After receiving a revelation commanding him to practice plural marriage, Joseph Smith married multiple wives and introduced the practice to close associates. This principle was among the most challenging aspects of the Restoration—for Joseph personally and for other Church members. Plural marriage tested faith and provoked controversy and opposition. Few Latter-day Saints initially welcomed the restoration of a biblical practice entirely foreign to their sensibilities. But many later testified of powerful spiritual experiences that helped them overcome their hesitation and gave them courage to accept this practice.
Given testimony and evidence, with which women can we reasonably infer that Joseph Smith had sex? The ages of the women we suspect he had sex with from this analysis were: 17 219 322 1. Attended Mary V. Cannon Br. Smith and Br. He said that in the early days of polygamy, when it was first taught to the Bretheren [sic] in Nauvoo, it was a little hard to receive in consequence of their traditionated ideas.
He received a testimony that the principle was true. He saw Joseph surrounded with a of the most beautiful women that he ever saw in his life and he knew they were his wives. Note: I am aware of the tenuousness of the Eli Johnson source, so all of these sources should be taken with a grain of salt until I can check them for reliability.
When Joseph had made his dastardly attempt on me, I went to Mrs. Harris to unbosom my grief to her. She then told me that I was the daughter of the Prophet Joseph Smith, she having been sealed to the Prophet at the time that her husband Mr. Lyon had was out of fellowship with the Church.
I heard the latter woman say afterwards in Utah, that she did not know whether Mr. Buel or the Prophet was the father of her son. Elvira Cowles Holmes - Affidavit shows that she was sealed to Joseph for time and all eternity in Patty Bartlett Sessions - unknown.
While her affidavit does ask for secrecy, the reason why is unclear. Possible she was just an intermediary for the younger girls.
The list follows with the age at marriage and the evidence indicating a sexual relationship. This is proven by the fact that she herself, on several occasions, kept guard at the door to prevent disinterested persons from intruding, when these ladies were in the house.
Did you ever at any other place room with him?
In what way? Of course I mean as his wife?
Yes sir. At what places? Were you married to my father?
Was you a wife in very deed? What is the evidence for polyandrous sex? I would love to see a source for this. Unknowns : Patty Bartlett Sessions - unknown.