Massie, Jeremiah "Jessie"
Sometime prior to 1836, Massie lived for a time in Sangamon County, Illinois. In early 1836, he was convicted of larceny in the St. Louis Circuit Court and sentenced to six years in prison. On February 7, 1838, Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan wrote to Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs recommending the pardon of Jesse E. Massie. Duncan enclosed two petitions in favor of Massie, one of which was signed by Abraham Lincoln. On March 8, 1838, Governor Boggs granted the pardon.
Petition of George Pasfield and Others to Lilburn W. Boggs; Edmund Taylor and Others to Whom it May Concern, 21 October 1836, and Joseph Duncan to Lilburn W. Boggs, 7 February 1838, Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL. The original letters are located in the SHS Collection, Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia, Columbia, MO.