January 1, 2013

1850 TO 1899 murder leads

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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Garrard. 1858. Henry Harris kills [?] Isham.  not on 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 Excellecny 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 1859. not on 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 
JacobCox
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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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 apistole 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, 
Green, Aiken / Aikens












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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 anyway. 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? Lincoln. not on 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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[] "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? not on 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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[] "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

[] 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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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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added to timeline

[] “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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added to timeline

[] "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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John Taylor / Polly Bottom. Boyle. 1867? not on 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 "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] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The trial of Jno. Taylor for the murder of Mrs. Bottoms, twelve years ago, was continued till the next term. []





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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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1864/1865? Rockcastle Co case originally?  added to timeline 1865 Atkins/Baird only

[] 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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1869? Pulaski. not on 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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Micajah Roswey / George Phillips. Boyle. 1870? not on 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. not on 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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1871. Lincoln county. not on 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. not on 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, 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. not on 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 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] kills [?] Harper on election day, Rockcastle, 1874. added to timeline

[] 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 "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 MURDER. -- 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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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 Hal 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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[] 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. []



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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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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? 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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1873. Lincoln County. not on 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. not on 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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Bill Wilson Kills John Williamson, kills [?][?], and wounds [?][?] on drunken spree. Boyle Co on the Lincoln border, 1873. not on timeline

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[] "Murder in Boyle County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 24, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-01-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 24, 1873] -

Murder in Boyle County.

On last Saturday evening, about two o'clock, a most brutal murder was committed at Shelby City, in Boyle county, about eight miles west of this place, on the Knoxville Branch railroad, the particulars of which are about as follows: Two men, Bill Wilson and Clay Drye -- the former a notorious desperado and outlaw -- rode into Shelby City and stopped at the drug store of J. B. Williamson, where the proprietor and his two sons, John and Robert, were sitting around the stove engaged in social converse. The two men were exceedingly boisterous and insulting in their conduct, demanding liquor, which Mr. Williamson declined to sell them, saying that it would be a violation of law. Young Drye drew his pistol and threatened to kill elder Williamson, who grasped the weapon and a struggle ensued. J. B. Williamson attempted to assist his father, when Wilson drew his pistol and fired, the ball taking effect in the head of the young man. Drye, being released, also shot young Williamson. The two men were total strangers to the Williamsons. The first shot killed young Williamson instantly. It is reported that the two murderers also shot a negro man on the road from Shelby City to Hustonville, after leaving the store of Williamson. A party of men are out in pursuit of the murderers, and, it is hoped, will be able to secure their arrest. We have no sympathy for the dastardly villains who committed this brutal murder, but deeply sympathize with the bereaved friends of the murdered man and the relations of young Drye, who are among the most respectable families of our county. This is another case to swell the terrible docket against the traffic of ardent spirits. []



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[] Excerpt from Column 4. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 31, 1873. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-01-31/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 31, 1873] -

The Governor offers a reward of $500 each for the apprehension of Clay Drye and Bill Wilson, charged with the murder of John Williamson. []


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[] 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] -

The sheriff and his posse are out after Drye and Wilson, and will return some time this week to this county. He has about fifty men under command. []



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[] "Capture of Drye and Wilson." 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] -

Capture of Drye and Wilson.

The Sheriff of Boyle county, with a strong guard, passed through our town, yesterday morning, with Wilson and Drye, the murderers of young Williamson. We learn from one of the guards the following particulars of their capture. Drye and Wilson arrived at Jamestown, Fentress county, Tennessee, took quarters at the principal hotel, and were having a jolly good time, drinking and carousing, gambling, etc. Their actions excited suspicion, and several citizens of the town laid a scheme for their capture, believing them to be the murderers of Williamson. The Sheriff, with ten men well armed, walked into the public room of the hotel and demanded their surrender. Drye showed fight, but finding it useless, threw away his arms. The prisoners were safely conducted to the Danville jail, there to await trial and justice. The enormity of their crime naturally excites the passions of the public, but we hope no violence will be resorted to, as is apprehended. If the murderers desire death, the law should in this, as in all other cases, be allowed to take its course. []



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[] "The Boyle County Tragedy." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. February 19, 1873. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[February 19, 1873] -


THE BOYLE COUNTY TRAGEDY.

Examining Trial of Drye and Wilson, the Murderers of Williamson--They are Sent to Louisville for Safekeeping.

(Special Dispatch to the Courier-Journal.)

LEXINGTON, KY., Feb. 18. -- J. B. Caldwell, deputy sheriff of Boyle county, with a guard of four, reached here this afternoon, having in charge H. C. Drye and Wm. Wilson, charged with the murder of young Williamson at Shelby City a short time ago. Caldwell has orders to take them to Louisville for confinement in jail. At the trial in Danville, this morning, examination was waived. Considerable excitement over the matter exists there, and fears of a mob are entertained by some. The circumstances of the murder are these: The brother of Drye was shot by some party in Hustonville a while before this, and Drye and Wilson, while looking for the murderer, got drunk and raised a fuss with Williamson, and shot him. They claim that it was done in self-defense. They shot a negro near Parksville, Boyle county, and one near Milledgeville, in the same county, the same day. One is reported dead; the other one recovered. They were arrested by the sheriff of Fentress county, Tenn. Wilson is twenty-seven years old, six feet high, light hair and whiskers, and is powerfully built, Drye is twenty years old, five feet eleven high, 175 pounds, black hair and mustache, well made and good looking. Neither is married. Drye is of a family in good circumstances. He has borne a tolerable reputation. Wilson is regarded as a desperate character. Caldwell denies the report sent to the Courier-Journal that he had fifty men when he got them. He had only five. []



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[] "Drye and Wilson." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 21, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-02-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 21, 1873] -


Drye and Wilson.


Tuesday last was the day set for the examining trial of Wilson and Drye, in Danville, for the murder of Williamson. They waved a preliminary trial, and were remanded to jail on the charge of murder in the first degree. On motion of the counsel for the defense, the prisoners were ordered to be transferred to the Louisville jail for safe custody, based upon the supposition that violence would be resorted to if they remained in the vicinity in which the crime was committed. The Sheriff, with a guard of well-armed and courageous men, determined to defend their prisoners from friends and foes alike, accordingly started via Nicholasville with them on Tuesday, and reached Louisville without molestation. It came to the ears of the counsel for the defense that a meeting, ostensibly for the purpose of exciting a mob, had been held some four miles from Danville. It was also rumored, upon the authority of several reliable citizens in the vicinity of Hall's Gap, that on the evening the prisoners passed through Stanford a large number of persons -- perhaps more than two hundred -- were seen going toward Somerset, the impression is, for the purpose of either rescuing the murderers, or administering summary punishment. We are glad the prisoners are removed remotely from the scene of their terrible crime, and hope, by the time their trial takes place, that the public fury will be abated sufficiently to give them a fair and impartial trial, and the majesty of the law be fully vindicated.

In regard to the capture of Drye and Wilson, we stated last week that ten men were summoned by the Sheriff, Mr. Taylor. We learned from the Tennessee guards, as they passed through on their return home, that only five besides the Sheriff were engaged in the capture, viz: S. V. Bowden, L. C. Rich, Berry Taylor, Pleas. Taylor, and one other. The Sheriff was informed of the murder of young Williamson by a stock drover from this county, who pointed out to him the two men whom he believed to be the perpetrators of the horrible deed. Mr. Foster, one of the guards, informed us that Wilson made an attempt to escape, and that Drye, when first mounted, made a dash for his freedom, but was caught. Wilson told the guard that he expected to be shot down at any moment by his implacable enemy, Blu. Kennet, who had openly avowed his intention to slay him whenever and wherever he met him, and manifested great fear when passing through the different towns along the route. Our readers are familiar with the past history of Wilson, and it is unneccessary to recount it now. When the rope is adjusted around his neck and the trap sprung, the country will be rid of the most desperate, daring, and dangerous man that ever existed in this State, and not a few will rejoice over the event. []



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[] "Drye and Wilson." 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] -

Drye and Wilson.

The Boyle County Circuit



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[] "Kentucky." The Tennessean, Nashville, TN. March 14, 1873. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 14, 1873] -

Attempted Mob Violence in Danville.

LEXINGTON, March 12. -- A mob tried to take Wilson and Drye out of the Danville jail last night, but were repulsed by a guard of ten men on duty. One horse was shot, and one of the mob is supposed to be mortally wounded. The town is in arms to-night, and there is great excitement. The Sheriff is determined to protect his prisoners at any cost. []



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[] Excerpt from "A Visit to Danville." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 21, 1873. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1873-03-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 21, 1873] -

We were glad to learn that the mob spirit which manifested itself there [Danville] recently, in reference to Wilson and Drye, has entirely subsided. We hope civilized men will see the error and folly of their way, and not attempt to divert justice from its course by threats of violence to a Judge whose duty it is to see the law enforced and justice dealt out to all. []





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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky News." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. December 26, 1873. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[December 26, 1873] -

Wilson and Drye, notorious for the murder of John S. Williamson, of Shelby City, were brought from Louisville Wednesday, the 17th inst., and safely lodged in jail in Danville. Their trial was fixed for the 23d of December. []



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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] -

One of the most appalling crimes that was committed in Central Kentucky during the year was the murdering of young J. B. Williamson by Bill Wilson, a notorious desperado, and Clay Drye, a boon companion of Wilson's, at Shelby City, on the 19th of January. The murderers were captured in Tennessee a few weeks after committing the awful deed and are now in prison awaiting trial for their lives. A few days before this crime was committed, some one, supposed to be a man by the name of Meredith, shot Major Watt Drye through a window of the hotel in Hustonville. Major Drye recovered, and Meredith is in prison awaiting his trial before a jury. []



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[] Excerpt from "Danville." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. September 11, 1874. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[September 11, 1874] -

The case of Wm. S. Wilson, charged with the murder of John B. Williamson, is set for next Friday, and it is possible that a trial may take place, the sheriff has been directed to go to Marion county for jurors, and jury material in this county and in Mercer and Garrard counties having been exhausted on a previous occasion when a trial was attempted. []




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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 25, 1874. Page 3. LOC.

[September 25, 1874] -

The trial of Wm. S. Wilson for the killing of young Jno. B. Williamson, at Shelby City, about a year ago, was had at Danville, last week, and the jury rendered a verdict against him of murder in the first degree and fixed the penalty for the crime imprisonment in the State penitentiary for his natural life. A motion was made by his counsel for a "new trial," but was promptly over-ruled, as we learned from a gentleman who was present at the trial. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 2. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 25, 1874. Page 2. LOC.

[September 25, 1874] -

Bill Wilson the man who was convicted of murder at the present term of the Boyle Circuit Court and sentenced to imprisonment for life in the State penitentiary escaped from custody by jumping from the Car while they were in motion as he was being conveyed to the penitentiary on wednesday last. []



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[] Excerpt from "Hurrah for Wilson." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 2, 1874. Page 2. LOC.

[October 2, 1874] -

Hurrah for Wilson!



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[] Excerpt from "Home Jottings." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 2, 1874. Page 3. LOC.

[October 2, 1874] -

Wilson is still at large, and, we learn, swears vengeance upon a number of persons; and has declared his intention never again to be taken alive, and never to leave the State until he has slain, with his own hands, certain persons whom he regards as his personal enemies. It was reported that he was at Gravel Switch last Sunday with four of his companions. Our civil officers should put on their armor and proceed to relieve the country of the villain instanter. We have no desire that he shall be captured alive. The report of the discovery of a mammoth lead mine in his skull would be a relief to the entire country. []





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[] Excerpt from Columns 1 and 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 Louisville Daily Gazette is encouraged by a letter from Stanford, from which it quotes as follows: "Your article upon the escape of Wilson has won you many admirers in this locality. The people want an influential journal, that has the boldness to take hold of individual criminals. They have no confidence in these sensational sheets that talk of crimes in general, and throw the blame upon all sections of our State alike." It promises to continue its warfare against the influence of money in shielding crime from punishment. It says: "Kentucky must be relieved from the opprobrium that covers her name with infamy all the country over. And we never can relieve her until we dissolve the mutual admiration society which has been the bane of Kentuckians for so man[y] years. We must realize the fact that a Kentuckian is better than anybody else only when his conduct is better than anybody else's conduct. We must learn to look upon murder when committed by a Kentuckians as foul as a crime as when committed by a citizen of some other State. We must, above all things, disabuse our minds of the erroneous idea that Kentuckians are too good to be hanged. We must use the gallows industriously, and put a summary stop to imprisonment as a punishment for murder. God is wiser and more just and impartial than any Legislature, and He provides DEATH as the penalty for murder. That's first principles. That's sense. 

A murderer once hanged and buried cannot commit other murders. The grave is a penitentiary from which executive clemency cannot rescue the murderer, and turn him loose to again prey upon his fellow-men the first time he gets drunk. Holding to these opinions, we opposed the law leaving it to juries to imprison or hang, as they may choose. It is silly, it is mischievous, it is infamous. This year the murder calend[a]r in our State has been more than doubled already, and a quarter of the year yet to come; ad this infamous act of the General Assembly, is the cause thereof. We must work for its repeal, every one of us who value our own lives and the lives of our neighbors, and the good name of our commonwealth. We also must work for the removal of the barricades the statutes have erected around the murderer, and which effectually resist every attempt of justice to sustain the majority of the law, and exact of him the penalty of his crime. All these things the people of Kentucky must accomplish, for the honor of our grand old State. []


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[] "Another Robber Caught." 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] -

ANOTHER ROBBER CAUGHT. -- Mr. Wilhite, Cashier of the National Bank of Monticello, wrote to the Cashier of the Farmers' National Bank of this place, that the Sheriff of Fentress county, Tennessee, and his posse, captured another of the Huntington, West Virginia, bank robbers, on Tuesday, of last week. The rascal had on his person, $4,494.25 in bills ranging from $100, down to 25 cents, fractional currency, and two large army pistols. The Sheriff of Fentress, is the same officer who arrested Clay Drye and Bill Wilson. He has demonstrated his efficiency as an officer, very clearly, and deserves the praise of all law-abiding citizens. We hope he will get a reward commensurate with his services and intrepidity. []



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[] Excerpt from "." 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 notorious Bill Wilson, whom our readers will remember as having jumped from the train while on his way to the Penitentiary, is said to have been shot in Casey county, and dangerously wounded. It is difficult to get any one to arrest him. He will probably make his escape. A gentleman from this county, while hunting in Casey county, the other day, came up suddenly on a camp where Wilson and several of his palls were stationed, all of whom, were armed, and they drew their guns down on him, and he left instanter. The gentleman recognized Wilson, so there can be no doubt of Wilson being in the county, and wounded. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 17, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-12-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 17, 1875] -

So far as we have been enabled to learn, the escaped convict, Bill Wilson, is safe in his forest home among the woods and hills of Casey county. It is a shameful comment upon the officers of our State, that a man who has been found guilty of murder, can thus escape arrest and punishment. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 24, 1875. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-12-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 24, 1875] -

We don't know it to be true, but give the report as we heard it. The other day a man was riding through the tangled forests of Casey county in search of cattle, when "all at once" he came upon the secluded camp of the notorious Bill Wilson, where he and three of his confederates were concealed. They had a picket out on the watch, who called him to a halt and demanded of him his business. On giving them a statement, he was permitted to depart in peace. The man told our reporter that the Wilson's party intended to go out of the county within a few days, and that all the militia of the State couldn't arrest them. This statement may have been mere talk, but it may have been true. []



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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 "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] -

We learn from good authority that Bill Wilson, of Casey county notoriety, was in Perryville on Friday night last, and spent the night there. He had on his person, five navies and two bowie knives, and was very anxious to get some whisky, but couldn't find any there. He ought to have come to Harrodsburg. --[Harrodsburg Reporter. []







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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/

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


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December 1874. Lincoln. not on 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

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-08-27/ed-1/seq-2/

col 1. Mary Pointer kills Liz Searsborough

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[] 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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December 1874 Garrard  not on timeline

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

[December 25, 1874] -

Horrible



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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.

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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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, 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,

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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.)

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



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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] -

Bill Wilson mentioned



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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] -



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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 this case at face value since this was a 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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[] 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 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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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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[] 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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May 1876. Garrard? Samuel W. Williams / Thomas Burns. not on timeline. 
(also added to the Grove Kennedy draft)

[] 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] -

DIDN'T SAY SO. -- Samuel W. Williams, now confined in jail at Lancaster, for the murder of Thomas Burns, in May, 1876, publishes a card in this week's Visitor, denying that he told a Courier-Journal reporter that he recognized Grove Kennedy in the mob that hung Floyd Pierce on the night he escaped from jail. He says that the only mention he made of Kennedy, was, that he was a brother-in-law of the man whose throat Pierce had cut. []




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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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October 1876? is this killing or wounding only? 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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Tom Cain / Hiram Tucker. Lincoln County. 1878? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 15, 1878. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-11-15/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 15, 1878] -

TWO OF THE CAINS CAPTURED. -- Wednesday night Messrs. George A. Gover, S. Q. Gover and B. F. Epperson, on information obtained from the Interior Journal and other sources, captured Tom and John Cain, who escaped from the new jail here on the night of the 31st ult. They had seen some  suspicious looking individuals during the day dodging in the brush, and that night they laid in wait about half a mile this side of the Cumberland River bridge. About eight o'clock they heard them coming, and pulling down their double-barrel guns on them, demanded a surrender. They did not hesitate to do so, and with a comrade, who gave his name as Ben Woolum, they were brought back to Mr. Gover's house, where they tied and kept all night. Yesterday they were brought here and delivered to the jailer, who promptly paid the $25 a piece that he had offered for them. The party will also get $300 for Tom Cain, the amount named in the Governor's proclamation. We interviewed the Cains last evening and learned from them that the scantling used to break the bars had been left in the jail. They had no idea at first that they could break out, but in experimenting the bar snapped with a report as loud as a gun. They had no greater trouble with the bars in the window and about 12 o'clock (midnight,) they slipped forth from durance vile. They first went in an opposite direction from home but afterwards went there and remained around for several days. They were making for Tennessee, and would have made better time had not Tom gotten sick. It will be remembered that Tom is under indictment for the murder of Hiram Tucker, and that John is under a ten year sentence to the Penitentiary for arson. []




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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 31, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-01-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 31, 1879] -

ATTEMPT TO BREAK JAIL. -- The Cains, one of them confined on a charge of murder, and the other awaiting the action of the Court of Appeals, on his sentence to Penitentiary for ten years for arson, and Thomas Robinson, serving out a sentence for carrying concealed weapons, made an attempt to free themselves this week, by sawing out the bars. Mr. Newland fortunately discovered the plan, and by threats of punishment compelled them to give up their saw, which was found to be the blade of a knife, filed down for the purpose. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 7, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 7, 1879] -

AFFIRMED. -- The Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the lower Court, and John Cain will leave in a day or two for a ten years siege in the Penitentiary, for arson. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 14, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 14, 1879] -

A PETTY SWINDLE. -- It required three



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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. March 28, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-03-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 28, 1879] -

TWENTY-ONE PRISONERS -- Are now confined in the county jail. Of this number are Tom Cain, charged with the murder of Hiram Tucker, and John Ferrell, for the murder of old man Sutton. The rest are, for the most part, in for minor offenses. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 25, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-04-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 25, 1879] -


The case of John Ferrell for the murder of Sutton, is set for trial to-day, and Tom Cain for the murder of Hiram Tucker, for next Tuesday, the 8th day of the term. []



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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 

Jan. 15, 1880. / John Cain / Lincoln / Arson

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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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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. 1876/1877? 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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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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John Ferrell / Sutton. Lincoln County. 1879. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 17, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-01-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 17, 1879] -

MURDERED AND ROBBED. -- The body of George W. Sutton was found in the road four miles from Hall's Gap, near the house of Mr. John Warren, on Wednesday last, with a load of 10 d. nails in his head, evidently fired from an old musket. Ike Stapleton and a man named Ferrill, have been arrested for the murder, and it is said that Sutton's watch was found on one of them. Sutton is from Tazewell, Tenn., is a shoemaker by trade, but frequently goes out peddling liniment, and was on this errand when killed. He is spoken of as an unoffending and sober man. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 24, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-01-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 24, 1879] -

MURDERED AND ROBBED. -- When we went to press last week, John Ferrell and Ike Stapelton were under arrest for the murder of George W. Sutton, a shoemaker who, for the last four years has plied his trade at Crab Orchrd. A Coroner's verdict was held on Friday, and the facts elicited were enough to shock even those who are accustomed to deeds of violence and murder. It was proved that Sutton, Ferrell and Stapleton, spent the night at John Weaver's, some five or six miles distant from Crab Orchard, a frail damsel being the object of their visit. Next morning Sutton left and in a short time after his departure, Ferrell followed with an old musket, ostensibly to hunt rabbits. At first, he went in an opposite direction, but soon circled around and stepping in Sutton's tracks, came up behind him and emptied a load of shot and broken nails into his head, tearing a hole nearly two inches in diameter. The pockets were then rifled and left turned wrong side out, and the body dragged from the road to the woods and covered up in snow behind a log. A short time after the shot was heard, Ferrell returned to Weaver's, and in answer to an inquiry in regard to the blood on his coat, said that it came from a rabbit he had killed, and proceeded to wash out the stains. As there was no direct proof of the guilt of Stapleton, he was introduced as a witness and swore that the Friday previous, Ferrell had told him that he intended to kill Sutton for his watch and money, and that he had borrowed not quite a load of squirrel and bird shot from him (both kinds of shot were found in Sutton's head.) Ferrell was held without bail and lodged in jail here, Saturday. The indignation against him at Crab Orchard, was very great, and threats of lynching were loudly made. It is one of the most brutal murders that ever cursed this blood-stained county, and the fiend being a poor man, is sure to pay the penalty for it with his neck, a death far too good for the perpetrator of so foul a crime. In jail, Ferrell acts like a wild man, pacing his cell ever and amen, apparently fearful that a moment's rest would be too much for his over-burdened conscience. He protests his innocence, and says that there is a conspiracy against him, but his story is so badly constructed as to leave but little doubt that he is not wrongfully accused. He claims that he is a native of Lee county, Virginia, and that Sutton was also from that county, but both have since lived in Tazewell, Tennessee. In appearance, Ferrill is not the looking person that one would think capable of such a deed, being a young man of pasably fair exterior, but the facts and the evidence seem too direct even to admit a doubt of his guilt.

LATER. -- Ferrell has confessed to the murder, but says he had an accomplice who got the money, $250 in cash and two checks of $70 and $80. The watch taken from the body was found by Sim Roberson, Deputy Sheriff, at a point designated by Ferrell. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 7, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-02-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 7, 1879] -

ACQUITTED. -- Jacob Weaver, Sarah Jane Weaver, Ike Stapleton and Elizabeth Stapleton, arrested as accessories to the murder of George W. Sutton, were tried before Judge Burch, at Crab Orchard, Wednesday. It was proved that Ferrell had told them that he was going to kill Sutton, and after killing him told them that he had done so, but it appearing that their failure to report on him was caused by fear, they were acquitted. []



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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] -

TWENTY-ONE PRISONERS. -- Are now confined in the county jail. Of this number are Tom Cain, charged with the murder of Hiram Tucker, and John Ferrell, for the murder of old man Sutton. The rest are, for the most part, in for minor offenses. []



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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 25, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-04-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 25, 1879] -


The case of John Ferrell for the murder of Sutton, is set for trial to-day, and Tom Cain for the murder of Hiram Tucker, for next Tuesday, the 8th day of the term. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 25, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-04-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 25, 1879] -


SICK. -- John Ferrell, who killed old man Sutton, is lying in jail, apparently quite ill, and it will probably be best for him if his illness continue till the present Court is over. []



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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] -

The trial of John Ferrell for the murder of Sutton, which was set for Friday, came up next. Being unable to employ counsel, the Judge appointed Messrs. J. W. Alcorn, H. T. Harris and T. W. Varnon, to defend him. Ferrell confessed to the killing, and after the prosecution had introduced several witnesses to show the enormity of the crime, and the defense had asked for mercy on account of his confession, the case was given to the jury. After a short retirement a verdict of Penitentiary for life was agreed on. Doubtless his confession saved him from being hung. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 9, 1879. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-05-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 9, 1879] -

OFF FOR FRANKFORT. -- The following prisoners sentenced to the Penitentiary at the last term of the Circuit Court, were taken by Deputy Sheriff Reuben Harris and several aids to Frankfort last Tuesday. John Ferrell, sentenced for life; William Jackson and Willis Evans, both colored, for 18 and 24 months, respectively, and Wyatt and Taylor McKinney and Mitchell Trice, all colored, for 26 months each. []



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[] Excerpt from "News Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 8, 1879. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1879-08-08/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 8, 1879] -

On Thursday morning, 31st ult., Wm. Barnett, Moses Barnett and John Ferrell, life prisoners, and James Martin and Jos. Lambert, sentenced for five years, succeeded in escaping from the Penitentiary; but Moses Barnet, Martin and Lambert were soon captured. The others are still at large. The guards fired fifteen or twenty shots at the prisoners, two of which severely wounded Moses Barnett. The missing ones are said to be wounded also. They were all armed with dangerous-looking knives, evidently made by them while in prison. It will be remembered that Ferrell was sent from this [Lincoln] county for the killing of Sutton. []




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[] 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] -

ESCAPED CONVICTS. -- John Ferrell, who was convicted last Spring by the Circuit Court and sent to the Penitentiary for life, for the murder of Sutton, under the coldest blooded circumstances, and who made his escape last week, has been seen lurking in the Knobs near Crab Orchard. If the jury that tried him had done their duty fully, Ferrell would have long since dangled from the end of a rope, instead of being loose, seeking whom he may destroy. []





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[] 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] -

REWARD OFFERED. -- As will be seen by a proclamation by the Governor elsewhere in this paper, a reward of $250 is offered for John Ferrell, the life convict who escaped from the Penitentiary some time since. This amount, with the $100 that the Keeper of the Penitentiary offers, ought to bring him to time. Ferrell claims that he is a native of Scott county, Virginia, andit may be, that he has made his way back there. []



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

[September 12, 1879] -

FERRELL CAPTURED. -- John Ferrell, the Lincoln county convict, who recently made his escape from the Penitentiary, was captured in Hawkins county, Tennessee, a few days ago, and is now in his old quarters at Frankfort. So much for the reward. Governor Blackburn would do well to offer rewards for several other outlaws that we learn are making this county their home. []


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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] -

Jan. 17th, John Ferrell waylaid and killed Geo. W. Sutton, a peddler, for which a tender-hearted jury gave him a life term in the penitentiary, instead of stretching his neck. []



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Joe Johnson / James Sneed. Pulaski. 1879. not on 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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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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August 1879. Lincoln. 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] -

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





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August 1879. Lincoln. 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] -

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





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November 1879. Lincoln. 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] -

Nov. 13, Thomas Hatfield waylaid and murdered by Ansil and Gillis Frederick. []



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Lincoln County? 1880? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 12, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-03-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 12, 1880] -

MURDER. -- Constantine Taylor, the man who was so seriously cut and shot by Enoch and Sam Upthegrove,  and Mae Young some time ago, died Monday of his injuries. County Attorney, W. H. Miller, thereupon changed the charge to murder, and ordered the re-arrest of the party, and the Upthegroves were taken and lodged in jail here Tuesday. Young has fled the country. The Upthegroves were taken to the Highland yesterday for an examining trial, but the case was postponed till next Tuesday, and they were returned to jail. []




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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 19, 1880. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-03-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 19, 1880] -

THE EXAMINING TRIAL.-- Of the Upthegroves' for the murder of Constantine Taylor was called on Tuesday, but postponed until to-day to allow the doctors time to disinter the body and decide upon the immediate cause of his death. Coroner Goode held the inquest yesterday, when the physicians, Drs. Bronaugh and Moore, on examination decided that, although there was a fracture of the skull, in the immediate cause of his death was pneumonia one lung being nearly gone. The jury therefore found a verdict to that effect. []



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Rockcastle County. Last week in March 1880. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from Column 6. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 2, 1880. Page 3. LOC.

[April 2, 1880] -

A Fatal Shooting Affray occurred at J. B. Kerby & Co.'s tan-yard, in Rockcastle county, on Monday evening last. W. G. Smith, formerly of Lancaster, and Jas. Hagerty, of Louisville, the former store-keeper and the latter foreman of the tanyard, became involved in a dispute over the breaking of two lamp chimneys in Hagerty's shop by an employee Smith had sent there to barrel some refuse tallow. Hagerty had gone into the store to get some new chimneys, and angry words having passed between the two men, Hagerty advanced towards Smith, who stood behind the counter with a double-barreled shot-gun near him. When Hagerty came opposite to Smith the latter raised the weapon and fired, the muzzle almost touching Hagerty's face. The latter received the entire contents of one barrel, which entered the right corner of his mouth, tore most of the flesh from the right cheek, and came out just behind the right ear. The unfortunate man has been in semi-comatose condition since the shooting, and physicians say his recovery is almost impossible. Hagerty's wife, who resides in Louisville, was telegraphed, and arrived here Tuesday evening--at once proceeding to the scene of the tragedy, where she arrived at 2 o'clock next morning. Smith has not been arrested yet, but efforts are being made to secure him. []




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1881? Clay County and not Laurel? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 18, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-03-18/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 18, 1881] -

Circuit Court will convene next Monday at London, in Laurel county. The case of the Commonwealth vs. B. P. Simpson for the murder of James White will probably be again tried at this term. It will be remembered that this case has been twice tried already, and the result in each trial was a hung jury. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 25, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-07-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 25, 1882] -

THE LAWS DELAY.-- Bart Simpson, who several years ago, killed the County Clerk of Clay and who had four times been on trial for the offence, was acquitted at London, Friday. There were hung juries in three of the trials. The length of time since the killing and the fact that Col. W. O. Bradley was of counsel for the defense the last time, accounts for the result. Judge DeHaven, of the Shelbyville District, presided. []


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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 25, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-07-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 25, 1882] -

In the Laurel Circuit Court last week, Judge S. E. DeHaven sitting as special judge, B. P. Simpson, charged with murder, was acquitted. He had been three times tried beforee, each trial resulting in a hung jury. Simpson killed James White, clerk of the Clay County Court, several years ago. In addition to his former strong array of counsel, he was defended at his last trial by Hon. W. O. Bradley. []



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Pulaski. 1880. added to timeline

[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 30, 1880. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-04-30/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 30, 1880] -

A reward of $200 has been offered by the Governor for Millard Gilpin charged with murder in Pulaski. []



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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 14, 1880. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1880-05-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 14, 1880] -

Millard Gilpin, the murderer of Givens has been caught in Pulaski. The reward offered by the State did the business. []



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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 14, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-04-14/ed-1/seq-2/  Jim Gilpin, pardoned murderer??
[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-04-20/ed-1/seq-2/ Scott Gilpin, same person?
[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 8, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-05-08/ed-1/seq-2/ scott gilpin


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1881. Pulaski County. not on timeline

[] "A Gory Head Without the Body." Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH.  May 14, 1881. Page 10. Genealogybank.com.

[May 14, 1881] -


A Gory Head Without the Body.

Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.

SOMERSET, KY., May 13. -- The dog of Mr. Gastineau, of the eastern portion of this county, brought the head of a man into his yard last evening. On examination, the head was recognized as belonging to a stock trader who disappeared in a very mysterious manner a few days ago. Decomposition had not set in. The body has not been found yet. [] 



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[] "Another Kentucky Murder Mystery." Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, Cincinnati, OH.. May 28, 1881. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[May 28, 1881] -

Another Kentucky Murder Mystery

Special to the Cincinnati Commercial.

SOMERSET, KY., May 27 -- Yesterday while some boys were fishing near Somerset, in a small creek, the body of a man was found. His body was somewhat lacerated, and blood had oozed from his mouth and nose He was carried to a near house and searched, but as yet no clue to the killing has been discovered. The man's name is unknown.

Three affairs of this kind have transpired in the last week. The body of Lewis Gosset was found on Tuesday, and Wm. Durham was killed by Mulony on Sunday. These affairs were, however, about the railroad and among railroad men. []



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1881?

[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 28, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-10-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 28, 1881] -

James Burton, who shot and killed Samuel Edmonson at Livingston some time ago, was acquitted upon his examining trial before Esquires Pike and Calloway, last Friday, on the ground that he acted in self-defense. []


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Rockcastle? 1881. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department."  The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 9, 1881. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-12-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[December 9, 1881] -

On last Sunday morning, at Reedsville, a difficulty occurred between Wm. Roberts an old man, and one King, a young man, who had been working for Roberts, over the paltry sum of six dollars. Roberts made at King with his cane, when the latter drew his little pistol and tried to shoot the former, but the pistol happened to be out of tune and failed to fire. The latter (King), then drew his dirk and commenced to carve the old man, cutting him some several times in the abdomen and ribs, the wounds proving fatal in about half an hour. King is still in the neighborhood but has not been arrested. []






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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 16, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-12-16/ed-1/seq-2/

[December 16, 1881] -

King, the man who killed Roberts, an account of which killing was published last week, has not yet been arrested. He had a consultation with his lawyer last week, and concluded to wait awhile before surrendering himself into custody. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 31, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-01-31/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 31, 1882] -

DEAD.-- Tom Jasper, who was shot some time ago by W. C. Owens, in Somerset, died Sunday.



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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 22, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-12-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[December 22, 1882] -

A damage suit for $10,000 has been brought against W. C. Owens at Somerset, for killing Jasper last year. []



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Lincoln or Pulaski? 1881.  not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 4, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-02-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 4, 1881] -

William McKinney and Columbus Cass, of Pulaski county, two leading lights in the Methodist Church, settled an old feud last Mond[a]y, while working the county road. The manner was after the usual style of such settlements. Cass took an ax, and knocking McKinney down, beat his head into a jelly and fled. Cass was Superintendent of a Sunday School, but it is not likely that he will be on hand next Sunday. []




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Rockcastle County. 1881? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 2, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-12-02/ed-1/seq-2/

[December 2, 1881] -

A recent dispatch to the Enquirer from Frankfort states that Governor Blackburn has offered a reward of $100 each for the apprehension of Martin Cobb and Radford Cobb, indicted in the Circuit Court here for manslaughter. []




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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 18, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-08-18/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 18, 1882] -

The trial of the two Cobbs, now in the Stanford jail, who are indicted for manslaughter, is set down for next Tuesday. []


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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 25, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-08-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 25, 1882] -

Martin and Radford Cobb, who has been confined in the Stanford jail charged with manslaughter were brought here [Mt. Vernon] for trial Tuesday. For a wonder both sides were ready, a severance of the cases was had, and the trial of Martin Cobb was begun. The testimony showed a plain case of self-defense and the jury after a few moments deliberation returned a verdict of not guilty. Mr. Warren then very properly filed away the case against Radford Cobb. []




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June 1882. Lincoln County. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-10-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 26, 1888] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- The trial of Samuel Combs for the murder of James Mounce was begun Tuesday evening by the selection of the following jury: L. D. Garner, Eugene Kelley, A. J. Hayden, L. K. Wells, G. D. Hopper, J. B. McKinney, N. W. DePauw, T. J. Hill, R. G. Collier, Harry Dunn, Thomas Metcalf and G. D. Wearen. It will be remembered that Combs did the killing in June 1882, immediately after which he fled to Texas, from whence he was recently brought by J. N. Menefee. The trouble occurred over a wrestle, both parties being under the influence of liquor. The Commonwealth's witnesses made out a pretty severe case of murder, but the jury after hearing the other side evidently did not believe their story, as they brought in a verdict of acquittal in less than five minutes after going to their room Wednesday night. Mr. C. C. Williams, of Mt. Vernon, assisted the Commonwealth and the prisoner was represented by Col. Welch and R. C. Warren. []



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Whitley or Pulaski? 1882. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 31, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-01-31/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 31, 1882] -

M. A. Moore, proprietor of the hotel at Williamsburg, Whitley county, shot and killed Hannibal Ross, who was making at him with a drawn knife. []



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[] Excerpt from "State News." The South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. February 14, 1882. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069392/1882-02-14/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 14, 1882] -

M. A. Moore shot and killed Hannibal Ross at Somerset, Ky., in self-defense. []




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Lincoln County. 1882. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Two Murders."  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  February 14, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 14, 1882] -

The second murder is that of John Carr, a very industrious and worthy colored man, who was shot dead as he sat with his family, at his home on Dr. Montgomery's place. The shot was fired through the window, and at the Coroner's inquest held yesterday by Squire W. R. Carson, the following facts were elicited: His wife testified that the old man had just returned from a meeting at Turnersville, and was sitting playing with a little child, when the report was heard. He fell over and died immediately, seven buckshot having penetrated his head. Eleven more shot were found embedded in the wall on a line with the others. It was a first thought that the child was also shot, but upon examination it was found that only a piece of the broken glass had struck it. As nothing, pointing to the perpetrator of the murder was adduced, the inquest adjourned until to-day, hoping to find some clue to the act. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 17, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-02-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 17, 1882] -


Two negroes, Jim Ingram and Jim Embry, have been arrested and are now in jail for the murder of John Carr last Sunday night. The Coroner's jury has had several meetings and examined a number of witnesses, but being unable yet to find a verdict, has adjourned till Saturday. There is no direct evidence so far against either of the men arrested, though enough of suspicious circumstances have been revealed to hold them for examination. The bottom of the whole matter seems to have been in a church quarrel. John Carr, who was a respectable and honest man, and a steward in the church, objected to such penitentiary birds as Ingram and Embry, both have served terms for stealing, exercising as much church authority as they imposed on themselves, and a bad feeling had been smouldering in their breasts for some time, and there are rumors afloat that they had made threats against him. Ingram's actions on Sunday night and Monday morning are much against him, and although "he doth over much protest" his innocence, he may yet feel the halter draw. The colored people are greatly excited, and whispers of mobbing the guilty party are heard. []




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Lincoln County. 1882. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Two Murders."  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  February 14, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 14, 1882] -


TWO MURDERS.

Robbery the Incentive of One, Revenge the Other.

Two more bloody murder are added to the already bloody record of Lincoln county. On Saturday night, John Shanks, a wealthy farmer, living near Crab Orchard, was shot in the head and neck with squirrel shot fired from a gun, while between his crib and stable, and on Sunday morning was found there cold and stiff by a servant who came to feed his stock. He gave the alarm, when neighbors came in and examined both the body and the premises. His safe keys were found in his pocket, although he was seen with some $20 notes, while in Crab Orchard, the evening before. Mr. Shanks was an eccentric genius, and although possessed of some $50,000 to $60,000 lived like a miser, alone and uncared for. He was always feared that his life would be taken as it has been and had repeatedly told of robbers and others coming to his house at night, but owing to his cranky spells, his stories were not believed. At present no clue to the bloody deed has been divulged, though knowing ones look wise and confident that all will come out in a day or two. The body of the murdered man was taken to his sister's, Mrs. Sarah J. Wells, where it was properly cared for, and from whence it was taken to Crab Orchard Cemetery for interment at 3:30 yesterday evening. From Dr. J. B. Owsley, who attended the burial, we learn that Henry Johnson, the negro who found the dead body, has been arrested for the murder, there being some suspicious circumstances against him. From all that we can learn, however, these are very slight, and we trust that no poor negro will be unjustly made the scape grace of the perpetrator of the deed, as in a former case from that end of the county. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 17, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-02-17/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 17, 1882] -


The Shanks Murder. -- There have been no fresh developments in this matter, but there are rumors afloat that a flood-gate of light will be unloosed at the examining trial of the negro Henry Johnson to-day. It is not thought that he is the perpetrator of the deed, but that he knows all about it, it is almost certain. The real murderer is said to be a white man, and the same who has been suspected of the numerous other robberies in that end of the county. The County Attorney, Mr. Miller, intends to make a searching investigation, and if possible bring the right man to justice. []





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1883. Lincoln County. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -

The trial of Dolph Bailey, who killed Howard Dudley, another negro in 1883, resulted in his acquittal, the jury retiring but a few minutes. Hon T. P. Hill, Jr., distinguished himself in the defense in this case and made a speech, which showed from what block he was chipped. []



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[] "A Man-Devil." Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH. July 10, 1883. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[July 10, 1883] -

A MAN-DEVIL.

William Eades, Rapist, Murderer, and Thief, is Arrested in Missouri and Brought Back to Somerset.

SPECIAL TO THE PENNY POST.

SOMERSET, KY., July 10. -- William Eades, arrested by the sheriff of Adams co., Missouri, for stealing a horse, was brought from that state and jailed here yesterday, to answer for many crimes committed in this vicinity. He is about 35, and was born in what is known as the "White Oaks." This section of Pulaski co. was always prolific of rogues, thieves, and murderers. When 17 he was the trusted farm hand of a man named Moses Muncey near Mill Springs, Wayne co. One night he crept through the bed-room window of Muncey's 16 year-old daughter, Hannah, satisfied his evil passions, and made his escape. He disappeared for a time, but came upon the surface again as one of the Cooper men--a gang of the most desperate characters that ever infested southern Kentucky. He took part in the well-remembered fight between the Cooperites and ku-klux at Somerset, in which seven ku-klux and five of Cooper's men were killed on the public square. He distinguished himself that day by going to the room of a sick man, in the old National hotel, and murdering him in cold blood, because he was suspected of being a ku-klux. Later he came out on the sidewalk, and, while the warm blood was still dripping from his dirk, put the blade, which had been bent against some of the bones of his victim's body, between his teeth and straightened it, remarking at the time: "The blood of a d--n ku-klux is sweeter than honey." Though he thought that Kentucky justice would never overtake him, he was well aware that the hate of his enemies would soon put a stop to his lawless life, and he fled the country. Gradually the history of his misdeeds passed out of mind, and he ventured back again to his old haunts in White Oak. This time he lived with his decrepid old grandmother, who was a fortune-teller, a reputed witch, and who had an underground bar-room, where she sold moonshine whisky for a lot of illicit distillers. Eades soon engaged in the traffic. He would fill a canoe with several kegs of whisky, and paddle up to Burnside on the Cincinnati Southern railroad, and, as it was a considerable place at this time, sell his liquor and get back to his hiding place before the officers got on his track. One day, while at Burnside, he attempted to kiss the pretty wife of a gentleman who lived there. She told her husband of the insult. He remonstrated with Eades, and was immediately shot dead. This was the last exploit of his in the country. A mob of men followed him through the mountains of Tennessee for three days, but he escaped. His personal description had been sent to most of the sheriffs in the adjacent states, but nothing of his whereabouts was known until the news came of his arrest. []



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[] "Murdered By His Uncle." Wheeling Register, Wheeling, WV. August 20, 1883. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[August 20, 1883] -

Murdered By His Uncle.

SOMERSET, KY., August 19. -- Eli Sprague shot his nephew, Wiley Sprague, through the heart, near Pine Knot, last night. No provocation had been given. []


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[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 2, 1883. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-11-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 2, 1883] -

PULASKI COUNTY.--The dead body of John Williams was found at the foot of a bluff near Barren Fork, having come to his death by falling over the cliff. Williams and a negro by the name of Rufus Sallee had been out together for a day or two on a drunken spree and there are some suspicions of foul play on the part of the negro. []



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[] Excerpt from "State Notes." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. December 15, 1883. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[December 15, 1883] -

Rufe Sallee, charged with murdering a man named Williams, whose dead body was found in Pulaski at the foot of a cliff eighty feet high, has been acquitted. []



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[] Excerpt from "Crime and Criminals." Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ. June 2, 1884. Page 4. Genealogybank.com.

[June 2, 1884] -

Two Kentucky Tragedies.

LONDON, Ky., June 2.--On Saturday night, at Pittsburg, a mining town near here, a difficulty occurred between James and Peter Riley and David Jackson on one side, and John Lloyd, Sam Taylor, and John Pressnell on the other, in which James Riley, being pressed by John Lloyd, who had a knife in his hand, drew his pistol and fired, killing him instantly. Riley and Jackson then turned upon Lloyd's two friends with clubs, beating them terribly. They are, however, not thought to be mortally wounded. Riley and Jackson escaped. The sheriff and a posse are pursuing them. At the same place, George Delph, a bank boss, struck Neal Beatty, a colored boy. Beatty drew a pistol and shot Delph in the breast, inflicting a very serious wound. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 3, 1884. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1884-06-03/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 3, 1884] -

Two more murders are added to Laurel county's growing list. In a general row a[t] Pittsburg, Saturday, a man named James Riley shot and instantly killed John Lloyd. Riley and his partner, Jackson, then beat two other men severely with clubs and made good their escape. At the same place later in the day Neal Beatty, a negro boy shot and probably fatally wounded George Delph, a coal bank boss, who struck him over the head. []





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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky Knowledge." Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. May 27, 1884. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069394/1884-05-27/ed-1/seq-4/

[May 27, 1884] -

John Ketcham, was shot and instantly killed by a man named Bowles, in Rockcastle county. []




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Lincoln County. August 1884. not on timeline.

[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -

The trial of John Waddle for the killing of Sam Murphy, at Kings Mountain in August, 1884, was begun Wednesday. The proof was that Murphy had called Waddle a s-n of a b---h and was standing with his knife drawn when the defendant threw a beer bottle against his head, crushing his skull, from which he died. He was only indicted for manslaughter. Col. Thos. Z. Morrow, of Somerset, and Welch & Saufley represented him and the case was argued by Morrow, Saufley and Warren yesterday and submitted. The jury was not long in finding a verdict of involuntary manslaughter and fixing a fine of $50. []





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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 27, 1885. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-01-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 27, 1885] -

A man named Smith was lynched for attempt at rape in Pulaski last week. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -

CIRCUIT COURT. -- According to the proof admitted in the trial, there has never been a case before the court here, with but one exception, in which there appeared so little of extenuation as in that of Henry Roberts for the killing of Nick Benedict, which was on trial when we went to press Monday night. The crime amounted almost to assassination and yet the jury after reporting that they could not agree, finally agreed after being held all night Tuesday, to give him but 13 years in the penitentiary, just three more than he agreed to take and not go to trial. We learn from the jury that when they first went to their room they stood six for 21 years and six for a less time, none, however, below five years. The youth of the defendant and the statement which partially came out in proof that Benedict had assaulted Roberts' sister, is all that saved his neck or kept him from a life term. Judge Saufley in arguing the case did not plead for acquittal, but ingeniously worked int he unproven charges to his clients great benefit. Messrs. Robert Harding and R. C. Warren both made strong speeches for the prosecution. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 10, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 10, 1885] -

Henry Roberts was brought out for sentence Friday and the Judge after recalling the atrocity of his crime, which, but for his youth, the jury would have punished with death or life imprisonment, admonished him that he yet had enough of life to make amends and hoped that he would come from the State prison resolved to do so. He then passed the sentence of 13 years on him for the murder of Nick Benedict. Roberts is but 17 years of age. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -


George T. Ball was indicted for the murder of his father and a bench warrant has been issued for him. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 13, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 13, 1885] -

The case of George T. Ball for the murder of his father, W. M. Ball, was called Wednesday and a jury obtained without much difficulty as follows: James Robinson, A. B. McKinney, J. J. McKinney, A. D. Root, G. G. Fair, Richard Burnett, L. B. Nunnelley, B. F. Powell, H. E. Marcum, K. L. Tanner, T. J. Bosley, Monroe Smith. The prosecution proved besides the facts of the killing, which were substantially given in this paper at the time of the tragedy, that the defendant had made repeated threats that he would kill the old man. The court then permitted Mrs. Ball, widow of the deceased and mother of the accused to tell why George had made such threats. Her account of the killing was that Mr. Ball came to where she and George were and cursed her about the supper. George remonstrated with him for talking so to her and with an oath he started off saying, "I'd fix you." Returning in a moment with a pistol George ran into the room and as the old man started to fire at him he shot first and hen the witness went out and around the house. The story of her treatment by the man who had promised to love, cherish and protect her, was simply horrible. She said that he began shortly after her marriage to ill use her, but the court only permitted her to testify of matters of which George was personally cognizant. On one occasion he ordered her to go to the still house and bring him a bottle of whisky, also a glass with some sugar in it. She did as directed, but because she brought no water he dashed the glass in her face and threw the bottle at her. At another time because some article of food displeased him he cursed her and threw dish and all against her head. Often he would beat her with a stick and otherwise maltreat her. He positively refused to permit her to attend church and on several occasions had used his stick on George. It was a horrible recital of man's inhumanity and such as stirred to pity the heart of every person present. Mrs. Ball's testimony was fully corroborated by several others and by mutual agreement the case was given to the jury at the close of the testimony without argument. After a short retirement a verdict of acquittal was agreed and at 12 o'clock it was so reported and the prisoner discharged. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 5, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-07-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 5, 1887] -

DEATH. -- George Ball, after an illness of four weeks, of a brain and spinal affection, died Saturday afternoon, aged about 26. It will be remembered that he interferred in a row between his father, Billy Ball, and his mother, and that he shot the old man dead when he endeavored to assault him for it. He has been drinking a good deal since the act and that no doubt hastened his death. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -


The trial of Robert Chappell for the murder of Joe Jones is set for next Tuesday... []



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William Carson / [?][?], Lincoln County, 1885? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 6, 1885] -

Judge Owsley has not decided upon the application of Carson for a new trial but it is not likely he will grant it. Two juries have pronounced him guilty and none of the last jury, which gave him five years, was for less than two and from that to ten years. Should the judge refuse a new trial, one of the attorneys tells us that he will take the case to the Court of Appeals, while another thinks they have done all for their client that they should do. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 10, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 10, 1885] -

William Carson was also sentenced after he had made a little speech in answer to the Judge's question if he had anything to say why the verdict should not be executed. He acknowledged that he had been given two fair trials, but said his act was in self defense and that therefore he ought not to be punished. The sentence was passed but suspended for 60 days to await the result of an appeal. []



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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 10, 1885. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-11-10/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 10, 1885] -


The case of R. C. Engleman for shooting Smith Baughman was continued as it likely will be till all the witnesses forget who was shot and who did the shooting. []




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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 22, 1885. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-12-22/ed-1/seq-4/

[December 22, 1885] -


At Beaver creek mines, near Somerset, William Parsons killed Frank Wilson. Charles Gooden and W. A. Owens fatally stabbed two other men, names not known. Parsons escaped, but the other two were arrested. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 2. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 12, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-03-12/ed-1/seq-2/


All is quiet at the Greenwood mines. But one company of men and a Gatling gun remain and they are sufficient to protect the convicts and maintain the dignity of the State, which can not afford to permit mobs to force her into terms. []



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Pulaski or Lincoln?

[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 16, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-04-16/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 16, 1886] -

A Somerset dispatch says: Six men accused of complicity in the murder of Ben Wilson on Indian Creek, on April 1, were brought here by six citizens of that neighborhood, who had armed themselves and captured the men near the scene of the murder. []





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[] Excerpt from "Somerset Notes." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. May 2, 1886. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[May 2, 1886] -

SOMERSET, May 1. -- The young man, Geo. McCarty, suspected of the murder of his uncle, Presley McCarty, who was found dead in his yard last Thursday, has left the country. They were both drinking characters and lived in the same house by themselves. The elder man, when found, was shot in the back, the charge passing through the body and making a large hole. The shotgun was found on his bed. George McCarty, the young man suspected, is about twenty years old and has served a term in the penitentiary. []



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[] Excerpt from "Somerset Reporter." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 4, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-05-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 4, 1886] -


A young man named George McCarty, was found dead near his home this morning. A shot-gun was found on his bed. []





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[] Excerpt from "News and Comment." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. September 10, 1886. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[September 10, 1886] -

A short time since, George Inman was shot and killed, near Livingston, by a man named St. Clair. Tuesday, while John and Andrew Inman were cleaning their pistols, preparatory to going in search of St. Clair, John was accidentally and fatally shot by his brother. []




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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 21, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-09-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[September 21, 1886] -

John St. Clair, of Jackson county, who is charged with killing a blind man named Innman near Livingston, in this county, about two weeks ago, came to the county one day last week and surrendered himself to Squire Gran Clark. He was brought to town and allowed to execute bond for his appearance next Friday, when his examining trial will take place. We are not acquainted with the facts in this case, but it does not seem that there could be any lawful excuse for killing an inoffensive blind man. []





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[] "Arrest of a Murderer." Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, Cincinnati, OH. October 10, 1886. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.

[October 10, 1886] -


ARREST OF A MURDERER

Charles Jackson, Wanted in Somerset, Ky., Apprehended in This City.

Charles Jackson (colored), who is wanted in Somerset, Ky., for murder, was arrested last evening by Detectives Crawford, Trussand Carey, and looked up in Central Station, charged with being a fugitive from justice.

The prisoner is accused of shooting William Buzzard, who was working as section hand on the Southern road. The killing occurred last spring, and was the outcome of a quarrel over a game of craps. The prisoner refused to talk. This is said to be the third murder committed by the prisoner. He will be returned to Kentucky tomorrow. []



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[] Excerpt from "City News." Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH. Monday, October 11, 1886. Page 3. Genealogybank.com.

[October 11, 1886] -


C. S. Jackson, wanted at Somerset, Ky., for the murder of Wm. Buzzard in a game of craps a year ago, was arrested in this city Saturday night, and is being held for the Kentucky authorities. []



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[] Except from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 12, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-10-12/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 12, 1886] -

Charles Jackson, wanted at Somerset for the murder of William Buzzard, has been captured in Cincinnati. []




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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 30, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-11-30/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 30, 1886] -


Pinkney White, a negro was arrested in Cincinnati for the murder of George Brown, his room-mate, at Somerset, Ky., in March, 1885. []





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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 25, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-02-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 25, 1887] -

Near Pine Hill, Sunday night, Brownlow Townsend was fatally cut by Charles Childers. The circumstances are about as follows: Townsend and Childers had been paying attention to the same young lady a short distance from Pine Hill. Sunday evening they both went to see her but neither remained long. Toward night they returned under the influence of whisky and staid at the young lady's house until about an hour after dark, when they left in the company of another young man. After going a short distance towards the station a difficulty came up between Townsend and Childers, over their sweetheart, in which rocks and sticks were freely used. Knives were drawn and they began slashing at each other, when Townsend received a thrust in the thigh from which he died within fifteen minutes.  After the cutting Childers fled to the fields and laid in the fodder stack all night. He came to town Monday morning, surrendered himself and was sent to jail. His examining trial was set for Wednesday. Childers' age is about nineteen and that of his victim eighteen. Childers says he don't know who struck the first blow, both being drunk. []




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[] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 15, 1887. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-03-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 15, 1887] -

Charles Phelps and Jack Howell are the last two Pulaskians to fight to the death over an old grudge. When they met Phelps placed his knife against Howell's breast and remarked: "I've a notion to cut your heart out." How placed his knife against Phelp's throat and coolly replied, "Cut away." Phelps did cut away, but unfortunately for him his knife blade broke off at the second thrust. Howell cut Phelps' throat almost from ear to ear. []




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[] Excerpt from "News and Comment." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. March 29, 1887. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 29, 1887] -

At Mt. Vernon, Ky., yesterday, Willie Levisay and Willette Vowels, boys aged respectively fourteen and ten years, quarreled in a grocery store and going outside to fight it out, Vowels stabbed Levisay near the heart, killing him almost instantly. []




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[] "The Mt. Vernon Boy Murder." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. March 30, 1887. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[March 30, 1887] -


The Mt. Vernon Boy Murder.

MT. VERNON, KY., March 29. -- [Special.] -- The stabbing of young Livesay by Will Vowels last night is all the topic here to-day. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock. There is no hard feelings between the families of the parties. All recognize the fact that it was a very unfortunate affair, and that it is equally hard upon the families of both parties. Vowels was arrested last night shortly after the killing by Marshal Tom Proctor and turned over to the County Judge, who placed him in the custody of the Jailer. The examining trial is set for tomorrow, the 30th. On account of the youth of Vowels it is presumed that he will not be vigorously prosecuted. Vowels is eleven years old and Livesay was fourteen. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 24, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 24, 1887] -

Two of the seven murder cases to be tried in London this court have been disposed of, John Hurley getting five years and Charles Luker a like sentence. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1887. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[May 31, 1887] -


Charles Luker was tried the following week for murder, the victim being Isaac Nelson, and given seven years for "recklessly, wantonly and carelessly firing his pistol at a charivari." []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 7, 1887. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-06-07/ed-1/seq-6/

[June 7, 1887] -


Bills of exceptions in both the Luker (seven years) and Dizney (life sentence) cases have been filed and will go to the Court of Appeals. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 24, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 24, 1887] -

Two of the seven murder cases to be tried in London this court have been disposed of, John Hurley getting five years and Charles Luker a like sentence. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1887. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[May 31, 1887] -


The first week, John Hurley, for the murder of Isaac Hyde, was tried and found guilty of manslaughter and assessed five years in the pen. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 24, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 24, 1887] -

The Wayne circuit court only sent one man to the penitentiary, Eliheu McDonald, for killing Bell, two years. William Sloan, for killing Shelby Gregory, was acquitted. The latter was defended by Messrs. R. C. Warren and M. C. Saufley. []




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Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 6, 1888. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-04-06/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 6, 1888] -


Mrs. Mary and Eliza Jasper fired on a negro trying to break into their house, on Fishing Creek, in Pulaski, and brought down Henry Dick, a notorious negro of that section. []




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[] Excerpt from "Danville, Boyle County." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 13, 1888. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-04-13/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 13, 1888] -

The portion of human remains found on McClenden's ridge, in Pulaski county, turns out to be what is left of two peddlers, whom the Hill brothers and their housekeeper murdered and cut up for hog food. The woman has made a confession and says that the men got $200. []



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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 24, 1888. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-04-24/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 24, 1888] -

The story about pieces of the dead bodies of two men being found in Pulaski and the subsequent confession of Mrs. Smith, who said she helped John and Henry Hill kill the two Burton boys for their money, turns out to be false all around, by the appearance of the two boys at the examining trial and unmistakable proof that the pieces of flesh came from a dead sheep. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Lore." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 24, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-04-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 24, 1888] -

SHOOTING. -- About 8 o'clock Sunday night three pistol shots were heard and upon investigation it was found that John Cook had shot Andy Yates, another negro, in the arm, breaking it, and in the left breast, the latter a glancing shot, which did no damage, further than to pass through the clothing. Marshal Carpenter arrested both, but Cook gave bail and did not go with his enemy to jail. Cook keeps store on Depot street and Andy came in and raised a row. He was ordered out, but soon returned, when Cook told him not to enter. He tried to do so and Cook let go at him with the above result. Andy only got in one shot before his arm was broken. Cook is a well-behaved man and stands high with his race. Yates has been in many a row and a stay in jail is by no means a new experience with him. Examining trial to-day. []


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[] Excerpt from "Our Neighbors." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. May 4, 1888. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[May 4, 1888] -

LINCOLN -- An attempt to break jail was discovered by Jailer Owens this week, before the work had proceeded far, and frustrated ... John Cook was acquitted on the grounds of self defense for shooting Andy Yates, who was also acquitted because he did nothing further than to go into Cook's house after he had ordered him not to ... The negro, Cas Inman, who killed Cy Singleton at Kingsville, a year or two ago, has been arrested in Alabama and Deputy Sheriff J. M. Johnson has gone after him. []



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[] Excerpt from "Our Neighbors." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. May 4, 1888. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[May 4, 1888] -

LINCOLN -- An attempt to break jail was discovered by Jailer Owens this week, before the work had proceeded far, and frustrated ... John Cook was acquitted on the grounds of self defense for shooting Andy Yates, who was also acquitted because he did nothing further than to go into Cook's house after he had ordered him not to ... The negro, Cas Inman, who killed Cy Singleton at Kingsville, a year or two ago, has been arrested in Alabama and Deputy Sheriff J. M. Johnson has gone after him. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local Lore." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-06-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 26, 1888] -

KILLING. -- A man named Shumate, from Bardstown, shot and killed another named McCarty, at Sinks, in Rockcastle county, Friday. We depended on our Mt. Vernon man to give particulars, but his letter failed to come. []




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[] "Murdered In the Road." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. September 16, 1888. Page 7. Newspapers.com.

[September 16, 1888] -

Murdered In the Road.

Mt. Vernon, Ky., Sept. 15. -- (Special.) -- This afternoon, between Brodhead and his home, Allen Haggard was found in the road murdered. Indications point to the murdered man's son-in-law, J. E. Powell, as the assassin, as they had been at outs for some time, over the fact of Powell's wife having made application for divorce, charging her husband with inhuman treatment. The parties had been carrying guns for each other for some time. No arrests. []



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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 18, 1888. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-09-18/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 18, 1888] -



Saturday afternoon, between Brodhead and his home, Allen Hagard was found in the road murdered. Indications point to the murdered man's son-in-law, J. E. Powell, as the assassin, as they had been at outs for sometime over the fact of Powell's wife having made application for divorce, charging her husband with inhuman treatment. The parties had been carrying guns for each other for sometime. No arrest. []


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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 7, 1888. Page 1. LOC.

[December 7, 1888] -

The Widow Haggard is making an effort to have the governor offer a reward for the arrest of Powell, the murderer of her husband. []



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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 7, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-12-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[] Excerpt from Column 2. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 11, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-12-11/ed-1/seq-3/


Tom Harper, West Hansford, Lincoln


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One Killed, One Injured In Gunfight On Train, Laurel, 1889

[] "Should Have Given Stringer One." Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart, IN. January 25, 1889. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[January 25, 1889] -


SHOULD HAVE GIVEN STRINGER ONE.

A Brakeman Does Good Shooting, but Not Quite Good Enough.

STANFORD, Ky., Jan. 25. -- Wednesday evening, as Conductor O'Mally's south-bound freight train was passing Pittsburg [Ky.], just above here, James Raines, a brakeman, was fired upon by two desperadoes, Tom Stringer and Sam Graggs. Raines returned the fire, both balls taking effect upon Graggs, one through the heart and the other in the temple, killing him instantly. Raines then started toward the caboose, when Stringer fired at him, striking Raines in the hip. Raines was brought to this place and is in a serious condition. Considerable excitement prevails, as it is reported that a number of Graggs' friends are expected here, who will attempt to take Raines. He is at his father's home, and is guarded by a score of resolute railroad men, and should the mob make the attempt there will be bloodshed. []



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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 25, 1889. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-01-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[January 25, 1889] -

One Man Killed and Another one Wounded. -- Daniel O'Mally's through freight was switching at Pittsburg Tuesday and two of his brakemen, Joe Prewitt and Jim Raines, were joking each other while they were passing over the box cars attending to their duties, when Tom Stringer and Sam Gragg, two characters noted for their meanness, pretended that they believed Prewitt and Raines intended their jocular remarks for them. After Raines had informed them in a gentlemanly manner that they were talking among themselves about themselves, Stringer, desirous of raising a disturbance, drew his pistol and cursed them and finally commenced shooting at them. Young Raines, who had a pistol in his pocket and who had considerable trouble in getting it out, was unable to defend himself until Stringer had shot a number of times, and Prewitt, who was unarmed, climbed from the box car to the caboose thus leaving Raines to fight the battle alone. A number of shots were fired, one ball from Raines' pistol taking effect in Gragg's shoulder and ranging downward, struck the heart, killing him instantly and one from Stringer hitting Raines in the hip, making a painful wound. Gragg, who was with Stringer, it is thought fired not a single shot and no pistol was found on him when he was picked up from where he fell, but he urged Stringer to continue firing and no doubt would have assisted him had he been armed. Raines was taken to London, where his wound was dressed and afterwards brought to his father's near this place. Stringer has not yet been arrested. When Mr. O'Mally's train returned about 10 o'clock Tuesday night a squad of men with shot guns and Winchester rifles surrounded the depot, intending no doubt to take Raines off and kill him, but the train failed to stop and no further damage was done. The Stringers have declared vengeance on Raines and being of revengeful natures they will no doubt carry out their threats. Gragg, who was killed, lived for many years in this county and made himself notorious by participating in numerous robberies and thefts enacted at and near McKinney, and only a few years ago he with his brother killed a negro, for which he failed to get his just deserts. Stringer is considered a dangerous man, and is related to the Stringer who was a pal of Gragg while he lived in this county. It was rumored that Stringer and other friends of Gragg started to Rowland to take Raines out and hang him, but the report was either untrue or their hearts failed them before their journey's end was reached. []

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[] Excerpt from "News in Brief." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. February 19, 1889. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1889-02-19/ed-1/seq-4/

[February 19, 1889] -


Henry Worley, charged, with ten other persons, with the murder of Lee Troxtile, at Somerset, Ky., has been arrested. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 28, 1889. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-05-28/ed-1/seq-4/

[May 28, 1889] -

Tom Hansford, three other men and a cyprian named Lizzie Tucker, were tried for the murder of John Hardick, who was found dead by the railroad near East Bernstadt 2 months ago. The jury failed to agree until 9 o'clock Sunday morning, when a verdict of not guilty was rendered. Hansford was held for false swearing in the case, and he is also under bond for robbing the depot last winter. The young man will probably get there yet. []




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[] Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 26, 1889. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-07-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 26, 1889] -


Wm. Baugh and Green Flynn, at Faubush, Pulaski, were wrestling, when Baugh's brother struck Flynn on the head with a hand spike, crushing the skull. Drs. Warren and Perkins removed the skull and found that death resulted from concussion of the brain. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 1. The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. July 26, 1889. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[July 26, 1889] -


Tuesday was a good day for killing in Kentucky. John Rose was assassinated from ambush in Powell county. Evan S. Warren was killed by three negroes at Danville. Wm. Baugh murdered Green Flynn near Somerset with a handspike and Miss Mary Gilders, the victim of a seducer, committed suicide near the same place. []









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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 26, 1889. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-07-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 26, 1889] -

MURDERED. -- Mr. Evan S. Warren, who was a brother of Hon R. C. Warren, was shot by a negro named Beatty Wickliffe at the Danville depot, Monday afternoon and died that night at 10:30. He and the negro had had a difficulty in the morning when the latter remarked that he would see him again. He was as good as his word as the following dying declaration of Mr. Warrens hows:

A half hour before his death he made substantially the following statement: 'I believe that I am going to die. The circumstances attending the shooting are as follows: I went to the debot in the omnibus, got out and went into the ladies' waiting room. As I came out Beatty Wickliffe came out of the men's waiting room and followed me to the south end of the platform, glaring at me, and with his right hand in his pocket. As he came up to me he began drawing his pistol. I fired at him and he ran. Just as I fired, Bob Mayho and Flem Murphy, both colored, seized me, one by each arm and wrist, and while they were still holding me Wickliffe, who had run away out of sight, came back, and coming close to me shot me several times."

The murder has caused much excitement in Danville and there is a question as to whether the negroes were holding Mr. Warren as peacemakers or accomplices. They had not been arrested at last accounts, the authorities preferring to await the result of the examining trial. Mr. Warren was a warm-hearted, whole-souled man and leaves many friends, who sincerely regret his untimely taking off. He was conscious nearly up to the last and in response to his brother Dick's question, said he would like to talk with Rev. Dr. Green. He was sent for and after praying with and for him, had a very satisfactory talk on spiritual matters. The funeral occurred Wednesday at Danville, after a service by Dr. Green, and was largely attended. The family, and especially Mr. R. C. Warren, whose engagements must be irksome to him under the circumstances, have the hearty sympathy of everybody. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 30, 1889. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-07-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 30, 1889] -

It is now believed that the man Jones, who was run over by the cars at Barbourville last Sunday night, was murdered and placed on the track, as a club with considerable blood on it was found near by. []




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[] Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 27, 1889. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-08-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 27, 1889] -

Henry Goodman plunged a knife to the hilt into the breast of D. J. Sharp in a magistrate's court in Pulaski, when he made at a sister of Goodman who had called him a liar. Sharp expired immediately. []




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6th col says this is not somerset ? (buckeyetown = buckeye, garrard ? but would buckeye have had a magistrate's court ???)

[] Excerpt from "The Commonwealth." The Hickman Courier, Hickman, KY. Septemer 6, 1889. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052141/1889-09-06/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 6, 1889] -


D. J. Sharp was stabbed to death at Buckeyetown by Henry Goodman, with whose sister Sharp had quarrelled. []





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Pulaski. 1890. not on timeline

[] "Settling Old Scores." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. August 6, 1890. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[August 6, 1890] -


SETTLING OLD SCORES.

Grudges Revived By Enemies and Settled in Mortal Combat.

Two Officers and Three Citizens in a Deadly Encounter at Burnside.

All of the Participants Badly Injured, Two of Whom Will die.

Somerset, Ky., Aug. 5. -- (Special.)--A very serious riot occurred at Burnside late last evening between the Police Judge and Town Marshal on one side and Ben Chestnut and his two sons, John and Hiram, on the other, which resulted in the fatal wounding of two of the participants, and the serious and probably fatal wounding of the other three. An old feud has existed between P. F. Smith and Ben Chestnut for some time. Smith was recently elected Police Judge of Burnside, and Chestnut declared to some friends that he would never permit any one to arrest him under a warrant issued by Smith. Chestnut, who lives on the north side of Cumberland river and votes at the Somerset precinct, attended the election here yesterday, but went home late in the evening and went over to see the progress of the election at the Burnside voting place. His son John, who accompanied him, became boisterous and was arrested by John Coomer, the Town Marshal, and gave bond. Ben Chestnut hearing of this caused the bondsmen to surrender John to the officers, who proceeded to take him to the lock-up. Ben Chestnut and Hiram attacked the officers and demanded John's release. A fight ensued, in which Judge Smith was fatally stabbed, all of the Chestnuts were shot. John's wound is necessarily fatal, a ball passing through the abdomen. The other two also received serious pistol shots in the arms and body. Coomer received sever severe gashes with a knife. All the participants, who are not dead or dying, are confined to their beds and no arrests have been made. Great excitement prevails at Burnside. It is feared that this is only the beginning of more serious trouble, as both parties have many friends. []


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[] Excerpt from Column 4. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 8, 1890. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1890-08-08/ed-1/seq-1/

[August 8, 1890] -

A dispatch from Burnside says there was a fight between the police judge and town marshal on one side and Ben Chestnut and his two sons, John and Hiram, on the other. There was an old feud between P. F. Smith, the police judge, and Ben Chestnut. Chestnut said when Smith was elected that he would never submit to arrest under warrant from him. Monday Jno. Chestnut was arrested and gave bond. His father caused his bondsmen to surrender him and then with his son, Hiram, started to take John away from Marshal Coomer and Judge Smith. In the fight that followed John Chestnut and Judge Smith received several wounds, but Smith is not dangerously hurt. The Chestnuts have long persecuted Smith in very cowardly ways, such as shooting at his house at night, wounding his stock, &c. []



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[] Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 26, 1890. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1890-08-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 26, 1890] -

P. F. Smith, police judge, and John Coomer, marshal of Burnside, were tried before Judge Denton, charged with killing John Chestnut at Burnside election day, and acquitted on the grounds of self defense. The Burnside reporter of the Republican says that the decision gives general satisfaction. []




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[] Excerpt from "Sparks From The Wire." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. September 1, 1890. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1890-09-01/ed-1/seq-4/

[September 1, 1890] -


Andy Bowman, wanted at Somerset, Ky., for murder, was arrested at Birmingham, Ala., Saturday. It is said he has killed three men. He was heavily armed when captured. []




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1890?

[] "Captured After 12 Years." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. July 30, 1903. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1903-07-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 30, 1903] -

CAPTURED AFTER 12 YEARS

Somerset, Ky., July 30 -- Richard Taylor, charged with the murder of Clay Haynes, and who has been a fugitive for 12 years, was arrested at Stearns and lodged in jail here. Taylor was 14 years of age, and had been mistreated by Haynes. Taylor afterwards met Haynes and, it is alleged, told him that he was going to kill him, and that he had better say his prayers at the same time drawing a pistol. After Haynes had finished praying he shot him to death. He then fled the county and has been in Mexico ever since. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 13, 1891. Page 3. LOC.

[January 13, 1891] -

KILLED HER SON. -- Jane Mullins, colored, shot her son Henry through the lungs Sunday night, killing him instantly. The parties lived in Crab Orchard and there are conflicting reports of the murder. One is that it was a deliberate and premeditated deed, the other that it was accidental and happened during a scuffle for the weapon. The woman has since made herself scarce. []





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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 1, 1891. Page 5. LOC. 

[May 1, 1891] -

FATALLY SHOT. -- In a difficulty at Kingsville this week John Wesley Gooch was shot in the right side by a fellow named Lasley from Pulaski, the ball going clear through him. The origin of the difficulty is rather obscure. Mr. Gooch, it will be remembered, killed Constable Killion at Highland 10 years ago, but was acquitted on the ground that he acted under a misapprehension of the part Mr. Killion took in a fight he was having with another man. []





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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 29, 1891. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-05-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[May 29, 1891] -

At this writing Ben Martin's case for killing Tom Hodge is before the court and will be tried, both sides being ready. []



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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 7, 1891. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-08-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 7, 1891] -

The only trouble in the county on election day was at Crooked Creek precinct where John D. Mullins met his death at the hands of Bill Damerel. It appears that Damerel was drunk and had been noisy around the polls and was displaying his money. Young Mullins, the sheriff of the election, spoke to Damerel and requested him to settle an old debt due Mullins, whereupon Damerel flew into a passion and replied that he would whip out the amount with Mullins. Later when Damerel was flourishing a pistol and making a noise around the polls, Mullins asked him to be quiet. Damerel replied that he would "burn it off in his face." Damerel was persuaded to leave, but before starting away it is said he remarked that he would kill some one before he left the place. He with Jones Durham went to where their horses were hitched and after mounting both began firing their pistols. After the fifth shot young Mullins, who was sitting inside the house where the voting was going on, leaning his head over on one hand was seen to fail from his chair a corpse. Damerel and Durham put spurs to their horses and fled. Several parties pursued them, but others on foot cut across a mountain and headed them off and captured them, bringing them on here to jail that night. Mullins was shot in the center of the nose, the ball passing to the back of the neck and ranged downward, producing instant death. Witnesses say that Durham pointed his pistol downward when he was shooting, and that Damerel took deliberate aim at his victim. Damerel says that he don't know that he shot Mullins, but that if he did it was accidental. The examination trial is set for Friday, when it is thought Durham will be released. Considerable feeling exists int he whole eastern portion of the county over the tragic death of young Mullins, as he was a very popular man and highly esteemed by everyone and a useful citizen. Damerel is not a native of the county but is from East Tennessee, and has been here but a few years. []


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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.   September 13, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-09-13/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 13, 1892] -

The testimony and speeches were finished Saturday at noon in the Dameron case and was then given to the jury, which returned a verdict after five hours consultation, finding the defendant guilty of voluntary manslaughter and fixing his punishment at two years in the "pen." []



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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  September 23, 1892. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-09-23/ed-1/seq-5/

[September 23, 1892] -

Bill Damerel, who got two years at last term of court, was taken to Frankfort last Thursday. Fain, who was given 17 years for killing Jesse Hilton, has taken an appeal. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 25, 1891. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-08-25/ed-1/seq-2/

[August 25, 1891] -

There was a shooting scrape at Pittsburg Saturday night between Deputy Town-Marshal George Gragg and Bill Miller, of that place, in which Miller was slightly wounded in three places. Particulars could not be obtained. []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 28, 1891. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-08-28/ed-1/seq-1/

[August 28, 1891] -

Bill Miller, who was shot by Geo. Gragg Saturday night at Pittsburg, died Monday morning. The wounds were supposed to be slight at the time of the shooting. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 24, 1892. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-05-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 24, 1892] -

George Gragg, formerly of this county, was lodged in jail here Sunday by Sheriff Moren, of Laurel, for safe keeping. He is charged with murder, committed about eight months ago, and since then has been under bail of $3,000. His bondsmen surrendered him at the present term of the circuit court and the case not being ready for trial, he will probably lay in jail here till the fall term. It is suspicioned that the reason he was surrendered was that Gragg hoped to be placed in the London jail from which he could be easily released by his Jellico friends. []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 10, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-10-10/ed-1/seq-1/

[October 10, 1893] -

George Gragg, for killing Wm. Miller at Pittsburg, was given 21 years. Gragg was deputy town marshal at the time of the killing. []






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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 12, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-04-12/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 12, 1898] -

Hamp Gragg, a brother of Craig and George Gragg, who were sent to the penitentiary from Laurel for murder, shot and seriously wounded James Ellison at Pittsburg, and is now in jail at London. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 22, 1891. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-09-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 22, 1891] -

If the reports, which come from Somerset about the killing of Engineer John White of the C. S., by John Catron, a saloon keeper, be true, Judge Lynch might with much propriety resume his operations there. With no apparent provocation whatever, he struck his victim with a stick, knocking him down, and drawing a pistol, shot him as he lay on the floor. The only excuse given for the crime is that Catron was drunk. []



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[] "Brutally Murdered." The Crittenden Press, Marion, KY. September 24, 1891. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069457/1891-09-24/ed-1/seq-1/
2nd col

[September 24, 1891] -

BRUTALLY MURDERED.

A Cincinnati Southern Engineer Shot to Death by a Saloon Keeper.

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 21.-- Another brutal murder was committed in Somerset Friday morning, about 1 o'clock. At that hour John White, a well known and highly respected engineer on the second division of the Cincinnati Southern railroad, entered a grocery store in Somerset to pay a bill of $5.15 that he owed the proprietor. In the store was John Catron, a saloon keeper, of Somerset, who was drunk. He made some insulting remark to White, who resented the same. He then picked up a stick, and struck White a terrible blow, felling him to the floor. He then drew his pistol, and while the unfortunate man was on the floor, shot him three times, producing fatal wounds, from which he died three hours afterwards. White leaves a wife and children, who live in Ohio. []


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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 25, 1891. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1891-09-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[September 25, 1891] -

A dispatch to the Courier-Journal from Crab Orchard says: Two neighboring youths, Frank Bastin and Joe Henry, aged respectively 12 and 19, while on their way to church at Highland became involved in a quarrel as to which should have the empty pint bottle which they had just drained of its liquor, and Bastin drew his pocket-knife and plunged it up to the handle in his companion's side. Henry, it is thought, will die. []





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[] "Acted in Self-Defense." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. December 11, 1891. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[December 11, 1891] -


Acted in Self-Defense.

Somerset, Ky., Dec. 10. -- (Special.) -- Thos. Candler, of this place, was given a preliminary hearing to-day in Judge Denton's court for the killing, last month, of J. P. Brewer, in a saloon fight. After examining thirty witnesses, the court released Candler, as he was justified in his act. []



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Lincoln county? not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 16, 1892. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-02-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 16, 1892] -

The killing of Joe Goode by Green Gentry in Anderson Carr's bar-room, making the second person to be killed there, has raised the question as to whether he is keeping a proper house under his license. An effort was made to have the council recind his license at its last meeting, but it was decided that the proper method of procedure against him was before the county judge on complaint of citizens. Accordingly a warrant was issued returnable before Judge Varnon next Thursday, when proof will be heard on the question of revoking Carr's license. The fact that the killing occurred in his saloon is not of itself proof that he is keeping a disorderly house and that alone is not sufficient to convict him, since it might have occurred anywhere, but it is said that additional proof will be brought forward to sustain the charge. In this connection it would be well also to investigate the other saloons in town. We are told that liquors can be obtained from them  at any time Sunday through private entrances and that there is complaint against them for selling to inebriates, which is expressly forbidden under the law. Let there be a searching investigation and let no one be spared because of race or other reasons. If the saloon men want to have the license law continued, it will stand them in hand to live squarely up to the bonds that they have given. They can do more to make that law odious than all other agencies combined. The law and order men who are not prohibitionists, will be forced to change their opinions as to license, if the safeguards are continually and openly violated. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County."  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 26, 1892. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-02-26/ed-1/seq-7/

[February 26, 1892] -

The notorious Craig Gragg is again in jail. He cut a passenger on the train, Sunday evening, near Pittsburg, and he received a flesh wound in the hip from a pistol. The man cut on the train was named Garrard Thompson. Gragg was out on bond for burglary and this episode caused them to give him up. []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 19, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-04-19/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 19, 1892] -

Detective Anderson, of Somerset, arrived here Sunday evening with the notorious Craig Gragg, who has several times escaped from the jail here. He told the writer he did not expect to be in jail longer than a week this time at the fartherest. []





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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 6, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-05-06/ed-1/seq-1/

[May 6, 1892] -

Five prisoners, led by the notorious Craig Gragg, escaped from the London jail Monday night by prizing out a cross bar of the cage. The following are the names of the parties: Craig Gragg, for robbing the Pittsburgh depot; Enoch Boone, for seducing a girl under 16; Wm. Osby, carrying a pistol; John Parrot and Larkin Cress for selling liquor. Cy Ping, in for selling liquor, got out at the same holes Tuesday night while Jailer Lovell was out hunting the other prisoners. They had smuggled in a crow-bar about 5 1/2 feet long with which they did their work and which they took with them. Craig Gragg is as hard to catch and harder to hold than a flea. []





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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 10, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-05-10/ed-1/seq-1/

[May 10, 1892] -

John Warren was arrested and put in jail last Wednesday, charged with stealing a mule and two hams from some parties near Pittsburgh, and was caught with both in his possession. It is thought he had no intention of keeping the mule, but had taken it to carry the hams home as he lived near. Friday he succeeded in picking a lock in the corridor, next to the sleeping cell that Craig Gragg and others got out of and escaped through the same holes. Dick Harbin and Rowan Hardin gave him a foot race, while Simp Stanifer, who had a horse hitched convenient, also gave him a chase and the trio succeeded in capturing him before he got to the top of cemetery hill and he has since been confined in a sleeping cell. It has been several days since the jail was broken open, and yet the bars have not been mended and even the bricks on the outside wall have not been put in. Both the jailer and the county judge are personal friends of the writer, but that don't keep me from saying that it shows a most willful neglect of duty in not making these necessary repairs. []


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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 7, 1892. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-06-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 7, 1892] -

Another Gragg has been placed in jail to keep the other one's company. Craig Gragg was delivered to Jailer Owens Friday night by Sheriff Moren, of Laurel, charged with robbing the depot at London and malicious wounding. Gragg was originally from this [Lincoln] county and his character does not seem to have improved since he left it, when it was bad enough. He has broken out of the London jail, or been let out, four times. []






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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 9, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-12-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 9, 1892] -

That bad Craig Gragg was sent to the penitentiary for one year at the late circuit court for house breaking. []



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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 5, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-12-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 5, 1893] -

Craig Gragg, who about two months ago returned from a two-years imprisonment in the penitentiary at Frankfort for manslaughter, was shot and mortally wounded in a saloon near Pittsburg by James Smallwood. He was shot in the bowels and died next morning. []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 12, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-12-12/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 12, 1893] -

Craig Gragg is not dead by a great big lots. Although there is a bullet hole clear through his body, he was on the streets of Pittsburg Saturday. When a doctor told him he was certain to die, he replied with the assertion that he "was not going to do any such a blank, blank thing." []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 9, 1896. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-10-09/ed-1/seq-5/

[October 9, 1896] -

FOR TRIAL. -- Deputy Sheriff L. B. McHargue and Deputy Jailer E. W. Moren, of London, came down Wednesday and took back with them for trial Craig and Joe Gragg, who have been in jail here for safe-keeping for 117 days. The former is charged with robbery and the latter with seduction. []





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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 12, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-04-12/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 12, 1898] -

Hamp Gragg, a brother of Craig and George Gragg, who were sent to the penitentiary from Laurel for murder, shot and seriously wounded James Ellison at Pittsburg, and is now in jail at London. []




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[] Excerpt from Column 3. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 6, 1899. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-06-06/ed-1/seq-4/

[June 6, 1899] -

A dispatch from London says that Mrs. Frances Gragg, offers $25 to any man who will arrest her husband, Craig Gragg, a noted criminal. He beat her up and ran away from their home, at Pittsburg. Marshal E. B. Moren and his friend, John Harkleroad, tried to earn the $25, but Gragg got the drop on them with a 45-caliber Colt and made them hunt the high brush. The woman met Gragg while she was visiting the jail one day and fell in love with him. She put up $600 cash as a bond and married him. []





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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 9, 1899. Page 1. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-06-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[June 9, 1899] -

Deputy Marshall G. C. Thompson has captured Craig Gragg, wanted in London, on felony charges. Gragg has served two terms, is desperate and showed fight. If convicted he will go to the penitentiary for life. []





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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 11, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-07-11/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 11, 1899] -

Craig Gragg was captured by a sheriff's posse in Laurel. He cut one or two men. []



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[] "A Bad Man." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 18, 1899. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-07-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 18, 1899] -

A BAD MAN. -- A dispatch from London says Craig Gragg was tried there Friday on several charges. His wife testified against him, told a pitiful story of mistreatment by her husband, and exhibited fearful bruises and wounds on her body that Gragg inflicted two weeks ago. Robert Ridings showed the court ugly gashes in the breast, inflicted by Gragg with a dirk. He testified he didn't know Gragg was mad at him until he was cut. The court held him on various bonds, one for $2,000, to keep the peace. He can't provide bond, and will be sent to Stanford for safe-keeping till the October court.

He was brought here by Sheriff Lee McHargue Sunday and turned over to Jailer DeBord. Gragg is a pretty bad man, judging from his record. It is said that he has served two terms in the penitentiary and the mittimus states that he is held for cutting and wounding with intent to kill for which he is yet to be indicted, that he is already under indictment for housebreaking, for malicious shooting and wounding with intent to kill and for false swearing. There is hardly a doubt that he will go up on one or the other of the charges and then he will cease from troubling. A third sentence to the penitentiary carries a life term with it. Our readers will remember that while he was in jail at London a few months ago, the woman, who now testifies against him, fell in love with him and not only married him but bailed him out of prison. He has led her a merry dance since, though there are those mean enough to say she deserves all the trouble she brought on herself. []




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[] "Five Prisoners Paroled." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. August 23, 1925. Page 6. Genealogybank.com.

[August 23, 1925] -

FIVE PRISONERS PAROLED

Given Leave by State Board of Charities and Corrections

[Special to The Herald]

FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 22. -- Five reformatory prisoners were paroled today by the state board of charities and corrections, as follows:

John Abbott, of Wayne county, housebreaking, three years, February 1924; Robert Fugate, of Mason county, attempted rape, five to 20 years; October 1913; Craig Gragg, of Whitley county, detaining a female, and previous conviction, life, November 1907; John S. Hall, of Pike county, forgery, four years, June 1923; and W. E. Hawthorne, of Fayette county, obtaining signature of another by false pretenses, five year, June 1920. []




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murder case?

[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 18, 1892. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-03-18/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 18, 1892] -

George C. Thompson, who has been confined in jail here since last circuit court awaiting the action of the court of appeals in his case, in which he was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary, has had his case reversed again and will in a few days be a free man again, until next circuit court anyway. There will be no trouble for him to give any amount of bond required. []





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[] "A $3 Murder." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 26, 1892. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[March 26, 1892] -


A $3 Murder.

Robert Eldridge, a Butcher, Kills Jesse Davies At Somerset.

A Small Meat Bill Owed By the Victim Causes the Tragedy.

Somerset, Ky., March 25. -- (Special.) -- Jesse Davies was shot and killed by Robert Eldridge, a butcher in the store of B. V. Grinstead, at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon. Eldridge walked in and bought a plug of tobacco. He met Davies near the front and they began to quarrel. Suddenly Eldridge drew a pistol and fired four times at Davies, who fell to the floor, where he died almost immediately.

Three of the four shots struck him, one in the wrist, one in the temple, and the last, which was fired after he fell, penetrated to the heart. Doctors Perkins and Owens were called, but when they arrived Davies was dead. Davies and Eldridge have had trouble over a meat bill of $3, and it was that which caused the killing. Davies had no regular employment, but worked at odd jobs. He was shiftless, but not of a quarrelsome disposition.

The victim was thirty years of age and the son of D. A. Davies, a prominent pension attorney of this place. He leaves a wife and four small children in poor circumstances. Eldridge is a son-in-law of his business partner, John Babbitt, and has only resided at this place about six months, having come from the Flat Lick country, nine miles east of this place. Eldridge has been looked upon as a hot tempered, dangerous man, but this is the first trouble he has ever been connected with. He is about thirty years of age, is married and has two small children. []



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[] "Jesse Davis Killed." Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH. March 26, 1892. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.

[March 26, 1892] -

Jesse Davis Killed.

SOMERSET, Ky., March 26, -- [Special.] -- Last night Robert Eldridge shot and killed Jesse Davis, son of a well-known pension attorney. Davis was shot in the arm, temple and heart. The trouble occurred in Eldridge's butcher shop over a bill of $8 which Davis owed for meat. After the shooting Eldridge surrendered. []


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[] "Somerset's Last Tragedy." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 27, 1892. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[March 27, 1892] -


SOMERSET'S LAST TRAGEDY.

A Coroner's Jury Views the Body of Jesse Davies--The Jail Guarded.

Somerset, Ky., March 26. -- (Special.) -- The Coroner's jury, after viewing the remains Jesse Davies, the victim of yesterday's tragedy, returned a verdict on the statement of Eldridge without hearing the testimony that Davies came to his death by a pistol shot fired by Eldridge. The examination trial was set for 3 o'clock this afternoon on before Mayor James L. Colyer, but was postponed on account of the absence of County Judge George Shadoan until Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Large crowds came to town from Eldridge's old neighborhood, and Chief of Police J. C. Anderson and Sheriff L. Denton put extra officers on duty to guard the jail.

Eldridge came to Somerset from the Gilliland vicinity, and while he has not been immediately connected with their misdeeds still he has sympathy from that quarter. []



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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 1, 1892. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-04-01/ed-1/seq-4/

[April 1, 1892] -

The examining trial of Robert Eldridge, for the killing of Jesse Davies, was held in Somerset, and Eldridge was held over for the grand jury in $1,000 bond. []


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[] "Indicted for Manslaughter." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 27, 1892. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[April 27, 1892] -


Indicted For Manslaughter.

Somerset, Ky., April 26. -- (Special.) -- The grand jury to-day found a true bill against Robert Eldridge for manslaughter. Eldridge shot and killed Jesse Davis at this place May 8, over a dispute about a meat bill. Eldridge's trial is set for Wednesday. []



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[] "A Murderer Brought Back." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. June 1, 1892. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[June 1, 1892] -


A Murderer Brought Back.

Somerset, Ky., May 31. -- (Special.) -- T. R. Griffin, railroad detective for the Cincinnati Southern railroad at this place, arrived here to-day with Yellow Hammer, alias Charles Aklen, one of the most desperate negro characters in this part of Kentucky. Aklen was captured at Kingston, Tenn. He is brought back for the murder of Hiram Taylor, last February, at tunnel, No. 7, a few miles below this place. []


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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 3, 1892. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-06-03/ed-1/seq-4/

[June 3, 1892] -

Charles Atkin, who is wanted at Somerset for the murder of Hiram Taylor, has been arrested in Tennessee and taken back to Somerset. []


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[] Excerpt from Column 2. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  April 4, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-04-04/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 4, 1893] -

Yellow Hammer Ackles 21 years for the murder of John Taylor by the Somerset court. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 3, 1892. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-06-03/ed-1/seq-5/

[June 3, 1892] -

WAIVED. -- West King, who killed Frank Fish at Crab Orchard, waived an examination when his case was called Wednesday and he was held in $1,500 bail to circuit court. Of course he will not be able to give it. The mitigating circumstances are that Fish drew a pistol on him in the afternoon and when King told him he was not armed, said: "Go and arm yourself, I intend to kill you." King went home and got his pistol and returning told Fish he was ready for him, at the same time opening fire. Fish's pistol wouldn't work and King got in his work on the fifth fire. []





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[] "Caused by an Ancient Grudge." Cleveland Leader, Cleveland, OH. October 23, 1892. Page 7. Genealogybank.com.

[October 23, 1892] -

Caused by an Ancient Grudge.

CINCINNATI, October 22. -- An Enquirer special from Somerset, Ky., says that at 10 o'clock this forenoon at Greenwood, Pulaski county, Ky., Jim Patterson and Joe Haines quarreled and resorted at once to firearms. Haines fired the first two shots from his revolver. Both missed Patterson, but one bullet killed a Negro, name unknown, and the other wounded Mr. Weatherford, station agent of the Cincinnati Southern Railway, in the shoulder, but not fatally. Patterson immediately, with one shot from a Winchester rifle, killed Haines and then surrendered to the officers. The result of this is two men killed and one badly wounded. The cause is an ancient grudge. []


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[] "A Peacemaker Killed." Plaindealer, Detroit, MI. October 28, 1892. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[October 28, 1892] -

A Peacemaker Killed.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 22. -- A shooting affray occurred at Greenwood, twelve miles South of the Cumberland river, and which is a considerable mining town, this morning about 10:00 o'clock. Chas. Haynes and Lucien Patterson have had an old grudge at one another for a long time, and this morning they concluded to shoot it out. Haynes drew his pistol and attempted to shoot Patterson, but an Afro-American named John Jewett tried to part them, when he was shot through and through and killed instantly. The agent, Mr. Weatherford, was also accidentally shot in the breast, but his wound is not necessarily fatal and he will recover. Patterson then shot with a Winchester rifle and instantly killed Haynes. It is said that Patterson acted in self-defense. []



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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 24, 1894. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-04-24/ed-1/seq-2/

[April 24, 1894] -

Lucien Patterson was given two years at Somerset for the murder of Charles Hines at Greenwood. []




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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 13, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-09-13/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 13, 1892] -

Mr. Bruce Wilmot died at Brodhead Friday morning from the effects of the gun shot wound received at the hands of Joe Howard. He was buried Saturday by the Masons. He was popular throughout the county and his death is deeply deplored by every one. It was one of the longest funeral processions ever seen hereabouts. []





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accidental?

[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 4, 1892. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-11-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 4, 1892] -

Monday on Brush creek, this county, Bill Hubbard, while sitting at dinner, was shot and instantly killed. Whether the killing was accidental or not is not known. It is said Dr. Hunly and Tom Bowles were at the house of Hubbard and were drinking and firing off their pistols while sitting out on the porch and a ball from one of their weapons passed through the board partition of the house, striking him in the neck. All are Jackson county men. No arrests. []




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Pulaski

[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 20, 1892. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-12-20/ed-1/seq-4/

[December 20, 1892] -

Mrs. Eveline Burdine is in jail at Somerset charged with the murder of Joseph Arthur. She claims that Arthur was attempting to gain admittance to her room and that she killed him in self defense. []




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[December 9, 1892] -


[Laurel County] Grand jury returned 92 indictments, 18 of which were for concealed weapons, 36 for liquor, 4 for grand larceny and one for murder -- Patton Whitley for killing Augustus Fogle, a woman, both colored. [1]




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[April 27, 1894] -


R. C. Scobee, sheriff of Clark county, brought Patton Whitley, colored, here [London] Monday.  He killed his wife at East Bernstadt about two years ago.  Jas. W. Moran took him to the Stanford jail Tuesday for safe keeping, and says he is the toughest customer he has had in his charge for many years. [2]




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[May 3, 1894] -


A Tough Negro.


On information from London, Laurel county, Sheriff Scobee and Deputy Stokely went out to Rankin station on the K. C. railroad, Sunday evening, and arrested a negro known here as Jack Williams.  His right name is Pate Whitley.  About eighteen months ago he killed a negro woman in Laurel county, and has since been a fugitive from justice.  He had been in this county about a year.  He is a desperate character and was not taken without difficulty.  At first he started to run, and the sheriff and his deputy fired eleven shots at him, one ball striking him in the back of the head and glancing upward.  The negro fired three or four shots in return without effect, and then surrendered.  Sheriff Scobee took him to London Monday. -- Winchester Sun. [3]



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[May 29, 1894] -

There were 71 indictments returned this court, of this number 19 were for concealed weapons and 14 for selling liquor.  Indictments for murder were made against Alex and Sim Tuttle, for killing young Williams; Pate Whitley, for killing a colored woman a few years ago; Wm. Stott, for killing John Collins at Lily; Robert Jackson, for killing Ed. Chestnut; Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack and C. Godsey, were indicted for manslaughter.  This was for shooting the negro, John Ely, who was trying to make his escape while under arrest.  Wm. Harkleroads, Jr., was indicted for manslaughter for shooting Bob Dees, about a year ago.  Sam Broughton, of near Hazel Patch, was indicted for incest.  The only murder that has been tried this court was against Pate Whitley and he was sent up for 16 years.  This is the only conviction.  Several visiting attorneys are present. [4] 


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[1] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 9, 1892. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-12-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 27, 1894. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-04-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[3] "A Tough Negro." Hazel Green Herald, Hazel Green, KY. May 3, 1894. Page 11. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063242/1894-05-03/ed-1/seq-11/

[4] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 29, 1894. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-05-29/ed-1/seq-3/

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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 27, 1893. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-01-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 27, 1893] -


Near Somerset, at the Barren Fork coal mines, John and Jim Ledford shot and killed a negro named Luck Sutton. The shooting was the result of a drunken row. []



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[] Excerpt from "Personal." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. February 27, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1893-02-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 27, 1893] -

Governor Brown will pay $100 for the arrest of James and John Ledford, who are charged with murder in Pulaski county. []



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Laurel. 1893.

[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 29, 1894. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-05-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[May 29, 1894] -

There were 71 indictments returned this court, of this number 19 were for concealed weapons and 14 for selling liquor.  Indictments for murder were made against Alex and Sim Tuttle, for killing young Williams; Pate Whitley, for killing a colored woman a few years ago; Wm. Stott, for killing John Collins at Lily; Robert Jackson, for killing Ed. Chestnut; Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack and C. Godsey, were indicted for manslaughter.  This was for shooting the negro, John Ely, who was trying to make his escape while under arrest.  Wm. Harkleroads, Jr., was indicted for manslaughter for shooting Bob Dees, about a year ago.  Sam Broughton, of near Hazel Patch, was indicted for incest.  The only murder that has been tried this court was against Pate Whitley and he was sent up for 16 years.  This is the only conviction.  Several visiting attorneys are present. [] 



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Pulaski.

[] "Murder Confessed." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 27, 1893. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[April 27, 1893] -

MURDER CONFESSED.

William Neeley Says He and Four Others Killed Gilson New.

Somerset, Ky., April 26. -- (Special.) -- Seven weeks ago the body of Gilson New was found floating in the south fork of the Cumberland river, about twenty-five miles south of this place. The Coroner's inquest brought to light the fact that New had been the victim of foul play, but no clew could be found, and the New murder case was filed away as a mystery which in all probability would never be solved.

Yesterday William Neeley, who resides near where New's body was found, was arrested in Wayne county for breaking into Leo Dolson's store. He was taken to Monticello and placed in the county jail at that place. The arrest was made by Sheriff John Duncan.

Last night Neeley sent for Sheriff Duncan and made a statement to him which, if true, will clear up the mystery surrounding the Gilson New murder. Neeley says that Tom Tucker, Sam Young, Mose and Jerry Morrow and himself killed Nwe and threw the body into the Cumberland river. The statement caused no end of excitement at Monticello and at New's home.

Neeley says that New was killed to keep him from implicating Mason and John Johnson for the killing of Joseph Keith at Greenwood, this county, seven months ago, for which John Johnson was sent to the penitentiary for a term of two years, and Mason is yet to be tried. The case will be thoroughly investigated by the authorities at this place and the criminals brought to justice. The gang is a desperate one. []



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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 28, 1893. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-04-28/ed-1/seq-4/

[April 28, 1893] -

Wm. Neeley, who is in jail at Monticello for house breaking, says he saw Tom Tucker, Sam Young and Mose and Jerry Morrow kill Gilson New and throw his body into the Cumberland river. The murder has been a mystery. Neeley says that New was killed to keep him from implicating Mason and John Johnson for the killing of Joseph Kieth at Greenwood seven months ago, for which John Johnson was sent to the penitentiary for two years and Mason is yet to be tried. []





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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 12, 1893. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-05-12/ed-1/seq-4/

[May 12, 1893] -

Thomas Tucker, Sam Young and Mose Morrow, charged with killing Gilson New, were bound over to the grand jury in Pulaski in the sum of $3,000 each. It is alleged that the men were paid $180 to kill New. []




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[] "On Trial For His Life." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. June 30, 1894. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[June 30, 1894] -

On Trial For His Life.

Somerset, Ky., June 29. -- (Special.) -- Jerry Morrow, charged with killing Jilts New, and throwing his body into the Cumberland river, is now on trial in the Circuit Court. The crime was committed about two years ago, and at the time created no little excitement. Morrow was tried once before, which resulted in a hung jury. Considerable interest is being manifested in the trial. []



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[] "His Third Trial For Murder." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 1, 1894. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[November 1, 1894] -

His Third Trial For Murder.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 31. -- (Special.) -- Jerry Morrow, charged with the murder of Jils New, is on trial at this place. Jils New disappeared some two years ago, and was found about two weeks after his disappearance floating in the Cumberland river. Marks of violence were found on him, and circumstances pointed to Jerry Morrow as his murderer. Morrow was arrested and this is his third trial, the last two juries having failed to agree. Morrow is a notorious character and has been dreaded for many years in his neighborhood. []



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[March 1895] -

Jerry Morrow is killed during an attempted train robbery near Greenwood, KY. See Somerset Mayor T. R. Griffin Helps Foil Train Robbery Attempt, Pulaski, 1895 for more information.


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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 26, 1893. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-05-26/ed-1/seq-4/

[May 26, 1893] -

The case against Robt. Cook, charged with murder was dismissed on peremptory instructions of the judge. It will be remembered that Miss Burnett, of the Scaffold Cane neighborhood, committed suicide about a year since. Young Cook was charged with having furnished her with the poison with which she took her life and a grand jury returned an indictment last September. []




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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 23, 1893. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-05-23/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 23, 1893] -

Miss Mary Hardwick, of Science Hill, was shot by unknown parties and placed on a freight train. []




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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 30, 1893. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-05-30/ed-1/seq-2/

[May 30, 1893] -

Mike Lynch has been named by the coroner's jury at Somerset as the murderer of Mary Hardwick, who was mysteriously shot a week ago. Lynch is a railroad section boss and the woman was of bad reputation. []



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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 27, 1893. Page 3. LOC.

[June 27, 1893] -

Mack Ferrell was sentenced Saturday. Judge Saufley asked him if he had anything to say why he should not pass sentence and his response was, "I am not satisfied with my trial." The sentence was then passed on him in a few words and was that he be confined at hard labor in the penitentiary for the period of his natural life. It was suspended, however, for 60 days pending an appeal from the lower court, which refused a new trial. There was no appreciable change in the prisoner's countenance during the sentence. He either has great hope or does not realize the gravity of his position. []





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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 4, 1893. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-07-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 4, 1893] -

Another killing has been added to Lincoln county's distressingly long list and from what we can gather it is a most horrible case of murder. Ike Helm, a well-behaved colored man, was shot and killed by Odie Paul, at McKinney, Saturday evening about 5 o'clock. Paul and a painter named Perry hired a horse and buggy from McAfee & Alford, for which firm Helm worked, and they had driven it very rapidly from Hustonville. Helm remarked that the horse was nearly dead and that they ought not to have driven so rapidly. Perry said that Paul did the driving and that he could see him about it. Helm continued to talk about the horse's condition and Perry says he started at him with a knife, when he, Perry, knocked him down with a chair, making an ugly cut in the forehead and badly fracturing his skull. Mr. William Marksburg, who stays at the stable, seeing that Perry would hurt Helm, pushed him down and out of the way. Paul, who had had nothing to say up to this time, remarked to Helm, "Probably you want to say something to me about the horse." Helm's answer was, "All I've got to say is the horse has been driven almost to death." Paul, with an oath, pulled his 44 Colt's revolver and shot Helm in the left breast, near the heart, from the effects of which he died in less than an hour. Paul, realizing what he had done, took to his heels across a field and thence to the knobs, with a party of citizens close after him. He paid no attention to their "halts," but continued to run, when Joe Carson fired his pistol at him. Even at this he gave only a glance and continued to leave the scene of his awful crime. It was reported here that he had been traced to John Paul's, on Green river, and that the house was guarded while reinforcements were sent for, but he escaped some way and is still at large. Perry was brought to jail here Saturday night by W. M. McAfee and "Dutch" Singleton and will be held till Paul is caught and tried. He is a painter, as has been stated, and claims Charleston, S.C., as his home. Both Paul and Perry were drinking and Perry states that he gave Helm a couple of drinks during the day. If Paul and Helm had had any trouble prior to the killing it is not known. Paul is 25, dark skin and eyes and is about 6 feet tall and was married about a year ago to a Miss Huston, of the West End. Helm was a married man about 30 and leaves besides a wife, several little children. []



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[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 7, 1893. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-07-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 7, 1893] -

STILL A FUGITIVE. -- Odie Paul, the man who shot Ike Helm at McKinney, an account of which was published in our last issue, is still at large, the efforts of the sheriff and others to apprehend him proving futile. Judge Varnon yesterday applied to the governor to offer a reward for Paul. Perry, who was with Paul at the time of the killing and who is alleged to have fractured Helm's skull with a chair before he was shot, will have his examining trial to-morrow. He is now in jail. []





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[] "To Answer For Murder." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. June 26, 1893. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[June 26, 1893] -


TO ANSWER FOR MURDER.

Three Men Held For Killing Andrew Dolson Near Somerset.

Somerset, Ky., June 25. -- (Special.) -- Yesterday before County Judge James Denlin, Seth Mofield, Sanford Orwin and Beinger Dye were held over to the grand jury without bail for the murder of Andrew Dolson, which occurred the 11th inst. John Dye, Fount Mofield Jr., Thomas Mofield, and Elisha Mofield were held over in the sum of $500 bail as accessories to the killing. The accused are charged with calling Andrew Dolson to his door and shooting him down. Dolson resided about eleven miles west of this place, and was a cousin of the accused. The trial yesterday created some excitement, as the accused all bear good reputations. []


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[] Excerpt from Column 3. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 27, 1893. Page 1. LOC.

[June 27, 1893] -

Three men have been held for the grand jury without bail and four others placed under bond, charged with killing Andrew Dolson in Pulaski county. []



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[] "Lack of Evidence." Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH. November 11, 1893. Page 6. Genealogybank.com.

[November 11, 1893] -

LACK OF EVIDENCE.

Grand Jury Ordered to Ignore a Murder Case.

SOMERSET, KY., Nov 11. -- [Special.] -- In the Circuit Court here this morning Judge Morrow ordered the jury to find Seth Mofield and others not guilty of the murder of Andy Dodson. The evidence was purely circumstantial. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 7, 1893. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-07-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 7, 1893] -

ONLY THREE KILLED. --  Whisky and pistols are a bad pair to draw on any occasion, especially on the 4th of July when patriotism and the temperature are both at red heat. At a celebration near Woodbine, Tuesday, John Marsee, James Francis and Dempsey Smith, were killed in a row. Joel Mitchell, who is still thought to have done the killing, is still at large. []





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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 25, 1893. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-08-25/ed-1/seq-5/

[August 25, 1893] -

Robert Eldridge, who shot John Brinkley in the most cowardly manner at the 4th of July picnic near Mt. Vernon, was captured by Sheriff Watson, of Pulaski, but escaped. The dead man was a cousin of M. F. Brinkley, the drummer, who is using every effort to bring Eldridge to justice. []





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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 25, 1893. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-08-25/ed-1/seq-5/

[August 25, 1893] -

Ross Dutton, a bad man from the head waters of Bitter Creek, in Pulaski, was registered at Jailer Owens' hotel Tuesday night. Mr. Dutton was en route to Williamsburg to answer numerous and sundry charges that the grand jury there had seen fit to bring against him. Deputy Sheriff M. E. Barnett kindly came along with Mr. Dutton to keep him company and see that the trip was made in safety. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 25, 1893. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-08-25/ed-1/seq-5/

[August 25, 1893] -

T. S. Farris, deputy sheriff of Garrard, was here Wednesday night to get 50 jurors in the Canon Roberts murder case. It will be remembered that he killed the deputy jailer of Madison when he was after his brother for a misdemeanor. []




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[] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 20, 1893. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-10-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[October 20, 1893] -

W. S. Baxter for killing his uncle, John Baxter, was given 21 years. []


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[] "Jeff Arnold's Wound Proves Fatal." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 26, 1893. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[October 26, 1893] -


Jeff Arnold's Wound Proves Fatal.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 25. -- (Special.) -- Jeff Arnold, who was shot several days ago by Jim Ramey and Jess Bullock, died at his home, near Line Creek, last night. Ramey gave himself up to the Sheriff at this place today and is at present under guard. Bullock is still at large. The killing was the outcome of a quarrel. []



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[] Excerpt from "." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. October 27, 1893. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1893-10-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[October 27, 1893] -

Jeff Arnold died from wounds inflicted by James Ramey and Jesse Bullock at his home near Somerset. []




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[] "A Son's Revenge." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 28, 1893. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[November 28, 1893] -


A Son's Revenge.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 27. -- (Special.) -- Dolly Maize [Dooly Mize?] and Robert Sears, of Dallas, this county, became involved in a quarrel yesterday, when Maize shot Sears through the brain, inflicting a serious wound, John Sears, a son of Robert Sears, the wounded man, hunted up Maize and shot him, inflicting a flesh wound. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 28, 1893. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-11-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 28, 1893] -

Marshall Newland got a dispatch yesterday from Judge G. W. McClure, county attorney of Rockcastle, to arrest Dooley Mize, 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches, 135 pounds, light hair and red complexion, on a charge of murder committed in Pulaski. The marshal searched all the trains yesterday and kept his eye skinned for the man, but failed to catch him. []




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[] "Shooting at Somerset." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 9, 1893. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[October 9, 1893] -


SHOOTING AT SOMERSET.

Freight Conductor Trainham Mortally Wounded in His Caboose.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 8. -- (Special.) -- Late last night, as freight train No. 30 was about to start south and while Conductor S. D. Trainham, aged thirty, was checking up his train, James Crews, of this place, an ex-brakeman, entered the caboose and asked Trainham to take a drink, which offer Trainham refused, after which Crews asked Trainham to go with him. This Trainham also refused to do, and Crews drew his pistol and shot Trainham in the abdomen. Trainham was taken to his home, and is hourly expected to die. Crews was at once arrested and lodged in jail.

Trainham came here three years ago from Virginia, about one year ago married a Miss Smith, of this place. They have one child. Crews is a bad man when in liquor, and has been connected with several bad affrays. Crews denies that he purposely shot Trainham, and says it was an accident. His story is not believed. Trainham states that he and Crews have never had any trouble. Trainham is sinking rapidly, and can not survive the night. []



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[] "Jim Crews a Murderer." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 10, 1893. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[October 10, 1893] -


Jim Crews a Murderer.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 9. -- (Special.) -- E. D. Trawham, the freight conductor shot at this place Saturday night by Jim Crews, died late last night from the effect of his wounds. Trawham was very popular here, and his death is regretted. Crews, his slayer, is still in jail at this place. Much indignation is expressed against Crews, who will no doubt be given the limit of the law. []



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[] "Jim Crews' Victim Buried." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 11, 1893. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[October 11, 1893] -

Jim Crews' Victim Buried.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 10. -- (Special.) -- The funeral services of E. D. Trainham were held at the Baptist church at this at this place to-day at 3 p.m. His slayer, Jim Crews, is still in jail. The feeling here against Crews is intense. Trainham was buried with Masonic honors, having been a member of that order at this place. []



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[] "Jim Crews Bound Over." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. October 13, 1893. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[October 13, 1893] -


Jim Crews Bound Over.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 12. -- (Special.) -- Jim Crews, who killed Conductor E. B. Trainham, at this place last Saturday night, was yesterday bound over to appear before the grand jury by Judge James Denton, of this place. []



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[] "Trial of Jim Crews." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 14, 1893. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[November 14, 1893] -


Trial of Jim Crews.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 13. -- (Special.) -- The trial of Jim Crews for the murder of Ed Trainham is in progress here, and is attracting much attention. Crews shot Trainham in his caboose on the Cincinnati Southern railroad at this place about six weeks ago. Crews' defense is insanity. []



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[] "Jim Crews Escapes the Gallows." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 15, 1893. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[November 15, 1893] -


Jim Crews Escaped the Gallows.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 14. -- (Special.) -- Jim Crews, who murdered Ed Trainham, was to-day found guilty and sentenced to twenty-one years in the penitentiary. Considering the crime, the sentence is thought to be a light one. []



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[] "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 17, 1893. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-11-17/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 17, 1893] -

At Somerset, Jim Crews, for the murder of Ed Trainham, was given 21 years instead of having his neck broken as he deserved. []




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[] Excerpt from "Personal Points." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 29, 1893. Page 5. LOC.

[September 29, 1893] -

Judge T. Z. Morrow was on yesterday's train returning to Somerset from his court at Mt. Vernon. He barely had time to sentence the negroes who killed the peddler, for life, and catch the train, after the verdict was rendered. []



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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 28, 1893. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1893-11-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 28, 1893] -

Al Berry, the negro the Rockcastle jury let off with a life sentence for robbing and murdering a peddler, who escaped from the penitentiary, was captured in a straw rick and returned to prison. He escaped by scaling the wall and on being asked how he made his way over it, requested that the officers take him out and let him give an exhibition. He was taken to the perpendicular wall and ascended it to the top with the rapidity of a squirrel. The officers of the penitentiary are talking of making Berry a present of a medal. []






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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 27, 1894. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-02-27/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 27, 1894] -

The Richmond Register explains why James Todd, who was killed by Aurelius Dunn, went by the name of Brown. With a party from Berea, where he was born, he went to Jackson county and became involved in a difficulty. He was arrested and held to the circuit court, but jumped his bail and skipped to Pine Hill, thence to Somerset and finally located near McKinney, in Lincoln county, where he went by the name of James Brown, and was married under that name to a woman who bore him seven children and with whom he was living at the time of his death. His full name was James Brown Todd. []





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[] "Terrible Charge Against a Farmer." The Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. April 16, 1894. Page 3. LOC.

[April 16, 1894] -


Terrible Charge Against a Farmer.

DANVILLE, Ky., April 16. -- John Greenarch, a well-known farmer of Pulaski county, has been arrested and jailed at Jamestown to await trial on the charge of having poisoned his wife in order to be free to marry another woman, with whom he was infatuated. Mrs. Greenarch died several weeks ago without having had medical attention. Suspicion was aroused, the body disinterred, and a post-mortem examination held, which showed unmistakably that the woman had been poisoned. Greenarch ran off with the other woman a few days after his wife's death. []


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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 17, 1894. Page 2. LOC.

[April 17, 1894] -

The Columbia Spector says that John Greenarch, of Pulaski, is in jail at Jamestown for poisoning his wife to marry another woman, whom he was eloping with when apprehended. []




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[] Excerpt from "Mt.Vernon, Rockcastle County. The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 1, 1894. Page 1. LOC.

[June 1, 1894] -

The trial of Bill Newcum for the murder of Mrs. Burk is in progress to day, Thursday. []



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Sept. 23, 1894. Lincoln. not on timeline

[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 1, 1895. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-03-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 1, 1895] -

Circuit Court. -- The trial of Will Hale for the murder of George Pennington, for which a jury was being obtained at our last report, began Tuesday morning, the remainder of the jury being obtained out of the 35 men summoned for the purpose. The panel was as follows: John Dinwiddie, Perry White, B. F. Dalton, James G. Gooch, Lee F. Stone, J. T. Jones, Richard Bibb, G. W. Carter, Wm. Stone, W. P. Carson, Sim Perkins and S. M. Helm. The accused was represented by W. H. Miller and Harvey Helm, while J. S. Owsley, Jr., and J. B. Paxton protected the interests of the Commonwealth.

It took until Wednesday afternoon to present all the evidence. The case was tried at the last term of the court and resulted in a hung jury. It will be remembered that the killing occurred on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1894. Pennington was enamored with Mrs. Stamper, a grass widow, and daughter of Wilson Adams. He had been paying her devoted court, much against the wishes of Mr. Adams and when he went to his house on the fatal Sunday morning, he was ordered away by the old man. He left and securing an old  gun was returning, when Hale, who is a son-in-law of Adams, intercepted him and shot him after, he claims, Pennington had shot at him twice. Pennington's dying statement was, however, that he told Hale that his gun had gone off accidentally and not to shoot him as he had nothing against him. The intimacy between the dead man and Mrs. Stamper, who is quite fair to look upon, was proved by love letters from her to him, which were of the most gushing and loving nature. In one of them appears this beautiful and ornate couplet:

Sweet is the man who reads these lines,
How I wish all that sweetness was mines.

During the reading of the letters, Mrs. Stamper sat unmoved and with the utmost nonchalance helped Mr. Owsley to decipher the productions.

After each of the lawyers had made speeches, all of which were complimented, that of Mr. Owsley, being especially praised by the family of the dead man, the case was given to the jury at 3:40 yesterday afternoon.

The jury had not agreed at 5 o'clock and Judge Saufley held them till this morning.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hommel's bond for the appearance of her son, Albert Hommel, which was declared forfeited at the last term of the court, was found to be irregular and proceedings against her dismissed. Albert has not yet shown up. The grand jury has adjourned until Monday, without making any of its works public.

Judge R. J. Breckinridge, Danville, Col. W. O. Bradley and Capt. William Herndon, Lancaster, and Casper C. Williams, Mt. Vernon, are among the visiting attorneys. []



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[] "Boy Killed Over a Game of Marbles." Hazel Green Herald, Hazel Green, KY. June 6, 1895. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063242/1895-06-06/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 6, 1895] -


Boy Killed Over a Game of Marbles.

At Woodstock, a small place 18 miles from Somerset, Ky., J. J. Thompson and Arthur Todd became involved in a quarrel, when Todd stabbed Thompson in the throat, causing a mortal wound. Thompson lived but a short time after the cutting. Thompson was eighteen years of age and the son of Magistrate John Thompson. Todd is also eighteen years of age and is well connected. The trouble is supposed to have originated over a game of marbles which the boys were playing. Arthur Todd is in the Pulaski county jail and will be given an examining trial before Judge W. M. Catron Saturday. []


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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 16, 1895. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-07-16/ed-1/seq-5/

[July 16, 1895] -

Arthur Todd, who stabbed young Marion Thompson to death at a singing school near Woodstock a couple of weeks ago, was tried at Somerset last week and given 10 years in the penitentiary. Todd is only 16 years old while Thompson was a year his junior. []



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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 18, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-06-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 18, 1895] -

SAVED HIS NECK.  -- Lewis Rector, an ex-convict and notorious horse thief, was lodged in jail at London and Friday night a mob of about 60 men took him out to hang him. They placed a rope around his neck and started to carry out their designs, when the fellow promised to give a big snap away if he were permitted to live. His plea was granted and he made some startling revelations, implicating men who had never before been suspicioned. []





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[] Excerpt from "Kentucky." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. July 1, 1895. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1895-07-01/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 1, 1895] -


Shot From Ambush.

SOMERSET, Ky., July 1. -- W. J. Adkins, residing about 15 miles northeast of here, was shot from ambush near his home, the wound proving fatal. Adkins has been a terror to the eastern part of the county for several years. He leaves a family and several children. []


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[] Excerpt "Of a Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 16, 1895. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-07-16/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 16, 1895] -

Will Jesse Adkins, who was shot from ambush in Pulaski county a short time ago, will probably die of his wounds without revealing the identity of his assassin. []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 16, 1895. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-07-16/ed-1/seq-5/

[July 16, 1895] -

When Louis Coffey, a young man of 19, attempted to reach the house of Isaac Burnett, near Monticello, to get his daughter to elope with him, he was discovered by Mr. Burnett, who charged him with doing so. Coffey called him a liar and as Burnett approached him drew a pistol. Burnett grabbed for the weapon, which was discharged both balls taking effect in Burnett's body from the effects of which he died after several days suffering. Coffey gave himself up and is now in jail. Burnett was 45 years of age and a highly respected citizens. Coffey's reputation is not so good. He was very much dejected, until he received a message from the girl, who is but 13 years of age, that she would go with him as soon as he got out of jail. []


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[] Excerpt from "Of a Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 19, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-07-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 19, 1895] -

Louis Coffey has been bound over in the sum of $600 to the Circuit Court to be tried for the killing of Isaac Burnett at Monticello, July 8. []



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[] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 19, 1895. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-07-19/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 19, 1895] -

Mrs. Nancy Slavens, was murdered and robbed at her home in Wayne county. Some of her grand-children are suspected of the crime. []



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[] Excerpt from "Of A Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 9, 1895. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-08-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[August 9, 1895] -

Andrew Slavens and his three sons have been arrested in Scott county, Tenn., and returned to Monticello, Ky., charged with murdering and robbing Mrs. Nancy Slavens. []




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[] "Another Killing in Pulaski." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. September 17, 1895. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[September 17, 1895] -

Another Killing In Pulaski.

Somerset, Ky., Sept, 16. -- (Special.) -- A man named Estes shot and killed a young man named Singleton at Eubanks, fifteen miles north of here, Saturday night. Singleton was drinking and raising a row. Estes is now in jail here. []



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osborn, osbourn, osbourne, osborne, southerland, sutherland, sotherland

[] Excerpt from "Of A Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 21, 1896. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-02-21/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 21, 1896] -

At Pittsburg, Wm. Southerland shot and killed William Osborn. Osborn was drunk. Southerland was arrested and taken to London, where he was given an examining trial and allowed bail in the sum of $4,000. [] 




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[] Excerpt from "Somewhat Local." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 10, 1896. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-07-10/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 10, 1896] -

Near Norwood, Ky., E. M. Smock was found dead on the railroad track. His head had been cut off. Shell Sutherland and Ansel Wilson have been arrested at Cynthiana, charged with the murder. []





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[] "Just Left the Pen." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. August 11, 1896. Page 4. Genealogybank.com.

[August 11, 1896] -

John Gruarch, who is now confined in [Somerset] jail charged with murder, []




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[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  February 9, 1897. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1897-02-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 9, 1897] -

A man named Litteral was arrested at Corbin for the murder of George Baker last summer. Baker was killed and his body placed on the track and run over by a train. while drunk a few days ago Litteral and his wife quarreled. His wife then told that he was the murderer of Baker. He was placed in jail at London. []




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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  February 19, 1897. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1897-02-19/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 19, 1897] -

The grand jury failed to find indictment against G. A. Parker for killing his father. []


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[] Excerpt form "More Pardons." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. June 29, 1897. Page 3. Genealogybank.com.

[June 29, 1897] -

Inspector Lester left for Somerset, where he goes as attorney for Decker Perkins, on trial on a charge of murder. []


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[] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, Ky. April 5, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-04-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 5, 1898] -

The jury in the case of John Satterfield for killing Tom Smith in Pulaski failed to make a verdict after being out three days.  Six were for acquittal and six for two years.  Decker Perkins for killing John Holloway was acquitted. []


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[] Excerpt from "Somerset."  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 7, 1897. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1897-09-07/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 7, 1897] -

George Roberts, charged with killing his nephew at Cumberland Falls a few nights ago, was arraigned before Judge Catron Saturday, but the case was continued for lack of witnesses. General opinion is that the deed was done in self-defense. []



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"Henry Burton." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. December 4, 1897. Page 3. Genealogybank.com.

[December 4, 1897] -

HENRY BURTON

KILLS JOHN SMITH--FATAL TERMINATION OF A QUARREL IN PULASKI COUNTY.

Somerset, Ky., Dec. 3.-- Henry Clay Burton killed John Smith at the home of Mac Smith, on Cumberland river, in the edge of Wayne county, last night about 6 o'clock. The trouble arose over a controversy in regard to some discussion.

Burton immediately made his escape and is still at large. Both parties belong to highly respected families and great excitement prevails. []



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[] "Murder Over a Game of Cards." Breckenridge News, Cloverport, KY. December 8, 1897. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069309/1897-12-08/ed-1/seq-1/   (col3)

[December 8, 1897] -

Murder Over a Game of Cards.

Somerset, Ky. Dec. 4. -- In a dispute over a game of cards last night, between Henry Clay Burton and John Smith, Smith was killed. The trouble occurred at the home of Mac Smith, on the Cumberland river, in Wayne county. Both men concerned belong to highly respectable families. Burton made his escape. The country is aroused. []


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[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 29, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-11-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 22, 1897. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1897-10-22/ed-1/seq-3/

Will Tuttle killing John Hamner in Boyle county; "to hades with his boots on"


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some reports say fatal wound, some say murder, but have not found any trial info

[] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 22, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-02-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 22, 1898] -

MURDER.-- Rockcastle had another killing yesterday. A dispatch says that at Mullins Station on the K. C., Geo. Durbin followed John Redwood to a tunnel where he and others were shooting craps and telling Redwood that he had come to kill him, pulled his pistol and fired the fatal shot.  both were K. C. bridge carpenters.  Durbin was arrested and jailed at Mt. Vernon. []



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[] "He Will Die." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. February 22, 1898. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.

[February 22, 1898] -

HE WILL DIE

GEO. DURBIN MORTALLY WOUNDS JOHN REDMOND NEAR MT. VERNON.

MT. VERNON, Ky., Feb. 21.-- At Mullins' station this morning, John Redmond was shot and fatally wounded by George Durbin. Durbin and Redmond had a previous difficulty, and the former met Redmond today, when the quarrel was resumed. After telling Redmond he had come to kill him it is said Durbin immediately fired, the ball entering Redmond's breast. Durbin is now in jail. []


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[] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mt. Vernon Signal, Mount Vernon, KY. February 25, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-02-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[February 25, 1898] -


Monday morning, near Withers, in a tunnel, Geo. Durbin shot and dangerously wounded John Redmond.  It appears that they had a falling out the day before. Durham followed Redmond to the tunnel where he found him engaged with others shooting craps.  Durbin said: "I have come to shoot you," and fired.  The ball entered the lower portion of Redmond's breast.  Durbin was brought here and jailed. []








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[] Excerpt from "State Items of Interest." The Central Record, Lancaster, KY. February 25, 1898. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069201/1898-02-25/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 25, 1898] -

Fatally Wounded.

RICHMOND, Ky., Feb 22.-- At Mullin's tunnel, a few miles south of here, two L. & N. bridge carpenters, named Durbin and Redmond, became involved in a quarrel, when Durbin shot Redmond, inflicting a fatal wound.  Durbin escaped. []



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[] Excerpt from "Matrimonial Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 15, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-03-15/ed-1/seq-1/

[March 15, 1898] -

Unrequited love caused a man at Pittsburg to kill his sweetheart and then himself. []



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[] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 18, 1898. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-03-18/ed-1/seq-2/

[March 18, 1898] -

About 100 people assembled at the sink hole on Skaggs' Creek last Sunday to see Messrs. Marler and Moore descend over 200 feet in search of the remains of an unknown person who was supposed to have been murdered near there. Blood had been found spattered on the fence and coagulated in the road, but the case is yet shrouded in mystery for the bottom of the sink hole was not reached. Some newspaper man could get a sensational article if he would visit this spot with his kodak. []




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[] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 25, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-03-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[March 25, 1898] -

Deputy Woods Hopkins shot and killed J. F. Robinson, who resisted arrest at Lily last Saturday. []


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[] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 5, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-04-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 4, 1898] -

The grand jury at Somerset returned an indictment against Mrs. Permelia Young charging her with beating Mrs. Rains, an old woman, to death, because she said that Mrs. Young's husband had stolen a sow. The old woman was found terribly beaten in a field and died shortly afterwards. []



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http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kylinco2/Newspaper_Articles/Stevens_George.htm

(Harrodsburg Democrat, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co, Ky Fri Aug 19, 1898)

"George Stevens, colored, aged 17 years, was hanged at Stanford yesterday morning at 9 o’clock." []


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[] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 4, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-11-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[November 4, 1898] -

Clate Matthews was shot and instantly killed at Pine Hill on Wednesday afternoon and John Matthews mortally wounded by John Meadows. The difficulty took place on the depot platform over the alleged statement that Matthews had torn down some notices Meadows had tacked upon the school house door where Meadows is teaching. Meadows came to town and surrendered, and examining trial is set for tomorrow at 9 a.m. Judge Williams held an inquest Wednesday night. []






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[] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 2, 1899. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1899-06-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 2, 1899] -

A jury was secured in the John Meadows case Wednesday morn and was in progress when we went to press. []





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[] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. February 23, 1900. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-02-23/ed-1/seq-2/

[February 23, 1900] -

The case of John Meadows, charged with the murder of Clayton Mathews, after being well argued by Messrs. Morrow and Bethurum for the defendant, and C. C. Williams and J. N. Sharp for the Commonwealth, resulted in a hung jury which stood one for 15 year, three for 2 years and eight for acquittal. []







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[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 1, 1900. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-06-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 1, 1900] -

John Meadows, charge with murder, acquitted; []




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[] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 29, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-11-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[November 29, 1898] -

Charles Marsee, for killing Richard Stapleton at Lily, Laurel county, was held in $5,000, which he gave. []


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[] Excerpt from "Bloodshed in Pulaski." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. June 19, 1899. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[June 19, 1899] -

James R. Mills shot and fatally wounded Will Tomlinson at Providence meeting-house, this [Pulaski] county, this morning. Mills was brought to this place [Somerset] for safekeeping by a strong guard. Both are mere boys, Mills being only eighteen, and the wounded boy twenty. When interviewed the prisoner stated that he and a friend passed Tomlinson, and he called to him if he wanted anything he could get it, and on Mills paying no attention to him, Tomlinson ran toward him. Mills ran from him and tripped and fell. He fell on his back, and as Tomlinson came up with him Mills pulled his pistol and shot him in the side. It is thought that Tomlinson can not live. A friend of Tomlinson claims that Mills had been bullying a younger brother of Tomlinson. The pistol used was a cheap pattern bulldog. []



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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 20, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-06-20/ed-1/seq-1/

[June 20, 1899] -

Two tragedies are reported in Pulaski. Saturday night at Science Hill, Ross Meece shot John Haynes, from the effects of which he died in a short time. Both were drunk. J. R. Mills, 18, shot Will Tomlinson fatally at Providence church in the most cowardly manner. Both  murderers were captured. []


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[] Excerpt from "Bloodshed in Pulaski." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. June 19, 1899. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[June 19, 1899] -

BLOODSHED IN PULASKI.

ROSS MEECE SHOOTS AND KILLS JOHN HAYNES.

Two Boys Fall Out Over a Trivial Matter and One of Them Is Fatally Shot.

Somerset, Ky., June 18. -- [Special.] -- Saturday night at Science Hill, about seven miles north of this place, at a country party, Ross Meece and John Haynes, while drunk, got into a difficulty and Meece shot Haynes through the chest. Haynes was brought to the hospital at this place, where he died to-day from the wound. He was kept under the influence of morphine, and no statement could be secured. Young Meece is in jail at this place. [...] statement of a bystander Haynes [...] Meece approached him and Haynes spoke to Meece and called him a vile name. They became engaged in a scuffle, and the bystander heard a pistol fired, but was not able to see who fired it. The pistol was recognized as Haynes' pistol. Meece claims that it was accidental. Young Haynes was a member of the First Kentucky volunteer regiment, and was very popular. He has several brothers in this county. []




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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 20, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-06-20/ed-1/seq-1/

[June 20, 1899] -


Two tragedies are reported in Pulaski. Saturday night at Science Hill, Ross Meece shot John Haynes, from the effects of which he died in a short time. Both were drunk. J. R. Mills, 18, shot Will Tomlinson fatally at Providence church in the most cowardly manner. Both  murderers were captured. []







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[] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 11, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-07-11/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 11, 1899] -

Ross Meece, who killed John Haynes at Science Hill, was acquitted at Somerset.  The jury in the case of Colyer for killing Catron could not agree and was discharged. []





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[] "Old Trouble Renewed." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. October 19, 1899. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[October 19, 1899] -


OLD TROUBLE RENEWED.

William Haynes Shoots Ross Meece, Who Kills Haynes' Brother Last Fall.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 18. -- [Special.] -- Ross Meece and William Haynes got into a difficulty this morning, which ended in the fatal shooting of Meece by Haynes. The trouble came up in Goodman & Waddel's store at this place. Haynes and his brother went to the back part of the store to get a drink, when they met Ross Meece. Meece, it is alleged, at once picked up a hatchet and started to throw it at Haynes. Haynes called to him not to throw, at the same time drawing his pistol. Meece threw the hatchet, nearly severing Haynes' ear. Haynes then fired three shots, two taking effect in Meece's neck and one in the body. The trouble grew out of the killing by Meece of Haynes' younger brother, at a dance last fall. Neither man was drinking, and both had come to town to the circus, apparently without any thought of a difficulty. Haynes claims that there were no words exchanged, and that as soon as he came in sight Meece picked up the hatchet.

A heavy guard was placed around Haynes, and he was sent to jail, without bail, Police Judge Waddel deeming it unsafe to allow bail, as the excitement was very high in town, and as Meece had several brothers and relatives, who were all in town. []


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[] "Throat Cut." Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, KY. October 13, 1899. Page 6. Genealogybank.com.

[October 13, 1899] -


THROAT CUT

WIDOW ATTACKED BY A PAIR OF FIENDS.

SOMERSET, KY., Oct. 12. -- (Spl.) At Flat Rock, this county, 23 miles south, on the Cincinnati Southern, Mrs. Mason, a widow, was assaulted and her throat cut by two men, supposed to be white tramps. Mrs Mason has 10 small children. The woods and mountains are being scoured by bodies of men. A lynching is in prospect. Telegrams have been sent here for bloodhounds. []





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[] Excerpts from "Report of Persons Murdered in the State of Kentucky from July 1, 1867 to July 1, 1868." Report of the Secretary of War. Executive Documents of The House of Representatives during the Third Session of the Fortieth Congress, 1868-1869. Pages 191 to ___. Googlebooks.

Report is from a letter by S. Burbank with the Freedmen's Bureau who says it's an incomplete list of murders that have come to the attention of bureau agents.

Victim Name / Complexion / Murderer / Complexion / When / Where / Remarks

Albert L. Jones / White / Dr. Metcalfe / White / Aug --, 1867 / Garrardsburg / No indictment found.

Major J. H. Bridgewater / White / Tom Sanders, et al / White / Jully 18, 1867 / Lincoln County / Acquitted before the examining court. (sep draft post in progress)

Courtney Green / colored / J. Brent Aikin / White / Sept. 1, 1867 / Boyle County / Acquitted by civil court; case carried to U.S. court (in leads)

2 men unknown / White / Unknown / ... / April 30, 1868 / Pulaski county / No arrest

James Cheaney / White / Andrew Decker / White / May --, 1868 / Pulaski county / in jail awaiting trial by civil court. (in reg. draft post)

James Baker / White / Unknown / ... / June 13, 1868 / Pulaski county / No arrest. (in reg. draft post)


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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 

Sept. 22, 1879. / A. G. Cosby / Boyle / Manslaughter (in leads)
Sept. 22, 1879. / James Bishop / Whitley / Manslaughter
Oct. 3, 1879. / William McCoy / Garrard / Murder (in leads)
Oct. 8, 1879. / Peter Goff / Rockcastle / Manslaughter (in leads)
Oct. 10, 1879. / T. F. Edwards / Boyle / Manslaughter
Nov. 14, 1879. / E. D. Kennedy / Garrard / Murder (in leads)
Nov. 14, 1879. / Wm. F. Kennedy / Garrard / Murder (in leads)
Dec. 19, 1879. / James J. Richardson / Wayne / Misconduct in office
Jan. 15, 1880. / John Cain / Lincoln / Arson (in leads)
Jan. 23, 1880. / William Mayfield / Garrard / Malicious wounding
Mar. 31, 1880. / Thos. J. Stone / Madison / Shooting and wounding
Apr. 12, 1880. / Aquilla Riddell / Pulaski / Manslaughter (in leads)
Apr. 15, 1880. / Shelt. Chambers / Madison / Malicious wounding
Apr. 25, 1880. / Robert Ferrill / Garrard / Concealed weapons
May 5, 1880. / Wm. Johnson / Rockcastle / Horse-stealing &c.
Jun. 14, 1880. / Logan Sally / Wayne / Malicious wounding
Aug. 28, 1880. / W. M. Howard / Laurel / Malicious shooting
Dec. 29, 1880. / Samuel Holmes / Pulaski / Manslaughter (view)
Jan. 29, 1881. / Lloyd B. McCurry / Laurel / Horse-stealing
Mar. 1, 1881. / C. K. Humber / Lincoln / Malicious wounding


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

Name / Crime / Sentence / County / Rec'd / Pardoned

Frankfort Penitentiary by Gov. Beckham
Ellis, Frank / Manslaughter / 21 / Lincoln / July 7, 1896 / May 8, 1900
Daugherty, H. C. / Manslaughter / 2 / Whitley / May 29, 1900 / Sept 13, 1900
Pence, Alex. / Manslaughter / 10 / Madison / July 27, 1899 / Nov 5, 1900
McDowell, Jno. / Murder / Life / Whitley / Oct 23, 1882 / Nov 29, 1900
King, John / Manslaughter / 21 / Whitley / Dec 19, 1893 / Jan 1, 1901
Ferrill, E. M. / Murder / 10 / Lincoln / Oct. 11, 1893 / June 1, 1901

Watkins, Jack / Manslaughter / 2 / Laurel / June 5, 1901 / July 16, 1901 (view)
Johnson, Morgan / Murder / Life / Rockcastle / Aug 25, 1884 / May 23, 1902 (view)
Bryant, J. C. / Manslaughter / 7 / Whitley / April 9, 1901 / Feb 9, 1903
Huffaker, Shelby / Manslaughter / 5 / Wayne / June 25, 1901 / Feb 24, 1903
Philpot, Millard / Manslaughter / 14 / Laurel / October 27, 1902 / March 14, 1903 

Frankfort Penitentiary by Gov. Wm. O. Bradley
Fain, Wm. / Manslaughter / 17 / Rockcastle / Nov 23, 1892 / Dec 24, 1895 (view)
Washington, Geo. / Murder / Life / Whitley / May 5, 1885 / Jan 28, 1896 
Doolin, Wm. R. / Manslaughter / 8 / Pulaski / June 27, 1894 / Mar 26, 1896 (view)
Spradlin, Eli. / Murder / Life / Whitley / Feb 22, 1886 / April 28, 1896
Hammer, John / Manslaughter / 2 / Boyle / Sept 30, 1895 / June 4, 1896
Cane, Pat / Manslaughter / 3 / Boyle / Feb 5, 1895 / July 14, 1896
Norfleet, Wyatt / Manslaughter / 2 / Wayne / Jan 30, 1896 / July 30, 1896 (view)
Coffey, Louis / Manslaughter / 2 / Wayne / Mar 11, 1896 / Aug 15, 1896 (in leads)
Crabtree, Peter / Manslaughter / 5 / Pulaski / Apr 18, 1895 / Sept 5, 1896 (need follow up)
Ward, George / Manslaughter / 5 / Boyle / Feb 1, 1893 / Sept 14, 1896
Woods,  Horace / Manslaughter / 3 / Garrard / Sept 11, 1895 / Sept 16, 1896
Tuttle, Simeon / Manslaughter / 3 / Laurel / Nov 27, 1896 / Dec 3, 1896 (view)
Garth, Mary / Murder / Life / Pulaski / Nov 29, 1893 / Dec 3,1895 
Barclay, Geo / Kukluxing / 3/4 / Rockcastle / June 3, 1896 / Dec 8, 1896
Freeman, John / Manslaughter / 21 / Madison / Sept 30, 1884 / Dec 10, 1896
Young, Charlie / Manslaughter / 2 / Laurel / Feb 23, 1896 / March 16, 1897 
Adams, Jack / Manslaughter / 6 / Rockcastle / Feb 20, 1896 / April 10, 1897 (view)
Clark, Nancy / Concealing Birth of child / 1 / Laurel / May 29, 1897 / June 24, 1897
Tuttle, Alex / Manslaughter / 15 / Laurel / Feb 1, 1896 / June 24, 1897
Bowman, James / Manslaughter / 4 / Whitley / Feb 11, 1895 / Oct 7, (1897?)
Eldridge, Robert / Manslaughter / 5 / Pulaski / June 26, 1897 / Nov 6, 1897 (in leads) 
Davis, Tolbert / Manslaughter / 5 / Pulaski / Nov 29, 1895 / Mar 23, 1898
Jarrett, John / Murder / 3 / Rockcastle / June 10, 1898 / Mar 24, 1899   (view)
Sharp, Albert / Murder / Life / Pulaski / May 1, 1886 / May 22, 1899
Green, Milt / Manslaughter / 5 / Laurel / Feb 27, 1899 / June 20, 1899
Young, Will / Manslaughter / 2 / Whitley / Jan 27, 1899 / Sept 19, 1899 (view)
Cox, Will / Manslaughter / 2 / Whitley / Jan 27, 1899 / Sept 19, 1899 (view)
Kidd, George / Manslaughter / 2 / Whitley / Jan 27, 1899 / Sept 19, 1899 (post)
Reedy, James / Manslaughter / 21 / Whitley / Aug 24, 1897 / Sept 22, 1899
Todd, William / Murder / 30 / Madison / Nov 1894 / Dec 6, 1899 

Eddyville Penitentiary by Gov. Wm. O. Bradley
Ferrell, John / Murder / Life / Lincoln / May 6, 1879 / June 29, 1897
Merritt, W. R. / Murder / Life / Pulaski / May 8, 1883 / May 19, 1899  (view)
King, Isham / Murder / Life / Whitley / April 20, 1887 / Feb 29, 1896

Frankfort Penitentiary by Gov. John Young Brown
Dizney, Thos. / Murder / Life / Laurel / Nov 7, 1887 / March 10, 1892 (view)
Wilder, William / Manslaughter / 6 / Madison / Sept 7, 1891 / May 20, 1893
Henry, William / Murder / Life / Pulaski / May 14, 1884 / Aug 29, 1894 
Fee, Granville / Murder / Life / Whitley / Oct 8, 1891 / July 3, 1895
Powl, Odie / Manslaughter / 8 / Lincoln / May 30, 1894 / Sept 24, 1895
Miller, William / Manslaughter / 4 / Boyle / February 1, 1893 / November 18, 1893
Morris, Robert / Manslaughter / 12 / Laurel / May 2, 1889 / Dec 6, 1893 (view)

Eddyville Penitentiary by Gov. John Young Brown
Coyle, Henry / Murder / Life / Pulaski / [blank] / [blank] (view)
Embry, James / Murder / Life / Lincoln / Nov 27, 1884 / Nov 13, 1893
Jones, C. Z. / Manslaughter / 3 / Pulaski / Oct 22, 1890 / Apr 24, 1893 (view)
Minor, A. F. / Murder / Life / Lincoln / Aug 17, 1883 / November 29, 1893
Leavell, G. / Manslaughter / 15 / Garrard / Sept 2, 1890 / Sept 13, 1893
Smith, Lewis C. / Manslaughter / 12 / Whitley / July 23, 1889 / Aug 20, 1893
Brooks, Richard / Murder / Life / Madison / June 27, 1879 / Nov 13, 1895





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