1825 - 1886
||Kentucky, United States
||19 Feb 1886
- From: The Leader, McLeansboro, IL.; Thursday, February 25, 1886
A HORRIBLE DEED
Assassination of John Mann
Our community was startled on Friday by the report that John Mann, one of the best known citizens of this county, had been ambushed and assassinated about 4 miles from Broughton that morning. Mr. Mann left home early in the morning to go to his daughters farm to measure some rent corn. John Call, a resident of that neighborhood was driving his team in an opposite direction from that Mann was riding, and when near Hog Creek heard some shots fired in rapid succession, and immediately a riderless horse came dashing down the road. He drove on and soon came on the body of Mr.. Mann lying in the road. He was just breathing his last, and Call was so badly alarmed for fear the assassins would shoot him that he put whip to his team and drove as rapidly as possible to Dale, and parties from that place went at once to the scene. Others had got there before they did, but nothing was done until the arrival of the sheriff and coroner. That the murder was premeditated and carefully planned was evidence by the surrounds. A blind had been built in the top of a fallen tree near the road and every twig and brush between the blind and the road had been carefully trimmed away so that when done it would be a success. Two weapons were used, first a double barreled shot gun, and one load struck him in the right shoulder, and the other in the back. After he had fallen from his horse the assassin walked up to him and put two shots into his head with a revolver.
One of the parties who helped with the body informed us as to the way he was hit by at least a hundred shot of various sizes. After doing the shooting the pockets were rifled probably with a view of distracting suspicion. As it is thought Mr. Mann did not have much money with him. The coroners jury after hearing evidence near the scene of the murder came to this place on Saturday, and after more evidence was submitted rendered a verdict that death resulted from gun and pistol shot wounds inflicted by some party or
parties unknown, Mr. Mann was, as mentioned before, one of the best known men in the county. large and powerful he was capable of holding more than his own in any encounter in which he might engage. He had had business dealings with George Schoolcraft of the same neighborhood and bad feelings had resulted which had led different persons to warn Mann against Schoolcraft. Suspicion pointed towards George and his two brothers, Martin and Hardeman, more especially as George and Hardeman could not be found after the shooting.
Sheriff Maulding spent Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night in gathering testimony and hunting his men. And on Sunday came to town with the three Schoolcraft's. They waived preliminary examination and were committed to jail.
The funeral of Mr. Mann occurred on Sunday, and as the revolver found on Geo Schoolcraft was of an unusual and peculiar size, it was thought best to re-examine the body and extract the bullets from the head, as they might add a very important chain to the evidence. Accordingly on Tuesday morning Coroner Sullenger accompanied by
Dr. A. DeFoe and others, repaired to the graveyard where Mr. Mann was buried, and after exhuming the body an autopsy was held. But one of the bullets fired into the head could be found: This with all the other evidence was submitted to the Grand Jury, which is in session, and about noon yesterday an indictment was returned into Circuit Court against George, Marion, and James H. Schoolcraft for murder. As the accused seem
anxious for a speedy trial the case was set for next Monday. There are various opinions and surmises and a great many rumors about an regard to the case and the prevailing opinion is that whom so ever is proven guilty deserves speedy punishment. Occasionally rumors have come to town that a mob would visit McLeansboro and wreck swift vengeance on the accused parties. We think this is only rumor, the parties under suspicion are all in jail, and will soon have a fair and impartial trial: if they are proven guilty their punishment will undoubtedly be commensurate with the crime committed. if
they are proven innocent that should end it as far as they are concerned and efforts renewed to get those who are guilty. The law should take its course, let the blow fallwhere it will.
||Barker Cemetery, Broughton, Hamilton, Illinois
||Keith and Kay's
||26 Jan 2013 |
||Barker, Rachel, b. 5 Mar 1823, d. 7 Sep 1877 |
||15 Mar 1848
||Hamilton County, Illinois