ILLINOIS GENEALOGY TRAILS

List of Convicts in the Illinois State Prison who were Pardoned, Died or Escaped
from 1 January 1855 - to 31 December 1856
Alton, Illinois
as compiled as published in the ISGS Quarterly XVIII:1, by Robert S. Johnston

Transcribed from the ISGS publication by K. Torp, ©2007



The Alton prison opened in 1833 as the first Illinois State Penitentiary and was closed in 1860, when the remaining prisoners were moved to the new prison at Joliet, IL. Alton Prison was then re-opened during the Civil War and used as a Military Prison, housing mostly Confederate prisoners, with as many as 11,764 soldiers passing through the gates.


NAME

DATE

COUNTY

CRIME

DISPOSITION

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9 May 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

(--?--)

7 May 1856

Washington

Rape

Pardoned

Allen, Octavius

11 Dec. 1856

LaSalle

Forgery

Pardoned

Ambruster, Casper

18 Aug. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Died

Ames, David

23 Nov. 1855

Putnam

Larceny

Pardoned

Archer, Thomas

23 Nov. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Austin, Edward

1 Apr. 1856

Winnebago

Assault to kill and murder

Died

Barney, Jacob

23 Apr. 1856

Cook

Counterfeiting

Pardoned

Benjamin, E.W.

3 Apr. 1856

Winnebago

Larceny

Pardoned

Bennick, William

12 Aug. 1856

Cook

Burglary

Pardoned

Bergen, Thomas

18 Aug. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Blasmire, Frederick

4 Sep. 1856

Adams

Murder

Pardoned

Borsley, Walter

25 Sep. 1856

Vermilion

Murder

Died

Bowen, Charles A.

3 Jan. 1856

Montgomery

Larceny

Pardoned

Boyle, James

26 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Brandt, Adolph

8 Feb. 1855

Cook

Larcency

Died

Brennan, John

24 Nov. 1855

Kane

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Briggs, Benjamin F.

23 Sep. 1856

Boone

Larceny

Pardoned

Brockett, Allen R.

3 Oct. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Brown, James

25 Dec. 1856

Cook

Robbery

Pardoned

Brown, John

23 Feb. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Browning, James

2 July 1856

Marion

Larceny

Pardoned

Browning, Sanford

26 Apr. 1856

Gallatin

Murder

Pardoned

Caldwell, Oscar T.

17 Jan. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Callahan, Matthew

24 July 1855

Cook

Larcency

Pardoned

Callahan, Patrick

20 Feb. 1856

Iroquois

Larceny

Pardoned

Campbell, Dacatur

20 June 1855

Massac

Murder

Habeas corpus

Carrier, John

29 Apr. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Cassell, George

29 Nov. 1856

Whiteside

Obstruction of railroad

Pardoned

Cassell, James

29 Nov. 1856

Whiteside

Obstruction of railroad

Pardoned

Churchill, John

10 Dec. 1855

Winnebago

Larceny

Escaped

Clark, George

1 Sep. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Died

Cody, Ellen

23 Feb. 1856

Cook

Murder

Pardoned

Combs, Charles R.

5 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Connor, Newman

7 Feb. 1856

White

Burglary

Pardoned

Connors, William

4 Sep. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Copeland, R.S.

19 Jan. 1855

Schuyler

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Crandall, E.L.

28 Jan. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Crosbie, Stephen

27 Nov. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Day, Charles

26 Apr. 1856

Cook

Receiving stolen goods

Pardoned

Day, Michael

6 Apr. 1855

Peoria

Murder

Pardoned

Dixon, John

17 Oct. 1855

Cook

Assault with intent to steal

Pardoned

Dodson, John

5 Feb. 1856

Sangamon

Larceny

Pardoned

Doty, John

5 Sep. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Dougherty, Campbell

29 Sep. 1856

Cook

Having counterfeit with intent to pass

Pardoned

Driggs, Nelson

12 Aug. 1856

Cook

Possession of counterfeit money

Pardoned

Durham, John

5 Mar. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Edgbert, D.M.

6 Dec. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Enwright, Francis

24 July 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Evans, Jeremiah

20 Feb. 1855

Hardin

Murder

Died

Evans, Samuel

28 Dec. 1856

Clark

Murder

Pardoned

Farrell, Ann

13 Jan. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Farrell, William B.

9 Feb. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Finley, Charles

9 Aug. 1856

Adams

Died

 

France, Peter

25 Sep. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Died

Francis, William

25 June 1856

Jo Daviess

Robbery

Pardoned

Funnell, Samuel

6 Jan. 1856

Rock Island

Larceny

Died

Gahan, William

28 Oct. 1856

LaSalle

Perjury

Pardoned

Gardener, J.R.

5 May 1855

Cook

Passing counterfeit money

Pardoned

Geary, Cornelius

9 May 1855

Cook

Burglary

Pardoned

Geary, William

25 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Goddard, William

2 Dec. 1855

Edgar

Larceny

Died

Gray, Harrison

26 Apr. 1855

Massac

Assault to rape

Pardoned

Greely, Samuel W.

18 July 1856

LaSalle

Larceny

Pardoned

Greenbury, Jacob

20 Dec. 1856

Cook

Burglary

Pardoned

Greer, William

7 Sep. 1855

Cook

Forgery

Pardoned

Hampton, Adam

27 Sep. 1855

Hardin

Mayhem

Died

Hankins, George W.

3 Apr. 1856

Washington

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Hawes, Andrew

26 July 1855

Pulaski

Larceny

Pardoned

Hax, Lewis

14 Aug. 1856

Peoria

Larceny

Pardoned

Hays, John L.

30 June 1856

Winnebago

Larceny

Pardoned

Hedrich, Joseph

13 Mar. 1855

Marion

Burglary

Died

Helm, George D.

22 Sep. 1856

LaSalle

Larceny

Pardoned

Hennessy, William

17 Jan. 1855

Peoria

Assault to rape

Pardoned

Henricks, Henry

13 Sep. 1855

Madison

Larceny

Died

Heron, David C.

4 Mar. 1856

Marion

Larceny

Died

Hess, John

10 Apr. 1856

Woodford

Larceny

Escaped

Hickey, John

7 May 1855

Cook

Murder

Pardoned

Hill, Joseph

23 Apr. 1856

White

Larceny

Pardoned

Hoburn, William

27 May 1856

Adams

Murder

Pardoned

Horn, Anton

21 Oct. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Horn, John

22 Nov. 1856

St. Clair

Larceny

Pardoned

Howell, Samuel

3 Nov. 1856

Logan

Larceny

Died

Hudson, Martin

21 May 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Hudson, Mary

1 Feb. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Hughes, William

2 Sep. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Hunnewell, Seth

6 Aug. 1855

Sangamon

Larceny

Escaped

Hurd, Lewis

24 Sep. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Irish, Wilson W.

10 Dec. 1856

Christian

Larceny

Pardoned

Johnson, A.B.

11 Aug. 1855

Pike

Larceny

Escaped

Johnson, David L.

12 July 1855

Will

Larceny

Escaped

Johnson, James H.

12 July 1856

Gallatin

Larceny

Pardoned

Johnson, Joseph H.

22 Apr. 1855

Jo Daviess

Larceny

Escaped

Jones, Harvey

11 Oct. 1856

Shelby

Manslaughter

Pardoned

Kinney, Frank W.

17 Oct. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Klingle, John

14 Aug. 1856

Peoria

Burglary

Pardoned

Knight, Joseph

22 May 1856

Edgar

Murder

Pardoned

Kohn, Morris

18 Dec. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Langford, George

18 Oct. 1855

Henry

Larceny

Pardoned

Lapoint, John

23 Dec. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Lee, James H.

26 Jan. 1856

Sangamon

Larceny

Pardoned

Lesure, Peter

22 Oct. 1855

Fulton

Larceny

Pardoned

Lewis, John

16 July 1856

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Looly, Thomas

25 Apr. 1855

Cook

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Love, Jannette

13 Jan. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Lovett, William

4 May 1855

Winnebago

Larceny

Escaped

McCabe, Patrick

19 Dec. 1856

Marshall

Murder

Pardoned

McCane, John

12 Dec. 1855

Kendall

Larceny

Pardoned

McCarthy, John

22 June 1855

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

McCully, John

7 Jan. 1856

Madison

Larceny

Died

McDonald, John

16 July 1856

LaSalle

Larceny

Escaped

McGowen, James

24 Aug. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

McHugh, Mary

28 May 1856

LaSalle

Larceny

Pardoned

McMayhan, John

23 Feb. 1856

Jo Daviess

Larceny

Escaped

Mahoney, William

12 Dec. 1855

Cook

Burglary

Pardoned

Mallory, John

2 July 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Maton, P.I.

20 Oct. 1855

Cook

Robbery

Pardoned

Maxam, Ambrose

12 July 1856

Kendall

Burglary and larceny

Pardoned

Mitchell, Robert

4 July 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Mohr, Christian

3 Apr. 1856

Cook

Burglary

Pardoned

Moody, Mary

19 Nov. 1856

Cook

Robbery

Pardoned

Mooney, John

11 June 1856

Cook

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Morris, Asa

6 Feb. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Morrison, Marcus

19 Mar. 1855

Cook

Robbery

Died

Murphy, Dennis

3 Apr. 1856

McHenry

Murder

Pardoned

Nash, Oscar

12 Jan. 1856

Kane

Larceny

Died

Nason, Mark

30 Dec. 1856

Cook

Rape

Pardoned

O'Brien, Dennis

30 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

O'Shea, James

27 Aug. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Patterson, Andrew J.

26 May 1855

Cook

Embezzlement

Pardoned

Payne, Charles M.

16 Feb. 1856

Adams

Murder

Pardoned

Payne, Robert

13 May 1856

Stephenson

Forgery

Pardoned

Pennell, Burns G.

22 Feb. 1856

Warren

Rape

Died

Perry, Jackson

20 July 1855

Cook

Assault to kill

Pardoned

Peterson, George

6 Aug. 1855

Madison

Larceny

Died

Pooley, Thomas

3 July 1856

Kane

Manslaughter

Pardoned

Potter, William

13 June 1856

DuPage

Larceny

Pardoned

Power, Edmund

12 Nov. 1856

Peoria

Murder

Pardoned

Qualls, James

6 Apr. 1856

Will

Larceny

Pardoned

Rainbow, Thomas

12 Apr. 1855

Cook

Larcency

Pardoned

Reese, William

31 Dec. 1856

Cook

Manslaughter

Pardoned

Rice, James A.

30 Dec. 1856

Ogle

Larceny

Pardoned

Richards, William

1 Aug. 1855

LaSalle

Burglary and larceny

Escaped

Richardson, Samuel

6 Sep. 1855

Cook

Passing counterfeit money

Pardoned

Roach, Peter

2 July 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Roney, Benjamin E.

11 Mar. 1856

Pike

Arson

Pardoned

Rose, James

7 Nov. 1856

Fulton

Assault to murder

Pardoned

Ruehty, John

22 Apr. 1856

DuPage

Larceny

Pardoned

Ryan, Timothy

12 Nov. 1856

LaSalle

Perjury

Pardoned

Sammons, Nicholas

10 Oct. 1856

Kankakee

Murder

Pardoned

Sargent, Charles

15 May 1855

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Sargent, Francis

7 Nov. 1856

DeKalb

Larceny

Pardoned

Scheuff, Henry

24 Mar. 1855

Hardin

Larceny

Pardoned

Schneider, Anton

18 Aug. 1856

St. Clair

Larceny

Died

Schneider, Henry

22 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Serffert, Charles

25 Apr. 1855

Cook

Larcency

Pardoned

Shaw, Michael

2 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Shaw, William

9 Dec. 1856

Moultrie

Murder

Pardoned

Sherrill, James

5 Nov. 1855

Rock Island

Assault to kill

Pardoned

Shultz, Charles

3 Nov. 1855

Winnebago

Larceny

Died

Simons, Curtis

21 Apr. 1856

Rock Island

Larceny

Pardoned

Simons, James

21 Apr. 1856

Rock Island

Larceny

Pardoned

Sliten, Nicholas

18 Mar. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Smith, C.E.

13 Nov. 1855

Cook

Forgery

Pardoned

Smith, Erastas L.

9 May 1856

Lake

Larceny

Pardoned

Smith, John

1 Jan. 1856

Richland

Larceny

Died

Smith, Mary

26 Jan. 1856

Monroe

Larceny

Escaped

Stetson, Fieldon

10 Oct. 1856

Kankakee

Murder

Pardoned

Story, William A.

12 June 1856

Henderson

Burglary and larceny

Pardoned

Strow, Edwin A.

15 Feb. 1855

Cook

Counterfeiting

Pardoned

Strow, William H.

13 Nov. 1855

Cook

Counterfeiting

Pardoned

Sullivan, Betsy

18 Nov. 1856

Cook

Manslaughter

Pardoned

Summerville, William

16 Feb. 1856

Cook

Vagrancy

Pardoned

Sweeney, Michael

3 Sep. 1856

Lake

obstructing railroad

Pardoned

Tate, Mary A.

3 Jan. 1856

Cook

Receiving stolen goods Pardoned

 

Taylor, J.M.

12 June 1856

Pike

Bigamy

Pardoned

Tracy, James

23 Sep. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Van Blarican, George

8 Mar. 1855

Cook

Larceny

S. Court

Ward, Henry

11 June 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Warren, John W.

18 Nov. 1855

Knox

Larceny

Died

Welch, A.B.

13 Feb. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Welch, John

25 Oct. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Wendt, John

17 Sep. 1856

Cook

Robbery

Pardoned

Werdles, William

23 Nov. 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Wester, Henry

6 Nov. 1856

Jo Daviess

Murder

Pardoned

Whalen, William

25 Sep. 1855

Cook

Robbery

Pardoned

White, Charles

10 Apr. 1856

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

White, Richard

21 July 1855

Cook

Larceny

Pardoned

Wiggins, Ira

12 June 1856

DeKalb

Assault to kill

Pardoned

Wilcox, Arbin

26 Apr. 1855

Henry

Murder

Pardoned

Williams, Henry

25 Aug. 1856

Rock Island

Possession of counterfeit money

Died

Williamson, William F.

8 June 1855

U.S. Court

Mail robbery

Died

Wilson, John

16 July 1856

Cook

Larceny

Escaped

Wright, Catharine

26 July 1855

Cook

Receiving stolen goods Pardoned

 

Wright, Joshua C.

30 Sep. 1856

Cook

Forgery

Pardoned