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Joseph Smith/Polygamy/Plural wives/Fanny Alger
Summary: What do we know about Joseph Smith's first plural wife, Fanny Alger, whom he came to know in early 1833 when she stayed at the Smith home as a house-assistant of sorts to Emma (such work was common for young women at the time). There are no first-hand accounts of their relationship (from Joseph or Fanny), nor are there second-hand accounts (from Emma or Fanny's family). All that we do have is third hand accounts, most of them recorded many years after the events.
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- Fanny Alger was Joseph Smith's first plural wife
- Claimed miscarriage of child by Joseph
- Joseph Smith's Polygamy: "Fanny Alger", by Brian C. Hales
Summary: With a lone exception, there is no account after Joseph’s death of Emma admitting Joseph’s plural marriages in any source. The reported exception is recorded in a newspaper article and two letters written by excommunicated Latter-day Saint apostle William E. McLellin. The former apostle claimed to have visited Emma in 1847 and to have discussed Joseph’s relationship with Fanny Alger. McLellin also reported a tale he had heard about Joseph and Fanny Alger in which they were allegedly observed by Emma together in the barn.
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- Question: What do we know about Joseph Smith's first plural wife Fanny Alger?
- Question: Did Joseph Smith marry Fanny Alger as his first plural wife in 1833?
- Question: How could Joseph and Fanny have been married in 1831 if the sealing power had not yet been restored?
- Question: Did some of Joseph Smith's associates believe that he had an affair with Fanny Alger?
- Question: Did Emma Smith discover her husband Joseph with Fanny Alger in a barn?
- Question: Did Fanny Alger have a child by Joseph Smith?
Summary: Two women are claimed to have had miscarriages of a child by Joseph Smith. There are serious problems with accepting either account as probable.
Summary: The marriage of Joseph Smith to Fanny Alger, his first and only plural wife prior to the Saints settling in Nauvoo, has received much scrutiny.