Oliver Cowdery docket book

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Oliver Cowdery docket book

Dates: 1837

Oliver Cowdery's Docket. Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio. June 14, 1837 to September 15, 1837. 370 pages typed and bound. Before cases are presented, the book contains a list of plaintiffs, list of defendants, table of judgments (in dollar amounts), list of individuals posting bail (with dollar amounts), and Causes of Action other than for Debt with page numbers. Most of the cases are about debt. This document covers the period during which Oliver Cowdery acted as Justice of the Peace in Kirtland, Ohio. The docket was later assigned to Frederick G. Williams and was used by Warren A. Cowdery until March 19, 1838. A list of parties to the cases after the Oliver Cowdery period is provided in Appendix A. The texts of a select number of these later cases are provided in Appendix B.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.10 linear feet)
  • Creator: Cowdery, Oliver
  • Call Number: MSS 4029
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Donor restricted; permission to photocopy or quote these materials must be obtained in advance from the Huntington Library.
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Location of Originals
The original docket is located in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Oliver Cowdery docket book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators. No photocopying permitted, for reference use only.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4029; Oliver Cowdery docket book; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4029, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transcribed from microfilm by David R. Bernard under the supervision of Professor John W. Welch of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. April 28, 1989. The original docket is located in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. This copy was donated in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1989.
Related Material
See also George Ranney justice of the peace docket book for Kirtland, Ohio, 1841-1843 (Vault MSS 788).
Subject Terms
Civil Procedure and Courts; Politics, Government, and Law; Kirtland (Ohio)--History--19th century; Justices of the peace--Ohio--Kirtland; Williams, Frederick G. (Frederick Granger), 1787-1842; Cowdery, Warren A., 1788-1851; Cowdery, Oliver
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts).
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Finding Aid Title
Cowdery (Oliver) docket book
Finding Aid Author
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-14 16:15:36 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Oliver Cowdery (1806-1850) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader, lawyer, and newspaper editor.

Oliver Cowdery was born October 3, 1806 in Wells, Vermont to William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. He took a position as a school teacher in Manchester, New York in 1829, where he met Joseph Smith. Later that year he helped with the translation the Book of Mormon in his role as scribe. He married Elizabeth Ann Whitmer (1815-1892) on December 18, 1832, and they had seven children. Cowdery was later excommunicated from the Church in 1838, and moved to Tiffin, Ohio where he practiced law and edited the local Democratic newspaper. However, in 1848 he returned to the Church and was rebaptized at Kanesville, Iowa on November 12th. Cowdery died on March 3, 1850 in Richmond, Missouri.

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