November 25, 2014

Joshua Logsden/Logston Kills John Phillips, Pulaski, 1882/1883


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[March 2, 1883] -

Josh Logson, who killed John R. Phillips in Pulaski county about three months ago by striking him on the head with a rock because Phillips dunned him for a de[?] has been arrested in Menifee county and [?]ed in jail at Somerset. [1]


[April 20, 1883] -

The criminal docket is unusually large, there being four murder cases, three for robbery, and one for forgery. The murder cases are as follows: Tom Conley, for killing Gooch at Eubanks Station; Logston for killing Phillips; Buck Merritt, for killing Robinson, and the negro Coyle, for killing another of his color named Lewis Owens, in this place last Christmas. [2]


[April 20, 1883] -

The trial of Logston, for murder, was set for Wednesday afternoon. He was in the Courtroom Wednesday morning with his wife and five children. [2]


[April 24, 1883] -

The case of Logston for killing Phillips was no tried Wednesday, but continued until the next term. [3]


[June 26, 1883] -

Sheriff J. H. Watson and deputy sheriff W. S. Shepperd, of Pulaski county, arrived here Saturday with Josh Logsden, James Matthews and Henry Coyle, the two first white men, and the latter a negro, all charged with murder. The jail at Somerset is undergoing repairs and the prisoners were brought here for safe keeping. [4]


[July 21, 1883] -



(Special to the Courier-Journal.)

DANVILLE, July 20. -- Sheriff J. H. Watson and his Deputy, W. S. Shephard, of Pulaski county, left on the 1:10 P.M. train today for Somerset, having in charge the three murderers who have been confined in our jail while the Pulaski jail was undergoing repairs. The prisoners are two white men and one colored man. James Matthews, one of the white men, was found lying by the side of Henry Allen, on the railroad, below Somerset, one morning last winter. Allen was dead and Matthews severely wounded. Matthews is held for the murder of Allen. Josh Logsdon, the other white man, killed Jake Phillips in a fight, and is likely to have trouble when he gets into court. Henry Coyle, the colored man, killed another negro named Lewis Owens, at a dance last winter. Henry, it is said, stands a good show of swinging for his crime. [5]


[October 26, 1883] -

The Pulaski sheriff took the following convicts to the Penitentiary Tuesday. Joshua Logsdon, manslaughter, two years; John Brown, burglary, three years; Bill Weaver, colored, car-breaking, three years; Henry Coyle, colored, murder, life-time. [6]


[November 9, 1883] -

The Ways of Justice.

Somerset Reporter.]
Sheriff Watson and deputies Dunagan, Shepperd and Sam Adams took Logsdon, Weaver and [J]ohn Brown, to Frankfort Tues[d]ay, Logsdon goes for two years for murder, John Brown three years for breaking into Crawford & Co's store, and Weaver three years for breaking into a car and taking a watermelon. F. F. Bobbitt got off the following on two of the cases:

Two years for taking a human life which he can ne'er restore.

Three years for stealin a watermelon, when he could raise a million more. [7]


[1] Excerpt from "The Commonwealth." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. March 2, 1883. Page 4.

[2] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1883. Page 2. LOC.

[3] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 24, 1883. Page 2. LOC.

[4] Excerpt from "Boyle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1883. Page 3. LOC.

[5] "Danville." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. July 21, 1883. Page 5.

[6] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1883. Page 2. LOC.

[7] "The Ways of Justice." The Hickman Courier, Hickman, KY. November 9, 1883. Page 4. LOC.


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