WIGGANS

DECEMBER 10, 1875

                        Annie Carroll's Lament

They'll be hangin' ye, James, in the mornin'  

But my heart is breakin' tonight
They took ye from me without warning
Violated our home and our rights

An innocent man they are hangin'
Upstanding in word and in deed
While good men sit in jail their accusers
Grow rich through corruption and greed 

They call ye a Molly Maguire
Say you a plot did mastermind
To kill Bennie Yost...
What a laugh for ye both
Were a friend to each other and kind!

 

 

No murderous words could you utter
For ye were a peace loving man
Your only crime affiliation
As an Ancient Hibernian

They'll be hanging ye, James
With your brothers
United by oath and country
Gowen swore he would break
Up the Union
and none of its
 

Leaders go free
Now they've taken
To murderin' our husbands
Our brothers, our fathers, our sons
Their lies have put ye on the scaffold
And innocent men on the run

 

They'll be hanging ye, James
In the mornin'
And what shall I do with your son?
When he asks what's become of his Da, James
Shall I tell him the wrong that was wrung?

And what of your daughter, dear Jamie
When one day she becomes a bride?
She'll not know the love of a father
Or walk down thes aisle at his side...

They'll be hangin' ye, James, in the mornin'

But my heart is breakin' tonight

They took ye from me without warning  

Violated our home and our rights

And innocent man they are hangin'

Upstanding in word and in deed

While good men sit in jail their accusers

Grow rich through corruption and greed  

 

 

 

Annie and James rest in peace together

at Old Immaculate Conception Cemetary

Jim Thorpe (Old Mauch Chunk), Pennsylvania