Saturday, February 17, 2018

Harriet Abbotts England 1860 Prison Record

Harriet Abbotts she born about 1827 in England and I believe her husband was Abraham Abbotts. The reason for this is because he was arrested with her several times. She had 5 children.

Hariett has a long criminal recorded dating back to the early 1850's.

What's so interesting is she was convicted of larceny and was placed in a goal in 1860 and asked for clemency.

I am not an expert at old English records, but I am learning. The documents I found are not only interesting they are beautiful. The writing and all the details are just breath taking.

Here's part of Hariett's criminal story.

Name: Harriet Abbotts
Age: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1827
Date Convicted: 2 Apr 1860
Court Convicted: Staffordshire, Sessions, Stafford
Convicted Of: Larceny
Sentence: 3 years penal servitude
Licence Number: 1235
Date of Licence: 30 Sep 1862

As you may notice it lists some of her Committals and convection's from 1860-1862, Committal 30 Mar 1860 
Conviction 2 Apr 1860 
Removed from County Prison Stafford
5 Jun 1860
Received in Millbank 5 Jun 1860
Removed from Millbank 20 Sep 1861
Received in Brixston Prison 20 Sep 1861
Finally being discharged on 10 Mar 1862.

Millbank Prison

Brixson Female Prison

In the previous century Jeremy Bentham had dreamt up a novel idea for a prison construction: a 'Panopticon', built in a star shape with radiating wings, so that daylight and fresh air reached every cell and, more importantly, the warders could oversee every wing from a central core. They were certainly an improvement on the old medieval prisons. Bentham’s first creation, Millbank, had been built in 1821. Pentonville prison was built on the edge of the built‐up area of north London, on a semi‐circular radial plan, in 1842.

It was not a place to be, although many were better off having meals to eat and medical resources they wouldn't otherwise have because of cost. As you can see in Hariett's case she had no occupation. While she was incarcerated she learned a trade to help her when she was released.

I did not find her death record or who her children were but I hope she had a better life. I did n't find any later criminal records either so she either got herself together and lived a productive life or she died shortly after leaving prison.

I know our prisons are now better than they were but I feel there could still be more improvements. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

David C Carmack

 David C Carmack was born on  23 Jul 1874 in Tennessee. He enlisted into the military at age 22 1/2  22 Inf E and deserted 6 Apr 1898.

Military Record

By 1909 he was in Alaska and arrest in Dome City for Assault with intent to kill on 27 May 1909 and was sentenced in Fairbanks on 19 Nov 1909. He was 35 years old.

He was received at McNeil Island Prison on Valentines day 1910 for a 15 years sentence as Inmate # 1908.

McNeil Prison Record

By 1920 he was transferred to Leavenworth Inmate #7588.

He states he's a widow but she divorced him.

Susan Margaret McNab

#1 Wife Susan Margaret McNab Born 1886, N.D. Died 1942 in Seattle, WA
she re-married in 1913 to Thomas Newton Rathbone 1876-1961
Daughter Llona Carmack 1906-1998 dau of Susan

#2 Wife Elva May Stephens 1891 -1971 

David's death date and place is unknown but he does have a memorial on Findagrave 
Memorial # 187051357

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Leopold Waldo Arsonist

Leopold Waldo was born 15 Nov 1881 in Chicago, IL (Some records say he was born in Germany, I believed he lied) to Katherine Threwilder and John Waldbillig.

On he had set several fires and the newspapers dubbed him the "Firebug".  On 19 Apr 1913 in San Francisco he started a house on fire that happened to have a man his wife and two children asleep. Mr. Vassey got his family out of the house before harm came to them. 

2 May 1916 he was working on the State road "4" as most convicts at the time were put to work on roads they were called "Chain Gains". Leopold escaped.

He lost all his credits (Good time). 

Here's his prison records and mugshots.

When he got out of prison he worked as a carpenter and a contractor. He married Mary Meyer and they had a daughter named Rosa.

I didn't find any other criminal records so he must of gotten his act together. I also did not find a death record for him or a Findagrave memorial. 

I tried to search the Vassey Family and found nothing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Francis Callaghan

Francis  Callaghan was born in 1863 in New South Wales.

He was committed for Larceny 14 may 1883 and received 12 months in the goal. 

While on probation he stole a horse and received 3 years hard labor.

Look at his eyes. I bet he was something with the ladies in his day.

I sure do love these mugshot prison-goal sheets.

Court Record For horse stealing 

Goulburn Gaol

Goulburn Gaol

Goulburn Gaol Today
Goulburn Gaol Record
I didn't find any further records on this gentleman so maybe he learned his lesson. One can only hope. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Leila Bryan-Lewis & Daughter Mary Rachel Bryan Missing

Leila & Mary Rachel Bryan
On May 10, 1941 36-year-old Leila Lewis Bryan and her four-year-old daughter Mary Rachel left their Raleigh Avenue address in Carolina Beach around 9:00 p.m. on a shopping trip. They never arrived at their destination and to this day no trace of the pair or the family’s 1935 Ford Coupe has ever been found.

1935 Ford Coupe similar to the Bryan's 

Leila Bryan (also spelled Lelia/Lee), a trained nurse formerly of Bladenboro, North Carolina resided in Carolina Beach with her husband, Edison Bryan (known as E. C. ) and daughter Mary Rachel in 1941. E.C. was an employee of the Atlantic Coast Line in the freight office and some accounts claim Leila also took an office job with the same company at some point after the marriage.

May 10, 1941
Leila and Mary Rachel returned home from an afternoon on the beach around 6:30 in the evening to prepare supper. E.C. had been preparing concrete forms in the basement with plans to pour concrete later.

Around 9:00 p.m. Leila told her husband she wanted to drive two blocks away to a dime store to purchase a new bra and took the child only because she insisted on joining her. The last time Leila was seen she wore casual dress: a green turban, a summer print frock, and brown and white shoes with no stockings. She left her rings on the sink.

E.C. went to bed and was awakened at some point later in the evening by Leila’s brother Barry Lewis and one of his friends. When Leila’s brother learned she wasn’t home he and the companion drove around the area for about an hour looking for Leila and Mary Rachel. When they went back to Raleigh Street there was still no sign of the mother and child.

Within hours E.C. reported the disappearance and soon police, State Highway patrol officers, and the community were involved in the search which included beaches, waterways, wooded areas, and gas stations between Carolina Beach and Bladenboro. The car was low on gas when she left, so it made sense that she would’ve needed to fill up the tank if she had headed for her hometown.

A Third Street filling station attendant claimed that he was “pretty sure” he’d seen Leila around 10:00 p.m. on May 10, but that lead was a dead end.

Within five days E.C. offered a $100 reward for information about Leila and Mary Rachel, an amount which would roughly amount to 1,677.48 in 2016.

Six weeks later the State Bureau of Investigation’s director Frederick Handy announced that foul play was suspected in the Bryans’ disappearance and requested at least 200 soldiers from Camp Davis to comb nearby swamps for bodies. What prompted authorities to believe they were in that area was not divulged to the media.

According to The Charley Project, in addition to looking at this as a homicide they investigated the theory that Leila killed her daughter and committed suicide, but this theory was dropped due to lack of evidence.

Searches from air, on land, and in the water proved fruitless aside from the discovery of pane of glass in the Snow’s Cut canal that “could have” come from the windshield of a 1935 Ford Coupe. In the decades after the glass went to the SBI headquarters in Raleigh it was lost.

National publicity triggered possible sightings of the pair along the East Coast but again, none of the leads checked out.

The mother and daughter were declared dead in 1948. E.C. moved to Hollywood, Florida, remarried, and died in 1976.

In August 1949 Daniel Webster, an individual from Wilmington serving time in Florida confessed to murdering the two but within a month he admitted that he’d lied in order to leave Florida’s prison system.

A zoo worker chasing a pony in 1956 found two skeletons in the Carolina Beach area. While many thought these were the remains of the Leila and Mary Rachel, an anthropological examination by UNC’s Dr. Joffre Coe determined that the remains were not those of the Bryans.

Coastal NC suggested in a 2011 article that Karl Ponzer, an engineer supervising work on a sewer line, told police that he saw someone being buried in the construction. His claim was never substantiated and eighteen months after the disappearances Ponzer died from an accidental gun shot.

Authorities reopened the file in 2008 with hopes that modern technology could shed light on a particular detail about the evening of May 10, 1941: E.C.’s concrete pouring activities. Geological surveyors found three areas in the basement where bodies could’ve been deposited, but after excavation they found nothing but an animal bone and glass. According to that article posted on ABC-11 E.C. was originally a suspect but was never charged in connection with the disappearances.

Lewis Smith, Leila’s nephew, had been a leading advocate for reopening the case but after the search of the Raleigh Avenue basement decided that it was time to give up. There are already markers in the Bladenboro family cemetery for both Leila and Mary Rachel.

There are many theories on forums such as WebSleuths and Reddit, but I tried to take any ideas that sounded too fantastical with a grain of salt.

For example, in The Incredible Disappearance Pat Clausen wrote that a drug store owner told the police he sold bi chloride of mercury to Leila Bryan on May 10. During the transaction she signed for the poison using the name Cora Hollis, the pseudonym of another character in Clausen’s publication who said she knew nothing about the mercury.

I don’t believe that this purchase ever happened. An eyewitness sighting would certainly have made it into the papers, especially since she was reportedly buying a substance which was used at one time to treat syphilis or as a poison. That doesn’t mean the pharmacy incident didn’t happen, but I couldn’t find any record that it did.

Leila’s mother was rumored to disapprove of E.C.’s status as a divorcee but whether or not there was current marital discord is unknown. An alleged relative of the Lewis family started a thread on Reddit suggesting that Leila had planned on returning to Bladenboro the weekend she disappeared but because there were issues between her mother and E.C., he would have stayed at home.

If Leila were packing and suddenly realized that she needed another bra the decision to go shopping at 9:00 p.m. makes more sense. Being unfamiliar with Leila’s normal habits I can’t say whether or not this behavior was unusual. This is also true for leaving her rings by the sink. Some people believe this indicated an intent to leave behind her life with E.C. and start over elsewhere but in reality maybe she simply removed them to wash dishes.

It’s also possible that Leila and Mary Rachel disappeared earlier in the day or even before May 10. The statement that she’d left at 9:00 p.m. was relayed to the police by the husband. Did anyone else see the mother and daughter at the beach or around town on May 10? If E.C. had something to cover up (and I’m not saying that he did), a phony timeline would be a clever way to throw off the investigation. It also seems odd that Leila’s brother, who was reportedly in town purchasing lumber, would show up at the Bryan home that late at night, particularly if his sister already had plans to visit them over the weekend.

Of course, without knowing much else about the nature of this drop-in I can only speculate. Perhaps he needed a place to stay for the night since they were a fair distance from Bladenboro. Maybe his sister was supposed to arrive earlier and her brother came to check in on a hunch. Did Barry/Berry come enter calmly or was the situation already tense upon his arrival?

Another possibility is that Leila drove into one of the surrounding bodies of water, either accidentally or on purpose. Authorities dragged the waterways and searched the marshes in the 1940s, but those investigators didn’t have access to equipment, technology, and know-how available today. The mental image of the pair entombed in their Ford Coupe after all these decades under water is haunting.

If Leila and Mary Rachel were murdered were they buried in a sewer line, deposited into a swamp, washed out to sea, or disposed of in another manner? If so, who killed them and why? Is there any credence to the notion that the mother and daughter fled North Carolina and went on to live elsewhere under new identities?

There are so many unanswered questions in this case and unfortunately we may never know what really happened.

I do not believe she just ran off I think they were murdered. This story really pulled at me and I felt it needed to be shared.

Monday, February 12, 2018

S.B. Brown Arrest for Failure to Provide

I found this lovely wanted poster But did not find out if he was ever caught. I know nothing of his not even what his initials stand for. 
I do know it was filed with the Tulare County Sheriff's office in California along with this information.

S B Brown
COURT DATE: 30 Sep 1911
RECORD PLACE: San Jose, California, USA
RECORD TYPE: Description of Criminals
BOOK TITLE: Description of Criminals and Stolen Property, 1903-1911

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kitaro Mishimoto

Kitaro (Kitero) Mishimoto was born abt 1870 in Japan he came to America in pursuit of every man's dream.

He was a cook and in 1896 he was charged with assault and received at Folsom prison on 29 Dec 1896 for a 2 year sentence. He was 27 years old. The crime itself taking place in San Francisco. 

I did not find out very much about him. What caught my eye was his fresh scar on his face where you can still see where the stitches were. Was his assault actually a case of defending himself?  I think he was defending himself and because he probably couldn't speak any or little English he couldn't explain what happened.

He was Discharged from Folsom on 29 Aug 1898. I found a man with his last name that went to Hawaii but I can not be sure it's him. 

Folsom Prison record

There were no Family Trees for him on Ancestry or LDS.

I made him a memorial on Findagrave.
MEMORIAL ID 187243147