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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.


Map of Eastern Kansas

Map of Eastern Kansas
Creator: Jewett, J.P. & Company
Date: 1856
A map of Eastern Kansas by E.B. Whitman and A.D. Searl, General Land Agents, Lawrence, Kansas. The map illustrates a portion of Eastern Kansas which depicts trading posts, post offices, missions, government forts, Indian villages, roads, trails and Indian boundaries. The Indian boundaries that are featured included: the Kickappo, Pottawatomie, Kansa, Sax and Fox, Shawnee, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Iowa, Delaware, Wyandotte, Piankashaw, and the Wea. The map includes illustrations of the Eldridge House in Lawrence and the Constitution Hall in Topeka. The land discussed above was originally given to Native Americans following the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830.


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 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 Bitterman for selling liquor to the Indians

United States versus Bitterman for selling liquor to the Indians
Date: November 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. Bitterman (first name unknown) for selling liquor to members of the Miami tribe in November of 1859 on Miami tribal lands in the Kansas territory. The documents include three indictments for Bitterman issued by the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District during the November court term. In the mid-19th century, The Miami tribal lands in the Kansas Territory were located in Lykins (present day Miami) and Linn counties.


United States versus Carlton Douglass for selling liquor to the Miami

United States versus Carlton Douglass for selling liquor to the Miami
Date: 1859
These legal documents, including an indictment and arrest warrants, relate to the case of the United States versus Carlton Douglass. Douglass was accused of selling liquor to Thomas Lafontaine, a member of the Miami Tribe, on November 20, 1859 on Miami Tribal Land in the Kansas Territory. Douglass was arrested on December 12, 1859 by Marshal Philip J. Colby. In the mid-19th century, the Miami Nation was relocated to a reservation in Lykins (present-day Miami) and Linn Counties in Kansas and later to Oklahoma.


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 Bookey for selling liquor to Indians

United States versus George Bookey for selling liquor to Indians
Date: November 1859
This indictment relates to the case of the United States vs. George Bookey for selling liquor to John Buryea, a member of the Miami tribe, on November 1, 1859 on the Miami tribal lands in the Kansas Territory. The indictment was issued during the November term of 1859 by the U. S. District Court for the Kansas Territory, Third District, in Fort Scott. During the mid-19th century, the Miami lands were located in Lykins (now Miami) and Linn counties.


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.


United States versus Henry Devillers for settling on Indian lands

United States versus Henry Devillers for settling on Indian lands
Date: November 29, 1859
This legal petition was filed against Henry DeVillers by District Attorney Alson C. Davis for the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory. The petiton accuses DeVillers of surveying lands for settlement on November 1, 1859 that belonged to the Miami Tribe in Linn County, Kansas Territory. Davis demands a judgement of one thousand dollars, citing the Nonintercourse Act passed on June 30, 1834.


United States versus James Cromley and James Jones for taking Indian property

United States versus James Cromley and James Jones for taking Indian property
Date: 1859
This arrest warrant and indictment relate to the 1859 case of the United States vs. James Cromley and James Jones. Cromley and Jones are accused of stealing one hog from Matachoshe, also known as Jim, a member of the Miami Tribe, on January 10, 1859 in Lykins County, Kansas Territory. Cromley and Jones were indicted by the Third District Court during the May term of 1859.


United States versus James Cromley for taking Indian property

United States versus James Cromley for taking Indian property
Date: April 19, 1860 - May 17, 1860
This arrest warrant and indictment relate to the 1860 case of the United States vs. James Cromley. Cromley was accused of stealing three sorrel horses from William Honeywell and Sallie Honeywell, the latter a member of the Miami Tribe, from Miami Tribal Land in Lykins County (present-day Miami County), Kansas Territory. The indictment for Cromley by the Third District Court was filed on May 17, 1860.


United States versus James L. Cox for settling on Indian land

United States versus James L. Cox for settling on Indian land
Date: 1858 - 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. James L. Cox for settling on Miami tribal land. Cox was twice accused of settling on Miami land in Linn County, Kansas Territory on January 10, 1858 and January 1, 1859. The jury found Cox not guilty during the October court term of 1858 of the Third District Court. District Attorney Alson C. Davis filed a petition on November 26, 1859 for a judgement of one thousand dollars.


United States versus Jesse Donahue (Donahoo) for settling on Miami Land

United States versus Jesse Donahue (Donahoo) for settling on Miami Land
Date: 1860
This summons and petition relate to the case of the United States versus Jesse Donahue (Donahoo) for settling on Miami Tribal Land in Linn County, Kansas Territory on January 1 of an unknown year, likely 1860. A petition filed by Kansas Attorney General Alson C. Davis states Donahue is being sued for one thousand dollars. In the mid-19th century, the Miami Nation was relocated to a reservation in Lykins (present-day Miami) and Linn Counties in Kansas and later to Oklahoma.


United States versus Jesse Donohoo for settling on Indian land

United States versus Jesse Donohoo for settling on Indian land
Date: December 1 - 3, 1859
This summons and petition relate to the case of the United States versus Jesse Donahoo (Donaho) for settling on Miami Tribal Land in Lykins County, Kansas Territory on November 1, 1857. A petition filed by Kansas Attorney General Alson C. Davis states Donahoo is being sued for one thousand dollars. In the mid-19th century, the Miami Nation was relocated to a reservation in Lykins (present-day Miami) and Linn Counties in Kansas and later to Oklahoma.


United States versus John Ballard for giving liquor to Indians

United States versus John Ballard for giving liquor to Indians
Date: crime September 11, 1858; indictment October 1858
This case file contains an indictment and warrant related to the charge against John Ballard for giving liquor to an Indian on September 11, 1858 in Linn County, Kansas Territory. Ballard was indicted during the October term of the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory for providing a member of the Miami tribe with one glass of whiskey. A warrant for Ballard's arrest was issued on October 23, 1858 and returned unexecuted. In 1832, Congress passed an act making it illegal to sell alcohol on Native American lands.


United States versus John Ballard for introducing liquor into the Indian county

United States versus John Ballard for introducing liquor into the Indian county
Date: crime October 1, 1857; indictment October 1858
This case file contains an indictment and warrant related to the charge against John Ballard for introducing liquor into Indian country between October 1 and November 2, 1857 in Linn County, Kansas Territory. Ballard was indicted during the October term of the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory for providing the Miami tribe with whiskey, brandy, gin, and rum. A warrant for Ballard's arrest was issued on October 23, 1858 and returned unexecuted. In 1832, Congress passed an act making it illegal to sell alcohol on Native American lands.


United States versus John Ball for settling on Indian lands

United States versus John Ball for settling on Indian lands
Date: crime January 15, 1860
This petition and summons relate to the case against John Ball for settling on lands belonging to the Miami tribe on January 15, 1860 in Linn County, Kansas Territory. Ball was summoned to the Third District Court of the Kansas Territory to pay a fine of one thousand dollars. The summons was issued and delivered successfully in April of 1860. During the 1820s and 1830s, many Native American tribes were forcibly removed to lands west of the Mississippi River. When Kansas became a territory in 1854, the influx of settlers led to encroachment on lands promised to Native American tribes. At the time of this case, the Miami tribe inhabited land promised to them by the U.S. government in present day Miami and Linn counties.


United States versus John Bayles for taking Indian property

United States versus John Bayles for taking Indian property
Date: crime March to May, 1859; indictment May 1859
This case file contains an arrest warrant and indictment for John Bayles. Bayles was charged with taking trees and timber worth five hundred dollars from March 1 to May of 1859 from land belonging to the Miami tribe. During the mid-19th century, the Miami occupied land present-day Miami and Linn counties. Bayles was indicted for the crime by the U.S. District Court, Kansas Territory, Third District during the court's May term of 1859. An arrest warrant was issued for Bayles in December of 1859 and returned unexecuted. 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 John Bevins for taking Indian property

United States versus John Bevins for taking Indian property
Date: May - December 1859
This indictment and warrant relate to the case of the United States vs. John Bevins for taking Indian property. Bevins was accused of cutting down and taking trees from Miami tribal land in the Kansas Territory between February 1 and May of 1859. Bevins 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 John Brookins for settling on Indian lands

United States versus John Brookins for settling on Indian lands
Date: December 1, 1859; December 3, 1859
These legal documents relate to the case of the United States vs. John Brookins. The documents, issued by the U. S. District Court, Kansas Territory, Third District, accuse Brookins of settling on Miami tribal land in Linn County, Kansas Territory on November 1, 1859. In the mid-19th century, the Miami tribe was relocated by the government from land east of the Mississippi river to land in Lykins (present-day Miami) and Linn counties.


United States versus Parker Ball for settling on Indian lands

United States versus Parker Ball for settling on Indian lands
Date: crime November 1, 1857
This petition and summons relate to the case against Parker Ball for settling on lands belonging to the Miami tribe on November 1, 1857 in Linn County, Kansas Territory. A petition was issued against Ball for the sum of one thousand dollars by Attorney General of the Kansas Territory Alson C. Davis acting for the Third District Court on December 1, 1859, and a summons was delivered to Ball on December 9, 1859. When Kansas became a territory in 1854, the influx of settlers led to encroachment on lands promised to Native American tribes that had been forcibly relocated to the area. At the time of this case, the Miami tribe inhabited land promised to them by the U.S. government in present day Miami and Linn counties.


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