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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<July 13> and forcibly take, kidnap, and carry this affiant, and said Boyce, bound with cords from the said County of , in said State, on the day and year aboveset forth, into the County of Lewis, in the State of ; without having established a claim for such a procedure, according to the Laws of the . Affiant states that in a short time after he was taken into the State of , he was put into a room with said Boyce, and there kept until about Eleven o’clock the following night: when they were taken out of the room, where they had been confined, into the woods, near at hand by said Tate, a man by the name of Huner and another by the name of Monday and some others, whose names affiant did not learn; they previously placed a rope about the neck of the affiant, Huner and Monday then proceeded to hang the affiant, and did hang him for some time upon a tree, until affiant was nearly strangled, after which they let him down and loosened the rope. Shortly after this affiant heard repeated blows, which others belonging to the same gang of Huner were inflicting upon Boyce, and he could hear also the cries of Boyce under the pain arising from the blows, after which, affiant and Boyce were taken back to the room where they had been confined, in which they found a Man by the name of Rogers and another by the name of Allred. Affiant further states that he was kept in imprisonment by the persons heretofore named, and others to him unknown, until Friday evening next ensuing the Tuesday on which Boyce and himself were kidnapped when he escaped out of their hands and returned into the State of . Affiant has learned that the name of the place, in said County of Lewis, State of Missouri to which he was so taken from the State of is called Tully, to which the said Allensworth, Woodyard Martin, Owsley, Bain, Tate and White, have fled as fugitives from justice, and at which they are now to be found. I hereby certify that the foregoing affidavit, was this day subscribed and duly sworn to before me, by said Alanson Brown— — Justice of the Peace— July 13. 1840.”
“State of Illinois, — This day personally appeared before the undersigned an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for said , James Allred, a credible witness, who first being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, that William Allensworth, John H. Owsley, and William Martin on the seventh day of July 1840 within the limits of the said County of , aided by several other persons, to this affiant unknown— forcibly arrested this affiant and one Noah Rogers; whilst affiant and said Rogers, were peaceably pursuing their own lawful business, and that the said Allensworth, Owsly, and Martin after said arrest, aided by sundry persons, to this affiant unknown; did forcibly take, kidnap, and carry this Affiant and said Rogers, from the said County of in the State of Illinois, on the day and year above mentioned, into the State of , without having established a claim for such procedure according to the laws of the . Affiant further states that in a short time after he had been so taken into the State of , he was put into a room with said Rogers and there kept until some time during the following night, when they were taken out of the room where they were confined into the woods near by, and this affiant was bound by the persons conducting him to a tree, he having been first forcibly stripped by them of every particle of clothing. Those having him in charge [p. 1078]
July 13 and forcibly take, kidnap, and carry this affiant, and said Boyce, bound with cords from the said County of , in said State, on the day and year aboveset forth, into the County of Lewis, in the State of ; without having established a claim for such a procedure, according to the Laws of the . Affiant states that in a short time after he was taken into the State of , he was put into a room with said Boyce, and there kept until about Eleven o’clock the following night: when they were taken out of the room, where they had been confined, into the woods, near at hand by said Tate, a man by the name of Huner and another by the name of Monday and some others, whose names affiant did not learn; they previously placed a rope about the neck of the affiant, Huner and Monday then proceeded to hang the affiant, and did hang him for some time upon a tree, until affiant was nearly strangled, after which they let him down and loosened the rope. Shortly after this affiant heard repeated blows, which others belonging to the same gang of Huner were inflicting upon Boyce, and he could hear also the cries of Boyce under the pain arising from the blows, after which, affiant and Boyce were taken back to the room where they had been confined, in which they found a Man by the name of Rogers and another by the name of Allred. Affiant further states that he was kept in imprisonment by the persons heretofore named, and others to him unknown, until Friday evening next ensuing the Tuesday on which Boyce and himself were kidnapped when he escaped out of their hands and returned into the State of . Affiant has learned that the name of the place, in said County of Lewis, State of Missouri to which he was so taken from the State of is called Tully, to which the said Allensworth, Woodyard Martin, Owsley, Bain, Tate and White, have fled as fugitives from justice, and at which they are now to be found. I hereby certify that the foregoing affidavit, was this day subscribed and duly sworn to before me, by said Alanson Brown— — Justice of the Peace— July 13. 1840.”
“State of Illinois, — This day personally appeared before the undersigned an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for said , James Allred, a credible witness, who first being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, that William Allensworth, John H. Owsley, and William Martin on the seventh day of July 1840 within the limits of the said County of , aided by several other persons, to this affiant unknown— forcibly arrested this affiant and one Noah Rogers; whilst affiant and said Rogers, were peaceably pursuing their own lawful business, and that the said Allensworth, Owsly, and Martin after said arrest, aided by sundry persons, to this affiant unknown; did forcibly take, kidnap, and carry this Affiant and said Rogers, from the said County of in the State of Illinois, on the day and year above mentioned, into the State of , without having established a claim for such procedure according to the laws of the . Affiant further states that in a short time after he had been so taken into the State of , he was put into a room with said Rogers and there kept until some time during the following night, when they were taken out of the room where they were confined into the woods near by, and this affiant was bound by the persons conducting him to a tree, he having been first forcibly stripped by them of every particle of clothing. Those having him in charge [p. 1078]
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