Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy : Joseph Sued Chauncey L. Higbee in Court at Carthage
The authors describe their research efforts in 1962 which resulted in finding court records in the Hancock County Courthouse pertaining to a suit brought by Joseph Smith against Chauncey Higbee in 1842. They argue that these papers provide evidence that Joseph Smith wasn't a polygamist. The text of the documents found is herein transcribed. They also discuss the matter of some of these documents being later lost and their perspective on why Mormon historians have ignored these documents. They also offer suppositions on why the case never came to court.