Deputy Sheriff Granville A. Hayden

Deputy Sheriff Granville A. Hayden

Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Monday, April 28, 1873

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Granville A. Hayden

Deputy Hayden and Deputy William Hubbard were killed by a suspect they had apprehended. The deputies had tracked the suspect through the wilderness of Aroostook County until they captured him late in the day at a camp near Mapleton.

The deputies decided to secure their prisoner at a nearby sawmill and get a good night's sleep before making the long hike back to the county seat. Sometime during the night the prisoner was able get loose. He obtained an axe and killed both deputies. Two other deputized civilians with the group were able to escape and raise an alarm. A posse was formed and located the suspect at his home the following morning.

As the suspect was being taken to jail by a constable and jailer a group of 50 masked citizens seized him and hung him from a tree.

Deputy Hayden was survived by his wife and two children. He was predeceased by one clild. He is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Pesque, Maine.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Lynched by mob


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