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MURDER OF STANFORD LINDSEY BY MICHAEL CAMPBELL 

Page 1 Campbell, Michael. see page 57-58-88th Advocate. see in D. R. T. file. Joined Texas Army 11-20-1835. Linn states Campbell a native of New York. Birth of date or of his family. Enlisted in Henry Teal’s company January 1836 in Artillery Company under Isaac N. Moreland. After battle of San Jacinto joined Peter B. Dexter’s Company and served until 6-20-1836.

Kemp in his wonderful “Heroes of San Jacinto states Campbell must have left. Never applied for land or money for military service.

(From Texas Hand Book). (Michael Campbell never left Victoria-he is still here SRW).

Michael Campbell shot and killed Stanford Lindsey December 18, 1837 using a rifle-indicted-convicted to hang. Case appealed-appeal denied and Campbell ordered hanged between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 1838. Sentence carried out and he was hanged.

Page 2 Campbell, Michael. By Sheriff Malcolm M.. (Snake) Johnson who was sheriff 1838-1839. Michael Campbell and Millard M. Parkerson indicted for murder of Sanford Lindsey with rifle-murder took place December 18-1837. These men indicted by 1st Grand Jury in Victoria County April 26-1838. Judge James W. Robinson presiding.

Grand Jury composed of 13 men John T. Price foreman, Daniel Oakes, Patrick Dawlearn, Edward Moore, Peter Teal, George Seese, Patrick Faddin, Martin Powers, Thomas Barry, Michael Devine, James Edmonstone, John Sneath, Milton Hardy. Michael Devine sick and Arthur Burns sworn in in his stead. T. M. Gibson Esq. drawn in open court as District Attorney Pro Tem. Grand jury brought in true bill and indicted both men for murder.

Page 3 Campbell, Michael. On April 27-1838 (Thursday). Michael Campbell tried 1st and convicted as charged and given death penalty. Defendant thru his attorney named below filed for new trial which was denied. Prisoner brought before the court and sentenced to be hanged by sheriff on Saturday April 28-1838 between hours of 10a.m. and 6 p.m. Campbell hanged from tree on “Diamond Hill” (where?) as ordered. Where was he buried?

His partner in crime Millard  M. Parkerson made a deal with court and pled guilty to manslaughter and instead of being branded “M” according to law he was sentenced to 1 year. 1st murder indictment in Victoria County by Grand Jury. The trial of Michael Campbell the 1st ever held in District Court in Victoria County and 1st legal execution in Victoria County. There have been 3


Page 4 Campbell, Michael. Hand Book of Texas Vol. 1, page 286, Column. Joined Texas Army November 20-1835, Henry Teals in January 1836 and later in Artillery Co. under Isaac N. Moorland. After San Jacinto joined Peter B. Dexter’s Co. and served until June 20-1836. May have left Texas after discharge. Did not apply for or get had right or money for army service. One Michael Campbell got land award for service November 4-1839 to March 15-1841. One Michael Campbell veteran 1st class, age 61, member of Santa Fee expedition as living in Bastrop Co. 1874.

Caldwell, Pinckey Texas Hand Book Page 268, Col 2, Vol 1. B. [?] in 1802 to Texas December 1830-Texas Army February 15 to November 20-1836. Quartermaster on staff of Volunteer Army at San Jacinto. Approved as Q Master Regular Army May 22-1837. Reappointed on January 11-1840. Attained rank of Major. Killed by Comanches, Victoria, August 6-1840. Buried Memorial Square.

Page 5. For some time Michael Campbell had been in my thoughts. I felt he was a veteran of San Jacinto. On every occasion that I mentioned this among my friends I received discouragement and the remark that Kemp did not list Michael Campbell as one of the heroes of San Jacinto. I am very obstinate and strong willed and I spent many hours in research and at last found the evidence that he was at San Jacinto. I found his original will which proved my contentions that he was a veteran of San Jacinto.

Page 6, Michael Campbell. on the day Michael Campbell was hanged he made his will in which he sets forth that he was a Private Soldier in the Battle of San Jacinto. Campbell left his interest to claim of land as a soldier in the Texas Army at San Jacinto to Pinckey Caldwell who was Quartermaster at San Jacinto ranking as Col. Caldwell was killed by the Comanche Indian near Victoria August 6-1840 and was buried in Memorial Square Cemetery.

Page 7 Campbell, Michael. Lindsey lived near Texanna which was at that date in Victoria Co. December 18-1837. Stanford Lindsey and wife Jane had son age 2 years. Lindsey was a blacksmith, veteran of Texas Army. Received grant of 1 lg and 1 labor in his estate was set of blacksmith tools and lots of iron taken by the Government at Bexar. character of Michael Campbell. Restless, adventurous, brave, probably reckless and wild, easily around, uneducated for he signed his will with his mark. Typical of many of the veterans and citizens of Texas during the Republic.

Page 8 Campbell, Michael-see page 138-300 years in Victoria County. From John J. Linn reminiscence of 50 years in Texas. 1838 Michael Campbell-native of state of New York killed Lindsey in Victoria. Campbell got change of venue to Jackson County when he was [chained to riel ?] of house (no jail). Jurors ordered a bottle of whiskey which was delivered by sheriff. Campbell sent for his attorney. Blow instructed him to get another change of venue. Brought back to Victoria and his John D. Morris [prosecuting ?] attorney [defense ?] lawyer-convicted.

Page 9 Blow, George W., Attorney defended Michael Campbell April 28-1838 Victoria from [?] to Texas after Texas Revolution and before June 1839 when [?] [?] head site of land. In October 1839 prosecuting attorney 4th Judicial District. July 1840 commissioner to examine land records in Bexar County. November 2 to 1840 to February 5-1841 represented Bexar County in hour of 5th Congress of Republic. Was living in Norfolk Va. on February 18-1847.

Page 10 Morris John D. Attorney. Prosecuting attorney Pro Tem on April 26-1838-Victoria for 4th Judicial District. District from Bexar to San [Patracio ?].


Page 11 the court selection 3 of Laws Republic of Texas as approved December 21-1836 provided as follows. Every person who shall kill another with out premeditated malic shall be deemed guilty of manslaughter and upon conviction shall be imprisoned such length of term as shall be adjudged by the court, not being less than 1 year nor more than 10 and maybe branded with letter M in such place as the court shall direct. The portion pertaining to branding no longer [offered ?] in Texas Penal Codes of Texas having been considered contrary to public policy.

[P ?] pled guilty to manslaughter and thru his self or mercy of court the District attorney ask that the person be exempt from branding and [P ?] given 1 year sentence on May 2-1838.

T. M Gibson Esq. drawn open court as District Attorney Pro Tem for present term. Jury adjourned until [?] of April 27-1838 at 9 a.m. and went to work. Bremlin is indictment agent. Campbell et al and was discharged for the term.

Victoria County Historical Survey Committee Victoria, Texas 77901.

Brooking. Fight at “Lone Star Saloon” Goliad 1876. Adolph Milde. Killing of Wm. Killbrough. Killing of john Schwitz. Lt. Hall and State Police.

Brooking, Upshur. December 1876 From Goliad Advance Guard. Upshur Brooking and others due in court at Goliad; but no one expects them to appear this term.

Body discovered in river Saturday August 22-1876 about 9 miles above town Goliad at what was called “The Lees Ford” feet tied, hands tied behind back, 25 lb. stone attached to neck. In purse in pocket soda water check from Starch Ice cream Saloon Goliad. Body buried near bank of river  where found.

August 31-1876 Mrs. S. A Norton school to open September 4 at residence of Mrs. Able on Moody Street.

July 18-1876 at Dallas of congestive chill died Mrs. Sarah B. Culbreath, age 28, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Jenkins, and former resident of city.

Dr. Arthur S. Walff M.D. August 31-1876 office East side of Public Square from [Gahurtier ?] Eye, ear, nose, and throat only here temporary.

Mrs. Ferdinand Fenner died Mission Valley August 16-1878 .

Aug. Degener died Aug 15-1876 age 66.. Worked for Wesloff and Wreniral years. Vet of [?] war.

From Goliad Advance Guard. Goliad August 23-1876. Some 30 men mob got Ady Milde of the Brooking Party and took him toward Clinien took him from care hotel.

Professor T. J. Stratton in charge of  St. Joseph [?] for coming year.


9-14-1876 at Goliad St. Hall arrested Upshur Brooking and Henry Jones for robbing Goliad Bank. Brooking tried 9-13-1876.

From Goliad Advance Guard Thursday August 31-1876. Henry Davidson affair. Body of armed men went to house of Henry Davidson on August 24-1876. Arrested him and started off. The following day he was found ½ mile from home with many bullet holes in body. It has been reported Davidson has been handling stock rather carelessly lately and recently had some stock taken from him which he had no authority to handle.

The same paper also reports the arrest of Adolph Milde-a rumor is prevalent here at this writing that Milde was found hanged at what is called the “Lone Tree Water Hole” in Goliad County but it is as yet lacks confirmation. There is also a rumor afloat that Milde was seen several days after his abduction at Indianola supposed to be complying with the request for his enforced departure from this section of the county. The report, however, is not considered authentic. The Guard says Adolph Milde one of the men who was ordered off from this county for alleged cattle stealing and blotching brands by citizens of adjoining counties was taken away from here by an armed body of men last Wednesday. Before leaving we learn that those who took him offered to put him aboard a boat and pay his expenses if he would leave and never return but since leaving we have heard nothing reliable as to what was done with him.

Lt. Lee Hall has reached Goliad with a detachment of Captain McNelly Co. of State Troops. The Lt. is we believe, a new addition to the command having been Sergeant at Arms of the Fifteenth Legislature and it was while occupying this position he received his present commission. Those who are acquainted with Lt. Hall give him the reputation of an energetic man and one fully equal to the task of harmonizing the warring elements amongst which he now finds himself.

Sept 14-1879 Victoria Amateur combination gave concert for Ladies Evergreen Cemetery Assn. W. J. Carroll and M. F. Halton took part.

September 28-1876 - October 12 “college by the woods” Victoria Co. September 25-1876 to editor of Victoria Advocate on article on tobacco signed JYHR

November 9-1876 A & S Levy ad shows Main & South Street Levy on cards.

December 2-1876 Henry Hoff & Henry Luterbacher charged with murder in Goliad County of William Killebrough (n). Chief witness was Robert Killebrough age 13-testified.

6 men among them the defendants & one other Lutenbacher met the 2 Negroes on way to Goliad. White men said “good morning” & Wm Killebrough returned his greeting. One of party said is this the man we want. Joe Lutenbacher then fired with six shooter. at 1st five Wm. Killebrough jumped from his horse and ran for a tree near by. Henry Hoff fired the second shot and  

Henry Lutenbacher the third shot. William Killebrew fell near tree when Joe Lutenbacher dismounted and putting his pistol to Killebrew head fired again. The party then rode off up the creek. Witness failed to identify other of the men.


Guard of December 2-1876 shooting of John Schewity. Arresting party fired on by at least one man in hour. Deceased was making his escape after being commanded to surrender. The member of Lt. Hall’s command supposed Schewity was young Huff who the state Police were after and fired killing Schewity.

Police went to Huffs after dark for a strong and sufficient reason. The young men in the house thought the arresting party were the Brookings come to kill Huff and Schewity and Lt Halls men were compiled to defend them selves. The whole affair may have been badly managed, but there was no thought or intention of killing anyone. Young Huff is charged with murder and word had come he was hiding at his father house.  Deputy Sheriff Herriman was with State Police. Huff home near Ander.

In a moment 2 apposing parties of stockmen were involved in the fight. Horses were mounted and the Lyons party dashed down the street under fire. Rumor has it that 2 of the Lyons Party were shot-one in the knee and one in arm see on back of shirt.

Dr. A Sertz owned 350 ac in [?] 1861. 1 [nigger ?], 350 cattle, 1 wagon, 1 carriage. 1861 John Ware 100 ac land, 30 horses, 45 cattle, and 1 wagon.

Upshur Brooking and others are due in court at Goliad but no one expects them to appear this term from Goliad Guard Dec 23-1876.

December 23-1876 From Goliad Guard. Government wrote Co. Attorney that a detachment of McNelly’s men will be in Goliad after court adjourns in Clinton. They will do a noble work if they disarm about 200 men new in this county and run about 20 or 30 more out of this section of the state.

The Lyons Party shooting at Lone Star Saloon. one man was seen leaving town at a full gallop with out his hat as though the ghost that frightened. Tom O. Shanter were after him. Another man dripped $400.00 as he ran which was picked up by the sheriff.

A Negro involved in the affair hid under the steps of the Presbyterian Church and was hauled out about sundown.

As the party left town about 1 mile from city they passed a Negro cabin shot a dog, fired into the cabin and a slender from the bean struck a sick colored woman and wounded her. If they did not succeed in killing John Scott they did at least heroically shoot a dog, and shoot at a sick Negro woman.


From Guard December 16. Fight Wednesday, December 13 at Lone Star Saloon Goliad. Buck Lyons of Karnes Co. drunk had six shooter he was approached by city marshal who could do nothing. Marshall called on sheriff for help. One statement is Pete Miller was trying to take six shooter from a member of Lyons party when Miller was fired at. Many other shots were fired. Jake Miller was hit in foot. He was not in the fight. The battle became general Pete Miller and John Scott and their friends being involved in self defense. Bullets went in every direction. Citizens fled their homes and stores.

One hears the remark “Nothing ever happened in Victoria” no wild and wooly case. It happened, you just don’t know. We of Victoria way into the past swept our dirt under our own rugs. A good town grew so good people came from many distant points to work, take charge, and criticize. If they or not satisfied why don’t they go home. Some did not have to leave their home town to earn a living.

Campbell, Michael. see his will in envelope with photostats of [De Grommerts ?] 1841 Survey around Raft in River. Rite hand top drawer of desks. There is a Michael Campbell land grant in Lavaca Co, Texas.

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