<October 30 Hauns Mill
Massacre> was 18 or 19 whose names as far as I recollect, were
as follows: , Levi
<-[N.]-> Merrick Elias Benner, Josiah
Fuller, Benjamin Lewis, Alexander Campbell, ,
Sardius Smith -[aged 12 years]-,
George S. Richards Mr.
-[William]- Napier, Mr.
-[Austin]- <Augestin> -[Augtistie]- Harmer, Mr.
-[Simon]- Cox, Mr.
, Mr. , Chas.
Merrick -[a boy eight or nine years old]- -[John Lee, John Byers,]- and three
or four others, whose names I do not recollect as they were
strangers to me. Among the wounded who recovered were
Isaac Laney, Nathan K. Knight, Mr. -[William]- Yokum, two
brothers by the name of and
George]- Myers, , Mr.
, and several others
(Jacob Foutz, -[Jacob
Potts, Charles Jimison,
John Walker, Alma Smith
aged about 9 years old]- Miss Mary Stedwell while fleeing was shot thorough the hand, and fainting,
fell over a log, into which they shot upwards of twenty balls. To
finish their work of destruction this band of murderers composed of men
Counties, led by some of the principal men of that section of the
Upper Country, (among whom I am informed were Mr. Ashby of , member of the
State Legislature, Col. Jennings, of
, Thomas O.
Bryon, Clerk of , Mr.
Randall, and many others) proceeded to rob the houses,
waggons and tents, of bedding and clothing, drove off horses and
waggons, leaving widows and orphans destitute of the necessaries
of life, and even stripped the clothing from the bodies of the slain!
According to their own account, they fired
seven rounds in this awful butchery, making upwards of sixteen
hundred shots at a little company of men, about thirty in number.
I hereby certify the above to be a true statement of facts
according to the best of my knowledge. .
State of Illinois, County of
— ss— I hereby certify that this day came before me and made oath in
due form of law that the Statements contained in the foregoing
sheets are true according to the best of his knowledge and belief.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the
seal of the Circuit Court at this fourth day of
June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty
nine— C. M. Woods— Clerk Circuit
-[a younger brother of the
Boy here killed, aged eight, was shot through the hip. The little
fellow states, that seeing his Father and brother both killed, he
thought they would shoot him again if he stirred, and so feigned
himself dead, and lay perfectly still, till he heard his mother
call him after dark.]-
Nathan K. Knight saw a Missourian cut down with a Corn Cutter and
also saw them stripping the dying, and heard the boys crying for
mercy— Brother Knight made his escape across the
Mill dam after receiving his wounds through his lungs and finger—
After the Massacre was over he was led to a house by a woman and
whilst lying under his wounds he heard Mr. <Jesse> Maupin say that he blew
one of the boys brains out, and one day whilst walking the Streets
at , he was met by three Missourians who threatened to
butcher him, and one of them by the name of
Rogers drew a Butcher Knife, and said
“that he had not got his Corn Cutter with him, that he cut down
but by Jesus I have got something that will do as well;” but by
great chance he made his escape from the Ruffian—
withdrew from the army at
as soon as the ’s exterminating order
was received, although up to this time we were ignorant at
of the movements of the Mob at
and the ’s order of extirmination—
On the Thirtieth of October a large company of
armed Soldiery were seen approaching . They came up near to the Town and then drew
back about a mile and encamped for the night. We were informed that
they were Militia, ordered out by the for the purpose of
stopping our proceedings it having been represented to his
Excellency by wicked and designing Men from , that we were the
aggressors, and had committed outrages in &c They had not
yet got the ’s order of extermination, which I believe did not arrive until the next
day— [p. 847]