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Goshen in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Claudius Smith

Legends & Lore

 
 
Claudius Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
1. Claudius Smith Marker
Inscription.  
Reputed Tory marauder
hanged nearby in 1779.
His skull believed embedded
in masonry over front door
of this 1841 courthouse.

New York Folklore Society
William G. Pomeroy Foundation 2016 22

 
Erected 2016 by New York Folklore Society and William C. Pomeroy Foundation. (Marker Number 22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends & Lore Series marker series.
 
Location. 41° 24.165′ N, 74° 19.31′ W. Marker is in Goshen, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 207) south of Court Lane, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located near the southwest corner of the 1841 Orange County Courthouse, facing Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Main Street, Goshen NY 10924, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1841 Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Historic Track (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lawyer's Row
Claudius Smith Marker (<i>wide view • marker near southwest/left corner of courthouse</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
2. Claudius Smith Marker (wide view • marker near southwest/left corner of courthouse)
(about 300 feet away); Goshen Half-ShireTown (about 300 feet away); Noah Webster (about 500 feet away); Church Park Historic District (about 500 feet away); President Ulysses S. Grant (about 600 feet away); Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
Also see . . .  Claudius Smith "Cowboy of the Ramapos". Among the bands of marauders were “cowboys” sympathetic to the British cause and “skinners” sympathetic to the Patriot cause. The leader of the Ramapo cowboys was Claudius Smith. Smith had been captured once, confined to Goshen Jail and escaped, but his luck ran out. On Oct. 31, 1778, a proclamation was issued offering a reward for the capture of Claudius Smith and two of his sons. Austin and Claudius were captured separately on Long Island in November 1778. Smith's trial was held Jan. 2, 1779, at Goshen. Smith pleaded not guilty and was tried by a jury consisting of 18 men, upon which a verdict of guilty was rendered. On Jan. 13, Smith was brought before the judge and jury where sentence was pronounced, "that
1841 Orange County Courthouse (<i>marker visible near bottom center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
3. 1841 Orange County Courthouse (marker visible near bottom center)
he should be hanged by the neck until he is dead." (Submitted on July 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraLaw EnforcementWar, US Revolutionary
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 108 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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