Transcript of Proceedings, circa 10 June 1837 [State of Ohio v. JS for Threatening to Take Life]

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Document Transcript

Pleas before the Court of Common Pleas within and for the County of and State of at a term of said Court begun and held at the court house in , on the fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven.
The State of on complaint of ) Recognizance to keep the Peace.
Joseph Smith Junior)
Be it remembered, that at this term of said court, that is to say, at the term thereof firs <​above​> written, Edward Flint Esq. a Justice of the Peace within and for the township of in said county of , certified and sent to the of said Court, a transcript from his docket, in the words and figures following to wit:
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“The State of )
Joseph Smith Jr.)
, Geauga County, Ohio.— Justices Court— On the complaint of made before me, April 13th. 1837, that he had just cause to fear & did fear, that Joseph Smith Jr. would kill him or procure other persons to do it, warrant issued for said Smith same day & returned by George Lockwood Const. with deft. in court May 30th. 1837 & not being ready on part of the defendant this cause was continued until June 3d. 1837, deft in the custody of the Const. at which time deft was again returned by said const. & , , , , , , Quartus Clark, , , & were sworn & part of them examined on part of the , & , Lora [Lory] Holmes, , Jonathan Herrington, , , , Abner Balster [Bolster], & were sworn & examined on part of the deft— And after hearing the testimony & allegations of the parties in said case, deft. was recognized in the sum of five hundred dollars for his appearance to the next court of Common Pleas of said on the first day of the term thereof & in the mean time to keep the peace & be of good behaviour generally & especially towards the in this suit— & , & were recognized in the sum of $50.00 each as wit[nesse]s. in said case—Before me June 3d 1837. Edward Flint Justice of the Peace. , , , , , , , were in attendance as witnesses 1[s]t day made Sat[isfaction]—
The State of Ohio)
ss. [scilicet])
I do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true & correct transcript of the proceedings as had before me & recorded on my docket in said case. Given under my hand & seal at June 3d. 1837. Edward Flint Justice of the Peace L.S.”
And thereupon the Court having heard the evidence adduced, are of opinion that the had no cause to fear as set forth in his said complaint— It is therefore adjudged by the court, that the said Joseph Smith Junior be discharged, and go thereof without day—at the costs of the taxed at [blank]
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    TEXT: “L.S.” (locus sigilli, Latin for “location of the seal”) enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    Signature presumably of Van R. Humphrey.