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Martha  McBRIDE

Martha McBRIDE

Female 1805 - 1901  (96 years)

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  • Name Martha McBRIDE  [1
    Born 17 Mar 1805  Chester, Orange County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Burial 1. [S49] LDS - 1842 Nauvoo LDS Census, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, , Nauvoo 4th Ward, p 78

    2. [S4] Book - Annotated Record of Baptisms for the Dead, Nauvoo, 7 vols., Black, Susan Easton, (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602), , Nauvoo, by Black and Black, Vol # 4, pp 2121-2123

    3. [S6] LDS - Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, 50 vols., Black, Susan Easton, Compiler, (LDS Church, Salt Lake City, 1990), 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 29, pp 11, 925-926

    4. [S7] LDS - Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1845-1846), , p 32

    5. [S101] Database - Writings of Early Latter-day Saints and their Contemporaries, Backman, Milton V., Jr., Compiler, Biography
    typescript, Brigham Young University

    6. [S12] Internet Link - BYU Winter Quarters Project - http://winterquarters.byu.edu

    7. [S13] Internet Link - Pioneer Research Group Project - http://www.pioneerresearchgroup.org

    8. [S17265] Downloaded from http://earlylds.com, version 2007-02-08, snowdr@gmail.com

    9. [S39] LDS - Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists 1846 - 1848, Historical Department Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    10. [S2] Internet Link - International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
    Religion Mormon pioneer 
    Buried Nov 1901  Hooper, Weber County, Utah USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • City Cemetery
    Died 20 Nov 1901  Hooper, Weber County, Utah USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • NAUVOO RECORDS:
      Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, p 32
      Members, LDS, 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 29, pp 11, 925-926
      Record of Baptisms for the Dead, Nauvoo, by Black and Black, Vol # 4, pp 2121-2123
      1842 Nauvoo LDS Census, Nauvoo 4th Ward, p 78

      HISTORY/HISTORIES:
      Biography
      Obituary
      Letter from Martha to her mother telling of Vinson's death
      Postscript
      Widow of Prophet Joseph Smith Dead
      Martha McBride Knight, A Father's Blessing
      Martha McBride Knight, Wife of Vinson Knight - History
      Letter from Martha to her mother telling of Vinson's death
      "Autobiography of Martha McBRIDE,"
      Picture of Martha McBride Knight

      COMMENT:
      1. Since Martha's husband, Vinson, died in 1842, the records show the property being sold in 1846 by Martha Knight.
      2. 26 January 1846 Martha was sealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith for eternity.
      3. 26 January 1846 Martha was sealed to Heber Chase Kimball for time.
      4. In 1920, descendents of Vinson Knight petitioned President Joseph F. Smith to restore Vinson's family to him. This was done and the families sealing to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. was nullified.

      Name transcribed from Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists 1846 - 1848. Taken from a variety of historical sources. They are not complete, and because of the difficulty reading handwriting, may not be entirely accurate. Most of the lists seem to be from the winter of 1846 - 47, but some are from later. In addition, people often moved to better housing, thus changing wards. Sources for these lists are: bishop's reports, high council meeting minutes, tithing records, and 'census' reports of widow, soldier's wives and other unassigned members of wards. The original records are available at the Historical Department, Archives Division, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City Utah.

      Note: Stated in record above; "2 in the family, widow"
    Person ID I1719  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2010 

    Father Daniel McBRIDE,   b. 13 Sep 1766, Stillwater, Albany County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1823, Leroy, Genessee County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Abagail MEAD,   b. 29 Jan 1770, Mine Portness, Montgomery County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1854, Ogden, Davis County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    _UID 1CB569BFACF34A7EB55942126275388D5E80 
    Family ID F1308  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Vinson KNIGHT,   b. 14 Mar 1804, Norwick, Hampshire County, Massachussetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1842, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 26 Jul 1826  [2
    _UID 177A18FD5C764EE1AAFE25D03A4DB1AA2621 
    Children 
     1. Almira KNIGHT,   b. 21 Jun 1827, Perrysburg, Cataraugus County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1912, Akron, Summit County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Rizpah Jane KNIGHT,   b. 13 May 1829, Perrysburg, Cataraugus County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1895, St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Adaline KNIGHT,   b. 4 May 1831, Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1919, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     4. James Vinson KNIGHT,   b. 4 Sep 1833, Perrysburg, Cataraugus County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1911, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Nathaniel KNIGHT,   b. 30 Dec 1835, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1836  (Age 0 years)
     6. Martha Abagail KNIGHT,   b. 9 Feb 1839, , Pike County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1844  (Age 5 years)
     7. Rudolphus Elderkin KNIGHT,   b. 29 Sep 1841, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1842, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F1307  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Joseph SMITH, Jr.,   b. 23 Dec 1805, Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1844, Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 1842  [1
    _UID 7ADE1458406B442BAD050D1506E874596D49 
    Notes 
    • NAUVOO RECORDS:
Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, p 32
Members, LDS, 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 29, pp 11, 925-926
Record of Baptisms for the Dead, Nauvoo, by Black and Black, Vol # 4, pp 2121-2123
1842 Nauvoo LDS Census, Nauvoo 4th Ward, p 78

HISTORY/HISTORIES:
Biography
Obituary
Letter from Martha to her mother telling of Vinson's death
Postscript
Widow of Prophet Joseph Smith Dead
Martha McBride Knight, A Father's Blessing
Martha McBride Knight, Wife of Vinson Knight - History
Letter from Martha to her mother telling of Vinson's death
"Autobiography of Martha McBRIDE,"
Picture of Martha McBride Knight

COMMENT:
1. Since Martha's husband, Vinson, died in 1842, the records show the property being sold in 1846 by Martha Knight.
2. 26 January 1846 Martha was sealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith for eternity.
3. 26 January 1846 Martha was sealed to Heber Chase Kimball for time.
4. In 1920, descendents of Vinson Knight petitioned President Joseph F. Smith to restore Vinson's family to him. This was done and the families sealing to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. was nullified.

Name transcribed from Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists 1846 - 1848. Taken from a variety of historical sources. They are not complete, and because of the difficulty reading handwriting, may not be entirely accurate. Most of the lists seem to be from the winter of 1846 - 47, but some are from later. In addition, people often moved to better housing, thus changing wards. Sources for these lists are: bishop's reports, high council meeting minutes, tithing records, and 'census' reports of widow, soldier's wives and other unassigned members of wards. The original records are available at the Historical Department, Archives Division, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City Utah.

Note: Stated in record above; "2 in the family, widow"

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      1. [S49] LDS - 1842 Nauvoo LDS Census, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, , Nauvoo 4th Ward, p 78.

      2. [S4] Book - Annotated Record of Baptisms for the Dead, Nauvoo, 7 vols., Black, Susan Easton, (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602), , Nauvoo, by Black and Black, Vol # 4, pp 2121-2123.

      3. [S6] LDS - Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, 50 vols., Black, Susan Easton, Compiler, (LDS Church, Salt Lake City, 1990), 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 29, pp 11, 925-926.

      4. [S7] LDS - Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1845-1846), , p 32.

      5. [S101] Database - Writings of Early Latter-day Saints and their Contemporaries, Backman, Milton V., Jr., Compiler, Biography.
typescript, Brigham Young University

      6. [S12] Internet Link - BYU Winter Quarters Project - http://winterquarters.byu.edu.

      7. [S13] Internet Link - Pioneer Research Group Project - http://www.pioneerresearchgroup.org.

      8. [S17265] Downloaded from http://earlylds.com, version 2007-02-08, snowdr@gmail.com.

      9. [S39] LDS - Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists 1846 - 1848, Historical Department Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      10. [S2] Internet Link - International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Family ID F1426  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Heber Chase KIMBALL,   b. 14 Jun 1801, Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1868, Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1846  Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 2881773EBF40453490E40865E3A049BB3E8F 
    Children 
     1. Son KIMBALL
    Family ID F3422  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Tombstone of Martha McBride
    Tombstone of Martha McBride
    Photograph of Martha McBride
    Photograph of Martha McBride
    Martha McBride married Vinson Knight in 1826 at the age of twenty-one. Eight years later, while living in New York State, the couple met Joseph Smith and together they joined the church. In the spring of 1835, Martha and Vinson sold their property and joined the Saints in Kirtland. Thinking he had found the truth, Vinson wrote a letter to his Mother, Now you think that your priests are holy...I do know that the foundation you stand on is an abomination in the sight of God. He continued, ...we are blessed with the privelege of going to meeting such as we never had before.

    By 1841, Martha and Vinson were in Nauvoo, where Vinson was appointed Bishop of one of the three Nauvoo wards. About this same time, Joseph taught Vinson the doctrine of plural marriage and he soon took a second wife, Philinda Merrick. In mid 1842, Vinson became sick. Joseph Smiths diary records, Bro Knight has been sick about a week and this morning he began to sink very fast untill 12 o clock when death put a period to his sufferings.

    Less than a month after Vinsons death, Martha married Joseph Smith. The details of the wedding and subsequent married life with Joseph are sparse. Joseph did inquire about Marthas seventeen-year-old daughter, Almira, wondering if she would be willing to become a plural wife of his brother, Hyrum. Martha discussed the issue with her daughter, but Almira chose to marry another man instead, eventually leaving Nauvoo and the unfolding of polygamy. Marthas other daughter, Adaline, would follow her mothers path by entering polygamy. Many years later, Martha received a letter from Almira discussing her apprehension about polygamy: I can never like [polygamy] for [it] has robed my Sister & her family of their just dues by dividing...substance between more than the law allows & what is still worse divided affection worse than none at all would have killed me in a vary little time but God spared me my heart bleeds for her... write soon from your affectionate daughter.... Since Almira mentions her sister in this letter, she was perhaps unaware that her mother, Martha, was a plural wife of Joseph Smith.

    After Joseph Smith was in killed in 1844, Martha obtained a cut of his hair, which she kept in a locket and treasured throughout her life. A few months later, she married Heber C. Kimball. Martha joined the westward migration to Utah, building friendships with several of her sister wives. For a few months she lived in Salt Lake City with three of Hebers thirty-nine wives, although she lived most of her life with relatives in the Ogden and Weber County area, essentially living apart from Heber. At one point she wrote in a letter to her daughter Adaline, to tell you all my feelings would be hard to do but feel some like a wanderer for truly I have not a home on the earth. I do not know where I shall go nor what I shall do. I have no one to look to but the Lord alone...I trust in him and do not dispair. Martha died in 1901.
    Martha McBride
    Martha McBride

    Documents
    Martha McBride newspaper article
    Martha McBride newspaper article

    Headstones
    Tombstone of Martha McBride Knight
    Tombstone of Martha McBride Knight

  • Sources 
    1. [S138] Early Days Latter-Day Saints.

    2. [S73] Lee A. and Dorothy M. (Smith) Wise Family, Lee Wise.