170 years ago today - Sep 18, 1843. Monday.

[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at President Joseph's ...Joseph and I rode out to borrow money, drank wine at Sister Lyons [Sylvia Sessions Lyons, plural wife of Joseph Smith] . ...

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton]


  1. Daughter of David Sessions and Patty Bartlett Sessions. She married Joseph Smith on Feb.8, 1842 at age 23, one month before her mother's marriage to Joseph Smith on Mar.9, 1842. Sylvia was also present at her mother's marriage to Smith. On her deathbed, Sylvia informed her daughter Josephine Lyons that she was Joseph Smith's daughter:

    "Just prior to my mothers death in 1882 she called me to her bedside ... to tell me something which she had kept as an entire secret from me and from all others but which she now desired to communicate to me. She then told me that I was the daughter of the Prophet Joseph Smith." [Newell & Avery (1994), pp. 44; Compton (1997), p.183].

  2. Also see Nauvoo Polygamy by George D. Smith (2008), pp.100-101. Note: The Newell & Avery reference could not be verified.

  3. Josephine Rosetta Lyons: Born February 8, 1844 (conceived circa May 8, 1843).

  4. Also see Mormon Polygamy by Richard S. Van Wagoner (1989), pp.44,48.


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