January 1, 2013

1850 to 1879 murder leads

Previously:

Click here for a list of my other Pulaski/Rockcastle/Laurel County KY articles

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this is a draft post published as backup. these are all cases I need more info on. I'm in the process of adding them to the timeline also


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(not sure if this is Ky or Tn) not on timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 2. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. March 30, 1853. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[March 30, 1853] -

Shot. -- A man named Bailey Smotherman, living near the coal banks, on Cumberland river, in Pulaski county, Ky., was shot, about a week since, by a negro named Jim, who was arrested and placed in jail to await his trial. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 2. Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. April 18, 1853. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[April 18, 1853] -

SUICIDE. -- A negro named Jim, who was recently convicted in the Pulaski, Tenn., Circuit Court of the murder of Bailey Smotherman, committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell in the jail at Knoxville, on Monday last. []





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6th of August, 1855. John Comely for the murder of Stephen Spratt. Garrard. added to timeline

See: Comely v. Commonwealth, Garrard, 1856


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Garrard. August 1858. Henry Harris kills [?] Isham. added to timeline

[] Robert C. Harris to Beriah Magoffin,  6 December 1861,  Office of the Governor, Beriah Magoffin: Governor's Official Correspondence File, Petitions for Pardons and Remissions, 1859-1862,  MG22-195 to MG22-196,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-020-1567, (accessed July 17, 2017).

[December 6, 1861] -


To His Excellency 
B. Magoffin 
Gov. of Kentucky,

Your Petitioner Robert. C. Harris would most respectfully State to your Excellency, that about the last of August 1858 he went a Security on the Bail Bond of Henry Harris in the Garrard Circuit Court who was charged with the Killing of a man by the name of Isham in that County.

Said Henry Harris was poor and without friends, and it being the opinion of many good citizens there that he was innocent, the Killing being done in a drunken melee about dark, and one of the party engaged in it left the Same night, and has not to my Knowledge been in the State Since. Henry was very drunk at the time the Killing took place, and he declared to me if he done the deed it was wholly without his Knowledge, never having had one word of difficulty with the man Killed, nor had at the time not So much as a pen Knife — The Killing was proven to be done with a large Knife.

Under these Circumstances and to give Henry a chance to obtain his witnesses I entered his Security on his Bail Bond, and he would have Stood his trial certain had he not been pursuaded by his lawyers not to do So. As Soon as I ascertained that he was gone, I used every effort to find out his whereabouts, but could not get any clue as to where he was at, until last winter when I was told by a very 
responsible gentleman that it was Supposed that he went Some where near the line of Mexico. The Bail Bond was for Fifteen Hundred dollars, and I have Settled 30 per Cent with the Commonwealths Attorney, and I pray your Excellency that in view of the premises and Circumstances that you release me from Said Bond.

I refer your Excellency to the papers filed with your Secretary of State at the time you granted me a Respite, which I think will fully bear me out in the above Statement of facts; and in duty will ever pray &c

R C Harris

Sworn to before me by R. C. Harris December 6th 1861

H. H. Hughes Clk M C C

Mr Harris, the within Petitioner is a Hotel Keeper of the "Harris House" at Lebanon — He formerly lived at Somerset. I have known him over 20 years. He is an industrious public spirited good citizen from my knowledge of him I would give full credit to his sworn statement.

A. J. James

Garrard Cir. Ct 
$1500 } Recogn 
Robt. C Harris 
Remission Issd

Apr. 23d. 1862




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Pulaski Prior to March 1859. added to timeline.

[] Sherrod Williams to Beriah Magoffin,  17 January 1861,  Office of the Governor, Beriah Magoffin: Governor's Official Correspondence File, Petitions for Pardons and Remissions, 1859-1862,  MG24-252 to MG24-253,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-020-2159, (accessed July 20, 2017).

[January 17, 1861] -


To the Govenor of the State of Kentucky The undersigned who was appointed by the court to defend and the Commonwealth atty state that Phillip Cormany was tried and convicted to the Penitentiary of Ky for the period of Seven years for the killing of a man by the name of Hines at the march Term of the Pulaski Circuit Court 1859 that he is now in said Penetentiary The proof and circumstances in the case a abundantly showed that he was a man of very weak mind approaching very nearly to Idiocy that he was greatly under the influence of Liquor at the time and when under the influence of Liquor he was bereft of what mind he had, that before the killing took place he had been very badly treated by two man Shellery and Lynn_ one had held him and the other had pissed on him Lynn had drawn a dangerous knife on him twice and made at him to thrust it in him that Just about the time he shot Hines (which was at the door of ^a^ drinking house where a good many persons were of assembled and drinking Liquor) that Hines Lynn walked to him where he was peaceably standing and slapped him in the face and ordered him out of the house Cormany went out and as he went Lynn followed him with his knife drawn and Just as Cormany passed out of the door he turned and fired and Hines fell the witness ^thought^ it was Lynn that fell the officer immediately arrested Cormany who asked what for: the officer said for killing that man. Cormany replied I told ^him^ if he drew his knife on him ^me^ again he ^I^ would kill him ^It was also proven that the Pistol with which he shot he had taken from me other means [...][...] Just a short time before the shooting^ we think it would be proper to pardon him Jan 17th 1861

Sherrod Williams

I think the foregoing statements toleraby accurate, there was no doubt that Cormony did not intend to kill Hinds. he aimed to shoot Lynn, who was an aggressor upon him at the time

E L Vanwinkle atto

Phillip Cormany who is now in the Penitintiary of Kentucky for the killing of Hines is a poor Ignorant creature has a wife and three infant children who have no means of support. we the ^undersigned citizens of Pulaski County^ petition The Govenor to pardon him and Let him come home and work to keep his wife & children from starvation:

Names 
William E Vaught, J C Allman, E. E. Barron, John Owing, M B Perkins, Isaac Gastineau, David R Taysory, Henry G Vaught

Names
J D Cardan on of the Jury, E. S. Salyer, J S Vickery, John O. Ashley, F H Licking, David Hubble, C C Doss

Names 
Isaac T. Vaught, Josiah Girler, Benjamin Girdler, A J Gelvin, Joseph Huskerson, J.. Vickey, Robert Randolph, J. E. Carson, John A Brake, William Vaught, A. H. [Suver], W D Muse, F F Vaught, [...] Doss, R Russell, M D. Harney, J. S. Datten, D. W. Barron, Wm Kennedy, Elisha Dunyan, Wm Surber, Wm Culuss, Levi Stubbel, Elisha Prue, W M Fox, J W. Bobbett, W,, W Adaris one of Jury, John Smith, J H Davis, E W Lowder, D Gregory, W Copper, A S Owens,

Names 
Jacob Cox, V. W. Allen, J P Nunnelley, E Thompson, R G Vaught, O P Jasper, Thomas Baugh, Jno W Adams, George M. Merrick, Hudson Neurey, Thos White, Jesse Purvill, Saml D Combest, Silas Price J P, T Burham Sheriff, Jos Newchurch, E Carr J P, William [...], Henry [Bergerill], John Gaston, Willis Eastham Assesor, John Hall Jr, Daniel McDaniel, Bird S Willson, T Q Elliot, Andrew Ballard, Tom [Dicks], A. J. Irvin, Alex. R. McKee, Will C. Curd, J. S. Bishop, A G Howell, John M Hanby, W G Swiler, James Pence, Thomas Z Marron, Joel Sallee, C B. Backeller, J M Perkins, T. M. Paschal, Joseph Bryant, Millon G Bryant, E Young, Alvey Vanhook, C D Porch J P C P, John N Allen, W G Mills, Henry Vaught, E Woolsey, W E Beatie, S W Hail, M V Cundiff, W M Newell, R Gibson, Frank J White,

I do not know of my own knowledge the above stated facts but I it is Generally been reported to me as above stated 
James Eastham, W D Black, Wm Haney, Thomas Gindler, W M Davis, R. S. Barron, M Singleton, R F Beatie, W D Gosett, M. M. Higgins, John J Griffin, Jones Sutton, John Crawford, Hiram Dugan, [Chrisley Copperkoffer], D. F. Cundiff, C P Eastham coronor, John Parrott, V.. B.. Watson, J. H. More, Wan R Kelly D S

The petition of the Citizens of Pulaski County for the pardon of Phillip Cormany


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1860. Boyle Co. not on timeline

[] "Boyle County Jail Unlocked and Two Prisoners Escaped." The Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. May 29, 1860. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[May 29, 1860] -


BOYLE COUNTY JAIL UNLOCKED AND TWO PRISONERS ESCAPED. -- On Wednesday night the prison cells of the Boyle county jail were unlocked, and two of the four prisoners escaped. Thos. D. McGrath, who some months ago killed Benj. Proctor, and George Anderson, accused of horse stealing. There were two others confined, who say they did not know their cells were unlocked.

The jailor, Mr. Harness, was away from home, and the supposition is that a servant girl, who slept in the room with Mrs. Harness, had been bribed to steal the cell keys. On the morning after the prisoners had gotten out she ran away from home. -- [Frankfort Commonwealth. []





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Feb 1861. Lincoln county. James Smith kills Robert Raines. added to timeline

Henry T. Harris to Beriah Magoffin,  21 March 1861,  Office of the Governor, Beriah Magoffin: Governor's Official Correspondence File, Apprehension of Fugitives from Justice Papers, 1859-1862,  MG8-104,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-021-0022, (accessed September 17, 2016).

[March 21, 1861] -


HENRY T. HARRIS, 
Attorney at Law, 
AND 
GENERAL COLLECTOR.

Stanford, Lincoln County, Ky., 
March 21st 1861
Governor B. Magoffin 
Sir.

Enclosed you will find the description of James Smith, who, about the ^last of^ Feby, in this County, killed Robert Raines — he has fled, and we desire you to offer a reward for his apprehension. The murder was a most unwarrantable one, and the person murdered a young man of great respectability and goodness.

Description. 
He is about five feet 11 inches high — weighs about 165, or 170 pounds, has heavy eyebrows — a sulky look — sandy hair and whiskers, the latter very thin upon his face. ^His eyes are rather yellowish.^ He cannot straighten his right arm, caused by rheumatism. He is about 22 years of age, speaks rather quick when spoken to.,

Yours truly 
Harry T. Harris.


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1860. Pulaski. not on timeline.


June 24/61
Woodstock Pulaski Co Ky. 
To his Excellency 
Beriah Magoffin

Your petitioner would Respectfully state that In Oct. last before the poleice Judge of Somerset he was fined $18.00 and cost under the following circumstance to wit that one William Mounce (who is now in the state prison) he was and had become a terror to the County and threatened mine together with other mens lives and In the mean time Broke open Robed and after Put astore on fire and I together with others had been Endeaving to arrest him and finally after many days In which the whole County were more or less Engaged he was arrested by same men and carried to town on hearing of his arrest I Immediately went to assist in seeing he was safely guarded on comeing up Mounce and myself had some words not thinking or knowing but what the said Mounce was armed and knowing he had threatened my life, I drew a pistole and Said to him If he felt like carrying out his threat I was Ready for him on being spoken to by the Gentleman having the prisnor In charge and matters Explained I put up my weapon that I had carried for no other Reason but Self Defence the Marshal consiquently notified me to appear before the police but having to go with the prisnor to trial I made no defence and being quite a poor man and Rather a new beginner In the world I feel unable to pay the Same and ask your honer to Remit said fine

John A. Kindrick

P S my address is Woodstock Ky.

We the undersigned would Respectfully State that from what we know and what we have understood that the Statement Set forth by the forgoing petitioner is true and we would Respectfully State that we consider It wrong and quite hard that Mr Kindrick Should Even pay the [...] as the prisnor was an out law and become a terror to the whole community and would have been Linched had he been In many neighbourhoods we hope your honer will Remit Said fine as we consider It ^in^just for Mr. Kindrick to pay It and we dont think there is a man In this County would say he ought to

E. E. Barron 
Wm Starns 
Logan Owens 
W. C. Swinney 
David Lee 
James Bernard 
J. L. Dye 
J C Patton 
S. Thompson 
R. G. Ferrell 
Silas Price 
Jonas, Sutton 
Robert Todd 
Henry Warren 
Larken Hicks 
F G Yancey 
John H. Neely 
C. Stegall 
Wm Greer 
R. H. Pierce 
Robt. Clark 
Harden Wilder 
W B Kelly 
William Hable 
Richard Sowers 
Daniel Lewis Sr 
Thos L Gaynes 
A. C. Surlin 
G Q Reynolds 
Jeferson Gerber 
Armstrong Adams 
A B Surber 
W D Black 
Thomas Z Moroon 
County Attorney 
T. M. Parchal 
C. Greer 
John Yancey 
G.. Woods 
B.. Lawson 
James Wilder 
Samuel Gipson 
Robbert Sell 
James Pence 
George Coal 
Harden Wilder Sr 
James Lewis 
David Burge 
L S Gill 
R. Staint 
Henry Todd 
Wm H Todd
Remitted 
B. M

Somerset Po Ct 
$18 
Jno. A Kindrick 
Remission Issd

July 18 1861



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1862? Lincoln. added to timeline (check if Harris was part of Hall's Gap Battl.)

[] "Murder." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 26, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-04-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 26, 1872] -


Murder.

The grand jury of this county, at the present term of the Circuit Court, returned two indictments against one James Harris, for murder. It is charged that during the war, Harris, being one of the "Bridgewater gang," aided in killing two Confederate soldiers who had been parolled during Bragg's retreat from this State. []



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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 25, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-10-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 25, 1872] -

The case of the Commonwealth vs. Jas. S. Harris, charged with murdering two Confederate soldiers, Doctors Bell and Ried [Reid], in 1862, was called on Wednesday afternoon, and after much delay a jury was empalmed [sic] on Thursday morning, composed of the following gentleman: B. T. Brown, T. B. Robinson, George Vaughn, W. A. Hayes, Samuel H. Helm, G. P. Ramsey, Liberty Green, R. S. Tucker, T. J. Robinson, R. C. Huston, G. W. Alford, and L. M. Powell. The entire day was consumed in examining the witnesses. The proof will be argued to-day. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Brevities." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 14, 1873] -


At the October term of our Circuit Court, the jury in the case of the Commonwealth against James Harris, charged with the murder of Dr. Bell, in 1862, failed to make a verdict, and the defendant gave bail in the sum of $500. About two weeks ago he left this vicinity for parts unknown. []



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Fall 1864. Lincoln. added to timeline


Stanford Kenty 20" July 1865
To His Excellency Tho E Bramlette —

Your Petitioner Thomas Purdon would respectfully represent that in the fall of 1864, he was residing in the Town of Stanford where he was borned, and Just after dark it was announced, on the streets that horse theives were in a pasture adjoining the Town of Stanford attempting to catch two through bred race mares the property of W B Withers Mr Withers called upon Petitioner with others to assist him in protecting his property and in capturing the theives, and he together with others run under great excitement to the pasture when Petitioner was directed to gard one string of fence, whilst others entered the pasture and searched for the theives and others still, guarded the other sides of the pasture with the disign of capturing the theves if possible, Petitioner had only for a moment been stationed, at his post and was greatly Excited when in the darkness he thought he discovered some person advancing toward him up the fence, he was guarding; instantly he called out "hault" which was twice repeated and to no Effect as the person still advanced whereupon in the excitement of the Moment he fired, and unfortunately Killed Dick a Slave the property of Joseph McAlister, against whom Petitioner believes no suspicion could attend of Guilty intention to steal the horses aforesaid Petitioner statesd that at the September Term of the Lincoln Circuit Court last he was indicted by the Grand Jury of Lincoln for (Manslaughter) the Malicious Shooting and Killing of said boy — Now Petitioner states he was ^not^ guilty of Murderous intent in Killing said boy, That it was done in excitement of the moment, without any malice whatever, under the honest belief that said boy was the thief who was attempting to steal the two Mares aforesaid of W B Withers, all of which was by Petitioner acknowledged at the time of the Killling

It was a great and Lamentable mistake over which God Knows your Petitioner has been already sufficiently punished The regrets of which will follow him to the grave; but he feels that he is not a fit subject for the state prison, has no proof of his innocence save the facts alone stated, and is unwilling to be convicted upon the records of his native county of Such an Offence, and fears that under the peculiar circumstances of his case such might be the result, and therefore humbly begs your Excellency — will pardon him, for the Offence charged in said indictment, which he feels would be but Just to him, and believes will be approved by the Enlightened public sentiment of the County

Respectfully 
Thos Purdon

Sworn to before me by Thos Purdon this 21st dy of July 1865

S S McRoberts Clk L. C. C.

We the undersigned Citizens of Stanford and vicinity County Concur in the pryer of the above Petition of Thos Purdon and by his Excellency will pardon said Purdon for said Offence charged in the indictment now pending against him in the Office of the Lincoln Circuit Court this 21st July 1865

J H. Bridgewater 
T, W, Varnon 
A G Huffman M D 
W B Berrey J. P. L. C. 
M. V. Smith 
R. G. Craig 
E. S. Fisher 
Wm.A. Pollock 
P H Shanks 
John C. Cooper 
D. W. Vanderveer 
P. M. Talbot 
E. B. Caldwell S. L. C. 
H. T. Harris -- 
James M Shackelford 
G W Heath 
John Bridgewater 
H B Middletin 
H. P. Middleton 
Dayton Tucker 
James Tucker 
Willis G. Thurman 
Henry. R. Thurman 
S S McRoberts clk, L, C, C, 
R. Carson Clk. L. C. C. 
W G Bailey, [P] L C C 
George McRoberts M. D. 
Thos B Montgomery M D 
J. M. Higgins C. L. C. 
J. N. Hughes 
Simon Hicks 
Thos. C. Davis
Peyton Embree 
Mack Huffman 
W R Casson J P L C 
D. R. Camden 
T. P. Douglass 
W. A. Henson 
James Vanhook 
P [Spragens]
A. S. Myers 
W R Warren 
S M. Carver Town Marsh 
R. M. White Jailor 
J. C. Carter Merchant 
Robert R. Gentry, Farmer 
D W V
Lincoln Cir Ct 
vs 
Thos Purdom 

Pardoned & Penalties Remitted 29 Aug /65

Thomas Purdon to Thomas E. Bramlette,  20 July 1865,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR14-272 to BR14-273,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-2076, (accessed September 17, 2016).

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Stanford 27" August 1865
Govr Bramlette

My Dear Sir I hand you herewith Petition of Thos Purden; you will see it is Signed by all the Leading Citizens in and around our Town, Purdem is a kind boy and Could have had no-Malice toward decedent for the killing of whom he was indicted —

The universal wish of our whole Community as far as I have heard it spoken of strongly favors his pardon — We are again blessed with peace, Quiet, & plenty in this Section of the State

Faithfully yours — 
Y. P. Idell


Tell. M. Page to write me immediately & Let Me Know — results


Y. P. Idell to Thomas E. Bramlette,  27 August 1865,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR15-64 to BR15-65,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-2242, (accessed September 16, 2016).


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Fall 1862. Garrard? not on timeline

[] W. D. Carpenter to Thomas E. Bramlette,  n.d.,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR42-101,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-3286, (accessed July 14, 2017).

(Document not dated.)


To his Exilency 
Thomas E. Bramlette, Govenor of Kentucky 
Sir

Your Petitioners who sign this Petition would Respectfully represent = That in the fall of 1862 while following up the retreating army of Braggs on their way out of this state, Col Wolford sent a sqad of men under command of Adjutant W. D. Carpenter of the First Ky Cav from Crab Orchard Ky across towards the Big hill road, to arrest deserters and stragglers from the Rebel Army, and did arrest a great many, and that Carpenter sent Sergeant J. W. Ross, down a road some half mile from where he was on duty, and while there a man by name of McClure a stranger to Ross came up dressed considerably like a rebel soldier, whom Ross ordered to surrender, when McCure drew a pistol and snapped at Ross, when Ross fired and killed him; he was afterward tried by Court Martial and acquitted said Ross was mustered out of the army last Spring and came home, took part in the election for the amendment candidate in Garrard County, which caused Rebel Citizens to indict him before the Grand jury for Murder. In order as we believe to incarcerate him in jail or cause him to leave the country and we Resptly petition your Exilency to pardon him. he was a faithful Soldier and is a good citizen.

Adjutant Carpenter will make oath to the above statements.

We are very Resptly 
Your Obt Servts 

W D Carpenter []

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[] Ben Slavin, Affidavit,  13 September 1865,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR15-362 to BR15-363,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-2421, (accessed July 14, 2017).

[September 13, 1865] -

At the August Term of the Garrard Circuit Court, the Grand Jury of Said County, Indicted James W Ross for the Murder of McClure with Malace aforethought. The Circumstances Connected with the affair So far as I Know them, are as follows,

In the fall of 1862, a few days after Braggs Army Pressed through our County on the retreat, Myself & Bro. John L. Slavin were Arrested by a ditachment of Col. Wolfords Redgment at my Fathers House, Some three Miles from our Homes — being Anxious to see our Fameles we ast. of Lt W D Carpenter the Commander of the squad. Permission to go by home, we also requested Ja W Ross to go with us (we feared being arrested by some other Soldiers& perhaps would. That might not treat us well we therefore wished to be in his Custody) He (Ross) agreed to go by permesson of Lt,, Carpenter, which was granted; on the way, I was detained by Dennis Ryon a few Moments, which gave them (Ross & my Brother) Some distance the start within about fifty yards of them (Brother & Ross)

I met McClure ^or a man I learned afterwards was McClure^. I at the Same time Saw that They (my Brother & Ross) had stopd & Ross tourned back, when I met Ross I ast him where he was a going. He answer: To See who that fellow was. That he beleived him to be a rebel Soldier & perhaps a spy and ast me if I new him I told him I did not, and told him to be careful, that he had a pistole & might shoot him

I did not notice them any moore (not expecting any violence) until I heard Ross hollow Halt, I tourned my head & saw McClure tourn to the left & a cross the road & Ross rode up to him. From their actions I Judged they had Some words, I was not near enoughf to hear what was Said by this time I had overtaken my Brother My attention was next attracted by the firing. at the 2nd fire McClure fell from his Horse. he then rose on his hand and fell over near the fence. Ross then got off of his Horse about the place where McClure fell & picked up something. that I Supposed was McClures pistole which I afterward understood to be so, he (Ross) then got on his Horse and rode back to his command. I believing the man was dead. and also that he at least might ^be^ the advance of a rebel squads. we did not go back to him but went on home, as we passed we told a neghbour. Mr F J Corne what had, occured.

They had picked up a number of rebel soldiers, & had them under guard before we Left them to go home

Ben F Slavin

Sworn to and subcred before me this by Benjamin Slavin this 13th day of September 1865

James H Henry J P G C

I concur with the Statement of B, F, Slavin. & also state that B F Slavin was not up with us when Ross [tourned] back to See McClure. & also state that we he beleived him. McC was a rebel & perhaps a spy & so stated. I was the witness and only one before the Grand Jury

Jno L Slavin

Sworn to & Subscribed before me by John L Slavin Sept 15th 1865.

James H Henry J P G C

Garrard Cir Ct
vs
Wm Ross
Pardoned 2nd Octr/65 []


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Laswell, Farwell, 
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Wayne County. 1861-1865? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local and Personal." The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. December 1, 1871. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[December 1, 1871] -


MAN CONDEMNED TO BE HUNG IN WAYNE COUNTY. -- At the late term of the Wayne Circuit Court, in Monticello, William Ayres was tried on the charge of murdering during the war, one Morgan Daffren, and after a fair and impartial hearing, he was condemned to be hung on the second Saturday in February next. We are told that the condemned man during the whole trial manifested the most stolid indifference; and when the sentence of death was pronounced by Judge Fox, he only said in reply to the usual question -- "You may kill the body but you cannot kill the soul!" Ayres was defended by J. S. Van Winkle, of Danville, P. W. Hardin, of Harrodsburg, and Judge Sallee, of Monticello, and prosecuted by M. H. Owsley, Commonwealth's Attorney. Great interest was manifested in the trial. Jesse Bell is in jail at Monticello, charged with being a confederate of Ayres' in the murder. []




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likely non-fatal but I don't have an 1860s non-fatal list. Pulaski. not on timeline

[] John Osburn to Thomas E. Bramlette,  n.d.,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR17-20 to BR17-21,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-2767, (accessed July 20, 2017).

[September? 1865] -


To his Excellency Gov Thos E Bramallte

Your Petitioner John Osburn States that the September Term 1865 of the Pulaski Circuit Court, a judgement was taken by Confession against him for the Sum of $25 for the offense of participating in an affray — He states that he was not guilty but that in the midst of the disturbance which occurred on the 1st day of the last July Term of sd court, there was so much confusion, that it was impossible to get a correct history of the affair — He was a Lt in the state Guard and was endeavoring to quiet the difficulty — but the excitement ran so high — and the evidence so conflicting, that Justice could not be done by a trial. For this reason he confessed a Judgement, trusting to executive clemency — Wherefore he prays that sd fine be remitted —

John Osburn —

The undersigned concur in the prayer of the Petition

W S Carpenter 
W F Ascott 
M, E, Ingram 
Allen. J. Cox 
John M. Fight 
john [...]
S, F, Tomlinson 
Calloway Ashley 
J M Sandifer 
J. S, Burk 
R J Lester 
J. E. Cosson 
Jno M Hail 
Wm Waddle 
S M Hall 
M G Richardson 
W E Vaught 
Josephus Meece 
W. B. Moore 
Wiley [...]
D. H. Denton 
E D Perch

The undersigned was present at the affray alluded to by Petitioner. From what I saw I am satisfied that Lt Osburn was endeavoring to quiet the difficulty and took no part in untill he was fined on and wounded — I concur with the petitioners in their prayer for relief

Thos Z Morrow

Pulaski Cir Ct 
Petition of Osburn John For remission of fine imposed at the Sept Term 1865 Pulaski Circuit Court


$25. 
Remitted 11 Dec 1865
Remit

hand to Col T Z Morrow, Senate



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another for the 1860s non-fatal list. Pulaski. not on timeline.

[] W. D. Carpenter et al. to Thomas E. Bramlette,  13 September 1865,  Office of the Governor, Thomas E. Bramlette: Governor's official correspondence file, petitions for pardons, remissions, and respites 1863-1867,  BR15-202,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access, discovery.civilwargovernors.org/document/KYR-0001-004-2315, (accessed July 20, 2017).

[September 13, 1865] -


Somerset Kentucky 
September 13th 1865, 
To his Exilency 
Thomas E. Bramlette 
Governor of Kentucky

The undersigned petitioners would Resplly represent that about two weeks since Solomon Turpen a returned Federal Soldier met in the road a returned Rebel as we have been informed with a rebel uniform Coat on and Mr Turpen believing it to be such, pulled it off of him and slapped him for which Turpen was tried before the County judge and fined $1700 and costs, we Resptly petition you to remit the fine of said $1700 now resting against Solomon Turpen.

Very Resptly 
Your obt Servts
J M Sandifer P. J. 
Thos Z Morrow County atty 
W D Carpenter atty. 
M. E. Ingram 
E. F. Hays 
H Dugan 
Wiley Turpen
Pulaski County 
Judge 
Remit 
vs 
Solomon Turpen 
$17. 

20 Sept/65



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William F. Kennedy / Frank Johnson. 1863? Garrard. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 28, 1879] -

Among the large number of indictments found this Court is one against E. B. Kennedy, for killing a negro in 1865, and the old one against W. F. Kennedy for the murder of Frank Johnson in 1863, was taken from its long resting place in the Circuit Clerk's office and reinstated. []




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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 7, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 7, 1879] -

COURT ITEMS. -- On Saturday, the Grand Jury adjourned after finding more than eighty indictments. Among these was one against E. D. Kennedy, of Lincoln, for the killing of a colored man, named Wyatt Walker, thirteen years ago. Another against W. F. Kennedy, for killing Frank Johnson, sixteen years ago. The former was accompanied here by quite a retinue of gentlemen from Lincoln, who testified to his character as a peaceful and popular citizen ever since the fatal day when whisky branded him as a murderer. He was released in the sum of $7,000 to appear in April, by change of venue at the Lincoln Court. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 14, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 14, 1879] -

A SUGGESTION. -- Wm. F. Kennedy, indicted for the murder of Frank Johnson, in 1866, might help his case considerably by surrendering himself to the authorities and demanded a trial. It would at least savor of his own conviction of innocence. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 28, 1879] -

NOT THE SHERIFF'S FAULT. -- We learn that persons in Garrard complain because our Sheriff does not arrest W. F. Kennedy, on the indictment for murder, recently found in the Garrard Circuit Court. Inquiry develops the fact that the warrant has not been issued to this county against Kennedy, and it will hardly be expected of Mr. Baughman to make illegal arrests. Possibly the fault or negligence may be in Garrard. In this connection we will say that as soon as the warrant is received here, the Sheriff will immediately proceed to execute it, as he and his deputies are not the men to shrink from duty. We are also informed that Mr. Kennedy does not propose to dodge an arrest, but has signified his intention to go with the officer whenever he is called for. []




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[] "A Wife's Devotion." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 11, 1879. Page 2. LOC.  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-04-11/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 11, 1879] -

A Wife's Devotion.

The following is from Mrs. W. F. Kennedy, who is related to a number of the best families in this [Lincoln] and Garrard counties, and for whom great sympathy is felt because of the anguish she suffers as an innocent victim. The letter shows her to be possessed of all those virtues so much admired in woman:

CRAB ORCHARD, April 8, '79. -- Editor Interior Journal: I believe you are a gentleman who would know the truth, therefore, I take the liberty to address you a few lines before the next issue of your paper. It is generally known that my husband, William F. Kennedy, was indicted at the last session of Court held in Garrard, for an act committed sixteen years ago. That indictment was sent to Lincoln and the deputy Sheriff came promptly to Crab Orchard, to arrest Mr. Kennedy; he was not here, but through no fault of his. Let the entire blame of his absence be attached to the right person, and you have myself, the wife of William Kennedy, to blame for his not being here to answer the call of the Sheriff. I entreated him, I urged him to go to some point where the name of Kennedy is not hated as it is in Garrard county. But not until I went to him with my five children, the youngest at my breast, and plead with him, would he consent to leave me. And heaven alone, is witness to the struggle it cost him to leave wife and five little children. But my daily prayer is, that God will protect him, and guard my little ones. The Commonwealth of Kentucky had three years to prosecute this case from the time of committal till the day I married Mr. Kennedy. It failed to act in the case, and now, when he is doing the part of a good citizen, striving to raise his children in the right way; now, after the most important witness he had has died, justice must rake over the ashes of the past and bring to light an indictment to please the whim of one or two enemies of Grove Kennedy. Again, I repeat, my husband is not to blame for not being here when the Sheriff came. I don't know where he is, but believe the Lord will deal gently with him and his. 

Most Respectfully, M. P. Kennedy. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 11, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-04-11/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 11, 1879] -

THE BEST FOR ALL CONCERNED. -- We have it from reliable authority that W. F. Kennedy, against whom an indictment for the murder of Frank Johnson in 1865, was recently reinstated in the Garrard Circuit Court, shook the dust from the scenes of his youth from his feet last Thursday morning, and taking the five o'clock a.m. freight at Danville, in company with a friend, left for the West. This was perhaps the best thing he could do for the country, and infinitely the best thing for himself, provided he has gone to stay, which his friends state was his positive determination. He will, perhaps, however, change his mind when he hears of the Holmes verdict, and return, as he can fairly reason that if it is only worth two years in the Penitentiary to murder an officer in the discharge of his duty, the man who kills an ordinary individual, even though he be begging for mercy, should be promptly acquitted and given a Chromo. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 19, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-09-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 19, 1879] -

A QUERY. -- Was the indictment against Bill Kennedy for murder now pending in the Garrard Circuit Court filed at the last term, or an "alias and continued" ordered? We would like for the proper person to see to this and forward the necessary warrant to our Sheriff, who might take in William some of these pleasant nights. It strikes us that this matter should have been attended to us before, as sometime has elapsed since the adjournment of the Court. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 17, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-10-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 17, 1879] -

NO QUESTION AS TO HIS CLEVERNESS. -- We have received a long letter from Mrs. S. F. H. Tarrant, of Crab Orchard, extolling the virtues and good traits of William F. Kennedy, whom she characterizes as a thorough gentleman, awake to the importance of education, and one who has stood by her school with his patronage and influence for several years. Her letter was drawn forth by the sentence in our last week's paper, which said we cannot afford to have another Kennedy play the bold outlaw in this county. She particularly objects to the word outlaw, and says that no such word describes Mr. Kennedy. But we will leave it to Mr. Webster whether a man who attempts to live outside and in defiance of the law is not an outlaw. We have not a thing against Mr. Kennedy, personally, and to Mrs. Tarrant's praises we will not take a single issue, therefore we consider the publication of the entire letter as unnecessary. []


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[] "A Sample Pardon." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 21, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-11-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 21, 1879] -

A SAMPLE PARDON. -- In 1863 Wm. F. Kennedy, now a resident of Crab Orchard, but then a resident of Garrard, rode to a house that Frank Johnson was building and called him down from the roof. On his approach, Kennedy accused Johnson of slandering him to a mutual lady acquaintance, which Johnson protested was false. Kennedy replied that he would believe the lady in preference to him, and remarking, "I think I will kill you any way!" drew a pistol and shot Johnson dead. This is the statement of a respectable and truthful lady, who witnessed the deed from a crack in the house. A negro man who was present somewhat modifies the statement, but not very materially. The state of lawlessness and intimidation then existing in Garrard, and which for many years afterward existed, or, perhaps from the worthlessness of the officers, prevented any legal notice of the deed until that state of affairs had ended, and a day of general reckoning came. In this general reckoning, Kennedy's case came up for investigation, and in February last he was indicted by the grand jury for murder. After considerable delay, the warrant was sent to the Sheriff of Lincoln, who immediately went to serve it on Mr. Kennedy, but he had sloped for the West, where he remained for several months and was a fugitive from justice to last Saturday, when the machine at Frankfort ground out his pardon. Personally, it is a matter of indifference to us whether Kennedy is punished or pardoned, and we do not blame him or his friends for securing pardon, if possible; but it is the principle of the thing at which we must look. It is true that many years have gone by since the commission of the deed, a wife and family have been added to partake of the disgrace and punishment that would follow the conviction of Mr. Kennedy, but, are these sufficient reasons for the Governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky to extend executive clemency to a man who, at the time of the pardon, was living outside of and in defiance of the law? Had he surrendered to the authorities and shown himself willing to abide the requirements of the law, then, with the other circumstances connected with his case, a pardon may not have been out of place. But, we insist that in this, as well as in many other instances, Blackburn has abused the power conferred upon him by a simple-minded people, who thought because he had faced the Yellow Fever that that alone, gave him ability for the performance of the duties of the office of Governor. He has shown himself a weak and vacillating individual, settling upon a rule to-day to be knocked sky-high to-morrow. For instance, when the petition of Mr. E. B. Kennedy, who was in the hands of the law, was presented to him, he emphatically said that he would, in no case, pardon before trial. Yet when W. F. Kennedy, who was outside of the law, presented his petition, he goes back on his emphatic rule, and exercises his clemency. But we can expect nothing from a man who was elected under such circumstances and who is governed not by sense but by impulses and caprices. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 21, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-11-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 21, 1879] -

CORRECTION. -- In our article headed "a model pardon" we erred in saying no notice of the murder was taken till last February. Mr. Kennedy was indicted shortly after the deed was committed, but for some reason, possibly best known to himself, the Commonwealth's Attorney at the time filed the case away after several continuances. []



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[] "Remarkable Contrast in Pardon Records." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. August 29, 1903. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[August 29, 1903] -

Nov. 14, 1879. / Wm. F. Kennedy / Garrard / Murder


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E.D. Kennedy / Wyatt Walker. 1865? Garrard. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 28, 1879] -

UNFORTUNATE. -- Mr. E. B. Kennedy, who was indicted at the present term of the Garrard Circuit Court for killing a negro, will deliver himself to the authorities of that county to-day, and demand a speedy trial, and in the event a trial can not be had, will make application for bail. The unfortunate killing was done in 1865, and if it was murder Mr. Kennedy should have been made the penalty of the offense then; but there is considerable sympathy expressed for him now, as, for ten years, at least, he has forsaken the wayward tendency of his youth, married a most estimable lady, and become one of the most sober, industrious and worthy citizens of the Hustonville neighborhood. He has taken no part whatsoever in the rows of his relatives, but has been content to remain at home and attend strictly to his own business. We are by nature opposed to condoning of any crime, but it does seem that Mr. Kennedy's conduct since the regretted offense should weigh strongly in his favor. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 28, 1879] -

Among the large number of indictments found this Court is one against E. B. Kennedy, for killing a negro in 1865, and the old one against W. F. Kennedy for the murder of Frank Johnson in 1863, was taken from its long resting place in the Circuit Clerk's office and reinstated. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 7, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 7, 1879] -

COURT ITEMS. -- On Saturday, the Grand Jury adjourned after finding more than eighty indictments. Among these was one against E. D. Kennedy, of Lincoln, for the killing of a colored man, named Wyatt Walker, thirteen years ago. Another against W. F. Kennedy, for killing Frank Johnson, sixteen years ago. The former was accompanied here by quite a retinue of gentlemen from Lincoln, who testified to his character as a peaceful and popular citizen ever since the fatal day when whisky branded him as a murderer. He was released in the sum of $7,000 to appear in April, by change of venue at the Lincoln Court. []




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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 2, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 2, 1879] -


Case of Thomas Cain for murder, and that of E. D. Kennedy, for same offense, were continued until the July Criminal Term. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 24, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-10-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 24, 1879] -



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[] "Remarkable Contrast in Pardon Records." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. August 29, 1903. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[August 29, 1903] -

Nov. 14, 1879. / E. D. Kennedy / Garrard / Murder


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1865? Lincoln County. added to timeline (checked newspapers.com)

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 6, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 6, 1877] -

After Many Days. -- Twelve years ago Charles Yocum, then a citizen of this county, killed James Gibson, who lived near where the King's Mountain Tunnel now is. The deadly fray commenced in a trivial dispute, and ended as above narrated. Since that time, Yocum has been a fugitive, and after many hardships and vicissitudes, settled down near Carollton, in this State, married, and now with a wife and five children to share his sorrow and disgrace, he has at last come to judgment. Mr. E. B. Caldwell, who was Sheriff of this county at the time of the murder, learned a short time ago of the whereabouts of Yocum. He started at once for Carroll, and, and assisted by the Sheriff of that county, arrested Yocum, and brought him to jail here. We understand there was a reward offered of $300 for his arrest. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 4, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 4, 1877] -


Charles Yocum, white, on a trial for murder committed 12 years ago, was given 5 years. []




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1865. Pulaski County. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "From Marion County." The Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. September 26, 1867. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[September 26, 1867] -


THE ANTI-REGULATORS

...

The leader of this party is James Wilson... He belonged to the State Guard in 1865--killed a man in Pulaski County in that year... []










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no body found? 1866? Lincoln. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 15, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-15/ed-1/seq-3/


[August 15, 1879] -


BELL ACQUITTED. -- About 13 years ago, a negro boy was missing from Hustonville, in this [Lincoln] county, whose name was Tom Carpenter. Last week Mr. Walker Bell was arrested and tried before an examining Court here, charged with the murder of the negro. After an investigation, the two Magistrates, Carson and Portman, said that the Commonwealth had failed to prove that Mr. Bell was the one who committed the murder, and they at once set him at liberty. []






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(The defendant may have been hanged or lynched so I list this here, but I highly doubt the crime he was accused of actually happened. Former slaveholders, especially those with a position of power in society, used accusations like this to destroy individuals demanding fair wages and/or working conditions. The alarmist rhetoric of the second article shows how this worked as a call to violence against freedmen in general )

not on timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 17, 1866. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[August 17, 1866] -

Near Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, some time last week, the wife of the Judge of the Rockcastle Circuit Court, sent a negro boy, fifteen or sixteen years old, into the spring house for some person, and her little daughter, four or five years of age, accompanied him. They were absent so long that they were sent after, when the negro was caught in the act of ravishing her. The negro has been arrested. It was with much difficulty that the people were kept from taking the law into their own hands. []



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[] "Brutal Outrage." The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH. August 23, 1866. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[August 23, 1866] -

(From the Louisville Courier.)

Brutal Outrage by a Negro in Rockcastle County -- He Attempts to Ravish a Little Girl.

Another of those terrible outrages, so common all over the country, was attempted on a little daughter of Hon. Granville Pearl, near Mount Vernon, in Rockcastle County, Ky., the other evening about dark. The child is only four or five years of age.

The facts, as we gather them, are substantially as follows:

The negro is about grown, living in the kind and humane family of Mr. P., who is Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District.

He induced the child to go to the cave spring with him to hold a candle while he got some water. The child went, and there the inhuman and devilish creature attempted to carry out his hellish designs. The cries of the child attracted the mother, and on going to her relief she found what had been done. We omit the sickening details.

The negro fled, but was hunted down and captured, and is, we learn, now on trial for her life -- the Rockcastle Court being in session. We shall furnish your readers the result of the investigation.

It was with much difficulty that the populace could be restrained from hanging him to a limb without judge or jury. Much excitement prevailed in town as our informant left.

What can be done to put a final stop to such enormous brutalities? Is there a father or brother, or mother or sister, or any decent person in all the land, whose blood does not run cold at the bare recital of the deed?

Whose child is entirely safe from the black infamy and treachery of these devillish brutes, newly awakened to a sense of freedom and personal security guaranteed by "Freedmen's Bureau" and "Civil Rights" bills? The death penalty is too mild for them -- their misery too soon over. A slow torture of untold agency should be meted out to every perpetrator of such a damning crime, be he black or white! I am no advocate of mob law -- but the "law's delays" would be too slow for me, were such an outrage perpetrated on a child of mine.

MENTOR.

Stanford, Ky., August 18, 1866. []


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[] “Shooting Affray at Somerset, Ky.” Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. October 5, 1866. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[October 5, 1866] -


SHOOTING AFFRAY AT SOMERSET, KY. -- We learned of a shooting affray at Somerset last Tuesday, the particulars of which we were unable to obtain. A difficulty occurred between two men named Reed and Howell, in which the latter was shot in the head and mortally wounded by the former. Reed escaped, but was closely pursued by the officers at last accounts. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 5, 1866. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[October 5, 1866] -

FATAL AFFRAY AT SOMERSET, KY. -- Our correspondent at Somerset, Ky., informs us of a fatal shooting affair that occurred on Tuesday. He says: "Two young men, named Reed and Howell, got into a quarrel about some trifling matter. Pistols were resorted to, and the difficulty settled by the killing of Howell. At the present writing Howell is not dead, but cannot live but a few hours, as he is shot through the head. Officers are in pursuit of Reed, who immediately fled on the commission of the deed. Several shots were exchanged, two of which took effect, one passing through Howell's hand. I [have?] not learned that Reed was hit." []




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[] "Row in Somerset." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 22, 1866. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[November 22, 1866] -


ROW IN SOMERSET.

A Drunken Revel--Killing of a Self-constituted Officer.

[Special Correspondence of the Louisville Journal.]


SOMERSET, KY., Nov. 19.

On Thursday night, at Flat Lick, in this county, a party of disreputable men were assembled at a disreputable house for purposes of debauch. During the night a negro entered the house and made a formal arrest of one of the inmates, by presenting a pistol and in due military form commanding him to surrender, charging the prisoner with having stolen a watch, the property of the ebon officer. The purpose and object of this functionary are not fully known, as they are not disclosed during his brief stay on earth. He, however, held his prisoner in terrorem, till, getting sleepy, he laid down on a bed, pistol in hand, and fell asleep. The prisoner, availing himself of the opportunity, effected his escape. After securing a pistol he returned and found his late captor still slumbering at his post. He thereupon aroused him to a sufficient degree of consciousness to tell him that he was prepared to meet his adversary, and then fired his pistol's contents through the heart of the negro, precipitating him into that interminable sleep that knows no waking. Sic transit gloria mundi. []




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1866. Pulaski. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 10, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-01-10/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 10, 1882] -

The officers of Somerset have received a telegram from I. A. Powell, Sheriff of Elk county, Kansas, notifying them of the arrest of Jim Loge Lair, who is charged with the murder of Wils Alcorn, in Pulaski county, in 1866. []




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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 13, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-01-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 13, 1882] -

James S. Lair, charged with the murder of Alcorn, in 1865, was brought back, to-day in charge of the Sheriff of Elk county, Kansas. Four others, charged with complicity in the crime, were tried and acquitted about the time of the murder. Lair was captured, but broke away from his guards and was not heard of until a few days since. []



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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-02-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 14, 1882] -

A dispatch from Somerset says that the pardon of Jim Loge Lair was found in the clerk's office Friday, and the man was released from jail. He wept like a child when the pardon was shown him in prison. The pardon was dated January 22, 1867, and signed by Thomas E. Bramlette, Governor, and John S. VanWinkle, Secretary of State. Lair is the man who was charged with the killing of Wils. Alcorn in 1866, and was arrested in Kansas about a month ago and brought to that place. []




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1860s? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 3, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-05-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 3, 1878] -

Doc Nelson, negro, who was arrested on a charge of killing a Federal soldier a number of years ago, was released yesterday, the Grand Jury failing to discover sufficient evidence to find an indictment against him. []




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not on timeline. Rockcastle. 1868.

[] "From Mount Vernon." The Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY. August 19, 1868. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[August 19, 1868] -


Austin Stanton, a laborer on the railroad, was found dead yesterday morning (Sunday), in McCan's out, in this place. An inquest was held, and the jury concluded that he had been killed by some unknown person. He had evidently been robbed; he was known to have had some money. When found his pockets were turned inside out -- a memorandum book and other papers scattered near where he lay. []




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this looks like it might be Marion County instead of Boyle. 1869.  not on timeline


[] "The Gallows Tree." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 10, 1869. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[August 10, 1869] -


THE GALLOWS-TREE.


Lynching of a Three-thousand-acre Farmer near Lebanon.


A private letter received in this city yesterday states that on last Friday night a party of fifteen men, masked and mounted, went to the houses of James Crowders, fourteen miles beyond Lebanon, on the Lebanon and Danville pike, and taking him out a short distance from the house, hanged him to the limb of a tree. The lynchers quieted his wife by holding a loaded revolver to her head.

It is said that Crowders was a very kind old gentlemen, and much esteemed, but there were reports that he was concerned in some large swindles. He was sixty-five years of age. He owned some three thousand acres of land near Lebanon, and before the war owned a large number of negroes.

Within a month, it is said, three men have been taken out and hung by the party that lynched Crowders. []


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[] "The Regulators." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 29,1869. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[August 29, 1869] -


THE REGULATORS.

Marion County and its Troubles -- The Call for Militia -- A Batch of Indictments -- Clear Statement of the Situation. 

(Correspondence of the Courier-Journal.)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY., August 28, 1869.


Seeing a good many strictures upon the sending of the militia out to Marion, some condemning the  movement, others treating it lightly or ridiculing it. I have determined to give you a few facts connected with the matter, that you may use as you see fit.

There exists in a district of Marion, cornering upon Boyle and Washington, a complete reign of terror, a band of twenty men perhaps, going about sometimes in a body, sometimes individually, plundering and killing in a manner that often seems to be dictated by a mere idle desire to shed blood or frighten. The good citizens, fearing the anger of these men, seem to content themselves with the idea that they will be unmolested so long as they do nothing to incur their resentment. With this idea added to their fear of the band, they have refused to give information to the authorities, and most of them fly from the approach of an officer with a summons before the grand jury as the criminals themselves. Such being the case, the Judge and Commonwealth's Attorney, with the best citizens of Lebanon, asked the Governor to send at once 100 men from some other portion of the State. Accordingly, the troops were called upon at Louisville. They responded with most commendable alacrity, and in a few hours were on their way thither. The Judge directed them to be placed in this infected district. They were camped in the midst of it, near the house of Crowdus, who was hung a few weeks ago. The people were assured that the troops were sent there to protect them against these outrages; that they would stay as long as they might be necessary for that purpose; that they could do nothing unless the people recovered from their fright and came and gave information all to who these parties were, that they might be indicted and arrested. By degrees they began to pluck up courage, and, relying upon the promise of protection, they have begun to go forward and testify. Six indictments were brought day before yesterday, and it is thought eight or ten will be brought in today. As soon as the writs shall be issued these troops, mounted, will be sent in pursuit of the parties, and will either arrest them or run them entirely out of the country. These men are not regulators, but outlawed desperadoes, whose murders are committed from malice.

It is said that a great expense is being incurred, when the duty might have been performed without expense by the Federal troops stationed at Lebanon. There are two answers to that: First, Kentucky is able to take care of her affairs. We have had quite enough of Federal soldiers without placing ourselves in their power by invoking their aid. Second, the troops now at Lebanon were sent there nearly eighteen months ago to arrest Northcraft for killing a negro. They have not accomplished it, although Northcraft is to be seen at every public gathering in the county heavily armed and defying the Federal troops. When the State troops remain there for months without accomplishing anything, then it will be time to claim for the Federal troops superior effeciency.

A little over 150 men were taken out, but, finding such a number unnecessary any longer, after it was shown that a considerable force could be promptly sent there whenever wanted, a little more than half of them were ordered back. There are now forty-five men there. The movement has had a very wholesome effect, and I doubt not the final results will be in every way satisfactory.  CIPHER. []


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two cases. one 1864/1865? Rockcastle Co, Baird / Adkins -- the other 1876? whitley?  added to timeline 1865 Atkins/Baird only

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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Ohio County News, Hartford, KY. June 21, 1876. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[June 21, 1876] -


Frankfort Yeoman: -- The Mountain Echo records the brutal murder of the widow Faulkner, who resided near Boston, Whitley county, Ky., on the night of June 2, her person being mutilated and her throat cut from ear to ear. Mrs. Faulkner was part owner of the ferry across the clear fork of the Cumberland river, and was known to carry $200 in a belt around her person. This money was missing when her body was found; and her partner in the ferry, David Atkins, has been arrested and lodged in jail at Williamsburg, on suspicion of having committed the horrid deed. []





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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 2, 1877. Page 3. LOC. 

[March 2, 1877] -


The Sheriff of Knox county passed up this week, having in charge David Atkins, of Whitley, who it is alleged killed a lady named Fortner, who kept a rival ferry on the Cumberland River. He has been confined in the Jefferson jail since the murder, as fears were entertained for his life in the county that the deed was committed. By a change of venue, the case will be tried at Barbourville before the Knox Circuit Court. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 3. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 18, 1877. Page 2. LOC.

[May 18, 1877] -


The man, David Adkins, who was to have suffered the penalty of death at Barbourville, last Friday, for the murder of his sister-in-law, did not swing, as an appeal was taken in his case. []






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[] "Barbourville." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. June 13, 1877. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[June 13, 1877] -


BARBOURVILLE.

A Shooting Affray in Which J. Berry is Killed by Fox Bryant.


(Correspondence of the Courier Journal.)


BARBOURVILLE, KY., June 9, 1877. -- About 2 o'clock P.M. to-day our public square was the scene of a difficulty which resulted in the killing of Jay Berry by Fox Bryant, both citizens of this county. The facts of the case seem to be as follows. A misunderstanding his recently existed between Speed Bryant, a brother of Fox, and deputy sheriff of the county, and Jay Berry and his brother Jack. A few days since the Berry brothers met Speed Bryant, and having a decided physical advantage, fired[?] towards him some very insulting and abusive language. Bryant is a man of undoubted courage, but prudence told him to postpone the settlement of the difficulty to a time when the parties should be more evenly matched. Today he met Jay Berry in town, and, after a few preliminary remarks, proceeded to give him a severe whipping, using no weapons save his fists. He had knocked him down two or three times, Berry staggering around and trying to avoid the blows, when Fox Bryant rushed up from a neighboring saloon with a revolver and shot Berry in his side, the wound proving fatal in a few minutes. Bryant walked off, made his escape and is still at large.

None of the parties were intoxicated, neither does any one believe that there was collusion of action between the Bryant brothers, Speed being as much surprised at the hooting as any one else. The killing is regarded as wholly unnecessary, and unprovoked. All the parties are men of fair character, ordinarily quiet and peaceable, and Fox Bryant more than usually undisposed to difficulties of this character. For three months past he has been acting as guard at the jail over David Adkins, sentenced to be hanged for the murder of his sister-in-law. In this scrape the sentiment of the community seems wholly against him. The verdict of the Coroner's jury was in accordance with the above facts. KNOX. []




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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News -- Mt. Vernon." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 22, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 22, 1878] -


PENITENTIARY FOR LIFE.

The celebrated case of the Commonwealth vs. David Adkins for murder, was tried for the third time in the Knox Circuit Court last week. The Jury returned a verdict of guilty and fixed the punishment at confinement in the Penitentiary for life. In each of the two former trials a like verdict had been returned, except that hanging was the penalty prescribed. Both judgments were reversed by the Court of Appeals. We are not advised as to whether an appeal will be taken from the present judgment. Adkins is charged with the murder of a woman, and the evidence is altogether circumstantial, though it points positively to his guilt. He was ably prosecuted and defended, a number of lawyers being engaged on either side. The case has excited much interest throughout the mountains. []



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[] Excerpt from "Two Kentucky Pardons." Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, Cincinnati, OH. November 27, 1883. Page 3. Genealogybank.com.

[November 27, 1883] -


FRANKFORT, KY., November 26 -- Governor Knott to-day granted a pardon to David Adkins, of Whitley County, sentenced to the Penitentiary seven years ago for life, for the murder of a woman said to be his wife. The prisoner is dying of consumption, and it is doubtful whether he will reach his home alive. He denies murdering the woman, and says he was amazed one morning to awaken and discover her lying dead at his side, but Sheriff Parton, of Bell County, who was in the city to-day, says not only was Adkins charged with the murder of the woman, but he was also charged with having murdered Thos. Baird, in 1864 or 1865, in Rockcastle County.

The Sheriff says the people of the eastern part of the State are incensed against Adkins for his many outrages, that unless he dies before he gets home, he believes a committee will wait upon him to speed him on his journey. []


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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Frankfort Roundabout, Frankfort, KY. December 1, 1883. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[December 1, 1883] -


On Monday the Governor pardoned David Adkins, sent to the Penitentiary for life from Knox county for murder. He is sixty years of age and nearly dead with consumption. He was so weak that he had to be taken to the depot on a litter and then carried in the arms of four men into the car. []




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Douglass / Coffey / Casey county. 1869. not on timeline

[] "The 'Regulators' Kill a Young Man and his Sister." The Hickman Courier, Hickman, KY. August 14, 1869. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[August 14, 1869] -


The 'Regulators' Kill a Young Man and his Sister.

From the Danville (Ky.) Gazette.


A gentleman who resides in the immediate vicinity has given us the particulars of a terrible affair that occurred in Casey County on Tuesday of last week, about seven miles from Middleburg, near Mount Olive Meeting House, on the Somerset road. It appears that the barn of William Elliot had been burned, and the sons of William Douglas were suspected. A writ had been issued against two of them, and had been issued by a constable and a posse of three men. They were guarding the prisoners at the house of William Douglass on the night mentioned above, when a party of regulators, supposed to number thirty or forty men, well-armed, made their appearance, and after ordering the peace officers away made an attack upon the house. In the melee one of the sons of William Douglass was shot through the heart and instantly killed, and Miss Douglass -- a daughter -- was also shot while standing in the doorway with a number of balls, and died the next morning. It is not positively known that she was killed by the regulators, one report stating that she was accidently shot by her brother before he was killed. One of the regulators named Wm. Coffey was severely wounded by one of the Douglass family, and borne off by his companions. After Miss Douglass was shot the regulators left. These are the facts as related to us by a responsible gentleman, and we have no reason to doubt their accuracy. []





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1869? Pulaski. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 4. The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. November 17, 1871. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[November 17, 1871] -


About two years ago, a young man named Comstock, died mysteriously in Pulaski county, in this State. Recently, it has come to the knowledge of his mother, who resides in Louisville, that there is a very great probability that he died by the hands of violence. The attempt will be made to bring the guilty parties to trial. []





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check for appeal. Micajah Roswey / George Phillips. Boyle. 1870? added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Boyle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 28, 1879] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- Will be convened on next Monday, 3rd proximo. There are eighty-two indictments on the docket, including the old well-known cases of Micajah Rowsey and C. C. Gillispie for murder and manslaughter, set for the second day of the term; the case of John Taylor charged with the murder of Mrs. Polly Bottom, for the third day; case of Freeman Farris, by change of venue from Garrard, for seventh day; McAfee et al vs. J. W. Finnell, from Mercer (Ku-klux case,) for fifth day. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  March 14, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 14, 1879] -

Macajah Rowsey, charged with the murder of George Phillips, nine years ago, was acquitted. This was Rowsey's second trial, the first having occurred eighteen months ago, when he was convicted of manslaughter and his punishment fixed at two years in the Penitentiary. He obtained a new trial, with the above result. []






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1871? Lincoln. added to timeline

[] "Arrested." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 10, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-05-10/ed-1/seq-3/


[May 10, 1872] -

Arrested.

John Camden, formerly a citizen of Waynesburg, in this [Lincoln] county, and who shot and killed a young man named Tuttle, some year or two since, at that place, was arrested in some of the Western States, a few days ago, and brought here and lodged in jail.

The Governor of Kentucky had offered a reward of $300 for his arrest and delivery to the jailor of this county, and we presume the vigilant party who arrested him will receive his well-earned reward. Camden had been indicted by our Grand Jury some time ago, and will probably have his trial at our coming October term. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Breveties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 23, 1872. Page 3. LOC. 

[August 23, 1872] -


On next Monday Judge Fox will begin his special called term of the Lincoln Circuit Court. Come to town, all of you. A great many folks will be present to hear the trials of Camden, Harris, Carr, etc. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 30, 1872. Page 3. LOC. 

[August 30, 1872] -


Trial of Camden.

The court room has been densely crowded during the entire week, peopel coming for miles to see and hear. Camden waived an arraignment, and was put on trial, M. H. Owsley, Commonwealth's Attorney, T. W. Varnon and H. T. Harris, Esq'rs, appeared for the prosecution, and Col. T. P. Hill, J. W. Alcorn, M. C. Saufley, and R. Blain, Esq'rs., for the defense. The trial occupied two days. All the attorneys made arguments in the case, and on Wednesday morning the jury brought in a verdict of murder in the first degree. An appeal will be taken, we learn. []


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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 6, 1872. Page 3. LOC.

[September 6, 1872] -


Camden, Carpenter and Embry.


On Tuesday morning last these three men were taken to Frankfort to the penitentiary, there to pay the penalty of outraged law and order. It is a heavy debt to pay. The gloomy cell at night, the close and unwholesome air of the prison by day; their constant associates being felons of all grades and degrees of crime. Shut out from the blue sky, the balmy winds, the music of singing birds and babbling brooks, the punishment is, indeed, a terrible one. Seven long years of deprivation of social intercourse -- deprived, too, of the liberty of seeing a wife and baby boy who live "far out upon the prairie." Seven long years confinement at hard labor, in a felon's cell. This is the penalty Camden is to pay. Should it not be a fearful warning to evil-doers? Should his case not teach us all to abstain from every appearance of evil? The lesson thus taught him, is one he can never forget. He is still a young man, and will be at the end of his confinement. We trust he will come out of it, purified as by fire, and that he will yet become a good, law-abiding, peaceable citizen. Understand, you who would violate the law, that it must and will be vindicated and upheld at all hazards. []





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1871. Lincoln county. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Crab Orchard." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 20, 1871. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[August 20, 1871] -


To-day Bess and a man named George Perkins, concerned in the shooting affray last night, were arrested and had an examining trial. The Commonwealth not being ready, they were held in bonds of $600 each to appear next Saturday.  S. []



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[] Excerpt from "Crab Orchard." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 23, 1871. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[August 23, 1871] -


The man George Dollins, one of the wounded in the recent affray, died to-night. Bess and Perkins will have their examining trial next Saturday, but it is hard to say with what result. Public feeling runs rather high, but is pretty equally divided between the two factions. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 3. Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. August 25, 1871. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[August 25, 1871] -

THE BLOODY ROW AT CRAB ORCHARD. -- A fight occurred at Crab Orchard, on Wednesday afternoon, of last week, between Geo. Dollings and Grove Kennedy, in which one shot was fired, but the parties were separated without serious injury. On Thursday night two friends of Kennedy, one named Geo. Best, met Dollings at the Hardin house, Crab Orchard, and a fight ensued, revolvers being used freely. Dollings was mortally wounded and has since died. Frank Smith, who was only a spectator of the affray, recieved two shots and was instantly killed, and Best was severely wounded. The fight was the result of an old feud. Dollings was a watchman at Crab Orchard, and generally respected. Best and a man named Geo. Perkins were arrested, but the Commonwealth not being ready for the examination the trial was deferred until tomorrow (Saturday,) and they gave bonds of $600 each for their appearance. []



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C. C. Gillispie / James Terhune. Boyle. 1871. added to timeline


[] Excerpt from "Local and Personal." The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. December 8, 1871. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[December 8, 1871] -

THE SHOOTING OF JAS. TERHUNE. -- On Thursday night of last week, between 9 and 10 o'clock, a difficulty occurred between Jas. Terhune, a young man of this city [Danville], and C. C. Gillispie, a barkeeper for F. L. Shipman, and late of Pulaski county. Terhune was shot, the ball passing through the upper part of the left leg, but could not be traced any further. After he was shot he reeled[?] to the edge of the pavement, (the shooting occurred in front of the bar-room,) and then ran up the street a short distance and sat down in a doorway. Up to yesterday he was doing well, and the probability is that he may recover. In about an hour after the shooting Gillispie voluntarily surrendered himself to Judge Goodloe and was placed under guard, but on Saturday evening Terhune having become so much better, the guard was discharged. Previous to the examining trial it may be improper for us to give any of the several statements we have heard with regard to the trouble. Gillispie is now in Pulaski county, but will probably be ready for trial when the result of Terhune's wound is made known. []

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[] Excerpt from "Boyle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 28, 1879] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- Will be convened on next Monday, 3rd proximo. There are eighty-two indictments on the docket, including the old well-known cases of Micajah Rowsey and C. C. Gillispie for murder and manslaughter, set for the second day of the term; the case of John Taylor charged with the murder of Mrs. Polly Bottom, for the third day; case of Freeman Farris, by change of venue from Garrard, for seventh day; McAfee et al vs. J. W. Finnell, from Mercer (Ku-klux case,) for fifth day. []


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[] Excerpt from "Boyle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 21, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 21, 1879] -

The third trial of G. C. Gillispie for the killing of James Terhune, resulted in an acquittal. []



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1871. Lincoln county. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. September 15, 1871. Page 2. Newspapers.com. 

[September 15, 1871] -


On Saturday evening last John Moore, of Liberty, accompanied by two Irishmen, Mike Collins and Mat Cullens, were in our town [Stanford] sipping "benzine" rather freely for Good Templars. They left about dark, and after getting three miles from town on the Liberty pike the two Irishmen got into a fight, which resulted in the death of Cullens by receiving a stab at the hands of Collins. The murderer was apprehended, brought to town and guarded till Tuesday, when he had a hearing before his honor, Judge L[?]. After a tedious, unsatisfactory trial in which the Commonwealth was represented by R. C. Warren and the defence by Hill & Alcorn, the prisoner was admitted to bail in the sum of $100 and discharged. []





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1873? added both to timeline
[?] Bodkins kills [?][?]
Hannah Sampson kills [step-son]

[] Excerpt from "From Laurel County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 25, 1873. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-04-25/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 25, 1873] -

Court being opened and the jury empanneled, they proceeded to business, trying several Commonwealth cases and fining several parties for misdemeanor, and convicting one man by the name of Bodkins of manslaughter sentencing him to the State prison for two years. After this they went into trial of the case which created so much excitement some time back in this county, of Commonwealth against Hannah Sampson for the murder of her step-son, who was found not guilty of the charge by the jury after two days consideration of the facts and arguments. I think she ought to be under many obligations for the manner in which she was defended by counsel G. Pearl, Hon. R. Boyd and C. B. Farris, attorneys.

The argument was opened by C. B. Farris, who made a very able defence, followed by Mr. Pearl who made an able and impressive defence, one hard to get over by the counsel on the part of the prosecution. Mr. Pearl is not surpassed by any man in Kentucky as an attorney at law. The argument was closed on part of the defence by Hon. Robert Boyd, who presented the evidence and facts in a very able way. []



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[officer] Reams kills James Harper election day, Rockcastle, 1874. added to timeline

[] "Election Shootings in Rockcastle." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 10, 1874. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[August 10, 1874] -


Election Shootings in Rockcastle.

(Correspondence of the Courier Journal.)

A man by the name of James Harper, living at Pine Hill, and working in the coal mines of R. Harris & Co., was killed night before last by Officer Reams, James Mobley and Doc. Callaway, while attempting to arrest him. Harper was said to have been a desperate man. He has served one term in the penitentiary, having been sent from Pulaski county for stealing some $2,000 in money from William Woodcock, of Somerset. R. McFerrin was also shot through the arm on election day by Champ Mullins, who had been summoned by the sheriff to help arrest him. UNO. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 14, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-08-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 14, 1874] -

Some outlaws undertook to bully the Sheriff of Rockcastle in his attempt to arrest them on election day, and two of them were shot and slightly wounded. A desperate character named Harper was shot and killed at Pine Hill by an officer for resisting his attempt to arrest him. []




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Frank Green kills [?] Kelly, Pulaski, 1875. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 19, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-03-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 19, 1875] -

Yesterday an inquest was held over the remains of a man named Kelly, by Coroner Lester. Verdict, death by violent hands. It appears that he had been missing about nine days. His body was found near the North end of the river tunnel--and had been thrown over Pitman creek bluff. Supposed to have been killed by another Railroad hand who left the country about the time of the murder. The two had a difficulty some time since. []



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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News -- Point Isabel." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 26, 1875. Page 3. LOC.

[March 26, 1875] -

A few days ago, a man named Eugene Kelly, was found dead, near the bottom of one of the high cliffs near here [Pt. Isabel / Burnside]. He was last seen about 11 o'clock at night, and is supposed to have accidentally fallen over, and was not discovered for twelve days after he was missed. He was a railroader, and had been in the employ of C. C. Barker & Co. []



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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 9, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-04-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 9, 1875] -

PICK POCKET AND PROBABLE MURDERER. -- On Monday last Frank Green, alias Frank Endwright, was arrested at King's Mountain Tunnel charged with picking the pocket of Thomas Lynch, one of the foreman at the tunnel, of $254. He was searched and $39.90 was found in the lining of his pants, which was identified by Mr. Lynch as his money. In his trial before Justices Gooch and Padgett he admitted the theft but refused to tell what he had done with the balance of the money. He was brought to town and lodged in jail on Tuesday by Deputy Constable John C. Pryde and Thos. McFarland. From these gentlemen we learn that it is supposed that a great many of the robberies that have been committed on the line of the R. R. were made by him. He admitted to the officers that he shoved the man Kelley off the cliff at Point Isabel, an account of which our correspondent at that place gave sometime since. A letter with no name signed, in the handwriting of a woman, and dated at Point Isabel was found on his person. This letter advises him to leave the country as, steps were being taken to arrest him for the murder. Rewards for his arrest are said to be out at Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, Louisville, Cincinnati. Constable Pryde has in his possession a five shooter of the Smith & Wesson patent, taken from Green at the time of the arrest. It has the initial -- To W. P. O., From M. O. P. engraved on it. This is supposed to be stolen, and Mr. Pryde requests us to say it can be obtained on proof of ownership. []



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June 1875. lunsford/langford, goff/gaff. added to timeline
checked 6/25/1875, 7/2/1875

[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News -- Pine Hill." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 18, 1875. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-06-18/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 18, 1875] -

The quietude of Middle Fork, diverging from Pine Hill, was rudely broken last Wednesday by one Peet Gauf shooting David Lunts--the shot taking effect in the left shoulder from which he expired Thursday night. His remains were taken to Broadhead [Brodhead] for interment. Gauf has surrendered himself to Justice McNab. []



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[] Excerpt from "A State of War." Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH. April 28, 1879. Page 5. Genealogybank.com.

[April 28, 1879] -

List of killed beginning with 1875, with names of the parties charged with the crimes:  Wm. Lunsford, killed by Peter Goff and A. J. Goff. []


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[] Excerpt from "Petitions for Pardons." List of pardons granted by Governor Luke P. Blackburn, from September 3, 1879 to March 23, 1881. Kentucky Legislative Documents, Volumes 2 and 3. Pages 5 and 97. Googlebooks.

[October 4, 1879] -

PARDON No. 52.

MT. VERNON, KY., October 4th, 1879.

GOV. L.  P. BLACKBURN:

SIR: I am here holding my court in this county, and at the request of Mr. and Mrs. Goff, I write you in behalf of their son, Peter Goff, who was convicted of manslaughter in this county about four years ago, and sentenced to five years' confinement in the Penitentiary. There were strong palliating circumstances attending his offense, and if his conduct has been such as to not be in the way of his release, I earnestly recommend his pardon, he having served four fifths of his time. I hope you will find it not inconsistent with your views of public duty to turn him out. This will be delivered you by Peter's father and mother.

Respectfully, &c.,
W. H. RANDALL.


October 8, 1879. Peter Goff. 15. Rockcastle. Manslaughter. []



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[] "Two Out of Three." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 7, 1883. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[March 7, 1883] -


TWO OUT OF THREE.

A FIGHT OVER A WOMAN, AND BUT ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS LEFT TO TELL THE TALE.

(Somerset Special to Cincinnati News, 5th.)

A pistol shooting affray occurred at the Barren Fork coal mines, near Flat Rock, on the line of the Cincinnati Southern railroad, last night at about 10 o'clock, in which two men were almost instantly killed.

Peter Goff was the husband of a woman who is alleged to have made his life miserable by her many liaisons. Not long since, Mrs. Goff left her husband. Last night Goff took with him a neighbor named Henry Thompson, and started in search of her. They proceeded to the house of James Spiney, but failed to find the woman, whom they supposed to be there. A discussion concerning her arose among the three men. During its progress, Thompson made a remark which greatly incensed Goff, who drew a revolver and shot Thompson dead. Goff then turned upon Spiney, who to save his life, was compelled to shoot Goff. The latter was a dangerous man, who had always relied upon his revolver to carry him through any difficulty. He had once served a term in the penitentiary for killing a man. It is understood that Spiney will surrender to the authorities. []



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Riddle, Pulaski, 1875. added to timeline

http://www.routonandriddle.org/getperson.php?personID=I25489&tree=routonandriddle

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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News -- Cato." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 2, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-07-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 2, 1875] -

MAN KILLED. -- Two men, Anderson Todd, and Aquilla Riddle, living on Buck Creek, about four miles from here, had a difficulty on the 25th, in regard to some chickens that Riddle had engaged around the neighborhood, and which Todd had subsequently bought. The affair did not come to anything serious at the time, but the next day Todd had occasion to go to his fathers for a hammer, and passing by the house of Riddle, he stopped to talk the matter over with him and make friends, as they were brothers-in-law. Riddle was asleep at the time, and Todd waited at the fence till Riddle's wife informed him that he was wanted. He came out and some angry words followed, when Riddle drew his pistol, shooting him in the side, the ball entering about the third rib, lodging near the back bone, from which he died about 10 o'clock, on Monday last. They were both members of the Christian Church, at Stilesville, Riddle has fled, but a reward will be offered for his capture. Justice will, sooner or later, overtake us all. []



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[] Rewards Paid During Fiscal Year Ending October 10, 1876. Annual Report of the Auditor of Public Accounts of the State of Kentucky. Page 77. Googlebooks

[1876] -

Ashley Owens, for the capture and delivery of Acquilla Riddle to the jailer of Pulaski county, under proclamation of the Governor. $200.00. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 13, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 13, 1877] -

The entire term of three weeks has been consumed on Commonwealth cases, and the following important ones have been disposed of: Aquilla Riddle for killing Todd, 6 years in the Penitentiary, []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 29, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-06-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 29, 1877] -

AFFIRMED. -- The man Riddle, who was sentenced at the last term of the Pulaski Circuit Court to six years in the Penitentiary for murder, and who had his case taken to the Court of Appeals, will have to serve out his term, as that Court has affirmed the decision of the lower Court. []


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[] Excerpt from "Petitions for Pardons." Kentucky Legislative Documents, Volumes 2 and 3. Page 349-351. Googlebooks.

[1877] -

Pardon No. 275.

Hon. Luke P. Blackburn, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky: The undersigned, citizens of Pulaski county, Kentucky, would respectfully pray your Excellency to extend Executive clemency to Aquilla Riddle, now confined in the State Penitentiary on the charge of manslaughter, having been confined in the Pulaski Circuit Court at the July term, 1877, for the period of six years. We are satisfied that his pardon would give general satisfaction to the community. []

(followed by long list of names of people that signed pardon, see link in citation)


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September 1874. Lincoln County. added to 1874 for Ferrell murder and 1878 for election shootout

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 2, 1874. Page 3. LOC.

[October 2, 1874] -

A shooting affray occurred in Milledgeville on Sunday evening. The facts seem to be that a man named Ferrel was behaving boisterously in the village generally, and finally made an an attack on Mike Ely, in the presence of his family. Ely fired upon him, wounding him in the leg with small shot. In the melee, it is said, other parties fired and wounded Ferrel mortally. He died last night at the house of Clint Helm, near Knob Lick creek. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 2. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 9, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-10-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 9, 1874] -

The facts developed in the trial of the parties accused of the murder of Ferill at Millidgeville last week fully warranted the judgement of the court. Though Ferill was upon the aggressive during the day, and violated the peace and good order of the village the killing could easily have been averted had the parties whom he maltreated placed that reliance in the strong arm of the law which it warrants, and have had him promptly arrested for his disorderly and brutal conduct towards unoffending citizens. We must rely more upon the laws of the land, and promptly cause the arrest of all evil-doers--those who are guilty of the slightest misdemeanors as well as the perpetrators of the most shocking crimes--and depend less upon our strong arm and well loaded revolvers and shot-guns for protection. So long as we are cursed with the prolific parent of the crime, whisky, in our midst, making blood-thirsty savages of peaceable and orderly citizens, we must enforce the law against those who patronize this fountain of crime and thus become law-breakers. Hang murderers, imprison homicides, and promptly punish all minor offenses, is our motto. Desperadoes must be punished -- but it is not necessary that everybody turn executioner to insure their punishment!




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[] Excerpt from "The Ferill Murder." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 9, 1874. Page 3. LOC.

[October 9, 1874] -


THE FERILL MURDER.

Ely, Gresham, and Hall Held to Answer in Bonds of $1,000 Each.

The examining trial of Mike Ely, Wm. Gresham, and Feland Hall, charged with the murder of Joseph Ferrill, at Milledgeville, in Lincoln county, on Sunday, the 27th inst., took place at Stanford on Friday and Saturday last, before Magistrates W. R. Carson, of this district, and D. Lamme, of Hustonville district, and resulted in a verdict of manslaughter, and the prisoners held to answer in the sum of $1,000 each. Gresham gave bond with Geo. W. Carter, jr., and Geo. Benedict, sureties. Ely gave Geo. W. Carter, jr., surety, and Hall gave Wm. Foster and Wm. Gresham, sr., sureties. The bonds were accepted by the court and the prisoners released. Hon M. C. Saufley, Capt. W. G. Welch, and R. C. Warren were for the defense, and County Attorney Bobbitt, Col. Frank Woolford, of Liberty, and Jacobs & Rodes, of Danville, for the prosecution. Speeches were made by Saufley, Warren, Woolford, Rodes, and Bobbitt. []


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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. October 9, 1874. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[October 9, 1874] -

Mike Ely, Feland Hall, Jr., and Wm. Gresham, who were arrested for killing Jos. Ferrill, had an examining trial in Stanford, which was commenced on Friday last, and completed on Saturday. The inquiry resulted in their being held in $1,000 bonds each to appear before the Lincoln Circuit Court for further trial. They each gave the required bail and were released. The examining Court were Darius Lamb and W. R. Carson, Esquires.




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[] Excerpt from Column 2. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 9, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-10-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 9, 1874] -

The facts developed in the trial of the parties accused of the murder of Ferill at Millidgeville last week fully warranted the judgement of the court. Though Ferill was upon the aggressive during the day, and violated the peace and good order of the village the killing could easily have been averted had the parties whom he maltreated placed that reliance in the strong arm of the law which it warrants, and have had him promptly arrested for his disorderly and brutal conduct towards unoffending citizens. We must rely more upon the laws of the land, and promptly cause the arrest of all evil-doers--those who are guilty of the slightest misdemeanors as well as the perpetrators of the most shocking crimes--and depend less upon our strong arm and well loaded revolvers and shot-guns for protection. So long as we are cursed with the prolific parent of the crime, whisky, in our midst, making blood-thirsty savages of peaceable and orderly citizens, we must enforce the law against those who patronize this fountain of crime and thus become law-breakers. Hang murderers, imprison homicides, and promptly punish all minor offenses, is our motto. Desperadoes must be punished--but it is not necessary that everybody turn executioner to insure their punishment! []



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[] Excerpt from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 22, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 22, 1875] -

But few cases have been disposed of up to to-day, as the time has been mainly taken up by the trial of Ely, charged with the murder, about a year ago since, of a man named Ferrel, at Milledgeville, in this county. The trial occupied about three days, and up to the hour of going to press the jury is still out. []


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[] Excerpt from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 20, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 29, 1875] -

Ely, whose case, on a charge of murder, we mentioned last week, was acquitted--the jury remaining out only a short time.  The cases of alleged particeps criminis, Hall and Gresham, were continued. []



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[] Excerpt from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 10, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-12-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 10, 1875] -

The cases of Bridgewater were all continued until the regular April term. Also the cases of Hall and Gresham. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 21, 1876] -

The cases of the Commonwealth vs Grisham and Hall, charged with killing Ferrel, at Milledgeville, some time ago, were continued at the present Term of the Court. Mike Ely, one of the three men charged with the killing, was tried at the last Term of the Court, and acquitted. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 28, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 28, 1876] -

Sixty-two indictments were returned by the Grand Jury, mostly for misdemeanors.

The trial of Wm. Grisham, charged with the murder of Jos. Ferrell, at Milledgeville, some time since, has occupied the Court for the last three days. A great deal of testimony against the accused was elicited, and we understand that some tall swearing has been indulged in. The defense was ably represented by Messrs. Hill and Alcorn, and Saufley and Warren, and most masterly prosecuted by Commonwealth Attorney Denny, assisted by Col. Breckenridge. At half past six o'clock, last evening, the case was given to the Jury who, after retirement, reported that it was likely that they would finally agree, and at half past seven, they were dismissed by the Judge to appear again this morning. Grisham was detained in Jail last night. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 5, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-05-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 5, 1876] -

OFF. -- As we had no Sheriff last Tuesday, Jailer Tom Buford, with his guard, started off to the Penitentiary at Frankfort, on that day, with Bridgwater, Gresham and Yancy. After entered the cars, chains were placed around their legs to insure their safe arrival. Bridgwater was demure and crest-fallen, and seemed as tho' all hope had fled from his heart of gaining his freedom again. Gresham took in the situation at a glance, and will have two years in which to brood over the killing of his fellow man. Gus Yancy, wore the same dont-care-a-continental tinker look, which always accompanies him, and went off with a smile of apparent complacency, amid the good-bys of a score or more of his colored race who had gathered at the depot, as usual. []


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[] "Hustonville." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 3, 1878. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 3, 1878] -

HUSTONVILLE.

Bloody Affray at the Primary Election Yesterday--Two Men Mortally Wounded--Another Shot Through the Arm--Others Injured.

[Special Dispatch to the Courier-Journal.]

SHELBY CITY, KY., March 2. -- At the primary election in Hustonville, Lincoln county, this afternoon, two men, Ely and Anderson, were shot and mortally wounded. Mr. James Moore was shot through the arm. Some others, whose names are not known, were injured in the row. []



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[] "Hustonville." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 4, 1878. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 4, 1878] -


HUSTONVILLE

Election of Delegates to the Deomcratic County Convention -- Further Account of the Bloody Affray in which Five Persons were Wounded.

(Special Dispatch to the Courier- Journal.)

STANFORD, March 8. -- A serious difficulty occurred at Hustonville, in this [Lincoln] county, late yesterday afternoon, in which pistols were freely used, resulting in the serious if not mortal wounding of Michael Ely, and the slight wounding of William Grisham, Tim Fry, James Moore and Ferrell. Ely, Moore and Grisham composed one side, and two brothers named Ferrell on the other. Fry was not a party to the affray, and was wounded accidentally. The fight was the offspring of an old difficulty between the parties, a brother of the Ferrells having been killed by Ely and Grisham three years ago, of which Ely was acquitted. Grisham was convicted of manslaughter, and his just returned from two years' service in the penitentiary. A large crowd was in the village at the time, attending the election of delegates to the Democratic County Convention, and during the excitement and confusion incident to the shooting the parties, except Ely, made their escape. A Constable is in pursuit of them to-day. []



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[] Excerpt from "Stanford." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 5, 1878. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 5, 1878] -


STANFORD.

Hope of Ely's Recovery -- Large Crowd in Town.

(Special Dispatch to the Courier-Journal.)

STANFORD, KY., March 4. -- Ely, wounded in the affray at Hustonville Saturday, still lives, with hopes of recovery.

County Court brought a large crowd to town today, but business was dull, and there was little stock upon the market. Times are tight. []


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[] Excerpt from "Excerpt from Lincoln County -- Hustonville." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 8, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 8, 1878] -

A BLOODY ROW.

Election day afforded scenes of a character not quite so harmonious. Matters went off pretty quietly, however, until the line had been formed, and the counting in the Assessors’ contest was in progress. Suddenly the report of a pistol was heard, followed by twelve or fifteen shots in rapid succession. The scene of confusion was at once beyond description; but intensely amusing. Youth and manhood, and hoary age, feeble attenuation, unwieldly corpulency, and tottering decrepitude rivalled each other in feats of astonishing activity. No English hunter ever cleared a five-barred gate in more dashing style—no charging squadron ever breasted with more crushing shock the obstacle that would oppose their mad career—no trained tactician ever spread his force in fan like rays with more electric speed than did the startled Sovereigns on that memorable day in Hustonville. The facts, so far as ascertained, are these: Your readers will remember that some year or more ago, a man name Ferrill, was shot and killed at Milledgeville, at the house of Mike Ely. Ely, Gresham and Hall were tried on the charge of homicide. Ely and Hall were acquitted, and Gresham sentenced to the State Prison, from which he is now returned. It is thought a feud has existed between the parties ever since the Milledgeville affair. On Saturday the belligerents, who supported rival candidates, were standing in contiguous lines. An altercation arose, ostensibly from a disputed vote, and immediately Gresham and Ely were fired upon by two of the opposing party. Ely was struck in the breast and disabled by the first fire. Gresham succeeded in drawing his pistol after he had been twice shot at, and soon cleared the street. Six persons are known to be wounded, viz: Mike Ely, through the lungs, dangerously; George Ferrell, in the forearm, ranging from the wrist to the elbow; J. Moore, in the hand; a brother of Gresham, in the arm; ---- Anderson, in the back, and George Frye, Jr., by a straggling ball, in the leg. Anderson was peculiarly unfortunate. He had taken refuge behind a large tree on the side on the street when one of the Ferrells wounded and pursued by Gresham, reached the same tree and pushed him out. Anderson, who happened to be dressed like Ferrell, fled down the street, pursued by Gresham who mistook him for the man he had been after, and fired with great vivacity, hitting him just as he turned off the Street at the Drug Store. It is strange that so much firing in so dense a throng could do so little damage. If every man who fell over gates and through fences, had been wounded, our force of Surgeons would have been inadequate. Big Jim McKinney and Dr. Fowler deserve special mention, or will do so when they shall have repaired Dunn’s yard fence. Doc. Alcorn, who is very active, sought to take refuge behind Kauffman, but Frank carried off his 350 pounds at such a rate that Doc. could never reach the sanctuary. Two or three fellows who had been deeply and boisterously drunk for some hours, were sobered instantaneously. The whole thing was of foreign growth and can reflect no dishonor on our peaceful village. []


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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County -- Hustonville." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 15, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-15/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 15, 1878] -

POSTPONED.

The trial of Gresham was commenced last Saturday, but on account of the nonappearance of important witnesses, was continued until Saturday next. The other parties are still at large. []

DEATH OF ONE OF THE WOUNDED.

Mike Ely, who was shot through the body on election day, died on last Saturday night, having lingered just a week. This gives a graver character to the day's doings. []


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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County -- Hustonville." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 22, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 22, 1878] -

ACQUITTED.

The trials of Moore and Gresham two of the actors in the election tragedy came off on Saturday last. Both were acquitted. []


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[] Excerpt from "Advertisements." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-05-31/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 31, 1878] -

PROCLAMATION
-- BY THE --
GOVERNOR.

$250 REWARD!

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, }
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. }

Whereas it has been made known to me by Hon. J. A. Lytle, County Judge of Lincoln County, that Benjamine Ferril stands charged, by indictment, with the murder of Mike Eli, in the aforesaid county, on the 2nd day of March, 1878, and is now a fugitive from justice,  going at large.

Now, therefore, I, JAMES B. MCCREARY, Governor of the Commonwealth aforesaid, do hereby offer a Reward of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars for the apprehension of the said

BENJAMINE FERRIL,

And his delivery to the Jailer of Lincoln County. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed. Done at Frankfort, the 28th day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight and the eighty-sixth year of the Commonwealth.

JAMES B. MCCREARY.

By the Governor:

J. STODDARD JOHNSON,
Secretary of State.

By THOS. S. BRONSTON, Ass't Secretary of State.

DESCRIPTION:
Benjamine Ferril is 6 feet high, has sandy whiskers and hair; is light complected, with freckled face; has blue eyes, and weighs about 180 pounds. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 18, 1880. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-06-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 18, 1880] -

CAPTURED. -- On the 2nd of March, 1878, while a primary election was in progress at Hustonville, Ben Ferrill shot Mike Ely, who, in a short time afterwards died from the effects of his wound. Ferrell left the country, and after banging around from pillow to post, was arrested in  Havana, Ill., this week, and is now held to await the orders of the authorities of this State. The murder was the result of an old feud, and it is likely that Mr. Ferrill will do the State some service, even if his neck is not required to pay the forfeit. []





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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 2, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-07-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 2, 1880] -

BACK AGAIN. -- Sheriff Josiah Hartsell, of Mason county, Ill., arrived Wednesday with Ben Ferrell, the man who killed Mike Ely, at Hustonville, in March, 1878. He says that Ferrill had been in his town since February last without any visible means of support and was generally regarded with suspicion. The way he managed to get a clew of his crime was by overhearing a conversation, after Ferrill had a row with someone, in which he claimed that he had killed one man in Kentucky and could "lay out" another, if necessary. After some difficulty he found out the name of the county in which the killing was done, and immediately telegraphed to our Sheriff. Mr. Baughman replied that Ferrell was wanted here, and thereupon Mr. Hartsell lodged him in jail to await a requisition. Ferrell looking a little dilapidated, and of course did not appear to his best advantage with the bracelets on, but he seemed in good spirits, notwithstanding he is to be tried for his life. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 23, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-07-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 23, 1880] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The summer term of this Court will convene next Monday with 53 Commonwealth cases on the docket. Four of them are for murder: Ansel and Gillis Frederick for the murder of Thomas Hatfield, Ben Ferrell for the murder of Ely, and Boone Conn for the murder of Morgan. With these exceptions the cases are mostly minor offenses. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 29, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-10-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 29, 1880] -

No case of much importance has been tried yet owing to the absence of witnesses and other causes. The case of Ben Ferrill, for murder, was set for the 9th day, and A. and G. Frederick, charged with a like crime, for the 13th day. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 5, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-11-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 5, 1880] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The session of this Court was resumed Wednesday, and the case of Ben Ferrill, for the murder of Mike Ely in 1878, being set for that day, the trial was at once begun. The arguments closed yesterday afternoon, but the jury reported after a short retirement that they were unable to agree. Judge Owsley, however, ordered them to make another effort, but they had not succeeded at 8 last night. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 12, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-11-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 12, 1880] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- When we went to press last week, the Jury in the case of Ben Ferrell, charged with murder, were deliberating. Friday morning they came into Court, and on reporting that there was no chance for them to agree, were discharged. They stood seven for acquittal and five for two years in the penitentiary. The Court, on application, fixed his bail at $1,000, which was given with John T. Helm and J. F. Moore as securities. []




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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 8, 1881. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-04-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 8, 1881] -

Ben Ferrell, who was charged with the murder of Mike Ely at an election row in Hustonville in March, 1878, and who afterwards fled to Illinois, from whence he was brought by a requisition, had his second trial for the offense on Tuesday, the Jury in his case failing to agree at the last term of the Court. The trial lasted a couple of days and resulted in an acquittal. []





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September 1874. Lincoln County. railroad related crime? added to timeline

[] "Dastardly Murder near Stanford." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 18, 1874. Page 3. LOC.

[September 18, 1874] -


Dastardly Murder near Stanford.

Last night (Thursday) a little before 8 o'clock, two men went to the house of Robert World, a respectable negro, living about one mile East of Stanford, called him out, and enquired if certain cyprians lived there; the negro answered in the negative, and the party left the house. In a few minutes they returned and again called World out and insisted that the women must be in his house. He asked, "who the h--l are you, anyhow," when one of the men drew a pistol and shot him, killing him instantly. About an hour after the deed was committed, two young men, J. G. Tuttle and Jack Wolfe, the former from Waynesburg, the latter, a son of one of the contractors on the C. S. R. R., were arrested upon suspicion, and subsequently, Tuttle made oath that Joe Hughes, of this vicinity, confessed to him that he killed the negro, and that Jas. Bibb, son of another R. R. contractor, was his accomplice. Hughes and Bibb were also arrested, and the four detained for trial to-day. The circumstantial evidence against one of the young men is strong and the guilty will certainly suffer. []



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[] Excerpt from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1874. Page 2. LOC.

[November 6, 1874] -

The case of the commonwealth vs. Joseph Hughes, charged with the murder of Robert World, col'd, near Stanford, September 17th, went to trial Saturday morning last. The jury went to their rooms with instructions at 20 minutes to 12 o'clock, p.m. and made a verdict of manslaughter, fixing his punishment at four years in the Penitentiary, within less than 15 minutes after retireing. Sentence was immediately passed upon him, and the town clock struck twelve while the Judge was signing the records of the days proceedings, and before the last stroke of the clock the final adjournment of the court was announced. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 31, 1876] -

Gov. McCreary has pardoned Joseph Hughes, who was sent to the Penitentiary from this [Lincoln] county, for four years, on a charge of killing a negro man near Stanford, in 1874. Mr. Hughes has been in prison 17 months. He arrived at home last Friday, and those who have seen him say he looks as well as he ever did. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-7/

[December 26, 1879] -

ANOTHER SAMPLE PARDON. -- Joseph Hughes, of this [Lincoln] county, seems to be an especial pet of that egotistical embecile who, by the grace of a silly people, is now Governor. He has pardoned him twice since his accession to power. Once for a fine for assault and the other day for carrying concealed weapons. Before and since he was let off with a light punishment of four years in the penitentiary for killing a negro, Hughes has been a troublesome character, to whom a pardon simply means a license to go and do the same thing or a worse one, as soon as he is liberated. If all of Blackburn's pardon's are as senseless and as uncalled for as those that have come under our knowledge, the Legislature could do no better than to make his impeachment the first order of business. Compel him to step down and out. []



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1874? Casey? or Lincoln? added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Casey County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 3, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-12-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 3, 1875] -

John Saunders, charged with killing his father, who has been running at large for several years, was arrested in Green county, and lodged in Liberty jail last Sunday evening. His trial has not come up yet. []



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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 12, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-05-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 12, 1876] -

We learn that John Saunders, who is charged with killing his father, Robert Saunders, in Lincoln county, about two years ago, and who broke jail about four months ago, at Liberty, has been seen in that county, and pursued by the officers of the law, but up to this time has not been recaptured. Rumor says that the County Judge, Sheriff and the minor officers, are on the hunt for him, and that their intention is to arrest Bill Wilson also. --[Times & Kentuckian. []







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[] Excerpt from "The Trial of Sam Williams and other Casey Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 5, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 5, 1879] -

... and the indictment against John Saunders for killing his own father, was filed away, the deed having been committed five or six years ago, and Saunders having fled the country. []



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Harriet Clark / George Warren & ??. 1873. Lincoln County. added to timeline

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[] "From the East End." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 14, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 14, 1873] -

FROM THE EAST END.

Brutal Murder -- Sudden Death -- Admonition to Rumsellers.

Correspondence Interior Journal:

CRAB ORCHARD, KY., March 11, 1873.

It becomes our duty to give you the facts in regard to one of the most atrocious and fiendish murders ever committed in this vicinity. On Friday night last, about nine o'clock, four men rode up to the door of a cabin about two miles and a half south of Crab Orchard, occupied by a poor and inoffensive negro woman named Harriet Clark, and seven children, the youngest not ten months old. Calling the unsuspected woman to the door, they immediately fired upon her, one ball taking effect in her left breast, coming out near the spine. Twelve shots were fired at the door and window, but fortunately none of the children in the house were hurt. The woman died on Saturday, about 12 o'clock. Three young men, John Watts, Ben Wiatt, and George Patton, were arrested, tried, and acquitted. During the trial a dying statement of the woman was read to the court, in which she stated she recognized only one of the party, George Warren, who is now a fugitive, though hotly pursued by the officers who arrested the other parties. To-day, on a second warrant of arrest, John Watts, Ben Wiatt, and M. Stamper were brought before Judge Saufley, at Crab Orchard, when Watts was admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000, and the others were discharged. No reason can be assigned for the atrocious deed, except that the murderers were full of whisky, the progenitor of nine-tenths of all the crimes committed in the country. Oh, ye rumsellers, could you see and realize that countless thousands of widows and orphans will stand up against you in the great day of reckoning, you would abandon a traffic that is a curse to the community and damnation to your souls. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters! A Resume of Lincoln County News for 1873."  The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 2, 1874. Pages 1 & 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-01-02/ed-1/seq-4/

[January 2, 1874] -

Ben. Wyatt, John Watts, M. Stamper, charged with murdering Harriet Clark, March 8th. []


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[ibid]

[January 2, 1874] -

The most dastardly and brutal murder committed in the county during the year was that of shooting in cold blood an unoffending negro woman, Harriet Clark, near Crab Orchard, last March, by a party of drunken young men. Several parties were suspected, tried and acquitted of the crime. []






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1873. Garrard. added to timeline
non-fatal? have info on at least two other murders by Andy Conn

[] Excerpt from "From Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 28, 1873] -

A BLOODY FIGHT

In the streets of Lancaster, to-day, and that again our usually quiet and peaceful town has witnessed one of those disgraceful and bloody encounters that should be felt as a stigma even by the savage Indian or pagan African. The facts, as near as we can gather them, are these: A Mr. Andy Conn and Jno. Broadus, from the East end of the county, having become surcharged with rot-gut, bust-head, rifle whisky, determined, as we may suppose, to show their contempt for all law and the loathsome depravity of their nature, drew their pistols and commenced shooting at each other on the street. At the first fire an innocent by-stander was shot below the knee-joint, and the bone was badly fractured. Mr. Broadus was shot twice in the body, and it is supposed fatally. Mr. Conn, who sheltered himself behind a post, escaped unhurt. Our good citizens of Lancaster sincerely deplore the recurrence of such scenes. Our town has been remarkably orderly for two years past, and it is hoped that these scenes of ignorance and barbarism had gone to recur no more. It is well on occasions like this for every good citizen to enquire why it is that these things occur so frequently and become such a fearful curse to society. We know that there are very many communities and towns in our lands where such lawless scenes are unknown; but we know too that in those places is moral courage to enforce rigidly the law, and that the red-handed murderer is hailed by no respectable person as a champion; and the rumseller, tipler, and sot, find no place in decent society; and the man who attempts to carry his concealed weapon, is not only severely punished by law, but is at once marked as a cowardly bully and ruffian. And especially, Mr. Editor, is it the duty of our public journals to take a high moral stand in these things, and aid to elevate the general moral tone of society, that we may be rid of these curses. []



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1874? Garrard. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  August 20, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-08-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 20, 1875] -

W. S. Miller kills W. I. Rochester. also see Pg 2


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1874? Boyle? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 19, 1875. Page 3. LOC.

[March 19, 1875] -

Jno. B. Doherty was sentenced in Danville on the 17th, to one year confinement in the Penitentiary for the murder of his father about a year ago. []




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December 1874. Lincoln. added to timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 22, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-01-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 22, 1875] -

Scott Graves, a railroad man from Virginia, was, a few days ago, tried before an examining Court for the murder of one Gwinn, a fellow laborer upon the King's Mountain Tunnel work, about the 23d of December last, and was sent on to further trial without bail. Graves now alleges that one Bishop, who has fled the country, did the killing, and has applied to the County Judge to have the body of Gwinn disinterred for post mortem examination, and professes to be able to show his innocence of the crime alleged against him. He was to have been tried under a writ of habeas corpus yesterday. []



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[] Excerpts from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 29, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 29, 1875] -

Scott Graves, a young man, a native of West Virginia, charged with killing Buford Gwinn, at the Tunnel, in December last, has been confined in jail here since the fatal occurrence, on a charge of murder. The case is a most unhappy and unfortunate one. They were both under twenty-four years of age, and had been close friends for years; the young man Graves having lived for several months in the family of the father of Gwinn, and they attended school together for the time. It may be remembered by many of our readers that during the month of December last, Graves, Gwinn, Bishop, and perhaps another man, got into a friendly scuffle at King's Mountain Tunnel, and, being "hot-blooded" the "triffling scuffle" ended in anger, with the death of Gwinn and the wounding of Graves. The latter was immediately arrested and had an examining trial, which resulted in his being sent on to the April Circuit Court to answer an indictment for murder, and bail fixed, at said term, in the sum of $2,000--in default of which he was remanded to jail. His trial began on Tuesday last, before the following jurymen: Frank Owsley, G. N. Bradley, John White, R. Cobb, J. S. Owsley, T. D. Hill, J. H. Hocker, S. W. DeBord, Jas. Dudderar, L. M. M. Powell, J. H. Rout, J. T. Hackley.  It took but a short time to find a jury, as so few persons had heard of the killing. The father and several friends of young Gwinn were present, not as prosecutors or persecutors, we learn, but to see that justice was done. After a full investigation of the facts, the jury, having retired to their room to deliberate upon the case, returned a verdict of not guilty, which gave almost universal satisfaction to those who heard the case and knew the facts.

Scott Graves, charged with murder, was allowed to go before the grand jury, last Tuesday, and he preferred such charges that one Bishop was indicted for shooting him, Graves. Bishop has fled the country, we learn. []



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1875. Garrard. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 27, 1875. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-08-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 27, 1875] -

col 1. Mary Pointer kills Liz Searsborough

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Boyle. 1875? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 1, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 1, 1875] -

Nichols, who was tried at the late term of the Boyle Circuit Court for the murder of a man named Peach, was found guilty of murder in the first degree, and his punishment fixed at death by hanging. We learn that a motion was made by his counsel for a new trial, which was not granted, and he has taken an appeal to the Court of Appeals. This will defer the execution of the death penalty for nearly, or quite, a year. []




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1875. Lincoln County. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 25, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-06-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 25, 1875] -

KILLING AND WOUNDING. -- A considerable amount of crime and misdemeanors has occurred at and around King's Mountain Tunnel since the road began. Last week a man named Payne, a watch and jewelry mender, got into a difficulty with some negroes there which resulted in Payne's killing one of the men and slightly wounding another in the arm. Payne was also severely wounded in the shoulder. He fled for safety to this place. The ball is still in his shoulder. We have since learned that some 8 or 10 negroes attacked Payne, and that he shot entirely in self-defense. The case was dismissed by the Commonwealth Attorney at the preliminary trial, on grounds of justifiable homicide. Payne should in future keep out of bad company. []




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1875.  Lincoln County. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News -- Crab Orchard." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 10, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-09-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 10, 1875] -

On Monday morning last, a little altercation took place between the wives of Ben Goss and David Locket, colored. Goss interfered, either to assist or separate, when Locket struck him with a stone, from which he died in less than two hours. Locket surrendered himself to the proper officer. His trial is set for Wednesday, at 9 o'clock.

LATER. -- The examining trial of David Locket for killing Ben Goss took place Wednesday before Squire Burch and Judge Pollard. He was pronounced guilty of murder, and is now in jail awaiting the sitting of the next term of the Circuit Court. []



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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 17, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-09-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 17, 1875] -

David Locket, of color, who killed the negro man, Ghost, at Crab Orchard, the other day, and who was refused bail by the Examining Court at that place, was brought before Judge Lytle here, on the 11th, by writ of habeas corpus, and allowed bail in $400 for his appearance at the October Circuit Court, which was given. Col. W. G. Welch, represented the prisoner, and County Attorney, Bobbitt, the Commonwealth. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 20, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-10-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 20, 1876] -

Something over a year ago, Dave Lockett killed Ben Goss, both men of color, at Crab Orchard. The facts are, that the wives of the two men had a difficulty the day before the killing, and the next day the wife of Goss and Goss himself and his mother-in-law had hold of Lockett's wife, whereupon Lockett ran up to them and picked up a very large rock, held it in his hand and struck Goss a violent blow, which resulted in his death in about one hour. Lockett was indicted for manslaughter, and his case was tried at the present term of the court. Lockett was ably defended by Col. W. G. Welch and W. O. Hansford, Esq., and was prosecuted with a [?] by County Attorney Bobbitt and Commonwealth Attorney Denny. The latter made one of the strongest speeches against the prisoner, that we have heard in this county against any criminal. The jury failed to agree, and were discharged. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 19, 1877] -

David Lockett, colored, who killed another colored man named Yoss, in 1875, was tried on a charge of manslaughter and sent to the Penitentiary for 18 months. This case had been tried before and resulted in a hung jury. []





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1875? Pulaski. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 14, 1876] -

Jim Gillispie who killed O'Brien, a year or more since, got eight years, []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 21, 1876] -

The Sheriff of Pulaski, with the following batch of recruits for the Penitentiary, took the train here for Frankfort one day this week: Jas. Gillispie, sentenced for 7 years for manslaughter; Mose Barnett, for hog stealing, 2 years, and Dan Kyle, manslaughter, 16 years. []



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Ebenezer Best & Andy Conn / William Hedger. December 1874. Garrard. added to timeline

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[] "Horrible Murder in Lancaster!" The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 25, 1874. Page 2. LOC.

[December 25, 1874] -

Horrible Murder in Lancaster! Postmaster Wm. Hedger, Assaulted and Killed by Nese Best and Andy Conn.

On Monday afternoon, last, Wm. Hedger, Postmaster at Lancaster, a quiet, inoffensive citizen, and an efficient officer, was assaulted in his office, in Lancaster, and instantly killed by Nese Best and Andy Conn, citizens of the Paint Lick section of Garrard county, and notoriously dangerous characters.

We were in Lancaster on Tuesday, and found the citizens, as a general thing, afraid to speak of, or express an opinion about the awful tragedy, above a whisper, however, we gathered the following particulars of the killing, from reliable sources. We record the terrible crime, but refrain from commenting upon it, for the reason that it is not always safe for a Journalist to undertake to condemn in adequate terms the perpetrators of a crime, when the people in the locality in which is was perpetrated have not the boldness and true bravery to rise up in their might and protect themselves and their neighbors, officers and advisers, and maintain, at all hazards, the majesty of the law. Without making a diagnosis, or furnishing a prescription for the present case, we will venture to suggest that "desperate cases require heroic and desperate treatment."

Several months ago, Hedger, the deceased, married the sister of his deceased wife, who was also a sister to the wife of Best. -- Best forbade, without the shadow of authority, this marriage, and after its consummation, threatened the life of Hedger. Best being a dangerous character, having taken the lives of some four or five men within the past few years, Hedger has lived in continual dread of his carrying the treat into execution.

On last Monday, Best, in company with Conn, visited Lancaster, and during the day became intoxicated. Hedger, fearing an assault, locked his office and remained concealed sometime, but a few minutes before the arrival of the Louisville mail, he returned to his office to attend to his imperative duties, and just as he entered the door, Conn and Best approached it from different directions and commenced firing. Hedger fell, mortally wounded, if not killed, from the first fire. Other shots were fired after he fell, and four shots took effect. His wife heard the firing and instinctively devined the cause, and she was the first to go to the dead body of her husband. The scene which then ensued beggars description. She was carried away from the scene of the shocking tragedy heart-broken and insensible; while the perpetrators of it walked leisurely away, brandishing their weapons and boasting of the cruel deed.

Writs for the arrest of Best and Conn were immediately placed in the hands of officers Miller and Singleton. As they approached the men, determined to arrest them at all hazards, they were met by the sheriff of the county, Mr. W. M. Kerby, who informed them that Conn and Best had placed themselves in his custody, and he was responsible for their detention. So far, so good; but the sequel shows that these men who had but a moment before shot down in cold blood, a defenseless and inoffensive citizen, were suffered to go from the very clutches of an offended and outraged law, upon the mere promise that they would return the next day for trial!

We simply record this ugly circumstance connected with an awful tragedy that blackens the blood-stained annals of crime in Kentucky, with the ope that it is a mistake. It is a grave charge to make against an officer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and we disclaim its authorship.

LATER -- AND MORE TROUBLE. -- We learn from a gentleman who came over from Lancaster on Wednesday morning, that Best and Conn had not been arrested, tho' the Sheriff and his deputy went in quest of them Tuesday. We also learn that Best and Conn state that Hedger fired upon them first. A small loaded Durrenger was found in Mr. Hedger's pocket. No other weapons were found upon his person or in his office. Best promises to surrender for trial as soon as the excitement subsides. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 8, 1875. Page 2. LOC.

[January 8, 1875] -

A paragraph is going the rounds of the papers to the effect that Hedger was the sixth man whom Best has killed. I know not how correct that may be as to the number, but it is certain that several have fallen by his hand, the law in every instance, I believe, being on his side. If, as the action of the examining court and the facts seem to indicate, he killed his men in self-defense and justifiably, he has been a singularly unfortunate man. There is nothing about his appearance or manner to stamp him as a bad or bloodthirsty man. Ebenezer, or Nees Best, as he is generally called, is probably between forty-five and fifty years of age, of good medium-sized person, somewhat inclined to flesh, and of agreeable manners and address. He is well-known as a trader in stock through Garrard and the adjoining counties, and is, I believe, looked upon by most of those who have had transactions with him, as well as by his acquaintances generally, as a fair man, and by no means difficult to get along with. -- Lex. Cor. Courier Journal. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 8, 1875. Page 2. LOC.

[January 8, 1875] -

Best and Conn have not been arrested. It is probable that Best will come to trial, in course of time, but it is announced that Conn has fled the country. []



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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 15, 1875. Page 3. LOC.

[January 15, 1875] -

The card of A. J. T. Conn, one of the murderers of Wm. Hedger, at Lancaster, a few weeks ago, published in this issue, hath an history, which we may relate in future. It seems from his statement, that he, too, has been unfortunate in having to kill several of his fellow-men in self-defence. The suggestion of the Courier-Journal in regard to Best, will apply to Conn, with equal force. The citizens of Garrard ought to hang any man whom fate compels to kill in self-defense, more than one man. He is a bad citizen, and ought to be hung to prevent the further flow of blood. []



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[] "A Letter from Andy Conn." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 15, 1875. Page 3. LOC.

[January 15, 1875] -

A Letter from Andy Conn.

GARRARD CO., Ky., Jan. 8, 1874[5?].

Editors Interior Journal:

GENTLEMEN: -- I notice a paragraph in your paper in which I am spoken of as a notoriously dangerous character, and I think it a duty I owe to myself, my friends and relations to state how I came by a reputation so unenviable.

On three several occasions I have been compelled to shoot three of my fellow men; two of whom I killed.

First -- During the war I was fired upon by two Federal soldiers, and in the exercise of the God-given right of self-defense I shot and killed one of the men who were trying to kill me.

Second case -- A darling brother was killed without provocation, and armed with a warrant I went with the Sheriff to arrest the man who had committed the deed. He resisted and fell by my hand.

Third case -- I was fired upon and returned the fire of my assailant, and seriously but not mortally wounded him.

For these offenses I have been tried and honorably acquitted. And all the cases did not cost me fifty dollars. And in regard to the late bloody drama at Lancaster, in which they say I participated, I think the proof will clear me, and am willing to surrender and would have done so before now; and had gone half way to Lancaster, when I was met by friends who told me that the excitement was too intense to obtain justice at that time, and they thought it prudent to wait for the sober second thought it prudent to wait for the sober second thought.

Respectfully,
A. J. T. Conn. []


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[] "Ebenzer Best Acquitted." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 24, 1875. Page 2. LOC.

[December 24, 1875] -


Ebenzer Best Acquitted.

It is well known to our readers in this part of the State, that the special or called term of the Garrard Circuit Court, was held for the purpose of hearing the criminal case of the Commonwealth against Ebenzer Best, charged with the murder of S. W. Hedger, at Lancaster about a year since. Mr. Hedger was the Post-Master at Lancaster, and had married a sister of Best's wife, and, it is said, that this marriage greatly incensed Best, because it was done contrary to his wishes. We are not sufficiently acquainted with the details of the trial to give a decided opinion, and can only say to our readers that after four or five days trial, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty," and Mr. Best was turned loose. As usual in such trials, when the evidence is "conflicting," the public are divided in their opinions as to the guilt or innocence of the accused. Some people assert that Best should have been hung, others that he ought to have been put in the penitentiary for life, and still others that a term of years in the State prison would have been sufficient punishment for the killing. The jury, however, who were sworn to render a verdict according to the law and evidence, saw proper to acquit him of all crime. The case, hence, rests with the members of that jury and their God. They alone are responsible for Mr. Best's acquittal, and right or wrong, the public must abide thereby. It is a fearful thing to take the life of a fellow being, and the more of those lives a man destroys, the greater the responsibility. We learn that the jury in the case were, at first, unable to agree, and were on the verge of disagreement; but when the court sent them back to their room again, they returned a verdict of not guilty. Thus has ended the trial of one who has taken the life of several of his fellow beings, and the consequences thereof can rest alone with him and the great court from which there is no appeal. In all charity we can only hope that Best is guiltless of his fellow's blood, and that in the great day of reckoning he may be able to stand before the final Bar and show that his hands are not stained with innocent gore. []


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Excerpt from “Lancaster.” Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. December 7, 1883. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[December 7, 1883] -

Ebenezer Best, a prominent farmer and stock trader of this [Garrard] county, died on the 29th, at his residence, near Paint Lick. He will be remembered as the man who killed Hedger, postmaster at this place [Lancaster], in 1875. It is said that he had killed four men, but was acquitted in every case. Whatever his former life may have been, he had of late years become a peaceable and valuable citizen. He was always a staunch friend of the poor. He leaves an estate valued at $50,000. [] 




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Andy Conn / John Arnold. 1875 Madison & 1876 Garrard  not on timeline

[] "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 15, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 15, 1875] -

On Monday evening at Ed. Todd's grocery in Madison county, Andy Conn shot and killed John Arnold. We have not heard the particulars of the killing. []



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[] "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 22, 1875. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-10-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 22, 1875] -

Andy Conn kills John Arnold

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[] Excerpt from "East End of Lincoln." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[March 31, 1876] -

Last Wednesday night, 23d inst., about 8 o'clock, Andrew Conn, who resides in the upper portion of Garrard county, about seven miles from this place [East End Lincoln], while intoxicated, in company with one of his friends, went to the house of old man Arnold, an humble, quiet old man, (the father of the young man that Conn killed only a few months ago,) and demanded entrance with the threat that he came to kill the old man and his wife. On being refused Conn broke the door in, and, with pistol in hand, shot at the old man as soon as he entered. Arnold's wife and daughter rushed towards Conn to prevent him shooting the second time, but in this attempt Conn choked the old lady and struck her over the head several times with his pistol. During this struggle Conn shot at Arnold the second time, but both shots missed their aim. About this time Conn's friend had taken a rifle out of Arnold's hands (who was trying to shoot Conn,) and threw it out of the door, and went to the assistance of the two women. In the meantime, Arnold seized an old army musket, went out of a door opposite the one Conn entered, and hastening around to the other door, placed the muzzle of the gun against Conn's neck and fired. Conn fell to the floor and rolled out of the door, expiring without a struggle. Arnold then fled to the woods, bare-footed, remaining several hours before returning to his house, where he found Conn dead, his friend gone, and his wife suffering intensely from fright and the wounds she had received. She is quite feeble, and being between 60 and 70 years old, it is doubtful whether she will survive the terrible shock. Arnold, fearing Conn's friend would come and attack him, left immediately, and walked through snow, waded the river and two creeks, and reached this place Thursday morning, tired, weary, hungry and sick, and gave himself up to Deputy Sheriff Myers. He fears an attack from Conn's friends, as he saw three of them Thursday morning going in the direction of his house. Mr. Arnold has the sympathy of this entire community, as what he did was purely in self-defense. Conn has killed several men, and has lived in defiance of law in the neighborhood where he was killed all his life. In justice to the man who was with him, it is proper to say that he seemed trying to prevent any trouble, but nevertheless he went with him. Conn was said to be a very clever and honorable man when not drinking, but whisky seemed to instill in him the most revengeful and blood-thirsty spirit. []


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[] Excerpt from "Communications." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[April 14, 1876] -


The Arnold-Conn Tragedy.

We publish, by request, the following [?] of the late tragedy in Garrard, made by the friends of the late Andrew Conn. We have already printed an account of the trouble, as detailed to a correspondent, by old man Arnold. It is fair that both sides should be heard. — Ed. Advocate.

Much has been said and written about the late tragedy resulting in the death of Andrew J. Conn, and the various reports having been, in many instances, inaccurate, we thought that the cause of truth and justice demands that a correct version of the affair should be given.

In the early part of last Fall, Conn shot and killed John Arnold, in Madison county, this State. For this he manifested great sorrow and begged the father and mother of the deceased to forgive him for having deprived them of their son. The mother responded, “We forgive you, as he forgave you on his dying bed, for he said, ‘you was bound to do what you did.’ Conn, after this, furnished the old people with meal, and they visited back and forth, and it was supposed that the whole matter had been fully reconciled. In the mean time, Conn was tried and acquitted on the evidence of the Commonwealth.

Nothing more was heard of the matter until the night of the killing. On that day Conn passed the home of the old people on his way to Berea to attend a suit pending before one of the Justices of that precinct, and while there he was told by the Sheriff of Madison that an attempt was then being made to indict him in the Madison Circuit Court for the killing of John Arnold. He ascertained that Ed. Todd had been summoned before the Grand Jury. Upon learning this fact, he asked John Burnam and Pat McMahan to accompany him to Todd’s house, to which they agreed, and all started, leaving Conn’s brother and cousin, (who would have accompanied him home, or near there,) behind. After they reached Todd’s and had talked with him, Conn insisted upon McMahan to accompany him home, which, after much persuasion, he consented to do. On their road nothing was said about the Arnold affair, but Conn was telling jokes which occurred while he was in the army. After going some distance Conn turned off to one side of the road and started to a house unknown to McMahan at that time, and reaching the fence, dismounting and hitching their horses advanced to the door. When they reached the door Conn commenced to kick the snow from his feet, and some one from within asked, “Who’s there?” Conn responded, “It’s me.” “Who is me?” was the next questions, to which Conn responded, “Andy Conn.” The old lady then said that “he must not come in; she was afraid he would kill them.” Conn responded, “Why, I have been here before and have not killed you. I only want to come in and warm my feet, and talk to the old man about going to Richmond Monday.” The daughter, (Miss Arnold) then said: “Mother, let him come in. He will not hurt us.” Conn then pushed the door open and walked in. As he stepped in the house the old lady was standing by the side of the door, with something in her hand, (the witness could not tell what,) at which Conn grabbed and missed, pushing or slapping the old woman aside. She and the girl then grabbed Conn and threw him to the floor, the old gentlemen springing to his rifle, but was caught by McMahan. While they were struggling over the gun, Conn called to McMahan to get his pistol, which was lying on the floor. McMahan saw the pistol upon the floor, but was unable to pick it up, on account of the struggle for the rifle, and he kicked it towards Conn who picked it up.

McMahan and the old man, in their scuffle, got out of the house when the gun was taken from the old man and thrown down the hill. He ran after it and returned with it, when McMahan drew his pistol and compelled him to drop it, again picking the gun up and throwing it down the hill. The old man then ran around to the back of the house, McMahan returning around the back side also, but in the opposite way, and found Conn, the old lady, and the girl struggling over an ax. He asked the old lady "to let go," and she responded, "if she did Conn would kill her." McMahan then remarked that "Conn would do no such thing; that he could have killed her long ago with his pistol if he had wanted to." (Con had hold of the ax with his left hand, and held his pistol with the right.) She then gave up the ax, and McMahan threw it to one side, and started off with Conn to their horses, when the old lady again got the ax, and the girl the corn knife. Conn was walking with McMahan, who said, "Let's leave here," to which Conn consented to and was then doing. He was looking back over his shoulder, telling the old lady and the girl that he did not come there for a difficulty, but only to see the old man on business, then a gun was fired from behind them, powder-burning the neck of McMahan, and at the crack of which Conn jumped up as if struck. McMahan then ran, half-bent, until he reached his mule and mounting it rode around to the front part of the house, and asked for his hat, which, after some trouble he got. He asked where Conn was, and the old lady replied, "He shot me and ran off down the hill." The girl said, "No stranger, he is lying around there dead."

We forgot to mention that when Conn first entered the house, he saw McCoy sitting by the fire and asked him what he was doing there, to which he made some common-place reply, and quickly walked out of the back door.

After the affair had ended as detailed, McMahan went after some neighbors, among whom was Conn's brother and they all returned in about an hour after the killing. When they reached there they found the house deserted, the door taken off the hinges, but the hinges not broken, and Conn lying dead upon the ground near the spot where the shot had been fired. His pistol was near him, and also a musket with the barrel bent, and the stock broken off. Near by, also, lay the ax, corn-knife and a large stick of wood. The barrel and stock of the musket, the ax and the stick of wood were covered with human brains, hair and blood and the head of the deceased was beaten almost to a jelly, some large pieces of the skull lying near. There were also some cuts on his legs, from which no blood had flowed, having evidently been made after the crimson life tide had ceased to run. The old gentleman and McCoy reached Crab Orchard the next morning, and the old man surrendered himself to the Deputy Sheriff. Mrs. Arnold and daughter were arrested near home. They were also subsequently brought to Lancaster, and a trial had, upon which the Commonwealth elicited substantially the foregoing testimony. The gun, ax and corn-knife were exhibited on the trial. McMahan, the chief Commonwealth's witness, was an acquaintance of Conn's, but they were not intimate, and is said to be as truthful and honorable gentleman as lives in Madison county.

It was proven that the musket had been borrowed on the day Conn went to Berea, McCoy stating that he wanted to go rabbit hunting. Upon the testimony stated, on motion of Defendants, McCoy was released and placed upon the [?]. His testimony was very unsatisfactory and contradictory. He stated, however, that in the evening of the day he borrowed[?] the gun and loaded it with buckshot that old Mrs. Arnold gave him, telling him to load the gun to go out hunting with the next day. That Arnold's house was about seventy yards from the road, and that night about eight o'clock he said: "I think I hear somebody talking." He went to the door, saw men on the road, and afterwards returned. He stated that he saw the whole fight, and that he did not [?] the gun broken, or Conn struck in any way with the ax, corn-knife or stick of wood. He also stated that Conn, who he first came in the house, shot at old man Arnold, who was sitting on the bed, and that Conn was standing at the food of the bed; that the old man was not hit. Defendants proved, by one witness that Conn, when drunk, was a dangerous man. Upon this testimony, after argument of counsel, Defendants were discharged.

We have no comments to make upon the matter, but simply given the facts to the reading public as they occurred on the trial. McMahan states that there was but one shot fired in the fight and that was the shot near his neck; and that Conn was not drunk.

JUSTICE.
LANCASTER, April 10th, '76. []


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Nick Morrison / William Gooch.  Lincoln Co. 1873. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "A Put-up Highway Robbery in Boyle County." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. February 12, 1873. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[February 12, 1873] -

A Put-up Highway Robbery in Boyle County -- The Williamson Murderers, Etc.

(Correspondence of the Courier-Journal.)

SHELBY CITY, KY., Feb. 11.

On Thursday evening last, George Gooch and William Timberlake were in our town determined to get outside of as much nitro-glycerine whisky as possible, and, after imbibing numerous potations, they started to their home in Millidgeville, four miles south. When they had proceeded about half a mile they were brought up standing by three highwaymen. Two of them, with revolvers presented, stood guard while the third went through Gooch and Timberlake to the tune of $125 for the latter and $10 for the former. The robbers then bade them move off, which Timberlake did promptly and in good order, but Gooch was anxious for a fight (?) with the robbers, and remained behind cursing and defying them. On the next day Timberlake caused the arrest of Gooch and the finding of Timberlake's pocket book and papers with $27, all of of which was identified. It falls terribly heavy on Gooch's father and family, who are respected and esteemed as good citizens, well known in this community for years. []



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[] "Highway Robbery." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 14, 1873] -

HIGHWAY ROBBERY.

A Trio of Rob Roys.

On Wednesday, the 4th instant, Mr. Wm. Timberlake, of this [Lincoln] county, was robbed on the highway, about a mile south of Shelby City, by a white man named George Gooch, and two negroes, Marshall Wright and John McElroy. The following are the facts as developed in the examining trial at Hustonville, on Tuesday, the 10th instant.

Timberlake went to Danville, Wednesday morning, to get some money from bank, and asked Gooch to accompany him. Gooch consented, if Timberlake would pay expenses. In the evening they returned together to Shelby City, and staid there until after dusk. Gooch, while there, approached several negroes and proposed that they follow him and Timberlake out of town, rob Timberlake, and they would divide the spoils. Two or three declined the speculation, but the temptation was too great for Wright and McElroy. They stationed themselves at a wod-rick, a mile from town, according to the instructions of the chief conspirator, seized Timberlake's horse when he rode up, demanded his money, and, on denying that he had any, Wright thrust his hand into the victim's vest-pocket, took it out and handed it to McElroy, who then gave it to Gooch. On securing the pocket-book, containing about one hundred and thirty dollars and a gold pencil, Gooch fell from his horse and exclaimed that it was "Bill Wilson." Timberlake put spurs to his horse and went home. Gooch's instructions to the negroes was to catch Timberlake and beat him like h-ll, and to beat himself only a little.

Timberlake, the next morning, found the negroes on the dairy farm of the Messrs. McElroy, recognized them and had them arrested. They each made a full confession of their guilt. Gooch was then arrested, and on his premises being searched, Timberlake's pencil and twenty-seven dollars in small bills were found concealed in an augur-hole in his stable.

At the examination alluded to, before Judge Lamb, a nolle prosequi was entered as to John McElroy, he being considered the least guilty of the trio, and it being desirable to have his testimony against the others.

Gooch and Wright were held for further trial, and allowed bail -- Gooch in the sum of $1,500, the negro int he sum of $500. Failing to give bail, they have both been lodged in jail. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Brevities." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1873. Page 3. LOC.  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 28, 1873] -

George Gooch, the white man concerned in robbing William Timberlake, in this county, a few days ago, gave bail in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and was released from jail last week. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 2. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 31, 1873. Page 3. Newspapers.com. (issue is heavily damaged, not on LOC)

[October 31, 1873] -

Last Saturday evening ... [?]tion took place between Nick M[orrison] ... Geo. Gooch, at Millegeville, whi[ch?] [resul?]ted in the former putting a load ... through the head of the latte[r] ... [lin]gered until last evening, wh[?] ... [Mor]rison left the place immed[iately] ... fray. []





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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters! A Resume of Lincoln County News for 1873."  The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 2, 1874. Pages 1 and 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-01-02/ed-1/seq-4/

[January 2, 1874] -

On or about 14th of February, last [1873], Wm. Timberlake, of the West End of the county, was robbed on the highway, between Hustonville and Danville, by George Gooch and two negroes, all of whom were arrested and held to trial.

George Gooch, concerned in the robbery of Wm. Timberlake, was shot and killed in Milledgeville, by ---- Moreland, who is now a fugitive from the officers of the law. The shooting resulted from a threat against Moreland's life by Gooch while intoxicated. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  October 5, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 5, 1877] -

ANOTHER MURDERER WHO COMES AND GOES AT HIS PLEASURE. -- We learn from those who are acquainted with him, that Nick Morrison who, two years ago murdered Wm. Gooch, at Milledgeville, in cold blood, got off the train here on Monday and staid around town the whole evening, apparently as unconcerned as if his hands were free from the blood of his fellow man. We do trust that our officers will see that Stanford, at least, is kept clear of the presence of murderers and other evil doers--except to be shut up in our dismal jail. []



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[] "In Jail." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 16, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-11-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 16, 1877] -

IN JAIL. -- Nick Morrison, who was captured last week by C. W. Roude, Town Marshal of Shepperdsville, and John W. Thompson, in a little box house near Belmont Station, on the L & N. R. R. was brought here and lodged in jail on Friday. His captors say that he had been engaged for some time past in selling moonshine whisky, and it was in his "saloon" that he was captured. The appearance of the officers was so sudden and unexpected that Morrison surrendered without trouble, although we are told that he was prepared to make desperate resistance. Since his incarceration here, we have, through the kindness of the Jailer, interviewed Morrison, who is a man of good appearance and one whose countenance would never indicate that he would commit willful murder. In answer to our inquiries he admitted the killing of Gooch, but avows that he did it in self-defense and after repeated insults and threats from him. He gave as a reason for running off after committing the act, that his friends advised him to do so through fear of an attempt to mob him by Gooch's relatives. He says that during the two years since the killing he has spent a miserable time dodging about and expecting arrest at any time, and it is a relief to him to feel that that part, at least, is over. During the conversation, he shed tears freely, and showed that he was not entirely lost to the feelings that should animate a man that has taken the life of another, no matter what the cause. Morrison is physically, in a very bad fix, being a constant sufferer from both hemorrhoids and fistula, though he says he is comfortable as he could expect to be in prison. He claims that he has no fears of a fair trial, which he will of course get. We were surprised to learn from him of the large number of good families with which he is closely connected by blood and marriage. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 22, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 22, 1878] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- It is but little over three weeks till Circuit Court, and then comes the tug of war. There are five murder cases to be tried: Holmes, for the murder of Sheriff Napier; Saunders, for assassinating the colored preacher, Middleton; Morrison, for the murder of young Gooch, two years ago; Jerry Brown, colored, for the murder of Mr. John Engleman, and William Oakes, for assassinating 'Squire Petre. The prisoners at Louisville, and the one at Richmond, will be brought here, and we understand it is the intention of the authorities to employ a guard of a sufficient number that will serve during the whole trials. These will be armed with the needle guns and pistols, and will be on hand at all hours. We incline to the opinion that this will be a much better arrangement than for the Sheriff to have to hunt up a special guard for each day and night, and besides it will be infinitely more satisfactory to the public generally. Of course there is no great fears of any attempt at rescue, but forewarned is forearmed, and our officers are going to profit by the experience of the past. Affairs are in good shape in this county now, and it only remains for the Jurors in the coming Court to remember their oaths and punish the offenders to the full extent of the law. We have heard of a number of cases where Juries, through fear or favor, have acquitted criminals, or what is nearly as bad, hung, and allowed the murderer to go at large. Don't let this be repeated, but show the officers you are for a full execution of the laws by doing your own duty. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 3, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-05-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 3, 1878] -

The case of Nick Morrison, who, it will be remembered, killed George Gooch, at Milledgeville, about five years ago, was called last Friday, and after two days spent in the examination of witnesses and in the arguments of counsel, was given to the jury, who returned a verdict of manslaughter and fixed his punishment at two years in the Penitentiary.  The desperate character of the man killed and the physical condition of the prisoner, operated strongly on the jury in making their verdict, but as it is, it will no doubt amount to a life sentence, as Morrison, from all appearances will live but a short time. The prosecution in this case was represented by Judge Denny and H. T. Harris, Esq., and the defense by Col. W. G. Welch and Judge Saufley. []




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Garrard County. December 1875. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 7, 1876. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-01-07/ed-1/seq-1/

[January 7, 1876] -

About two weeks since, Mr. Jake Davis, an old bachelor residing at the mouth of Paint Lick, was taken out of his house and hung by a band of five ruffians until life was nearly extinct when he was cut down and made to tell where he kept his money. Having got possession of his money, which is variously estimated from five hundred dollars to a thousand, the robbers and would-be murderers hung him up again and left him hanging. A negro who lived with Mr. Davis, ran to a neighbor's house and told what was going on, when the neighbor hastened to the scene of attempted murder in time to save the life of the victim. Two of the robbers, Bud May and James Polk Butner, have been arrested, tried and held over in the sum of $1,000 each, for their appearance at the Circuit Court in Garrard county at its next term. Brak Walker and John Murphy, his brother-in-law, both of Madison county, the other parties who participated in this atrocious crime, are still at large, though a reward of $400 has been offered for their arrest. -- Jessamine Journal. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  March 31, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 31, 1876] -

It is stated that the gun used with such fatal effect in the late shooting affray at Paint Lick, had contained then exploded, during six years. This is a canard--nobody will believe that a gun ever remained undischarged for six years in Garrard. []




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Pulaski? 1875? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 26, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-11-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 26, 1875] -

BURGLARS SHOT. -- Four negro men had made a plot to burglarize several stores in Danville, the other night. One of them gave information to the proprietors of the intended raid, and the stores were watched. During the night four of them attempted to enter a store when they were fired upon by the guard and two of them were thought to have been mortally wounded. It is a little singular that the negro informant would go with the others and risk being shot himself. He was captured, however, and is now in jail. The other negroes assert that he planned the burglary himself, but this seems strange in the light of the facts of the case. []



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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 3, 1875. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-12-03/ed-1/seq-4/

[December 3, 1875] -

One of the negro burglars who was shot in Danville last week, died last Wednesday, and the other will recover. The negro Robertson, the informant, was taken to Somerset, on a charge of murder and burglary. He seems to be a bad scamp. []




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1876. Pulaski Co. added to timeline

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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 24, 1876. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-24/ed-1/seq-1/

[March 24, 1876] -

Last Thursday morning a Mr. Prentiss, the "head clerk" on Smith's work, on the C. S. Railway, was very severely, if not fatally, cut in the abdomen, by a negro named Dan. Kyle. Kyle ran off, but was subsequently captured at King's Mountain, and brought back to this place [Somerset] and lodged in jail Thursday night. Since the above has been put in type, the unfortunate man has passed into another world -- his death occurring last Monday evening, inflammation having set in. We learn that his home was in Virginia. His remains were deposited in the cemetery at this place, last Tuesday evening. Rev. J. R. Peeples and Elder D. Wilburn, visited Mr. Prentiss just before his death, and prayed and sung with him. He was asked if he was a christian, to which he replied in the negative, but he had been brought up in a religious family, of the Episcopalian Church. -- [Somerset Reporter.

We were well acquainted with the deceased for several years and can testify to his many virtues. Always unassuming and polite, his death by the hands of a worthless negro, was to us a very great surprise. Mr. Prentiss was from Norfolk, Va., and comes from a time honored family, whose hearts will be wrung at the news of his untimely death. --[Editor Interior Journal. []



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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[March 31, 1876] -

The negro murderer of young Prentiss, has been held to bail in the sum of $500 at Somerset. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 14, 1876] -

The negro Kyle, who murdered young Prentiss, the clerk of P. F. Smith, Railroad contractor, was sent to the Penitentiary for 16 years. Mr. Denny says that while it was the general impression that the negro should be hung, no stronger case than manslaughter could be made out against him. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 21, 1876] -

The Sheriff of Pulaski, with the following batch of recruits for the Penitentiary, took the train here for Frankfort one day this week: Jas. Gillispie, sentenced for 7 years for manslaughter; Mose Barnett, for hog stealing, 2 years, and Dan Kyle, manslaughter, 16 years. []




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Boyle County. 1876. not on timeline. would need to write an intro for this before posting... skepticism needed before taking at face value since common tactic used by 'respected' (connected) families to discredit black men, often over employment/wage/economic disagreements

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[] Excerpt from "Local and Personal." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[April 14, 1876] -

AN OUTRAGE. -- Great excitement exists in the West End of the county, caused by the attempted nameless outrage of a little seven year old daughter of Lee Irvine, last Friday, by a brutal young negro man, named Jim Turpin. As far as we can gather the facts, the family, (who reside in Perryville) had gone from home, and during their absence the negro decoyed the little girl into the basement of the house and attempted his hellish design. When Mr. Irvine returned the little one told her father that the negro had abused her, but did not indicate that he had attempted the nameless crime. Mr. Irvine gave him a whipping and drove him from his place. On Sunday the little daughter complained, and a physician was sent for, when the facts in the case were brought to light for the first time. The negro was immediately arrested and placed under guard. He waived an examination and was brought to Danville last Monday and committed to jail. We learn he is a negro of bad character and brutal passions. There is no crime in all the dark catalogue that arouses such indignation as the one here recorded. It fairly makes the blood boil in the veins of every father and brother, and it is indeed wonderful that the brute was permitted to leave the scene of his attempted outrage without summary punishment at the end of a halter. Mr. Irvine's family is one of the most respected in our county, and there is deep sympathy for them in our entire community. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 14, 1876] -

A negro named Turpin, has been lodged in Jail at Danville, in default of $2,500 bail, accused of attempting rape on the person of a little girl seven years old, the daughter of Lee Irvine, of Perryville. []



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[] "Danville." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 17, 1876. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[April 17, 1876] -

DANVILLE.

A Mulatto Boy Sixteen Years Old Taken From Jail by Masked Men and Killed.

[Special Dispatch to the Courier-Journal.]

DANVILLE, April 15. -- The COURIER-JOURNAL of last Saturday contained a telegram stating that Jim Turpin, a mulatto boy about sixteen years old, was brought here and placed in jail for attempting a nameless outrage on the person of a little seven-year-old daughter of Mr. Lee Irvine, of Perryville. It has since become known that the child was more injured than was at first suspected, and public indignation in regard to the crime has very naturally increased.

This morning about one o'clock the jailer was awakened by loud knocking at his front door, and on inquiring the cause was told that it was a policeman with a prisoner. As soon as the door was opened he was confronted by four masked men with drawn revolvers, two of whom seized him, while the other two, taking his key from him, proceeded to the cell where the boy was confined and took him out, and in company with their comrades, who remained outside, proceeded in the direction of Perryville. This morning he was found cold and dead, hanging to a tree about a mile and a half from town. The whole affair was managed quietly, the mob having taken the precaution to capture Officer Simpson, the night policeman, and put him under guard. A coroner's jury has been investigating the case all the morning, but up to this time nothing has been developed that would lead to the identification of the parties engaged in the hanging. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 21, 1876] -

The negro, Jim Turpin, who committed an outrage on a little daughter of Mr. James Irvine, aged eight years, at Perryville, last week, was taken to Danville, and placed in jail. A party of masked men took him out last Friday night and quietly hung him to a limb near town, where he was found dead the next morning. []



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[] "Judge Lynch's Court." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. April 21, 1876. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[April 21, 1876] -

JUDGE LYNCH'S COURT.

Hanging of Jim Turpin, the Negro Ravisher.

The Testimony, and Verdict of the Coroner's Jury.

On Saturday morning, at 1 1/2 o'clock, the young negro man, Jim Turpin, confined in our jail, on the charge of attempting to commit a nameless crime on a little seven year old white girl (an account of which was given in the Advcate of the 14th,) was taken out by a body of about twenty-five masked and mountain men, and hung on a walnut tree in Mrs. C. O. Moore's avenue, on Perryville pike, 1 1/2 miles from town. -- The Jailer was surprised and captured and the keys taken from him, and the whole affair conducted so quietly, that the town people knew nothing of it until it was all over. A coroner's jury was impaneled, and the following is the testimony elicited, together with the verdict:

J. L. MINOR -- I am Jailer of Boyle county. Turpin was taken from the jail about 1 o'clock A.M. I heard a noise at the door, and asked who was there, and some one replied, "Simpson with a prisoner!" I went down stairs with the lamp and jail keys in my hand, opened the door, and was seized by four masked men armed with pistols. The jail keys were taken from me and the prisoner taken from his cell. Nothing was said, only one man that I was looking at was told to "stand back." Only four came in; others of the party were out in the street. Don't know how many were in the party. One man that I noticed had very red hair. All of them seemed to be men, --none of them boys. I have no suspicions as to who any of them were. One of the men who came into the jail was six feet high, rather slender, with red hair and a light overcoat. One had on a dark overcoat. I don't remember as to the other, --only that he was well dressed and had dark hair. They made me show them the cell where Turpin was confined. One of them whispered to the boy, who got up and went with them. The boy asked for his shoes, and was told "there was no time for shoes." Turpin was in a cell alone, and the men seemed to know him.

JOHN SIMPSON -- I am a Night Policeman. Saw but two of the mob. They came to where I was on the bench on the East side of Collins' Hotel, presented pistols, and said I was "their prisoner." The gas was lit. The men were on horseback. I told them that "I was running this town." They said they "reckoned they would run it for an hour or two.--come with us," and then took me in a Northerly direction; took me on Pine street, between where Mr. Holmes and Mr. Allen lives.

Had been there about ten minutes, when the men near the jail gave a "whoop" and the men guarding me told me to "go in an opposite direction" and left me. I went toward Col. Rodes', the[n] toward the jail. They had white handkerchiefs over their faces, and never got off their horses. Can't tell their size. One had on a dark overcoat, the other a brown Chinchilla. They were both 25 years old and upward, I judge, and rode bay horses. By the sound I judged there were 25 men in the party. I didn't know any of them. Mr. Wm. T. Holmes and I started out the Perryville pike, about daylight, and went on until we found the body hanging, and soon went back to town. Made no examination of the ground near where we found the body.

W. T. HOLMES -- I know nothing of the hanging. I came out with Mr. Simpson and found body of the deceased hanging to the tree, and then went back to town.

JNO. SIMPSON, re-called -- After I was liberated I went back on Main street and rung the Court House bell. This was almost half-past one o'clock.

GEO. TAYLOR, Prisoner at the jail -- I was awake when the mob came into the jail. I didn't know any of them. I just caught a glimpse of them. Two came in I heard them first at the front door. Minor asked "who was there," and a voice replied, "Simpson with a prisoner."

JOHN ALEXANDER, Prisoner -- I was awake when the mob came. Did not know any of them. Only saw one. He was a medium sized man, and wore a dark coat.

ARCH ROWSEY, Prisoner -- Was awake when Turpin was taken out of the jail. I saw two of the men. One was a large and the other a small man. Cannot describe either of them further.

B. H. NICHOLS, Prisoner -- Was awake when the boy was taken out, and saw two or three men. Heard the boy say, "wait until I get my shoes," but did not hear the reply.

J. B. WELCH. -- Was on my way home from a party about half-past twelve. We were halted near Brewer's stable, on Fourth street. We were not detained over two minutes. The man made us turn back and go home by Walnut street. Abe Caldwell and Fletcher Combs were with me. The man had no mask. Don't think he had any beard. I did not know him.

ABE CALDWELL -- (Statement the same as Welsh's.)

E. B. CHEATHAM -- Saw two men ride through Main street. They were well dressed and mounted. I could not say they were masked. This was about 12 o'clock -- before the gas was out. They stopped in the street, near the Catholic Church, a moment, then turned and rode up Main street. I heard them until they had about reached the First Presbyterian Church.

Adjourned until 8 o'clock, Tuesday morning, April 18th, 1876. []


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McFerran / McPherson 1874/1875. same case? railroad hand died from his wounds? or two separate victims? Pulaski. added to timeline


[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 9, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-10-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 9, 1874] -

Wesley McFerron, who was brought to our town from Mt. Vernon, one day last week, upon a warrant for stabbing a railroad hand in our county, a few months since, made his escape from the guards and is now running at large. []



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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 24, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-09-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 24, 1875] -

Wes. McFerrin, lies in jail under a charge of killing a negro on Cummings' work. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 31, 1876] -

McFerran, who is accused of murder in Pulaski, and who was brought for safe keeping to the Jail here, was taken back to Somerset, by Jailer Shepperd, on last Tuesday, for trial before the Circuit Court now in session at that place. []



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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[March 31, 1876] -

On Tuesday, Wm. Shepperd, Jailer of Pulaski county, came to Stanford in obedience to orders from His Honor, Judge Owsley, for the purpose of conveying McFerrin, (who has been confined for several months in our jail for safe keeping, under charge of murder,) back to Somerset to make preparations for his trial. Whilst Mr. Sheppard was on his way to Stanford, and in passing through Waynesburg, he arrested a [man] named Hughes, an Irishman, who had murdered a man, Friday or Saturday night last, on Section 100. Of course Shepperd will deliver both his prisoners safely in jail at Somerset, which will increase the number to fourteen prisoners. The time of the Court will be largely occupied with these criminals. Mr. Shepperd is a faithful officer, and his county is justly proud of him. []



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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 6, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-10-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 6, 1876] -

Circuit Court is still in session and although it has been busy all the time, no cases of importance have, up to this time, been decided. The case of McFerran for murder, is now (Wednesday) in trial, and will consume the remainder of the day. The Commonwealth made out quite a strong case against McFerran, and it is likely, if the jury don't hang (which is very probable) that his sentence will be severe. []



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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 13, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-10-13/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 13, 1876] -

After a session of two weeks, occupied almost exclusively in commonwealth cases, our Circuit Court adjourned on Saturday last. As we predicted, the jury, in the McPherson murder case, hung. It therefore became a bailable case, and, now, having given bail, McPherson, the reputed slayer of a number of others besides the unfortunate negro, for whose murder he was tried, goes forth again after an imprisonment of six or eight months in jail, to his bloody work. The Church Advocate ought to employ him now as a regular correspondent. He gets up such a mournful tale, at least, the letters he used to write it from his lonely cell, (especially the one of the 4th of last July) savors considerably of the mournful. []



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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky News." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. July 10, 1877. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[July 10, 1877] -

SOMERSET Reporter: The called term of the Pulaski Circuit Court for the trial of equity and criminal cases convenes on the 9th inst. There are four murder cases to be disposed of, the defendants being Wesley McPherrin, Sarah Surber, Mary Kinkead, and Davis alias Red Helton, and a case for bigamy against David Rollins. []



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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 12, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 12, 1877] -

McFerran, who two years ago killed a negro, was tried at the recent term of the Circuit Court and acquitted. []



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Rockcastle. 1876. not on timeline

[September 13, 1878] -

SURRENDERED.

Elisha Sloan, who is indicted in our Circuit Court for the murder of Silas Isaacs, in 1876, and who has since been a fugitive from justice, came into town Monday and surrendered himself to the Jailer. He was committed to jail and will have his trial at the September Term of Court. [1]

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[September 17, 1878] -

A difficulty occurred in 1876, between Silas Isaacs and Elijah Sloan, resulting in the death of the former. Sloan was indicted for the murder, but was never captured. His whereabouts were a mystery, though no vigorous search was made to discover them. Last Monday morning he surprised everybody by coming into town and surrendering himself to the Jailer. He says he is innocent, and wants a trial at the approaching term. [2]

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[September 20, 1878] -

same vs Elisha Sloan for killing Silas Isaacs; [3]


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[September 27, 1878] -

On Thursday morning the Court was engaged in the trial of the Commonwealth vs. Elisha Sloan for the murder of Silas Isaacs. [4]




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[October 4, 1878] -

The case of the Commonwealth vs. Elisha Sloan, the trial of which was in progress last week, resulted in a verdict of acquittal. The case against Wm. Cundiff, for murder, was continued. [5]



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[October 11, 1878] -

Only two of the seven murder cases on the docket were tried. One of them was the case against Elijah Sloan for the murder of Silas Isaacs. Sloan was acquitted. [6]



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[1] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 13, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-13/ed-1/seq-2/

[2] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Ky." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. September 17, 1878. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[3] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 20, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[4] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 27, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[5] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 4, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-10-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 11, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-10-11/ed-1/seq-2/

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1876. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 21, 1876] -

Deputy Sheriff J. J. Tate, of Casey county, with a posse, started in pursuit of a gang of horse thieves in that county, the other day, and when they got in range of the gang, were fired upon. Whereupon officer Tate and his party returned the fire and killed a man named Murrel, supposed to be the leader of the thieves, and also wounded another. We presume the Radical papers everywhere will call this another "rebel outrage, and lawlessness in Kentucky." []




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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 21, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-07-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 21, 1876] -

Liberty has had a sensation during the last few days. Rumors about the matter are conflicting, but the main facts elicited are about these: It seems there has been a lively business done in that region lately in the way of horse stealing. On last Saturday night John J. Tate, who is canvassing the county as candidate for Sheriff, stopped for the night somewhere about what is called Tennessee Ridge. Before morning he ascertained that his horse was missing. Hastily rallying a posse armed with shot guns, he started in pursuit. Before day they rode up on a party of six men halted in the road. The first intimidation they had of the presence of this party was the explosion of a percussion cap. Tate immediately discharged a load of buckshot in the direction of the faint light emitted by the cap, and killed one of the thieves. A brisk firing by both parties ensued, and continued until all the weapons of the pursuers were discharged. They then fell back to a house in order to re-load, and wait for more light. As soon as they could see they renewed the pursuit, and when they came near the scene of their conflict they discovered a man on horseback talking to another lying in the road. His reply to the summons to surrender was a shot promptly delivered. The whole party fired on him, but he made good his escape, although vigorously pursued for a considerable distance. The fallen man died soon after the pursuers came up. He had refused to give any reliable information. Tate recovered his horse. The marauders were followed into Taylor County, and lost somewhere near Campbellsville. In order to ward off suspicion they seem to have resorted to the ruse of tying one of their number with a rope and pretending they had arrested, and were taking him to jail. This enabled them to pass on without hindrance. The name of the man who was killed is said to be Murrell. []



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added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 15, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-09-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[September 15, 1876] -

SOME LITTLE SHOOTING.-- It is not often that we can report all quiet along the C. S. R. R. line, for scarcely a day passes that some one is not killed or wounded. For the two or three days, ending with tonight, we have the following report: Pat Hogan, a discharged foreman from Flannery's work, went to that delectable resort known as the Willow Tree, which is situated near Stone & Co.'s work, and imbibed rather freely. After getting on a tolerably full load, he commenced to make himself disagreeable to some parties who were in the saloon at the time. The bar-keeper asked him to desist, when they playfully got into a scuffle--Hogan throwing the barkeeper, McGraw, down. This enraged McGraw, who drew a pistol and shot Hogan through the heart, causing his death immediately. On Rodemer's work, a white man "lit" into another white man, with a musket, and gave him forty-six shots in his side. One of Mr. Flannery's foreman discharged a negro, who became so insulted that he walked to his shanty, got a musket, and deliberately shot at the foreman, a few shots taking effect. The scamp then threw down his weapon and fled. On Section 82, two negroes got into a fight, one used an axe, the other a small pistol. Result--a heavy lick with the axe for one, and four pistol balls in the hide of the other. The latter was not seriously hurt, and the balls hanging from his tough skin, partially imbedded, presented the appearance of huge dry ticks that had been on duty some time. At Smith's, the battle was also between two negroes. They had a little misunderstanding, and one of them, smarting under the effects of it, loaded his pistol, came upon his enemy when he least expected it, and gave him a fearful wound. In all these cases there has been but one arrest, that on Rodemer's work. The shootist claiming that the man shot was not the man he intended to shoot, and the man shot said he wasn't after the shootist at all, but another man, the case was dismissed. The negroes are daily becoming more civilized in their use of weapons, for, until a short time past, razors were their principal arms; now, a negro here does not consider himself anything unless he is the possessor of a pistol or old army musket. To this state of affairs there ought to be put a stop by the authorities, else no one can feel himself in the least safe in this community. Please see to it, ye law-enforcers! []


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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 29, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-09-29/ed-1/seq-2/

[September 29, 1876] -

Report comes from Cumming's railroad work, that there has been an outburst between the natives [white residents] and negroes. Up to the time our informant left, two or three negroes had been killed, and about two hundred and fifty whites had armed themselves and threatened to drive the last negro from that portion of the country. A parcel of negro gamblers got into a fight down at the Willow Tree on Sunday: pistols were used, and the result was one Radical [Republican] vote less for all time come. There is a regular organized set of gamblers that do nothing else but go along the line of road and rob  the hard-working men of their wages by cheating them at cards and "chuck-luck," and it would be a good thing for the country if all of them were disposed of as was the one at the Willow Tree. []


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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky News." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 7, 1876. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[October 7, 1876] -

The Greenwood correspondent of the Somerset Reporter says a young man by the name of Michael Geary attacked Thos. Griffin with a knife and was mortally wounded by a pistol shot from the latter. The same correspondent says, in a difficulty between colored section hands and white citizens one negro was killed and the others driven off, the whites being reinforced by men from Whitley county. []


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Pulaski. 1876. not on timeline not a murder

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 26, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-05-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 26, 1876] -

We learn that a man named Pollard, was arrested at Crab Orchard, the other day, on the charge of killing his wife. The accused is said to hail from Pulaski county. We have not heard the particulars of the arrest. []



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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 2, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-06-02/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 2, 1876] -

Samuel Pollard, who formerly lived in Lincoln county, was put in jail in this place last Tuesday, charged with attempting to kill his wife on Monday morning. Mrs. Pollard is a daughter of Berry Ware, of this [Pulaski] county, and has been in very feeble health for some months past, confined to her bed.  She says that about daylight Monday morning her husband tried to smother her to death by putting a pillow over her face and holding it until he thought she was suffocated. He then held her nose with one hand and covered her mouth with the other until she was nearly dead. Her little daughter ran over to her to her grandfather's, a short distance off, and told her grandmother to come to Mrs. Pollard, and Pollard left for Crab Orchard, upon being accused of the crime. Josiah Bishop and Marion Ware (a brother-in-law and brother of Mrs. Pollard) went and brought him back. Mrs. Pollard is in a very critical condition. --[Somerset Reporter. []



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[] Excerpt from "State News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 9, 1876. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-06-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 9, 1876] -

ACQUITTED. -- Sam'l Pollard, charged with attempting to smother his wife to death, had his examining trial last Saturday, and was acquitted, it appearing evident that the wife had a night-mare. --[Somerset Reporter. []




(what?? how was she in a critical condition if it was only a nightmare? What did the daughter say to the grandfather? Why did he run from the scene? is this some crazy defense of the husband's that the court somehow believed?)


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Pulaski, 1876. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 31, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-03-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 31, 1876] -

MURDER. -- Last Satur[d]ay night, John Murray, an old man, was murdered on Mr. Flannery's work, on the C. S. R. R. It appears that he had come down on the work to collect a bill from a notorious and disreputable woman, named Cook. A difficulty arose about it, and the woman had Murray arrested. There being no officer near, the Magistrate who issued the warrant, gave Murray over into the keeping of James Hughes, and Simeon Davis, who remained with their prisoner, at Mrs. Cook's. About midnight, as we learn, this Mrs. Cook, determining to make a clean sweep, both of her debt and the old man, leveled a pistol at him, and fired, the ball taking effect. In the scuffle, the woman received a cut across the hand from a large knife held by Murray. Hughes then rushed on Murray, and with a hammer, literally beat his brains out. The murderers then fled, but on Monday, Jailer Shepperd, of Somerset, came across Hughes at Waynesburg, and took him under arrest. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 14, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-04-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 14, 1876] -

The cases of Strunk and Hughes, accused of being accomplices in the murder of Murray, were continued, the parties giving bail at $1,000 each. Strunk was the Constable who had Murray in charge, and it is said, that, for a consideration of $50, he turned him over to the woman Cook, and Hughes, who murdered him. I[f] this can be proven, Mr. Strunk is likely to have a lively time of it. Court will probably not adjourn till this evening. []




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July 1876. Lincoln County. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 2, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 2, 1877] -

Tom Higgins, col'd, who killed another colored man last July, at Mr. Wm. Ball's in this county, has surrendered himself to the custody of the Court, and wishes the charge against him investigated. The last Grand Jurry failed to indict him, for some reasons, coupled with the fact that he had fled the country. His trial is fixed for today. []







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1876. Lincoln. George Saunders / George Middleton. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 1, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-12-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 1, 1876] -

A negro man named George or John Middleton, after attending a festival at Crab Orchard week before last, was shot at and wounded while sitting in his cabin the same night after the festival. The shot was fired through the window, and took effect in his breast, but the wound is not thought to be fatal. No clue can be found to the dastardly would-be-assassin. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 26, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-01-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 26, 1877] -

Sam Humber and James Banks, two negroes, charged with the murder of Geo. Middleton, a man of color, at Crab Orchard, some months since, have been in prison here ever since the examining trial. They were brought before Judge Lytle, of the County Court, yesterday, on a writ of habeas corpus, asking for bail, or a full discharge from custody, which was refused them by the examining Court. After hearing the proof and arguments of counsel, Judge Lytle refused bail to the prisoners, and remanded them back to jail. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 2, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-11-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 2, 1877] -

James Banks, charged with the murder of George Middleton, another colored man in Crab Orchard, last Winter, was acquitted. The circumstances of the murder were most atrocious, Middleton having been shot through a window while in church. We understand that strong measures will be taken to find out who is the guilty party. []




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[] "Crab Orchard's Big Robbery." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 7, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-12-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 7, 1877] -

Crab Orchard's Big Robbery.

ARREST OF SAUNDERS, JAMES, PAYNE, BROADUS, AND THREE NEGROES, CHARGED WITH THE CRIME. SAUNDERS, BROADUS AND PAYNE ALSO CHARGED WITH THE CRUEL MURDER OF GEORGE MIDDLETON, &c., &c. -- Last Saturday night the store of Mr. Jno. Buchanan, at Crab Orchard, was broken into and robbed of goods, hogs, clover seed, and other valuables to the estimated amount of seven or eight hundred dollars. This produced great excitement, even in that town, that ought by this time to have gotten used to almost any thing, and some thirty odd citizens joined the next day in search for the stolen goods. They were, however, unsuccessful, and on Monday Capt. T. G. Moore, a man of great courage and nerve, was appointed special deputy to work up the case. That night, with a posse of picked men, he began the search, guided by his own convictions with regard to the robbers, and in the course of the night found nearly all of the goods on the farm occupied by George Saunders, hid under the cliffs and in corn shocks. Various circumstances united in connecting the said Saunders, W. R. James, and two negroes with the robbery, and they were accordingly arrested by Town Marshal W. T. Saunders, who delivered them to Judge Arch Carson, and asked that another Marshal be appointed, as he had personal reasons for not wishing to serve. This was done, but it seems that the guard failed to disarm Saunders, who came and went as usual. The next day some good citizens, seeing that Saunders was disposed to be demonstrative, asked Judge Carson to have his weapons taken from him. At this he grew very defiant, and swore that he would not suffer the humiliation; but William and James Dillion are men of grit, and Saunders was soon disarmed and put in a room under guard. During the scuffle, it was evident that Saunders' friends was ready and willing to render him assistance, and several citizens who feared trouble, telegraphed to Judge Lytle for a posse of men to be sent to there at once. The Judge acted immediately, and sent out two squads, one under Sheriff Hickle, on horseback, and another under Special Deputy L. M. Lasley, by the train, then leaving. We were among the latter, and the two parties arrived about the same time. The prisoners were quietly taken in charge, and, acting under the orders of Judge Lytle, prepared to be brought to Stanford. All the prisoners, save Saunders, were tied, and when his turn came he caught up a poker and attempted to brain the Sheriff. He warded it off, however, and seizing his prisoner, who was making for the door, swung to him, while a number of guards brought down their guns. The room was crowded with guards, Saunders' friends, and citizens, and for a time the excitement was intense. The coolness and bravery of such men as Sam Baughman, Capt. Frank J. White, Rube Harris, R. E. Barrow, and others, soon restored quiet, and upon the special request of some responsible gentlemen who vouched for his good behavior, the Sheriff agreed not to put the ropes upon Saunders. In the meantime, Dave Payne was arrested, the whole party were put in a wagon and brought to town. A portion of the posse was left at Crab Orchard, under the gallant Lucien Lasley, to bring in other suspected parties, and see that the witnesses int he case were not intimidated. They remained all night and returned to town next day bringing a number of witnesses and another negro, who is expected as a party to the stealing. While at Crab Orchard, some new facts developed, showing that Saunders, Bud Broadus, (who was arrested Wednesday, charged with resisting officers) and Dave Payne are guilty of the murder of George Middleton, negro, for the killing of whom two negroes were tried and acquitted last court. W. H. Miller, Esq., employed especially to prosecute the case, thereupon swore out a warrant, and the whole party was taken before Judge Lytle on the charge of murder. Neither case was ready for trial, and both were postponed till ten o'clock Saturday. The Judge promptly ordered the men to jail, and a heavy guard was employed to protect it as there were fears that the friends of the parties, and their number is large, would attempt their rescue. But the prisoners are safe now, and it would be folly for their friends to try to do otherwise than let the law take its course. We are not able, nor would we if we could, say as to the guilt or innocence of the accused, but hope that justice will be meted out and the guilty parties either suffer the rope or the penitentiary. []



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[] Excerpt from "Stanford." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. December 13, 1877. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[December 13, 1877] -

STANFORD, KY., Dec. 12. -- The trial of Geo. Saunders for the robbery of Buchanan's store at Crab Orchard on the night of December 1 was concluded to-day, and the accused held in $4,000. W. P. James (white), James Banks and Sam Humber (colored), for the same offense, waived examination, and were held, the first in $2,000, and the others in $1,500 each. To-morrow David Payne, Bud Broddus (white) and Jim Banks (colored) will be placed on trial for the murder of the negro Joe Middleton at Crab Orchard last December. This murder has been wrapped in mystery until now; but to-morrow is promised some State's evidence, and other hearts will bleed. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 22, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 22, 1878] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- It is but little over three weeks till [Lincoln] Circuit Court, and then comes the tug of war. There are five murder cases to be tried: Holmes, for the murder of Sheriff NapierSaunders, for assassinating the colored preacher, Middleton; Morrison, for the murder of young Gooch, two years ago; Jerry Brown, colored, for the murder of Mr. John Engleman, and William Oakes, for assassinating 'Squire Petre. The prisoners at Louisville, and the one at Richmond, will be brought here, and we understand it is the intention of the authorities to employ a guard of a sufficient number that will serve during the whole trials. These will be armed with the needle guns and pistols, and will be on hand at all hours. We incline to the opinion that this will be a much better arrangement than for the Sheriff to have to hunt up a special guard for each day and night, and besides it will be infinitely more satisfactory to the public generally. Of course there is no great fears of any attempt at rescue, but forewarned is forearmed, and our officers are going to profit by the experience of the past. Affairs are in good shape in this county now, and it only remains for the Jurors in the coming Court to remember their oaths and punish the offenders to the full extent of the law. We have heard of a number of cases where Juries, through fear or favor, have acquitted criminals, or what is nearly as bad, hung, and allowed the murderer to go at large. Don't let this be repeated, but show the officers you are for a full execution of the laws by doing your own duty. []


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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 2, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-02/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 2, 1879] -

The case against George Saunders is set for Saturday next; there are also, several other cases that have not been disposed of. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  May 2, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 2, 1879] -

The Sheriff of Rockcastle, with a guard went up to Richmond yesterday for Geo. Saunders, whose case is set for trial at Mt. Vernon, to-morrow. []



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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  May 9, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 9, 1879] -

On Monday, the selection of a jury was begun in the case of the Commonwealth vs. George Saunders, charged with the murder of George Middleton, colored, in Lincoln county, in the year 1876, which case was brought here by change of venue from the Lincoln Circuit. After eighty-three jurors have been examined, the jury was completed, the Commonwealth having in the meantime, exhausted six challenged, one more than she was entitled to, and the defendant eleven challenges. The testimony on both sides was completed Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning was spent in wrangling over the instructions and the afternoon was consumed by part of counsel in their arguments. It is expected that the case will be given to the jury at noon to-day (Thursday.) []



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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 16, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-16/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 16, 1879] -

OUR [ROCKCASTLE] CIRCUIT COURT. -- Adjourned last Saturday morning. There were but few causes of interest tried; the only one being that of George Saunders, the result of which, your readers have no doubt heard. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  May 16, 1879.  Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 16, 1879] -

ACQUITTED. -- Contrary to the expectation of nearly every one in this county, the Rockcastle Court and jury acquitted Geo. Saunders of the murder of the negro man, George Middleton, which occurred two or three years ago, in a Church in Crab Orchard. The case against him for robbing John Buchanan's store, in which a change of venue had also been obtained to Rockcastle, was continued, Judge Randall in the kindness of his tender old heart, reducing the bail in it from $2,500 to $1,000. Saunders, under guard of the Sheriff and a posse of ten, was brought here and lodged in jail last Saturday. His brother went to work at once to make the required bail and succeeded in getting Jas. Henry Tucker to go on the Rockcastle bond with him and C. C. Colmisnil. But the trouble was not through with that, for the Court records here showed that for an assault on Henry Perkins, with intent to commit robbery, a $500 bond was necessary to secure his freedom, for stealing four hogs from John Buchanan, $500 more, for stealing seven cattle from John Stone, $1,000, and for resisting arrest, resisting officer, and carrying concealed weapons, $250 additional. The latter amount of $250 had previously been secured by Mr. Hiram Roberts, but he yesterday withdrew from the bond, leaving the amount of bail yet to be secured $2,250. Strenuous attempts have been made to raise this, but Saunders has acquired such an unenviable reputation that, although he has relatives who could make a bond of several times the amount wanted, they refuse to come to his aid. It is astonishing to those who do not know the true inwardness of affairs to observe the great sympathy aroused in Saunders' behalf in Rockcastle. The Sheriff and several of the officers of the county are outspoken in their belief that Saunders is a persecuted individual and ought to be relieved of further embarrassments; and it is said that the jury who went through the face of listening to the evidence were of that pig-head class who would have acquitted him on the evidence of one sorry white man, even though five hundred good negroes had sworn that they saw Saunders commit the deed. Knowing this state of affairs, we trust that our Commonwealth's Attorney will have the forethought to resist any attempt at a change of venue to that county of the other indictments here. Justice is all we claim, but this can not be obtained where every body is for acquittal, guilty or not guilty. Should Saunders succeed in giving bail and would go forth from the prison walls, that have held him for eighteen months, with an honest determination to reform and make a man of himself, he will be met with kind assistance and sympathy; but, if on the other hand, he should continue the bent of his former ways, our citizens, who are tired of law-breaking and law-breakers, will soon show him that the days for such deeds are past and will not be permitted to return. []



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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 23, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-23/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 23, 1879] -

THE SAUNDERS MATTER. -- It is not my desire to engage in a discussion with the editor of this paper. His course has generally met the approval of all law-abiding, fair minded citizens. The people of Rockcastle county admire him for his fearless and outspoken condemnation of lawlessness, and to that fact may be attributed a great degree, the quite respectable circulation which the Interior Journal has attained in our county. Justice to the good name of our people, demands, however, that I should notice as editorial in last week's issue. I allude to the article commenting on the result of the trial of George Saunders for the murder of the negro, Middleton, which trial was had at the recent term of our Circuit Court. The writer of the article was evidently misinformed as to the facts in the case, and did not understand the "true inwardness of affairs" quite as well as he imagined. This must be true; for I would be slow to believe that the writer, or his informant could be prompted by any sinister motive to cast a reflection on the people of this county. Although many persons may have believed that George Saunders was guilty of the crime with which he was charged, still it is the policy of the law to presume the innocence of all offenders, and no right-minded jury will find a man guilty of murder unless he is proven guilty, and by the testimony of reputable witnesses. In the case of George Saunders, the Commonwealth simply failed to establish his guilt, though thirty witnesses were sworn for the prosecution. The assertion made by the writer of the article referred to, that the jury were organized to acquit, had no foundation in fact. To say one acquainted with some of those composing the jury, the assertion that they would violate their oaths, would have no other effect than to excite a ridicule for the man who made it. We sincerely trust that the vigilant Commonwealth's Attorney for the Eighth District will allow no more of Lincoln county's criminals to have changes of venue to this county. We do not want them here. But if they come here, and no better class of witnesses can be produced against them than in the Saunders case, rest assured that our jurors will turn them all loose. And it makes no difference whether the witnesses are white or black. A good negro will be believed here just as readily as a good white man. Perjurers, no matter what their color, will obtain no credit. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 30, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 30, 1879] -

STILL IN. -- George Saunders has not succeeded in getting his rich relatives to come to his assistance yet, and we understand that the move is now to get Judge Owsley to reduce the amount of bail. It is not likely to succeed, however. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 6, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 6, 1879] -

REDUCED. -- Judge Owsley and Commonwealth's Attorney Denny, without the shadow of evidence that George Saunders is any less guilty than he was thought at the time he was indicted, have laid their heads together and reduced his bail in this county to one half the former amount. We of course do not pretend to say that Saunders is guilty of the many evil deeds of which he is accused, and sincerely hope he is not, but if he was guilty then, he is now, and to a man up a tree, it looks like there has been too much policy shown in the matter, or the bail would not have been fixed at a higher figure when the people were excited over the Crab Orchard revelations, to be reduced when that excitement had in a measure subsided. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June  20, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 20, 1879] -

OUT ON BAIL. -- George Saunders, who has been confined in jail since December 4th, 1877, on various and sundry charges, gave bail on Tuesday, and now breathes again the air of Crab Orchard. A man named Salter, from Boyle, whom we understand is his uncle, went his security for the remaining $1,250, the bond of $1,000 in Rockcastle and $250 in Garrard, having been previously given. Mr. Salter, we learn, extorted a promise from Saunders, that he would in the future, shun bad company, let whisky alone, and endeavor to make a man of himself, the penalty of his failure being an immediate return to prison. Saunders has it in his power to redeem himself in a measure, but whether he will or not, remains to be seen. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 11, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-07-11/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 11, 1879] -

CAME TO TIME. -- George Saunders came to town Monday, according to promise, and gave an additional bond of $300 on a case of grand larceny in Garrard, with A. C. Tucker, as security. It is somewhat singular that the papers in this case were not sent here some time ago, but then there are many singular things in this world. Saunders behaved himself in a becoming manner while here, and we learn that he has acted well since his return to Crab Orchard. []



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1876/1877?  Pulaski County. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 13, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 13, 1877] -

Parsons was tried on a charge of manslaughter and acquitted. []




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1877. Lincoln. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 5, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-01-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 5, 1877] -

SHOOTING. -- Tom Baughman, a man of color, shot and seriously wounded his brother-in-law, another colored man. The wound was in the abdomen. The difficulty arose out of a quarrel about the wife of Baughman, who was a sister of the man wounded, whose name is Ben Abrahams. The wife had left her husband, who tried to compel her to return, when her brother interfered, with the foregoing result. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 12, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-01-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 12, 1877] -

Tom Baughman, the negro man who fired a pistol ball into his brother-in-law last week, had an examining trial on Monday, and was held in the sum of $300 to await the action of the next grand jury, on a charge of wounding with intent to kill. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 23, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 23, 1877] -

Ben Givens, the negro man shot by Tom Baughman, another negro, sometime ago, died this week. Dr. P. P. Trueheart, his attending physician, had a post mortem examination of the wound, &c., but his discovery, for sundry reasons, has not been made public. The  man Baughman is in jail, awaiting the action of the Circuit Court. []




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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 20, 1877] -

The Grand Jury have found indictments against the following men and their trials have been fixed for the present term on the days opposite their names:

Tom Baughman, colored, murder, 7th day.
Henry Green, horse stealing, 7th day.
Agnes Craig, grand larceny, 8th day.
Wm. Fowler, grand larceny, 9th day.
Andy Gentry, grand larceny, 9th day.
Wm. Martin, murder, 10th day.
Biff Floyd, cutting, 11th day. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 27, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-27/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 27, 1877] -

The trial of Tom Baughman, col'd, for murder, occupied the Court the greater portion of yesterday, and the arguments having been completed it was given to the Jury at 6 o'clock, and then the Court adjourned till half past 7 1/2 o'clock. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 4, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 4, 1877] -

The trial of murder against Tom Baughman, colored, was pending as we went to press last week. The Jury brought in a verdict about 9 o'clock that night, fixing his punishment at 11 years in the Penitentiary. []



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1877. Garrard County. added to timeline

[] "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  January 19, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-01-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 19, 1877] -

It is also our painful duty to sully the page with a fresh murder in the annals of Garrard. On Saturday morning a man named Dishon met, and shot dead, George Austin, of this county, on the Crab Orchard turnpike, in front of Mr. John Lusk's residence. A grudge, of some months standing, seems to have made Dishon afraid to move about unprotected, and the affair culminated as above. He has not yet been arrested. Mr. Austin was united in marriage a few months ago, to Mrs. Belle S. Anderson. []



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[] "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 2, 1877. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-02-02/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 2, 1877] -

On Tuesday of the present week David Dishon, who shot and killed George Austin a few weeks ago, and has since been a fugitive from justice, came in and surrendered himself up to the civil authorities, waived an examining trial, and was admitted to bail in the sum of one thousand dollars, to appear at the coming term of the Garrard Circuit Court. []



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[] "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 9, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 9, 1877] -

The town is dull since Court closed. Messrs. Dunlap, Hopper and Noel, are at the Court of Appeals, at Frankfort. Others legal gentlemen are at Danville, attending Circuit Court. In the case of the Commonwealth vs. David Dishon, for the killing of George Austin, the prisoner was found not guilty. []



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1877. Lincoln County. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 9, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-02-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 9, 1877] -

FIGHT.-- SHOT GUN AND PISTOLS THE WEAPONS. -- THREE MEN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. -- Last Saturday a feud that has for some time existed between Povall Sampson and Wm. Martin, culminated almost in a terrible tragedy. The ill feeling grew out of a dispute about the right of a roadway through Sampson's premises. The latter seriously objected to the road and at several points through his farm, put obstructions across it. These, Martin had, previous to the time of the fight, cut down, for which he was abused by Sampson in strong terms. He renewed the obstructions and Martin having occasion to come to town in his Spring wagon, commenced again to cut them away. He was approached by Sampson, who ordered him to desist, at the same time threatening Martin. The latter drew a pistol and told Sampson that if he came any nearer he would shoot-- Sampson remarked that he had no arms, save a barlow knife, was not afraid of Martin, and could run him off with a stick. Martin then fired several times, and finally succeeded in shooting Sampson in the breast, the ball ranging downward to the bowels, and producing a wound that was at first thought fatal. Immediately after he was shot, he called for his gun, which was handed by some one (his son it it reported.) Martin having exhausted his ammunition and seeing his danger, retreated behind his wagon, when Sampson fired, three of the buck-shot striking Martin in the breast and shoulder, and another burying itself in the leg of a man named Dunaway, who was standing at a distance. Sampson then sank down from exhaustion, and friends prevented further trouble. Both of the combatants are seriously wounded, so much so, that a trial of the case before an examining Court had to be postponed. Dunaway is suffering severely from his wound, the ball having batter itself against his shin, split and ranged around the bone into the calf. He will probably be confined for some time. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 16, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-02-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 16, 1877] -

The young man Dunaway, who handed the gun to Mr. Sampson who shot William Martin with it, had an examining trial last Monday, and was acquitted without any trouble. The prosecution admitted that there was but little, if any evidence, tending toward his conviction as a particeps criminis. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 16, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-02-16/ed-1/seq-3/ (ibid)

[February 16, 1877] -

The trial of Wm. Martin, for the killing of Sampson, was called by the Examining Court, composed of Esquires Carson and Hughes, last Wednesday morning, but as the parties were not ready to proceed, the case was laid over until next Tuesday week, at which time it will be disposed of so far as the preliminary Court is concerned. The prosecution will be conducted by our County Attorney, assisted by several Attorneys from Harrodsburg. The warrant has been altered, and now charges Martin with murder in the first degree. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 16, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-02-16/ed-1/seq-3/ (ibid)

[February 16, 1877] -

Fearing violence at the hands of the friends of young Sampson, who was killed by Wm. Martin a few days since, the latter requested that the officers of the law should have him brought to town for safety. Consequently, he was brought here last Saturday morning, and lodged at the Myers House, under a proper guard. Mr. Martin's wounds are healing rapidly. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 2, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 2, 1877] - 

The case of the Commonwealth vs. Wm. Martin, for the killing of Povall Sampson, three weeks since, occupied the Examining Court, composed of Squires Carson & Lynn, from Tuesday, till Thursday of this week. Some forty odd witnesses were summoned, at least thirty of who were examined. A great deal of interest was felt in the case and the desire for punishment of the accused by the brothers of the deceased, led to the employing of Mr. P. W. Hardin, of Harrodsburg, and Mr. G. A. C. Rochester, of this place, to assist Mr. Bobbitt, in the prosecution. Two days were consumed in the examination of witnesses, and on yesterday morning the argument was commenced by Mr. Rochester, followed by Mr. Warren, then by Mr. Hardin, then by Judge Saufley, and closed by Mr. Bobbitt. All the speeches were good, and to the point, and at the close, at a late hour yesterday afternoon, the Court, after a short consultation, decided that the case is not one of murder in the first degree, but a strong one of manslaughter, and sent him on to the Circuit Court, allowing Martin bail in the sum of $1,500. He gave the required bond with a number of responsible sureties, and is again at liberty. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 20, 1877] -

The Grand Jury have found indictments against the following men and their trials have been fixed for the present term on the days opposite their names:

Tom Baughman, colored, murder, 7th day.
Henry Green, horse stealing, 7th day.
Agnes Craig, grand larceny, 8th day.
Wm. Fowler, grand larceny, 9th day.
Andy Gentry, grand larceny, 9th day.
Wm. Martin, murder, 10th day.
Biff Floyd, cutting, 11th day. []


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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 19, 1877] -

The case of Wm. Martin for the killing of Mr. Sampson is next on the docket and will be called this morning. []



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[] Excerpts from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-26/ed-1/seq-1/

[October 26, 1877] -

Circuit Court Notes. -- Owing to the difficulty in getting the Martin Jury, and the tediousness of several minor cases, there has been but little done in this Court since our last issue.



The case of William Martin for the killing of Povall Sampson in February last, has occupied the Court nearly the whole of the week. Eighty-three men were examined before the jury could be obtained, then a great many witnesses were introduced, which, added to the fact that there were six lawyers engaged, has made the case thus lengthy. The testimony was completed yesterday morning and the argument of the case begun. Messrs. P. B. Thompson, Jr., Jas. A. Alcorn, and the regular Attorney represented the Commonwealth, and Messrs. J. S. Van Winkle, W. G. Welch and M. C. Saufley, the defendant. All of them made speeches and the case was given to the jury at 5 o'clock last evening, and after a retirement of about an hour, returned a verdict of "not guilty." []



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[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County." The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. November 2, 1877. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[November 2, 1877] -

Since our last report, Wm. Martin, for killing Powell Sampson, has been tried and cleared. []



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1877. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 23, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 23, 1877] -

MORE MURDER IN THE EAST END. -- Quite a serious and fatal difficulty occurred on Tuesday night, at the house of Flora Patton, a woman of no high repute, living about six or seven miles from this place, on the Chappel's Gap and Waynesburg road. It seems that a short time ago, one Wm. Delaney received a note from some unknown parties threatening him with personal violence, for having contracted more than an ordinary fondness for a Mrs. Turner who lived within a hundred yards of Mrs. P. On Tuesday, a couple of young men named Griffin, brought to our Depot, a load of staves, and on their return purchased some of the overjoyful, and having imbibed pretty freely on their way, became slightly, if not wholly how-come-you-so. Reaching Mrs. P.'s about dark, they concluded to stop and have some fun; went in, played the fiddle a while, and at an unexpected moment, heard quite a noise at the door of Mrs. Turner. The young Griffins stepped to the door, and by some, it is said they hallowed, while others say they shot at the supposed KuKlux, at any rate, disturbers of Mrs. Turner. The riotous parties for a short time withdrew, but soon returned to investigate the conduct of the young men in question, and without a moments warning, opened fire--several shots were said to have been fired--when the attacking parties withdrew a second time, leaving one of the young Griffin's wounded in the arm, the other, with a messenger of death lodged in the brain; the ball having entered in, or near the temple. A physician was sent for, who, on the morning following, visited young Griffin, finding it impossible to do any thing for the latter. he told him he was near his grave, and at about 8 o'clock, he died. The former is not seriously hurt, and will soon recover. It is impossible for us to gather the minute details of the horrible affair. But 'tis enough to know that one more man has, from the use of whisky, and base associations, been ushered to an untimely grave. []


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Lincoln County. 12 April 1877.  added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Stanford." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 13, 1877. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[April 13, 1877] -


STANFORD.

STANFORD, April 12. -- ... [did not transcribe] ...

FATAL SHOOTING AFFAIR.

E. H. Dawson today shot and killed Samuel Nelson, who was under the influence of liquor and was pursuing him to force the payment of a blacksmith's bill, which Dawson disputed. Dawson delivered himself up this evening and will have his examining trial to-morrow. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 13, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 13, 1877] -

MAN KILLED. -- E. H. Dawson shot and killed Samuel Nelson, yesterday, and immediately after the deed, came to town and delivered himself up to the authorities. It seems that Nelson, who was drinking, was very abusive to Dawson about an account and followed him to his home threatening to whip him. Dawson alleges that he kept out of his way as best he could, but was finally caught by Nelson who struck him with great force with an iron bar. It was at this juncture that he shot him, the ball entering the bridge of his nose and producing death in a few moments. The preliminary trial is set for to-day at 10 o'clock. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 20, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 20, 1877] -

ACQUITTED. -- At the preliminary trial of E. H. Dawson, for the killing of Samuel Nelson, a clear case of justifiable homicide was proved and Mr. Dawson was discharged from custody. []




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Mary Kinkead/Kincaid/Kinkaid/Kincade. Pulaski. 1877. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local and Personal." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. May 4, 1877. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[May 4, 1877] -

Mary Kinkead, a colored woman, was arrested in Danville, last Saturday, on a bench warrant issued from Pulaski, charging her with the murder of her child, last Fall. She is now in jail here. []


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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky News." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. July 10, 1877. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[July 10, 1877] -

SOMERSET Reporter: The called term of the Pulaski Circuit Court for the trial of equity and criminal cases convenes on the 9th inst. There are four murder cases to be disposed of, the defendants being Wesley McPherrin, Sarah Surber, Mary Kinkead, and Davis alias Red Helton, and a case for bigamy against David Rollins. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local and Personal." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. July 13, 1877. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[July 13, 1877] -

Judge Minor took the negro woman, Mary Kincaid, to Pulaski, the early part of the week, who has been confined in our [Danville] jail on a charge of infantcide committed in that county. []



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Lincoln County. 1877. added to timeline

[] Excerpts from "Local News" and "Lincoln County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 12, 1877] -

ANOTHER KILLING. -- Most of our local readers are apprised of the fact of the killing of Mr. Camillus Montgomery, by his brother-in-law Mr. Samuel Owens, on Friday last at McKinney's Station. Immediately after the unfortunate affair Mr. Owens went to Hustonville and delivered himself to the authorities who placed him under guard to await his examining trial on Tuesday last. The facts developed then show that Mr. Owens was entirely justifiable, that Montgomery had previously threatened his life and that on the day of the killing he had drawn his pistol and attempted to shoot Owens. The pistol was taken from him by bystanders but Montgomery renewed the attack with a knife, when Owens drew his pistol and shot him dead. The trouble originated over a debt that Montgomery claimed that Owens owed him and which the latter avowed had been paid. The case was tried before 'Squires Brown and Compton, who, after the hearing of the testimony and the argument of counsel, acquitted the prisoner.



Hustonville.

October 8, 1877.

You have of course had a full account of the unfortunate collision of last Friday at McKinney's Station between Sam. Owens and his brother-in-law, Camillus Montgomery, in which the latter was shot and instantly killed. Owens had an examining trial here to-day, before Esquire Brown. Messrs. Hill, Saufley and Welch, were present on behalf of the defense. A verdict of "justifiable homicide" was rendered. The affair is peculiarly afflictive in consequence of the relations of the parties, and the large number and high respectability of the persons connected with them. []



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same Sam Williams that killed Thomas Burns?

[] Excerpt from "Liberty." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 28, 1880. Page 2. LOC. 

[May 28, 1880] -

The Casey Circuit Court convenes on the 7th of June. The equity and ordinary dockets are both well filled. The two criminal cases, Commonwealth vs. S. M. Williams and the Commonwealth vs. G. T. Helm, are both set for the first day of the Court. []




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Boyle County? case transferred to Lincoln then back to Boyle? 1876?  not on timeline

[] Excerpt "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 3, 1876. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1876-11-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 3, 1876] -


The last case tried by the court of the present term, was the Commonwealth against A. G. Cosby, charged with the murder of Frank Jackson, in Boyle county, last July. The case was sent here for trial on a charge of venue. The proof developed the facts that the difficulty arose between the two men on account of some disrespectful talk which the man Jackson had said about the wife of Cosby. The difficulty was terminated on the 10th of July, last, at Mitchellsburg, in Boyle county, by Cosby shooting and killing Jackson. Both sides were ably represented by counsel, and after a full argument for and against the prisoner, the jury retired, and after deliberating for some hours, returned in the court room and announced that they were not able to agree, and were discharged. It seems that one juries cannot agree upon a verdict in a criminal case. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-04-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 20, 1877] -

The case of A. G. Cosby, for murder, was continued for defendant. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 19, 1877] -


The case of A. G. Cosby for murder was called and continued till 10th day of term. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1877. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-26/ed-1/seq-1/

[October 26, 1877] -

The murder case of A. G. Cosby has been transferred to the Boyle Circuit Court. []


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Rockcastle. 1876? not on timeline

[] Excerpt "Rockcastle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 22, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 22, 1879] -

The man, Capps, who was reported knocked in the head by Wm. Gentry, last week, is doing well, and will recover. Gentry will have his trial this week. Capps, a few years ago, killed a man by knocking him in the head with a rock, under about the same circumstances that he received this blow from Gentry. Had he died, it would have strikingly fulfilled the old adage: "Those who live by the sword, shall perish, &c."




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October 1876? might belong in non-fatal? Lincoln county. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 19, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 19, 1877] -


The trial of Ira Logan for the shooting of Clay Powell in Hustonville, in October 1876, was in progress at the adjournment of the Court last evening. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-10-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 26, 1877] -

The case of Ira Logan was on trial then and resulted in a verdict of acquittal. []



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July 1878. Garrard. Walter Kavanaugh / [?] Reid. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 20, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 20, 1879] -

A SPECIAL TERM -- Of the Garrard Circuit to try Bob James for stealing, and Walter Kavanaugh (colored,) for murder, was held at Lancaster, Tuesday. James, who, it is reported, has left the country for his country's good, did not appear, but no forfeiture was taken on his bail bond, as it was discovered that, by mistake, it ha been taken to the regular term in August. The trial of Kavanaugh for killing another negro named Reid, last July, resulted in a verdict of manslaughter, the punishment being fixed at 21 years in the Penitentiary, which is the full extent of the law. John M. Higginbotham, the fearless Sheriff, took him to Frankfort, yesterday, without a guard. Some Sheriff's would have had at least three. []



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1878. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 11, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-01-11/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 11, 1878] -

Wm. Owsley, a 13 year old boy was shot and killed by Tom Burdett, another colored boy last week. At the examining trial Burdett was sent on, and not being able to give the $500 bail is now in jail. []



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McCoy / Soard. Garrard. 1878. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 1, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 1, 1878] -

Wm. McCoy, charged with murder, had a change of venue to Lincoln. Sam’l Bird, prosecuted for murder, received an honorable acquittal from our peace-loving jury. []


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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[Febuary 14, 1879] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The February term of Circuit Court began here on Monday. Without much delay a suitable jury was impannelled. Thus far nothing has appeared on the docket except the case of McCoy, who was arraigned some fifteen months ago for killing one Soard. The case has several times heretofore been under consideration, and was once removed to Lincoln county. Not being reached during that session of the court, it was returned to Garrard. Meanwhile, the prisoner has lingered in confinement till his face is as white as if the sun had never shone upon it. He is impatient at last to know his fate, and hails the hour that shall proclaim it. Wm. H. Miller, of Stanford, and George Denny, Jr., are the prosecuting counsel. Messrs. Walton, Kauffman and Bradley, Sr., and Jr., are on the defense. []


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[] Excerpts from "List of Pardons." List of pardons granted by Governor Luke P. Blackburn, from September 3, 1879 to March 23, 1881. Kentucky Legislative Documents, Volumes 2 and 3. Pages 4 through 26. Googlebooks.

Date Pardoned / Name / County / Offense 

Oct. 3, 1879. / William McCoy / Garrard / Murder 


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1878. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 1, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-03-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 1, 1878] -

Wm. McCoy, charged with murder, had a change of venue to Lincoln. Sam’l Bird, prosecuted for murder, received an honorable acquittal from our peace-loving jury. []



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Freeman Farris / Robert Land. 1878. Garrard. not on timeline. need to check Garrard COA

[] Excerpt from "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-05-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 31, 1878] -

KILLED BY A NEGRO.

Uneasy lest Richmond should keep to the front, Lancaster has another killing to report; a case so ugly, too, that the prisoner was removed to Danville to escape a possible visit from Judge Lynch. The victim was a popular citizen of our county, Robert Land. The murderer is a negro man named Freeman Farris. The place was in Logan Town, an adjacent village of unbleached Americans, on the direct highway to Land's home in the county. The circumstances are not in shape to bring out yet, but will appear on trial. Suffice it that Land, who was in liquor, made some thoughtless interference in a noisy difficulty among a group of colored people as he passed by on horseback, and was deliberately shot dead by Farris. The citizens of the locality give the affair so unpardonable a version that matters look black indeed. Judge Grinnan was soon on the spot, and summoned an inquest. A messenger was sent on to prepare the wife, and when the body was conveyed to her after midnight, the frenzied woman met the group two miles this side of her home, with a babe in her arms, and her clothes dripping with water from the creek she had forded!  SAPPHO. []



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[] Excerpt from "Boyle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-05-31/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 31, 1878] -


THE LANCASTER MURDERER.

The negro Harris, who shot Land in Lancaster last Monday, has taken lodging in our town [Danville] with Judge L. Minor. []


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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 7, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-06-07/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 7, 1878] -


KUKLUX ALARM.

On Sunday night there was a grand Ku-klux alarm created here by the galloping and dashing about of unknown men. The panic spread to Danville, where our latest murderer, Freeman Farris, is confined. Bells were rung down there, and the citizens ordered to arms. But the lovers of the tragic were not gratified, and nothing came of it. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 6, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 6, 1878] -

TO BE HUNG OCTOBER 31ST.

Freeman Farris, the condemned criminal, (whose sentence as delivered by Judge Owsley is appended) is greatly exercised because the authorities forbid his marriage to the dusky object of his dark affections. Says he cannot die happy without this panacea of "two souls with but a single thought." His execution is fixed for the 31st day of October. His manner has continued defiant and ironical. It is said that this negro boasts of having killed a number of men, and he is strongly suspected of having murdered Luke O'Gara, the Irishman whose remains were found in a ditch near Paint Lick some months ago. []



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[] Excerpt from "Violent Deaths in Kentucky." Louisville Commercial, Louisville, KY. December 31, 1878. Reprinted by Kentucky Explorer magazine.

[December 31, 1878] -

May 1878
27th - John Corns stabbed Frank McAllister at Greenup. Freeman Farris (colored) shot Robert Land at Lancaster; drunken quarrel.

Sept 1878
7th - A Negro killed John Bailey at Monticello in a quarrel over wages. []


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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 21, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 21, 1879] -


CIRCUIT COURT. -- Freeman Farris, who owes his neck to the Court of Appeals, has obtained a change of venue to Boyle county, and his trial is set for the 7th day of March. []




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[] Excerpt from "Boyle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 28, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 28, 1879] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- Will be convened on next Monday, 3rd proximo. There are eighty-two indictments on the docket, including the old well-known cases of Micajah Rowsey and C. C. Gillispie for murder and manslaughter, set for the second day of the term; the case of John Taylor charged with the murder of Mrs. Polly Bottom, for the third day; case of Freeman Farris, by change of venue from Garrard, for seventh day; McAfee et al vs. J. W. Finnell, from Mercer (Ku-klux case,) for fifth day. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 14, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 14, 1879] -


DANVILLE COURT NOTES. -- Freeman Farris' new trial resulted in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree and a sentence for life to the Penitentiary. []


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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 14, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 14, 1879] -

COURT MATTERS. -- Quarterly Court here next Monday. Geo. W. Dunlap, Jr., argued the case of Freeman Farris in Danville on Thursday night before a crowded house. Verdict -- Penitentiary for life, instead of the former decree of hanging. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 28, 1879] -


ANOTHER APPEAL. -- Freeman Farris, who killed Mr. Land, in Garrard, has again taken his case to the Court of Appeals, and has been sent to Louisville for safe keeping until he has a hearing before that tender hearted body. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 6, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 6, 1879] -

AFFIRMED. -- The Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the lower Court, so Freeman Farris, for the murder of Land, goes to the Penitentiary for life. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 13, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-13/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 13, 1879] -

A LETTER WRITER. -- Freeman Farris, condemned for life to prison walls, writes a letter full of creditable good feeling to his former attorney, G. W. Dunlap, Jr., whose efforts in behalf of the convict were not unappreciated by their object. []



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Rockcastle. 1877. not on timeline because of possible confusion with next case

[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 30, 1877. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-03-30/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 30, 1877] -

A report comes to us of a shocking murder which was committed last Sunday, in Pulaski county, about ten miles from this place. According to the best accounts which have been given to us of the affair, 

the following are the particulars: On the day mentioned, John Renfro went to the house of one Carlton, and after some conversation with him, asked him a question in reference to a tan-bark transaction between the parties. Carlton replied to the question, when Renfro seized a rock which was lying on the mantel-piece, and struck Carlton with it in the temple, breaking his skull and killing him instantly. We understand that Renfro has left the country, no attempt having been made to arrest him. []




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[] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 20, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[September 20, 1878] -


same vs. John Renfro for killing Wm. Carleton. (Renfro is still a fugitive from justice;) []


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[] Excerpt from "A State of War." Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH. April 28, 1879. Page 5. Genealogybank.com.

[April 28, 1879] -

Ira Carleton, killed by Jno. Renfrue. []



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who killed who? Renfro killed Henson? (assuming it's the same Renfro evading arrest for supposed Carleton murder? Or is this the same case?) 1878? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 26, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-07-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 26, 1878] -

The Reporter says that Renfro, who killed Ike Henson and escaped, has been captured, and returned to the jailer at Somerset. There was a reward of $300 for him. []




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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 2, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-08-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 2, 1878] -


ACQUITTED.

Ike Henson, who, some time since, killed Renfro, and evaded arrest, was captured last week and brought here for trial, which resulted in acquittal. []



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false report. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County News -- Crab Orchard." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 4, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 4, 1877] -

We are told that an answer to the local in the Courier-Journal announcing the murder of Mr. Schultz, in the vicinity of this place [Crab Orchard], had been sent and never appeared. We think any correction in regard to the crime, connected with this place, should be noticed by the Courier-Journal, as every thing degrading that is committed in Central and Eastern Kentucky, is invariably credited to Crab Orchard. But we suppose the Courier-Journal is somewhat angry at us from the fact, it could not make a lottery of her Crab Orchard salts, and swindle the world as it did the Kentucky Library.




Mr. Schultz, the man who the Courier-Journal had [claimed was] murdered in this vicinity, was found about one mile below the ford in Buck Creek, Monday morning, at 9 o'clock. []





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Wayne County. 1877? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 18, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 18, 1877] -

WAYNE CIRCUIT COURT. -- We learn from Judge M. C. Saufley, who returned from Monticello this week, that the Circuit Court adjourned on Wednesday. There were no very important cases on the docet, most of them being for minor offenses and amounts. Two representatives were sent to the Penitentiary, to-wit: Wm. Wright, for killing ----- Davis, 2 years, and John Hancock, 4 years for arson. Judge Owsley holds his next Court in Russell. []





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Casey County. 1877? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 18, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 18, 1877] -

SKELETON OF AN UNKNOWN MAN FOUND. -- Some tanbark men at work in the lower end of Casey, discovered a few days since, the skeleton of a man lying in a thick portion of the woods with a bullet hole through his skull. Nearly all of the flesh was off the bones, and the clothing which was of good quality, was very much scattered. A small portion of the hair was found, which, from its appearance, indicates that the man had passed the meridian of life. No clue, whatever, that would lead to identification has been discovered, though it is the impression of the people of that vicinity, that it is the body of an United States Marshal. This is hardly plausible, however, as we have heard of none that is missing. There are no doubt that a foul murder has been perpetrated, and it is only a question of time till it will be brought out, and the fiend who did his work so well, will yet be discovered. []


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[] Excerpt from "Casey County News -- Middleburg." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 18, 1877. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1877-05-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 18, 1877] -

A man was found dead near Rich Hill, last week, by some parties hauling tanbark. Nothing about him to identify him--no one missing that belongs to the neighborhood. The report is, that the man appeared to have been dead three or four weeks. The flesh was torn from his face and one arm by hogs. A bullet hole was found in his skull. He had a few gray hairs, appeared to be a middle aged man, and wore shoes. I've not been able to get more information. []




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[July 27, 1877] -

Our Middleburg correspondent writes that John Soard has been arrested and was then (Tuesday,) undergoing an examining trial at Liberty, on the charge of being the murderer of the man whose skeleton was found near Rich Hill, in Casey county some time since. A good deal of interest was manifested in the trial and the general belief was that Soard would be sent on. The Sheriff of Casey has also a writ against Soard for breaking open a storehouse. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 13, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 13, 1879] -

FOR LIFE. -- John Soard, who has been in the Liberty jail since January, 1877, for the murder of the unknown man whose decomposed body was found on Rich Hill, in Casey county, was tried last week, the jury bringing in a verdict on Saturday evening, of murder, and fixing his punishment at confinement in the Penitentiary for life. It is hard to conceive how a jury convinced of the guilt of a man charged with such a cowardly and unprovoked murder could make such a verdict short of hanging, but such things are occurring almost weekly, filling our already overcrowded Penitentiary, and all because the law leaves it discretionary with them as to the mode of punishment. The next Legislature should repeal the law and say that murder shall be punished only by death. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 13, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-06-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 13, 1879] -

LATER. -- From Col. Hill and J. W. Alcorn, Esq., who returned from Liberty Court yesterday evening, we get the following: John Soard was sentenced to a confinement in the State Penitentiary for life, in accordance with the verdict of the jury in his case. No motion for a new trial was made, but when asked by the court if he had any legal cause to show why judgment should not be pronounced, stated that he had none, but asked permission of the Court to make a public statement. This was granted, and rising to his feet, Soard proceeded in firm, clear and distinct tones to state that he was not guilty of the offense charged. For his conviction he did not blame the jury or the Court, but he had been convicted on perjured testimony. That he did not kill the man, but he knew who did. That he saw the killing, and the principal witness against him was a participant and had perjured himself on the trial. That the man who was the guilty party had not appeared as a witness in the case. The man who was killed was not a detective, but a counterfeiter, whom the prisoner, as a United States detective had been for months shadowing for the purpose of securing the conviction of the band to which he belonged. He had followed him from the Centennial, and had been with him for several months. He was not killed for his money, but was killed in a drunken brawl over a game of cards. He then requested the Court to give him time and opportunity to make a written exposure of the whole affair. In private conversation he stated that the man who was killed was a counterfeiter, named Finney, a Canadian, who had come into the community several months previous to his death, and that he was killed at his, Soard's house in Casey county. He was engaged with Soard and two others in a game of cards. Late at night, Finney proposed to "jump the game." The others protested at this; a quarrel ensued, in which one of the party seized an old musket, and striking Finney on the head with the butt of the gun, killed him instantly. They then hired a man to take the body to a secret place and bury it, paying him $20 to do so. Instead of burying it, he hid it a mile or two away, behind a log. He further stated that Finney was an accomplished engraver, and had a very fine plate for counterfeiting currency, and was the chief of a large gang of counterfeiters. The plat was in the possession of Soard at the time of his arrest, but was given up his wife to one of the counterfeiters, on his promise that he would furnish testimony to acquit her husband. He had never told any of his counsel the true theory, but had deceived them all the while, because his confederates had promised him that at the proper time they would furnish testimony which would acquit him and shield themselves. He proposed to publish in a few days a full statement of his connection with the affair, and his knowledge of the counterfeiting gang which he was trying to ferret out. We learn that it will be a thrilling narrative of facts. []



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Wayne. 1877? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Wayne County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 15, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-11-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 15, 1878] -

The man, Allen, charged with complicity in the murder of young Coffey, and who had been in jail over twelve months, was allowed, and gave bail in the sum of $200. []



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Christmas eve 1878. Wayne. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Wayne County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 3, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-01-03/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 3, 1879] -

ANOTHER FATAL AFFRAY. -- Occurred on Christmas Eve, at the house of Stephen Lovall, near the Pulaski county line, in which James Hutchison, Jr., was instantly killed by a blow from an axe, in the hands of James B. Phillips, son of Daniel Phillips, of this [Wayne] county. Young Phillips has been arrested, and was to have had an examining trial before Esquire East, on yesterday. We are not advised as to the nature of the case as developed on the trial, and rumors relative to the particulars are so conflicting that we forbear to give an opinion. []



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1879? Laurel County. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Laurel County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 21, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 21, 1879] -

There is only one murder case on the [Laurel County] docket, and that has been continued. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 22, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 22, 1879] -

McCoy, on trial for the alleged murder of ---- Lair, was acquitted. []




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Madison. August 1879. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 29, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 29, 1879] -

TWO AT A SHOT. -- Another murder reddens Madison County's bloody record. This time, at Richmond, George Mitchell, a former resident of Stanford, fires a needle-gun at Wm. Pratt, a carpenter, sending a ball whizzing through his shoulder and into the left eye of Pat Sweeny, an inoffensive spectator, killing him instantly. The quarrel between Mitchell and Pratt grew out of a bet that they made during the recent Fair, in which Pratt called Mitchell a liar. Pratt's wound is a serious one and may result fatally. Mitchell gave himself up after his terrible shot and is now in jail. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 12, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 12, 1879] -

FOR LIFE. -- The Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the Madison Circuit Court in the case of George Mitchell, who was sent up for life for killing Patrick Sweeney, several months ago. []




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Garrard. 1879? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 15, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 15, 1879] -

The case of the Commonwealth vs. Sweeney Morgan for the alleged murder of ---- McCoy, is under trial. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 17, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-10-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 17, 1879] -

GARRARD CRIMINALS. -- The Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the lower Court in the case of Sweeney Morgan who was convicted in Garrard last June, for the murder of Monroe McCoy, and sentenced to the Penitentiary for six years. It also affirmed the decision of the lower Court in the case of Wm. Mayfield, who was sent up for one year for shooting Franklin Neil. The case against D. Smith alias D. Prather, for forgery was reversed. []




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Joe Johnson / James Sneed. Pulaski. 1879. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 28, 1879] -

MURDER. -- In a drunken quarrel at Point Isabel, to-day, a negro named Joe Johnson, shot and killed James Sneed, a white man. They quarreled over a raft of logs on the Cumberland River. The negro escaped. []



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McLain / Floyd. Pulaski. 1879. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "News Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 12, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-09-12/ed-1/seq-2/

[September 12, 1879] -

James McLain, a sixteen-year-old boy, shot and killed his brother-in-law, Wm. Floyd, in Pulaski, a few days ago. Floyd had separated from his wife and McLain took up for his sister in the trouble, hence the tragedy. []





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1879? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 2. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 7, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-07/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 7, 1879] -

The Mountain Echo learns from a letter received from Williamsburg, Whitley county, that Rogers and Kaywood, the fiends who tortured the negro, Ed. Jackson, to death; have been released on $5,000 bail, each. If all the circumstances connected with their cruel murder are as reported, they should hardly have been allowed a trial, much less bail. But such is the way of Kentucky courts -- a murderer is given far more rights than any other class of criminals. []






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W. B. Lair / John Romine. Wayne. 1879? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Wayne County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 7, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-07/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 7, 1879] -

JAIL DELIVERY. -- Two prisoners, W. B. Lair, confined for the murder of John Romine, and Logan Sallee, of color, for malicious stabbing, made their escape from our county jail on the night 28th ult., by prizing the doors open with some planks taken from the floor of the cell. Wm. wright, the jailer, has offered a reward for their capture, but no effort has been made in that direction as yet. []





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George Gooch, Walls, Henry Falkenbury. 1879. Lincoln. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 25, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-07-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 25, 1879] -

POSTPONED AGAIN. -- The examining trial of Mrs. Gooch, Mrs. Walls and Henry Falkenbury, for the poisoning of George Gooch, has been again postponed, and a post mortem examination of the body, and a thorough analysis of the viscera ordered. Dr. McClure was directed to take it to Louisville and superintend the work. Falkenbury having attempted to make his escape, has been placed in jail, while two men keep unceasing guard over the women. The next attempt at a trial will be on the 6th of August. []




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Pulaski. July 1879. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 25, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-07-25/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 25, 1879] -

MURDERER CAUGHT. -- A negro was murdered near Tatesville last Saturday, and the murderer, another negro, it was thought, had made good his escape, but he was captured last Tuesday, near the trestle West of town, and is now safely lodged in jail. []



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July? 1879. Lincoln. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 1, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 1, 1879] -

Bettie Fish (col'd.,) was indicted for the murder of Henry Alford (col'd.,) and her case set for trial next Tuesday. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 8, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 8, 1879] -

THE ACQUITTAL. -- Of Bettie Fish on the charge of the murder of Henry Alford, is a surprise to a good many persons. The jury were not satisfied that the blow at her hands caused the death, as that occurred fourteen or fifteen days prior to the time he died. The doctors who testified, said that there is no case on record of a person having lived two weeks after a fatal injury had been inflicted. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 8, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 8, 1879] -

Bettie Fish, on charge of the murder of Henry Alford, was acquitted. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-7/

[December 26, 1879] -

Aug. 24, Henry Alford, colored, killed by Bet Fish. []





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George Saunders / W. S. Myers & Asher Harris. August 1879. Lincoln. not on timeline


[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 5, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-09-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 5, 1879] -

GEORGE SAUNDERS' DEPARTURE. --  The news of the sudden death of George Saunders, reached here an an early hour Sunday morning, and for a time there was found hardly a man credulous enough to believe it. The wires were sought and in a few minutes a confirmation of the news came clicking over them. Then the assurance was made doubly sure in a short time afterwards by the arrival of the officers from Lancaster, with W. Stewart Myers, the man who had hastened the event, and who had surrendered himself the night before, after committing the deed. He was delivered to the authorities here, and the examining trial set for Wednesday, when the case was called; Squire W. R. Carson and M. C. Portman on the bench. W. H. Miller appearing for the prosecution, and Welch and Saufley for the defense. The testimony of J. M. Higgins, who, with Asher Harris and W. S. Myers, were the only occupants of the room at the time, was, that he saw Saunders come into the bar about half-past nine o'clock Saturday night and asked Myers for a drink of whisky. Myers told him his brother had whiskey and that he must go there and get it. Saunders then jumped to the counter, saying, "i must or will (didn't recollect which) have it" and in a second heard a short. He did not wait to see who fired it, but went into the next room, when four more shots were fired in rapid succession. He had seen Saunders there during the day, and Myers had requested him a few moments before the killing "for God's sake not to leave him, that that man was going to kill him." He did not see who did the shooting. Judge Stephen Burch testified that as soon as he could get there, he went in the bar and found Saunders lying behind the counter, not yet dead. He had five bullet holes in his body, a stab in his back, and a piece of his ear was shot off. Knew nothing of the difficulty. Saunders was in his shirt sleeves when he was found, and had no pistol on when he examined him. Several witnesses testified to the apparent friendly relations that existed between Myers and Saunders. Jim Dillion, first witness for the defense proved that during the afternoon of the day of the killing, Saunders was in the bar room and made repeated threats that he would kill Myers. He was drinking a good deal and was very troublesome. They had talked over their old troubles which commenced several years ago, when Saunders with drawn pistol prevented Myers, then Town Marshall of Crab Orchard, from arresting Hiram Hiatt for shooting one Thompson. During the afternoon, Myers got a note imploring him to go to his room and stay there as danger was apprehended. W. R. Dillion testified that on the same day of the killing, Saunders had told him that "I have told Stewart Myers that I am going to kill him, but he don't believe it. I'll show him though." Dr. J. G. Carpenter said that he had heard Saunders say on two or three occasions that he intended to kill Myers, and that he had twice seen him make the attempt. Mrs. David Payne said she had seen that a difficulty was bound to take place, and had sent the note aforementioned, telling Myers to remain in his room. with this the testimony closed, and after speeches by Judge M. C. Saufley and W. H. Miller, the case was given tot he Court at 5 p.m., yesterday, which, after consultation, agreed to disagree, and under the law in such cases, Mr. Myers was set at liberty. Of course he does not deny shooting Saunders, but claims that it was necessary for him to do so to protect his own life. The trial lasted two days, during which the Court-house was for the most part, pretty well filled. The Court, with commendable precaution, stationed a guard at the door and no one was allowed to enter without being searched. The trial of Asher Harris, jointly accused of the murder, is set for to-morrow. []



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[ibid] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 5, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-09-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 5, 1879] -

A WARNING. -- The wild, reckless life and the tragic death of George Saunders, is an example of the results of whisky, evil associates and idleness, and is a terrible warning tot he rising generation. Belonging to a good family, and starting out in life with fair prospects, he had the opportunity to make a man of himself had he gone to work and fixed his aim higher than to drink whisky and swagger around a country town, with pistols buckled around him, imagining that to be a man at all, it was necessary to be a "h--l of a man." From bad he got to worse, and charges of murder, burglary and other like crimes were entered against him, almost before he had attained the years of his majority. Jailed for eighteen months of his life, deserted by the wife of his bosom, and dying the death of a dog, at twenty-two years of age, his fate is an awful and terrible warning, which for the good of the county and society generally, we hope may not be in vain. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 19, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-09-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 19, 1879] -

ACQUITTED. -- The examining trial of Asher Harris, charged with the murder of George Saunders, resulted in an acquittal. He was, however, at the suggestion of the County Attorney, and on the testimony of W. T. Saunders, bound over to keep the peace in the sum of $500. His father, Morris J. Harris, went his security and he was released. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-7/

[December 26, 1879] -

Aug. 30, George Saunders shot and killed by W. S. Myers. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 30, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-04-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 30, 1880] -

On the night of the 30th of August last W. S. Myers shot and killed George Saunders and immediately gave himself up to the authorities. He was tried before an examining court and acquitted, but the Grand Jury saw fit to indict him for manslaughter, and on that charge he was tried this week, when the jury promptly rendered a verdict of not guilty, the proof being plain that Mr. Myers acted in his necessary self-defense and for the protection of his property. The verdict seems to give general satisfaction. []





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Joseph Lucas / J. C. Johnston. 1879. Lincoln County. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Lincoln County - Hustonville." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 15, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-15/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 15, 1879] -

SHOCKING TRAGEDY. -- Joseph B. Lucas was buried at the Hustonville Cemetery on Tuesday, in the presence of a large collection of grief-stricken friends and relatives. His death occurred under circumstances peculiarly distressing. He was shot and instantly killed on Monday evening, by his brother-in-law, J. C. Johnston. There was no witness to the tragedy except Mrs. Johnston -- Lucas' sister. The weapon used was a 32-caliber Smith & Wesson, improved pistol. Three shots took effect, either of which would have been mortal, one being in the bowels, one in the brain, and one in the heart -- the last mentioned passing entirely through the body. Mr. Johnston is under guard at his residence. The position of his wife is peculiarly trying and critical. In an extremely delicate situation as to health, having witnessed the fall of her only brother by the hand of her husband, holding alone the terrible secret of the fearful tragedy, she is in a most pitiable ordeal. The examining trial occupied nearly the whole day Wednesday, 'Squires Hughs and Bailey on the bench, Messrs. Miller & Rodes for the prosecution, and Welch & Saufley, for the defense. There was no positive testimony to the act of killing; but a large number of witnesses were examining as to circumstantial evidence. The testimony having closed, speeches were made by each of the legal gentlemen. The decision of the Court was to send up for further trial, fixing the bail at $1,500, which he easily gave. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 24, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-10-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 24, 1879] -

But five indictments have been found to this date. The one against John Rex for petit larceny, is set for trial this morning; that against J. C. Johnston for killing J. B. Lucas, for next Tuesday, ... []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 30, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-04-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 30, 1880] -

The trial of J. C. Jonnston for the killing of his brother-in-law, J. B. Lucas, on the 10th of August last, after three days resulted in an acquittal. A yell of approval by Johnston's friends followed the announcement of the verdict, but it was promptly hushed by Special Judge, Col. Thomas W. Varnon, who presided the last day of the trial, with his accustomed otium dignitate. []




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James Macklin / Floyd. Pulaski. 1879?. not on timeline

Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 14, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-11-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 14, 1879] -

Jim Macklin, who killed Floyd, in Pulaski, some time since, was captured in Indiana last week by Jailer W. S. Shepperd, and brought to the jail in that county. The Governor had offered a reward of $200 for him. []





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Casey? or Lincoln? 1879. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "The Trial of Sam Williams and other Casey Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 5, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 5, 1879] -

The case of G. Helm, of Lincoln, for killing a negro man, was continued by the prosecution...[]



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[] Excerpt from "Liberty." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 28, 1880. Page 2. LOC.

[May 28, 1880] -

The Casey Circuit Court convenes on the 7th of June. The equity and ordinary dockets are both well filled. The two criminal cases, Commonwealth vs. S. M. Williams and the Commonwealth vs. G. T. Helm, are both set for the first day of the Court. []






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Madison. 1879. Arnold / Little. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-7/

[December 26, 1879] -

DEPLORABLE MURDER. -- Last Friday morning a fearful tragedy was enacted in Richmond. J. H. Arnold, the large dry goods merchant, went to the office of Hon. Robt. E. Little and fired four shots into his body, one after he had fallen from his office into the street. There were no eye witnesses to the beginning of the shooting, but Mr. Little, who lived but three minutes afterwards, made a dying declaration in these words: "I know that I am dying and I make this statement. He killed me for nothing," adding in answer to a question, if he did anything to cause it: "I said nothing and did nothing," and then the brave, noble spirit of Robt. Little winged its flight, while his inhuman slayer walked off grinning and chatting, apparently proud of his devillish work. Little and Arnold were brothers-in-law, having married the daughters of Mrs. Mary L. Hood, a wealthy widow of Madison county, who died recently leaving her valuable estate to those daughters. Several months after her death Arnold presented to Little an order on him, the body written in his (A's) hand and the signature in Mrs. Hood's for $9,000, as the note said, to equalize the two daughters, Little and his wife having boarded with her for a year or two after their marriage. Little pronounced the note a forgery, and Arnold brought suit against him. In the meantime Little employed himself in obtaining evidence to show that Arnold was a forger, and it is thought that the certainty of his success and the consequent downfall of Arnold worked to such an extent on his mind that he had either to put Little out of the way or suffer the consequences of Little's searching investigations. He preferred the former and sought him at his office with the assumed reason to consult him on the renting of a farm they jointly owned in Clark county. In this interview, according to Arnold, Little denounced him as a thief, and as he says, he had to kill him in self-defence, but what excuse did he have for alarm, when his enemy was but a mere boy in size, weighing 110 pounds and unarmed, as was afterwards shown, and he a huge 200-pounder? Viewed in all its aspects the murder is a most deplorable one, for it takes from life a man, who as a lawyer and politician, was rapidly rising to distinction, and shuts up in jail a man whose business transactions were making him a useful one in the community. It is said that Arnold barely escaped the fury of a mob, and the fact that he waived an examining trial shows that he prefers to stay in jail, at least for the present, in preference to attempting to establish his innocence and consequent release. The wives of both men have been prostrated since the deed, and it is thought that they will not survive the shock. []



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[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[December 26, 1879] -

Messrs. Bradley and Dunlap, Sr., of this place [Lancaster] have been employed at Richmond in in the case of the Commonwealth vs. James H. Arnold for the killing of Robert E. Little of Friday last. In addition to the following learned counsel have been employed, viz: Messrs. P. B. Thompson, Sr., Jno. B. Houston, W. C. P. Breckinridge, C. and A. R. Burnam and Gov. McCreary. After consultation at Richmond on Tuesday it was decided to defer the preliminary trial till time might sooth the popular mind into a more unbiased state of feeling. Bail being certainly unattainable Arnold was committed to a cell, and his wife who has been constantly present was separated from him. He has an elegant dry goods house in Richmond, his seven clerks finding it difficult to serve the continual rush of customers. In one brief moment he has imperiled all that is dear, and must, through many weary days, await the consequences. []



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Garrard. 1879. Aldridge / Lusk. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Garrard County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[December 26, 1879] -

Garrard, unwilling that Madison should get so far ahead in bloody deeds, has another murder to report. On Thursday afternoon Mr. Joshua Aldridge shot and killed Edmund Lusk, an aged colored man on the public highway in front of Mr. A's house, about one mile and a half from town on the new Danville turnpike. The circumstances of the case as established by the only witness at hand are about as follows: A theft having been committed on Aldridge's place he (A) accused Lusk of being the guilty party. On the afternoon o[f] the killing as Aldridge was driving his wagon home Lusk came up with him carrying an ax, and demanded that the charge of thieving be withdrawn. Aldridge refused to retract. Lusk insisted.  In a few moments they were ne[a]r Aldridge's house. The latter jumped down, ran in, procured his shot-gun and came out towards the old man, who was turning into the opposite pasture to take a near path homeward. Aldridge called to him to stop -- that he had called him a liar and must take it back. The negro disclaimed the charge -- said that he had been misunderstood. Aldridge pushed him with the gun, Lusk drew back raising his ax, and was instantly shot to death. The most important witness has mysterious disappeared -- hence the failure on two different occasions to hold the examining trial. At this writing Aldridge is at large. The testimony as above stated is as yet ex-officio. Mr. Aldridge has had a crippled arm since last Spring. [] 





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Pulaski? Dunham/Denham. not on timeline

[] "A Moral Coward." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 26, 1879. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-12-26/ed-1/seq-6/

[December 26, 1879] -


A Moral Coward.

That man is a moral coward who will allow his sympathy to sign his name to a petition for the pardon of a known murderer, cut-throat or robber. A petition for the pardon of Francis Denham, a well-known murderer and scoundrel, has been going the rounds here [Somerset] the past four days for our citizens to sign. We may admit his sister who goes around with the petition and pleads for signatures, is calculated to arouse the sympathy of man. We do not blame her. But why should any rational, honest man lend his influence to infest our county with such a man as Francis Denham? If a check is not made in this petition business, courts might as well cease to be. Fellow-citizens, consider well the man before you sign his petition. --[Somerset Reporter. []




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1879 or 1880? Lincoln? Boone Conn / ? Morgan. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 23, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-07-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 23, 1880] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The summer term of this Court will convene next Monday with 53 Commonwealth cases on the docket. Four of them are for murder: Ansel and Gillis Frederick for the murder of Thomas Hatfield, Ben Ferrell for the murder of Ely, and Boone Conn for the murder of Morgan. With these exceptions the cases are mostly minor offenses. []



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[] "A State of War." Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL. May 7, 1879. Page 11. Newspapers.com.

[May 7, 1879] -

A STATE OF WAR.

Rockcastle County, Ky., Practically in That Condition -- Nineteen Homicides and Forty-Six Malicious Woundings in Four Years -- One Man Hung, but He Was a Negro.

Correspondence Cincinnati Gazette.

MT. VERNON, KY., April 24. -- From Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Ky., your correspondent sends greeting. Should this letter not be followed by another within a reasonable time, the public will understand that I was last heard from at this point. I have suddenly popped into the very midst of a people afflicted with the killing mania in its most virulent form. An outbreak is patiently awaited, if not eagerly expected at the present moment; and, as the killing when inaugurated is often somewhat promiscuous, of course it is impossible to predict with certainty that your correspondent will accomplish a safe exit from the locality. You will understand that my worthy host, a most excellent man, has kinsfolk. It may be counted against him as a misfortune, but it is not his fault, -- how could he help having kinsfolk? He himself has never had any unpleasant relations with the members of the faction who were last observed about a mile and a half from town drawn up in battle array and contemplating a night attack upon the town. A year or so ago he contemplated blowing out the brains of some of their fathers or sons, and was earnestly solicited by an eager crowd to take the lead and oversee the hanging of divers of them, that it might be accomplished decently and effectively, but he refrained, and somebody else performed the office. I mention this to show that mine host is not personally involved. But his kinsfolk have done some effective shooting in self-defense latterly, and they live inconveniently near. Last night on going to bed I noticed that he carefully closed all the blinds, and asked his son if the double-barreled was properly loaded and capped, preparations that gave me assurance of passing a comfortable night. Everybody about me is secretly armed and ready to shoot. Soft should be my pillow thus guarded. The history of the present unpleasantness is as follows: Some six years ago one Owens killed Henry Langford. Henry's brother James conceived it to be his duty to kill Owens. It was the misfortune of one Rickens to be dressed like Owens. Both were in town on the same day, and it was his further misfortune to ride out of town after daylight upon the road on which Owens lived. He was found dead near Owens' house. Not long since Liberty Langford, James' son, was not permitted to return a pair of boots after wearing them, that he had purchased at Jack Adams' store. A question involving Langford's honor was raised, and he tried to get a bullet into little Jack, but the finish deposit of lead was made into his own brain. Then James Betterman, his friend, was killed by Snodgrass, and sundry acquaintances, Cummins, Smith, Gibbs, and King, were a short time since taken out of the jail and becomingly hung. The remaining relatives of the Langfords, Bethreums, etc., have made a hotchpotch of their grievances, and with their numerous friends have assumed a warlike and aggressive attitude, with headquarters in the county, while the party of Adams, Snodgrass, Brinkley, etc., are under arms in town. The last passage d'arms was on last Saturday night. A posse, on information that the opposite party were in force about a mile and a half from town, went out on horseback. They were about fifty in number, and among the other good citizens joining in the expedition, rumor places the celebrated Grove Kennedy, and one of the scarcely less notorious Sanders family, -- a name that appears in the Lincoln County record.






List of killed beginning with 1875, with names of the parties charged with the crimes:

William Lunsford, killed by Peter Goff and A. J. Goff. (in leads)
J. A. Pickens, killed by James Langford. (post)
Jerry Wells, colored, killed by William Cundiff. (post)
Ira Carleton, killed by John Renfrue. (in leads)
George England, killed by Hiram Hiatt. (in drafts)
Andrew Birch, colored, killed by Lewis Raines, colored. (post)
Dan Design, colored, killed by Joe Taylor, colored, for which he was hung. (post)
Silas Isaac, killed by Elisha Sloan. (in leads)
O. J. Shrewsbury, killed by John C. Mize. (post)
X. McElvoy, killed by William Pendleton; Penitentiary five years. (post)
David Camden, killed by William Cundiff. (post)
J. K. Bethurum, killed by Emmet Snodgrass and J. J. Thompson. (post)
Tom Lewis, killed by William Ketron. (post)
L. Langford, killed by John Adams. (post)
Charley Burton, killed by Jim Bethurum. (post)
Andy Cummins, Jim Smith, Oscar Gibbs, and --- King, hung on the same night by a mob. (post)



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