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Franklin Stone

Birth
Death 5 Jun 1881 (aged 68)
Burial Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Plot K-045-02b
Memorial ID 47843919 · View Source
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from Oberlin Heritage Center, WEstwood Cemetery inventory database
Son of Reuben Stone (K-045-04) & Hannah T. Stone (K-045-01); [assume husband of Huldah J. Stone (K-045-05)]
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1881, May 12: Ex-slave Samuel L. Durham shot Constable Frank Stone after Stone fired his weapon while trying to arrest one of Durham's sons at the Durham residence in Oberlin. Durham was first charged with and indicted for shooting with intent to kill. When Stone died on June 4, 1881, this was changed to murder in the first degree. Samuel Durham plead not guilty. The criminal trial started November 28 in front of Judge Hale. Prosecution was George P. Metcalf, A.B. Webber, and E.G. Johnson. Defense was I.E. Webster, of Oberlin, and J.H. Dickson. Outcome: Butler Durham was found guilty of murder in the second degree with a mandatory sentence of life in the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. A new trial was refused. Note: Durham proved to be such a good prisoner that the warden of the Ohio Penitentiary pushed for his release from jail. Ohio Governor James E. Campbell finally pardoned Samuel Durham in December of 1891. He died a very old man in October of 1897.
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  • Maintained by: KeepsakeQuilter
  • Originally Created by: LindaB
  • Added: 9 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47843919
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franklin Stone (15 Aug 1812–5 Jun 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47843919, citing Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by KeepsakeQuilter (contributor 47153586) .