May 18, 1783
Martin is born in Easton (now Saratoga), New York, the second of the eight children born to Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham.
Moves with parents to Swift’s Landing (later known as Palmyra), New York.
March 27, 1808
Martin marries Lucy Harris, his first cousin, and they eventually have six children.
War of 1812
Harris enlists in the Thirty-ninth New York Militia and is eventually promoted to First Sergeant.
In a theophany, learns “I Should not Join Eny Church although I was anxiously Sought for by meny of the Sectarians.”
Martin & Lucy's Home
Hires Joseph Smith Sr. and Hyrum Smith to rock up a well and wall up the basement of his new house
Smiths confide in Martin about the angel Moroni and gold plates.
October - December 1827
Martin learns that Joseph Smith has the gold plates.
Lucy has a vision of the plates in a dream and insists on giving Joseph $28 ($700 in today’s money) to go toward expenses for the translation and publication.
Martin helps Joseph hide the plates from mobs attempting to steal the “gold bible”.
Martin gives Joseph Smith $50 to defray the cost of moving from Palmyra to Harmony, Pennsylvania. He purchases a black suit for Joseph and pays his outstanding debts.
Joseph Smith transcribes characters from the golden plates to a piece of paper, which Martin takes to Utica, New York and meets with Luther Bradish, Charles Anthon, and Dr. Samuel Mitchill.
Journeys with his wife, Lucy, to Harmony, Pennsylvania.
Farm and Home
April 12 - June, 1828
Martin acts as scribe for Joseph Smith as he translates the book of Lehi.
Completes scribing 116 manuscript pages containing the book of Lehi and part of the book of Mosiah.
June 14, 1828
Martin begins journey to Palmyra; taking the 116 manuscript pages.
About July 7, 1828 Loses 116 manuscript pages.
Confesses to Joseph Smith of the loss of the 116 manuscript pages.
The Lord chastens Martin for being a wicked man (D&C 3, 10).
Lucy Harris enters a complaint against Joseph Smith before a magistrate in Lyons, New York; Martin testifies before the magistrate on behalf of Joseph Smith.
Prophecy of Three Witnesses (D&C 5). Martin Harris is named.
Peter Whitmer Home
Joseph Smith moves to Fayette, New York with David Whitmer’s aid, to continue the translation at the home of David Whitmer’s father, Peter Whitmer.
Doctrine & Covenants 17 is received authorizing Oliver, David, and Martin to “have a view of the plates, and also of the breastplate, the sword of Laban, the Urim and Thummim.”
The Three Witnesses see the golden plates and testify of the book’s truth.
Joseph Smith finishes translating the Book of Mormon at the Whitmer home.
August 25, 1829
Martin Harris mortgages his farm to E.B. Grandin to cover the $3,000 printing cost of the Book of Mormon. He later sells 151 acres of his farm to pay off the mortgage.
E. B. Grandin
The Lord in a revelation tells Martin to “not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon” (D&C 19:26).
The Book of Mormon is published.
April 6, 1830
Attends organizational meeting of the Church at the Peter Whitmer Sr. log home in Fayette, New York
Martin is baptized by Oliver Cowdery.
June 9, 1830
Attends first Church conference in Fayette; is ordained a priest.
Martin and Lucy officially separate.
Joseph receives a revelation instructing Church members to gather in Ohio.
April 7, 1831
Martin signs deed for 151 acres with Thomas Lakey; transaction satisfies his debt to E. B. Grandin.
Martin leads fifty converts from Palmyra to Kirtland, Ohio. Lucy refuses to follow.
June 3–6, 1831
Attends fourth Church conference in Kirtland; ordained a high priest by Lyman Wight.
July - August 1831
Accompanies Joseph Smith and others to Missouri to purchase property and designate the site for Zion.
June 1832 - 1833
Serves a mission with his brother Emer in southern New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.
February 17, 1834
Accepts call to serve as twelfth member of the Kirtland high council (D&C 102:34).
Serves as a wagoneer in Zion’s Camp.
November 28, 1834
E. D. Howe publishes Mormonism Unvailed, questioning Martin’s character.
February 14, 1835
Together with Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, select and ordain a “traveling High Council” of 12 men that eventually becomes the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
March 27, 1836
Attends the Kirtland Temple dedication.
Lucy Harris dies at age 44
November 1, 1836
Marries Caroline Young, daughter of John Young and Theodocia Kimball; officiator Heber C. Kimball. They have seven children.
Martin calls the Kirtland Safety Society bank a “fraud” and is among the dissenters who break with Smith and attempt to reorganize the church, led by Warren Parrish.
They are excommunicated during the last week of December 1837.
Parrish’s church takes control of the Kirtland Temple and becomes known as The Church of Christ. Martin is named one of the church’s three trustees.
Martin breaks with Parrish and other church leaders when they reject the Book of Mormon.
He appoints himself the caretaker and guide for the abandoned Kirtland Temple.
Martin Harris is rebaptized in Kirtland. However, within two years he becomes a member of the Shakers. He subsequently becomes a member of the movement led by James J. Strang.
With William W. McLellin, an excommunicated former apostle, Harris organizes a new church, the Church of Christ, which soon fails.
Harris joins with the last surviving brother of Joseph Smith, William Smith and declares that William is Joseph’s true successor.
Brigham Young invites Martin and his family to come to Utah and rejoin with the church. Caroline and the children all make the journey to Utah but Martin stays behind in Kirtland.
Travels to the Salt Lake Valley aboard a westward bound train, sharing his testimony at several stops.
Arrives in Salt Lake City at 7:30 p.m. Deseret Evening News reports arrival of Martin.
September 17, 1870
Edward Stevenson baptizes him in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.
George A. Smith, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Joseph Fielding Smith, and Orson Pratt confirm him a member of the Church.
He serves as proxy in baptism of his father Nathan Harris and brother Solomon Harris.
October 11, 1870
Receives his endowment in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.
July 10, 1875
Martin Harris passes away in Clarkston, Utah, and is buried there.