|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1865|
'Wash' Loomis, was the second son of George W. and Rhoda Marie Mallett Loomis. He showed an aptitude for larceny from his earliest years and this was nutured by his mother.
He attended school in the Sangerfield area of Oneida County, and studied law in Hamilton under Judge James B. Eldridge. Though he never tried for the bar, his knowledge of the law proved invaluable in guiding the family through legal battles over the years. On the few occasions he was caught he used his legal training to avoid the law.
After several arrests 'Wash' moved towards employing others to steal for him and he would then sell the stolen goods. Some of the profit from these sales would provide payoffs to area judges and law enforcement.
By 1852, he was the undisputed head of the largest family outlaw gang in the United States.
On October 31, 1865, James L. Filkins, and a posse of several others, entered the Loomis homestead in the middle of the night with the purpose of cleaning out the Loomis Gang. Encountering 'Wash', and getting him into the woodshed, Filkins began beating 'Wash" with a ivory handled long barreled .44. The revolver rose and fell until 'Wash's hair and skin peeled from his skull. He died of his wounds the following day.
George Washington Wheeler Loomis Jr. was buried next to his father in Sangerfield Cemetery in an unmarked grave.
George Washington Loomis (1779 - 1851)
Rhoda M Mallet Loomis (1793 - 1887)
Grove E. Loomis (1861 - 1937)*
Calista Adelia Loomis Merrill (1817 - 1854)*
William Walter Loomis (1819 - 1896)*
George Washington Wheeler Loomis (1819 - 1865)
Cornelia Maria Loomis (1821 - 1893)*
Grove Lawrence Loomis (1825 - 1878)*
Lucia Ella Loomis Edwards (1827 - 1858)*
Wheeler Theodore Loomis (1831 - 1911)*
Amos Plumb Loomis (1834 - 1903)*
Hiram Denio Loomis (1836 - 1880)*
New York, USA
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