Jacob Whitmer Timeline

January 27, 1800

Jacob is the second child of Peter Whitmer, Sr. and Mary Musselman.

Peter Whitmer Home


The Whitmer family moves to Fayette, New York, where they work a large farm.

September 29, 1825

Jacob marries Elizabeth Schott. Jacob and Elizabeth have nine children together, only three of which survive to adulthood.

June, 1829

Joseph Smith moves to Fayette, New York to continue the translation at the home of Jacob’s father, Peter Whitmer Sr.

Joseph Smith finishes translating the Book of Mormon at the Whitmer home.

The Eight Witnesses, including Jacob, see the golden plates and testify of the book’s truth.

April, 1830

The Church is formally organized in Fayette, New York.

Jacob is baptized on April 11, 1830


Jacob and his family move to Kirtland, Ohio with other members of the Church.


Jacob and his family move with his extended family to Jackson County, Missouri.

By 1835

Jacob and his family have relocated to Far West, Missouri

Jacob works in different capacities for the Church, including High Councilor and a member of the Church’s Building Committee.

April, 1838

When his brothers, David and John, are excommunicated for apostasy, Jacob voluntarily removes himself from the church and moves to Richmond, Missouri.

April 21, 1856

Works as a shoemaker and farmer until his death.