Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Affidavit of Thomas J. Martin ]
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I Thomas I. Martin after being duly sworn do

testify upon oath that whereas I was returning

from meeting on the 21st. day of Oct 1838. in

Livingston County , I was intercepted and taken

prisoner, by the body of people called Mormons,

which presented their guns, and told me that I

had one of two things to do, that was; to relate

to them all that I knew concerning the

there munitions &c. or to be laid on the sod and

let birds eat me; the also took me about

12. miles during which time, I saw them Rumage

the house of Mr. White. I also saw them take

4, other and the had some other that had been

taken before, some of which took to Adam

=on deamon, and I have not from them since.

During the time I was a prisoner they told me

that the did not intend to let any man stay

in Daviess County that was not friendly to them.

And that they were doing the same to redress

the injury received in Jackson County

Thomas I. Martin

The above sworn to and subscribed before me

this 22nd. day of October 1838.

Adam Black J.P.

Affidavit of Vena

ble and others


Oct 22. 1838