April 6, 2015

Former Legislative Member Kills Man For Mistreating His Son, Pulaski, 1895


Click here for a list of my other Pulaski/Rockcastle/Laurel County KY articles


Update 3/4/16: Thank you to reader Shana Goggins, who sent me this possible photo of Eli Farmer.


[September 17, 1895] -


Hamp. Angel Slain By Eli Farmer, Who Afterwards Surrenders.

Somerset, Ky., Sept. 16. -- (Special.) -- Eli Farmer, prominent politician of this county, yesterday shot and killed Hamp. Angel, fifteen miles east of this place. Angel was doing violence to Farmer's son at the time of the shooting. Angel was a desperate character, and had been in trouble. Eli Farmer stands well, and is a peaceable, law-abiding citizen. He was a member of the Legislature of 1889-90. Farmer gave himself up, and is in charge of the Sheriff. [1]


[September 17, 1895] -



Farmer Claims His Son's Life Was in Danger.

(The Post's Special Service.)

Somerset, Ky., Sept. 16. -- Eli Farmer shot and instantly killed Hampton Angell yesterday. Angell is one of the Gilliland gang, and, it is claimed, was trying to kill Farmer's young son, when Farmer shot him. Farmer is a prominent politician. He has given himself up to the police. More trouble is feared. [2]


[September 20, 1895] -

Eli Farmer, an ex-Representative, shot and killed Hamp Angel in Pulaski county Sunday, who was beating Farmer's son. [3]


[September 27, 1895] -

Hon. Eli Farmer, who killed Hamp Angel, in Pulaski, was discharged by the examining court on the ground of self-defense. [4]


[1] "A Killing in Pulaski." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. September 17, 1895. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

[2] "Sudden Death." Kentucky Post, Covington, KY. September 17, 1895. Page 3. Genealogybank.com.

[3] Excerpt from "Of a Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 20, 1895. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-09-20/ed-1/seq-1/

[4] Excerpt from "Of A Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 27, 1895. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-09-27/ed-1/seq-1/


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