Presendia Lathrop Huntington (Buell)

Presendia Lathrop Huntington (Buell) was a plural wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith.Priscinda-H-Kimball

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Born: December 7, 1810, Watertown, N.Y.

Died: February 1, 1892, Salt Lake City

Married (Joseph Smith): December 11, 1841

Married (Norman Buell): January 6, 1827

Full Name: Presendia Lathrop Huntington Buell Kimball Smith

1881 Autobiographical Sketch

“I was maried to Norman Buell Jan 6th 1827. both joined the Church in in [sic] Kirtland Geauga Co Ohio he left the church in Mo in 1839 the Lord gave me strength to stand alone & keep the faith amid heavy persecution in 1841 I entered into the new & everlasting Covenant was sealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet & Seer & to the best of my ability I have honored Plural Marriage never speking one word against the principal.” 1

“Never in my life, in this kingdom, wich is 44 years, have I doubted the truth of this great work, revealed in these, the last days.” 2

Letter from Presendia Huntington to Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner

“. . . won’t it be a happy time for us if we can gain the place where Joseph & our loved ones mingle?” 3

Emmeline Wells

“Sister Presendia . . . became more familiarly associated with the Prophet and his teachings… Joseph himself taught the principle of plural marriage to Sister Presendia, and her heart was humble, and her mind open to receive the revelations of heaven. She knew Joseph to be a man of God, and she had received many manifestations in proof of this, and consequently when he explained to her clearly the knowledge which he had obtained from the Lord, she accepted the sealing ordinances with Joseph as a sacred and holy confirmation.” 4

Presendia Kimball Affidavit

Be it remembered that on this first day of May A.D. 1869 personally appeared before me Elias Smith Probate Judge for Said County Presenda Lathrop Huntington \Kimball/ who was by me Sworn in due form of law and upon her oath saith, that on the eleventh day of December A.D. 1841, at the City of Nauvoo, County of Hancock State of Illinois, She was married or Sealed to Joseph Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Dimick B. Huntington, a High-Priest in Said Church, according to the laws of the Same regulating Marriage; in the presence of Fanny Maria Huntington.5
  1. Presenda Huntington Kimball, “Biographical Sketch,” 1881, MS 742, CHL, first copy page 2 and variant copy page 2.
  2. Presenda Huntington Kimball, “Biographical Sketch,” 1881, MS 742, CHL.Presenda Huntington Kimball, “Biographical Sketch,” 1881, MS 742, CHL.
  3. “Presendia Huntington Kimball to Mary Elizabth Rollins Lightner, March 9, 1880,” Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner Collection, MSS 363, BYU HBLL Special Collections, Item 15.
  4. “A Venerable Woman, Presendia Lathrop Kimball,” Woman’s Exponent 11, no. 21 (April 1, 1883): 163.“A Venerable Woman, Presendia Lathrop Kimball,” Woman’s Exponent 11, no. 21 (April 1, 1883): 163.
  5. Joseph F. Smith affidavit books, CHL 1:7.
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