Depositions from 1860 – Possessions Taken On Wagon Train

The wagon train attacked at Mountain Meadows was unusually wealthy. The emigrants left Arkansas with hundreds of cattle, an expensive thoroughbred horse, oxen, gold coins, etc. In his official report, Brevet Major Carleton states, “The train seemed to consist of respectable people, well to do in the world. They were well dressed, were quiet, orderly, genteel; had fine stock; had three carriages along, and other evidences which went to show that this was one of the finest trains that had been seen to cross the plains.” Yet, the 17 surviving children were returned to their relatives in Arkansas with only the tattered clothes they were wearing. These affluent children were left destitute with nothing but their horrific memories and the charity of their relatives. 

The children who survived the massacre lived with their captors for two years. The U.S. government paid the Mormon Church money in compensation for the children’s clothing, room and board. The Mormons received different amounts for each child, with some payments of more than $4,000 per child. 

In an effort to receive restitution for some of the children, several of the victims’ relatives gave legal depositions in 1860 to document the possessions that were confiscated at Mountain Meadows. These efforts were futile, as no restitution was ever granted.

Possessions of John Twitty Baker
by wife Mary Baker
by son John H. Baker
by neighbor John Crabtree
by neighbor Hugh A. Torrance

Possessions of George W. Baker
by father’s neighbor Joseph B. Baines
by brother-in-law William C. Beller
by brother John H. Baker
by Irwin T. Beller

Possessions of Charles R. & Joel D. Mitchell
by father William C. Mitchell
by brother Samuel Mitchell

Possessions of Allen P. DeShazo                                                                                      by father James DeShazo
by neighbor Hugh A. Torrance
by neighbor Lorenzo D. Rush

Possessions of Milum L. Rush
by father Lorenzo D. Rush
by neighbor Hugh A. Torrance

Possessions of John M. Jones & Newton Jones (with references to Tackitt & others in party)
by Francis M. Rowan
by Fielding Willows
by brother Felix W. Jones

Possessions of Lorenzo D. Dunlap
by William C. Mitchell

Possessions of Jesse Dunlap
by brother James D. Dunlap
by William C. Mitchell


Possessions of John Twitty Baker

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it remembered that on this 22nd day of October, 1860 personally came and appeared before me the undersigned, John Bunch, an acting and duly commissioned Justice of the Peace, and duly qualified as such within and for said county, Mary Baker, the widow of John T. Baker Deceased, to me, personally, well known to be the widow of said John T. Baker, deceased, and who after being duly sworn according to law, to testify the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in regard to the matters in and about the ammount, kind, and quality of property which the said John T. Baker had in his possession, and owned in his own right when he left the county of Carroll and state of Arkansas in the month of April A.D. 1857. Deposed as follows, to wit:

My name is Mary Baker. I was lawfully married to John T. Baker in the county of Madison and State of Alabama on or about the ——- of —— A.D. 1823; we emigrated to Arkansas in the year 1849, where we resided together as man and wife, and until the said John T. Baker left his home in Carroll County as aforesaid with a lot of cattle, horses, etc as herein often particularly specified; and I have been informed and truly believe that after the said John T. Baker had proceeded as far as a place in the west known as “Mountain Meadows.” He, together with a large number of persons in company with him, were murdered, and their property all stolen and appropriated by the murderers; and I here state that I have not at any time incurred any pay, or return of any of the property that the said John T. Baker left here with as aforesaid. The object, my husband, the said John T. Baker had in going to California was to sell a large lot of cattle with which he started, and when he left here in April 1851 for California he was the owner of and started with the following described personal property that is to say:

138 head of fine stock-cattle
5 yoke of work oxen
1 yoke of work oxen, extra
2 mules
1 mare
1 large ox wagon

Provisions, clothing, and camp equipage for himself and five hands. The cattle were all good stock, and all three years old and upwards, were picked cattle and such as in this market at the date of his departure from this place were worth at the lowest cash price twenty dollars per head and which would amount to the sum of $ 2,760.00

The nine yoke of work oxen were worth in this market at the date of departure, fifty dollars per yoke. $ 450.00
The ox wagon was worth $ 100.00
The mules were worth each $125 $ 250.00
The mare was worth $ 100.00
He had in cash the morning he left, the sum of $98.00 in cash. $ 98.00
The clothing, provisions, tents, camp equipage,etc, was worth here $ 350.00
Fine rifle gun worth $ 25.00
One Colt repeater. $ 15.00 $ 4,148.00

Amounting in all as far as I now remember to the sum of Four thousand one hundred forty eight in this market. I have placed this estimate of the cattle and oxen at low figures, as I know that such oxen as those my husband left here with could not have been purchased at a lower price than from fifty five to seventy dollars per yoke. The stock cattle had been bought with the view to make quick sales on arriving at California, and were a well selected lot of cattle. My husband was a good trader and would not, and did not puchase any inferior cattle for the outfit. I believe that the foregoing statement of amounts, numbers and descriptions of personal property, is a true and correct inventory of the property that the said John T. Baker left this county with in the month of April 1857 and I am fully persuaded and really believe that the said property was worth at “Mountain Meadows,” where my husband, as I am informed and believe, was murdered, the sum of about ten thousand dollars.I can only make this statement from information received from others, and heresay of course, that I only form my opinion from “heresay.” But be this estimate over, or under the amount that the property was worth at Mountain Meadows, I have stated in the above facts truly, and faithfully upon my own knowledge, and upon such information as I deem reliable, and I make this statement upon a full knowledge of the facts stated in the annexed schedule as being within my own knowledge, so help me God.

Her
Mary “X” Baker
Mark

Sworn and subscribed to before me this day and year first herein written, and I do hereby certify that the above statement of the said Mary Baker was made by her, reduced to writing in my presence, read over to her and by her sworn to and subscribed in writing whereof I have hereunto set my hand as such Justice, the day and year of foresaid.

John Bunch J P

And at the same time and place came also John H. Baker to me personally well known, and who after being duly sworn, according to Law, to Testify and the truth to speak in requard to the matters in the captions hereof mentioned, deposed as follows that is to say:

My name is John H. Baker, I am a son of the witness Mary Baker (whose Deposition is hereto annexed) and John T. Baker, deceased. I have had hearing of the deposition hereto annexed of my mother, Mary Baker and I have of my own knowledge and recollection, full belief that her statements and calculations therein made and given are correct. I was living one half mile from my father when he started to California in April 1857, and know that he had the number of cattle and other personal property in said schedule set forth by the said witness, Mary Baker. I was well acquainted with the price of stock at that time, was also well acquainted with the kind, quality and worth of the property as mentioned in the tabular statement made in the deposition of the said Mary Baker, and I know that the personal property, therein mentioned was the property of my father, and that he started to California with all and more personal property than mentioned herein. He had more guns, saddles, bridles etc. than is mentioned in said stated estimate, etc. Know that such oxen as John T. Baker took with him could not have been purchased in this market and got fixed and ready for the trip under a cost of from Sixty to Seventy dollars. I know also that the mare and mules are put down at a fair estimate, and as to the amount of provisions and camp equipage, my opinion is that it is below the real value, but of this I can not say with so much certainty. I have been in California. I was there in the latter part of the year 1852, stayed there until the month of September 1854, and from my knowledge of the country, and the price of property I think the property that the said John T. Baker left here with in April 1857, would have been worth at Mountain Meadows, the full sum of Ten Thousand dollars. This statement however is only made from such general knowledge as I have from the western hands, and also from the information of other traders.

I cannot now state what amount of money my father started with, but I know he had money with him, but as to the amount I do not know. The stock cattle were a well selected lot of cattle, and were sold in this market at twenty dollars per head. I have a good knowledge of the quality of cattle, for I helped my father collect the cattle and also went a few days travel with him when he started to California, and have of my own personal knowledge gave the statements as regards the value of this property here. So help me God.
J. H. Baker

Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 22nd day of October 1860.

John Bunch J P

And at the same time and place, came also John Crabtree a witness known to me to be of lawful age and who, after being duly sworn to testify the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in regard to the matters in the caption hereby mentioned, upon his oath deposed as follows, to wit:

I was well acquainted with John T. Baker in his life time, and was living about a half or three quarters of a mile from him when he left, in April 1857, for California. Mr. Baker was a very industrious man, and a shrewd, good trader.

I saw the cattle and property that the said John T. Baker owned and started with to California. I cannot give the exact number of cattle he started with, but he had somewhere between one hundred and thirty and forty head of cattle. He had two mules, one mare, one large ox wagon, provisions, camp equipage, and a general outfit for a trip from here to California. As to the amount of money he started with, I do not know. I believe the cattle he had and started with were worth in cash in this market the sum of Twenty dollars per head. I think the oxen he started with would have been worth fifty five or sixty dollars per yoke. I think the mules were worth at the time he left here one hundred and fifty dollars each. The mare was well worth in this market one hundred dollars. The ox wagon was worth one hundred and twenty five dollars. And from my knowledge of the outfit, and the amount of provisions needed for the support of the said John T. and his five hired hands, I would say that the estimate made by the witness Mary Baker at Three Hundred and fifty dollars is a very low estimate, and I think it would more nearly have reached the sum of Five hundred dollars.

I was at the house of the said John T. Baker, frequently, while he was collecting the cattle, and I was present in April 1857 when the said Baker started for California, and I had a good opportunity to notice the quality and condition of the stock and outfit, and I have made the above estimate of the prices and value of the stock of cattle, oxen, mules, wagon, mare, and etc.

On my own judgement, and from my knowledge of the value of property at that time and I think and believe that the estimate as made by the witness Mary Baker, is below the real value of the amount of property that the said Baker owned, had in his possession, and took away with him when he started to California in the spring of the year 1857; I was present when he started, and aided and assisted him on his way a few miles when he started. The John T. Baker of whom I speak was the same Baker of who Mary says, was murdered in the west at a place known as “Mountain Meadows”. I also know that the witness of the said John T. Baker is the identical Mary Baker, the witness who has first deposed herein; she now lives at the same place where she did, where the said John T. Baker started in April 1857, for California, and I have been acquainted with the family and have lived a close neighbor for over 4 years next, before Baker left, and have lived a close neighbor to his widow ever since, so help me God.

John Crabtree

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22nd day of October 1860.

John Bunch J P
Depositions herein was again resumed, and thereupon came Hugh A. Torrance, a witness known to me to be of lawful age, who after being duly sworn in accordance to law, to testify the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in regard to the matters in the caption hereof mentioned upon his oath deposed as follows, to wit:

“My name is Hugh A. Torrance, I reside in this county. In April 1857, I was living on the farm of the said John T. Baker. I was then in the employment of the said John T. Baker, and while he was gathering cattle for his intended trip to California, I halped take care of the cattle and to feed them. They were a good stock of cattle, well selected and likely. I know that the cattle he left here with, when he started to California in April 1857, were worth Twenty dollars per head, and perhaps had cost more to buy them and gather them up and feed them while he started with them. The oxen were worth from fifty five to sixty dollars per yoke. The mare was worth one Hundred dollars; The mules about one hundred and twenty five dollars each, the ox wagon was well worth one hundred and twenty five dollars, and from my knowledge of the outfit, provisions, clothing and camp equipage, I am satisfied that the same was well worth from three hundred and fifty dollars to five hundred dollars. He had one hundred and thirty five, or forty head of stock cattle worth twenty dollars per head, and I think he had nine yoke of work oxen worth per yoke from fifty five to sixty per yoke. I have been shown and had hearings of the tabular statement made by the witness Mary Baker, whom I know to be the widow of the said John T. Baker, and from my close and intimate knowledge of the property therein mentioned, I am satisfied that the estimate therein made is below what the property was worth in cash the morning that the said John T. Baker left for California and further this deponent saith not.

H.A. Torrance

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 13th day of October, A.D, 1860

John Bunch JP

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, John Bunch, an acting, commissioned, Justice of the Peace, duly qualified as such within and for said county, do hereby certify and make known, that the annexed and foregoing depositions of Mary Baker, John Baker, and John Crabtree, and Hugh A. Torrance were sincerely taken before me on the days therein named.

That the statements, dispenses, and evidences of said several witnesses was reduced to writing in the presence of said several witnesses, and respectively read over to them in their presence, and hearing, and by them, severally sworn and subscribed to by them, I further certify and make known, that I am personally well acquainted with each witness, and know them to be reputable persons, and to be the identical persons who they represent themselves to be. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand officially as such, Justice of the Peace, this 23rd day of October 1860.

John Bunch J P

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of circuit court, and ex officio clerk of this county court of Carroll County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that John Bunch, whose genuine official signature appears to the answered and foregoing certificate, was at the time of taking said depositions and the making of said certificate and now is an acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, and that his said certificate is in due form of law and by the proper office. That his signature thereto annexed is genuine and in his own proper hand unto, and that full faith and credit are due all his official acts as such Justice of the Peace.

In witness whereof I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of said court as aforesaid hereunto set my hand and seal.(The public seal of said court having been destroyed by fire) This 25th day of October A.D. 1860

S. W. Peel, Clerk


Possessions of George W. Baker

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it remembered, that on this 23rd day of October, 1860, personally came and appeared before me, John Bunch, an acting Justice of the Peace, duly commissioned, and certified as such within and for said county, Joseph B. Bains, who after being duly sworn according to testify the truth, the whole truth, in regard to the amount, quality and value of certain property which was in the possession of George W. Baker when he left here in the month of April 1857, and in company with John T. Baker and others bound for California, upon his oath as aforesaid deposition as follows;

I have lived in Carroll County, Arkansas for a number of years, and was living here in the month of April 1857, and was living in 1/4 of a mile of John T. Baker when the parties all left for California in April 1857. I now reside at the same place I did then, and within 1/4 of a mile of Mary Baker, the widow of John T. Baker. George W. Baker was the son of the same John T. Baker and Mary Baker, and I know that the said George W. left here about the same time of his father in April 1857. When George W. Baker left he was the owner in his own right, and had in his possession a considerable amount of cash and personal property, and had sold out his lands and was moving to California. He had a wife and four children when he left here. He was Guardian of Melissa Ann Beller and she was also in company with him and he had in his possession as Guardian of the said Melissa Ann Beller, the sum of seven hundred dollars in cash. I had paid him as Guardian that amount for the said Melissa Ann, and know he had that amount. I think Melissa Ann had a bed, bedding, wearing apparel, but of what value I cannot say. The amount of personal property within the possession of the said George W. Baker, and which he carried off with him as near as I can make the estimate from my knowledge, information,, recollection and belief was as follows, that is to say:

2 ox wagons chains, each worth at $125.00 $ 250.00
Had in cash on hand about $ 500.00
He had beds, bedding, wearing apparel for himself and family, provisions for himself and family, worth $ 500.00
3 young mares worth $100.00 each $ 300.00
1 rifle gun $ 25.00
1 double barrel shot gun $ 25.00
136 head of cattle (or about that number) (worth in this market @ 20.00 each) $ 2720.00 $ 4320.00

He had oxen, but how many he had, I do not know. Neither do I know their value. The other specified property is all I now remember with sufficient knowledge so as to give an accurate estimate of the amount and value. Baker had a good outfit, and his family was well provided for in the way of wearing apparel and provisions, and I have placed the estimate at a sum that I am satisfied is a low estimate of what said property was worth in this outfit. The cattle were a very good lot, and taking into consideration the demand for cattle at that time in this market, I think the estimate is strictly within the cash limits of the market price here. The estimate of the cash paid him as Guardian for Melissa Ann Beller, may have been paid out in the stock purchased. But of this I am not positive; if the whole amount was expended in buying cattle, then the amount of the annexed statement included the value of George W. Bakers property and Melissa Ann Beller’s estate. If perhaps all of said estate of said Melissa Ann Beller was not expended here for stock, then the above estimate is below the real amount of the value of said property. I have no doubt but what the said George W. Baker, his wife, Melissa Ann, and all others in his family, except three children were murdered at the massacre of Mountain Meadows. Three of his children have been returned to this county, and now living within 1/4 mile of me at their grandmothers, Mary Baker. The oldest of the children were recognized by their friends and relations here, as soon as they returned and this fact convinces me that said Baker and family, except the children, were all murdered at, Mountain Meadows, and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Joseph B. Baines

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October S.D., 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came, William C. Beller, to me, personally well known, and who after being duly sworn according to law to testify and the wish to speak in regard to the matters in the caption of these depositions mentioned; upon his oath deposed as follows;

I was well acquainted with George W. Baker, and when George W. Baker left for California, I was living about two miles from him. I was well acquainted with himself and family and also with his property and I was present when he started to move to California in April 1857, and saw his cattle and outfit for the trip. I think that George W. Baker had, when he started from here, one hundred and fifty or sixty head of cattle, in which was included about eight yoke of work oxen. I think the cattle without the oxen were well worth in cash, in this market, fifteen dollars per head and I think the work oxen were worth fifty five dollars per yoke. Now if the amount of cattle the said George W. Baker started with, was one hundred and sixty head and then out of that number the 8 yoke of oxen are taken, this would leave one hundred and fifty four head of stock cattle which at $15.00 per head would amount to the sum of $2160.00

8 yoke of oxen @ $55.00 per yoke $ 440.00
3 horses, or mares 3 years old, and worth in cash in this market, $125.00 each $ 375.00
2 ox wagons worth in cash & the cost him here $ 260.00 $ 260.00
About $400.00 in cash $ 400.00
Beds, bedding, clothing for himself, & family, provisions $ 500.00
1 shot gun, worth $ 30.00
1 rifle, worth (cost him $45.00) $ 30.00

I have made the above estimate from my own personal knowledge of the property and its value in this market, and I believe that the above is a low cash estimate of the property owned and carried off with him when he left here in April 1857; He was moving to California, and had his wife, 4 children, Melissa Ann Beller, D. W. Beller, and 2 hired hands with him and was well supplied with provisions and clothing for the trip. I have no doubt but what George W. and all his family who started with him were all killed at “Mountain Meadows” except three of his children, who have been brought back to this county. All of who I could pick out of the crowd of children when they were brought back here. I know they are the children of George W. Baker, and from all I can learn from said children and other and sources of information, I am fully satisfied that all were killed except children, who were in the train at Mountain Meadows and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Wm C. Beller

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23rd day of October, A.D. 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came John H. Baker, who being duly sworn according to law in relation to the matters in the caption, hereof mentioned upon his oath deposed as follows:

I reside in the county of Carroll and State of Arkansas and was living about a mile and three quarters from George W. Baker in April 1857 when he started to move to California. I was well acquainted with the property and outfit with which he started, and had in his possession when he started to move. He left for California in April 1857, and had with him his wife, 4 children; Melissa Ann Beller, D.W. Beller, and two hired hands. He had about 136 head of stock cattle. He had eight yoke of work oxen which he worked to his wagons and I think several extra yoke. He had 3 head of horses. Two ox wagons, guns, provisions, clothing, camp equipage:

His stock cattle being 136 in number was low at $15 per head $ 2040.00
8 yoke of work oxen @ $55.00 per yoke $ 440.00
3 young mares were worth $125.00 each $ 375.00
2 ox wagons $ 275.00
1 shot gun worth, in cash $ 35.00
1 rifle worth $ 50.00
His clothing, beds, bedding, provisions, and general outfit for the move
for self & family was worth in cash here: $ 600.00

$ 3815.00

As to the cash on hand when he started, I do not now remember and can not say what amount he had. I know he had money but the amount I do not know. I have made the above estimate at that I think the property was worth here; that is at what it could have been cashed for.

I know the 3 children brought back here to be the children of George W. Baker, and from what information I have been able to gather from them, and from information received from others, I am fully satisfied that George W. Baker and all who went with him, except the three children who have been brought back here, were all killed at a place known as “Mountain Meadows” and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

J.H. Baker

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October A.D. 1860.

John Bunch, J.P.

And, at the same time and place came Irvin T. Beller, a witness known to me to be of lawful age and who after being duly sworn according to law in regard to the matters herein before deposed to upon his oath, deposed as follows, to wit:

I was well acquainted with George W. Baker, and I went with him when he started to move to California, two days. I was acquainted with his property and outfit, and know the amount of peoperty he had with him when he stated to move. He had the use of one hundred and sixty head of cattle, including work oxen and stock cattle and they worth in cash in this market at the time he left here, at least twenty dollars per head. $ 3,200.00
2 ox wagons, worth in cash $ 275.00
3 mares were worth, $125.00 $ 375.00
1 shot gun, worth in cash: $ 35.00
1 rifle, worth in cash: $ 50.00
His outfit including beds and bedding, wearing apparel, provisions $ 700.00
He had cash on hand about: $500.00

$ 5,135.00

I was there at the house of George W. Baker most of the time he was making preparations to move, and was well acquainted with his arrangements, and make the above estimate from my own personal knowledge of the amount, quality and valve of his property and I think that the above estimate is the cash value of said property at the time Baker left here with the same. And further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Irvin T. Beller

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October A.D. 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, John Bunch, an acting and duly commissioned, and qualified Justice of the Peace within and for said county of Carroll, do hereby certify that the annexed and foregoing depositions of Joseph B. Bains, William C. Beller, John H. Baker, and Irvin T. Beller were all taken before me in the County of Carroll aforesaid, and were reduced to writing before me, and separately read over to said witnesses in their presence and hearing, and by them separately subscribed and swornto.

I further certify that I am personally acquainted with all of said witnesses and know them to be reputable persons and that the evidence so given in by them is reliable. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand as such justice this 23rd day of October 1860.

John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of circuit court, and ex officio clerk of the county court of Carroll County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that John Bunch, whose genuine official signature appears to the annexed and foregoing certificate was at the time of taking said depositions and the making of said certificate and now is an acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, and that his said certificate is due form of law and by the proper offices. That this signature thereto annexed is genuine and his own proper hand write, and that full faith and credit are due all his official acts as such Justice of the Peace.

In witness whereof, I, Sam W. Peel as the clerk of said court as aforesaid have hereunto set my hand and seal, (the PublicSeal having been destroyed by fire) This 25th day of October, A.D. 1860.

S. W. Peel, Clerk.


Possessions of Charles R. Mitchell and Joel D. Mitchell

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it witnessed that on this 22nd day of October, A.D. 1861, personally came and appeared before me, the undersigned, John Bunch, an acting Justice of the Peace, duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, William A. Mitchell, of the county of Marion, and State of Arkansas, who after being duly sworn according to law, to testify the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, in regard to the matters in relation to the property of Charles R. Mitchell and Joel D. Mitchell, who it is supposed were murdered at a place known as “Mountain Meadows” and whose property was taken my the murderers. Upon his oath aforesaid deposed as follows;

I was personally well acquainted with the said Charles and Joel Mitchell. There were my sons, and I assisted them in making their outfit for the trip in the spring of 1857. They left in company with John T. Baker and many others, and were murdered, as I am informed and believe, at “Mountain Meadows”, in September of the same year. They were on their way to California, and when they left here they had in their possession and under their control, the following personal property. They had in cash when they left this county, in April 1857, about the sum of Two hundred and seventy five dollars. They had thirteen yoke of good work oxen. They had sixty two head of other cattle and when they reached Washington county in this state, they wrote to me that they had bought ten head more and intended getting two more so as to make one hundred head in all. I have no doubt from all the information I have on this subject, and I fully believe that when they left the state they had with them one hundred head of good saleablecattle. They had one large ox wagon, log chains, etc. They had their wearing apparel, beds, and bedding, and cooking utensils. They had guns, pistols and Bowie knives. The property they had with them when they left for California in April 1857 was worth in this market, at the date of their departure, at a fair and reasonable cash valuation as follows, to wit:

13 yoke of work oxen @ $ 60.00 per yoke $ 780.00
74 head of other cattle, cows, steers @$12 $ 888.00
cash on hand when they left here $ 275.00
1 large wagon, chains, etc $ 120.00
1 horse saddle & bridle $ 100.00
Guns, fire arms, knives, etc $ 50.00
Clothing, beds, and bedding, provisions,cooking utencils, camp equipage, etc., $ 300.00
$2513.00

Amounting in all, the property that the said Charles and Joel D. Mitchell left this state with, for California in the year 1857, to the sum of Twenty five hundred and thirteen dollars. I have made the above estimate at what the said property was worth here, and know all as did know all the property above valued except the ten head of cattle that was bought in Washington County, of which I have no knowledge, only from heresay. But I believe that the amount above stated is a fair estimate of the value of said property at “Mountain Meadows,” where the parties were murdered and robbed. I have no knowledge and from heresay but am informed and believe that said property was of double the value there to what it was here and from all the information I have been enabled to obtain I believe that said property at Mountain Meadows could have been worth the sum of about five or six thousand dollars. This last statement is only given as the information of others. So help me God.

Wm. C. Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 22nd day of October 1861.

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came Samuel Mitchell, an other witness known to me, to be of lawful age, who, after being duly sworn in, in relation to the matter in the caption herein mentioned, deposed as follows:

“I am a brother to Charles R. and Joel D. Mitchell mentioned in the foregoing deposition of William C. Mitchell. I was well acquainted with the outfit of the parties, and acquainted with all the property set forth in the foregoing statement made by the said William A. Mitchell, and from my knowledge of the property and its value I believe that the value therein given and estimated, is a fair cash valuation of the property and its value in this market at the date of the departure of said parties for California. They left this county in company of John T. Baker and many others, all bound for California, and I have no doubt but what they were all murdered at a place known as “Mountain Meadows”, so help me God.

Samuel Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed on this 22nd day of October 1861

John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Samuel W. Peel, as the clerk of the circuit court and exofficio of the county and state aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified as such within, and for said county, do hereby testify that John Bunch, whose official signature appears to be annexed, and foregoing depositions of Wm C. Mitchell, and Samuel Mitchell, was at the time said depositions were taken, and now is an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said county, duly commissioned, and qualified as such, and that his official signature thereunto annexed is genuine and in his own proper handwriting, and that fullfaith and credit are due all his official acts as such. In witness whereof, I Samuel W. Peel, as clerk as aforesaid, have hereunto set my hand as such clerk, and affixed my private seal (The Public seal of said court having been destroyed by fire). Given under my hand this 22 day of October 1860.

S. W. Peel, Clerk


Allen P. DeShazo

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it remembered that on this 23rd day of October, 1860, personally came and appeared before me, John Bunch, an acting Justice of the Peace, duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, James Deshazo, who being duly sworn according to law, to testify the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in relation to the amount, quality, and value of certain property which Allen P. Deshazo started with to California, in the month of April 1857, upon his oath deposed as follows;

I was well acquainted with the said Allen P. Deshazo, who left this county in the month of April 1857, bound for California. He left in company of John T. Baker and I have no doubt but what he was murdered in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He left here with the following described personal property. He had seventeen head of stock cattle. The most of the lot were likely heifers and were worth in cash over two hundred dollars the morning he left here. I do not think he had but one steer in the lot, and they were a likely well selected lot of cattle. This together with his wearing apparel worth over fifty dollars, and a violin worth ten dollars was all the property that I now remember that the said Allen P. had when he left. I believe that his cattle, clothing and all he started with the morning he left here for California was worth in cash in this market the sum of Three hundred dollars. The said Allen P. Deshazo was my son, and I have a correct knowledge of his outfit, and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

James Deshazo

Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 23rd day of October A.D. 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came Hugh A. Torrance, who after being duly sworn according to law to testify the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in regard to the matters deposed to in the annexed deposition of James Deshazo, deposed as follows, that is to say;

I was acquainted with Allen P. Deshazo who left here in company with John T. Baker in the month of April 1857, bound for California. He had sixteen head of as likely young cattle as I ever saw in my life. They were all heifers and young cows, and were a well selected lot of cattle. Taking into consideration the kind of cattle he had, and the cost, trouble, and expense attendant on getting said cattle together, I would say that the morning he left here with said cattle, they were worth at a low cash price the sum of fifteen dollars per head, and I have no idea that the said Allen P. Deshazo would have taken twenty five dollars per head for the lot of cattle when he started with them and from my knowledge of his cattle, clothing, and outfit with which he started, I suppose it would be a low estimate to put the amount of what his property was worth the morning he left here, at three hundred dollars. And perhaps a larger sum and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

H. A. Torrance

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October, A.D. 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came Lorenzo D. Rush, a witness known to me to be of lawful age, and who after being duly sworn according to law as required to the matters in the caption, hereof mentioned upon his oath aforesaid, deposed as follows:

I saw the cattle the said Allen P. Deshazo, and was well acquainted with the parties, or a great many of them who left in company with John T. Baker in the month of April, in the year 1857. I had a son who left in the same crowd, and who no doubt was with the crowd when they were all murdered at Mountain Meadows. From my knowledge of the county, the price of cattle, etc, in the spring of 1857, I think the estimate of one made by witness James Deshazo and H.A. Torrance as to the worth of the property with which the same Allen P. Deshazo started with to California, is herewith correct, and that the said estimate is a reasonable one, and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Lorenzo D. Rush

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, John Bunch, an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said county, duly commissioned and qualified as such within, and for said county, do hereby certify that the foregoing depositions of James Deshazo, H. A. Torrance, and Lorenzo D. Rush, were all separately taken, reduced to writing in their presence and read over to them respectively, and by them sworn and subscribed to before me this 23rd day of October 1860, and I do hereby certify that I am personally well acquainted with said several witnesses, and that they are all respectable persons, and entitled to full credit. Given under my hand as such Justice the day and year where written.
John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of circuit court and exoficio clerk of the County Court of said county of Carroll and State of said, do hereby certify, that John Bunch whose genuine official signature appears to the annexed on foregoing certificate, was at the time of taking depositions and the making of said certificate, and acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified as such, within and for said county, and that his said certificate is in due form of law and by the proper officer. That his signature thereto affixed is genuine and in his own proper hand writing, and full faith, and credit are all his official acts as such Justice of the Peace. In testimony witness whereof, I, Sam W Peel, a clerk of said court as aforesaid herein to, set my hand and private seal (the public seal of said court having been destroyed by fire), This 25th day of October A.D. 1860.

S W Peel


Possessions of Milam L. Rush

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it remembered that on this 23rd day of October 1860 personally came and appeared before me, John Rush, the undersigned acting Justice of the Peace, duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, Lorenzo D. Rush, who after being duly sworn according to law to testify the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in regard to certain property in possession of Milam L. Rush, when he left his county in April 1857 in company with John T. Baker, bound for California, upon his oath aforesaid dispersed as follows, to wit;

I am the father of the said Milam Rush, and know that he left here in the month of April 1857, bound for California; he left in company with John T. Baker and many others, all of whom were murdered, as I am informed and believe, at Mountain Meadows, in Utah Territory in September of same year, and their property all carried away, or disappeared by the murderers. When my son, the said Milam L. Rush, left here he was the owner of and had in possession, and carried off with him, the following described personal estate and which he started with him, when he left here; He had from ten to twelve head of cattle according to the best of my knowledge information and belief, he had one rifle gun, three blankets, knives, and his wearing apparel, and also about twenty five dollars in cash. I think his cattle were worth at a fair cash price at the morning he left here with them at least fifteen dollars per head. I think his wearing apparel, rifle gun, and other articles were worth in cash the sum of sixty three dollars. The estimate I make of the whole matter is this,

I think that he had twelve head of cattle at $15 per head: $ 180.00
Cash on hand: $ 25.00
His wearing apparel, gun, etc., $ 63.00
$ 268.00

and I make the estimate of the cash value of the property, together with the cash on hand worth the morning the said Milam L. Rush left here in April 1857, the sum of Two hundred and sixty eight dollars. I have no doubt but what said property was worth a much larger amount than the above estimate at the place where the said parties were murdered. I have given the above estimate according to the cash value here, and think that the value is very nearly correct, and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Lorenzo D. Rush

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October A.D. 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

And at the same time and place came H. A. Torrance, who, after being duly sworn according to law in regard to the matters and things mentioned in the caption hereof mentioned, upon his oath deposed as follows;

I was well acquainted with the said Milam L. Rush, who left here in company with John T. Baker for California in April 1857. I know when he started to California he had with him about Ten head of cattle, and I know nothing about what his other property was worth, particularly. But I suppose his property was worth the amount as herein before estimated by the witness, Lorenzo D. Rush. I was with them when they started, and Baker, Rush, Desharzo, and others were my neighbors and I had a good opportunity to know what property there was belonging to several of them, and I am satisfied the estimate where given is correct and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

H. A. Torrance

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 23rd day of October 1860

John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, John Bunch, an acting Justice of the Peace, within and for said county, duly commissioned, and qualified as such, within and for said county, do hereby certify that the foregoing deposition of Lorenzo D. Rush and H.A. Torrance are all separately taken, reduced to writing in their presence, and read over to them respectfully, and by them sworn and subscribed to before me this 23rd of October 1860, and I do hereby certify that I am personally well acquainted with said several witnesses, and that they are all reputable persons, and entitled to full credit. Given under my hand as such Justice the day and year above written.

John Bunch, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of circuit court, and exofficio clerk of the county court of the county of Carroll, and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that John Bunch, whose genuine official signature appears to the aforesaid and foregoing certificate, was, at the time of taking said depositions and the making of said certificate, and now is an acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, and there his said certificate within due form of law and by the proper offices. That his signature thereto attached is genuine and in own proper hand write, and that full faith and credit are due all his official acts as such Justice of the Peace. In witness whereof I, Sam W. Peel as the clerk of said court as aforesaid, here hereunto set my hand and seal (the public seal of said court having been destroyed by fire). This 25th day of October A.D. 1860.

S. W. Peel, Clerk


Possessions of John M. Jones, Newton Jones, with references to Tackitt, and others in party
State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

Be it remembered that on this 24th day of October, A.D. 1860, personally came and appeared before me, the undersigned acting and duly commissioned, and qualified, Justice of the Peace, within and for said county, Francis M. Rowan, to me personally well known, to be of lawful age, and excellent memory, and who, after being duly sworn, according to law, to testify, and the wish to speak in regard to the matters in relation to the amount, quality and value of certain personal property owned by John M. Jones, Newton Jones, Sebron Tackett, Pleasant Tackett, and others, in the month of April 1857, when they left the State of Arkansas, bound for California, upon his oath of foresaid deposed as follows, to wit;

My name is Francis M. Rowan, I reside in the county of Carroll and State of Arkansas. In April 1857, I was residing in the county of Washington, in this state, and the said John M. Jones and his brother Newton Jones, on their way to California, camped some 10 or 15 days within five or six miles of where I lived at that time. I had been acquainted with the Jones’ boys for a number of years. Previous to that time, and when they camped there, I was frequently with the boys; I was at their camp, and saw their property, and being well acquainted with the boy’s, Milam Jones, and Newton Jones particularly pointed out the property that they owned, showed me their cattle and oxen, of course I did not pay much attention to the property that I would have done, and I believed that I would have ever been called upon to testify about it, but my recollection, and belief is that the two Jones boys owned four yoke of work oxen, one large ox wagon-John M. Jones was married and had his wife and two children with him, and was moving to California. He had with him the widow Tackett and three or four of her children. Newton Jones, John M. Jones, his wife and two children, widow Tackett and three or four children, and Sebron Tackett constituted one company in family groups. The Jones boys owned the wagon, oxen and outfit, and the others seemed to be living with them and depending on the Jones boys for their support. The wagon was large and very heavily burdened; I suppose John M. Jones had a gun and other fire arms but of what value or number I do not know. Newton Jones had a fine rifle gun; they appeared to be all well supplied with beds and bedding and wearing apparel for an excursion of that kind, and also with provisions.I know that there was in the corral, sixty six or sixty eight head of stock cattle, but how many they had, that is how many the Jones’ had I do not now remember, but according to the best of my recollection, Milam Jones had only about 8 head of the stock cattle as near as I can now estimate. The value of the property owned by the two Jones’ boys I would say that

the large ox wagon was worth in cash: $ 125.00
4 yoke of work oxen at 65.00 per yoke $ 260.00
8 head of stock cattle at 20.00 per head $ 160.00
I would say that from my knowledge of the number of persons along,
that the beds, bedding, wearing apparel, provisions,furniture, camp
equipage, etc was worth $ 500.00
They had cash on hand but how much I know not.
Newton Jones had over twenty that I know of $ 20.00
The rifle gun was worth; $ 15.00

$1075.00
(Total should be $1080.00)

I have made the above statement according to my personal knowledge, recollection and belief, and I can not say how much of the property belonged to Milam, or how much to Newton, only as I was informed. I think however that Newton Jones owned in his own right one yoke of oxen, and one half the wagon, and his gun; John M. Jones owned the other three yoke of oxen, the one half of said wagon and how the outfit was divided or owned among them I do not now remember. There were several other persons along, and who had separate wagons. There were 3 men by the name of Peleat, or Pilleats. The oldest one of the Peleats was a married man, had his wife and children along; they had a separate camp and wagon; there was an other man, Pleasant Tackett, who had a separate wagon; and before they started George W. Baker drove up and camped near the others. The Peleats and Pleasant Tackett had oxen and other property but I can not say how much. They had horses, and camp equipage, provisions etc., and appeared to be well fixed for the outfit, but it is impossible for me to separate the several claimants, or the amounts that each one owned, only as I have above stated and I am well satisfied that the amount of property that said parties were owners of was worth several thousand dollars. I have no doubt but what all the parties were murdered at “Mountain Meadows” in September 1857, except a few children who have been sent back to the states-and I further state that I believe that the property above described was lost or destroyed at Mountain Meadows in 1857 and further this deponent saith not. So help me God.

F.M. Rowan

Submitted and subscribed to before me this 24th day of October, 1860.

C.C. Williams, J.P.

And at the same time and place came Fielding Willows, a witness known to be of lawful age and memory, and who after being duly sworn in, regard to the matters in the caption hereof mentioned upon his oath deposed as follows that is to say;

I now reside in the County of Carroll, and State of Arkansas; I was living near the Indian line in Washington County, Arkansas, in the month of April 1857. I was personally well acquainted with John M. Jones, and Newton Jones, Pleasant Tackett, and the widow Tackett mentioned in the foregoing deposition of Francis M. Rowan, when the parties above named, were on their way to California, and while they were in camp in the Indian line in Washington County, Arkansas. I was at their camp and stayed with them two or three days. I was well acquainted, and on intimate terms with the Jones boys, and saw their property. I have had hearing of the tabulation statement of the amount, quality, and value of property as deposed to by said witness Rowan, and from my knowledge recollection and belief, I am satisfied that the estimate therein made is very nearly correct. It may be even or under the real cash value of what the real cash value was in the market of Washington County at the time said parties left Washington County. But my best judgement is that the estimate made is not an unreasonable one either way. John M. Jones and his brother had to my own knowledge; one large good ox wagon, 4 yoke of first rate work oxen. Their wagon was very heavily laden with clothing, beds and bedding, provisions, etc. The fine stock cattle they had some six or eight in all were good cattle, and were all no doubt worth the prices named in the annexed evidence of the witness Francis M. Rowan. I know that there was about sixty head of stock cattle over and above the amount owned by the Jones Boys, but to whom it belonged I cannot say. The widow Tackett, Pleasant Tackett, Peleats, and several others were in the crowd and all left the State of Arkansas, for California, together. They left sometime in the month of April 1857. The Peleats, Basham, and Tacketts had three wagons, several yoke of good oxen to each wagon, and had one horse. Had apparently plenty of provisions, clothing and a general outfit to make the trip comfortable, and further this deponent saith not.

F. Willow

Subscribed & swornto before me this 24th day of October 1860

C.C. Williams, J.P.

And at the same time and place came, Felix W. Jones, a witness known to me to be of lawful age, and who after being duly sworn according to law in regard to the matters in the caption hereof mentioned upon his oath, as aforesaid, deposed as follows;

I now reside in the county of Marion, and State of Arkansas, where I have resided for about nine years last past. I was well and intimately acquainted with John M, and Newton Jones who left Arkansas in April 1857, for California. They were my brothers. John M was married and started with his wife and two children. He was moving to California. Newton was a young man, and was going with his brother, to California. I only knew the wagon and one yoke of oxen. I believe they had all the property mentioned in the statement of witness Rowan. The wagon was worth at the time the parties left here, in cash, one hundred and twenty five dollars. The yoke of oxen I knew were worth sixty five dollars. The steers I mention, and one half the wagon belonged to Newton Jones. The other half of the wagon belonged to John M. Jones, and the other oxen, and cattle etc, spoken of by witnesses Rowan, and Wilburn belonged to John M., I suppose and believe. I do not know how much money the boys had when they left but Newton had thirty dollars or upwards. Newton also had a rifle gun and John M. Jones had a shot gun worth perhaps fifteen or twenty dollars each. I do not know what the provisions, clothing and general outfit was worth, but from all the information I have been able to get in relation to the provisions, tents, clothing and outfit, I would say that it was worth in cash between five and six hundred dollars, and further this deponent saith not, so help me God.

Felix W. Jones

Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 24 day of October 1860.

C.C. Williams J P

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, C.C. Williams, an acting Justice of the Peace within and for the county of Carroll and State of Arkansas, duly commissioned and qualified as such within and for said county, do hereby certify that the annexed and foregoing deposition of Francis M. Rowan, Fielding Willows, and Felix W. Jones were sincerely taken before me in the county of foresaid, on this 24th day of October 1860, and that the statements, responses, and answers of each of said witnesses were reduced to writing in their presence and read over to them in their presence and hearing, and by them sincerely subscribed and swornto before me. I further certify that I am well acquainted with said witnesses, Rowan, Willburn, and Jones, and that they are all reputable persons, and worthy of credit. In witness whereof, I, as such Justice of the Peace as aforesaid, have hereunto set my hand this 24th day of October 1860.

C.C. Williams, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Carroll

I, Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of the circuit court, and ex officio clerk of the county court of the county of Carroll, and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that C.C. Williams, whose genuine official signature appears to the annexed, and foregoing certificate, was at the time of taking said depositions, and the making of said certificates, and now is an acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned, and qualified as such within, and for said county, and that his clerk certificate is in due form of law, and by the proper officer. That his signature, thereto annexed, is genuine and in his own proper hand writing, and that full worth and credit are due all his official acts as such Justice of the Peace. In witness whereof, I Sam W. Peel, as the clerk of said court as aforesaid, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my private seal (The public seal of this court having been destroyed by fire). This 25th day of October, A.D. 1860

S.W. Peel, Clerk


Possessions of Lorenzo D. Dunlap

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Marion

Be it remembered that on this 26th day of October A.D. 1860, personally appeared before me, Moses P. Ray, an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for the County of Marion, and duly commissioned by the Governor of the State of Arkansas, William C. Mitchell, to me made known and made oath in due form of Law. That he was made acquainted with Lorenzo D. Dunlap, who left Marion County Arkansas in April 1857 on route for California, in John T. Baker Company and that the said Dunlap had a wife and eight children who was all killed at or near a place called the Mountain Meadows, Utah Territory, except two small daughters who is at this time in my care and the said L.D. Dunlap had at the time he left Arkansas, the following described property to wit;

Four yoke of oxen worth sixty dollars each. Twelve head of cattle worth fifteen dollars each. Three guns, pistols, knives, worth fifty dollars. One wagon, log chains, wagon sheet worth one hundred dollars, provision, cooking articles, tents, bedding, all worth three hundred and fifty dollars. This estimate is what property was worth at the time they left Arkansas in the spring of 1857. I am informed and believe it was worth more in Utah Territory. I was appointed special agent to secure and take charge of the children survivors of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and secured the children above mention at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas Territory, in August A.D. 1859, and delivered them at Carrollton, Arkansas, in September 1859, and have no doubt of the death of L.D. Dunlap and was killed at or near the Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory

Four yoke of oxen at $60 each $ 240.00
12 head of cattle worth $15 each $ 180.00
3 guns, pistols, knives, the worth $ 50.00
1 wagon log chains, the worth 100 $ 100.00
Provisions, cooking articles and camp fixings, etc $ 350.00
$ 920.00

Given under my hand this day and date above matter.

Wm. C. Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of October 1860

M P Ray J P

State of Arkansas
County of Marion.

Be it remembered that on this 26th day of October, A.D. 1860, appeared before me, M.P. Ray, an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for the County of Marion, and State aforesaid, duly commissioned by the Govenor of the State of Arkansas, Samuel Mitchell, James D. Dunlap, and Adam P. Dunlap, to me made known and made oath, in due form of laws, that they were well acquainted with L. D. Dunlap, and his property he took with him at the time he left Arkansas in the spring of 1857, and this statement made by William C. Mitchell, as known is correct, and as his death at or near the Mountain Meadows, in Utah Territory. We have no doubt given under our hands this day and date above matter to and subscribe before me on this 26th day of October 1860

M.P. Ray J P

Samuel Mitchell
James Dunlap
Adam P. Dunlap

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Marion

Be it remembered, that on this 26th day of October, A.D. 1860, personally appeared before me, M.P. Ray, an acting and duly commissioned Justice of the Peace, in and for the County of Marion, State of Arkansas, Robert C. Mitchell, and Wm C. Dunlap, and state they were in company with Wm C Mitchell, special agent as the part of the General Government, and now the two children mentioned in his affadavit at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, and likewise was well acquainted with L.D. Dunlap and his outfit, having went with him one day at the time of his departure from Arkansas in the sping of 1857, and the statement made by William C. Mitchell above is correct. Given under our hands this day and date above matter.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of October 1860

M.P. Ray, J.P.

Robert C. Mitchell
William Dunlap

State of Arkansas
County of Marion

I, John W. Methvin, clerk of the circuit court and exofficio clerk of the county court, in and for said county, do certify that M. P. Ray, Esq, whose own genuine signature appears upon the within and foregoing instrument of writing, is now, and was at the time of signing the same, a duly commissioned, qualified, and acting Justice of the Peace, in and for said county, and all his official acts as such are, and, of right, ought to be given full faith and credit.

Witness my hand and the seal of said at office this 29th day of October A.D. 1860

Jno W. Methvin, clerk.


Possessions of Jesse Dunlap
State of Arkansas
County of Marion

Be it remembered that on the 26th day of October, A.D. 1860, personally appeared before me, Moses P. Ray, an acting Justice Peace in and for the County of Marion, and State aforesaid, and duly commissioned by the Governor of said State, James D. Dunlap, to me well known, and made oath in due form of law;

That Jesse Dunlap and family of Marion County in the State of Arkansas on route for California in April 1857, and was in company of Capt. John T. Baker and all of his family with the exception of three small daughters, I have no doubt was killed at or near the Mountain Meadows, in Utah Territory. And said Jesse Dunlap left with the following described property belonging to him, to wit, nine yoke of oxen worth sixty dollars per yoke, thirty head of cattle worth twelve dollars per head, two head of horses worth one hundred dollars cash, three wagon log chains the worth one hundred dollars each, three guns, pistols and knives worth fifty dollars. Cash at the time of his departure, three hundred and twenty dollars. Provisions, camp fixins, cooking articles, worth four hundred dollars. The said Dunlap family consisted at the time he left, a wife and nine children. The three youngest was delivered at Carrollton, Arkansas, in charge of William C. Mitchell, Special Agent in September, A.D. 1859, and said survivors of said Jesse Dunlap is at this time in my possession. The said Jesse Dunlap, deceased, was my brother. The worth of said property is estimated at its worth in the State of Arkansas at the time of his departure from the County of Marion and State of Arkansas

Nine yoke of oxen $60.00 per yoke $ 540.00
Thirty head of cattle at $12.00 per head $ 360.00
2 head of horses at $100.00 each $ 200.00
3 wagon log chains and fixtures, $100 ea $ 300.00
3 guns, pistols, knives, at $50.00 $ 50.00
Money when he left, $320.00 $ 320.00
Provision, bedding, blankets & cooking utensils $ 400.00
$ 2110.00
(Should be $2170.00)

Given under my hand this day and date

James D. Dunlap

Above matter sworn to and subscribed this 26th day of October 1860

M. P. Ray, J.P.

State of Arkansas
County of Marion

Be it remembered that on this 26th day of October A.D. 1860, personally appeared before me M. P. Ray, an acting and duly commissioned Justice of the Peace in and for the State and County aforesaid, William C. Mitchell, to me well known, and made oath in due form of law. The statement made by James D. Dunlap respecting the property that Jesse Dunlap, deceased, left Arkansas possessed of is correct, as I went with him twenty five miles the time he left Arkansas and I have no doubt of his death at or near the Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory. I acted as special agent of the General government and delivered the three children spoken of as survivors of the Mountain Meadows Massacre in September 1857, at Carrollton Arkansas in September 1859, and James D. Dunlap has the children at his house which is their home at this time.

Wm. C. Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed before this 26th day of October, 1860

M. P. Ray, J.P.

State of Arkansas
County of Marion

Be it remembered that on this 26th day of October A.D., 1860, personally appeared before me, Moses P. Ray, William C. Dunlap and Robert C. Mitchell, to me well known and made oath in due form of law. That they were well acquainted with Jesse Dunlap, who left Marion County, Arkansas, on route for California in April 1857, and went one day with them, and likewise went in company with William C. Mitchell, who was special agent appointed by the General Government to take charge of the Surviviors of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and secure the children at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory in August 1859, and restored them to their friends and relations at Carrollton, Arkansas, in September 1859. And the statement made by James D. Dunlap, we believe is correct, and we have no doubt of the death of said Jesse Dunlap, at or near the Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory. Given under our hands this day and date above mentioned.

William Dunlap
Robert C. Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of October, 1860

M. P. Ray, J.P.

State of Arkansas
County of Marion

At the same time and place appeared before me, M. P. Ray, an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid. Adam P. Dunlap and Samuel Mitchell well known, and made oath in due form of law. That they were well acquainted with Jesse Dunlap, who left Arkansas, Marion County, on route for California in the Spring of 1857, and well acquainted with the amount and worth of his stock and outfit and the statement made by James D. Dunlap respecting his stock and worth of the same is correct to the best of their knowledge and they have no doubt of the death of said Jesse Dunlap at or near the Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory.

A. D. Dunlap
Samuel Mitchell

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of October 1860

M. P. Ray, J.P.

State of Arkansas
SS
County of Marion

I, John W. Methvin, clerk of the circuit court and exofficio clerk of the county court in and for the county aforesaid, do hereby certify that M.P. Ray, Esq., whose own genuine signature appears upon the written and foregoing instrument of writing is now and was at the time of signing the same, a duly commissioned Justice of the Peace and for said county and all official acts as such are, and of right ought to be given, full faith and credit.

In testimony whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said court at office in Yellville this 29th day of October A.D. 1860.
Jno W. Methvin, clerk.

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