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Elijah FROST

Male 1849 - 1879  (29 years)


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  • Name Elijah FROST 
    Born 21 Oct 1849 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Sep 1879  Willits, Mendocino County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Lynching 
    Buried Little Lake Cemetery, Mendocino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

      Willits, California . . .

      Triple Lynching of 1879

      Elijah Frost, who had witnessed the death of his father in the Little Lake Election Day Shootout of 1867, grew up to be a criminal. Sentenced to four years in San Quentin Prison for horse theft, Elijah was released after serving thirty-two months. Teaming up with prison buddies Abijah Gibson and Thomas McCracken, the trio terrorized the residents of Willits, California. The men committed petty thievery, break-ins, random assaults, and senseless vandalism. They enjoyed shooting their pistols in the air while drunk and generally made a nuisance of themselves to the people of Willits. In September 1879, the trio were caught stealing a set of harnesses and were taken to Brown's Hotel where they were put in shackles while waiting for the circuit judge to come to Willits on September 4, 1879. The townspeople were terrified that the men would be released and decided to take matters into their own hands.A meeting was held in the Willits Masonic Temple and during the early morning hours of September 4, 1879, a group of masked men seized the prisoners and marched them to the bridge on North Main Street at the base of Sherwood Road where the three men were thrown over the bridge with rocks in their pockets and their feet left dangling in the Creek, symbolic of a Masonic hanging of the Time. Their bodies dangled there until the next afternoon.

      (2) Daily Alta California, San Francisco, CA, 27 January 1886:

      [Elijah Frost], . . . one of the sons of Elisha[,] was lynched at Willits some five years ago. He had a short time previous to his death been released from San Quentin, where he had served a long term for horse stealing. After his release he reopened his criminal career, and engaged as accessories Thomas Gibson, a half witted fellow, and Frank McCracken. The trio was arrested for stealing a saddle, and while in care of a constable at Willits over night, they were taken from a room in the hotel by a number of masked men and hanged from a bridge just out from the Village. The three were ironed together, and the men unable to get them apart, and, although desiring to save the life of Gibson, finally swung the three from the bridge where they were found dangling dead in the morning.

      (3) www.findagrave.com:

      Elijah Frost
      Birth: Oct. 21, 1849, USA
      Death: Sep. 4, 1879, USA

      Husband of Mary

      Family links: Parents: Elisha Frost (1826 - 1867), Amanda Melvina McCully Frost (1826 - 1870); Siblings: Elijah Frost (1849 - 1879), Taylor Frost (1850 - 1930), Asbury Frost (1857 - 1936), David Frost (1859 - 1937), James Frost (1861 - 1885), Mary Frost Smith (1863 - 1941).

      Inscription:

      Gone before us, O our brother.
      To the spiritland!
      Vainly look for another
      In thy place to stand.

      Burial: Little Lake Cemetery, Willits, Mendocino County, California, USA
      Plot: Section 1

      Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
      Originally Created by: Sandra Tyler Duncan
      Record added: Aug 17, 2004
      Find A Grave Memorial# 9331671
    Person ID I36084  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Father Elisha FROST,   b. 22 Dec 1826, Daviess County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1867, Little Lake, Mendocino County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Amanda Melvina McCULLY,   b. 27 Nov 1826, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1870, Willits, Mendocino County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 7 Feb 1848  Daviess County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart