April 18, 1829 the Mantua
church divides. Symonds Ryder is ordained "first
the new Hiram–Nelson congregation,
consisting of thirty-seven members. Another group is at Garrettsville.
On the second day of August
1831, Brother Sidney Rigdon stood up and asked saying: Do you receive
this land for the land of your inheritance with thankful hearts from
the Lord? answer from all we do, Do you pledge yourselves to keep the
laws of God on this land, which you have never have kept in your own
land? We do. Do you pledge yourselves to see that others of to brethren,
who shall come hither do keep the laws of God? We do. After prayer he
arose and said, I now pronounce this land consecrated and dedicated to
the Lord for a possession and inheritance for the Saints, (in the name
of Jesus Christ having authority from him.) And for all the faithful
Servants of the Lord to the rimotest ages of time Aamen [Amen].
The day following eight Elders viz.
Joseph Smith Jr., Oliver
Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Peter Whitmer
Jr., Frederick G. Williams, Wm.
W. Phelps, Martin
Harris, and Joseph
Coe, assembled together where the temple is to be erected. Sidney Rigdon dedicated the ground where the city is to Stand: and Joseph Smith Jr. laid a stone at the North east corner of the  contemplated Temple in the name of the Lord Jesus of Nazareth. After all present had rendered thanks to the great ruler of the universe. Sidney Rigdon pronounced this Spot of ground wholy dedicated unto the Lord forever: Amen.
November 19, 1833 after returning from a mission to Upper Canada, Joseph suspects Sidney has been criticizing the prophet behind his back. Sidney is a great speaker and easily wins people’s friendship, but he is not reliable.
Sidney added the religious component of
Phebe Brooks, b. May 3, 1800 in Bridgewater,
Cumberland, NJ, daughter of Jeremiah Brooks
and Dorcas Smith
md. June 12, 1820 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio
2, 1886 in Friendship, Allegheny, New York
Lucy/Lacy, b. 1819 in South Bristol, Addison, Vermont
d. Apr. 15, 1877