Francis M. Higbee
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In 1830, Higbee moved to Fulton, Ohio.
Conflict with Smith
On May 1, 1844, Higbee filed a legal complaint in the Fifth Judicial District of Illinois, suing Smith for slander, with requested damages of five thousand dollars. Smith was killed before the legal suit was resolved.
Nauvoo Expositor and Smith's death
On May 18, 1844, the church excommunicated Higbee, Charles Ivins, and Austin Cowles of the High Council, for apostasy. On May 29, the High Council published document purporting to show Higbee's brother Chauncey had also committed misdeeds.
In 1844, Higbee became an editor of the Nauvoo Expositor along with his brother Chauncey and several others. The single edition of the Expositor included statements critical of Smith and other church leaders. After the press was destroyed, Higbee swore an oath before a Hancock County, Illinois, justice that Smith had incited a riot. On the basis of this testimony, an arrest warrant was issued for Smith and 17 others.
Smith surrendered to authorities and was killed by a mob in Carthage Jail while awaiting trial.
Higbee was listed as a resident of Hancock County in 1850.
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