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Listing of Greene County Inhabitants, 1824-1896







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The Official Newspaper of Greene County
Head and Shoulders above all Competitors
The Bloomfield News
Vol. XX No 21
Blomfield, Ind. Friday, April 24, 1896, eight pages

SOUTHERN PRISON. A History of Greene County's Wayward Citizens.
Early History of the Penitentiary - Manes of Convicts, Date, Crimes, When Discharged, of Date of Death, and Many other items of interest

Through the kindness of John A. Pate, who formerly lived at Bloomfield, but is now Clerk of the Indiana State Prison South, we are enabled to give the readers of the News a history of all the convicts sent from Greene county to the State's prison at Jeffersonville, Ind.

The prison was established in 1821. It has not been the custom until recent years to record the particulars of the crime a prisoner was convicted of, hence the record history of the early convicts is very incomplete.

Up to about 1860 all had to serve the full term of sentence. Since then we have had what is called a good time law, under which a convict can gain good time by good behavior. This good time may be taken from a convict as a punishment for bad conduct. Henceyou will see why to the average reader it will appear that some do not serve their full sentence.

The Penitentiary, as it was then called, was completed and rady to receive convicts from the various counties of the State in the year 1822. The Govenor appointed a gentleman whose name was Westover as Superintendent or keeper of the prison. He held this position from 1822 to 1829. Westover was afterward a soldier in the Mexican was and was killed at the massacre of Crockett and his army at the battle of the Alamo, Texas.

The first man received in prison was James Miller, from Crawford county, Nov. 1, 1822, for passing counterfeit money; sentence two years. The first woman brought to prison was Margaret Blunk, from Sullivan county, June 3, 1830 for assult and battery with intent to kill; term eleven years and seven months; died Oct. 6th 1830. The first man sentenced for life was Martin Crotty, from Jennings county, Oct. 18, 1837, who was afterward pardoned.

1. 1st man from Greene county was Julius Dugger, June 3d, 1824, four years for manslaughter; served his sentence.

2. Thomas Foster, Nov. 10, 1829, larceny, five years; served his sentence.

3. Thomas Watson, Apr. 13, 1830, larceny, one year; served his sentence.

4. Seth Cattalon, Oct. 11, 1832, grand larceny, three years; served out term.

5. Jackson Warren, Apr. 15, 1836, grand larceny, two years; discharged June 29, 1836, by reversal of judgement in Supreme Court.

6. Joseph Malcom, Apr. 25, 1842, forgery, four years; died Aug. 29, 1846.

7 Thomas Mc Daniel, Nov. 6, 1845, grand larceny, four years; escaped Mar. 31, 1846.

9. Merida Kesterson Sr., Sept 30, 1852, grand larceny, two years; died of dropsey Mar. 5, 1853.

10. Merida Kesterson Jr. Sept. 30, 1852, grand larceny, two years; served his term.

11. George Wood, Apr. 24, 1854, grand larceny, three years; served his term. Wood had served a former term of three years from Vigo county.

12. James Bays, Oct. 26, 1854, assult and batter with intent to kill; died of consumption, Oct. 25, 1855.

13. Alex Stewart, May 9, 1855, murder in second degree, two years; pardoned May 20, 1856.

14. Andrew Hale, Apr. 30, 1856, grand larceny, three years; served out term

15 William Draper, Apr. 17, 1857, petit larceny, one year; served out term.

16. Alexander Jackson, alias Meyer alias Boyd, Oct. 23, 1858 grand larceny, three years; transferred to Northern Prison, Apr. 25, 1860.

17 Jefferson Raper, Apr. 15, 1858, forgery, two years; served out term.

18. Mansfield Crow, Oct. 23, 1858, murde, life; transfered to Northern Mrison, July 23, 1861, Crow killed Arthur H. Neal on Sunday at Church at Dresden. He served anout seven years of his sentence and was pardoned. Was first life man sent from Greene county.

19. George W. Hall, Oct. 23, 1858, grand larceny, two years; served out sentence.

20. William Bland, Apr. 19, 1859, assault and batter with intent to kill, two years; served out sentence.

21 Charles Judd, Apr. 23, 1859 grand larceny, two years; served out sentence.

22 Harrison W. Miller, Apr. 26, 1859, grand larceny, three years; served out sentence.

23. James Case, July 18, 1859, burglary, thirteen years; transferred to Northern Prison July 8,1861.

24. Richard W. Hamer, July 18, 1859, burglary, thirteen years; transferred to Northern Prison July 8, 1861.

25. Adam Snyder, Jan. 12, 1866, burglary, two years; transferred to Northern Prison May 15, 1860.

26. Frank Everily, Jan. 12, 1860, burglary, three years; transferred to Northern Prison May 15, 1860.

27 John Winter, Jan. 12, 1860, burglary, two years; transferred to Northern Prison July 23, 1865.

28 Joseph Parse, Oct 16, 1861, gran larceny, three years; discharged Aug. 13, 1864.

29. John Willey, Apr. 18, 1864, assult and battery with intent to kill, ten years; pardoned May 21, 1869.

30. Robert Goad, May 21, 1864, assult and battery with intent to kill five years; pardoned Mar. 17, 1866. 31. Joseph Souther, Apr. 8, 1864, burglary, five years; pardoned, Mary 29, 1867.

32. John Hall, Feb. 1, 1867, burglary, three years; pardoned June 19, 1867.

33. Wm. Vallandingham, Apr. 23, 1867, petit larceny, two years; discharged Mar. 21, 1869.

34. Edward Davis, Apr. 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years; discharged.

35. Cyrus Miller, Apr. 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years; died Sept. 18, 1869.

36. William Wilson, Apr. 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years, died Aug. 9, 1868, at 6'o'clock a.m.

37. James Willey, Oct. 19, 1868, petit larceny, one year; served out term. He was a son of John Willey who was then in prison.

38 Jeremiah Goad, Oct. 19, 1868, burglary, nine years; discharged Apr. 17, 1876.

39. Henery Redner, Oct. 19, 1868,grand larceny, two years; discharged Sept 14, 1870.

40. James Williams, Jan. 18, 1896 [sic 1869] grand larceny; three years; discharged Nov. 17, 1871. This man had served a two year sentence from 1863 to 1865, being sent from Vigo county for grand larceny.

41. Gardner P. Will, Jan. 18, 1869, grand larceny, two years; pardoned Mar. 22, 1870. Will's fie, father and mother lived in Terre Haute.

42. John Simpson, Apr. 17, 1869, assult and battery with intent to rape, two years; mandate from Supreme Court for new trial, Aug. 2, 1869.

43. Andrew Harper, Apr. 17, 1869, grand larceny, two years; discharged Mar. 12, 1871.

44. John Rose, April 18, 1870, murder, life; pardoned Jan. 14, 1876.

45. William Carry, Apr. 19, 1871, grand larceny, three years; discharged Mar. 20, 1874. Carry escaped from the lumber yard Dec. 9, 1871, and was recaptured Jan. 18, 1872. His mother and step-father lived in Terre Haute.

46. John W. Donaldson, Apr. 20, 1871, burglarly, four years; discharged Oct. 20, 1874. This was Donaldson's second term in this prison. He was sent from Monroe county Oct. 28, 1867, for one year for grand larceny. He was a widower and his father and mother lived at Woodbury, Georgia.

47. John Henderson, Jan. 23, 1872, grand larceny, two years; discharged Dec. 13, 1873. He was a widower, born in England, had daughter living at Lafayette, Ind.

48. William Keeler, Sept. 16, 1872, grand larceny, one year; discharged Sept. 4, 1873. Claimed to have no relatives.

49. James Clifton, Nov. 6, 1873, grand larceny, two years, died Oct. 4, 1874. He had served one term of one year before under the name of Allen, sent first time from Wayne county.

50. Moses Suellenberger, MAr. 26, 1874, receiving stolen goods, two years; discharged Aug. 3, 1876.

51. James Brannon, Apr. 4, 1874, petit larceny, one year; died July 9, 1874.

52. Aden D. Gainey, Apr. 4, 1874, burglary, two years; pardoned Nov. 28, 1874.

53. John Clark, Mar. 22, 1875, grand larceny, two years; discharged Feb. 15, 1877.

54. John B. Chipman, Oct. 25, 1875, nmurder, life; pardoned Nov. 22, 1888.

55. Goerge Willis, June 12, 1876, burglary, three years; discharged Apr. 5, 1879.

56. William Jones alias Lawrence, June 12, 1876, burglary, two years; discharged May 11, 1878. Jones claimed his relatives lived at St. Joseph, Mo.

57. John Huey, Jan. 8, 1877, manslaughter, twenty-one years; discharged Nov. 4, 1891. Huey escaped from prison Aug. 13, 1890, at 7:30 p.m., recaptured May 11, 1891 at St. Louis, Mo. after being out eight months and twenty-eight days. He was wanted by the United States District Marshal, and at the expiration of his term was arrested at the prison door by the United States Marshal on a charge of counterfeiting, taken to Indianapolis, tried before the District Court, found guilty and sentenced for one year, Dec. 17, 1891; discharged Mar. 3, 1893. On Oct. 26, 1893 he was again convicted of burglary and larceny and received a sentence of ten years, which he is now serving. Counting his recapture makes four times he has been in prison. Was forty-two years old when he received his last sentence.

58. John W. Byers, Jan. 8, 1877, gran larceny, two years; discharged Dec. 6, 1878.

59. Joseph L. White, June 11, 1877, grand larceny, seven years; discharged Apr. 19, 1883. This was the second term for White, he having served a former term of two years for grand larceny from Sullivan county.

60. Charles Johnson, June 11, 1877, grand larceny, four years; discharged Feb. 12, 1881.

61. William Snyder, June 11, 1877, forgery, two years; pardoned July 1, 1878.

62. Charles Cummings, June 11, 1877, burglary, five years; pasrdoned Aug. 18, 1880. His correct name was B. F. Wilson.

63. William Thomas, June 11, 1877, burglary, five years; discharged Dec. 13, 1881. Correct name was George Bogart.

64. Lewis Menk, Jan. 20, 1878, assult and battery with intent to murder, two years; discharged Dec. 18, 1879.

65. Jacob Jamison, Oct. 21, 1878, assult and battery with intent to kill, two years, discharged Sept. 21, 1880.

66. James Winters, Oct. 21, 1878 grand larceny, one year, discharged Oct. 9, 1879. Winters afterwards served a three year term in this prison for gran larceny, from Nov. 25, 1885 to May 26, 1888. After finishing his second term, he was gain convicted for assult and battery with intent to murder and is now serving a two years sentence in this prison.

67. ELisha Rainbolt Jan. 14, 1879, assult and battery with intent to kill, three years; discharged Nov. 4, 1881.

68. Mont Joho [?Yoho], Jan 22, 1879 burglary and larceny, three years; pardoned July 23, 1880.

69. David Heaton, June 19, 1879, grand larceny, four years; discharged Feb. 19, 1883.

70. John Bilderbeck, July 8, 1880, grand larceny, two years, discharged June 3, 1882.

71. Tracy Owen, July 8, 1880, Grand larceny, two years; died Apr. 23, 1882. This was Owen's second term. His relative lived at Terre Haute.

72. E. M. Leslle [Leslie], Nov. 4, 1880, petit larceny, two years; discharged Sept. 29, 1882. Leslie was a physician. He afterward served a two years sentence in this prison for burglary form Dec. 9., 1884 to Sept. 9, 1886.

73. Jacoob Shrank, Nov 4, 1880, grand larceny, two years, discharged Oct. 1882.

74. William Bays, Apr. 1, 1881,assult and battery with intent, two years, discharged Feb. 4, 1883.

75. John Woodsmall, June 21, 1881, murder, twenty-one years, pardoned June 4, 1888. Taken home by his brother to Elnora, Ind. where he died July 8, 1888. This case was venued from Daviess county to Greene county.

76. John Bland, Oct. 26, 1881, petit larceny, one yuear, dischraged Oct. 16, 1882.

77. __ George, Feb. 1, 1882 burglary and larceny two years; discharged Nov. 23, 1883.

778. Henry L. White, Jan. 25, 1882, larceny, two years; discharged Nov. 20, 1883. White was afterwards sent form Clay county, under the name of Lee White, Mar. 18, 1881, grand larceny, five years; discharged Mar. 15, 1888. He was again convicted of grand larceny in Vigo county, June 2, 1888, and sentenced to a term of five years, which expired Apr. 26, 1892. Last time he was sent as Emory White. If alive, he is no doubt in some other prison now.

79. James Myers, Jan. 8, 1883, larcney, two years; discharged Oct. 11, 1884.

80. John R. Eaton, June 6, 1883, two years, manslaughter; discharged Mar. 6, 1885. Eaton was sent for killing King near Koleen in 1882.

81. Thomas Dover, Sept 15, 1883, petit larceny, one year; discharged Aug. 25, 1884.

82. John Smith, Sept. 15, 1883; petit larceny, one year; discharged Sept. 8, 1884. Smith was seventeen years old and claimed he had no relatives.

83. Andrew J. Huey, Dec. 20, 1883 burglary and larceny, five years; discharged Oct, 14, 1887. Huey had served a former term in this prison; being sent from Clay county, Oct. 10, 1881, two years for burglary and larceny. Later he was sent from Vigo county, May 12, 1888, three years for petit larceny. On Oct. 26, 1893 he was convicted of stealing eighteen bushels of wheat and was sentenced for term of ten years, which he is now serving.

84. Wm. L. Beck, May 24, 1884, petit larceny, one year; discharged May 10, 1885

85. Charles Calkins, June 3, 1884, assault and battery attempt to rape, two years; discharged May 13, 1886.

86. Wm. E. Gentry, Oct. 3, 1884, forgery, three years; discharged July 3, 1886.

87. Charles Brown, Feb. 17, 1885; petit larceny, two years; paroled June 15, 1886. Brown was eighteen years of age and claimed Fr. Wayne as residnece.

88. John B. Stropes, Apr. 28, 1885, embezzling and grand larceny two years; discharged Feb. 5, 1887.

89. Wm. Atkinson, May 18, 1885, murder fifteen years, paroled Oct. 22, 1889. Atkinson was a coal miner and his family lived at Edwardsport, Ind.

90. Lewis Daughtery, May 27, 1885, petit larceny, one year; discharged Apr. 27, 1886. Daughtery claimed his wife lived in Vincennes.

91. Edward Lancaster, May 27, 1885, assult and battery with intent to rape, two years; discharged Mar. 17, 1887.

92. James Howell, Nove 23, 1885, robbery, five years, died Sept. 28, 1888.

93. Tobias Tungatem Feb. 25, 1887. burglary, two years, discharged Nov. 23, 1888.

94. Alfred Johnson, Sept. 6, 1887, petit larceny, one year; discharged Aug. 6, 1888. Johnson served three terms in this prison. Second term for petit larceny, Dec. 12, 1888, to Nov. 14, 1889, sent from Dearbon county. Third term was sent from Davis [Daviess] county, Mar. 7, 1892, one year for petit larceny stole $15.00, sentenced as Stephen A. Jobson.

95. Donald A. Leclair, May 10, 1888, forgery, two years; discharged Feb. 10, 1890. CLaimed Canada as his home.

96. Henry Lynch, Sept 19, 1888, burglary, two years; discharged, June 21, 1890.

97. John Mc Gregor, Feb. 21, 1889, receiving stolen goods, two years; discharged Nov. 21, 1890. Mc Gregor was born in Scotland and claimed to have served in Battery D, Heavy Artillary, in the English Army. June 13, 1891, he was sentenced from Clark county to a term of one year for stealing whisky and cigars to the value of $4.00. Served second term under name of John Thomas.

98. Edward R. Stropes, May 11, 1889, embezzelment, one year; released by mandate of the Supreme Court Nov. 5, 1889.

99. William Goens, Dec. 5, 1889, assult and battery with intent to kille, two years; discharged Sept. 5, 1891. Goen was a private to Co. A., fourth Tennesse infantry volunteers.

100. Wm. S. Martin, Feb. 22, 1890, petit larceny, one year; discharged Jan. 22, 1891.

101. Leander City, Mary 15, 1890, manslaughter, nine years, discharged Apr. 14, 1896.

102. Charles Steele, May 12, 1890, grand larceny, one year; discharged Apr. 14, 1891. Charged with stealling $30.00.

103. Ross Elrod, May 14, 1891, larceny, one year; discharged Apr. 14, 1892. Charged with stealing a suit of clothes valued at $30.00.

104. Libert Stalcup, May 17, 1891, grand larceny, two years; discharged Feb. 7, 1893. Charged with stealing a horse valued at #100.

105. William Blaker., Oct. 1, 1891, Larceny, one year; discharged Feb. 1, 1892. Charged with stealing a horse valued at $100.

106. Sylvester Hanley, Oct. 1, 1891, forgery, three years; discharged Apr. 1, 1891. Charged with forging a note for 100.

107. Ed Robinson Oct. 1, 1891, burglary and larceny, one year; discharged Sept 1, 1892. Charged with breaking into warehouse and stealling wool value of $5.00. Wife lived in Columbus, O.

108. Wm. Gainey, Oct. 1, 1891 burglary and larceny, one year; discharged Sept 1, 1892. Charged with breaking into wareroom and stealing wool value $5.

109. Byron Noel, Sept. 17, 1892, larceny, two years; discharged June 17, 1894. Noel was eighteen years old and charged with stealing $45.00.

110. Wm. Mc Kinnon, may 13, 1893, larceny, one year; discharged Apr. 15, 1894. Charged with stealing a basket of groceries.

111. Robert Beasley, May 22, 1893, larceny, two years; discharged Mary 22, 1893. Charged with stealing five horse shoes froma man named Hamilton. On June 20, 1893, Beasley escaped at 1:30 p.m. and was recaputred at 2 p.m., after being out one-half hour.

112. Ed Mc Guire, Nov. 20, 1893, grand larceny, five years; serving sentence. Charged with stealing six head of cattle valued at $200.00.

113. Wm. Bonham, Dec. 11, 1893, grand larceny, five years; serving sentence. Charge same as above.

114. John H. Russell, Mar. 2, 1894, forgery, three years; serving sentence,. Charged with forging note for $17.55.

115. David Connett, Mar. 2, 1891, larceny, two years; discharged Dec. 2, 1895. Charged with chicken stealing.

116. John Jones, alias Mc Nutt alias Ransom, foruth term, Mar. 5 1894, larceny, three years; serving sentence. Charged with stealing clothing. FIrst term from Franklin county, one year, petit larceny under name of Joseph Mc Nutt in 18_5. Second term was sent under name of Mc Nutt from Union county, three years for gran larceny, Nov. 17, 1877. After finishing his second term, he was again sentenced for two years, Sept 18_6 from Henry county for burglary and larceny.

117. Peter Jones, Mar. 5, 1894, larceny, three years; serving sentence.

118 John Bale, Mar. 13, 1894, incest, three years; serving sentence.

119. Alfred Hasler, Fen. 27, 1891, petit larceny, one year; discharged Jan. 27, 1895. Charged with stealing tobacco.

120. Jack Montgomery, May 13, 1894, incest two years; discharged Feb. 18, 1896.

121. Andrew F. Douglas, Oct. 1, 1894, larceny, one year; discharged Sept. 1, 1895

122. Willam Bennett, Oct. 4, 1894, grand larceny, two years; escaped Nov. 30, 1895. Bennet had been doing work in front office and about 7 o'clock p.m. while count was being made, he escaped. Owing to a misunderstanding between two of the guards as to who should count Bennett, he was not missed until mext morning.

123. George W. Riley, Nov. 30 1894, forgery, twoyears, serving term.

124. Chalres Rivers, alias Cook alias West. It is though his right name is Cook. Dec. 4, 1894, grand larceny. Rivers, it will be remembered, was one of the men who robbed the Bloomfield Bank in the fall of 1894. Claims he was born in Texas and that his wife Mabel lives in Canada. She now lines in Chicago. Rivers has been visited by Chief of Police, of St. Paul and other dectectives. He works in the pants factory.

125. William P. Howell, Dec. 11, 1894, false pretense, one year; discharged Nov. 11, 1895.

126. Thos. R. COok. March 4, 1895, embezzelment, one year; pardoned Sept. 10, 1895.

127. Martin Prescott, Mar. 15, 1895, larceny, one year; discharged Feb. 14, 1896.

128. Wm. Mc Carthy, Sept 5, 1895, larceny, eighteen months; serving term. Charged with stealing set of silver knives and forks near Sandborn, Ind.

129. Frederick S. Shoemaker, Oct. 5, 1895, larceny, two years; serving term. Charged with stealing $115 from W. O. C. Deck at Newberry, Ind.

130. Charles Whittlesey, Nov. 18, 1895, larceny, eighteen months; serving term. Charged with stealing overcoat at Bloomfield, Ind. value of thrity-five dollars. Father lives in Los Angles, Cal. Whittlesey is sixteen years of age.

131. John H. Carson, Nov. 26, 1895, larceny, one year; serving term. Charged with stealing a pair of pants from Taylor Bros., at Worthington, Ind. Gave his occupation as sign painter.

132. Elijah Michaels, Nov. 26, 1895, incest, two years; serving term. Charged with committing incest on Harriet Bays, at Cincinnati, Ind.

133. William Snider, Dec. 6, 1895, larceny, one year; serving term. Charged with stealing pork from George and J. D. Myers at Worthington, Ind.

134. Major Evans, Feb. 13, 1896, larceny, one year; serving term. Charged with stealing five dollars and two gold rings valued at seven dollars from Mamie Smirk, at Linton, Ind.

Of the 134, were pardoned, two were paroled, eight died, two escaped, and three were released by madate from the Supreme Court, leaving 100 who served their term. All the life men were pardoned; neither one serving as long as fifteen years.

There are forty-seven life men in the prison.

Jim Raper has been here twenty-three years. Sentence, life.

J. A. P.


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