November 20, 2014

Man Killed at Christmas Dance, Pulaski, 1882

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[December 29, 1882] -

Somerset special, 27th: A negro named Lewis Owens, in a dance house at this place last night, took the liberty of placing his arm around the waist of a young colored woman. She at once informed her lover, John Colyer, who sought Owens. In the ensuing quarrel John Jewett, Colyer's friend, commenced firing at him. Owens fell at the third shot, and one was fired at him while falling. Both  made their escape in the confusion, but Jewett was arrested a little later at the house of the mother of the girl who caused the trouble. [1]





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[December 30, 1882] -


Lewis Owens was shot and killed at a dance in Somerset, Ky., by John Jewett, because he put his arm around the girl of a friend of Jewett's. [2]



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[January 9, 1883] -

Two of the negroes implicated in the murder of Owens, have been acquitted. This saves the good old Governor from having to grant another pardon. [3]



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[February 16, 1883] -

Henry Coyle, colored, who killed Louis Owens at Somerset, last Christmas, was arrested near Lebanon Tuesday. One hundred and fifty dollars reward was offered for his capture. [4]



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[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 PhillipsBuck Merritt, for killing Robinson, and the negro Coyle, for killing another of his color named Lewis Owens, in this place last Christmas. [5]




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[May 1, 1883] -


The case of Coyle for the murder of Lewis Owens was called Thursday afternoon, a change of venue asked and rejected, and the case continued. [6]



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[May 8, 1883] -


The trial of Coyle for the murder of Lewis Owens, was set for Thursday evening.



Circuit Court adjourned Saturday. The case of Coyle for murder, was continued. He applied for bail, but was refused. [7]


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[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. [8]



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[July 21, 1883] -

DANVILLE.


THE SHERIFF OF PULASKI COUNTY TAKES THREE PRISONERS HOME TO THE SOMERSET JAIL.

(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. [9]



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[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. [10]



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[1] Excerpt from "The Commonwealth." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. December 29, 1882. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[2] Excerpt from "News Brevities." Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. December 30, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069125/1882-12-30/ed-1/seq-2/


[3] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 9, 1883. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-01-09/ed-1/seq-3/


[4] Excerpt from "The Commonwealth." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. February 16, 1883. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[5] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-04-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 1, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-05-01/ed-1/seq-2/

[7] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 8, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-05-08/ed-1/seq-2/

[8] Excerpt from "Boyle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1883. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-06-26/ed-1/seq-3/


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

[10] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 26, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-10-26/ed-1/seq-2/

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