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Stephen HORSEY family of Martin & Lawrence Co., Indiana

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Stephen HORSEY family of Martin & Lawrence Co., Indiana

J. Nell Beck Truitt (View posts)
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Source: Halbert Township, Martin County, Indiana Census 1850; History of Martin County, Military History, p. 292:
Other county people associated with the Sons of Liberty were, of course, Stephen Horsey, the leader, John W. Stone, T. Baker, and William Clayton. Stephen Tenney and Harison Connell joined, but later exposed the members to the military authorities. Cutler S. Dobbins and William H. Raney appeared as character witnesses for Horsey at this trial.

Source: 1860 Martin Co., IN Census:
p. 153 - Line 36 - 1075/19072
Stephen Horsey - 38 - M - 4,000 - IN
Margaret - 40 - F - NC
Abner - 13 - M - IN
George - 9 - M - IN
Susan - 5 - F - IN
Source: Martin County Tribune XXIV-11 Loogootee, IN Sept 23, 1898:
Stephen Horsey
Stephen Horsey, the man who was so intimately associated with the Knights of the Golden Circle and received such a national notoriety in that connection, is dead. His death occurred at the poor asylum of this county last Tuesday and his burial was in a paupers grave. It will be remembered that he was once sentenced to be hung as a traitor to his county, but Governor Oliver P. Morton saved his life by pardon.

Source: THE REFERENDUM IV - 8, Shoals Martin County, Indiana
Thursday, September 29, 1898
Stephen Horsey died last Thursday week in the county poor house, poor, old, and unhappy. He was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle, during the war, was arrested with Bowles Milligan and Hefron, tried for treason, and condemned to death. Gen. James A. Garfield, then a young attorney, got a rehearing of the case, and secured a pardon for them all. Mr. Horsey was not a bad man and not believed by his neighbors to be a traitor at heart. He was mislead by more knowing and villainous heads and hearts. He was a kind father, once well to do, and none who knew him could but pity his sad ending.

Source: Martin County Tribune XXIV -12, Loogootee, IN., Sept 30, 1898
Louisville Dispatch
The death of Stephen A. Horsey, who passed away in the Martin County, Ind., alms house Monday night, recalls an incident of the Civil War, which at the time created a great excitement in Southern Indiana. Horsey was the last survivor of the six leaders of the Knights of the Golden Circle or Sons of Liberty, who were arrested on a charge of treason, tried by court-martial and sentenced to be hanged.

The Sons of Liberty or Knights of the Golden Circle, as later known, was organized during the Civil War. It was a secret society and it was charged that the organization was to secretly aid the Confederacy. Secret meetings were held in the southern counties of the State and the society rapidly increased in membership, creating great excitement among the people. The arrest of six of the most prominent citizens of the southern portion of the State on a charge of treason resulted. They were Horace H. Dodd and Stephen A. Horsey, of Martin County; Col. W. A. Bowles, or Orange County; Andrew Humphrey, of Sullivan County; Horace Heffron, of Washington County, and Lambden T. Mullikan, of Lawrence County. They were taken to Indianapolis, tried by court-martial, convicted and sentenced to death.

The news of the conviction of the event caused great excitement, and their friends, including some of the most prominent men in the country, exerted the most determined efforts to procure for them a commutation of sentence to life imprisonment, which was duly procured. They were pardoned by President Johnson.

Horsey was seventy-seven years of age and was at one time in affluent circumstances, but met with reverses in later years, and about a year ago reached the extremity that he had to be sent to the alms house.

Descendants of Stephen Horsey

1 [1] Stephen Horsey Born: 1823 in Indiana - served in Civil War, member of Knights of the Golden Circle Died: 19 Sep 1898 in Shoals, Martin Co., IN
.. +Mrs. Margaret Hamilton Born: 1823 in North Carolina Married: 09 Jun 1844 in Martin Co., IN, by Hiram Shemack, J.P. Died: 28 Feb 1865 in Bur. Springhill Cem., Shoals, Martin Co., IN
......... 2 Abner Horsey Born: 27 Aug 1845 in Halbert Twp., Shoals, Martin Co., IN Died: Unknown in Unknown
............. +Clarissa Bass Born: Unknown in Unknown Married: 21 Mar 1867 in Lawrence Co., IN (Marriage Record Book) Died: Unknown in Unknown
..................... 3 Nellie Horsey Born: Abt. 1869 in Martin Co., IN Died: Unknown in ?
......................... +Harvey T. Freeman Born: Unknown in ? Married: 09 Sep 1888 in Martin Co., IN (Marriage Book 5, p. 144) Died: Unknown in ?
..................... 3 Emma Horsey Born: Abt. 1871 in Pbly Martin Co., IN Died: Unknown in ?
......................... +Jefferson D. Sanders Born: Unknown in ? Married: 07 Aug 1890 in Martin Co., IN (Marriage Book 5, p. 290) Died: Unknown in ?
..................... 3 Primus Horsey Born: Abt. 1875 in IN Died: Unknown in ?
......................... +Adline Hart Born: Unknown in ? Married: 15 Apr 1895 in Martin Co., IN (Marriage Book 6, p. 20) Died: Unknown in ?
......... 2 Infant Horsey Born: 27 Aug 1845 in Halbert Twp., Shoals, Martin Co., IN Died: Unknown in ?
......... 2 Catherine Horsey Born: 1848 in Halbert Twp., Shoals, Martin Co., IN Died: Bef. 1860 in (Pbly died as a child)
......... 2 George M. Horsey Born: 1851 in Halbert Twp., Shoals, Martin Co., IN Died: Unknown in IN
............. +Mary Bass Born: Abt. 1852 in Unknown Married: 07 Nov 1872 in Martin Co., IN (Marriage Book 3, p. 183) Died: 22 Feb 1888 in Bur. Spring Hill Cem., Shoals, Martin Co., IN (see obit)
..................... 3 5 children Horsey
......... 2 Susan Horsey Born: Abt. 1855
............. +Simon Alexander Jenkins Married: 21 Feb 1883 in Lawrence Co., IN
*2nd Wife of [1] Stephen Horsey:
.. +Nancy Baker Born: Unknown in ? Married: 12 Dec 1867 in Martin Co., IN (Marriage Book 2, p. 334) Died: Unknown in ?

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