Anyone know story of attorney George French Strother who killed another lawyer in St. Louis and fled to Mexico?

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Early to mid 1800s. This is nephew of Hon. George French Strother. They have same name. Hon. Strother (see WikiPedia) was sent from VA to MO territory to be bursar there. Also interested in parentage of both men.
in Genealogy Help by Beth Ely G2G Crew (590 points)
Are you planning on creating profiles? There are newspaper articles at One has the genealogy of the early Virginia Strothers. They other I looked at was about the trial, allegedly in the brothers own words. I can clip them and post them to a profile or make a free-space if you'd like. I tried to download the OCR, but it required a lot of editing and I didn't want to go through all that for G2G, but I would for a profile.

I feel like I am offering a bribe. That is not my intent, of course, I just don't know the best way to get you the information.
Dear Lucy,

I added the profiles. I would love to see the newspaper articles!! Thanks for pushing me to add them. I had been putting it off when I was trying to figure it out.



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Hi Beth. Looks like Wikipedia can give you the info that you need:    Born in King George County, Virginia in 1730, the eldest son of James Lawrence Strother and his wife, the former Margaret French. His great-grandfather William Strother had made a will in Richmond County, Virginia in 1700. Young French Strother moved to Falmouth, Virginia (across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg) with his parents as a boy when his father received a job inspecting tobacco for export from the area. When his father died in 1761, French Strother inherited his estate.

Covers father and son, parentage, the St Louis murder, etc.

by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
Thanks. I had seen Wikipedia. There are many George French Strothers in the family, for example probably his grandfather and uncle both have that name. Still don’t know who murderer’s parents were and how my ggg grandmother fits in, though from her letters it looks as if she’s a sister. I made an educated guess of his parentage based on her letters. She says she was “sent away.” I now take it that it was because of the scandal. I’m looking for her with relatives in censuses. It looks like he was erased from the family trees. Can’t believe original sources on his life in Mexico. Married there and had children and became mayor of Matamoros though everyone knew his past. My family certainly never talked about in generations afterward. Now I know why!

Thanks again

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