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Delcena Johnson (Sherman) was a plural wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Born: November 19, 1806, Westfield, Vermont

Died: October 21, 1854, Salt Lake City, Utah

Sealed (Joseph Smith): Prior to July 1842

Married (Lyman Royal Sherman): January 16, 1829

Full Name: Delcena Johnson (Sherman)

Wilford Woodruff

“Elder Sherman sung in the gift of tongues & proclaimed great & marvelous things while clothed upon by the power & spirit of God.” 1

Benjamin F. Johnson

The marriage of my eldest sister to the Prophet was before my return to Nauvoo [on July 1, 1842], and it being tacitly admitted, I asked no questions. 2

  1. Wilford Woodruff journal, v. 1, p. 120, also BYU Studies, v. 12, 1972, p. 382
  2. See Benjamin F. Johnson in Dean R. Zimmerman, ed., I Knew the Prophets: An Analysis of the Letter of Benjamin F. Johnson to George F. Gibbs, Reporting Doctrinal Views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (Bountiful, UT: Horizon, 1976), 45, see also 40, 43; For the date Benjamin returned to Nauvoo, see Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review (Mesa, Arizona: 21st Century Printing, 1992, reprint), 90, see also 95. For discussion of minor discrepancies in the dating, see Todd Compton,In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1997), 710.

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