Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Witness Allen Rathburn ]
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morning by the assistance of friends we did start leaving most of our

property there, Since then I have returned and found the

houses burnt &  the property gone consisting of hous hold

plunder and 2 q bee gums  they enquired for Gums and got

down one and took it away from the house belonging to

one Josiah Littlefield they further said that they had been driven

as long as they were a going to. that they had got Strong enough

now to defend themselves that they intended to do it by the Sword

that they were at the defiance of any Set of men who could come a

=gainst them & that they now intended to make it a war of extermi

=nation, the following of the defendants were in the above Company

Voit.  James H. Rattens  Jesse D Hunter  Darwin Chase & I

think from his appearance Maurice Phelps was there but may

be mistaken, Hunter appeared to be Captain or Commander of

the Company as he did the most of the talking. but most all of

them had something to Say and further this deponent saith not

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Thos M x Odle

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John Raglin a witness produced sworn and examined on behalf

the State deposeth and saith I was in Gallatin when the Mormons made

an attack on it which took place on one thursday in October. All the

persons that were there left the town.  Another Mormons, as I believe them

to be to the number of about 150 or 200 all armed took posses-

=sion of the town and the Store and other houses were burnt as I

learned that evening and further this deponent saith not

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Allen Rathburn a witness produced sworn and examined

on behalf of the State deposeth and Saith, On the day before

the battle with Bogard I was I was in far West and early in the morn

=ing Daniel Carn One of the defendants here asked me to

help him to grease his waggon I did so and asked him where

he was going he said he was going out to Mr Raglins in

Daviss County that there were about 40 bee Stands there they

were going for directly afterwards I was down at Morrisons

Store in far west there was a Company of 10 or 12 men with 2

or 3 waggons I heard Mr Huntingdon ask for brimstone some

of the Company said they had 2 pounds Huntingdon answered that would

do, Mr Hunter one of the defendants here, gave the word of com

mand and they marched off Mr Daniel Carn with his Waggon

with them late that evening I saw Danl Carn [“with” crossed out] his waggon

at his grocery door in far west I saw Carn and Huntingdon unload

=ing & the waggon was loaded with one bee gum and houshold

plunder consisting of beds or bed cloaths Kindes tied up  Also

there were onions in the waggon Mr Carn’s that evening

remarked that there would be in that night


a considerable number of sheep and Cattles he further Said

that it looked to him sometimes that it was not right to take

plunder but that it was according to Jos Smith Jr directions

and that was the reason why he did it. the next morning I Saw

a considerable number of Sheep on the Square in far West near

about 100. I then left far west and returned home in the east part of

Caldwell county having been Summoned to far west by Militia

captain but performed no military duty while there and

further this deponent Saith not  Allen Rathburn

 

Jeremiah Myers a witness produced sworn and exa

=mined deposeth and saith I was in the last expedition

to Daviess being Summoned from my home in the east part

of Caldwell county by my militia officer to go to far West

where I was told we had to March to Daviess and did

so.  I think it was the third day after our arrival at

Diahmon that Capt fearnots company of about 100

men started out and not until we got near to Gallatin did

I learn where they were going I was then told there was

a mob at Gallatin and that we were going to disperes

them when within about 1/2 mile of Gallatin we formed

And rushed into town in a hurrah I only Saw 2 men

who were running Others Said there were about 15 we

gathered up around the Store and Some went in holloring

bring them out here supposing there were men in the house

about this time myself and another man returned to camp at

Diahmon that evening I saw Store goods at the Bishop’s Store

and was informed by Mahlon Johnson One of the Company

to Gallatin that the goods taken from the Store in Gallatin

were the goods I saw deposited in the bishops Store, they

were Called and Considered Consecrated (goods) or property

and that they were to be dealt out by the bishop to those

that Stood in need, I saw parties Coming, in and going out

while in Camp but  Saw no property Come into our Camp

but I saw a pen of Cattle which was Called Buffalo

the following of the defendants were in the last expedition

to Daviess, Jos Smith Jr. Lyman Wights who resides

in Diahmon Washington Voorhees I never Saw

Lyman Wight in Command during this Expedition my

camp was half a mile from Wight and I staid pretty constantly

about my own camp.  I do not recollect that I was in any

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