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Introduction to Baptist Clergyman v. JS

Baptist Clergyman v. JS
Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., Ohio, ca. 1836
 
Historical Introduction
Around 1836 a Baptist clergyman visited JS in , Ohio. JS put him up for the night, only to be insulted and called a liar and impostor after breakfast the following morning. According to a later account, JS boxed his ears and threw him out of the house. The cleric filed a complaint before a magistrate, accusing JS of assault and battery. , who witnessed the events and alleged that the clergyman had provoked the assault, obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest. Johnson claimed that this caused the cleric to hurriedly leave the , at which point Johnson overtook him and said, “Sir, you are lucky to have got over the line, and out of my jurisdiction or I should have arrested you.”
The account of this legal encounter is recorded in an 1850s autobiography of ; the legal documents are not extant. Though Johnson failed to identify the cleric, he stated that he was a “Baptist clergyman from the State of , who had been acquainted with the Prophet Joseph in his early life.”
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with a court outside of its original jurisdiction, that version is listed under both courts.
 
Ca. 1836 Clergyman, Complaint, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 1836. Not extant.
 
Ca. 1836 Luke Johnson, Complaint, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 1836. Not extant.
Baptist Clergyman v. JS
Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., Ohio, ca. 1836
 
Historical Introduction
Around 1836 a Baptist clergyman visited JS in , Ohio. JS put him up for the night, only to be insulted and called a liar and impostor after breakfast the following morning. According to a later account, JS boxed his ears and threw him out of the house. The cleric filed a complaint before a magistrate, accusing JS of assault and battery. , who witnessed the events and alleged that the clergyman had provoked the assault, obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest. Johnson claimed that this caused the cleric to hurriedly leave the , at which point Johnson overtook him and said, “Sir, you are lucky to have got over the line, and out of my jurisdiction or I should have arrested you.”
The account of this legal encounter is recorded in an 1850s autobiography of ; the legal documents are not extant. Though Johnson failed to identify the cleric, he stated that he was a “Baptist clergyman from the State of , who had been acquainted with the Prophet Joseph in his early life.”
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with a court outside of its original jurisdiction, that version is listed under both courts.
 
Ca. 1836 Clergyman, Complaint, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 1836. Not extant.
 
Ca. 1836 Luke Johnson, Complaint, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 1836. Not extant.