Young, Brigham

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  • Brigham Young stayed in Salem in 1844 at the home of Nathaniel H. Felt at 10 Liberty Street to visit his daughter, Vilate, who was a boarder at the home while she attended school.
  • Felt was a Mormon supporter and held many meetings at his home. It is believed Young received the letter about Joseph's Smith death in Illinois while he was staying in Salem.
  • Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is believed to have visited Salem as a boy and later as an adult. It is thought he visited the Peabody Essex Museum on Aug. 9, 1836.
  • Joseph Smith, who was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vt., was sent to Salem by his mother who thought the ocean air would help her son's typhoid fever. (Smith had family in nearby Topsfield for years.)
  • The Peabody Essex Museum, which bought the house in 1911, lists the Vilate Young House among its historic homes. It is also a stop on the Salem Women's Heritage Trail.

See Also

  • "Mormon legacy: Witch city has surprising ties to Latter-day Saints" Salem Evening News, May 6, 2000, p.A1
  • "Research use proposed for Mormon house" Salem Evening News, July 1, 2002, p. A2
  • "Local house interests Mormon church" Salem Evening News, Feb. 2, 2001, p. A2
  • "Salem's ties to Mormons recalled" Boston Globe, May 6, 2000, p. B2
  • "Museum events recall the days of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young" Salem Evening News, June 15, 2000, p. B1