Near Wakefield in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Carter Jackson Monument
This pillar is erected to the memory of William Jackson of Virginia, who was murdered upon this spot by ship captain Thomas Carter of Newport, Rhode Island who, having been ship-wrecked and rendered penniless thereby, and being overtaken by Mr. Jackson, who, also being on his way North, furnished him with money and use of a horse on the way. Having arrived at the point that is indicated by this pillar, Carter there robbed and
murdered his kind and confiding benefactor with a dagger, about the hour of midnight of January first, 1751. Was tried and convicted of his crime at the village of Tower Hill on April 4th, 1751, and was hung in chains upon a gibbet May 10th, 1751, at the eastern foot of Tower Hill, at side of the public highway, where the shrieking—as it were—of its chains, &c, during boisterous winds at night, were the terror of many persons who lived
near thereto, or passed thereby. One of these being the late Governor George Brown of Boston Neck, who told this writer that such had been his own case when a youth, while on his way to the residence of College Tom Hazard that he visited every week. It appears that Carter threw Jackson in the "Narrow River" at the time he committed this murder, and that a negro found him therein, and near
Mrs. Nash, who lived about ten miles westward from Tower Hill, happening to be at this village at the time this body was found. She recognized it as being that of Jackson, by means of a button she had sewn upon his vest only a few hours before he left her house, and that Captain Carter was with him. Carter was therefore arrested, tried, and condemned, and executed accordingly.
Joseph Peace Hazard
Erected 1889 by Joseph Peace Hazard.
Location. 41° 26.912′ N, 71° 28.414′ W. Marker is near Wakefield, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Marker is on Tower Hill Road (U.S. 1) 1.1 miles north of Rhode Island Route 108, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4847 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield RI 02879, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Honor Roll Town of Narragansett World War (approx. one mile away); Griffin's Hollow (approx. 1½ miles away); The Narragansett Pier (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pettaquamscutt Rock (approx. 1.9 miles away); Washington County Jail (approx. 3½ miles away); Whale Rock Lighthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Assistant Keeper's House (approx. 3.8 miles away).
More about this monument. Marker is located about just off Route 1. This square granite pillar was manufactured of Westerly, R. I. granite and set in place in January of 1890. The low stone pillar, easily overlooked, is completely covered by its lengthy inscription.
Also see . . . Jackson-Carter Memorial. Cain, meet Abel. (Submitted on March 30, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2010, by Dwight C. Brown Jr. of Bradford, Rhode Island. This page has been viewed 1,692 times since then and 44 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 11, 2010. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 30, 2010, by Dwight C. Brown Jr. of Bradford, Rhode Island. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.