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David Stoddard -- Murder of wife Eliza - Rock Island, Illinois.

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David Stoddard -- Murder of wife Eliza - Rock Island, Illinois.

Posted: 1498089736000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stoddard - Wendell
On July 13,1855 a David Stoddard was hanged for the murder of his wife Eliza. I have very little to go on. My third great uncle was a lawyer in Fort Plain, New York. His son owned the local newspaper and printed a letter that his father had written when we went to the hanging. Why would this man, Jacob Wendell Esq. travel all that distance if he were not connected in some way and/or the community also that would have been so interested that it was published in the paper. I don't know where the sad incident took place. If anyone has any information it would be appreciated. I know that David Stoddard was not a relative. There is a remote possibility that his wife could have, but don't know her maiden name.

Thank you for any help....

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