1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 11, 2019 11:58 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Guidance on D.C. Prisoners Sent to New York to Serve Their Sentences?

    Channing Joseph Newbie

      I am researching several 19th-century D.C. residents who were convicted of crimes like housebreaking, assault, larceny, and so on, who were sent to serve their sentences at Albany Penitentiary in New York (or sometimes to Auburn Prison in New York).

       

      Here is an 1890 article (titled "Prisoners Sent to Albany Penitentiary") from The Evening Star newspaper describing the convictions and sentences: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1890-03-05/ed-1/seq-8/#date1=1890&index=7&date2=1890&searchType=advan…

       

      The problem I am having is that I have not had luck finding these prisoners after they leave D.C.

       

      I believe they should be listed here in the New York, Governor's Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908 (available via Ancestry.com here: https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8870).

       

      Does anyone have any experience with this, or know why the D.C. prisoners aren't listed? Perhaps I am overlooking something. Any advice would be appreciated.