First wife of Jesse N. Smith was born January 3, 1836, in Benton County, Tennessee. Her parents were Samuel Walker West and Margaret Cooper. They embraced the gospel in early days and migrated with their family from Tennessee to Nauvoo, in 1842. The West family suffered much persecution and hardship for the gospel’s sake. They came to Utah with the general exodus of the Saints from Nauvoo. In 1851 they were called by Brigham Young to help establish the settlement of Parowan, Utah.