As noted in the first blog of this series, recently re-discovered are the metal boxes that line the walls of the back room of the Clerk’s office.

Remember, the location of each box, and its contents, is documented in a chart. The Putnam County Public Library Local History Dept. has a copy (, I have a copy (, and there are a few other copies “floating around”.  If you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact either the library or me.

A box with the label, “Coroner’s Inquest 1872-1891” caught my eye recently.  There are a number of this type of box, ranging in dates from 1872-1934.  There are also some boxes of this type that are not dated.  There are many folders in this box.

In this box is a folder that is labeled as the Coroner’s Inquest, Case of Benjamin T. Lynch.  The date stamped on the folder is 22 December 1881, and the Coroner is Dudley Rogers.


According to some of the papers in the folder, Benjamin T. Lynch was murdered on 18 December 1881.  Wm. W. Young and Levi E. Young committed the murder.  A detailed description of the murder is given (MUCH detail).  Additionally, in the folder, are affidavits given by two different people:  James Brandon and Louisa J. Albright.  There is also a partial affidavit given by possibly Wm. Jenkins (the affidavit is not complete, and the second page of it is not in the folder).  According to one affidavit, the Young boys were step-sons of Lynch.  Much more information is given in the papers as well.

I am including the affidavits here, and also the front-side of one of them – there are many figures on the paper.  I do not know what the figures mean.  Maybe someone reading this blog will know!

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As you can tell, much information is given for the inquest.  It may be that someone researching Benjamin Lynch does not know the information that is given.  So, investigating the papers in this box could be beneficial to the researcher.

Stay tuned for blog number 3 in this series!