Samuel H. Smith Timeline

March 13, 1808

Samuel is born in Tunbridge, Vermont to Joseph Smith Sr., and Lucy Mack Smith, their fifth living child.

Early 1820s

Member of Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra.

Hill Cumorah

September 22, 1827

Joseph makes his final visit to Cumorah and obtains the plates from the angel Moroni (see JS-H 1:53-54, 59).

Joseph/Emma Smith
Farm and Home
Harmony, PA

May 25, 1829

Samuel is the third person baptized as a Latter Day Saint by Oliver Cowdery at Harmony, Pennsylvania

Peter Whitmer Home

June, 1829

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

April 6, 1830

The Church is formally organized in Fayette, New York.
Samuel is among the six original members.

June 9, 1830

Ordained an elder at Fayette, New York.

June 30, 1830

Samuel begins a mission to Mendon, New York, leading to Brigham Young joining the Church.
He then went on missions to Ohio in December and February.

June 4, 1831

Samuel is ordained a high priest by Lyman Wight.

1831, 1832

Serves missions to Missouri and eastern U.S.

January 22-23, 1833

Attends the organizational meeting of the School of the Prophets in Kirtland.

February 17, 1834

Samuel is appointed a member of the first Kirtland high council.

August 13, 1834

Samuel marries Mary Bailey at Kirtland, with whom he has four children.


Samuel and his family move briefly Far West, Missouri before moving on to Marrowbone in Daviess County.

October 25, 1838

Samuel participates in a skirmish at Crooked River.
He’s among the first Latter-day Saints to flee Missouri, to Quincy, Illinois.

January, 1841

Samuel’s wife, Mary, dies.


Samuel is appointed a bishop in Nauvoo.

May 30, 1841

Samuel marries Levira Clark, in Scott County, Illinois. They have three children together.

January, 1842

Samuel and his family move to Plymouth, Illinois.

Carthage Jail

June 27, 1844

At the jail in Carthage, Illinois, a mob murders Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
Samuel is attacked by mobbers while going to Carthage.
He continues to the jail and retrieves his brothers’ bodies.

July 30, 1844

Samuel dies and is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo.