Most Latter Day Saints followed Young, but some aligned themselves with various other figures who claimed to be Smith's successor, most notably his son Joseph Smith III.
Joseph Smith, Jr. was born on December 23, 1805, in Haron, Vermont to Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith.
Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Christian restorationist movement popularly known as 'Mormonism'.
On August 8, 1844, Brigham Young was selected as the successor to Joseph Smith.
The city council, headed by Joseph Smith as mayor, responded by passing an ordinance declaring the newspaper a public nuisance designed to promote violence against Smith and his followers.
Today, adherents of Joseph Smith's teachings, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Community of Christ, currently number between thirteen and fourteen million.
A number of other off-shoots claim to derive from the teachings of Joseph Smith, including the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) which currently practices Smith's alleged teaching of plural marriage.
Almost five months after Smith's death in November of 1844, David Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith's final son, was born.