Nancy Alexander claims that "plurality of wives" was practiced in Kirtland.

Date
1886
Type
Manuscript
Source
Nancy Alexander
LDS
Disaffected
Hearsay
3rd Hand
Late
Reference

Nancy Alexander, “Mrs. Alexander's Statement,” [1886?], Linda King Newell Collection, Marriott Library, University of Utah, MS 447, bx 11 fd 3

Scribe/Publisher
University of Utah
People
Joseph Smith, Jr., Betsy Gilett, Nancy Alexander
Audience
Reading Public
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Transcription

I heard Mrs. Betsy Gilett, say in our house in Kirtland before the Prophet Jo Smith left for Missouri, that he practiced a plurality of wives. There was very much talk among the old women about plurality of wives. . . .

BHR Staff Commentary

Alexander claims that Joseph "had a revelation to lie with Vienna Jaques, who lived with his family" in Kirtland.

Brian Hales argues that this specific "allegation was. . . .unknown until decades after Joseph Smith's death." See Hales, "Fanny Alger and Joseph Smith's Pre-Nauvoo Reputation," Journal of Mormon History 35:4 (2009): 123-127.

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