appendix-witness
    Footnotes

    “appendix-witness,” Book of Mormon Student Manual (2009), 409

    “appendix-witness,” Book of Mormon Student Manual, 409

    The Witnesses of the Book of Mormon Plates

    While the Three Witnesses were not related to each other, the Eight Witnesses were very much interrelated. They were made up of the extended families of the Smiths and the Whitmers. Joseph and Emma Smith lived with the Whitmers on their farm. The Whitmers helped Joseph during the days of translation. Christian, Jacob, Peter Jr., and John Whitmer were all sons of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer. Hiram Page later married Catherine Whitmer, the oldest daughter of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer. Joseph Smith Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel Smith were the father and brothers of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

    The Witnesses of the Book of Mormon Plates

    The Three Witnesses

    Date of Birth

    Place of Birth

    Age When Shown Plates

    Occupation

    Membership in the Church

    Death

    Oliver Cowdery

    Oct. 3, 1806

    Wells, Rutland County, Vermont

    23

    School teacher, lawyer

    Baptized May 15, 1829

    Excommunicated Apr. 12, 1838. Rebaptized Oct. 1848. Died in full fellowship. Never denied his testimony concerning the Book of Mormon

    Mar. 3, 1850

    Richmond, Missouri

    David Whitmer

    Jan. 7, 1805

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    23

    Farmer

    Baptized June 1829

    Excommunicated Apr. 13, 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony

    Jan. 25, 1888

    Richmond, Missouri

    Martin Harris

    May 18, 1783

    East-Town, Saratoga County, New York

    45

    Farmer

    Baptized Apr. 6, 1830

    Excommunicated last week of Dec. 1837. Baptized again Nov. 7, 1842. Never denied his testimony concerning the plates. Died in full fellowship

    July 10, 1875

    Clarkston, Utah

    The Eight Witnesses

    Date of Birth

    Place of Birth

    Age When Shown Plates

    Occupation

    Membership in the Church

    Death

    Christian Whitmer

    Jan. 18, 1798

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    30

    Shoemaker

    Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

    Always a faithful member of the Church

    Nov. 27, 1835

    Clay County, Missouri

    Jacob Whitmer

    Jan. 27, 1800

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    28

    Shoemaker

    Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

    Apostatized 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony of the plates

    Apr. 21, 1856

    Richmond, Missouri

    Peter Whitmer Jr.

    Sept. 27, 1809

    Fayette, New York

    20

    Tailor, farmer

    Baptized June 1829

    Always a faithful member of the Church

    Sept. 22, 1836

    Liberty, Clay County, Missouri

    John Whitmer

    Aug. 27, 1802

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    27

    Farmer

    Baptized June 1829

    Excommunicated Mar. 10, 1838. Never returned to the Church. Never denied his testimony of the plates or the Church

    July 11, 1878

    Far West, Missouri

    Hiram Page

    1800

    Vermont

    29

    Physician, farmer

    Baptized Apr. 11, 1830

    Apostatized 1838. Never denied his testimony

    Aug. 12, 1852

    Excelsior Springs, Missouri

    Joseph Smith Sr.

    July 12, 1771

    Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts

    58

    Farmer

    Baptized Apr. 6, 1830

    Always a faithful member of the Church

    Sept. 14, 1840

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    Hyrum Smith

    Feb. 9, 1800

    Tunbridge, Vermont

    28

    Farmer

    Baptized May 1829

    Always a faithful member of the Church

    June 27, 1844

    Carthage, Illinois

    Samuel H. Smith

    Mar. 13, 1808

    Tunbridge, Vermont

    22

    Farmer

    Baptized May 1829

    Always a faithful member of the Church

    July 30, 1844

    Nauvoo, Illinois