Jesse Upton

Male 1790 - 1828  (38 years)


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  • Name Jesse Upton 
    Born 1785-1790 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Nov 1828 
    Notes 
    • 1814, Apr 14 -- Cane Creek [Quaker] Meeting Marriages Vol.1 Page 273, Alamance County, NC
      Jesse Upton, son of John and Martha Upton, of More County and Ann Hinshaw, daughter of Absolom and Elizabeth Hinshaw, of Randolph County were married at the Holly Spring Friends Meeting House in Randolph County.

      1820 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 312
      Jesse Upton
      (26-45) 1M
      (0-10) 1M 2F

      1821, Apr 21 -- Holly Spring [Quaker] Monthly Meeting, Randolph County, NC
      Jesse Upton and Ann Upton were dismissed from meeting due to jealousies which caused their separation.

      1825, Jun 9 -- Article, Fayetteville Weekly Observer [Fayetteville, NC] Newspaper
      "Horrid Murder - On the evening of the 31st May, 1825, a certain Jesse Upton of the county of Randolph, N. C. committed one of the most horrid massacres on the person of his wife. Just at the close of the day, which we hope, has witnessed few such heart chilling scenes, this blood thirsty villain, this monster in human shape, having, no doubt, preconcerted his diabolical design, and, as it were, divested himself of every sensation of tenderness, proceeded to the execution of one of the most shocking, base and savage murders known in a civilized land. He making use of some terrifying discourse which affrighted his wife, and she wishing to make her escape, was prevented by her husband, who following her a short distance and forcing her back, commenced his abuses by striking her with his fist, then getting hold of a bench about 2 or 3 feet long, made of half a split sapling, with which he beat her on the head in a number of places, so that her brains came out at the wounds; leaving her lying on her face upon the ground, weltering in her blood, and immediately making his escape. He, the said Upton, is described to be between 35 and 40 years of age, nearly or about 6 feet high, middling clean or trim built, dark complexion, dark hair and eyes, rather long visage, with somewhat of a down or sly look, and also a smooth and deceptive way of speaking. Editors of newspapers are particularly requested, whithersoever the above may come, to give it an insertion, and thereby serve the cause of humanity and justice. I do hereby certify the above statement to be true, for I was an eye witness to the disagreeable scene a few hours after the perpetrator made his escape. H. Moffett. I concur in the above statement. Joseph Hinshaw." [Editor's Note: Jesse Upton married Ann Hinshaw in 1814 and they were both dismissed from the Cane Creek Meeting [Quaker] in 1821 for jealousy and separating from each other. After Upton murdered his wife he later escaped to Tennessee and was plowing his field near Knoxville, TN when some passers by from North Carolina recognized him on their way home. He was taken into custody brought back to North Carolina and convicted of murder twice. He was hanged Nov 7, 1828.]

      1825, Aug 28-Oct 27 -- Notice, Fayetteville Weekly Observer [Fayetteville, NC] Newspaper
      Moore County, NC - Benjamin Person v. Jesse Upton Jun. Original attachment, levied on 400 acres of land and C. Ordered that publication be made for two months that unless the defendant appear on or before the first day of the next term [third Monday in November] judgement final will be entered and the land will be sold to satisfy.

      1825, Sep 17 -- Holly Spring [Quaker] Monthly Meeting, Randolph County, NC
      Orphan child of Jesse and Ann Upton reported in care of meeting.
    Person ID I40412  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2017 

    Father John Upton,   d. Bef 21 May 1839 
    Mother Martha 
    Family ID F13042  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Hinshaw,   d. 31 May 1825, Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Apr 1814  Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F13041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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