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Sarah Kingsley (Howe Cleveland) was a plural wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Born: October 20, 1788, Becket, Massachusetts

Died: April 20-21, 1856

Sealed (Joseph Smith): Unknown

Married (John Howe): 1807

Married (John Cleveland): March 3, 1834, Clay County, Missouri.

Full Name: Sarah Kingsley (Howe Cleveland)

Anon. Biography, CHL. Possibly by August Cleveland Smith

Brigham Young and council . . . counseled her to stay with her husband as he was a good man, having shown himself kind ever helping those in need, although for some reason his mind was darkened as to the gospel. She obeyed council and stayed with her husband, and was faithful and true to her relation and died a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.1

John L. Smith

Mother had joined a Church a couple of weeks before my arrival I bore my testimony to her she seemed to have forgotten what her feelings were once.

Father Cleveland treated me with more respect than ever before & seeme\d/ greatly pleased to see me, asked me to pray & ask the blessing regularly while I was there, saying John you know we never pray but I wish you to pray with us. 2

  1. Anon. Biography, CHL. Possibly by August Cleveland Smith quoted in Todd Compton, In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1997), 283.
  2. John L. Smith diary, CHL, MS 2072, folder 3 (photocopy) July 4, 1855.

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