Author: Teri Pettit
Title: Ely, Isaac Descendants, Branches and Genealogy
Author: Charles A. Ely
Note: s accused of conspiracy to commit murder because she consulted lawyers before the deed, asking them about the legality should Isaac be killed while the vigilante group was attempting to arrest him. One of the witnesses testifies "Old Mrs Hall said .. he had better be kill than to have to come to the [gallows]. ... She said they had talked to 3 lawyers & if they kill him it was all right he was paid for." (Apparently a colloquialism equivalent to "He got what was coming to him.")
Anna was accused of conspiracy to commit murder on her son Isaac Jr. Following is a letter to the Governor of Kentucky, Hon. J W Stevenson on the behalf of Anna Hall and the others in the case for their pardon.
Morhead Ky, August 26th 1868
Hon. J W Stevenson, Gov. of Ky
Our mutual friend Hon John M Elliot, will apply to your Excellency for the pardon of Geo. Hall, Ben Hall, James Hall, Ann Hall, Frank Alfrey, Jane Alfrey and Wiley C Roberts, persons now indicted, charged with the murder of Isaac Hall, the Brother of the three first (sic), the sone of one of the ladys, and the others near relatives. I refer yo to Judge Elliott and the petition for th facts of the case.
I am not aware of your Excellencies views on practice of intervening before conviction, and to dot propose to make any recommendation on that point; But allow me to say that If under any circumstances you may be willing to pardon before conviction, that the case of these parties present strong claims upon your clemency.
Isaac Hall I defended many years ago for Felony. He was a notorious desperado and such was his extreme violence and utter disregard for all law that his death was necessary to the safety of the lives of several of those charged with his Murder. There exists among the good people who knew the deceased and know those charged a strong solicitude that you may pardon all the parties. I therefore cheerfully & earnestly recommend that you pardon all of them.
Your friend, L W Andrews
Note: The widow of Isaac Hall Sr., she was the mother of the Victim. She wa
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