Mormon History 1830-1844

Joseph B. Brackenbury (1888–1832)
Early convert and missionary (1831) to New York. Reportedly poisoned (first martyr). Resurrection attempt failed.
Born   Joseph Blanchette Brackenbury, January 18, 1788 in Riverhead, Suffolk, New York.   ¶ Ancestry.com (subscription)
Died   January 7, 1832 in Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York (or April 7, 1832 in Pomfret, Vermont).   ¶ Ancestry.com
Father   Joseph Brackenbury   ¶ Ancestry.com
Mother   Elizabeth Leach (or Blanshard)
  ¶ Ancestry.com
Immigrant   [Joseph] emigrated to America when quite young.  
<i>Latter&#45;day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia</i>, Andrew Jenson. 4 vols &#40;Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co. and Andrew Jenson Memorial Association, 1901&#45;1936; Western Epics, 1971&#41;.
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Baptized   April 10, 1831 baptized by John Corrill and Solomon Hancock.  
<i>Latter&#45;day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia</i>, Andrew Jenson. 4 vols &#40;Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co. and Andrew Jenson Memorial Association, 1901&#45;1936; Western Epics, 1971&#41;.
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Ordained   April 11, 1831 ordained an elder.  
<i>Latter&#45;day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia</i>, Andrew Jenson. 4 vols &#40;Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co. and Andrew Jenson Memorial Association, 1901&#45;1936; Western Epics, 1971&#41;.
')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Jenson 2:597. June 1831 conference   June [3– 6], 1831 attends first general conference in Kirtland.   First Conference in Kirtland Heals infirm lady   [August 1831 after Joseph and company return to Ohio] many mighty miracles were wrought by the Elders—one in particular which I shall here notice—which was wrought by Elders Emer Harris Joseph Brackenbury and Wheeler Baldwin. Is [about] an infirmity in an old lady who had been helpless for the space of eight years confined to her bed. she did not belong to this church but sent her request to the Elders who immediately attended to her call, and after their arrival praid for her and laids their hands on her, and she was immediately made whole and magnified and praised God. and is now enjoying perfect health   <i>From Historian to Dissident: The Book of John Whitmer</i>, edited by Bruce N. Westergren &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1995 &#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">J. Whitmer, 87.

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  October 25–26, 1831 at Amherst, Ohio conference, states he "consecrated all to God before he was baptized, he was also determined to go on to the end of his life." Oliver Cowdery ordains him to the High Priesthood, then calls for elders who want to preach the gospel. Joseph "was appointed to examine these brethren, presenting themselves for ordination."   ¶ Minutes of October 25–26, 1831 Mission   December 1831 leaves with Edmund Durfee on mission to the east. (Joel Hills Johnson reports they were from New London, Ohio.)   <i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">HC 7:524.

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    Baptizes Julia Hills and her son-in-law, Lyman R. Sherman, in Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York.   Joel Hills Johnson autobiography. Typescript. Church Archives and BYU Special Collections.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Joel Johnson autobiography, 4. Dies Jan. 7, 1832 Some of the followers of Jo. Smith have recently commenced operations in this town … They had gained a few proselytes, and had the prospect of doing a fair business, when one of the principal of them was arrested in his career by the tyrant Death on Saturday last [January 7].   "Mormonism in Chautauqe county," Fredonia Censor, Jan. 11, 1832. Source "Resurrection men" It seems these miserable fanatics have made a few converts in Pomfret, Chautauqua county. One of their number died, and the night after his burial, a party of "resurrection men" were disturbed while disinterring the deceased, and one of the offenders taken and bound over for trial.   "Mormonism," Buffalo Patriot, Jan. 17, 1832. Source

Healing the Dead
Poisoned Elder Joseph B. Brackenbury died at Pomfret from the effects of poison secretly administered to him by opposers, who afterwards boasted that Mormon elders had not faith enough to stand poison. The night after his burial there was a heavy snowstorm, about half past eleven o'clock Joel H. Johnson dreamed that some persons were digging up Brother Brackenbury's body, and was so exercised about it that he called up some of the brethren and went to the spot, about one mile distant, and they found a party of doctors at work, who had nearly cleared the grave of earth; the men fled with utmost precipitation. David Johnson took after the largest one who was caught and bound over in one thousand dollar bonds for his appearance at court, but was never tried.   <i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">HC 7:524.  
    Attempted resurrection In compiling the official history of the church, Apostle George A. Smith wrote to Elizabeth Brackenbury for details regarding the death of her husband, including the question, "What were the circumstances of his death, burial, and attempted resurrection?"   <i>Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood</i>, Gregory A. Prince, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1995.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Power on high, 151n9 citing letter of Aug. 29, 1855, Henry Stebbins Collection, Community of Christ Archives.  
    Families     Wife Mary Harr
md. 1783   ¶ Ancestry.com Children Lucy
Eliza
Joseph
Charlotte
Thomas Carr     Wife Eliza Durfee, b. Mar. 11, 1784 in Tiverton, Newport, RI
md. 1803 in New York (2 children)   ¶ Ancestry.com Children Charles Wesley, b. Nov. 11, 1820 in Newton, Kingston, NY
md. 1842 (5 children)
d. Pike Co., IL
  ¶ Ancestry.com (also listed as son of Elizabeth Davis)   Benjamin Blanchard, b. Apr. 27, 1827 in New London, Huron, OH
md. Phebe Ann Allen (1830–1897) in 1847 on Mormon Trail, IA (3 children)
d. May 8, 1897 in Caldwell, Conyon, ID
  ¶ Ancestry.com (also listed as son of Elizabeth Davis) Wife Elizabeth Davis, b. Apr. 11, 1797 in Riverhead, Suffolk, NY
previous marriage: Gilbert Goldsmith (1784–1811) (2 children)
md. 1819 in Queens, NY (3 children)
d. Dec. 16, 1876 in White Cloud, Doniphan, KS
subsequent marriages:
Jabez Durfee (1791–1867) Mar. 1834 in Clay Co., MO (no children);
Joseph Smith (1805–1844) 1842 in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL (no children);
Cornelius Peter Lott (1798–1850) Jan. 22, 1846 (proxy) in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL.
  ¶ Ancestry.com Children Charles Wesley, b. Nov. 11, 1820 in Newton, Kingston, NY
md. 1842 (5 children)
d. Pike Co., IL
  ¶ Ancestry.com (also listed as son of Eliza Durfee)   Joseph Blanchett, b. Oct. 25, 1822 in New London, Huron, OH   ¶ Ancestry.com   Benjamin Blanchard, b. Apr. 27, 1827 in New London, Huron, OH
md. Phebe Ann Allen (1830–1897) in 1847 on Mormon Trail, IA (3 children)
d. May 8, 1897 in Caldwell, Conyon, ID
  ¶ Ancestry.com (also listed as son of Eliza Durfee)    
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