Indictment, circa 10 April 1839, Copy [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]

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State of Missouri)
County of )
In Circuit Court April Term Eighteen hundred and Thirty nine
to wit
The Grand Jurors for the State of for the Body of the County of Aforesaid upon their oath Present that Joseph Smith Jr, , , Perry Durphee [Durfee], Ephraim Owens [Owen], John Lemmon, , Alonson [Alanson] Brown, James Bingham, Amos Tubbs [Tubs], Absolem Snitchfield [Absalom Sentchfield], William Aldridge [Aldrich], , and , late of said on the first day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty Eight, with force and Arms at the County of Aforesaid did unlawfully, riotously and routously assemble and meet together to disturb the Peace of said and being so assembled and met together, the dwelling house of one there situate, then and unlawfully riotously <​&​> routously, did Break and Enter and in and upon the said , in the Peace of God and of our said , then and there being unlawfully riotously and routously, did make and Assault and him the said then and there unlawfully riotously routously did Beat, Bruise and ill treat him and then and there riotously routously and unlawfully did Threaten the life of the said in the Peace of God and our said then and there being as aforesaid so that the said [p. [1]] by reason of the said Evil and wicked doings of the said Defendants was then and there in great fear and Apprehension of his life— Against the form of the Statute in such case made and Provided, and against the Peace and Dignity of the
Circuit Attorny
State of Missouri) SS [scilicet]
County of )
I Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County of Aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true full and complete copy of the original Indictment against the Persons therein named now on file in my office—
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Affixed my Private seal there being no official seal provided. At office this Twentieth day of April In the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty nine—
Clk [p. [2]]
Joseph Smith Jr and others
A Robert P Peniston [Sr.] of the Grand Jury
Filed July 12th 1839
Clk [p. [3]]


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    TEXT: Seal affixed with adhesive wafer.  

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    Docket and notation in handwriting of Robert Wilson.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Roger N. Todd.