John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

Family Life
James Davis murders William Hays Davis a fellow trapper and hunting companion, a shoemaker. 12/13/1804. After a preliminary hearing, DB remanded Davis to the "calabozo" in St. Charles to await action by the grand jury. Their indictment: <That one James Davis, late of the District of St. Charles, in the Territory of Louisiana, Laborer, not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil, on the 13th day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four (1804), at a place called Femme Osage, in the said district of St. Charles, with force of arms, in and upon William Hays, in the peace of God and the United States, then and there Feloniously, wilfully and with malice aforethought, did make an assault, and that the said James Davis, with a certain rifle gun, four feet long, and of the value of five dollars, then and there loaded and charged with gun powder and one leaden bullet, with said rifle gun the said James Davis, then and there in his hands had and held, fired and killed William Hays.> He was held for trial with a bond of $3000, which DB signed. When Davis came to trial he was cleared -- a case of self-defense. citing Bryan in MHR 3 (1908-09):200, 4 (1909-10):85 in BAKELESS:374-375


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