My Ancestor Was Caught Trespassing!

I will probably never know what the circumstances were behind these charges, but I can imagine all sorts of interesting reasons why my 3rd great-grandfather, Samuel E. Lee, was trespassing on someone else’s property.  And not only did he trespass, but he apparently caused some sort of damage.

This happened in Montgomery County, VA in 1869.  William Angell appears to be the one pressing charges.  I don’t know what the outcome of this case was.

Do you have any lawbreakers in your family tree?

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  • Debi Austen - January 3, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Sadly, I do. My 2nd greatgrandfather was arrested for assaulting his son. Not an easy discovery to make :-(ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 3, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    No known law-breakers — yet. I’m sure there were, though. I just have to find them.

    Can you find more information about Samuel E. Lee and the circumstances surrounding this event? Perhaps there were newspaper articles or more court documents?ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - January 3, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    My second great-grandfather was shot and killed
    by his wife’s brother. Seems ‘grandpa’ was
    more than a little involved with his sister-
    in-law!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 3, 2012 - 9:15 pm

      Oh no!! I haven’t run into anything like that yet!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - January 3, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    I’m hoping that I can make another trip to Virginia and possibly find out some more information about Samuel. I’ve had such a hard time researching his family, because they moved around between 4 different counties – Bedford, Roanoke, Montgomery, and Franklin Counties, VA. I wish they would have stayed put for a bit, but I guess I can’t blame them – my descendants are probably going to be amazed with how much my family moves around too! :)ReplyCancel

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