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About Joseph Smith III

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...Joseph Smith III (November 6, 1832 – December 10, 1914) was the eldest surviving son of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and Emma Hale Smith. Joseph Smith III was the Prophet–President of what became known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now called the Community of Christ, which considers itself a continuation of the church established by Smith's father in 1830. For fifty-four years until his own death, Smith presided over the church. Smith's ideas and nature set much of the tone for the church's development..."

"...Joseph Smith III was born in Kirtland, Ohio on November 6, 1832 to Joseph Smith, Jr. and Emma Hale Smith..."

"...According to later reminiscences, Joseph III was blessed by his father at a special council meeting of church officials held in the second floor of the Smith family's Red Brick Store in Nauvoo. By some accounts, participants also included Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, Willard Richards, Newel K. Whitney, Reynolds Cahoon, Alpheus Cutler, Ebenezer Robinson, George J. Adams, W. W. Phelps, and John M. Bernhisel. Joseph III's father reportedly seated him in a chair and Whitney anointed his head with oil. Then the elder Smith reportedly pronounced a special blessing upon his son's head that suggested that Joseph III would succeed him as church president if he lived righteously..."

"...Joseph Smith, Jr. was assassinated at Carthage, Illinois when Joseph III was 11 years old. Although many Latter Day Saints believed that Joseph III should succeed his father, his young age in 1844 made that impractical. A succession crisis ensued which resulted in Brigham Young taking lead of the majority of church members as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Three years later Young became the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Relations between Young and the Smith family were strained and many of the Smiths chose to recognize James J. Strang as church president. Young and the majority of the Latter Day Saints departed Nauvoo in 1846, leaving the Smith family in a mostly empty city. Smith's mother Emma attempted to make a living renting out rooms in the family home; in 1847, Emma married a second husband named Lewis Bidamon..."

"..Joseph Smith III began to study and eventually practice law. In 1856, he married Emmeline Griswold and the couple moved into a house that was his parent's first residence in Nauvoo..."

"... in 1860, Smith said that he had received this inspiration and at a conference in Amboy, Illinois on April 6, 1860, he was sustained as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Smith III stated at the conference:

I would say to you, brethren, as I hope you may be, and in faith I trust you are, as a people that God has promised his blessings upon, I came not here of myself, but by the influence of the Spirit. For some time past I have received manifestations pointing to the position which I am about to assume. I wish to say that I have come here not to be dictated by any men or set of men. I have come in obedience to a power not my own, and shall be dictated by the power that sent me.

At the time both this organization and Young's Utah-based church claimed to be the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints..."

"...Joseph Smith III was an ardent opponent of the practice of plural marriage throughout his life. For most of his career, Smith denied that his father had been involved in the practice and insisted that it had originated with Brigham Young..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Joseph Smith III', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 March 2011, 20:11 UTC, <> [accessed 30 March 2011]

  • Residence: Plano, Kendall, Illinois
  • Residence: Age in 1860: 27, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States - 1860
  • Residence: Age in 1870: 37, Little Rock, Kendall, Illinois, United States - 1870
  • Residence: Age: 47Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self, Plano, Kendall, Illinois, United States - 1880
  • Residence: Age: 67Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head, Fayette, Decatur, Iowa - 1900
  • Residence: Age in 1910: 77Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head, Independence Ward 4, Jackson, Missouri - 1910
  • Updated from MyHeritage Match via wife Bertha Smith (born Madison) by SmartCopy: Oct 14 2014, 15:01:32 UTC
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Joseph Smith III's Timeline

November 6, 1832
Lake, Ohio, United States
July 28, 1857
Age 24
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
Age 26
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
September 15, 1861
Age 28
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
April 25, 1863
Age 30
Nauvoo, Illinois
August 12, 1865
Age 32
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
August 14, 1870
Age 37
Kirtland, Geauga, OH
March 23, 1872
Age 39
Plano, Kendall, IL