Hale, Emma (Female)

[Book of Patriarchal Blessings Index Ancestry of Joseph Smith, Jr. Page: 302 Temple Patron Notification Reference Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37 The Doctrine and Covenants Section: 25 Comprehensive History of the LDS Church. Roberts, B.H. Volume: 1Volume: 2 LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4 Page: 196-197 Volume: 1 Page: 692 Temple Index Bureau Reorganized Minute Book, 1852-71 Olive Branch at Nauvoo Records]

Birth: Hale, Emma (Female)Date: July 10, 1804
[Book of Patriarchal Blessings Index Temple Index Bureau]
Place: Harmony, Susquehannah, PA, USA

Parents: Hale, Emma (Female)Father: Hale, Isaac [Temple Index Bureau] Mother: Lewis, Elizabeth [Temple Index Bureau]

Death: Hale, Emma (Female)Date: April 30, 1879 [Temple Index Bureau] Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
[Ancestry of Joseph Smith Jr. Page: 302]

Marriage Information: Hale, Emma (Female)Spouse: Smith, Joseph Jr.[Ancestry of Joseph Smith. Jr. Page: 30]
Date: January 18, 1827Place: South Bainbridge, Chenango, NY, USA

Children: Hale, Emma (Female)
[Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37]


1. Smith, Alvin

2. Smith, Thaddeus

3. Smith, Louisa

4. Smith, Joseph

5. Smith, Frederick Granger Williams

6. Smith, Alexander Hale

7. Smith, Don Carlos

8. Smith, (male child)

9. Smith, David Hyrum

Marriage Number 2 Hale, Emma (Female)Spouse: Bidamon, Lewis C.Date: December 23, 1847

Church Ordinance Data: Hale, Emma (Female)Baptism [Ancestry of Joseph Smith Jr. Page: 30]
Date: June 29, 1830Place: Colesville, NY, USAOfficiator: Oliver Cowdery

Temple Ordinance Data: Hale, Emma (Female)Endowment
[Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37 Temple Index Bureau]
Date: September 28, 1843

Endowment [Temple Patron Notification Reference]
Date: January 26, 1978Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA

Sealed to Parents [Temple Patron Notification Reference]
Date: June 14, 1972Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA

Sealed to Spouse [Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37]
Date: May 28, 1843

Places of Residence: Hale, Emma (Female)Harmony, PA, USA

Fayette, NY, USA; September 1830

Kirtland, Geauga, OH, USA; January 1831, 1832-1838

Hiram, USA; September 1831-September 1832

Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA; 1839
[Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37]

Comments: Hale, Emma (Female)Emma assisted as scribe to the Book of Mormon.2. Emma adopted two twins; Joseph Murdock and Julia Murdock.

Emma was the first president of the female Relief Society, March 17, 1842.
[Revelations of Joseph Smith. Cook, Lyndon. 1981 Page: 37]

Comments: #21. Emma was instructed to prepare a hymn book for the church.
[The Doctrine and Covenants Section: 25]

Comments: #31. Emma was the wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the first president of the Relief Society in 1842-1844, was born July 10, 1804, in Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis.  She was a faithful wife and mother and during times of persecution her home was always open to the sick and needy.  She supervised the work of boarding and clothing the men engaged in building the temples at Kirtland and Nauvoo, and during the persecutions in Illinois, she, in company with others, journeyed to Quincy, Illinois, and presented a memorial to Governor Carlin in behalf of her people.  She was appointed to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Church in Nauvoo, many of which are included in the L.D.S. hymn book.  When the saints were expelled from Illinois in 1846, Emma Smith chose to remain in Nauvoo, where she later married Major Lewis C. Bidamon in 1847.
[LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4   Page: 196-197]

Comments: #41. Emma was the first Relief Society president in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born in July 10, 1804, in Harmony, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Isaac Hale and became acquainted with Joseph Smith in 1827, while he was employed by Mr. Josiah Stoal (of Chenango county, New York), in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  Joseph writes.   "During the times that I was thus employed, I was put to board with a Mr. Isaac Hale, of that place; it was there I first saw my wife (his daughter), Emma Hale.  On the 18th of January, 1827, we were married, while I was yet employed in the service of Mr. Stoal.  Owing to my continuing to assert that I had seen a vision, persecution still followed me, and my wife's father's family were very much opposed to our being married.  I was therefore under the necessity of taking her elsewhere; so we went and were married at the house of Squire Tarbull, in South Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York.  Immediately after my marriage, I left Mr. Stoal's and went to my father's and farmed with them that season."  Emma accepted the gospel as it had been revealed through her husband and was baptized by Oliver Cowdery in Colesville, Broome county, New York, in June, 1830.   After this, she shared with her husband his joys and sorrows, and, together with him, passed through the persecutions of New York, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.  In a revelation given through Joseph Smith in July, 1830, she was called "an elect lady" and commanded to expound Scriptures and to exhort the Church."  (Doctrine and Covenants 25:7).  When the first Female Relief Society of the Church was organized in Nauvoo, Illinois, March 17, 1842, she was chosen as its president, a position which she filled with marked distinction as long as the society continued to hold meetings in that city.  When the Saints were expelled from Illinois in 1846, Emma Smith chose to remain at her home in Nauvoo, where she was married to Lewis C. Bidamon, December 23, 1847, the Reverand William Haney, a Methodist clergyman performing the marriage ceremony.  Mr. Bidamon, who was generally known as Major Bidamon, made the Mansion House (which had been built as a hotel by Joseph the Prophet) his family home, and there he lived with Emma as his wife for about twenty-two years.  About 1869 they took possession of a portion of the old Nauvoo House, a brick structure which was partly built by the Saints before they left Nauvoo, and which for many years had stood as a ruin on the river bank, reminding the visitor of Nauvoo's past glory.  Major Bidamon completed a part of the house and moved his family into it, and that historic building now became Emma's home during the remainder of her days.  While residing as Mrs. Bidamon in the Mansion House and later, as stated, in the Nauvoo House, Emma was frequently visited by relatives and friends from Utah.  To many of these she seemed restless and unhappy, but she always manifested great interest in the friends of her first husband.  Her dislike for President Brigham Young is believed by many to have been the main cause of her refusal to gather with the Saints to the mountains; and it is also asserted that she on the same ground, later on, influenced her sons to take the stand they did in regard to the so-called Re-organization. Sister Emma died in Nauvoo, April 30, 1879, and at the time of her demise the "Deseret News" said editorially:  "To the old members of the Church the deceased was well known, as a lady of more than ordinary intelligence and force of character.  Her opposition to the doctrine of plural marriage, which, however, she at first embraced, led to her departure from the faith of the gospel as revealed through her martyred husband.  She chose to remain at Nauvoo when the Saints left for the west, and in consequence lost the honor and glory that might have crowned her brow as "the elect lady."  She was the mother of four (seven) children, all the sons of the Prophet Joseph, viz: Joseph, now leader of the sect which commonly bears his name, Frederick (deceased), Alexander and David.  It was mainly through her influence that they were led into the bypath wherein they have gone astray.  She has now gone beyond the veil to await the great day of accounts.  There is no feeling of bitterness in the hearts of the Saints toward Sister Emma Smith, but only of pity and sorrow for the course she pursued.   May her remains rest in peace."
[LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 1   Page: 692]

Comments: #51. Emma was a member of the Olive Branch in Nauvoo (which reconsorted in Amboy, Illinois).
[Reorganized Minute Book, 1852-71]