Appendix 1: Agreement of Josiah Stowell and Others, 1 November 1825

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ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT.
We, the undersigned, do firmly agree, & by these presents bind ourselves, to fulfill and abide by the hereafter specified articles:
First—That if anything of value should be obtained at a certain place in near a Wm. Hale’s, supposed to be a valuable mine of either Gold or Silver and also to contain coined money and bars or ingots of Gold or Silver, and at which several hands have been at work during a considerable part of the past summer, we do agree to have it divided in the following manner, viz.: , and Wm. Hale to take two-thirds, and Charles Newton, Wm. I. Wiley, and the Widow Harper to take the other third. And we further agree that and Joseph Smith Jr. shall be considered as having two shares, two elevenths of all the property that may be obtained, the shares to be taken equally from each third.
Second—And we further agree, that in consideration of the expense and labor to which the following named persons have been at (John F. Shephard, Elihu Stowell and John Grant) to consider them as equal sharers in the mine after all the coined money and bars or ingots are obtained by the undersigned, their shares to be taken out from each share; and we further agree to remunerate all the three above named persons in a handsome manner for all their time, expense and labor which they have been or may be at, until the mine is opened, if anything should be obtained; otherwise they are to lose their time, expense and labor.
Third—And we further agree that all the expense which has or may accrue until the mine is opened, shall be equally borne by the proprietors of each third and that after the mine is opened the expense shall be equally borne by each of the sharers.
Township of , Pa., Nov. 1, 1825.
In presence of
, (Chas. A. Newton,
David Hale, (,
P. Newton. (,
(,
(Jos. Smith, Jr.,
(Wm. I. Wiley.
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    William Hale, a “distant relative” of JS’s future father-in-law, Isaac Hale, owned property near Harmony, Pennsylvania. (Von Wymetal, Joseph Smith the Prophet, 78.)  

    Von Wymetal, Wilhelm [W. Wyl, pseud.]. Joseph Smith the Prophet: His Family and His Friends; A Study Based on Facts and Documents. Salt Lake City: Tribune Printing and Publishing, 1886.

  2. 2

    According to later recollections from Isaac Hale’s nephews, digging had begun several years earlier when William Hale was “informed by a woman by the name of Odle, who claimed to possess the power of seeing under ground . . . that there were great treasures concealed in the hill northeast from Isaac Hale’s house.” However, “after a short time operations were suspended.” The dig was recommenced in summer 1825. (Von Wymetal, Joseph Smith the Prophet, 78.)  

    Von Wymetal, Wilhelm [W. Wyl, pseud.]. Joseph Smith the Prophet: His Family and His Friends; A Study Based on Facts and Documents. Salt Lake City: Tribune Printing and Publishing, 1886.

  3. 3

    A brother of Josiah Stowell. (Stowell, Stowell Genealogy, 113.)  

    Stowell, William Henry Harrison. Stowell Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Stowell of Hingham, Mass. Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1922.

  4. 4

    Possibly one of the two men named Charles Newton living in Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York. (1820 U.S. Census, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY, 149; 1830 U.S. Census, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY, 7; 1840 U.S. Census, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY, 419, 425.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

  5. 5

    Possibly the William Wylie residing in Rush, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. (Susquehanna Co., PA, Deeds, 1812–1922, Grantee Index, vol. 10, p. 514, microfilm 1,927,838; Susquehanna Co., PA, Deeds, 1812–1922, Grantor Index, vol. 11, p. 355, microfilm 1,927,836, U.S. and Canada Records Collection, FHL; 1840 U.S. Census, Rush, Susquehanna Co., PA; Polly Catlin, Great Bend, PA, to “Francis,” Pittsburgh, PA, 18 Mar. 1836, in Roehm, Letters of George Catlin and His Family, 88.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

    Roehm, Marjorie Catlin. The Letters of George Catlin and His Family: A Chronicle of the American West. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966.

  6. 6

    Likely Tryphena (Phena) Stone Harper, who lived in Windsor, Broome County, New York. Her husband, Oliver Harper, died on 11 May 1824. (1820 U.S. Census, Windsor, Broome Co., NY, 239; Simon, “Notes on Oliver Harper”; Blackman, History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 582.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

    Simon, Stephen Eric. “Notes on Oliver Harper.” Unpublished paper. Windsor, CT, 16 Feb. 1991. Copy in editors’ possession.

    Blackman, Emily C. History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. From a Period Preceding Its Settlement to Recent Times. . . . Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen and Haffelfinger, 1873.

  7. 7

    Possibly the John M. Shephard of Broome County. (See Broome Co., NY, Deed Records, 1812–1922, p. 54–55, Grantor Index, microfilm 1,927,835, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; see also 1850 U.S. Census, Harmony Township, Susquehanna Co., PA.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

  8. 8

    Elihu Cooper Stowell was the son of Abishai Stowell, half-brother to Josiah Stowell. (Stowell, Stowell Genealogy, 113, 235.)  

    Stowell, William Henry Harrison. Stowell Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Stowell of Hingham, Mass. Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1922.

  9. 9

    Possibly John Grant of Smithville, Chenango County, New York, or John Grant of Colesville, Broome County, New York. (1820 U.S. Census, Smithville, Chenango Co., NY, 210; 1830 U.S. Census, Colesville Township, Broome Co., NY, 52.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

  10. 10

    Hale said that “Smith, and his father, with several other ‘money-diggers’ boarded at my house while they were employed in digging for a mine that they supposed had been opened and worked by the Spaniards, many years since.” (Isaac Hale, Affidavit, Harmony, PA, 20 Mar. 1834, in “Mormonism,” Susquehanna Register, and Northern Pennsylvanian [Montrose, PA], 1 May 1834, [1].)  

    Susquehanna Register, and Northern Pennsylvanian. Montrose, PA. 1831–1836.

  11. 11

    David Hale, a son of Isaac Hale, lived in Harmony. (1830 U.S. Census, Harmony Township, Susquehanna Co., PA, 2.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

  12. 12

    Possibly Phineas Newton living in Plymouth Township, Chenango County, New York, or Peter Newton living in Chenango Township, Broome County, New York. (1830 U.S. Census, Plymouth Township, Chenango Co., NY, 151; 1820 U.S. Census, Chenango Township, Broome Co., NY, 243.)  

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.