19 January 1844 (Friday). Mansion House. 
Joseph Smith Diary, by Willard Richards
—19 January 1844
 See History of the Church, 6:180. Not in Teachings. The original source for the entry in History of the Church is the Joseph Smith Diary.
 Jacob B. Backenstos, a friendly non-Mormon, served as clerk of the circuit court in Hancock County. In 1844 he was elected to the Illinois legislature, and in 1845 he was elected sheriff.
 William W. Phelps.