Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 28377

District Court (First District) Unlawful cohabitation register of action book

Dates: 1890-1891.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains one register of action book maintained by the Territorial First District Court that focuses exclusively on unlawful cohabitation cases that appeared before the court. Charges of unlawful cohabitation by the federal attorneys came with the crackdown on polygamy in the Utah Territory in the late 19th century. Suspected polygamists were charged under the Edmunds Act, also known as the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882. The Edmunds Act was a United States federal statute signed into law on March 23, 1882 by president Chester A. Arthur, declaring polygamy a felony. The act not only reinforced the earlier 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act but also revoked polygamists' right to vote, made them ineligible for jury service, and prohibited them from holding political office.

The cases in this book range from 1889 to 1891. The information recorded in this register book includes a register case number, the names of plaintiff (always the United States) and defendant(s), the attorney for the plaintiff (always the U.S. District Attorney), and the dates and proceedings of all actions taken in a case.

Arrangement

Numerical by register entry number.

Research Note

All defendant names in this register are handwritten. Several are illegible, and have not been transcribed into the container list. When this occurs the name has been replaced with a ?

Related Records

Southern division criminal case files from the District Court (First District), Series 1521, may contain case file information on the polygamy cases listed in this register.

Northern division civil and criminal case files from the District Court (First District), Series 1529, may contain case file information on the polygamy cases listed in this register.

Civil and criminal case blotters from the District Court (First District), Series 7571, may contain parallel information on polygamy cases heard by the Territorial First District Court.

Southern Division criminal registers of actions from the District Court (First District), Series 25950, may contain information on other polygamy cases in the Territorial First District Court.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was processed by Jim Kichas in September 2013.

Finding Aids

Indexes: There is no known index for this register book. A processing decision was made to index the book, and transcribe each entry into the container list that is attached to this finding aid.

Indexing Terms

Container List

PAGE REGISTER NUMBER DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1 1889 United States vs Rasmus Jefferson
1 2 1889 United States vs Frank Whitehead
2 3 1889 United States vs Thomas Stevland
2 4 1889 United States vs Albert G. Slater
3 5 1889 United States vs Andrew A. Jensen
3 6 1889 United States vs Robt G. Hopkins
4 7 1889 United States vs James Wickle
4 8 1889 United States vs Peter Anderson
5 9 1889 United States vs Andrew Madsen
5 10 1889-1890 United States vs Henry Tingey
6 11 1889 United States vs ? P. Jensen
6 12 1889 United States vs W. S. Reed
7 13 1889-1890 United States vs Andrew Anderson
7 14 1889 United States vs James Bywater
8 15 1889-1891 United States vs Nathaniel Nodges
8 16 1889-1891 United States vs Nils Oliff Walstram
9 17 1889-1891 United States vs Edwin Lambourne
9 18 1889 United States vs Edward Blake
10 19 1889 United States vs Lars Christinson Larsen
10 20 1889-1890 United States vs Frank ?
11 21 1889 United States vs C.L. White
11 22 1889-1890 United States vs Sidney Kreel
12 23 1889-1890 United States vs Allen Hunsaker
12 24 1889 United States vs Frederick Jensen
13 25 1889 United States vs Charles Frank
13 26 1889 United States vs William Blair
14 27 1889 United States vs William Blair
14 28 1889 United States vs Goudy O Hogan
15 29 1889 United States vs Sidney Kent
15 30 1889-1890 United States vs Wm Archibald
16 31 1889-1890 United States vs John Bunt
16 32 1889-1891 United States vs James ?
17 33 1889-1890 United States vs Jess Christensen
17 34 1889-1890 United States vs Viels Hansen
18 35 1889-1890 United States vs Mark Lindsey
18 36 1889 United States vs Ephraim Watson
19 37 1889-1891 United States vs Arnold Goodcliffe
19 38 1889 United States vs Joseph Gibbons
20 39 1889-1890 United States vs Michael Stanley
20 40 1889 United States vs Frederick Christensen
21 41 1889 United States vs James Kearl
21 42 1889-1890 United States vs Charles Crabtree
22 44 1889 United States vs Fred Ribbach
22 45 1889 United States vs ?
23 46 1889 United States vs W.H. Booth
23 47 1889-1890 United States vs John Hopkins
24 48 1889-1890 United States vs John Hopkins
24 49 1889-1890 United States vs A.J. Washbourne
25 50 1889-1890 United States vs ?
25 51 1889 United States vs ?
26 52 1889-1890 United States vs John Cox
26 53 1889-1890 United States vs James Peterson
27 54 1889-1890 United States vs John Graham
27 55 1889-1890 United States vs Rueben Smith
28 56 1889 United States vs Robert A. Baine
28 57 1889-1890 United States vs James Hansen
29 58 1889-1890 United States vs Jacob Hanson
29 59 1889-1890 United States vs O.J. Spencer
30 60 1889-1891 United States vs John Corless
30 61 1889-1891 United States vs Geo. ?
31 62 1889-1890 United States vs Albert W. Baker
31 63 1889 United States vs Olivaus Jacobsen
32 64 1889-1890 United States vs A.J. Spencer
32 65 1889-1890 United States vs John Dunn
33 66 1889-1890 United States vs Samuel Smith
33 67 1889-1890 United States vs Ole Olesen
34 68 1889 United States vs Martha Rogers
34 69 1889 United States vs Edward Clark
35 70 1890 United States vs Lars P. Johnson
35 71 1890 United States vs Luke Sherwood
36 72 1890-1891 United States vs John Halgreen
36 73 1890 United States vs Fred Ellis
37 74 1890-1891 United States vs Peter Christensen
37 75 1890 United States vs John Welch
38 76 1890 United States vs Joseph Hale
38 77 1890 United States vs Charles Clark
39 78 1890-1891 United States vs Archibald McFarland
39 79 1890-1891 United States vs Ira Allen
40 80 1890 United States vs Lars Nielson
40 81 1890 United States vs Jens P. Turbeson
41 82 1890-1891 United States vs Frank Gooch
41 83 1890 United States vs J.H. Luke
42 84 1890 United States vs Frederick A. Newberger
42 85 1890-1891 United States vs William Pappleton
43 86 1890-1891 United States vs Frederick Yates
43 87 1890 United States vs Levi L. Wheeler
44 88 1890-1891 United States vs W.O. Trailkill
44 89 1890-1891 United States vs Lena Butcane
45 90 1890 United States vs James Butcane
45 91 1890 United States vs Henry J. Newman
46 92 1890 United States vs Henry J. Newman
46 93 1890-1891 United States vs Jens Fransen
47 94 1890 United States vs M.P. Christensen
47 95 1890 United States vs Andrew Callaghan
48 96 1890 United States vs Thos. Stirland
48 97 1890 United States vs Alfred Brenston
49 88 1890 United States vs Trailkill
49 98 1890 United States vs M.B. Buford, J.W. Taylor, and Geo. Crocker
50 99 1891 United States vs C. Rohwer
50 100 1891 United States vs Charles S. Half
51 101 1891 United States vs V.L. Wright
51 102 1891 United States vs August Hansen
52 103 1891 United States vs Thomas Shelton
52 104 1891 United States vs Moroni Brown
53 105 1891 United States vs Niels C. Anderson
53 106 1891 United States vs John Thomas
54 107 1891 United States vs Chas. L. White
54 108 1891 United States vs A.D. Child
55 109 1891 United States vs Henry Yates
55 110 1891 United States vs Thomas Bullock
56 111 1891 United States vs Samuel Carter
56 112 1891 United States vs James Hanson
57 113 1891 United States vs C.M. Borgstrom
57 114 1891 United States vs Peter Madison
58 115 1891 United States vs Nelson George
58 116 1891 United States vs Jane Doe Jensen
59 117 1891 United States vs Colin Rankin
59 118 1891 United States vs James Bywater
60 119 1891 United States vs James Bywater
61 120 1891 United States vs Lars C. Christensen
61 121 1891 United States vs Christian Jensen
62 122 1891 United States vs Robert H. Maughan
62 123 1891 United States vs Peter Neilson
63 124 1891 United States vs Moroni Brown
63 125 1891 United States vs William S. Muir, Jr.
64 126 1891 United States vs Wiliam S. Papplton, Jr.
64 127 1891 United States vs James Hansen
65 128 1891 United States vs Joseph Barton
65 129 1891 United States vs Louis Howell
66 130 1891 United States vs N.L. Mortensen
66 131 1891 United States vs Thomas Bullock
67 132 1891 United States vs Thomas Bullock
67 133 1891 United States vs Phillip Roberts
68 134 1891 United States vs N.W. Neilson
68 135 1891 United States vs Carl Edling and John Christenson
69 136 1891 United States vs Christian Peterson
69 137 1891 United States vs Christian Peterson
70 138 1891 United States vs C.S. Winger
70 139 1891 United States vs C.S. Winger