Name: Angus McIntosh BRATT
RELA: Spouse of 4th cousin 3x removed
Birth: 7 OCT 1842 in Pennsylvania
Death: APR 1895 in Ohio
Census: 1880 Page 483D, East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., OH
Census: 1850 Page 120A, District 5, Liverpool Twp., Columbiana Co., OH
Census: 1860 Page 160A, Liverpool Twp., Columbiana Co., OH
Military service BET 3 FEB 1862 AND 4 MAR 1865 3rd Light Artillery Reg., Ohio
New Lisbon "Buckeye State"
May 28, 1885
MURDER IN EAST LIVERPOOL
East Liverpool again comes to the front with what appears to be, from the very meager intelligence obtainable over the Clay Telephone, a murder of the most deliberate and cold-blooded type.
It appears the Jeff Davis, a man about 33 years of age and an itinerate paper decorater by trade, while doing the city, made the acquaintance, and became somewhat intimate with Lizzie Bratt, a 14 or 15 year old daughter of the (First) wife of Angus Bratt, a workman in Knowles, Taylor, & Knowles Pottery.
Tuesday night about 9:30 pm, Bratt, who was under the influence of liquior, called Davis to the door of the Barlow House, where he had retired for the night and without warning, proceded to preforate him. He fired 5 shots in quick succession all of which took effect, killing his victim almost instantly.
Davis was a son of Col. Davis, Mayor of Niles and a resident of Youngstown, where he has family.
Bratt will have a preliminary hearing friday.
It is altogether likely that a special Grand jury will be called in order that the case may be got under way at the present term of court.
Liverpool appears anxious to furnish the first applicant from the county to test the new gallows now under course of erection in the O. P.
New Lisbon "Buckeye State
June 4, 1885
THE EAST LIVERPOOL MURDER
A full account of the Bloody affair.
At the time of going to press last week, we had a very meager report of the Bloody murder at East Liverpool, and we now give a full report as gleaned from the East Liverpool Review;
A few minutes after nine o'clock tuesday evening, a woman, dressed in white stood in front of the Barlow House, Second Street, this city, screaming that somebody had been murdered in the house. Dr. G. P. Ikirt, calling on a patient in the adjoining house, heard the reports of a revolver, and several men at Cartwright's Pottery heard the same, and ran into the house. Angus Bratt, well known in this city, was met near the parlor door,who declared that he has shot a man upstairs, and had done it well. If they did not believe it, let them go up and see for themselves. Dr. Ikirt, Alex Frazier, and William Cook, having secured a lighted lamp, did go upstairs, and attempted to enter a room which had been occupied since the Friday previous by Jeff. C. Davis, a paper hanger from Youngstown.
The door yielded partially to the efforts to open it, and then there seemed to be a dead weight against it within. Frazier pushed at first, and almost stumbled over the prostrate form of a man. It proved to be that of the Man Davis, mentioned above, who had fallen forward on his arms and knees. The last spark of life was just about to leaving the earthly tenement. The limbs were already stiffening, when he was turned over on the floor for examination as to the cause and extent of his injuries. Dr. Ikirt and the others present made a hasty examination, and found 5 bullet holes in his body. The muzzle of the instrument of death had been held close to his body, that when first discovered his shirt was on fire from the burning powder.
Justice David Boyce was called as acting coroner, and Dr. J. W. Gardner was also called, who assisted Dr. Ikirt to make a post-motem examination.
One bullet hole was found in the left breast, just over the heart, another farther left, which ball had come out of the left side, three other shots had been inflicted, apparently after the body had fallen forward, in the region of the heart. Any one of the 4 of these shots would have been fatal.
Meanwhile great excitement exicted in front of the hotel and elsewhere on the Streets.
Angus Bratt, the confessed perpetrator of the diabolical deed, boasted to everbody that he had done the shooting, and "done it well" and even, when told by someone that the man was not yet dead, attempted to go upstairs again, saying he wanted to put 14 more balls into him; that he never did things by halves.
There was even talk of lynching him, but cooler counsel prevailed.
While the excitement was at fever heat, Bratt cooly walked down Second Street, several parties following and keeping watch as to his movements until he reached Washington Street, where Marshall Wyman took him into custody, Bratt making no attempt to escape, but saying he was ready to give himself up.
THE MURDERED MAN
Jefferson C. Davis, the murdered man, was about 35 years of age, married, leaves a wife and 2 children, (one is 14 years old, and the other only a few months old), and had his home in Youngstown. The family is left in destitute circumstances. He was a son of Mayor Davis, of Niles. Until recently the home of the deceased was in Niles. He was a paper hanger by trade, and left home about 4 weeks since to seek work.
He came to Leetonia in this county, and did a few jobs there. Thence to East Palestine, where he also stopped for a few days and did some work. He came to this city Friday evening of Last week, and put up at the Barlow House, since which timw he had taken and completed one or two jobs of work.
Bratt and he had been acquainted years ago at Niles, and falling into each other's company since his arrival here, something of the old intimacy had been revived. They had drank together at Caldwell's Bar in the morning preceding the murder, and even that evening, only 15 or 20 minutes before the commisson of the deed, the bartender had been ordered by Bratt to take a beer for 2 to Davis' room, which he did, leaving the men to drink together, and they were apparently the best of friends. Bratt had been drinking pretty heavily for several days, and it is believed by many that his mental condition had been seriously affected, inasmuch as there have been evidences of unsoundness not only in himself, hitherto, but in only members of his family.
However that may be, the circumstances attending the comission of the deed, indicate cool premeditation, inasmuch as on the evening of the murder he went to a Mr. Smith, living at Second & Washington Streets, and asked the loan of a revolver for the purpose of shooting a dog. Smith said he had a 5 shot revolver, which he would not loan, but would sell for 7 dollars. Bratt made the purchase, and it was with this revolver that the shooting was done. Marshall Wyman having secured it after the arrest. (He had also, we understand, applied for a revolver at the Shannon Bros. Hardware store, and had been refused, whereupon he asked for a hacket or hammer, ostensibly to kill a dog, but all these requests were refused)
The only effects found in the pockets of the deceased, were a memorandum book, on the fly leaf of which was inscribed "Jeff C. Davis 23 Hague Street Youngstown Ohio" a penknife, pencil, and a blank envelope, upon the corner of which was printed the card of the Book House East Palestine, Ohio. A brother of the deceased arrived here from Niles Wednesday morning and left with the remains for Niles Thursday Morning.
Angus Bratt is a man wll known in the city, lately following the occupation of a presser in the Pottery of Messrs. C.C. Thompson & Co., about 45 years of age, has a wife and several children. He has been Twice married, having lived an unhappy life with his first wife, who had been dead for several years.
When he came to this place a number of years ago, he was possessed of considerable means, having held previous to that time, a responsible and lucrative position in the employ of an Iron firm at Niles. Riotous living and sporting habits reduced him in worldly estate, and no doubt made inroads upon his mental and physical conditions.
When interviewed in his cell on Wednesday by a representive of the review, he was suffering from a great depression, stating that he had no recollection of what had transpired the night before, except that he had been drinking very hard. Information has been lodged with the mayor, but at this hour of going to press, he has not had a hearing, he will doubtless be sent to court for trial without unnecessary delay, and it maybe that a special Grand Jury will be drawn to consider this case in order that he may yet be tried the present term.
New Lisbon Buckeye State
6--1885 (after the 4th)
Angus Bratt, the murderer of Jeff Davis, at East Liverpool 10 days ago, was arrained last week and pleaded not guilty. Col. Hill and Hon. J. A. Amber were assigned as his counsel. He will be tried at the next term of Court.
Glenn Waight's manuscript version of Angus' encounter with justice:
his e-mail is; firstname.lastname@example.org
he is a writer for the East Liverpool Review;
BRATT?S TRIAL BEGAN Dec. 11, 1885 -- a Friday -- with Prosecutor R. W. Tayler serving the state and Col. H. R. Hill and former judge J.A. Ambler representing the defendant.
Tayler had ample evidence pointing to first degree murder -- the gun purchase, the arguments, Bratt?s presence at the crime, his admission of the shooting and the threat to return and finish the job, etc.
Bratt insisted his mind remained a blank after a quarrel with Davis on the railroad track and the talk with his daughter Lizzie until he found himself in the lockup the next morning. Although Col. Hill did not claim or suggest insanity, he indicated the family had a history of mental aberration, and Angus at times had shown symptoms.
Hill said the jury should decide whether Bratt were guilty or not of manslaughter -- not murder. Bratt, he emphasized, was greatly disturbed about Davis? physical threat to his daughter, Lizzie.
Davis had reportedly discussed with Bratt another young woman, asking about her conduct, declaring he intended "to find out," although Bratt warned he could get into trouble. When later he learned Davis had been upstairs in the rooming house at the same time as his daughter -- Hill noted that Bratt?s pension papers had been found on Davis -- the father thought his daughter had been molested or harmed.
The jury received the case late Saturday afternoon, and at 1:45 a.m. Sunday returned a verdict of guilt in the second degree. Judge William Nichols sentenced Bratt to life in prison at hard labor without solitary confinement.
He told Bratt that had it not been for whisky, he would never have perpetrated this crime. "Not that drunkeness was an excuse," he said. "You were in great provocation, as shown by the testimony of your daughter."
At this point Bratt broke down and wept. The judge concluded, "This shows the terrible and fearful consequences of intoxicating liquors." The ex-potter regained his composure, and sat down by the railing for a short time before the Sheriff came to take charge.
Angus Bratt was on his way to a life behind bars.
But my information is that he was pardoned in the early 1890s, seemingly not long before he died.
So therein lies the mystery, but the final chapter is unwritten -- if even it is recorded anywhere. I am checking another angle -- the Civil War records which updated sometimes include the death date and even burial site.
Best regards, Glenn
Mother: Margaret b: BET 1801 AND 1802 in Scotland
Sarah Agnes ASHBAUGH b: 1849 in Ohio
25 OCT 1866
in Columbiana Co., OH
- Lizzie BRATT b: BET 1870 AND 1871 in Ohio
Isaphene Arabelle THOMPSON b: 21 SEP 1847 in Allegheny Co., PA
- James Edward BRATT b: 12 MAY 1877 in Ohio
- Mae J. BRATT b: 20 AUG 1879 in Ohio
- George Thompson BRATT b: 11 DEC 1881
- Ethel Maude BRATT b: 21 APR 1886 in East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., OH