Does anyone have anymore information on this Family.I am related to the York side of this story. Kingston Daily News Thursday, July 2, 1863 Murder in Sheffield A brutal murder was committed near village of Tamworth in the Township of Sheffield, on Sunday evening last, the victim was the daughter of Mr. Richard York.We have not been able to learn the full particulars of the case but from what we have heard it appears the young woman left her father's house on Sunday evening to visit her uncle who lives not far distant and was not seen alive again.A dilligent search after the missing girl resulted the next morning in finding her dead body not far from her father's house covered in brush.Her head was badly crushed and it was discovered that the unfortunate girl's person had been violated.A young man named Fralick has been committed on a coroner's warrent charging him with the murder and he was lodged in the country jail Wednesday morning.
Friday, July 3, 1863 Cruel Murder Young man dashes the brains out of his Lover Neighbourhood horrified by the Beastly Details From the Kingston Daily News One of the the most cold blooded and atrocious murders that has ever been our painful duty to record took place in the 11th concession of the township of Richmond on Sunday evening last.The perpetrator of the crime is about 20 years of age and a Canadian by birth, of medium height and of low mental calibre.His name is Zachariah Fralick, a son of Mr. Peter Fralick, a near neighbour of the father of themurdered girl.It appears that this young man or brute, as the result proved him to be, had been for some time paying his addresses to this Elizabeth York, which he alleges were well received at first, accompanied by promises of marriage but latterly for some reason she appears to have turned her attention to another lover.Judging from remarks which fell from his own lips, this feeling of jealously and the goading from his associates' taunts exasperated him to revengeKnowing that Miss York was on a visit to her uncle's, who lived about fifty rods from his father's res! idence, he availed himself of that opportunity to carry out his merciless design.He appears to have waited on the roadside until she returning home, between nine and ten o'clock at night, and accosting her, put his arms around her person in an endearing manner, when she slapped him in the face with the back of her hand.The prisoner said this made him angry and he slapped her with his fist, then he picked up a large stone and beat her with it, when he stunned her and finally threw her over the fence to prevent the hogs from devouring her.He then went home and told no one of the occurrence when he was arresting on suspicion the following day, when his clothes were still besmeared with her blood.When asked by this writer if he she made any demonstrations of defence, she said she did not but screamed "Oh Mercy" and staggered back . The unfortunate girl was not missed until the following day, her parents supposing she was in bed.But she was discovered by a dog whose barking attracted attention and the parents and neighbours, and following the faithful dog were led to the very spot where the murdered girl lay.When they found her which was after the morning, which was well advanced, she was still breathing but died shortly after.
Through the kindness of the gaoler, Mr. R. Corbett, we were allowed to converse with the prisoner and have this own statement from his lips.
The prisoner said he would not have committed the deed, had not a young man by the name of John Brandon, from Lime Lake, not have told him "If he did not kill her, he would make away with him."The prisoner evinced but little feeling in the matter but said he was sorry for what he had done and that he did not know what would be done with him for his crime.Miss York was 19 years of age and so far known bore a good character.When accused of the crime, the prisoner confessed the whole at once and made no effort to get away.He was this morning lodged in gaol.He freely communicates the particulars of this horrible affair when asked in reference to any of the details.
Friday, December 11, 1863 A Ghastly Joke This morning the excited crowd that congregated in the vicinity of the gaol to witness the execution were startled by the appearance upon the trap by an individual who accepted to be the criminal Fralick.After making an obeisance to the multitude, a second person slipped the bolt and the perpetrator of the joke fell threw.The occurrence created an intense excitement and a large proportion of the spectators were included to believe that the execution has actually occurred.Kingston American.