1870 Census Leads to a Murder

The Mt. Sterling Advocate. (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), 16 Feb. 1897, page 1,
column 2, ” Assassinated! ” [digital image] Chronicling America:
Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
( http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069675/1897-02-16/ed-1/seq-1/)

You never know how a census record can lead to further discoveries and connect you to other family members.

An 1870 census confirms family information of the known children born to my great great great grandfather living in Montgomery county, Kentucky. After looking thru later census records all of the children were found except for one who disappears after the 1880 census ( 1890 were destroyed). Looking at the cemetery listings for the family in Montgomery county, he was found buried near his parents. Having died in 1897 at a fairly young age, I wondered what happened to him?

Using the month and year from the tombstone a search was made for an obituary in Kentucky newspapers near Montgomery county. None was found, instead a series of articles describing his murder! The newspapers chronicle the events and subsequent murder trial. Eventually, the murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment but escapes from the county jail before being sent to the penitentiary.

Now the search led to finding any living ancestors related to this great great great uncle of mine, and yes I found living cousins. Remarkably one of the cousins had found the original criminal trial records in the Kentucky State Archives in Frankfurt Kentucky.

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