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A Non-Mormon View of the Birth of Mormonism in Ohio

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A Non-Mormon View of the Birth of Mormonism in Ohio

Milton V. Backman, Jr.

Josiah Jones, a resident of Kirtland at the time of the introduction of Mormonism in Ohio, wrote in 1831 one of the earliest accounts of the rise of the Restored Church in the Western Reserve. This account was published in The Evangelist (June 1841), a Disciple publication edited by Walter Scott. According to Scott, Jones "was one of the faithful few belonging to the church in Kirtland, who refused to follow Rigdon when he made a surrender of himself and his flock to the Mormons."

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