Warrant, 21 October 1833

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  • Historical Introduction

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Jany 31st. 1834 x
State of OhioTo Constable of the Township Greeting
We the overseeers of the Poor of the Township of — Command you to warn the following persons to depart the Township immediately Viz—
& family
Lewis Robbins
Hiram Stratton x
Lucinda Bigelow & family
& family x
& family x
& family
Almon Shermon [Sherman] & family
Wm. B. Hollis—
& family x
Joseph Smith Jr & family x
& family x
& family x
Joseph Wood & family
& family x
& family
& family
Latten Seeley & family
Alexander— Whiteside
Given under our hands this 21st day of Octr 1833—
)overseer of the Poor—
Which warrant was returneded with the following endorsement to wit.
Served on Lucinda Bigelow [p. 114] Almon Shermon Wm. R Hollis Joseph Smith Jr Latten Seeley Alexander Whitesides. by reading in their presence or leaveing a Copy at their places of abode
Lewis Rolbins. . Joseph Wood & family Hiram Stratton. & family are not residing in Town—
Fees $1.60 Constable
Travel .40
I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original—
O[liver] A. Crary T Clk [p. 115]


  1. 1

    This date marks when the recorder copied the information from the completed warrant into the town record, not the date the warrant for JS and others was initially issued.  

  2. 2

    Barker was later listed among the “names of those who were blessed in consequence of their working on the House of the Lord in Kirtland and those also who consecrated to its upbuilding.” (Minute Book 1, 7–8 Mar. 1835.)  

  3. 3

    Robbins later participated in the Camp of Israel expedition in 1834. (Minute Book 1, 14–15 Feb. 1835.)  

  4. 4

    Stratton later participated in the Camp of Israel expedition in 1834. (Minute Book 1, 14–15 Feb. 1835.)  

  5. 5

    It is uncertain when Bigelow joined the church, but she was recognized as being a member “from near its first organization” in her obituary published in the June 1834 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star. She died on 8 June 1834 at the age of forty-four. Her obituary reads, “She has been a worthy member of the church of the Latter Day Saints from near its first organization, during which she has maintained a circumspect and pious walk before all, and has now gone to the enjoyment of those who ‘rest from their labors, while their works follow them.’ She has left a large family of children, some young, to mourn the loss of a tender mother. ‘My flesh shall rest in hope!’” (Obituary for Lucinda Bigalow, The Evening and the Morning Star, June 1834, 167, italics in original.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  6. 6

    Lyman Sherman assisted in laying the cornerstones of the House of the Lord in Kirtland in June 1834. (Johnson, “A Life Review,” 11.)  

    Johnson, Benjamin Franklin. “A Life Review,” after 1893. Benjamin Franklin Johnson, Papers, 1852–1911. CHL. MS 1289 box 1, fd. 1.

  7. 7

    In August 1834, Almon Sherman was listed among the participants in a church conference. (Minute Book 1, 23 Aug. 1834.)  

  8. 8

    Wood and a William Pratt returned to Kirtland in early 1833 from serving a mission. They were instructed by a 19 March 1833 conference to again “journey together to the east after settling their business.” (Minute Book 1, 19 Mar. 1833.)  

  9. 9

    Harriet Howe was the sister of Eber D. Howe, the anti-Mormon newspaper editor of the Painesville Telegraph. She was baptized into the Church of Christ in 1832.  

  10. 10

    Whiteside was probably already a member of the Church of Christ by this time. A few months after this warrant was issued, he donated money for the Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri. By May 1835 he was listed as a seventy in Minute Book 1. (Account with the Church of Christ, ca. 11–29 Aug. 1834; Minute Book 1, 2 May 1835.)  

  11. 11

    Cottrell owned land in section 8 of Kirtland Township, which was near the Mormon landholdings to the west. He was at least somewhat familiar with prominent Mormon leader Sidney Rigdon, as Rigdon had officiated at Cottrell’s marriage to Matilda Otis in 1827, three years before Rigdon joined the Church of Christ. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 13, p. 504, 25 Mar. 1830, microfilm 20,235, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; “The Story of Sidney Rigdon and the Book of Mormon,” Saints’ Herald, 14 Nov. 1894; see also the illustration of church landholdings in Kirtland.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

    Saints’ Herald. Independence, MO. 1860–.

  12. 12

    Ohio law explicitly directed that constables were to warn an individual out of the township “by reading said warrant or order of the overseers in his or her presence and hearing, or by leaving an attested copy thereof at his or her last place of residence.” (An Act for the Relief of the Poor [19 Feb. 1810], Statutes of Ohio, vol. 1, chap. 234, p. 696, sec. 4.)  

    The Statutes of Ohio and of the Northwestern Territory, Adopted or Enacted from 1788 to 1833 Inclusive: Together with the Ordinance of 1787; the Constitutions of Ohio and of the United States, and Various Public Instruments and Acts of Congress: Illustrated by a Preliminary Sketch of the History of Ohio; Numerous References and Notes, and Copious Indexes. 3 vols. Edited by Salmon P. Chase. Cincinnati: Corey and Fairbank, 1833–1835.