Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Witness William Splawn, Citizen of Daviess County ]
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was present and followed Mr Rigdon after he also made the

above declaration and said he did not wish to do any thing un

=lawful. he then spoke of the fate of Judas & said that Peter had

hung him (Judas) & said that he approved of Mr Rigdons

Sermon & called it a good sermon and further this de

=ponent saith not        Reed Peck

James C Owens a witness who was produced on a

former day and [ ] been called back to the bar again

further deposeth and Saith.  He does not think Wil

=liam Whitman was in the Danit expedition to Daviess, I think

he was left at far west as Captain of the town guard though

he may have been in Daviess for aught I Know and further

this deponent saith not   James C Owens

   William Splaun a witness produced sworn and

examined on behalf the State deposeth and saith I was

at Eli Bagleys in Daviess county when an armed company

of men about 1000/2 in numbers James H Raulins and

Jesse D Hunter two of the defendants were of the company

they came to Bagleys they enquired who I was and if I was a

mob character and learning I was not they let me alone

they inquired for John Raglin and Said they heard he was a mob

character and had gone for men to fight them and if they got

their eyes on him they would take his life & that he had better

keep out of the way to be positive that Hunter was of the

company I will not but I have little or no doubt of it from his ap

-perance this was on Saturday after I learned that Gallatin

was burned the Thursday before and during the time the mormon

troops were in Daviess county and further this deponent saith not

                                                                                William Splaion

Thomas M Odell  a witness produced sworn and examined

on behalf the State deposeth and Saith, that on the Saturday after

Gallatin was burnt and armed company of 12 men rode up to Mr

Raglins house in Daviess County where I resided, they inquir

=red for John Raglin I told them where he had gone, they said

their object was to drive the mob from the county and said that

I must go. I replied I could not. that I had no way to get off

and that my family in is bare footed they replied that made

no difference I must go, and said if I was not gone by next

morning by sunrise they would take my life, they told

Mrs Raglin she must [ ] that there she could not stay

and that Raglin had better never show himself there that they

would take his life if ever they set their eyes on him next