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Rhoda Richards Smith Young was born 8 August 1784 in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Joseph Richards (1762-1840) and Rhoda Howe (1762-1838) and died 17 January 1879 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Smith (1805-1844) June 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. She married Brigham Young (1801-1877) 31 January 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, the United States.
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Biography

1848 Migration to Utah

Rhoda Richards traveled west to Utah with her brother, Willard Richards (1804-1854), in his 1848 wagon pioneer company.

526 individuals were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. This company was divided into two sections, Willard Richards section and Amasa Lyman Section. The Lyman section left the outfitting post on 1 July and the Richards section left on 3 July.

Members of the company arrived from 10-19 October 1848.


Marriage & Family

Mrg June 1843 / Age 58 - 1st cousin of Brigham Young (1801-1877) whom she married after Smith's death. Sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr. for eternity and Young for time.

1st Marriage: Joseph Smith

Rhoda Richards was a polygamous wife (#29) to the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), but they had no children together.

2nd Marriage: Brigham Young

After Joseph's martyrdom, this widow married her 1st cousin and Joseph's successor, Brigham Young (1801-1877) as his 32nd wife. She was age 61 and he 44 at this time. (31 June 1846 - Nauvoo IL) They had no children together.



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Children


Offspring of Brigham Young and Miriam Angeline Works (1806-1832)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Young (1825-1903) 26 September 1825 Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York, United States 2 February 1903 Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States Edmund Lovell Ellsworth (1819-1893)

Vilate Young (1830-1902) 1 June 1830 Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States 18 November 1902 Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States Charles Franklin Decker (1824-1901)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell (1808-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Angell Young (1834-1875) 14 October 1834 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 5 August 1875 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah Margaret Whitehead (1838-1916)
Clara Federata Stenhouse (1850-1893)
Mary Ann Ayers (1831-)
Athalia Elizabeth Grant (1836-1907)

Mary Ann Young (1836-1843) 18 December 1836 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 27 August 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Brigham Young (1836-1903) 18 December 1836 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 11 April 1903 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Catherine Curtis Spencer (1836-1922)
Helen E Armstrong (1856-1939)
Abigail Stevens (1870-1954)
Jane Maria Carrington (1840-1905)
Rhoda Elizabeth Perkins (1862-1927)

Alice Young (1839-1874) 4 September 1839 Montrose, Lee County, Iowa 2 November 1874 St. George, Washington County, Utah Hiram Bradley Clawson (1826-1912)

Luna Caroline Young (1842-1922) 20 August 1842 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 17 November 1922 Logan, Cache County, Utah George Washington Thatcher (1840-1902)

John Willard Young (1844-1924) 1 October 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 11 February 1924 New York City, New York Elizabeth Canfield (1845-1916)
Lucy Maria Canfield (1847-1915)
Adolphine Bertha Christine Damke (1859-1924)
Clara Lucinda Jones (1846-1885)
Luella Van Cott (1861-1920)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Lucy Ann Decker (1822-1890)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Brigham Heber Young (1845-1928) 19 June 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 3 June 1928 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Vilate Ruth Clayton (1844-1918)

Fanny Decker Young (1849-1892) 25 January 1849 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah 21 January 1892 Salt Lake City, Utah George Washington Thatcher (1840-1902)

Ernest Irving Young (1851-1879) 29 April 1851 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 8 October 1879 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Sybella White Johnson (1854-1926)

Arta D'Christa Young (1855-1916) 16 April 1855 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 7 April 1916 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, United States Susan Snow (1856-1917)

Feramorz Little Young (1858-1881) 16 September 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 27 September 1881 Off coast of Jupiter, Florida
Clarissa Hamilton Young (1860-) 23 July 1860 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah John Daniel Spencer (1858-1947)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Harriet Elizabeth Cook (1824-1898)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Oscar Brigham Young (1846-1910) 10 February 1846 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 4 August 1910 Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States Paralee Russell (1845-c1905)
Annie Marie Roseberry (1855-1936)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Clarissa Clara Decker (1828-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeannette Young (1849-1930)
Nabbie Howe Young (1852-)
Jedediah Grant Young (1855-1856)
Albert Jeddie Young (1858-)
Charlotte Talula Young (1861-)

Siblings


Offspring of Joseph Richards, Sr. and Rhoda Howe (1762-1838)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Richards (1782-1852)
Rhoda Richards (1784-1879) 8 August 1784 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 17 January 1879 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Joseph Smith (1805-1844)
Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Susanna Richards (1786-1830)
Phinehas Richards (1788-1874) 22 December 1779 East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut 23 April 1853 Brookfield, Madison County, New York Wealthy Dewey (1786-1853)
Mary Vail Morse (1788-1874)
Martha Allen (1803-1860)
Margaret Phillips (1800-1890)
Emily Northrop (1810-1850)
Ann Emerson (1802-)
Jane McBride (1815-1850)

Levi Richards (1790-1795)
Nancy Richards (1792-1852) 22 November 1792 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 15 July 1852 On the Platte River, Liberty Pole, Nebraska William Peirson (1793-1862)

Hepsibah Richards (1795-1838) 28 July 1795 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 30 September 1838 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri
Betsey Richards (1897-1803)
Levi Richards (1799-1876) 14 April 1799 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 18 June 1876 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Sarah Griffith (1802-1892)
Persis Goodall (1806-1894)

William Richards (1801-1884)
Willard Richards (1804-1854) 24 June 1804 Hopkington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 11 March 1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Jennetta Richards (1817-1845)
Sarah Longstroth (1826-1858)
Amelia Elizabeth Pierson (1825-1851)
Mary Thompson (1827-1905)
Jane Hall (1826-1849)
Nanny Longstroth (1828-1911)
Susanna Bayliss (1812-1891)
Rhoda Harriett Foss (1830-1881)

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