Source Information

Ancestry.com. Fort Smith, Arkansas, Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
Original data: Defendant Jacket Files for U.S. District Court, Western Division of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division, 1866-1900. ARC ID: 201532. The National Archives at Fort Worth. Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

About Fort Smith, Arkansas, Criminal Case Files Index, 1866-1900

This database consists of criminal court cases of such famous outlaws as Wyatt Earp and "Cherokee Bill" Goldsby. Many of these 50,000 cases were heard by the famous "hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker, appointed by President Grant to bring law and order to the territory of Arkansas. The descriptions provide the first and last name of the defendant, the type of crime, the year, the jacket number, and other information.