Stanley B. Kimball discusses the original Stock Ledger of the Kirtland Safety Society.

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Stanley B. Kimball

Stanley B. Kimball, "Sources on the History of the Mormons on Ohio: 1830–1838," BYU Studies 11, no. 4 (Summer 1971): 531–32

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Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, Emma Hale Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Wilford Woodruff, Stanley B. Kimball, Vinson Knight, Joseph Smith, Jr., Erastus Snow, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt
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The Chicago Historical Society owns the original Stock Ledger (and Index to the ledger) of the Kirtland Safety Society, . . .This source has been little used, if at all, and throws much light on this complicated phase of Mormon history. . . . The following cursory analysis of this ledger reveals that the 200 individuals subscribed for various numbers of shares (from 3,000 to 5) with the face value of from $150,000 to $50 and paid for them in cash amounts varying from $4,887.00 paid in by Joseph Smith to $.52 by Alex Valier. The grand totals eloquently reveal the inherent weakness of the project—200 persons subscribed to 79,000 shares worth at face value approximately $3,854,000 at $50 par value per share which was paid for with only $20,725 in specie. Heber C. Kimball, for example, subscribed to $50,000 worth of shares for only $15 in cash. Other important Mormons paid in correspondingly small sums: Brigham Young, $7.00; Lorenzo Snow, $7.97; Wilford Woodruff, $5.25; Erastus Snow, $5.25. A few others, however, were able to come up with larger amounts: Parley P. Pratt, $102.00; Hyrum Smith,$169.00; Vinson Knight, $262.00; Emma Smith, $315.00; Joseph Smith, Sr., $323.00; and W. J. Peterson, $785.00.

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