26 December 2011

Williams Co, OH Common Pleas Gleanings - 1890 - B G Holland

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Williams County Common Pleas Court, State of Ohio v BG Holland, case number 894; Journal 15 p221/p251 – 20 Mar 1890; p281 – 27 Mar 1890

BG Holland was accused of rape and was held in custody by the sheriff.  He stated he was not guilty and was found indigent so he was represented by Charles C Scott, attorney.  A jury trial commenced and the jury found him guilty on the first count but not on the second count.  On 27 Mar 1890 BG Holland was sentenced to a 20-year prison term at the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Bryan Democrat, 3 April 1890 p5
Almost an Escape
The state prisoners came within a trick or two of winning their freedom.  Sheriff Burgoyne suspected that they were making an effort to escape and laid for them.  Hearing them at work on one of the windows he and Deputy Lash entered the prison and made an examination.  They soon found that the prisoners had sawed off both ends of an upright rod and had begun operations on the transverse bars.  They had also broken off the lever with which the doors are operated, which they used as a pry to facilitate their work.  The tools with which the work was performed could not be found.  After the discovery by the Sheriff such precautions were taken as would preclude further attempts at escape.

Off for the Pen
Sheriff Burgoyne started Tuesday morning with a squad of prisoners sentenced to the pen as follows:
Edward Kellogg, grand larceny, 3 years
Albert Kellogg, grand larceny, 5 years
BG Holland, rape, 20 years
John Fluery, carrying a concealed weapon, Toledo Workhouse, 10 days and until fine and costs are worked out.

I did not initially find BG Holland in the 1880 census, but I reasoned that in 1900 he should still be a prisoner and found him as
1900 Columbus Ward 15, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: T623_1269; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 111.
Burt G Holland 53 (May 1847) NY-NY-NY prisoner, widower, white

Nothing else is currently known.