Complaint, 28 August 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]
, Complaint, before William Dryden, , MO, 28 Aug. 1838, State of MO v. JS et al. for Riot (Daviess Co., MO, Justice of the Peace Court 1838). Copied [between 22 Nov. and 5 Dec. 1838]; handwriting of James L. Minor; docket and notation by James L. Minor, [, MO], [between 22 Nov. and 5 Dec. 1838]; two pages; Mormon War Papers, MSA. Includes archival markings.
Before me William Dryden, one of the Justices of the peace of said , personally came , who, being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that on or about the 8th day of August, 1838. in the County of , there came an armed force of men, said to be 154, to the best of my information, and surrounded his house & family, & threatened him with instant death, if he did not sign a certain instrument of writing, binding his self, as a Justice of the peace for said County of , not to molest the people called mormons, and threatened the lives of myself & other individuals, and did say they intended to make every citizen of said sign such obligation, and further saith they intended to have satisfaction for abuse they received on monday previous, & they would not submit to the laws, & further saith that from the best information & his own personal knowledge, that , , Ephraim Owens [Owen], , , , , , John Woods, , Riley Stewart, , Andw Thor, Amos Tubbs [Tubs], Dr. Gourze, Abram Nelson was guilty of aiding & abeting in committing in perpetuating in the above offence. Sworn to & subscribed this 28th of August 1838—
W. Dryden, Justice of the peace for the aforesaid [p. ]