Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Henry Crumbo, Indiana.

HENRY CRUMBO is a native of Germany, born July 13, 1818, and a son of Andy and Mary (Bachardt) Crumbo. Henry attended school until he was fourteen years old, when he began to learn the stone cutting and mason trade, afterward working in various places until 1837, when he returned home and was married to Wilomena Ilebner, born August 8, 1818.

In 1838, he came to America, and three years later sent for his wife, and located in New Orleans, where he worked at brick-laying.  On the outbreak of the Mexican war, he volunteered, and after his return he moved to New Albany, Ind., purchased a home, and began business as a stonemason and stonecutter, which he continued nineteen years.

This he then sold, and purchased 400 acres in Salem Township, Pulaski Co., Ind., where he followed farming and stock-raising. While living here, his house and its contents were lost by fire ; he also lost 3,000 cattle by disease. Mr. and Mrs. Crumbo have had ten children  Edward, Sophie, Alfred (a soldier of Company A, Thirty-fifth Indiana Infantry, killed by steamboat explosion at Island No. 12), Henry (deceased), Laura (deceased,) Alexander, Mena, Louisa, Lizzie and Harmon. Mr. Crumbo is independent in politics.

Authors note.  No record could be found on Alfred being in any Indian regiment of companies.

Simeon Oleson kills Andrew Throndson, Iowa.

On the 9th of July 1876, a fatal shooting encounter took place at the residence of Simeon Oleson. They had some supplies left over from the 4th of July and concluded to have a bowery dance on Sunday evening; Andrew Throndson, who was not invited, attended; but it was a fatal visit to him. It seems that one or both of the parties to the affray had been drinking. As Throndson, who, with some others, were shooting in a grove not far off, approached the house of Simeon Oleson, who with some others, went out to meet him, it was charged that both parties shot at each other. Throndson fell in the field where he stood, but the others thought that he meant to decoy them, or at least they did not go out there until the next morning, where the dead body of Throndson  was found. Oleson was bound over for trial. At the first trial the jury disagreed, and at the second he was acquitted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Frank M. Jones Killes Moses Thompson, Illinois.

Mason county, Illinois.

In 1864, a few days after the Presidential election, when political bitterness and strife had reached and assumed its most desperate depth. Frank M. Jones, who came into this vicinity from Virginia about a year before the tragical event now under consideration, had, from the accident of his nativity, coupled with his undisguised and outspoken sentiments on the political question of the day, incurred the hostility of several parties of the opposite political belief, which was fully reciprocated by Jones, and the bitterness soon ripened into a crisis.

Jones was teaching school at the time, a mile and a half south of town, and, learning that a man from Salt creek Township, named Moses Thompson, had been in town several days watching for him, to "settle a grudge" that had been engendered on election day, about a  week before, he armed himself with a double barrel shotgun, and, in the evening, after school was dismissed, proceeded to town.

He saw Thompson out on the south side of a saloon which was kept in a building a short distance northwest of where the La Forge grain elevator now stands, and heard his threats against him upon which, from the rear of A. & S. D. Swing's store, through which he passed, he fired upon Thompson, mortally wounding him, from the effects of which he died next day. Jones leisurely departed, and was never captured and brought to trial. It is reported that he went to Missouri and, a few years after, was himself shot and killed.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Time Is Up!.

They say you can't cheat death, and when your time is up its up, and for those on this list it was so.

The names on this list were taken from County Histories and Biographies.

I know many of you know when your ancestor died, but may not know how they died.
The information is short maybe only a line, but its always fun to see ones ancestors name in print.

August 24, 1869, Winneshiek, county, Iowa.
David Self, was killed by his wagon tipping over into the river on the dugway, Decorah.  He was thrown under the wagon, his wife and children escaped.

March 28, 1881, Winneshiek , county Iowa.
James McConnell, an old resident of Bluffton, was killed by being thrown from his wagon on his way home from Decorah.

1862, Winneshiek, county Iowa.
Jonah Hole, was killed by being thrown from a buggy by a frightened team.

Hancock county, Iowa.
John Porter, was killed by a fall from a wagon.

January 4, 1878, Winnebago county, Iowa.
Lewis Helgeson, was killed by being thrown from his wagon.

1861, Winnebago county, Iowa.
Mr. Knudson, was killed by being run over by a wagon.

1849, Fulton county, Ohio.
Cornelius Poorman, was killed by a falling tree.

1853, Fulton county, Ohio.
Peter Hornung, was killed by a tree falling on him.

Goslee, Ohio.
Captain James Winder, was killed by a Railroad train.

1824, Ohio.
Rev. George Schwartz, was killed by a runaway team, while returning home from Jeffersonville.

September, 1876, Ohio.
Morris Morris Sr., was killed by the over turning of his carriage.

1860, Marion county, Ohio.
Elias Washburn was thirty-five when killed by lighting.

John J. Kurt, fourteen was killed by being kicked by a young horse which his father was driving.

Hardin county, Ohio.
Thomas G. Vassar, was killed while riding his horse which fall on him.

1877. Ohio.
John Ohler, was killed by a falling tree.

Alexander McDonald, an engineer was killed in a Railroad wreck.

August, 1894, Ohio.
Frederick Gerlach, was killed by lighting.

1798, town of Franklin, Vermont.
Captain William Kendall, was killed by a building falling on him.

February 8, 1864, Vermont.
Eleazer Jewett, was killed by a premature blast of a maple log.

1824, Franklin county, Vermont.
Yaw Joseph, was killed by a falling tree.

April 20, 1868, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Oscar Sandford, was killed by a Pennsylvania Railroad train, on his way back from a business trip.

1867, Essex, county, New Jersey.
Rev. Samuel Y. Monroe, was killed on the Railroad near Jersey City.

June 1, 1872,Allen's Grove, township, New York.
George R. Bratt, was killed by a stroke of lighting which killed him and his horse.

New York.
Charles C. Btgelow, was killed accidentally by a small cannon he was 12 years old

November 22, 1833, New York.
James Barry, was killed by a runaway team.

1879, New York.
Wallace Phelps, was killed accidentally at a Railroad crossing near Beaver Dams.

Bond county, Illinois.
S. D. White, was killed by falling off Shoal Creek, bridge.

December 3, 1864, Greenville City, Illinois.
James M. McAdams, was killed while arresting deserters in Bond county.

Okaw, Illinois.
James Wise, was killed by lighting.

Clay county, Illinois.
Daniel Moore was killed by jumping on a crowbar.

William F. Dye, was killed by lighting, age 21 years..

Sunday, April 13, 2014


ARMATAGE MORGAN, Harrison Township, one of the old settlers of Dearborn County, was born in Montgomery County, Penn., in 1816. His parents, Enoch and Margaret (Moss) Morgan, were also natives of Pennsylvania, and were there married. In 1818 the family left their home near Philadelphia to seek a home in the West. They came by wagons over the mountains to Pittsburg, and from there by a keel-boat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. The next move was to Harrison, where Enoch Morgan and his brother, together, entered 160 acres, which they subsequently divided, after selling twenty acres to a third brother, a blacksmith by trade, and who, when he first came to this county, plied his trade for some time with an iron wedge driven into a block of wood to serve for an anvil. On the farm above referred to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan resided till their deaths, and here our subject grew into manhood, working for his parents till twenty-two years of age.

He then purchased a farm of 120 acres of Robert Cassidy, for whom he labored five years as payment for the same. In his thirtieth year (February 5, 1846), he married Hannah Lynas. a native of this county, and daughter of Joseph and Sarah (White) Lynas; her father, a native of England and an old Revolutionary soldier. Her parents were early settlers of this county. This union has been blessed by six children, three of whom are still living: Joseph, Jennie and George W. The two sons are both farmers; the daughter, a teacher in the Harrison high school.

After his marriage, in 1846, Mr. Morgan settled on his present farm, and, for about six years, lived in an old log cabin of the popular pioneer sort, when he moved in a wheelbarrow to the comfortable residence which has since sheltered his family. By dint of hard labor, industry and economy, assisted by a faithful and persevering wife, Mr. Morgan has provided well for the frosts of old age, and is now enjoying the fruits of his earlier labors. For many years Mr. Morgan was quite extensively engaged in the culture of small fruit, and at one time had twenty- nine different species of the cherry on his premises, and other fruits accordingly.

It is worthy of note that the family seems doomed to accidents, several members having thus lost their lives. The father was drowned in a canal; his brother Edward was killed by striking a tree while riding rapidly by it on horseback; a third, Benjamin, was killed in falling down a stairway, and a brother-in-law of our subject was killed by a falling tree. Mr. Morgan's family are associated with the Christian Church, of which he has been a worthy member for more than half a century.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Willis McMinimy Kills James Johns, Indiana.

From the history of Owen county, Indiana.

In 1866, James Johns, railroad agent at Gosport, was killed one dark night by Willis McMinimy. This was a cold-blooded, premeditated murder for the purpose of robbery. McMinimy was a drayman, and was trusted implicitly by the agent, Johns, who had no suspicion of him, and was thus easily killed by being beaten to death with a short bar of iron in the hands of McMinimy while they were alone at the office of the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad at Gosport, late one very dark night.

McMinimy was arrested, tried, and convicted on purely circumstantial evidence, of a very strong character, however, and sentenced to the State Prison for life. The jury was unanimous on first ballot. On the question of guilt, every vote read "guilty." On the question of punishment, six were for hanging, six for imprisonment for life. All night the question was argued. One by one they changed until at daylight the jury stood eleven for death, and only one, Eli Schoppell, still stood firm for imprisonment.

He was a German, a man of sound sense, honest and conscientious. He is yet living in Jackson Township. In his broken American he argued as best he could, beset on all sides by the other eleven. He listened to first one and then another ; argument after argument poured in upon . him, until at last he grew desperate. He stood erect upon his feet; his countenance expressed the most intense feeling possible to the human face; great drops of sweat broke out and stood on his face and forehead. " Shentlemens," he broke out;

" Shentlemens, I can not talk, but I can feel. We all believes this man guilty, in mine heart I feels he is guilty, but nopody sees him kill the man; may be somepody else do it. If we sends dis man to State Prison for life and some time it is found out that somepody else kill the man, den dis man come out, he be not dead. But if we hangs this man and it some time be found out he did not kill the man, den this man be dead, and," putting his hand solemnly upon his own head, " den de blood of this man be on our hets. I, I can not do it."

The effect of that speech was electrical. The intense earnestness of the German, with his imperfect speech, his strong convictions of right, and the terrible consequences of a possible mistake in their verdict was such that at once a verdict of guilty was written and the punishment fixed at imprisonment for life in the State Prison.

Colonel Michael "Mike" K. Lawler.

Colonel Michael K. Lawler.
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While I was doing some researching I ran across the mane of Colonel Lawler, and found him interesting and thought I would do a post on him.  However after doing a little more research  I found that the internet was full of information on him.  I didn't want to repeat the same information over again.  I did a little more research and found a little incident that happened in Mound City, Illinois, in 1863, while the Eighteenth was camping there and was under the command of Colonel Lawler, I found it interesting reading and I think you will too
From the history of Pulask county, Illinois.

In 1863 at Mound City there was camping of the Eighteenth Illinois Regiment, commanded by that veteran, Col. Mike Lawler, later a General. With very slight provocation, or none at all, one soldier, early in the evening, shot and killed a brother soldier.  The murderer was arrested at once, and Col. Lawler made an effort to deliver the man over to the civil authorities.

The civil authorities, knowing that the regiment would soon be ordered away, and with it would go the only witnesses against the murderer, refused to have anything to do with him, and suggested that the regiment dispose of its own murderers. Upon this suggestion. Col. Lawler organized a court, consisting of a judge, prosecuting attorney and jury, and appointed an attorney to defend the man.

The court convene in a few hours after the murder had been committed. The best legal talent in the regiment had been selected. The prisoner was brought before the court, and the trial proceeded. In a short time the evidence was all in; the attorneys had made their speeches; the Judge had delivered his instructions to the jury, and the jury had rendered a verdict of guilty. The court immediately pronounced the sentence, and it was that the murderer be taken, at sunrise the next morning, to the most convenient tree, and there hung by the neck until dead.

The word dead was not repeated by the judge, so, at sunrise or a little before, the next morning, twelve hours after the murder, the condemned man, sitting on his coffin, in a cart drawn by a yoke of oxen, passed out of town and along the Mound City Railroad, until they reached the " convenient tree" that stood not far from where the negro man Cotton afterward built a house. One end of a rope was fastened around his neck and the other over the limb of the tree, and the order " Drive off the cart " given, which left the victim dangling in the air.

After strangulation was complete, he was cut down, placed in his coffin, and during the hanging a few soldiers had made a hole in the ground, into which was placed the dead man, and covered over with dirt. " And the man that kills his fellow-man shall by man be killed " had been followed out to the letter.

Authors note.  I looked over the rosters twice and was unable to learn the name of the soldier that was killed or hung. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nathan Harmon Killed In Van Burensburg, Illinois.

From the history of Montgomery County, Illinois.

Van Burensburg is a small village, situated near the southwest corner of the township, about fifteen miles from the city of Hillsboro. It was founded by Joshua White, in the year 1842, who kept a store there for several years. There are now one store, post office, blacksmith shop and two churches. The post office was established about the year 1837, with Benjamin Roberts as Postmaster. The second Postmaster was Robert White. It is kept at present by a man by the name of Bookstrock. One of the first stores in the place was kept by a Mr. Eddy, whose stock of merchandise consisted of groceries, a few dry goods and a plentiful supply of whisky.

A man by the name of Nathan Harmon was killed at this place shortly after Eddy started his saloon, under the following circumstances:

It appears that Harmon was a dissipated, worthless character, and, when under the influence of whisky, very quarrelsome and abusive. Upon the occasion referred to, he had been drinking rather freely, and, seeing a stranger pass the door of the saloon, made some insulting remark to him. To this speech the stranger paid no attention, but kept on his way, whereupon Harmon became very furious, and started in pursuit, for the purpose, he said, of killing the "damned scoundrel.''

The stranger tried hard to avoid having any difficulty with the drunken man, but Harmon, with many fearful oaths, sprang upon him. Calmly the stranger met him, turned aside his high, wild thrusts, and, in return, struck him several well-directed and crushing blows on the chest and head. Harmon fell, and in a short time expired. The citizens regarded it as a just punishment, and no arrest was made.

Colonel Samuel J. Williams.

From the history of Delaware County, Indiana.

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Col. Samuel J. Williams, who was killed in the late war while leading his regiment, the Nineteenth Indiana, in the battle of the Wilderness. Col. Williams was born in Montgomery county, Va., and while quite young, was brought by his parents to Delaware county, Ind., where he grew to manhood. Reared on a farm, his early educational training embraced the studies usually taught in the common schools of that period, but he obtained his principal knowledge of books by private study and wide reading after attaining his majority. At the early age of eighteen, he was united in marriage with Lorena Davis, who at that time was but seventeen years old, to which union one child, Lorena, wife of Luther Harris, of Muncie, was born. Mrs. Williams dying.

Col. Williams afterward, when twenty-two years of age, was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Shroyer of Delaware county, who bore him five children, the subject of this mention being the oldest in point of birth. The next oldest child, Parthena, was born in 1854 and married W. P. Dunkle, a carpenter and builder of Selma; Mary E., was born in 1856, married A. C. Martin, and is the mother of six children, five of whom are living; her husband died in January, 1891; Samuel J., the next in order of birth, is general freight agent of the M. , K. & T. R. R. , with headquarters at Parsons, Kansas. The youngest member of the family, Cassius, was born in i860, and departed this life in the year 1874.

In 1855 Col. Williams located in the town of Selma after the completion of the railroad, and engaged in the warehouse and stock shipping business, continuing the same until the breaking out of the great rebellion, when he recruited company K, Nineteenth Indiana volunteers, and entered the service of the country as captain of the same. For gallant and meritorious conduct en a number of different battle fields, he passed through different grades of  promotion, including that of major and lieutenant colonel, and finally became colonel of the Nineteenth, and as such fell, as already noted, at the head of his men in the battle of the Wilderness.

Col. Williams was a brave and gallant soldier, and m the civil walks of life was lujnorrd and espected by all who knew him. Williams post. No. 78, G. A. R. , of Muncie, Ind., was named in his honor, also
Col. S. J. Williams post. No. 267,0. A. K., of  Selma, Ind. He was an active member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities, and originally supported the democratic party, casting his first presidential ballot for Franklin Pierce. He was always opposed to the institution of slavery, however, in consequence of which he changed his political views and became a republican on the organization of that party, and supported its principles until his death.

James T. King, 115th., Illinois Infantry..

From the history of Jefferson County, Colorado.

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Among the enterprising business men who have contributed much to the advancement of the commercial affairs of Golden, is James T. King, the subject of this brief sketch, the recognized head of the hook and stationery business of the city. He is a native of Illinois, born in 1844. At the age of sixteen, he left the farm to enter a mercantile career at Decatur, Ill, and continued in that pursuit until the call for three hundred thousand troops in 1862, when he entered the army for three years' service in the 115th Ill. V. I., and followed the various fortunes of that regiment through the campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee, passing through many battles, sieges and hardships of prison life until
the close of the war.

He was with his regiment in the memorable battle of Chickamauga on the 18th, L9th and 20th of September, 1863, where, during live hours in the height of the battle, one-third of his regiment were killed and wounded. On the succeeding Sabbath, while on a scouting expedition, with fifteen comrades, on the enemy's side of the Tennessee River, under the shadow of Lookout Mountain, the whole party were captured by a detachment of Longstreet's sharpshooters. After remaining thirty-five days in Libby Prison, he was placed on a cattle-train for Danville Prison, but, having purloined the caps from the rifles of the two guards, he jumped from the train only to be recaptured after five days.

After fifteen months in the prisons of Danville. Andersonville and Florence, reduced to a skeleton and broken in health, but not in spirit, he was sent through the lines to occupy a hospital cot until the close of tlie war. Upon recovering his strength sufficiently, he again engaged in business until 1873, when he came to Colorado, since which time, with renewed health and vigor, he has continued to reside in Golden, in the pursuit of a prosperous business, in which he is at present actively engaged.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: KING, JAMES T. Rank: PVT. Company: F. Unit: 115 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: MADISON CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 7. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: CLERK. Nativity: MADISON CO, IL.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 6, 1862. Joined Where: MACON CO, IL. Joined By Whom: FRANK HAYS. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Muster Out: MAY 22, 1865. Muster Out Where: CAMP CHASE, OH. Remarks: None.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Archibald Gillan Kills Phineas B. Snyder, 1880.

Taken from the history of Polk County, Dakota.

Archibald Gillan, in June, 1880, charged with the murder of Phineas B. Snyder at East Grand Forks, by striking him upon the head with a beer faucet. Judge Davis Brower, one of our early legal lights, assisted the county attorney in the prosecution, while Judge Reynolds and W. W. Erwin, of St. Paul, were attorneys for the defendant. The "tall pine," as "Bill" Erwin was called, was the most brilliant criminal lawyer the Northwest has ever had, and he well maintained his great reputation on this occasion, thrilling the large attendance with his impassioned eloquence. That Gillan killed Snyder was admitted. The grounds of defense were self-defense and insanity. The jury acquitted the defendant on the ground of temporary insanity. The verdict was not generally well received. It was quite plain Gillan did not intend to kill, but the opinion was he should have been convicted of manslaughter.