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 John Caldwell Colt

John Caldwell Colt

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Nov 1842 (aged 32)
Westchester Square, Bronx County, New York, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Plot Section B / Lot 70
Memorial ID 10799 · View Source
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Son of Christopher Colt and Sarah {Caldwell} Colt

Brother of Samuel Colt, who patented the Colt Revolver

John Caldwell Colt married Caroline Henshaw

One son: Samuel Colt

In 1841 John C Colt, a man of many occupations, killed a creditor in New York City, was found guilty of the murder, and committed suicide in The Tombs jail on the day he was to be executed

Colt's body was placed only temporarily in St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, while arrangements were made by his family. A week later, on Friday, November 25, 1842, the body was removed from St. Mark's to Connecticut, where he was properly interred in the Colt Family plot at the Old North Cemetery in Hartford

The removal was reported in the November 30, 1842 issue of the New York Spectator Newspaper. As well, the sexton of St. Mark's, Mr William Disbrow, published a letter at the time, stating that the body had been removed from the Church premises. This memorial is thus a cenotaph, with the intention to dispell the myth which has perpetuated for quite some time.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10799
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Caldwell Colt (12 Apr 1810–18 Nov 1842), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10799, citing Old North Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .