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1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre

DEPOSITIONS
 


                                                                                            (7)  DEPOSITIONS ON BEHALF OF
                                                                                   LORENZO D. DUNLAP AND JESSE DUNLAP

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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.
 


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
 
                                                       (S/B $ 2170.00 )  $2110.00

  

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.
 

Source: Territorial Papers of the United States Senate 1789 - 1873, Roll 15, Utah, December 31, 1849 - June 11, 1870. These records were discovered by Paul Buford Fancher during the course of his research for Richard Fancher (1700-1764) of Morris County, New Jersey: Richard Fancher's descendants 1764-1992: Fancher-Fansher-Fanchier-Fanshier, which was published in 1993.
 


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