CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 29, 2013

Hanging Trees in R.I. & Westmoreland Cnty. PA

Filed under: FEATURE STORIES,Halloween,LIGONIER (PA) — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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Hugs for all those wrongly hung from trees and for their haunting ghosts

HANGING TREES:
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
LIGONIER TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

I provide the following three stories about hangings on trees in Newport, Rhode Island and the towns of Greensburg and Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania, for your Hallowe’en reading pleasure.

However, a question remains: Were those who were hung guilty…or were they innocent????

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

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!n 1673 49-year-old Thomas Cornell was accused, tried, convicted and hung for murdering his 73-year-old mother, Rebecca Cornell. His conviction was sealed by the testimony of her ghost. Court records tell the story.

On May 23, 1673, he was probably hung on a tree high on Miantonomi Hill in Newport.

Did Thomas’s ghost ever appear to defend him? There is (more…)

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