Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

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  • Historical Introduction
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baptist priests. The rev. headed a co. <one> of about 60 or 70  the other’s co. was about <from> 30 to 40 <The priests name not recollected> they went forth through the different  Settlement of the saints threatening them with death and destruction  if they were not off immediately, demanding their arms <they even stripped the brn <even to penkn[n]ives> of all the<ir> farms they could find> <&c they broke> & breaking  open houses where they found them shut and pillaging pillaged of them
The men were mostly from home that <day> making arrangements for get ting away. The mobs whipped, <and shot at> some and others they hunted after <for> as they said to kill them. Such mobs well lined with whisky <as they> were  <and looking & acting worse than savages> were well calculated to frighten women and children which they  <effectually> did in some cases effectually one settlement was so frightened that  <a party of> from 130 to 150 women & children <not waiting the return of their husbands & fathers> left forthwith <with <only> 5 or 6 men to protect them on foot> without taking  any <of their> things and wandered forth <south a number of days under the broad canopy of heaven> not knowing  which way the church was a going to go. The <stubs of the> newly burnt grass & <weeds>  were so hard that <they> cut the feet of those who had no shoes so that many  of them bled and became very sore and bled profusely. Many <O[t]hers> fled towards  the , and in the course of a short time <the most of the church> were under way for  , some few went E. and others south Everetts ferry <on the road> leading from   to was thronged for near two weeks in crossing the  Saints besides what crossed above & below. After some of the head  men <had> left the and the Saints were generally getting under way  the mobs ceased in a measure <ceased> to harrass them. The people of  received the Saints with as much hospitality as could be expected
The most of the Saints saved much of their moveable property  <still> but their losses and sacrifices were <still> very great <in the destruction of crops, furniture, clothing &c. & their loss of stock> Their grain <& many other things> would  not bear transportation & pay ferr[y]ing across the consequently was  either sold <at a great sacrifice> for what it would fetch <bring> which was but a trifle or left without selling  though some <who had teams & not much else to do & were permitted to return> moved the principal of their effects notwiths[t]anding have <it might be at a [illegible]> loss  reckoning their time & all expences
Four aged families the youngest man being 65 years <old> of age whose penury  & infirmaties forbade a speedy removal <& who did not remove with the rest of the church thinking> thought that probably they might be per mitted to winter in <as they were to old to be very dangerous the youngest man of this 4 being 65> but in <the last of> Dec. they were driven from their  houses by a mob party <man being 65 years> who broke in their windows & doors, hurling  large rocks Stones into their houses whereby <some of> their lives were greatly endan gered. “Some of these men have toiled & bled in the defence of their  ; and old Mr Jones, one of the sufferers, served as life guard to  Genl. Geo. Washington in the revolutionary war.”
In the winter After as <it> was thought <that> the mob <spirit> had died away some 5 or 6  families moved back from Van Buren Co. to their former homes in  where what they had for the sustenence of themeslves & stock was. They  had not been long back before a mob party visited them in the night  and took the men some of whom <and> they beat <some of the men> with chairs & clubs till life  was nearly extinct and <then> left them for dead. one <by the name of Leonard> was a long time recov ering [p. [14]]
baptist priests. The rev. headed one of about 60 or 70 the other co. was from 30 to 40 The priests name not recollected they went forth through the different Settlement of the saints threatening them with death and destruction if they were not off immediately, they stripped the brn even to penknnives of all their arms they could find &c they broke open houses where they found them shut and pillaged them
The men were mostly from home that day making arrangements for getting away. The mobs whipped, and shot at some and others they hunted foras they said to kill them. Such mobs well lined with whisky as they were looking & acting worse than savages were well calculated to frighten women and children which they effectually did in some cases one settlement was so frightened that a party of from 130 to 150 women & children not waiting the return of their husbands & fathers left forthwith with only 5 or 6 men to protect them on foot without taking any of their things and wandered forth south a number of days under the broad canopy of heaven not knowing which way the church was a going to go. The stubs of the newly burnt grass & weeds were so hard that they cut the feet of those who had no shoes so that many of them became very sore and bled profusely. Others fled towards the , and in the course of a short time the most of the church were under way for , some few went E. and others south Everetts ferry on the road leading from to was thronged for near two weeks in crossing the Saints besides what crossed above & below. After some of the head men had left the and the Saints were generally getting under way the mobs in a measure ceased to harrass them. The people of received the Saints with as much hospitality as could be expected
The most of the Saints saved much of their property but their losses and sacrifices were still very great in the destruction of crops, furniture, clothing &c. & their loss of stock Their grain & many other things would not bear transportation & pay ferrying across the consequently was either sold at a great sacrifice or left without selling though some who had not much else to do & were permitted to return moved the principal of their effects notwithstanding it might be at a loss reckoning their time & all expences
Four aged families whose penury & infirmaties forbade a speedy removal & who did not remove with the rest of the church thinking that probably they might be permitted to winter in as they were to old to be very dangerous the youngest man of this 4 being 65 but the last of Dec. they were driven from their houses by a mob party man being 65 years who broke in their windows & doors, hurling large Stones into their houses whereby some of their lives were greatly endangered. “Some of these men have toiled & bled in the defence of their ; and old Mr Jones, one of the sufferers, served as life guard to Genl. . Washington in the revolutionary war.”
After it was thought that the mob spirit had died away some 5 or 6 families moved back from Van Buren Co. to their former homes in where what they had for the sustenence of themeslves & stock was. They had not been long back before a mob party visited them in the night and beat some of the men with chairs & clubs till life was nearly extinct and then left them for dead. one by the name of Leonard was a long time recovering [p. [14]]
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