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Alonzo Jackson
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1884
Death: Jul. 18, 1905

son of T.W. and N. Jackson


Alonzo Jackson age 21, shot and killed his 14 year old bride at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday July 18, 1905, it being six months to a day since their marriage, at the home of the wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. McDaniel, with whom they resided, about eight miles east of Lancaster.

After evading the officers and escaping to Iowa he returned to within 100 yards of the scene of the morning tragedy and at about 11:30 p.m. the stillness of the night was broken by the loud report of a pistol shot and on investigation[,] it was found that the wife murderer of the morning had become a suicide the same evening. This short narrative chronicles one of the most, if not the most, horrible chapter [sic] in domestic tragedy every [sic] enacted in the county.

The husband and wife had quarreled. Separation was agreed upon and in the settlement the father of the wife was to furnish a conveyance to take the husband to Lancater. After bidding each other good bye, the wife reluctantly, though at the urgent request of her mother, kissing [sic] the departing husband. They, Mr. McDaniel and Jackson, got in the conveyance to start, when Jackson quickly jumped out [sic] the buggy and running around the house from the west started to enter the east door with his 32 cal. revolver in his hand. The mother observing his mortions and divining his murderous intentions closed and barred the door and holding it with her hands and foot, but as a precautionary measure, stood well to one side, when a shot from the pistol came crashing through the door missing Mrs. McDaniel about a foot.

Mr. McDaniel, after hastily disposing of his team and coming direct, reached the murder[sic] and with a scantling which he picked up, attempted to interfere, but before he could strike him, Jackson covered him with his pistol and snapped it in his face, but failure of the cartridge to explode, saved his life and possibly Mrs. McDaniels [sic] as well. Jackson quickly broke for the west door, which offering no resistance he entered the west room and rushing out into the east room, was met at the partition door by Mrs. McDaniels [sic], who with up lifted hands, plead [sic] in vain for mercy for the girl wife who was crouched close to a safe which with the mother, was between the doomed victim and her slayer. Mr. Jackson, being a very tall man fought his way near enough to reach over the shoulder of the mother, and fired at short range, the ball taking effect about an inch above the right ear, when [sic] she fell forward on the floor. Jackson then jumped astride her prostrate form, placing the smoking death dealing weapon against his victim was in the act of shooting her a second time when the father reached near enough, and striking Jackson on the head with the scantling knocked him over on the floor causing him to loose his gun and leaving his hat, he managed to make good his escape. The wife wounded unto death lived about an hour an [sic] a half, but never spoke.

Jackson made his escape and managed to evade the officers and their posse. At about 11 a.m. he appeared at Elisha Rainbolt's and representing that he lost his hat in a runaway, borrowed one of Mr. Rainbolt[sic] and made his escape to Iowa. He was next seen at S. M. Yorks [sic], near the Iowa line some five [miles] distance. Was next seen at Joseph McDowell[']s, two miles south, and at near night got his supper at Frank Wilson's, two miles southwest of Stiles. At this place he called up Downing and made inquiry as to the condition of the woman shot by her husband and on being told that she was dead, asked when she was to be buried. The Hello girl, recognizing his voice, reported to the officers.

It was at this place he stole the weapon which was used as the instrument of his own distruction. From this time he traveled back to the scene of the morning tragedy. He was seen by Jno. Knupp going south passed Buford's store, and was seen near Jake Spear's about 10 p.m. and next he was seen at Vinita at 10:30 p.m. [...] the scene of the tragedy. At about 11:30 near where lay the body of is victim he fired a bullet into his brain about one half inch above the right ear, relatively the same place as that which killed his wife.

The watchers heard the report and saw the flash and could hear his death struggle. Henry Buford, J. L. Lasley and Jno. Bragg approached and found him hanging to a limb of a large tree about 30 feet from the public road and witnessed his last struggle, with the blood issuing from the self inflicted wound.

Sheriff Wardlow, Constable Fenton and Marshal Ryan were on the ground within thirty minutes after the suicide. On investigation it was found that the limbs of the tree had been trimmed so that his body would be visible from the road. He had evidently planned his leave taking with deliberation. He must have climbed the tree, securely fastened the rope to the limb, placed the loop around his neck, and fired the fatal shot. When found his feet were in [sic] a few inches of the ground.and a casual observer would have thought him standing erect.

Jas. Buford climbed the tree and untied the rope while the sheriff lifted the body and it was lowered. It was then carried and placed in the same home that was occupied by the body of his wife.

The funeral took place from the same house and both bodies were buried in the afteroon of Wednesday, July 19, on either side of the Fabius Cemetery, attended by the largest crowd ever seen at a funeral at that place.

The following unsigned lines were torn out of a memoranda book which the sheriff found in Jackson's coat pocket:

["]July 19, 1905

Kind Friends:-[sic]

I shot and killed my wife this morning or supposed to have killed her. Saw her fall on the floor and ran away and am going to serve myself the same.["]

The suicide was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Jackson. He leaves one brother and eleven sisters [sic].

The murdered wife was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McDaniel of a family of three daughters and two sons. These families are neighbors and are among our most substantial citizens and have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in this their great affliction.

Schuyler County Republican
Lancaster, Missouri
July 21, 1905 , 
Family links: 
  Thomas William Jackson (1854 - 1947)
  Naoma Neal Jackson (1856 - 1937)
  Ida Janette McDaniel Jackson (1890 - 1905)
  Dora Jackson Whittom (1875 - 1951)*
  Marietta Jackson Whittom (1877 - 1972)*
  Matilda Jackson Goosey (1879 - 1948)*
  Hanna Ann Jackson Moyers (1881 - 1978)*
  Alonzo Jackson (1884 - 1905)
  Minnie Jackson Goosey (1886 - 1907)*
  Naoma Jackson Ballew (1888 - 1946)*
  Polly Pauline Jackson Floyd (1892 - 1985)*
  Ida Ethel Jackson (1893 - 1926)*
  Patrick P. Jackson (1896 - 1920)*
  Gabrella Cecil Jackson Smith (1898 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Fabius Cemetery
Schuyler County
Missouri, USA
Created by: NE MO
Record added: Jan 19, 2010
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