Here's some information on Martin Paulsgrove who was convicted of murder in Missouri -
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Jorge Pfaltzgraff and Barbara (Maria Anna Barbara) Kamp
John George Pfaltgraff and Eva Catherine Markley
John George Palsgrove and Maria Ann (lnu)
Rudolphus A Palsgrove and Mary Ann Foltz
Martin Luther Paulsgrove and 1st wife Analyns Sterling
The subject Martin Paulsgrove was born 16 March 1880 in Maryland. His death certificate shows the date of 16 March 1880 as information provided by him upon entering the penal system in Missouri. The certificate does not have a birthplace nor does it have the name of his parents or their birthplaces. Maryland was determined from the birth of two of his full siblings who were still at home living with their father and step-mother in 1900 Andrew Co MO.
His military enlistment record shows he was born about 1878 in Savannah, Andrew, MO. He was in the military for 3 years being discharged in Feb 1904 at Fort Carsone NE. He had brown eyes, black hair and was only 5-4 in height.
In 1905 Martin was found guilty of murdering his sweetheart Mary Newman who was a school teacher. From what I recall reading in an article sent to me some years ago, they were engaged and she decided to call off the engagement/wedding and that he admitted to murdering her.
Martin and several others were scheduled to be hung in April 1906 however Martin was not hung at that time even though articles such as that found in the Campbell MO Citizen implied otherwise just a month before the scheduled date. Somehow he managed to get a stay of execution. On 12 Dec 1906 Governor Folk commuted his sentence to life in prison after a jury in Maryville MO declared him insane. He was then sent to the insane asylum in St Joseph MO. This can be found in the 13 Dec 1906 edition of The Chillicothe (MO) Constitution.
Then after a time at St Joseph he was declared sane and sent back to the state penitentiary in Jefferson City, Cole, MO. While there he was again found to be insane and sent to the state hospital in Fulton, Callaway, MO. In 1920/1921 he managed to escape from Fulton and was at large for 4-1/2 years before being caught. At this time he was sent back to the state penitentiary in Jefferson City. This can be found in 29 Aug 1925 editon of The Chillicothe (MO) Constitution.
He remained in the state penitentiary until his death on 31 Jan 1939 from labor pneumonia. He was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City.
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