Are These the Brothers Hyrum and Joseph Smith, Jr.?

The two men depicted below are proposed by RBN to be Hyrum Smith (left) and Joseph Smith, Jr., (right). The portraits are from the Library of Congress Francis Henry Grice Daguerreotype Collection and are cropped from the originals and then horizontally flipped. The LOC Daguerreotype Collection introductory page is here: Daguerreotypes – About this Collection – Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress) ( The banner atop this LOC introductory page depicts Reverend Augustus Conant and his wife Betsy Kelsy Conant as captured by F. Grice. Below is a link to their story and an explanation of their roles in formulating RBN’s proposed identities of the many men and women depicted by Francis Grice in this blog.

The Grice Collection of Daguerreotypes contains 52 images purchased in two large groups. Two of the images depict the Unitarian Ministers Arthur Buckminster Fuller and Augustus Conant. Both left diaries from the summer of 1844 describing Nauvoo, Illinois, and their stay at the Mansion House run by the just-widowed Emma Smith. Hyrum and Joseph had been murdered at the Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844, while under the protection of Governor Thomas Ford. All twenty-five adult men and fifteen adult women from the Grice Collection have been assigned proposed identities by RBN and a summary can be found here: All Twenty-Five Men and Fifteen Women in the Library of Congress Francis Henry Grice Daguerreotype Collection with Their Identities as Proposed by RBN, Details Elsewhere on this site – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations ( Individual images are found below on this blog

Please consider downloading and reading the essay linked within Francis Henry Grice’s Daguerrean Views – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations ( Circumstantial, yet compelling, evidence places the gifted polymath and Daguerreotypist Francis Henry Grice in Nauvoo, Illinois, in the late spring and summer of 1844.

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