Pickaway County, Ohio
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On the 20th February last, a man calling himself Ballard, came to Circleville, called on a black family and induced them to let him have one of their sons, about 9 years old, to live with him, saying that he had a contract on the canal in that neighborhood. Since which they were seen at Zanesville, travelling eastward, and fears are entertained that he intends to sell the boy into Slavery. The boy's name was John Cardift. - Ohio Repository
[Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, April 8, 1829 - Sub. by N. Piper]

In an unpretentious dwelling, occupied by Al. Chapman and family, about two miles and a half south of Circleville, Ohio, a horrible murder was committed. The victim; Mrs. Maggie Collins, and aged colored woman, was shot through the right lung, and died without uttering a groan. The assassin stole upon her while she was eating supper, and fired through an open window. It is rumored that a colored man of bad reputation made threats against her life. A daughter of the murdered woman had given birth to a boy only one hour before. The daughter screamed, and the neighbors were soon on the ground, but nothing could be found to identify the murderer. [Source: "Minster Home Light," Minster, OH, Sept. 8, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Wm Davidson, the man who murdered his half-brother near Circleville, Ohio on the 1st of December, 1843, was arrested at Keosauqua, Iowa Territory, a few days since by J.C. Groome, Esq., prosecuting attorney of Pickaway county, Ohio. [The Pittsburgh Gazette (Pittsburgh, Penn.) 05 Aug 1845, p.3]

Tom McDaniel, a desperado, was taken out of bed, in Pickaway county, last week, by a masked mob, and hanged.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 9, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]


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