Friday, May 30, 2008

Weeping Wives

Diamond refers to the Weeping Wives of the accused and also refers to the screaming women and children.

Barret stated the following, "while those (wives) who got news that the husband was to be hung, were following or before, weeping, while wailing and lamentations burst from their lips. In some houses, sadness and deep sorrow reigned supreme. None but those who experienced that dreadful night can fully realize the deep sorrow of loving and disconsolate hearts."

Below is the list of the victims and known spouses. Since starting our research into the men who were hanged, we have been able to find some of the wives that were not known when McCaslin published his book in 1994. An example would be the wives of Henry Chiles, Curd Goss, David Leffel, Thomas Floyd, Eli Thomas and William Boyles. Many of these were found in online databases such as, and As more and more people start researching their family histories and posting information online, hopefully we can find more.
We still need to find spouses for a lot of the men. Please let us know of any additions or corrections! Thanks.

(***UPDATE***  Thanks to many of you for helping with additions and corrections, there is now an updated list available in a later post on this blog.  We still need names for many of the wives!)

Name of Victim, Name of Spouse(s)
1. C. F. Anderson, ??
2. George W. Anderson, ??
3. Richard J. Anderson, Lucinda ?
4. William B. Anderson, ??
5. Thomas O. Baker, Mary ?
6. Bennet C. Barnes, Sarah A. ?
7. Barnibus Burch, (1) May ?, (2)Mary McConnel
8. Samuel Carmichael, Anna ?
9. Ephraim Chiles, Margaret Kendrick
10. Henry Chiles, Dicy Kennedy
11. Nathaniel M. Clark, Mahuldah Hicklin
12. Henry Cockrum, Elizabeth Lackey Petell Jones
13. John Mansil Crisp, (1) Harriet Pittman, (2) Alixy Hawkins
14. Arphaxton R. Dawson, (1) Mary Horn, (2) Jane C. ?
15. Rama Dye, (1) Sarah Jane Bradley, (2) Mary Ann Dawson
16. Hudson John Esman, (1) Rachel Meadows, (2) Mary Sullivant, (3) Elizabeth Crisp
17. Henry S. Field, (1) Jane Potter, (2) Mary Ann Bail
18. Thomas B. Floyd, Cloe Carter
19. James T. Foster, ??
20. Curd Goss, Mary Alexander
21. Edward D. Hampton, single
22. M. D. Harper, Eliza ?
23. William W. Johnson, ??
24. C. A. Jones, ??
25. David Miller Leffel, Susan Evaline West
26. Leander W. P. Jacob Lock, Deannah ?
27. Abraham McNeese, Rebecca ?
28. Richard N. Martin, Cynthia Ann Neely
29. John M. Miller, ??
30. John A. Morris, ??
31. John W. Morris, ??
32. M. W. Morris, ??
33. William W. Morris, Nancy ?
34. James A. Powers, Priscilla Barnett
35. William R. Rhodes, Amanda ?
36. Alexander D. Scott, Mary Woolsey
37. Eli M. Scott, Maria ?
38 Gilbert Smith, ??
39. William B. Taylor, Martha ?
40. Eli Sigler Thomas, Susan ?
41. James A. Ward, Nancy Muirheid
42. William Wilson Wornell, Elizabeth ?
43. William Boyles, Elizabeth T. West (not arrested but later shot and possibly died from wounds)
44. Hiram Kilborn, Delila ?
William A. McCool, Lydia Field
John M. Cottrell, ??
A. N. Johnson, ??

Please go to the ***UPDATED LIST***


esmansgirl said...

Not sure where to post this, but I just found the cite. THANK YOU! I'm Hudson John Esman's GGGgranddaughter and have searched forever to find what happened to his Weeping Wife, Elizabeth Crisp Esman. Their two boys were raised by her father, but she just disappeared. It must have been dreadful for her family, having lost their son and their son-in-law, and being left to raise the two boys (who never spoke of the tragedy to their children).
So glad to have found you. I'll be checking in!

ellab79504 said...

I have two family members on the list of those hung on Oct. 14, 1862: Rama Dye father of Margaret E. Dye who married Nathaniel Bullard, father of J. T. Bullard, father of Alford Bullard, father of my husband, Curtis G. Bullard, b: 15 Jan 1932.

William R. Rhodes was husband of Amanda Lindsey, youngest dau of Charles and Polly Lindsey; They were parents of Pennington Lindsey also, who is then Amanda's brother; his daughter Martha Lindsey married my Great Grandfather, Hezekiah Schoolcraft, father of Joseph G. Schoolcraft, father of my mother Bertha T. Schoolcraft Miller Turner. My name is Ella Turner Bullard, born 09 Jun 1940.

The story in our family is that Amanda Lindsey wrote letters to officials of Texas, and finally gained pardon and acquittal for William R. Rhodes (sometimes spelled Rhoades and even Rodes).

Amanda and William R. Rhodes began having children in Shelby, TX in about 1842; they are in Shelby Co. in 1850 and in the 1860 Census they are in Cooke County, Texas.

Gerry said...

Spouse of Willliam Rhodes was Amanda Lindsey daughter of Mary Polly Bennett and Charles Lindsey.