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Oliver Cowdery docket book

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Identifier: MSS 4029

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.


  • 1837


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted; permission to photocopy or quote these materials must be obtained in advance from the Huntington Library.

Conditions Governing Use

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

No photocopying permitted, for reference use only.

Biographical History

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.

Custodial History

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

Donated; 1989.


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.

Related Materials

See also George Ranney justice of the peace docket book for Kirtland, Ohio, 1841-1843 (Vault MSS 788).

Register of Oliver Cowdery docket book
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States