This is only a portion of a very lengthy article about the District Court presided over by Isaac C. Parker. I’m using some of the cases in my current book project. Some court records are available at the Bryan County Genealogy library.
The New York Herald
October 23, 1887
The Hangman Kept Busy
Fifty-four Hanged in Twelve Years
Sentenced to the Gallows:
- John Childers, hanged August 15, 1873 for the murder of J. W. Wedding
- Wolf Sixkiller and Tu-ni, hanged October 10, 1873 for the murder of two white men.
- John Bully, John Pointer, and Isaac Filmore hanged April 3, 1874 for unrelated murders.
- McClish Imspon hanged January 15, 1875 for the murder of an unknown white man.
- William Moore, Sam Fooy, William Whittington, Dan Evans, Smoker Mankiller, and Ed. Campbell hanged on September 3, 1875, each for a separate murder. Ed. Campbell’s half brother, Ed. Butler was also convicted, but was shot while attempting to escape.
- Aaron Wilson, Isham Seely, Gibson Ishtanubbee, Orpheaus McGee, and William Leach hanged April 21, 1876 for murder. Seely and Ishtanubbee killed a doctor and his cook. The others were convicted of separate crimes.
- Osey Sanders, Sinker Wilson, Sam Peters, and John Valley hanged September 18, 1876 for separate murders. Sam Peters murdered a woman named Charity Hanson in the Choctaw Nation in 1875, shooting her as she sat nursing her infant babe. Sinker Wilson had been convicted in 1867, escaped, and was not recaptured until 1875.
- John Postoak, and James Diggs hanged December 20, 1878 for separate murders.
- Dr. Henri Stewart and William Elliott Wiley, alias “Colorado Bill”, both white men, were hanged August 29, 1879; Stewart for the murder of Dr. Jones at Caddo, Choctaw Nation, and Wiley for the murder of “Cooke” Brown at Muskogee. Whisky was at the bottom of both these murders. Both men displayed extraordinary nerve and coolness on the scaffold. As the black caps were being adjusted Wiley said, “for God’s sake boys, break our necks and don’t punish us.” Those were his last words.
- Ed Folsom hanged June 13, 1882 for participating in the murder of John Stewart and William Massingale. His companion, a white man named Hobbs, has not been caught.
- Robert Massey hanged Aril 13, 1883 for the murder of Edmond P. Clarke.
- W. H. Finch, Martin Joseph, and Tee-o-lit-sa hanged July 29, 1883 for separate murders. Finch was originally charged with horse theft, but murdered two of the soldiers escorting him to Ft. Sill. He was recaptured and charged with murder.
- Thomas L. Thompson, Jack Womankiller, and John Davis hanged July 11, 1884 for separate murders.
- George W. Padgett, Patrick McGowan, William Brown, Amos and Allen Manly hanged September 3, 1884 for separate murders.
- William Phillips hanged April 11, 1885 for the murder of his father-in-law, William Hill.
- James Arcine and William Parchmeal hanged June 26, 1885 for murder.
- James Wasson and Joe Jackson hanged April 23, 1886 for separate murders.
- Lincoln Sprole and Calvin James hanged July 23, 1886 for separate murders. Kitt Ross got a two-week postponement from the President, but was then executed.
- John T. Echale, James Lamb, Albert O’Dell and John Stephens hanged January 14, 1887 for separate murders. Patrick McCarty was to have been executed, but it was postponed for ninety days. His partner in crime, Joe Stutzer, has not been caught.