170 years ago today - May 3, 1847

[George J. Adams Deposition]
... In the fall of eighteen hundred and forty four, after her return from Nauvoo to Boston, Mrs. Cobb said she loved Brigham Young, better than she did her husband <Mr. Cobb,> and live or die she was xx going to live with him at all hassards. This was in the course of a conversation, in which she <used> extravagant language, in favor of Mr. Young, and against Mr. Cobb. Mrs. Cobb, went out again to Nauvoo, the second time and lived <with> Mr. Young, and their living together and their conduct, was the subject of conversation in the society and out of the society. The general topic of conversation, was that they were living together in illicit intercourse. The subject of conversation, to which I have alluded <was> that persons had a right to live together in unlawful intercourse, and Mrs. Cobb avowed her belief in their doctrine and said it was right.

[Source: Written Deposition of George J. Adams]


  1. AnonymousMay 03, 2017

    This was Augusta Adams Cobb (1802–1886) who was married to non-Mormon Henry Cobb (divorced in 1847). Brigham Young later married her son's ex-wife, Mary Van Cott Cobb, who was the grandmother of architect Henry Ives Cobb.

  2. AnonymousMay 03, 2017

    Augusta Adams Cobb abandoned her husband, Henry Cobb, and seven of her nine children in 1843, and married Brigham Young as his 2nd polygamous wife.


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