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Sheriff Samuel Stewart

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Re: Sheriff Samuel Stewart

Posted: 1016685288000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1096783792000
On March 18, 2002 I visited the courthouse in Downieville and checked the Sierra County CA birth, marriage and death record indexes. The Sierra County Clerk-Recorder has birth records from 1857, marriage records from 1852, and death records from 1864. The early vital records are incomplete (not everyone registered the event). I did not check the actual record but only the index, which is available for birth, marriages, deaths, and various other county records. I found the following:

Marriages:

11/2/1870 Stewart, S C to Clarke, Alma -- Book A, Page 211

4/17/1857 Clarke, Jane L to Bowers, Thomas J --- Book A, Page 17

7/8/1869 Stewart, Charloette to Babb, Jacob --- Book A, Page 189

1/28/1903 Stewart, Lydia to Strang, Arthur E --- Book 3, Page 176

10/8/1876 Crocker, Caroline C to Miller, Arthur G

5/29/1882 Horton, Edith L to Lewis, Williams


Birth:

2/19/1873 Stewart, Baby Girl to Stewart, D and Culver, E --- Book 1, Page 1

1878 Infant Stewart Stewart, [blank] Elmore, [blank]

+ one entry in 1936

Death:

6/17/1911 Stewart, Cora Melenda Book 2, Page 138

3/29/1891 Stewart, Frank C Book 1, Page 3

5/22/1942 Stewart, Harvey Homer Book 3, Page 292

7/1/2001 Stewart, Juliana Zipkin Book 10, Page 53

3/14/1906 Stewart, Maria Louisa Book 2, Page 27

10/27/1945 Clarke, Thomas William Book 4, Page 61

+ other Clarks from 1932-1998

The gallows is located next to the courthouse. The plaque next to the gallows reads:

"SIERRA COUNTY SHERIFF?S GALLOWS

ON NOVEMBER 27, 1885, 20 YEAR-OLD JAMES O?NEILL WAS HANGED FROM THIS GALLOWS FOR THE AUGUST 7, 1884 MURDER OF WEBBER LAKE DAIRYMAN JOHN WOODWARD. THAT EXECUTION, CONDUCTED BY SHERIFF SAMUEL C. STEWART APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET WEST OF THIS SITE WAS THE LAST LEGAL EXECUTION IN SIERRA COUNTY AND THE ONLY TIME THIS GALLOWS WAS USED. CHANGES IN STATE LAW IN 1891 ENDED LOCAL EXECUTIONS IN CALIFORNIA AND FURTHER CHANGES IN 1941 ENDED HANGINGAS A MEANS OF LEGAL EXECUTION WITHIN THE STATE.

CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK NO. 971

PLAQUE PLACED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
AND RECREATION IN COOPERATION WITH THE COUNTY
OF SIERRA AND SGT. LEE ADAMS, PROJECT DIRECTOR.

OCTOBER 15, 1988"

[Lee Adams is now the Sheriff.]

Chuck Knuthson

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