Katherine Salisbury Smith

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Katherine Salisbury Smith

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Lebanon, Grafton, NH, USA
Death: Died in Fountain Green, IL, USA
Place of Burial: Webster, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Smith
Wife of Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury
Ex-wife of Joseph Younger
Mother of Lucy Salisbury; Solomon Jenkins Salisbury; Alvin Salisbury; Don Carlos Salisbury; Elizabeth Salisbury and 2 others
Sister of Smith; Alvin Smith; Hyrum Smith; Sophronia Smith; Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet and 5 others

Managed by: Rod Michael Johnson
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About Katherine Salisbury Smith

Biographical Summary:

"...28 July 1813–2 Feb. 1900. Seamstress, weaver. Born at Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Daughter of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont, fall 1813; to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817; and to Farmington (later Manchester), Ontario Co., 1818. Reported hearing JS’s recitals concerning heavenly visitations and reported actually lifting gold plates. Baptized into LDS church by David Whitmer, ca. 9 June 1830, at Seneca Lake, Seneca Co., New York. Migrated to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, from Seneca Co., May 1831. Married first to Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury by Sidney Rigdon, 8 June 1831, at Kirtland. After marriage, settled at Chardon, Geauga Co., 1831. Left Ohio for Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, May 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, located near present-day Bardolph, McDonough Co., Illinois, 1839. Moved to Plymouth, Hancock Co., Illinois, summer 1843. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., by 1845. Lived at Webster, Fountain Green Township, Hancock Co., fall 1847. Husband died, 28 Oct. 1853, in Plymouth. Married second Joseph Younger, 3 May 1857, in Hancock Co. Received into RLDS church, 1873, based on original baptism. Died at Fountain Green..."

SOURCE: http://josephsmithpapers.org/person/katharine-smith-younger

Katharine (Catherine, Katherine) Smith Salisbury, the second daughter and seventh surviving child of Joseph Sr., and Lucy Mack Smith, and sister of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. She was an eyewitness to many important events of the Restoration, including hefting the covered gold plates after Joseph had brought them into the Smith home. Shortly after the plates were retrieved, Katharine was active in ensuring the safety of the plates—on one occasion hiding them in her bedcovers as a mob searched the Smith family home. She was subsequently baptized by David Whitmer in Seneca Lake at the Church's first conference, held 9 June 1830. Katharine married Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury on 8 January 1831, shortly after the New York Saints migrated to Kirtland. He died 27 November 1853. She married Joseph Younger around 1853 in Illinois. It's unknown when they divorced. She fully accepted her brother's calling as a prophet of God, and testified to the same throughout her prolonged life.

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Katherine Salisbury Smith's Timeline

July 8, 1813
Lebanon, Grafton, NH, USA
June 9, 1830
Age 16
June 9, 1830
Age 16
April 12, 1832
Age 18
Kirtland, Lake, OH
October 3, 1834
Age 21
Kirtland, Lake, OH
September 18, 1835
Age 22
Kirtland, Lake, OH
June 7, 1838
Age 24
Missouri, United States
October 25, 1841
Age 28
Plymouth, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
March 25, 1844
Age 30
Kirtland, Lake, OH