David Whitmer was born on January 7, 1805, in Pennsylvania. While he was still a baby David’s father moved the family to western New York where they stayed until 1831. There were five boys and one girl (who married Oliver Cowdery). David Whitmer left an account of his first meeting with Joseph Smith as follows, (Read more).
Emma Hale Smith was the wife of Joseph Smith Jr. the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Emma was born on July 10, 1804, the seventh of nine children and grew up in Harmony, Pennsylvania. She was educated well and even had an extra year of school outside of the normal grammar school (Read more).
Martin Harris was born on May 18,1783. In 1808, he married Lucy Harris. They eventually had six children. During the War of 1812, Harris enlisted and was eventually promoted to first sergeant in the Thirty-ninth New York Militia. He was known as an honored veteran when he returned. Martin Harris was a skilled farmer and by 1828 owned 320 acres of land in the Palmyra area (Read more).
Newel Kimball Whitney was born in 1795 in Vermont to Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Whitney insisted that both of his family names were used throughout his life. When Whitney was 19 years old, America was at war with Britain. Whitney became an army sutler, providing food, military supplies, and other needs to the soldiers. The British targeted sutlers (Read more).
Orrin Hatch is a senator for Utah and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born Orrin Grant Hatch on March 22, 1934, to Jesse and Helen Hatch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Senator Hatch has a proud heritage. His great-grandfather Jeremiah Hatch founded the area of Vernal, Utah. Hatch was taught early the value of work (Read more).