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Nathan Orlando Greenfield

Death 5 Aug 1881 (aged 31)
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 103878440 · View Source
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"Nathan Orlando Greenfield is not buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Orwell (as newspapers reported). He was hanged at the Onondaga County jail in Syracuse; his family had arranged for his body to be shipped to Richland (sometimes called "Richland Junction," at that time - there was a good-sized station and railyard). Orlando's father picked it up, and after the funeral the family buried him in an unmarked grave on their property - and that's where he still is. There is no stone."

Son of Henry or Richard Greenfield
Executed by hanging, Syracuse NY

His wife Alice Bloodgood, said to be an orphan, was murdered and Orlando was hung for it. Charles Grinnels later admitted the murder.


Nathan Orlando Greenfield was executed at Syracuse, N.Y., for the murder of his wife, Alice, at Orwell, Oswego county, in October, 1875. The case is remarkable for the stubborn contest made in the courts. Three trials were had, the jury disagreeing once, and twice finding him guilty. Three death sentences were passed upon Greenfield, and five stays and reprieves were obtained. After so many escapes from the gallows Greenfield was confident he would not be hanged, and gave up the hope of commutation only under the gallows. The prisoner's father insisted on standing by him to the last, declaring him innocent. This the sheriff refused as unlawful.

Freeborn County Standard; Albert Lea, Minnesota.
August 11, 1881
"Central Square News" May 22, 1879. Column Home and County.

Agreement has been made between Judge Huntington and district atorney Chase, to try Greenfield in Syracuse the 16th of June.



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