Category Archives: Polygamy

Polygamy Timeline

Note Age of Consent in the 1900’s: “Early English law set the age of consent at ten, the age was gradually raised over the years. In the nineteenth century, most states had set the age of consent at ten. A … Continue reading

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Laws applicable to polygamy during Joseph Smith’s lifetime

“Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State, being married, or … Continue reading

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Polygamy Laws in effect in Joseph Smith’s day

Revised Laws of Illinois, 1833, p.198-99: Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith, Orson and Sarah Pratt- A timeline

26 April, 1831 – Orson Pratt Ordained an Elder by Joseph Smith, Jr.’s own hand[1] April 1831 – Mission to Colesville, New York. Several other missions to New York, Ohio, Missouri, and the Eastern States[2] 2 February, 1832 – Ordained a High Priest by Sidney Rigdon … Continue reading

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Scan of the Nauvoo Expositor

Scan of original newspaper.  Notice that about 1/3 of it is a testimony of the Book of Mormon, 1/3 is tactfully addressing polygamy, and 1/3 hints at Joseph trying to become president via a secret quorum of 50. William and … Continue reading

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Legal Status of Women in 1800s

Yes they could own property without being married. This is not a good argument for why polygamy was required.

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