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Kansas Territory versus James Curry for assault with intent to kill

Kansas Territory versus James Curry for assault with intent to kill
Date: 1857
These legal documents relate to the 1857 case of the Kansas Territory vs. James Curry. Witnesses report that Curry shot Andrew Letterman in the face on September 15, 1857 in Bourbon County, Kansas Territory near a community called Sprattsville. Letterman survived the attack. Witnesses report the dispute was related to pro-slavery and free state beliefs. Curry was arrested and released on bond September 19, 1857.


Kansas Territory versus James Curry for rebellion

Kansas Territory versus James Curry for rebellion
Date: October 24, 1857
This warrant for the arrest of James Curry was issued on October 24, 1857 by Samuel Williams, clerk of the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. The warrant states Curry has been indicted for rebellion and orders him to appear immediately before the court.


Kansas Territory versus J. Davis for rebellion

Kansas Territory versus J. Davis for rebellion
Date: October 24, 1857
This warrant for the arrest of J. Davis was issued by Samuel A. Williams, clerk of the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. On the back of the warrant, U. S. Marshal Elias S. Dennis states he arrested Davis on November 25, 1857.


Kansas Territory versus Joseph Conant for taking Indian property

Kansas Territory versus Joseph Conant for taking Indian property
Date: 1859
This arrest warrant and indictment, filed 1859, relate to the case of the United States vs. Joseph Conant. Conant was accused of cutting down and taking trees worth a total of five hundred dollars from Miami tribal land between February and June of 1859. He was indicted during the adjourned May term of the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory in Fort Scott. During the mid-19th century, the Miami tribal lands in Kansas were in present-day Linn and Miami counties.


Kansas Territory versus William Carey for selling liquor without license and selling liquor on Sunday

Kansas Territory versus William Carey for selling liquor without license and selling liquor on Sunday
Date: October 29, 1857 - November 09, 1857
These three writs of arrest were issued for William Carey in 1857 related to the charges of selling liquor without a license and selling liquor on a Sunday. The writs were issued by the Third Judicial District Court and order Carey's appearance at the court's office in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. All three writs were returned by the marshal unserved.


United States versus Abijah Bayles for taking Indian property

United States versus Abijah Bayles for taking Indian property
Date: crime February 1, 1859; indictment May 1859
These legal documents relate to the case against Abijah Bayles for cutting down and taking trees worth five hundred dollars between February and May of 1859 from land owned by the Miami tribe. The Miami land was located in Lykins County (now Miami County) and Linn County, Kansas Territory. Bayles was indicted during the 1859 May term of the United States District Court of the Kansas Territory, Third District. Bayles was arrested on May 4, 1860 and released on bond May 7. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that were promised permanent lands in Kansas following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


United States versus Abijah Bayles for taking Indian property

United States versus Abijah Bayles for taking Indian property
Date: crime December 15, 1859 to May 1860; indictment May 1860
This arrest warrant and indictment relate to the case of the United States vs. Abijah Bayles for the taking of Indian property from Miami land in Lykins County (now Miami County), Kansas territory between December 15, 1859 and May 1860. Bayles was indicted by the United States District Court of the Kansas Territory, Third District, during the May term of 1860 for taking rails, boards, timber, and clapboard shingles from the property of a Miami tribesman called Deaf Billy. The arrest warrant is dated May 25, 1861 and was returned by the U.S. marshal on June 3, 1861, stating the defendant could not be found. Bayles was charged with a similar crime in 1859 (see item 444761).


United States versus Adam Butterworth for taking timber off Indian land

United States versus Adam Butterworth for taking timber off Indian land
Date: December 1859 - February 2, 1860
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Adam Butterworth. Butterworth was accused of cutting down and stealing trees and timber from October to December of 1859 from Ottawa tribal land in the Kansas Territory. Butterworth was indicted by the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District during the December term of 1859. After the Indian Removal Act of 1830, two branches of the Ottawa tribe were relocated to 72,000 acres centered around the present-day town of Ottawa, KS.


United States versus A. E. Blythe and Dr. J. Taylor for horse stealing

United States versus A. E. Blythe and Dr. J. Taylor for horse stealing
Date: August 19, 1858 - September 1, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. A. E. Blythe and Dr. J. Taylor for grand larceny. Blythe and Taylor were accused of stealing a horse from Lewis Moggrie, a member of the Osage tribe, on July 20, 1858 in the Cherokee Neutral Lands, located in the southeast corner of the Kansas Territory. The documents include an affidavit from Marcus De Lafayette Shamblin, testifying to the defendants' guilt. Shamblin later reported that he was threatened at gunpoint by associates of Blythe after giving his testimony. Taylor was arrested on August 25, 1858. (See item 444795 for more information)


United States versus A. E. Blythe for horse stealing

United States versus A. E. Blythe for horse stealing
Date: August 19 - 21, 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. A. E. Blythe for horse stealing. Blythe was accused of stealing a horse from an unknown party on July 21, 1858 in the Cherokee Neutral lands, an area in the southeast corner of the Kansas Territory. An arrest warrant for Blythe was issued on August 21, 1858 by Judge Joseph Williams of the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District. (See item 444794 for more information)


United States versus Andrew Delf for settling on Miami Lands

United States versus Andrew Delf for settling on Miami Lands
Date: 1858 - 1860
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Andrew Delf. Delf was accused of settling on lands that belonged to the Miami Tribe on January 8, 1858 in the Kansas Territory. During the mid-19th century, the Miami Lands were located in Lykins (present-day Miami) and Linn counties. Delf was indicted by the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory during the October court term of 1858.


United States versus Belt Beshear (Basheer) for taking Indian property

United States versus Belt Beshear (Basheer) for taking Indian property
Date: 1859-1860
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Belt Beshear (Basheer) for taking Indian property. Beshear was accused of cutting down and taking trees from Miami tribal land in the Kansas Territory between January 1 and May of 1859. Beshear was indicted by the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District during the May term of 1859. In the mid-19th century, The Miami tribal lands were located in Lykins (present day Miami) and Linn counties. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that were promised permanent lands in Kansas following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


United States versus Belt Brashear for taking Indian property

United States versus Belt Brashear for taking Indian property
Date: May 1860
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Belt Brashear. Brashear was accused of stealing nails worth two hundred dollars on March 1, 1860 from Miami tribal lands in the Kansas Territory. During the mid-19th century, the Miami tribal lands in the Kansas were located in Lykins (now Miami) and Linn counties. Brashear was indicted during the May term of the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, Third District, in Fort Scott.


United States versus Benjamin F. Dare for robbing U S mail

United States versus Benjamin F. Dare for robbing U S mail
Date: 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Benjamin F. Dare for robbery. Dare was accused of stealing a letter for Lucian F. Crist containing three hundred dollars while acting as a deputy postmaster on April 18, 1859 in Olathe, Kansas Territory. The theft was reported by Olathe Postmaster Simon F. Hill. Dare was arrested and released on bond May 2, 1859.


United States versus Benjamin F. Dare, Simon F. Hill for forfeited recognizance

United States versus Benjamin F. Dare, Simon F. Hill for forfeited recognizance
Date: 1859 - 1860
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Benjamin F. Dare and Simon F. Hill. Dare was arrested for stealing United States mail in Johnson County, Kansas Territory and released on recognizance, or bail bond, on May 2, 1859, with Simon F. Hill acting as a secondary party. Dare did not attend the Third District Court during the November term of 1859 for his trial, thus forfeiting the recognizance.


United States versus Burnett Cosbey for contempt

United States versus Burnett Cosbey for contempt
Date: October 9, 1858
This bench warrant for Burnett Cosbey was issued on October 19, 1858 by the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory in Fort Scott. The writ orders Cosbey to be brought immediately before the court to answer for the charge of contempt. The writ was returned by the U. S. marshal unserved.


United States versus Cain and John Riggs for forfeited recognizance

United States versus Cain and John Riggs for forfeited recognizance
Date: May 22, 1860
This writ of scire facias was issued by the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory to Cain (first name unknown) and John Riggs on May 22, 1860. Cain had been previously arrested for the crime of larceny on Native American land and released on bond, or recognizance, with John Riggs listed as secondary party. The writ states Cain failed to appear for his trial during the May court term of 1860, thus breaking the conditions of the bond. The writ orders Cain and Riggs to appear in court and explain why a final judgement should not be made against them.


United States versus C. Cox for larceny

United States versus C. Cox for larceny
Date: August 21, 1858
This subpoena, affidavit, and arrest warrant relate to the case of the United States vs. C. Cox for larceny. Cox and associate A. E. Blythe were accused of stealing a horse from Lewis Mogria (Moggrie), a member of the Osage tribe, in July of 1858 in southeast Kansas Territory. Lafayette Shamblin swore in an affidavit before Judge Joseph Williams that he knew of Cox's intention to steal the horse and witnessed Cox and Blythe in possession of the horse. Cox was arrested on August 25, 1858. (See items #444794 and #444795 for more information)


United States versus David Chalfin for taking Indian property

United States versus David Chalfin for taking Indian property
Date: December 2, 1859; April 19, 1860
These two writs of arrest relate to the charge against David Chalfin for taking Native American property in 1859 in the Kansas Territory. The writs were issued by the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase of settlers led to conflict with indigenous American tribes relocated to the area by the United States government.


United States versus David Downing for harboring a horse thief

United States versus David Downing for harboring a horse thief
Date: 1858
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States versus David Downing. Downing was accused of harboring horse thief A. E. Blythe on July 1, 1858 within the Cherokee Neutral Lands, present-day Crawford and Cherokee counties, in the Kansas Territory. According to witness Lafayette Shamblin, Downing hid Blythe in a thicket near the Spring River. Downing was arrested on August 26, 1858.


United States versus David R. Chalfont for taking Indian property

United States versus David R. Chalfont for taking Indian property
Date: May 1860
This bill of indictment relates to the case of the United States vs. David R. Chalfont for taking timbers and building supplies from the Miami tribe from April 1, 1859 to May 1859 from Miami land in the Kansas Territory. Chalfont was indicted during the May 1860 term of the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District. During the mid-19th century, the Miami tribal lands in the Kansas were located in Lykins (now Miami) and Linn counties.


United States versus George Cain, Harrison Tanksley for grand larceny

United States versus George Cain, Harrison Tanksley for grand larceny
Date: 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. George Cain and Harrison Tanksley for grand larceny. In an affidavit sworn before Commissioner Benjamin Brantley, J. C. Hinkley accuses Cain and Tanksley of stealing a steer from Noah Titus on July 20, 1859 in the Cherokee Neutral Lands in the southeast corner of the Kansas Territory. Cain and Harrison were released on bond August 6, 1859.


United States versus George Cardwell for larceny

United States versus George Cardwell for larceny
Date: September 29, 1859
This arrest warrant was issued for George Cardwell on September 29, 1859 by the Third District Court in Fort Scott, Kansas Territory. The warrant states Gabriel J. Endicott accuses Cardwell of larceny. Cardwell was arrested by U. S. Marshal Philip J. Colby on September 29, 1859.


United States versus George Cress for taking Indian property

United States versus George Cress for taking Indian property
Date: December 1859
This bench warrant and indictment relate to the case of the United States vs. George Cress. Cress was accused of cutting town and taking trees in November and December of 1859 from the land of the Ottawa Tribe in the Kansas Territory. Cress was indicted by the Third District Court at a special term in December 1859. After the Indian Removal Act of 1830, two branches of the Ottawa tribe were relocated to 72,000 acres centered around the present-day town of Ottawa, KS.


United States versus Henry Beck for taking Indian property

United States versus Henry Beck for taking Indian property
Date: crime January 1- May 1859; indictment May 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Henry Beck for taking Indian property. Beck was accused of cutting down and taking trees worth five hundred dollars between January 1 and May of 1859 on land belonging to the Miami tribe in Lykins County (now Miami County), Kansas Territory. Beck was indicted by the United States District Court of the Kansas Territory, Third District during the May term of 1859. He was arrested and released on bond on December 15, 1859. During the Kansas territorial period, the increase in settlers led to conflict with tribes that were promised permanent lands in Kansas following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


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