Crawford Journal 17 June 1862, p. 3, col. 1: A MAN, name unknown, was found drowned at French Creek, a short distance above Saegertown, on the 10th instant. He appeared to be about 30 years of age, was 5 feet 10 inches in hight, with brown hair inclining to sandy. When found he had on a check shirt and gray woolen vest. His pantaloons, which were of blue drilling, were found in the water near him, and had evidently been taken off, either for the purpose of being washed, or preparatory to bathing. From all the indications he had been in the water but a short time. The supposition is that he was an Irish laborer. An inquest was held by B. G. DAVID, Esq., and a verdict rendered of accidental drowning.
Crawford Journal 13 May 1862, p. 3, col. 2: AN Irishmanname unknowndrowned himself under the bridge over French Creek at Cambridge, on Sunday, the 5th inst. From his strange conduct previous to committing the act he is supposed to have been insane. He was apparently about 30 years of age. An inquest was held and a verdict given in accordance with such facts as could be ascertained.&nbps; No person in the neighborhood knew him. It is supposed that he was on his way to this place seeking employment on the railroad. He was removed from the creek during the day some distance below Cambridge, and he stated that he came from New York and was looking in the water for a boy that was drowned, according to his incoherent statements, from one of the bridges in that city (New York). After being brought back to town he walked about a short time and was seen to go to the creek and jump in. His body was recovered in a few minutes, but all efforts to resuscitate him proved unavailing.
Reg.Dk. 2:432: letters of administration on the estate of James Hineman, late of Wayne Twp., decd., issued 23 Jan. 1863 to B. J. Tingley, upon renunciation of Mary Ann Hineman (widow); $500 bond posted with Daniel Tingley and Joseph Wagner as sureties; $519.00 inventory and sale list filed 14 Feb. 1863; account filed 24 March 1869, balance $60.42.
Crawford Journal 21 April 1863, p. 3, col. 2: A DEAD Infant was discovered in the old grave yard a few days ago. Drs. COTTON and CALVIN made an examination and decided that the child was still born, and a Coroners Jury rendered a verdict accordingly. Since the inquest the mother of the child has been discovered.
Registers Dk. 2:475: letters of administration on the estate of John OHara, late of Crawford Co., decd., issued 28 Sept. 1863 to David Keck; $1000 bond posted with John T. Ray and G E Lashells as surety; $204.65 inventory filed 27 Nov. 1863.
Crawford Journal 1 Sept. 1863, p. 3, col. 2: FRANCIS WARN, a young man from Richmond township, dropped dead at the Crawford Hotel on the 21st ult. The draft is supposed to have been the exciting cause of his death.
Ct.QS #5 April Session 1864 and Crawford Journal 5 April 1864, p. 3 col. 2: see CCG 16(1993):120.
Registers Dk. 2:480: letters of administration on the estate of Joseph Town late of Steuben Twp., decd., issued 27 Oct. 1863 to Sylvester Wilder, G. T. Churchill and Amanda M. Town; $1500 bond posted with Noah Town and E. W. Sellers as sureties; $1349.67 inventory filed 5 Dec. 1863; $1148.88 sale list filed 3 July 1865; final account filed 3 July 1865, balance $1009.63 (disbursed to widow and heirs).
See Orphans Court Dk. F:237, 240, 251, 294, 298 (##17, 18, 21, 29 Nov. Term 1883, 18 and 21 Feb. Term 1864): petitions for guardianship of the minor children and for sale of the real estate.
Registers Dk. 2:503: letters of administration on the estate of Isaac Childs, Sr., late of Randolph Twp., issued 9 March 1864 to E. Spring, upon renunciation of Augustus Childs; $2,500 bond posted with C Coburn and A Childs as sureties.
Orphans Court Dk. G:88 (Court grants leave to correct final account).
Registers Dk. 2:544: letters of administration on the estate of James Wood, late of Conneaut Twp., decd., issued 17 Oct. 1864 to Mary Ann Newton; $500 bond posted with John Newton, Jr., and L B Howard as sureties; inventory filed 24 Oct. 1864.
Crawford Journal 27 Sept. 1864, p. 3, col. 2: Mr. Frank Thompson, of Randolph tp, committed suicide last Wednesday, by hanging himself. He had for some time been subject to fits of despondency, and the act is attributed to the disordered condition of his mind. He was about 37 years old.
Reg.Dk. 2:551: letters of administration on the estate of Francis Thompson late of Randolph Twp. issued 5 Dec. 1864 to Harriet L. Thompson (widow); $4600 bond posted with S S Carrier and Robert Gage as sureties; $2,401 inventory filed 3 Jan. 1864; acct. filed 15 Jan. 1872 by G. Bentley, executor of the estate of H L Thompson, decd., balance $2353.95.
Registers Dk. 2:593: letters of administration on the estate of Robert Brush, late of Greenwood Twp., decd., issued 3 June 1865 to Samuel W. Brush; $500 bond posted with Loren Brush and S W McDowell as sureties; $129.25 inventory filed 12 June 1865; $162.52 sale list filed 30 June 1865; final account filed 15 Feb. 1866, balance $213.67 in hands of Admnr for distribution.
Ct.QS #89 February Session 1866: Thomas Struthers, president of the Oil Creek Railroad Co., charged with manslaughter in the deaths of E. J. Clough, Gideon Leightall, and William Baldwin, by failing to provide convenient and sufficient switches or sidings and safe cars or carriages to accommodate trains of cars or carriages passing and repassing on the railroad; no indictment returned.
Ct.QS #90 February Session 1866: Joseph Funk and P Carey, engineer and conductor on Oil Creek Railway, indicted for manslaughter 15 Feb. 1866 in grossly neglecting to allow their train to remain on the main track at a time when a passenger train was due, whereby E. J. Clough, Gideon Leightall, and William Baldwin were killed in the collision.
Register&146;s Dk. 3:25: letters of administration on the estate of James P. McDowell, late of Summerhill Twp., decd., issued 6 Dec. 1866 to John McDowell and Joseph Larimer, upon renunciation of widow; $1000 bond posted with Cyrus Kitchen and John Hiller as sureties; $205.35 inventory filed 16 Jan. 1867; $354.88 supplemental inventory, and $228.48 sale list, filed 20 March 1867.
[same case number:] John Hickey, laborer; indicted for murdering Ann Hickey with a stick of wood 18 Dec. 1866; witnesses Dr. Varian, Clark Ewing, and E G Stackpole. Jury sworn 10 April 1867; verdict: guilty of murder in the second degree. Commonwealths bill of costs shows witness Theresa McNiven.
[same case number:] Lodema Vanvlecten charged with murdering a certain male child of tender age to wit about one day old whose name is to the Jurors aforesaid as yet unknown, and for secretly giving birth to a male bastard child and the child having died, endeavoring privately to conceal the death so that it might not come to light whether the said male child was born dead or alive, or whether the said male child was murdered or not; witnesses W. B. Montgomery (prosecutor), Maria Flynn, Jane A. Parker, Catherine Myers, Margaret Myers, Susannah Myers, [Dr.] J. L. Dunn, [Dr.] F[rancis]. Green, and G. L. Bostwick; no indictment returned.
Crawford Democrat 18 Sept. 1869, p. 3, col. 2: Probable Murder. [¶] Adam King was an employee of the Atlantic and Great Western Railway company. He resided with his family on the hill immediately west of this city. On Thursday of last week King received his money from the railroad, amounting to about $60. During the afternoon of Thursday he became intoxicated, and remained in that condition until midnight, when he started from a drinking establish¬ment on Dock street for his home. This was late on Thursday night or early Friday morning –there being some discrepancy in the evidence as to the precise hour at which King left his companions. It is rumored that King expressed a fear about passing over the covered bridge which spans the creek at the foot of Dock street. But, be that as it may, it appears the poor man had some reason to entertain fears, for he never saw his family after that fatal afternoon of Thursday. Nothing was seen of King on Friday and Saturday; but on Sabbath morning Mr. T. Patton discovered the body of a man stranded on a sand bar in French creek about two miles south of this place, which was readily identified as that of the missing King. An inquest was held, and the verdict thereof expressed a belief that the deceased had been murdered. This opinion was based upon the following facts, viz: [¶] 1. Two severe blows had been inflicted upon the head of the deceased—one on the forehead and the other on the top of the skullneither of which, in the opinion of examining physician, could have occurred from floating in the water. [¶] 2. No water was found in the lungs of the deceaseda positive proof that respiration could not take place after the body was thrown into the creek. [¶] 3. Spots of blood were found on the bridge, the third day after the disappearance of King, over which he had necessarily to pass on his way home. [¶] 4. No money was found upon the person of the deceased. [¶] In conformity with the rendering of the inquest our City Council offer a reward of $500and we understand the County Commissioners will offer a similar sumfor information that will lead to the identification and conviction of the murderer or murderers of Adam King.
Note: No indictment was found in the county criminal court records.
Crawford Democrat 24 July 1869, p. 3, col. 1: Drowned. [¶] On Saturday last a lad named John A. Chase, aged 11 years, was drowned in Lock 12, on the Erie Canal, about half a mile from Dixonburgh, Summerhill township, this county. The boy had been living with Mr. W. P. McDowell, who found him last November wandering along the Canal in a destitute condition. We undersatand that nothing is known as to the boys parentage or history.
See also #26 Jan. Session 1874: Edward Holengreen yeoman; indictment for manslaughter upon Charles Nilson at Titusville 25 Dec. 1873, giving him a mortal wound on the back of his head from which he died 26 Dec. 1873; not a true bill. Transcript certified by H. S. Perry, J.P., shows witnesses at inquest: Reinhart Miller, M. R. Rouse, Edward Hollingreen, Frank Weed, Jacob D. Kifer, Amos Breed, John Thomas, Fred Bergeman, Chris Anderson, A. Hollenburg, Albert Martin, (as interpretor) Albert Palmer, C. Paulson, David Sanbrum, Chas. Carson, Dr. T. F Oaks, Dr Geo. O. Moody, Dr. J. L. Dunn, Victor S. Benedict & S. H. Carpenter." [See inquest, below.]