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Rhoda Smith Young (Richards)

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Framingham, Middlesex, MA
Death: January 17, 1879 (94)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Place of Burial: City Cem., Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Richards, Sr. and Rhoda Howe Richards
Wife of Joseph Smith, Jr., Prophet and Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Sister of Joseph Richards, Jr.; Hepzibah Young; Susanna Richards; Phineas Howe Richards; Betsey Richards and 5 others

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Rhoda Smith Young

"Rhoda was born and raised in Boston, the second of eleven children. Her brother, Willard Richards, would later become an apostle in the church...

...Rhoda first heard about the Mormon church many years later when her cousin, and recent convert, Joseph Young visited her in 1835. Joseph was a brother with future church leader Brigham Young....A year later Rhoda was baptized...

...In the fall of 1842, Rhoda moved to Nauvoo and soon met Joseph Smith. Her brother, Apostle Willard Richards, was a close associate of Joseph Smith and perhaps introduced Rhoda to Joseph. In the spring of 1843, Rhoda made her home in “the Prophets store.” The following month, on June 12, Rhoda married Joseph Smith. Her brother Willard performed the marriage...

Rhoda immigrated to Utah and lived in Salt Lake City for the remainder of her life..."


Brigham Young and Rhoda Richards were married on 31 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. They had no children.

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Rhoda Smith Young's Timeline

August 8, 1784
Framingham, Middlesex, MA
August 8, 1784
January 10, 1846
Age 61
January 17, 1879
Age 94
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
January 21, 1879
Age 94
City Cem., Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
November 30, 1967
Age 94
November 30, 1967
Age 94