Arrest records for LDS Church founder resurface in New York

NORWICH, N.Y. – Records showing that LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was arrested while living in upstate New York have resurfaced after a three-decade absence.

The documents dating back to the late 1820s were recently handed over to the Chenango County Historical Society by the son of a former county historian.

The current county historian, Dale Storms, said the records showed Smith’s arrests for ”glass looking,” a 19th-century term for treasure hunting. One document is a bill for $2.68 for a judge’s fees in Smith’s case.

In 1830, Smith founded what became known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10 years after he disclosed a vision of God and Jesus while praying in the woods near his home in Palmyra in western New York.

Smith was killed in 1844 by an anti-Mormon mob in Illinois.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)
Associated Press, via the Salt Lake Tribune, USA
Sep. 16, 2005

Religion News Blog posted this on Friday September 16, 2005.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at