Peter Whitmer Jr. Timeline

September 27, 1809

Peter Junior is born in Fayette, New York as the sixth child and fifth son of Peter Whitmer, Sr. and Mary Musselman.

Peter Whitmer Home

June, 1829

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

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

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

April 6, 1830

The Church is formally organized in Fayette, New York. Peter is one of the official six members of the Church.

October, 1830

Peter is called to travel with Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson on a special mission to preach to Native Americans in Missouri.

Stopping in Ohio, they convert Sidney Rigdon and approximately 130 members of his congregation within three weeks.


Moves to Jackson County, Missouri.

October 14, 1832

Marries Vashti Higley, with whom he has three children.

By 1835

Peter and his family relocate to Far West, Missouri

Peter is on the High Council.

September 22, 1836

Peter dies of tuberculosis in Liberty, Missouri.