-Mar 1801

-- 4-Mar 1801
Thomas Jefferson becomes U.S. President. (Tidd)

-- 1801 May
[Sydney Rigdon] The Connecticut Land Company gains ownership of the Ohio Western Reserve (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1801, June 1
[Brigham Young] Born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont. (P-RS-BY)

-- 1801, June 1
Brigham Young (1801-1877) b. Whitingham, Windham Co., VT. (EofM)

-- 1801 1 June
Brigham Young born in Whitingham, Vermont. (Hemidakota)

-- 1801 June 1
Brigham Young is born in the town of Whitingham to a family of Vermont farmers. (PBS)

-- 1-Jun 1801
Brigam Young born in Whitingham, VT. (Tidd)

-- June 01, 1801
[U.S. Religious History] Brigham Young is born. (USRelHist)

-- 14-Jun 1801
Heber C. Kimball born. (Tidd)

-- 14 June 1801
[Heber C. Kimball] Born in Sheldon Village, Sheldon Township, Franklin County, Vermont. (HCK)

-- 1801, July 21
[Joseph F. Smith] Mary Fielding, his mother, born in Honidon, England. (P-RS-JFS)

-- August 06, 1801
[U.S. Religious History] One of the most famous Camp Meetings occurred at Cane Ridge, Kentucky. This lead to the 'Great Religious Revival of the American West'. (USRelHist)

-- 1802 Jan. 14
[Oliver Cowdery] Nathaniel Wood's sect expects an apocalyptic rendering of God's will, by which the members will come to possess that area of New England where they were residing. The Vermont militia was called out to maintain order during the frenzy in Middleton at this time. Shots were fired -- later called "the Wood Scrape." (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1802 Mar. 12
[Oliver Cowdery] Lyman Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1802 Spring
[Lucy Mack Smith] Move to Randolph, Vt. (LucyM)

-- 27-Aug 1802
John Whitmer born. (Tidd)


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Church History, 1799 June 30

-- 1799 June 30
[Oliver Cowdery] Sally Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1799 fall?
[Oliver Cowdery] Winchell purportedly moved from the William Cowdery, Jr. residence in Wells, to live with Ezekiel Perry in neighboring Middleton, Rutland, VT. Winchell was said to have used a hazel rod for various divining purposes. It is probable that William Cowdery, Jr. and members of Nathaniel Wood's sect in Rutland Co. also began to use diving rods at this time. Joseph Smith, Sr. reportedly lived in Rutland Co. temporarily at this time. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1-Nov 1799
Thomas B. Marsh born in Acton, MA. (Tidd)

-- 1800
David W. Patten born. (Tidd)

-- 1800
Hiram Page born in Vermont. (Tidd)

-- 1800-1820
[U.S. Religious History] England, U.S., Continued growth of pluralism (Backman)

-- 1800
[Sydney Rigdon] First public school formed in Peter's twp, Washington Co. (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 27-Jan 1800
Jacob Whitmer born in Pennsylvania. (Tidd)

-- 9-Feb 1800
Hyrum Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1800, February 9
[Joseph F. Smith] Hyrum Smith, Joseph F. Smiths father, born in Tunbridge, Vermont. (P-RS-JFS)

-- 1800 Feb 9
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Hyrum. (LucyM)

-- 1800 spring?
[Oliver Cowdery] Winchell purportedly joined forces with Nathaniel Wood and members of Wood's sect began using diving rods to receive revelations, also to locate and dig for buried treasure. Along with William Cowdery, Jr., Joseph Smith, Sr. was said to have became "one of the leading rodsmen" in the Winchell-Wood group. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- May 09, 1800
[U.S. Religious History] John Brown, American abolitionist, was born. (USRelHist)

-- July 01, 1800
[U.S. Religious History] The earliest known Methodist camp meeting in America was held in Logan County, Kentucky. (USRelHist)

-- 9-Sep 1800
Newel Knight born in Marlborough, VT, son of Joseph Knight. (Tidd)

-- February 16, 1801
[U.S. Religious History] The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church officially separated from its parent, the Methodist Episcopal Church. (USRelHist)


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Church History, 5-Feb 1795

-- 5-Feb 1795
Newel Kimball Whitney born in Marlborough, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1796, January 24
Joseph Smith, Sr., and Lucy Mack Smith m. in Tunbridge, VT. (EofM)

-- 24-Jan 1796
Joseph Smith Sr. Marries Lucy Mack. (Tidd)

-- 1796 Jan 24
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Smith and Lucy Mack married at Tunbridge, Vt. (LucyM)

-- 1796 Jan. 24
[Oliver Cowdery] Lucy Mack married Joseph Smith Sr. in Tunbridge, Orange, VT. They lived near Oliver Cowdery's great uncle, Dr. Jabez Cowdery. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 9-May 1796
Lyman Wight born in Fairfield, NY. (Tidd)

-- 1796 Aug. 13
[Oliver Cowdery] Erastus Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- About 1797
Male born to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Smith and died. (Tidd)

-- 1797
[Lucy Mack Smith] Loss of firstborn son of the Smiths. (LucyM)

-- 4-Mar 1797
John Adams becomes U.S. President. (Tidd)

-- 18-Jan 1798
Christian Whitmer Born in Pennsylvania. (Tidd)

-- 11-Feb 1798
Alvin Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1798 Feb 11
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Alvin. (LucyM)

-- 1799 spring?
[Oliver Cowdery] Mr. [Justus?] Winchell, counterfeiter and fugitive from justice in [Bradford?] Orange Co., VT arrived in Wells. He purportedly lived there temporarily with "Mr. Cowdry," who later was the father of Oliver Cowdery. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- April 09, 1799
[U.S. Religious History] With the help and leadership of Richard Allen, the first black ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was created in Philadelphia by six black Methodist congregations. (USRelHist)

-- April 11, 1799
[U.S. Religious History] The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church consecrated Richard Allen as its first bishop. (USRelHist)


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Church History, December 25, 1789

-- December 25, 1789
[U.S. Religious History] During the first Christmas under America's new Constitution, the Congress was in session. This fact may seem odd today, but at the time Christmas was no t a major Christian holiday. As a matter of fact, Christmas had a bad reputation among many Christians as a time of un-Christian excess and partying. Between 1659 and 1681, celebrating Christmas was actually illegal in Boston and anti-Christmas sentiment in the North prevented the day from becoming a national holiday until 1870. (USRelHist)

-- 1790
[Sydney Rigdon] William Rigdon married Nancy Gallagher (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1791
Joseph Smith Sr. Moves to Tunbridge, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1791
[U.S. Religious History] England, Toleration Act extended to Roman Catholics (Backman)

-- 1791 Feb. 16
[Oliver Cowdery] Stephen Fuller Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 17-Feb 1792
William W. Phelps born. (Tidd)

-- 15-Nov 1792
William Marks born in Rutland, VT. (Tidd)

-- 1793
[Sydney Rigdon] Revival in the Peters Creek Church; many new members joined (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 19-Feb 1793
Sidney Rigdon born in Piny Fork, PA. (Tidd)

-- 1793 Feb 19
[Sydney Rigdon] Sidney Rigdon born near Library, (Peter's Creek area) PA (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 27-Aug 1793
Edward Partridge born in Pittsfield, MA. (Tidd)

-- 1793 Oct. 4
[Oliver Cowdery] Dyar Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1794
John Corrill born. (Tidd)

-- 1794 Jan 1
[Sydney Rigdon] David Phillips formally became Pastor of Peter's Creek Church; his congregation at Elizabethtown was united with Peter's Creek (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- March 03, 1794
[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. (USRelHist)

-- April 09, 1794
[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen, the first black ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, opened the Bethel African Church. (USRelHist)


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Church History, 1785

-- 1785
Solomon Spalding graduates from Dartmouth (previously attended Plainfield Academy and Studied Law in Windam), later ordained as a Congregational Minister and preaches for 3 or 4 years. (Tidd)

-- 1785
[Sydney Rigdon] William Rigdon (Sidney's father) purchased land along Piney Fork of Peter's Cr. (later Peter's twp., Washington Co., PA) (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1786
Ethan Smith (reportedly a Seminary classmate of Solomon Spalding) enters Dartmouth. (Tidd)

-- c. 1786
[Oliver Cowdery] William Cowdery, Jr. (1765-1847) married Rebecca Fuller (1768-1809) in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT (or possibly Reading, Windsor, VT). The couple soon after settled in Poultney, Ruland, VT and then moved to Wells, Rutland, VT. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1786
[Sydney Rigdon] Peters Township, Washington Co., formally organized (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1787
[U.S. Religious History] Constitution and Bill of Rights advanced freedom. (Backman)

-- April 12, 1787
[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen, the first black ordained in the first Methodist Episcopal Church, founded the Free African Society. (USRelHist)

-- 1788
[Sydney Rigdon] Alexander Campbell born in Ireland (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1788 spring
[Oliver Cowdery] Ethan Smith graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, Grafton, NH (about 45 miles from Wells, Rutland, VT). He returned to the area in Nov. 1821 to become pastor of the Poultney Congregational church. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1788 Oct. 17
[Oliver Cowdery] Warren A. Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Poultney, Rutland, VT. (Some accounts say Wells, Rutland, VT). At about the time Warren was born William & Rebecca probably moved into Wells, living near the border between Wells and Middleton townships). (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 1789
[Oliver Cowdery] Nathaniel Wood was excommunicated from the Congregational Church in Middleton, Rutland, VT. He, his family, and some neighbors founded a new sect who believed themselves to be modern Israelites, a chosen people for whom America was an inheritance and whom were promised salvation while their Gentile neighbors would be stricken with divine punishment. The Wood sect may have even had plans to re-establish the Israelite religion in America, complete with a Temple. William Cowdery, Jr. may have left the Congregational Church at about this same time to become an early follower of Nathaniel Wood. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- c. 1789
[Oliver Cowdery] Lucy Mack, future wife of Joseph Smith, Sr. moved to Tunbridge, Orange, VT to live with her brother Stephen Mack. About this same time Dr. Jabez Cowdery (1741-1826) also moved to Tunbridge, where he bought land in 1790. Jabez was an paternal uncle of William Cowdery, Jr. and a great uncle to Oliver Cowdery. (Broadhurst-Cowdery)

-- 30-Apr 1789
George Washington becomes U.S. President. (Tidd)

-- 1789 May 2
[Sydney Rigdon] Peter's Creek Baptist Church "Subscription Paper" drawn up; among signers were Thomas & William Rigdon (Sidney's father) (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- June 11, 1789
[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Allen would later go on to found the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and become the first African-American bishop in the United States. (USRelHist)

-- November 06, 1789
[U.S. Religious History] Father John Carroll was elected the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States. (USRelHist)


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Church History, March 29, 1772

-- March 29, 1772
[U.S. Religious History] Emanuel Swedenborg died. (USRelHist)

-- 1773 Nov 10
[Sydney Rigdon] Peter's Creek Baptist Church organized; held services in Robert Estep's log house with Rev. John Whittaker as the preacher. (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- August 06, 1774
[U.S. Religious History] English religious leader Ann Lee and a small group of followers arrived in America. Her sect became known to others as the "Shakers." (USRelHist)

-- 1775
History of the American Indians by James Adair published. (His thesis.) Provides 23 arguments that Indians are descendants of Hebrews. Tells of buried plates (5 copper and 2 brass) kept by an Indian tribe [per "Old Bucket"]. (Tidd)

-- 1775, July 8
Lucy Mack Smith (1775-1856) b. Gilsum, Cheshire Co., NH. (EofM)

-- 8-Jul 1775
Lucy Mack born, Gilsum, NH. (Tidd)

-- 1775 July 8
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy Mack born in Gilsum, N.H. (LucyM)

-- July 29, 1775
[U.S. Religious History] The American Army began employing chaplains, making theirs the oldest branch of army after the Infantry. (USRelHist)

-- 1776
[Deseret] Fathers Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez seek a new route from New Mexico to California and explore Utah. (Explorers)

-- 1776
[Sydney Rigdon] Redstone Baptist Association formed (incl. Peter's Cr. Church) (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1780
[Sydney Rigdon] Rev. David Phillips moved to Peter's Creek area and became Minister of Peter's Creek Church (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1781
[Sydney Rigdon] Washington County PA formed (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 1781 Apr
[Sydney Rigdon] Rev. David Phillips called to minister to Peter's Creek Baptist Church & Elizabethtown Church; ordained in May of 1781 (Broadhurst-Rigdon)

-- 18-May 1783
Martin Harris born in Easttown, NY. (Tidd)

-- About 11-Mar 1784
Isaac Morley born in Montague, MA. (Tidd)

-- September 02, 1784
[U.S. Religious History] Thomas Coke was consecrated as the first "bishop" in the Methodist Episcopal Church by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Coke was later instrumental in the development and growth of Methodism in North America. (USRelHist)


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/Mormon Church History Chronology/