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Alexander Hale Smith

Birthplace: Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, USA
Death: Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Place of Burial: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet and Emma Smith/Bidamon (Hale)
Husband of Elizabeth Agnes Smith
Father of Frederick Alexander Smith; Ina Inez Wright; Emma Belle Kennedy; Don Alvin Smith; Joseph George Smith and 4 others
Brother of Alvin Smith; Louisa Smith; Thaddeus Smith; Julia Murdock Smith [Adopted Twin]; Joseph Murdock Smith [Adopted Twin] and 5 others

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About Alexander Hale Smith

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Alexander Hale Smith (June 2, 1838 – August 12, 1909) was the third surviving son of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale Smith. Smith was born in Far West, Missouri, and eventually became a senior leader of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church, now Community of Christ). Smith served as an apostle and as Presiding Patriarch of the church. He became religiously inclined after the April 1862 death of his older brother Frederick G. W. Smith (b. 1836), who had not been baptized,[2] and was baptized on May 25, 1862, in Nauvoo, Illinois, by another older brother, Joseph Smith III.

Alexander was ordained an apostle on April 10, 1873,[3] and "served a mission to the Pacific Slope"[2] with David Hyrum Smith in 1875. He was ordained president of the Council of Twelve on April 15, 1890, at Lamoni, Iowa. He was called to be a counselor to his brother, Joseph Smith III, and also a patriarch and evangelical minister on April 12, 1897.[4] He went on a mission to Australia, Hawaii, and the Society Islands in 1901. Smith was a partner in a photograph gallery before becoming a carpenter.[2]

Smith married Elizabeth Agnes Kendall in Nauvoo, on May 23, 1861. A History of Decatur County, Iowa,[5] published in 1915, provides many details about his life and his personality:

He loved the wide outdoors, land and water and sky, and delighted in athletic sports, holding a record in his younger days as one of the best skaters and one of the two surest shots in the community. Of the nine children born to him, one daughter, Mrs. Grace Madison, died and is buried in San Bernardino, California, and one son, Don A., is buried at Lamoni. The second daughter, Mrs. Ina I. Wright, lived at Avalon, New South Wales, Australia, and Mrs. Coral Horner lived near Davis City, Iowa, she spent the later years of her life with her husband in Ronan, Montana. Mrs. Emma Kennedy and the youngest sons, Joseph G. and Arthur M., resided at Independence, Missouri, while the oldest children, Fred A. and Mrs. Heman C. Smith, were residents of Lamoni, where the widow still lived in their home on the south side..."


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Alexander Hale Smith's Timeline

June 2, 1838
Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, USA
May 23, 1861
Age 22
January 19, 1862
Age 23
Sonora, Hancock, IL
January 16, 1865
Age 26
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
November 22, 1866
Age 28
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
March 17, 1869
Age 30
Plano, Kendall, IL
May 17, 1871
Age 32
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
March 1, 1874
Age 35
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
May 7, 1877
Age 38
Colfax, Harrison, MO
February 8, 1880
Age 41
Colfax, Harrison, MO