In light of the obvious fertility of many of Joseph Smith’s plural wives, it seems that they either bore him children who are unknown today or that sexual relations in the marriages did not occur often. Joseph Smith, May 24, 1844, Circuit Court Record, Hancock County, Book D, 128–29.
An important consideration is the phenomenon of diminishing returns.However, after the Saints arrived in Utah, there would have been little motive to keep the paternity secret. Beadle quoting William Mc Clellan, “Jackson County,” Salt Lake Tribune, October 6, 1875, 4; Benjamin F. Zimmerman, ed., I Knew the Prophets: An Analysis of the Letter of Benjamin F. Lucy Walker [Smith] Kimball, “Oath of Lucy Walker Smith: Wife of Joseph Smith, Jr.,” October 24, 1902, in Robert B. Any child of the Prophet would have been given special attention and perhaps have been looked upon as a legitimate future leader to counter the claims of Joseph and Emma’s sons, who had remained in Nauvoo. Her sister Eliza married Amasa Lyman, and she bore five children between 18. February 6, 1842); and David Hyrum Smith (November 17, 1844–August 29, 1904).Several other plural wives, like Louisa Beaman, Martha Mc Bride, and Nancy Winchester, also remarried and became pregnant. April 30, 1831), Joseph Smith III (November 6, 1832-December 10, 1914); Frederick Granger Williams Smith (June 29, 1836–April 13, 1862); Alexander Hale Smith (June 2, 1838-August 12, 1909); Don Carlos Smith (b.