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Introduction to M. F. Thompson v. F. Dixon and E. Dixon

M. F. Thompson v. F. Dixon and E. Dixon
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Mayor’s Court, 6 April 1843
Hancock Co. Circuit Court, Illinois, 17 May 1843
 
Historical Introduction
In early April 1843, commenced an action in to recover payment of a debt owed her by Francis and Elizabeth Dixon. The particulars of the debt are unknown. JS, presiding over this case as a justice of the peace in the mayor’s court in , Illinois, issued a summons for the Dixons on 1 April and scheduled the trial for 8 April. Sometime between 1 and 5 April, Thompson swore an oath in which she expressed her concern that there was a risk of her claim being lost unless the Dixons were apprehended. JS dismissed the summons and instead issued a for their arrest. The couple were taken into custody on 5 April and the trial was held the next day. Six witnesses testified for Thompson, while two testified on the Dixons’ behalf. JS ruled in Thompson’s favor, awarding her $17.87½.
The Dixons appealed to the Circuit Court in , Illinois, with the appeal scheduled for the May 1843 term. On 26 April, the circuit court ordered JS to suspend proceedings until the appeal was resolved. However, on 10 May, before the trial commenced, the parties settled their differences, with the Dixons paying the judgment in the lower court and agreeing to pay the costs accrued during the appeal, while agreed to pay the costs of the initial suit before JS. On 17 May, the circuit court dismissed the suit.
 
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 another court, that version is listed under both courts.
M. F. Thompson v. F. Dixon and E. Dixon
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Mayor’s Court, 6 April 1843
Hancock Co. Circuit Court, Illinois, 17 May 1843
 
Historical Introduction
In early April 1843, commenced an action in to recover payment of a debt owed her by Francis and Elizabeth Dixon. The particulars of the debt are unknown. JS, presiding over this case as a justice of the peace in the mayor’s court in , Illinois, issued a summons for the Dixons on 1 April and scheduled the trial for 8 April. Sometime between 1 and 5 April, Thompson swore an oath in which she expressed her concern that there was a risk of her claim being lost unless the Dixons were apprehended. JS dismissed the summons and instead issued a for their arrest. The couple were taken into custody on 5 April and the trial was held the next day. Six witnesses testified for Thompson, while two testified on the Dixons’ behalf. JS ruled in Thompson’s favor, awarding her $17.87½.
The Dixons appealed to the Circuit Court in , Illinois, with the appeal scheduled for the May 1843 term. On 26 April, the circuit court ordered JS to suspend proceedings until the appeal was resolved. However, on 10 May, before the trial commenced, the parties settled their differences, with the Dixons paying the judgment in the lower court and agreeing to pay the costs accrued during the appeal, while agreed to pay the costs of the initial suit before JS. On 17 May, the circuit court dismissed the suit.
 
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 another court, that version is listed under both courts.
 
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Mayor’s Court
 
Hancock Co., Illinois, Circuit Court
  • 1843 (13)
    • April (5)
      1–ca. 6 April 1843

      Docket Entry, Copy, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL

      • 18 Apr. 1843; private possession; handwriting of Willard Richards; docket in handwriting of Willard Richards; docket and notation in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos.
      Ca. 24 April 1843

      George Bachman on behalf of Francis Dixon and Elizabeth Dixon, Praecipe, to Hancock Co. Circuit Court Clerk, Hancock Co., IL

      • Ca. 24 Apr. 1843; Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court Legal Documents, 1839–1860, BYU; handwriting of George Bachman; docket in unidentified handwriting; notation in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; notation in unidentified handwriting.
      25 April 1843

      Jacob B. Backenstos, Subpoena, to Hancock Co. Sheriff, for Francis Dixon Jr. and Others, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • 25 Apr. 1843; Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court Legal Documents, 1839–1860, BYU; printed form with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; docket printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; notations printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of William Backenstos.
      26 April 1843

      Jacob B. Backenstos, Summons, to Hancock Co. Sheriff, for Mercy Fielding Thompson and Elizabeth Dixon, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • 26 Apr. 1843; Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court Legal Documents, 1839–1860, BYU; printed form with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; docket printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; notations printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of William Backenstos.
      26 April 1843

      Jacob B. Backenstos, Supersedeas, to JS as Justice of the Peace, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • 26 Apr. 1843; Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court Legal Documents, 1839–1860, BYU; printed form with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos and unidentified scribe; docket printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos; notations printed with manuscript additions in handwriting of William Backenstos.
    • May (6)
      10 May 1843

      Francis Dixon, Agreement, with Mercy Fielding Thompson, Hancock Co., IL

      • 10 May 1843; Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court Legal Documents, 1839–1860, BYU; handwriting of Onias Skinner; signatures presumably of Francis Dixon and Mercy Fielding Thompson; docket and notation in handwriting of M. Avise.
      Ca. 16 May 1843

      Motion, Hancock Co., IL

      17 May 1843

      Docket Entry, Dismissal, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • 17 May 1843; Hancock County Circuit Court Record, vol. C, p. 426, Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage, IL; microfilm at FHL; handwriting of David E. Head.
      Ca. 17 May 1843

      Fee Bill, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      Ca. 17 May 1843

      Docket Entry, Fee Bill, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      Ca. 17 May 1843

      Docket Entry, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • Ca. 17 May 1843; Hancock County Circuit Court, Judgment Docket, vol. B, p. 32, Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage, IL; image in Hancock County Papers, 1830–1872, CHL; unidentified handwriting.
    • September (1)
      18 September 1843

      Fieri Facias, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

    • December (1)
      Between 18 September and ca. 17 December 1843

      Docket Entry, Fieri Facias, Carthage, Hancock Co., IL

      • Between 18 Sept. and ca. 17 Dec. 1843; Hancock County Circuit Court, Execution Docket, vol. B, p. [95], Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage, IL; image in Hancock County Papers, 1830–1872, CHL; handwriting of David E. Head.