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

“It is the priesthood after the order of Melchisedec, which is after the order of the Son of God, that is handed down from Father to son; not the offices of Prophet, Patriarch, Apostle, High Priest, Elder, Priest, Teacher, and Deacon.”

~William Smith to David Powell, 25 December 1851, published in The Messenger of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2:5~