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From: "Sharyn L. Marang Dana" <>
Subject: John Cartmell of Coshocton
Date: Sat, 03 Jul 1999 16:16:11 -0700


John Cartmell (ca 1757-bef 3 Jul 1814) of Coshocton Co. OH

John CARTMELL came to Coshocton about the same time as the BOOKLESSes,
FRYs, and MARKLEYs from Frederick Co. VA.

23 Apr 1782: John CARTMELL md Christiana FRY; Frederick Co(1)

03 Apr 1791: Benjamin FRY and wife deed 115 acres to John Cartmell, all
of Frederick Co. Said Benjamin was moving. (2)
(Benjamin reported to be son of Benjamin FREY and Catherine MARKLEY.)

11 Oct 1802: John CARTMELL md Ann PEARSON; Frederick Co (1)

1803/4: CARTMELLs came to Coshocton. They were John, Nathaniel,
William, James, Jacob and several sisters. William was the post boy who
was shot from his horse in 1825. Some of the family moved west (IL/IN),
others died in this county. (3)

13 Dec 1813: John CARTMELL and David BOOKLESS listed as viewers on estate
of William Fulton. (4)

Jan 1814 John CARTMELL in court to prove will of Elizabeth Fulton. (4)

3 Jul 1816: John CARTMELL listed as deceased in a MARKLEY/Miller court
case. (4)

31 Mar 1817: John CARTMELL, son of John CARTMELL deceased, choses John D.
Moore as guardian.

14 Sep 1819: Ann (Pearson) CARTMELL (widow of John CARTMELL) md William
BOOKLESS (father of David who md Ann and John's dau Mary) (5)

30 Jun 1834: Ann (Pearson Cartmell) BOOKLESS appointed administratrix of
the estate of Robert Pearson (4)

I believe at least 4 of the CARTMELL children were born to John Cartmell
and Christiana Fry; Nathaniel, Joseph, Rebecca (md John MARKLEY), Rachel
(md Frederick MARKLEY). Remaining to Ann PEARSON; John, Mary (md David
BOOKLESS), William, James, Jacob. There may have been older children who
remained in Frederick Co when John and Ann came to Coshocton.

"Murder of William CARTMELL the Post Boy"
The whole Tuscarawas valley was excited in 1825 by the murder of William
CARTMELL. He was shot from his horse while carrying the mail, just beyond
the Coshocton Co line in an area called the "wilderness". CARTMELL was a
resident of Coshocton and a brother of Mrs. Richards who died in 1876.
John Smeltzer, a trader of Coshocton, who had taken a drove of horses on
east was, at the time, on the road some miles behind the post-boy; and it
has always been the idea of many people that the assassin mistook his man.
A man named Johnson, out hunting, found CARTMELL. He identified John
Funston as the murderer. The murder occured Sep 9, 1825, and Funston was
hanged 28 Dec 1825.

CARTMELL's sister mentioned above, not only lost her brother to murder, but
her first husband John MARKLEY was stabbed to death on election day 1816 by
a man with whom he had had an altercation with. In 1868 her son, Joseph K.
Richards, by her second husband, had been in a saloon and some words had
passed between him and a man named WARD. Richards had left the place and
crossed the street when an injury was received (either from a stone thrown
or a fall) that caused his death. (6)

(1) Marriage Records; Frederick Co. VA
(2) Deed Book 23 pg 725; Frederick Co. VA
(3) History of Coshocton Co. OH; N.N.Hill, Jr.
(4) Court records of Coshocton Co. OH
(5) Marriage Records; Coshocton Co. OH
(6) Historical Collections of Coshocton Co.OH; William Hunt

"A Society That Makes War Against Its Police; Had Better Learn To Make
Friends With Its Criminals". ~Unknown Author~

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