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First President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.
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.
Emma reportedly witnessed many of Joseph Smith's plural marriages but she denied the fact that he was ever involved in plural marriage.
After the death of her husband, Joseph in 1844, she married Major Lewis C. Bidamon in 1847. They had no children.
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