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 Mattie Belle “Maymie” Mahoney

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Mattie Belle “Maymie” Mahoney

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death
9 Oct 1898 (aged 20–21)
Spencer County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Rockport, Spencer County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID
120463504 View Source

Mattie Belle was enrolled in a girl's school in Louisville, Kentucky when a handy man caught her eye. She was seduced by this older man, Howard Clark, and she ran off with him and became pregnant. Howard Clark had a reputation for various illegal activities, but on 12 Aug 1898 he shot and killed a police officer in Louisville. The pair fled in a stolen row boat and made it as far as Spencer County, Indiana. In a bank of fog, they left the river and sought out food and supplies, while returning to the row boat, the posse caught up with them and they were killed in a hail of bullets. Howard Clark was from a well to do family and they brought his remains back to Louisville for a decent burial in the prestigious Cave Hill Cemetery. But Mattie Belle's mother refused to have anything to do with her daughter's remains. Mattie Belle was subsequently buried right where she died.

Information came to light that, despite her mother's vehement declaration that she wanted nothing more to do with her daughter, and to bury her where she was killed, the Spencer County Coroner of the day, a Mr. Stuteville insisted that an inquest and proper burial were required by law. An extensive search of Sunset Hill Cemetery burial records identified Mattie's burial plot, recorded as belonging to simply "Mrs. Mahoney".On June 30, 2017, a granite tombstone was set bearing the inscription "Mattie Belle Mahoney & Her Unborn Child, Shot October 9, 1898 - Aged 16 years." The back of the stone features roses and John 3:16. Left by Cynthia Kincaid on 12 Nov 2017

A detailed relation of this entire story is available in a book titled: Louisville Murder & Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Derby City, written by Keven McQueen, The Historic Press, 2012. Mr. McQueen has graciously given permission to use the old newspaper sketch of Mattie/Maymie from his book as an addition for this memorial page.

Mattie Belle was enrolled in a girl's school in Louisville, Kentucky when a handy man caught her eye. She was seduced by this older man, Howard Clark, and she ran off with him and became pregnant. Howard Clark had a reputation for various illegal activities, but on 12 Aug 1898 he shot and killed a police officer in Louisville. The pair fled in a stolen row boat and made it as far as Spencer County, Indiana. In a bank of fog, they left the river and sought out food and supplies, while returning to the row boat, the posse caught up with them and they were killed in a hail of bullets. Howard Clark was from a well to do family and they brought his remains back to Louisville for a decent burial in the prestigious Cave Hill Cemetery. But Mattie Belle's mother refused to have anything to do with her daughter's remains. Mattie Belle was subsequently buried right where she died.

Information came to light that, despite her mother's vehement declaration that she wanted nothing more to do with her daughter, and to bury her where she was killed, the Spencer County Coroner of the day, a Mr. Stuteville insisted that an inquest and proper burial were required by law. An extensive search of Sunset Hill Cemetery burial records identified Mattie's burial plot, recorded as belonging to simply "Mrs. Mahoney".On June 30, 2017, a granite tombstone was set bearing the inscription "Mattie Belle Mahoney & Her Unborn Child, Shot October 9, 1898 - Aged 16 years." The back of the stone features roses and John 3:16. Left by Cynthia Kincaid on 12 Nov 2017

A detailed relation of this entire story is available in a book titled: Louisville Murder & Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Derby City, written by Keven McQueen, The Historic Press, 2012. Mr. McQueen has graciously given permission to use the old newspaper sketch of Mattie/Maymie from his book as an addition for this memorial page.


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