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Product Code: XB007
Title: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
Author: Todd Compton
Publisher: Signature Books
List Price: $43.95
Our Price: $40.00
Date: 1997
Pages: 788
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Well-researched book on the founder of the Mormon Church that shows he was a practicing polygamist with thirty-three wives. Provides a biographical sketch of each wife.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Trajectory of Plurality: An Overview of Joseph Smith's Wives


  1. Mormonism's First Plural Wife? - Fanny Alger (Smith Custer)
  2. Wife of Two Martyrs - Lucinda Pendleton (Morgan Harris Smith)
  3. "Not Much Else but Sorrow and Affliction" - Louisa Beaman (Smith Young)
  4. Nauvoo Polyandry - Zina Diantha Huntington (Jacobs Smith Young)
  5. An Apostolic Life - Presendia Lathrop Huntington (Buell Smith Kimball)
  6. Levirate Marriage - Agnes Moulton Coolbrith (Smith Smith Smith Pickett)
  7. Mother and Daughter - Patty Bartlett (Sessions Smith Parry) and Sylvia Porter Sessions (Lyon Smith Kimball Clark)
  8. Miracle Tale - Mary Elizabeth Rollins (Lightner Smith Young)
  9. Apostle's Wife - Marinda Nancy Johnson (Hyde Smith)
  10. Mother in Israel - Elizabeth Davis (Goldsmith Brackenbury Durfee Smith Lott)
  11. Relief Society Counselor - Sara Maryetta Kingsley (Howe Cleveland Smith Smith)
  12. "Loving Sisters" - Delcena Diadamia Johnson (Sherman Smith Babbitt) and Almera Woodward Johnson (Smith Barton)
  13. Childless Mother of Mothers in Israel - Eliza Roxcy Snow (Smith Young)
  14. "Great Glory Honner & Eternal Lives" - Sarah Ann Whitney (Smith [Kingsbury] Kimball)
  15. "Like a Wanderer" - Martha McBride (Knight Smith Kimball)
  16. Gardener's Wife - Ruth Daggett Vose (Sayers Smith)
  17. Daughter of the Pagan Prophet - Flora Ann Woodworth (Smith Gove)
  18. Latter-day Hagar - Emily Dow Partridge (Smith Young)
  19. "Everything Looks like Desolation and Lonesome" - Eliza Maria Partridge (Smith Lyman)
  20. Proxy Wife - Lucy Walker (Smith Kimball)
  21. Dark Sisters - Sarah Lawrence (Smith Kimball Mount) and Maria Lawrence (Smith [Young] Babbitt)
  22. Polygamy, Melancholy, Possession - Helen Mar Kimball (Smith Whitney)
  23. Seamstress - Hannah S. Ells (Smith)
  24. Relief Society Treasurer - Elvira Annie Cowles (Holmes Smith)
  25. "Tried in Many Ways" - Rhoda Richards (Smith Young)
  26. "Quiet, Unassuming, Faithful" - Desdemona Catlin Wadsworth Fullmer (Smith Benson McLane)
  27. Youthful Supplication - Olive Grey Frost (Smith Young)
  28. Aunt Melissa - Melissa Lott (Smith Bernhisel Willes)
  29. Outline of a Shadow - Nancy Maria Winchester (Smith Kimball Arnold)
  30. True Saint - Fanny Young (Carr Murray Smith)

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