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Agnes Moulton Coolbrith Smith Pickett was born 11 July 1811 in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, United States to Joseph Coolbrith (1780-) and Mary Hasty Foss (1782-) and died 26 December 1876 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States of unspecified causes. She married Don Carlos Smith (1816-1841) 30 July 1835 in Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio. She married Joseph Smith (1805-1844) January 1842 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. She married William Pickett (1816-1891) 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.

Biography

Agnes Moulton Coolbrith first married Don Carlos Smith (1816-1841). When he died she became a plural wife of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), his brother. Afterward Joseph's martyrdom in 1844, She married William Pickett, in 1851 they left St. Louis, Missouri and traveled to California in the wagon train.

Don Carlos Smith was the father of Ina Coolbrith (born Josephina Donna Smith), who became the first poet laureate of California.

When married to Joseph Smith, in 1842, becoming his sixth or seventh wife, depending on whether Fanny Alger is counted as a wife or as a lover. No children came of the union—Agnes felt neglected in her unfruitful Levirate marriage, the only such marriage of Smith. Over the next two years, Smith married some 20 to 30 more wives, angering non-Mormons in the area. In June 1844, Smith was killed at the hands of an anti-Mormon, anti-polygamist mob. Losing her faith and fearful of her life, Coolbrith's mother left the Latter-day Saint community and moved to Saint Louis, Missouri, where she married a printer and lawyer named William Pickett. Twin sons were born to the couple,[7] and in 1851 Pickett traveled overland with his new family to California in a wagon train. On the long trek, the young Ina read from a book of Shakespeare's works and from a collection of Byron's poems. As a ten-year-old girl, Ina entered California in front of the wagon train with the famous African-American scout Jim Beckwourth, riding with him on his horse, through what would later be named Beckwourth Pass. The family settled in Los Angeles, California, and Pickett established a law practice.

To avoid identification with her former family or with Mormonism, Ina's mother reverted to using her maiden name, Coolbrith. The family resolved not to speak of their Mormon past, and it was only after Ina Coolbrith's death that the general public learned of her origin. Coolbrith did keep in touch with her Smith relations, however, including a lifelong correspondence with her first-cousin Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) to whom and for whom she frequently expressed her love and regard.




Children


Offspring of Don Carlos Smith and Agnes Moulton Coolbrith (1811-1876)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Agnes Charlotte Smith (1836-1873)
Sophronia C Smith (1838-1843) 22 April 1838 New Portage, Summit County, Ohio 3 October 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Josephine Donna Smith (1841-1928)

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Children


Offspring of William Pickett Sr. and Agnes Moulton Coolbrith (1811-1876)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Don Carlos Pickett (1847-1928)
William Pickett (1847-1931)


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