Thursday, June 28, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - From the newspaper archives

"VERDICT IN THE HEWITT CASE. -- The jury in the case of Dr. Thomas Hewitt charged with procuring an abortion upon the person of Mrs. Isabella Wemer, returned a verdict of guilt on the third and fourth counts, and not gilt not he first second, fifth and sixth counts. The third and fourth counts simply charged an attempt to procure an abortion, and the verdict only convicts of the attempt.  The penalty of the offense is three years imprisonment in the penitentiary. The testimony in this case was about the same as that taken before an alderman last Spring, and published in the Progress at the time."[1]

[1] "Verdict in the Hewitt Case," Indiana (Pennsylvania) Progress, Thursday, 15 September 1870, page 2, column 2, digital image,

Mrs. Isabella Wemer is Isabella (Mahan) Weamer, widow of Andrew Weamer, who died in May 1870, after the abortion described above.  She was the daughter of Patrick Mahan and Nancy Laughlin, and she left four young children to survive her: Ida May, Winfield Scott, John Edward, and Andrew G C, aka "Bird" Weamer.

Never know what you are going to discover in local, small town papers.  More to come about Isabella (Mahan) Weamer!
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