This special page is dedicated to OUR FAMILY and all the other families who carved out a life for themselves, in the vast wilderness of Northwest Missouri, especially those settling in Buchanan County. We have not forgotten.
Auxier, Barnes, Chaney, Giddens, McDaniel, Pile, Powell, Roberts, Watkins
County Wills and Probate Records .... Coming Soon
Early CRIME in the County--- The first three hangings
AUGUSTUS JENNINGS --
The first legal hanging took place on September 3, 1853. Augustus Jennings and two others, had whipped a Mr. Willard to death while he was tied to a tree. Jennings was tried, convicted and hanged. It is written that 8000 people followed to the Patee farm, as they gathered around to witness this horrible event.
WILLIAM LINVILLE --
He rode with the Joseph Hart band of guerilla men, who noted throughout northwestern Missouri for their cruelty, during the Civil War. The Hart gang, including Linville, rode to the home of Harrison Burns in Andrews County. They killed and wounded several, including a George Jenkins, which they shot in the mouth. He suffered and died a couple of days later. Linville was caught, tried and sentenced to death. He was hanged by the 9th Cavalry which was staying at the Patee house.
JEFFERSON JACKSON --
He was a Union Soldier who had killed another soldier in a drunken fight. After his conviction, he was taken by wagon, along with his coffin to a place southeast of the Patee house. He was forced to kneel beside his coffin and was shot upon by firing squad, in the form of a detachment of soldiers. This was the last public execution of its time. All other executions took place behind the high walls of the jailyard.
Try DONIPHAN and ATCHISON COUNTY KANSAS. Many people from Buchanan County traveled over the line to one of these counties during the 1850's.
I have spent a lot of time doing research on my husband's family in Missouri.
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BUCHANAN COUNTY REFERENCES
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BUCHANAN COUNTY MISSOURI
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