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Kansas Territory versus Calvin Cutler, Samuel Dolman, James H. Lane for assault and robbery

Kansas Territory versus Calvin Cutler, Samuel Dolman, James H. Lane for assault and robbery
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Calvin Cutler, Samuel Dolman, and James H. Lane. Cutler, Dolman, and Lane, along with a group of armed men, were accused of stealing 60 oxen, 9 wagons, and 3 mules from a wagon train that belonged to Samuel McKinney on September 1 or September 20, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. The men were accused of assaulting Samuel Broomfield during the robbery. Cutler, Dolman, and Lane were indicted on October 13, 1856 by the First District Court in Lecompton. James Henry Lane was a commander in the free-state forces and led a party of free-state men to attack the pro-slavery stronghold of Hickory Point on September 13, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Carloss M. Day and others for assault with intent to kill

Kansas Territory versus Carloss M. Day and others for assault with intent to kill
Date: August 13, 1856
These warrants for the arrest of Carloss M. Day, Daniel Scannell, W. S. Hull, and Charles Day were issued by Douglas County Justice of the Peace Samuel Crane Sr. The four men were accused of assaulting multiple people in the house of Samuel Crane Sr. in Franklin (now part of present-day Lawrence), Kansas Territory. Free-soil forces led by James H. Lane attacked the pro-slavery town of Franklin in Douglas County on August 12, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Charles Diggs for horse stealing

Kansas Territory versus Charles Diggs for horse stealing
Date: July 25, 1856
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Charles Diggs. Benjamin F. Claywell testified in an affidavit before Justice of the Peace Daniel R. Sprange that Diggs stole a horse from Claywell on July 23, 1856 in Jefferson County, Kansas Territory. The documents include an arrest warrant issued by Sprange and executed by the Sheriff of Jefferson County.


Kansas Territory versus Charles F. Day for larceny

Kansas Territory versus Charles F. Day for larceny
Date: 1856
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory versus Charles F. Day for larceny. Ambrose J. Bush accused Day and his associates McCracken and Gallet of robbing him of his horse and gun on July 19, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. Day was arrested on July 23, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Christopher Diggens for gambling

Kansas Territory versus Christopher Diggens for gambling
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Christopher Diggens. Diggens was accused of gambling at a game of euchre in Calhoun County, Kansas Territory on April 1, 1856. The indictment states Diggens bet one pound of tobacco and one pint of whiskey. Diggens was indicted by the First District Court for Calhoun County on April 7, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Daniel D. Cook and John Reynolds for gaming

Kansas Territory versus Daniel D. Cook and John Reynolds for gaming
Date: April 1858 - August 30, 1858
These legal documents relate to the 1858 case of the Kansas Territory vs. Daniel D. Cook and John Reynolds. Cook and Reynolds were accused of running a gaming house where patrons could gamble on cards, from April 1, 1858 to the time of indictment, in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. Cook and Reynolds were indicted by the First District Court in Leavenworth during the April term of 1858.


Kansas Territory versus Ephraim Bainter and others for robbery

Kansas Territory versus Ephraim Bainter and others for robbery
Date: crime September 1856
This judicial case file relates to the charge of robbery against Ephraim Bainter and others on September 8 and 9 of 1856 in Osawkie, Kansas Territory. The affidavits of W. F. Dyer and James M. Tatum state 100 or more armed men led by Colonel Whipple arrived in Osawkie on September 8 and 9, 1856 and robbed the store of D. M. Raily and the store of W. F. Dyer and G. M. Dyer of thousands of dollars in merchandise as well as mules and horses. One of the men taking part in the robbery was identified as Ephraim Bainter. The men returned on September 13th, stating they had killed and wounded men at Hickory Point and threatened to drive all proslavery men out of town. Charles Whipple was the alias of Aaron D. Stevens, an abolitionist and associate of John Brown. Stevens was a member of the Kansas Militia and commanded a regiment of antislavery men during the Battle of Hickory Point on September 13 and 14, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus George H. Baker and Walter T. Beals for robbery

Kansas Territory versus George H. Baker and Walter T. Beals for robbery
Date: crime September 18, 1856; affidavit November 8, 1856
This judicial case file includes an affidavit and warrant related to the charge against William M. Moore and George H. Baker of robbery on September 18, 1856 in Nemaha County, Kansas Territory. William W. Moore stated in his affidavit, sworn on November 8, 1856 before Chief Justice Samuel D. Lecompte of the First District Court of the Kansas Territory, that George H. Baker and Walter T. Beals had robbed his house and land of property worth six thousand dollars. A warrant was issued November 8, 1856 for the arrest of Baker and Beals.


Kansas Territory versus George W. Clarke, James N. Burns for murder

Kansas Territory versus George W. Clarke, James N. Burns for murder
Date: 1856 - 1857
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. George W. Clarke and James N. Burns for the murder of free-state settler Thomas W. Barber in Douglas County, Kansas Territory on December 6, 1855 during the Wakarusa War. Clarke and Burns were indicted for the murder by the First District Court on October 13, 1856. Clarke was an Indian agent, slave owner, and pro-slavery activist involved in several Bleeding Kansas conflicts.


Kansas Territory versus Gustavus Deacon for selling liquor on Sunday

Kansas Territory versus Gustavus Deacon for selling liquor on Sunday
Date: 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Gustavus Deacon. Deacon was accused of selling liquor in his grocery store on Sunday, April 25, 1858 in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Deacon was indicted by the First District Court in Leavenworth and was found not guilty in September of 1858.


Kansas Territory versus Henry Alderman for arson

Kansas Territory versus Henry Alderman for arson
Date: crime September 7,1856
This case file relates to the charge against Henry Alderman for arson in September of 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. On September 26th, 1856, Sidney Ward appeared before associated Justice Sterling G. Cato and testified that on September 7th, 1856, Henry Alderman, William Tacket, and others burned down the house of her husband, George Ward. A warrant was issued but was returned by the U.S. marshal unserved. Destruction of personal property was common in 1856, as tensions between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers resulted in conflicts such as the Sacking of Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacre.


Kansas Territory versus Hiram Crane et al. for burglary

Kansas Territory versus Hiram Crane et al. for burglary
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Hiram Crane, Lewis G. Smith, Adam McGee, Thomas McGee, Joel Grover, ? Horner (Homer), ? Hays, and ? Kennedy for burglary. Crane and his associates were accused of breaking into the house of Samuel Crane on September 12, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. The men were indicted by the First District Court during the October term of 1856 in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. (see item #444918 for more information)


Kansas Territory versus Hiram Crane et al. for robbery

Kansas Territory versus Hiram Crane et al. for robbery
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Hiram Crane, Lewis J. Smith, Adam McGee, Thomas McGee, Joel Grover, Homer Hays, A. M. Wheeden, and ? Kennedy for robbery. Crane and his associates were accused of robbing the house of Samuel Crane on September 12, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. The men were indicted by the First District Court during the October term of 1856 in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. The indictment includes a list of what was taken from Samuel Crane's property. (see item #444917 for more information)


Kansas Territory versus Isaac Davis and others for larceny

Kansas Territory versus Isaac Davis and others for larceny
Date: 1856
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Isaac Davis, Henry Alderman, M. F. Davis, O. L. Spradling, and ? Jacket for larceny. The five men were accused by James Tuton of stealing hogs and cattle, the property of George Ward and J. C. Evans, on September 9, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. Several Bleeding Kansas conflicts occurred in September of 1856, such as the Battle of Hickory Point and the attempted siege of Lawrence by Missourians.


Kansas Territory versus John Cleary for robbery

Kansas Territory versus John Cleary for robbery
Date: October 1856 - February 11, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. John Cleary for the robbery of Henry T. Titus on August 15, 1856 in Douglas County, Kanas Territory. Titus accused Cleary of assaulting him and stealing one of his horses. Cleary was indicted during the October term of 1856 by the First District Court. On August 16, 1856 the fortified cabin owned by Titus, a pro-slavery advocate, was attacked by free-state forces, resulting in the Battle of Fort Titus.


Kansas Territory versus John Cleary for the murder of Jacob Baker

Kansas Territory versus John Cleary for the murder of Jacob Baker
Date: December 9, 1856
This arrest warrant for John Cleary was issued on December 9, 1856 by the First Judicial District Court. Cleary was accused of murdering Jacob Baker on September 16, 1856 in the Kansas Territory. Cleary was indicted for the murder during the October session of the First District Court. Several significant Bleeding Kansas skirmishes took place in May through September of 1856, such as the Sacking of Lawrence and the Battle of Fort Titus.


Kansas Territory versus John Cunningham for usurpation of office

Kansas Territory versus John Cunningham for usurpation of office
Date: 1856 - 1857
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. John Cunningham for usurpation of office on April 1, 1856 in Calhoun County, Kansas Territory. Cunningham was accused of acting as an illegal judge of election for the March 1856 election in Calhoun County. He was indicted during the April court term of 1856. Voter fraud was a serious problem in Kansas territorial elections as the two sides of the Bleeding Kansas conflict struggled to make Kansas a free or slave state.


Kansas Territory versus John Donaldson for rescuing a prisoner

Kansas Territory versus John Donaldson for rescuing a prisoner
Date: 1856 - 1857
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. John Donaldson. Donaldson was accused of rescuing prisoner A. G. Fisher from the custody of a law enforcement officer on November 6, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas Territory. Donaldson was indicted in November of 1856 by the First District Court of the Kansas Territory. Donaldson was arrested by Marshal I. B. Donalson on January 30, 1857 and released on bond January 31.


Kansas Territory versus Joseph Cole for pulling down and carrying away a cabin on the claim of William Fletcher

Kansas Territory versus Joseph Cole for pulling down and carrying away a cabin on the claim of William Fletcher
Date: January 22, 1857
This affidavit and arrest warrant relates to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Joseph Cole, W. C. (C. W.) Giddings, Lafayette Giddings, Samuel Reeder, and A. K. Britton. William Flecher swore in an affidavit before Associate Justice S. G. Cato that on January 19, 1857 Cole, W. C. Giddings, Lafayette Giddings, Reeder, and Britton tore down and carried away the log cabin on his land claim in Calhoun County, Kansas Territory. The men were arrested on January 23, 1857 by U. S. Marshal Israel B. Donalson.


Kansas Territory versus Michael Conway for selling liquor without a license

Kansas Territory versus Michael Conway for selling liquor without a license
Date: May 3, 1858 - August 30, 1858
These legal documents, including an indictment, a bench warrant, and a subpoena, relate to the 1858 case of the Kansas Territory vs. Michael Conway. Conway was accused of selling liquor without a license to Patrick A. Doyle on April 28 and April 29, 1858 in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. Conway was indicted by the First District Court on May 3, 1858 in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory.


Kansas Territory versus Richard Alous for selling liquor without a license

Kansas Territory versus Richard Alous for selling liquor without a license
Date: crime April 23, 1858; indictment April 1858
This case file includes witness subpoenas and bench warrants documenting the charge against Richard Alous for selling liquor to William Large without a license on April 23, 1858 in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Alous was indicted for serving one glass of whiskey worth 5 cents to William Large by the 1st District Court of the Territory of Kansas in April of 1858. A series of bench warrants for Alous were issued in May and September of 1858 and June of 1859, all of which were returned unexecuted.


Kansas Territory versus Robert Buffum for robbery

Kansas Territory versus Robert Buffum for robbery
Date: January 1856
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Robert Buffum (Buffam). Buffum was accused by Alfred S. Addis of stealing a parcel of cloth from a store owned by Addis on January 3, 1856 in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Addis states in his affidavit that Buffum was in the company of Clark Stearns, Alpheus Stearns, and Lewis Stearns. Buffum was released on bond on January 21, 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for contempt

Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for contempt
Date: August 22, 1859
This legal writ relates to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Thomas Burke for contempt. Burke failed to obey the conditions of his bond for a previous crime by failing to attend the First District Court during the term starting on June 13, 1859 in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. This writ of scire facias orders Burke to appear before the court during the September 1859 term and explain why a final judgement should not be made against him.


Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for keeping a gaming house

Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for keeping a gaming house
Date: September 1857 - May 17, 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Thomas Burke for keeping a gaming house in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory from August 1, 1857 to September of 1857. Burke was indicted during the September term of 1857 by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, First District. He was released on bond September 27, 1857.


Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for selling liquor on Sunday

Kansas Territory versus Thomas Burke for selling liquor on Sunday
Date: September 1857 - May 17, 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Thomas Burke for selling liquor on a Sunday in Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory on September 6, 1857. Burke was indicted during the September term of 1857 by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, First District. Burke was arrested and released on bond September 26, 1858.


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