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Murder of Luman Ingalls, 1873


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall
Date: 8/16/2009 at 03:26:03

The unusually quiet village of Monona, Clayton county, Iowa, a station on the Milwaukee St. Paul railroad, was thrown into a high state of excitement late on Saturday night by the report, which proved to be true, that an Englishman, named Blaybeen, a desperate character, had murdered Luman Ingalls, a young man of quiet, unassuming manner, whom he had first enticed into his saloon, and after getting him crazy drunk turned him into the street, and on Ingalls attempting to re-enter, but finding the door locked, began kicking and pounding, so enraged Blaybeen that he seized a gun and went out, and approaching close to Ingalls, fired, the charge entering his heart, and passing upward, came out at the throat, causing instant death. Blaybeen was arrested, and taken to Elkader, where he was confined in jail. He and his family resided at McGregor, but on account of the many dark villainies associated with his name, he was driven from the city. Ingalls was buried Sunday, a large crowd following the remains to the grave.

~Dubuque Herald, March 25, 1873


Wm. Blagdeen the murderer of Ingall's of Monona, March last, was tried in District Court of Clayton Co. last week and acquitted.

~Postville Review, October 8, 1873


1870 US census, McGregor, Clayton co. Iowa - Wm. Blagden, born ca1834 in England, saloon keeper. In household Catherine Blagden, born ca1850 in Sweden.

1870 US census, Franklin twp., Allamakee county - Luman Ingalls, b. ca1840 in Canada, farmer. In household is Annie Ingalls, age 24; Lillian, age 5; Lyman, age 4; Albert, age 3 and a 6 month old infant (unnamed)

An accounting of this crime appears in the 1882 History of Clayton County, Chapter XVI; Dark Deeds, pg 565. The accounting of the murder can be read on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site. The murdered man in the 1882 history book names him as Neeman Ingalls, rather than Luman as in the newspaper articles & census.

Clayton co. IAGenWeb

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