Louisa Beaman - Though Mormon history and press indicate Beaman was not baptized until May 11, 1843, she had migrated with Mormons to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839 or 1840.
Early Life Edit
Louisa Beaman was born February 7, 1815, to Alvah Beaman and Sarah Burtts in Livonia, New York, some twenty-five miles south of Palmyra.
In 1829, Alvah became one of the earliest converts to the religion and assisted Joseph Smith as he was translating the Book of Mormon by helping to hide the golden plates. The family migrated to Kirtland, Ohio, but in 1837, Alvah died. Louisa’s sister Mary married Joseph B. Noble in 1834, and by 1840, Louisa was living with the Nobles in Montrose, Iowa, and later Nauvoo, Illinois.
Cyrus Wheelock remembered some of the earliest teaching from the Prophet Joseph Smith regarding plural marriage: “The first time I recollect hearing him [Joseph Smith] teach was in Iowa, at a place called Montrose. It was at Montrose in Iowa at the house of one [Joseph] Bates Noble.”
Noble moved to Montrose, across the Mississippi River, to Nauvoo in 1839. He stayed until late 1841, dating this event to that period.
Noble testified in 1869: “In the fall of the year A.D. 1840, Joseph Smith, taught him the principle of Celestial marriage or a ‘plurality of wives,’ and that the said Joseph Smith declared that he had received a revelation from God on the subject, and that the angel of the Lord had commanded him, (Joseph Smith) to move forward in the said order of marriage, and further, that the said Joseph Smith, requested him, (Joseph Bates Noble) to step forward and assist him in carrying out the Said principle.”
As the Prophet taught in Joseph B. Noble’s home, the audience included members of his own family and his wife’s sister, Louisa Beaman. The Noble clan embraced the instructions and Louisa specifically accepted a plural marriage proposal from the Prophet.
Multiple historical reports refer to the incident. In 1869, Noble signed an affidavit affirming “that, on the fifth day of April A.D. 1841, At the City of Nauvoo, County of Hancock, State of Illinois, he married or sealed Louisa Beaman, to Joseph Smith.”
Plural Marriage: Joseph Smith Edit
She has been called the "first plural wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith (1805-1844)." Listed as a Smith plural wife by Joseph F. Smith, who noted an 1869 affidavit of Beaman's brother-in-law Joseph B. Noble, stating he officiated at the wedding. This would have been prior to her baptism. The marriage was done without informing Joseph's first wife Emma.
Plural Marriage: Brigham YoungEdit
After Smith's death, Beaman remarried, becoming the ninth wife of Brigham Young (1801-1877). Young and Beaman had five children together, all of whom predeceased Beaman, who died at age 35.
- Moroni Young (1847-1847)
- Hyrum Young (1848-1848)
- Joseph Young (1848-1848)
- Alma Burtts Young (1848-1850)
- Alva Beaman Young (1848-1850)
|Offspring of Alvah Moses Beaman and Sarah Burtts (1775-1848)|
|Isaac Newton Beaman (1797-1872)|| |
|Betsey Beaman (1800-1872)|| |
|Alvah Peck Beaman (1803-1882)|| |
|Sarah Beaman (1806-1868)|| |
|Margaret Beckwith Beaman (1808-1862)|| |
|Mary Adeline Beaman (1810-1851)|| |
|Louisa Beaman (1815-1850)||7 February 1815 Livonia, Livingston County, New York, United States||15 May 1850 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States|| Joseph Smith (1805-1844)|
Brigham Young (1801-1877)
|Artimesia Beaman (1819-1882)|