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Lewis A. Todhunter
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1874
Yolo County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 1893
Yolo County
California, USA

Aged 18 yrs, 4 months


Desperate Affray on the Sacramento. BOY OF SEVENTEEN KILLED. Fatal Result of an Attempt to Capture Two Counterfeiters on the River— Their Escape. Sacramento, March 28.— A terrible affair occurred on the river near this city this evening. A telegram came from Knights Landing in the afternoon to Constable Ed Todhunter of Washington, Yolo County, to look out for two counterfeiters who were going down the river in a boat. The constable sent out his father, an old man, and his brother Louis, aged 17, the former armed with a shotgun and the latter with a pistol. They went out in a boat and about seven this evening espied a skiff coming down the river and attempted to overhaul it. There were two men in the skiff. As the boats touched side by side, the old man, Richard Todhunter, reached for a rope in the bow of the skiff, when one of the men grasped the muzzle of his shotgun and pulled it away from him. In the meantime the boy got out his pistol and fired several shots at the man in the stern of the skiff, when the other man turned on him and emptied a charge of No. C shot into the boy's breast, killing him instantly. The men in the skiff then pulled to the shore and escaped. Crowds of men are out with guns looking for them, and if caught It is believed they will be lynched or shot down. The place where they landed is a sort of island, a hundred yards from the mainland, and officers searched it to-night, but could not find the men. Their boat was found at the island, however, and with so much blood in it that it is believed he wounded the man he shot at before he was killed.

How the men could have left the island without a boat is not understood, and it is possible that they may still be there and may be found when daylight comes.

San Francisco Call (3/29/1893)

(In a news article in the Sacramento Daily Union (2/8/1894), there was a report that a man named Whitfield (age 25), a "rather good-looking fellow" was arrested in San Jose in connection with the Lewis Todhunter murder. His mother-in-law had a quarrel with him and turned him in for the murder of Lewis Todhunter in 1893. The accused murderer was reportedly related to 'Doc Whitfield' a counterfeiter who was serving a term in prison).

Family links: 
  Richard Todhunter (1826 - 1904)
  Harriet A. Ward Todhunter (1844 - 1918)
  Myron Todhunter (1850 - 1877)**
  Ella May Todhunter McCracken (1859 - 1920)**
  Flora Todhunter (1861 - 1865)**
  Edward McCandliss Todhunter (1866 - 1918)*
  Minta Dell Todhunter Graf (1866 - 1944)*
  Frank Ward Todhunter (1870 - 1944)*
  Lewis A. Todhunter (1874 - 1893)
  John Silas Todhunter (1878 - 1947)*
  Richard Burt Todhunter (1882 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Masonic Lawn Cemetery
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: Sect:K Lot:150 Gr: 3
Maintained by: Bob Trapp
Originally Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Jan 26, 2013
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Lewis A. Todhunter
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Lewis A. Todhunter
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Lewis A. Todhunter
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