Lucy (Mack) Smith

Lucy (Mack) Smith (1775 - 1856)

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Lucy Smith formerly Mack
Born in Gilsum, Cheshire, New Hampshiremap
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Wife of — married 24 Jan 1796 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Lucy Mack Smith was mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. She was his main biographer. Beginning in 1844, shortly after the death of her son, Joseph, she wrote a family history, and of the early days of the church. The original work has been digitized and is available as part of the Joseph Smith Papers. The history gives some 200 names and hundreds of details, most of which have been verified by other contemporary records. Besides the facts, "her history burns with the dedication that made the events of the Restoration possible. She achieved religious greatness—as a mother and as a dynamic contributor to the infant church. Furthermore, her history is irreplaceable," her goal having been to "give 'the particulars of Joseph's getting the plates, seeing the angels at first, and many other things which Joseph never wrote or published' (Lucy Smith to William Smith, Jan. 23, 1845, HDC)."[1]

Quick Facts

Born: 08 July 1775, in Gilsun, New Hampshire, daughter of Solomon Mack and Lydia Gates Mack.[2][3][4]

Married:Lucy and Joseph were married 24 January 1796 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States.[3][5]

Death: 14 May 1856. Nauvoo, Illinois[6]

Lucy Mack, daughter of Solomon Mack and Lydia Gates Mack, was born in Gilsum, New Hampshire, July 8, 1775. She attended school in Gilsum and in Montague, Massachusetts, which was supplemented by her mother, who had been a teacher. Her "speeches and writing reveal an intelligent believer who used English capably."[1]

Stephen Mack, Lucy's brother, took her on a visit to Tunbridge, Vermont. There she met Joseph Smith, who would become her husband. She considered his family to be "worthy, respectable, amiable, and intelligent." They were married 24 January 1796.[1]

Lucy was given a dowry of $1000 by her brother and his business partner. Joseph owned a farm valued at almost that amount. Unfortunately, these assets were used pay a debt when their export business failed because of a dishonest agent.[1]

The couple spent 20 years living in Vermont and New Hampshire towns. They recovered their prosperity through the schoolteaching of Joseph Smith, Sr., farming and home industry.

Family sickness in 1812–1813 and frozen crops in 1814–1816, caused the family to move to Palmyra, New York, in 1816. Joseph preceded her and she followed bringing a few goods and eight children (18—a few months).[1]

In the Palmyra area the family was able to recover economically. They contracted to purchase 100 acres. They cleared about 40 acres, built fences and buildings, had a coopering business, made maple sugar, and grew fruit and wheat.

The "revelations" of their son Joseph and the beginnings of the new church caused trials and the enmity of their neighbors. Lucy Smith made two more migrations in her life, "one in the spring rains on the way to Missouri in 1838 and a move to Illinois in the wet snows of early 1839."[1]

Her husband, Joseph Smith, Sr., died in late 1840. Before his death, "he blessed his children and expressed love for his 'most singular' wife, promising her that her last days would be her best days." However, Lucy would endure more grief. Lucy lost two infant sons early, and her son, Alvin, had died in 1824. During the four years after Joseph Sr.'s death, her son Don Carlos died of sickness in 1841, sons Joseph and Hyrum were murdered by a mob (June 1844) and a month later, July 1844, her son Samuel died of sickness.[1]

Through all this tragedy Lucy "never lost her faith in God, in the revelations to her son, and in the destiny of her family."[1]

Joseph and Emma Smith aided her until 1844. Her daughter Lucy Millikin took care of her for some years, and in her final years Emma cared for her once more. "Feeble and unable to write, she impressed visitors with her spiritual and social vitality." She died May 14, 1856, at nearly eighty-one.[1]

Lucy was deeply religious. She had been raised in a pious, god-fearing house, and she continued this tradition with her own offspring. When she was a teenager, two of her older sisters died in their 30s. Their courageous deaths and personal revelations of life after death and Christ's love influenced their younger sister's already existent belief in God.[1]

Joseph and Lucy were "active seekers." As a young mother, Lucy herself became critically ill. She pleaded to be allowed to bring up her children and comfort her husband. A voice spoke to her promising her life and she vowed to serve God completely. She asked a minister to baptize her and tried Presbyterianism, but found it lacking. She investigated Methodism, but was opposed by her unaffiliated husband. He was having dreams that promised answers in the future. He dreamed he was a pliant tree, and that he would receive the full truth of God.[1]

The goal of their years in New York: "Whilst we worked with our hands we endeavored to remember the service of [God] and the Welfare of our souls." She tells how the prayers of her son Joseph were answered, and how early on but not immediately she had knowledge that an angel revealed the Book of Mormon. Lucy described handling the Urim and Thummim and the ancient breastplate. She believed in the divinity of the Book of Mormon and wrote her brother in 1831: "I want you to think seriously of these things, for they are the truths of the living God."[1] [1]

Lucy did some missionary work for the early church, taking a group from New York to Ohio and teaching her Mack relatives in Detroit.[1]

"She and most of her sons' widows were in the first companies receiving higher ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple. She received washings and anointings on December 11, 1845, and the Endowment the following day."[1]

Although Lucy chose to stay in Nauvoo with her family, she gave her blessing to the Twelve and their plans for the exodus. "I feel that the Lord will let Brother Brigham take the people away." [1]


  1. Infant son born and died 1797 in Tunbridge, Vermont.[7]
  2. Alvin. Born Feb. 11, 1798. Died Nov. 19, 1824.[2] He died Nov 19, 1823 in Manchester Township, New York, age 25.[7]
  3. Hyrum. Born Feb. 9, 1800, at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont;[2] m. (1) Jerusha Barden and (2) Mary Fielding. Hyrum was martyred June 27, 1844 in Carthage, Illinois.[7]
  4. Sophronia. Born May 16, 1803, at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Married Calvin Stoddard.[2] Born May 17, 1803, in Tunbridge, Vermont; died 28 Oct 1876 in Colchester, Illinois; m. (1)Calvin W. Stoddard & (2) William McCleary.[7]
  5. Joseph. Born Dec. 23, 1805, at Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont;[2] martyred 27 June 1844, in Carthage, Illinois; m. Emma Hale.[7]
  6. Samuel Harrison. Born March 13, 1808, at Tunbridge, Windsor Co., Vermont;[2] died 30 July 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois; married (1) Mary Bailey and then (2) Levira Clark.[7]
  7. Ephraim. Born March 13, 1810, at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Died March 24, 1810.[2] Born and died March 13, 1810.[7]
  8. William. Born March 13, 1811, at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont.[2] He died Nov. 13, 1893 in Osterdock, Iowa; married (1) Caroline A Grant (2) Roxie R Grant, (3)Eliza E. Sanborn, (4) Rosella Goyette[7]
  9. Catharine. Born July 8, 1812, at Lebanon, N. H. Married Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury.[2] Katherine died 1 Feb 1900 in Fountain Green, Illinois. She married (1) Wilkins J. Salisbury (2) Joseph Younger.[7]
  10. Don Carlos. Born March 25. 1816, at Palmyra, N. Y.[2] Born in Norwich, Vermont; died 7 Aug, 1841 in Nauvoo, Illinois; m. Agnes Moultin Coolbrith.[7]
  11. Lucy. Born July 18, 1821. Married Arthur Milliken.[2] Born in Manchester Township, New York; died 9 Dec 1882, in Colchester, Illinois; married Arthur Millikin.[7]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 BYU (Brigham Young University.) Harold B. Lee Library Anderson, Richard Lloyd. Smith, Lucy Mack. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 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 (pp 508, 514, 1109, 1110)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Family Data Collection - Individual Records. Author: Edmund West, comp. Operations Inc, 2000. Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards,
  4. New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714–1904 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Lists father as Solomon Mack and mother as Lydia
  5. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560–1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Source number: 2720.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: GCH.
  6. Wikipedia Article Lucy (Mack) Smith.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 "Family of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith: The First Family of the Restoration" Ensign December 2005
  • 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Year: 1850; Census Place: Hancock, Illinois; Roll: M432_109; Page: 296B; Image: 60

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On 14 Mar 2019 at 12:15 GMT Dianna Koch wrote:

6th cousins 8 times removed

On 16 Aug 2018 at 19:49 GMT Edwin Priest wrote:

Please correct category to Category:Gilsum, New Hampshire.


On 4 Jul 2018 at 15:49 GMT Catharine (Gates) MacMillan wrote:

First cousin, 6 times removed. Both descend from Daniel Gates and Lydia Fuller. I'm currently reading "Heaven's Ditch" God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal, by Jack Kelly (2016). Entertaining and informative, with much information about Lucy Mack, Joseph Smith, Jr. and early Mormon church. Good read ... I lived a stone's throw from Palmyra, NY for 65 years.

On 20 Jul 2017 at 22:37 GMT Dean Walker wrote:

2nd cousin 7 times removed.

On 21 Feb 2017 at 21:20 GMT Frank Martin wrote:

5th cousin 7 times removed

On 16 Feb 2017 at 20:25 GMT Shan (Ward) Dawson wrote:

13th cousins 6 times removed. =)

On 26 Jul 2015 at 02:04 GMT Rae (Redford) Santema wrote:

13th cousins 10 times removed !

On 21 Jul 2015 at 17:00 GMT Anne B wrote:

Hi, Lucy has some children attached to her, but not Joseph, who are not mentioned in biographies. Namely Other Brothers Smith-1898, Son Smith-1900 Daughter Smith-1866 Mary Coffin Smith. The first three were probably place holders in someone's gedcom. Lucy Coffin Smith according to her bio was born and died in England. I don't think she belongs. Do you have a preference for merge or recycle, or is there a reason I should leave them attached that I don't know about?

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