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Martha K. Knight (McBride)

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Chester, Washington County, New York, United States
Death: November 20, 1901 (96)
Hooper, Weber County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Ogden, Weber County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Daniel McBride and Abigail McBride
Wife of Joseph Smith, Jr., Prophet; Vinson Knight and Heber C. Kimball, Apostle, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Almira Knight; Almira Stoddard; Adaline Belnap; Rizpah Jane Gibbons; James Vincent Knight and 4 others
Sister of John McBride; Samuel McBride; Daniel McBride; James McBride; Hyrum McBride and 3 others

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About Martha K. Knight

"...Martha McBride Knight Smith Kimball (March 17, 1805 – November 20, 1901) was a founding member of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was organized on her 37th birthday. She was married to early LDS Church leader Vinson Knight, by whom she had seven children. In 1842 she was sealed as a plural wife to Joseph Smith, Jr. In January 1846 she was married polygamously to Heber C. Kimball, by whom she had one child, a son, who was born at Winter Quarters and died there as an infant. She later emigrated to Utah, where she resided in various locations across the territory until her death at age 96. She was a witness to, and in some instances a key participant in, some of the pivotal events in early LDS Church history..."


Martha McBride Knight Smith Kimball was my 6th Cousin, Four Times Removed. She had three husbands. Vinson Knight, a bishop in Nauvoo, Illinois and Joseph Smith, Jr.'s and Brigham Young's bishop. 2nd husband, Joseph Smith, Jr. and 3rd husband, Heber Chase Kimball. When Vinson Knight died in 1842, she married Joseph Smith, Jr. and when Joseph Smith, Jr. died in 1844, she married Heber Chase Kimball. In 1850 she departed for Salt Lake City, Utah with her children. She traveled part of the way to Salt Lake on a horse named Joe Duncan which was one of Joseph Smith, Jr.'s prize horses. She also carried a lock of Joseph Smith, Jr.'s hair around her neck on this journey. She also traveled to Salt Lake with my cousin Gilbert Belnap, who was married to her daughter Adeline and her aunt Henrietta. Gilbert Belnap was the nephew of my 2nd Great Grandfather Hiram Belnap. Gilbert's father, Rosel and Hiram were brothers. After their arrival in Salt Lake, Brigham Young asked Gilbert to be part of an expedition to go into the Ogden Valley and start building a new city (Ogden). Gilbert became Ogden first city marshall. He later became tax assessor for Weber County. In he later years of life he became head of Ogden's humane society.

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Martha K. Knight's Timeline

March 17, 1805
Chester, Washington County, New York, United States
June 21, 1827
Age 22
Perrysburg, Cattaraugus, NY
June 21, 1827
Age 22
Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States
May 13, 1829
Age 24
Perrysburg, New York, USA
May 4, 1831
Age 26
Perrysburg, Cattaraugus, New York
September 4, 1833
Age 28
Perrysburg, Cattaraugus, New York
March 30, 1834
Age 29
March 30, 1834
Age 29
December 31, 1835
Age 30
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio