NJGenWeb ~ Morris County, New Jersey
The following are bits and pieces from various newspapers. If you have any scraps of information from copies of newspapers that you made while researching your ancestors, write them up and send them to me and I'll include them on this page. ~ Brianne
References to "this town" generally is a reference to Morristown.
Jerseyman Newspaper, Oct 17 1857, p3
Jerseyman Newspaper, Feb 13, 1858, p3
Jerseyman Newspaper, Mar 19 1859, p2
Jerseyman Newspaper, July 11, 1863, p2
Jerseyman, Friday, Nov 22 1878
The Blanchard Homicide.
Charles BLANCHARD who resides on the mountain above the Asylum and is well known hereabouts, died from congestion of the brain early on Sunday morning, it was alleged, from the effects of wounds inflicted at Madison, on Wednesday evening, the 6th inst. By the John KEARY and Michael CAVANAUGH. The parties were arrested by Marshal MONTGOMERY on Sunday last, and lodged in jail. Justice EASTON summoned a Coroner’s jury consisting of John M. MOORE, Archibald PRICE, Jr., Wm. PAUL, R.S. ATNO, Alex McCOLLUM, H.H. TIGER, Wm. H. EASTON, Fordyce KITHCART and Wm. R. McKAY. From the evidence taken before the coroner we gather the following facts and circumstances.
BLANCHARD and his brother-in-law, Geo. McGATHEN, went down to Madison on the evening of the 7th inst. To Mr. SEAMAN’s place to see about some threshing. They stopped on their way down at the Madison hotel and took a drink, and on their return they stopped again and took a drink, although the evidence goes to show that both of them were sober. When they went in the hotel KEARY and CAVANAUGH were there, and both quite drunk. CAVANAUGH spoke to BLANCHARD about coming up to the latter’s place and going hunting, and BLANCHARD told him to come along and stay a week if he wanted to. KEARY at this time asked who BLANCHARD was, and was introduced by CAVANAUGH to BLANCHARD, when the latter asked KEARY to come up and go hunting too. He replied that he didn’t care about hunting, but said he had some gamecocks, which could whip anything in Morristown. BLANCHARD said he had no gamecocks, and said they would dig a pit and let the cocks fight it out while they went hunting. This remark was not relished by KEARY, and suddenly KEARY and BLANCHARD were clenched, the former scratching the latter’s nose, when BLANCHARD struck KEARY a tremendous blow under his left eye which knocked him against the wall. The bartender tried to separate them, as did also Mr. BROWN, proprietor of the hotel, and both KEARY and CAVANAUGH were held to give BLANCHARD and McGATHEN an opportunity to get off and out of the way. They went out and untied the team and BLANCHARD got into the wagon, when KEARY and CAVANAUGH were released, as it was supposed the trouble was over, but KEARY started out in a hurry, and sung out for someone to stop the wagon. By this time quite a crowd of roughs had gathered, the team was stopped, and KEARY, hit McGathen several blows, mistaking him for BLANCHARD, when CAVANAUGH told him he was hitting the wrong man and pointed to BLANCHARD, who had the reins and was standing up in the wagon. Then CAVANAUGH and KEARY both tried to get in the wagon, but they were hindered for a time by McGATHEN. Mr. BROWN came out of the hotel and took KEARY back and kept him there until the fracas was over. CAVANAUGH in the meantime, had succeeded in getting in the wagon although he was once tumbled out by BLANCHARD under the horses hind feet. A clinch followed after CAVANAUGH got into the wagon, and both of them fell out on the ground. There was a great deal of excitement this time, and the stories of the witness’s do not altogether agree. They tumbled and struggled on the ground, and were tangled up in the horse lines so much it was necessary to cut the reins in order to get them apart. They were finally separated, and McGATHEN and BLANCHARD came on to Morristown and stopped at the U.S. hotel, where BLANCHARD had a friendly wrestle with a party, and was thrown on the floor, although two witness’s swear that they did not think it possible that the ? injuries were received at that time. BLANCHARD then went home and was around until Monday the 11th inst., when Dr. FLAGLER was called, and continued to visit him until shortly previous to his death. On the15th inst., he found him in an unconscious state, and he so continued until he died at 4 o’clock Sunday morning, the 17th inst.
A post mortem examination was held by Drs. FLAGLER and SWAN. A slight contusion of the scalp was found above and behind the right ear, although the skull was not fractured. The brain was found inflamed under the scalp wound, and in the opinion of the doctors, death was caused by the inflammation, which ensued from the blow on the head behind the ear. This blow was probably made, the doctors testified by a smooth, hard substance. The extent of the injury on the scalp was about an inch square. Dr. FLAGLER thought the wound could not have been made by a blow of the fist, but Dr. SWAN thought it possible.
The jury was empanelled on Sunday, the first evidence was taken on Tuesday, and continued on Wednesday. The jury went out at 3 and came in at 5 o’clock P.M. with the following verdict –
That the said Charles BLANCHARD came to his death by injuries inflicted on his head on the evening of November 7, 1878, at Madison, NJ. And that the said injuries were received by him while in a fight or scuffle in which John KEARY, Michael CAVANAUGH and others were engaged.
Signed By The Jury.
After the verdict bail was offered by the prisoners, but the Prosecutor decided that the case was out of the jurisdiction of the Justice, and the parties, therefore, were kept in jail. Application will be made to Judge DALRIMPLE for bail at the first opportunity.
Prosecutor DEMOTT acted for the state, and George T. WERTS, Esq., was present on behalf of the prisoners.
Thanks go to Patty Feeley for this Jerseyman entry regarding the death of her 2nd Great grandfather Charles Hatfield Blanchard.
Jerseyman, Sep 15 1893, p. 2
Thanks go to Jerri Burket for this Jerseyman entry.
Iron Era Newspaper, Dec 22, 1893
One more item to be added to your collection of articles from the 'Jerseyman' newspaper, dated Sept. 19th, 1879 : I have this small news item used as a book marker in an old book entitled " Pope's Poetical Works" "The venerable Calvin Campfield, a notice of whose decease was published in the 'Jerseyman' last week, died at Hammonton, Atlantic County, and not in Newark as stated. He was a hale, hearty old man of eighty-five years, and a veteran of the War of 1812. Aged as he was, he had traveled all over the United States, and was on one of these trips, at the time of his death. He was a resident of this county from boyhood until the last four years." Hope that you can put this great old 'obit' to use on your web-site. email@example.com
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