1795 - The lot was to be let for the term of 21 years to whoever wished to take it.
-Jonathan Ketchum became High Sheriff.
-The Execution of James Shanks took place. (Find the full story in “All Our Born Days” by Doris Calder)
1798-1799-William Puddington took over the couthouse at this time due to the fact in 1800 bills were paid by the County Treasurer which had been submitted by Puddington for work done at the court house.
1801 - David B. Wetmore, Esq fed or boarded Grace Walker. Puddington was still the jailor.
1802 - A bill before the legislative assembly was to sell the unusable Gaols in the province. The Kingston gaol was not mentioned at first but was mentioned later.
1804 or 1805 - Original courthouse burned down as stated in Wetmore’s Historical “Memoirs” and All Our Born Days and it was decided to build the new one at Kingston Corner, opposite Trinity Church.
1805 - Walter Bates becomes Sheriff.
1807-1808 - Sometime in this period the new courthouse and gaol are built. It has been described as being a plain wooden building on a stone basement, and contained the court rooms, jury rooms, ante rooms and, upstairs, the residence of the jailor. The Gaol was in the basement.
1814 - M. William Dibblee is jailor
1814-1815- The events of Henry More Smith took place during this time.
The most infamous criminal of Kings County, NOT to have been held in the current gaol. Known by many names (Frederick More Smith, Henry Frederick Moon, and William Newman), Henry was imprisoned for the theft of a horse in the gaol in Kingston which was in the basement of the original Kings County Courthouse. He escaped by feigning illness, was recaptured in Woodstock, escaped again, and was finally captured in the Fredericton area after breaking into the Attorney General’s home. He was returned to the Kings County Gaol to be held for trial. He feigned insanity and refused to speak to the judge when charged, then while awaiting trial mysteriously escaped from leg-irons, chains and handcuffs and neck collars. He was sentenced to death in 1815, but upon appeal he was pardoned on condition he leave New Brunswick and never return. Read the “Mysterious Stranger” by Walter Bates and/or “The Lunar Rogue” by Barbara Grantmyre for the full story of Henry More Smith.
1830’s- James Barnes becomes the jailor at Kingston
1831 - A new gaol was considered in lower Kingston.
1837- Walter Bates leaves his position as Sheriff and Asa Davidson takes over.
1837-1839- Walter Bates requests a new prison saying the old one is inadequate and can’t hold that many prisoners. As well a couple of men tried to break their friends out by smashing the windows. The jailors presence stopped the escape but the men who tried to break their friends out escaped. The gaol wasn’t well constructed nor fortified.
1839 - In October of that year Terrance Leonard and James McMonagle were hanged for a murder in Hampton. A third man, Mr Haley, was sentenced to hang with them but had petitioned for pardon to Queen Victoria. He was pardoned, but years later he confessed he was the murderer and his two friends were innocent men.
1839 - James Barnes leaves his position.
-The "New" (1840) Gaol could have been under development at this time.
1840- March 25th, An act authorizing the building of a separate gaol and granting an assessment of 500 pounds, to be levied and collected as any other country rates was passed.
1840 - The year the Gaol was finished.
1842 - Walter Bates dies.
1843 - Asa Davidson leaves his position as High Sheriff.
1846 - Munson Gould Pickett: On December 26th 1846 Munson shot his brother Seymour in a quarrel. He was originally sentenced to death but his sentence was commuted to 14 years hard labour. The brothers had a falling out over some property left by their father.