Dennis Colvin strongly disapproved of slavery and exchanged many heatedletters on the subject withhis brother Andrew back in Kentucky shortlybefore the Civil War. One of his sons, William Henry Calvin, fought inthe Union Army, and the two brothers thus had sons on opposing sides ofthe conflict.
-- Calvin, Claude, The Calvin Famiiles: Origin and History of theAmerican Calvins ... (Pasadena, CA: , 1945)
Russell Colvin was a man of weak intellect who was at times believed tobe insane. Sometime in May of 1812, Russell disappeared and was not seenor heard from for years. Seven years, his hat was found in a secludedarea, some human bones were dug up by somebody's dog, and Amos Boorn hada dream during which Russell Colvin appeared to him and declared he hadbeen murdered.
On 27 April 1819, Russell's brother-in-law, Jesse Boorn was taken intocustody. During his trial, the exhumed bones were declared to be thoseof deceased sheep, not a human. Jesse declared that his brother Stephengot into an argument with Russell while hoeing, struck him in the headand killed him.
Stephen was taken into custody and both brothers were indicted. Theywere tried in November, 1819, and sentenced to be hanged on 29 Jan 1820.This sentence was latter commuted to life imprisonment.
In January 1820, Russell Colvin, having regained his senses, suddenlyappeared in town, alive. Apparently, he had been struck, but the blowhad not been fatal. The Boorn brothers were retried and their casedismissed.
-- History of Bennington Co, Town of Manchester, pp. 365-366
McFarland, Gerald, The Counterfeit Man, the True Story of theBoorn-Colvin Murder, (: University of Massachusetts, 1993)