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Compton: A Trajectory of Plurality 7 down.13 Antagonistic—and sometimes sensational—sources identify other women as wives of Joseph Smith.14 And there are more proposals in 13. These are: SARAH MELISSA GRANGER (KIMBALL); see Historical Record 6:232, cf. Jill Mulvay Derr, "Sarah M. Kimball," in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1978), 23-40; RACHEL IVINS (GRANT); a plural wife of Jedediah Grant and the mother of Heber J. Grant, she was later sealed to Joseph Smith, not Grant, for eternity. See Ronald Walker, "Rachel R. Grant: The Continuing Legacy of the Feminine Ideal," in Supporting Saints, ed. Donald Q. Cannon and David Whittaker (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 1985), 17-42,23-24; LYDIA MOON; see William Clayton journal, 15-17 Sept. 1843, in George D. Smith, ed., An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton (Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1991), 120; CORDELIA C. MORLEY (COX); see her Autobiography, Lee Library; and ESTHER JOHNSON; see Johnson, My Life's Review, 96. 14. These are: MARY ANN ANGELL YOUNG; in John D. Lee, Mormonism Unveiled (St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & Co., 1877), 147; JANE SILVERTHORNE (LAW); see Bathsheba W. Smith, Deposition, 8th Circuit Court, 1892 Temple Lot Case, in Complainant's Abstract of Pleading and Evidence...The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-Day Saints, Complainant, vs. The Church of Christ at Independence, Missouri (Lamoni, IA: Herald, 1893; this is an abbreviated publication of the complete transcript, a copy of which is available in LDS archives); and John Hawley, Autobiography (Jan. 1885), 97, archives, Auditorium, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence, Missouri (hereafter RLDS archives). Hawley also lists as wives of Joseph MRS. FRANCIS HIGBY, MRS. LYMAN WIGHT, AND MRS. ROBERT D. FOSTER: "When Brigham Young got the records of the Church in his hands, after the death of Joseph Smith, he found by examination that ... Laws wife and Higbys wife and L Wights wife and Fosters wife had all been Sealed to Joseph, as their Husbands could not Save them." This source is problematic. Did Joseph marry these women without their knowledge, by proxy, while they were living? It is difficult to believe that they would marry Joseph while they were distancing themselves from Mormonism and polygamy. Furthermore, Jane Law elsewhere asserted that Joseph proposed to her and she refused. Cf. Lyndon W. Cook, "William Law, Nauvoo Dissenter," Brigham Young University Studies 22 (Winter 1982): 47-72 (65); and his William Law: Biographical Essays, Nauvoo Diary, Correspondence, Interview (Orem, UT: Grandin Books, 1994); MRS. EDWARD (BLOSSOM), in Wilhelm Wyl, Mormon Portraits, or the Truth About the Mormon Leaders, 1830-1886 (Salt Lake City: Tribune Press & Publishing, 1886), 65-66. Mr. Blossom was an apostle under Brigham Young, according to Wyl's source, an example of the occasional unreliability of unsympathetic sources, as there was no apostle named Blossom (this does not prevent Brodie from listing Mrs. Blossom as wife number 37); MRS. (WHITE), in Wyl, 55; MRS. (MILLER), a widow: Bennett, History of the Saints, 255; WIDOW (FULLER) (WARREN), in Bennett, History of the Saints, 293; and MISS MORRIS, in "Celebrated Career Closed. Exterminator of Mormons Dies at Louisiana, Mo.," newspaper obituary, ca. 15 Feb. 1895, of David Conkling, in Henry Stebbins papers, P24, f22, RLDS archives.