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

“[S]on of Promise… on whoom the Priasthood shall rest from his birth to all Eternity even so Amen.”

~Brigham Young, Blessing given to Brigham Willard Kimball at birth, 29 January 1845, recorded in On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, page 95~