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Introduction to Rigdon et al. for the use of L. Cowdery v. W. Smith

Rigdon, JS, O. Cowdery, and H. Smith for the use of L. Cowdery v. W. Smith
Geauga Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, 12 November 1839
 
Historical Introduction
On 17 May 1839, a writ of was issued against by the , Ohio, Court of Common Pleas. The attachment initiated a lawsuit “,” or on behalf of, Lyman Cowdery to collect money from Smith, who was indebted to two mercantile firms, (operated by ) and (operated by , JS, and ). According to court documents, the plaintiffs’ attorneys filed the suit as an action and claimed $2,000 in damages, meaning that William Smith’s unpaid debt was likely between $1,000 and $2,000. The nature of the debt is unknown, as is the reason for the delay in litigation, since both firms had ceased operation by summer 1837.
At some point before May 1839, the debt was assigned to Lyman Cowdery. , a younger brother of Lyman, may have made the assignment, as he was the only member of the mercantile firms present in at the time. The other partners in the firms—JS, , and —resided in in May 1839 and may have been unaware of the debt or the litigation to collect it. In May, the writ of was issued to sheriff , who attempted to find land, goods, or chattels belonging to that he could seize in order to pay the debt. His efforts proved unsuccessful, and in the June 1839 term of court he returned the writ. At the November 1839 term of court, the plaintiffs discontinued the suit due to a lack of property to pay the debt.
 
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.
Rigdon, JS, O. Cowdery, and H. Smith for the use of L. Cowdery v. W. Smith
Geauga Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, 12 November 1839
 
Historical Introduction
On 17 May 1839, a writ of was issued against by the , Ohio, Court of Common Pleas. The attachment initiated a lawsuit “,” or on behalf of, Lyman Cowdery to collect money from Smith, who was indebted to two mercantile firms, (operated by ) and (operated by , JS, and ). According to court documents, the plaintiffs’ attorneys filed the suit as an action and claimed $2,000 in damages, meaning that William Smith’s unpaid debt was likely between $1,000 and $2,000. The nature of the debt is unknown, as is the reason for the delay in litigation, since both firms had ceased operation by summer 1837.
At some point before May 1839, the debt was assigned to Lyman Cowdery. , a younger brother of Lyman, may have made the assignment, as he was the only member of the mercantile firms present in at the time. The other partners in the firms—JS, , and —resided in in May 1839 and may have been unaware of the debt or the litigation to collect it. In May, the writ of was issued to sheriff , who attempted to find land, goods, or chattels belonging to that he could seize in order to pay the debt. His efforts proved unsuccessful, and in the June 1839 term of court he returned the writ. At the November 1839 term of court, the plaintiffs discontinued the suit due to a lack of property to pay the debt.
 
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.