know where Allentown Hill was located in New Philadelphia. Many years ago
they supposedly hung a murderer there, I think for killing a Post Boy? I
have found references to the Post Boy murder around the Port Washington - Newcomerstown
area. I'm guessing court was held in the county seat, New Philadelphia, but
wondered where the hanging was. Never heard of Allentown Hill. Could have
been Mr. Allen had a farm with a large oak tree on top of a hill overlooking
the town of New Philadelphia... You get the picture.
Pat V (From the New Philadelphia Democrat, January 26, 1888, in
which the murder was reviewed more than 50 years after it occurred)
"The scaffold on which John Funson was hung was erected on a slight
elevation just west of New Philadelphia and which is at the present time a
suburb of the county seat. On the morning of the execution the citizens
from all parts of the county and some from distant parts of the state
began to assemble at New Philadelphia, and by morn the streets were a
solid mass of humanity, all eager to witness the law imposed duty of
seeing John Funson launched into eternity. Shortly after noon the sheriff
did his duty and the lifeless body of John Funson hung to the
breezes." (The murder occurred in 1825)
Jennifer T Do I remember the hanging was around the 5-points area?
Pat Could be. In 1825, that area may have been on the edge of
town, maybe a mile or less from the Courthouse.
Alan G I
remember the story of this hanging. Down where I grew up on West High (past
Five Points) my mom always referred to our part of NP as
Jeannette S I didn't know that, but I bet my husband does.
Karen M Alan - I didn't know that. I will have to ask your mom if
she knows anything about the hanging. What would have been the hill?
Ken W I don't know if it is true or not but I heard hangings used
to take place just outside the Tuscarawas County Court House.
Susan M Ken^^^^. On E. High . By Beaver Ave. the other5 points.
Jennifer T This is what got me..."On the morning of the execution
the citizens from all parts of the county and some from distant parts of the
state began to assemble at New Philadelphia, and by morn the streets were a
solid mass of humanity" In Saudi Arabia, there is place where the
hangings are done today. There are hotels on the corners, and people rent
the rooms facing the street so they can avoid the crowd and get a great
view. I guess people are the same everywhere. And I'm sure some, like me
would be anywhere but...yuck. This came from my high school English teacher
Mary C The Post Boy murder is a true story and happened south of
Faith S I grew up on West High Ave Ext and have never heard this
Frank L kudos to you jeff , thats an importent part i n history
Jan B The
site of the murder was on what is presently Post Boy Road outside
Newcomerstown. As far as the hanging, I remember my mother pointing to the
dead tree on Franklin Square. She said that someone had been hung there.
Little known trivia. The land the courthouse was donated by Mrs.
Knisely with the provision that, if anyone was given the death penalty, the
land would revert to the Knisely family. If my memory is correct, they,
finally, had the family rescind it around 1990.
Alan G Karen,
I think the hill they are referring to is what on West High would be between
6th & 7th Streets (5 Points). On Front St. It's a little more easterly.
David R The scaffolding was where Midas is. My great grandfather
told me this story over 20 years ago and he was in his 90s then.