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William Veloris Churchill, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1832
East Scott
Cortland County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1875
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA

In the late 1850s and early 1860s, William spent his time in the Nevada Gold and Silver mines. He married Barbara Mattison in 1858 and she died giving birth to their daughter, Mary Jane, in 1859. William next married Lavina Burnette in Carson City, Nevada on Sep. 21, 1864. Their son Ralph was born, June 26, 1865, in Virginia City, Nevada. Lavina died shortly after his birth.

William took his two orphaned children back to Minnesota and hired a lady to look after them, by the name of Mary E. Maynard. On Dec. 30, 1870, he married Mary and she became the mother of four more children. Richard, Frances, William, Jr., and Herbert who was born after his death.

About nine o'clock, on the night of the sixth of April, 1875, William Y. Churchill, of Cherry Grove township, was shot and killed while sitting in his own house. The neighbors were immediately alarmed, and arriving at the scene of the tragedy, sundry circumstances were developed which directed suspicion against Thomas Condon, a neighbor, with whom Churchill had had a quarrel during the day.

Condon was arrested and taken before Justice Fletcher Hagler for a preliminary hearing. His wife testified that Condon was at home and in bed when the murder was committed, and her testimony was corroborated by their daughter. Nevertheless, the circumstances were so strong against Condon that he was held to the higher court and committed to jail.

An adjourned term of the district court, Judge F. M. Crosby presiding, was held in July of that year. An indictment had been found against Condon, and on the 13th of that month the case was called for trial.In preparing Mr. Churchill's body for burial, a gun wad or two were found. One of the wads was found against his person by one of the attendants. On opening it out, it proved to be made from a piece of paper torn from an Indianapolis surgical institute circular. This fact was established on the trial, as also the fact that Congdon had, a short time before the murder, got some powder from one man, and some shot from another one in the neighborhood, and that he had wrapped each parcel in a circular, or piece of a circular, of that kind. This fact, taken together with threats that Condon had made against the life of Churchill and other corroborative circumstances, formed so strong a chain of evidence against Condon, that he was found guilty and sentenced for life.

The following named citizens comprised the jury before whom he was tried: A. Seeback, J. B. Dorman, H. B. Powers, G. G. McCoy, John Heath, W. 8. Grow, Justin Chamberlin, August Peterson, Dudley C. Dow, Eric Ericson, Tilton Howard, John Bronson. John C. McClure prosecuted, and Pierce and Larry defended.

Family links: 
  Jotham Nathaniel Churchill (1804 - 1869)
  Malinda Sarah Euphemia Randall Churchill (1810 - 1889)
  Barbara Matteson (1834 - 1859)
  Lavina Burnette Churchill (____ - 1865)
  Mary Elizabeth Maynard Churchill Butler (1852 - 1905)
  Mary Jane Churchill Eves (1859 - 1937)*
  Ralph Churchill (1865 - 1872)*
  Richard Churchill (1870 - 1919)*
  Frances Julia Churchill Butler (1872 - 1926)*
  William Veloris Churchill (1873 - 1923)*
  Herbert Edgar Churchill (1875 - 1921)*
  William Veloris Churchill (1832 - 1875)
  Martha Mandana Churchill Goodrich (1833 - 1903)*
  Isaiah Ezekial Churchill (1834 - 1873)*
  Eliza Ursula Churchill Linn Fracher (1837 - 1900)*
  Irene Churchill Marvin (1839 - 1923)*
  Julia Clarinda Churchill Billings Warner (1840 - 1922)*
  Sylvester Churchill (1844 - 1925)*
  Frances Alceta Churchill McEwen (1849 - 1917)*
  Arminda Isabel Churchill (1850 - 1851)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Lawn Cemetery
Rice County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: SG
Record added: Mar 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87485585
William Veloris Churchill, Sr
Added by: SG
William Veloris Churchill, Sr
Added by: SG
William Veloris Churchill, Sr
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Rest in peace, William.
- Peggy-Grand daughter of Mabel Churchill Bradley
 Added: Jan. 2, 2013

- Debbie (Turner) Stanley Hall
 Added: Apr. 2, 2012
In memory of my great-grandfather.
- Sylvia
 Added: Mar. 29, 2012

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