Campbell writes an account of Saints in Clay County.

Jul 1, 1843
Robert L. Campbell
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History, 1838–1856, volume D-1, July 1, 1843, 1631, The Joseph Smith Papers website, accessed August 11, 2021

Robert L. Campbell
Robert L. Campbell
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The most part of one thousand and two hundred Saints, who resided in Jackson County, made their escape to Clay County. I would here remark that among one of the companies that went to Clay County, was a woman named Sarah Ann Higbee who had been sick of chills and fever for many months; and another of the name of Keziah Higbee, who was under the most delicate circumstances, lay on the bank of the river, without shelter, during one of the most stormy nights I ever witnessed while torrents of rain poured down during the whole night, and streams of the smallest <​size​> were magnified into rivers. The former [HC 3:439] was carried across the river, apparently a lifeless corpse.— The latter was delivred of a fine son, on the bank, within twenty minutes after being carried across the river, under the open canopy of heaven, and from which cause, I have every reason to believe, she died a premature death. The only consolation they received from the mob, under these circumstances, was “God damn you, do you believe in Joe Smith now?” During this whole time, the said Joseph Smith Senior, lived in Ohio, in the town of Kirtland, according to the best of my knowledge and belief, a distance of eleven hundred miles from Jackson county, and thinks that the church in Missouri had but little correspondence with him during that time We now mostly found ourselves in Clay county— some in negro cabins— some in gentlemen’s kitchens— some in old cabins that had been out of use for years— and others in the open air, without any thing to shelter them from the dreary storms of a cold and stormy winter.

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