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Monroe County Obituaries



Schroder, Margaretha Luise Schroder
Margaretha Luise Schroder died January 15, 1867. She was born March 8, 1865, the daughter of John Adam and Elisabetha Heintz Schroder.


Musson, Mrs. Musson

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     A Mrs. Musson was shot and killed by a young man named Roof, on Monday morning, the 26th ult., near Mogadore, Portage County.  The alleged provocation to the act was the starting of a report by Mrs. Musson, injurious to the character of the mother and sister of the young man.  The murderer has been arrested.


Bota, Peter Bota

Bota, (wife of Peter) Bota

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Peter Bota was hanged at Williamsport, Pa., Dec. 4th, for wife murder.  He acknowledged his guilt, and confessed having previously murdered two men.


Spring, George Spring

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Two lads, Daniel Wells and George Spring were playing with a gun last week at West Union, Adams county, Ohio, when Wells pointed it at Spring and snapped it, not supposing it to be loaded.  The gun went off, and Spring received the charge in the back, wounding him fatally.


Nefe, Henry Nefe

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

Information Wanted of a Deceased Soldier. - In the fall of 1861, Mr. Henry Nefe, of Woodview, Morrow county, Ohio, enlisted as a soldier of the United States in Co. E. 43d Reg. O. V. I.  On the 18th day of June 1864, in a skirmish near Atlanta, Georgia, he was wounded in the foot from the effects of which he soon afterwards died.  He leaves a widow and children in needy circumstances, who are unable to obtain the back pay and bounty due them without positive proof of his death.  Any person being cognizant of the time and place of his death, who will communicate the facts to H. S. Prophet, Mt. Gilead, Morrow county, Ohio, will confer a much needed favor upon a deserving widow of a United States soldier.


Unknown Soldier

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Last week some soldiers of the 16th Infantry, stationed at Augusta, Ga., in a riotous mood commenced assaulting the draymen in the streets, and in the course of their sport, without provocation, knocked down a one legged Confederate named Adkins or Adkinson and beat him severely with his own crutch.  A., after begging them in vain to desist, fired a pistol and inflicted upon one of them a mortal wound.  The officers of the post declined to prosecute him on the ground that this act was justifiable.


Smith, W. G. Smith

Gray, John Gray

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     W. G. Smith was hung at Washington, Fayette County, Ohio, on Friday, the 14th, for the murder of his father-in-law, John Gray, in 1864.  He protested his innocence to the last.


Ross, Dr. Ross

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Henry Boyd Lewis, a near male descendant of George Washington, was convicted, last week, at King George’s Court House, Virginia, of voluntary manslaughter, in killing Dr. Ross some five years ago.  He was sentenced to three years and six months in the Penitentiary.  The jury recommended the prisoner to mercy.  The trial lasted ten days.


McFarran, Samuel McFarran

Schaub, Philip H. Schaub

Alger, Martin Alger

Russell, R. O. Russell

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

Shawneetown, Ill., Dec. 12:  To the Editor of the Enquirer:

Sir:  In a cemetery near this place I find the graves of four soldiers, on whose headboards are the following inscriptions:

“Samuel McFarran, Company C, Fifty seventh Ohio, April 1862

“Philip H. Schaub, First Ohio Cavalry, April, 1862;

“Martin Alger, Company F, Thirteenth  Michigan, died May 10, 1862, on steamer Lancaster;

“R. O. Russell, Company B, Second Michigan Cavalry, died May 10, 1862, on steamer Lancaster.”

     I know not whether the friends of these deceased soldiers know of their resting place; but by stating the facts in your columns, and thus calling the attention of your Ohio and Michigan exchanges to the same, you may confer a favor on anxious friends.  Respectfully &c.,  Charles Burnett.


Zeigufuss, Mrs. Susanna Zeigufuss

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

Mrs. Susanna Zeigufuss, an old lady of Caborn county, Penn., recently died leaving 12 children, 85 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.


Eubank, John Thomas Eubank

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

{From the Marietta Times} --  Another Conviction in Ohio -- A Capital Punishment Case.

     The trial of Hanson Bumgardner, charged with the murder of John Thomas Eubank, has been the engrossing topic of conversation during the past week.- Bumgardner was arrested in September last; he was brought to Marietta, and , after a preliminary examination, was bound over for trial.  An indictment was found against him by the Grand Jury at the October term of our Circuit Court, and the prisoner was arraigned for trial at the special term which is now being held.- The following gentlemen, well known and respected citizens of Washington County, composed the jury before whom the prisoner was tried: David H. Merrill, Hiram Gard, Augustine Dyar, James Ward, Wm. Cole, George W. St. John, C. F. Stacy, John Henry, C. D. Ford, Augustus S. Curtis, R. D. Hollister, S. F. Seely  According to the evidence adduced on the trial, Bumgardner hired Eubank, who was the owner of a four-horse team, to come from Virginia to Ohio ostensibly for the purpose of removing his (Bumgardner’s) family to Burning Springs, back of Parkersburg.  For this service Bumgardner agreed to pay Eubank $12 a day.  Bumgardner’s family were then living in Addison, Gallia County.  Eubank brought his team across the river at Belpre, and accompanied by Bumgardner, proceeded down the river road.  On the night of September 13, they camped at Hill’s Landing, in Belpre township.  They cooked their own supper, and slept in the wagon.  About eight o’clock in the evening Bumgardner went to the house of Mr. Roger Hill, living near, and borrowed his skiff, saying he wanted to wash some clothes, and also saying that they wanted to take a bathing.  The next morning Bumgardner started with the team, and Mr. Roger Hill, observing that his partner was not with him, inquired his whereabouts.  Bumgardner replied, “O, he’s gone!” -- a literal fact, as it afterward turned out, though not in the sense Bumgardner intended it.

     Five days afterward, on the 18th of September, the body of a man, with the head cut off, was found floating in the river near Hockingport.  It was taken ashore, a coroner’s jury called, and, no one being able to identify the body, it was buried.  Soon after, Eubank’s disappearance excited suspicion, and the headless body was disinterred.  After a thorough investigation, the body was found to be that of John Thomas Eubank, it having been identified, by his brother and several persons who were acquainted with him, by the clothes he had on and by the general appearance of the body.  A warrant was thereupon issued for the arrest of Bumgardner, who was traced to Pomeroy and then to Addison, where his family had lived.  He had taken his family on the wagon, and gone westward.  He was followed to Chillicothe, and thence to Frankfort, in Ross County, where he was arrested, and was soon after brought to Marietta and confined in jail.

     The evidence against the prisoner was wholly circumstantial, but it was of such a character as to leave no room to doubt that he was the murderer.  The most damaging fact against the prisoner was the finding of some of Eubank’s clothing in his possession.  He was wearing the murdered man’s boots at the time he was arrested.  From the time Bumgardner left Hill’s Landing, (the scene of the murder) until he was arrested, he told every person with whom he had any conversation, a different story as regarded the ownership of the team he was driving, and as regarded his destination.

     As nearly as can be ascertained, the facts of the murder are simply these:  On the night of September 13, after Eubank had gone to sleep in the wagon, Bumgardner took his life, either by shooting him in the head or cutting his throat, and then conveyed the body to the river, put it into the skiff he had borrowed, run out into the river, cut the head off, and then threw the body into the water.  He had taken a stone weighing thirty-two pounds, and fastened it to the body with a trace chain from the wagon, believing, no doubt, that this would forever keep the body of his victim at the bottom of the river.  But the body came up again, and with it came the evidence upon which Hanson Bumgardner has been convicted as the perpetrator of the bloody deed.

     The trial commenced on Monday, 10th inst., and continued until Thursday night.  The ease was given to the jury about 11 ½ o’clock on Thursday night, and the next morning they handed in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree.


Sunkle, (boy) Sunkle

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     A boy named Sunkle, who resided in West Zanesville, while skating on Licking river on Sunday afternoon, broke through the ice and was drowned before assistance could be rendered him.  A warning to Sunday skaters.


Dinsmore, Robert W. Dinsmore

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

Dinsmore Murder -- Folger and Montgomery Committed for Trial

     The Coroner’s inquest summoned to investigate the facts pertaining to the killing of Robert W. Dinsmore having disagreed as to young Montgomery’s participation in the homicide, on Thursday afternoon Wm. Dinsmore, brother of the deceased, appeared before his Honor Judge Acheson and made information, charging both Folger and Montgomery, with the killing.  His Honor issued a warrant, directing that both the accused be brought before him on Friday morning.  In lieu of a regular hearing, the testimony taken by the inquest was submitted to him with the understanding that, upon the evidence thus furnished, he was to determine what disposition to make of the parties.  At nine o’clock, therefore, on Friday morning, Folger and Montgomery were brought before his Honor at the Sheriff’s office, when he announced that, having carefully examined the testimony, he was satisfied it contained enough to warrant him in holding both of them to answer the charge.  They were, therefore, finally committed to prison to await their trial. -- Wheeling Register, Dec. 22.


Oblinger, Mr. John B. Oblinger

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Sudden Death - Mr. John B. Oblinger, a well known and prominent citizen of Miltonsburg, this county, died suddenly, at his residence on Tuesday morning last.  He complained of feeling unwell at about 8 o’clock in the evening, and continued to grow worse until 3 ½ o’clock Christmas morning, when he expired.  Mr. Oblinger was in the enjoyment  of good health, and had been out buying tobacco the day of the evening he was taken ill.  His loss will be sensibly felt by his friends and the businessmen of the western part of the county, with whom he was interested in business.

     He was interred on Thursday with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church.


Henthorn, Thomas J. Henthorn

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 1, 1867

     Died - HENTHORN - Dec. 8 (1866), in this place, of Typhoid Fever, Thomas J. Henthorn, aged 17 years 5 months and 8 days.



Mehaffey, Mrs. Agnes Mehaffey

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 15, 1867

     Mrs. Agnes Mehaffey died in Cambridge, O., last week, aged 90 years.  She had been a wife 27 years, a widow 42 years, and a member of the Presbyterian Church 70 years.


Wheeler, Mrs. Mary A. Wheeler

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 15, 1867

Died - Wheeler - Of Consumption, at Sylvan, Wisconsin, Mrs. Mary A. Wheeler, wife of Samuel Wheeler, aged 21 years 3 months and 18 days.

Mrs. Wheeler formerly lived in this county.


Martin, Henry Martin

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 22, 1867

“An Outrage Upon Humanity” --  Our attention had been called to an article in the Statesman, of Columbus, bearing the above caption, relative to the frozen feet of Henry Martin and Frederick Kalbfleisch, two lunatics sent from this county to the Asylum.  So far as the facts have come to our knowledge, the feet of these unfortunate men were frozen before they were brought to this place, and before they were ever in the care of the “county officials”.  They never were in the county jail as asserted by the Statesman, but in the county Infirmary.

     We regret to hear of the death of Henry Martin, and that young Kalbfleisch’s feet are in a bad condition; but in that condition they were sent to the Asylum and received, and the Superintendent was informed by the Sheriff and his Deputy that their feet were frozen.  His reply was, that it was a common occurrence for lunatics to escape from their relatives and wander about the country until their feet and hands would be badly frozen.

     If any of our county officials are to blame in this matter, (which we do not believe) we would regret it as much as the Statesman.

     Perhaps from the extreme pains  taken by the Statesman to puff Dr. Hamilton and others, at Columbus, an investigation would disclose that some officials are to blame in this matter.


Sanders, Dr. Lahan M. Sanders

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 29, 1867

Dr. Lahan M. Sanders, of Barnstead, lately died from a disease contracted five years ago, while performing a dissection.


Davis, (old man) Davis

Source: Spirit of Democracy January 29, 1867

     An old man named Davis died in the County Infirmary on Wednesday of last week.


Lindsley, (Infant Son) Lindsley

Source: Spirit of Democracy February 19, 1867

     Joel Lindsley, the Reverend scapegoat who murdered his infant son because he refused to say his prayers, has made a confession.  He says he hammered the boy for more than two hours with a shingle, stopping now and then to talk with him, till finally the child died under the treatment.  He has been sentenced to five years hard labor in the Penitentiary; he should have been hanged by the thumbs for five years.


Demoret, Mrs. Lydia Demoret

Source: Spirit of Democracy February 26, 1867

     Mrs. Lydia Demoret died, on the 4th inst., at Paddy's Run, in Butler county, Ohio, in her ninety-fourth year.  She was the widow of Nicholas Demoret, who was one of the first settlers of Cincinnati.-  He cleared and owned a piece of land near where the court house in Cincinnati now stands.


Stine, Henry Stine

Source: Spirit of Democracy February 26, 1867

     Henry Stine, one of the oldest residents of this county, died at his residence near this place on Tuesday, the 19th inst.  Mr. Stine was eighty years of age.


Amos, Joshua Amos

Source: Spirit of Democracy February 26, 1867

     Intelligence of the decase [sic] of Mr. Joshua Amos was received here on Saturday, the 23d inst.  Mr. Amos was formerly a resident of this county, but at the time of his demise was a resident of Belmont County.


Richner, John C. Richner

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 5, 1867

     Mr. John C. Richner, an old citizen of this county, died on the 29th day of last January.  He was eighty-five years of age.


Morris, Thomas Morris

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 5, 1867

Drowned.-On last Saturday, Thomas Morris drove his two-horse team into Duck Creek, a short distance below Stanleyville, to water his horses.  They went into a deep hole, where there was a swift current; the bed of the wagon was taken off, and Mr. Morris drowned.  He was a little over 30 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children.-Marietta Register, 25th ult.


Eubank, John Thomas Eubank

Bumgardner, Hanson Bumgardner

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 12, 1867

Execution of Bumgardner --  Bumgardner, the murderer of Eubank, was executed at Marietta on the 15th ult., protesting his innocence to the last.  He claimed to have experienced a change of heart, some days previous to his execution, and, when on the scaffold declared his readiness to meet his God.  He spoke from the scaffold something over an hour, a reporter says in an illiterate manner, detailing various incidents of his former life, acknowledging sundry arrests and imprisonments; admitted having been in the rebel service - though claiming to have been conscripted into it as a Union man - and referred by the Union forces in West Virginia upon the charge of being a rebel bushwhacker, but was eventually discharged for want of proof.  He stated his connection with the murder of Eubank to be as follows:  That, in the summer of 1866, he became acquainted with a counterfeiter named John Woods, at Gallipolis; that Woods induced him to take and pass counterfeit "greenbacks," and join the association of bogus dealers; that he went up to the oil wells at Burning Spring, where he met Woods by appointment; that Woods had three confederates with him; that by false pretenses he persuaded Eubank (who was unacquainted with Woods and his confederates.) to go with him to Ohio, ostensibly for his family, but really with preconcerted intent of robbing him of his money and team; that he, with Eubank and team, crossed the Ohio at Parkersburg, and reached Hill's landing - Woods and confederates having reached the opposite Virginia shore about the same time; that Woods alone soon appeared on the Ohio side at their wagon, and professing to recognize Bumbardner as an old acquaintance, invited him to go over the river with him into Virginia to attend a dance; that he begged off from going; that Woods then said to Eubank - "Stranger, won't you go?" - and went, (it being agreed all around that when they got him into Virginia he should be chloroformed and robbed;) that Eubank, before starting, got the fifth-chain from his team to fasten the skiff with on the other shore; that when Eubank and Woods got over, the confederates met them, chloroformed the former and commenced robbing him; that Eubank came to and made battle, during which one of them struck him so hard as to kill him, unintentionally, after which they cast the dead body in the river, and came over and told him (Bumgardner) what they had done; that he protested that it was not the agreement to kill, but only to rob Eubank; that they forced him to acquaintance, and to start with  the team for Catlettsburg, Kentucky, where they would all meet and divide the spoils; that he started next morning southward with the team, but changed his mind by the time he arrived in Gallia County, and took his family and left for the West.  He may have had confederates in the murder, but his protestations of innocence seem to have made little impression upon those who heard him.


Dinsmore, Robert Dinsmore

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 12, 1867

     Robert Fogle, charged with the murder of Robert Dinsmore, a wealthy farmer of Washington County, PA., was convicted of murder in the first degree, on Saturday, the 27th ult.

     William Montgomery, son of ex-Congressman, was charged with the same offense, tried and acquitted.


Hall, Thomas J. Hall

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 19, 1867

     Thomas J. Hall, an old resident of Woodsfield, and an estimable gentleman, beloved by all, died on the 13th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. T. Judkins.


Fitch, Master John Fitch

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 19, 1867

Sad Accident - About two weeks since Master John Fitch, son of Mr. Campbell Fitch, who lives near Clingan's mill, with other boys was playing ball, when the bat slipped from the hand of the striker, striking young Fitch in the face, destroying one eye and fracturing his skull.  The poor little fellow lingered, suffering excruciating agony, until Saturday night, the 10th inst, when death ended his sufferings.


James, Caroline James

Source: Spirit of Democracy March 26, 1867

     Caroline James, a negress, died last week in Richmone.  She was 130 years old, and had had thirty-five children.


Fox, Mr. George W. Fox

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 2, 1867

Died: Fox.. At his residence near Flushing, Belmont County, Ohio of Typhoid Fever.  George W. Fox, in the 56th year of his age.

     Mr. Fox leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss.

Our dear father will return no more;

But we know that he shall be at rest.

We may meet again on that happy shore,

Where the righteous are forever blest.


Lash, Mr. Wm. Lash

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 2, 1867

Wm. Lash -- Melancholy Affair.

     It is our painful duty to announce that on Sunday morning last, before breakfast, Mr. Wm. Lash, three miles south of town, was found dead at his barn, having cut his throat from ear to ear, with a pen knife.  He was a single man, between fifty and sixty years of age - a good kind citizen, inoffensive and exemplary man.  His unmarried sister lived with him.  It is believed that his mind became affected for fear that he should come to want, as he was made believe that the building of the Pike from here to Warnocks - which passes through his farm - would absorb his entire farm to pay the taxes.  This will not be a very pleasant thought to those who may have interestedly or disenterestedly contributed, in this way, to the destruction of this unsuspecting and innocent man.  He was in  our office a week ago, and paid for his paper one year in advance.  We then saw that his mind was terribly exercised on this subject, but we had no idea that it was so much effected.  We endeavored kindly to encourage him, and to show him that his fears were unfounded, believing as we did, that partice were trying to frighten him, so as to get hold of his fine farm at a mere nominal figure. --  If this was the object, some one has a terrible account to give. -- St. Clairsville Gazette, March 26th.


Myers, (little son) Myers

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 2, 1867

Boy Killed -- On Saturday, the 23d ult., a little son of ______ Myers, living about three miles from Baresville, was killed by a falling tree.  His brother was chopping a tree standing in a field near the woods where several children were playing and it appears had forgotten the whereabouts of the children; the children screamed when the tree fell, and upon going down the woodman found the boy in a dying condition.


Myers, (little daughter) Myers

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 9, 1867

Scalded to Death - A little daughter, aged three years, of Adam Myers, a resident of Perry Township, met with a horrible death during last week.  She, by some mishap, fell into a tub of scalding water, from which she was taken in a senseless condition, owing to the horrible nature of the child's injuries, very little could be done to relieve her sufferings; after suffering two days of extreme torture, death kindly relieved her sufferings.


Lloyd, Humphrey E. Lloyd

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 9, 1867

Died: Lloyd - of Epileptic Fits, March 19, 1867, Humphrey E. Lloyd, of Baresville, Monroe County, Ohio, aged 9 years 4 months and 4 days.


Wesley, Marshal Wesley

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 9, 1867

     A man named Marshal Wesley, of Hendrysburg, who accidentally cut his knee with an adze, while working at Mr. Speers' barn in this place, a few weeks ago, has died of his injuries.  The wound was not dangerous at first, but owing to the scrofulous state of the system, Mr. Wesley rapidly gave way after receiving the injury. - Barnesville Enterprise.



Source: Spirit of Democracy April 23, 1867

Two men were killed by the explosion of a coal pit, eleven miles below Steubenville, on Wednesday last.


McCutchon, (daughter) McCutchon

Cottle, (daughter) Cottle

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 23, 1867

     Last Sunday week, two little girls at Franklin, Ohio, one the daughter of Mr. Fred McCutchon, and the daughter of Mr. Lewis Cottle, were playing together in Mr. Peter Dickey's lumber yard, and, as is supposed, in attempting to climb up on a pile of lumber, pulled it over on them, crushing them beneath its weight.  When found, life was extinct in both -- one having its neck broken, and its back in three places.  The other was smothered to death.


Winland, Mr. John Winland

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 23, 1867

     Mr. John Winland, the oldest resident of the county, died on Saturday, the 13th.  Mr. Winland was aged one hundred years.


Myers, (son) Myers

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 23, 1867

Correction - Two weeks since we learned, and published what we supposed to be a correct version, of the death of a child, daughter of Mr. Adam Myers. -  We have since learned, from a friend, that the child was a boy, only two and a half years old, and that he was perfectly conscious to the time of his death.  Mr. Myers is a resident of Center Township instead of Perry Township.


Lankard, John A. Lankard

Source: Spirit of Democracy April 23, 1867

Died: - On Saturday, the 27th inst., John A. Lankard, of Baresville, this county.  Mr. Lankard had been unable to attend to business for two years previous to his demise.  He was buried on Sunday by the Masonic Fraternity.


Cole, Joseph C. Cole

Source: Spirit of Democracy May 14, 1867

     Joseph C. Cole, of Marietta township - who resided half a mile above the mouth of the Little Muskingum - died on Saturday, April 27, 1867, in his 98th year. - Marietta Register


Evans, Wm. W. Evans

Source: Spirit of Democracy May 21, 1867

We regret to learn that a meloncholy occurrence took place on the morning of the 7th inst., in Mead township, this county, about the mouth of Pipe Creek, on the farm of Mr. Thomas Johnston.  Mr. Wm. W. Evans, a young man formerly of Maryland, who, up to the time mentioned, had been in the employ of Mr. Johnston some three months, left the house quite early, for the purpose of bringing some horses from an adjoining field.  Remaining an unusually long time, Mr. Johnston became apprehensive that all was not right, went in search, and on approaching the gap leading into the field where the horses were pasturing, was startled to find the young man lying prostrate on the ground, in an unconscious and almost lifeless condition, and in a few minutes expired.  Mr. Evans had been in rather delicate health for some time past, and all the facts elicited at the Coroner's inquest tended to the belief that death was occasioned by some violent disease of the brain.  He is spoken of by all who knew him as a moral, truthful, industrious, trustworthy young man, and his death is much lamented by the family with whom he lived. - St. Clairsville Gazette


Cooper, Nicholas Cooper

Source: Spirit of Democracy May 21, 1867

It is with deep regret we are called upon to announce the death of one of our oldest and most respected citizens, Mr. Nicholas Cooper, who died at his residence in the vicinity of this place, on Tuesday last.  Mr. Cooper was an honest man and a christian, and had the confidence of all who knew him.

The funeral will take place to day (Thursday) at 1 o'clock, at the Methodist cemetery.- St. Clairsville Gazette, May 16.


Unknown, (Indian chief/warrior)

Source: Spirit of Democracy May 28, 1867

The ancient mound on the summit of Mt. Pleasant - in our suburbs - was partially excavated by some young men a few days since, and portions of a human skeleton exhumed - some chief or warrior, probable, of the race which inhabited this region before the North American Indians.  The bones were in a very bad state of preservation.  So says the Lancaster Gazette.


Moon, Oliver Moon

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 4, 1867

Mr. Oliver Moon, of Sheffeld, Lorain county, Ohio, departed this life on the 28th of April, 1867, in the 81st year of his age.  He came into Sheffeld 51 years ago, then an almost unbroken wilderness and has resided on the same farm ever since until the close of his busy life.


Brown, B. M. Brown

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 4, 1867

B. M. Brown, the venerable gentleman whose reported abstinence from food for over two months has supplied the staple local news of the Dayton papers throughout that period, died Thursday morning.  He was eighty-four years old.


Campbell, Miss Lydia A. Campbell

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 4, 1867

Died - Campbell - May 25, Miss Llydia A. Campbell, aged about 20 years.


Hall, (infant child) Hall

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 11, 1867

Margaret Hall, of Graysville, was committed to jail on Friday last, charged with the murder of her infant child.-  The child was found buried in the cellar of the house, its legs having been almost entirely eaten up by the rats.  It had been buried about one foot below the surface of the ground.  The preliminary examination was held before Esq. Beardmore.


Unknown (skeletons) Unknown

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 11, 1867

The Marion (Ohio) Independent says that thirteen human skeletons, of an extinct race, were found in an excavation for a cellar in that place lately, and expresses the opinion that the hill upon which the excavation was made is full of similar remains.  A singular thing about the skeletons found was that the arms had all been broken between the elbow and the shoulder, and the thigh bones had also been broken.  Two of the skeletons were of femailes, and the balance of males.  The females, when living, must have been taller than the average of men of the present day.  The males must have been seven or eight feet high.


Unknown (three men) Unknown

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 11, 1867

On Saturday last, a portable saw mill blew up, near Dresden, O., killing three men and wounding two other, one of the seriously.  The explosion was terrific, and was heard for miles.  The earth for many rods is plowed up by the concussion.


Martin, (unknown) Martin

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 18, 1867

A man named Martin living in Washington County, near the line, was murdered last week by parties unknown.  His body was found sunk in a mill dam.  The murdered man was a witness against a man named Dye, who was lately arrested charged with murdering a Pedlar nearly thirty years since.  Our informant says, Dye and his friends had make threats that Martin whould not live to testify.


Hall, (infant child) Hall

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 18, 1867

The verdict of the Coroner's Jury empannelled on the 6th inst., in the case of Margaret Hall charged with the murder of her infant child is:  "That the deceased came to its death by violence at the hands of Margaret Hall.  The body has upon it the following marks:  The right side of the face was mashed and marks of strangulation, and from which the jury do find, ensued the immediate death of said child."


Cowan, Mr. Wm. Cowan

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 18, 1867

Sudden Death - Mr. Wm. Cowan, an old and respected citizen of Cambridge, died suddenly on Tuesday morning last, of apoplexy. - Guernsey Jeffersonian.


Dougherty, James Dougherty

Source: Spirit of Democracy June 25, 1867

Terrible - Says the Fremont Journal:  James Dougherty, twenty years ago a Judge of Ottawa county, and a prominent and wealthy merchant here, fell dead in the street on Saturday last.  He was once a man of fine abilities and excellent business tact, but he fell a victim to drink, and for several years past, poor, homeless and abandoned, he has led a wretched life, and at last died in the streets.


Robs, (daughter) Robs

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 2, 1867

On Friday last, a little daughter of Wm. Robs, of St. Marys, Ohio, days the Auglaize Democrat; while playing in the back yard of A. P. South's premises, in this place, fell into a cistern - which had been left open, through carelessness - and was drowned.  When found every effort was made to save its life, but without success.


Robs, (daughter) Robs

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 2, 1867

On Friday last, a little daughter of Wm. Robs, of St. Marys, Ohio, days the Auglaize Democrat; while playing in the back yard of A. P. South's premises, in this place, fell into a cistern - which had been left open, through carelessness - and was drowned.  When found every effort was made to save its life, but without success.


West, Mrs. Sophia J. West

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 2, 1867

Obituary - Died, in Woodsfield June 14th, Mrs. Sophia J. West, aged 48 years.  She leaves the record of a humble Christain, the affectionate wife, the devoted mother, and the faithful friend.  Her disposition, which was naturally gentle and amiable, was made still more so by the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit.

     Having given herself to the Lord early in life, and as her days gradually drew to a close her attachment to Christ increased; upon Him alone she built her hopes; to Him she confided all her cares; from Him she derived precious comforts; giving clear evidence that her faith rested on the promise of the crucified Redeemer.  Thus she passed from earth to heaven, to enjoy, as we trust, the full fruition of a Savior's love.   J. T. G.


Cree, Mary Ann Cree

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 2, 1867

     Mary Ann Cree, daughter of the widow Cree, of Wayne Township, an insane girl, aged 17, met her death on Friday last by purposely jumping into a well.  When taken out life was extinct.  She was taken to the Asylum last winter and returned a short time since as incurable.


McComas, Thomas McComas

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 23, 1867

Hanged Himself - On Monday, the 15th inst., Mr. Thomas McComas, a farmer in comfortable circumstances living on the Prewett farm, on Sunfish Creek, came to his death by voluntarily hanging himself.

     He had gone to the barn to attend to some business, and his absence being prolonged, his wife became uneasy and went to the barn to ascertain the cause.  Judge of her horror and distress when on opening the barn door, she saw her husband suspended by a rope, from a beam, stone dead.

     Nothing unusual in the conduct of Mr. McComas had been noticed by his friends and no cause is known why he thus violently made way with his life.

     He was buried on the 17th inst., by the Masonic Fraternity of this place and Beallsville.


Jones, Mary Ann Jones

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 30, 1867

Death Under Suspicious Circumstances -- Arrest of Dr. J. M. Stout.

     From the Zanesville Courier of last week, we extract the following in regard to the death of Mary Jones, and the arrest of Dr. J. M. Stout, of Zanesville, for committing the unlawful act, which, according to the verdict of the Coroner's Jury, caused her death:

     "The following verdict was rendered by the Jury summoned by the Coroner, to inquire into the cause of the death of Mary Ann Jones.  The verdict was returned yesterday afternoon.

     "After having heard the evidence and examined the body, we do find that the deceased came to her death by the unlawful act of some person or persons in committing an abortion by violence upon the person of the said Mary Ann Jones, and we, the Jury do further find that one, James M. Stout, was concerned in the perpetration of said violence and death.  Given under our hands at the time and place of said inquisition above stated."

     "An affidavit was filed before Justice Quigley, yesterday, charging Dr. J. M. Stout with the commission of the abortion on the person of Mary Jones, by which death resulted, and a warrant was put into the hands of Constable Spragler for his arrest.     "When the nine o'clock train on the Central Railroad, going West, arrived here,  Constable Spragler was at the depot, and noticed the Doctor step off on the platform, and immediately arrested and lodged him in the county jail, to await the result of the Coroner's inquest on the body of Mary Jones."

     The Courier of Monday says that on that day Dr. Stout was brought before Judge Muse of the Probate Court, and the amount of bail required of him was reduced to $1,200, and that he gave the required bond and was released from custody.


Feist, Mrs. Feist

Source: Spirit of Democracy July 30, 1867

The Clarington Enterprise, of July 27, Says:

     Mrs. Feist, the old lady who got so badly injured a short time since, died on Wednesday, 24th instant.-Ib.


Creighton, John W. Creighton

Source: Spirit of Democracy August 13, 1867

     We learn from Mr. L. Shipley, of Stafford, that Mr. John W. Creighton, of Bethel Tp., aged one hundred years five months and fifteen days, died on the 16th day of July.  Mr. Creighton was born on the 1st day of February 1767.


Jones, William P. Jones

Source: Spirit of Democracy August 20, 1867

DIED: Jones - Suddenly, on the 10th inst., of Epilepsey, William P. Jones, Son of James E. Jones, of Calais, Monroe County, aged 10 years.


Mills, Robert Mills Esq.

Source: Spirit of Democracy August 27, 1867

Death of an Old Citizen -- On Thursday last Barnesville lost one of her oldest and most respected citizens - Robet Mills, Esq., - who died at his residence in this place, at the ripe old age of eighty-five. - Ib., 22d inst.


Myers, George Myers

Source: Spirit of Democracy August 27, 1867

     Mr. George Myers, of Switzerland Township, was killed one day last week, while engaged in quarrying stone, near Captina, for the Penitentiary at Moundsville, West Va.  Myers and other workmen were splitting off huge stone and were engaged at one, which our informant says, they could not move from its bed.  After repeated fruitless efforts, Myers went down into the quarry to examine whether any obstacle was holding it at the bottom, and removed some small stone, when the stone weighing several tons trembled on the balance an instant and then fell crushing him lifeless.


Caigley, ________ Caigley

Source: Spirit of Democracy September 10, 1867

MURDER - At a ball one night last week, in Jackson Township, two men, John Shook and _______ Caigley, had a quarrel about the fiddler.  Caigley called Shook a liar, when Shook knocked him down with a poker and stabbed him with a knife.  Caigley died in a few moments after being stabbed.  We have not learned whether Shook has been arrested.


Helm, Governor L. Helm

Source: Spirit of Democracy September 17, 1867

Funeral of the Late Governor Helm. - Louisville, September 10 - Governor L. Helm was buried to-day at Elizabethtown with civic and masonic honors. - The funeral was attended by the State officers and a large number of prominent citizens.  No business was transacted in any of the State offices, and the bells were tolled from 10 to 1 o'clock.


Unknown Soldiers

Source: Spirit of Democracy October 8, 1867

     At Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, and at the Military Hospital at Greenville, Louisiana, there have been more than a hundred deaths of soldiers of the First United States Infantry, from yellow fever.


Heist, Mr. Martin Heist

Source: Spirit of Democracy October 29, 1867

Mr. Martin Heist, a citizen of Hartly township, Union County, PA., died a few days ago at the advanced age of 107 years 3 months and 2 days.


Kennon, Judge Wm. Kennon Jr.

Source: Spirit of Democracy October 29, 1867

[From the St. Clairsville Gazette] -- Death of Judge Wm. Kennon Jr. -- excerpts taken from bar meeting.   October 19, 1867

   The members of the St. Clairsville Bar this day met in the Clerk's office, in St. Clairsville, for the purpose of giving expression to their feelings in view of the death of Hon. Wm. Kennon Jr., one of its oldest and most esteemed members.

   On motion of M. J. W. Glover, the meeting was organized by appointing Gen. James Weir, Chairman; and, on motion, R. E. Chambers was appointed Secretary.

   On motion of Judge D. D. T. Cowen, the Chair appointed a Committee of five to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings and emotions of the members of the Bar, suggested by the death of a distinguished brother; the committee consisting of Judge D. D. T. Cowen, O. J. Swaney, Peter Tallman, Col., Jas. F. Charlesworth and R. H. Cochran.

   On motion, the Chair, appointed a committee of three, consisting of Geo. H. Umstead, M. J. W. Glover and R. E. Chambers, to make all necessary arrangement for attending the funeral of the deceased.

   Hon. Wm. Kennon Jr., born June 12th, 1802, one of the oldest and most distinguished members of our Bar, after a long and eminently useful career, is dead; and we have assembled to give expression to the sentiments and emotions to which the occassion has given rise.

   He has passed "through the valley of the shadow of death," fearing no evil.

   This morning, at the rising of the sun his immortal spirit was separated from its tenement of clay -- and rising, after a long night of suffering and pain, his own long cherished beautiful, and abiding faith was, that it would wing its way to the world of spirits, and thence in the fulness of time, to a heavenly abode in eternal day.

   In his death, his family the bar, and the country, have suffered a great bereavement.

   Judge Kennon was a ripe scholar, a safe counsellor, an able advocate, a profound lawyer, and a just Judge.  He had been thirty-eight years a member of the St. Clairsville Bar, and during all that time -- most of it spent in the active and diligent practive of law -- serving two years in the National Legislature, and two on the Bench -- he deservedly maintained among colleagues and adversaries, through good report and evil report, a reputation for unflinching integrity.

   He can no longer aid us by his counsels, but let us cherish his memory, and strive to profit by his illustrious example.

   He was a model husband and father.  Recognizing the sanctity of domestic grief, we tender to his bereaved widow and children our sincere and heartfelt condolence in this their great affliction.

   Resolved, that we, together, attend the funeral of our departed brother.


Kennon, Judge William Kennon Jr.

Source: Spirit of Democracy October 29, 1867

   Judge William Kennon Jr., died at his residence in St. Clairsville, on the 19th inst.  Our people remember Judge Kennon as a humane gentleman, profound lawyer and just Judge.  The proceedings of the St. Clairsville Bar will be found in this issue.


Truax, Daniel Truax

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 5, 1867

   Daniel Truax, of Malaga, this county, was kicked in the stomach by a horse on Monday the 21st. ult., and died from the injury in about twelve hours.


Moore, Prof. John Moore

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 5, 1867

Sudden Death of Prof. John Moore --  Intelligence was received in town on last Wednesday morning that Mr. John Moore had been found dead on the road leading from Sunfish Creek to this place.  On Sunday last Mr. Moore started to Wheeling on business, and on Tuesday night had reached within three miles of his home when he, to all appearances, as no marks of violence were found on his person, dropped dead.  Mr. Moore had alighted at the creek near Mr. Coates' to walk up the hill.  His horse returned home some time in the night and upon being discovered the next morning, his friends went in search of him.

   His body was found near the residence of Mr. Kindelburger, about one-fourth mile from the creek, lying on the left side and presented no appearance of struggling.  The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was that the deceased came to his death from disease of the heart.

   Mr. Moore was Principal of the Union School of Woodsfield for several years previous to the war.  He was buried on Thursday.  "In the midst of life we are in death."  "Watch and pray, for ye know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh.


Howell, Mrs. Howell

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 5, 1867

   Mrs. Howell, of Salem Township, died one day last week aged one hundred and seven years.  She lived when the American Republic was established by Patriots and destroyed by Radicals.


Hagins, Charles Hagins

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 5, 1867

   John Dyar, of Coal Run, Washington County, killed a man named Charles Hagins, on the 20th ult., by striking him on the head with a base ball club.  Dyar was admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000.


Evans, John Evans

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 12, 1867

Died: On the 31st ult., John Evans, of Sunsbury township, Monroe County, O., aged 82 years.


Hagan, Charles Hagan

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 12, 1867

   In the case of Thomas Dyer charged with killing Charles Hagan, at Coal Run, Washington County, an item of which we gave last week, has been tried and found "not guilty."



Source: Spirit of Democracy November 19, 1867

In Jail: - Dr. Stout, who was at one time a member of the Ohio Legislature, and who has been under bonds, on a charge of producing abortion, was surrendered up by his sureties last week and lodged in the jail at Zanesville. - Noble Co. Republican


Hollister, Jeremiah Hollister

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 19, 1867

Died - On Friday, the 15th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hollister, in the 72d year of his age.  Mr. Hollister had long been connected with the M. E. Church, and was a Christian in the true sense of the word.  We think the following appropriate:

Ring The Bell Softly

Some one has gone from this strange world of ours,

No more to gather its thorns with its flowers,

No longer to linger where sunbeams must fade,

Where, on all beauty, death's fingers are laid:

Weary with mingling life's bitter and sweet.

Weary with parting and never to meet,

Some one has gone to the bright golden shore -

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!

Some one is resting from sorrow and sin,

Happy where earth's conflicts enter not in;

Joyous as birds, when the morning is bright,

When the sweet sunbeams have brought us their light,

Weary with sowing and never to reap,

Weary with labot and welcoming sleep -

Some one's departed for Heaven's bright shore,

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!

Angels were anxiously longing to meet

One who walks with them in Heaven's bright street,

Loved ones have whispered that some one is blest;

Free from earth's trials, and taking sweet rest.

Yes! there is one more in angelic bliss -

One less to cherish and one less to kiss;

One more departed to Heaven's bright shore,

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!

Ring the bell softly, there's crape on the door!


Gregory, Unknown Gregory

Ray, Isabella Ray

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 26, 1867

Cleveland experienced a double tragedy the night of the 15th inst.  A man named Gregory was found with his throat cut, and a girl, named Isabella Ray, in the same room shot through the body.


Bell, Rev. Alexander Bell

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 26, 1867

   Rev. Alexander Bell, of Washington Township, Monroe County, through some cause unknown to us, became insane during last summer and was taken to the Lunatic Asylum.

   On Wednesday, the 20th inst., his corpse was taken through Woodsfield home, he having hanged himself in the Asylum while under the care of those whose business it was to watch and prevent him doing himself injury.  That there was criminal neglect on the part of the managers of the Asylum no one doubts for a moment.  Persons send their friends, who through trouble have become deranged, to our State institution for the purpose of having their reason restored and the managers send them home in their coffins.

   Last winter two men from this county were sacrificed in the same Institution, and that affair the Statesman tried to fasten upon the officials of Monroe County, but we are happy to say most signally failed.


Morgan, Harriett Morgan

Morgan, Rebecca Morgan

Morgan, Sarah Morgan

Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan

Jackson, Charles Jackson

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 26, 1867

Further Particulars of the Accident at Lockland -- Cincinnati November 22 --

Further particulars of the accidnet at Lockland, represent the scene as horrible in the extreme.  The crash was terrible, the cars of the passenger train being all jammed into each other.  The ladies in the sleeping car were crushed between the timbers, one having her head cut completely off, and another her entrails torn out.  The names of the killed are Harriet, Rebecca, Sarah, and Elizabeth Morgan, of New Orleans, and Charles Jackson, of Boston.  Mr. Jackson lost his life in endeavoring to save the ladies.

   The wounded are: Richard Carr, Toledo, arm broken; Charles Shures, Wapakoneta, knee and elbow injured; David Brown, Boston, contusion of arms, hip and head; C. Hoffman, severe contusion of face and body; E. Gascraft, Dayton, C. W. Cowdon, Van Wert, and Mrs. C. Hulbertson, of Troy, Ohio, all slightly bruised; P. Colter, New Jersey, slightly bruised in head; Mrs. Jones, colored, of New York, slightly bruised; Miss Wunder, Cincinnati, ankles badly cut.  Mr. Bremer, engineer of the train, was badly burned in attempting to rescue the sisters Morgan.

   The entire train was destroyed, but the baggage and express matter was saved.

[Later] Cincinnati November 22

   Further developments of the Lockland disaster show that it occured on a fill of nearly a mile and averaging about thirty feet in height.  The ascent to the track being so steep that it was almost impossible to reach the cars.  The remains of the Misses Morgan and Mr. Jackson have been removed to the Spring Grove vault, there to await the order of their relatives.  A coroner's inquest is now being held.


Hollister, Jeremiah Hollister

Source: Spirit of Democracy November 26, 1867

Died at his residence in Woodsfield Nov. 15th, 1867 Jeremiah Hollister in the 72d year of his age.  One by one are passing away the men who broke for us the forest and for years have been before us the exemplars of those virtues that are calculated to make society better and men happier.  Few if any displayed those virtues in a more eminent degree than Judge Hollister, for nearly fifty years he had been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church which he loved with most ardent affection.  His heart was always touched by the story of suffering and his hands always open to supply the needy to the full of his means.  A generous charity characterized him through life.  Plain and unostentatious in his habits he early won the esteem of all who knew him and died as the good man dies with the love and veneration of an entire community fixed upon him.  Oh how many hearts all over the land that he has made to rejoice by his kindly acts will shed bitter tears of sorrow when they hear of his death.  He has left us full of years and of honors and gone to join the general assembly and Church of the first-born in Heaven.  Farewell aged saint!  Farewell faithful follower of the Lamb; the light of thy life still shines upon our pathway and we will try to meet thee in Heaven.                  H.


Crafton, (little son) Crafton

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 3, 1867

A Black Fiend -- Horrible Brutality of a Negro Father.

   A most terrible instance of the brutality of the negro race when fully aroused occurred in Williamson County a few days since, at a country place bearing the more significant than elegant title of Lousy Level -- a settlement made up of a little grocery and several straggling buildings, occupied by an interesting variety of tenants, and not likely to compete successfully with the general run of commercial centers and fast towns in other parts of the State.

   John Crafton, a negro resident of this unpretending neighborhood, in endeavoring to compel his son, a little boy about seven years of age, to go and water a horse, became so enraged at the persistent refusal of the child to comply with his demand, that he seized it, threw it upon the ground, and with his coarse, heavy shoes stamped upon it until life was nearly extinct.  Not satisfied with this, the brute seized the boy and forcibly placed him upon the horse and attempted to make him ride.  The mother, at this juncture, ran out and caught the boy in her arms, removed him from the horse, and in a few moments afterward the little fellow expired.

   As soon as possible, a Coroner's jury was summoned, and a post mortem examination made, which developed the fact that the inhuman father had not only stamped the ribs loose from the backbone of the child, but had crushed its head with his heavy foot.

   When the wretch discovered the fatal result of his foolish anger, he fled precipitaely, made good his escape, and nothing to indicate his present whereabouts has yet transpired.


Anderson, _______ Anderson

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 3, 1867

An old man named Anderson, living near Jacob Norris' south of town, dropped dead one day last week.  Cause: disease of the heart.


Bruen, Mrs. Susanna Bruen

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 3, 1867

   Mrs. Susanna Bruen - Died, at her residence in St. Clairsville, Nov. 17, of consumption, Mrs. Susanna Bruen, in the 62d year of her age.

   Long and weary months of wasting and watching were hers, but they were monthe of resignation and patience, marked with occasional expressions of desire to depart, and yet mingled with "Thy will be done."  And though our hearts are very sorrowful with the knowledge that a kind and affectionate Mother has been taken from us, we feel that our loss is her gain; for doubt not that when she "brushed the dews on Jordan's bank," she received the reward that awaits all the followers of God of "well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."  Thus while we grieve we are yet happy in the belief that the weary sufferer rests now in Heaven.

"Come hither, child.  He said.

And lean thy head upon my breast,

She had suffered long and wearily,

He knew she needed rest."


Pearse, Major John Van Pearse

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 17, 1867

Death Of An Old Citizen -- Major John Van Pearse died at his residence near this city on Thursday last.  The deceased was in his 72d year, and had lived in and near Lancaster for about 60 years.  His remains were interred at the family cemetery of Mr. Applegate, east of the city, with the rites and ceremony of the Masonic Order, of which he was a member. - Lancaster Eagle 28th ult.


Tentor, Rudolph Tentor

Lilienthal, Joseph Lilienthal

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 17, 1867

Horrible Murder in Parkersburg - We make the following extract from the Times' account of the bloody affair.

   Another Horrible Murder - A Man Gagged and his Jugular Vein Cut.

Yesterday morning our quiet city was greatly excited with the news of another atrocious murder committed on last Thursday evening, and discovered several hours after the death of the victim.

   A Hungarian named Rudolph Tentor who at the time was living in a one story house near the outer railroad depot in the skirts of Parkersburg, was brutally murdered and robbed of a sum of money, the proceeds of a sale of a horse which he had just sold.

   The murdered man was found yesterday morning lying on the floor of his residence, which he rented from Mr. Wm. Bechler, with a fleece lined cotton glove forced down his throat and his left temple crushed into the brain and a number of gashes which nearly severed his left ear, and the back of his neck cut to the bone - all the large blood vessels being cut entirely through.

   Justice Taggart, acting as Coroner on this occasion, summoned a jury and examined a number of witnesses, from whom nothing was elicited further than that the victim of the murder was seen to enter the stable with a man about three o'clock P.M. on Thursday, and from thence both went into the house.  At 7 o'clock P.M. on Thursday the dog - a very savage one - was heard to make a great noise.

   The murdered man was evidently killed outright with a blow from a hammer or other heavy instrument, or knocked insensible before the veins were cut.  No blood had spirted from the wounds upon the walls or furniture of the room in which the butchery was performed.

   The Coroner's Jury, after hearing all the testimony that could be elicited, adjourned to next Monday for the purpose of continuing the examination into this horrible tragedy.  Suspicion seemed not to be directed especially to any one, but we learn that it was the opinion of Dr. Scott that the author of this murder was the same cold blooded human butcher who murdered Joseph Lilienthal in a somewhat similar schientific manner last Spring.


Hamilton, Hon. C. S. Hamilton

Source: Spirit of Democracy December 31, 1867

The Murder of Hon. C. S. Hamilton - From the Ohio Statesman

   Our correspondent in Marysville, to whom we owe a thousand thanks, sends us the following full particulars of the murder of Hon. C. S. Hamilton, by his insane son, on Sunday morning last:

Marysville, O., Dec. 22, 1867

   Editor Ohio Statesman:  I am pained to be compelled to record the particulars of one of the most heart-rending murders that ever happened in this neighborhood.

   Hon. C. S. Hamilton, Congressman from this (Eighth) District, and a citizen of Marysville, was this morning killed by his oldest son, Thomas Hamilton, while engaged in feeding his stock near the house.  Mr. Hamilton returned home from Washington a few days ago, to see his son, who had gone crazy after his father left here for Congress last fall.  They were intending to send the boy to the Asylum at Columbus on Monday, the 23d.

   This morning, between eight and nine o'clock, while Mr. Hamilton was out, as I said, feeding his stock, the boy went to him, and it is supposed, had a weapon hid about his person that his father did not see, and on Mr. Hamilton's stooping down to pick up some fodder, the boy struck him a terrible blow, on the back part of the head, causing instant death.

  Covering the dead body of his father with the corn fodder, Thomas seized an axe and rushed into the house to attack his mother.  A younger brother seeing him coming cried to his mother to run or Thomas would kill her.  The crazy boy on hearing his brother's voice turned upon him, and, with the axe, gave him a blow on the left shoulder, inflicting a frightful wound.  Dr. Southard was called, who immediately dressed the wound and it is thought with careful attention the boy will recover.

   As no one was present when Mr. Hamilton was killed, there was considerable inquiry as to what Thomas killed him with.  A piece of board was found lying near his head, and with that, it is now thought, the murder was committed.

   The maniac, brandishing his axe, after he had wounded his brother, pursued the smaller children of the family, no doubt with the intention of killing them all, but they were rescued by the interference of some of the neighbors in time to save their lives.

   When Thomas was secured and taken to jail for safe keeping, he did not seem to care for anything he had done, preserving the most stolid indifference, and entering the cell without saying a word.

   The affair is one of the most terrible that ever happened in this section of the country.  The agony of the family is most heart-rending, and the town is filled with gloom. 

     Yours, &e.,    W. C. Barnett.


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