appendix-witness

Book of Mormon Student Manual, 2009


While the Three Witnesses were not related to each other, the Eight Witnesses were very much interrelated. They were made up of the extended families of the Smiths and the Whitmers. Joseph and Emma Smith lived with the Whitmers on their farm. The Whitmers helped Joseph during the days of translation. Christian, Jacob, Peter Jr., and John Whitmer were all sons of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer. Hiram Page later married Catherine Whitmer, the oldest daughter of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer. Joseph Smith Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel Smith were the father and brothers of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

The Three Witnesses

Date of Birth

Place of Birth

Age When Shown Plates

Occupation

Membership in the Church

Death

Oliver Cowdery

Oct. 3, 1806

Wells, Rutland County, Vermont

23

School teacher, lawyer

Baptized May 15, 1829

Excommunicated Apr. 12, 1838. Rebaptized Oct. 1848. Died in full fellowship. Never denied his testimony concerning the Book of Mormon

Mar. 3, 1850

Richmond, Missouri

David Whitmer

Jan. 7, 1805

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

23

Farmer

Baptized June 1829

Excommunicated Apr. 13, 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony

Jan. 25, 1888

Richmond, Missouri

Martin Harris

May 18, 1783

East-Town, Saratoga County, New York

45

Farmer

Baptized Apr. 6, 1830

Excommunicated last week of Dec. 1837. Baptized again Nov. 7, 1842. Never denied his testimony concerning the plates. Died in full fellowship

July 10, 1875

Clarkston, Utah

The Eight Witnesses

Date of Birth

Place of Birth

Age When Shown Plates

Occupation

Membership in the Church

Death

Christian Whitmer

Jan. 18, 1798

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

30

Shoemaker

Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

Always a faithful member of the Church

Nov. 27, 1835

Clay County, Missouri

Jacob Whitmer

Jan. 27, 1800

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

28

Shoemaker

Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

Apostatized 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony of the plates

Apr. 21, 1856

Richmond, Missouri

Peter Whitmer Jr.

Sept. 27, 1809

Fayette, New York

20

Tailor, farmer

Baptized June 1829

Always a faithful member of the Church

Sept. 22, 1836

Liberty, Clay County, Missouri

John Whitmer

Aug. 27, 1802

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

27

Farmer

Baptized June 1829

Excommunicated Mar. 10, 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony of the plates or the Church

July 11, 1878

Far West, Missouri

Hiram Page

1800

Vermont

29

Physician, farmer

Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

Apostatized 1838. Never denied his testimony

Aug. 12, 1852

Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Joseph Smith Sr.

July 12, 1771

Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts

58

Farmer

Baptized Apr. 6, 1830

Always a faithful member of the Church

Sept. 14, 1840

Nauvoo, Illinois

Hyrum Smith

Feb. 9, 1800

Tunbridge, Vermont

28

Farmer

Baptized May 1829

Always a faithful member of the Church

June 27, 1844

Carthage, Illinois

Samuel H. Smith

Mar. 13, 1808

Tunbridge, Vermont

22

Farmer

Baptized May 1829

Always a faithful member of the Church

July 30, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois