and purchases were making of their lands and crops (the land con sisted in pre-emption rights, as the land in that part of the had not as yet come into market) every day, and payment made until there was some twenty-five thousand dollars worth of property bought from the mob in improvements and crops. While these operations were going on, the mob would occasionally boast that when they had got payment for their lands and crops they would rise up and drive the Saints out and keep both their lands and their crops. They also sold a large quantity of hogs, some cattle and sheep and other pro perty. These threatenings were making continually, but the Saints did not, however, entertain any great fears of their doing so—but the sequel will show that their threats were real.
While the mob was operating thus, in , there were scattering families in other counties which had to suffer violence also at the hand of their neighbors. In a family by the name of Lathrop, who lived on a farm which they had purchased from a man by the name of James Weldon, was attacked, Mr. La throp was driven from home—his wife and some of his family were sick—after he was driven away one of his children died, and his wife was there alone and laying very sick; and there were twenty-five or thirty armed men around the house threatening her husband’s life, if he attempted to come home. In this situation Mrs. Lathrop lay with out attendance, surrounded by a body of armed ruffians; and while in this situation her child died, and her husband dare not return to com fort her. Her own situation at the time being delicate, and terrified by the mob, her condition was afflicting in the extreme. The mob took and buried her child. A body of armed men was sent by the authorities to relieve her—they arrived at the place and found the mob there, the most of whom fled at their approach. They took the woman and her goods and family which remained, and brought her off with them, with another family by the name of Jackson. Mr. Jackson had also been driven from his family. Mrs. Lathrop sur vived the abuse but a very short time. There were also scattering families of the saints in , and other counties, who were
severely threatened, and some left the country out of fear, at the sacrifice of much property.
We have already mentioned that after the mob had been turned into militia, and disbanded as such, they went to Carroll county to attack a settlement of the saints in that place. The mob in Corrill county began to assemble on the first of October, 1838. We are not able to state the precise day; but it was as early as the first week of the month. We will now leave the affairs of and the other counties to give an account of the settlement in Carroll; for the history of the others which remain is identified with the history of this settlement, and the things which befel it.
Some time in the last week in March, 1838, a man by the name of , who was a large proprietor in the town plat of , on the , arrived at . He was the bearer of a letter from a Mr. , who had been a merchant in Carroll ton, the county seat of Carroll county, but at the time he wrote this letter was living within a few miles of , having purchased a large tract of land at that place, say some fourteen hundred acres. [p. 27]