1868 - A tomb in the old burying ground in Danvers, Mass., holding the remains of the Putnam family for generations past, was recently broken into by some boys,
who stole the silver plates from the coffins, and carried off and sold the bones to peddlers. One of the parties was caught, which led to the detection of others,. When arrested, they had a basket of bones with them, and were playing foot-ball with the human skulls taken from the tomb.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 20, 1868