Complaint, 11 December 1843 [State of Illinois v. Elliott–A]

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State of Illinois) ss [scilicet]
On the 11th day of Dec. 1843 came , before me a Justice of the peace of said and after being duly Sworn deposeth and Saith, <​that the crime of kidnapping has been commited in and​> that on the 2nd day of this present December 1843, <​at the <​house​>​> Scherench Freeman, about four mil[e]s and a half <​Miles​> south of in said your said , heard a man by the name of say that he way going a hunting turkies, when asked what he way was going to shoot them with, he showed a brace of pistols and a large hickory cane: your ob[s]erved that he thought he could not Kill Turkies with such weapons— And the said said there was a certain “Cock he meant to take before night, and they would do for that. He, the said went off, and your did not see him till sunday eveng the 3d. when your asked the said if he had caught his turkey; and he replied yes: the one he was after “A mormon Elder.” Your then asked him who he was and said [p. [1]] “.” Your then asked the said what had been done with said ? and he said we put him on to a horse, tied his legs and guarded him to the ; from whence about ten o clock at night, we took into Clark Co. Missouri, for stealing a horse three years ago where they would try him and if found guilty they would then take him into another County where there was a Jail, and there was none in Clark On the 4th day of Dec I asked him if on they had writs or authority to take : he replied; “We all had writs.” On the 5th he the said said he expected to get into difficulty on account of this scrape, but if any morman makes any busaness with me, I will shoot him, and further your says not
Subscribed and sworn to this 11th day of Dec. 1843 before me
J. P. [p. [2]]
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11th. Decr. 1843
Affidavit of respecting the carrying off of .
Filed March 21st 1844
Clerk [p. [4]]


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    Signature presumably of Sisson Chase.  

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    Signature of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Jacob B. Backenstos.