History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<January 6> Caldwell County, Missouri in the yard of , and gave orders to their Waiters to pitch their Marquees in his yard, and to take of his wood for fire— I also saw Captain with his men come near my dwelling, and did pitch their Camp, and took my house logs, without my leave and did burn them— I also saw him with the horse of Joseph Smith Junr. in his possession— John Lawry—” Sworn before J.P.
“To whom it may Concern. This is to certify that on the day following [HC 4:56] on which the troops arrived at , that two men of said troops came to my house, broke open my trunk, and took therefrom both money and clothing, and also a number of papers among which were deeds and notes; and also a number of cooking utensils; and in consequence of the cruel and inhuman treatment which I and others have received from those troops, we are reduced to a state of almost absolute starvation, and and myself are appointed as a Committee to go out and beg corn and meal or any thing we may obtain, that can render them assistance or relieve them in their suffering condition. Jedediah Owen” Sworn before J.P.
“I removed my family from the State of to Missouri in the year 1835, where I lived in peace with the people on my own land, Eighteen months or more when the people began to be excited in consequence of the Emigration of our people to that ; the excitement became so great, that I was obliged to sell my place at half price, and removed to the County of , where I purchased me a farm, settled my family and made a good improvement, and was in a good situation to support my family, and there lived in peace with the people until the Summer and fall of 1838, when the mobs began to arise, and we were obliged to fly to arms in self defence, but notwithstanding our exertion, they murdered and massacred many of our people, we applied to the — for assistance, and his reply to us was, “if you have got into a scrape with the mob, you must fight it out yourselves, for I cannot help you”, the mob still increased, until I was obliged to move my family to , and there remained surrounded with mobs of murderers, until arrived with his army, with the ’s exterminating order, then we were all taken prisoners; our arms taken away, they then treated us with all the Cruelty, they were masters of, and took possession of whatever they pleased, burnt timber, and laid waste Town and Country I heard say, that he would execute the ’s order, but notwithstanding I will vary so much as to give some lenity, for the removal of this people, and you must leave the immediately— for you need not expect to raise another crop here, what were not taken to prison, were permitted to return to their homes to make preparations to leave the , finding I had no safety for myself and family in , I fled to for safety—
T[haddeus] Alvord.” Sworn to before J.P. [HC 4:57]
7 January 1840 • Tuesday
<7> took stage for Richmond, Massachusetts— [p. 1010]
January 6 Caldwell County, Missouri in the yard of , and gave orders to their Waiters to pitch their Marquees in his yard, and to take of his wood for fire— I also saw Captain with his men come near my dwelling, and did pitch their Camp, and took my house logs, without my leave and did burn them— I also saw him with the horse of Joseph Smith Junr. in his possession— John Lawry—” Sworn before J.P.
“To whom it may Concern. This is to certify that on the day following [HC 4:56] on which the troops arrived at , that two men of said troops came to my house, broke open my trunk, and took therefrom both money and clothing, and also a number of papers among which were deeds and notes; and also a number of cooking utensils; and in consequence of the cruel and inhuman treatment which I and others have received from those troops, we are reduced to a state of almost absolute starvation, and and myself are appointed as a Committee to go out and beg corn and meal or any thing we may obtain, that can render them assistance or relieve them in their suffering condition. Jedediah Owen” Sworn before J.P.
“I removed my family from the State of to Missouri in the year 1835, where I lived in peace with the people on my own land, Eighteen months or more when the people began to be excited in consequence of the Emigration of our people to that ; the excitement became so great, that I was obliged to sell my place at half price, and removed to the County of , where I purchased me a farm, settled my family and made a good improvement, and was in a good situation to support my family, and there lived in peace with the people until the Summer and fall of 1838, when the mobs began to arise, and we were obliged to fly to arms in self defence, but notwithstanding our exertion, they murdered and massacred many of our people, we applied to the — for assistance, and his reply to us was, “if you have got into a scrape with the mob, you must fight it out yourselves, for I cannot help you”, the mob still increased, until I was obliged to move my family to , and there remained surrounded with mobs of murderers, until arrived with his army, with the ’s exterminating order, then we were all taken prisoners; our arms taken away, they then treated us with all the Cruelty, they were masters of, and took possession of whatever they pleased, burnt timber, and laid waste Town and Country I heard say, that he would execute the ’s order, but notwithstanding I will vary so much as to give some lenity, for the removal of this people, and you must leave the immediately— for you need not expect to raise another crop here, what were not taken to prison, were permitted to return to their homes to make preparations to leave the , finding I had no safety for myself and family in , I fled to for safety—
Thaddeus Alvord.” Sworn to before J.P. [HC 4:57]
7 January 1840 • Tuesday
7 took stage for Richmond, Massachusetts— [p. 1010]
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