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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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).



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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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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1865? Lincoln County. not on timeline

Excerpt from "Local News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. 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. not on 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

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

[October 5, 1866] -


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



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

[October 5, 1866] -

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





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

[November 22, 1866] -


ROW IN SOMERSET.

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

[Special Correspondence of the Louisville Journal.]


SOMERSET, KY., Nov. 19.

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




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1866. Pulaski. not on 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?

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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Marion or Boyle County. 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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1864/1865? Rockcastle Co case originally?  added to timeline

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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[] 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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1873? added both to timeline

[] 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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Pulaski county. 1874. name conflict. not on timeline


"Love and Romance." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1874. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1874-06-26/ed-1/seq-3/ (Letter to IJ from Will C. Curd dated June 22, 1874)

[June 22, 1874] -



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[] Excerpt from "Crimes." Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH. June 23, 1874. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[June 23, 1874] -

A special to the Courier-Journal says a man named John Broughan was assassinated by Hugh Ellet, in Pulaski County, Ky., this morning. Ellet's wife had left him and taken up with Brougham, a few weeks since. This morning Brougham was riding through the woods in a buggy, accompanied by Cleet's wife, when Cleet rose suddenly from the brush and fired both loads of a double barreled shot gun into Brougham's breast, inflicting fatal wounds.

The horse ran away and threw the woman and wounded man in the road. Ellet then robbed the body of his victim, seized the woman, and disappeared in the brush. He has not been captured. []



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

[August 14, 1874] -

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




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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

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. Google books.

[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 signing pardon, see link in citation)


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

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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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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1874? Lincoln County. 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] -

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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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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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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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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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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1874? Garrard. not on timeline

The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. 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.

Excerpts from "Court Items." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. 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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http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1875-08-27/ed-1/seq-2/

col 1. Mary Pointer kills Liz Searsborough

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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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1875 Madison & 1876 Garrard  not on timeline

"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 hoe off 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 GrandJury. 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. 1875? added to timeline

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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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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1875/1876? Pulaski Co. added to timeline

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... healthy dose of 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

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.

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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? Sounds like a 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 "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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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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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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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, April 12. -- ...

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] -

[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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Boyle County? 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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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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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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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

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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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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Excerpt from "Garrard County News." http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-06/ed-1/seq-3/

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

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 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 [Lancaster] by the galloping and dashing about of 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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Lincoln County. not on timeline

Excerpt from "Circuit Court." 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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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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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? not on timeline

[] 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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http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-04-14/ed-1/seq-2/  Jim Gilpin, pardoned murderer??
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-04-20/ed-1/seq-2/ Scott Gilpin, same person?
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-05-08/ed-1/seq-2/ scott gilpin


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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

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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2nd column. 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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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/

cook, yates



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

attempted jail break, Cook, Yates, Inman, Singleton




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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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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?

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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[] 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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[] 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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[] "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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[] "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 "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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[] 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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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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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/

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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"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 (view)
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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