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Sophronia was born 17 May 1803 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, United States to Joseph Smith (1771-1840) and Lucy Mack (1775-1856) and died 28 October 1876 in Colchester, McDonough County, Illinois, United States of unspecified causes. She married Calvin W. Stoddard (1801-1836) 2 December 1827 in Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, United States. She married William McCleary (1793-1846) 11 February 1838 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, United States. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Belarus, Switzerland.


Biography

Sophronia Smith Stoddard McCleary was sibling from the Joseph Smith family that was instrumental in the founding of the Mormon Religion and establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She appears to be an active member of the church, moving with the main body from New York to Kirtland which she remarried there in 1838 and then to Nauvoo Illinois, participating in temple ordinances there in 1846.

The Smith Family Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by Aug. 1804; to Tunbridge, by Mar. 1808; to Royalton, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817. There they Joined Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra, early 1820s.

She Married first Calvin W. Stoddard, 30 Dec. 1827, at Palmyra, Wayne Co., New York. (Stoddard Family Bible, ca. 1826–1836. Copy of genealogical information under “Sophronia Smith Family Bible,” in Joseph Smith Sr. Family Reunions Files, 1972–2003. CHL.) They Lived at Macedon, Wayne Co., 1830. (1830 U.S. Census, Macedon, Wayne Co., NY, 99) Baptized into LDS church, possibly 1830. Migrated to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, with Lucy Mack Smith company of Fayette, Seneca Co., New York, branch members, 1831. (Smith, Lucy Mack. Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet and His Progenitors for Many Generations. Liverpool: S. W. Richards, 1853. )

They lived at Chardon, Geauga Co., by 1832.(Joseph Smith Journal, 29 Nov. 1832.) Husband died, 1836. (Stoddard Family Bible, ca. 1826–1836. Copy of genealogical information under “Sophronia Smith Family Bible,” in Joseph Smith Sr. Family Reunions Files, 1972–2003. CHL.) Married second to William McCleary, 11 Feb. 1838, at Kirtland. (Geauga Co., OH, Probate Court, Marriage Records, vol. C, p. 262, microfilm 873,461, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Stoddard Family Bible.)

They Left Ohio for Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, May 1838. (per letter of her brother Don Carlos to Joseph Smith circa July 1838, recorded in Joseph Smith Journal) Fled to Illinois, Feb. 1839. (Smith, Lucy Mack. Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet and His Progenitors for Many Generations.) Lived at Macedonia (later Webster), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1843. (JS, Journal, 1–2 Apr. 1843.) Lived at Tennessee, McDonough Co., Illinois, 1860. (US Census) Received into RLDS church, 8 Apr. 1873, based on original baptism. Died at Fountain Green, Hancock Co. (Obituary for Sophronia Smith McCleary, Saints’ Herald, 1 Oct. 1876, 607.)

She married Calvin W. Stoddard on December 2, 1827 in Palmyra, Wayne County, New York. He died in 1836. She married William McCleary on February 11th, 1838 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio. He died in 1846. Temple records indicate that they were sealed on January 27th, 1846.

She may have died in Colchester or in Fountain Green, IL, Her grave marker (located in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, Illinois) indicates that she died on August 28, 1871, but she may have died July 22, 1876. Her daughter was Maria Stoddard Woolley.

Vital Records

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Gravestone of Sophronia Smith Stoddard McCleary at My Auburn Cemetery, Colchester ILL.

  • 1803-May-17 : Birth Record - Tunbridge Twp, Orange Co, Vermont - Daughter of Joseph & Lucy Smith
  • 1846-Jan-27 : Nauvoo Temple sealing record to her second husband.
  • 1860 : US Census Record - Tennessee Township, McDonough County, Illinois



Children


Offspring of Sophronia and Calvin W. Stoddard (1801-1836)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eunice Stoddard (1830-1831)
Maria Stoddard (1832-1896)

Siblings


Offspring of Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack (1775-1856)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Infant Smith (1797-1797) 1797 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont 1797 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
Alvin Smith (1798-1823) 11 February 1798 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont 19 November 1823 Palmyra, Wayne County, New York
Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) 9 February 1800 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, United States 27 June 1844 Carthage Jail, Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, United States Jerusha Barden (1805-1837)
Mary Fielding (1801-1852)
Mercy Rachel Fielding (1807-1893)

Sophronia Smith (1803-1896) 17 May 1803 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, United States 28 October 1876 Colchester, McDonough County, Illinois, United States Calvin W. Stoddard (1801-1836)
William McCleary (1793-1846)

Joseph Smith (1805-1844) 23 December 1805 Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, United States 27 June 1844 Carthage Jail, Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, United States Emma Hale (1804-1879)

Samuel Harrison Smith (1808-1844) 13 March 1808 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, United States 1 August 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States Mary Bailey (1808-1841)
Levira Clark (1815-1883)

Ephraim Smith (1810-1810) 13 March 1810 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont 24 March 1810 Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont
William B Smith (1811-1893) 13 March 1811 Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont, United States 13 November 1893 Osterdock, Clayton County, Iowa, United States Caroline Amanda Grant (1814-1845)
Roxie Ann Rosanna Grant (1825-1900)
Eliza Jane Sanborn (1827-1889)
Rosella Goyette (1830-1923)

Don Carlos Smith (1816-1841) 25 March 1816 Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont, United States 7 August 1841 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States Agnes Moulton Coolbrith (1811-1876)

Lucy Smith (1821-1882) 18 July 1821 Manchester, Ontario County, New York, United States 9 December 1882 Colchester, McDonough County, Illinois, United States Arthur Millikin (1817-1882)

Katherine Smith (1813-1900) 28 July 1813 Lebanon, Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States 2 February 1900 Fountain Green, Hancock County, Illinois, United States Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury (1809-1853)
Joseph W Younger (1803-1900)

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