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The Shooting of Herbert Partridge

Today I stumbled on a series of newspaper articles concerning the shooting of Herbert Partridge of Brooklyn, New York. I cannot identify this Herbert as yet, so provide this merely as fodder for your enjoyment.

The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, October 03, 1906, Last Edition, Page 8


Knife and Revolver Weapons of Death in Midnight Fight
Between Widow’s Alleged Brother and Suitor for Her Hand

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 – Like a fight in medieval times, where two knight fight for the favor of milady was the duel to the death today between two men, one armed with a long knife, the other with a revolver. The duel was fought in the home of the woman for whom one man will die and the other stand trial for murder.

Mrs. Jennie Smith, an attractive brunette, said to be in business near Wall street, lived with her two children in their apartments in Bradhurst avenue. Her husband is dead. Herbert Partridge, an accountant in a Wall street firm, has been renting rooms in the house for several months. He was constantly with the widow.

However, there was another suitor for her hand. This was Charles Jahn, an athlete of New Rochelle. The two men had quarreled several times.

Last evening Jahn called on Mrs. Smith. As he was about to leave at midnight, Partridge entered. he had been drinking. The men quarreled and finally Partridge drew the knife.

Jahn drew a revolver and fired three times just as Partridge was upon him with the knife. One bullet lodged in his head, another in his cheek and another in his arm. He fell to the floor dying. Jahn left the house.

When the neighbors rushed in they found Mrs. Smith kneeling beside the dying man, her two children cowering in the corner.

At the police station Mrs. Smith said Partridge was her brother. She would tell nothing more. As Jahn had a good reputation. It is expected that he will give himself up to the police today.

The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, October 04, 1906, Page 7


Partridge Didn’t Want Jahns About and started at Him With a Knife

Herbert Partridge, a bookkeeper in the employ of a Wall street auditing company was shot three times early yesterday by Charles Jahns, a stenographer, in the apartments of Mrs. Jennie Smith, at 18 Bradhurst avenue. Partridge, who is 34 years old, was known to the other tenants in the house as the womans brother.

Jahns escaped and Partridge was taken to the Washington Heights hospital in a dying condition.

Two years ago Partridge boarded in the Smith home, when the woman was still living with her husband. Mrs Smith has two daughters, Grace, 6 year old, and Gladys, a year younger. Her husband left her and she came to this city with her two children. She held a position with a brokerage firm in the Wall Street district. Partridge went down town with her every day and returned with her at night.

About eight months ago Mrs Smith met Jahns, who is 24 yean old and employed by by the Adams Express Company. He is six feet tall, weighs 176 pounds and is of athletic build. He lives in New Rochelle with with his widowed mother. Partridge came home one night several weeks ago and found Jahns in the parlor talking wlth Mrs. Smith. He ordered Jahns out, and rather than have any trouble Jahns left.

Partridge told Mrs. Smith, she says, that that he did not want Johns coming around, and if she did not keep him away there would be trouble. Mrs Smith said the man was not doing any harm and that he ought not to get so mad over his calling. Jahns called on Mrs. Smith Tuesday night and remained until late. Partridge came home at 1 o’clock yesterday morning and found Jahns in the parlor.

Partridge said: “I thought I told you to stay away from here. You know you are not wanted here, and if you don’t keep away there will be trouble.”

“I see no reason why I should not be permitted to call as long on Mrs Smith cares said Jahns.

“Well, we’ll see about this,” replied Partridge. He ran Into the kitchen and returned a moment later with a long carving knife. Jahns was cool and told him to put the knife down. He tried to argue with Partridge.

“I’ll either finish you or you will put me out of business,” said Partridge as he made a rush for Jahns. There was a small table in the parlor, which Jahns used to keep Partridge away from him, but when he saw that it was to be a duel to the finish he told Partridge to drop the knife or some thing would happen.

The two children were awakened by the commotion and the tenants on the floors below were aroused. Johns pulled a revolver from his pocket and as Partridge came for him Jahns fired three times. The first bullet struck him in the centre of the forehead going into the brain the second hit him in the right forearm and the third went through his right cheek.

Mrs. Smith fainted. When she came to Jahns had left. The two children said Jahns picked Mrs. Smith up, put her on the sofa and went out.

Partridges chances for recovery are about even. Mrs Smith was arraigned in the Harlem court yesterday and sent to to the House of Detention as a witness. The two children were sent to the Gerry society.

New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, October 08, 1906, Page 14


Coroner Harburger was called to the Washington Heights Hospital yesterday to take a statement from Herbert Partridge who was shot in the head at 184 Bradhurst avenue last Wednesday morning in a quarrel over a woman. Charles Johns, a stenographer, is charged with the shooting. Partridge could not talk. He nodded in the affirmative when asked if Johns shot him. If he recovers he will not be able to talk, the physicians declaring his power of speech was paralyzed by the bullet.

Lizzie A. Lane Correspondence

The following is a transcription of a letter written by a Mrs. Lizzie A. Lane of Stockton Springs, Maine to Vera Partridge Hamilton. Lizzie was born 17 Nov 1871 to Matthew and Elizabeth Ann (Berry) Partridge.  She married as her second husband, Fred Amos Lane.

Apr. 21, 1935

Have been hoping to get and to look up more about the questions you ask but have been unable to as yet. Haven’t licensed our car yet as the roads are just getting bare and the mud drying up so can do better a little later. I can’t write much more then I did before. There are two of the Harriman descendants now living in Prospect, Me. Mrs. Helen Harriman and Howard Harriman, their addresses are both Stockton Springs, Me. R. F. D. #1.

Mr. C. H. Partridge can tell you the middle names of the Benjamin family if any one can, and also about Samuel as he has the family record. I have been unable to go over there as yet.

His address is Stockton Springs, Me. R. F. D. #2-

The man from Augusta, whom I spoke of was Raymond Partridge. I don’t know his address only that he came from Augusta, Me.

Miss Addie Partridge of Stockton, Me. died in the past year. I think the Thomas you have was a brother to my grandfather. In your letter you said Leora Partridge (Josiah’s granddaughter) said her ancestor’s name was David so if he was her great grandfather, he was mine as Josiah and Amos were brothers and their mother was Sarah Shute, daughter of Benjamin Shute.

I think the Partridges here are another branch of Partridges from the ones in Mass., and N. H. as we have always been told that our ancestors came direct from england. I will try as soon as I can to look up more about it. Am sorry I can’t tell you more now.

P.S. The Addie Partridge spoken of was a relative and as I said before I think her
Grandfather, Thomas and my
Grandfather, Amos were brothers

But I am not sure about that. I can find out as soon as I can go to Sandy Point, where their home was.

Herbert L. Partridge Correspondence

The following information is correspondence (2 letters) between Herbert L. Partridge and Vera Partridge Hamilton. While the dates state the same, what I have is a typewritten copy, and the transcriber (Vera) obviously input the wrong date in one of the letters. This is the basis of what I used to document much more in depth, the Woolwich, Maine Patridge Family.

Freeport, Me.
June 21, 1943

Dear Mrs. Hamilton,

I am very sorry I can not furnish you with more information to the Partridge History, but I have a cousin living in Ayers, Mass., the last known address is:

Mrs. Affie Washburn
1 Fletcher St.
Ayer, Mass.

I don’t know if she can tell you any more than I have, but you might try her. She is the daughter of Susan Olive Partridge who married an Allen, I think. Respectfully, Herbert L. Partridge.

Freeport, Me.
June 21, 1943

Dear Mrs. Partridge,

I am afraid I cannot tell you much more then I did before. You asked about Aunts- Mary Jane and Joanna. Aunt Mary married Oliver Scolly, and lived in Bath, Me. They had five children-Emma-Julia-Cora-Ephraim-and George.

Aunt Joanna married Robert Andros. They had two children-Elizabeth Emma and Millard. Ad far as I know they lived in Bath, Me. Aunt Mary died in Bath, and I think Joanna did.

I have no Bible records, I guess Father never had any, at least none came to me. I am enclosing the address of

Mr. Robert Partridge
16 Western Av.
Augusta, Me.

I do not know the man, but have heard father say that he was related to his father in some way.

This isn’t much but hope you may be able to learn something from what little I have told you. Wish I could do more.

Very Sincerely yours,
Herbert L. Partridge

P.S. Thanks for the records and will be glad to receive any more you care to send.

P.S. You will be able to find some of the Partridge’s buried at Woolwich Me. in the Partridge Cemetery, and I know of a Horatio Nelson partridge buried in the Growstown Cemetery at Brunswick, Me.

P.S. no 2- You asked if I knew any of Father’s cousins. I do know of one. He was Capt. William Starkey and always resided in Bath, Me., as far as I know. His wife’s name was Affie. He was about Father’s age. I think his wife was Affie Purington. He also had a sister, Lizzie Woodbury. I never knew her. Lizzie had a dau. Lillian who married a Wood. They use to reside somewhere in Mass., but I do not know where.

James Monroe Partridge

aka James M. Partridge

Note: This is an older research article that has been moved to the new format. Since the initial writing of this article in 2002, I have made a positive match for James and identified him as the son of William A. Partridge of Georgia.

James Monroe Partridge, b. in AL or GA on 5 Mar 1836 enlisted in Company G, Hillaby Rifles, 14 Alabama Infantry on 24 July 1861 in Hackenville (Hackneyville), Tallapoosa Co., AL. He was injured in the Battle of Salem Church, Virginia on 3 May 1863. He died 1 Mar 1905 in Pope County, AR, and is interred in the White Church Cem., Pope County, AR. We know for certain that he married Minnie Page, b. 1843/5 in MS, d. in AR. That marriage bore the following children:

  1. Benjamin Partridge, b. 1861 in AL.
  2. Alapeirs “Alley” Fair Partridge, b. 1866 at Lafayette Co., MS. Married Pleasant Bradford Looper, 17 Jul 1884 at Pope County, AR. Marriage record stated both parties were from Silex, AR. They were married by David Hall JP (Book F, page 132).
  3. Ida D. Partridge, b. 1868 at MS; married Joseph McGowen, 21 Feb 1884 at Pope County, AR.
  4. Paterson W. Partridge, b. 1872 at AR. Married Jeanie.
  5. Celia Partridge, b. 1876 at AR.
  6. Mary M. Partridge, b. 1878 at AR.

Illegitimate child:

  1. Jesse Harrison Partridge, b. 25 Mar 1882, d. 12 Mar 1966 in AR. Jesse had the following child:
    1. Donald Partridge, later in life resided in California. Donald had the following child:
      1. Lisa Partridge, who in 1996 resided in Oregon.

Lisa is attempting to verify her ancestry and can only get as far as James Monroe Partridge.

The problem we have in verifying James M. Partridge’s birth is the lack of birth records in both GA and AL during this time period, and the abundance of James, J. M., and James M. Partridge’s and variant spellings that can be found in Alabama and Georgia.

I believe in theory that most Partridge’s in GA and AL came from three families:

  1. Nicholas Partridge of Sussex Co., VA.
  2. Captain Nathaniel Partridge of Richland Co., SC.
  3. Daniel Partridge of Mobile Co., AL (descendant of William Partridge of Portsmouth, NH).

Daniel Partridge can be ruled out immediately; John is a possible; Nicholas a probable. Nathaniel’s descendants appeared to have stayed in SC and then mainly FL after the Civil War, although a few migrated into GA. My main emphasis on Nicholas Partridge of Chatham Co., NC stems from the list of his ancestors with the names of Jesse and James. The only known possible candidate from my list of descendants of Nicholas is a James M. Partridge who can be found in the 1850 Census of GA with his father Jesse in Odessedale, Meriweather Co., GA at age 15. It is most likely, however, that this is not the James M. we are searching for as he was born in 1836 and this James M. was born in 1835.

In order to better understand this situation I feel it is necessary to review the migratory habit of Nicholas’ family. The great-grand-children of Nicholas can be found in the following counties of GA during the 1820 Census.

Henry – Washington Co.
William – Washington Co.
Thomas – Jones Co.
Nicholas – Jones Co.
James – Jones Co.

During the 1830 Census Henry and William remained in Washington Co., and Nicholas remained in Jones Co.; Thomas removed from Jones Co. to Monroe Co. and James removed from Jones Co. to Upson Co.
During the 1840 Census Henry and William removed from Washington Co., to AL, William’s son, Madison can now be found in Walker Co., GA; Nicholas removed from Jones Co. to Meriweather Co., and Jesse can now also be found in Meriwether Co.; Thomas removed from Monroe Co. to Macon Co., and James remained in Upson Co.

From what I can detail from later census extractions the Upson Co. families remained there; as already mentioned the Washington Co., families migrated into Tallapoosa Co., AL, Madison eventually following; the Meriweather Co. families migrated into Troup Co., GA and Chambers Co., AL, and Tallapoosa Co., Al.
It would seem therefore that the main effort to find this James Monroe should concentrate on the families from Washington Co., GA, and Meriweather Co., GA. Doing so I would like to look further into James M. (b. 1835), son of Jesse. As was already mentioned the descendants of Jesse can be found not only in Meriweather Co., but also Troup Co., GA, and Chambers Co., and Tallapoosa Co., AL. I can find in the Marriage records of Chambers Co., AL is a James M. Partridge who married Missouri A. Turner on 15 Oct 1854. I believe that this James is the son of Jesse of Odessedale, he would have been 19 at the time of his marriage. There weren’t any Partridge families in the 1860 AL census listed in Chambers Co. There were many however listed in other parts of the state, especially, Tallapoosa Co., AL. There was also a Missouri Partridge listed in Rockdale, Randolph Co., AL.

As for the Confederate Records of Alabama, the following is known by myself. There appears to be two different James M. Partridge’s. This may only be an appearance however, as they may be all one and the same. The following is what I have, by order of date:

James, Company G, (Hillaby Rifles) 14 Alabama Infantry Regiment – this company organized in Randolph Co., AL. J.M., (age 25) Company G, 14 Alabama Infantry Regiment, enlisted 5 September 1861 from Tallapoosa Co., AL. J.M., (widow, Ida) Company F, First Alabama Infantry, enlisted in 1862 at Montgomery, resided 1900 in Shelby Co., Al. James M., Company A, 47 Alabama Infantry Regiment, enlisted 20 March 1862 in Tallapoosa Co., AL.

It is very important to note that J.M. may stand for John M., or Jessie Madison, both of which resided in Tallapoosa Co., AL at the time.

The following are the marriage records of which I have a record:

Book 2
#210 John M. Partridge and Ardimintha Foster, 30 July 1846. Book 3,
#36 James F. Partridge and Jane C. Baker, 14 November 1850. Book 3,
#152 James Partridge, Sr. and Mary A. Gallagar, 21 August 1856. Book 3,
#216 James M. Partridge and Frances C. Partridge, 19 December 1856. Book 3,
#581 James M. Partridge and Augusta Ann Hubbard, 9 July 1859 – license returned. Book 3,
#681 James M. Partridge and George Ann Cassady, 15 December 1859. Book 4,
#144 Jesse Partridge and Matilda Weldon, 7 August 1861.

Notice the consistency of J.M. initials. There was also one other J.M. that I am aware of:

Jesse Madison Partridge who married Francis Elizabeth Perryman, Jesse was a native of Meriweather Co., GA and settled in New Site, AL. He had at least the following child:

  1. John William Partridge, b. 18 December 1872; married Lodeska Harsley, 22 March 1896 at Hurtsboro, AL. Issue:
    1. Jessie
    2. Jimmie
    3. Eloise, resided in Russellville, AL.

James Monroe Partridge’s Civil War Record

James M. Partridge

Application for Pension: Application of James M. Partridge for a Confederate Veteran Pension in Pope Co., Arkansas. Mr. Partridge swore he served in Company G. 14th Regiment of Alabama Inf. Volunteers. He was honorably discharged July 1864. He was wounded by a cannon shot in the left side which was received at Chancellorsville 3 May 1864. Reason for application was a rupture of the right side and vertigo. Signed by James M. Partridge 26 June 1902. E. S. Bradley: Notary Public. He was allowed $50.00 per month at that time.

Evidence of Physician: James M. Partridge of Turnersville, Yell Co., Arkansas, was examined and found to have a cannon shot wound of the left side. Rupture of right side and vertigo. he is physically broken down from the disabilities stated above along with old age. He was found to have half disability. He can do about one day’s work in two days. Attest: Physician C.K. Canslee. (question spelling of last name.)

Proof of Civil War Record: Alabama County of Tallapoosa. J.A. Ferrel and W.H. Green (comrades) from said County state they had known James M. Partridge for 40 years. That he was in Company G 14th Regiment Alabama Infantry Volunteers from July 1861 until July 1864. He was cannon shot in the left side which was received at Chancellorsville, 3 May 1864. Signed 21 November 1901 by the above witness. In Pope Co. H.W. Cobbs and Z.T. Trantham witnessed they also knew J.M. Partridge and that he was unable to work.

Widows application for pension: Minnie Partridge swears she was the widow of James M. Partridge who served in the 14th Reg. of Volunteers for Alabama and that he died at his home near Tunersville, Arkansas on the 27th day of February 1905 of Brights Disease. Signed (her marke) 24th of June 1905. W.H. Poynler and D.C. Brown of Pope Co. swore that they knew the applicants husband James M. Partridge for 35 years. Minnie was allowed $50.00 per month at that time.

A Glimpse of Early Merrimac, Wisconsin

These three letters were written by temporary residents of Merrimac, Wisconsin, hailing from Templeton, Massachusetts, and throwing intersting light on social and economic conditions in the Badger State in 1857-58. The letters were written to Unity Fales (Mrs. Otis) Partridge at Templeton by her sons James Otis and Maynard. James Otis Partridge, who was born at Templeton in 1828 and died at Partridgeville, a village in the town of Templeton, in 1873, was the father of the contributor.

The letters were carefully preserved by the recipient, packed in a homemade box, and covered with wallpaper of and old-fashioned pattern. At her death in 1869, they passed to James Otis Partridge and then to the contributor. During the past years they had frequently had narrow escapes from the bonfire and junk heap but now have come safe to rest in the Manuscript Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Mrs. Smith, the contributor, long time resident of Iowa, has lived at Carbondale, Illinois, since 1938, and has provided the biographical data and the story of the letters. The editors have added pragraphing, periods, commas, and capitalization to make some letters more readable.

  1. Letter of Nov 22, 1857 from Merrimack, Sauk County, Wisconsin by Maynard Partridge.
  2. Letter of Jan 24, 1858 from Merrimack, Sauk County, Wisconsin By J. O. Partridge.
  3. Letter of 23 May 1858 from Merrimack, Sauk County, Wisconsin By J. O. Partridge.

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