July 4, 2014

Man Killed in Republican Primary Row, Pulaski, 1890


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From Scott Parkey: "I'm a direct descendant of William Ping mentioned.... Charles Z. Jones' maternal grandmother was a Barnes, as was John L. Ping's maternal grandmother--so there was a bit of cousin killing going on there."



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[May 19, 1890] -

In an election difficulty which they were trying to settle Saturday near Somerset, Ky., Esquire William Ping was badly wounded and his son John was killed by Thomas and Charles Jones, two of the principals in a row. Frank Hines was also seriously wounded by the Jones boys.



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[May 20, 1890] -

A row during the republican primary in Pulaski occurred at Juganaut between Thomas Jones and Charles Z. Jones, his son, on one side, and Frank Hines on the other.  William Ping, a justice of the peace, interred to stop it and called his son, John L. Ping, to assist him in quelling the disturbance.  Jones and his son then fired into the Pings, killing John L. Ping and severely wounding Esquire William Ping.  Charles Jones fired with a shotgun and Thomas with a pistol.  John L. Ping was shot in the leg with a heavy charge of shot at short range, tearing his leg almost completely from his body and killing him almost instantly. A load of shot entered Esquire Ping's right arm, inflicting a severe wound.  Frank Hines also received a pistol shot in the leg in the difficulty.  At Tateville, on the same day, George Shadowen shot and killed a young man by the name of Reynolds. [1]






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[May 21, 1890] -

John L. Ping was killed in an election row in Pulaski county, Saturday. [2]


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[October 21, 1890] -

The Somerset court closed at midnight Saturday, after a busy session of 12 days, during which court was held till after 10 o'clock nine of the nights.  Six men were sent to the penitentiary, including A. M. Price, for the murder of Shiplett, seven years, and Thomas and Charles Jones, father and son, three years each for killing Bud Ping. There was a hung jury in the cases of Doolin and Cope for killing young Watson, who disturbed a church gathering. [3]









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[1] Excerpt from "News and Comment." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. May 19, 1890. Page 1. Newspapers.com.

[2] Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 20, 1890. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1890-05-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "News Paragraphs." The Climax, Richmond, KY. May 21, 1890. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069161/1890-05-21/ed-1/seq-2/

[4] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 21, 1890. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1890-10-21/ed-1/seq-3/

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