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Boston in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of the John Love Murder

Dec. 15, 1824

 
 
Site of the John Love Murder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Brandis, March 29, 2014
1. Site of the John Love Murder Marker
Inscription.  The Thayer Brothers, Isaac, Israel and Nelson, unable to repay the debt they owed to Great Lakes seaman, John Love, murdered him in Israel's home. They were tried in Buffalo, June 7, 1825. A great crowd witnessed this, the only public hanging in Erie County.
 
Erected 1975 by Erie Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events.
 
Location. 42° 40.627′ N, 78° 47.115′ W. Marker is in Boston, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Mayer Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker sits on the front lawn of the Smith's Maple Farm. The owner of the property said the cabin in which this murder took place was located in the nearby woods next to the maple farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5257 Mayer Rd,, Hamburg NY 14075, 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. Typhoid Traced to Well (approx. ¾ mile away); First Fire Company (approx. ¾ mile away); West Boston (approx. 1.6 miles away); Home of Tallcut Patchin
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(approx. 1.8 miles away); Boston's First Settler (approx. 2.7 miles away); Anna Mae Bacon Bird Sanctuary (approx. 3½ miles away); The Village of Hamburg (approx. 3½ miles away); Main Street Village of Hamburg (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .  The Thayer Brothers — MurderByGaslight.com Entry. Excerpt: “The Thayer brothers had a bad reputation in Buffalo even before they were accused of murder. They would haul lumber from their farms in Boston, New York—south of Buffalo—in a wagon pulled by two oxen, one named God Almighty and the other, Jesus Christ. The Thayers were profane and violent, heading straight for the tavern once their business was transacted.” (Submitted on November 16, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2014, by Paul Brandis of Buffalo, New York. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 2, 2014, by Paul Brandis of Buffalo, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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