Hyrum Smith

February 9, 1800–June 27, 1844

Born at Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont; son of Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith Sr. Married first Jerusha Barden, 1826; participated in plural marriage. Baptized by Joseph Smith, 1829. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among the six original members of the church, organized April 6, 1830. Presided over a branch of the church at Colesville, Broome County, New York, 1830–1831. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, 1831. Ordained a high priest, 1831. Appointed to the Kirtland high council, 1834. Appointed assistant counselor in the presidency of the church, 1837. Widowed, 1837. Appointed counselor in the First Presidency, 1837. Married second Mary Fielding, 1837. Moved to Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, 1838. Imprisoned at Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, 1838–1839. Arrived at Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, 1839; moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock County, Illinois, 1839. Appointed patriarch of the church, 1840, and a prophet, seer, and revelator in the First Presidency, 1841. Elected to the Nauvoo City Council, 1841. Served as the vice mayor of Nauvoo, 1842–circa 1843, and as a member of the Nauvoo temple committee, 1843. Admitted to the Council of Fifty, 1844. Murdered at Carthage, Hancock County. 1 (See Document 1.2, 1.10, 1.13, 3.13, first mentioned here)


  1. [1] “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (http://josephsmithpapers.org/reference, accessed Jan. 2015), Hyrum Smith. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed Jan. 6, 2016), Hyrum Smith KWJT-6XJ .