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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

August by the committee from Ray

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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, and as are named in the document presented this meeting purporting to be the preamble and resolutions of the Citizens of Ray

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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— Resolved third that whereas the document referred to has no date or signature, that our Committee judge of the fact and act accordingly— Resolved fourth that our committee report their proceedings to this meeting as soon as possible— Geo. W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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— Secretary— Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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— Chairman.
Camp Elder Dominicus Carter’s little daughter Sarah died in the Camp.

12 August 1838 • Sunday

12 Sunday 12— I continued with the brethren at the Forks of Grand River

Area also known as Three Forks due to confluence of west, middle, and east forks of Grand River. Located about thirty miles northwest of Adam-ondi-Ahman, Missouri. Area settled, 1834. Some Saints, including many Canadian Saints, initially settled there against...

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, offering such Council as their Situation required.
Camp The Camp held a public meeting as was common with them on the Sabbath. Another Camp consisting of Saints from Canada

In late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Canada referred to British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 10 Feb. 1841. Boundaries corresponded roughly to present-day Ontario (Upper...

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was in the vicinity, led my Elder John E. Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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who preached to the Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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camp in the afternoon.

13 August 1838 • Monday

13 Returned to Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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Monday 13 I returned with my Council to Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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— We were chased by some evil designing men ten or twelve miles but we eluded their grasp. When within about eight miles of home we met some brethren who had come to inform us that a Writ had been issued by Judge Austin A. King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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for my arrest, and that of Lyman Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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, for attempting to defend our rights against the Mob.
Camp. The Camp as a body were not united, and did not improve their time and labor as they ought; some were faithful. In the evening, they were instructed in all meekness, forbearance and love but in great faithfulness by Elders Zera Pulsipher and Elias Smith.

14–15 August 1838 • Tuesday–Wednesday

14 14.th & 15.th. I spent principally at home, engaged in Domestic affairs.

16 August 1838 • Thursday

16. Writ to arrest Joseph Thursday 16 I spent principally at home— The Sheriff of Daviess

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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accompanied by Judge Josiah Morin

8 Jan. 1791–25/26 Oct. 1885. Farmer, merchant, judge. Born at Bourbon Co., Virginia (later in Kentucky). Son of John Morin and Sarah Fishback. Served in War of 1812. Married first Mary Shipp, 4 July 1815, in Kentucky. Wife died. Married second Harriet Barnet...

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, called and notified me that he had a writ for to take me to Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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on trial for visiting that County on the seventh instant— It had been currently reported that I would not be apprehended by legal process, and that I would not submit to the laws of the Land, but I told the Sheriff that I calculate always to submit to the laws of our Country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, but I wished to be tried in my own County

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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as the citizens of Daviess

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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were highly— exasperated at me, and that the laws of the Country gave me this privilege. Upon hearing this, the Sheriff declined serving the Writ, and said he would go to Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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and see Judge [Austin A.] King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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on the subject. I told him I would remain at home until his return— The Sheriff returned from Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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and found me at home (where I had remained during his absence) and informed me very gravely that I was out of his jurisdiction and that he could not act in Caldwell

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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, and retired.
Camp Some of the brethren passed on from the Camp, to work on another job near Dayton.— .

17 August 1838 • Friday

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18 August 1838 • Saturday

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19 August 1838 • Sunday

19 Sunday 19th. Elder Joel Johnson

23 Mar. 1802–24 Sept. 1882. Miller, farmer, merchant. Born at Grafton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ezekiel Johnson and Julia Hills. Moved to Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, 1813. Moved to Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York, 1815. Baptized into Baptist...

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preached to the camp in the morning and the Sacrament was administered in the PM. by Elders Johnson

23 Mar. 1802–24 Sept. 1882. Miller, farmer, merchant. Born at Grafton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ezekiel Johnson and Julia Hills. Moved to Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, 1813. Moved to Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York, 1815. Baptized into Baptist...

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and [Jonathan H.] Hale.

20 August 1838 • Monday

20 Monday 20 th. Elders Nathan K. Knights [Knight] and George Brooks having previously been cut off. left the Camp with their families— In the evening one of the Children of the Camp was seized by an evil Spirit, which drew the child’s face quite out of shape and produced great suffering. The Elders rebuked the Spirit and it departed. This evening Elder Willey was taken sick, he had laid his hands on his Child and rebuked an Evil Spirit which left the child and entered into him. The Elders gathered [p. 815]
<August> by the committee from Ray

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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, and as are named in the document presented this meeting purporting  to be the preamble and resolutions of the Citizens of Ray

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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— Resolved third that whereas the document  referred to has no date or signature, that our Committee judge of the fact and act accordingly—  Resolved fourth that our committee report their proceedings to this meeting as soon as possible—  Geo. W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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— Secretary— Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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— Chairman.
<Camp> Elder Dominicus Carter’s little daughter Sarah died in the Camp.

12 August 1838 • Sunday

<12> Sunday 12— I continued with the brethren at the Forks of Grand River

Area also known as Three Forks due to confluence of west, middle, and east forks of Grand River. Located about thirty miles northwest of Adam-ondi-Ahman, Missouri. Area settled, 1834. Some Saints, including many Canadian Saints, initially settled there against...

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, offering such Council  as their Situation required.
<Camp> The Camp held a public meeting as was common with them on the Sabbath. Another Camp  consisting of Saints from Canada

In late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Canada referred to British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 10 Feb. 1841. Boundaries corresponded roughly to present-day Ontario (Upper...

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was in the vicinity, led my Elder John E. Page

25 Feb. 1799–14 Oct. 1867. Born at Trenton, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Ebenezer Page and Rachel Hill. Married first Betsey Thompson, 1831, in Huron Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church by Emer Harris, 18 Aug. 1833, at Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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who preached  to the Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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camp in the afternoon.

13 August 1838 • Monday

<13  Returned to Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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> Monday 13 I returned with my Council to Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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— We were chased by some evil designing  men ten or twelve miles but we eluded their grasp. When within about eight miles of home  we met some brethren who had come to inform us that a Writ had been issued by Judge  [Austin A.] King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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for my arrest, and that of Lyman Wight

9 May 1796–31 Mar. 1858. Farmer. Born at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Levi Wight Jr. and Sarah Corbin. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton, 5 Jan. 1823, at Henrietta, Monroe Co., New York. Moved to Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, ...

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, for attempting to defend our rights against  the Mob.
<Camp.> The Camp continued to work on the Road and embankment but, as a body they were  not united, and did not improve their time and labor as they ought; some were faithful.  In the evening, they were called together and received precept upon precept— that they might  have no excuse, and were instructed in all meekness, forbearance and love but in great  faithfulness by Elders Zera Pulsipher and Elias Smith.

14–15 August 1838 • Tuesday–Wednesday

<14> 14.th & 15.th. I spent principally at home, engaged in Domestic affairs.

16 August 1838 • Thursday

<16.  Writ to arrest Joseph> Thursday 16 I spent principally at home— The Sheriff of Daviess

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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accompanied by Judge  [Josiah] Morin

8 Jan. 1791–25/26 Oct. 1885. Farmer, merchant, judge. Born at Bourbon Co., Virginia (later in Kentucky). Son of John Morin and Sarah Fishback. Served in War of 1812. Married first Mary Shipp, 4 July 1815, in Kentucky. Wife died. Married second Harriet Barnet...

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, called and notified me that he had a writ for to take me to Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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on trial  for visiting that County on the seventh instant— It had been currently reported that I would  not be apprehended by legal process, and that I would not submit to the laws of the Land,  but I told the Sheriff that I calculate always to submit to the laws of our Country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, but I  wished to be tried in my own County

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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as the citizens of Daviess

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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were highly—  exasperated at me, and that the laws of the Country gave me this privilege. Upon hearing  this, the Sheriff declined serving the Writ, and said he would go to Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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and see  Judge [Austin A.] King

21 Sept. 1802–22 Apr. 1870. Attorney, judge, politician, farmer. Born at Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of Walter King and Nancy Sevier. Married first Nancy Harris Roberts, 13 May 1828, at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. In 1830, moved to Missouri, where he...

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on the subject. I told him I would remain at home until his return—  The Sheriff returned from Richmond

Area settled, ca. 1814. Officially platted as Ray Co. seat, 1827. Population in 1840 about 500. Seat of Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri; also location of courthouse and jails. JS and about sixty other Mormon men were incarcerated here while awaiting...

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and found me at home (where I had remained  during his absence) and informed me very gravely that I was out of his jurisdiction and  that he could not act in Caldwell

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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, and retired.
<Camp> Some of the laborers <brethren> passed on from the Camp, to work on another job near Dayton.— Elder  Nathan K. Knight and family were cut off from the Camp by the Assistant Council— Elder  Nathan Baldwin was appointed Councillor pro tem in the absence of Elder Stringham.

17 August 1838 • Friday

<17.> Friday 17th. Elder [Nathan] Knight appealed to and was heard by the Council, who confirmed the decision  of the Assistant Council.

18 August 1838 • Saturday

<18> Saturday 18th. Elder George Brooks and family were cut off from the Camp, and brother Miller  and family left by advice and consent of the Council— Sister Higler’s child died in the Camp—

19 August 1838 • Sunday

<19> Sunday 19th. Elder Joel Johnson

23 Mar. 1802–24 Sept. 1882. Miller, farmer, merchant. Born at Grafton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ezekiel Johnson and Julia Hills. Moved to Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, 1813. Moved to Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York, 1815. Baptized into Baptist...

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preached <to the camp> in the morning and the Sacrament was administered  in the PM. by Elders Johnson

23 Mar. 1802–24 Sept. 1882. Miller, farmer, merchant. Born at Grafton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ezekiel Johnson and Julia Hills. Moved to Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, 1813. Moved to Pomfret, Chautauque Co., New York, 1815. Baptized into Baptist...

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and [Jonathan H.] Hale.

20 August 1838 • Monday

<20> Monday 20 th. Elders <Nathan K.> Knights [Knight] and <George> Brooks <having previously been cut off.> left the Camp with their families— In the evening  one of the Children of the Camp was seized by an evil Spirit, which drew the child’s face  quite out of shape and produced great suffering. The Elders rebuked the Spirit and it  departed. This evening Elder Willey was taken sick, he had laid his hands on his Child  and rebuked an Evil Spirit which left the child and entered into him. The Elders gathered [p. 815]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. B-1, created 1 Oct. 1843–24 Feb. 1845; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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and Thomas Bullock; 297 pages, plus 10 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the second volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This second volume covers the period from 1 September 1834 to 2 November 1838; the subsequent four volumes, labeled C-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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