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.

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

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Sep. 16, 2005
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