While boarding at the Hale house in Harmony, Pennsylvania, Joseph Smith met Emma and began courting her. When Smith asked for Emma's hand, her father, Isaac, 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 was with Smith throughout most of the time he spent translating the Book of Mormon. She was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on June 29th, 1830 at Colesville, Broome, New York by Oliver Cowdery. In a revelation by Smith in 1830, she was declared an "elect lady" and assumed the mission to expound scripture and collect hymns to use in church services. She reportedly witnessed many of Joseph Smith's plural marriages but she denied the fact that he was ever involved in plural marriage. When the first Female Relief Society was organized in Nauvoo in 1842, Emma was elected the first president, and remained in the role for as long as the society was in Nauvoo.
After the death of her husband, Joseph, in 1844, Emma chose to remain in Nauvoo rather than continue west with the Young party. She was married to Major Lewis C. Bidamon on December 23rd, 1847 by Methodist minister Reverend William Henry (Haney by some accounts). They had no children She later became a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nauvoo.
↑ 3.03.13.23.33.4 Ancestry.com. Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Ancestry Record 5144 #9420
↑ "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M85T-4MX : 12 April 2016), Emma Bideman in household of Lewis S Bideman, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States; citing family 1821, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ Ancestry.com. Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry Record 60984 #1910284
↑ Ancestry.com. Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Ancestry Record 61370 #900533813
↑ Find A Grave: Memorial #6272751 has a biography, photos and links to many family members.