Mormon History, Nov 13, 1838

-- Nov 13, 1838
Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) b. Far West, Caldwell Co., MO. (1)

Preliminary hearing begins in Richmond with Thomas C. Burch, prosecuting attorney, Alexander W. Doniphan and Amos Rees, defense attorneys. "Witnesses were called and sworn at the point of the bayonet." Sampson Avard (not included in list of the accused) testifies the First Presidency directed Danite activities. Other prosecution witnesses include John Corrill, Reed Peck, W. W. Phelps, George M. Hinkle, Burr Riggs, and John Whitmer. (2)

Joseph F. Smith, Sixth President of the Church is Born in Far West, Missouri, on this day. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Richmond, Missouri. Over 40 witnesses appeared at court and bore false witness against the Prophet. (4)

[Joseph Smith] November 25 : Preliminary hearings on the fate of the leaders of the church begin under Judge King. Witnesses testify at the point of a bayonet. Numerous violations of judicial process are recorded. Twenty-three of the imprisoned men are released, leaving thirty in custody. During the hearings, excommunicated members rob the homes of several members in Far West. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Joseph Fielding Smith, son of Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith. (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph F. Smith, first child of Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith, is born at Far West; he is Hyrum's seventh child. (7)

-- (Thr) Nov 15, 1838
John P. Greene arrives at the home of "Judge" John Cleveland and his Mormon wife Sarah, about 4 mile east of Quincy. In May of 1839 Greene would be appointed by a Conference held near Quincy to travel east and publicize the cause of the Mormons. (8)

-- Nov 18, 1838
Richmond, Missouri. All of the witnesses Joseph Smith and his brethren requested for their trial (between 40 and 50 persons) were arrested, thrown in prison, and prohibited from testifying. (4)

-- 23-Nov 28, 1838
[Lucy Mack Smith] At the Richmond judicial proceeding, presided over by Judge Austin A. King, of the eighty arrested by General John B. Clark at Far West, fifty-three are taken to court. Joseph, Hyrum, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, Alexander McRae, and Sidney Rigdon are sent to Liberty Jail; Parley P. Pratt, Morris Phelps, Luman Gibbs, Darwin Chase, and Norman Shearer are jailed at Richmond. The others are released. (7)

-- Nov 24, 1838
Several released from jail. (9)

-- Nov 25, 1838
Hearing continues with numerous violations of judicial process until November 25, when Judge King releases 23 of the 53 defendants for lack of evidence and binds the remaining 30 over for trial. During the twelve-day hearing, William E. McLellin, Burr Riggs, and others rob the homes of Sidney Rigdon, George Morey, Phebe Ann Patten, and others. (2)

-- (Wed) Nov 28, 1838
Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and other Mormon captives are taken to Liberty Jail, in Clay Co. (8)

1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology,,_Jr.
6 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
7 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
8 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
9 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology,"

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