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Introduction to Wright v. Rigdon et al.

Wright v. Rigdon, JS, Cowdery, Whitney, and Johnson
Geauga Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, circa 3 April 1838
 
Historical Introduction
On 3 October 1836, JS, , , , and signed two $500 promissory notes for unspecified goods or services provided by Justus Wright. The first note was due 1 May 1837, and the second was due 1 October 1837. On 11 October 1837, after default on both notes, Wright pursued legal action in the court of common pleas to collect the debt. Abel Kimball, sheriff of , arrested and in on 19 October and required them to enter into a $2,000 bail bond until they could arrange for special bail. This occurred five days later when , , , and offered a $3,000 surety for payment of the judgment if rendered against the defendants. Kimball did not find the other defendants within his jurisdiction because JS, , and had left for , Missouri, to oversee ecclesiastical affairs there. Wright’s complaint, filed 4 December 1837, appears to have multiple claims. One assessed $1,000 for the two notes, several for $1,200 each, and one for $1,500 damages. This was according to legal practice of the 1800s and actually represented the single claim of $1,000 for the two notes. The transcript of proceedings noted that the defendants failed to appear. As a result, the court awarded Wright $1,055.31 in damages, plus court costs.
 
Calendar of Documents
3 October 1836 Rigdon, Smith & Cowdery and Others, Promissory Note, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to Justus Wright–A
3 Oct. 1836. Not extant.
 
3 October 1836 Rigdon, Smith & Cowdery and Others, Promissory Note, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to Justus Wright–B
3 Oct. 1836. Not extant.
 
Wright v. Rigdon et al.
 
11 October 1837 Writ of Capias ad Respondendum, Chardon, OH, to Abel Kimball
11 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, p. 101, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
19 October 1837 Newel K. Whitney and John Johnson, Bail Bond, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
19 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
19 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
 
24 October 1837 Newel K. Whitney, John Johnson, Heman Hyde, and Jacob Bump, Recognizance, Chardon, OH
24 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, p. 101, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
Ca. 4 December 1837 Justus Wright, Declaration, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 4 Dec. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, pp. 101–103, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
Ca. 3 April 1838 Transcript of Proceedings, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, pp. 101–103, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot; possible signature of Van R. Humphrey.
 
Ca. 3 April 1838 Docket Entry, Case Costs, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; Court of Common Pleas, Execution Docket G, p. 328, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of David D. Aiken and Charles H. Foot.
Wright v. Rigdon, JS, Cowdery, Whitney, and Johnson
Geauga Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, circa 3 April 1838
 
Historical Introduction
On 3 October 1836, JS, , , , and signed two $500 promissory notes for unspecified goods or services provided by Justus Wright. The first note was due 1 May 1837, and the second was due 1 October 1837. On 11 October 1837, after default on both notes, Wright pursued legal action in the court of common pleas to collect the debt. Abel Kimball, sheriff of , arrested and in on 19 October and required them to enter into a $2,000 bail bond until they could arrange for special bail. This occurred five days later when , , , and offered a $3,000 surety for payment of the judgment if rendered against the defendants. Kimball did not find the other defendants within his jurisdiction because JS, , and had left for , Missouri, to oversee ecclesiastical affairs there. Wright’s complaint, filed 4 December 1837, appears to have multiple claims. One assessed $1,000 for the two notes, several for $1,200 each, and one for $1,500 damages. This was according to legal practice of the 1800s and actually represented the single claim of $1,000 for the two notes. The transcript of proceedings noted that the defendants failed to appear. As a result, the court awarded Wright $1,055.31 in damages, plus court costs.
 
Calendar of Documents
3 October 1836 Rigdon, Smith & Cowdery and Others, Promissory Note, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to Justus Wright–A
3 Oct. 1836. Not extant.
 
3 October 1836 Rigdon, Smith & Cowdery and Others, Promissory Note, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to Justus Wright–B
3 Oct. 1836. Not extant.
 
Wright v. Rigdon et al.
 
11 October 1837 Writ of Capias ad Respondendum, Chardon, OH, to Abel Kimball
11 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, p. 101, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
19 October 1837 Newel K. Whitney and John Johnson, Bail Bond, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH
19 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
19 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
 
24 October 1837 Newel K. Whitney, John Johnson, Heman Hyde, and Jacob Bump, Recognizance, Chardon, OH
24 Oct. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, p. 101, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
Ca. 4 December 1837 Justus Wright, Declaration, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 4 Dec. 1837. Not extant.
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; in Transcript of Proceedings, Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, pp. 101–103, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot.
 
Ca. 3 April 1838 Transcript of Proceedings, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; Court of Common Pleas Record, vol. V, pp. 101–103, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot; possible signature of Van R. Humphrey.
 
Ca. 3 April 1838 Docket Entry, Case Costs, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 3 Apr. 1838; Court of Common Pleas, Execution Docket G, p. 328, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of David D. Aiken and Charles H. Foot.