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From: "Bob and Katherine Hellwig" <>
Subject: John Riley Bilderback, Second Son of Samuel Bilderback (b. 1804 in TN)
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 14:00:38 -0600


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My great grandfather, John Riley Bilderback, born in Gibson Co., IN in =
1840, was the second son of Samuel Bilderback and Jane Crow.

Both John Riley and his older brother, William Linsey, enlisted in the =
Union Army in 1861. Their army records read thus:

Bilderback, John R., Pvt., Co. A, 28th Regt., 1st Cav., Time 3 yrs, Enr. =
Aug 20, 61, Where: Evansville Ind. By Capt. Browe, Mus. Aug 20, 1861, =
Where: Evansville, Ind. by Lt. Moore, Age 21. Mustered out at =
Indianapolis, Sept. 12, 1864. John=92s record shows that he remained a =
private.

The enlistment record for William L. Bilderback is identical to =
John=92s, except that William=92s age is 27, and he was appointed Corp. =
on Dec. 1, 1861.

The marriage license for John R. Bilderback to Amanda E. Hemenway was =
issued by the Clerk, Robert Tayler, of Warrick County, IN on 22 Dec =
1864. They were married on the same day by John Ferguson, Local =
Preacher. The license was filed on 6 Jan 1865.=20

Amanda E. Hemenway was the daughter of John P. Hemenway (b. 29 May 1818, =
d. 16 Jan 1903, buried in Brushy Cemetery, Leon Co. TX) and Sophia Crow =
(b. 1817, d. 25 Nov 1888, buried in Brushy Cemetery, Leon Co. TX), =
married 12 May 1841 in Spencer Co., IN. Both were previously married, =
John P. to Clarissa Wilder (30 Oct 1835, Warrick Co., IN) and Sophia to =
Richard Douthit (8 Mar 1837 in Spencer Co., IN). John and Clarissa had =
one daughter, Clarissa, and Sophia and Richard had one daughter, Sophia. =
John and Sophia had one daughter, Amanda Emeline, and four sons, John, =
Isreal, Jason L. and Porter H.

The next reference to John R. Bilderback was an article published in =
"The Princeton Democrat" on 12 Aug 1871. The following is a reproduction =
of that article.

Horrible Murder!!!

A Man Kills his Friend and Neighbor to Keep from Paying $100.

THE MURDERER ARRESTED.

CONFESSES THE CRIME!

And Show Where he Concealed the Body.

"On Monday night, July 31st, or Tuesday morning, August 1st, before day, =
one of the most shocking and cold blooded murders was committed in =
Johnson township, this county, some two miles west of Haubstadt, that =
ever occurred in the State. The particulars, as we gather them from the =
brother of the murdered man, and from the murderer himself, who is now =
confined in our county jail, are as follows:

"The name of the murderer is Thomas Camp: the name of the murdered man =
was John Riley Bilderback. Both men lived in Pikeville, in Pike county. =
Some time since Camp purchased of Bilderback a horse, telling him that a =
certain other party owed him a hundred dollars, and that as soon as the =
note he gave Bilderback was due, he would be able to pay it off. =
Bilderback meeting the man whom Camp claimed owed him, mentioned that =
fact to him that when he paid Camp, he, Bilderback, expected to get the =
money, as he held Camp=92s note for $100, when the man told him that he =
did not owe Camp anything. Bilderback then went to Camp and told him =
that unless he paid off the note he would have him arrested for =
obtaining property under false pretenses. Camp then told Bilderback if =
he would accompany him to Haubstadt, in this county, where his Uncle, =
___Monroe, lived, he would get the money and pay him. Accordingly, on =
Monday, July 31st, they left Pikeville together for Haubstadt, Camp in =
his shirt-sleeves, walking, and Bilderback riding a mare belonging to =
his father. They arrived at Haubstadt about 10 o=92clock at night, and =
Monroe, the uncle of the murderer, living some three miles from town, =
they passed on, and when some two miles west of Haubstadt Camp =
complained of being tired, and told Bilderback his uncle had very severe =
dogs, and suggested as it was after 12 o=92clock at night, that they =
should lay down and sleep, and at daylight go on to his uncle=92s and =
get the money. To this Bilderback consented, and lay down and went to =
sleep. Camp, when he found Bilderback was asleep, took a club and beat =
his brains out. When the first blow was struck, Bilderback partly =
raised, when he struck him a second blow and he turned and fell upon his =
face, and Camp beat him until life was entirely extinct. He then =
stripped the clothing off his victim and throwing the body in a fallen =
tree top near the road, hid the clothing of the murdered man (except the =
coat, which he put on and wore himself,) under a log. He took the horse =
and rode it to the mouth of Black river, near New Harmony, in Posey =
county, where he traded it for another horse, which he rode home to =
Pikeville, having upon his back the coat of the murdered man.

"The absence of Bilderback he explained in different ways to different =
persons, until Wm. Bilderback, becoming convinced that something was =
wrong, went to Camp and told him that he must accompany him and show =
where the mare was that Bilderback had when they left Pikeville =
together. This he agreed to do, and with Bilderback=92s brother and two =
other men, he started for the place where the mare had been traded. On =
the way Camp=92s story was considerably varied, and he admitted that =
Bilderback was dead, but denied having killed him, saying that he was =
killed by two members of a gang to which he belonged, and he named two =
persons who reputation was such as to give some color of truth to the =
story.

"When Camp, Bilderback (the brother of the murdered man) and the two men =
accompanying them arrived at the place in Posey county where Camp had =
traded the mare of Bilderback off, the man with whom he traded was in =
New Harmony, and they went on there, where they met the Deputy Sheriff, =
to whom they reported the circumstance of Bilderback=92s absence, and =
while doing so a man living near where Camp had traded the mare, and at =
whose house he had stayed all night, approached him and accused him of =
the murder, saying, "You d=96d scoundrel, that accounts for the blood on =
your sleeve the night you stopped with me." The Deputy Sheriff then took =
Camp to one side and told him that if he would confess and turn =
State=92s evidence it would be better for him. He at once made a =
complete confession, and volunteered to show where he had concealed the =
body, and the entire party set out on their return, and when within two =
miles of Haubstadt, he showed the officer and attendants where he had =
committed the murder and hid the body of his victim. He was the first to =
point out the body upon reaching the spot. All the flesh upon the body =
had been devoured by the buzzards, except a little that still clung to =
the bones of the legs.

"Esquire Skelton, of Johnson township, was notified of the finding of =
the body, and acting as Coroner, empaneled a jury, before which Camp =
testified of his own free will, acknowledging that he committed the =
murder and that he done it to get rid of paying the amount he owed =
Bilderback.=96Camp was brought up on the train Wednesday evening and =
lodged in our county jail. He is a spare made, light haired young man, =
19 years of age, and has a wife, but no children. We are informed that =
he is of a respectable family. John Riley Bilderback, the man that was =
murdered, was about 35 years old, and leaves a wife and three children. =
He was a brother to Wm. L. Bilderback, formerly of Francisco, this =
county."

According to the above article, John Riley was murdered after midnight, =
the night of July 31st, thus we conclude that he died on Aug 1st.=20

A second version of this murder will follow shortly.


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<P>My great grandfather, John Riley Bilderback, born in Gibson Co., IN =
in 1840,=20
was the second son of Samuel Bilderback and Jane Crow.</P>
<P>Both John Riley and his older brother, William Linsey, enlisted in =
the Union=20
Army in 1861. Their army records read thus:</P>
<P>Bilderback, John R., Pvt., Co. A, 28<SUP>th</SUP> Regt., =
1<SUP>st</SUP> Cav.,=20
Time 3 yrs, Enr. Aug 20, 61, Where: Evansville Ind. By Capt. Browe, Mus. =
Aug 20,=20
1861, Where: Evansville, Ind. by Lt. Moore, Age 21. Mustered out at=20
Indianapolis, Sept. 12, 1864. John&rsquo;s record shows that he remained =
a=20
private.</P>
<P>The enlistment record for William L. Bilderback is identical to =
John&rsquo;s,=20
except that William&rsquo;s age is 27, and he was appointed Corp. on =
Dec. 1,=20
1861.</P>
<P>The marriage license for John R. Bilderback to Amanda E. Hemenway was =
issued=20
by the Clerk, Robert Tayler, of Warrick County, IN on 22 Dec 1864. They =
were=20
married on the same day by John Ferguson, Local Preacher. The license =
was filed=20
on 6 Jan 1865. </P>
<P>Amanda E. Hemenway was the daughter of John P. Hemenway (b. 29 May =
1818, d.=20
16 Jan 1903, buried in Brushy Cemetery, Leon Co. TX) and Sophia Crow (b. =
1817,=20
d. 25 Nov 1888, buried in Brushy Cemetery, Leon Co. TX), married 12 May =
1841 in=20
Spencer Co., IN. Both were previously married, John P. to Clarissa =
Wilder (30=20
Oct 1835, Warrick Co., IN) and Sophia to Richard Douthit (8 Mar 1837 in =
Spencer=20
Co., IN). John and Clarissa had one daughter, Clarissa, and Sophia and =
Richard=20
had one daughter, Sophia. John and Sophia had one daughter, Amanda =
Emeline, and=20
four sons, John, Isreal, Jason L. and Porter H.</P>
<P>The next reference to John R. Bilderback was an article published in=20
"The Princeton Democrat" on 12 Aug 1871. The following is a=20
reproduction of that article.</P>
<P>Horrible Murder!!!</P>
<P>A Man Kills his Friend and Neighbor to Keep from Paying $100.</P>
<P>THE MURDERER ARRESTED.</P><FONT size=3D2>
<P>CONFESSES THE CRIME!</P></FONT>
<P>And Show Where he Concealed the Body.</P>
<P>"On Monday night, July 31<SUP>st</SUP>, or Tuesday morning, =
August=20
1<SUP>st</SUP>, before day, one of the most shocking and cold blooded =
murders=20
was committed in Johnson township, this county, some two miles west of=20
Haubstadt, that ever occurred in the State. The particulars, as we =
gather them=20
from the brother of the murdered man, and from the murderer himself, who =
is now=20
confined in our county jail, are as follows:</P>
<P>"The name of the murderer is Thomas Camp: the name of the =
murdered man=20
was John Riley Bilderback. Both men lived in Pikeville, in Pike county. =
Some=20
time since Camp purchased of Bilderback a horse, telling him that a =
certain=20
other party owed him a hundred dollars, and that as soon as the note he =
gave=20
Bilderback was due, he would be able to pay it off. Bilderback meeting =
the man=20
whom Camp claimed owed him, mentioned that fact to him that when he paid =
Camp,=20
he, Bilderback, expected to get the money, as he held Camp&rsquo;s note =
for=20
$100, when the man told him that he did not owe Camp anything. =
Bilderback then=20
went to Camp and told him that unless he paid off the note he would have =
him=20
arrested for obtaining property under false pretenses. Camp then told =
Bilderback=20
if he would accompany him to Haubstadt, in this county, where his Uncle, =

___Monroe, lived, he would get the money and pay him. Accordingly, on =
Monday,=20
July 31<SUP>st</SUP>, they left Pikeville together for Haubstadt, Camp =
in his=20
shirt-sleeves, walking, and Bilderback riding a mare belonging to his =
father.=20
They arrived at Haubstadt about 10 o&rsquo;clock at night, and Monroe, =
the uncle=20
of the murderer, living some three miles from town, they passed on, and =
when=20
some two miles west of Haubstadt Camp complained of being tired, and =
told=20
Bilderback his uncle had very severe dogs, and suggested as it was after =
12=20
o&rsquo;clock at night, that they should lay down and sleep, and at =
daylight go=20
on to his uncle&rsquo;s and get the money. To this Bilderback consented, =
and lay=20
down and went to sleep. Camp, when he found Bilderback was asleep, took =
a club=20
and beat his brains out. When the first blow was struck, Bilderback =
partly=20
raised, when he struck him a second blow and he turned and fell upon his =
face,=20
and Camp beat him until life was entirely extinct. He then stripped the =
clothing=20
off his victim and throwing the body in a fallen tree top near the road, =
hid the=20
clothing of the murdered man (except the coat, which he put on and wore=20
himself,) under a log. He took the horse and rode it to the mouth of =
Black=20
river, near New Harmony, in Posey county, where he traded it for another =
horse,=20
which he rode home to Pikeville, having upon his back the coat of the =
murdered=20
man.</P>
<P>"The absence of Bilderback he explained in different ways to =
different=20
persons, until Wm. Bilderback, becoming convinced that something was =
wrong, went=20
to Camp and told him that he must accompany him and show where the mare =
was that=20
Bilderback had when they left Pikeville together. This he agreed to do, =
and with=20
Bilderback&rsquo;s brother and two other men, he started for the place =
where the=20
mare had been traded. On the way Camp&rsquo;s story was considerably =
varied, and=20
he admitted that Bilderback was dead, but denied having killed him, =
saying that=20
he was killed by two members of a gang to which he belonged, and he =
named two=20
persons who reputation was such as to give some color of truth to the =
story.</P>
<P>"When Camp, Bilderback (the brother of the murdered man) and the =
two men=20
accompanying them arrived at the place in Posey county where Camp had =
traded the=20
mare of Bilderback off, the man with whom he traded was in New Harmony, =
and they=20
went on there, where they met the Deputy Sheriff, to whom they reported =
the=20
circumstance of Bilderback&rsquo;s absence, and while doing so a man =
living near=20
where Camp had traded the mare, and at whose house he had stayed all =
night,=20
approached him and accused him of the murder, saying, "You =
d&ndash;d=20
scoundrel, that accounts for the blood on your sleeve the night you =
stopped with=20
me." The Deputy Sheriff then took Camp to one side and told him =
that if he=20
would confess and turn State&rsquo;s evidence it would be better for =
him. He at=20
once made a complete confession, and volunteered to show where he had =
concealed=20
the body, and the entire party set out on their return, and when within =
two=20
miles of Haubstadt, he showed the officer and attendants where he had =
committed=20
the murder and hid the body of his victim. He was the first to point out =
the=20
body upon reaching the spot. All the flesh upon the body had been =
devoured by=20
the buzzards, except a little that still clung to the bones of the =
legs.</P>
<P>"Esquire Skelton, of Johnson township, was notified of the =
finding of=20
the body, and acting as Coroner, empaneled a jury, before which Camp =
testified=20
of his own free will, acknowledging that he committed the murder and =
that he=20
done it to get rid of paying the amount he owed Bilderback.&ndash;Camp =
was=20
brought up on the train Wednesday evening and lodged in our county jail. =
He is a=20
spare made, light haired young man, 19 years of age, and has a wife, but =
no=20
children. We are informed that he is of a respectable family. John Riley =

Bilderback, the man that was murdered, was about 35 years old, and =
leaves a wife=20
and three children. He was a brother to Wm. L. Bilderback, formerly of=20
Francisco, this county."</P>
<P>According to the above article, John Riley was murdered after =
midnight, the=20
night of July 31<SUP>st</SUP>, thus we conclude that he died on Aug=20
1<SUP>st</SUP>. </P>
<P>A second version of this murder will follow =
shortly.</P></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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