Obit: Allen, Mrs. Daniel "Susan M." (1837- 1887)
----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 8 Apr 1887
Surnames: ALLEN WRIGHT
Allen, (Susan) Mrs. Daniel (1837- 23 Mar 1887)
Mrs. Daniel Allen (Susan M. Patterson), wife of the convicted murderer (Daniel Allen) of Henry Wright, died at her home near Loyal last week.
Susan's 20 yr. old son, Frank her only child, purchased two grave sites in the Greenwood City Cemetery 24 Mar. 1887. Based on the April 8th obituary above and this transaction, we have recorded her death date as 23 Mar. 1887, but that has not been confirmed with an actual death record.
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Marshfield Times Friday May 21, 1886 p. 1 c. 5
Mrs. Henry "Maggie" Wright, whose husband died at Loyal on the 9th, under suspicious circumstances, and who, with Daniel Allen, a prominent farmer of the town of Loyal, were placed under arrest, made a confession to the authorities at Neillsville, in which she confessed to poisoning her husband. She admits having been criminally intimate with Allen for nearly two years, and says that they planned to poison Wright, then Mrs. Allen, after which they intended to marry. She claims that Allen purchased arsenic at Milwaukee a few weeks ago and she administered the poison to Wright under his direction. Allen was placed under arrest as an accessory, and placed under $10,000 bail. Mr. Wright was a half brother of Mrs. M. McGivern and the Misses Walterbach's of this city.
Marshfield Times Friday May 28, 1886 P. 1 C. 7
The Spencer Tribune reports that the stomach of Henry Wright has been returned from the Chicago chemist, who reported that it contains strychnine even undissolved, which shows that it was introduced into the stomach but a short time before his death.
News: Thorp Courier ( 18 Nov 1887), Thorp, Clark County, Wis.
Mrs. Margaret Wright who has been under arrest for over a year for being an accessory in killing her husband, was released from jail last Saturday. The fact of her turning state's evidence and securing the conviction of Dan Allen, who after his trial escaped, served to secure her freedom.
----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 25 Mar 1889
Daniel Allen charged with the murder of Henry Wright in the town of Loyal on May 10th, 1886, had his trial last week at Neillsville, the jury returning a verdict of guilty in the first degree. He will be sentenced on April 21st.
1860 Federal Census, Hubbard, Dodge, Wisconsin, PO Iron Ridge, 29 June
Name: Daniel Allen, 22
1860 Federal Census, Westland, Guernsey, Ohio, 2 Aug. *We do not know if this was the family of Susan M. (Patterson) Allen.
Name: Susan M. Patterson
*William & Nancy Sheperd were listed as neighbors to the family of Margaret Patterson and we found this death record which may indicate a relationship between the two families. Daniel Allen's mother was Rachel Shepherd.
Name: William Shepherd
1870 Federal Census, Westland, Guernsey, Ohio
Name: William Shepherd, 50 (1820) PA
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 for Harry L. Shepherd
Name Harry L. Shepherd
1870 Federal Census, Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin
Allen, 32 yrs. (1837, OH), farmer, property $1,500 & $1,000
1870 Federal Census, Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin
Name: Charles H Patterson, 34 yrs. (perhaps a brother or cousin
to Susan M. Allen?)
1880 Federal Census, Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin
Daniel Allen, 42
1895 Wis. State Census
Name: Frank Allen
(Son of Daniel & Susan Allen)
1900 Federal Census: La Crosse Ward 19, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Allen, 63, Nov 1837, mos. employed: 10
Frank & Rosa E. Allen's family
1910 Federal Census, Meridian, King, Washington, 7 May
Name: Frank Allen, 50 yrs.,
dairy & poultry farmer, owner of farm
1920 Federal Census, Meridian, King,
Name: Frank Allen, 60
1930 Federal Census, Algona, King, WA
Possible family of Susan M. Patterson
Father: John Patterson Birth
Information on (likely) siblings
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