Introduction to Barker for the use of Bump v. JS and O. Cowdery
Barker for the use of Bump v. JS and O. Cowdery
Geauga Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, circa 24 October 1837
On 26 July 1837, through his attorneys and commenced litigation against JS and to reclaim an unpaid promissory note owed to Latter-day Saint . JS and Cowdery had become indebted to Barker on 7 July 1836 in the amount of $621.32. The promissory note they gave him was intended to be paid in money or land by 1 September 1836. At some point before 26 July 1837, the note was assigned to Bump and a balance of $214.34 remained unpaid. On 26 July, the Court of Common Pleas issued a capias for JS and Cowdery’s apprehension. Sheriff took JS into custody the next day as he and several other church leaders traveled through , Ohio, on a trip north to visit Latter-day Saints in . When Kimball took JS’s bail bond, Anson Cook and others signed the bond as sureties guaranteeing JS’s appearance at the next term of court. The debt was apparently satisfied before the October term, however, and the plaintiff discontinued the suit.
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with another court, that version is listed under both courts.
7 July 1836
JS and Oliver Cowdery, Promissory Note, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co., OH, to William Barker
Ca. 24 Oct. 1837; Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Execution Docket, vol. G, p. 213, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of David D. Aiken; notations in handwriting of David D. Aiken with signature of Abel Kimball.
Ca. 24 October 1837
Transcript of Proceedings, Chardon, Geauga Co., OH
Ca. 24 Oct. 1837; Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Common Pleas Record, vol. U, p. 237, Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon, OH; handwriting of Charles H. Foot; signature presumably of Van R. Humphrey.
Swan, Joseph R. The Practice in Civil Actions and Proceedings at Law, in Ohio, and Precedents in Pleading, with Practical Notes; together with the Forms of Process and Clerks’ Entries. 2 vols. Columbus: Isaac N. Whiting, 1845.
Bouvier, John. A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union; with References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law. 2 vols. Philadelphia: T. and J. W. Johnson, 1839.
Statutes of the State of Ohio, of a General Nature, in Force, December 7, 1840; Also, the Statutes of a General Nature, Passed by the General Assembly at Their Thirty-Ninth Session, Commencing December 7, 1840. Columbus, OH: Samuel Medary, 1841.