Date: December 01, 2019 10:26AM
Are there some non-Mormon accounts of the family of Joe Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith? I remember reading about Joe losing his farm to a failed ginseng venture. His partner ripped him off. He lost his farm again through a swindle, but a local Quaker bought it and they then rented it from him. Maybe it was just bad luck, but why did he have enemies who made it a point to royally screw him? Then there’s Lucy Mack Smith, who had religion founders in the family and wanted to grow one of her own. She was grooming Alvin to be prophet, but he died. The family was also into folk magic, but I don’t see that as unusual for that time. Are there some online references that don’t smell like bleach?