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 Reuben Benton Hayward

Reuben Benton Hayward

Birth
Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Death 10 Sep 1879 (aged 53)
USA
Burial Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Plot Section 47 Lot 3 Grave 6
Memorial ID 60240486 · View Source
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53 years.

History of the Pullman House
http://www.goldenlandmarks.com/pullman/history3.htm
While Martin still leased the ranch, in 1879, two men with a wagon approached the ranch at night, and inquired of him whether the road ahead was clear. Saying it was, but unable to clearly make out what the men were about, he let them on their way. Later, it was found out, these men were Samuel Woodruff and Joseph Seminole, two outlaws who had just killed wagonmaster Reuben Benton Hayward, and would hide his body beneath a bridge not far on their way from the Cold Spring Ranch. Martin was the first to have seen the wagon without three men in it, as the third had just been killed and was laying unconcealed in the wagon, between Mt. Vernon and Cold Spring Ranch. Had Martin approached the wagon, he most certainly would've been in grave danger; as it was, he became a key witness to the prosecution. After an interstate manhunt by the Rocky Mountain Detective Agency, Woodruff was intercepted in Big Grove, Iowa, while Seminole was captured with the help of the Indian Police at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Hayward murderers were brought to Golden, and lynched from a railroad trestle before a trial could take place.

The First Horse Thief Vigilante Justice and Lynching in Golden
http://goldencemetery.blogspot.com/2008/08/first-horse-thief-vigilante-justice-and.html


Reuben Benton Hayward (12 Dec 1825 Tunbridge, VT - 10 Sep 1879)
m1
Betsy (b abt 1827 VT)
m2 7 May 1865 Williamstown, VT
Sophronia House (b Oct 1838 VT)
dau of Halsey House and Zeriah Phelps

Reuben and Sophronia were the parents of two daughters, Cora Hayward (b abt 1866 CO) and Minne M Hayward (b May 1868 CO). Minnie married Fred H Pratt about 1898.


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  • Created by: Scotti McCarthy
  • Added: 17 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60240486
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Reuben Benton Hayward (12 Dec 1825–10 Sep 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60240486, citing Golden Cemetery, Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Scotti McCarthy (contributor 46979732) .