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Don Carlos Smith

Birthplace: Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont, United States
Death: August 07, 1841 (25)
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Smith, Sr and Lucy Smith
Husband of Agnes Moulton Smith
Father of Agnes Charlotte Peterson; Ina Coolbrith and Sophronia C. Smith
Brother of Baby Boy Smith; Alvin Smith; Hyrum Smith; Sophronia Stoddard McCleary; Joseph Smith, Jr., Prophet and 5 others
Half brother of Hubbard Beckwith and Harvey Beckwith

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About Don Carlos Smith

Don Carlos Smith (March 25, 1816–August 7, 1841) was the youngest brother of Joseph Smith, Jr. and a leader, missionary, and periodical editor in the early days of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Smith was born in Norwich, Vermont, the seventh son of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. As an adolescent, Smith was an early convert to the Church of Christ that was established by his brother Joseph in 1830. Don Carlos was baptized on June 9 of that year.

Smith was the first editor of the Nauvoo, Illinois-based Latter Day Saint newspaper Times and Seasons. He was also active as an early missionary of the Latter Day Saint church. Smith participated in the ceremony of the laying of the cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple, and he was a member of the temple's construction crew. As a printer and editor, Smith was involved in the printing of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, several editions of the Book of Mormon, and also served as the publisher and editor for the short-lived periodical Elders' Journal.

On January 15, 1836, Smith was selected as the first president of the high priests quorum of the church, a position that is today referred to as a stake president. He represented the high priests of the church when the cornerstones were laid to the Nauvoo Temple in early 1841.

Smith died in Nauvoo, Illinois of malarial fever at the age of 25. He was survived by his wife Agnes Moulton Coolbrith, who later became a plural wife of Joseph Smith. Don Carlos was the father of Ina Coolbrith, who became the first poet laureate of California.

Son of Joseph Smith, Sr., and Lucy Mack. Moved to Ohio 1831. Assisted in laying foundation stones for Kirtland Temple 23 July 1833. Worked on Kirtland Temple. Received blessing for working on Kirtland Temple 7 March 1835.

Married Agnes Moulton Coolbrith 30 July 1835 in Kirtland. Three children: Agnes Charlotte, Sophronia, and Josephine Donna.

Ordained high priest and president of high priests quorum in Kirtland area 15 January 1836.

Mission to Pennsylvania and New York in summer of 1836.

Edited Elders’ Journal in Kirtland 1837.

Located in New Portage, Ohio, December 1837.

Mission to Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in spring of 1838 to raise money to move Smith families to Missouri. Left Ohio for Missouri 7 May 1838; arrived during summer. Mission to Tennessee and Kentucky 1838 to collect money to buy out land claims of non-Mormons in Daviess County, Missouri. Left Daviess County 26 September 1838. Returned 25 December 1838.

Located in McDonough County, Illinois, near Macomb, 1839. Moved to Nauvoo by late 1839.

Edited thirty-one issues of Times and Seasons (1839-41).

Appointed by revelation to preside over high priests quorum in Nauvoo area 19 January 1841. Elected member of Nauvoo city council 1 February 1841. Regent of University of Nauvoo 3 February 1841. Major in Hancock County militia. Elected brigadier-general in Nauvoo Legion 4 February 1841. Officer of Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association 23 February 1841. [Cook, Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 274-275]

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Don Carlos Smith's Timeline

March 25, 1816
Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont, United States
June 9, 1830
Age 14
June 9, 1830
Age 14
August 7, 1836
Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, United States
May 24, 1838
New Portage, Hancock, IL, or, New Portage (Barberton), Summit County, Ohio, United States
March 10, 1841
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
August 7, 1841
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
August 7, 1841
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States