James Purrington
Birth name James Scales Purrington
Occupation Farmer
Born (1759-09-17)September 17, 1759
Lincoln County, Province of Massachusetts Bay
Died

July 9, 1806(1806-07-09) (aged 46)
Augusta, Maine, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Parents David Purrington
Mary Scales
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Clifford
Attack information
Date July 9, 1806
2 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Location(s) Augusta, Maine, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 8
Injured 1
Weapon(s) Axe
Razor

James Scales Purrington (also spelled Purrinton, Purington, and Purinton) was an American farmer who killed eight members of his family and wounded a ninth in Augusta , Maine, United States on July 9, 1806, before committing suicide.

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Victims[edit | edit source]

  • Elizabeth Clifford Purrington, 45, his wife
  • Polly Purrington, 19, his daughter
  • Martha Purrington, 15, his daughter
  • Benjamin Purrington, 12, his son
  • Anna Purrington, 10, his daughter
  • Nathaniel Purrington, 8, his son
  • Nathan Purrington, 6, his son
  • Louisa Purrington, 18 months, his daughter

Wounded was James Purrington, 17, his son.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Purrington Massacre
  2. The Purrinton Murders
  3. Maine Library Commission: Maine library bulletin Vol. 1-6; Augusta, Maine, 1911.
  4. The Purrinton Tragedy: Augusta, 1806, Maine History News (March 2, 2012)
  5. Merritt, Timothy: A Discourse on the Horrid Murder of Captain James Purrington's Family; Moses Davis, 1806.
  6. True Crime Tuesday: The Maine Purrington Mass Murder, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  7. Horrid Murder!, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  8. Saturday, a Coroner's inquest was held, The Northampton Mercury (August 30, 1806)
  9. The Maine Antiquary, Lewiston Saturday Journal (August 31, 1895)
  10. Merritt, Timothy: Horrid Massacre!!; Peter Edes, 1806.
  11. Tragedy & Murder In Maine: True Historical Stories, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  12. Capt James Scales Purrington, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  13. North, James W.: The History of Augusta, from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time; Clapp and North, 1870. (pp. 335 - 338)
  14. Maine State Library: Purrinton tragedy of 1806 is recalled, in Bulletin, Vol. 4; 1915.
  15. Nash, Charles Elventon & Ballard, Martha: The History of Augusta; Charles E. Nash & Son, 1904.
  16. Kingsbury, Henry D. & Deyo, Simeon L.: Illustrated history of Kennebec County, Maine; 1625-1799-1892, Part 1; H.W. Blake & Company, 1892.
  17. Patterson, William Davis: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine: 1760 to 1800; Society, 1895. (p. 74)
  18. On the night of 8th inst., Newport Mercury (July 26, 1806)
  19. Horrid murder, Hagerstown Maryland Herald And Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser (August 1, 1806)
  20. [1], Weekly Raleigh Register (August 4, 1806)
  21. Purington Massacre -- Hallowell, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  22. Souliere, Michelle: Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State; The History Press, 2011
  23. Fryer, George & Clark, James: Horrid Murder!; Fryer & Clark, 1806.
  24. Horrid Murder, [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  25. Ray, Isaac: A Treatise on the medical jurisprudence of insanity; Little, Brown, and Company, 1871. (pp. 287/88)
  26. Websdale, Neil: Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers; Oxford University Press, 2010. (pp. 103 - 105) ISBN 9780199717958
  27. [], [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
  28. [], [[Wikipedia:|]] ()
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