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Edward Gorsuch

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Birthplace: Glencoe, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Death: Died in Christiana, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dickinson Gorsuch, Jr and Mary Gorsuch
Husband of Sarah Bowen Gorsuch
Father of John Stansbury Gorsuch and Dickinson Gorsuch, III
Brother of Belinda Pearce; Elizabeth Gorsuch; Mary Gorsuch; Thomas Talbott Gorsuch and Dickinson Gorsuch

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About Edward Gorsuch

Killed in the Christiana Riots while trying to recapture runaway slaves. Otherwise, he was supposedly an all-around nice guy.

Edward Gorsuch (1795-1851) was a Baltimore County, Maryland farmer and slave-owner, who died on September 11, 1851 while trying to recapture four of his escaped slaves in Christiana, Pennsylvania . Although Gorsuch prided himself on what he believed was his kind treatment of his slaves, four of his younger male slaves fled the farm in 1849, fearing punishment for some stolen wheat. Over the course of two years, Gorsuch unsuccessfully attempted to recapture them. In 1851, he finally succeeded in tracking the fugitives down, confronting them with a posse of slave catchers at the home of William Parker in Christiana. An altercation ensued in which Edward Gorsuch, at the age of 56, was killed.

http://www.umbc.edu/che/tahlessons/pdf/Slavery_and_Civil_Disobedience_Christiana_Riot_of_1851_RS_07.pdf

Christiana Riots, 1851

http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-109

"A footnote to the story is that John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, attended private school in Maryland with Tommy Gorsuch, the planter's youngest son. Booth later spoke out against the shooting, claiming that it robbed "the boy my playmate" of his father. Lincoln's assassin used the episode as an example of what he considered northern aggression against the South."

Mentioned in a letter from Booth:

http://books.google.com/books?id=x-5t8Zd94w4C&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=john+wilkes+booth+gorruge&source=web&ots=ROHBhyBsPD&sig=C_0Fzehn5TlCvdJxCO0d3FEk_Hg&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/hist/NEHworkshops/NEH/resource/profiles1.htm

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Killed in the Christiana Riots while trying to recapture runaway slaves. Otherwise, he was supposedly an all-around nice guy.

http://www.explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=297bed "the boy my playmate" of his father. Lincoln's assassin used the episode as an example of what he considered northern aggression against the South."

http://books.google.com/books?id=x-5t8Zd94w4C&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=john+wilkes+booth+gorruge&source=web&ots=ROHBhyBsPD&sig=C_0Fzehn5TlCvdJxCO0d3FEk_Hg&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

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Edward Gorsuch's Timeline

1795
April 18, 1795
Glencoe, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1820
February 1, 1820
Age 24
December 17, 1820
Age 25
1826
1826
Age 30
1851
September 11, 1851
Age 56
Christiana, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA