- Birth Date
- 17 November 1828
- Death Date
- 21 February 1898
John Lyman Smith
John Lyman Smith initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 with the Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company, according to his relative, Jesse Nathaniel’s journal. He traveled with his wife, Augusta Bowen Cleveland.
Other members of his family in the same company were his parents, John Smith and Clarissa Loomis Lyman, his sister, Caroline Clara, with her husband, Thomas Callister, and his second wife and daughter, Helen Marr Clark and Helen Marr.
John’s brother, George Albert Smith, had traveled prior to the rest of the family with the Brigham Young Pioneer Company in 1847. According to Jesse Nathaniel Smith’s journal, the rest of the Smith family met George Albert Smith traveling east with a group including Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, and Willard Richards. They camped one day together and then parted ways and resumed their separate journeys.
In 1858, at the end of a mission, he traveled home with the John W. Berry Company, according to his autobiography and journals.
Then, in 1864, at the end of a four year mission to Europe, he traveled home with the William Hyde Company to the Salt Lake Valley, as indicated in the Deseret News on 26 October 1864.
Some biographical sources list his birth year as 1823, but that is incorrect.
- Age at Departure: 18
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 29
- Age at Departure: 35
- Bullock, Thomas, to Brigham Young, 26 June 1858, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 36, box 26, fd. 5.
- Bullock, Thomas, to Editor, 22 July 1858, in Missionary Reports, fd. 17.
- "Elder John L. Smith," Deseret News [Weekly], 26 Oct. 1864, 28.
- Gardner, Robert, Diaries and reminiscences, 1857-1887, item 4, 88-92.
- George Goddard papers, 1855-1899, Journals, Volume 2, 1857 April-1858 July.
- Isaiah M. Coombs collection, 1835-1938, Diaries, Volume 8, 1858 April 13-1858 September 1, 16-66.
- Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, 21 June 1847, 8.
- Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 21 June 1858, 32.
- Smith, Jesse N., Autobiography and journal, 1855 Oct-1906 Apr., 212-18.
- Smith, Jesse Nathaniel, Journal of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, the Life Story of a Mormon Pioneer, 1834-1906 , 11-12.
- Smith, John, Journal, 1846 Feb-1854 May, fd. 4, in Papers 1833-1854, 40-52.
- Smith, John L., Autobiographical sketch, in 12th Quorum, Biographies, Reel 36, 19, in Seventies Quorum Records, 1844-1975.
- Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and diaries, vol. 4, Jan. 1857 - Dec. 1858.
- Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and diaries 1846-1895, fd. 5, 1-5.
- Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and diaries 1846-1895, vol. 1, 26-31.
- Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and journals, 1846-1864; 1894-1897, vol. 3, 188-91.
- Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and journals 1846-1864; 1894-1897, vol. 2, 118-20.
- Smith, John Lyman, Diary in John Lyman Smith, Papers, 1845-1875, vol. 2, 102-117.
- Smith, John Lyman, Journal, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 8, item 2, 11-13.
- Smith, John Lyman, Journal, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 8, item 2, 75-76.
- Smith, John Lyman to Editor, June 26, 1894, St. George, "Nauvoo to the West," Deseret Evening News, 7 July 1894, 11.
- Thomas Bullock journal, 1858 May-June.
- Thompson, Mary J., Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
- Utah State History Cemeteries and Burials Database.
- Welchman, Arthur P., Reminiscences and diary, [ca.1854-1917], fd. 1, 93-94.