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The majority of Smithâs wives were younger than he, and one-third were between fourteen and twenty years of age. Another third were already married, and some of the husbands served as witnesses at their own wifeâs polyandrous wedding. In addition, some of the wives hinted that they bore Smith childrenâmost notably Sylvia Sessionsâs daughter Josephineâalthough the children carried their stepfatherâs surname.Â
For all of Smithâs wives, the experience of being secretly married was socially isolating, emotionally draining, and sexually frustrating.Â Despite the spiritual and temporal benefits, which they acknowledged, they found their faith tested to the limit of its endurance. After Smithâs death in 1844, their lives became even more âlonely and desolate.â One even joined a convent. The majority were appropriated by Smithâs successors, based on the Old Testament law of the Levirate, and had children by them, though they considered these guardianships unsatisfying. Others stayed in the Midwest and remarried, while one moved to California. But all considered their lives unhappy, except for the joy they found in their children and grandchildren.Â Â
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