"On the 18th of June 1866, a bloody murder occurred in the western part of the county. About 2 o'clock at night, one or more persons went to the residence of David Woodward, and when he appeared at the door in answer to their call, he was struck in the face with an ax and instantly killed. The murderer or murderers hen entered the house and stabbed the wife and sister of the murdered man, so that they died, and also severely stabbed his mother, from the effects of which she never recovered, though she lived several years."
"William Sanders was arrested, charged with the crime, and waiving examination, was sent to jail until his trial came off at Bedford on a change of venue. The jury hung, and the prisoner was discharged on bail, and soon disappeared. The crime was never solved."
Records of Antioch Cemetery in Northwest Township of Orange County, "Woodward, David, his wife and sister. Stones have no inscriptions. They were brutally murdered on June 18, 1866"
Two daughters were born to Jane Carey Abel after the death of John Abel: Elvira J & Catherine. Elvira J was bound out to a family by the name of hicks, but later she lived with Oliver C & Martha A Moulder. Elvira J Abel is found living with the Moulder family in the 1850 census of Orange County (Paoli Twp) Indiana, age 13. She died about 1854. Catherine Abel lived with the Hicks family and was married under the name Hicks, to David Woodward. Orange Co Book C4, page 237.
History of Orange County, Indiana, 1884 - Submitted
by FoFG 23 Apr 2013
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