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Hannah Maria Smith (Libby)

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Ossipee, NH, USA
Death: Died in Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Wife of William B. Smith and George A. Smith, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Sarah Maria Colton; Eunice Albertine Smith; George Albert Smith; Charles Warren Smith and Grace Libby Smith

Occupation: Married George Albert Smith 11/20/1845 Nauvoo, IL
Managed by: Paul Douglas Van Dillen
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About Hannah Maria Libby Smith

Biographical Summary:

Hannah Maria Libby (Smith Smith). Hannah was the daughter of Nathaniel and Tirzah Lord Libby, born June 28, 1828 in Ossipee, Grafton, New Hampshire. Nathaniel Libby died July 18, 1840. After Nathaniel's death, Tirzah and her two daughters Hannah and Sarah Ann Libby moved to Lowell, where the three worked for the mills. Thus Hannah began working in the mills at the age of 12, certainly at first as a "doffer", replacing the empty spools. Girls aged 10-12 were hired for this safe and easy job. Although the 14-hour shifts (5:00 am to 7:00 pm) were long, doffing only took 15 minutes out of every hour, and the young girls were allowed to leave the mills for the other 45 minutes. They were also well-paid and received three "substantial meals" every day for their work. As Hannah grew older, she would have been given new responsibilities and harder (and better paying) jobs to do.

The two Libby sisters joined the LDS Church in Lowell on May 15, 1844, for which their mother disowned them. The two sisters then polygamously married Jospeh Smith's younger brother, Apostle William Smith. In 1905, Elder Joseph F. Smith (1876-1972) wrote to Richard C. Evans, counselor in the First Presidency of the Reorganized LDS Church, that "William [Smith] entered into plural marriage in the Prophet's day and his wives lived here in Utah. They were Precilla M. Smith, Sarah Libby and Hannah Libby. One of these is still living today." (Joseph F. Smith, Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage, Deseret News Press: Salt Lake City, 1905, p. 49.) The first of William Smith's plural wives mentioned here was Persillia Mogridge (or Morgridge) from Wiltshire, England. She and William Smith were married in August 1845 in Nauvoo and then she married man named Lowery and later William Carter Staines. William Smith may have married the Libby sisters in Lowell after their baptisms, or he may have married them later in Nauvoo (about August 1845, as with Persillia Mogridge).

After William Smith's excommunication on October 19, 1845, the two Libby sisters in Nauvoo then married William's first cousin, Apostle George Albert Smith, on November 20, 1845. Hannah Maria Libby Smith Smith died in 1906, and was therefore the one referred to above by Joseph F. Smith as "still living today" in 1905.

Tirzah Lord Libby died of "apoplexy" in Lowell on October 26, 1846 at the age of 52.


Family and Marriage

Hannah Maria LIBBY was born on 29 Jun 1828 in Ossippee, Carroll, New Hampshire. She died on 21 Sep 1906. . Parents: Nathaniel LIBBY and Tirzah LORD.

Spouse: George Albert SMITH. George Albert SMITH and Hannah Maria LIBBY were married on 20 Nov 1845.

Hannah Maria Libbey (1828-1906)

Two children died in infancy.

  1. Charles Warren (1849-1903)
  2. Sarah Maria [Colton] (1856-1912)
  3. Grace Libbey [Cheever] (1865-1939)

Note: Reared John Henry after his mother's death.

United States Census, 1850 for Hannah M Smith

Name: Hannah M Smith; Residence: Great Salt Lake county, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory; Age: 22 years; Calculated Birth Year: 1828; Birthplace: New Hampshire; Gender: Female; Film Number: 25540; Digital GS Number: 4181033; Image Number: 00075; Dwelling House Number: 169; Family Number: 169 Household Gender Age

  • Sarah Smith F 32y
  • John Henry Smith M 2y
  • Hannah M Smith F 22y
  • Charles W Smith M 2y
  • Mary A Loring F 20y

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 for Sarah Marie Colton

Name: Sarah Marie Colton; Death Date: 16 Jan 1912; Death Place: Provo, Utah, Utah; Estimated Birth Year: 1856; Death Age: 56 years 15 days; Gender: Female; Father's Name: George A. Smith; Mother's Name: Hannah Maria Libbey; Film Number: 2229369; Digital GS Number: 4121119; Image Number: 427; Certificate Number: 11.

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Hannah Maria Libby Smith's Timeline

June 28, 1828
Ossipee, NH, USA
May 18, 1844
Age 15
January 20, 1846
Age 17
January 16, 1849
Age 20
Kanesville, Pottawatamie, Iowa, USA
January 1, 1856
Age 27
Provo, UT, USA
March 6, 1860
Age 31
Provo, UT, USA
April 7, 1862
Age 33
Provo, Utah, USA
May 14, 1865
Age 36
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA