Emma (Hale) Smith

Emma (Hale) Smith (1804 - 1879)

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Emma Smith formerly Hale aka Bidamon
Born in Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in South Bainbridge, NYmap
Wife of — married in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Categories: Smith Name Study | Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania | Nauvoo, Illinois | Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo, Illinois | LDS Pioneers | Wives of the Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | Members of the General Relief Society Presidency.

Emma (Hale) Smith is an LDS pioneer.


First President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.[1]

Emma Hale,the youngest daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis, was born in 1804 in Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.[2][3]

While boarding at the Hale house in Harmony, Pennsylvania, Smith met Emma Hale and began courting her. When Smith asked for Emma's hand, her father, Isaac Hale, objected because Smith was "a stranger" and had no means of supporting his daughter other than money digging. On January 18, 1827, Smith and Emma "eloped to marry" across the state line in Afton (South Bainbridge),New York and the couple began boarding with Smith's parents in Manchester.[4]

Emma reportedly witnessed many of Joseph Smith's plural marriages but she denied the fact that he was ever involved in plural marriage.[5]

After the death of her husband, Joseph in 1844, she married Major Lewis C. Bidamon in 1847. They had no children.

Emma died in 1879 at Nauvoo, Illinois and was buried at Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo. Her Memorial has a biography, photos and links to many family members. [6][7]


  1. Emma Smith
  2. Wikipedia:Emma Smith
  3. The Pearl of Great Price
  4. Mormon Enigma, Emma Hale Smith
  5. "Last Testimony of Sister Emma" in History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 8 vols. Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1951, 3:356.
  6. Family Search
  7. Church History Joseph and Emma Smith

See also:

  • Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (New York: Doubleday, 1984). ISBN 0-385-17166-8. 2nd edition. rev., Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1994.
  • Michael Hicks, Mormonism and Music: A History, (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1989; [Paperback Ed., 2003]).
  • Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents, Vol. 4, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2002).
  • Roger D. Launius, Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988).
  • Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, (New York: Knopf, 2005)

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