Slide 91

In 1831 Abram W. Benton, a young man about the same age as Joseph Jr., recalled the arrest for disorderly conduct and the judgement of guilt, adding, “considering his youth, (he then being a minor,) and thinking he might reform his conduct, he was designedly allowed to escape. This was four or five years ago.”35 In Noble’s 1842 recollection, Smith was charged with vagrancy, condemned, and “whisper came to Jo. off off—took Leg Bail (or Gave [Leg Bail]).”36

35. Letter written by A. W. Benton of South Bainbridge, New York, dated Mar. 1831, in Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate 2 (9 Apr. 1831): 120, Utica, New York. Dr. Abram Benton, according to the family Bible record, was born on 16 July 1805. He was later received into the Medical Society in October 1830 (see James H. Smith, History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York, 100, 144). For a while he lived on the east bank in South Bainbridge just north of the bridge (Chenango County Deeds RR: 587). About 1838 he moved to Sterling, Illinois, and then to Fulton, where he died on 9 March 1867.

36. Noble to Turner, 8 Mar. 1842. The letter arrived too late to be included in Turner’s book, Mormonism in All Ages, 1842 (see correspondence from Absalom Peters, 1 Jan. and 6 July 1842, regarding the printing, in another Turner Collection in the Illinois State Historical Survey Library, Urbana). Noble after 1850 moved to Hartland Township, Huron County, Ohio, where he died on 19 February 1874.