William Wines Phelps

February 17, 1792–March 7, 1872

Born at Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey; son of Mehitable Goldsmith and Enon Phelps. Baptized, 1831. Appointed church printer, 1831. Became editor of The Evening and the Morning Star, published 1832–1833. Published the Book of Commandments. Appointed counselor/assistant president to David Whitmer, president of the church in Missouri, 1834. Helped compile the Doctrine and Covenants and the first Latter-day Saint hymnal, 1835. Acted as clerk to Joseph Smith and assisted John Taylor in editing the Times and Seasons and Nauvoo Neighbor. Admitted to the Council of Fifty, 1844. Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1848. Died in Salt Lake City. 1 (See Document 1.1, 1.10)


  1. [1] See The Joseph Smith Papers, “People of the Time,” database, People of the Time (http://josephsmithpapers.org/reference, accessed May 2015), William Wines Phelps. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed Jan. 5, 2016), William Wines Phelps KWJT-SN4 .