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Kansas Territory versus A. J. Armstrong, Frederick Bartles, and Charles Walker for assault

Kansas Territory versus A. J. Armstrong, Frederick Bartles, and Charles Walker for assault
Date: crime December 1856
This is the case file for the case against A. J. Armstrong, Frederick Bartles, and Charles Walker for assaulting W. M. Clark on December 11, 1856 near Tecumseh, Kansas Territory. Clark reported to a justice of the peace that Armstrong and his associates Walker and Bartles attempted to attack him and threatened to kill him as the result of a dispute over land ownership between Clark and Armstrong. The three men were arrested December 11, 1856 and released on bond December 12, 1856. The trial was set for the 1857 spring term of the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, Second District.


Kansas Territory versus A. P. F. Davis for assault with intent to kill

Kansas Territory versus A. P. F. Davis for assault with intent to kill
Date: 1856
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. A. P. F. (Porter) Davis for assault with intent to kill. Davis was accused of shooting at John Cummings (Cummins) with a pistol on May 10, 1856 in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. Witnesses reported the Cummings and Davis shot at each other after Cummings called Davis a derogatory name for freesoilers. The Second District Court for Bourbon County indicted Davis during the May court term of 1856. (See item #444929 for more information)


Kansas Territory versus Archy (alias) Origin Cansdell, Captain J. N. Holmes for murder of Henry Sherman

Kansas Territory versus Archy (alias) Origin Cansdell, Captain J. N. Holmes for murder of Henry Sherman
Date: May 25, 1857
This arrest warrant and affidavit relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Archy (alias) Origin Cansdell and Captain J. N. Holmes for the murder of Henry Sherman on March 15, 1857 in Lykins County, Kansas Territory. John S. Wells accuses Cansdell and Holmes of the murder in an affidavit sworn before Second District Court Clerk Charles P. Bullock on May 25, 1857.


Kansas Territory versus Asa Allen & J. C. Gordon for selling liquor without a license

Kansas Territory versus Asa Allen & J. C. Gordon for selling liquor without a license
Date: crime May 1856; indictment June 1856
This case file relates to the charge against Asa Allen and J. C. Gordon for selling liquor without a license in Shawnee County, Kansas Territory on May 10, 1856. Allen and Gordon were indicted for the crime during the June session of 1856 by the U.S. Second Judicial District Court. Several warrants were issued for the apprehension of Allen and Gordon were issued throughout 1856-1858 for this crime, but all found in this case file were returned unexecuted as the accused could not be found.


Kansas Territory versus Benjamin Cockran for malicious mischief

Kansas Territory versus Benjamin Cockran for malicious mischief
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Benjamin Cockran (Cochran) for malicious mischief. Cockran was accused of maliciously killing two hogs, the property of "Majors and Russill", on January 1, 1856 in Franklin County, Kansas Territory. Cockran was indicted by the Franklin County Court during the Spring term of 1856.


Kansas Territory versus Bunch for gambling

Kansas Territory versus Bunch for gambling
Date: May 1857
This indictment was issued for Bunch (first name unknown) by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, Second District, during the May term of 1857 in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. Bunch was accused of gambling at a game of faro on May 1, 1857. The indictment is signed by Assistant District Attorney Benjamin J. Newsom.


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 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 W. Collins for selling liquor without a license

Kansas Territory versus Daniel W. Collins for selling liquor without a license
Date: 1857
These legal documents relate to the 1857 court case of the Kansas Territory vs. Daniel W. Collins. Collins was accused of selling liquor without a license on May 4, 1857 in the Kansas Territory. Collins was indicted during the May court term of 1857 by the Second District Court in Lecompton.


Kansas Territory versus David Baldwin for assault with intent to kill

Kansas Territory versus David Baldwin for assault with intent to kill
Date: crime December 24, 1854; indictment 1856
This case file contains arrest warrants and an indictment related to the charge against David Baldwin for assault against George Wilson with the intent to kill on December 24, 1854 in Franklin County, Kansas Territory. The grand jury indictment, issued in the Second District Court's spring term of 1856, reports Baldwin fired at Wilson with a rifle with the intent to murder him. An arrest warrant was executed successfully on May 30, 1856, but following warrants in 1856, 1857, and 1858 were returned unexecuted.


Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams et al for murder

Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams et al for murder
Date: 1858-1859
These court documents pertain to the trial of Edward Adams and Charles O'Hara for the murder of Andrew Kerr on January 30th, 1858 in Tecumseh, Kansas Territory. Napoleon Ellerbe and William Wilton were also implicated in the murder. Kerr testified that during a game of cards at a public house in Tecumseh, he was hit on the head by O'Hara and then shot by Adams. Kerr survived until February 11th or 12th of 1858, when he died from wound complications. Adams and his associates were indicted for murder by the 2nd District U.S Court in April of 1858. Warrants were issued in October of 1858 during the fall court session and March of 1859 during the spring court session, but both failed to be served.


Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams et al for murder

Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams et al for murder
Date: 1858-1859
These court documents pertain to the trial of Edward Adams and Charles O'Hara for the murder of Andrew Kerr on January 30th, 1858 in Tecumseh, Kansas Territory. Napoleon Ellerbe and William Wilton were also implicated in the murder. Kerr testified that during a game of cards at a public house in Tecumseh, he was hit on the head by O'Hara and then shot by Adams. Kerr survived until February 11th or 12th of 1858, when he died from wound complications. Adams and his associates were indicted for murder by the Second District Court of the Kansas Territory in April of 1858. Warrants were issued in October of 1858 during the fall court session and March of 1859 during the spring court session, but both failed to be served.


Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams for failure to keep the peace

Kansas Territory versus Edward Adams for failure to keep the peace
Date: July 14, 1857
This court documents relate to the Kansas Territory's case against Edward Adams for failure to keep the peace in Shawnee County, Kansas Territory in June and July of 1857. On July 14th, 1857, Henry Boyinton reported to a justice of the peace that Edward Adams shot at him and threatened to kill him within the last month. On July 16th, 1857, Edwards was released on bond, with a provision that he keep the peace of the territory for the next 6 months.


Kansas Territory versus George Cole for contempt

Kansas Territory versus George Cole for contempt
Date: August 28, 1857
This bench warrant for George Cole was issued on August 28, 1857 in Lecompton, Kansas Territory by the Second Judicial District Court. George Cole was arrested the same day by U. S. Marshal Elias S. Dennis and brought before the court to answer for a charge of contempt.


Kansas Territory versus George Delaughter and George Carter for grand larceny

Kansas Territory versus George Delaughter and George Carter for grand larceny
Date: 1856 - 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. George Delaughter and Geroge Carter. Delaughter and Carter were accused of stealing various personal property from Boon Jones, ? Jones, and John H. Marrs on August 25, 1856 in the Kansas Territory. Delaughter and Carter were indicted by the Second District Court in Tecumseh, Kansas Territory during the November term of 1858. Violence related to the Bleeding Kansas conflict was widespread in August of 1856, and destruction and theft of personal property were common, especially in Douglas, Shawnee, and surrounding counties.


Kansas Territory versus George W. Brown for contempt

Kansas Territory versus George W. Brown for contempt
Date: August 18, 1857
This bench warrant relates to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. George W. Brown for contempt. It was issued on August 18, 1857 by the U. S. District Court, Kansas Territory, Second District, in Lecompton. The warrant was returned unserved by U. S. Marshal Elias S. Dennis.


Kansas Territory versus George W. Clark (Clarke) and others for grand larceny

Kansas Territory versus George W. Clark (Clarke) and others for grand larceny
Date: 1856 - 1857
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. George W. Clark (Clarke) and others for grand larceny. Clarke was accused of leading a force of two to three hundred men through Linn County, Kansas Territory on September 3, 1856, robbing and destroying the property of its citizens. The documents include affidavits sworn by John Jones and William T. Turner before Associate Justice Sterling G. Cato on October 17, 1856. Jones states Clarke and his men held him captive for 5 days before robbing him. Clarke was a slave owner and pro-slavery activist involved in several Bleeding Kansas conflicts.


Kansas Territory versus George W. Clark (Clarke) and Weightman for grand larceny

Kansas Territory versus George W. Clark (Clarke) and Weightman for grand larceny
Date: November 1856 - August 19, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. George W. Clark (Clarke) and Weightman (first name unknown) for grand larceny. Clarke and Weightman were accused of stealing two horses, a wagon, and a harness from John Jones on July 10, 1856 in the Kansas Territory. They were convicted during the November court term of 1856 by the Second District Court of the Kansas Territory in Tecumseh. Clarke was a Potawatomi Indian agent and pro-slavery activist who was involved in the Bleeding Kansas conflict.


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 Harman Bird for maliciously killing a horse

Kansas Territory versus Harman Bird for maliciously killing a horse
Date: 1856
These legal documents include a bond, court bill, and affidavits related to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Harman Bird for maliciously killing a horse near Tecumseh, Kansas Territory in 1855. James R. Warren accused Bird of shooting his horse on the property of the Moffet (Moffat) family. Bird was arrested on January 16, 1856 and released on bond on January 23, 1856. The affidavits were sworn before the U. S. District Court of Kansas, Second District by Charles Moffet, William Moffet, Isaac Renfro, and Erastus Moffet.


Kansas Territory versus Henry Boyington for assault with intent to kill

Kansas Territory versus Henry Boyington for assault with intent to kill
Date: July 14, 1857 - July 15, 1857
These legal documents, including a summons, affidavit, and warrant, relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Henry Boyington for assault with intent to kill. On July 14, 1857, Edward Adams reported to Justice of the Peace Edward Hoogland that Henry Boyington had attempted to shoot Adams with a gun earlier that day and previously on July 8, 1857 in Shawnee County, Kansas. An arrest warrant for Boyington was issued on July 15, 1857.


Kansas Territory versus Henry Carmichael for selling liquor without a license

Kansas Territory versus Henry Carmichael for selling liquor without a license
Date: June 1856 - December 13, 1856
These documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Henry Carmichael for selling liquor without a license in Shawnee County, Kansas Territory on May 1, 1856. The Second District Court in Tecumseh found Carmichael guilty on November 21, 1856, but he was granted a new trial and found not guilty on December 13, 1856.


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 Jacob Clark for gaming

Kansas Territory versus Jacob Clark for gaming
Date: November 1856 - February 11, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the Kansas Territory vs. Jacob Clark for gaming. Clark was accused of betting money at a game of cards or "gaming device" on August 10, 1856 in the Kansas territory. Clark was indicted during the November court term of 1856 by the Second District Court in Tecumseh.


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