I Was Born in Sharon, Vermont

By December 23, 2010

On December 23, 1805, Joseph Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont. As David observed a few years ago, Joseph asserted his identity as a New Englander in petitioning for redress for the Missouri persecutions:

I was born in Sharon, Vermont, in 1805, where the first quarter of my life grew with the growth and strengthened with the strength of that ?first-born? State of the ?United Thirteen.? From the old ?French War? to the final consummation of American Independence, my fathers, heart to heart, and shoulder to shoulder, with the noble fathers of our liberty, fought and bled; and with the most of that venerable band of patriots, they have gone to rest, bequeathing a glorious country, with all her inherent rights, to millions of posterity. Like other honest citizens, I not only (when manhood came,) sought my own peace, prosperity, and happiness, but also the peace, prosperity, and happiness of my friends; and, with all the rights and realm before me, and the revelations of Jesus Christ to guide me into all truth, I had good reasons to enter into the blessings and privileges of an American citizen, the rights of a Green Mountain Boy, unmolested, and enjoy life and religion according to the most virtuous and enlightened customs, rules, and etiquette of the nineteenth century. But, to the disgrace of the United States, it is not so. These rights and privileges, together with a large amount of property, have been wrested from me, and thousands of my friends, by lawless mobs in Missouri, supported by executive authority; and the crime of plundering our property, and the unconstitutional and barbarous act of our expulsion, and even the inhumanity of murdering men, women, and children, have received the pass-word of ?justifiable? by legislative enactments; and the horrid deeds, doleful and disgraceful as they are, have been paid for by Government. (Reference and continued text here)

For some other fascinating reading about the Joseph Smith birthplace, see Keith Erekson’s article in the Vermont Historical Society magazine as well as another in Mormon Historical Studies, both from his larger thesis.


Photo: seminary.lds.org

Caption: “The granite memorial to Joseph Smith was erected and the site dedicated on 23 December 1905 by President Joseph F. Smith in commemoration of the centennial of the Prophet?s birth. The monument is 38 1/2 feet high, one foot for each year of his life. The Memorial Cottage (immediately left of the monument), which was used as a visitors? center, was completed and dedicated at the same time as the monument.”

Article filed under Biography Categories of Periodization: Origins


  1. Happy Birthday, Joseph!

    Comment by Jared T — December 23, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  2. Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord?s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood. John Taylor

    Comment by Ryan T. — December 23, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  3. Thanks for the remembering.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — December 23, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  4. Good one, Jared.

    Comment by WVS — December 23, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  5. Thanks Ryan, Ed and W.

    Comment by Jared T — December 24, 2010 @ 1:48 am

  6. Thanks Jared

    Comment by Steve Fleming — December 24, 2010 @ 3:53 pm


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