Cheryls Note: I found this in the history of Moultrie Col Illinois. The main Parties are William and Catherine Souther.
NOTE A.-The excitement created by the Mormons in separating husband and wife, and the incidents connected therewith, at the desire of parties, I will give. Andrew Love was a man of considerable intelligence and influence, who had taken up with the new rel igion from what was believed to be sinister motives. He had traded his property for property in Nauvoo, and had gone there with other families that had embraced the faith, most of whom had left unsettled business in the neighborhood. They had gone in the fall or winter of 1845 and 1846, intending to return in the spring, finish settlement, and take with them some property which they had left behind. Among those who went were John Cazier and wife. Mrs. Cazier wrote to her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lamaster, abou t the time Love and Cazier started for Moultrie county Illinois, that Andrew Love was coming to Moultrie county, and that he said he was going to bring William Souther's wife, and that there were some who would not live long. On the receipt of this letter by Mrs. Lamaster, who lived in Macon county, south of Decatur, she gave it to her father, Uncle Jack Turpin, who came immediately to A. H. Kellar's and showed the letter. Souther was sent for and informed of its contents, but he was incredulous, and did not belie ve that his wife entertained any idea of such an act, as he had not heard her express any desire to go with the Mormons for some time. Since her sister, Mrs. Love, had left he supposed she had abandoned all ideas of Mormonism. He said he would speak to hi s wife about the matter when he went home, but did not do so, but concluded to arouse the neighborhood and drive the Mormons out. He went through the whole neighborhood to arouse the citizens to aid in driving out the Mormons. When he returned home, to hi s surprise, his wife informed him of her intention to go with the Latter Day Saints. At his request, his mother came and tried to dissuade her daughter-in-law from such an unwise step; she was, however, unsuccessful in changing her purpose. Mrs. Souther's answer to all entreaties was, "I must go with the Lord's people." Mr. Souther decided at last to let her have her will, but told her she could not have her child. The child was an infant, a few months old, but so great was the infatuation of the mother that she said, "I will go if I have to leave my child." The child being placed in the care of her mother-in-law, she interposed no objection.
The mother-in-law, taking the child, turned to the mother and said: "Catharine,(Souther) tie the bonnet on Angie's head, and take the last look at your child." She did so without an emotion, while the mother-in-law was almost overcome with grief. It was not that she was wanting in natural affection, for she was both a good wife and an affectionate mother. It was simply the influence of the perniciuos teaching she had imbibed that for the time had seemingly obliterated those noble qualities which she exhibited when not influenced by Mormon fanaticism. The indignation of the people was almost uncontrollable, when it was known that Mrs. Souther had determined to leave him, and it required considerable effort upon the part of the more deliberate to prevent a resort to violence. The citizens met at James H. Kellar's, organized and appointed a committee to give the Mormons notice to quit the country in two days. While things were transpiring Mrs.Catherine Souther had left her husband and was making her way on foot to the house o f a Mormon by the name of Abbot, some three miles away, in opposition to the wishes of her husband, who desired her to remain at John Love's until the Mormons were ready to depart. When he learned of her departure he started in pursuit, carrying a gun and overtaking her west of the Okaw timber. A. H. Kellar, being at the house of E. J. Hikes, near by, first seeing Mrs. Souther pass, and in a short time Souther, he followed him, fearing that under the excitement of the moment he might do some act of violence. He saw Souther overtake his wife, saw her stop and step back where the fence screened her from view. He hastened forward and heard Souther say: "Did I not tell you not to go to Abbots?" He failed to understand her reply, but hastened forward and addressed her, saying: "Why, Catharine, is it possible you can believe there is any religion in such conduct?" She answered abruptly: "You know nothing about it, sir." Seeing her condition of mind, he said nothing more. Her husband then informed her that he had decided she should not go. He commanded her to take her place upon the horse behind him, which she at first refuse d to do, but finally acceded to his wishes, and they returned to Mr. Souther's fathers, where she manifested no discontent or ill feeling, saying: "She had tried to do her duty, but was prevented, and she knew the Lord would accept her." Some three years after she did escape and joined the Mormons.
Her husband visited her at Salt Lake, and she went with him to California, where she died.
On Tuesday, the day appointed for the Mormons to leave Moultrie county Illinois, the whole neighborhood for ten miles up and down the timber came to see them depart. The principal part of them were to start from the house of John Love, where the citizens had assembled. Andrew Love was talking to his brother, when Souther came up and spoke to some one in the company, saying: "Boys, I want the best gun you've got." William Ste vens handed him a gun, assuring him it was as good as could be found in the county. He took the proffered gun, raised it to his face, taking deliberate aim at Love. When John Love saw Souther's act, he said: "See that rascal," which gave his brother the timely warning that saved his life. He sprang behind the house and escaped the intended shot by mounting his horse and riding for dear life.