written by Joe Ganger, 20 Nov 2000
There will be no secular labor on Sunday!
The first term was held on December 7, 1830 at Savery's in White Pigion. Luther Newton and John Sturgis were judges; D. Page, clerk; Daniel Murry, crier; Jesse Baum, bailiff. The grand jury impaneled: W. Bliss, Jason Thurston, Blakely Thurston, Alanson C. Stewart, I. J. Ullman, Wm. Hunter, Philander A. Paine, Nathaniel Syas, Joshua Galer, William Thomas, John McNeal, William Meek, Daniel Lyon, Jr., William G. Knaggs, Williams Stevens and Henry M. Paine. The jury indicted John Knapp for shooting one mare, the property of Frederick Sedorys. In June of 1831, the jury, among them Arannah Phelps, Dr. Loomis, J. W. Coffinbury, and three of the Martin family, brought in a verdict of guilty and sentenced the shooter to pay a fine of twenty dollars and costs into the county treasury, and one hundred and eighty dollars damages to the owner of the mare, being triple the animal's value, and to stand committed till the whole amount was paid.
At the October term 1834, now held in Centreville, Aurora Amulet Gilbert complained most bitterly of the cruel desertion of her by her lawfully-wedded husband and lord, David B. Gilbert, and meekly said if the court did not wish to take her unsupported statements they might inquire for themselves; but the court evidently believed her for at the April 1835 term, they decreed that David should have Aurora as an "Amulet" no longer to charm away sorrow, and bade her resume her maiden name and single blessedness. The court also found five white men guilty of selling liquor to the Pottawatomies, and were fined five dollars and costs, and bid to go and sin no more, at the same price of condonement.
At the September term, 1838, Daniel Fulton, Jr., was indicted for exercising secular labor on the Sabbath, and also for resisting an officer who interfered with his exercise, but a jury of his neighbors said he was not guilty of either charge.