October 19, 2014

Man Killed in Political Quarrel in Somerset Square, Pulaski, 1894

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[April 21, 1894] -


Killing at Somerset.

Somerset, Ky., April 20. -- (Special.) -- Albert Davis, colored, this evening shot and killed Napoleon Hudson, also colored, on the Public Square. Hudson and Davis had quarreled over politics. Davis was arrested. Davis fired five shots, all of which took effect. [1]



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[April 24, 1894] -

At Somerset Albert Davis, colored, shot and killed Napoleon Hudson, also colored, on the Public Square. Hudson and Davis had quarreled over politics. Davis was arrested. Davis fired five shots, all of which took effect. [2]






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[April 26, 1894] -


Three Indicted For Murder.

Somerset, Ky., April 25. -- (Special.) -- Albert Davis, James Wood and William Perkins, all colored, have been indicted by the special grand jury for murder. Davis, Wood and Perkins were together Napoleon Hudson, colored, last Friday night on the public square.[3]





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[November 16, 1894] -

Four Convictions in One Day.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 15. -- (Special.) In the Pulaski Circuit Court to-day Talbert Davis, colored, was sentenced to seventeen years in the penitentiary for the murder of Pole Hudson, colored, at this place last April. William Perkins, colored, was given five years as accessory to the same crime. In the same court to-day James Griffin and John Willis were given five years for breaking into the storehouse of W. O. Newell, at Clio, Ky. [4]



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[November 20, 1894] -

The Pulaski circuit court got a move on itself the other day and sent four men up at one sitting. Talbert Davis, colored was sentenced to 17 years for the murder of Pole Hudson, colored. William Perkins was given five years as an accessory to the same crime. James Griffin and John Willis were given five years for breaking into the storehouse of W. O. Newell, at Clio. [5]






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[November 22, 1895] -

Mr. P. M. McRoberts was at Somerset this week defending Talbot Davis for killing Cole Hudson, another darkey. It was one of Gov-elect Bradley's cases and at its first trial Davis was given 17 years int he penitentiary. He was given a new trial and this time got five years. [6]





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[September 17, 1896] -


Acting Gov. Worthington granted a pardon a few days ago to John Murphy, of Lincoln county, who was sent up for malicious shooting and wounding. He declined to pardon Talbert Davis, of Pulaski, sent up for manslaughter, and W. S. Whalen, of Pendleton county, for murder. [7]



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[March 24, 1898] -

The only official business announced at the executive office Wednesday was three pardons. They were as follows: John C. Carter, Graves county, serving a life sentence for murder; George M. Huffman, Garrard county, serving eight years for attempted rape, and Talbot Davis, Pulaski county, serving five years for manslaughter. [8]



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[1] "Killing at Somerset." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 21, 1894. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[2] Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 24, 1894. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-04-24/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] "Three Indicted For Murder." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 26, 1894. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[4] "Four Convictions In One Day." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. November 16, 1894. Page 7. Newspapers.com.

[5] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 20, 1894. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-11-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] Excerpt from "Additional Local." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 22, 1895. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-11-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[7] Excerpt from "Kentucky State News." Owingsville Outlook, Owingsville, KY. September 17, 1896. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069620/1896-09-17/ed-1/seq-2/

[8] Excerpt from "Kentucky News." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. March 24, 1898. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1898-03-24/ed-1/seq-2/

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