Deputy U.S. Marshal John C. Stephenson

Deputy U.S. Marshal John C. Stephenson

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, July 11, 1873

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John C. Stephenson

Deputy Marshal John Stephenson was stabbed to death in Jersey City, New Jersey, by a deserter from a Russian ship.

Deputy Marshal Stephenson had arrested the man and was walking with him on Grand Street when the man suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed the marshal. The suspect attempted to commit suicide and was later arrested.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Stephenson's murder and was hanged at the Hudson County Jail in 1874.

Deputy Marshal Stephenson was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed

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Your memory lives on with the research of the ancestry of your descendents and descendants of your sisters and brothers. I have searched since your memorial for YOUR descendants and think I may have found one today--actually he found me. I will be sure that your memorial plaque is given to your descendants, where it should rightfully be, so they can always remember you as you are realized by them to be an important part of their heritage. Rest in peace. Give Isabella my love and tell her we have not forgotten any of you. (From your sister Isabella's GGGgrandaughter)

Joyce Fleury Presnall SFC
US Army retired

March 2, 2012

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