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Joseph F. Smith was born 13 November 1838 in Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, United States to Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) and Mary Fielding (1801-1852) and died 19 November 1918 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Levira Annette Clark Smith (1842-1888) 5 April 1859 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. He married Julina Lambson (1849-1936) 6 May 1866 . Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, the United States, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, Byzantium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belarus, the Byzantine Empire, Italy.


Joseph F. Smith - 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Missionary to the Hawaiian Islands, LDS Apostle and 6th President of the LDS Church

Vital Statistics

  • Father: Hyrum Smith (1800-1844)
  • Mother: Mary Fielding (1801-1852)
  • 1838-Nov-13 : Birth at Far West Missouri
  • 1848 : Family Migration from Winters Quarters to Salt Lake Valley in the big Heber C Kimball wagon train
  • 1901-Oct-17 : Ordained President of the LDS Church
  • 1918-Nov-19 : Death at Salt Lake City UT

Biography

Joseph F. Smith was born November 13, 1838, in Far West Missouri. In 1844, his father, Hyrum Smith, was martyred along with his uncle, the Prophet Joseph Smith. Young Joseph F. Smith helped his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, migrate to Utah in 1848 and establish a house in Salt Lake City. After she died in 1852, he began a life of service to the Church. In addition to his many religious duties, he served in Utah's territorial legislature from 1865 to 1874. He became President of the Church on October 17, 1901. While ushering the Church into the twentieth century, Joseph F. Smith brought Latter-day Saints to a better appreciation of early Church history. He worked to improve the public image of the Church by developing important Church historical sites in New York, Missouri, and Illinois, building a visitors' bureau, and expanding Church missionary and educational systems. He clarified important doctrines, served numerous missions, and directed the construction of a new headquarters complex for an expanding Church. After 17 years as Church President, Joseph F. Smith died on November 19, 1918, in Salt Lake City.

Marriages

Smith ultimately adopted five children and fathered forty-three children. Thirteen of his children preceded him in death: Mercy, Leonora, Sarah Ellen, Heber, Rhoda, Alice, Hyrum, Alfred, Albert, Robert, Zina, Ruth, and John. His adopted son Edward also preceded him in death.

Marriage to Levira Smith

On 5 April 1859, Smith married his sixteen-year-old cousin Levira Annette Clark Smith (29 April 1842 Nauvoo, Illinois – 18 December 1888 St. Louis, Missouri), daughter of Samuel Harrison Smith. When Joseph F. Smith left on his mission to England the next year, his companion for the journey over and part of his time in Sheffield was Levira's brother Samuel. Seven years later, Brigham Young directed Smith to take a plural wife. Levira gave her permission and was present at the marriage of Joseph F. and Julina Lambson, who was a longtime friend of hers and was the daughter of Alfred Boaz Lambson and Melissa Jane Bigler. Levira became disenchanted with the plural marriage arrangement and divorced Smith in 1868 and moved to California.

Joseph and Levira had no children.

Marriage to Julina Lambson

Julina Lambson - (18 July 1849 - 10 January 1936). Married 6 May 1866. Julina was a nurse and midwife.

  1. Edward Arthur Smith (1858-1911) - (Adopted) (1 November 1858 Brampton, England - 17 July 1911 Raymond, Canada)
  2. Mercy Josephine Smith (1867-1870) - (14 August 1867 – 6 June 1870)
  3. Mary Sophronia Smith (1869-1948) - (7 October 1869 – 5 January 1948)
  4. Donette Smith (1872-1961) - (17 September 1872 – 15 September 1961)
  5. Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972) - LDS Apostle and 10th President of the LDS Church
  6. David Asael Smith (1879-1952) - was a member of the presiding bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) between 1907 and 1938 and was the first president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  7. George Carlos Smith (1881-1931) - (14 October 1881 – 23 February 1931)
  8. Julina Clarissa Smith (1884-1923) - (10 February 1884 – 1 August 1923)
  9. Elias Wesley Smith (1886-1970) - (21 April 1886 Laie, Hawaii – 28 December 1970)
  10. Emily Jane Smith (1888-1982) - (11 September 1888 – 12 December 1982)
  11. Rachael Smith (1890-1986) - (11 December 1890 – 14 December 1986)
  12. Edith Eleanor Smith (1894-1987) - (3 January 1894 – 21 May 1987)
  13. Marjorie Virginia Smith (1906-1994) - (Adopted) 7 December 1906 – 17 November 1994)

Marriage to Sarah Ellen Richards

Marriage to Sarah Ellen Richards (1850-1915) on 1 March 1868. Sarah was a daughter of Willard Richards (1804-1854) and his wife Sarah Longstroth.

  1. Sarah Ellen Smith (1869-1869) - (5 February 1869 – 11 February 1869)
  2. Leonora Smith (1871-1907) - (30 January 1871 – 23 December 1907)
  3. Joseph Richards Smith (1873-1954) - (22 February 1873 – 2 October 1954)
  4. Heber John Smith (1876-1877) - (3 July 1876 – 3 March 1877)
  5. Rhoda Ann Smith (1878-1879) - (20 July 1878 – 6 July 1879)
  6. Minerva Smith (1880-1958) - (30 April 1880 – 24 January 1958)
  7. Alice Smith (1882-1901) - (27 July 1882 – 29 April 1901)
  8. Willard Richards Smith (1884-1972) - Served as president of the Salt Lake Temple from 1961-1964. He married Florence Grant, a daughter of Heber J. Grant. Father of Florence S. Jacobsen.
  9. Franklin Richards Smith (1888-1967) - (12 May 1888 – 25 December 1967)
  10. Jeanetta Smith (1891-1932) - (25 August 1891 – 27 January 1932)
  11. Asenath Smith (1896-1982) - (28 December 1896 – 3 August 1982)

Marriage to Edna Lambson

Edna Lambson (3 March 1851 – 28 February 1926). Married on 5 May 1871. She was the sister of Julina Lambson, who was also one of Smith's wives.

  1. Hyrum Mack Smith (1872-1918) - LDS Apostle, President of the European Mission at the outbreak of World War One. Smith was married to Ida Elizabeth Bowman, with whom he had five children, one of whom was Joseph Fielding Smith, a one-time presiding patriarch of the church. Another of Smith's children was Geraldine Smith, the mother of M Russel Ballard. He died prematurely of a ruptured appendix at age 45.
  2. Alvin Fielding Smith (1874-1948) - (19 July 1874 – 4 January 1948)
  3. Alfred Jason Smith (1876-1878) - (13 December 1876 – 6 April 1878)
  4. Edna Melissa Smith (1879-1958) - (6 October 1879 – 26 October 1958)
  5. Albert Jesse Smith (1881-1883) - (16 September 1881 – 25 August 1883)
  6. Robert Smith (1883-1886) - (12 November 1883 – 4 February 1886)
  7. Emma Smith (1888-1969) - (21 August 1888 – 28 December 1969)
  8. Zina Smith (1890-1915) - (11 October 1890 – 25 October 1915)
  9. Ruth Smith (1893-1898) - (21 December 1893 – 17 March 1898)
  10. Martha Smith (1897-1977) - (12 May 1897 – 7 August 1977)

Marriage to Alice Ann Kimball

06-Dec-1883 : Marriage to Alice Ann Kimball (1858-1946) in Salt Lake City.

Alice was Heber C. Kimball's daughter, Alice has a twin brother, Andrew Kimball (1858-1924) - father to 12th LDS Church President, Spencer Woolley Kimball (1895-1985).

Marriage to Mary Schwartz

Mary Taylor Schwartz (30 April 1865 – 5 December 1956). Married on 13 January 1884. Mary was Agnes Taylor's daughter and church president John Taylor's niece.

  1. John Schwartz Smith (1886-1889) (20 August 1886 – 3 August 1889)
  2. Calvin Schwartz Smith (1890-1966) (29 May 1890 – 15 June 1966)
  3. Samuel Schwartz Smith (1892-1983) - (26 October 1892 Franklin, Idaho – 10 May 1983)
  4. James Schwartz Smith (1894-1950) - (13 November 1894 Franklin, Idaho – 6 November 1950)
  5. Agnes Smith (1897-1966) - (3 November 1897 – 9 March 1966)
  6. Silas Schwartz Smith (1900-1986) - (3 January 1900 – 23 April 1986)
  7. Royal Grant Smith (1906-1971) (21 May 1906 – 30 May 1971)




Children


Offspring of Joseph F. Smith and Julina Lambson (1849-1936)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edward Arthur Smith (1858-1911)
Mercy Josephine Smith (1867-1870)
Mary Sophronia Smith (1869-1948)
Donette Smith (1872-1961)
Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972) 19 July 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 2 July 1972 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Emily Louie Shurtliff (1876-1908)
Ethel Georgina Reynolds (1889-1937)
Jessie Ella Evans (1902-1971)

David Asael Smith (1879-1952)
George Carlos Smith (1881-1931)
Julina Clarissa Smith (1884-1923)
Elias Wesley Smith (1886-1970)
Emily Jane Smith (1888-1982)
Rachael Smith (1890-1986)
Edith Eleanor Smith (1894-1987)
Marjorie Virginia Smith (1906-1994)

Offspring of Joseph F. Smith and Sarah Ellen Richards (1850-1915)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Ellen Smith (1869-1869)
Leonora Smith (1871-1907)
Joseph Richards Smith (1873-1954)
Heber John Smith (1876-1877)
Rhoda Ann Smith (1878-1879)
Minerva Smith (1880-1958)
Alice Smith (1882-1901)
Willard Richards Smith (1884-1972) 20 November 1884 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah 11 September 1972 Florence Grant (1883-1977)

Franklin Richards Smith (1888-1967)
Jeanetta Smith (1891-1932)
Asenath Smith (1896-1982)

Offspring of Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson (1851-1926)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hyrum Mack Smith (1872-1918) 21 March 1872 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah 23 January 1918 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Ida Elizabeth Bowman (1872-1918)

Alvin Fielding Smith (1874-1948)
Alfred Jason Smith (1876-1878)
Edna Melissa Smith (1879-1958)
Albert Jesse Smith (1881-1883)
Robert Smith (1883-1886)
Emma Smith (1888-1969)
Zina Smith (1890-1915)
Ruth Smith (1893-1898)
Martha Smith (1897-1977)

Offspring of Joseph F. Smith and Alice Ann Kimball (1858-1946)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles Coulson Smith (1881-1933)
Heber Chase Smith (1881-1971)
Alice May Smith (1877-1920)
Lucy Mack Smith (1890-1933)
Andrew Kimball Smith (1893-1951)
Jesse Kimball Smith (1896-1953)
Fielding Kimball Smith (1900-1974)

Offspring of Joseph F. Smith and Mary Taylor Schwartz (1865-1956)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Schwartz Smith (1886-1889)
Calvin Schwartz Smith (1890-1966)
Samuel Schwartz Smith (1892-1983)
James Schwartz Smith (1894-1950)
Agnes Smith (1897-1966)
Silas Schwartz Smith (1900-1986)
Royal Grant Smith (1906-1971)

Siblings


Offspring of Brother Hyrum and Jerusha Barden (1805-1837)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lovina Smith (1827-1876)
Mary Smith (1829-1832)
John Smith (1832-1911) 22 September 1832 Kirtland, Ohio, United States 6 November 1911 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Helen Mariah Fisher (1835-1907)
Nancy Melissa Lemon (1833-1915)

Hyrum Smith (1834-1841)
Jerusha Smith (1836-1912)
Sarah Smith (18371876)

Offspring of Brother Hyrum and Mary Fielding (1801-1852)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Fielding Smith (1838-1918) 13 November 1838 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, United States 19 November 1918 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Levira Annette Clark Smith (1842-1888)
Julina Lambson (1849-1936)
Sarah Ellen Richards (1850-1915)
Edna Lambson (1851-1926)
Alice Ann Kimball (1858-1946)
Mary Taylor Schwartz (1865-1956)

Martha Ann Smith (1841-1923)

Vital Records

1880 US Census

Transcription of the 1880 US Census for the Joseph F Smith Household in Salt Lake City, UT

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Joseph Fielding SMITH Self M Male W 41 MO Preacher NY ENG
Julina Lambson SMITH Wife M Female W 30 UT Keeping House NY VA
Mary Sophronia SMITH Dau S Female W 10 UT School Girl MO UT
Donette SMITH Dau S Female W 7 UT School Girl MO UT
Joseph Fielding SMITH JR. Son S Male W 3 UT MO UT
David Asael SMITH Son S Male W 1 UT MO UT
Sarah Ellen SMITH Wife M Female W 29 UT Keeping House MO ENG
Leonora SMITH Dau S Female W 9 UT School Girl MO UT
Joseph Richards SMITH Son S Male W 7 UT School Boy MO UT
Minerva SMITH Dau S Female W 1M UT MO UT
Edna Lambson SMITH Wife M Female W 29 UT Keeping House NY VA
Hyrum Mac SMITH Son S Male W 8 UT School Boy MO UT
Alvin Fielding SMITH Son S Male W 6 UT MO UT
Edna Millissa SMITH Dau S Female W 8M UT MO UT
Harvey WOODYATT Other S Male W 17 ENG Stable Boy FRA ENG

Prominent Ancestors

  • Joseph Smith Immigrant Ancestors - 64 prominent early Colonial Immigrants including Howland, Fuller and Lathrop.
  • John Howland (1592-1672) - Mayflower Pilgrim and early settler of Plymouth Colony
  • Hyrum Smith - Father and early patriarch of the LDS Church
  • Joseph Smith SR - Grandfather and first patriarch of the LDS Church

Prominent Descendants

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