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Deposition of J.N.N. Schooler

Deposition of J.N.N. Schooler
Creator: Schooler, J.N.N.
Date: June 16, 1867
This item contains the deposition of J.N.N. Schooler following an attack by Indians. In his deposition, Schooler explains that he and his companions were on the "Smoky Hill Overland Route Sixteen or Seventeen miles east of Fort Wallace" when 200 or more Cheyenne and Sioux attacked them. According to Schooler, four men were killed immediately and three were taken prisoner. Other details include the monetary value of items lost during the attack.


Kansas Territory, U.S. District Court versus John Brown Sr., Owen Brown, Frederick Brown, Salmon Brown, Oliver Brown, et al.

Kansas Territory, U.S. District Court versus John Brown Sr., Owen Brown, Frederick Brown, Salmon Brown, Oliver Brown, et al.
Date: 1856
Materials relating to the murder trial following the Pottawatomie Massacre in Franklin County, Kansas on May 24, 1856. A memorandum charges that John Brown Sr. and James Townsley robbed the Shermanville post office, presumably in connection with Postmaster Allen Wilkinson's death during the massacre. Judge Sterling G. Cato ordered the arrest of John Brown Sr., Owen Brown, Frederick Brown, Salmon Brown, Oliver Brown, Henry Thompson, Theodore Weiner, and James Townsley for the murders of including Allen Wilkinson, William Sherman, James P. Doyle, William Doyle, and Drury Doyle. Two affidavits from George W. Grant and Joseph B. Higgins are also included.


Kansas Territory versus John E. Brown, James Masterson, and John Broils

Kansas Territory versus John E. Brown, James Masterson, and John Broils
Date: 1856-1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. John E. Brown, John Broils, and James Masterson for grand larceny. Brown, Broils, and Masterson were accused of stealing cattle from James Dudley, Henry Dudley, Rubin Grace, and Margaret Keith on September 21, 1856. The defendants were indicted during the November term of 1856 by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, Second District.


William E. Goodnow vs. Isaac Haskell

William E. Goodnow vs. Isaac Haskell
Date: 1855
Legal documents regarding the case of William E. Goodnow vs. Isaac Haskell, including testimony given on June 29, 1855 from David Ambrose and H. A. Wilcox to Justice of the Peace S. D. Dyer in Juniata, Kansas Territory. The land claim in question was part of the townsite of Manhattan, Kansas. Ambrose states that Goodnow had planted seeds and hauled timber to a claim before Haskell. Wilcox states that Haskell told him directly he believed he had right to the claim if he built his shanty before Goodnow built a house. Testimony given by Isaac T. Goodnow, brother of William Goodnow, is also included.


W.R. Terwilliger Indian depredation claim

W.R. Terwilliger Indian depredation claim
Creator: Terwilliger, W.R.
Date: January 18, 1872
This item is a sworn statement from W.R. Terwilliger regarding an Indian Depredation claim. According to Terwilliger's statement, he and a companion were trading with the Cheyenne south of Council Grove, Kansas, in the winter of 1867/1868, and purchased a horse from a band of Cheyennes led by Little Antelope.


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