Greene County Archives Bulletin #18
Abstract of Circuit Court Records
of Greene County, Missouri

1840-1845


from the Greene County Archives and Records Center, Springfield, Missouri
with the kind permission of Robert Neumann, Archives Supervisor.


Transcribed from the original for the GCArchives by Daniel S. Kelley Transcribed and simplified from print for the Greene County USGW website by Megan Zurawicz, 1999.

The Greene County Archives books, as written, are an excellent reference, but extremely

verbose in old fashioned phrasing and legalese, and not well suited to webpages. I have extracted the core information here in more modern terms, and suggest you consult the originals for exact phrasing if you so desire.

* signifies a suspected error in the original.


March Term 1840
March dates

Officers of the Court:
Foster P. Wright, Judge Littleberry Hendrick, Circuit Atty Thomas Horn, Sheriff
Grand Jury Impanelled:
William Townsend, foreman
Jackson Langston Benjamin Johnston Allen Roberson
Charles Hatler Thomas Hayten William Guthry
Littleberry Webb Jesse Lewis Joseph Cannefax
Henry T. Duty Alphaeus Huff John Holcomb
Matthew Sims Thomas Coughfield Thomas Lake
William W. Mann William Gideon Thomas Hoggs



P=plaintiff; D=defendant



State of Missouri (P) vs Jesse Looney (D)

Indictment for wounding and disfiguring, etc.


Jury: Miles Carey, J. T. Morten, Robert W. Sims, Thomas Whitlock, George R. Rainey, H. C. Morrison, Peter Epperson, Daniel Beal, James Lee, Ephraim M. Massey, John W. Hancock, Peter Epperson*
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: $15 fine



State of Missouri (P) vs Ephraim M. Massey (P)*

Assault with intent to kill


Disposition: Continued until next term.



State of Missouri (P) vs Thomas Potter (D)

Indictment for not keeping road in repair


Disposition: Circuit Attorney drops prosecution; Court drops indictment; Defendant released.



State of Missouri (P) vs B. Harrison (D)

Indictment for assault with intent to kill


Disposition: General Continuance.



Chesley Cannefax reports he has delivered deed to NW quarter Sec 1 T28 R21 (160 acres) to Henry Fulbright. This is pursuant to a court judgment for William Fulbright and Achilles I. Burnet against Samuel Powers dated July 1, 1837.



State of Missouri (P) vs Levi Click (D)

Indictment for not keeping road in repair


Disposition: Defendant moved to quash indictment. Court sustained motion.



State of Missouri (P) vs John P. Campbell (D)

Indictment for obstructing road


Disposition: Defendant moved to quash indictment. Court sustained motion.



State of Missouri (P) vs Ephraim M. Massey (D)

Indictment for assault with intent to kill


Disposition: Continued until next term on motion of defendant.



State of Missouri (P) vs Alphaeus Huff (D)

Indictment for assault with intent to kill


Disposition: Witness Delpha Price filed motion to retax costs. Motion overruled.



State of Missouri (P) vs Avinant Hollingsworth (D)

Indictment for assault and battery


Disposition: Circuit attorney, Defendant and his attorneys present. Prosecutor Hugh Wilkinson called three times; not present. Circuit attorney discontinues prosecution, defendant released. Defendant's costs to be paid by Hugh Wilkinson.



State of Missouri (P) vs George R. Rainey (D)

Indictment for neglecting to keep road in repair


Disposition: Discontinued, defendant released.



Isaac Redfearn (P) vs Ephraim Fulbright (D)

Slander


Disposition: Defendant files his plea.



State of Missouri (P) vs James Langston (D)

Indictment for assault with intent to kill


Disposition: Defendant moves that the Circuit attorney be required to choose which of the two counts he will try. Motion overruled.



State of Missouri (P) vs Thomas Allison (D)

Indictment for obstructing


Disposition: Defendant files his plea.



State of Missouri (P) vs James Langston (D)

Indictment for assault with intent to kill


Disposition: Circuit attorney and defendant present. Hung jury; dismissed.
Plea: not guilty
Jury: William parish, Preston Hampton, Benjamin H. Butler, Randolph Moon, Sherrod Kidd, A. W. Maupin, Joseph Haden, William Murrel, L. H. Sims, Benjamin B. Snyder, Peter Epperson Jr., Tindal C. Casson



James Clemens (P) vs S. & J. Pulliam (D)

Actions of debt


Disposition: Plaintiff's attorney present, discontinues prosecution. Defendants released. Defendants' costs to be paid by Plaintiff.



Walter L. Brown (P) vs C. D. Terrell (D)

Petition in debt


Disposition: Defendant's attorney moves Plaintiff be ordered to give security for costs.



Constantine Perkins (P) vs Miles Carey (D)

Bill in chancery


Disposition: Defendant's attorney asks that Defendant be allowed to file answer in 60 days. Granted.



State of Missouri (P) vs Madison Turner (D)

Recognizance on charge for perjury



Disposition: Robert W. Sims, a security of Defendant, discharges his bail by delivering Defendant to Sheriff's custody.



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