John Johnson Farm, Hiram, Ohio, USA
The John Johnson Farm served as headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly a year, from September 1831 to September 1832. Important conferences were held there. Moreover, in an upper room of the house, perhaps sixteen revelations now in the Doctrine and Covenants were received. These include Doctrine and Covenants section 1, the Preface, and section 76, the vision of the three degrees of glory.
The Prophet Joseph continued his work of the translation of the bible while living here, and the John Johnson Farm was where the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon were dragged from the house and tarred and feathered on March 24, 1832.1 Five days later, Joseph and Emma’s adopted son, Joseph Murdock, died due to complications resulting from exposure.
The Johnson’s were converted in the Spring of 1831 with the healing of John’s wife Elsa from rheumatism in her shoulder.2 Two of the Johnson’s sons, Luke and Lyman Johnson became members of the original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their daughter, Marinda, married Orson Hyde.
The Johnson’s fell away from the Church in 1837, although Luke returned to the faith and traveled with the Saints to Utah.3 Father Johnson died in 1843 in Kirtland where he is buried.
In 1956, the farm was purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For a number of years it served as a welfare farm for the Church. Presently it does not.
1 Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), 1: 263 – 264.
2 Larry C. Porter and Susan Easton Black, eds., The Prophet Joseph: Essays on the Life and Mission of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988), 163.
3 Susan Easton Black, Who’s Who in the Doctrine and Covenants (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997), 156 – 157
Map & Directions
The Historic Johnson Home is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitors are welcome seven days a week during normal hours. Admission is free.
Articles & Resources
Joseph Smith, Jr.'s Account of Being Tarred & Feathered
Author(s): Joseph Smith, Jr.
Type: First-person account
Source(s): Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), 1: 263 – 264.
On the 24th of March, the twins before mentioned, which had been sick of the measles for some time, caused us to be broken of our rest in taking care of them, especially my wife. In the evening I told her she had better retire to rest with one of the children, and I would…
John Johnson Home, at JosephSmith.net
John Johnson Home, at Doctrine & Covenants Revelvation Sites Website
Keith Perkins, “A House Divided: The John Johnson Family,” Ensign, February 1979, 54.
Mark L. Staker, “Remembering Hiram, Ohio,” Ensign, October 2002, 32.