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Introduction to State of Illinois v. Tubbs

State of Illinois v. Tubbs
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 27 July 1842
 
Historical Introduction
On 26 July 1842, William Walker swore a complaint before , a justice of the peace in , Illinois, accusing Silas Tubbs of stealing livestock from JS on or around 15 May. In his complaint, Walker specified that the suspected theft occurred from the yard of the “trustee-in-trust”—that is, the person with legal responsibility for all church property—suggesting that the stolen cow was given to JS either as tithing or a donation for the temple. This was apparently not an isolated incident; the trustee’s office had published numerous notices in the church-owned Wasp regarding livestock which was missing from the trustee’s yard due to theft or straying.
Acting on Walker’s complaint, issued a warrant against Tubbs, charging him with petty larceny. At Tubbs’s request he also issued subpoenas for residents John Harper, William Hickman, and . The next day, 27 July, constable brought Tubbs before Robinson. Citing a lack of evidence, Robinson discharged Tubbs, who asked for a certificate proving his discharge. The cow in question was apparently returned to the trustee’s office, since two days later it was sold along with a calf to Latter-day Saint .
 
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.
 
26 July 1842 William Walker, Complaint, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
26 July 1842 Warrant, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
26 July 1842 Subpoena, for J. Harper and Others, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
Between 26 and ca. 27 July 1842 Docket Entry, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Between 26 and ca. 27 July 1842; Robinson and Johnson, Docket Book, 120, Collection of Manuscripts about Mormons, 1832–1954, Chicago History Museum; handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson.
 
Ca. 27 July 1842 Certificate of Discharge, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 27 July 1842. Not extant.
State of Illinois v. Tubbs
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 27 July 1842
 
Historical Introduction
On 26 July 1842, William Walker swore a complaint before , a justice of the peace in , Illinois, accusing Silas Tubbs of stealing livestock from JS on or around 15 May. In his complaint, Walker specified that the suspected theft occurred from the yard of the “trustee-in-trust”—that is, the person with legal responsibility for all church property—suggesting that the stolen cow was given to JS either as tithing or a donation for the temple. This was apparently not an isolated incident; the trustee’s office had published numerous notices in the church-owned Wasp regarding livestock which was missing from the trustee’s yard due to theft or straying.
Acting on Walker’s complaint, issued a warrant against Tubbs, charging him with petty larceny. At Tubbs’s request he also issued subpoenas for residents John Harper, William Hickman, and . The next day, 27 July, constable brought Tubbs before Robinson. Citing a lack of evidence, Robinson discharged Tubbs, who asked for a certificate proving his discharge. The cow in question was apparently returned to the trustee’s office, since two days later it was sold along with a calf to Latter-day Saint .
 
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.
 
26 July 1842 William Walker, Complaint, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
26 July 1842 Warrant, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
26 July 1842 Subpoena, for J. Harper and Others, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
26 July 1842. Not extant.
 
Between 26 and ca. 27 July 1842 Docket Entry, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Between 26 and ca. 27 July 1842; Robinson and Johnson, Docket Book, 120, Collection of Manuscripts about Mormons, 1832–1954, Chicago History Museum; handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson.
 
Ca. 27 July 1842 Certificate of Discharge, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL
Ca. 27 July 1842. Not extant.