Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: The sworn statement of Adam Black, of Daviess County, Missouri ]
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                                                State of Missouri .  County of Daviess . S.S.

            Before me William Dryden, one of the Justices

of the peace of said County, personally came

Adam Black, who, being duly sworn according

to law, deposeth and saith, that on or about

the 8th day of August, 1838, in the County of

Daviess, there came an armed force of men, said

to be 154, to the best of my information, and

surrounded his house & family, & threatened

him with instant death, if he did not sign

a certain instrument of writing, binding

his self, as a Justice of the peace for said

County of Daviess , not to molest the people called

Mormons, and threatened the lives of myself

& other individuals, and did say they intended

to make every citizen of said County sign such

obligation, and further saith they intended to have

satisfaction for abuse they received on monday

previous, & they would not submit to the laws,

& further saith that from the best information

& his own personal knowledge that Andrew

Ripley, George Smith, Ephraim Owens, Harvey

Umstead, Hiram Nelson, A. Brown, John L. [ Butler ]

Cornelius Lott, John Woods, H. Redfield, Riley [Stewart]

James Whitacre, [Andw] [Thon], [Amos] Tubbs, Dr. [Gourge],

Abram Nelson was guilty of aiding & abeting in commit:

:ting in perpeturating in the above offence.  Sworn to & subscribed

this 28th of August 1838 –                                          Adam Black

            W. Dryden, Justice of

            the peace for the County aforesd

                                                Deposition of

                                                A. Black

Aug 28, 1838





Copy these lst in order           

then turn to Gov’s order

                                                marked “orders from com

                                                in chief No. [10] & copy

                                                lst order to Genl Atchison