January 1, 2013

1900 TO 1922 murder leads

this is a draft post published as backup. these are all cases I need more info on.


Oscar McPherson, Carrie Arnold, Rockcastle, 1900

[] Excerpt from "Local Items." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 22, 1900. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-06-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 22, 1900] -

Oscar McPherson, Carrie Arnold


[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 29, 1900. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-06-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[June 29, 1900] -

There are several criminal nature, particularly the one against Mrs. Sally Freeman, of Beaver Creek, Pulaski county, who is charged with murdering her husband. About eight months since a mysterious attempt was made upon the of Freeman by an unknown assassin, who entered his home in the night and while Freeman slept shot him in the head, but by almost a miracle he recovered. A few weeks afterward he died very suddenly and in somewhat mysterious manner. His wife is now charged with making the first attempt upon his life by shooting him and also by causing his death by poison. A post mortem is said to have shown that Freeman's death was caused by some deadly drug.

Mrs. Freeman is a sister of Hon. C. W. Lester, late State Inspector and Examiner. []


L. R. Jones, Tom Modrell, Rockcastle, 1900 (DATE KNOWN)

[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 30, 1900. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1900-10-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[October 30, 1900] -

L. R. Jones shot and killed Tom Modrell, colored, at Mt. Vernon, as the latter was attempting to assault him. Mr. Jones is a nephew of R. G. Jones, a splendid citizen of this place. []


[] "Killed His Assailant." The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Mt. Sterling, KY. October 30, 1900. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069675/1900-10-30/ed-1/seq-6/

[October 30, 1900] -

Killed His Assailant.

Mt. Vernon, Ky., Oct 27.-- L. R. Jones shot and killed Tom Modrell, colored, near the depot at this place Friday. Modrell was attempting to cut Jones with a knife. Jones surrendered. []


Hedgecroft, Patrick, Jones, Pulaski, 1900

[] "Murder Is Charged." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. November 9, 1900. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1900-11-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[November 9, 1900] -

Murder is Charged.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 9. -- Chief of Police R. O. Hughes arrested Thomas Hedgecroft and Andrew Patrick with killing Clint Jones last June. Hedgecroft denies his guilt. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 13, 1900. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1900-11-13/ed-1/seq-4/

[November 13, 1900] -

Chief of Police R. O. Hughes at Somerset arrested Thomas Hedgecroft for the murder of Clint Jones, of Whitley county. The warrant charged Hedgecroft and Andrew Patrick with killed Clint Jones last June. []


Harvey/George Smith, Ewell Oneil, Rockcastle, 1900

[] Excerpt from "." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 30, 1900. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1900-03-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[March 30, 1900] -

Ewell O'Neil was shot and wounded twice by George Smith at the home of Perk Prewitt's on Skaggs Creek, Wednseday. One ball passed through a portion of neck and head, one struck the bowels. O'Neil will die. The difficulty came up over a debt the slayer owed his victim. No arrest up to Thursday, though the officers are hunting Smith. []


[] Excerpt from "Possum Holler." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 6, 1900. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-04-06/ed-1/seq-4/

[April 6, 1900] -

Harvey Smith shot and killed Ewin O'niel over a debt of 48 cents at W. P. Prewitt's last Wednesday. []


Commonwealth v. Smith, Rockcastle, 1910 - related??


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 23, 1900. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1900-11-23/ed-1/seq-1/

[November 23, 1900] -

Mattie Slaughter was acquitted of murder at Somerset. []


Squire James Gatliff, Willi and Wyatt Allen

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-10-04/ed-1/seq-3/  two articles

died of wounds in a fight, was ever court case?


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 14, 1902. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1902-01-14/ed-1/seq-1/

[January 14, 1902] -

Tom Bird, of London, charged with shooting and killing his sweetheart, Miss Emma Cowen, was released on $500 bond. He claims the killing was accidental. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 1, 1904. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-01-01/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 1, 1904] -

John Lewis Baxter shot and killed Ebb Eads in a difficulty at Pittsburg. []


Lair, Huston, Pulaski, 1904

[] "Murder Charged." Breathitt County News, Jackson, KY. March 18, 1904. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069667/1904-03-18/ed-1/seq-4/

[March 18, 1904] -

Murder Charged.

Somerset, Ky., March 10. -- W. H. Lair, marshal of Hastonville, and his deputy, William Huston, are in custody, on the charge of having killed Ansel Wilson near here. Wilson was charged with horse stealing, and was trying to escape from Lair and Huston, when it is alleged Lair shot and killed him. []


[] Excerpt from "Laurel County Criminal Cases." Lexington Leader, Lexington, KY. June 7, 1904. Page 7. Genealogybank.com.

[June 7, 1904] -

John Louis Baxter was tried for killing Carl Eads and acquitted. A former trial resulted in a hung jury. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 1, 1904. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-07-01/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 1, 1904] -

Near Pittsburg, Laurel county, Henry Conking was shot and killed by John Davis. Davis claims the killing was accidental. He gave himself up to the officers. []


[] Excerpt from "Locals." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 25, 1904. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-10-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[October 25, 1904] -

Circuit Court began at Somerset yesterday. There are nine murder cases on the docket, six of the murders having been committed since the June term, which closed July 15, last. []


[] The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. September 17, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1904-09-17/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 17, 1904] -

Freeman Arrested in Tennessee.

Somerset, Ky., Sept. 17. -- Avery Freeman, charged with the murder of W. S. Bryant last August, was captured in Tennessee and brought here Friday. Bryant was killed while driving to his home, at Flat Rock, this county. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 20, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-09-20/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 20, 1904] -

Avery Freeman, charged with killing W. S. Bryant, in Pulaski last August, was arrested in Tennessee and brought to Somerset. A reward of $300 was offered for him. []


Ed Hughes, Henderson Vanover, Pulaski, 1904

[] "Murder Cases Disposed Of." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. November 24, 1904. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[November 24, 1904] -


SOMERSET, Ky., Nov. 23.-- Ed Hughes, charged with murdering Henderson Vanover in this county, was tried and given a sentence of fourteen years in the penitentiary.  In the case against James Pierce, charged with killing Simp Burton, the verdict was acquittal of Pierce.  The case against Flynn for killing Williams is now on trial.  There are several more murder cases for this term of court. []


John H. Young, Elisha Brown, Pulaski, 1905 (june/july)

[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 4, 1905. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1905-07-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 4, 1905] -

In the portion of Pulaski county known as "west of Fishing creek" John H. Young shot and killed Elisha Brown. The motive of the attack is so far a mystery. []


[] Excerpt from "." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 4, 1905. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1905-07-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[June 4, 1905] -

murder of representative J. J. C. Howard by Tilford Benge. Benge lived on Laurel County line.


alex bowman, edward childers, Pulaski, 1905 (date known)

[] "Tragedy Near Somerset." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. October 11, 1905. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1905-10-11/ed-1/seq-6/

[October 11, 1905] -

Tragedy Near Somerset.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 11.-- A double tragedy occurred near here in which Miss Ethel Childers, a pretty, young woman of 19, was mortally wounded, and Alex Bowman, father of one of the beginners of the trouble, was instantly killed.  Edward Childers, with Frank Bowman and a score of other young people, had spent the day at a picnic.  Returning home this afternoon, Childers and Bowman got into a heated argument over some trivial matter, which lasted until they arrived near the home of Bowman.  There it was resumed more bitterly, Bowman's father joining in the argument.  The talk became so violent that Bowman, Sr., finally approached Childers in a menacing attitude.  The latter fired at the elder Bowman with a 22-caliber rifle, the bullet causing instant death.  Young Bowman rushed into the house and returned with a rifle.  The bullet missed its mark, striking Miss Childers and inflicting a mortal wound.  The two families are prominent.  Young Childers surrendered. []


marshal wilder, mack woods, pulaski, 1906

August 1, 1906. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069309/1906-08-01/ed-1/seq-3/
Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 24, 1906. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1906-07-24/ed-1/seq-2/

all are of initial report only


[] Excerpt from "." January 4, 1906. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1906-01-04/ed-1/seq-7/

[January 4, 1906] -


Three Trimbles and One Dalton Are Charged With the Crime.

Somerset, Ky., Dec. 30. -- Chief of Police Hughes and Jailer Hines brought to prison here four men charged with the murder of John Barnes, a mute, whose body was found in the woods on Fishing creek December 16, where it had been concealed two weeks, and which bore evidence of a ghastly murder. The parties with the crime are well-known citizens of the county--Tom Trimble, Sr., Tom Trimble, Jr., Terrell Trimble and Sam Dalton. A reward of $150 each for conviction was offered by Gov. Beckham. The evidence against the men arrested is circumstantial. []


[] Excerpt from "A Visit To Stanford." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 30, 1906. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1906-11-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[November 30, 1906] -

A murder case, which attracted great interest, was being argued when we arrived in Stanford. It was that of James Kennedy for the killing of Milton Estes, at Crab Orchard, on election day. A half dozen prominent attorneys of the county and section were on either side. There have been a number of homicides in Lincoln county recently, with either acquittals or inadequate punishment, and the people are becoming aroused over the conditions. An unusually good jury was obtained in the case, and the proof being conclusive, as we are told, the accused was given a life sentence, four or five of the jury standing out for capital punishment. Young Kennedy has killed two men in as many years, having been acquitted of the first. His brother is in jail awaiting the result of his appeal from a 10-year sentence for the killing of an old German neighbor. They are sons of Grove Kennedy. []


[] Excerpt from "Goochland."  Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 12, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-04-12/ed-1/seq-1/

[April 12, 1907] -

Sanford Isaacs who has served a five year sentence in the State prison for the killing of Lige Reece, is out on parole and is in very poor health. []


[] Excerpt from Column 4. Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 26, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-04-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 26, 1912] -

The people of this county were shocked Saturday morning, when the news was spread that Jones L. Allen, of Robinet had been fatally stabbed by Sanford Isaacs, a neighbor of Allen. From best reporters we can get it seems that young Allen and Jim Johnson were on their way to the home of Allen late Friday night when they met Isaacs and after he joined them they went on their way peacably as far as the home of Hyatt Drew. After the Drews had been aroused and the three men entered the house Isaacs and Johnson became engaged in a quarrel. Drew pushed Johnson out the door and while Allen was as peacemaker Isaacs stabbed him, the knife entering the stomach making the wound from which he died Saturday afternoon. Isaacs is in jail here. Jones Allen was a prominent young business man, being the junior member of the firm of Allen & Son, and well liked by all who knew him. If he and Isaac had ever had any previous trouble whatever we have not been able to hear of it. []


[] Excerpt from Column 3. Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 26, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-04-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 26, 1912] -

Isaacs who cut Jones Allen is now in jail, having been arrested at his home a few hours after the cutting took place. On account of the Grand Jury being in session the right of an examining trial was waived and the case goes before that body. The case will not come up for trial at this term whatever the nature of the indictment returned. []


[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. August 23, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-08-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 23, 1912] -

The trial of Sanford Isaacs, for the killing of Jones Allen is before the court to-day. []


[] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. August 30, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-08-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 30, 1912] -

Sanford Isaacs who was on trial, at the last issue of our paper, for killing Jones Allen was acquitted. []


[] "Wm. Brown." Lexington Leader, Lexington, KY. December 16, 1907. Page 3. Genealogybank.com

[December 16, 1907] -



William Brown, colored, was taken to Somerset Monday morning by Pulaski county officers, where he is wanted for the murder of a Negro Johnson. Brown was arrested Sunday night while boarding the 9 o'clock C. & O. eastbound train. The officials at Somerset had telephoned to the police here to be on the look-out for Brown, and the incoming and outgoing trains were carefully watched. The police were rewarded for their vigilance Sunday night, and Brown was taken.

Brown was cook at a camp two miles south of Somerset, where a gang of men was engaged in laying a concrete roadway, Johnson was going with a girl whom Brown was in love with, and was warned by the latter to cease going with her. Brown saw Johnson and the girl together later and shot him, killing him instantly. []


whitley county

[] Excerpts from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 31, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1907-12-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 31, 1907] -

James Anderson was shot and killed on Rock creek, near the Pulaski county line, by a man named Trammel. Trammel was shot in turn by Anderson's son and seriously wounded.

Rufus Trammel was held in $5,000 bond for killing James Anderson in Whitley on Christmas eve. []


wayne county

[] Excerpts from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 31, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1907-12-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 31, 1907] -

Noah Flinn, a farmer, of Wayne county, shot and instantly killed Cage New, a neighbor, with a shotgun. New was visiting some young women at Flinn's home, when the two became engaged in a difficulty, which resulted in the shooting. []


[] Excerpts from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 31, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1907-12-31/ed-1/seq-1/

[December 31, 1907] -

Near Hazel Patch General Douglas was shot and killed by Dave Donaldson. []


[] Excerpts from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 7, 1908. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1908-01-07/ed-1/seq-1/

[January 7, 1908] -

Dal Donaldson, of Knoxville, who is charged with killing General Douglass at Tunnel No. 8, near Hazel Patch on Christmas day, returned, and at his examining trial was held over to the grand jury in $5,000, which he gave. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 3, 1908. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1908-01-03/ed-1/seq-2/

[January 3, 1908] -

The body of a wealthy Jew peddler was discovered in the woods near Ringo, Pulaski county, in a fearful state of decomposition. He belonged to a band of peddlers, who visited that community regularly each year and claimed Cincinnati as his home. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 25, 1908. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1908-02-25/ed-1/seq-1/

In a pistol duel over a trivial matter, Morris Simpson shot and killed Sim Sexton at Stearns. A bullet from one of the pistols grazed the head of Supt. Butler, of the Stearns Coal & Lumber Co., making a slight scalp wound. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 1, 1909. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1909-06-01/ed-1/seq-1/

[June 1, 1909] -

Tolby Miller, who killed John Chadwell in Laurel county, was given 2 1/2 years in the penitentiary. []


[] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. July 30, 1909. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1909-07-30/ed-1/seq-3/

[July 30, 1909] -

Al Johnson, colored, was shot and killed by his brother-in-law, William Gilmore, near Plato, Pulaski county, Saturday.  Gilmore did what someone else would have had to done sooner or later. []


[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 18, 1910. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1910-02-18/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 18, 1910] -

Harry Smith, charged with killing Ewing O'Neal in Rockcastle county, was arrested in Missouri and is now in jail at Mt. Vernon. []


Henry Waddell, John Pennington, Pulaski, 1911 (INCIDENT DATE KNOWN)

[] "Former Lanca[s]ter Man Shot." The Central Record, Lancaster, KY. September 15, 1911. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069201/1911-09-15/ed-1/seq-1/

[September 15, 1911] -

Former Lanca[s]ter Man Shot.

Somerset, Ky., Sept. 8.-- Chief of Police Henry Waddell, while trying to arrest John Pennington, a machinist, this morning, was forced in self-defense to shoot Pennington, who resisted arrest. Three shots took effect and Pennington is not expected to live.

A few hours previous Pennington had fired a shotgun at policeman John Waddell, a brother of the chief, and fifty small shot took effect in his foot, which will possibly have to be amputated. Chief Waddell was endeavoring to arrest Pennington for this offense.

The above press dispatch sent out from Somerset probably has reference to Johnnie Pennington, who formerly lived in Lancaster, moved to Corbin where he learned the machinists trade and has since been employed at the Q & C shops in Somerset. He was a relative of Mr. William Partin and while here resided with Mr. Partin. []


Maurice Farris, Daniel/Lee Wood, Rockcastle, 1911

[] Excerpts from "Brodhead." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 8, 1911. http://www.rockcastlelibrary.org/libraryarchives/mvsignal/1911/MVS19111215A03.pdf (page says Dec 8th but Library has it under Dec 11th)

[December 8, 1911] -

Last Friday morning a difficulty arose between Maurice Farris and a Mr. Woods both living on the farm of J. J. McCall and W. T. Books on Negro Creek, and Mr. Wood was shoot twice with a shot gun by Farris, which resulted in his death at about midnight Saturday.

W. T. Brooks was at home Thursday on account of being a witness at the trial of Maurice Farris for the killing of Dan Woods. Quite a number attended the trial of Maurice Farris at Mt. Vernon, Thursday. []


[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 26, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-04-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[April 26, 1912] -

Maurice Farris, pistol $25; J. B. G. Miller fined in five cases for selling liquor $60 and 10 days in each case; James Baker $60 each in two cases for selling liquor; The case against Maurice Farris for the killing of Lee Wood continued until the August term; []


[] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. August 23, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1912-08-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[August 23, 1912] -

The case against Maurice Farris for the killing of Daniel Wood, was called Tuesday and both sides announced ready. The following gentlemen were selected to try the case: Milt Warren, Tom Philbeck, Jas. Barnett, Geo. Deatherage, Isaac Leger, Harve Chaney, M. F. Craig, Wm. McClure, Jake Payne, Jno. R. Alcorn, W. H. Reams and Tilmon Coffey. The evidence and arguments in the case were completed yesterday. Attorney C. C. Williams and Judge L. W. Bethurum were the attorneys for Farris, while Commonwealth's Attorney, M. L. Jarvis, took care of the prosecution. []


October 8, 1914. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038022/1914-10-08/ed-1/seq-4/

[October 8, 1914] -   

Whitley City, Ky. -- Louis Gosset, a farmer of Pulaski county, 77, was found dead below a high bluff on Fishing Creek, near Shafter, and seven miles from Somerset. He had been shot. The coroner's verdict was "murdered by an unknown party."


[?] Sullivan Kills [?][?]
Pulaski County. 1915?

[] "Lincoln Jury to Try Pulaski Case." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 9, 1915. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1915-03-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[March 9, 1915] -

Lincoln Jury to Try Pulaski Case.

In obedience to an order of the Pulaski county circuit court, Sheriff Jones of that county, came to Stanford late Monday to summon a special venire of 60 jurymen to try a murder case at Somerset this week. The visiting officer was rendered every assistance by Sheriff J. G. Weatherford, of this county, and the two secured about 40 men from Stanford, and then went to the West End to get the remainder. There was "tall hustling for cover" in town when the mission of the two officers was learned, and several well known citizens who happened to be in town last night, spent several hours hiding in cellars and other places of concealment to escape the eyes of the officers. Nothing is known here of the character of the case to be tried, except that it is styled the Commonwealth against Sullivan. The last time a Lincoln county jury went to Somerset to try a case, the jury gave the defendant a death sentence, the case having been a murder committed at Burnside.


[] "Avenges Brother's Death By Killing His Slayer." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. June 22, 1915. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[June 22, 1915] -



Whitley City, Ky., June 21. -- (Special.) -- At Delmer, twelve miles west of Somerset, in Pulaski county, William Baker and George A. Burton got into a row and Baker shot Burton, killing him instantly, whereupon V. L. Burton, a brother of the slain man, shot and killed Baker. V. L. Burton has been arrested and was placed in jail at Somerset to-day to await his examining trial, which will be held Thursday.


[] Excerpt from "What's Going On The Country Over." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 22, 1915. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1915-06-22/ed-1/seq-1/

[June 22, 1915] -

William Baker and George Burton are dead, and V. L. Burton is under arrest on a murder charge as the result of a quarrel in which whisky figured extensively at Nancy, Pulaski county. 


[] "To Grand Jury Without Bail." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 8, 1916. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1916-08-08/ed-1/seq-1/

Lincoln County. John Baker / Renzo King


Excerpt from "Stiff Fines for Gamesters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 27, 1917. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1917-02-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[February 27, 1917] -

In the circuit court this morning the trial of John Baker for the killing of Renzo King was begun. The killing occurred at Moreland in August of last year and it will be remembered that Baker used a corn knife, splitting open the head of King, who died a few days later. Baker was indicted at the November term of court and has sine the killing been confined to the Lincoln county jail. He is being defended by Attorneys J. S. Owsley, of this city, and C. C. Bagby, of Danville, while Commonwealth's Attorney A. A. Huddleston, of Cumberland county, will assist Commonwealth's Attorney Puryear and County Attorney W. S. Burch in the prosecution. []


Christmas Day 1916

[] "Thornton Held to Grand Jury." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 2, 1917. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1917-01-02/ed-1/seq-1/

Three column article. Willie Benedict killed at Harris Creek schoolhouse in Lincoln County on Christmas Day. John Thornton, Tom Thornton, George Thornton examining trial


[] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." The Citizen, Berea, KY. January 4, 1917. Page 8. LOC.

[January 4, 1917] -

Lee Woodall was brought to the Sanitarium last Sunday in a dying condition caused by shooting, near Public by Fred Whittaker who escaped. []


Waters v. Commonwealth, McCreary, 1916

[?] Waters / Will Flynn


[] "Kills One, Cripples Another." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 27, 1917. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1917-03-27/ed-1/seq-1/

large article. Crab Orchard. Marshal James Pointer killed Leonard Hopkins, shot John Hopkins


[] Exerpt from "Rockcastle County, Cooksburg." The Citizen, Berea, KY. October 24, 1918. Page 8. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1918-10-24/ed-1/seq-8/

[October 24, 1918] -

The news has reached here that Wilse Baker, of the Mullins section, was shot and badly injured. He was shot in the breast with a shot-gun, by Caleb Mullins. But the physicians think he will recover. []


[] "Former Sheriff Given Life Sentence." Richmond Daily Register, Richmond, KY. July 2, 1919. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1919-07-02/ed-1/seq-1/

[July 2, 1919] -


A dispatch from Somerset says that Lemon Sexton, former Sheriff of McCreary county, charged with the wilful murder of Harrison Brown was given a life sentence on his trial at Whitley City. At one time Sexton stood well as a citizen, and only a few years ago was elected Sheriff of McCreary county. He started out well as Sheriff, but finally became enamored with Harrison Brown's wife. Then his trouble began. He had Brown confined in jail at Whitley City for several months on trumped up charged in order that he could pay attention to Brown's wife, without molestation. Finally Brown secured his release, and sometime afterward, in an altercation with Sexton over his wife, he shot and wounded Sexton badly. Sexton was confined in the Somerset hospital, his life being despaired of for a time. After his recover, matters continued from bad to worse, until finally Brown was assassinated, claiming in a death statement that he saw Sexton fire the shot. A warrant was issued for his arrest, the trial resulting as above stated. Brown was killed in McCreary county, May 18, 1918. []


[] "Soldier Murderer Given 21 Years." Richmond Climax, Richmond, KY. July 28, 1919. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1919-07-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[July 28, 1919] -

Soldier Murderer Given 21 Years

James Thomas, a discharged United States soldier, who shot and killed Capt. Sam Burns, conductor on train No. 2 when his train pulled into the Somerset depot on June 3 last, was tried at the special term of the Pulaski Circuit Court. The jury, after a several hours' deliberation, rendered a verdict of 21 years in the State penitentiary. Defense was represented by Judge J. M. Davis of Waurtburg, Tenn., and Judge Wm. Carton of Somerset and the State by Commonwealth's Attorney W. N. Flippin and Edwin P. Morrow. []


oscar arthur, nevil mink, clifford rice, Pulaski, 1921 (date not known)

Frankfort Notes.  Governor Morrow made requisition on the Governor of Illinois for the return of Nevil Mink and Clifford Rice, under arrest in Mason Co., Ill., and wanted in Pulaski County on the charge of willful murder.  They are accused of murdering Oscar Arthur.  The Governor refused to grant executive clemency to George Isaacs Phelps of Pulaski County, serving a two years penitentiary sentence for jail breaking, and to Sam West, of the same county, who is serving a six months jail sentence for assault.



[] "Circuit Court." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. June 3, 1921. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj6_3_1921.txt

[June 3, 1921] -

Circuit Court.  The petit juries were dismissed Wednesday afternoon.  Court will continue in session the remainder of the week and a few cases of minor importance will be disposed of.  The grand jury is still in session.  The case of Fred Woods for killing J.B. Price and the case of Mink and Price for killing Arthur were continued until next term of court. []


Boone Philpot, Hugh Miller, Laurel, 1921

[] Excerpt from "Here's Hottest Race in Kentucky Today." Richmond Daily Register, Richmond, KY. August 5, 1921. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1921-08-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[August 5, 1921] -

London, Ky., August 5--Boone Philpot was shot and killed at a political speaking in the eastern part of Laurel county last night, according to information received here today. Hugh Miller, of Clay county, is accused of the murder. He still is at large.

Miller is said to have threatened to shoot the Rev. Alex Proffit, an aged Baptist minister, who was speaking for H. J. Johnson for circuit judge. Philpot, also an old man, is said to have tried to stop Miller, who, it is said, was under the influence of liquor. Miller, it is alleged, shot Philpot twice, killing him instantly.

Philpot is a member of the widely known family of that name in Clay county. []


[] "Miller is Denied Bail." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. August 21, 1921. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[August 21, 1921] -


Alleged Slayer of Boone Philpot Held to Grand Jury

[Special to The Herald]

LONDON, Ky., August 20.-- Hugh Miller of Clay City, was today held without bail on a charge of shooting and killing Boone Philpot, son of former representative Granville Philpot at a political meeting on August fourth. John R. Miller, father of Hugh and Vay Thomas, were held as accessories and executed bonds of five hundred and one thousand dollars respectively to appear before the next grand jury. []


Bud Roberts, Tom Wallace, Charles Wallace, Ebert Haynes, Carl Helton, Pulaski, 1921

One Killed and Another Wounded When Deputy Sheriff Attempts To Serve Warrant.
Bud Roberts was killed and Tom Wallace probably fatally wounded last Friday afternoon as the result of a regular battle between Deputy Sheriff Ebert Haynes and his friends on one side, and Chas. Wallace for whom he had a warrant, and his friends, on the other.  The shooting took place near Hargis, this county.  Deputy Sheriff Haynes had a warrant for Wallace and was on his way to serve it when he met Wallace in the road, it is said.  He told him he had the warrant and from reports received here the shooting started immediately.  Haynes claims Wallace fired the first shot.  Friends of Haynes and Wallace rushed in and started firing.  It is not known who killed Roberts.  Fred Ballou was arrested for shooting and wounding and his trial set for Friday.  He is said to have been on the Wallace side.  J.L. Haynes and Carl Hyden are also said to have been in the affair.

Waived Trial.
Carl Helton, Fayette and Ebert Haynes, charged with the shooting at Hargis last week in which Bud Roberts was killed, and others wounded, waived the examining trial and were held to the grand jury.


[] "Called To Door And Killed By Horsemen." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. August 12, 1921. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj8_12_1921.txt

[August 12, 1921] -

Called To Door And Killed By Horsemen 
Who Ride Away and Have Not Been Found.

Mr. R.T. King, who resides about two miles west of Somerset, was called to his door and killed by an unknown man who rode to the house and called for him to come out.  The man is said to have been riding a gray horse.  Mr. King's son first came to the door and he was told to call his father.  When Mr. King appeared he was shot without a word being passed.  Officers were notified but it is said that no effort was made that night to find the guilty party.  The affair has caused a great deal of excitement and talk over the county.  Mr. King was 55 years of age and had been employed at the Ferguson shops. His family know of no trouble he had ever had with anyone.  Mr. King bore a good reputation to the community. []


[] "Adds to Reward in Slaying." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. August 24, 1921. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1921-08-24/ed-1/seq-4/

[August 24, 1921] -

Adds to Reward in Slaying

Somerset, Ky., Aug. 18. -- The Knights of Pythias Lodge here has added $200 to the reward offered by Gov. Edwin P. Morrow of $200 for the arrest and conviction of the assassin of R. T. King, a well-to-do farmer, near Somerset. []


[?][?] Kills George Washington Brewer
Laurel County. 6 June 1921.

Death Certificate of George Washington Brewer. June 6, 1921. Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

"shot twice by a revolver."


mccreary 1922
cam logan / harrison fowler


Willie Mullins, Burt Mullins, Rockcastle, 1922 (checked 2/21/15)

[] Excerpts from "Rockcastle County." The Citizen, Berea, KY. February 23, 1922. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1922-02-23/ed-1/seq-6/

[February 23, 1922] -

Willie Mullins is reported to have killed his brother, Burt, one day last week, of Jonetta. It is sad to know that brothers would do such a thing.

We had another killing in Rockcastle on the 16th. Bert Mullins was shot about 5 o'clock and died about 3 next morning. It is thought that his brother, Willie Mullins, killed him. They were sons of Taylor Mullins. []


No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...