Mystery Monday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks us to share mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in our family history research which is currently unsolved. With any luck fellow genealogy bloggers will lend their eyes to what has been found so far and possibly help solve the mystery.
What I know about the William Jollett – William Boyd mystery is complete, with the exception of one interesting addition.
It’s a newspaper clipping that arrived in my email just the other day thanks to Jan Hensley, an online friend with whom I have swapped genealogical information for several years. (In fact, her work to find the grave of her patriot ancestor and organize a ceremony to dedicate a new tombstone inspired me to pursue DAR membership.) Jan found this brief mention of William Jollett’s run-in with the law:
|News clipping courtesy of Jan Hensley|
A man giving his name as Wm. Jollett, was arrested on the 26th ult., by Wm. Campbell, constable of Page county, suspected of having stolen a bay mare, which he had in his possession. He was committed to jail by Justice T. M. Almond. He has light hair, fair complexion, about 22 or 23 years of age, and has a conspicuous scar upon his neck. The mare, which is now in possession of Mr. Campbell, is a dark bay, with hind feet white, a narrow blaze in the forehead, about ten years old, and in good condition.
Harrisonburg Rockingham Register
September 3, 1868
I'm glad to know that William's crime made the news, but now I wonder what caused that conspicuous scar. There's just no end to this mystery.