June 25, 2014

Grudge Ends in Deadly Road Shootout, Pulaski, 1904



[September 27, 1904] -


SOMERSET, Ky., Sept. 26. -- James Pearce and Simpson Burton met in the road near Nancy, Ky., this county, and engaged in a fight in which Burton was shot three times, dying instantly.  Burton had previously snapped his pistol on Pearce, but it failed to fire.  The fight was the result of an old grudge. [1]


[September 27, 1904] -

Simpson Burton was shot and killed by James Pearce near Nancy, Pulaski county. [5]


[September 30, 1904] -

In a difficulty between Jas. Pearce and Simpson Burton in Pulaski county last Sunday, Pearce shot Burton three times, killing him instantly. [6]


[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. [7]


[1] "Grudge Ends In Killing." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. September 27, 1904. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.
Same wording also reported in:
[2] "Result of An Old Quarrel." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. September 28, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1904-09-28/ed-1/seq-1/ 
[3] "Result of An Old Quarrel." The Citizen, Berea, KY. September 29, 1904. Page 8. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1904-09-29/ed-1/seq-8/ 
[4] "Result of An Old Quarrel." Big Sandy News, Louisa, KY. September 30, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83004226/1904-09-30/ed-1/seq-1/

[5] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 27, 1904. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-09-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] Excerpt from "State News." Mountain Advocate, Barbourville, KY. September 30, 1904. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060032/1904-09-30/ed-1/seq-4/

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


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