Solomon Mack

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Solomon Mack (15 September 1732 – 23 August 1820) was a resident of eighteenth-century New England and a veteran of the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War.

Early life[edit]

Solomon Mack was born on 15 September 1732 to Ebenezer Mack and Hannah Hanlly in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut.[1]

According to Solomon's memoir, his parents once "had a large property and lived in good style", but by the time Solomon was four, the family had fallen on hard times. Solomon was "bound out" to a nearby farmer, where he lived until age 21.[2]

War and marriage[edit]

From 1755–1759, he served in the French and Indian War, initially enlisting "under the command of Capt. Henry and was annexed to a regiment commanded by Col. Whiting".[1][2]

In 1759 he married schoolteacher Lydia Gates.[3][4] The couple had seven children and 18 grandchildren. Solomon Mack was the grandfather of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.

In 1776, Solomon Mack fought in the American Revolutionary War. Around 1799, Solomon Mack moved to Tunbridge, Vt.[5]

Later life[edit]

In 1811, he self-published his memoir, "Narrative of the Life of Solomon Mack", which detailed his history and his conversion to Christianity.[2][6][7]

Solomon Mack died on 23 August 1820 in Gilsum, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Modernly, there is a historic marker in Vermont at the site of the Solomon Mack home.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Biography: Mack, Solomon Sr.", References: People (Interim Content), The Joseph Smith Papers [], Church History Department, LDS Church, retrieved 7 January 2014 
  2. ^ a b c Broadhurst, Dale R. (20 May 2003), "A Narrative of the Life of Solomon Mack",, retrieved 7 January 2014 [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "MACK, Lucy". Joseph Smith Sr. Genealogical Website []. Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Anderson, A. Gary (1992), "Smith Family Ancestors", in Ludlow, Daniel H, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, pp. 1361–1363, ISBN 0-02-879602-0, OCLC 24502140 .
  5. ^ Mays, Kenneth (15 July 2010), "Portraits of the past: Solomon Mack", Deseret News, retrieved 7 January 2014 
  6. ^ Mack, Solomon (1810), A narraitve [sic] of the life of Solomon Mack..., Windsor, Vermont, OCLC 31942595 
  7. ^ Peck, Lisa J. (2004), Lucy Mack Smith (Biographical fiction), Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., ISBN 9781555177683, OCLC 54500360 [unreliable source?]
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