Inmates of the Ohio State Penitentiary ~ 1834-1875


This page contains abstracted information for every inmate of the Ohio State Penitentiary (Columbus) with a Marion County connection. It covers admissions for the years 1834-1875. The information is in date order in this format:

Name County; Volume-page, Case; Sentence for Offense; Entered, Released; Age, Birthplace; Occupation, Height; eyes, hair; habits/appearance/family/comments

The records were extracted from the Family History Library microfilms 0928445-0928449.


Index
Jane Aton 8377
William Aton 7794, 8377, 8900
Charles Austin 5473
Elias Austin 5473
Eliza Austin 5473
John Austin 5473
Laura Austin 7794
Mary Ellen Baker 4962
Wm. Baker 4962
Aseph Theodore Bowen 6451
Branson Bowen 6451
Elijah Bowen 6451
Elsiha Bowen 6451
Irene Bowen 6451
Thomas Bowen 6451
Abbie Brady 8910
Alson Brady 8910
Anna Brady 8910
Christopher Brady 8910
Jacob Brady 8910
Lucy Brady 8910
Thos. Brady 8910
Wm. Brady 8910
Robert Canady 911
Geo. Cloud 7968
Mary Cloud 7968
Abraham Conklin 4569
Francis Conklin 4569
James Conklin 4569
Israel Cranmer 6451
Harrison Davis 2521
James Dawson 5952
Margaret Dawson 5952
John Dennison 5413
Sarah Dennison 5413
Benj. Everts 1646
Elizabeth Fish 5952
Margaret Fisk 5952
Mary Fisk 5952
William Fisk 5952
William Goings 7968
Abraham Garabrant 6359
Mary Garabrant 6359
Wm. Hapman 3652
Claris Hickman 9819
Dan'l Hickman 8936, 9819
Elias Hickman 8936, 9819
Elmore Hickman 8936
Jane Hickman 8936, 9819
John/Jno Hickman 8936, 9819
Joseph Hickman 8936, 9819
Leafy Hickman 8936, 9819
Lindorah/Lindoria Hickman 8936, 9819
Michael Hickman 8936, 9819
Pleasant Hickman 8936, 9819
Stephen Hickman 8936, 9819
Tunis Hickman 8936, 9819
Wm. Hickman 8936, 9819
Isaac Hostler 1832
Ella Hoxter 7596
Melvin Hoxter 7596
Wm. Huffman 3652
Thomas Jump 2119
John Kearsey 8963
Julia Kearsey 8963
Mary Kearsey 8963
Martha Kearsey 8963
Rebecca Kearsey 8963
Worthington Kearsey 8963
Daniel Kenyon 7595
Eliza Kenyon 7595
Mahala Keran 4563
Albert Kesler 8927
Ella Kesler 8927
Andrew Kesler 8927
Edward Kesler 8927
Emma Kesler 8927
Isaac Kesler 8927
Laura Kesler 8927
Lottie Kesler 8927
Mariah Kesler 8927
Mary Kesler 8927
Rebecca Kesler 8927
Shufield Kesler 8927
Theodore Kesler 8927
Victoria Kesler 8927
Eliza Lafever 10162
Elizabeth Lafever 10162
Isaac Lafever 10162
James Lafever 10162
Hannah Lynn 10162
Henry Markel 130
Harriet Martheny
Harrison Marthena/Mathenay/Martheny 2521, 5233, 5866
Jane Martin 10162
Emma Matheney 6994
Harriet Matheney 6994
Harrison Mathenay 6994
Henry McThey 8325
Harrison Metheney 4267
Henry Metheny 8325
Alonzo Miller 8212
Susana/Susannah Miller 5951, 8212
Marsena Murphy 4350
Jake Nusenger 5233
George Partridge 3489, 4563
Sarah Payne 5481
Andrew Pierce 4564
Simon Pierce 4564
Nathaniel Pigman 750, 1496, 1611
George Potter 5130
Rachel Potter 5130
Edward Robbins 4142
Amanda Shawn 8909
Geo. Shawn 8909
Jane Shawn 8909
John Shawn 8909
Mattie Shawn 8909
Napoleon Shawn 8909
Susan Shawn 8909
William Shawn 8909
Charles Smith 5951, 8212
James Smith 2460
Eliza Snyder 10162
Reuben Spencer 4350
David Spring 5846
Valentine Strode 4660
William Strode 4660
Frederick Thaldorf 1137
Sophia Welter 5846
Wm. Welter 5846
William Wilcox 2169
Lewis Williams 8848
Silas Williams 8848
Rosana Wilson 5481
Al Zent 7981
Ella Zent 7981
Henry Markel
Marion
1-9, #130
1 yr for Grand Larceny
31 Oct 1835, Discharged end of sentence 31 Oct 1836
20, Pennsylvania
Farmer, 5-8
Gray eyes, light brown hair,
Temperate, In the habit of pilfering for some time past. Connextions bear a bad character.
 
Nathaniel Pigman
Muskingum
1-27, #750
3 yr for Horse stealing
3 Dec 1839, Discharged expiration of sentence 10 Dec 1842
35, Maryland
partly a carpenter, 5-10
blue eyes, almost black hair
Intemperate, low forehead
Family in Jackson & Knox co
 
Robert Canady
Marion
1-35, #911
3 yr for Robbery
22 Apr 1841, Pardoned by Governor 14 Oct 1843, ,
20, Ohio
Farmer, 5-9
light blue eyes, brown hair,
Temperate, Father living in Union county Ohio about 10 miles NE of Marysville
 
Frederick Thaldorf
Marion
1-45, #1137
3 yr for Grand Larceny
9 Nov 1842, Pardoned by Governor 3 Nov 1845
40, Germany
Clerk, 5-7
blue eyes, sandy hair
nearly bald on top of head
wife and children living in Marion Ohio
 
Harrison Matheney
Coshocton
1-57, #1389
3 yr for Larceny
1844, Discharged 1847
25, Pa
partly tailor, 5-9
Moderate drinker, heavy built
Parents living in Logan, Hocking Co.
 
Benj. H. Everts
Marion
1-69, #1646
2 yr for Bigamy
15 Jul 1846, Discharged by expiration of sentence & restored by Governor 15 Jul 1848
33, England
partly carpenter, 6-2
blue eyes, brown hair
Temperate, rather dark complexion
Wife in Marion & one in Knox co, child living in Richland co
 
Nathaniel Pigman
Marion
1-62, #1496
4 yr for Lettering and publishing counterfeit money
1 Jul 1845, Remanded back on writ of error from Supreme Court 20 Feb 1846
45, Maryland
Partly carpenter, 5-10
blue eyes, black hair
Moderate drinker, Wife and 8 children living in Coshocton co
 
Nathaniel Pigman
Marion
1-67, #1611
3 yr for Lettering and publishing counterfeit money
27 Mar 1846, restored by Governor 27 Mar 1849
46, Maryland
partly carpenter, 5-10
blue eyes, black hair
Partly intemperate, wife and family in Coshocton co
 
Isaac Hostler
Marion
1-78, #1832
4 yr for Burglary
13 Mar 1848, Died 16 Aug 1848 of fever
19, Pennsylvania
carpenter (partly), 5-9
gray (dark) eyes, dark brown hair
Rather intemperate, mother living in Pennsylvania (probably York county)
 
Thomas E. Jump
Marion
2-7, #2119
3 yr for Horse stealing
15 Mar 1850, Died 13 Sep 1850 of typhoid fever
22, Maryland
worked on farm, 5-10
gray eyes, black hair
Moderate drinker, Parents living in Marion co
 
William Wilcox
Marion
2-9, #2169
4 yr for Forgery
11 Jun 1850, Pardoned by Governor 3 Apr 1852
24, Ohio
Partly tanner, 5-7
hazel eyes, black hair
Intemperate, good appearance
has 3 wifes one in Green, one in Licking, one in Montgomery co
 
James M. Smith
Marion
2-23, #2460
3 yr for Grand Larceny
18 Oct 1851, Pardoned by Governor 14 Mar 1853
23, Ohio
teamster, 5-9
blue eyes, brown hair
Moderate drinker, low forehead, pretty good size nose
has a mare, has wife, father, son & daughter in Killman township, Holmes co O
 
Harrison Davis alias Harrison Mathenay
Preble
2-124, #2521
3 yr for Horse Stealing
1852, Discharged 1855
30, Pa
Wife living in Wells Co, Indiana near Bluffton P.O.
 
George Partridge
Marion
3-73, #3489
1 yr for Grand Larceny
21 Apr 1856, Discharged 8 Mar 1857
22, Vermont
Laborer, 6-0
blue eyes, light brown hair
Intemperate, rather long thin face
has a wife and child in Waldo, Marion co O
 
Wm. Hapman (alias Huffman)
Lorain
3-159, #3652
3 yr for burglary
4 Mar 1857, Discharged 25 Nov 1859
23, Germany
farmer, 5-9 1/8
hazel eyes, dark brown hair
Temperate, supposed sister in Marion co O
has low forehead, pug nose, mammoth hands, dull look, round shoulders
 
Edward F. Robbins
Marion
3-417, #4142
Life, Murder 2nd degree
1 Nov 1858, Pardoned by Governor 7 Jan 1874
34, Vermont
Broommaker, 5-6
blue eyes, dark brown hair
Intemperate, has round head, high full forehead, medium and straight nose, full face
wife and 1 child Houston P.O., Shelby co, relatives in Rutland co Vermont
 
Harrison L. Metheney
Highland
3-481, #4267
3 yr for Larceny
1859, Discharged 1861
35, Pa
Tailor, 5-10
Moderate drinker, heavy built
Parents living in Logan, Hocking Co.
 
Marsena M. Murphy
Geauga
3-525, #4350
3 yr for Burglary
28 Mar 1859, Discharged 21 Oct 1861
20, Ohio
Boatman, 5-8
blue eyes, brown hair
Temperate, has small head, oval face, slender built
parents dead, brother Reuben Spencer at Claridon, relatives in Geauga co
 
Geo. Partridge
Marion
3-639, #4563
10 yr for Arson
7 Oct 1859, Discharged 14 May 1868
25, Vermont
Laborer, 6ft
blue eyes, brown hair
Intemperate, has oval face, large scar on left side of throat, cross on back left hand near thumb
wife Louisa & 2 children in New London, Huron co, mother Mahala Keran at Big Island Marion co
 
Andrew Pierce (colored)
Marion
3-639, #4564
6 yr for Arson
6 Oct 1859, Discharged 22 Feb 1865
33, Ohio
Barber, 5-3
black eyes, black & curly hair
Intemperate, light mulatto, long and good size nose, large mouth, scar between eyes, slender built
has been married, wife ran away, parents in Marion, Simon is father's name
 
Abraham Conklin
Marion
3-645, #4569
3 yr for Rape
18 Oct 1859, Discharged 24 May 1862
about 35, NY
Laborer, 5-6
blue eyes, sandy brown hair
Temperate, receding forehead, straight and thin nose, small round ears, front teeth irregular
cannot read nor write, not married, father James at Casey station, Marion co O, brother Francis Westfield, Morrow co.
 
Valentine Strode
Logan
4-48, #4660
3 yr for Horse Stealing & Grand Larceny
8 Dec 1859, Discharged 12 Jul 1862
23, Ohio
Carpenter, 5-7
light hazel eyes, brown hair
Moderate drinker, broad face, large scar under left jaw on throat, stout built, short neck, pleasing appearance
no education, not married, father William in Burwick, Marion co O
 
Julius Baker
Marion
4-210, #4962
1 yr for Grand Larceny
3 Nov 1860, Discharged 19 Sep 1861
32, Ohio
Laborer, 5-6
blue eyes, dark brown hair
Moderate drinker, has initials JCB with India Ink on left arm, mark of vaccination on right arm, has father Wm. M. Baker in Grand Prairie township Marion co, wife Mary Ellen in Marion, Marion co
 
George W. Potter
Northern District
4-306, #5130
1 yr for Transmitting false certificates to the pension office
18 Mar 1861, Discharged 28 Jan 1862
36, Ohio
speculator, 5-7 5/8
black eyes, black hair
Temperate, has 160 acres land in Carroll Missouri; house and lot in Iberia
low forehead, small eyes, has wife Rachel Potter near Underwoods P.O., Marion co
 
Kentucky Jake alias Nusenger alias Marthena
Seneca
4-381, #5233
1 yr for Horse stealing
1862, Discharged 1863
40, Pa
Tailor, 5-10
Married
 
John H. Dennison
Marion
4-444, #5413
3 yr for Perjury
27 Feb 1862, Pardoned by Governor 26 Jun 1862
23, Ohio
farmer, 5-8
blue eyes, brown hair
Temperate, high forehead, small features
has wife Sarah M. lives Marion O, father in California
 
Charles Austin
4-468, #5473
7 yr for horse stealing
1862, Discharged 1868
35, Pa
farmer
Occ drinker. Face bony, breast marked by blistering or something, pale letters WMALON and heart in ink the right fore arm.
Father John Austin lives Wyoming Co Pa., bro John Luzerne Co, Pa., bro Elias Bradford Co, Pa, sister Eliza Ann with her father April last, most other relatives in Luzerne Co, Pa.
Has 180 acres land in Wyoming Co, Pa.
 
David Spring
Marion
4-618, #5846,
3 yr for Grand Larceny
27 oct 1863, Pardoned by Governor 13 oct 1865
18, Ohio
Farm laborer, 5-8
hazel eyes, brown hair
Moderate drinker, dark complexion, regular features, large ears, well formed nose, inclined to stout build
can read a little but not write
has mother Sophia Welter, lives Hancock co O, two half brothers with mother, one Wm. Welter with 101st OVI, one half sister.
 
Harrison L. Martheny
Lucas
4-636, #5866
3 yr for horse stealing
1863, Discharged 1866
41, Pa
Tailor, 5-11
Peculiar complexion, 2 upper teeth gone
Has wife Harriet and child lives Detroit Mich
 
Charles Smith
Hardin
4-660, #5951,
4 yr for Burglary
1 Apr 1864, Discharged 24 Sep 1867
22 , New Jersey
Farm laborer, 5-11
gray eyes, light brown hair
sallow complexion, dark eyebrows, small straight nose, small mouth, spare built
has mother Susana Miller lives News Bloomington, Marion co, O, one brother, two sisters live with
mother
 
William H. Fisk
Hardin
4-660, #5952,
4 yr for Burglary
1 Apr 1864, Discharged 22 Oct 1867
25 , Ohio
Farmer, 5-7
dark gray eyes, thin coarse black hair
Moderate drinker, straight, pointed, very prominent nose, large eyes, arching brows that meet, rather rough face
lives apart from his wife who has one child, mother lives Marion co, O, wife's name Mary, mother name Elizabeth Fisk, brother James Dawson, sister Margaret lives Pennsylvania
 
Sarah M. Payne
Marion
4-468, #5481,
1 yr for Bigamy
22 Apr 1862, Pardoned by Governor 26 May 1862
19, (birthplace not readable on microfilm)
Milliner and dress maker, 5-3
blue eyes, brown hair
Temperate, good form and features, no marks or scars observable
has a mother Rosana Wilson lives in Marion county Ohio
 
Abraham Garabrant
Marion
5-61, #6359
1 yr for Grand Larceny
12 Sep 1865, Pardoned by Governor 4 may 1866
18, Missouri
Hostler, 5-7
gray eyes, black hair
Temperate, small mouth, thick lips, small round chin
has mother Mary Garabrant, 2 sisters, near Galveston Texas
 
Elijah Bowen
Delaware
5-91, #6451
1 yr for Grand Larceny
12 Nov 1865, Discharged 5 Oct 1866
39, Ohio
Farmer, 5-7
blue eyes, straight thin light brown hair
Temperate, low forehead, bald, arching brows, small nose and chin, heavy breast and arms, rough hands, has brothers Elisha & Thomas, Iowa Point, Kansas, 2 sons Aseph Theodore & Branson & 1 daughter Irene lives with Mr. Israel Cranmer, Marion co, O., Cochranton P.O.
 
Harrison L. Mathenay
5-411, #6994
2 yr
1867, Discharged 1869
45, Pa
Tailor, 5-10
Hazel, black
Intemperate, rather small head, hollow spot and large scar in center of forehead, high cheek lines, small ears
Wife Harriet Matheney and daughter Emma, Columbus, Franklin O.
 
Daniel H. Kenyon
Marion
5-517, #7595,
2 yr for Burglary & Grand Larceny
3 Mar 1868, Pardoned by Governor 24 Nov 1868
26, Ohio
Farmer, 6-1
blue eyes, very light hair
Intemperate, has 40 acres land Waldo, Marion co Ohio
well built, small nose and ears, thick lips, large hands,
has wife Eliza and 2 children near Waldo, Marion co Ohio
 
Melvin C. Hoxter
Marion
5-517, #7596-7598
5 yr for Grand Larceny & Burglary (3 counts)
3 Mar 1868, Pardoned by Governor 28 Oct 1869
27, Ohio
Laborer, 5-9
blue eyes, brown hair
Moderate drinker, stout hairy breasted man, brows meet, small ears and nose
has wife Ella M. with father and mother Marion, Marion co Ohio
 
Wm. Aton (same as Charles Austin #5473)
Preble
5-589, #7794
1 yr
1868, Discharged 1869
42, Pa
Sawyer, 6-0
dark hazel eyes, gray hair
Has land in Wyoming Co.
Wife Laura Austin in Columbus
 
Al Zent
Marion
5-661, #7981
1 yr for Grand Larceny
12 Mar 1869, Discharged 4 Feb 1870
22, Ohio
Chair maker, 5-7
gray eyes, dark brown hair
Temperate, large ears, right eye the smaller, has in colors on right arm flag, ship, shield, cannon and flags, slight built
has Ella M. Yent - City, mother 2 sisters and brother
 
Alonzo Miller (same as Charles Smith #5951)
Richland
5-745, #8212 & 8213
5 yr for Grand Larceny and Horse stealing
18 Nov 1869, Discharged 6 Mar 1874
28, Ohio
Tile cutter, 5-11
gray eyes, brown hair
Temperate, square face, ears stand out, mole on right upper lip, well built, little finger left hand crooked from last joint
has mother Susannah Miller New Bloomington, Marion co Ohio, 1 brother, 2 sisters
 
Henry McThey (see Metheny)
Marion
6-37, #8325
3 yr for horse stealing
17 Feb 1870, Discharged 19 Sep 1872
54, Pa
Tailor, 5-10
Hazel, black
 
Wm. Aton
Clarke
6-67, #8377
1 yr for grand larceny
11 Mar 1870, Discharged 1 Jan 1871
Temperate
Has wife Jane Aton, Brigham O., 2 children, father, 2 bros, 2 sisters
 
Lewis Williams
Erie
6-301, #8848
1 yr for burglary & larceny
14 Jun 1871, Discharged 4 May 1872
19 (Apr 71), Ohio
Steamboating, 5-10
Gray, Black
Hard drinker, lips thin, face very square & chin pointed, very well built & stout
1 bro Silas Williams at Plaimg Mill in Del or Marion O
 
William Aton
Marion
6-325, #8900
3 yr for horse stealing
20 Sep 1871, 22 Apr 1874
 
William A. Shawn
Northern District
6-331, #8909
1 yr for passing and having in possession counterfeit US currency
16 Oct 1871, Discharged 15 Sep 1872
20 (Oct 70), Ohio
House painter, 5-6
Hazel gray, dark brown
Temperate, low narrow retreating forehead, very arching brows, short & thick nose, short round bullet head, retreating chin, well built
Classical education, 48 acres ($1400) land in Big Island twp, Marion Co
Father Peter, mother Susan, Marion O., 3 bro Napoleon, Geo., John, 3 sisters Jane, Mattie & Amanda
 
Christopher C. Brady
Northern District
6-331, #8910
1 yr for passing and having in possession countfeit US currency
16 Oct 1871, Discharged 17 Aug 1872
21, Ohio
Farmer, 5-9
Deep blue, light
Temperate, sharp slender pointed nose, large mouth, slender
Mother Lucy P. Marion O, 4 bro Thos., Alson, Jacob, Wm., 2 sisters Abbie, Anna
 
Edward C. Kesler
Northern District
6-343, #8927
2 yr for having in possession cft US currency
1 Nov 1871, Discharged 19 Jul 1873
32, Ohio
Liquor biz, 5-9
Dull blue, dark brown
Temperate, ears large, face lined from nostrils, straight hair
Wife Mary P., 2 children Laura & Emma New Bloomington Marion Co O., father Andrew, mother Mariah, Brimfield Noble Co Ind, 4 bro Theodore, Isaac, Shufield & Albert, 4 sisters Rebecca, Victoria, Ella & Lottie
 
John P. Hickman
Northern District
6-349, #8936
1 yr for passing cft US currency
6 Nov 1871, Discharged 22 Sep 1872
28, Ohio
Farmer, 5-9
Dark hazel, dark brown
Temperate, very heavy black brows, eyes large, short nose inclined to Roman, large mouth
Wife Lindorah Big Island Marion Co O., father John & mother Jane Marion Co O.,. 9 bros Wm., Dan'l, Stephen, Joseph, Pleasant, Tunis, Michael, Elias, & Elmore, 1 sister Leafy J.
 
Worthington Kearsey
Crawford
7 yr for Incest and attempt to carnally know
6-361, #8963/4
27 Nov 1871, Died of phlhusus pulmonalis 14 Jul 1875
47, Ohio
Well digger, 5-11
Blue, dark brown
Temperate, prom mouth and sharp chin, high cheek bones
cant write
Wife Mary A. [crossed out], 1 child Martha J. 2 years old Bucyrus O., 1 bro John Burwick Marion Co O, 2 sisters Rebecca & Julia A.
 
William Goings (col)
Miami
7-7, #7968
2 yr for Burglary & Grand Larceny
7 Feb 1874, Discharged 6 Feb 1876
18, Ohio
Laborer, 5-6
African, heavy African
Temperate, medium narrow forehead, arching brows, wart on left wrist, stout & well built
Cant write
Mother Mrs. Mary Cloud & step father Geo. W. Marion O. 1 bro Benj, 1 sister Mary J.
 
John Hickman
Marion
7-25 #9819
3 yr for grand larceny
10 Mar 1874, Discharged 20 Oct 1876
Wife Lindoria, 1 child Claris, Marion O., father Jno & mother Jane Marion, 8 bro Wm, Danl, Joseph, Stephen, Pleasant, Tunis, Mike, Elias; 1 sister Leafy J.
 
James Lafever
Marion
7-133, #10162
Life, Murder 2d degree
30 Nov 1874, Pardoned Dec 6 1878
44, Ohio
Blacksmith, 5-8
dark hazel, dark
temperate, uses tobacco, bald on back and partially on front of head, brows heavy, arched and meet, eyes sunken, left eye somewhat smaller, nose long and scarrefied on end, jaws square
Owns shop & 2 lots Berwick O $450
wife Eliza J. 3 children Marion, Marion Co, O. Mother Elizabeth, 1 bro Isaac C., 3 sisters Eliza Snyder, Jane Martin, & Hannah Lynn