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There are strong indicators pointing toward the original priesthood being lineal in nature, as opposed to simple confirmation by ordination:

“The order of this Priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made.”

Joseph Smith, Jr. – April 1835, Doctrine and Covenants – Section 107 (Kirtland, OH: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), 40.