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Daviess County legal documents

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 846

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten court proceedings of cases tried in Daviess County and Boone County, Missouri. The trials relate to Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others being tried for treason; the trial of Parley P. Pratt (1807-1857), an apostle of the Church, for murder; testimony against Caleb Baldwin; and testimony against King Follet on charges of robbery. Dated 1839.


  • 1839


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 Daviess County (Mo.) legal documents must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

The Daviess County, Missouri, court is a civil court based in Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri.

Daviess County was established in 1836, and was settled largely by Mormons in 1838 after they were forced out of Jackson and Clay Counties to the south. Joseph Smith and other early Mormon Church leaders were charged with several crimes during their stay in the county from 1838-1839, and many of these trials took place in the Daviess County court.


4 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Custodial history of collection is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition is unknown.


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

Processing Information

Record updated for DACS compliance; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Register of Daviess County (Mo.) legal documents
Amy Perez
2011 March 30
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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States