Oliver Cowdery docket book
Scope and Contents
Oliver Cowdery's Docket. Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio. June 14, 1837 to September 15, 1837. 370 pages typed and bound. Before cases are presented, the book contains a list of plaintiffs, list of defendants, table of judgments (in dollar amounts), list of individuals posting bail (with dollar amounts), and Causes of Action other than for Debt with page numbers. Most of the cases are about debt.
This document covers the period during which Oliver Cowdery acted as Justice of the Peace in Kirtland, Ohio. The docket was later assigned to Frederick G. Williams and was used by Warren A. Cowdery until March 19, 1838. A list of parties to the cases after the Oliver Cowdery period is provided in Appendix A. The texts of a select number of these later cases are provided in Appendix B.
- Cowdery, Oliver (Person)
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Oliver Cowdery (1806-1850) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader, lawyer, and newspaper editor.
Oliver Cowdery was born October 3, 1806 in Wells, Vermont to William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. He took a position as a school teacher in Manchester, New York in 1829, where he met Joseph Smith. Later that year he helped with the translation the Book of Mormon in his role as scribe. He married Elizabeth Ann Whitmer (1815-1892) on December 18, 1832, and they had seven children. Cowdery was later excommunicated from the Church in 1838, and moved to Tiffin, Ohio where he practiced law and edited the local Democratic newspaper. However, in 1848 he returned to the Church and was rebaptized at Kanesville, Iowa on November 12th. Cowdery died on March 3, 1850 in Richmond, Missouri.
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Language of Materials
The account docket book of Oliver Cowdery from Kirtland, Ohio, 1837.
Transcribed from microfilm by David R. Bernard under the supervision of Professor John W. Welch of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. April 28, 1989. The original docket is located in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. This copy was donated in 1989.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts).
Existence and Location of Originals
The original docket is located in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.