NOYES Francis "Frank" W.

Male 1849 - 1885  (36 years)


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  • Name NOYES Francis "Frank" W. 
    Born 12 Nov 1849  Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 23 Aug 1850  Moultrie, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • (enumerated as Francis Noise; age 9 months.)
    Census 9 Jun 1880  Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (age 30; conductor; living on Westin Ave.)
    _UID D77B0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000C69F 
    Died 8 Dec 1885  Caldwell, Sumner, Kansaso, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (OBIT: The Wichita Daily Eagle
      Wichita, Kansas
      Wednesday, December 9, 1885
      Page 4

      Mysterious Hanging

      Caldwell, Kan., Dec. 8, 1885.
      To the Editor of the Eagle.

      The worst case of cold blooded murder ever committed in this vicinity was perpetrated early this morning before daylight by some unknown parties, who went to the residence of Frank Noyes and compelled him to dress himself and go with them. It is supposed that three dastardly villians came and wint in buggies. They took their victim down to the small stock yards, near the depot and hung him over the beam over the gate. When found, about 7 o'clock, the body was scarcely cold. Caldwell today contains the most indignant set of citizens that a town was ever composed of. All are anxious that speedy steps be taken for the recovery and prosecution of these foul murderers.
      (transcribed by Judy Mayfield)

      The Topeka Daily Capital
      Topeka, Kansas
      Friday, December 11, 1885
      Page 4

      Hanging of Noyes

      Particulars of the Hanging of Frank Noyes at Caldwell by Unknown Men.
      Wellington Press, 8.

      Last Night Frank Noyes was taken from his house in Caldwell by a party of m en who represented that they were officers from Wellington. This morning he was found hanging to a beam across a high gateway near the stock yards. The body was discovered about 8 o'clock, and was quite cold when found. The sheriff and coroner were telephoned at Wellington. Sheriff Henderson telephoned back to take no further steps in the matter until he arrived.

      As soon as the men had departed with her husband, Mrs. Noyes prepared to go to Wellington to see what he was arrested for. He was taken some time between 1 and 2 o'clock. At 5 o'clock she boarded a train for this city. When she arrived here she learned that Noyes had been hung at Caldwell.

      The body of Noyes swung to and fro in the storm of sleet and drizzle, viewed by the gaping groups which gathered, as the news spread, to view the ghastly spectacle. At first it was thought best to leave it hanging there until the arrival of the authorities, but about 10 o'clock it was taken down and decently arranged.

      The train left Caldwell a few minutes after 5 o'clock this morning. Up to 5 o'clock parties engaged in loading hogs were passing through the gate to the beam of which Noyes was hung. The train passed within seventy-five yards of the spot when it pulled out. Noyes was taken from his house between 1 and 1:30 o'clock, and could not have been hung until after 5. Where was he during the interval? What confession did the party who hung him extort from him during that time?

      Mrs. Noyes, the wife of the man who was hung stopped at the Phillips house when she arrived in town. She stated that about 2 o'clock last night someone knocked at the door. She went to the door and opening it asked what was wanted. She saw the figure of a man, who said he wanted Frank. She invited him in but he said no, for Frank to dress and come out, that he was the sheriff of Sumner county and wanted him. Noyes called out and said he would be ready in a minute. Mrs. Noyes then attempted to shut the door, but the man put his foot inside and kept it from going shut. It was very dark and she could not tell whether the man was masked or not. When Noyes had dressed and passed out the door, and she attempted to follow, but the door was shut in her face and held. She called out to Frank, and asked where he was going. He said: "I am going to Wellington in a wagon, I suppose." Mrs. Noyes did not hear the sound of any wheels, nor did she go out of the house until train time. At the inquest this afternoon she testified that she recognized one of the men as Jones, the deputy sheriff, who lives at Caldwell.

      The inquest is in progress as we go to press, but one or two witnesses having been examined. Jim Russell was aroused about 1 o'clock by the Noyes woman to see what had become of him. He went down the road but could not hear or see nothing.

      Frank Noyes was a man about 35 years of age, about six feet high and good looking. He had resided in Caldwell for several years; had kept a saloon there, and during the past year had been running a "blind tiger" or "Whisky joint." He had recently served out a sentence of 30 days in the county jail for a violation of the prohibitory law. He has the reputation of being a hard case, though not a desperado, and at the time of the hanging had no visible means of support.

      Editor Walton and Mayor Reilly, of Caldwell, came up on the train this morning to attend court. They left Caldwell before the body of Noyes was found and knew nothing of the affair until they arrived here. They were inclined to be noncommittal, but expressed their opinion that it was a bad business, any way it could be looked at.

      Why was Frank Noyes hung? This is the question asked by every one who has heard of the affair, and groups of persons all over town of Caldwell are sitting around red hot stoves discussing the question this dreary, drizzly, December day. All sorts of stories are flying around and several theories are afloat. One thing seems settled. The deed was perpetrated by a very small party, certainly not over eight or ten in number. A story is told that he was hung by his old partners in some crime who were afraid he was going to turn state's evidence on them. Another report obtains considerable hearing that he was implicated in the burning of Editor Blair's residence a short time ago. And still another report is to the effect that a number of persons in the community had received mysterious warnings to leave the county and that Noyes was suspected of being the author of these. But when a reporter attempted to trace up these reports the trail ran directly to some clam - Who immediately shut up - and there ended.
      [transcribed by Judy Mayfield])
    Buried Aft 8 Dec 1885  Caldwell, Sumner, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Caldwell City Cemetery 
    Francis Noyes gravestone
    Francis Noyes gravestone

    FRANCIS NOYES
    1849 - 1885


    Plot:
    Section 3

    Person ID I8697  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2021 

    Father NOYES Ebenezer,   b. 9 Aug 1807, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1899, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother HAYDON Anna Maria,   b. 5 Jan 1817, Franklin, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1891, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 4 Apr 1837  Shelby, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Family ID F3199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family VAN DEREN Anna Maria,   b. 1856, Charleston, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1935, Terrell, Kaufman, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1876  Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    • (says Ann M. Vandervere, 1876.)
    Children 
     1. NOYES Nathan,   b. 4 May 1877, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1882, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     2. NOYES Caleb Kirby,   b. 15 Oct 1880, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1967, Terrell, Kaufman, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. NOYES Francis "Frank" Van Deren,   b. 15 Sep 1884, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1923, East Saint Louis, Saint Clair, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F3205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
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    2. [S7753] Census-1850-IL-Moultrie county, Roll: 122; Page: 380b.

    3. [S3216] Census-1880-IL-Coles-Mattoon, Roll: T9_183; Family History Film: 1254183; Page: 203.2000; Enumeration District: 55; Image: 0228.

    4. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find a Grave Memorial #60041527 [Judy Mayfield] 10/13/2010.

    5. [S82] Death-obit, Mattoon Gazette; Mattoon, Illinois; 20 Jan 1899, Fri Page 1.

    6. [S7602] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1790-1860, Shelby County, Illinois.

    7. [S798] Internet-Illinois Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Vol. G, p.211.