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Emma Hale Smith

Growing Up in Harmony, Pennsylvania

Emma Hale Smith

Emma Hale was born July 10, 1804, in the Susquehanna Valley in Harmony (now Oakland) Township, Pennsylvania, to Isaac and Elizabeth Lewis Hale, the first permanent settlers in the valley. As the seventh of nine children, Emma spent a happy childhood learning to ride horses and to canoe on the Susquehanna with her brothers, while honing her quick wit among her other siblings. She attended school whenever opportunity permitted, including a year beyond the common grammar school education of her brothers and sisters. Tall and gangly as a youth, she grew up to be a stately, handsome, dark-haired woman.

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