D. Michael Quinn discusses the folklore of Joseph's green stone.

D. Michael Quinn
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D. Michael Quinn, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, Revised and Enlarged (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1998), 43-44

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David Dibble, Philo Dibble, Norman C. Pierce, Joseph Smith, Jr., D. Michael Quinn, Jack Belcher
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In 1934 LDS member Norman C. Pierce wrote that he acquired a greenish-grey seer stone from his uncle’s widow. This stone came to the Pierce family because of an in-law relationship to David Dibble, son of 1830s convert Philo Dibble. In turn the elder Dibble obtained the greenish seer stone from Joseph Smith, either directly or from the prophet’s Nauvoo residence shortly after Smith’s death. Photographs of the greenish Dibble-Pierce stone show that it resembles the description of the stone Belcher gave to Smith[.]

Thus, according to early Utah folklore of the Dibble-Pierce families, in the 1840s Smith had a green seer stone which passed into the possession of Philo Dibble. According to Pennsylvania folklore, the teenage Joseph obtained such a green stone originally from Jack Belcher during the 1820s. After Pierce’s death, Princeton University Library temporarily acquired the Belcher-Smith-Dibble stone. Before it became the private possession of a new purchaser, members of the Pierce family allowed me to examine this Belcher-Smith-Dibble seer stone. Since none of the Palmyra neighbors referred to such a greenish stone, Smith did not use it to the extent he did his two other well-known seer stones.

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Quinn cites his personal correspondence as the basis for much of this analysis.

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