Maine Bicentennial


John Bulfinch



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Moses Adams of Ellsworth, Maine, was charged with: "not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil, on the twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, with force and arms, at Ellsworth ... in and upon one Mary Adams, the wife of the said Moses Adams, in the peace of the said Commonwealth, then and there being, feloniously, willfully and of his malice aforethought, did make an assault ... with a certain deadly weapon called an axe, of the value of one dollar ... [striking] Mary Adams, in and upon the right side of the neck and through the jugular vein and vertebra ..."

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E. B. Tileston


Boston, Massachusetts


Murder, Crime, Domestic Violence


Criminal Law | United States History


Pamp 1358 Vickery

The Trial of Moses Adams, High-sheriff of the County of Hancock, before the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on an Indictment for the Murder of his Wife from Minutes taken at the Trial by John Bulfinch



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