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Circuit court summons

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8405

Scope and Contents

Original court summons issued by the State of Illinois, Hancock County to Joseph Smith Jr. and John P. Greene to appear at the Hancock County Circuit Court before May 1844 in order to address the complaint of Orsemus F. Bostwick for trespass to damage in the amount of two hundred dollars. The summons was signed by J. B. Backenstos, clerk of the circuit court. Dated March 4, 1844.


  • 1844 March 4


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Circuit court summons must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Circuit Court of Hancock County, Illinois was first established in 1832 and is the ninth judicial Circuit Court in Ililnois.

The Hancock County Circuit Court was named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was first established in 1832, seven years after Illinois became a state. The first county courthouse was at Montebello, on the banks of the Mississippi River, but was not occupied for long. In 1833, Carthage became the county seat and the first courthouse for Hancock County Circuit Court was built in Carthage, Illinois.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Robert G. Hayman on December 9, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Robert G. Hayman; December 9, 1988.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Circuit court summons
Zoë Brimhall
2014 March 06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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