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Death of CHARLEY WILLIAMS in CA in 1861
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: February 24, 2007 at 12:19:16
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Am not related but may be of interest to someone who is. I have no further info but additional newspaper extracts may be found at URL:        
Vern D    
Transcribed by Dee Sardoch   
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA  
>>Friday, 1 Nov 1861<<

A NOTED DESPERADO KILLED -- The body of a noted desperado named Charley WILLIAMS was found a few days ago on a hill in Mariposa county, some 4 miles from Bear Valley. The appearance of the body indicated that it had been dead for several months. A hole was found in the skull, supposed to have been occasioned by the bullet of his murderer. The body of WILLIAMS was identified by the marks of a pistol ball shot into him by Deputy Sheriff B.K. THORN, of Calaveras county, in arresting him for an attempt to murder and robbery 2 years ago, at Indian Ladder Bridge on the North Fork of the Mokelumne river. The arrest for this offense was not made until a year after it happened, when Mr. THORN got on his track and found WILLLIAMS engaged in chopping wood on the hills of Mariposa county, not far from where his
body has recently been found. He was forced to shoot him before he would surrender. He was then conveyed to the Mariposa jail, where he laid for several months until his wound, which was a severe one and made a cripple of him for life, had sufficiently healed to admit of his being conveyed to Mokelumne Hill. He remained in the Mokelumne Hill jail until after his sentence, which was for a term of 9 years in the State Prison. But before the Sheriff had an opportunity to take him below, he with 3 others broke out of the jail. Since then, WILLIAMS has been at large, baffling detection and arrest, though every effort was made to capture him. He was a bold and blood-hearted villain, without pity or remorse.

>>Friday, 8 Nov 1861<<

CONFIRMED -- The Mariposa 'Gazette' of Tuesday has the following in reference to the body of Charley WILLIAMS, a notorious highwayman:

A further examination of the body found near Hunter's Valley leaves no doubt that it is, as at first supposed to be, the body of Charley WILLIAMS, the highwayman. The ball with which he was wounded by Under Sheriff THORN, was found between the shoulder blade and backbone. His hair has also been identified by Doctor GRANDVOINET, who was his attending physician last winter, while his was in jail. The articles of jewelry found upon his person have been clearly identified by Liebman & Co., from whom they were stolen.

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