I am looking for information on Thomas Hatfeild and wife Emma Lucreita Jones. The following insert was taken from the Record and Pension Office Dept. of the Interior:
"I have filled the office of Justice of the Peace most of the time for this last 25 years. I was well acquainted with Thomas Hatfield late of Co. "I" 48 MO Vol. in the last War since his discharge. Some time about the 31th day of January A.D. 1866 he came to Rulo, Neb. from his home opposite here in Holt County, MO & was arrested for some trivial offence by the mayor W.D. Scott. Elisha Neuffman const made the arrest. I left him in charge of a young man by the name of Harnois at my house. I was keeping a Boarding House,Mail Station & Livery stable & put his horse in my stable. The night he was arrested he went to bed in good season & slept with this man Harnois up stairs. The next morning Harnois reported to me that during the night his prisoner asked to go down stairs & out to attend to the calls of nature. that he took him down accordingly & when he stepped outside the door a mob of men took him from him without a coat & in his stocking feet & rapid haste bearing him off. In the morning the chamber maid found his boots & coat in his room & his horse was in the stable. diligent search was made but no traces of his whereabouts could be discovered & to this day no accounts are heard of him & know doubts but he was foully dealt with but the general opinion was that he was put under the ice in the Missouri River and he further say that his knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following sources. viz: are being in the premises having shook hands with him in friendship when he retired & from the story of Harnois in the morning, and that he has no interest or concern in this matter."signed E.H. Johnson Thomas' body was never found, his wife died July 7, 1905 at age 79 and was buried in Rulo, Nebraska.
Can anyone tell me any more details on this murder?Is there newspaper clippings?Please point me in the right direction.Thank you! Janelle