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Mormon redress petitions : documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri conflict

edited by Clark V. Johnson
Johnson, Clark V. (Main Author)
Books/Monographs/Book with Fiche
English
Provo, Utah : Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, c1992
xxxvii, 830 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., facsims., maps.
0884948501

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Includes indexes.

Contains typescripts of affidavits, petitions, letters and other documents concerning redress for Missouri losses in Jackson, Clay, Ray, Carroll, Caldwell and Davies counties.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began settling in Missouri in 1831. The original place of settlement was Jackson County, on the western border of the state. As early as 1832 trouble arose between the Latter-day Saints and their Missouri neighbors. In 1833 mobs drove the members of the Church from Jackson County and into the neighboring counties of Clay and Ray and further north into what eventually became Caldwell and Davies Counties. The Latter-day Saints again built communities and planted crops. By 1836, mobs again began to molest the Latter-day Saint communities. The members of the Church living in the counties of Ray and Clay were again forced to flee their homes and joined other members of the Church living in Caldwell and Davies Counties. The respite, however, was short lived as persecution and mob violence came to a head in the summer and fall of 1838. Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saint leaders were placed in Liberty Jail while the body of the Church was forced to flee the state to Iowa Territory and the State of Illinois. As early as 1839 members of the Church who had been forced to flee Missouri began preparing affidavits and petitioning for compensation for their losses and suffering at the hands of the Missourians.

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