District Court Cases - September Term 1895

SOURCE: Clinton Morning Age, Aug. 31, 1895. This list was published in the newspaper. 

COURT CASES To Come Before District Court at the  September Term - Probate Cases - An Unusually Long List - Busy Session

A-L Cases    M-Z Cases


I have no idea what any of these cases are about.  I have been told that ones listed with the same names, for example "Smith vs Smith" could possibly be divorces.  Also, in other newspaper issues, I have seen articles mention how many cases were dismissed due to lack of action or whatever so some of what is listed may not even have went anywhere.  Finally, due to the age of newspaper and the size of the print, some of these were hard to read.


U.S. territorial courts were established by statute for organized territories of the United States. They had the form and jurisdiction of district courts, by which they were superseded when the territories became states.

U.S. circuit courts were established concurrently with U.S. district courts by the Judiciary Act of 1789. They shared with U.S. district courts original jurisdiction over criminal cases, tort suits by aliens, and all common law suits involving the United States. They had exclusive original jurisdiction over suits involving an alien, suits between citizens of different states, and suits in common law and equity where the disputed amount exceeded $500. They had appellate jurisdiction over cases heard in U.S. district courts comprising each circuit, except those cases that by law were heard immediately by the U.S. Supreme Court. Appellate jurisdiction was transferred from U.S. circuit courts to newly established U.S. circuit courts of appeals by the Judiciary Act of 1891 (26 Stat. 826), March 3, 1891. U.S. circuit courts were abolished, effective January 1, 1912, by the Judicial Code of 1911 (36 Stat. 1167), March 3, 1911, with jurisdiction, records, and pending cases transferred from each circuit court to the appropriate U.S. district courts.