William H. Reno, b. May 15, 1848, Seymour, Jackson Co., Indiana; d. December 12, 1868, hanged in New Albany, Indiana jail by vigilantes; buried Seymour cemetery.
His parents were: Wilkison Reno and Julia Ann Freyhafer.
He was married to: Sarah Jane Harp.
William Reno enrolled as a private in the 50th regiment on Aug. 18, 1864 for a term of three years. He said he was 18 when he enrolled, and a farmer from Jackson Co., IN.
Shortly after her three brothers were hanged in New Albany, William's sister Laura Reno arrived from Louisville where she was attending St. Ursuline Academy, a catholic school. It is said that her cries over her dead brothers were "piteous and heart-rending". She stooped over the body of William and exclaimed "Oh! my brother! my baby! my baby brother!". It is said that she then took her handkerchief and placed it over William's face, who had declared his innocence to the last, and with her left hand placed over his heart, raised her right hand toward heaven and said "Oh, my poor murdered brother, may God curse your sister if she avenge not your death terribly and fully. This I will do - so help me God!".
It is said that on the day of his sons' funeral, Wilkison Reno said that perhaps John and Frank may have been guilty of some misdemeanors, but he knew that his two younger sons were entirely innocent, and that had the legal trial taken place, the evidence of that innocence would have been complete. It was learned after the hanging that on the night of the express car robbery, Wiliam Reno was in a public saloon in Seymour, playing billiards with Thomas Shepard, a well-known and credible citizen, until a little after ten o'clock, after which he went up the street and into his mother's house and went to bed. The robbery occurred at about eleven o'clock, 20 miles away from Seymour, and it is doubtful that William Reno was involved in the crime.
Bio by: Sandra
Gravesite Details One of the outlaw Reno brothers, hanged by vigilantes in the New Albany, Indiana jail. Famous for the first train robbery, just outside Seymour, Indiana on October 6, 1866.