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   In the Spring 1829, Harris went to Pennsylvania, and on his return to Palmyra, reported that the Prophet's wife, in the month of June following would be delivered of a male child that would be able when two years old to translate the Gold Bible.
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Mormonism Unvailed, E.D. Howe, pgs 246-57
Willard Chase Statement
Willard Chase, witnessed by Fred'k Smith
11 Dec, 1833
   In the Spring 1829, Harris went to Pennsylvania, and on his return to Palmyra, reported that the Prophet's wife, in the month of June following would be delivered of a male child that would be able when two years old to translate the Gold Bible.

   I inquired of Joseph Smith Jr., who was to be the first who would be allowed to see the Book of Plates? He said it was a young child.
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Mormonism Unvailed, E.D. Howe, pg 264
Isaac Hale Statement
Isaac Hale
20 Mar, 1834
   I inquired of Joseph Smith Jr., who was to be the first who would be allowed to see the Book of Plates? He said it was a young child.

   Joseph Smith, Jr. told him that (Smith's) first-born child was to translate the characters, and hieroglyphics, upon the Plates into our language at the age of three years; but this child was not permitted to live to verify the prediction.
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Mormonism Unvailed, E.D. Howe, pg 267
Joshua M'Kune Statement
E. D. Howe
1834
   "Joseph Smith, Jr. told him that (Smith's) first-born child was to translate the characters, and hieroglyphics, upon the Plates into our language at the age of three years; but this child was not permitted to live to verify the prediction."

   Sophia Lewis... states that she heard Smith say the Book of Plates could not be opened under penalty of death by any other person but his (Smith's) first-born, which was to be a male. She says she was present at the birth of this child, and that it was still-born and very much deformed.
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Mormonism Unvailed, E.D. Howe, pg 269
Sophia Lewis Statement
E. D. Howe
1834
   Sophia Lewis... states that she heard Smith say "the Book of Plates could not be opened under penalty of death by any other person but his (Smith's) first-born, which was to be a male." She says she "was present at the birth of this child, and that it was still-born and very much deformed."

   Emma became the Mother of a son but she had but little comfort from the society of the dear little stranger for he was very soon snatched from her arms and borne aloft to the world of spirits before it had time learn good or evil and for some time its Mother seemed to tremble upon the verge of the silent home of her infant. so uncertain seemed her fate for a season that in the space of 2 weeks her husband never slept one hour in undisturbed quiet
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The Joseph Smith Papers, Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, pgs 81-82
Lucy Smith Account
Lucy Mack Smith
1844-45
   Emma became the Mother of a son but she had but little comfort from the society of the dear little stranger for he was very soon snatched from her arms and borne aloft to the world of spirits before it had time learn good or evil and for some time its Mother seemed to tremble upon the verge of the silent home of her infant. so uncertain seemed her fate for a season that in the space of 2 weeks her husband never slept one hour in undisturbed quiet
(Note:  This quote comes from Lucy's original manuscript transcribed in 1844-1845 by Martha Jane and Howard Coray. In 1845 the Corays produced an altered copy which can be read in full here. This altered manuscript was used in the 1853 publication by Orson Pratt in England under the title "Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and his Progenitors for many Generations" which can be read in full here.)

   Q.  How many children did you lose, mother, before I was born?<br>
   A.  There were three.  I buried one in Pennsylvania, and a pair of twins in Ohio.
External Link
Last Testimony of Sister Emma, The Saints' Herald, Vol 26, No 19, 1 Oct, 1879, pg 289
Emma's Last Testimony
Emma Hale Smith
9 Feb, 1879
   "Q. How many children did you lose, mother, before I was born?
   "A. There were three. I buried one in Pennsylvania, and a pair of twins in Ohio.

BIRTHS...
Alvin Smith June 15th, 1828
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From the Prophet’s Life: A Photo Essay, Ensign, Jan 1984
Smith Family Bible
1866
BIRTHS... Alvin Smith June 15th, 1828

   In Memory of An Infant Son of Joseph And Emma Smith June 15th, 1828
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Find A Grave
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15 Jun, 1828
   In Memory of An Infant Son of Joseph And Emma Smith June 15th, 1828

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