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Lydia (Gates) Mack (bef. 1732 - 1817)

Lydia Mack formerly Gates
Born before in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 4 Jan 1759 in Lyme, New London, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 84 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Sep 2010
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Birth and Death dates listed in data section[citation needed]



Lydia was christened on 3 Sep 1732 at East Haddam, Middlesex, CT


Solomon Mack, husband of Lydia Gates and father of Lucy (Mack) Smith, left a narrative about his life. Lucy Smith used information from this narrative to tell the story of Joseph Smith her son. Solomon's narrative says he married in 1759 Lydia Gates, daughter of Nathan Gates, "a man living in ease and affluance in the town of East Hadam," Connecticut.[1]

The town records of Connecticut disagree with this saying: Lydia Gates of East Haddam, daughter of Daniel, married January 4, 1759, in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, Solomon Mack of Lyme.[2]

Several sources say that Lydia Gates, daughter of Nathan Gates, was born 3 Sep 1735 in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.[3][4]

The Church records of East Haddam say, Lydia was baptized 29 Oct 1732, at the First Congregational Church in East Haddam.[5] This is three years before her supposed birth.


Lucy, had been a teacher, when she married Solomon. She was a "most worthy and invaluable companion did she prove to for I soon discovered that She was not only pleasant and agreable by reason of the polish of Education but She also possesed that inestimable jewel which in a wife and Mother of a family is truly a pearl of great price namely a truly pious and devotional Character.[6] The family moved to Marlow, New Hampshire, then a wilderness, where Lucy further proved her worth, by educating her children and teaching them gentleness and piety.[6]


  1. Jason b. Marlow.
  2. Lydia b. Marlow 1764; m. Samuel Bill (q. v.).
  3. Stephen b. Marlow June 15, 1766 ; m. Temperance Bond ; rem. to Tunbridge, Vt.
  4. Lovisa b. Marlow ; d. South Hadley, Mass. 1789 ; m. about 1784 Tuttle ; buried in Bond Cemetery.
  5. Lovina b. Marlow ; d. unm. 1788.
  6. Daniel.
  7. Solomon b. Jan. 28, 1773 ; d. Oct. 12, 1851 ; m. 1st 1797 Esther Hayward (b. Surry June 5. 1773; d. Ap. 13, 1844, dau. of Peter and Esther (Holmes) Hayward.)
  8. Lucy b. July 8, 1775 ; m. Jan. 24, 1796 Joseph Smith b. Tunbridge, Vt. July 12, 1771, d. Nauvoo, Illinois. Sept. 14, 1840, son of Asael and Mary (Doty) Smith.


  1. The Joseph Smith Papers
  2. White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
  3. Hayward, Silvanus. History of the town of Gilsum, New Hampshire from 1752 to 1879. Published 1881
  4. Source: #EMTremam p. 507
  5. Connecticut Church Records Index. East Haddam First Congregational Church 1702-1927. Hartford, Connecticut State Library, 1951. Citing Vol 1 p.21 of the original church records.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Joseph Smith Papers Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845
  • Source EMTreman : Author: Ebenezar M. Treman Title: The History of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman family in America : Publication: Ithaca, N.Y.: Press of the Ithaca Democrat, c. 1901 Google E-Book, EMTreman

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 23 November 2021), memorial page for Lydia Gates Mack (3 Sep 1732–9 Mar 1817), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35813132, ; Maintained by Carol STEVENS (contributor 46861595) Unknown.


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Lydia's grandson, Joseph Smith, was founder of the Mormon Church - she was also related to Amelia Earhart and Dick Clark (t.v. personality) Georgia O'Keefe, George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Richard Cheney (V.P.), Bette Davis (actress), Don Knotts (character actor), Ulysses S. Grant (Civil War General and US Pres.), Norman Rockwell (artist) + others

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