History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<Obituary notice and sketch of the life of Alpheus Gifford.>
<Alpheus Gifford was born in Adams township, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, Aug. 28, 1793. At the age of eighteen, having scarcely sufficient learning to enable him to read the bible, he commenced preaching the Gospel, not for hire, but for the salvation of souls.>
<In 1817, he married Anna Nash who bore him seven sons and three daughters. In the spring of 1831, hearing of the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith he made diligent inquiry and found they were scriptural and was baptized and ordained a Priest; he brought home five books of Mormon which he distributed among his friends; he was then living in Tioga Co. Pennsylvania. Soon after he went to , Ohio, to see the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and the brethren, when he was ordained an Elder; he was accompanied by his brother Levi [Gifford], , Eleazur Miller, Enos Curtis and Abraham Brown who were baptized. On returning to he preached and baptized many, among whom was . The gifts of the Gospel were enjoyed by many, signs following those that believed; Devils were cast out; the sick were healed; many prophesied; some spake with new tongues; while others interpreted the same. Mr. Calvin Gilmour, with whom bro. Gifford had previously been associated in preaching, heard him speak in tongues and interpret. Gilmour declared he understood the languages and that they were interpreted correctly, and that he knew Gifford had no classical learning; but that he would rather be damned than believe in Mormonism.>
<In June 1832, bro. Gifford started for , traveled >
25 December 1841 • Saturday, inserted page
Obituary notice and sketch of the life of Alpheus Gifford.
Alpheus Gifford was born in Adams township, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, Aug. 28, 1793. At the age of eighteen, having scarcely sufficient learning to enable him to read the bible, he commenced preaching the Gospel, not for hire, but for the salvation of souls.
In 1817, he married Anna Nash who bore him seven sons and three daughters. In the spring of 1831, hearing of the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith he made diligent inquiry and found they were scriptural and was baptized and ordained a Priest; he brought home five books of Mormon which he distributed among his friends; he was then living in Tioga Co. Pennsylvania. Soon after he went to , Ohio, to see the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and the brethren, when he was ordained an Elder; he was accompanied by his brother Levi Gifford, , Eleazur Miller, Enos Curtis and Abraham Brown who were baptized. On returning to he preached and baptized many, among whom was . The gifts of the Gospel were enjoyed by many, signs following those that believed; Devils were cast out; the sick were healed; many prophesied; some spake with new tongues; while others interpreted the same. Mr. Calvin Gilmour, with whom bro. Gifford had previously been associated in preaching, heard him speak in tongues and interpret. Gilmour declared he understood the languages and that they were interpreted correctly, and that he knew Gifford had no classical learning; but that he would rather be damned than believe in Mormonism.
In June 1832, bro. Gifford started for , traveled
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