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Emma Hale Smith Bidamon

July 10, 1804–April 30, 1879

Born at Willingborough Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; daughter of Elizabeth Lewis and Isaac Hale. Married first Joseph Smith, 1827; eleven children. Served as a scribe during the translation of the Book of Mormon, 1828. Baptized, 1830. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, 1831; lived at Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, 1831–1832. Edited A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, published at Kirtland, 1835. Lived at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, 1838; moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock County, Illinois, 1839. Joined the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo as a founding member and appointed its first president, March 17, 1842. Widowed, June 27, 1844. Lived at Fulton, Fulton County, Illinois, 1846–1847; returned to Nauvoo, early 1847. Married second Lewis Crum Bidamon, 1847. Affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1860. Died at Nauvoo. 1 (See Document 1.1–1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 3.27, 3.28, 4.4, 4.5, 4.10, 4.20, 4.28)


  1. [1] “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed May 2023), Emma Hale Smith.