Introduction to State of Illinois v. Dayley and McMellin

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State of Illinois v. Dayley and McMellin
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 17 June 1843
Historical Introduction
On 13 June 1843, JS filed a complaint before , Illinois, justice of the peace , accusing Latter-day Saints and James McMellin of participating in a the previous day. Because the complaint is not extant, the nature of JS’s allegation against Dayley and McMellin remains unknown. Later in the day after filing the complaint, JS departed , Illinois, to visit relatives in , Illinois. Robinson issued a warrant for Dayley and McMellin, and they, along with James McBride, were arrested by deputy sheriff and brought before the justice of the peace on 17 June. Since JS was out of the county, he was unable to appear at the proceedings and the defendants “were discharged for want of evidence.”
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.


  1. 1

    Docket Entry, between ca. 13 and ca. 17 June 1843 [State of Illinois v. Dayley and McMellin].  

  2. 2

    JS, Journal, 13 June 1843.  

  3. 3

    Robinson’s docket entry names only Dayley and McMellin as defendants in the case information, but the body of the docket entry indicates that Parker also arrested McBride. As neither the complaint nor the warrant are extant, the allegations against McBride remain unknown.  

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    Docket Entry, between ca. 13 and ca. 17 June 1843 [State of Illinois v. Dayley and McMellin].