Emma Smith

Mormon Leader
Born Jul 10, 1804

Emma Hale Smith Bidamon was married to Joseph Smith, Jr. , until his death in 1844, and was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, during Joseph Smith's lifetime and afterward as a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS, now the Community of Christ). She was also named in 1842 as the inaugural president of the Ladies' Relief Society of Nauvoo, a women's service organization.… Read More

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1804 Birth Born on July 10, 1804.


1825 20 Years Old Emma Hale was born in Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, the seventh child of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis Hale. Emma first met her future husband, Joseph Smith, in 1825. … Read More
1827 22 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 17, 1827, Smith and Emma eloped across the state line to South Bainbridge, New York, where they were married the following day. … Read More
1828 23 Years Old In Harmony on June 15, 1828, Emma gave birth to her first child—a son named Alvin—who lived only a few hours.
1829 24 Years Old In May 1829, Emma and Joseph left Harmony and went to live with David Whitmer in Fayette, New York. … Read More
1830 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Later, in Fayette, Joseph finished work on the Book of Mormon, which was published in March 1830.
1832 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The infant Joseph died of exposure or pneumonia in late March 1832, after a door was left open during a mob attack on Smith.


1838 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Emma and her family followed and made a new home on the frontier in the Latter Day Saint settlement of Far West, Missouri, where Emma gave birth on June 2, 1838, to Alexander Hale Smith.
1839 35 Years Old She crossed the Mississippi River which had frozen over in February 1839. … Read More
1840 36 Years Old A year later, on June 13, 1840, Emma gave birth to a son, Don Carlos Smith, named after his uncle, Joseph's brother. … Read More
…  In 1842, she was named as the first president of the Ladies' Relief Society of Nauvoo, a women's service organization.


1844 40 Years Old 1 More Event
While he was there, a mob of about 200 armed men stormed the jail in the late afternoon of June 27, 1844, and both Joseph and his brother, Hyrum, were killed.
1846 42 Years Old When he and the majority of the Latter Day Saints of Nauvoo abandoned the city in early 1846, Emma and her children remained behind in the emptied town. Nearly two years later, a close friend and non-Mormon, Major Lewis C. Bidamon, proposed marriage and became Emma's second husband on December 23, 1847. … Read More


1860 56 Years Old Both she and Joseph III traveled to a conference at Amboy, Illinois and on April 6, 1860, Joseph was sustained as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which added the word "Reorganized" to the name in 1872 and is presently known as the Community of Christ. … Read More


1866 62 Years Old Emma and Joseph III returned to Nauvoo after the conference and he led the church from there until moving to Plano, Illinois in 1866. … Read More
1879 75 Years Old Her funeral was held May 2, 1879 in Nauvoo with RLDS Church minister Mark Hill Forscutt preaching the sermon. … Read More
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