Talk:Mormonism and polygamy

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Land ownership[edit]

Is it not true that after many mormon men were murderd, women entered plural marriages for the sake of inheritance out west (Utah) because women could not own land for themselves at the time? I'm not positive though. Superbuttons (talk) 16:57, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

No, not true; this is yet another titillating, but unfounded speculation surrounding this issue. -- (talk) 16:25, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Lead image[edit]

I'm so excited to see a picture of my ancestors on this Wikipedia page, however I would like to clarify a few things. The caption “Polygamist in Utah” is not entirely accurate. In the picture the woman on the right holding the baby is my great-great-grandmother Ann (Bunting) Ward. She is pictured with her in-laws. The Ward/Bunting family were not polygamists. The photographer of this picture, Andrew J. Russel, was in Utah capturing the joining of the railroads. At the time polygamy was a topic of interest to the country and the photographer knew that by labeling the picture as a polygamist family, it would sell better. He was correct in that assumption, and the picture became quite famous. The original is housed in the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Iowa. The picture is labeled with a disclaimer “the information regarding the photograph has now been corrected by a descendant of the family”. The photo was also used in a Utah history book called “The Great West Illustrated” which has also confirmed the correction through a history professor at Utah State University, Dan Davis. In the followinglink you will find the genealogy of Ann Ward and her Husband Samuel Ward along with a portion of the picture on your page. I am quite happy that my families' picture is used as a piece of Utah's history. I just ask that the caption be removed or noted with the correction. Yokotaashi (talk) 18:20, 8 July 2015 (UTC)Nancy A. Foster

polygamy ≠ polygyny[edit]

Polygamy has many forms. Since Mormon plural marriage was always polygynous (one man, plural wives) and never polyandrous (one woman, plural husbands) or polyamorous (plural members of both sexes), should "polygamy/ous" be changed to "polygyny/ous" throughout this article and Mormons? Please {{Ping}} me to discuss. --Thnidu (talk) 02:40, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Keep "polygamy". First, "polygamy"—along with "plural marriage"—is the term that is most often associated with the Mormon practice, so we are using the common name. Second, there are some examples within Mormonism of technical polyandry, most notably when Joseph Smith married other mens' wives while the women were still married to their first husbands. Thus, these women had more than one husband—their original husband plus Smith—which constitutes polyandry. Good Ol’factory (talk) 08:51, 24 October 2015 (UTC)