History 101

“Joseph Smith and the Legal Process: In the Wake of the Steamboat Nauvoo.”

As we have traveled many people ask us about certain parts of LDS history. I will be posting articles and information here so that they can be accessible to those who are researching, or would just like to learn new things. The first article I want to hi-light is what happened in Nauvoo and within the Smith family, after the death of Joseph Smith. This article, “Joseph Smith and Legal Process: In the Wake of the Steamboat Nauvoo,” is one of many accounts of what transpired. It is centered around Joseph’s estate and what occurred as a result of his not making out a will during his lifetime. It is from the BYU Law Review, Volume 1976, issue 3. The authors are Dallin H. Oaks and Joseph I. Bentley. There is much information in this article of the trials that both Emma and the brethren suffered after Joseph was killed.