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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: The victim was another Indian girl who was her rival in a love affair
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 27, 1814
Date of birth: 1794
Victim profile: An Indian girl
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Madison County, New York, USA
Status: Executed by hanging in Peterboro on September 30, 1814

On Sept. 30, 1814, Mary Antoine aka Antone, 21, a Native American, was hanged in Peterboro, Madison County, for murder. New York State.

The above mentioned second instance of capital crime had its denouncement in Smithfield, the murderess, Mary Antone, (daughter of Abram,) being executed in Peterboro in the autumn of 1814.

The Indians disputed the right of the white-man authorities to interfere with their customs, or to exercise jurisdiction over them in criminal or other cases where the parties were of their race, and it was feared that there would be trouble at the execution, as Abram Antone and one of his sons, Mary's father and brother, came over from Siloam painted and equipped in warrior style a few days before the consummation of the fatal decree; and there was also a report afloat that Antone had said that " the man who hung Mary should die."

Thus forewarned, Capt. Daniel Petrie signified to the members of his company that they must hold themselves in readiness, for they would be called on in case of any disturbance.

The Indians were quite numerous in the village on the morning of the execution, and Capt. Petrie, having a good knowledge of the Indian language, took the occasion, as they lounged about his store, to make it plain to them that Madison County officers in carrying out the laws were not responsible for the execution of Mary Antone; that the laws must be obeyed, and also that order must be maintained. In their hearing, he directed some of his men present to have their arms in readiness to protect the officers.

The gallows was erected on the flat due west from the grist mill, and some twelve or fifteen rods from the channel of the creek. Abram was there, grim, restless, silent; sometimes moving about on the brow of the ridge above the flat, scanning the multitude with a keen eye.

There is a statement given the author that he was heard to make the ominous threat, as he pointed to Sheriff Pratt, "Me kill him ! Me kill him !" and that the Sheriff, before performing the final act, called for Antone to come forward and take a last leave of his child; that the latter's sinewy form appeared upon the scaffold, and without moving a muscle of his stoical features, took the hand of his daughter and then turned silently away, neither betraying a sign of emotion.

The fatal moment came and passed, justice was vindicated without even a whispered utterance or move of opposition from the natives. It is said, however, that Antone afterwards sought Sheriff Pratt's life and that the latter settled his affairs and moved west. Be this as it may, those who lived at that time know how surely Antone executed his threats, and how long he cherished and finally wreaked his vengeance on John Jacobs, the principal witness against his daughter.

Mary Antone had murdered another Indian girl who was her rival in a love affair. Mary was convicted and executed in Peterboro on September 30, 1814. Sheriff Pratt had decided the hanging should be a public one in his hometown.


Mary Antoine

On September 30, 1814, Mary Antoine aka Antone, 21, a Native American, was hanged in Peterboro, Madison County, for murder.

An Oneida, Mary fatally stabbed with a knife another woman, also a Native American, with whom Mary's boyfriend, from the Stockbridge tribe, had taken up after ending his relationship with Mary.

The witness whose testimony at trial most helped convict her was a local farmer named John Jacobs. He figured also in her apprehension for the crime.

Appearing unremorseful about her violent act, Mary was quoted as saying that the victim deserved to die for taking away her boyfriend.

On the day of execution, authorities had arranged for her father, Abram, and brother who lived on a farm near Siloam to say their good-byes to her. They did so on the scaffold, stoically shaking hands without sign of emotion and then walking away without looking back.

However, Abram had openly vowed before and after his daughter's execution that he would kill Jacobs whom he blamed for Mary's death. For years, Jacobs stayed away from Madison County. But reportedly after receiving assurances transmitted to him from Abram that no harm would befall him, Jacobs returned.

One day when Jacobs was hoeing a field with a group of men, Abram approached in a friendly manner, shaking hands in greeting each one in turn. But as he greeted Jacobs, Abram pulled a knife and fatally stabbed him.

Eventually apprehended, Abram was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

Exactly nine years to the month after his daughter's execution, the 73-year-old warrior -- he had fought on the American side during the Revolution -- was hanged for killing the prosecution's chief witness against her.



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