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Another Charleston / Miss. Co Incident

Yes the A.R. Russell is a relative....

Charleston Courier, a newspaper published in Mississippi
County, Missouri, issue of Friday March 4,

ANOTHER MURDER - Judge Haly W. Molder

Last evening the 4th inst just before
sundown, nine men rode up to the residence of
Judge Haly W. Molder, living in the James
Bayou Township, and seeing him in the yard,
ordered him to surrender, as they did not
wish to hurt him, he being an old man. All
they wanted was his money and his weapons. He
swore he would not surrender, and then hauled
out a pistol and shot at them 3 times. Seven
of the party immediately shot back, riddling
him with 27 balls and his right arm being
shot to pieces.

They then entered the house and searched
every room, found 2 double and 1 single
barrel shot gun and 3 Colts revolvers. They
also took some money but how much we cannot
tell. His papers were torn and scattered all
over the place. Before leaving they exacted
an oath from George Adams and B. A. Beadles,
who were working there, not todivulge any of
their names for if they did some of the party
would kill them for sure.

On their way below they stopped at old
Beadles, and told him to go and help bury
Molder for they had killed him. At the next
place John Claycome lives,where they also
stopped helping themselves to all his clothes
and about $30. in money.

We, the jury, having been duly sworn and
affirmed by J. M. Ayres, Justice of the Peace
of James Bayou Township , Mississippi County,
Missouri, diligentlyto enquire and to
presentment and in what manner and by whom H.
W.Molder whole dead body was found on the 3
day of March 1864 came to his death . After
hearing the evidence and upon the inquiry
covering the facts and a careful examination
of the dead body do find that the deceased
came tohis death by violence and the said
body has upon it twenty seven bullets went
into body and two came out , and inflicted on
his person by persons unknown to the jury and
which this jury finds to have been the cause
of his death. He was killed in his own yard.

Given under my hand and seal J. M. Ayres,
Justice of the Peace Signature of jurors:
A.B. Franks, G. W. Beadles, J. T. Polsgrove,
John L. Shultz, Eliot Lowery, A. R. Russell

(some of the names and words were difficult
to make out and errors in spelling may have
been made in the copying of this document.
Copied from the originals by La Wanda
Douglas, East Prairie, Mo.)

Haly Molder's will was admitted to probate
May 11, 1864 and Sherrod W. Doss appeared,
acknowledging he witnessed the will. It was
also witnessed by Edward A. Pierce. Original
will was dated 27 March 1857. He left a wife
and one son, Marcus Brutus Molder. Given name
of wife not contained in the will, only "my
beloved wife"