The Fraternity Of Rodsmen

After Nathaniel Woods was excommunicated from his ministry with the Congregational Church he formed a secret religious group 6 that included the parents of Joseph Smith, Jr.37 Through Congregational records the link between the Winchells, Woods, Cowderys and Smiths can be made.38 The evidence suggests that the occult practices that Lucy Smith openly admitted her family practiced3 were likely participated in by the entire set of families that formed the Fraternity of Rodmen. Mormon scholar D. Michael Quinn writes, "Such coincidence of time, place, and occult activity among these people suggests that there could have been personal acquaintance that linked them and encouraged them to participate in similar and joint occult activities.40

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