I've gotten back on track with Rufus D. Stephens. I'm trying to connect my known Rufus D. with this Rufus D. who was involved in a manslaughter case in New York in 1805.
Even when you have one article on an event, consider searching for more. My scanning for more items on located references which may help jumpstart my work on Rufus. My current goal is to determine if there are court records for him in Herkimer County.
Or at least explain why he left Herkimer County.
Of course, I still have to prove the Herkimer County Rufus is the same one who appears in western New York and in Michigan and Ontario.