General background on Joseph and the seer stones here.
Two short videos introducing seer stones and Joseph’s use of them:
This next video discusses seer stones, treasure hunting, and Joseph’s early relationship with Emma.
Josiah Stowell’s nephew filed a suit against Joseph. Josiah Stowell, the man for whom Joseph worked, testified in court on behalf of Joseph against the charge of Joseph being a conman. No conviction.
Emma met Joseph while Joseph was employed by Josiah Stowell. Joseph, in fact, stayed in Emma’s home. Emma’s parents didn’t approve of their courtship.
Jeff at LDS Q&A. Joseph shifted from looking for objects to that of a seer.
Bill Reel discusses the history behind well digging, treasure digging, the seer stone, diving rods, and more.
Rather than being a treasure digger, Bill argues that Joseph was a lost-item finder. Several anecdotes support this theory.
Josiah Stowell surely heard about Joseph’s ability to find things, and hired Joseph to find rumored Spanish gold near Harmony, PA . Joseph had a spiritual gift or talent. He was not, however, a serial conman. In fact, Joseph told Josiah Stowell to stop his gold-seeking enterprise, since it wasn’t successful.
Joseph was tried for glass looking after Stowell’s nephew pressed charges. Joseph was ultimately exonerated.
*** The fellow who did the podcast (in 2014), Bill Reel, is now far from the kind of believer he was when he made this podcast. Faith is similar to any living organism. Must be nourished.
I’ve called Bill Reel. Nice guy. Sadly, he’s now very (very, very, very, very) far from the basics.
Excellent podcast, however!