170 years ago today - May 9, 1843

While on a boat excursion up the Mississippi, Joseph Smith tells Parley P. Pratt that his wife, Mary Ann Frost Pratt, and her sister, Olive Frost, should be sealed to the same man.

[Source: Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2013 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)]


  1. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    Olive Grey Frost (24 July 1816 in Bethel, Maine - 6 October 1845 in Nauvoo, Illinois) After Smith's death, Frost would remarry, becoming the 14th plural wife of Brigham Young. They married in 1844, and she bore him no children.

    Mary Ann Frost (Pratt) (14 January 1809 in Groton, Vermont - 24 August 1891 in Pleasant Grove, Utah) Sister of Olive Grey Frost. First married to Nathan Stearns in 1831 but he died about 18 months later. Baptized into LDS Church in 1835 by David W. Patten. Married Parley Parker Pratt on 14 May 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. Moved to Missouri and Nauvoo with Pratt. Went on mission trip with Pratt to England in 1840. Returned from England without Pratt and was divorced soon after Pratt's return. DMQ, MH:OP, p.571 has separated 1846, divorced 1853. Emigrated with the Harmon Cutler Company to Utah Territory in 1852. She was accompanied by her daughter Olivia Pratt (b. 1841) and son Moroni Llewellyn Pratt (b. 1844). They settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

    1. Interesting background. Thanks anonymous.

  2. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    Interesting Addenda:

    Olive Frost was sealed to Brigham Young for time only on Nov.7,1844.

    Mary Ann Frost (Pratt) was sealed to Joseph Smith for eternity, not to Pratt, on February 6, 1846 in the Nauvoo temple, with Parley himself standing proxy for the dead prophet.

    [Source: Todd Compton, In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, pp.591-592]


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