Incarceration in the Insane Asylum

In 1877 Joe's brother, John, helped his sister apply for a widow's pension since the man he had been forced to marry had been killed in the Civil War.

In February of 1878, with the resources of fifteen years back widow's pension pay, Joe bought a small farm outside the town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and he and Marie set up housekeeping like any other couple. As a homeowner, Joe could no longer be arrested for vagrancy when entering town to do business, making this gender outlaw even more dangerous than when he was a poverty-stricken, homeless vagabond.

In October of 1879, obituaries for the Female Hunter, Lucy Ann Lobdell, began appearing in newspapers from The New York Times to the Galveston Daily News claiming that Lobdell had died after a short, unnamed illness. In reality, John Lobdell began legal actions to have his sister declared insane. Upon order of the judge in Delaware County, New York, John took the testimonials of twelve "true and honest" men (three of whom had never met his sister), which were reviewed by a doctor and judge who had never met the subject, and Lucy Ann Lobdell Slater was declared insane for wearing men's clothes, pretending to love a woman, and pretending to be a hunter. In October of 1880, Lobdell was taken to Willard Insane Asylum in Ovid, New York, where he continued to wear men's clothes and insist he was man. In 1900 Lobdell was moved to the Insane Asylum at Binghamton, New York where he died in 1912. He is buried in the old, untended graveyard on the grounds there, the marker long gone.