Mormon History 1830-1844

Mormon History Gazetteer for Massachusetts (1831–1839)
Locality / county Link to map of Massachusetts counties at U.S. Census Bureau website.

Acton
Barre
Bedford
Boston

Bradford
Charlestown
Cummington
Dayton

Georgetown
Lowell
Lynn
Pittsfield

Plainfield
Quincy
Richmond
Rowley

Salem
South Dennis
Yarmouth

Acton / Middlesex
  Nov. 1, 1799 Thomas B. Marsh Birthplace. Thomas B. Marsh (h)

Barre / Worcester
  Sept. 17, 1794 John Corrill Birthplace. John Corrill

Bedford / Bristol
  Aug. 9, 1835 Nine of the "traveling High Council" (the Twelve) Organize the Massachusetts Conference (coterminous with commonwealth boundaries).
<i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.
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Boston / Suffolk
  [1822–1829] Thomas B. Marsh "… engaged in a type foundry … seven years …" Tries to be a Methodist for 2 years, then Quietist. Thomas B. Marsh (h)
  June–October 1832 Orson Hyde, Samuel H. Smith Baptize, organize branch of 25 or 30. Also baptize in Lynn, members added to Boston branch. Niles Register reports 15 are baptized in Boston "some of whom are respectable persons … Certain of these converts have cast considerable sums of money into the stock, and all were about to depart for the 'promised land,' in Jackson county, Missouri." ¶ Orson Hyde (h)

Niles Register, Sept. 8, 1832. Source
  August 1836 Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigden, Oliver Cowdery Spend about a month in the area. ¶ Oliver Cowdery
  May [11], 1838 Wilford Woodruff, A. P. Rockwood Wilford visits Albert P. Rockwood in "Cambridgeport" jail ("religious persecution"), speaks at Sister Vose's in Boston (9 Myrtle Street), spends the night with Elder Ball and his Mother (12 Butoph Street). ¶ Wilford Woodruff (h3);
<i>Wilford Woodruff&#39;s Journal</i>, 9 vols., compiled by Scott G. Kenney &#40;Midvale: Signature Books, 1981&#45;1984&#41;.
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  May 14, 1838 Wilford Woodruff Walks from Boston to Holliston (30 mi.), stayed at Deacon Haven's. Next day walks to Providence. ¶ Wilford Woodruff (h3)
  Sept. 9, 1843 The Twelve Conference in Boylston Hall. See Georgetown entry, this date. ¶ Milton Holmes
  Oct. 14, 1844 Wilford Woodruff "I spent the night at Br Phelps, And dreamed of being in the midst of rattle snakes. I had power to kill them. A few nights previous I saw a monster of a serpent. Tried to kill me but had no power."
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Bradford / Essex   1811   Birthplace of John F. Boynton. ¶ John F. Boynton (h)  

Spring 1832

Orson Hyde, Samuel H. Smith Organize branch. ¶ Orson Hyde   Aug. 7, 1835 The Twelve Conference (scheduled). ¶ Minutes of March 12, 1835
¶ Heber C. Kimball (h3)
  Early May 1838 Wilford Woodruff, Milton Holmes, James Townsend Arrive Bradford, Wilford continues to Boston, Milton and James remain in Bradford. ¶ Wilford Woodruff (h3)
Charlestown / Essex   Sept. 1830 Thomas B. Marsh Moves from Charlestown, Massachusetts to Palmyra, New York. ¶ Thomas B. Marsh (h)
Cummington / Hampshire   [June-Sept.] 1835 Noah Packard Organizes branch. ¶ Noah Packard
Dayton / Cattaraugus   April 1833 Zerubbabel Snow, Freeman Nickerson Zerubbabel baptizes Freeman. Freeman Nickerson
Georgetown (New Rowley until 1838) / Essex   May 8, 1838 Wilford Woodruff, Nathaniel Holmes "From [Newberryport] thence to Georgetown formerly New Rowley Essex County Mass & spent the night at father Nathaniel Holmes. 35 m." <i>Wilford Woodruff&#39;s Journal</i>, 9 vols., compiled by Scott G. Kenney &#40;Midvale: Signature Books, 1981&#45;1984&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">WWJ 1:245.   By July 1838 Nathaniel Holmes Presides. <i>Leaves from My Journal</i>, Wilford Woodruff, Faith Promoting Series, &#34;designed for the instruction and encouragement of young Later&#45;day Saints.&#34; Book 3 &#40;Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor, 1881&#41;; 1882 reprint cited.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Leaves, 38; <i>Wilford Woodruff&#39;s Journal</i>, 9 vols., compiled by Scott G. Kenney &#40;Midvale: Signature Books, 1981&#45;1984&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">WWJ 2:245.   Oct. 6, 1838 Wilford Woodruff, Milton Holmes Arrives with Fox Islands Saints enroute to Kirtland. Milton and family, Nathaniel Thomas, and James Townsend join them. ¶ Milton Holmes   Sept. 9, 1843 The Twelve Boston conference. Elder Bryant reports "not much spirit of gathering" among the 30 members of the Georgetown branch. E. Snow remarks little wonder "when their Presiding Elder Nathaniel Holmes & his Son Elder Milton Holmes has setteled down with the Church manifesting No disposition to gather themselves. It was no wonder the Church had not the spirit of it." ¶ Milton Holmes
Lowell / Middlesex   Oct. 15, 1844 Wilford Woodruff Meets with Lowell branch. "It was rather a squally time. Difficulties appear to be rising in this quarter. Some dissatisfaction." <i>Wilford Woodruff&#39;s Journal</i>, 9 vols., compiled by Scott G. Kenney &#40;Midvale: Signature Books, 1981&#45;1984&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">WWJ 2:474.
Lynn / Essex   Sept. 1832   Two missionaries convert 5 in Lynn and 15 in Lynn. (Members joined to Boston branch.) Niles Register (Baltimore), Sept. 8, 1832
Pittsfield / Berkshire   Aug. 27, 1793 Edward Partridge Born.  
Plainfield / Hampshire   [Summer] 1833 Noah Packard Preaches several times without success. ¶ Noah Packard
Quincy / Essex   May 6, 1839 Milton Holmes High council authorizes Milton Holmes and other seventies to accompany the Twelve to England. ¶ Milton Holmes
Richmond / Berkshire   1813 Willard Richards Family moves to Richmond from Hopkinton when Willard is about 9. Willard Richards (h)
Rowley / Essex   1811 Milton Holmes Birthplace. ¶ Milton Holmes
Salem / Essex   August 6, 1836 Joseph, Hyrum, Sidney, Oliver Joseph receives revelation in Salem. Gold, silver, treasure to be found. D&C 111
South Dennis / Barnstable   Feb. 5, 1778/1779 Freeman Nickerson Birthplace. Freeman Nickerson
Springfield / Hampden   April 7, 1803 Levi Hancock Birthplace. Levi Hancock
Yarmouth / Barnstable     Freeman Nickerson "Since I arrived at Cape Cod, I have held 24 public meetings; the people have been very attentive. I have held two meetings in a Methodist house one in the courthouse, two in a hall and the remainder in a school and private houses." ¶ Freeman Nickerson      
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