Timeline

  • 1802 – George Washington Loomis moves to Sangerfield at twenty-five years old. He buys 385 acres of land and builds a house on a hill overlooking the nine-mile swamp.
  • 1812 – George Washington Loomis marries Rhoda Mallet
  • 1817-1836: Loomis children are born. Wash in 1823 and Grove in 1825.
  • 1845 – Flora Temple was foaled in Utica, New York from the sire Loomis Bogus (Grove’s horse) and a dam named Madame Temple
  • 1848 – Country dance at Brookfield. Grove and Wash got a crowd of hop-pickers together and drove over. They entered the ballroom without tickets, insisting on dancing, and wound up in a bloody fight. Wash was indicted for an assault with intent to kill. As a result, Wash skips bail and leaves for California.
  • 1850 – Wash returns to Sangerfield
  • 1854 – Wash begins a relationship with Hannah Wright
  • 1856 – Filkins elected Constable of Brookfield, Madison County, and begins a campaign against the Loomis gang
  • 1857 – George Washington Loomis Sr. Dies
  • 1858 – Filkins makes attempt to capture the gang and shots are fired at Plumb. Plumb attempts to indict Filkins for an attempt of murder. Grove indicted for passing counterfeit money and escapes punishment.
  • 1859 – Hannah Wright is now living at the Loomis homestead.
  • October 15th, 1859 – Flora Temple is the first trotter to trot faster than 2:20. She had become a racing icon, the “Queen of the Turf” and was the second mare, after Lady Suffolk, to trot the mile in under 2:30.
  • 1860 – Loomis family receives a warrant from Justice Samuel Marsh for the arrest of Filkins for assault and battery.
  • April 12, 1861 – Civil War begins
  • 1862 – Hannah Wright dies by gun wound (suspected murder planned by Loomis brothers, Plumb and Denio)
  • 1863 – Relations with Filkins continues to escalate. Filkins’ is shot in the right arm and left hand by an unknown assailant.
  • 1864 – Morrisville Courthouse burned to the ground, presumedly by the Loomis Gang to hide damaging evidence.
  • Spring 1865 – Civil War ends
  • October 29th, 1865 – at 1 A.M., a mob led by Filkins attack the Loomis homestead. Wash is beaten to death and his body found out by the woodshed. Grove was badly beaten and set on fire but lives.
  • June 9th, 1866 – Filkins goes to the Loomis homestead to capture horse thieves. Filkins shot in the arm. Plumb is hung 3 times but lives and bears the scars around his neck.
  • June 1867 – Filkins trial for the murder of Wash Loomis. He is cleared of all charges.
  • 1936 – Carl Carmer publishes Listen for a Lonesome Drum: A York State Chronicle that tells a tale about Loomis treasure.
  • 1939 – Harold William Thompson writes about the Loomis Gang in his book Body, Boots, & Britches: Folktales, Ballads, and Speech from Country New York.
  • 1941 – Harriet McDoual Daniels publishes Nine-Mile Swamp: A Story of the Loomis Gang
  • 1968 – George William Walter publishes The Loomis Gang
  • 1992 – Dr. E Fuller Torrey publishes Frontier Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Loomis Gang
  • 1997 – Dr. E Fuller Torrey publishes Ride With the Loomis Gang
  • December 1st, 2019 – TheLoomisGang.org is published online.