Missouri State Archives
Finding Aid 5.1

Office of Secretary of State

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

Abstract:  Papers (1837-1841) of the inquiry of the disturbances with the Mormons, including letters, witness accounts, and legislative materials. Governor Lilburn W. Boggs (1792-1860), including appointments, correspondence, and state bonds. 

Extent:  0.8 cubic feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

Physical Description:  Paper

Location:  Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City Missouri

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:  No special restrictions.

Publication Restrictions:  Copyright is in the public domain. Items reproduced for publication should carry the credit line: Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

Preferred Citation:  [Item description], [date]; Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841; Office of Secretary of State, Record Group 5; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

Series

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

Scope and Content

The papers contain the records gathered by the state in relation to the disturbances with the Mormons.  Records include legislative material, letters to the governor, and witness accounts.

Container List

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12/17/1838

Journal of the Joint Legislative Committee to investigate the late difficulties with the Mormons

The proceedings include committee organization, list of members, order of business, drafts of committee report, and a list of documents prepared to assist the committee in its deliberations.

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1/14/1839

Journal of the Joint Legislative Committee appointed to report a bill to provide for the late disturbances in this State.

The proceedings related to the election of a subcommittee to prepare a draft bill.

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16A/2/9 1 1 1838 Listing of documents.

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11/22/1838

House Resolution referring Governor's Message on Mormon difficulties to a joint select Committee

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11/23/1838

[Missing] Senate Concurrence with House Resolution relating to Mormon difficulties

 

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12/18/1838

Report of the Joint Committee on the Mormon Investigation to the Senate

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1/10/1839

Senate Concurrence to House Resolution instructing a joint committee on Mormon difficulties to report a bill on the same.

 

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1/16/1839

[Missing] Report of the Select Committee to the Senate of A Bill to Provide for an Investigation of the Late Disturbances in this State. Text of Bill is included.

 

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1/31/1839

[Missing] Senate Concurrence with the bill to provide for an investigation of the Mormon difficulties with amendments

 

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2/4/1839

[Missing] House tables a consideration for the Mormon Bill until 4 July

 

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3/21/1839

Letter from S. M. Smith, Kirtland, Ohio to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, Mo.

Smith informs Governor of letter received from the widow and others relating to the facts surrounding the murder of his brother at Far West.  Recites facts and asks that perpetrators be punished.  Does not believe Governor would call for extermination of Mormons.

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11/17/1840

[Missing] Extract from the Third Biennial Message of Governor Boggs that relates to the Mormon Difficulties

Governor Boggs calls for the publication of the evidence against the Mormons so that the reputation of our State can be rescued from reproach.

 

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1841

Joint Resolution that orders the printing of two thousand copies of the evidence, etc. in relation to the Mormon difficulties as may be selected by a joint committee.

 

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2/17/1841

Letter from William M. Campbell, et al., Joint Committee in Jefferson City, MO to Secretary of State, James L. Minor, Jefferson City, MO

The Joint Committee on Publication requests that all documents on file relating to the Mormons be turned over to the Committee.

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2/17/1841

Letter from Secretary of State, James L. Minor, Jefferson City, MO, to William M. Campbell, J.W. Redman, W.T. Wood, J.B. Thompson of the Joint Committee in Jefferson City, MO.

James L. Minor informs the Committee that all Mormon documents are already in possession of the Committee.

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2/17/1841

Report of the Joint Committee to examine the documents in relation to the Mormon Disturbances

The Committee reports that all documents should be published without suppressing any part thereof including prior legislative proceedings.

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11/20/1838

An extract from the Second Biennial Message of Governor Boggs that relates to the Mormon difficulties

Governor Boggs informs the Legislature that events forced the calling out of the militia to restore peace.  He limits his remarks due to the current judicial investigation and he promises to lay all documents, including a militia report, before the legislature.

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11/22/1838

House Resolution requesting Governor Boggs to communicate all information in his possession in relation to the recent difficulties to the House

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12/5/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to the House of Representatives, Jefferson City, MO

Governor Boggs complies with the House Resolution of November 22, 1838, including the report of General Clark and a portion of the testimony taken before Honorable Austin A. King, Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit at Richmond, Ray County.  Governor Boggs

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8/28/1838

The sworn statement of Adam Black, of Daviess County, Missouri

Testimony given before William Dryden, J.P. of events of August 8, 1838 in Daviess County when Black's home was surrounded by a force of about 154 men, by whom his life and the lives of other citizen were threatened if they refused to sign a petition not to molest the people called Mormons.  He gives a list of persons guilty of aiding and abetting in committing and perpetrating the above offence.

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9/1/1838

Letter from Daniel Ashby, James Keyte, and Sterling Price, of Brunswick, MO to Governor Boggs in Jefferson City, MO

The letter states the concern over a scheme of the Mormons to use the Indians to work general destruction of all that is not Mormon, and contains a statement by an ex-Mormon, Nathan Marsh, that confirms their fears of this plan.  The signers suggest issuing orders of the Militia in case of emergency.

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9/6/1838

Letter from Joseph Dickson, Clerk of Circuit Court of Carroll County in Carrollton, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The letter transmits the affidavit of John N. Sapp relating to the Mormons in Daviess County.  Sapp swears that he was a member of the Sect but left on August 15, 1838, by stealth.  He tells of the building of block-houses and the arming of groups of men designated as Danites and of their object of inducing the Indians to help the in making war on the Missourians.  Sworn before Clerk of County Court, Joseph Dickson.

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9/12/1838

Letter from the Citizens of Daviess and Livingston Counties to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The Citizens ask for protection from the Mormons and recounts the attack on Adam Black and the capture of guns, ammunition and prisoners by the Mormons.  The writer recounts an attack in Livingston County upon a family, and their plans to remove property in said county held in lien by James Welden.  As settlers of the frontier who had already experienced nearly all difficulties of a new country, they ask protection and support from the State.  Signed by George F. Prichard before Clerk of Court, R. Wilson.

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9/12/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison from Headquarters, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO.

General Atchison writes that, from information he has received from Daviess and Caldwell Counties, he is convened that an insurrection does exist.  He lists actions to put down the insurrection, including assistance to civil officers and citizens of Daviess and Caldwell counties.  Acknowledged assistance of Col. Wiley C. Williams, his aide.

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8/30/1838

Letter from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, in Jefferson City, MO to General David. R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO

The letter dispatches orders from Commander-in-Chief, Governor Boggs, to raise immediately, in his Division, four hundred men, mounted and equipped.  This is to be done because of the indications of Indian disturbances on our immediate frontier, and recent civil disturbances of Caldwell, Daviess and Caroll counties.  Note:  Similar letters to General John B. Clark, Samuel D. Lucas, David Willock, Lewis Bolton, Henry W. Crowther, and Thomas D. Grant.

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9/15/1838

Petition from William Dryden, J.P., of Daviess County to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The petition relates to the actions Dryden took as a result of Adam Black's affidavit and the appointment of Nathaniel H. Blakely as special deputy to serve writ issued by Dryden for the arrest of the parties listed in the affidavit.  Dryden reports the arrest of the men and requests the Governor to furnish civil officers for the counties of Daviess and Caldwell to execute the laws of the land.

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9/15/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to B.M. Lisle, Adjutant General, Jefferson City, MO

Governor Boggs directs Lisle to issue an order to General David R. Atchison to use his troops to aid the civil officers of Daviess County in executing their duties.

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9/15/1838

Letter from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, in Jefferson City, MO to General David. R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO

The Adjutant General orders General Atchison to raise a command and aide the civil officers of Daviess County, who are charged with the arrest of parties names in writ presented by William Dryden.  The command is needed because the civil officers of Davie

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9/18/1838

Letter from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, in Jefferson City, MO to Captain Childs, of the Boonville Guards in Boonville, MO

The Governor orders Captain Childs as commander of the Boonville Gaurds, to hold his company in readiness, provisioned and armed, and to act immediately upon the Governor's orders in the counties of Daviess and Caldwell.

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9/18/1838

Letter from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, in Jefferson City, MO to General S. D. Lucas of the 4th Division of the Missouri Militia, in Independence, MO

The Governor orders General Lucas to march immediately, with the 400 men he was ordered to raise on August 30, to the scene of the difficulties and to cooperate with General Atchison.  Note: Similar letters were addressed to Generals Lewis Bolton, John B.

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9/15/1838

Letter from General Alexander W. Doniphan, at Headquarters of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia at Camp at Grand River, MO to General David R. Atchison of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Richmond, MO.

The letter concerns movements of militia into Caldwell and Daviess Counties in order to confiscate guns from Mormons and non-Mormons.  Doniphan arrives at Far West and collects weapons and then goes on to Millport, where he negotiates between Mormons and non-Mormons.

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9/17/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison from Headquarters, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO.

The letter relates to the movement of Atchison's Division from their headquarters at Grand River in Daviess County and the discovery of two to three hundred armed citizens of Livingston, Carroll, and Saline Counties.  Mormons gathered at Adam-on-Diahmon.

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9/20/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison from Headquarters, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia in Liberty, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO.

The letter relates to the situation in Daviess and Caldwell Counties.  Brigadier General Parks, assigned to pacify the area, states that the Mormons, although quiet, are well armed and their fanaticism, and their unalterable determination not to be driven, much blood will be spilt, and much suffering, if a blow is once struck, without the interposition of your Excellency.”

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9/10/1838

Letter from the Honorable Austin A. King, Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Richmond, MO to General David R. Atchison, of the 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia

The letter suggests that Atchison dispel the forces in Daviess and all the assembled armed forces in Caldwell and, while there, cause those Mormons who refuse to give up to surrender and be recognized.  Austin promises to cooperate with Atchison as best h he can.”

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9/10/1838

Petition of Citizens of Ray County to General David R. Atchison, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia

The Citizens request Governor Boggs to order out the militia and suppress the insurrection.

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9/22/1838

Petition from certain Mormons of DeWitt, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Mormons of Carroll County ask for protection from a lawless mob of one hundred and fifty armed men.

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9/22/1838

Letter from Peter G. Glover, Secretary of State, Jefferson City, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Secretary of State, Peter G. Glover, informs the Governor that he is sending Jesse B. Barber with important documents.  They show no need to raise a certain Division of troops.

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9/23/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, Headquarters, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Liberty, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO (Included with #33)

Atchison writes that problems in Caldwell and Daviess Counties have been put down by Brigadier General Parks and the lawbreakers have been brought to justice.

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9/24/1838

Letter from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, at Headquarters of the Militia in Jonesborough, MO to Major General John B. Clark, of the 1st Division of Missouri Militia

Lisle informs General John Clark that the troops under your command, destined for that service, be immediately discharged.  Note: Similar letter sent to Generals H. W. Crowther, S. D. Lucas, and Lewis Bolton.

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9/25/1838

Letter from General H. G. Parks, Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Millport, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Parks states that he has calmed Daviess and Caldwell Counties.  A trial of Mormon lawbreakers would take place on Friday the 18th and Parks states, I am happy to say that my exertions as those of Major General Atchison and the officers and men under my command have been crowned with success.”

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9/25/1838

Letter from General H. G. Parks, Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Millport, MO to General David R. Atchison, of the 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia at Liberty, MO

General Parks writes that he has advised the Governor that no more troops will be needed against the Mormons, but fears some men will attempt to attack the Mormons.

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9/27/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Liberty, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Atchison informs the Governor that things in Daviess County are going well and that any talk to the contrary are exaggerated statements of designing or half crazy men.

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10/4/1838

Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of the Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Lucas relates that he has confronted a force of 200 Mormons who claimed the non-Mormons were moving on them.  Lucas is afraid that the citizens of Carroll County will attack the Mormons if any non-Mormon is killed.

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10/5/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia at Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Atchison reports to Governor Boggs that the situation has changed.  Included is a copy of a letter from Brigadier General Parks, stating that citizens of Carroll County were trying to drive Mormons out.  Daviess County is still quiet.

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10/5/1838

The Report of the Committee of Chariton County, signed by John W. Price and William K. Logan

A report of a meeting with non-Mormons near DeWitt, MO.  There are plans to force Mormons out of DeWitt and they are requesting for intervention by civil authorities.

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10/7/1838

Letter from General H. G. Parks, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia, 5 miles from DeWitt, MO to General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO

General Parks reports a need for troops - calls on General Alexander Doniphan for aid.  He states that Carroll County men are violent and want the Mormons out.  He asks for a visit by the Governor.

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10/9/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Atchison outlines the problems of General Parks.  Atchison wants to get Mormons to sell land.  Will forward communication from Parks to Governor Boggs.  Atchison feels the Governor should meet him at Boonville.

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10/16/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Atchison informs the Governor that Mormons of Carroll County have sold out and left.  The Governor must move strongly to put down the spirit of mob and misrule or else let them fight it out.

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10/9/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

A cover letter from General Clark and the following documents: the citizens of Carroll County petition the citizens of Howard County for aid against the Mormons, a statement by Adam Woods, and statement by the citizens on the actions of Mormons in DeWitt, Carroll County.

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10/13/1838

Letter from Captain Bogart of Elk Horn in Ray County, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Captain Bogart describes how he was prevented from moving against Mormons by General Parks.  He states that Mormons will overrun Daviess County.  He asks for help from Governor Boggs before our country is ruined.

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10/21/1838

An affidavit from William Morgan, Sheriff of Daviess County, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

An affidavit by Morgan that states he saw Mormons burn the store and house of Jacob Stollings. Daviess County is in a state of terror.

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9/22/1838

An affidavit of Philip Covington

The Justice of peace, Covington, states that he saw Mormons burn Gallatin, rob a store and post office.  He also swears that the Mormons burned local dwellings.

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10/21/1838

Letter from Colonel William P. Peniston, 60th Regiment of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Daviess County, MO to Governor Briggs, Jefferson City, MO

Correspondence with affidavits from several individuals regarding the action of the Mormons burning Gallatin in Millport.  Peniston asks the government for aid against this banditti of Canadian refugees.

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10/22/1838

Affidavit of Samuel Venable

Venable reports that he was with refugees from Mormon burning of Gallatin, and that they included several women who were pregnant and had been forced out.

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10/22/1838

Affidavit of Jonathan J. Dryden

Dryden reports he was taken prisoner by the Mormons and then released.  He relates that the Mormons told him they had to take up arms because they believed the Governor to be as big a mob man as any of them.

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10/22/1838

Affidavit of James Stone

Stone testifies that the Mormons forced him from his house at 10:00 p.m.  He saw Mormons stealing cattle.

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10/22/1838

Affidavit of Thomas J. Martin

Martin tells of Mormons capturing him and demanding that he tell them all he knew of the militia or he would be laid on the sod and let the birds eat him.

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10/22/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Liberty, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Atchison tells the Governor that nothing short of driving the Mormons from the county will satisfy the non-Mormons.  He refuses to use troops to support the mob and awaits the Governor's orders.  This document includes letters from General Parks and Captain Bogart.

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10/21/1838

Letter from General H. B. Parks, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO to General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia, Liberty, MO.

General Parks reports that a snow storm prevented him from joining General Doniphan.  Parks saw at Adam-on-Diahmon, 500 Mormons under arms.  They said that they had been driven from DeWitt and other places and here they were determined to stand and die rather than be driven from theat place.”

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10/23/1838

Letter from Captain Samuel Bogart of Elk Horn, Ray County, MO to General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Liberty, MO.

Captain Bogart reports that Mormons have destroyed Gallatin and Millport and have devastated Daviess County while moving troops to Ray-Caldwell County border.  He awaits orders.

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10/23/1838

Letter from the Citizens of Ray County, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The letter describes Mormon attacks on Citizens of the county.  A loss of $2,000 worth of property belonging to George Worthington.  They say the Mormons will destroy them if troops do not arrive to protect them.

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10/23/1838

Letter from Thomas C. Burch, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Burch writes that Mormon dissenters, opposed to the Danites, are testifying that the Danites are taking part in the raids on non-Mormons.  He states that Joseph Smith is as lawless and consummate a scoundrel as ever was the veiled prophet Chovassin.

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10/24/1838

The proceedings of a Public Meeting in Ray County, Richmond, MO

A series of resolutions by local people requesting the Mormons be forced from the county with the aid of the militia by raising local volunteers.

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10/24/1838

Report of the messengers C.R. Morehead, William Thornton, and Jacob Gudgel, of Richmond, MO.

Reports that Daviess County is destroyed and deserted by non-Mormons.  Reports of cattle being stolen by Mormons and a slave being taken.

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10/23/1838

Letter from the Honorable Austin A. King, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

King states that Joseph Smith made a speech to excite the people.  He claims that Smith led three to four hundred men to burn Gallatin and Millport.  He states that there is a group of twelve called the Destructives, whose duty it is to watch the movements of men and of committees  and to avenge themselves for supposed wrongful movement against them by privately burning houses, property and even laying in ashes, towns, etc.

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10/24/1838

Affidavit of Henry Marks, Ray County, MO

Henry Marks, the son of Mormons but not one himself, states that he heard Mormons say they hauled off goods from Gallatin.  Losses in Jackson County are to be avenged from Daviess County.

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10/24/1838

Affidavit of Adam Black, Daviess County, MO

Black claims he saw Daviess County plundered by Mormons.  He witnessed burnings of houses, including his own.  He also states that he witnessed the capture of prisoners, saw cattle stolen from Mr. Osburn, and reports that no civil officers are left in Daviess County.

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10/24/1838

Affidavit of Thomas B. March, Richmond, Ray County, MO

March states that he was present in Adam-on-diahmon when Mormons returned from raids on Gallatin and Millport.  Property was taken by Mormons.  Goods given to the church leadership.  He quotes Joseph Smith as saying he would convert the world to Mormonism as to choose between “Joseph Smith or the Sword.”

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10/24/1838

Affidavit of Orson Hyde, Richmond, Ray County, MO

Hyde testifies that the statements of Thomas March and himself are true, and supported by former Mormons.  He states they are convinced of the Mormon leaderships' immorality and impiety.

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10/25/1838

Letter from Wiley C. Williams and Amos Rees, Demoss's To General John B. Clark, 1st Division of the Missouri Militia

Aides to the Governor tell him of the state of affairs in Daviess County.  They claim that the Mormons took 30,000 dollar’s work of property.  They fear the Mormons will move on Richmond.

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10/24/1838

Letter from Sarshel Woods and Joseph Dickson, of Carrollton, MO (Included with #57)

Woods and Dickson claim that Captain Bogart's troops were massacred by the Mormons.  They fear the Mormons will burn Richmond, and ask for help.

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1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

Governor Boggs has heard of violence from his aides.  He tells Clark to muster 400 mounted troops.  They need to treat the Mormons as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state if necessary for the public peace.

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1838

Letter from E. M. Ryland of Lexington, MO to Messengers Amos Rees and Wiley C. Williams

Ryland requests that troops be sent to Richmond to prevent the Mormons from burning the town.  The Mormons must leave the state or we will - one and all.

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10/26/1838

Orders from B. M. Lisle, Adjutant General, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

The Governor orders 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 12th Division of militia called up to put down the Mormons.

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1838

Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of the Missouri Militia in Independence, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Lucas writes of sending a report and prisoners to Richmond, the transmittal of reports, and problems with other officers.

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11/11/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Clark writes of the appointment of Alfred W. Morrison as acting Commissary.

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11/10/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia in Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Clark reports to the Governor that his troops arrived at Far West, that he has rounded up Mormon prisoners and is in the process of collected evidence against them.  He states that the Mormons must leave in the Spring and that he does not trust the Mormons.

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11/7/1838

Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia, at Camp near Far West, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

Lucas explains the position of the Commander of Militia.  Was called by General Parks, and did not know of Governor Boggs' orders.

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11/6/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

Governor Boggs explains the conflict over the role of Lucas and Atchison in the latter part of the Mormon War.  Lucas and Atchison both acted out of order.  Clark is to take command and to what is necessary.

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11/5/1838

Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia, Independence, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Lucas reports to the Governor that he has received the surrender of the Mormons.  He outlines the conditions of the surrender and explains problems with General Clark.  He awaits Governor's orders.

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11/2/1838

Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia, at Camp near Far West, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Lucas explains the arrival of troops at Far West.  Terms were struck with Colonel Hinkel, the Mormon Commander of marching units of troops.  Lucas also writes of the actions of militia to Mormon surrender.

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10/30/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia in Chariton, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Clark tells of the orders issued by Governor Boggs and how he is trying to carry them out.  He asks the Governor to please come to see the troops in action.

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10/28/1838

Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia and General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia at Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The Generals tell Governor Boggs that they have raised 2,000 troops to put down Mormons.  They ask the Governor to come to the seat of war.

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11/1/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia at Chariton, MO

Governor Boggs gives Clark the authority to do what he needs to in order to put down the Mormons.  The ringleaders of this rebellion should be made an example of; and it if should become necessary for the public peace, the Mormons should be exterminated or expelled from the state.”

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11/14/1838

Letter from General Robert Wilson, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of the Missouri Militia, at Adam-on-diahmon, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO

General Wilson reports on: the actions of the Mormons, the attitude of people toward them, problems with Mormons, Wilson's personal feelings about the Mormons, and the return of stolen property by the Mormons.

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11/14/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

General Clark informs Governor of the trial of Mormons.  He reports the escape of some of the Mormon leaders, and is upset over the situation in regard to Atchison's role in Mormon disturbances.

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11/12/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General D. Willock, Commanding Detachment at Hutsville.  (Enclosed with #71)

Governor Boggs tells General Willock that there is no need for him to proceed to Far West.

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11/15/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO

Governor Boggs reports that there is no provision for the appointment of A. W. Morrison as Commissary General.  He expects a report shortly.

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11/19/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO

Governor Boggs writes that prisoners should be turned over to civil authority to be tried, no court martial.  One thing, however, it certain: that as soon as an insurrection is quelled and peace restored, the Military authority ceases.

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11/28/1838

Letter from Senator Daniel Ashby (Tenth Senatorial District), Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

A description of the Battle at Haun's Mill by Ashby, a participant, who was a member of the legislature.

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10/30/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, at Camp at Chariton, MO to Generals Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division and David R. Atchison, 3rd Division

Clark states that the militia is on road to Richmond and he will send orders.  He will wait to hear if Governor Boggs will meet him, and if not, he will go to Richmond.

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11/1/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia at Camp near Carrollton, MO to Generals Samuel D. Lucas, 4th division and David R. Atchison, 3rd Division

Clark writes of the arrival of Lucas and Atchison at Far West and that they should protect non-Mormons.  Hold all prisoners until Clark arrives and block Mormon attempts to leave Far West by the north.  Clark writes that he hopes the Governor will join him t tomorrow.

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11/3/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Richmond, MO to General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division Missouri Militia

Clark wants to know of Lucas' movements and he is angry that Lucas has not kept him informed.  I have heretofore directed you to report to me of your movements in your operations against the Mormons, but you have not done so or even sent me a line except  a pencil scrawl accidentally found in a bar room of the tavern at Richmond.”  Issues orders on holding prisoners and collecting arms.

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11/4/1838

Letter from General John G. Clark, Headquarters of Missouri Militia at Far West, MO to General H. G. Parks, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia

Clark writes that it is okay to obey Lucas' orders, and to take all male Mormons prisoners.  He orders Parks to protect property as far as possible.  He will settle property disputes when he gets there.

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11/7/1838

Letter from General John B. Clark, Headquarters of Missouri Militia at Far West, MO to General Robert Wilson, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

Clark tells Wilson to march to Adam-on-diahmon and restore the citizens to property and bring the criminals in.  Clark orders the prisoners be taken to Keytesville; and that Wilson may do all that is necessary.

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1838

Certificate of Mormons as to the Conduct of General Clark and his troops, Richmond MO.  Submitted by W. W. Phelps, George Walter, John Cleminson, G. M. Hinkel and John Corrill

The submitters are happy with the behavior of the troops under Clark's command and approve the modification of orders that allow the Mormons to stay until Spring and Feel it duty bound to say that the conduct of the General, his staff officers and troops, was highly honorable as soldiers and citizens, as far as our knowledge extends.”

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11/25/1838

Letter from General Robert Wilson, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of the Missouri Militia, at Keytesville, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia

Wilson reports that the Mormons at Adam-on-diahmon are willing to move to Far West.  He writes of the condition of the Mormons, the actions of non-Mormons, the good conduct of his troops and the attitude toward Mormon leadership.  It is impossible to witness these scenes of distress without feeling the deepest indignation against the leaders of these people, who under the sacred name of religion, have caused their followers to commit the most horrid crimes ever perpetrated in any country, and that as they allege, for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ.”

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11/29/1838

Report of General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia, Jefferson City, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

The report outlines the actions of Lucas and Atchison's troops at Far West.  Clark explains Lucas' terms of surrender.  Clark ordered Lucas to hold prisoners.  Clark set up court to recommend the leaders be turned over to civil courts. 

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11/29/1838

Letter from M. Arthur Esquire to the Representatives from Clay County, Liberty, MO

M. Arthur Esq. asks the legislature to help Mormons who are under attack.  He outlines the insults against Mormon women and plundering the poor devils of all means of subsistence leaving the poor Mormons in a starving and naked condition. 

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12/23/1838

Letter from the Honorable A. A. King, Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit, Richmond, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

King states that some charges against non-Mormons actions toward Mormons are true.  The actions of those who take issue with government are unfair and he cites rumors about Arthur's role in land dealings. 

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2/18/1838

Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to Colonel Wiley C. Williams, Aide to the Governor

Governor Boggs states that the arms that were taken are to be returned to the Mormons.  Captain Pollars is to turn over the weapons.

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11/12/1838

Witness Sampson Avard, Leader of Danites

Avard details the formation of the Sons of Dan or Danites, and their actions against non-Mormons and the role of Joseph Smith.  The evidence includes the constitution of Danites and a petition of Mormon leadership (June 1838) against Oliver Cowdrey, David Whimer, William W. Phelps and Lyman E. Johnson (Dissenters) for stealing.

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11/12/1838

Witness Nehemiah Odle

Odle testifies that he was present at Crooked Creek during action against Captain Bogart on October 25, 1838, and that orders were given to fire on non-Mormons.

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11/12/1838

Witness Captain Samuel Bogart, Commander of the Volunteer Unit against Mormons

Captain Bogart relates the attack on him by Mormons at Crooked River.  The evidence includes the order issued by Atchison for Bogart to patrol the country between Caldwell and Ray County.

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11/12/1838

Witness Wyatt Cravens, a member of Bogarts Volunteers. He was captured by Mormons after Crooked Creek.

Cravens claims the Mormons attempted to shoot him by pretending to let him escape.

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11/12/1838

Witness Maurice Phelps, a Mormon who was present at Crooked River Battle

Phelps claims that he did not take active part in the battle, and that he knew of the Danites.

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11/12/1838

Witness John Carrill, a Mormon dissenter and State Representative from Caldwell County

Carrill testifies that he was opposed to actions against dissenters and is opposed to the Danites.  He comments on Joseph Smith's views on lawsuits against him and actions against the property of non-Mormons.

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11/12/1838

Witness James C. Owens, a Mormon dissenter who was present at Far West, October 30, 1838

Owens states that Joseph Smith urged the men to fight and confiscate property.  Smith denounced the actions against him.

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11/12/1838

Witness Nathanial Carr, Mormon

Carr describes the actions of Mormon units in Far West.  Included in the evidence is a letter received from Smith saying that all was well in Daviess County.

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11/12/1838

Witness John Cleminson, a Mormon dissenter and Clerk of Caldwell County Circuit Court

Cleminson relates the actions of Joseph Smith in blocking suit against him and the Mormon burning of Gallatin and Millport.

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11/12/1838

Witness Reed Peck, a Mormon dissenter

Peck describes the beginnings of the Danites, Joseph Smith's attitude toward stealing, and the actions of Smith and Rigdon, the O, don't men (dissenters).  Peck states that stolen goods were deposited at Bishop's store.

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11/12/1838

Witness James C. Owen (second testimony)

Owen states that he does not think William Whitman was on the last expedition to Daviess County.  (the first testimony is attributed to Owens, and this is Owen, but is same man)

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11/12/1838

Witness William W. Phelps, a Mormon dissenter

Phelps describes the actions by Mormon leadership to set up Danites and the attempt to take away Phelps post-mastership.  He recounts statements by Rigdon on the actions against dissenters and non-Mormons.

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11/12/1838

Witness George M. Hinkle, Commander of Mormon Troops

Hinkle relates the reaction of Joseph Smith toward stealing property, the battle with Bogart's troops, and Smith's views on Mahomet (Mohammed).  The reaction of Joseph Smith to criticism is also noted.

 

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11/12/1838

Witness William Splawn, Citizen of Daviess County

Splawn claims that he saw defendants, James H. Rollins and Jesse D. Hunter with the Mormon forces two days after the raid on Gallatin.

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11/12/1838

Witness Thomas M. Odle - Resident of the house of John Raglin

T. Odle testifies that the Mormons searched for Raglin and forced Mrs. Raglin and Odle out of the house.  They stole their property and burned the house.  James H. Rollins, Jesse D. Hunter, Darwin Chase, and possible Maurice Phelps were with the Mormons.

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11/12/1838

Witness John Raglin

Raglin stated that he saw 150 to 200 Mormons enter Gallatin and drive the residents out, and he learned later that they burned several buildings.

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11/12/1838

Witness Allen Rathburn

Rathlun testified that he was in Far West and saw defendant Carn leave for Daviess County to collect beehives.  Defendant Huntingdon asked for brimstone from him and he saw those herding stolen sheep and cattle.

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11/12/1838

Witness Jeremiah Myers

Myers states that he was part of the Mormon force that entered Gallatin.  In the expedition to Gallatin were Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, Washington Voorhees, Ebenezer Page, Francis Higbey, Daniel Carn, James H. Rollins, and maybe Maurice Phelps.

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11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Andrew J. Job

Job testifies that he was captured by David Patten (Captain Fearnaught) in Daviess County and saw ten houses set on fire.  He further states that he heard Ebenezer Page claim that the mob burned their own homes.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Freeburn H. Gardner

Gardner states that he was pressed to go on expedition against Bogart.  He heard Patten instruct the men on how to shoot.  They only went part of the way and returned home.  Darwin Chase was on the expedition.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Burr Riggs

Riggs testifies that he heard Joseph Smith tell George Robinson to whip all who questioned the Presidency (church leadership).  He saw a great deal of plunder in Diahmon and the following defendants were with the expedition to Daviess County: George W. Roobinson, Alacon Ripley, Jacob Gates, Geo. W. Harris, Jesse D. Hunter, Geo. Grant, Thomas Rich, Alex. McRay, John S. Higbey, Ebenezer Robinson, Edward Partridge, Daniel Carn. 

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Elisah Camron

Camron related a conversation with Lymen Wight: when told there was no mob but the militia, Wight appeared to be very angry, and said he would fight anyone that might come against them - that he did not care what came.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Charles Bleckley - Present at Millport

Bleckley states that he saw Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, George W. Robinson witness a house burning.  Smith claimed that it was started by non-Mormons.  Wight told people to take their families out.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness James Cobb

Cobb states that he was present at Millport where he saw Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, George W. Robinson, Mr. Turner and a son of Mr. Josiah Morin burning a stable.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Jesse Kelly (a Citizen of Daviess County)

Kelly testifies that he was a prisoner along with Addison Price, and that he heard Alexander McRay state that the Mormons said, after we get possession of Daviess, to take Livingston; and after that, keep on till we take possession of the whole State.  McRay said mob burned their own houses.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Addison Price

Price testifies that he was captured with Jesse Kelly and heard Alexander McRay make threats against the Governor and promise to drive non-Mormons from the state.  They inquired of me if I knew there were any mobs coming against them; I answered that I know of none, they said that the whole state was a mob.”

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Samuel Kimbel

Kimbel states that he lived near Far West and was forced to join the Mormon forces in Far West about a week before the militia arrived.  He heard Joseph Smith denounce the Governor and the state as a damned mob.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness John Whitmer

Whitmer testifies that he heard Joseph Smith complain of lawsuits and that he would not let suit be brought against him.  Smith threatened to kill the legal officers.  Rigdon threatened to kick the head off of process servers and Alanson Ripley denounced

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness James B. Turner

Turner relates the burning of Millport and a conversation with the Mormon leadership.  He comments on the burning of Gallatin and the movement of volunteers in Clay and Ray counties.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness George W. Worthington (Citizen of Gallatin)

Worthington states that he house was surrounded by Mormons and property was taken from him.  Captain Patten was in command.  Worthington's house was burned and he was sent to Diahmon, where he saw his stolen property.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Joseph H. McGee

McGee testifies that he was present at the burning of Gallatin on October 18th.  He saw the Mormons taking goods out of the storehouse and he heard Parley Pratt order the goods be removed before burning the storehouse.  McGee gives a list of articles taken from McGee’s store and other property.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness John Lockhart

Lockhart states that he served in Bogart's company and was one of the picket guards the Mormons approached.  They refused to drop their arms and fired.  Lockhart fired back.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Porter Yale

Yale was present at Gallatin where the Mormons burned his father's house.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Benjamin Slade

Slade was present at a meeting at a school house at Far West, where Rigdon stated that everyone must take part in the war and suggested that they kill anyone who attempted to leave Caldwell County.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Ezra Williams

Williams states that on the last expedition to Daviess County, he saw the following Mormons: Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, Hiram Smith, George W. Robinson, Parley P. Pratt, Jacob Gates, Jesse D. Hunter, George Grant, Frances Higbey, George Kimbel, Morris Phelps, Norman Shearer and Lyman Gibbs.  Shearer was present at the attack on Bagart’s troops and at the burning at Gallatin.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Addison F. Green

Green states that he was with the spy company at Far West, and that he heard Rigdon threaten anyone who tried to run away.  Green was taken prisoner.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness John Taylor, who resided in Ray County near the Caldwell line

Taylor confronted the Mormon troops who were returning from battle with Bogart.  Lyman Gibbs accused him of being part of a mob.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Timothy Lewis

Lewis was at Diahmon during the last expedition to Daviess County and saw a great deal of plunder.  The Mormons said there was no law in the State, but that a law was about to be established by a higher Power, to be given by revelation.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Patrick Lynch, a clerk in Stolling's store in Gallatin

Lynch claims that he saw Mormons move goods out of the store and saw the same articles from the store in a Diahmon storehouse; the Post Office and treasurer's records of Gallatin were burned in the fire.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witnesses for the Defense

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Malinda Porter, who resided in the house of Lyman Wight.

Porter states that Wight had taken no property and that he did not go on any raids.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Delia F. Pine

Pine states that she also lived in the Wight house and claimed that Wight never left Diahmon and was not out of her sight for more than an hour.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Nancy Rigdon

Rigdon states that she heard Sampson Avard say that he would swear to a lie to accomplish an object; that he had told many a lie and would do so again.  She states that her father, Sidney Rigdon, went out to see the wounded.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Jonathan W. Barlow

Barlow stated that Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight went off together to see Captain Patten, who was wounded.  Joseph smith and Lyman Wight did not leave the house afterward.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Ezra Chapman

Chapman stated that he was at Lyman Wight's house and that Wight never left Diahmon.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witnesses for the State

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Arza Judd, Jr.

Judd testified that he was at Thorit Parsons' house when Bogart's man came up and ordered them to leave.

 

 

 

 

11/12/1838

[Missing] Witness Asa Cook, a volunteer in Captain Bogart's Unit

Cook states that he never saw Parsons, but told Mormon man he did see that he was in the militia.  In response to Mr. Lockhart's question, Cook responded that he was the Lieutenant of the company but saw or gave no orders to move Parsons or anyone else.

 

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11/12/1838

Verdict of Judge King

King Follet, Benjamin Jones, George W. Morris, Elijah Newman, Moses Clawson and Daniel Shearer, discharged;  Joseph Smith, Jr., Lyman Wight, Hiram Smith, Alex McRay, Caleb Baldwin and Sidney Rigdon, guilty of treason and are to be transferred to Clay County for trial.

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O. H. Searcy to General Clark

Searcy believes this is all the testimony, and includes a list of witnesses.

 

 

 

 

1841

[Missing] Certificates

 

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1841

Office of Secretary of State, James L. Minor to Circuit Clerks of Boone, Daviess and Ray Counties.

Note: Only Minor's letter is missing from Item 88.  Minor requests the Circuit Clerks to send copies of certificates that deal with indictments against Mormons, so that they may be included in publication, this will assist in clearing the aspersions which

 

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Circuit Court Clerk of Boone County, Riger N. Todd

The following were moved to Boone County on a change of venue, Lyman Wight and William Osburn, Indictment for obstructing process; was never delivered to Boone County and the charge was dismissed.

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State of Missouri vs. Jacob Gates, Hiram Smith, Thomas Rich, Joseph Smith, Jr., Lyman Wight, et al.

Indictment for treason and a change of venue from Daviess County to Boone County, Joseph Smith Jr., Lyman Wight, Hiram Smith, Caleb Baldwin, and Alex McRay were not transferred. No charge on file against the other defendants; no defendants appearing, case

 

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State of Missouri vs. Caleb Baldwin, Arthur Morrison, Elias Higvey, Thomas D. March, et al.

Indictment for arson.  No defendants appeared; charge dismissed.

 

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State of Missouri vs. Jacob Gates, Hiram Smith, Thomas Rich, Joseph Smith, Jr., Lyman Wight, et al.

Indictment for arson.  there being no recognizance on file the cause after being continued for some time on the docket, was dismissed.

 

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3/6/1841

State of Missouri vs. Joseph Smith Jr., Lyman Wight, Moses Dailey, Joseph Younger, et al.

Indictment for riot.  there being no recognizance on file the cause after being continued on the docket for some time, there being no appearance of the defendants was dismissed.

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State of Missouri vs. Joseph Smith, Jr.

Indictment for receiving goods. 

 

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3/6/1841

State of Missouri vs. James Worthington, Cornelius D. Lott, Joseph Smith Jr., and Lyman Wight

Indictment for larceny. 

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3/6/1841

State of Missouri vs. Parley P. Pratt, Maurice Phelps and Lyman Gibbs

Indictment for murder.  Phelps and Pratt escaped from jail, case dismissed; Gibbs discharged.

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3/6/1841

State of Missouri vs. King Follett

Indictment for robbery.  Follett was acquitted and discharged from custody.

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State of Missouri vs. Caleb Baldwin, Washington Voorhees, James Worthington, George A. Smith, et al.

Indictment for burglary.  Suit dismissed.

 

 

 

 

3/18/1841

[Missing] Letter from Robert Wilson, the Clerk of Circuit Court of Daviess County to the Secretary of State James L. Minor, Gallatin, MO

Wilson outlines the various indictments against the Mormons.  He points out those who were sent to Boone County on a change of venue.  Wilson also covers the charges dropped

 

 

 

 

3/18/1841

[Missing] Letter from Robert Wilson, Clerk of Circuit Court to  Secretary of State James L. Minor, Gallatin, MO

Wilson sent copies of appended testimony from files of John Wright and Elijah Folwy, Justices of the Peace.  The testimony of Adam Black on his encounter with Lyman Wight and Sampson Avard is included, as is the role played by the mob to threaten Black.

 

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3/19/1841

Letter from Elliott Roberts, Clerk of Caldwell County Circuit Court to Secretary of State.

Roberts reports that Caldwell County jail had Sidney Rigdon, who was indicted for treason in Caldwell County, and then left the state and forfeited bail.  Note: No certificate has been received in Ray County. 

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3/15/1839

Letter from Lyman Wight, Liberty MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City MO

Wight is asking Governor Boggs to release him and to not go forward with the trials.

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6/7/1839

Letter from Austin A. King, Richmond MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO

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