Baltimore City Maryland
The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), November 9, 1808
Smith and Lacost Convicted of Slave Trade (1821)
Jos. Findlay Smith, of Baltimore, and Adolph Lacost of NY, Commanders of the schooners Plattsburg & Science, captured in April last on the African coast, by the U.S. ship Cyane, Captain Trenchard, were convicted in Circuit Court of U.S. in Boston, in November last, of slave trade; sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and fined $3000 each, on Thuesday (sic) [National Intelligencer, Feb 2, 1821 - Contributed by K. Torp]
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 9 1824
Baltimore, June 3
Between one and two o’clock P.M. yesterday while the clerk was absent for a few moments in the interior of the warehouse, a person entered the counting room of Messrs. Brune & Danneman, S. Gaystreet, and stole from the desk the bank book containing Two Thousand Dollars, in U.S. Bank bills of $100 each, all payable at the Branch Bank in this city, from which they had been but a short time before drawn. It is believed that the theft was committed by a person of middle size, rather shabbily dressed, supposed to be 15 or 16 years of age. Should any notes of this description be offered by a suspicious person, it is the duty of every good citizen to stop them, in order that these worthy gentlemen may be aided in recovering their money, and that the daring felon may be brought to punishment. – Amer. [Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 21, 1824
Baltimore, July 9
Yesterday in the City Court, James M’Cullough, who had been tried a few days ago for passing counterfeit half dollars, was arraigned at the bar and received sentence of punishment – to be confined ten years in the Penintentiary. – Amer. [Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 28, 1824
From the Baltimore Patriot, July 19
Last night between 10 and 11 o’clock, an attempt was made to take the life of one of our most respectable and worthy physicians. The facts in the case, as far as we have learned them, are these: A person called on the Doctor, complaining that he, the Doctor had deceived him as to the actual state of his nephew’s disease, whom the Doctor was attending, to which the doctor replied he had not – that if his nephew was worse than he had represented, an unfavourable change must have occurred since he saw him. To this the complainant objected and insisted on the doctor’s immediately going with him to see his nephew. The was engaged and could not go then, but would go as soon as possible. The person very abruptly told him that he should or he would force him to go. The doctor again excused himself; and the enraged man drew out a pistol and fired at the doctor, who, as the pistol was presented, knocked it up, and the contents, large buck shot, were lodged in the cheek of the door a few inches above the doctor’s head. The first attempt having failed, another pistol was produced and presented, but before it was discharged it was wrested from him and he secured by some men in the street, and taken to the watch house. He this morning gave bail for his appearance at court. We forebear mentioning the offender’s name or making further remarks on this affair, as it is presumed that a higher tribunal than the press will sit in judgement upon it. When we mention the doctor’s name, it will surprise every one that such a man should have such an enemy; or indeed any enemy at all. There are few more inoffensive or more useful men in the city or country, than Dr. William B. Clendinen. Yet he it was who so narrowly escaped losing his life. [Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 10, 1824
Baltimore, Oct. 30
The awful sentence of justice was carried into execution yesterday, about 12 o’clock upon the persons of Negroes George and Henry, who had been convicted at a recent session of Baltimore County Court of one of the most atrocious crimes, committed under circumstances of horrible aggravation. The execution, by hanging, took place publicly, in the jail yard, in the view of a large number of spectators. – American.
[Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA)
October 12, 1825
Baltimore, Sept. 29. -- A Black woman murdered a black man in a Public alley last night and was arrested and committed. We understand she made sue of a large scythe for the purpose cutting her victim from head to foot in the most shocking manner.
[Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Attempt To Murder
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa)
June 28, 1826
On Tuesday morning, the 20th instant, between 9 and 10 o’clock Mr. John C. Butler, Innkeeper, on the Baltimore turnpike, about one miles from this borough received a stab from an unknown colored man.
The circumstances so far as we have been able to ascertain them, (in part related by Mr. Butler,) are these. He has started on that morning in search of a horse which had strayed from him and as he was riding along the Emmitsburg road, about 3 miles from this place, he met a negro with a sickle on his shoulder who enquired of him where he might get work. Mr. B. mentioned several farmers in that neighborhood and said he supposed any of them would give him employment as harvest was at hand. While this conversation was passing, the negro approached and took hold of the reins of the bridle which he refused to let go. Mr. B then enquired what his object was and he replied that he wished to have the horse – upon which Mr. B. struck him in the face with a cowskin, (the only weapon he had in his hand,) which caused the negro to lose his hold and step back. Mr. B. rode up, intending to strike him again but the negro closed in and pulled him off the horse. A struggle ensued in which Mr. B. succeeded in getting the negroe’s coat over his head and giving him some blows; the latter, however, being too strong for him, disengaged himself and seeing travelers approach, crossed a fence on one side of the road; but, having lost his hat and (as is supposed) his knife or dirk, he returned, picked them up and then fled through the fields on the other side of the road. Mr. B. together with a person residing in that neighborhood, followed him two or three hundred yards but they were unable to overtake him. Mr. B. then mounted his horse and rode home along, though he bled profusely. From the circumstance of his being able to ride, we presume the persons present thought he was but slightly injured; for they neglected even to enquire the names and place of residence of the travelers, (a man and woman) who, it is said, were nearest to the place of contention. Mr. B. thinks he was wounded as he was drawn off the horse. His situation was considered very dangerous for two or three days; but it is now expected that he may recover. The wound is on the left side between the lower rib and the hip bone and from the holes in the clothes, appears to have been given by a very sharp instrument, probably a butcher knife.
Stop the Murderer!
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa)
Feb 8, 1826
Edward Riley, a poor but honest drayman was murdered on the night of the 30th Jan., in North Howard Street in the city of Baltimore and robbed of about $75.
John Riley, who was seen with him a short time previous to the murder and who knew of his having money about him is supposed to be the murderer, having suddenly left his house and taken the six o’clock stage of the following morning for the city of Washington. The said John Riley is about 30 years of age, about 5 feet 6 inches high, round face, dark hair and dark eyes, of a lively disposition and is given to intoxication. He had on a blue coat, blue pantaloons, yellow waistcoat, a new fur hat, a new scarlet tartan plaid cloak and a yellow cane with a buck horn head. He is a weaver by profession. – Balt. Amer.
The persons who left this city in pursuit of John Riley, the supposed murderer of Edward Riley, succeeded in arresting him in Washington on Wednesday last. He was brought to this city on Thursday evening and taken before D. B. Ferguson, Esq., for examination, from whence he was committed to prison for trial. It is stated in the Patriot that in the course of the examination it appeared that the wife of the prisoner indentified a pieces of calico which she gave to Edward Riley on the night of the murder to wrap up his money in which was found upon the accused. The same piece of calico was identified by Joseph N. Craddock, a tailor, residing in the Marsh Market Space where he pulled it out of his pocket with the money, which was about $79 to pay for some clothing which he there bought. Since the commitment of John Riley he has stated that he found the money while walking with the deceased that evening, which the deceased dropt from his pocket. – Balt. Amer.
Baltimore, March 4. -- This tribunal has been occupied since Wednesday morning, by the trial of John Reilly, charged with the murder of Edward Reilly, in this city, in the month of Jan. last. A very great number of witnesses were examined and the cause elaborately argued on the part of the prisoner by Buchanan, Dorsey and Heath and for the State by Jefferson Glen and Attorney General Kell. The jury retired last evening about eight o’clock and at half past one today, rendered a verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree. – Gaz. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 15, 1826 - Transcribed by N. Piper]
Reily, the person committed for murdering Reily in Baltimore has been tried and found guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in the Penitentiary.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 22, 1826 - Transcribed by N. Piper]
Balimore City Court -- June Term, 1827
State vs. William Grigg
This was an indictment for feloniously and willfully killing Mrs. Tracy, by driving over her a cart, on the 27th June. The evidence in the case was that the traverse on the 27th of June was driving a cart in a rapid trot at a late hour in the afternoon – that he did not hold the reins in his hands, but had tied them to the cart – that he ran over the deceased, who died a few hours afterwards – that the deceased had previously drank a half pint of gin, together with some other liquor – that the prisoner was partially intoxicated, but that his character was uniformly good and that he was extremely industrious. It was further proved that he was very near sighted. The Jury after an absence of some hours returned with a verdict Guilty of Manslaughter, and recommendation to the mercy of the Court. Counsel for the State, T. Kell, Esq. Attorney General; for the prisoner Alceus B. Wolfe and John Glenn, Esqrs. – American
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), July 25, 1827 - Transcribed by N. Piper]
Henry Fossett Indicted for Gambling
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 30, 1829
Henry Fossett has recently been tried at Baltimore on an indictment under an act of the state of Maryland against gambling by keeping a Roulette table; found guilty and sentenced to one week's imprisonment and to pay a fine of 1000 dollars.
1830 Mail Robbery
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, February 16, 1830
Mail Robbery. - James Porter, alias James May, who, in conjunction with Abraham Poteet, alias George Williams and George Wilson, made the late daring attack upon the Washington stage, was, in consequence of information given by his accomplices, apprehended and committed by T. Shepherd, Esq. We learn that Poteet and Wilson have confessed, that they robbed the Philadelphia mail and passengers on the Kimberton road in November last; and also plundered the mail from Philadelphia to Reading in the succeeding month of December. - Balt. Repub.
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 15, 1830
Baltimore, June 2.
Abraham Poteet, alias Williams, one of the mail robbers, was brought on here from Philadelphia, by Messrs. Biggs and Jeffries, police officers, and lodged in jail. He yesterday received his sentence, which was 25 years confinement in the penitentiary.
Joseph Taylor Trial Postponed
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) February 1, 1831
The trial of Joseph Taylor, Jr., for shotting David Blubaugh, was postponed, on Thursday last, until the April Court, at the request of the Counsel for the accused.
Mary Deems and Friend Robbed
Port Tobacco Times And Charles County Advertiser, Port Tobacco, MD October 2, 1845
Daring Highway Robbery
Thursday morning last, says the Baltimore Sun, as Miss Mary Deems, with a female friend, was returning in a wagon from the Bel-Air market, when they had got a little distance above the gates of the Greenmount Cemetery, they were accosted by a genteelly-dressed villain, who, approaching the wagon, suddenly grasped the wrist of Miss Deems and broke from it a gold bracelet; retaining his hold of her wrist he grasped a chain around her neck, attached to a gold watch, which he pulled from her bosom, and by a sudden jerk broke the chain and made off with his booty. The screams of the ladies were heard by some men at work at Jenkins' tan yard, who came out to their assistance, but the rascal succeeded in making his escape down amongst the willows by the road.
John Bosley Arrested for Shooting Chas. Thomas
Port Tobacco Times And Charles County Advertiser, Port Tobacco, MD October 9, 1845
Narrow Escape of Life
We learn from the Baltimore Patriot that on Wednesday night last a pistol was fired amongst a crowd of persons who were waiting round the polls of the 18th ward, the ball from which struck Mr. Chas Thomas, in the left breast, inflicting a severe wound. The bullet struck the buckle of Mr. T.'s suspender, breaking it in several pieces, and would, but for this circumstance, in all probability, have killed him. A youth named John Bosley, has been arrested and committed to jail charged with firing the pistol.
Gambrill, Cropps, Corrie and Cyphus to be Executed
The Civilian and Telegraph, Cumberland Maryland, March 17, 1859
Quadruple Execution - Tomorrow is the day set apart for the execution of four men in the city of Baltimore, who have been tried and found guilty of murder. Their names are Henry Gambrill, Marion Cropps, Pete Corrie, white, and John Cyphus, a negro.
June 1874 -- From the Louisville Courier-Journal
A Life Tragedy - The Story of Sam McDonald, the millionaire murderer
In the Courier-Journal of a few days since the following telegram from Baltimore was published: "During a drunken brawl in the Sherwood House early this morning, Berry Amoe, aged 35, a well-known gambler, was fatally stabbed, as he alleged, by Sam McDonald, who was arrested. McDonald is supposed to be here on a visit from Indiana. He formerly resided near Baltimore, and is the son of Wm. McDonald, the millionaire, former owner of Flora Temple. The young man who stands charged with this atrocious crime was well know in the West, and has many friends in this city. Never did a career open more brightly than his, and never was the inevitable end of unbridled dissipation more clearly fulfilled than in the brief paragraph we have given above. His fall from a high estate, far beyond the common, has been so headlong and rapid, that a brief recital of its incidents will be of interest to the general reader, and will serve to point a sad mortal that cannot be too often inculcated, and will not come amiss to some of our own jeunnesse doree. The Baltimore papers, in chronicling the incidents of the crime, have but briefly alluded to the previous career of the alleged murderer. Some acquaintance with its salient features enables the writer to present the facts as given below. The murder seems to have been the natural sequence of four years of the most extraordinary dissipation. Three men were drinking together in a Baltimore bar room in the early hours of the morning, and alter a night spent in ?. One of them was a noted gambler of that city - Berry Amos, whom a local paper describes as a fine lookingman, at least, so far as the animal part if concerned; tall, erect, broad chested, and muscular, with sturdy lower limbs, and brawny arms, and all well rounded he presented to the eye the very personification of physical strength and manly vigor. Another was a boon companion and the third was Sam McDonald. The two first were at the bar taking a drink together, and the third arose from his chair and stabbed the gambler to the heart. The murder is said to have been done out of mere wantonness. The murderer was besotted with liquor, and had a bowie knife in his pocket. Rising from his seat in alcoholic delirium, he singled his victim out simply because he was the taller man in the crowd before him. There is said to have been no cause for quarrel between the two, and that it is not probable the drunken man cherished any malice whatever toward his victim or any other person in the party. Such are the circumstances of one scene in the life drama of which we write; the next must be left to the record of the courts to tell, and of that which preceded the bloody tragedy in its course, we may briefly allude to here. Samuel McDonald was the son of a very wealthy man in Baltimore, whose family occupied the highest social position in that city. He himself was sent abroad to be educated, and spent several years at one of the schools in England. While still abroad his father died, leaving his immense fortune to be divided between his son and a daughter, his only children. Young McDonald's portion was something over $500,00, and, with proper management would soon have advanced very greatly in value. Shortly after his father's death the young man attained his majority. The family residence, just out of Baltimore, was one of the most elegant in the country. Here on the night of his 21st birthday he gave a grand dinner to various friends in the city and the celebration is said to have been carried out in a style of almost unparalleled magnificence. The spacious grounds were ablaze with light, and a fountain ran champagne in the yard. The night closed with an orgie of wine-drinking in which an amassing quantity was consumed. Thus he started out upon a career of dissipation which has hurried him in four years - he is now but 25 - to the horrible tragedy of last Wednesday night. Young McDonald at this age was an extraordinary
specimen of manly beauty. He was over six feet tall, straight as an arrow, broad chested, and muscular; yet as graceful and agile as an athlete. A wealth of flaxen hair, and a broad, fair forehead; deep blue eyes, and a noble mouth, with features perfectly classic in their outline - he was a perfect type of the Anglo Saxon. Add to this the exuberant spirits which always attend good health, and that nameless magnetism which so few men possess, and the possession of which may be the best or the worst of God's gifts, he was a most enjoyable companion, the life of the social circle, and as much admired by men as he was adored by woman. Shortly after he attained his
majority he came out to Terre Haute, Ind. on a visit. He returned to that pleasant city a few months afterward, bought him a farm in the vicinity, stocked it with the finest horses and cattle, and there inaugurated a series of ? which shocked the goodly little city to its center. He was soon ostracized from the society of the town, and direful stories are told of the excesses into which he then plunged. There were two gamblers from the East whom he had brought West with him, and it is said that there were still more disreputable companions of another sex who lived in the same house with him. From this rendezvous he would take frequent hunting excursions
into the neighboring prairies of Indiana and Illinois, the return to be always celebrated by a debauch. Wines flowed like water in his hunting lodge, as he called it, and cards followed the wine on the table. It was said by those who professed to know that young McDonald spent over $150,000 the first year he lived in Terre Haute. Here he has since lived, and war are told that most, if not all, of his original patrimony has been squandered. It was on a visit back to Baltimore that his last fatal tragedy was enacted. [Submitted by Dena Whitesell]
ALLEGED POISONER ARRESTED
November 24, 1924, Monday
April 1, 1929, Monday