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Portraits of the past: Gilsum, New Hampshire

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By the year 1773, Solomon and Lydia Mack had moved to the town of Gilsum, N.H. Solomon and his brother built the first bridge over the Ashuelot River. __IMAGE1__The stone bridge, above, replaced that original bridge. At least two of the Mack children were born in Gilsum. In 1773, Solomon Mack Jr. was born there, and his sister Lucy Mack was born on July 8, 1775, somewhere near the clearing seen at left. Following the death of her sister Lovina in 1794, a grieving Lucy went to Tunbridge, Vt., with her older brother Stephen Mack. While there, she met Joseph Smith Sr., whom she would later marry. They became the parents of the Prophet Joseph Smith.