April 17, 2014

Dog Killing Allegedly Sparks Feud, Pulaski, 1920



[May 26, 1920] -


Danville, Ky., May 26.-- Jack McKinney and two sons, George and Virgin, who were shot and killed yesterday at Ocala, Pulaski county, lost their lives in an argument over a dog according to word received here today.  The McKinneys, according to the report, killed a dog which belonged to John Hansford a month ago.  Hansford and his son met the McKinneys yesterday and discussed the dog killing.  Weapons were drawn and when the smoke cleared away the three McKinneys were dead.  Hansford and his son were arrested after they had gone to Somerset and surrendered to County Judge Tartar.

All the parties involved are prominently connected.  Hansford is a deputy sheriff. [1]


[May 27, 1920] -


Somerset, Ky., -- Jack McKinney and his two sons, George and Virgil McKinney, are dead at Ocalla, Pulaski county.

Authorities report a pitched battle took place between Scott and John Hansford on one side, and the McKinneys on the other.  A feud it is said, has been brewing for some time.

The Hansfords surrendered after the shooting. [2]


[May 28, 1920] -


Somerset, Ky., May 25. -- A pitched battle took place near Ocalla, Pulaski County, today, between Scott Hansford and John Hansford on one side, and Jack McKinney and his two sons on the other.  When the smoke cleared away Jack, George and Virgil McKinney were dead.

The fight grew out of a feud that had been brewing for months.  All of the men involved were prominently connected.  John Hansford is a deputy sheriff.

The Hansfords came to Somerset immediately after the battle and surrendered to County Judge Tartar. [3]


[June 11, 1920] -

The grand jury indicted Scott and John Hansford for killing Jack McKinney and his two sons.  The case will come up for trial on the 16th. [4]


[June 18, 1920] -

Court Adjourns.  The summer term of Circuit Court adjourned yesterday after cleaning up all cases on the docket ready for trial.  The Hansford murder trial was postponed until next November.  The defense was not ready.  During the past week several cases of minor importance were tried.  The grand jury returned quite a number of indictments. [5]


[November 5, 1920] -

The case against Scott and John Hansford for killing two McKinneys last year was called Thursday morning.  The jury was summoned from the western part of the county and yesterday was taken up in selecting twelve men to try the case. [6]


[February 6, 1921] -


Feud Case to be Tried at February Term

[Special to The Herald]

SOMERSET, Ky., Feb. 5.-- Judge B. J. Bethurum and Commonwealth's Attorney W. N. Flippin will go to Mt. Vernon Monday to call the regular term of the Rockcastle Circuit Court for a two weeks' session, after which the Pulaski Circuit Court will convene for a five weeks' term.

At this term in Pulaski county John Hansford and his son will be tried on a charge of murder for the killing of George McKinley and his two grown sons.  The murders occurred on a road which runs close to the Hansford's home, while the McKinley's were passing by in a wagon on their way to a field which they were preparing for cultivation, beyond Hansford's home.  Pistols and shotguns were used by the Hansfords an the three McKinleys were riddled with bullets and buckshot, and one mule pulling the wagon was killed.  The Hansfords are said to have fired from near a burning brush heap close to the road.

The murders is said to have been the result of bitter feeling which had existed between the two families for some time. [7]


[February 25, 1921] -

Two murder cases are set for this term of court.  The Hansford case for killing the McKinney's which resulted in a hung jury last court, and the case of Stella Cato for killing a girl at Tateville.  The Hansford case was started Wednesday and the Cato case is set for Monday. [8]


[March 4, 1921] -


Scott Hansford and Son Come Clear For The Killing Of The McKinney's. 

The entire time of Circuit Court since the opening last Monday has been taken up with the trial of Scott Hansford and son, John, for killing Geo. McKinney and his two sons. The killing occurred over a year ago. This was the second trial, the first resulting in a hung jury. Tuesday was consumed with speeches, three being made on each side. The jury was given the case Wednesday morning and after deliberating about an hour, they returned a verdict of "not guilty." The jury was composed of the following men: Geo. Merrett, Geo. Carter, R. Deprato, D.C. Johnson, Sam Colyer, Fred Powell, G.A. Sloan, Fount Stigall, Cicero Davis, J.P. Cox, F. Garrett and Lee Hollars. [9]


[May 25, 1920] -

Death Certificates for Andrew Jackson McKinney, George R. McKinney, and Irvin B. McKinney (click to enlarge). [10]


[1] "Three are slain in Pulaski Feud." Richmond Daily Register, Richmond, KY. May 26, 1920. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1920-05-26/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] "Three Dead in Feud." The Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. May 27, 1920. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038022/1920-05-27/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] "Father and 2 Sons Killed in Feud Battle." The Hartford Republican, Hartford, KY. May 28, 1920. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069313/1920-05-28/ed-1/seq-4/

[4] Excerpt from "Circuit Court News." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. June 11, 1920. Retrieved from http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj6_11_1920.txt

[5] "Court Adjourns." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. June 18, 1920. Retrieved from http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj6_18_1920.txt

[6] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. November 5, 1920. Retrieved from http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj11_5_1920.txt

[7] "Triple Murder Case is on Pulaski County Docket." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. February 6, 1921. Page 6. Genealogybank.com.

[8] Excerpt from "Court Opens Monday With All Officials At Post." The Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. February 25, 1921. Retrieved from http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj2_25_1921.txt

[9] Excerpt from "Is Acquitted." Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. March 4, 1921. Retrieved from http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/KYPULASK/2002-12/1040099455

[10] Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.


1 comment:

Grandma Robin said...

Anderson Scott Hansford is my GGrand Father. Who's spirit for Animals & love of life lives in me! Very interesting that my neighbor has called the Sheriffs 13X on me for a dog that didn't even belong to me. So I had lived 50yrs not knowing or seeing my Hansford Family. I've begun searching these two surnames Hansford & Minney's my Grandmas and Grandpa's. Thank you News Paper for publication! I needed to know why the deaths of three. I love you Grandfather! your spirit was heard & thanks for the heads up. Robin, Below "loowit" Mt Saint Helens WA

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