John Craig Indictment

INDICTMENT: JOHN CRAIG, 1835, Adams County, IL

Copied from the original records, Adams County Courthouse, Quincy, IL.

The people of the state of Illinois vs. Indictment John Craig

A True Bill

John Wood Forman Foreman of The Grand Jury
Filed September 16 1835

Witnesses
Joseph L Hornsby
William Lyarly
Abraham Hunsaker
John Hughs Junr
I H H Dayton
James Wells
A. S. D. Butts
Henry Craig

Of the September term of the Adams Circuit Court in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight-hundred and thirty five

State of Illinois {
Adams County { VS

The Grand Jurors chosen selected sworn in and for the said county of
Adams in the name and by the authority of the people of the state of
Illinois unpon their oaths present that John Craig late of the county
of Adams and state of Illinois not having the fear of God before his
eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil on
the twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and thirty five with force and arms at and within the County
of Adams aforesaid in and upon one Joshua Pierce in the peace of God
and the people of the state of Illinois then and there being
unlawfully felouiously wilfully and of his malace aforethought did make
an assault. And that the said John Craig with a certain large five
shovel made of iron of the value of one dollar which he the said
John Craig then and there had and held in both his hands him the said
Joshua Pierce in and upon the right side of the head just above right
ear did beat and strike and that the said John Craig did then and there
given unto him the said Joshua Pierce by such striking at him with this
shoval aforsaid one mortal bruise in and upon the said right side of
the head Just above the right ear of him the said Joshua Pierce of
the length of two inches and the scull depressed and fractured depth
of half an inch of which said mortal bruise the said Joshua Pierce on
and from the said twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and thirty five until the twentieth day of April
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five
until the twentieth day of April in this year last aforsaid at this
in the County of Adams aforsaid did languish and languishing did live
on which said twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and thirty five he the said Joshua Pierce
at the County of Adams aforsaid of the mortal bruise aforsaid died.
And so the Jurors aforsaid upon their oath aforsaid do say that the
said John Craig him the said Joshua Pierce in the manner and by the
means aforsaid unlawfully feloneously wilfully and of his malice
afore though did kill and murder contrary to the form of the statute
in such case made and provided and against the peace and degrity of
the same people of the state of Illinois.

And the Grand Jurors chosen selected and sworn as aforsaid in the
name and by the authority of the people of the State of Illinois
upon their oaths further present that John Craig late of Adams
County on the twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and thirty five with form and arms at and
within the County of Adams in the state of Illinois in and upon
one Joshua Pierce in the peace of God and the people of the state
of Illinois then and there being unlawfully feloniously wilfully
and voluntarioly did make an assault and that the said John Craig
with a certain made of iron shovel of the value of one dollar which
he the said John Craig had then and there had and held in both
his hands him the said Joshua Pierce in and upon the right side of
the head above the right ear of him the said Joshua Pierce then
and there unlawfully feloniously willfully and voluntarily did hit and
strike and that the said John Craig then and there give unto him the
said Joshua Pierce by such striking at him with shovel aforsaid one
contusion the said Joshua Pierce on and from the said twelvth day of
April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty
five at the County of Adams aforsaid of the mortal fracture and
contusion aforsaid died. And so the Jurors aforsaid upon their oaths
aforsaid do say that the said John Craig him the said Joshua Pierce
in the manner and by the means aforsaid voluntarily wilfully and
lawfully and feloniously did kill and slay contrary to the form of
the statute in such cases made and provided and against the peace and
dignity of the same people of the state of Illinois.

W A Richardson
States Atty

 

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