Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Affidavit of Samuel Venable ]
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This is to certify, that I was called upon last

night to wait upon a lady, who was about to

increase her family, she had traviled, as she told

me about eight miles in labour, to get from the

Mormons who ingaged in driving of the people

from their homes, giving them only about three

days notice, plundering and robing there houses

the lady a lewded to above Mrs. Smith by name

who stoped on the Camp ground, on the East of

Daviess County where she increased her family.

There was another lady, who stopped on the camp

ground, whose Baby was but 4 days old.

I was also at Mr. Whites this morning

who lives in Livingston County , who was on yesterday

verry much injurd in property by the Mormons.

I saw a good dale, of the mischief by them done,

and was told by Mrs. White, that in addition to the above

she received from them, I meane, by above, invictive,

that they had plundered the house, taken clothes

and other articles, destroyed all their bee stands

taken off drawing chains, log chains &c the quantity

oats fodder, and corn, taken from White must have

been considerable, as they fed about 200, Horses

leaving on the ground where they fed a great

daele of oats &c. Given under my hand


This 22nd . of October 1838.

Samuel Venable

I certify that the above is a true copy of the

insterment given. Sworn to and subscribed before

me, on 22nd of this inst. this October 22nd. 1838.

Levi F. Gaben

J. P.