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MASSEY, Woodbury

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MASSEY, Woodbury. (Watertown, NY, July 18, 1803--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 7, 1835). Justice of the Peace. Massey with James LANGWORTHY carried dispatches between General Dodge and General Scott ending the BLACK HAWK WAR. Massey moved to Dubuque in 1833 with his family. With a twenty-five-dollar donation, he became the largest contributor toward construction of the first church in Dubuque and the first Methodist church in Iowa. Massey served as a church trustee.

Controversy arose when Massey purchased a MINING property called the "Irish Lot," an area also claimed by a man named Smith and his son Bill. When Massey, the sheriff, and a land agent attempted to evict the Smiths on September 7,1835, Massey was murdered. Although the Smiths were immediately arrested, the court in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, agreed with their lawyers that it had no jurisdiction in the case. The Smiths were freed. See: Louisa MASSEY.



Klauer, John P. "Murder at the Irish Lot," Dubuque Folklore II, American Trust and Savings Bank, p. 13-16

"Tragic Events Marks Early Dubuque History," Telegraph Herald, Apr. 16, 1922, p. 27. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QCBRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=W84MAAAAIBAJ&pg=4718,343399&dq=steamboats+dubuque&hl=en

"Woodbury Massey." Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/woodbury-massey.html