The Medina Hanging

Dawn was just approaching on July 2, 1863, when the fire alarm in Baptist Church on W. Liberty Street began to sounds. The Coy’s house was on fire and Corydon Shumway rushed to the scene to discover the death of the Coy family. Many in Medina were stunned by this, never had anyone in this small town seen or heard of such a horrific event. This led many people to be terrified wonder who did this. During this time in Medina there was no police force, so the town’s father’s quickly gathered to solve this crime. S.H. Bradley was appointed chair men of the case and chose the member of this committee. At this time they declared a meeting to draw a ballot to see who the leading suspect of the crime. The winner of the ballot was F.F. Streeter; he was the last to be seen that night of the crime. The committee trial Mr. Streeter with little, to no evidence. The only evidence they had was blood stained envelope and that F.F Streeter was by the sight of the crime the night of it.. On November 28 when the trial had come to a verdict; they found Mr. Streeter guilty of murdering the Coy family and order him to death by hanging. It wasn't until February 27 1864 when the death of Streeter was final. He was hung from a tree that is located at the tee of West Liberty Street and West Homestead Street. Although Mr. Streeter was guilty there is no really hard evidence that he really committed this crime. He could have died an innocent man. This story is known as the only hanging in Medina.

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Coy's Home <br /><br />

Coy's Home

This was the home of the Coy family before it was burnt down in 1863. It hold most of keys to the only hanging in Medina. After the family was brutally murder it change Medina forever, no one in this small town had ever seen anything like this. In the top right corner, is one of the only know pictures of F.F Streeter before his death. -Image Courtesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

The Coy's Home Today

The Coy's Home Today

The Coy's home would have been here if it did not burn down back in 1863. This lot is across the street from NAPA Auto part on ElmWood Street. If the Coy's home where here today it would probably serve as historical center because of the history that the Coy's hold to Medina. -Image Courtesy of Edgardo Cruz View File Details Page

North Elmwood Street

North Elmwood Street

North Elmwood Street hold many of the history stories to Medina. It is where this story started and ended. The Coy's home once stood on this street, but after the murder of the family and fire the house had, this historical land mark is no longer here. This Street is also home to the hanging of F.F Streeter. The tree where he was hung at is at the tee of Elmwood and Homestead. -Image Courtesy of Edgardo Cruz View File Details Page

 Hanging Site

Hanging Site

This is where the story end, with the death of F.F Streeter. This tree hold the heart of this story. F.F Streeter was a supposed many of murder, who killed the Coy family. Many believe this side of the story but there is still the question if F.F Streeter really did to the crime. Maybe we will find out one day but until than, we can say he did the crime so he did his time. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Edgardo Cruz, “The Medina Hanging ,” Discover Medina, accessed May 27, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/141.

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