Episode 97: Messy Mormon Polygamy Pt. 1

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  • Mary

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    I have listened to several of your podcasts and after hearing this one, I had to do a little family research of my own. I too am related to the Lyman family and had been told growing up how we had 3 generations of general authorities in our family, but never heard about the story of Richard Lyman until now. Fascinating and so, so sad. So after listening to this, I went on family search and looked name-by-name at my lines of ancestors that go back to the Kirtland era of the church. I read and read for hours, and had to write it all down. I have at least 10 male ancestors who practiced polygamy with around 40 wives between them. A few of the women seem to have been sealed to some of the men after they died – it’s hard to tell based on the limited info I could find. I also noted that at least one of my Lyman ancestors married 2 of the Partridge sisters who were married to Joseph Smith, plus another Partridge sister, and one female ancestor who was married to Joseph Smith and then later Heber C. Kimball. Once I started looking at this, I couldn’t stop, and then had to look at each of these ancestor’s children to see how many of them also practiced polygamy… It’s staggering. My family was in it super deep. I can’t help but feel heart sick about it. Thank you for doing your amazing research and sharing it in your podcasts. I have been inspired to try to learn all I can about these people in my family and somehow make sense of it all.

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  • Mary

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    Also, I had always assumed because so much of my family were part of the early church, that we probably had several polygamous ancestors, but I never thought about looking them up. Putting names, and sometimes faces to my ancestors involved in this makes them far more real than ever before.

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  • David

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    I am also a direct Lyman descendent. I grew up hearing that the Lyman side thought Amy was a prude and that the Brown side thought she was a saint. I really appreciate all the info I have learned about Amy she was clearly an amazing woman. I have loved this series and hope you do more like it. Thank you.

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  • Siaka

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    From June 1842 March 1847 a 57 month period ,Brigham Young meiarrd 41 WOMAN ( of a total of 55)many on the same days is there a pattern here on the same days he marries# 18 & #19 who were SISTERS 20 & 25 years of age as were# 42 & 43 sisters aged 16 & 19And this is your equivalent to the Apostle PAUL ???? && this is all less than 200 years ago ..you speak of . grow as a community as a reason to justify POLYGAMY ? Why was it then that there were not a equal amount of males to be within MONOGAMOUS relationships andhave children ?? Was it that men did not buy into the beliefs of SMITH ?Was it that the MORMON Church and the Men within were able to persuade many woman without any meansfrom this country and those fleeing famine such as what existed in Ireland at the time that THIS lifestyle wastheir only HOPE ???YOUNG was a sick man especially when you look at the very public record of his wives -I am surprised ANY woman today and especially those with daughters would stay within this Religion How do you deny the history and tell this to your daughters coming of age ?????????????????With the status of BYU how do woman there cope with the founders / namesakes life ?Opportunist , Pedophile , Sexual Deviant , Con Man , Snake oil salesman are just but a few of the words needed to describe both YOUNG and Smith -1Was this answer helpful?

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