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Posted by: Joni Vella (ID *****0576) Date: July 28, 2002 at 08:39:09
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I am seeking informstion relating to the parties involved in a murder on February 7, 1859 in the vicinity of Platteville. It may have actually occurred in Lafayette County rather than Grant County, but the trial took place in Grant. I have plenty of information on Robert Green. He is my ggggrandfather. He was convicted of manslaughter in the third degree for the death of William Carhart, sometimes spelled Cahart. Sentenced to three and a half years of hard labor and one hour solitary confinement at Waupun State Prison in March 1860. He received an unconditional pardon from Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall in September 1861. Newspaper accounts and court records that I have accumulated so far tell me there was an Elijah Brown involved also. All accounts state that Elijah Brown actually shot and killed William Carhart at the instigation of Robert Green. The murder occurred over some disputed lead diggings.

My questions. Does anyone know anything about William Carhart? His age, parents, etc? Also, the same for Elijah Brown. What happened to Elijah Brown? Was he also sent to prison? Why was Robert Green covicted of manslaughter in the third degree if Elijah was the triggerman? (Don't get me wrong, I don't mind being descended from a killer! Makes a better story!) I am just trying to work out the entire story line of this crime.

Thanks for any and all help.

Joni Vella

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