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Guide to the Outten-Willey Affair Article Collection. 1759.

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization and Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Collection Summary

Title Outten-Willey Affair Article Collection
Dates 1759
Extent 1 folder
Language  Materials are in English.
Collection ID 2010.070
Abstract This collection contains an article by R.J. Redden entitled "Delaware Tidbit-The Outten/Willey Affair." The article goes into great detail over the murder of Somerset County sheriff William Outten by Delaware resident John Willey. The evidence portrayed in this narrative was obtained through court depositions and the Maryland Archives..
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Historical Note

The "Outten/Willey Affair" occurred on February 6, 1759. William Outten was a Maryland sheriff who demanded that John Willey pay taxes owed to Maryland. Willey disputed the taxes, as he claimed he was not in Maryland but Sussex County, DE territory. The sheriff continued to demand the taxes, resulting in Willey barricading himself in his house and ordering his son and daughter to spread the word of the sheriff's abuse of power. A group of residents soon surrounded Outten and his men, disarmed Outten, and had Willey shoot Outten in the lower belly, killing him.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains an article by R.J. Redden entitled "Delaware Tidbit-The Outten/Willey Affair." The article goes into great detail over the murder of Somerset County sheriff William Outten by Delaware resident John Willey. The evidence portrayed in this narrative was obtained through court depositions and the Maryland Archives.

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Organization and Arrangement

 

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Nabb Research Center holds literary rights only for material created by Nabb Center personnel working on official behalf of the Nabb Center, or for material which was given to the Nabb Center with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

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Related Material

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Index Terms

These records are indexed under the following headings in the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.



Personal Names:

William Outten and John Willey.

Corporate Names:

Geographic Subjects:

Delaware

Topic Subjects:

Law enforcement

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Administrative Information

Acquisition and Custody Information

Unknown, found in archive.

Preferred Citation

Outten-Willey Affair Article Collection, Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University.

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Container List

 

1 | 1    Delaware Tidbit article by R. J. Reddon entitled "The Outten/Willey Affair"

 



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