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John Smith was born 16 June 1781 in Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States to Asael Smith (1744-1830) and Mary Duty (1743-1836) and died 23 May 1854 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Clarissa Lyman (1790-1854) 11 September 1815 in Connecticut, United States. He married Julia Hills (1783-1853) 11 September 1815 . Ancestors are from the United States.

John Smith, known as Uncle John, was an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Smith was the younger brother of Joseph Smith, Sr., uncle of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, father of George A. Smith, grandfather of John Henry Smith, and great-grandfather of George Albert Smith. He served as a member of the first presiding high council in Kirtland, Ohio, an assistant counselor in the First Presidency under Joseph Smith, and as Presiding Patriarch under Brigham Young. He was succeeded as Presiding Patriarch by his great nephew, who was also named John Smith.

Smith served as president of the stake in Lee County, Iowa during the Nauvoo period. He was also the first president of the Salt Lake Stake, the first stake in Utah Territory, and as such was the leader of the Latter-day Saints in Utah in the winter of 1847–48.

Smith practiced plural marriage and fathered four children.

Smith died at Salt Lake City and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.



Children


Offspring of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman (1790-1854)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Albert Smith (1817-1875) 26 June 1817 Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States 1 September 1875 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Bathsheba Wilson Bigler (1822-1910)
Lucy Meserve Smith (1817-1892)
Nancy Clements (1815-1847)
Zilpha Stark (1818-1887)
Sarah Ann Libby (1818-1851)
Hannah Maria Libby (1828-1906)
Agnes Moulton Coolbirth (1811-1875)
Susan Elizabeth West (1833-1926)

Caroline Clara Smith (1820-1895)
John Lyman Smith (1823-1893)

Siblings


Offspring of Asael Smith and Mary Duty (1743-1836)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jesse Smith (1768-1853) 20 April 1768 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States 16 March 1853 Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States Hannah Peabody (1773-1849)

Priscilla Smith (1769-1860)
Joseph Smith (1771-1840) 12 July 1771 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 14 September 1840 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois Lucy Mack (1775-1856)

John Smith (1772-1829)
Asael Smith (1773-1848) 21 May 1773 Windham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States 21 July 1848 Iowaville, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Elizabeth Schellenger (1785-1846)

Mary Smith (1775-1844)
Samuel Smith (1777-1830)
Hannah Smith (1779-1849)
Silas Smith (1779-1839)
John Smith (1781-1854) 16 June 1781 Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States 23 May 1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Clarissa Lyman (1790-1854)
Julia Hills (1783-1853)

Susannah Smith (1783-1849)
Stephen Smith (1785-1802)
Sarah Smith (1789-1824)




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