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Jacob Whitmer (1800–1856) was the second born child of Peter Whitmer, Sr. and Mary Musselman. He is primarily remembered as one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon's Golden Plates.

Born January 27, 1800, Jacob Whitmer moved with his parents' family to New York, where he married Elizabeth Schott on September 29, 1825. Jacob and Elizabeth had nine children together, only three of which survived to adulthood.

Whitmer's younger brother David became a close associate of Joseph Smith, Jr.. In June 1829, Jacob Whitmer joined his brothers in signing a statement testifying that he personally saw and handled the Golden Plates said to be in Smith's possession. On April 11, 1830, he was baptized into the newly organized "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."

He gathered with early church members to Jackson County, Missouri, USA, but was driven by non-Mormon vigilantes from his home there and later from his home in Clay County, Missouri as well. He then settled in Caldwell County, Missouri where he served on Far West's High Council. He was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1838 along with the rest of the living members of the Whitmer family, and driven again from his home — this time by Mormon vigilantes.

He settled finally near Richmond in neighboring Ray County where he worked as a shoemaker and a farmer. He died on April 21, 1856 still affirming his testimony of the Book of Mormon.








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