John W. Hillman and Sadie E. Quinn, Marriage License, Douglas County, Kansas WHO IS IT? IS IT A CRIME?

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A Protocol for Excavation and Analysis of Remains Located in a Gravesite in Lawrence, Kansas
"The Hillmon Concealment" by Lewis & Bombaugh

John W. Hillman and Sadie E. Quinn

Marriage License, Douglas County, Kansas

Marriage License: John W. Hillman and Sadie E. Quinn.

Courtesy of Shirley Brier.
Marriage License: John W. Hillman and Sadie E. Quinn
From the archives of the Kansas State Historical Society
Courtesy of Shirley Brier.

The Daily Tribune, Lawrence, Kansas, October 5, 1878.


Oct. 5th (sic), at the residence of Mrs. Judson, on Henry Street, by Rev. Geo. W. Henning, Mr. John W. Hillman, of New Mexico, to Miss Sadie E. Quinn, of Douglas county. (SB)

(The date of Oct. 5th given in the wedding announcement is probably a typographical error, as the license clearly gives the marriage date as October 3rd. Also, note that Hillman's name was written "Hillmon" first on the license, and second as "Hillman".)

The Daily Tribune, Lawrence, Kansas, April 4, 1879.

Who Is It? Is It a Crime?

Some time ago The Tribune contained an account of the marriage of Mr. J. W. Hillman to Miss Sadie E. Quinn, of this city. Since that time a terrible tragedy has occurred which has for its sequel the death of Mr. Hillman, and today the remains lie in a rough board coffin in a little shop on New Hampshire street, and curious spectators have at time during the day viewed the remains...

(See John W. Hillman for the complete article.)

More Information About The Case:

John W. Hillman a.k.a. John W. Hillmon: A collection of contemporary news articles about his death and the subsequent court cases.

Benjamin Hillman Family, 1860 Census, Grasshopper Falls, Jefferson County, Kansas.

Benjamin Hillman, father of John W. Hillman/Hillmon. Obituary from the The Oskaloosa Independent, 27 Nov. 1869. Jefferson County, Kansas.

Tales From The Crypt by David Fasgold, The Gyp Hills Premiere, 27 Feb 2006.

(All of the following hyperlinks are to off-site pages and will open a new browser window.   See this website by Marianne "Mimi" Wesson for a fascinating overview of her research and analysis of the evidence in the case.

The Case of the Anonymous Corpse, by Brooks W. McCracken.

The Hillman case was written about by T.A. McNeal in When Kansas Was Young, see: Frontier Justice on the web site.

Gravesite in Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery might hold clues to the mystery of Crooked Creek, By Charlie Brennan - Special from Rocky Mountain News, Lawrence Journal-World, January 30, 2006. Includes a photo captioned: "University of Colorado professors Dennis Van Gerven and Mimi Wesson hold pictures of a body believed to be John Wesley Hillmon, who died in 1879. Van Gerven and Wesson plan to ask Lawrence officials for permission to exhume Hillmon’s body, supposedly buried in Oak Hill Cemetery."

Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Hillmon - 145 U.S. 285 (1892)

Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Hillmon

The Hillmon Case: An Exercise in Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching - Dennis VanGerven and Mimi Wesson with Jim Curry, moderator. "The Wisdom of Practice in Teaching and Learning", Fall 2005 Retreat, University of Colorado President's Teaching Scholars Program.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding and contributing the above marriage license and news items to this web page.

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