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On January 25, 1859, free state activists Dr. John Doy and his son, Charles, left Lawrence, Kansas Territory, for Nebraska with 13 slaves. They were captured when only twelve miles out of Lawrence, and were taken to Weston, Missouri. The two Doys had an examination at Weston and were committed to jail at Platte City, Missouri, for the crime of abducting slaves. They remained in jail until March 20, 1859, then moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where Dr. Doy was tried. After the trial, Charles Doy was set free. However, the first jury could not agree on a verdict for Dr. Doy, and he was tried a second time. At the second trial, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. While being held in the St. Joseph jail, he was freed by friends from Kansas Territory on July 23, 1859. People in the ambrotype are: (l to r) Major James B. Abbott, Capt. Joshua A. Pike, Jacob Gardner, Thomas Simmons, Dr. John Doy (seated), S. J. Willis, Charles Doy, Capt. John E. Stuart [Stewart], Silas Soule, and George R. Hay. The ambrotype was taken at Lawrence, Kansas Territory, in the summer of 1859.

Creator: DaLee, Amon Gilbert
Date: 1859

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Item Number: 90198
Call Number: B Doy, John *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90198

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