Timeline: 1840 - 1899

The following is a chronological annotated list of all posts on this blog which relate to Pulaski, Rockcastle, Laurel and other nearby counties in Kentucky. See About & Contact for more information on this project.

Last updated: 11/12/2017

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  • Misc.  (7)
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    •  Article About Early Pulaski County Court Records
      Pulaski County. 1799 to 1803. 1 source.
      This is an article printed in 1872 that contains some specific details about early Pulaski County Court Records, such as the first marriage license on file in the county, the first deed on file, the case names of the first three civil actions, etc.

    •  Kentucky Court of Appeals Opinions on Pulaski Circuit Court Cases
      Pulaski County. 1802 to 1922. ~282 cases.
      This is a huge master post in its own right, containing links to Kentucky Court of Appeals opinions on civil and criminal cases that were appealed from Pulaski County between 1802 and 1922. (Pulaski Co. was formed in 1798.) Most of the cases linked on this page are NOT linked below.

    •  Kentucky Court of Appeals Opinions on Rockcastle Circuit Court Cases
      Rockcastle County. 1816 to 1922. ~173 cases.
      This is a huge master post in its own right, containing links to Kentucky Court of Appeals opinions on civil and criminal cases that were appealed from Rockcastle County between 1816 and 1922. (Rockcastle Co. was formed in 1810.) Most of the cases linked on this page are NOT linked below.

    •  Kentucky Court of Appeals Opinions on Laurel Circuit Court Cases
      Laurel County. 1830 to 1922. ~226 cases.
      This is a huge master post in its own right, containing links to Kentucky Court of Appeals opinions on civil and criminal cases that were appealed from Laurel County between 1830 and 1922. (Laurel Co. was formed in 1825.) Most of the cases linked on this page are NOT linked below.

    •  Kentucky Court of Appeals Opinions on McCreary Circuit Court Cases
      McCreary County. 1912 to 1922. ~78 cases.
      This is a huge master post in its own right, containing links to Kentucky Court of Appeals opinions on civil and criminal cases that were appealed from McCreary County between 1912 and 1922. (McCreary Co. was formed in 1912.) Most of the cases linked on this page are NOT linked below.

    •  U.S. District Court of Eastern Kentucky Opinions
      Pulaski and Rockcastle Counties. 1902 to 1912. 3 cases.
      This is a short list of some federal district court case opinions prior to 1922 which pertain to Pulaski and Rockcastle counties. See also: Friends of National Archives at Atlanta has a Finding Aid for Kentucky District Court Records [external link], which contains (partial?) index listings of district case files for Kentucky.

    •  Genealogy Report of Elisha Whitaker
      Elisha Whitaker was born 3 May 1862, in eastern Pulaski County, Kentucky, and died on 24 Apr 1901 on the Rockcastle River, in Pulaski/Laurel Counties, Kentucky. Elisha was the son of James Cooper and Margaret Whitaker. Elisha married Emeline “Emma” Cornett, the daughter of Hiram Cornett and Cordelia Wilson, on 28 Apr 1880 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Emma was born 11 Jul 1864 in Kentucky, and died 3 Jan 1939 in probably Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Elisha and Emeline are buried in Buffalo Branch Baptist Cemetery in southern Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
      Related: James Mize Kills Elisha Whitaker, Pulaski/Laurel, 1901

    •  Genealogy Report of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Descendants
      Benjamin Kincaid Bethurum was born 28 Mar 1815 (alt. May 1815) in Kentucky, and died on 10 Jun 1903 in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Benjamin was the son of David Porter Bethurum and Margaret. Benjamin married Lucy Ann Lewis in about 1839 in probably Kentucky. Lucy was born 30 Mar 1820 and died 27 Mar 1903 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Benjamin and Lucy are buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
      Related: Walter Saunders Kills Charles Bethurum, Lincoln, 1874
      Related: Emmett Snodgrass Kills James Bethurum, Rockcastle, 1878
      Related: Articles Relating to County Judge David P. Bethurum, Rockcastle, 1889-1900

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  • 1840's  (1)
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    •  [?][?] Kills Constable William Bates
      Wayne County. October 1849. 1 source.
      William Bates, 24 year-old white married male employed as Constable listed as stabbed on the 1850 Wayne Mortality Schedule.
      See: No. 14 on Wayne Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 2
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  • 1850's  (9)
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    •  1850 Census Mortality Schedule
      Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne & Whitley Counties. 1849/1850. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1850 Census Mortality Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. Lincoln and Laurel counties not available (not on Ancestry). Contains names reported to the census taker of those persons who died within the previous twelve months. Columns include name, age, sex, color, free or slave, married or widowed, place of birth, month the person died, occupation, cause of death, and number of days ill.

    •  1850 Census Slave Schedule
      Laurel, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, & Whitley Counties. Summer 1850. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1850 Census Slave Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. These list the names of slaveowners in these counties along with basic information about the slaves they own, such as age and sex. Unfortunately the names of the slaves themselves were not recorded in most counties throughout the U.S.
      See also: Index of 1850 Pulaski County Slave Schedule [external link]

    •  [?][?] Kills Eunice Owens
      Rockcastle County. May 1850. 1 source.
      Eunice Owins/Owens, 57 year-old white married female listed as murdered on the 1850 Rockcastle Mortality Schedule. (If you have a better guess at the handwriting than my guess of Owens please let me know.)
      See: No. 7 on the 1850 Rockcastle Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 1

    •  Abolitionist Cassius M. Clay Bails Man Out of Rockcastle Jail
      Rockcastle and Madison Counties. Fall 1853. 6 sources.
      Contains articles relating to abolitionist Cassius M. Clay in Rockcastle County in 1853, where he bailed out a man named [Azel(l) George Washington] Parker who had been imprisoned for "inciting slaves to leave their masters." A group of Rockcastle County slaveholders got together and wrote some resolutions condemning Clay, which I couldn't find published, unfortunately, only responses to it, including the response of "a large and enthusiastic meeting of the yeomanry, of Rockcastle and Madison counties" who published their own resolutions, denouncing the group of Rockcastle slaveholders.

    •  John Comely Kills Stephen Spratt
      Garrard County. 6 August 1855. 1 source.
      See: Comely v. Commonwealth, Garrard, 1856

    •  Henry Harris Kills [?] Isham
      Garrard County. August[?] 1858. 1 source.
      "Henry Harris was poor and without friends, and it being the opinion of many good citizens there that he was innocent, the Killing being done in a drunken melee about dark, and one of the party engaged in it left the Same night, and has not to my Knowledge been in the State Since. Henry was very drunk at the time the Killing took place, and he declared to me if he done the deed it was wholly without his Knowledge, never having had one word of difficulty with the man Killed..."

    •   Phillip Cormany Kills [?] Hines
      Pulaski County. 1859[?]. 1 source.
      "Phillip Cormany was tried and convicted to the Penitentiary of Ky for the period of Seven years for the killing of a man by the name of Hines at the march Term of the Pulaski Circuit Court 1859 that he is now in said Penetentiary. The proof and circumstances in the case a abundantly showed that he was a man of very weak mind approaching very nearly to Idiocy that he was greatly under the influence of Liquor at the time and when under the influence of Liquor he was bereft of what mind he had, that before the killing took place he had been very badly treated by two man Shellery and Lynn one had held him and the other had pissed on him Lynn had drawn a dangerous knife on him twice and made at him to thrust it in him that Just about the time he shot Hines (which was at the door of ^a^ drinking house ..."

    •  Jasper Rouser/Rouzy Kills James Oldham, Jr.
      Lincoln County. 1 May 1859. 7 sources.
      "J. L. Ruffin, Esq., Chief of Police, received a telegram yesterday morning informing him of the escape--from Milledgeville Jail, Lincoln county, Ky.,--of Jasper Rouser, a person held in custody under a charge of murder. A reward of two hundred dollars is offered for his apprehension."
      See: Jasper Rouzer/Rouser Hanged By Mob, Lincoln, 1859

    •  Jasper Rouser/Rouzy Hanged By Mob
      Lincoln County. 9 July 1859. 7 sources.
      "Arriving at Stanford, the county seat of Lincoln, he was placed in jail. Yesterday (Saturday) morning, about half-past two o'clock, a mob of some eighty persons attacked the prison, made a forcible entrance, and carried off the prisoner."
      Names Mentioned: Jasper Rouser/Rouzy, James Oldham Jr., James Oldham Sr., J. L. Ruffin, Thomas W. Napier, Isaac Gibson, James W. McBridge, G. D. Nave[?], Judge Bramlette

  • 1860's  (59)
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    •  1860 Census Mortality Schedule
      Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, & Whitley Counties. 1859/1860. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1860 Census Mortality Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. Laurel county not available (not on Ancestry). Contains names reported to the census taker of those persons who died within the previous twelve months. Columns include name, age, sex, color, free or slave, married or widowed, place of birth, month the person died, occupation, cause of death, and number of days ill.

    •  1860 Census Slave Schedule
      Laurel, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, & Whitley Counties. Summer 1860. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1860 Census Slave Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. These list the names of slaveowners in these counties along with basic information about the slaves they own, such as age and sex. Unfortunately the names of the slaves themselves were not recorded in most counties throughout the U.S.
      See also: Index of 1860 Pulaski County Slave Schedule [external link]

    •  Map Showing Distribution of Slave Population by County [external link]
      United States. 1860.
      A map based on 1860 Census data that shows distribution of the slave population throughout the Southern United States. The numbers in each county represent the number of slaves in every 100 inhabitants. For example, in Pulaski County, KY there were 7.8 slaves for every 100 inhabitants.

    •  Partial List of Ku-Klux/Regulator Activities in Kentucky
      Multiple Counties. 1867-1871. 2 sources.
      This post contains a letter written by a "committee of colored citizens of Frankfort and vicinity" to the United States Congress in March 1871.  It contains a partial list of crimes committed by ku-klux/regulator mobs in Kentucky between Nov. 1867 to Jan. 1871, including one Laurel County and five Pulaski County incidents. There are also mention of incidents in Lincoln, Garrard, Whitley, Boyle, and other surrounding counties. The second source is a newspaper article that used the same list to discredit a speech from former Ky. Governor Stevenson in which he stated "half a dozen instances of violence did occur, not more" during his administration.

  • 1860  (2)
    •  [?][?] Kills Joshua [?] (slave)
      Whitley County. March 1860. 1 source.
      Joshua [?], 18 year-old black slave listed as killed by stabbing on the 1860 Whitley Mortality Schedule. If you have a guess about what is written after his first name please let me know. Here's my thinking on it: There's also something written in parentheses after his name that might say 'slave', maybe[?]. The clerk's capital S's are inconsistent in the slave/free column, but I'm confident all marks in that column are S's (look at the 's' in stabbed, for example). Confident the surname does not start with an 'L'. 'F', maybe? Surely it doesn't say "Free" because it says he's a slave, and surely he's not a slave with the surname Free?? That would be a cruel irony. However, it would explain why the clerk felt the need to write slave in parentheses...if that's even what that says.
      See: No. 8 on the 1860 Whitley Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 1

    •  [?][?] Kills Samuel M. Douglas (or Samuel McDouglas)
      Lincoln County. April 1860. 1 source.
      Samuel M. Douglas or Samuel McDouglas, 63 year-old white married male farmer listed as murdered on the 1860 Lincoln Mortality Schedule.
      See: No. 19 on the 1860 Lincoln Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 3

  • 1861  (3)
    •  James Smith Kills Robert Raines
      Lincoln County. February 1861. 1 source.
      "Enclosed you will find the description of James Smith, who, about the last of Feby, in this [Lincoln] County, killed Robert Raines — he has fled, and we desire you to offer a reward for his apprehension. The murder was a most unwarrantable one, and the person murdered a young man of great respectability and goodness."

    •  Battle of Camp Wildcat
      near Round Hill, Laurel County. 21 October 1861.
      Union victory. Union 5 killed, 20 wounded. CSA 11 killed, 42 missing or wounded. A May 19, 1871 article in the Danville Advocate indicates that an effort was made at that time to gather and bury remains "from the Wild Cat battle field and other places."

    •  Soldier Kills Teenage Boy for Hurrahing for CSA Pres. Jefferson Davis
      Rockcastle County. November 1861. 25 sources.
      "The famous Sigman case is on trial at Mt. Vernon. Sigman killed a boy during the war for yelling for Jeff Davis. ... It is now claimed by Sigman that he was a Federal soldier at the time of the killing, and that he had the right to shoot Higginbotham for his treasonable utterances. The G. A. R. has put up money for Sigman's defense, and will do their utmost to clear him...."
      Names Mentioned: John Logan Sigman/Sigmon, William/Dock Higginbotham, William A. Brooks, James S. Fish, John A. Mann, John Warmack, Henry Smith, Judge J. R. Morton

  • 1862  (5)
    •  James Harris Kills Dr. Bell and Dr. Reid
      Lincoln County. 1862[?]. 3 sources.
      "The case of the Commonwealth vs. Jas. S. Harris, charged with murdering two Confederate soldiers, Doctors Bell and Ried [Reid], in 1862, was called on Wednesday afternoon..."

    •  Roll of Rockcastle and Lincoln County Home Guard
      Rockcastle and Lincoln Counties. 1862. 1 source.
      I've transcribed the names and rank only; See images for list of dates mustered in and out.
      See also: Roll of the Hall's Gap Battalion

    •  Battle of Mill Springs
      west of Somerset, Pulaski County. 19 January 1862.
      Union victory. Union 39 killed, 207 wounded. CSA 125 killed, 404 wounded/missing. Confederate Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer was killed in the battle.

    •  Articles and Letters before/after The Battle of Mill Springs
      Pulaski County. December 1861 through February 1862. 21 sources.
      These are letters written before and after the battle, that include details about Christmas time at the Somerset camp, the difficulties of finding/cooking food in and around Somerset, descriptions of the camp, descriptions of the abandoned confederate entrenchments after the battle, encounters with local citizens, details about slaves/contrabands, burying the dead, etc.

    •  Battle of Perryville
      near Perryville, Boyle County. 8 October 1862.
      Union victory. Union 845 killed, 2,851 wounded, 515 captured/missing. CSA 510 killed, 2,635 wounded, 251 captured/missing. Considered the largest battle fought in Kentucky.

  • 1863  (3)
    •  William F. Kennedy Kills Frank Johnson
      Garrard County. 1863[?] 7 sources.
      Tried in 1879. "It is generally known that my husband, William F. Kennedy, was indicted at the last session of Court held in Garrard, for an act committed sixteen years ago. That indictment was sent to Lincoln and the deputy Sheriff came promptly to Crab Orchard, to arrest Mr. Kennedy..."

    •  Man Lynched For Assault of Schoolgirl
      a few miles from Columbia, Adair County. 1863[?] 1 source.
      R. A. Downing recalls an 1863 lynching in a 1908 article.
      See: Source No. 14 in Child-Slayer Lynched by Mob, Russell/Wayne, 1908

    •  Battle of Dutton's Hill (a.k.a. Battle of Somerset)
      1.5 miles from Somerset, Pulaski County. 31 March 1863.
      Union victory. Casualty reports vary from 10 killed to 80 killed.

  • 1864  (3)
    •  Roll of the Hall's Gap Battalion
      Lincoln County. 1864. 1 source.
      I've transcribed the names and rank only; See images for list of dates mustered in and out. This Battalion was led by Major James H. Bridgewater. It was originally raised as an independent Company of Scouts attached to the secret service.
      See also: Roll of Rockcastle and Lincoln County Home Guard

    •  Guerrillas/Regulators Kill Man at His Home
      ~10 miles north of Somerset, Pulaski County. 14 June 1864. 10 sources.
      "...a band of masked men went to the house of Coleman Stigall, called him up and shot him, and then made their escape. The affair created intense excitement at the time, but as it was just at the close of the rebellion, when party feeling was at a white-heat, it was thought advisable to let the affair rest until the country was quiet before the murder would be investigated." The case was tried in 1881.
      Names Mentioned: Coleman Stigall, J. Bourne/Bowen Love, Amanda Carson, Ceph Meece, William Stigall, Col. T. Z. Morrow, W. B. Pettus, James May, J. L. Owens, Capt. Welsh, Mike Saufly, Col. S. A. Newell, G. W. Shadoan, Thomas Stigall, Isham G. Harris, Fontaine Stigall

    •  Thomas Purden/Purdon Kills Dick [?] (slave)
      Lincoln County. Fall 1864. 2 sources.
      "...instantly he called out "hault" which was twice repeated and to no Effect as the person still advanced whereupon in the excitement of the Moment he fired, and unfortunately Killed Dick a Slave the property of Joseph McAlister..." ... "My Dear Sir I hand you herewith Petition of Thos Purden; you will see it is Signed by all the Leading Citizens in and around our Town, Purdem is a kind boy and Could have had no-Malice toward decedent for the killing of whom he was indicted. The universal wish of our whole Community as far as I have heard it spoken of strongly favors his pardon..."

  • 1865  (5)
    •  Goff's Historical Map of the U.S. Civil War[external link]
      1907 map.
      Map showing the major battles and raid routes of the Civil War.

    •  David Atkins Kills Thomas Baird
      Rockcastle County. 1864/1865[?]. 1 source.
      "Sheriff Parton, of Bell County, who was in the city to-day, says not only was [David] Adkins charged with the murder of the woman [said to be his wife], but he was also charged with having murdered Thos. Baird, in 1864 or 1865, in Rockcastle County." -From an 1883 article.

    •  Charles Yocum Kills James Gibson
      Lincoln County. 1865[?] 2 sources.
      "Charles Yocum, then a citizen of this county, killed James Gibson, who lived near where the King's Mountain Tunnel now is. The deadly fray commenced in a trivial dispute..."

    •  James Wilson Kills [?][?]
      Pulaski County. 1865[?] 1 source.
      "The leader of this party is James Wilson... He belonged to the State Guard in 1865--killed a man in Pulaski County in that year..."

    •  Elbert D. Kennedy Kills Wyatt Walker
      Garrard County. 1865[?] 4 sources.
      Tried in 1879. "On Saturday, the Grand Jury adjourned after finding more than eighty indictments. Among these was one against E. D. Kennedy, of Lincoln, for the killing of a colored man, named Wyatt Walker, thirteen years ago..."

  • 1866  (10)
    •  Skeletal Remains Found in Well Lead to Multiple Murder Trials
      Pulaski County. 1866[?] 26 sources.
      "About ten days ago [June 1880], a farmer living about three miles from Somerset, on the Mt. Vernon road, was having a well dug on his place in a sink-hole, and found in it three human skeletons...."
      Names Mentioned: John/James Millis, Robert A. Nunly/Nunley/Nunelly, John Berry Gilmore, Josephus "Ceph" Meece, Sam Woods, James M. Nimley/Nunley, H. E. Waltham, Marion Nunly/Nunley/Nunelly, W. B. Pettus, Erasmus Fisher, J. T. May, Col. W. G. Welch, Judge M. C. Saufley, J. H. Rout, Wm. Burton, J. B. Read, W. S. Hocker, James Paxton, B. F. Goode, A. K. Denny, J. L. Tanner, J. F. Kelley, B. D. Hussung, Wm. Wells, D. S. Jones, H. G. Trimble, J. W. Alcorn, Dick Warren, Rev. F. L. Warren, Thos. Meece, T. Z. Morrow, J. F. Griffin

    •  Jim Lair Kills Wils. Alcorn
      Pulaski County. 1866[?] 3 sources.
      "A dispatch from Somerset says that the pardon of Jim Loge Lair was found in the clerk's office Friday, and the man was released from jail. He wept like a child when the pardon was shown him in prison. The pardon was dated January 22, 1867, and signed by Thomas E. Bramlette, Governor, and John S. VanWinkle, Secretary of State. Lair is the man who was charged with the killing of Wils. Alcorn in 1866, and was arrested in Kansas about a month ago [January 1882] and brought to that place."

    •  Regulators Rob Several Black Residents
      near Stanford, Lincoln County. 5 January 1866. 1 source.
      "On last Friday night several white men, dressed in soldiers' clothing, robbed the houses of several free blacks in the neighborhood of the Stanford toll gate, in this vicinity. One of these free men was Monroe Robertson, as respectable a freeman and family as in Kentucky. Two of them entered his house, seized him, and, with pistols in hand, proceeded to rob his wife and children of their clothing. Can white man's meanness descend below this? They had previously robbed an old negro of his pocket-book and seven dollars..."

    •  Father and Son Murder Witness Against Them, Hanged by Mob
      Perryville, Boyle County. April 1866. 16 sources.
      Alleged that John Taylor and William Taylor killed Mrs. Bottom because she was a witness against one or both in another criminal case. Mob hung both of them, but father cut down. Escaped to Missouri. Captured 1878, brought back to Kentucky for trial. Sent to the penitentiary for life. Pardoned 1889 due to old age.
      Names Mentioned: John Taylor, William Taylor, Mary Polly Bridges Bottom/Bottoms, Judge Bridges, Henry D. Bottom, H. C. Bottom, Thomas Stephen, James Sloan/Stone, R. A. Kinkade/Kincaid, Rev. J. Holman, Micajah Rowsey, C. C. Gillispie, Harry Andrews, John Smith, Jim Cowan, Jim Lankford

    •  William L. Brown Kills County Clerk William M. Fox
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 4 June 1866. 8 sources.
      "Wm. Montgomery Fox, of Danville, was shot and killed in Somerset, by an old intimate friend by the name of Wm. Brown."
      Names Mentioned: William L. Brown, William "Billy" Montgomery Fox, E. L. Van Winkle, W. B. Moore, V. P. Moore, T. Z. Morrow, D. H. Denton and W. H. Pettris, Col. James A. Dawson, Sophronia Coffey, James Griffin, [?] Carter, William O. Bradley

    •  Four Prisoners Escape Danville Jail
      Danville, Boyle County. End of August 1866. 2 sources.
      "The names of the prisoners who escaped were James Slaughter, indicted in the Garrard Circuit Court for murder, Holman Crawford (m.c.) indicted for larceny, George Washington (m.c.) indicted for larceny, and Lee (m.c.) imprisoned on suspicion of poisoning. It is believed that the pistol in the possession of Slaughter was given him by some of his friends who recently visited him in the jail. None of the party have yet been retaken."
      See: Freedmen's Bureau Schoolhouse Burned by Arsonists

    •  Freedmen's Bureau Schoolhouse Burned by Arsonists
      Danville, Boyle County. End of August 1866. 2 sources.
      "[A] building built and used as a Freedman's Schoolhouse and owned by a Freedman named Jackson Davis was destroyed by fire last night in this town [Danville]. I have today initiated inquiries but have been unable to learn who were engaged in this outrage. There had been considerable excitement during the day, caused by the arrest of a Freedman charged with poissoning[sic] a man. During the evening this man and three others escaped from the jail which added to the excitement and probably led to the perpetuation of this outrage."

    •  [?] Reed Kills [?] Howell
      Pulaski County. September 1866. 1 source.
      "A difficulty occurred between two men named Reed and Howell, in which the latter was shot in the head and mortally wounded by the former. Reed escaped, but was closely pursued by the officers at last accounts."

    •  One Killed at House of Ill Repute Over Stolen Watch
      Flat Lick, Pulaski County. 15 November 1866. 1 source.
      "On Thursday night...a party of disreputable men were assembled at a disreputable house for purposes of debauch. During the night a negro entered the house and made a formal arrest of one of the inmates, by presenting a pistol and in due military form commanding him to surrender, charging the prisoner with having stolen a watch. ... [After some time,] the prisoner...effected his escape. After securing a pistol he returned and found his late captor still slumbering at his post. He thereupon aroused him to a sufficient degree...then fired his pistol's contents through the heart of the negro..."

    •  Freedman Lynched on Christmas Eve
      Danville, Boyle County. 24 December 1866. 2 sources.
      "Al. McRoberts a Freedman, was in Danville on the 24th inst having in his possession a pistol carried by authority of Thomas P. Young a Police Judge of this town, to protect himself against one W.A. Harness an officer of Boyle Co. who had threatened to kill him." ... "At 10 P.M. a party went to the jail and took McRoberts to the outskirts of the town and hung him. The farce of an inquest was played the next morning, with no attempt to learn any facts about the case, and a verdict rendered simply stating that the man McRoberts came to his death by hanging by some parties unknown."

  • 1867  (5)
    •  Regulators Attempt to Whip or Kill Maj. James H. Bridgewater
      Lincoln County. May 1867. 3 sources.
      "[A] gang of regulators in the Crab Orchard region, in Kentucky....entered that town the other day in search of a man named Bridgewater, an ex-officer of the army, whom they accused of horse stealing. Bridgewater gathered some of his friends to resist the regulator, and at last accounts a battle between the opposing parties was expected." Bridgewater was working for the Freedman's Bureau.
      See: The Murder of Major James H. Bridgewater, Lincoln, 1867
      Related: Roll of the Hall's Gap Battalion

    •  Regulators Terrorize Several Black Residents
      Stanford, Lincoln County. First half of July 1867. 1 source.
      "A band of armed men shot one freedman in the leg, and whipped several others in the vicinity of Stanford, on Wednesday night. The wounded man was shot for attempting to escape. The reason given for the outrage was, that the negroes refused to work, and were suspected of being engaged in horse stealing."

    •  Regulators Kill Maj. James H. Bridgewater
      Stanford, Lincoln County. 18 July 1867. 14 sources.
      "Six of the Regulators dismounted, and running up to the door fired upon Bridgewater, killing him instantly. The first shot, it is said, was fired by a man named [Walter] Sanders, who is Captain of the band, and as Bridgewater raised up in his chair the rest of the assassins discharged their revolvers. Some thirty shots in all were fired, eight entering his head and ten passing through his body." Walter Sanders served as Lincoln County Sheriff at one point. Maj. Bridgewater was leader of the Hall's Gap Battalion during the War and was working for the Freedman's Bureau at the time of his death.
      Related: Roll of the Hall's Gap Battalion

    •  Kentucky Senate Candidate Kills Man At Poll Site
      Providence or Glades Precinct, Rockcastle County. 1 August 1867. 8 sources.
      "Two old men, respectively Bullock and Ham, got into a fight at a political meeting at Providence, in Rockcastle county. Bullock bit off Ham's ear during the scuffle, and this so enraged the two sons of old man Ham that they picked a quarrel with the sons of old man Bullock. Young Bullock fired three shots at young Ham, missing him entirely. Young Ham then opened a small pocket knife and started after young Bullock, and while he was chasing him around the meeting house, he was shot in the back by [Republican Senate candidate Robert] Boyd."
      Names Mentioned: Robert Boyd, Edward Ham, William Ham, James Bullock, [?] Bullock, [?] Bullock, [?] Hyatt, [?] Ewel, [?] McClary, Judge William Carson, Jailer Ashley Owens, William D. McGraw, James G. Carter, Judge Pearl, Capt. R. L. Myers

    •  George Beazley Threatens Craig Family
      Stanford, Lincoln County. 2 October 1867. 1 source.
      "[I]t appearing to me from the Affidavits of Rachel Craig, Lee Craig, Martha Craig and Fleming Craig, that George Beazley was on the 2nd day of October 1867 in the County of Lincoln and State aforesaid, guilty of stoning and threatening to kill the said Rachel Craig and Fleming Craig, persons of Color. These are therefore to command you to arrest the said George Beazley and deliver him to General Sidney Burbank at the Military prison in the City of Louisville at as early a day as practicable to answer said charge."

  • 1868  (7)
    •  Andrew Decker Kills James Cheaney/Chaney
      Pulaski County. May 1868. 1 source.
      In August 1868, Decker was reportedly "in jail, awaiting trial by civil court" according to a Freedmen's Bureau report of known murders during the past year.

    •  Regulators Order Seven to Leave Their Homes
      Stanford, Lincoln County. 7 August 1868. 1 source.
      See: Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Regulators Kill James W. Baker
      Glades, Pulaski County. August 1868. 3 sources.
      "The Frankfort Commonwealth learns that the Ku-Klux Klan invaded Pulaski county, Ky., from the vicinity of Crab Orchard, last week, killed James Baker and whipped Noah Blakenship, until life is despaired of, besides whipping several other Union men. "

    •   Regulators Whip Noah M. Blankenship
      Glades, Pulaski County. August 1868. 3 sources.
      "I have been told by the citizens of the Glade precinct, that the murder of James W. Baker, and the whipping of Esquire N. M. Blankenship, deterred the republican party from voting at the November election their whole strength in that precinct. The terror commenced in the sections of country referred to just before the last August election, and continued until after the November election."
      See: Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Regulators Attack Residence, Several Occupants and One Regulator Killed
      Pulaski County near the Lincoln County line. 19 September 1868. 6 sources.
      A group of men, including Rodney Adams and Mack Adams, attack Stephen Cummins' house, killing Cummins and his daughter (one article says that a son was also killed). Rodney Adams was killed by Cummins in the fight. The attack on Cummins' was reportedly related to the killing of J. Q. Adams in or about February of 1866, in which they blamed Cummins as having a role. Mack Adams was also reportedly among the men who assassinated Bridgewater in 1867.

    •  Regulators Attack Black Residences, One Regulator Killed, Two Wounded
      near Hanging Fork, Lincoln County. October 1868. 5 sources.
      "On Monday night last a party of several men, all supposed to be white, went to a negro cabin at Freetown, on the Hanging Fork, in this county, near the water tank between here and South Danville, for the purpose, it is supposed, of inflicting a flogging upon an negro man for some alleged misconduct upon his part, we know not what. The assailing party were about to enter the cabin when the negro shot young John Masterson dead, shot young Cash, and, it is thought mortally wounded a young Mr. Coffey. It is thought the latter will recover, but the second, it is thought, will not." It's also reported the man who defended himself and another resident were then arrested. Soldiers guarded the jail to prevent them from being lynched. (I cannot seem to find what happened next with their case.)

    •   Regulators Order Five to Leave their Homes
      Lee Schoolhouse, Pulaski County. October 1868. 1 source.
      William Logan reports to authorities that a Ku-Klux notice was posted on the Lee schoolhouse where his daughter teaches, located about a half mile from his residence, addressed to William Logan (himself), Flotius Logan (his son), Vincent Luster (his brother-in-law), Porter Burton (a close neighbor), and Thomas Baker (his wife's uncle), ordering them to leave the county under penalty of death.

  • 1869  (13)
    •  [?][?] Kills [?] Comstock
      Pulaski County. 1869[?] 1 source.
      "About two years ago, a young man named Comstock, died mysteriously in Pulaski county, in this State. Recently, it has come to the knowledge of his mother, who resides in Louisville, that there is a very great probability that he died by the hands of violence. The attempt will be made to bring the guilty parties to trial."

    •   Regulators Whip William Parker
      Lincoln County. January 1869. 1 source.
      See: Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Four Injured in Affray
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 23 January 1869. 1 source.
      "Monday last was our County Court day, and quite a large crowd assembled in town. Late in the day an affray took place, in which W. D. Carpenter was shot in the right breast slightly, H. Dugan severely, Fre [sic] Cundiff (accidental) slightly, and Fred Lee cut in the arm severely, but not considered dangerous."

    •   Regulators Whip [?] Bayatt
      Stanford, Lincoln County. 12 March 1869. 1 source.
      See: Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  [?][?] Kills Harrison J. Young
      Pulaski County. 2 June 1869. 2 sources.
      20 year-old white male teacher listed as murdered and robbed on the 1870 Census Mortality Schedule for Pulaski County. He is buried in the Mt. Gilliad Cemetery in Pulaski County. His headstone says he is the son of S. & A. Young, born Apr. 8, 1849 and died June 2, 1869.
      See: No. 3 on the 1870 Pulaski Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 10

    •   Regulators Whip Lucinda Green
      thirteen miles from Stanford, Lincoln County. June 1869. 3 sources.
      "Mrs. Lucinda Green, who came into Louisville the other day and reported the state of affairs. Her personal story is that three weeks before the band had broken into her house at midnight in search of her husband, who served during the war in one of the Kentucky Union regiments, and whom they purposed to hang for his refusal to join their ranks. Fortunately, however, Green was not at home; the people in the house being Mrs. Green, her two children and a boy of 13. Several of the party rushed into her bedroom and...hauled her out of bed under the idea that he had got Green. Despite her resistance, she was dragged from the house, and the party, in their rage at Green's absence; first drew pistols on her, but finally contented themselves by whipping her..."
      See: Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  William Carrow[?], Reuben Cairwell[?], William Cairwell[?] Killed in Affray
      Wayne County. August 1869. 1 source.
      I do not know if they were all killed in the same affray, but they are all listed as having died in an August 1869 fight in the same voting district in Wayne County. William Carrow[?], 68 year-old married white male farmer whose cause of death is listed as Homicide, Killed in an Affray. Reuben Cairwell [Carewell?], 25-year old married white male farmer whose cause of death is listed as Homicide, Killed in an Affray. William Cairwell [Carewell?], 28-year old married white male farmer whose cause of death is listed as Homicide, Killed in an Affray.
      See: No. 2, 6 & 7 on the 1870 Wayne Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 4

    •  Man Kills Sheriff and Wounds Town Marshal
      near Presbyterian church, Stanford, Lincoln County. 18 September 1869. 32 sources.
      "Col. T. W. Napier, Sheriff of Lincoln county, was killed, and Ed. Davidson, Marshal of Stanford, was mortally wounded last night by a drunken man by the name of Sam. Holmes. There was a meeting, the nature of which I did not learn, at the Odd Fellow's Lodge, and Holmes was creating a disturbance outside of the house. Sheriff Napier undertook to arrest him, and Davidson went to assist the Sheriff. Holmes resisted the officers and shot them both. He made his escape..."
      Names Mentioned: Samuel Holmes Jr., Sheriff Thomas W. Napier, Marshal Edward M. Davidson/Davison, Deputy S. H. Hickle, J. B. Owens, S. M. Owens, A. A. Warren, S. S. Myers, Thos. Newland, L. C. Alcorn, Dr. L. F. Huffman, Dr. S. P. Craig, George S. Carpenter, John W. Bright, Jr., James Elmore, Jailer Thos. Buford, Deputy Jailer J. H. Graff, Ben McRoberts, Judge J. A. Lytle, 'Squire W. R. Carson, Governor James McCreary, Nick Morrison, George Saunders, Judge George Denny Jr., J. W. Alcorn, T. P. Hill, and others

    •   Regulators Whip Man, Rape Woman
      Somerset, Pulaski County. Last week in October 1869. 1 source.
      "A party of men made an attack on some negroes, at Somerset, Ky., last week, beating an old man and committing a rape on a woman."

    •  Regulators Kill George Tankesley
      Crab Orchard Springs, Lincoln County. First week in November 1869. 2 sources.
      "Near Crab Orchard Springs, Kentucky, Friday night, four men went to a house of ill-fame to tear it down, but finding some parties inside ready to defend it, opened fire with Spencer rifles and mortally wounded Geo. Tankesly, an inmate."
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Regulators Whip Allen Cooper
      Pulaski County. November 1869. 1 source.
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Three Killed in Gun Fight over Regulator Whipping
      Somerset, Pulaski County. Last week in November 1869. 4 sources.
      This gunfight was a response/result of the whipping of Allen Cooper that had occurred a few days/weeks before. Henry J. Dalton, 28 year-old white married male farmer listed as killed by Pistol Shot in Fray, and William Pleasants, 21 year-old white single male farmer listed as killed by Gun Shot in Fray, on the 1870 Census Mortality Schedule for Pulaski County. [?] Todd was also reportedly killed and James Pleasants badly wounded in the same gun fight.
      See: No. 7 on Pulaski Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 5 and No. 3 on the 1870 Pulaski Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 15

    •  Regulators Kill Allen Cooper
      Adair County. 24 December 1869. 3 sources.
      "Still, in the pursuit of continually desiring peace, respecting the people's appeals and even willing therefore to appease the wrath of the lawless, Cooper's friends advised him, and he consented, to leave the county. He started with his family on the 23d of December. But when he was about twenty miles on the way, during the second day's journey, in the County of Adair, accompanied by only his wife and small children and a boy driving a wagon containing his scanty effects, as he walked behind--no doubt occupied with the sore reflection of an outraged freeman--he was shot dead from the assassin's ambush..."
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

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  • 1870's  (123)
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    •  1870 Census Mortality Schedule
      Boyle, Garrard, Laurel, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, & Whitley Counties. 1869/1870. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1870 Census Mortality Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. Contains names reported to the census taker of those persons who died within the previous twelve months. Columns include number of family corresponding to Schedule 1, name, age, sex, color, married or widowed, place of birth, parentage of foreign birth, month the person died, occupation, cause of death.

    •  Prohibition, Alcohol, and Saloons in 1870's Pulaski Co.
      Pulaski County. March 1872 to December 1879. 20+ sources.
      A collection of articles from the 1870's detailing temperance meetings, local option elections, articles on public opinion of prohibition, etc., all relating to Somerset and/or Pulaski County.

    •  Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s
      Pulaski, Rockcastle and Laurel Counties. 1872 to 1879. 24+ sources.
      A collection of unrelated articles detailing non-fatal (as far as I know) shootings, affrays, etc.
      Names Mentioned: too many to list; this post is updated periodically


  • 1870  (9)
    •  Macajah Rowsey Kills George Phillips
      Boyle County. 1870[?] 2 sources.
      "Macajah Rowsey, charged with the murder of George Phillips, nine years ago, was acquitted. This was Rowsey's second trial, the first having occurred eighteen months ago, when he was convicted of manslaughter and his punishment fixed at two years in the Penitentiary."

    •  [?][?] Kills Hammons Madison
      Laurel County. January 1870. 1 source.
      Hammons Madison, 27 year-old white married male with Homicide (Killed by a Rock in Fight crossed out) listed as cause of death on the 1870 Rockcastle Mortality Schedule.
      See: No. 1 on the 1870 Laurel Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 1

    •  Mob Raids Somerset Jail, Removes Four Prisoners
      Somerset, Pulaski County. First week in April 1870. 2 sources.
      "Information has just been received here that Curren and Dawes, who were placed in the jail at Somerset, Pulaski county, on the 1st of April, under the civil rights bill, and Sam Henley and James Joyce, arrested for illicit distilling, and placed in confinement at the same place, were forcibly taken from jail on Wednesday night, by a party of men with blackened faces calling themselves Ku-Klux. The rescued prisoners have not yet been recaptured."
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Regulators Hang Man in Baptist Churchyard
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. First week in April 1870. 2 sources.
      "On Tuesday night last a negro horse thief named Fox, while walking along the road with another negro near Crab Orchard, was arrested and hung in the Baptist church yard."
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  Regulators Threaten Winston Owens, One Regulator Killed, One Wounded
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. First week in April 1870. 2 sources.
      Winston Owens stated to some other people that he could name some of the men who hanged [?] Fox. Later, a party of men went to the bar where he worked, intending him harm. Owens fired buckshot at the men, killing [?] Hyatt and wounding [?] Saunders.
      See:Partial List of Ku-Klux Activities in Kentucky

    •  [?][?] Kills Virginious Davis
      Pulaski County. April 1870. 1 source.
      18 year-old white male student with Homicide (Gun Shot Wound crossed out) listed as cause of death on the 1870 Pulaski Mortality Schedule.
      See: No. 9 on 1870 Pulaski Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 4

    •  Family Ambushed While Planting Corn, One Killed
      near Rockcastle River, Laurel County. May 1870. 5 sources.
      In an ambush, a young lawyer named P. H. Bullock was killed while planting corn with his family. Several members of the Parker family were arrested and placed in jail.
      See: Mob Raids Laurel County Jail, Hangs Four Prisoners

    •  Mob Raids Laurel County Jail, Hangs Four Prisoners
      London, Laurel County. May 1870. 5 sources.
      A disguised mob raided the Laurel County jail and lynched four men under arrest for the ambush of the Bullock family and the killing of P.H. Bullock.
      Names Mentioned: P. H. Bullock, Alex "Allie" Parker Jr., Pleasant Parker, Daniel Parker, Willis Parker, William Shelter, William Hullan

    •  William Owens Kills Henry Langford at County Fair
      Rockcastle County. May 1870. 27 sources.
      This post contains articles and documents regarding four murders: the killings of Henry Langford by William Owens in May 1870, John Griffin by William Owens in 1872(?), John A. Pickens by James Langford in 1875, and James Langford by William Owens in 1879.  Henry Langford was allegedly killed by William Owens in self-defense during the county fair in May 1870. Owens was acquitted, but Henry's brother James vowed revenge.  James killed John Pickens from ambush in 1875, mistaking him for Owens. James Langford was acquitted of Pickens murder.  In 1879, Williams Owens and James Langford met again, and Owens killed Langford, and was later acquitted.
      Related: Jack Adams Jr. Kills Liberty Langford
      Related: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud
      Names Mentioned: Henry W. Langford, William "Bill" A. Owens, James Langford, Rev. Martin Owens, Ashley Owens, John A. Pickens, George W. McClure, William M. Fish, Liberty Langford, A. P. Ricketts, John Griffin, G. H. Albright, W. O. Bradley, R. H. Frith, J. R. Calloway


  • 1871  (7)
    •  John Camden Kills [?] Tuttle
      Lincoln County. 1871[?] 4 sources.
      "John Camden, formerly a citizen of Waynesburg, in this [Lincoln] county, and who shot and killed a young man named Tuttle, some year or two since, at that place, was arrested in some of the Western States, a few days ago, and brought here and lodged in jail."

    •  Fountain Young Kills Nathan Trusty
      Casey County. 1871. 15 sources.
      "Fount Young, accused of the murder of [Nathan] Trusty, in Casey county, and who has been lying in our [Lincoln Co.] jail wounded, for some months, was taken to Liberty last Monday morning to be tried at the present term of the Casey circuit court."
      See also: Man Shoots Another Over Small Disagreement, Pulaski, 1882

    •  L. Jones Shoots Capt. [?] Roberts
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. Second half of March 1871. 1 source.
      "...an affray took place between Mr. L. Jones and Capt. Roberts, in which the latter was shot and dangerously, if not fatally, wounded. Roberts was preparing to go to Illinois, and expected to leave that day, and, it is said, had threatened to shoot Jones at sight. This threat coming to the knowledge of Jones, he prepared himself, and, upon meeting Roberts, commenced firing at him. One shot entered near the spine and came out at the hip, and will probably prove fatal."

    •  Description of Stagecoach Journey From Stanford to Somerset
      Lincoln and Pulaski Counties. 30 July 1871. 1 source.
      A Cincinnati Commercial correspondent colorfully describes a stagecoach trip, the desperate need for a railroad in the Pulaski section of the State, and goes on to describe some of the men completing the survey for the Cincinnati Southern, and the resources of the counties through which the railroad will likely pass. "In wicked moments I sometimes wish that those of the Legislature who voted against the railroad were strung along the road from Stanford to Somerset, compelled to breathe all the dust that's kicked up, and hear all the curses that come from the lips of desperate passengers. I should want such one to be located where there was no shade, and about ten miles from water and an equal distance from any still-house. This last provision would be the cruelest of all, and the one most likely to bring them to terms."

    •  Two Killed, One Injured in Affray
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. August 1871. 3 sources.
      "A fight occurred at Crab Orchard, on Wednesday afternoon, of last week, between Geo. Dollings and Grove Kennedy, in which one shot was fired, but the parties were separated without serious injury. On Thursday night two friends of Kennedy, one named Geo. Best, met Dollings at the Hardin house, Crab Orchard, and a fight ensued, revolvers being used freely. Dollings was mortally wounded and has since died. Frank Smith, who was only a spectator of the affray, recieved two shots and was instantly killed, and Best was severely wounded."

    •  Mat Cullens Kills Mike Collins
      three miles from Stanford, Lincoln County. September 1871. 1 source.
      "On Saturday evening last John Moore, of Liberty, accompanied by two Irishmen, Mike Collins and Mat Cullens, were in our town [Stanford] sipping "benzine" rather freely for Good Templars. They left about dark, and after getting three miles from town on the Liberty pike the two Irishmen got into a fight, which resulted in the death of Cullens by receiving a stab at the hands of Collins."

    •  C. C. Gillispie Kills James Terhune
      Boyle County. December 1871. 3 sources.
      "On Thursday night of last week, between 9 and 10 o'clock, a difficulty occurred between Jas. Terhune, a young man of this city [Danville], and C. C. Gillispie, a barkeeper for F. L. Shipman, and late of Pulaski county. Terhune was shot, the ball passing through the upper part of the left leg, but could not be traced any further." Terhune died of his wounds sometime before February, when Gillispie was indicted for manslaughter.


  • 1872  (9)
    •  Hannah Sampson Kills [?][?](step-son)
      Laurel County. 1872[?] 1 source.
      "After this they went into trial of the case which created so much excitement some time back in this county, of Commonwealth against Hannah Sampson for the murder of her step-son, who was found not guilty of the charge by the jury after two days consideration of the facts and arguments."

    •  Wood Osborne Kills George W. Price
      Pulaski County. Spring 1872(?). 1 source.
      Names Mentioned: Wood Osborne, George W. Price

    •  Caroll K. Humber Shoots William G. Collier
      Lincoln County. 11 March 1872. 2 sources.
      "Mr. Carrol Humber, a young man of Crab Orchard, Kentucky, shot Wm. G. Collier who lives near that place, on Monday last. Several shots were fired, two of which took effect, one in the arm and the other near the neck. The wounds are very slight, as Mr. Collier is out and attending to business. The difficulty grew out of some private misunderstanding. An examining trial will be held in a few days."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    • Quarrel in Somerset Bank Prevents Jesse James Heist
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 26 April 1872. 2 sources.
      An 1872 article states that 5 strangers came to Somerset matching the description of those that robbed the Columbia (Adair Co.) bank days later on April 29, 1872, and expresses belief that these men likely had plans to rob the Somerset bank, too.  The Columbia bank robbery was later claimed as the work of Jesse James and his gang. Also includes an 1882 interview with the former president of the Bank of Columbia, T. T. Alexander.  Alexander recalls that the Friday before James and his gang robbed the Columbia bank, that they almost hit the bank in Somerset.  However, when James entered the Somerset bank, a stock raiser and a mule trader were in a heated argument with pistols drawn, and the bank cashier was between them trying to defuse the situation.  According to Alexander, James decided at that point not to rob the bank, and instead left Somerset in the direction of Monticello.
      Names Mentioned: Wm. Gibson, J. C. Patton, Squire Thompson, J. C. Bogle, Jesse James, Frank James, T. T. Alexander

    •  Man Kills Neighbor in Argument Over Hogs Eating His Corn
      12 miles west of Somerset, Pulaski County. 18 May 1872. 3 sources.
      "It seems that Eastham's hogs had been disturbing Roy's corn field and on the morning before the killing, Roy accompanied by a man named Davis, went to Eastham's house to see him but did not find him at home. As soon as Eastham returned his wife informed him of Roy and Davis' visit, and that they had left word for him to come down and see about his hogs. Eastham ate his dinner and went to the field where Roy and Davis were at work, when a few words brought up the difficulty which resulted in the death of Eastham."
      Names Mentioned: [?] Eastham, Thomas Roy, [?] Davis

    •  Two Injured in Decoration Day Fight
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 27 May 1872. 1 source.
      "During the ceremonies of decoration day, and near the immense crowd assembled, three men by the name of Burton made an attack upon a man by the name of Muse, the latter in self-defense cutting one of the Burtons with a knife, when a brother of the wounded man struck Muse with a rock, shattering his cheek bone, which settled the difficulty, the gallant Burtons taking to their heels and Muse going for the doctor."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  William Owens Kills John Griffin
      Rockcastle County. 4 July 1872. 27 sources.
      Griffin "accused Owens of infringing on his rights, by cutting his timber for the use of a steam saw mill in which Owens was somewhat interested. The difficulty first occurred a day or two before, and on this occasion it was renewed by Griffin in a very obstreperous and threatening manner, with an attempt to draw his weapons, when Owens commenced firing as rapidly as possible..."
      See: Killing During County Fair Leads To Two More Murders

    •  An 1872 Description of Pulaski County, KY
      Pulaski County. September 1872. 1 source.
      This is an article printed in the Interior Journal describing farming in various places throughout the county, the Pulaski fair, and the city of Somerset. It reads like an advertisement to increase tourism and trade to the county. It also mentions that the Somerset courthouse is planned but not yet built.
      Names Mentioned: Benjamin Ham, Alex Dye,  Bob Murphy, Dr. S. R. Owens, W. O. Newel, David Rankin, Monroe Floyd, Harvey Sloan

    •  Bystander Shot in Christmas Day Argument Over Alcohol
      Rockcastle County. 25 December 1872. 1 source.
      "A difficulty occurred on the evening of Christmas day, between Wm. Cook and V. Shilpot, at Gresham & Ward's store, over a bottle of brandy. Cook shot at Shilpot, but missed him and hit Thos. Miller, inflicting an ugly wound. The ball was extracted by Dr. Brown, who thinks the wound not dangerous. No arrests."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s


  • 1873  (9)
    •  Nick Morrison Kills William Gooch
      Milledgeville, Lincoln County. 1873[?] 4 sources.
      "We learn from those who are acquainted with him, that Nick Morrison who, two years ago murdered Wm. Gooch, at Milledgeville, in cold blood, got off the train here on Monday and staid around town the whole evening, apparently as unconcerned as if his hands were free from the blood of his fellow man."

    •  [?] Bodkins Kills [?][?]
      Laurel County. 1873[?]. 1 source.
      "Court being opened and the jury empanneled, they proceeded to business, trying several Commonwealth cases and fining several parties for misdemeanor, and convicting one man by the name of Bodkins of manslaughter sentencing him to the State prison for two years."

    •  Men on Drunken Spree Kill Two, Injure One
      Boyle County. 19 January 1873. 23 sources.
      Bill Wilson and Clay Drye reportedly shot at least three men (killing two) over the course of one day. They "rode into Shelby City and stopped at the drug store of J. B. Williamson, where the proprietor and his two sons, John and Robert, were sitting around the stove engaged in social converse. The two men were exceedingly boisterous and insulting in their conduct, demanding liquor, which Mr. Williamson declined to sell them, saying that it would be a violation of law. Young Drye drew his pistol and threatened to kill elder Williamson, who grasped the weapon and a struggle ensued. J. B. Williamson attempted to assist his father, when Wilson drew his pistol and fired, the ball taking effect in the head of the young man." "They shot a negro near Parksville, Boyle county, and one near Milledgeville, in the same county, the same day. One is reported dead; the other one recovered."
      Names Mentioned: William "Bill" S. Wilson, Clay Drye, J. B. Williamson, John Williamson, Robert Williamson, J. B. Caldwell, S. V. Bowden, L. C. Rich, Berry Taylor, Pleas. Taylor, Blu. Kennet, John Saunders, Robert Saunders

    •  Man Kills Another With Handspike
      Rockcastle County. 24 January 1873. 3 sources.
      "Finding Arnold overpowering him, Murray reached for his pistol and shot his adversary through the stomach, inflicting a mortal wound. Arnold sprung up, seized a handsp[i]ke and literally beat out Murray's brains with it, killing him instantly."
      Names Mentioned: George W. Murray, Lee Arnold, Walker Bledsoe

    •  Rockcastle Circuit Court Clerk's Office Burned
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 15 February 1873. 10 sources.
      "On Thursday night, the 15th instant, the County Clerk's office at Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle county, was discovered wrapped in flames by the railroad employes on the freight train, at a late hour of the night."
      Related: Articles Relating to David P. Bethurum, Rockcastle, 1889-1900
      Names Mentioned: David P. Bethurum, Charles Bethurum, Andy Cummins, James Bethurum, Walter Saunders, Emmett Snodgrass, T. J. Milbourn, J. L. Clark, F. M. Gibbs, Dick Williams, James Houk

    •  Two Shot in Street Shootout
      Lancaster, Garrard County. February 1873. 1 source.
      "Andy Conn and John Broadus, from the East end of the county, having become surcharged with rot-gut, bust-head, rifle whisky, determined, as we may suppose, to show their contempt for all law and the loathsome depravity of their nature, drew their pistols and commenced shooting at each other on the street. At the first fire an innocent by-stander was shot below the knee-joint, and the bone was badly fractured. Mr. Broadus was shot twice in the body, and it is supposed fatally. Mr. Conn, who sheltered himself behind a post, escaped unhurt."

    • ♦ ♦ Harriet Clark Called to Door and Shot Dead
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. March 1873. 3 sources.
      "On Friday night last, about nine o'clock, four men rode up to the door of a cabin about two miles and a half south of Crab Orchard, occupied by a poor and inoffensive negro woman named Harriet Clark, and seven children, the youngest not ten months old. Calling the unsuspected woman to the door, they immediately fired upon her, one ball taking effect in her left breast, coming out near the spine. Twelve shots were fired at the door and window, but fortunately none of the children in the house were hurt."

    • ♦ Hiram R. Hiatt Kills George/John England
      Rockcastle County. June 1873[?] 7 sources.
      "H. R. Hiatt, of Lincoln county, was arrested in Stanford last Saturday by authority of County Judge McClure, and brought to this place [Mt. Vernon] to answer the charge of murdering George England, in this [Rockcastle] county, in June 1873."

    •  Rockcastle Circuit Court Clerk's Office Burned
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. August 1873. 10 sources.
      "The county and circuit Clerks office was burned on last Thursday night a week and all the records devoured by the flames."
      Names Mentioned: David P. Bethurum, Charles Bethurum, Andy Cummins, James Bethurum, Walter Saunders, Emmett Snodgrass, T. J. Milbourn, J. L. Clark, F. M. Gibbs, Dick Williams, James Houk


  • 1874  (16)
    •  John Saunders Kills his father Robert Saunders
      Lincoln County. 1874[?] 1 source.
      "We learn that John Saunders, who is charged with killing his father, Robert Saunders, in Lincoln county, about two years ago, and who broke jail about four months ago, at Liberty, has been seen in that county, and pursued by the officers of the law, but up to this time has not been recaptured."

    •  Wesley[?] McPherson/McFerran Kills [?][?]
      Pulaski County. 1874. 6 sources.
      "Wesley McFerron, who was brought to our town from Mt. Vernon, one day last week, upon a warrant for stabbing a railroad hand in our county, a few months since, made his escape from the guards and is now running at large." ... "McPherson, the reputed slayer of a number of others besides the unfortunate negro, for whose murder he was tried, goes forth again after an imprisonment of six or eight months in jail, to his bloody work."

    •  Walter Saunders Kills Charles Bethurum
      near Hall's Gap, Lincoln County. March 1874. 3 sources.
      "Purcell entered the house first, followed by Sheriff Saunders, who, on entering, drew his gun on Berthurum and told him to set down and hold up his hands and he should not be hurt, as he was only authorized, as a Sheriff, to arrest him. Instead of quietly submitting to this proper request, he sprang at Saunders like a wild tiger and seized his gun, trying to wrench it from him..."
      Related: Rockcastle Circuit Court Clerk's Office Burned
      Related: Genealogy Report of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Descendants
      Names Mentioned: Charles Bethurum, Andy Cummins, Walter Saunders, John D. Purcell, D. P. Bethurum, Tom Atkins, [?] Tucker, [?] Tucker, Sam Chandler, [?] Hiatt

    •  Construction of the Pulaski County Courthouse
      Somerset, Pulaski County. First courtdate in building held March 1874. 27 sources.
      These are articles relating to the construction of the courthouse in Somerset in use from 1874 to 1974. Construction began in 1872 following a fire that year which damaged the previous court building. Includes photo and clips from Sanborn maps.
      Names Mentioned: William Gibson, T. Z. Morrow, George M. Sandifer, [?] Johnson, C. P. Williams, R. Watts

    •  John Meece Shoots Green Riley Dykes
      Pulaski County. End of April 1874. 1 source.
      "On Tuesday last, John Meece came to our town and obtained a warrant against Green Riley Dykes for making an attempt to shoot him. The warrant was placed in the hands of one of our officers, who summoned a posse to assist him in making the arrest, who, it seems, were accompanied by Meece. The arresting party repared to the house of Dykes, who surrendered without any resistance, but afterwards, perceiving Meece to be in the crowd, he became enraged and made some warlike demonstrations toward him, when Meece drew a favorite little companion in the shape of a pistol and shot the said Dykes; the ball penetrating the forehead, ranging around the head and lodging between the bones. The physician who attended Dykes pronounced the wound a serious but not a mortal one. The ball has not yet been extracted."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Jeff Mercer Kills Hopkins Foster
      Point Isabel aka Burnside, Pulaski County. 25 May 1874. 10 sources.
      A group of men gathered at the Greenwood Hotel in order to investigate a rumor involving a black railroad worker and the daughter of a white railroad contractor named Clark. The meeting escalated into a drunken melee in which at least two people were injured. Factions involved in the fight left to obtain additional arms from different locations and return to fighting. When one party was returning, a man named Hopkins B. Foster who had not been involved in the melee (but worked for the railroad with some of those that were) tried to stop further fighting, but due to his "rashness" was shot and killed by Jeff Mercer.
      Names Mentioned: Jeff Mercer, Hopkins B. Foster, [?] Clark, [?] Dunn, [?] Walters, J. W. F. Parker, James Clark, C. W. Maupin, Columbia Maupin Foster

    •  Riley Tartar Shoots Perkins Baker
      Pulaski County. June/July 1874. 1 source.
      "Riley Tarter, accused of the crime of shooting and wounding Perkins Baker with intent to kill, had his examining trial a few days since, before Judges Zachary and DeHoff, who sent him on to further trial, fixing his bail at the sum of $500. It is supposed that Baker will recover, although his wound is a serious one; several of the shot taking effect in his right eye."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Officer Kills Man Resisting Arrest on Election Day
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. First half of August 1874. 1 source.
      "Some outlaws undertook to bully the Sheriff of Rockcastle in his attempt to arrest them on election day, and two of them were shot and slightly wounded. A desperate character named Harper was shot and killed at Pine Hill by an officer for resisting his attempt to arrest him."

    •  At Least Two Killed in Riot at Lancaster
      Lancaster, Garrard County. August 1874. 8 sources.
      "Two hundred State militia arrived here at 5:30 a.m. and camped on the Public Square. The negroes all scattered last night and the whites disbanded. All is quiet. A white man named Ward, who was in the Sellers house with the negroes, was shot. Only one negro was killed. There were eighteen of them in the house which was burned, and all would have been killed except that the United States troops protected them, and they escaped under cover of Federal guns. A white man named Foley, of Crab Orchard, belonging to the Kennedy party, was killed yesterday. Only one house was burned, Sellers' house would not have been burned if the negroes had not fortified themselves therein. Sellers himself was not in his house, but was said to be in the camp of the United States soldiers."

    •  Railroad Contractor Kills Man Who Had Threatened Him
      Pulaski County. 28 August 1874. 2 sources.
      A column detailing "information of the killing of ---- Callahan, by Joseph McCabe...at the residence of Wm. Bryant, in our county, and other disturbances, chiefly among the town negroes and Railroad negroes."
      Names Mentioned: [?] Callahan, Joseph McCabe, William Bryant, H. S. Porch, Bud Singleton, Green Porch, W. S. Shepperd

    •  Gunfight in Somerset Public Square
      Somerset, Pulaski County. First half of September 1874.
      "Tuesday night about half-past 10 o'clock, when about 25 shots were fired on the public square of our town, and near the Courthouse..."
      See: Railroad Contractor Kills Man Who Had Threatened Him

    •  Joseph Hughes Kills Robert World
      near Stanford, Lincoln County. 17 September 1874. 2 sources.
      "Gov. McCreary has pardoned Joseph Hughes, who was sent to the Penitentiary from this [Lincoln] county, for four years, on a charge of killing a negro man near Stanford, in 1874."

    •  William Gresham Kills Joseph Ferrell/Ferrill
      Milledgeville, Lincoln County. 27 September 1874 10 sources.
      "Your readers will remember that some year or more ago, a man name Ferrill, was shot and killed at Milledgeville, at the house of Mike Ely. Ely, Gresham and Hall were tried on the charge of homicide. Ely and Hall were acquitted, and Gresham sentenced to the State Prison, from which he is now returned."
      See also: Six Injured in Election Day Row, Lincoln, 1878

    •  Irwin Taylor Shoots David Bails
      near Point Isabel aka Burnside, Pulaski County. First week in October 1874. 1 source.
      "One Irwin Taylor shot and wounded David Bails, a few days since, in the vicinity of Point Isabel, with intent to kill, for which crime he is indicted."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Lancaster Postmaster Killed By Brother-in-Law
      Lancaster, Garrard County. December 1874. 6 sources.
      Andy Conn and "Ebenezer Best, charged with the murder of S. W. Hedger, at Lancaster about a year since. Mr. Hedger was the Post-Master at Lancaster, and had married a sister of Best's wife, and, it is said, that this marriage greatly incensed Best, because it was done contrary to his wishes."

    •  Laborer Killed at King's Mountain Tunnel Work
      King's Mountain Tunnel, Lincoln County. 23 December 1874. 2 sources.
      "Scott Graves, a railroad man from Virginia, was, a few days ago, tried before an examining Court for the murder of one [Buford] Gwinn, a fellow laborer upon the King's Mountain Tunnel work, about the 23d of December last, and was sent on to further trial without bail. Graves now alleges that one Bishop, who has fled the country, did the killing, and has applied to the County Judge to have the body of Gwinn disinterred for post mortem examination..."


  • 1875  (14)
    •  Jim Gillispie Kills [?] O'Brien
      Pulaski County. 1875[?] 2 sources.
      "Jim Gillispie who killed O'Brien, a year or more since, got eight years..."

    •  Josiah Bishop Stabs Father-in-Law Berry Ware
      Pulaski County. 26 February 1875. 1 source.
      "Mr. Berry Ware, an old citizen living in Pulaski Co., was seriously stabbed by his son-in-law, Josiah Bishop, on Friday last. It seems that Bishop had taken one of Mr. Ware's horses without his consent, and ridden off some distance. On his return, Mr. Ware remonstrated with him on such conduct, when a rough and tumble fight ensued, Ware getting the better of the young man. It was while Ware had him down that Bishop did the cutting--reaching over and inflicting seven severe wounds in his back."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Frank Green Kills [?] Kelly
      Point Isabel aka Burnside, Pulaski County. March 1875. 2 sources.
      "Frank Green, alias Frank Endwright, was arrested at King's Mountain Tunnel...admitted to the officers that he shoved the man Kelley off the cliff at Point Isabel..."

    • ♦ Bill Carrigan Kills [?][?]
      Point Isabel aka Burnside, Pulaski County. April 1875. 2 sources.
      "Bill Carrigan who has finished a course of lectures in the Kentucky Penitentiary, killed a son of Reid & Flannery's foreman, at the Point, Saturday night."
      Names Mentioned: Bill Carrigan, Maj. Elliott

    •  [?] Payne Kills [?][?]
      near King's Mountain, Lincoln County. June 1875. 1 source.
      "Last week a man named Payne, a watch and jewelry mender, got into a difficulty with some negroes there which resulted in Payne's killing one of the men and slightly wounding another in the arm."

    •  Peter Goff Kills William Lunsford
      Rockcastle County. June 1875. 3 sources.
      "I write you in behalf of their son, Peter Goff, who was convicted of manslaughter in this county about four years ago, and sentenced to five years' confinement in the Penitentiary..."

    •  Aquilla Riddle Kills Anderson Todd
      Pulaski County. 25 June 1875. 5 sources.
      "Two men, Anderson Todd and Aquilla Riddle, living on Buck Creek about four miles from here, had a difficulty on the 25th in regard to some chickens that Riddle had engaged around in the neighborhood, and which Todd had subsequently bought. The affair did not come to anything serious at the time, but the next day Todd had occasion to go to his fathers for a hammer and passing by the house of Riddle, he stopped to talk the matter over with him and make friends, as they were brothers-in-law. Riddle was asleep at the time, and Todd waited at the fence till Riddle's wife informed him that he was wanted. He came out and some angry words followed, when Riddle drew his pistol, shooting him in the side, the ball entering about the third rib, lodging near the back bone from which he died about 10 o'clock on Monday last..."

    •  Two Wounded in Fight Over Lawsuit
      Livingston, Rockcastle County. Last week in June/First week of July 1875. 1 source.
      "We learn from passengers on yesterday morning's train from Livingston; that a serious affray took place yesterday between Wm. R. Dillion and Ben. Goodin and his son, which resulted in the wounding of Goodin's son, by a pistol shot, and the wounding also, of W. R. Dillion, slightly. The difficulty grew out of an attachment suit brought by Goodin against Dillion."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  James Langford Kills Wrong Man In Revenge Attempt
      Rockcastle County. 5 July 1875. 27 sources.
      This post contains articles and documents regarding four murders: the killings of Henry Langford by William Owens in May 1870, John Griffin by William Owens in 1872, John A. Pickens by James Langford in 1875, and James Langford by William Owens in 1879.  Henry Langford was allegedly killed by William Owens in self-defense during the county fair in May 1870. Owens was acquitted, but Henry's brother James vowed revenge.  James killed John Pickens from ambush in 1875, mistaking him for Owens. James Langford was acquitted of Pickens murder.  In 1879, Williams Owens and James Langford met again, and Owens killed Langford, and was later acquitted.
      Related: Jack Adams Jr. Kills Liberty Langford
      Related: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud
      Names Mentioned: Henry W. Langford, William "Bill" A. Owens, James Langford, Rev. Martin Owens, Ashley Owens, John A. Pickens, George W. McClure, William M. Fish, Liberty Langford, A. P. Ricketts, John Griffin, G. H. Albright, W. O. Bradley

    •  [?][?] Kills Peter Helton
      Pulaski County. 22 August 1875. 1 source.
      Listed on the 1875 Pulaski County Death Records.

    •  David Lockett Kills [?] Yoss
      Lincoln County. September 1875. 2 sources.
      "Something over a year ago, Dave Lockett killed Ben Goss, both men of color, at Crab Orchard. The facts are, that the wives of the two men had a difficulty the day before the killing, and the next day the wife of Goss and Goss himself and his mother-in-law had hold of Lockett's wife, whereupon Lockett ran up to them and picked up a very large rock, held it in his hand and struck Goss a violent blow, which resulted in his death in about one hour."

    •  Man Struck With Hatchet During Quarrel
      Walnut Flat, Lincoln County. September 1875. 1 source.
      "We learn that a serious difficulty occurred at the Walnut Flat, in this county, last Wednesday morning, between a man named Rout, and one named Russell. They quarrelled, and Rout cut, or cut at Russell, when Russell struck Rout with a hatchet, inflicting a dangerous wound in the side."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s


  •  W.V. Bank Robber Killed in Pine Hill, Mistaken for Jesse James
    Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 17 September 1875. 44 sources, 3 transcribed.
    Jesse James was reportedly shot and killed in Rockcastle County in 1875. Soon after the man killed was identified instead as another Missouri bandit, a man named Thompson McDaniels. Some secondary sources (with no traceable citations) I've read have claimed that James was involved in the Huntington W.V. heist along with McDaniels, but that they took different escape routes.  Regardless of whether James was actually involved in the Huntington robbery, the man killed in Rockcastle Co. was not James, although it was widely reported (in at least 35 newspapers) at the time that this was the case.
    Names Mentioned: Jesse James, Cole Younger, Thompson "Charley" McDaniels, Bill McDaniels, G. W. Robertson, Will R. Dillion, James Dillion, Dr. S. W. Bruce, Dr. Pettus


  •  Andy Conn Kills John Arnold
    Ed Todd's grocery, Madison County. October 1875. 2 sources.
    "On Monday evening at Ed. Todd's grocery in Madison county, Andy Conn shot and killed John Arnold."
    Related: John Arnold's Father Kills Andy Conn, March 1876


  •  John Helton Killed in Fight With Railroad Laborers
    Pulaski County. 15 October 1875. 1 source.
    "Another shocking tragedy occurred in this neighborhood this evening. John Helton and Red Helton and some other white men had some trouble with a party of Cummings' colored men [railroad workers] this morning, in the course of which some shots were fired. The Helton party then started off with the intention--it is stated--of procuring the arrest of the negroes. On arriving at Mr. Bowman's house, on Beaver creek, John Helton, Mrs. Bowman's brother, and Jo. Holloway, her brother-in-law, staid behind at the house whilst Red and his companions pursued on their course to the Squire's. Shortly afterward the negro party came up, the most of them being armed, and surrounded Bowman's house." Jo. Holloway was wounded, John Helton was killed. John Helton was a brother of Peter Helton killed a few months before.


  • 1876  (23)
    • ♦ Joe Taylor Kills Dan Design
      Rockcastle County. 1876. 5 sources.
      "Dan. Design, colored, killed by Joe Taylor, colored, for which he was hung."

    •  Dan Kyle Kills [?] Prentiss
      Pulaski County. 1876[?] 2 sources.
      "The negro Kyle, who murdered young Prentiss, the clerk of P. F. Smith, Railroad contractor, was sent to the Penitentiary for 16 years. Mr. Denny says that while it was the general impression that the negro should be hung, no stronger case than manslaughter could be made out against him."

    •  Man Kills Boy Over Canoe Horseplay
      near Livingston, Rockcastle County. 1876[?] 8 sources.
      "It was in substance that the negro had tried to overturn a canoe in which were Cundiff and some boys. Meeting the negro shortly afterwards, Cundiff accosted him, and after a few words shot him twice. The negro ran a few steps and fell. He died in a few hours."
      Related: Two Killed, Several Injured in Melees at Circus Show
      Names Mentioned: William Cundiff, Jerry Wells, Lewis Rains, Andy Burch, Elisha Sloan, Wat Bledsoe, William Hicks, John C. Mize, Emmett Snodgrass, J. J. Thompson, L. A. Byon, B. F. Holman, Charles Kirtley, Jon. Dishman

    • ♦ Elisha Sloan Kills Silas Isaacs
      Rockcastle County. 1876[?] 6 sources.
      "Elisha Sloan, who is indicted in our Circuit Court for the murder of Silas Isaacs, in 1876, and who has since been a fugitive from justice, came into town Monday and surrendered himself to the Jailer."

    • ♦ Fatal Affray in Lancaster Barbershop
      Lancaster, Garrard County. January 1876.
      "A difficulty occurred in the Barber shop of Chas. Prince, colored, of Lancaster, one night last week, between a white man, named Yeakey, and a negro, named Floyd Pierce. The negro was knocked down and shot at twice. The white man was severely cut with a razor, on the side of the neck." Yeakey later died from his wounds. Pierce was removed from the Lancaster jail by a mob and hanged from a tree.
      See: Mob Raids Garrard County Jail, Hangs One Prisoner, Garrard, Jun 1876

    • ♦ Mob Riddles Hiram Dudderar's House With Bullets
      Hall's Gap, Lincoln County. First week in February 1876. 1 source.
      "Hiram Dudderar, who lives at Hall's Gap, on the Somerset pike, was alarmed last Tuesday night, by the firing of pistols in front of his house. It appeared that a young regiment had opened on it, for the house was riddled with bullets, and the windows shot and knocked to splinters. We have not learned who was suspected of the deed. ... Dudderar, with his wife and children, were in the house, it is said, and the wonder is that some of them were not wounded or killed."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    • ♦ Mrs. [?] Cook and James Hughes Kill John Murray
      Pulaski County. March 1876. 2 sources.
      "Last Satur[d]ay night, John Murray, an old man, was murdered on Mr. Flannery's work, on the C. S. R. R. It appears that he had come down on the work to collect a bill from a notorious and disreputable woman, named Cook. A difficulty arose about it, and the woman had Murray arrested. There being no officer near, the Magistrate who issued the warrant, gave Murray over into the keeping of James Hughes, and Simeon Davis, who remained with their prisoner, at Mrs. Cook's. About midnight, as we learn, this Mrs. Cook, determining to make a clean sweep, both of her debt and the old man, leveled a pistol at him, and fired, the ball taking effect. In the scuffle, the woman received a cut across the hand from a large knife held by Murray. Hughes then rushed on Murray, and with a hammer, literally beat his brains out."

    • ♦ John Arnold's Father Kills Andy Conn
      Garrard County. March 1876. 3 sources.
      Andy Conn went to the family home of the man he had killed only a few months before. Conflicting reports about why he was there and what was said, but it ended with "old man Arnold" shooting Andy Conn. At the sound of the gunfire, Conn's friend Pat McMahan ran from the house and rode off. He returned within an hour to the scene with neighbors, and they found Conn lying dead on the ground with his head bashed in. Mr. Arnold, Mrs. Arnold, and a daughter were arrested, but after an examining trial were discharged. Conn was defendant in several other cases, including a street shootout with John Broadus (Feb 1873), killing of the Lancaster Postmaster (Dec 1874), killing of John Arnold (Oct 1875), and at least three other murders (all prior to Jan 1875).

    • ♦ Former Rockcastle Judge Gunned Down on Church Steps
      Baptist Church, Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. 23 March 1876. 15 sources.
      "Judge John E. Carson was on his way to church and had gotten within a few feet of the church-door when he was attacked by one John Smith, a carpenter by trade, and long a resident of this place. Smith advanced toward Carson, coming from almost an opposite direction, and when within six feet of him drew a Colt's revolver and began his deadly work without one word having been passed between them..."
      Names Mentioned: John Q. Smith, Judge John E. Carson, Andrew Foley, John F. Carson, Zack Carson, Rev. Mr. Johnson, Baily Weathers, James Carson, Joe Carson, David Carson, Judge Owsley, A. K. Denny, J. M. Elder, Jno. W. Logan, J. B. McKinney, G. N. Bradley, John Jones, A. M. Jones, John Dinwiddle, Jno. Menifee, George Bright, George Tribble, T. M. White, J. W. Alcorn, G. W. Dunlap, Judge M. C. Saufley, George Denny, Jeff. Hudson, Wm. Calvert, Peter Bonta, Anthony May, Wm. Dibon, J. N. Prewitt, Samuel McDowell, Nick McDowell

    • ♦ Mob Raids Boyle County Jail, Hangs One Prisoner
      Danville, Boyle County. 14 April 1876. 2 sources.
      "The negro, Jim Turpin, who committed an outrage on a little daughter of Mr. James Irvine, aged eight years, at Perryville, last week, was taken to Danville, and placed in jail. A party of masked men took him out last Friday night and quietly hung him to a limb near town, where he was found dead the next morning."

    • ♦ Mob Raids Garrard County Jail, Hangs One Prisoner
      Lancaster, Garrard County. 30 June 1876. 11 sources.
      "Last Thursday night, or rather about 2 o'clock, Friday morning, a mob, numbering nearly or quite fifty persons, went to jail, at Lancaster, and by force, broke in and took from his cell a colored man named Floyd Pearce, and carried him out of town and hung him. ... Floyd Pearce is the negro man who cut the white man named Yeakey, at Lancaster, some months ago, with a razor, from the effects of which wound Yeakey died. Pearce had an examining trial at the time, before the death of Yeakey and was acquitted, as the proof showed him to have acted in self defense. After Yeakey's death the Garrard Grand Jury indicted Pearce for murder, notwithstanding the former acquittal, and he having left the State, was arrested in Indiana and lodged in jail in Lancaster, to await a trial of the charge."
      Names Mentioned: Floyd Pearce/Pierce, Henry Yeakey, Charles Prince, Samuel Williams, Thoas Burns, [?] Kikendall,
      Related: Fatal Affray in Lancaster Barbershop, Garrard, Feb 1876

    • ♦ Tom Higgins Kills [?][?]
      Lincoln County. July 1876. 1 source.
      "Tom Higgins, col'd, who killed another colored man last July, at Mr. Wm. Ball's in this county, has surrendered himself to the custody of the Court, and wishes the charge against him investigated."

    •  Several Killed and Injured in Recent Fights Involving Railroad Workers
      Pulaski County. September 1876. 3 sources.
      "It is not often that we can report all quiet along the C. S. R. R. line, for scarcely a day passes that some one is not killed or wounded." This report describes multiple incidents involving one killing and five injuries. Next article: "Report comes from Cumming's railroad work, that there has been an outburst between the natives [white residents] and negroes. Up to the time our informant left, two or three negroes had been killed, and about two hundred and fifty whites had armed themselves and threatened to drive the last negro from that portion of the country. A parcel of negro gamblers got into a fight down at the Willow Tree on Sunday: pistols were used, and the result was one Radical [Republican] vote less for all time come." Third article reports that one of the fights involved a Thos. Griffin (T. R. Griffin?).

    •  [?][?] Kills Robin Hamlin
      Pulaski County. September 1876. 1 source.
      Listed on 1876 Pulaski County Death Records.

    •  Bystander Shot in Gunfight Involving Grove Kennedy
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. September/October 1876. 2 sources.
      "There was a shooting scrape at Crab Orchard last week between Grove Kennedy and another man, in which neither was hit, but a shot struck a bystander in the head, inflicting a slight wound. Kennedy and the other man fired five or six times each across a store room, but strange to say either shot took effect. An overcoat hanging at the side of a door had a number of bullet holes in it."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Three Sisters Arrested For Killing Sister-in-Law
      near Buncombe, Pulaski County. October 1876. 6 sources.
      "The most horrible and bloody murder that ever startled a civilized community, was committed near Buncombe, in Pulaski county, last week. The victim was a woman, and the perpetrators of the awful crime, strange to say, are also women, and sisters-in-law of the deceased."
      Names Mentioned: Sarah Surber, [?] Surber, [?] Surber, Nancy Surber, [?] Goodwin, Wesley McPherrin, Mary Kinkead, Red Helton, Sheriff J. H. Watson, W. R. Merritt, Frank Johnson, Fountain Young
      Related: Man Shoots Another Over Small Disagreement, Pulaski, 1882

    •  Two Men Stabbed at Pulaski Election Precincts
      Bent and Point Isabel aka Burnside, Pulaski County. 7 November 1876. 1 source.
      "At Bent precinct, a difficulty sprung up between a couple of brothers by the name of Dykes, one is a Democrat the other a Radical. Knives were used, and a gentleman named Burch, in attempting to act the part of peacemaker, received a terrible stab in the abdomen. At Point Isabel, there was another stabbing affray, a man whose name we were unable to learn, getting a scalping gash across his forehead, nearly blinding him."
      Names Mentioned: [?] Dykes, [?] Burch, Robert Gibson, Judge Pettus, Judge Kendrick, Will Curd

    •  Man Saved from Hanging by Passer-by
      Pulaski County. First week in November 1876. 1 source.
      "In Pulaski county, Kentucky, on the night following the election, three Republican negroes seized a negro who had voted the Democratic ticket and hung him to a tree. The unfortunate man was cut down, just in time to save his life, by a white man who was passing by the locality on his way to Somerset."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Brad Henson Stabs Alfred Russell
      Milledgeville, Lincoln County. November 1876. 1 source.
      "Last Saturday night, one Brad Henson and Alfred Russell, son of M. T. Russell, had a difficulty in Milledgeville, in which young R. was dangerously stabbed just above the collar bone. Dr. H. Brown is attending on the case, and evidently considers it serious. Henson is thought to have left the neighborhood."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Stabbing Affray at Jasper's Store
      four miles from Hustonville, Lincoln County. November 1876. 1 source.
      "Last evening, there was an affray at Jasper's store, about four miles from this place, on the Liberty road. The parties engaged were Wm. Cloyd and --- Floyd. They differed in reference to a claim held by F. against C., and after considerable altercation, the former drew a knife and inflicted several wounds, we understand, on his adversary. Dr. Brown, who has charge of this case also, reports the damage serious but not dangerous."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Man Shoots Sharecropper In Argument Over Crops
      Lincoln County. November[?] 1876. 3 sources.
      "The trial of David Swope, charged with shooting and wounding, with intent to kill, a negro man, was postponed from last Saturday until next Tuesday." The man he shot, Dudley [?], was raising a crop of grain of Swope's farm and the two men had an argument wherein Dudley "declar[ed] his intention to get more corn than Swope thought he was entitled to, at all hazards."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Roye Beazley Shoots John Wallace
      near Richmond Junction, Lincoln County. November/December 1876. 2 sources.
      "Roye Beazley, a young man from Garrard county, came over here last Monday and indulged freely in liquor, which gave him an appetite for blood. Meeting a negro man in the road near Richmond Junction the two got into a sudden and foolish quarrel, during which profane and rough talk was used by both, whereupon Beazley drew a revolver and shot the negro, John Wallace, twice -- once in the arm and once in the leg."
      See: Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1870s

    •  Barkeep Shoots Intruding After-Hours Patron
      Pulaski County. December 1876. 1 source.
      "Tom Jeffreys, who keeps a drinking saloon on Section 85, was awakened one night last week by a couple of drunken Irishmen, who wanted to come in and replenish the dying spirits within them. The hour being very late, Jeffrey refused to get up and admit them, whereupon they proceeded with a fence rail to knock the door down. As they were battering against it, Jeffreys put his pistol through a crack in the house and fired, the load taking effect in the abdomen of one of the intruders, producing a wound that will probably prove fatal."


  • 1877  (13)
    • ♦ Tom Baughman Kills Ben Givens
      Lincoln County. First week in January 1877. 6 sources.
      "Ben Givens, the negro man shot by Tom Baughman, another negro, sometime ago, died this week." Shooting in early January, died late March.

    • ♦ David Dishon Kills George Austin
      Crab Orchard turnpike, Garrard County. 13 January 1877. 3 sources.
      "On Saturday morning a man named Dishon met, and shot dead, George Austin, of this county, on the Crab Orchard turnpike, in front of Mr. John Lusk's residence. A grudge, of some months standing, seems to have made Dishon afraid to move about unprotected, and the affair culminated as above."

    • ♦ William Martin Kills Povall Sampson
      Lincoln County. 3 February 1877. 8 sources.
      "Last Saturday a feud that has for some time existed between Povall Sampson and Wm. Martin, culminated almost in a terrible tragedy. The ill feeling grew out of a dispute about the right of a roadway through Sampson's premises."

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills [?] Griffin, Wounds [?] Griffin
      Chappel's Gap and Waynesburg road, Lincoln County. 20 March 1877. 1 source.
      "The young Griffins stepped to the door, and by some, it is said they hallowed, while others say they shot at the supposed KuKlux, at any rate, disturbers of Mrs. Turner. The riotous parties for a short time withdrew, but soon returned to investigate the conduct of the young men in question, and without a moments warning, opened fire--several shots were said to have been fired--when the attacking parties withdrew a second time, leaving one of the young Griffin's wounded in the arm, the other, with a messenger of death lodged in the brain..."

    • ♦ E. H. Dawson Kills Samuel Nelson
      Stanford, Lincoln County. 12 April 1877. 2 sources.
      "E. H. Dawson today shot and killed Samuel Nelson, who was under the influence of liquor and was pursuing him to force the payment of a blacksmith's bill, which Dawson disputed. Dawson delivered himself up this evening and will have his examining trial to-morrow."

    •  Regulators Raid Mt. Vernon Jail, Hangs Four Prisoners
      Rockcastle County. 30 June 1877. 16 sources.
      "Last Saturday night will long be remembered by the people of this county. It was a night full of tragedies.  Between the setting and rising of the sun, five men full of life and health, passed into the spirit land...." A whitecap group attempt to murder James Bethurum at his home, but fail.  Bethurum managed to kill one of the raiders and wound another. The group then rode on to the Mt. Vernon jail, removed the four prisoners housed there at the time, and hanged them near town. A year later, Emmett Snodgrass, one of the men indicted for participating in the ku-kluxing, shoots and kills James Bethurum.
      Related: Emmett Snodgrass Kills James Bethurum, Rockcastle, 1878
      RelatedDouble Fratricide in the Snodgrass Family
      Names Mentioned: James L. Bethurum, Charles Burton, Mr. Rapier, Mr. Croucher, J. O. Gibbs, James Smith, Kirk King, Andrew Cummins, Marshall Moore, Henry Dollins, Ed Ballard, D. P. Bethurum, Hiram Tanner, Dock Denny, Ben Denny, Judge Randall, Grove Kennedy, Walter Saunders, George Saunders, R. Emmett Snodgrass, Andrew Herrin, James Ham, Jeff Dowell, J. J. Thompson, Liberty Langford, Jack Adams, R. D. Cook, W. H. Albright, Tip. Hurd, James McKenzie, Cal. Owens, Andy Baker, Wat Bledsoe, William Hicks, Lewis Rains, Andy Burch, John C. Mize, William Cundiff

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills Henry Vincent
      Pulaski County. 8 July 1877. 1 source.
      Listed on 1877 Pulaski County Death Records.

    • ♦ Madison Co. Officers Kill Walter Saunders and D. L. Ballard
      Richmond, Madison County. Last week in August 1877. 10 sources.
      "The particulars, so far as we have been able to get them are, that Mr. Sanders. Mr. Ballard, Wm. Kennedy and John Ballard went up to Richmond Monday evening to attend the trial of George Saunders, which was to have taken place the next day. It was understood that an ill feeling was held by the Saunders party against Edwards, the Town Marshal, for knocking down young Saunders with a club in making his arrest. This caused Edwards to be on the look out for trouble, so he armed a couple of his brothers to assist him, should any occur. About 10 o'clock at night Mr. Walter Saunders came up to Edwards, who was standing at the Garnett House, and taking him by the arm, told him he wanted to have a little talk with him..."
      See also: Regulators Kill Maj. James H. Bridgewater, Lincoln, 1867
      See also: Walter Saunders Kills Charles Bethurum, Lincoln, 1874

    • ♦ ♦ Jerry Brown Kills John Engleman, Sr.
      Lincoln County. 7 September 1877.9 sources.
      "The negro [Jerry Brown] was very insulting and Mr. Engleman made a lick at him with his whip. The negro then jumped down and got a rock and threw at Mr. Engleman, who also got off his horse and attempted to get a rock, but while he was bending down the scamp again threw, this time with the force and precision of a bullet, the rock striking the old man a little back of the top of his skull crushing it in."
      Names Mentioned: Jerry Brown, John Engleman Sr., J. M. Martin, Dr. Peyton, Dr. Craig, Dr. McRoberts, Rev. Mr. Smith, Dr. Barbour, Capt. W. G. Welch, J. S. Hocker, R. W. Hocker

    • ♦ William Oakes Kills William Petrey from Ambush
      five miles from Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. 27 September 1877. 7 sources.
      "About a year ago a difficulty occurred between Mr. Petre's eldest son and a Oakes, since which there has been a bad feeling existing between Oakes and the Petres. The Monday previous to the killing the younger son, James, had also a difficulty with Oakes, who swore that he intended to kill him and the whole Petre family. Hearing these threats and believing that Oakes would do violence to his son, Mr. Petre accompanied him while hauling some lumber, hoping by that means to deter Oakes for executing his threat. On Thursday evening of last father and son were returning from Crab Orchard on a wagon and when about five miles from town Oakes raised up from behind a log, where he was concealed and without a moments warning leveled his gun and shot the old man...."
      Names Mentioned: William Oakes/Oaks, William Petre/Petrey, James B. Petre/Petrey, William F. Abrahams, Grove Kennedy, W. H. Miller, Judge Denny, W. G. Welch, W. O. Hansford, R. C. Warren, J. W. Weatherford, H. T. Bush, A. B. McKinney, C. Bishop, G. W. Evans, S. W. Givens, J. W. Logan, Levi Hubble, J. W. Shelby, L. D. Goode, J. J. McKinney, L. C. Carpenter

    • ♦ [?] Simpson Fatally Stabs [?] Mincie
      Pole Bridge Church, Pulaski County. 7 October 1877. 1 source.
      "A man named Mincie and one named Simpson, got into a row at Pole Bridge Church on Sunday the 7th. Knives were the weapons used and Mincie was fatally wounded."

    •  Samuel Owens Kills Camillus Montgomery
      McKinney's Station, Lincoln County. October 1877. 1 source.
      "Most of our local readers are apprised of the fact of the killing of Mr. Camillus Montgomery, by his brother-in-law Mr. Samuel Owens, on Friday last at McKinney's Station..."

    • ♦ Joe Taylor Hanged for Murder
      Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County. November 1877. 2 sources.
      "[N]o longer ago than the 10th of last November, a white man by the name of Joe Taylor was hung at Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle county, of whose execution the newspapers seem to have taken but little if any notice. Indeed, no one with whom I have conversed seems ever to have heard of it until a day or two ago, when, looking over the Auditor's books and papers, I stumbled upon the Rockcastle Sheriff's itemized account for services rendered as hangman on that interesting occasion..."
      See also: Joe Taylor Kills Dan Design, Rockcastle, 1876


  • 1878  (12)
    •  Kentucky Farmers Directory, 1878
      Select Counties. 1878. 1 source.
      Excerpts from an 1878 state-wide directory of farmers and their P.O. addresses. This directory does not appear to include Pulaski County.

    •  Tom Burdett Kills William Owsley
      Lincoln County. First week in January 1878. 1 source.
      "Wm. Owsley, a 13 year old boy was shot and killed by Tom Burdett, another colored boy last week."

    •  Louis Raines Kills Andy Burch
      Goff's Saloon, Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 2 February 1878. 6 sources.
      "The devil got loose down at Pine Hill last Saturday. Louis Rains and Andy Burch, colored breathren, were in Goff's Saloon. Andy had been "setting up" the drinks, and asked Louis to "stand treat," but Louis refused, saying that he had not been asked to join in the drinking when Andy "set 'em up." Thereupon Andy began to abuse Louis about some ploughing, and about something his wife had said...."
      Names Mentioned: Louis Raines/Rains, Andrew/Andy Burch, Taylor Burch, Mr. Crautcher, William Pendleton, R. A. McElroy, John Mize, O. J. Shrewsbury, William Cundiff, Wat Bledsoe, William Hicks, Emmett Snodgrass, J. J. Thompson,
      Possibly Related: Louis Raines Kills Edward Anderson, Rockcastle, 1883

    •  One Killed, Five Injured in Election Day Row
      Hustonville, Lincoln County. 2 March 1878. 4 sources.
      "...[S]ome year or more ago, a man name Ferrill, was shot and killed at Milledgeville, at the house of Mike Ely. Ely, Gresham and Hall were tried on the charge of homicide. Ely and Hall were acquitted, and Gresham sentenced to the State Prison, from which he is now returned. It is thought a feud has existed between the parties ever since the Milledgeville affair. On Saturday the belligerents, who supported rival candidates, were standing in contiguous lines. An altercation arose, ostensibly from a disputed vote, and immediately Gresham and Ely were fired upon by two of the opposing party. Ely was struck in the breast and disabled by the first fire. Gresham succeeded in drawing his pistol after he had been twice shot at, and soon cleared the street. Six persons are known to be wounded, viz: Mike Ely, through the lungs, dangerously; George Ferrell, in the forearm, ranging from the wrist to the elbow; J. Moore, in the hand; a brother of Gresham, in the arm; ---- Anderson, in the back, and George Frye, Jr., by a straggling ball, in the leg." Ely died about a week later, and a reward was issued for Benjamin Ferrell's arrest.
      See also: William Gresham Kills Joseph Ferrell/Ferrill

    •  Man Hanged for Unprovoked Murder of Barber
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 6 March 1878. 3 sources.
      "On Wednesday, at 1 o'clock, John Parker, who stabbed and killed Ben Franklin, another negro, was hanged at Somerset, in the presence of seven or eight thousand people, whose morbid curiosity led them to witness the fearful sight..."
      Names Mentioned: John Parker, Ben Franklin

    •  [?][?] Kills Evermont Renfroe[?]
      Pulaski County. 26 May 1878. 1 source.
      Listed on the 1878 Kentucky Death Records.

    •  Two Killed, Several Injured in Melees at Circus Show
      near Livingston, Laurel/Rockcastle Counties. 22 June 1878. 12 sources.
      "Thirty persons participated, and every variety of weapons, except the cannon, was used..." The men killed were William Hicks (by Wat Bledsoe) and David Camden (by William Cundiff).
      Names Mentioned: Daniel Bales/Bayles/Bates, Lee Arnold, William Hicks, William Cook, William Cundiff, Wat. Bledsoe, Brock Graves, G. W. McClure, Wick Howard, David Camden, John Camden, Mat. Pike, Lewis Rains, Andy Burch, John C. Mize

    •  Man Kills Another in Drunken Argument 
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 5 August 1878. 5 sources.
      "McElroy, who was...at the time under the influence of liquor, was standing in a crowd bragging of his fighting qualities, when Pendleton came up. He was also intoxicated, and imagining that the bragadocia was intended for him, began to dispute with McElroy..."
      Names Mentioned: R. E. McElroy, William Pendleton, W. C. Sharp, George W. McClure, R. H. Joplin, D. C. Pointer

    •  Man Stabbed to Death While Supervising a Juvenile Fair Fight
      Rockcastle County. First week in August 1878. 6 sources.
      "...a 15-year old son of O. J. Shrewsberry and James [Mize], a youth of the same age, attending the same school, had a difficulty, which old man Shrewsberry and John C. [Mize] agreed should be settled by a fair fight between the boys. Accordingly a ring was formed, and the fight began. It was soon seen that the [Mize] boy was getting the best of his opponent, when old man Shrewsberry became excited and started toward him with a cane...."
      Names Mentioned: Oscar J. Shrewsberry, John C. Mize, [?] Shrewsberry, James Mize, Wat Bledsoe, William Hicks, Lewis Rains, Andy Burch, Emmett Snodgrass, J. J. Thompson, William Cundiff, W. O. Bradley, Phillip Shrewsberry, Charlotte Shrewsberry

    •  Henry Cattron Kills Thomas Lewis
      10 miles west of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 7 October 1878. 6 sources.
      "We could not hear how the difficulty originated, but it resulted in Cattron's shooting Lewis with a double-barrelled shot gun, giving him the contents of both barrels, which were loaded with buckshot. Lewis' body was terribly mangled...."
      Names Mentioned: Henry Cattron/Catron, Thomas Lewis, J. N. Brown

    •  Jack Adams Jr. Kills Liberty Langford
      Rockcastle County. 7 November 1878. 9 sources.
      "The difficulty began in the store, and Langford started out, drawing his pistol as he come. At the door he turned and fired and Adams' shot followed almost instantly.  Langford's shot did no damage, but Adams' aim was better, and Langford dropped..." Liberty Langford, son of James Langford. Also includes an article detailing that two brothers of Liberty, Tip and Henry Langford, have a gunfight with Jack Adams ten years later in April of 1888.
      Related: Killings of Henry Langford, John Pickens, & James Langford, 1870-1879
      Related: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud
      Names Mentioned: Jack Adams, Jr., Liberty Langford, James Langford, Emmett Snodgrass, James Bethurum, M. R. Moore, J. Whitehead, Tip Langford, Henry Langford

    •  Emmett Snodgrass Kills James Bethurum
      Rockcastle County. 19 November 1878. 13 sources.
      Emmett Snodgrass, one of the men indicted for participating in the ku-klux group that hung four Rockcastle jail prisoners in 1877, shoots and kills James Bethurum. "A great many people were attracted to the trial [of Jack Adams Jr. for killing Liberty Langford], among them Emmett Snodgrass, a school teacher, and James Bethurum, "a famous desperado." These two left town together, the teacher riding one horse and the "famous desperado" riding behind a friend on another. About a mile out of town a difficulty arose, and Snodgrass shot Bethurum in the head."
      Related: Ku Klux Group Raids Mt. Vernon Jail, Hangs Four Prisoners
      Names Mentioned: James L. Bethurum, Charles Burton, Mr. Rapier, Mr. Croucher, J. O. Gibbs, James Smith, Kirk King, Andrew Cummins, Marshall Moore, Henry Dollins, Ed Ballard, D. P. Bethurum, Hiram Tanner, Dock Denny, Ben Denny, Judge Randall, Grove Kennedy, Walter Saunders, George Saunders, R. Emmett Snodgrass, Andrew Herrin, James Ham, Jeff Dowell, J. J. Thompson, Liberty Langford, Jack Adams, R. D. Cook, W. H. Albright, Tip. Hurd, James McKenzie, Cal. Owens, Andy Baker, 
      Wat Bledsoe, William Hicks, Lewis Rains, Andy Burch, John C. Mize, William Cundiff, 


  • 1879  (8)

    •  Shoemaker Murdered and Robbed Near Crab Orchard
      near Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. January 1879. 15 sources.
      "The body of George W. Sutton was found in the road four miles from Hall's Gap, near the house of Mr. John Warren, on Wednesday last, with a load of 10 d. nails in his head, evidently fired from an old musket. Ike Stapleton and a man named Ferrill, have been arrested for the murder, and it is said that Sutton's watch was found on one of them. Sutton is from Tazewell, Tenn., is a shoemaker by trade, but frequently goes out peddling liniment, and was on this errand when killed. He is spoken of as an unoffending and sober man."
      Names Mentioned: George W. Sutton, John Ferrell/Ferrill, John Warren, Ike Stapleton, Sim Roberson, Jacob Weaver, Sarah Jane Weaver, Elizabeth Stapleton, Tom Cain, Hiram Tucker, Reuben Harris, William Jackson, Willis Evans, Wyatt McKinney, Taylor McKinney, Mitchell Trice, William Barnett, Moses Barnett, James Martin, Joseph Lambert

    •  Joe Johnson Kills James Sneed
      Point Isabel (Burnside), Pulaski County. March 1879. 1 source.
      "In a drunken quarrel at Point Isabel, to-day, a negro named Joe Johnson, shot and killed James Sneed, a white man. They quarreled over a raft of logs on the Cumberland River. The negro escaped."

    •  [?][?] Kills William Butcher
      Laurel County. July 1879. 1 source.
      William Butcher, 35 year-old married white male blacksmith listed as killed by a pistol shot on the 1880 Census Mortality Schedule for Laurel County.
      See: No. 6 on 1880 Laurel Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 2

    •  [?][?] Kills [?][?]
      near Tatesville, Pulaski County. July 1879. 1 source.
      "A negro was murdered near Tatesville last Saturday, and the murderer, another negro, it was thought, had made good his escape, but he was captured last Tuesday, near the trestle West of town, and is now safely lodged in jail."

    •  James McLain Kills William Floyd
      Pulaski County. September 1879. 1 source.
      "James McLain, a sixteen-year-old boy, shot and killed his brother-in-law, Wm. Floyd, in Pulaski, a few days ago. Floyd had separated from his wife and McLain took up for his sister in the trouble, hence the tragedy."

    •  Pine Hill Coal Company Worker Kills Former Miner
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 11 November 1879. 5 sources.
      "Price had been employed as a miner by Diamond to dig coal, and a few days since was discharged by Randall for some cause not stated. Since that time Price has borne considerable ill feeling against Randall, and yesterday evening, being somewhat on a spree, made some threats about Randall..."
      Names Mentioned: Price Price, Robert Randall, J. W. Goff, W. H. Randall, Robert Diamond, Alex. Lusk, John Mullins, Champ Mullin, W. O. Bradley, J. C. Albright, G. H. Albright

    •  Murder Suspect Marries Victim's Daughter Immediately After Acquittal
      Skagg's Creek, Rockcastle County. 25 December 1879. 4 sources.
      "The advent of the baby made old man Smith look with disfavor on William's visits.  There grew up a bad feeling between them, and last Christmas day, while they were under the influence of liquor, McKinney shot Smith and killed him. ... McKinney was arrested and held to answer by the Examining Court.  He was indicted by the grand jury at the last term and tried for murder.  His trial resulted in an acquittal.  Immediately after the verdict William and Nannie...marched arm in arm into the Court House, and, standing just outside the bar, Judge McClure went through the usual legal ceremony, and pronounced them man and wife..."
      Names Mentioned: William A. McKinney, Alfred Smith, W. Logan McKinney, Nannie Smith, William Shiplett, O. C. Brewer

    •  William Owens Kills James Langford
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 27 December 1879. 27 sources.
      This post contains articles and documents regarding four murders: the killings of Henry Langford by William Owens in 1870, John Griffin by William Owens in 1872(?), John A. Pickens by James Langford in 1875, and James Langford by William Owens in 1879.  Henry Langford was allegedly killed by William Owens in self-defense during the county fair in 1870. Owens was acquitted, but Henry's brother James vowed revenge.  James killed John Pickens from ambush in 1875, mistaking him for Owens. James Langford was then acquitted of Pickens murder.  In 1879, Williams Owens and James Langford met again, and Owens killed Langford, and was also later acquitted.
      Related: Jack Adams Jr. Kills Liberty Langford
      Related: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud
      Names Mentioned: Henry W. Langford, William "Bill" A. Owens, James Langford, Rev. Martin Owens, Ashley Owens, John A. Pickens, George W. McClure, William M. Fish, Liberty Langford, A. P. Ricketts, John Griffin, G. H. Albright, W. O. Bradley




  • 1880's  (118)
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    •  1880 Census Mortality Schedule
      Boyle, Garrard, Laurel, Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, & Whitley Counties. 1879/1880. 1 source.
      Full size images of the 1880 Census Mortality Schedule for these counties. No transcriptions, images only. Contains names reported to the census taker of those persons who died within the previous twelve months. Columns include number of family corresponding to Schedule 1, name, age, sex, color, marital status, place of birth, parents place of birth, occupation, month the person died, cause of death, how long they were a resident of the county, place disease contracted, name of doctor.

    •  Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1880s
      Pulaski, Rockcastle and Laurel Counties. 1880 to 1889. 50+ sources.
      A collection of unrelated articles detailing non-fatal (as far as I know) shootings, affrays, etc.
      Names Mentioned: too many to list; this post is updated periodically


  • 1880  (6)
    •  Millard Gilpin Kills [?] Givens
      Pulaski County. 1880[?] 2 sources.
      "A reward of $200 has been offered by the Governor for Millard Gilpin charged with murder in Pulaski." ... "Millard Gilpin, the murderer of Givens has been caught in Pulaski. The reward offered by the State did the business."

    •  [?][?] Kills James N. Decker
      Rockcastle County. March 1880. 1 source.
      James N Decker, white, 22, Mechanic, Shot with pistol in an affray.
      See: No. 23 on 1880 Rockcastle Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 4


  •  [?][?] Kills [?] Jones
    Lincoln County. March 1880. 1 source.
    [?] Jones, black, 21[?], laborer, pistol shot.
    See: No. 12 on 1880 Lincoln Co. Mortality Schedule, Pg 1


  •  W. G. Smith Kills James Hagerty
    Rockcastle County. Last week of March 1880. 1 source.
    "Hagerty advanced towards Smith, who stood behind the counter with a double-barreled shot-gun near him. When Hagerty came opposite to Smith the latter raised the weapon and fired, the muzzle almost touching Hagerty's face."


  •  Two Men Killed at House of Ill Fame
    Roundstone, Rockcastle County. 22 May 1880. 28 sources.
    "In a little while Bishop, who was drunk, left his seat, staggered out to the door and fired off a pistol. Williams went out and begged him not to shoot any more, lest he should frighten the horses.  This enraged Bishop, who began to curse Williams, and to tell him that if 'he had anything to draw it and defend himself....'" This post contains information about 5 murders, those of Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, James Rhodus, Mary Sigman, and Betty Sigman.
    Names Mentioned: Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, McClellan Williams, W. H. Albright, W. P. McKee, J. J. Brown, Isaac Stuart, W. O. Bradley, James Rhodus, Jim Hardin, A. S. Henderson, William Hysinger, Ham. Brannaman, Mary Sigman, Betty Sigman, Lucy Sigman, Mary Sigman, Jason Sigman, Bob Lear, Geo. Denny, Jr., J. K. McClary, J. W. Brown, F. H. Reppert, J. B. Fish, N. D. Wilmot, M. C. Saufley, Samuel Hysinger, David Hysinger, A. J. Henderson, Harve Mink, Sam Wood, Isaac A. Stewart, Sam M. Burdett, S. F. Brongton, Galion Sowder, Ebb Cooley, J. W. Brown, I. A. Stewart


  •  Another Man Killed at House of Ill Fame
    Roundstone, Rockcastle County. 19 September 1880. 28 sources.
    "Last Sunday a week ago, at the bagnio of that most notorious prostitute, Mary Sigman, Jim Rhodus, of Madison county, and Jim Hardin, of this county, engaged in a difficulty about the woman, which resulted in Rhodus receiving a stab through the heart.  It is supposed that the wound was inflicted by Hardin, though many believe that Mary Sigman herself did the murder..." This post contains information about 5 murders, those of Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, James Rhodus, Mary Sigman, and Betty Sigman.
    Names Mentioned: Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, McClellan Williams, W. H. Albright, W. P. McKee, J. J. Brown, Isaac Stuart, W. O. Bradley, James Rhodus, Jim Hardin, A. S. Henderson, William Hysinger, Ham. Brannaman, Mary Sigman, Betty Sigman, Lucy Sigman, Mary Sigman, Jason Sigman, Bob Lear, Geo. Denny, Jr., J. K. McClary, J. W. Brown, F. H. Reppert, J. B. Fish, N. D. Wilmot, M. C. Saufley, Samuel Hysinger, David Hysinger, A. J. Henderson, Harve Mink, Sam Wood, Isaac A. Stewart, Sam M. Burdett, S. F. Brongton, Galion Sowder, Ebb Cooley, J. W. Brown, I. A. Stewart


  • 1881  (10)
    •  W. C. Owens Kills Tom Jasper
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 1881?
      "Tom Jasper, who was shot some time ago by W. C. Owens, in Somerset, died Sunday."

    •  Letter to Editor about Reputation of Somerset, KY
      Pulaski County. 28 January 1881. 1 source.
      An 1881 Letter to the Editor of the Cincinnati Daily Gazette complains that the press only publishes negative stories from Somerset, KY. Since I'm basically guilty of the same, I thought I'd share this letter. The author highlights some positive aspects of Somerset and Pulaski County, providing a nice early profile of the town and its industries.
      Names Mentioned: J. N. Brown

    •  Columbus Cass Kills William McKinney
      Pulaski County. 31 January 1881.
      "William McKinney and Columbus Cass, of Pulaski county, two leading lights in the Methodist Church, settled an old feud last Mond[a]y, while working the county road. The manner was after the usual style of such settlements. Cass took an ax, and knocking McKinney down, beat his head into a jelly and fled. Cass was Superintendent of a Sunday School, but it is not likely that he will be on hand next Sunday."

    •  Man Killed and Robbed Near Somerset
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 19 February 1881. 5 sources.
      "Harry Russell was murdered and robbed of $150 and a watch near Somerset. Suspected parties were arrested."
      Names Mentioned: Harry Russell, William Troxdell/Troxtell, [?] Carter

    • ♦ Tom Donley/Donnelly Kills William R. Gooch, Jr.
      Eubank, Pulaski County. Spring 1881(?). 4 sources.
      "Commonwealth's Attorney Warren made a powerful argument against the defendant, but the evidence of threats made by Gooch and his character for quarrelsome drunkenness weighed with the jury, and the prisoner received the benefit of a 'reasonable doubt' as to murder or manslaughter; hence their verdict was equal to a decision of justifiable homicide."
      Names Mentioned: Tom Donley/Donnelly, William R. Gooch, Jr., Buck Merritt, Henry Coyle, Lewis Owens, Josh Logston/Logsden, John R. Phillips

    • ♦ Man Kills Another In Argument Over Woman
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 22 May 1881. 8 sources.
      "It appears that [William] Durham and James Mulaney became involved in a difficulty at noon. The cause was a notorious woman, called Vick Dobbs, who has figured in one or two killings before this. Durham was badly beaten, and went home. Shortly afterwards his brother, Sanford [Durham], sought James and proceeded to avenge his brother's wrongs, but Mulany proved to be too much for him, likewise. Thus beaten but still determined, he summoned William to the field again, and together they attempted what neither alone could accomplish -- that was to thrash Mulaney. But the latter gentleman concluded that patience had ceased to be a virtue...sent a bullet whizzing through [William] Durham's brain."
      Names Mentioned: James Mulaney, William Durham, Sanford Durham, Vick Dobbs, Tandy Bolton, A. J. Hansford

    • ♦ Man Recklessly Shooting Kills Another Man 
      Rockcastle County. 18 June 1881. 5 sources.
      "Hasty was arrested and his trial set for Tuesday. He claims that in shooting at a tree he had shot Baker accidentally...."
      Names Mentioned: James Hasty, Andrew Baker, Andrew Sutton, Ike Hysinger, Jonas McKenzie, Isaac Stewart, J. N. Brown, J. W. Brown, Capt. B. F. Holman, John McMullin, Col. T. Z. Morrow, W. O. Bradley, R. C. Warren, Sam. M. Burdett

    • ♦ Man Stabs Another in Argument at Mill
      Pulaski County. July 1881. 5 sources.
      "A feud had been existing between the two parties for many years. Whittaker came by Bolton's mill, and cursed Bolton as he passed. A row ensued. Whittaker left, but soon returned armed with a pistol. He started into the mill; Bolton stopped him; Whittaker drew his pistol out and was about to strike Bolton; the latter drew his knife and stabbed him..."
      Names Mentioned: Buck/Bal Bolton/Bolston/Bolsen, W. L. Whitaker, George Sandifer, [?] Bartel, Buck Colston, Joe Reynolds

    • ♦ Harvey Mink Kills Miles Rogers
      Rockcastle County. 2 October 1881. 2 sources.
      "The smoke clears away, a man is seen prostrate on the ground, dead, a bullet-hole through his heart! Such is the sad and untimely ending of Miles Rogers, a young man of about eighteen years of age, killed by Harvey Mink, a young man of eighteen."
      Names Mentioned: Miles Rogers, Harvey Mink, Alex Mink, Sam McClure/McCure, Madison Winsted/Winstead

    • ♦ [?] King Kills William Roberts
      Reedsville, Rockcastle County. November/December 1881.
      "...a difficulty occurred between Wm. Roberts an old man, and one King, a young man, who had been working for Roberts, over the paltry sum of six dollars. Roberts made at King with his cane, when the latter drew his little pistol and tried to shoot the former, but the pistol happened to be out of tune and failed to fire. The latter (King), then drew his dirk and commenced to carve the old man, cutting him some several times in the abdomen and ribs, the wounds proving fatal in about half an hour."


  • 1882  (10)
    •  Riot at Mt. Vernon Courthouse
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 10 January 1882.
      "The scuffle became terrible. Men were knocked down, tables and chairs kicked over, pistols were drawn, guards rushed in with shot guns, oaths and yells came from the surging mass around the officers, and the rush for the doors and windows was tremendous. Judge Bradley left the bench and shouted, 'I call on every man in this house to help arrest these men, and I will assist, myself.' Some one handed him a pistol, and he advanced into the struggling crowd, rendering what assistance he could...."
      See: Pine Hill Coal Company Worker Kills Former Miner

    • ♦ Dick Reynolds Kills [?][?]
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 21 January 1882. 1 source.
      "Dick Reynolds, who killed a negro at Pine Hill last Saturday, was brought to town on Monday and tried before 'Squires Pike and Calloway and acquitted."
      Names Mentioned: Dick Reynolds, Squire Pike, Squire Calloway

    • ♦ Mary Eades James Kills Smith Burton
      west of Somerset, Pulaski County. March 1882. 11 sources.
      "Policemen ... arrested a woman named Mary Eades, alias James, at Emma Hedges' bagnio, on North College street, [Nashville] yesterday afternoon, on the charge of the murder of a man named Samuel Burton, near Somerset, Kentucky..."
      Names Mentioned: Mary Eades/Eads James, Smith Burton, Ben Burton, Bill Burton, Gussie Burton, Curt Burton, Jesse Burton, Russ Muse, Samuel Tate, Emma Hedges, Squire Turpin, Buck Baker, James Higgins

    • ♦ Man Kills "Scarlet Woman of Roundstone" To Avenge Relative's Death
      Roundstone, Rockcastle County. 6 March 1882. 27 sources.
      "A crime, so atrocious as to be without parallel, was committed in this county last Monday night.  All black with crimes of the very worst sort has been the history of the county heretofore, but the horror of Monday night has added a page of hellish blackness..." This post contains information about 5 murders, those of Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, James Rhodus, Mary Sigman, and Betty Sigman.
      Names Mentioned: Wat Bishop, Adam Hysinger, McClellan Williams, W. H. Albright, W. P. McKee, J. J. Brown, Isaac Stuart, W. O. Bradley, James Rhodus, Jim Hardin, A. S. Henderson, William Hysinger, Ham. Brannaman, Mary Sigman, Betty Sigman, Lucy Sigman, Mary Sigman, Jason Sigman, Bob Lear, Geo. Denny, Jr., J. K. McClary, J. W. Brown, F. H. Reppert, J. B. Fish, N. D. Wilmot, M. C. Saufley, Samuel Hysinger, David Hysinger, A. J. Henderson, Harve Mink, Sam Wood, Isaac A. Stewart, Sam M. Burdett, S. F. Brongton, Galion Sowder, Ebb Cooley, J. W. Brown, I. A. Stewart

    • ♦ Man Fatally Strikes Another with Rock During Argument
      near Livingston, Rockcastle County. First half of 1882. 5 sources.
      "the parties mutually agreed to leave the store and fight in the public road. Appellant first left the store room and took his position in the highway, and as the deceased approached he threw a stone at him, but failed to strike him; and the deceased continuing to approach, the appellant picked up a stone, weighing about two pounds, and when deceased was near enough threw it so as to strike him upon the head, and this blow the jury has found caused his death...."
      Names Mentioned: Dan Quinn, Harrison Matthews, F. H. Reppert, Geo. W. McClure, John W. Brown, Sam M. Burdett, P. W. Hardin

    • ♦ Saloon Keeper Fatally Wounds Coal Miner
      near Newcomb Hotel, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County. 13 July 1882. 4 sources.
      "After indulging in a few sharp words, the parties drew their pistols and began firing, six shots being exchanged. Only one shot took effect, which struck Burton in the chin, making an ugly but not necessarily fatal wound." ... "Burton has since died of his wounds."
      Names Mentioned: Thomas Moore, John Burton

    • ♦ Man Killed For Small Sum of Money
      two miles south of Hazel Patch, Laurel County. October 1882. 6 sources.
      "Wardroop was over 60 years old and was murdered for a small sum of money he was supposed to have had on his person at the time. His body was thrown over a cliff into a ravine, where it remained for several days before it was found."
      Names Mentioned: [?] Wardroop/Wardroof, Pete Broughton, James Broughton, Sant. F. Broughton, William Sowder

    • ♦ Man Kills Another Over Small Disagreement
      Eubank, Pulaski County. December[?] 1882. 8 sources.
      "All the witnesses agree that he walked up behind his victim (who was drowsy and staggering from intoxication) and shot him, without any cause or provocation, except that he said that Robinson had told a lie on him. But he had no words or quarrel with Robinson and pretended to be friendly at the time of the killing."
      Names Mentioned: Buck Merritt, William Robinson, T. Z. Morrow, Frank Johnson, H. W. Hall

    • ♦ Man Killed at Christmas Dance 
      Somerset, Pulaski County. Christmas 1882. 7 sources.
      At a Christmas dance in Somerset, the defendant, Henry Coyle, or a friend of the defendant, John Jewett, took offense when the victim, Lewis Owens, put his arm around a girl whom either Coyle or Jewett preferred.
      Names Mentioned: Henry Coyle, John Jewett, Lewis Owens, Tom Conley, [?] Gooch, Josh Logston/Logsden, James Matthews, Bill Weaver, John Brown


  • 1883  (19)
    • ♦ Joshua Logsden/Logston Kills John R. Phillips
      Pulaski County. December 1882 or January 1883. 6 sources.
      Names Mentioned: Joshua Logsden/Logston, John R. Phillips, Tom Conley, [?] Gooch, Buck Merritt, [?] Robinson, Henry Coyle, Lewis Owens, James Matthews, Bill Weaver, John Brown, F. F. Bobbitt

    •  James Mize Shoots Dud McClure
      Skaggs Creek, Rockcastle County. January 1883. 4 sources.
      Names Mentioned: James Mize, Dud McClure

    • ♦ Saloon-Keeper Kills Local Desperado
      Flat Lick Creek, Pulaski County. January 1883. 5 sources.
      "'Wild Bill' Catron, a well-known desperado of Pulaski, was shot and instantly killed by Wash Tuttle, at the latter's saloon, on Flat Lick Creek."
      Names Mentioned: William "Wild Bill" Catron, Wash Tuttle

    • ♦ Regulators Kill Ex-Wife of James Acton
      near Lincoln County line, Pulaski County. 25 January 1883. 1 source.
      "On Thursday last the people of this part of Lincoln were startled with the information that the second wife of Mr. Jas. Acton, who lives just over the line in Pulaski, had been taken out of her own house and beaten to death by a Ku-Klux gang. As far as can be ascertained, the gang was composed of old Jas. Acton's two sons, two brothers-in-law of the two younger Actons, the younger Actons' cousins and another brother who lies in this [Lincoln] county, with other lawless ruffians."
      Names Mentioned: James Acton

    • ♦ Somerset Town Marshal Kills Man Who Resisted Arrest
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 29 January 1883. 6 sources.
      "J. Reynolds was shot and killed to-day by Marshal Hansford. Reynolds became disorderly and Hansford tried to arrest him, but Reynolds resisted and fired at the marshal and then ran. The latter pursued and fired, when Reynolds fell dead."
      Names Mentioned: James/Jonas Reynolds, J. M. Hansford

    • ♦ James Matthews Kills Henry/Bud Allen
      Barren Fork, Pulaski County. April 1883. 6 sources.
      Names Mentioned: Henry/Bud Allen, James Matthews, Judge Tartar, J. H. Watson, W. S. Shepperd, Josh Logsden, Henry Coyle

    • ♦ Woman Drowned By Her Seducer in the Rockcastle River
      Rockcastle River, Rockcastle County. 6 April 1883. 6 sources.
      "The girl had run out when she saw [Dunegan] coming and gone down toward the branch, where it runs into the river. Dunegan either saw her or her tracks and started after her in a fast run. He had a stick in his hand about the size of a man's thumb; he said he did not want to hurt her, but just wanted to hickory-whip her a little. He was seen to run the way the girl had gone by Ed Redmon and John Bales, who said they would go down there and not let him hurt her if they could help it. There was a point of a hill and some bushes between the house and the branch and Dunegan had got behind these before they followed in pursuit. ... When the men got to this place they saw [Dunegan] coming back about 50 yards from the branch. They told him to come and go back to the house and let the girl alone...."
      Names Mentioned: William Dunegan/Dunnegan/Dunigan/Dunnigan, Nannie/Nancy Jane Bryant, Dan Bales, William Bales, Nancy Bales, John Bales, Sara Bales, Tom Bales, Louisa Cundiff, Ed Redmon, James Rainwater, William Dyehouse, Larkin Bird, William Johnson

    • ♦ Man Killed Over Game of Cards
      Greenwood, Pulaski County. 17 April 1883. 4 sources.
      "Last April Will Henry, a big mulatto, 25 years old, killed Louis McIntire, at Greenwood, Ky., over a game of craps."
      Names Mentioned: Will Henry, Louis McIntire

    • ♦ Man Killed in Drunken Row
      near Burnside, Pulaski County. 24 June 1883. 2 sources.
      "A man named Jim Flynn was killed by a pistol shot near Burnside last Sunday in a drunken row. It is not known who did the killing, but it is charged to Wash and Lee Hollars."
      Names Mentioned: James Flynn, Wash Hollars, Lee Hollars

    • ♦ Three Men at Lumber Camp Murdered in Their Sleep
      Point Burnside, Pulaski County. 13 August 1883. 15 sources.
      "Slagel arose, after his companions were all asleep, took an axe and deliberately crushed in all three of his comrades' skulls, and then rifled their pockets of about $60, all the money he could find, taking also a hat and a pair of boots belonging to one of the murdered men, and escaped to the woods..." Slagel reportedly confessed to committing three other murders, and was ultimately hanged in Somerset for his crimes.
      Names Mentioned: James O'Dair, John O'Dair, Joseph Claiborne, Frank Wolford Slagel, James Nixon, James Cox

    • ♦ Eli Sprague Kills Wiley Sprague
      Pine Knot, Pulaski County. 18 August 1883.
      "Eli Sprague shot his nephew, Wiley Sprague, through the heart, near Pine Knot, last night. No provocation had been given."

    • ♦ Saloon Keeper Kills Man Over a Game of Cards
      Eubank, Pulaski County. 29 August 1883. 4 sources.
      "The County Attorney went up to Eubank's yesterday and investigated the case, and reports that it was a willful murder. So Morgan has been placed in jail to await the preliminary trial. The murder occurred in Morgan's saloon over a game of cards."
      Names Mentioned: Henry Ghent, William Morgan, Tom Donnelly

    • ♦ Saloon-Keeper Kills Antagonistic Patron
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 20 October 1883. 3 sources.
      "...last Saturday, H. J. Mullins shot and killed a drunken colored man who was in his saloon flourishing a pistol and threatening to kill some one."
      Names Mentioned: H. J. Mullins, Henry Peake

    • ♦ Serial Rapist Lynched in Burnside 
      Burnside, Pulaski County. 9 November 1883. 4 sources.
      "He was brought back to Burnside, when a mob took him in charge on Friday night and swung him to the Cumberland River Bridge, where he remained till 12 o'clock Saturday."
      Names Mentioned: James Troxtill, Mrs. Coomer, Mrs. Matthew Ray

    • ♦ Man Kills Own Brother in Botched Ambush Plan
      Rockcastle County. 20 November 1883. 7 sources.
      "On Tuesday night, a little after dark, Tilford Black shot his brother Bill with a double-barrel shot gun. ... We learn that Tilford had had a little fuss with Mr. W. C. Mullins in a few minutes before and went home and got his gun and waylaid for Mullins with the above result. He mistook his brother for Mullins and filled him full of shot."
      Names Mentioned: Tilford Black, William Black, W. C. Mullins, Whiter Rice

    • ♦ Drunken Man Kills Another Over Insult 
      Tabler's Commissary, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 21 November 1883. 11 sources.
      "Owens, who was drinking considerably, went to where Polk and some other men were sitting on a bench, and spoke to the men saying, 'I can whip that man with the straw hat on.' This man was Polk. One of Owens' friends took hold of him and he apologized to Polk for his language and he and Polk went off together toward the commissary, Polk on foot and Owens on horseback.  When they got to the door Polk went inside and Owens got off his horse..."
      Names Mentioned: Mart Owens Jr., John K. Polk, W. H. Polk, Theodore Polk, Henry Mullins, Fielding Reddish

    • ♦ Proposed Fair Fight Ends in Violent Murder
      Livingston, Rockcastle County. 22 November 1883. 3 sources.
      "He got off his horse for that purpose and got ready for a fight.  Rice picked up a rock and Roberts seeing that he would throw, made a motion as if he would draw his pistol..."
      Names Mentioned: Wake Roberts, Whitton/Whelon[?] Rice

    • ♦ Lewis Raines Kills Edward Anderson
      Livingston, Rockcastle County. 1 December 1883. 3 sources.
      "The difficulty occurred in Raines' house. Raines accused Anderson of being on too intimate terms with his wife. Anderson will probably die. Raines is now under arrest. There is great excitement among the colored people, who talk of lynching Raines."
      Names Mentioned: Lewis Raines/Rains/Rames, Edward Anderson


  • 1884  (6)
    • ♦ Escaping Convicts Kill Guard
      Rockcastle County. 8 May 1884. 5 sources.
      "G. L. Ball, who was taking eight convicts across from Mt. Vernon to the K. C. R. R., was murdered by them Thursday evening. One of them pretended that his handcuffs hurt him and while the guard unlocked it he seized the gun and shot and beat him so he died shortly afterwards."
      Names Mentioned: George L. Ball, Morgan Johnson, Chas. Brown, Bank Smithers, W. R. Dillion, Henry Smith, Morgan Johnson, Jas. G. Carter, Samuel Averitt, J. K. McClary

    • ♦ U. S. Deputy Marshal Killed in Battle Between Moonshiners and Sheriffs
      Lily, Laurel County. End of May 1884. 5 sources.
      The articles in this one tell two very different stories.  One side paints a picture of moonshining outlaws fighting to the death to prevent capture by the law. The other claims the U. S. Deputy Marshal or "special bailiff" killed in the fight had held a vendetta against at least one of the men, and that the fight was primarily in regards to that vendetta, and the men had retreated inside the grocery building to protect themselves.
      Names Mentioned: Walter Killion, James Sparks, William C. Graves, William Hodges, A. J. Auxier, J. V. Brown

    • ♦  [?] Bowles Kills John Ketcham
      Rockcastle. End of May 1884.
      "John Ketcham, was shot and instantly killed by a man named Bowles, in Rockcastle county."

    • ♦ James Riley Kills John Lloyd
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. 31 May 1884.
      "[A] difficulty occurred between James and Peter Riley and David Jackson on one side, and John Lloyd, Sam Taylor, and John Pressnell on the other, in which James Riley, being pressed by John Lloyd, who had a knife in his hand, drew his pistol and fired, killing him instantly. Riley and Jackson then turned upon Lloyd's two friends with clubs, beating them terribly. They are, however, not thought to be mortally wounded. Riley and Jackson escaped."

    • ♦ Neal Beatty Shoots George Delph
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. 31 May 1884.
      "At the same place later in the day Neal Beatty, a negro boy shot and probably fatally wounded George Delph, a coal bank boss, who struck him over the head."

    • ♦ Man Kills Another in Personal Argument on Election Day
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 4 August 1884. 6 sources.
      "At Somerset Jas. Lay, and one Dalton met at the election and renewed an old quarrel, and Lay shot and killed Dalton. Lay was arrested."
      Names Mentioned: J. W. Alcorn, James Lay, Bant. Dalton, Dan Murphy, Jerry Cleary, Jim Geers, Geo Stuart, Adam Sizeman, Solomon Bradley, R. C. Warren, [?] Barnes, Cris Turpin


  • 1885  (7)
    • ♦ One Killed in Sheriff's Posse Standoff
      Livingston, Rockcastle County. First week in January 1885. 7 sources.
      J. W. Goff was arrested for engaging in illegal whisky traffic. While being transported by two sheriff's deputies via train, some of his friends helped him escape custody. Warrants were then issued for some of the men for the charge of helping a prisoner escape. The men, including James Burton and Fred Shuck, barricaded themselves in Burton's grocery store in Livingston while a sheriff's posse surrounded the store. A negotiation was eventually reached and the men came outside, but Burton decided to attempt an escape and the Sheriff's posse shot and killed him.
      Names Mentioned: J. W. Goff, H. H. Baker, James Burton, Fred Shuck, S. H. Thompson, T. T. Wallace, Henry Burton, George Thompson, Mart. Goff, Lee Arnold, A. J. Pike, John Burton, Thomas Moore, Harvey Mink, J. I. White, Garrard Thompson, Benj. Price, George McCurly, James Roberts, Howell Barlow, Sol Shuck

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills [?] Smith
      Pulaski County. January 1885.
      "A man named Smith was lynched for attempt at rape in Pulaski last week."

    • ♦ A. J. Hansford Kills James Mulaney
      Barren Fork, Pulaski County. 11 February 1885.
      See: Man Kills Another In Argument Over Woman, Pulaski, 1881

    • ♦ Brothers Brutally Kill Man With Axe Over Forty Cents
      near McKinney, Lincoln County. 21 February 1885.
      "Squire James H. Eason ... gave us the particulars of a killing that occurred on Green River Saturday about sundown, which bears considerably the odor of a willful murder. James R. Gragg and Samuel T. Gragg, brothers, were out that day with Robert Prewitt, colored, and together, they went to McKinney, all seeming on the best of terms. Returning from McKinney they stopped at Newt Smith's and got a jug of brandy, of which all partook liberally..."
      Names Mentioned: James "Jim" R. Gragg, Samuel T. Gragg, Robert Prewitt, James H. Eason, Newt Smith, Will Carson, W. H. Adams, Alfred Mullins, Elisha Bush, W. G. Dunn, Marshal Newland, Sheriff Menefee , Dink Farmer, Bill Latin, George Daughterty, Rev. Babcock, Judge Varnon, [?] Mason, Levi Doolin, Jack Matthews

    • ♦ Pinkney White Kills George Brown
      Somerset, Pulaski County. March 1885.
      "Pinkney White, a negro was arrested in Cincinnati for the murder of George Brown, his room-mate, at Somerset, Ky., in March, 1885."

    • ♦ One Killed, One Injured in Row Between Thompson & Lawson Families
      East Bernstadt, Laurel County. 12 June 1885. 5 sources.
      "In row over some gossip among their families, at East Bernstadt, Friday, between George, William and James Thompson, brothers, and Wilkerson and Rufus Lawson, cousins, Wilkerson Lawson was instantly killed and Rufus seriously wounded."
      Names Mentioned: George Thompson, William Thompson, James Thompson, Wilkerson "Wilkes" Lawson, Rufus Lawson, B. L. Poynter, H. C. Eversole, J. A. Craft, R. Boyd, R. L. Ewell, W. L. Brown, J. J. W. Jones, L. A. Byron

    • ♦ William Parsons Kills Frank Wilson, Two Others Injured
      Beaver creek mines near Somerset, Pulaski County. December 1885.
      "At Beaver creek mines, near Somerset, William Parsons killed Frank Wilson. Charles Gooden and W. A. Owens fatally stabbed two other men, names not known. Parsons escaped, but the other two were arrested."


  • 1886  (12)
    • ♦ Charles Jackson Kills William Buzzard
      Pulaski County. Spring 1886.
      "Charles Jackson (colored), who is wanted in Somerset, Ky., for murder, was arrested last evening... The prisoner is accused of shooting William Buzzard, who was working as section hand on the Southern road. The killing occurred last spring, and was the outcome of a quarrel over a game of craps."

    • ♦ Moonshiner Kills Constable in Gunfight at Saloon
      Sparks' Saloon, Lily, Laurel County. First week in May 1886. 9 sources.
      "At Lily, in Laurel county, Constable George Tetters was shot and fatally wounded by Thomas Disney, a notorious moonshiner from Corbin. Disney, in company with one Gibson, visited Sparks' saloon at Lily. After getting intoxicated, Disney, from some trivial cause, took offense at Tetters, drew a 44 calibre revolver and fired, the ball taking effect in Tetters' right breast..."
      Names Mentioned: Constable George Tetters/Tedors/Tudors, Thomas Disney/Dizney, [?] Gibson, [?] Sparks, Marshal Hughes, Hon. H. C. Eversole, Judge G. W. McClure, James Cook, Gov. Brown

    • Geo. McCarty Kills Presley McCarty
      Pulaski County. April 1886.
      "Geo. McCarty, suspected of the murder of his uncle, Presley McCarty, who was found dead in his yard last Thursday, has left the country. They were both drinking characters and lived in the same house by themselves. The elder man, when found, was shot in the back..."

    • Regulators Whip [?] Cliff and Wife
      northern Rockcastle County. First half of June 1886. 
      "They had whipped one of his neighbors, Cliff, Creger came to town and swore out a warrant charging the parties with ku-kluxing Cliff and wife..."
      SeeTwo Killed in Northern Rockcastle Regulator Incidents, 1886

    •  Regulators Whip Trib Bryant and Jennie Pruit
      Wildie, Rockcastle County. 5 June 1886. 
      "Saturday night at Wildie, Ky., the ku-klux had another 'hickory tea party.' This time it was given in honor of "Trib" Bryant, Bud Pruit's wife and mother, Jennie Pruit; Bob was not present to partake of the refreshments."
      SeeTwo Killed in Northern Rockcastle Regulator Incidents, 1886
      Related: Three Men Reportedly Killed While Whipping Old Woman

    • ♦ Regulators Whip Joseph Ramsey and Wife, Joseph Later Found Dead
      northern Rockcastle County. 11 June 1886. 14 sources.
      "Masked men visited the house of Joe Ramsey, who lived near Mt. Vernon, a few nights since, and after seriously beating both Ramsey and his wife, the brutal regulators commanded them to leave the county. Ramsey tried to sell his property so that he could get away, but failing to find a purchaser he went and hanged himself... There is a great deal of excitement through the county about it. Some think there was foul play; that he did not hang himself, that some one else did it.... Even if he did hang himself the men who whipped him are just as guilty as tho' they had done it, for they were indirectly the cause of it."
      Names Mentioned: "Trib" Bryant, Bud Pruit, Jennie Pruit, Thomas Hays/Hayes, Joseph Ramsey, Amanda Ramsey, Jeff Huff, George Huff, W. H. Albright, [?] Cliff, Logan Sigman, William Higginbotham, James P. C. Myers, Judge Lair/Lear, P. J. Creger/Cregor, Alva Maret, Judge McClure, Gov. Knott, Tom Moore, Jack Moore, Judge G. W. McClure, Lee Carter

    • ♦ Man Killed From Ambush After Refusing to Join Regulator Group
      near Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 6 July 1886. 
      "While P. J. Creger was riding through a lonely woods near Mount Vernon, Ky., yesterday afternoon, he was shot from ambush and almost instantly killed by unknown parties. Creger had sworn out warrants against several parties, charging them with kukluxing, and it is thought that these are the same murderers and that they are the same parties who whipped the man Ramsey..."
      See: Two Killed in Northern Rockcastle Regulator Incidents, 1886

    • ♦ Two Killed in Mt. Vernon Street Shootout Involving Former County Judge
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 16 July 1886. 22 sources.
      The fearful tragedy enacted here Friday afternoon continues to be the sole topic of conversation. About 6 o'clock Judge G. W. McClure and Lee Carter entered the grocery store owned by the Moore brothers, when a difficulty arose between McClure and Carter on one side and the Moore boys on the other..." The fighting played out on Mt. Vernon's streets and both Jack and Tom Moore were killed.
      RelatedMan Kills Another For Alleged Relationship with His Wife
      Names Mentioned: Judge George W. McClure, Lee B. Carter, Jack W. Moore, Tom Moore, Dr. A. G. Lovell, Willis Adams, Judge J. G. Carter, Eld. M. R. Moore, P. J. Hiatt, Mollie Baker, H. H. Baker, Jack Adams Jr., Judge Lair, Judge M. C. Saufley, D. P. Bethurum, J. Adams Sr., J. M. Fish, Mat Sandidge, J. M. Phillips, W. A. Coffey, J. M. Hill, W. M. Lackey, D. McKitrick, J. M. Wray, R. Burnett, Van Owens, J. H. Raines, F. Reid, J. H. Miller, Judge M. H. Owsley, R. C. Warren, Colonel Bradley, H. T. Noel, D. R. Carpenter, W. H. Miller, T. J. Robinson, G. T. Fair, J. J. McKinney, Logan Murphy, William Gooch, Samuel Dudderar, B. F. Hayden, William Beck, A. M. Frye, M. F. Elkin, W. L. Dawson, John W. Walter

    • ♦ John St. Clair Kills George Inman
      Livingston, Rockcastle County. August/September 1886.
      "John St. Clair, of Jackson county, who is charged with killing a blind man named Innman near Livingston, in this county, about two weeks ago, came to the county one day last week and surrendered himself..."

    • ♦ Fatal Fight Between Defendant and Witness
      Laurel County. Last half of August 1886. 7 sources.
      "The testimony conduces to show that the deceased had been prosecuted by the commonwealth for the commission of a public offense, and the appellant had testified as a witness against him. The deceased then became hostile to the accused, and made threats of a serious nature against him, and on the day of the killing was on his way to the distillery of the appellant, with a musket in his hand and a pistol in his pocket..."
      Names Mentioned: Samuel Barnard, Frank Harris, Alvin Duvall, P. W. Hardin

    • ♦ Government Officials Fight Violent Duel in County Attorney's Office 
      Somerset, Pulaski County. First half of October 1886. 7 sources.
      "The ill-feeling that has existed between U.S. Commissioner F. V. Logan and Special Bailiff Henry Bogle since their disagreement in regard to one Baker, culminated Friday in a terrible fight in County Attorney Colyer's room at Somerset between the parties. After few angry words, both drew their pistols and commenced firing at each other.  Three balls took effect in Bogle's body and two in Logan's and the latter's pistol then refusing to work, he seized a hatchet and buried it in the head of his prostrate antagonist, who continued to fire after falling on the floor..."
      Names Mentioned: F. V. Logan, Henry Bogle, County Attorney [?] Colyer, [?] Baker

    • ♦ One Killed in Quarrel Between Horsebus Drivers 
      Somerset, Pulaski County. December 1886. 4 sources.
      "Still another fatal shooting occurred in Somerset, Beddow, the driver of a rival bus line, firing a centre shot into Hodgecraft, another driver."
      Names Mentioned: Charles M. Beddow, [?] Hedgecroft/Hodgecraft, T. M. Pennington, Steve Pennington


  • 1887  (12)
    • ♦ Charles Luker Kills Isaac Nelson
      Laurel County. 1887?
      "Charles Luker was tried the following week for murder, the victim being Isaac Nelson, and given seven years..."

    • ♦ John Hurley Kills Isaac Hyde
      Laurel County. 1887?
      "The first week, John Hurley, for the murder of Isaac Hyde, was tried and found guilty of manslaughter and assessed five years in the pen."

    • ♦ Man Kills Brother-in-Law Over Livestock Eating His Wheat
      near Knox County line, Laurel County. 3 February 1887. 7 sources.
      "Hiram Glass shot and killed Mat Waggoner, near the Knox county line, Thursday evening. A difficulty had arisen over some cattle of Glass', which were breaking into Waggoner's wheat field, when Glass drew an ax upon Waggoner, striking at him..."
      Names Mentioned: Hiram F. Glass, Mat Waggoner, William Elliott, J. C. Jones, Joe D. Faris, Benjamin Magee, J. R. Hardin, Vincent Boreing, Col. R. L. Ewell, Mr. Catching, W. L. Brown, Col. J. W. Jones, James D. Black, James H. Tinsley, J. A. Craft, Sam Barnard

    • ♦ Charles Childers Kills Brownlow Townsend
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle. February 1887.
      "Near Pine Hill, Sunday night, Brownlow Townsend was fatally cut by Charles Childers. The circumstances are about as follows: Townsend and Childers had been paying attention to the same young lady a short distance from Pine Hill. Sunday evening they both went to see her but neither remained long. Toward night they returned under the influence of whisky and staid at the young lady's house until about an hour after dark, when they left in the company of another young man. After going a short distance towards the station a difficulty came up between Townsend and Childers, over their sweetheart, in which rocks and sticks were freely used. Knives were drawn and they began slashing at each other, when Townsend received a thrust in the thigh from which he died within fifteen minutes."

    • ♦ Jack Howell Kills Charles Phelps
      Pulaski County. March 1887.
      "Charles Phelps and Jack Howell are the last two Pulaskians to fight to the death over an old grudge. When they met Phelps placed his knife against Howell's breast and remarked: "I've a notion to cut your heart out." How placed his knife against Phelp's throat and coolly replied, "Cut away." Phelps did cut away, but unfortunately for him his knife blade broke off at the second thrust. Howell cut Phelps' throat almost from ear to ear."

    • ♦ Son Kills Father Over Cruel Treatment, 1887
      near Hustonville, Lincoln County. 11 March 1887. 20 sources.
      "Used as the people of this county are to blood-curdling murderers, owing to their frequent perpetration, they were unprepared for anything so diabolical and damnable as that of the midnight assassination of Adam Carpenter, at his home near Hustonville, Friday night. The news created the most profound expressions of horror, which were augmented and intensified by the later report that his own son was the perpetrator of the awful crime."
      Names Mentioned: Adam Carpenter, Wallace Carpenter, Mrs. Carpenter (nee Weatherford), Henry Carpenter, T. L. Carpenter, D. Spillman Carpenter, George Brown, Dovie Brown, Jesse Huston, George Hughes, J. M. Cook, Joseph Ballou, H. G. Sandifer, J. W. Alcorn, J. J. Drye, L. B. Adams, J. B. Green, Samuel Reid, William Herndon, R. C. Warren, George Stone, D. R. Carpenter, John Elis/Ellis, Wood Green, J. A. Bogle, W. L. Williams, John W. Yerkes, O. H. Waddle

    • ♦ Three Men Reportedly Killed While Whipping Old Woman
      Wildie, Rockcastle County. 18 March 1887. 6 sources.
      There were articles in papers throughout the United States claiming three Rockcastle County men of a prohibition ku klux group were killed while flogging an old woman for selling liquor.  However, another article from a neighboring county claims that these reports were exaggerated and that no one was killed.
      RelatedTwo Killed in Northern Rockcastle Ku-Klux Incidents, 1886
      Names Mentioned: Eliza Fish, Bob/Bale Prewitt, Judge Colyer, John Long, Walter Turpin, John Hasty, Tom Moore, Jack Moore, Lee Carter

    • ♦ Willette Vowels Kills Willie Levisay
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. Last week of March 1887.
      "At Mt. Vernon, Ky., yesterday, Willie Levisay and Willette Vowels, boys aged respectively fourteen and ten years, quarreled in a grocery store and going outside to fight it out, Vowels stabbed Levisay near the heart, killing him almost instantly."

    • ♦ One Killed, Another Wounded in Four Person Gunfight
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. First half of April 1887. 4 sources.
      "John Evans, one of the negroes shot in the difficulty between himself and Jim Mullins, on the one side, and John and Tom Stringer on the other, in April last, died Tuesday..."

    • ♦ Gunfight at Brush Creek
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 23 July 1887.
      "The Adams and Laswells, living in the eastern portion of the county, between whom there has existed a family feud for sometime, met at Brush Creek, a station on the K. C. road, Saturday evening and opened fire upon each other, one faction on each side of the creek."
      See: At Least Two Killed in Adams-Laswell Feud

    • ♦ At Least Two Killed in Adams-Laswell Feud
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. First week of December 1887. 23 sources.
      Contains articles regarding several gunfights that took place between 1887 and 1890 on Brush Creek reported to be primarily between the Adams and Laswell families, and related court cases.  Several were injured in the fighting, and at least two people were killed: Granville Adams and Garrett Hampton.
      Names Mentioned: Granville Adams, Wallace Laswell, Garrett Hampton, Babe Sammons, John Adams, James Townsend, Jim Lunsford, Frank Harlow, Bud Abney, James Merricks, Andy Mason, John Angline, Jack Baker, R. C. Warren, W. H. Mize, William Mink, Abe Drew

    • ♦ Man and Officer Argue, Fall From Moving Train
      near Roundstone Creek, Rockcastle County. Last week of December 1887. 5 sources.
      "Mullins entered the car, and slapping Chumley on the shoulder, told him a man wanted to see him out on the platform quick. Chumley went out, carrying his Winchester with him. After reaching the platform, witnesses say that a discussion ensued, and the report of arms aroused all passengers. Mullins was shot through the hand, and Chumley through the foot. Both fell from the moving train..."

      Names Mentioned: Bal Chumley, Hugh McHargue, Walter Mullins, Susie Mullins, William Bloomer


  • 1888  (21)
    • ♦ Henry Worley and others Kill Lee Troxtile
      Pulaski County. 1888?
      "Henry Worley, charged, with ten other persons, with the murder of Lee Troxtile, at Somerset, Ky., has been arrested."

    • ♦ Man Kills His Brother After Argument Over Trousers
      Lily, Laurel County. 10 February 1888. 3 sources.
      "John thought Levi's pants would fit him better than the pair given him, and tried to take them from Levi. During the quarrel mother the[n] interfered and tried to pacify them. John cursed and abused her. Levi then threatened to kill him. They got into a scuffle..."
      Names Mentioned: Levi Hodge, John R. Hodge

    • ♦ Man Killed Over Game of Cards
      Marydell, Laurel County. 19 February 1888. 5 sources.
      "Wm. Crawford shot and killed Hugh Gregory at the latters grocery Sunday night. The parties were drunk and the difficulty I learn came up over a game of cards."
      Names Mentioned: William Crawford, Hugh Gregory, Robert Morris, R. Boyd, Gran Johnson, Jake Dees, Sam Barnard

    • ♦ Town Marshal John Stringer Kills Johnson Chumley
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. First week in March 1888. 3 sources.
      "John Stringer shot and killed Jons Chumley, at Pittsburg, Laurel county. Bill Chumley, a brother of Jons, brought on the shooting by engaging in a difficulty with a man who had garnished his wages. Will Stringer, deputy town marshal, stepped in to separate them when Jons Chumley ran up and grabbing Stringer seized his pistol and was drawing his own when Stringer called to his brother to shoot his antagonist loose. Two shots were fired, one ball entering Chumley's neck and the other his back."
      Names Mentioned: John Stringer, Jons/Johnson Chumley, Bill Chumley, Bill Stringer, Bal Chumley, Walter Mullins

    • ♦ Tennessee Man Murdered and Robbed Near Somerset
      Stanford Rd ~1.5 mi north of Somerset, Pulaski County. Last week in March 1888. 6 sources.
      "A middle-aged man named Tom Wilson, of Oliver Springs, Tenn., was found in an old field near the Stanford road, about a mile and a half north of this place this morning dead and cold, lying with his face buried in the mud and his head terribly battered and cut and partially mashed in, and his hands, which he had evidently thrown above his head for protection, were also badly broken..."
      Names Mentioned: Tom Wilson, M. H. Sidebottom, W. H. Cundiff, Squire Sallee, Sheriff Elrod, W. F. Tomlinson

    • ♦ Mary Jasper and Eliza Jasper Kill Henry Dick
      Fishing Creek, Pulaski County. March/April 1888.
      "Mrs. Mary and Eliza Jasper fired on a negro trying to break into their house, on Fishing Creek, in Pulaski, and brought down Henry Dick, a notorious negro of that section."

    • ♦ Gunfight between Jack Adams, Tip Langford, and Henry Langford
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. April 1888. 
      Tip and Henry Langford have a gunfight with Jack Adams Jr., the man who killed their brother Liberty Langford in 1878.
      SeeJack Adams Jr. kills Liberty Langford

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills John Riley Ramsey
      Pulaski County. 1 May 1888. 1 source.
      "A negro, whose name is not known, walked into a room where three white men were seated, set down a bottle of whisky, invited all to drink, drew his pistol and said to one of the white men named John Riley Ramsey: 'You have talken about me too much, and I am going to kill you. So prepare to die.'"
      Names Mentioned: John Riley Ramsey, 'Squire Ward

    • Woman Found Shot in the Road
      Four miles southwest of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. First week in June 1888. 4 sources.
      "This morning Ann Decker, a woman who has been charged with keeping a house of ill-repute, was found in the road not far from her house, four miles southwest of this place, dead, with a bullet through her brain."
      Names Mentioned: Ann Decker, James Brewer, Frank Decker, James Maret

    • ♦ [?] Shumate Kills [?] McCarty
      Sinks, Rockcastle County. June 1888.
      "A man named Shumate, from Bardstown, shot and killed another named McCarty, at Sinks, in Rockcastle county, Friday. We depended on our Mt. Vernon man to give particulars, but his letter failed to come."

    • ♦ At Least Three Killed in Church Yard Feud Battle
      Laurel Fork Meeting House, Whitley County. 8 July 1888. 10 sources.
      "The people at worship rushed from their places into the outer darkness to find it filled with curses, prayers and groans. There in the churchyard sturdy mountaineers had met in battle array and life's blood had flown freely. The screams of women and children and frantic actions of men, with the death agonies, rendered it a scene horrid in the extreme...."
      Names Mentioned: Mitch Rose, Ewell Lawson, Tom Fuson, James Fuson, Ewing/Enos Fuson, John Parton, Scott Parton, Hiram Rose, Lewis Perry, Beth Fuson, William Jackson, Marion Lawson, James D. Black, W. R. Ramsey

    • ♦ Two Men Engage in Knife Fight in Argument Relating to a Woman
      Rockcastle County. 22 July 1888. 18 sources.
      "[John] Proctor was returning from church with some young ladies; Parker followed and desired the company of one of them, Miss Maggie Reynolds, to which she objected, saying she didn't want that fool with her. Hot words passed between them; then Parker shook his fist in the young lady's face.... Proctor used his pocket knife, cutting a deep gash in Parker's breast and two in his bowels." Parker died several months later, possibly from his injuries caused by Proctor.
      This post includes details about a knife fight involving John Proctor in an argument relating to a woman, knife/gun fight at a local circus that also involved John Proctor, and the killing of Wade Purcell by John Proctor. Also, after Editor of the Mountain Signal, W. R. Cress, published the dying statement of Wade Purcell, Proctor had an altercation with Cress in which Proctor discharged his weapon.
      Names Mentioned: John A. Proctor, Jr., John Parker, Maggie Reynolds, Pat Parker, Marshal William Parker, John Brewer, James Jones, Andy Baker, Wade Purcell, Editor W. R. Cress, Will McKinney, Jeff Nichols, Mitchell Norton, George Pitman, Jailer Arnold, Judge Colyer, James Townsend, Sam Anglin, James Palmer, Bill Austin, Wallace Laswell, Granville Adams, Tom Race, [?] Baker, Sylvester Robbins, Jasper McGraw, William McGraw, Tom Collins

    • ♦ Gunfight at Brush Creek
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. First week in August 1888.
      "The friends of the candidates for sheriff met there to distribute liquor, etc., to the voters. A row came up over the matter. About 50 shots were fired. Abe Drew fell during the battle with a bullet in his shoulder."
      SeeAt Least Two Killed in Adams-Laswell Feud

    • ♦ Man Stabbed During Arrest Attempt at Voting Place
      Skaggs Creek, Rockcastle County. (Election day) First week in August 1888. 3 sources.
      "George Nichols, a constable at Skaggs voting place, attempted to arrest a boisterous man when Jeff Nichols, a brother, struck the officer in the breast with a knife. Damage was slight. Others interferred, Jeff was knocked down and had a knife thrust under his shoulder blade, from which he will likely die..."
      Names Mentioned: George Nichols, Jeff Nichols, Will McKinney, Mitchell Norton, George Pitman, Wade Purcell, John Proctor

    • ♦ Man Shoots At Another For Questioning Son's Voting Eligibility
      Rockcastle County. Election day/First week in August 1888. 
      "Another difficulty which occurred on the same day between Mitchell Norton, democrat, and George Pitman, republican, in which Pitman watched the public highway for Norton until the latter returned home from Mt. Vernon, late in the evening, and accosted him with leveled revolver, demanding of Norton why he had so treated his son that morning."
      SeeMan Stabbed During Arrest Attempt at Voting Place

    • ♦ Arrest Attempt in Church Leads to Deadly Shootout
      near Greenwood and Cumberland Falls, Pulaski County. 12 August 1888. 14 sources.
      "The Constable committed a sad error in selecting Henry and Van Warman as his deputies, as they were the brothers of the woman who preferred the charge.  Andy and Aleck Hamlin were in the church when Vestal and his two deputies walked down the aisle, confronted the two brothers and demanded the surrender of Andy.  The three started with Andy towards Greenwood, and had gone about a mile, when a crowd of the friends of Andy led by his brother Aleck, overtook the officers with their prisoners..."
      Names Mentioned: Andy Hamlin, Alexander Hamlin, Elzie Hamlin, Evan Hamlin, L. M. Vestal, Henry Warman, Alvin/Van Warman, Ida Warman (Mary E. Warmon?), James R. Warmon, Elijah Barnett, Lincoln Clark, Green Hickenbotham, Jailer Shepperd, T. Z. Morrow, O. H. Waddle, W. A. Morrow, G. W. Shadoan, James T. May, P. W. Hardin

    • ♦ Gunfight at Brush Creek
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 16 August 1888.
      "Thursday evening Laswell was ambushed and mortally wounded."
      SeeAt Least Two Killed in Adams-Laswell Feud

    • ♦ J. E. Powell Kills Allen Hagard/Haggard
      near Brodhead, Rockcastle County. 15 September 1888.
      "Saturday afternoon, between Brodhead and his home, Allen Hagard was found in the road murdered. Indications point to the murdered man's son-in-law, J. E. Powell, as the assassin, as they had been at outs for sometime over the fact of Powell's wife having made application for divorce, charging her husband with inhuman treatment. The parties had been carrying guns for each other for sometime."

    • ♦ Man Kills Neighbor Over Drunken Reckless Gunfire
      East Bernstadt, Laurel County. 16 September 1888. 4 sources.
      "Bossie, an Italian by birth, is a peaceable, quiet, and inoffensive man, and when at his home with his family on a Sabbath day was alarmed by the firing of a gun or pistol from a point not more than 150 yards from his home, the ball passing so near the body of his wife, who was in the yard, as to cause her to cry out to her husband for protection. The man firing the shot was Larkin Byrd, between whom and the accused there had never been any hostile feeling..."
      Names Mentioned: John Bossie/Bosse, Larkin Byrd, Henry Milis/Miller, W. O. Bradley, P. W. Hardin, Robert Boyd

    • ♦ Several Injured in Knife/Gun Fight at Opening of Local Circus
      Rockcastle County. 24 October 1888. 18 sources.
      "The door keeper asked Marshal Parker if Proctor was a deputy, and on Parker's answering in the negative, Proctor called him a liar. An altercation ensued, when other deputy marshals came up and attempted to arrest Proctor. Knives and pistols were drawn and the firing began...."
      This post includes details about a knife fight involving John Proctor in an argument relating to a woman, knife/gun fight at a local circus that also involved John Proctor, and the killing of Wade Purcell by John Proctor. Also, after Editor of the Mountain Signal, W. R. Cress, published the dying statement of Wade Purcell, Proctor had an altercation with Cress in which Proctor discharged his weapon.
      Names Mentioned: John A. Proctor, Jr., John Parker, Maggie Reynolds, Pat Parker, Marshal William Parker, John Brewer, James Jones, Andy Baker, Wade Purcell, Editor W. R. Cress, Will McKinney, Jeff Nichols, Mitchell Norton, George Pitman, Jailer Arnold, Judge Colyer, James Townsend, Sam Anglin, James Palmer, Bill Austin, Wallace Laswell, Granville Adams, Tom Race, [?] Baker, Sylvester Robbins, Jasper McGraw, William McGraw, Tom Collins

    • ♦ Man Kills Another For Alleged Relationship with His Wife
      Joplin House, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 3 December 1888. 7 sources.
      "It is thought that the trouble originated Saturday night, when Carter remained over night at Frazer's residence in the east end of town. During the night Frazer woke up and thought he discovered Carter in a compromising position with Mrs. Frazer. He accused Carter of wrong doing and they quarreled for some time, when Carter left the house, followed by threats from Frazer..."
      RelatedFormer County Judge Involved in Mt. Vernon Street Shootout
      Names Mentioned: Lee B. Carter, James Fraser/Frazier, Jack Moore, Tom Moore, James G. Carter, Mary Miller


  • 1889  (15)

    • ♦ One Killed, Another Injured In Argument On Train
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. January 1889. 2 sources.
      "Wednesday evening, as Conductor O'Mally's south-bound freight train was passing Pittsburg, just above here, James Raines, a brakeman, was fired upon by two desperadoes, Tom Stringer and Sam Graggs. Raines returned the fire, both balls taking effect upon Graggs, one through the heart and the other in the temple, killing him instantly. Raines then started toward the caboose, when Stringer fired at him, striking Raines in the hip."

    • ♦ Robert Johnson Shoots Andrew Telfry
      Copper Creek, Rockcastle County. January 1889. 1 source.
      "The first shooting affair on record in the Copper Creek district took place one day last week between Robert Johnson and Andrew Telfry. The parties had been at outs for some time. They met, when Tilfry asked Johnson if he was ready to whip him. Johnson replied no. Tilfry had a gun. Johnson drew pistol. Tilfry ran. Johnson fired three shots, one striking Tilfry in the arm above the elbow. Johnson fled the country."

    • ♦ Tom Hansford and others Kill John Hardick
      East Bernstadt, Laurel County. March? 1889.
      "Tom Hansford, three other men and a cyprian named Lizzie Tucker, were tried for the murder of John Hardick, who was found dead by the railroad near East Bernstadt 2 months ago."

    • ♦ Swiss Man Killed in Fight at Bernstadt
      Bernstadt, Laurel County. 7 April 1889. 4 sources.
      "A general fight, participated in by half a dozen Swiss, occurred at Bernstad, the Swiss colony in Laurel County, the other night. Cheese-knives and pistols were freely used. John Christian was so severely stabbed that he died next day."
      Names Mentioned: John Christian, Arnold Schupock/Schupbach, Jacob Riabea

    • ♦ Man Killed Resisting Arrest At Sunday School Picnic
      Oak Grove meeting house, near Lincoln/Pulaski County line. Prior to May 1889. 16 sources.
      "There was a Sunday-school meeting held at Oak Grove meeting house, and during the meeting Watson and Gastineau fired their pistols within a short distance of the meeting-house, which created a disturbance.  The minister requested the appellant Doolin, who was a constable in good standing, to arrest the persons creating the disturbance; and, in obedience to the request, he, together with Cope, who was summoned to assist, started out to make the arrest..."
      Names Mentioned: William R. Doolin, George W. Cope, William Watson, [?] Gastineau, Judge Morrow, W. H. Miller, W. O. Bradley, G. W. Shaddan, W. A. Morrow, W. J. Hendrick, C. J. Bennett

    • ♦ One Killed in Gunfight between Hamlins and Warmans
      Pulaski County. Summer 1889. 
      "During the summer the Hamlin boys and Warman boys, three on a side, engaged in a row, one of the Warmans being killed. The Hamlins were arrested, and one of them tried, and is now serving a term in the Frankfort penitentiary."
      See: Arrest Attempt in Church Leads to Deadly Shootout, Pulaski, 1888

    • ♦ J. W. Woodall Stabs James and Robert Barnes
      near Bernstadt, Laurel County. 29 June 1889. 
      "James Barnes and his son Robert were both badly cut by J. W. Woodall, with whom they had a difficulty near the colony Saturday. Woodall was promptly arrested and placed in jail. He has been in several difficulties heretofore."
      See: Man Kills Another Over Card Game, Laurel, 1907

    •  Seduced Woman Commits Suicide
      Wolf Creek, Pulaski County. 22 July 1889. 3 sources.
      The woman "had been engaged to a young man, who, through false representations ruined her.  Fearing disgrace, she resolved to commit suicide." One of the leading causes of family feuds in Kentucky was the seduction or rape of a female family member.  Since this blog is essentially a study of the violence within the vicinity of these three counties, I want to make note where possible of other deaths that resulted from seduction or rape.
      Names Mentioned: Mary Gelders, William Simpson, Green Gelders, John Rose, Evan S. Warren, William Baugh, Green Flynn

    • ♦ Constable Kills Man in Election Day Fight
      Rockcastle County. 6 August 1889. 18 sources.
      "Wade Purcell, who was shot here on election day by John Proctor, died at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. In an anti-mortem statement Purcell said that he did not know that Proctor was anywhere about and that the row had subsided when Proctor ran in and shot him without saying a word...." Other sources conflict.
      This post includes details about a knife fight involving John Proctor in an argument relating to a woman, knife/gun fight at a local circus that also involved John Proctor, and the killing of Wade Purcell by John Proctor. Also, after Editor of the Mountain Signal, W. R. Cress, published the dying statement of Wade Purcell, Proctor had an altercation with Cress in which Proctor discharged his weapon.
      Names Mentioned: John A. Proctor, Jr., John Parker, Maggie Reynolds, Pat Parker, Marshal William Parker, John Brewer, James Jones, Andy Baker, Wade Purcell, Editor W. R. Cress, Will McKinney, Jeff Nichols, Mitchell Norton, George Pitman, Jailer Arnold, Judge Colyer, James Townsend, Sam Anglin, James Palmer, Bill Austin, Wallace Laswell, Granville Adams, Tom Race, [?] Baker, Sylvester Robbins, Jasper McGraw, William McGraw, Tom Collins

    • ♦ Murder of Tom Collins
      Dyer's Mill near Pulaski/Rockcastle County line. 18 August 1889. 8 sources.
      "Tom Collins, a desperado of Rockcastle county, was found dead near Dyer's mill, in Pulaski, with a bullet hole through his head.  A revolver with an empty chamber was clutched in his hand creating the supposition that he was killed in a fight with some unknown person..."  A few months later A. M. "Killis" Price kills James T. Shiplett. Because the suspected murderers of Collins are related to Price, many of the articles contain information about both murders, so I have combined them into one post.
      Names Mentioned: Tom Collins, William McGraw, Jasper McGraw, "Squire Renner, Sylvester Robins, James Thomas Shiplett, A. M. " Killis" Price, John Proctor, Editor Cress, James Townsend, Sam Anglin, James Palmer, Bill Austin, Wallace Laswell, Granville Adams, Tom Race, Thomas Jones, Charles Jones, Bud Ping

    • ♦ Henry Goodman Kills D. J. Sharp
      Pulaski County? August 1889.
      "Henry Goodman plunged a knife to the hilt into the breast of D. J. Sharp in a magistrate's court in Pulaski, when he made at a sister of Goodman who had called him a liar. Sharp expired immediately."

    • ♦ Man Killed From Ambush
      one mile below Greenwood, Pulaski County. 9 November 1889. 
      "Evan Hamlin was shot from ambush yesterday evening...and was instantly killed."
      See: Arrest Attempt in Church Leads to Deadly Shootout, Pulaski, 1888

    • ♦ Man Shot and Killed at Train Depot
      Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 16 November 1889. 7 sources.
      "Hugh McHargue attacked William Bloomer at the L. & N. depot with a pocket knife, cutting a gash in his side close to the heart. Bloomer pulled a pistol and shot McHargue, the ball entering his right eye. McHargue fell from the four-foot platform to the railroad track."
      Names Mentioned: Hugh McHargue, William Bloomer, Walter Mullins, Bob Chumley, H. H. Baker

    • ♦ A. M. "Killis" Price Kills James Thomas Shiplett
      Dyer's Mill near Pulaski/Rockcastle County line. 20 December 1889.
      See: Murder of Tom Collins.

    • ♦ Robert Spears Kills Robert Miller
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. Last half of December 1889. 1 source.
      "At Pittsburg, Laurel county, Robert Miller was shot and killed by Robert Spears, Tuesday evening. The parties had been at outs for some time over the shooting of Will Miller in the arm at a church in that place some time since by Spears when attempting to arrest him for disturbing worship, Spears being town marshal at the time."




  • 1890's  (100)
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  • 1890  (8)
    • ♦ Man Kills Brother-in-Law for Deplorable Treatment of Family
      Wildie, Rockcastle County. 1 March 1890. 2 sources.
      "They decided to inform their brother, James Burden, of the awful state of affairs. Upon being told of the matter, Mr. B. was of course dumfounded, but he soon decided what course to pursue.  He with two friends mounted their horses and went to Henderson's home where Burden put four balls in the wretch's body, killing him instantly.  Burden went to Mt. Vernon two weeks afterward, gave himself up and trial set for Saturday, when he was promptly acquitted..."
      Related: Man Kills "Scarlet Woman of Roundstone" To Avenge Relative's Death
      Names Mentioned: Aus. Henderson, James Burdin/Burden, Mary Sigman, Charles Krieger

    • ♦ Emmett Snodgrass Kills His Brother, Squire Snodgrass
      8 miles from Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 9 April 1890. 11 sources.
      "The brothers had a dispute last Monday over some business matters and when they parted it was agreed that they would not speak to each other afterward. Wednesday afternoon Emmett, who lives a short distance from Mr. Collier's, went over there.  When he arrived Squire was at the barn.  His mother, fearing that the brothers would meet, had the Squire to go around by the back way before entering the house.  While they were standing on the porch talking Emmett came around and called to Squire and opened fire upon him. ..." Also contains articles about the murder of Emmett Snodgrass by another yet brother, Isaac, in 1892.
      RelatedRegulators Raid Mt. Vernon Jail, Hangs Four Prisoners
      Names Mentioned: Emmett Snodgrass, Squire Snodgrass, Isaac Snodgrass, William Collier, James Bethurum, J. J. Brown, William Cash, Rev. Eugene S. Snodgrass, Andy Cummins, Police Judge J. G. Carter, Judge Lair, G. W. McClure, C. C. Williams, James Ballew

    • ♦ Man Killed in Republican Primary Row
      Jugornot, Pulaski County. 17 May 1890. 3 sources.
      "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..." John L. Ping killed, William Ping and Frank Hines wounded.
      Names Mentioned: Thomas Jones, Charles Z. Jones, Frank Hines, William Ping, John L. "Bud" Ping, George Shadowen, [?] Reynolds

    • ♦ George Shadowen Kills [?] Reynolds
      Tateville, Pulaski County. 17 May 1890. 
      "At Tateville, on the same day, George Shadowen shot and killed a young man by the name of Reynolds."
      SeeMan Killed in Republican Primary Row

    • ♦ Man Kills Brother-in-Law During Argument Over Fifty Cents
      Bee Lick, Pulaski County. May 1890. 5 sources.
      "The men married sisters, but there was little love between them. It seems, however, that they had bought a broad axe in partnership and that Warren had taken the first show at it. Delaney went for it several times, but Warren was using it each time. The last call he made for it Warren was not at home, but Delaney told his wife if she would pay him 50 cents he would say no more about the axe..."
      Names Mentioned: Wyatt Warren, Jim Delaney, Ike Herrin, Horace Edwards

    • ♦ P.F. Smith and John Coomer Kill John Chestnut on Election Day
      Burnside, Pulaski County. Election Day, August? 1890. 1 source.
      "P. F. Smith, police judge, and John Coomer, marshal of Burnside, were tried before Judge Denton, charged with killing John Chestnut at Burnside election day, and acquitted on the grounds of self defense."

    • ♦ Man Kills Another Over Alleged Attempted Robbery
      9 miles south of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. 18 September 1890. 8 sources.
      "At Mt. Vernon big Jim Mink was killed by Bud Mize. Mize and some other men, it is alleged, had tried to rob Mink, and Mink had threatened to have Mize arrested. Mink met Mize in the road and Mize shot him dead..."
      Names Mentioned: William H. "Bud" Mize, "Big" John Mink, Squire Whitaker, Magistrate Brannaman, Wallace Laswell, Granville Adams

    • ♦ Gunfight at Brush Creek
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 19 December 1890.
      "At Brush creek...on Friday evening, five persons were wounded in a general row. ... Jack Baker received a ball in the left breast... Andy Mason had his wrist shattered from a ball; a son of Mason got a furrow plowed across his head just over his left ear; John Angline received a similar wound, and Angline's wife was shot in the back.  How the fight came up no one here has been able to learn.  All the parties are related by marriage to each other."
      See: At Least Two Killed in Adams-Laswell Feud


  • 1891  (10)

    • ♦ Ben Martin Kills Tom Hodge
      Laurel County. 1891?
      "Ben Martin's case for killing Tom Hodge is before the court and will be tried, both sides being ready."

    • ♦ Jane Mullins Kills Henry Mullins
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. 11 January 1891. 1 source.
      "Jane Mullins, colored, shot her son Henry through the lungs Sunday night, killing him instantly."

    • ♦ [?] Lasley Kills John Wesley Gooch
      Kingsville, Lincoln County. Last week in April 1891. 1 source.
      "In a difficulty at Kingsville this week John Wesley Gooch was shot in the right side by a fellow named Lasley from Pulaski, the ball going clear through him."

    • ♦ George Hays/Hayes Kills Thomas Hays/Hayes
      Wildie, Rockcastle County. First half of May 1891. 3 sources.
      "Sunday afternoon George Hays shot his cousin Thomas Hayes three times from which the latter died yesterday morning. The parties had been at outs over a settlement about some corn."

    • ♦ Bill Damerel Kills John D. Mullins
      Crooked Creek, Rockcastle County. July/August 1891.
      "The only trouble in the county on election day was at Crooked Creek precinct where John D. Mullins met his death at the hands of Bill Damerel."

    • ♦ George Gragg Kills William Miller
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. August 1891. 5 sources.
      "Bill Miller, who was shot by Geo. Gragg Saturday night at Pittsburg, died Monday morning. The wounds were supposed to be slight at the time of the shooting." ... "George Gragg, for killing Wm. Miller at Pittsburg, was given 21 years. Gragg was deputy town marshal at the time of the killing."

    • ♦ Assassination of Sheriff McHargue & Lynching of the Gilliland Brothers
      Pulaski County. 12 September 1891, 15 September 1891. 38 sources.
      "The affair has created intense excitement, as McHargue was a very prominent and most estimable citizen and a very efficient and reliable officer, and popular, and but few would have supposed that he had an enemy in the world.  Hundreds of people gathered yesterday in the vicinity, many going from the city.  The officers went out early this morning and arrested the Gillilands and found in their possession a large navy pistol with one chamber empty.  They were brought here this afternoon and placed in jail.  They do not bear a very favorable reputation, and it is alleged that McHargue is their fourth victim..."
      RelatedSomerset Ex-Chief of Police Assassinates Local Newspaper Editor
      Names Mentioned: John H. McHargue, James Harvey Gilliland, Josiah "Joe" Gilliland, "Doc" Gilliland, George Howell, William Moore, J. H. Moore, Buck McAlister, Bob McAlister, William Gilliland, Milton Gilliland, Wesley Gilliland, Deputy Sheriff Hansford, Wesley Whitaker, William Whitaker, W. G. Bobbitt, Wesley Vaught

    • ♦ John Catron Kills John White
      Somerset, Pulaski County. Last half of September 1891.
      "If the reports, which come from Somerset about the killing of Engineer John White of the C. S., by John Catron, a saloon keeper, be true, Judge Lynch might with much propriety resume his operations there. With no apparent provocation whatever, he struck his victim with a stick, knocking him down, and drawing a pistol, shot him as he lay on the floor. The only excuse given for the crime is that Catron was drunk."

    • ♦ Frank Bastin Stabs Joe Henry
      Lincoln County. Last half of September 1891. 1 source.
      "[W]hile on their way to church at Highland became involved in a quarrel as to which should have the empty pint bottle which they had just drained of its liquor, and Bastin drew his pocket-knife and plunged it up to the handle in his companion's side. Henry, it is thought, will die."

    • ♦ Thomas Candler Kills J. P. Brewer
      Pulaski County. November 1891. 1 source.
      "Thos. Candler, of this place, was given a preliminary hearing to-day in Judge Denton's court for the killing, last month, of J. P. Brewer, in a saloon fight. After examining thirty witnesses, the court released Candler, as he was justified in his act."


  • 1892  (12)

    • ♦ Charles Atkin Kills Hiram Taylor
      Pulaski County. 1892?
      "Charles Atkin, who is wanted at Somerset for the murder of Hiram Taylor, has been arrested in Tennessee and taken back to Somerset."

    • ♦ Lynch Mob Targets the Mayor of Somerset
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 6 January 1892. 29 sources.
      In January 1892, the Mayor of Somerset Barney Higgins drunkenly detained and attempted to rape Finnetta Woods at a train depot. Others at the depot came to her rescue, and as word spread of his crime, a mob formed to lynch the Mayor. Higgins escaped the mob, but was eventually convicted and sentenced to two years prison.  The poor woman "became insane as a result of her fright and ill treatment" and was committed to an asylum. The Ky. Court of Appeals then ruled that Higgins should have been granted a change of venue, and granted him a new trial.  When the case was subsequently called in Danville, Boyle County, it was continued to the next term.  The female victims' brother, present as a witness, then overheard Higgins bragging about successfully postponing his trial, and became enraged.  He shot Higgins dead on the Danville courthouse steps, and was shortly thereafter pardoned by the governor for taking justice into his own hands.
      Names Mentioned: Barney Higgins, Finnetta Wood/Woods, Lincoln D. Wood/Woods,  Humboldt Wood/Woods, F. V. Logan, Judge Hicks, James Judge, W. A. Morrow, J. W. Colyer, Judge Hazelrigg, J. W. Yerkes, O. H. Waddle

    • ♦ Isaac Snodgrass Kills His Brother, Emmett Snodgrass
      Rockcastle County. 5 March 1892. 
      "Isaac Snodgrass shot and killed his brother Emmett.  The latter's body was literally filled with buckshot and his horse was shot and killed from under him...." Emmett was Town Marshal of Mt. Vernon at the time of his death.
      See: Emmett Snodgrass Kills His Brother, Squire Snodgrass

    • ♦ Robert Eldridge Kills Jesse Davis
      Pulaski County. Last half of March 1892.
      "Last night Robert Eldridge shot and killed Jesse Davis, son of a well-known pension attorney. Davis was shot in the arm, temple and heart. The trouble occurred in Eldridge's butcher shop over a bill of $8 which Davis owed for meat. After the shooting Eldridge surrendered."

    • ♦ William Fain Kills Jesse Hilton
      Rockcastle County. First week of June 1892.
      "Another bloody murder occurred in the eastern part of this [Rockcastle] county this week. Bill Fair shot and killed Jesse Helton."

    • ♦ Thomas Tucker, Sam Young and Mose Morrow Kill Gilson/Giles New
      Pulaski County. Fall 1892?
      "Thomas Tucker, Sam Young and Mose Morrow, charged with killing Gilson New, were bound over to the grand jury in Pulaski in the sum of $3,000 each. It is alleged that the men were paid $180 to kill New." ... "Neeley says that New was killed to keep him from implicating Mason and John Johnson for the killing of Joseph Kieth at Greenwood seven months ago, for which John Johnson was sent to the penitentiary for two years and Mason is yet to be tried."
      Related: Somerset Mayor T. R. Griffin Helps Foil Train Robbery Attempt

    • ♦ Joe Howard Kills Bruce Wilmot
      Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County. September? 1892. 1 source.
      "Mr. Bruce Wilmot died at Brodhead Friday morning from the effects of the gun shot wound received at the hands of Joe Howard."

    • ♦ Somerset Ex-Chief of Police Assassinates Local Newspaper Editor
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 19 September 1892. 21 sources.
      "Editor Rucker has criticised the ex-Chief of Police several times for his bad conduct, and the editor received the approval of his criticism from the best citizens of Somerset. Mr. Anderson has frequently made threats against the editor of the Reporter, and everything points to the guilt of Anderson, and if he is captured it will indeed go hard with him, as it is the most dastardly deed ever committed in the county..." Also contains two articles about an assault of Editor Rucker by Tom Scott four months prior to Rucker's death.
      RelatedAssassination of Sheriff McHargue & Lynching of the Gilliland Brothers
      Names Mentioned: Joseph B. Rucker, John C. Anderson, Tom Scott, Roberty Coffey, Daniel Norfleet, Milt Britton, John S. Van Winkle, Link Denton, William Cooper

    • ♦ Man Kills Another Following Trivial Argument at Store
      western Pulaski County. 20 September 1892. 6 sources.
      "Daniel Norflett, a prominent citizen of the western part of this county, was Tuesday evening assassinated by Milt M. Britton. Norflett early in the morning had a disagreement over some small matter. The quarrel was at Geses' store. Norflett started home, and when about a quarter of a mile from his home, Milt Britton came to the roadside, stopped Norflett, who was in a buggy, and told him he meant to kill him, drew his double-barreled shotgun and discharged one load..."
      Names Mentioned: Daniel Norflett/Norfleet, Milt M. Britton, Charles Barnes, Dr. [?] Norflett/Norfleet, John A. Denham, Joseph B. Rucker, Tom Scott, Yellow Hammer Ackles, John Taylor

    • ♦ Two Killed, One Wounded in Fight Between Charles Haynes/Haines and Lucien Patterson
      Greenwood, Pulaski County. 22 October 1892.
      "A shooting affray occurred at Greenwood, twelve miles South of the Cumberland river, and which is a considerable mining town, this morning about 10:00 o'clock. Chas. Haynes and Lucien Patterson have had an old grudge at one another for a long time, and this morning they concluded to shoot it out. Haynes drew his pistol and attempted to shoot Patterson, but an Afro-American named John Jewett tried to part them, when he was shot through and through and killed instantly. The [station] agent, Mr. Weatherford, was also accidentally shot in the breast, but his wound is not necessarily fatal and he will recover. Patterson then shot with a Winchester rifle and instantly killed Haynes."

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills Bill Hubbard
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 31 October 1892.
      "Monday on Brush creek, this county, Bill Hubbard, while sitting at dinner, was shot and instantly killed. Whether the killing was accidental or not is not known."

    • ♦ Eveline Burdine Kills Joseph Arthur
      Pulaski County. December 1892.
      "Mrs. Eveline Burdine is in jail at Somerset charged with the murder of Joseph Arthur. She claims that Arthur was attempting to gain admittance to her room and that she killed him in self defense."


  • 1893  (13)
    • ♦ W. S. Baxter Kills John Baxter
      Laurel County. 1893?
      "W. S. Baxter for killing his uncle, John Baxter, was given 21 years."

    • ♦ Al Berry Kills [?][?]
      Rockcastle County. 1893?
      "Al Berry, the negro the Rockcastle jury let off with a life sentence for robbing and murdering a peddler, who escaped from the penitentiary, was captured in a straw rick and returned to prison."

    • ♦ James Ramey and Jesse Bullock Kill Jeff Arnold
      Pulaski County. 1893?
      "Jeff Arnold died from wounds inflicted by James Ramey and Jesse Bullock at his home near Somerset."

    • ♦ John Ledford and Jim Ledford Kill Luck Sutton
      Barren Fork mines, Pulaski County. January 1893.
      "Near Somerset, at the Barren Fork coal mines, John and Jim Ledford shot and killed a negro named Luck Sutton. The shooting was the result of a drunken row."

    • ♦ Mike Lynch Kills Mary Hardwick
      Pulaski County. May 1893.
      "Mike Lynch has been named by the coroner's jury at Somerset as the murderer of Mary Hardwick, who was mysteriously shot a week ago. Lynch is a railroad section boss and the woman was of bad reputation."

    • ♦ Man Kills Ex-Mayor of Somerset to Avenge His Sister
      Courthouse, Danville, Boyle County. 4 May 1893.
      See: Lynch Mob Targets the Mayor of Somerset, KY
      Names Mentioned: Barney Higgins, Lincoln D. Wood, Finetta Wood

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills Andy Dodson/Dolson
      Pulaski County. June 1893.
      "In the Circuit Court here this morning Judge Morrow ordered the jury to find Seth Mofield and others not guilty of the murder of Andy Dodson. The evidence was purely circumstantial."

    • ♦ Two Men Killed at Fourth of July Celebration
      near Dallas, Pulaski County. 4 July 1893. 5 sources.
      "John Hamp Brinkley, the cripple who shot and killed John Babbitt, the man who wounded him at Dallas on the Fourth, is dead. Robert Eldridge, a son-in-law of Babbitt, has been arrested, it being supposed that he also shot Brinkley."
      Names Mentioned: John Hamp Brinkley, John Bobbitt, Robert Eldridge, M. F. Brinkley

    • ♦ Married Man Kills Another in Fight Over a Woman
      Barren Fork, Pulaski County. October 1893. 2 sources.
      Names Mentioned: Bert Denham, [?] Roberts

    • ♦ Jim Crews Kills Ed Trainham
      Pulaski County. 7 October 1893.
      "At Somerset, Jim Crews, for the murder of Ed Trainham, was given 21 years instead of having his neck broken as he deserved."

    • ♦ Dooly/Dooley Mize Kills Robert Sears
      Pulaski County. November 1893. 2 sources.
      "Marshall Newland got a dispatch yesterday from Judge G. W. McClure, county attorney of Rockcastle, to arrest Dooley Mize, 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches, 135 pounds, light hair and red complexion, on a charge of murder committed in Pulaski. The marshal searched all the trains yesterday and kept his eye skinned for the man, but failed to catch him."
      Names Mentioned: Dooly/Dooley Mize, Robert Sears, John Sears

    • ♦ James Smallwood Shoots Craig Gragg
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. November/December 1893. 2 sources.
      "Craig Gragg...was shot and mortally wounded in a saloon near Pittsburg by James Smallwood. He was shot in the bowels and died next morning." ... "Craig Gragg is not dead by a great big lots. Although there is a bullet hole clear through his body, he was on the streets of Pittsburg Saturday. When a doctor told him he was certain to die, he replied with the assertion that he 'was not going to do any such a blank, blank thing.'"

    • Wyatt Norfleet Kills John Hooker Frye
      near residence of James Ard, Wayne County. 2 December 1893. 4 sources.
      Names Mentioned Wyatt Norfleet, John Hooker Fry/Frye, James Ard, Van Ard, Doc. Coffey, William Bates, W. A. Morrow, G. W. Shadoan, Jos. E. Bertram, William J. Hendrick, Dr. Kelly


  • 1894  (5)
    • ♦ Alex and Simeon Tuttle Kill Evan Williams
      Blackwater, Laurel County. February 1894. 7 sources.
      "Alex Tuttle shot and killed Evan Williams, son of "Reb" Williams, at the home of the latter on Blackwater, in this county, last week. After shooting young Williams, Tuttle was struck in the head and face with an ax by "Reb" and he will likely die also."
      Names Mentioned: Alex Tuttle, Simeon Tuttle, Evan "Speed" Williams, "Reb" Williams, Pate Whitley, William Stott, John Collins, Robert Jackson, Ed Chestnut, Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack, C. Godsey, John Ely, William Harkleroads, Jr., Bob Dees, Sam Broughton, Frank Elliott, Charles M. Randall, Jesse Huff, W. O. Bradley, G. W. DeBord

    • ♦ Man Kills Another in Premeditated Murder
      Laurel County. First half of March 1894. 7 sources.
      "Bob Jackson...shot and probably fatally wounded 'Black' Ed Chestnut at the home of Jackson's sister-in-law, Mrs. Alice Jackson, a widow, this morning about 4 o'clock. From what the attending physician says, the shooting was premeditated."
      Names Mentioned: Edward Chestnut, Robert Jackson, Andrew Jackson, Alice Jackson, Alex Tuttle, Sim Tuttle, Speed Williams, Pate Whitley, William Stott, John Collins, Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack, C. Godsey, John Ely, William Harkleroads Jr., Bob Dees, Sam Broughton, Frank P. Elliott, Charles M. Randall, Gov. W. O. Bradley, Judge Clark

    • ♦ Man Killed in Political Quarrel in Public Square
      Somerset, Pulaski County. April 1894. 5 sources.
      "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..."
      Names Mentioned: Talbert/Talbot Davis, Napoleon "Pole" Hudson, William Perkins, James Griffin, John Willis, W. O. Newell, P. M. McRoberts, John Murphy, W. S. Whalen, John C. Carter, George M. Huffman

    • ♦ Man Arrested for Burglary Killed in Escape Attempt
      London, Laurel County. 28 April 1894. 3 sources.
      "...Eb Moran, son and deputy under Sheriff James W. Moran, arrested a negro named John Ely at a depot on the charge of burglary.  He was assisted by Deputy Sheriff S. W. Warnack, and they took from him a pistol and gold ring that he had stolen from the house of George Bendel..."
      Names Mentioned: Eb Moran, James W. Moran, John Ely, S. W. Warnack, George Bendel, Alex Tuttle, Sim Tuttle, Pate Whitley, Robert Jackson, Ed Chestnut, Wm. Harkleroads Jr., Bob Dees, Sam Broughton

    • ♦ Reverend Kills Man For Having Affair With His Wife
      Lily, Laurel County. 21 May 1894. 10 sources.
      "When [Rev.] Stott found out the state of affairs he went for Collins, who departed for a safer clime, leaving the woman behind. Like a nemesis, Stott followed him for 50 miles or more and overtaking him sent his soul unprepared into eternity, a rather malicious and unpreacherlike performance..."
      Names Mentioned: Rev. William Stott, John Collins, Laura J. Faulkner, Alex Tuttle, Sim Tuttle, Speed Williams, Pate Whitley, Robert Jackson, Edward Chestnut, Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack, C. Godsey, John Ely, William Harkleroads Jr., Bob Dees, Sam Broughton, H. C. Eversole, C. R. Brock, N. S. Reid, W. J. Hendrick, Frank P. Elliott, Charles M. Randall, Judge Clark


  • 1895  (8)
    • ♦ Man On Trial For Murder Points Blame at Deceased Father
      Tateville, Pulaski County. March 1895. 3 sources.
      James Hollars killed Samuel Shadoan in a field, ran out into the road and excitedly announced his crime, which was overheard by others on the road.  He then fled West before he could be captured.  Two years later he's located and extradited back to Pulaski County.  In the meantime, his aged father had died. During the trial he claimed his dead father had committed the murder. Shortly after this defense is somehow successful, the defendant stabs to death one of the witnesses against him, then flees Westward again.
      Names Mentioned: James Hollars, Samuel Shadoan, Levi Hollars, Robert Erp

    • ♦ Somerset Mayor T. R. Griffin Helps Foil Train Robbery Attempt
      ~1 mile north of Greenwood, Pulaski County. 27 March 1895. 9 sources.
      Several men were killed and wounded in a robbery attempt on the express car of a southbound train. Somerset Mayor T. R. Griffin, who was also employed as a detective for the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, helped defend the train and reportedly killed one or two of the would-be robbers.
      Names Mentioned: Tom R. Griffin, Daniel Laseke/Luske, President Felton, Barney Higgins, Manager Carrol, T. J. Springfield, J. F. Donovan, Clint F. Algood/Fallgood, Will S. Edde/Eddy, William Martin, Jerry Morrow, Tom Morrow, Mose Morrow, Sam Frazer/Frazier, Gilson Tucker, Henry Nevelo, Deputy Sheriff Sumpter, James Owens, Judge Catron, Jailer Catron, Daniel New, John Underwood, Detective Crawford, Detective Schnucks, Chief Deitsch

    • ♦ Baptist Preacher Attempts Murder-Suicide After Wife's Divorce Filing
      Brodhead, Rockcastle County. May 1895. 20 sources.
      This post contains articles regarding three separate but related tragic incidents: (1) the attempted murder-suicide of Rev. William G. Capps and his second wife, the widow of Dr. Adams; (2) the fatal shootout involving their respective children, Robert Capps and Jack Adams; and (3) the alleged killing of Thomas Capps, another son of W. G. Capps, in Valley City, North Dakota in 1899.
      Names Mentioned: Rev. William G. Capps, Sheriff Cummings, Jesse Burton, Will Gentry, Dr. Adams, Jack Adams, Robert Capps, J. W. Alcorn, T. Z. Morrow, Estey Lackey, Jeff McClain, Scott Fish, Thomas Capps, John Hedge

    • ♦ Arthur Todd Kills J. J. Thompson
      Woodstock, Pulaski County. May/June 1895.
      "At Woodstock, a small place 18 miles from Somerset, Ky., J. J. Thompson and Arthur Todd became involved in a quarrel, when Todd stabbed Thompson in the throat, causing a mortal wound. Thompson lived but a short time after the cutting. Thompson was eighteen years of age and the son of Magistrate John Thompson. Todd is also eighteen years of age and is well connected. The trouble is supposed to have originated over a game of marbles which the boys were playing."

    • ♦ [?][?] Kills Will Jesse Adkins
      15 miles north of Somerset, Pulaski County. June/July 1895.
      " W. J. Adkins, residing about 15 miles northeast of here, was shot from ambush near his home, the wound proving fatal. Adkins has been a terror to the eastern part of the county for several years. He leaves a family and several children. ... Will Jesse Adkins, who was shot from ambush in Pulaski county a short time ago, will probably die of his wounds without revealing the identity of his assassin."

    • ♦ Louis Coffey Kills Isaac Burnett
      Monticello, Wayne County. July 1895.
      "When Louis Coffey, a young man of 19, attempted to reach the house of Isaac Burnett, near Monticello, to get his daughter to elope with him, he was discovered by Mr. Burnett, who charged him with doing so. Coffey called him a liar and as Burnett approached him drew a pistol. Burnett grabbed for the weapon, which was discharged both balls taking effect in Burnett's body from the effects of which he died after several days suffering."

    • ♦ Step-Brothers Engage in Fatal Quarrel in Road
      Rockcastle County. August 1895. 
      Jack Adams kills his step-brother Robert Capps.
      See:Baptist Preacher Attempts Murder-Suicide After Wife's Divorce Filing

    • ♦ Former Legislative Member Kills Man For Mistreating His Son
      ~15 east of Somerset, Pulaski County. 15 September 1895. 2 sources.
      "Eli Farmer, an ex-Representative, shot and killed Hamp Angel in Pulaski county Sunday, who was beating Farmer's son."
      Names Mentioned: Eli Farmer, Hamp Angel, [?] Gilliland


  • 1896  (9)

    • ♦ John Gruarch Kills [?][?]
      Pulaski County. 1896?
      "...John Gruarch, who is now confined in [Somerset] jail charged with murder..."

    • ♦ William Southerland Kills William Osborn
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. February 1896.
      "At Pittsburg, Wm. Southerland shot and killed William Osborn. Osborn was drunk. Southerland was arrested and taken to London, where he was given an examining trial and allowed bail in the sum of $4,000."

    • ♦ Mob Raids Monticello Jail, Hangs Arson Suspect
      Monticello, Wayne County. February 1896. 12 sources.
      "A mob of twenty masked men raided the jail here Friday midnight. The jailer being powerless in their hands turned over his keys, whereupon Fount Martin and James Troxell were carried off. Martin had been arrested two months ago charged with barn-burning. Troxell was a suspected accomplice and neighbor of Martin, and was lodged with him behind the bars last week."
      Names Mentioned: Fountain Martin, James Troxell, W. K. Jones, Ed Jones, G. J. Marcus, Jim Wright, Hartwell Spann, Bob Christman, James Winchester, Celina Winchester, John Troxell, Jonathan Troxell, George Troxell, Rufus Troxell, R. O. Hughes

    • ♦ Father Stabs Son to Death During Family Dispute
      Wildie, Rockcastle County. First week of March 1896. 7 sources.
      "It was claimed that George went to the old man's house and told him he had come to thrash him for treating his mother badly, when the father whipped out a knife and stabbed him to death...."
      Names Mentioned: Clint/Clinton C. Todd, George Todd

    • ♦ John H. Jarrett Kills Buck Padgett
      Brodhead, Rockcastle County. July 1896. 15 sources.
      "Jarrett called on Padgett to halt and at same time telling him he must not go through his farm as he was accustomed to. Padgett replied he was going home and threw his hand as if to draw his weapon, when Jarrett fired with above results. It seems there had been some trouble between the parties before on account on Padgett's hogs destroying Jarrett's corn."

    • ♦ Man Kills Neighbor Following Dispute Over Hogs Eating His Corn
      near Brodhead, Rockcastle County. 15 June 1896. 9 sources.
      "Monday last about one mile from town J. H. Jarrett shot and instantly killed N. B. Padgett. It seems from Jarrett's statement, the only living witness to the sad affair, that they met in the county road. Jarrett called on Padgett to halt and at same time telling him he must not go through his farm as he was accustomed to. Padgett replied he was going home and threw his hand as if to draw his weapon, when Jarrett fired with above results. It seems there had been some trouble between the parties before on account of Padgett's hogs destroying Jarrett's corn..."
      Names Mentioned: John H. Jarrett, N. Buck Padgett, Pate Langford, Elza Langford, Fontaine Fox Bobbitt, W. A. Morrow, E. J. Brown

    • ♦ Shell Sutherland and Ansel Wilson Kill E. M. Smock
      Norwood, Pulaski County. July 1896.
      "Near Norwood, Ky., E. M. Smock was found dead on the railroad track. His head had been cut off. Shell Sutherland and Ansel Wilson have been arrested at Cynthiana, charged with the murder."

    • ♦ Man Kills Another Following Argument Over Injured Horse
      Crab Orchard, Lincoln County. 31 October 1896. 7 sources.
      "Brooks had a horse injured by a railroad train and he was trying to get the company to pay him for it. He accused Nevels, who was section boss, of having written to the company that Brooks continued to use the horse, which was not much hurt. Saturday afternoon Nevels went into Edmiston's store and was eating some oysters, when Brooks came in. Nevels asked him to join him, when Brooks ripped out: 'Go to h--l, God d--n you,' and Nevels is said to have responded rather jocularly, 'Go there yourself.'"
      Names Mentioned: Frank Brooks, John Nevels, Jim Fish, D. K. Farris, Lige Bastin, T. D. Newland, Singleton Nevels, R. C. Warren, Harvey Helm, Robert Harding, Casper C. Williams, Col. Welch, J. S. Owsley, Jr., Mrs. Nell

    • ♦ Stolen Mule Precipitates Feudal Battle
      Tate's Mill on Copper Creek, Rockcastle County. 26 December 1896. 11 sources.
      Offense over theft of a mule is supposedly to blame for a gunfight that began at a "Christmas merrymaking and was fought out on the highway in Kentucky feudal fashion between opposing factions." Two men were killed and at least one other badly injured. Twelve years later, in a continuation of the feud, a gunfight results in the death of another.
      Names Mentioned: Arm Rowland, Andrew Hasty, Jack Rigsby, Purander "Pur" Rigsby, Henry Jones, Harry Jones, Greely Lear, Jarrett Chestnut, Charley Bowman, Miss Bowers, A. C. Hiatt, C. C. Williams, B J. Bethurum, Frank Adams, Thomas Philbeck, Gran Cummins, Jason Robinson, John Hibbard, M. C. Owens, Frank Mullins, E. J. Williams, S. S. Kelly, Alfred Bryant, Ransom Brown, O. E. Gipson, Judge D. H. French


  • 1897  (10)

    • ♦ Decker Perkins Kills John Holloway
      Pulaski County. 1897?
      "Decker Perkins for killing John Holloway was acquitted."

    • ♦ Grudge Escalates into Saloon Fight and Killing
      Cain's Saloon, Somerset, Pulaski County. 30 January 1897. 6 sources.
      "It is claimed by the prisoner's friends that the dead man was brandishing a knife and running Dalton around the stove, who fired twice to defend himself."
      Names Mentioned: John Cooley, Cally Dalton, Bill Cooley, Miss Camden, J. M. Carter

    • ♦ Jonathan Damron Kills Hayes Mullins
      near Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 30 January 1897. 7 sources.
      "Hays Mullins, a son of Squire Mullins, was shot and killed last Saturday night by his companion, Jonathan Dameron, more familiarly known as Boy Langford, at the home of Liz. Merricks, near Brush Creek."
      Names Mentioned: Hayes/Hays Mullins, Jonathan/John Dameron/Damron, Liz Merricks, Squire Mullins, Liberty Langford

    • ♦ Man Killed in Billiard Room
      Burnside, Pulaski County. 22 April 1897. 5 sources.
      "Thomas Smith, living in Burnside, was shot and instantly killed in a billiard room here Thursday by John Satterfield, who was arrested. The murder was apparently unprovoked."
      Names Mentioned: Thomas Smith, John Satterfield, Decker Perkins, John Holloway, A. J. Catron, John Perry Colyer

    • ♦ Man Kills Neighbor in Argument Over Hogs Eating His Corn
      near Wildie, Rockcastle County. 1 September 1897. 6 sources.
      "Wilson Huff, aged 21, and married, and Joe Singleton aged 50, quarreled over some hogs belonging to the latter getting in and destroying corn in Huff's field, when apparantly without cause Singleton was blown to the ground by Huff with a double barrel shot gun, the load taking effect in the left side..."
      Names Mentioned: Wilson Huff, Joseph/James Singleton

    • ♦ George Roberts Kills [?][?]
      near Cumberland Falls, Pulaski/Whitley County. September 1897.
      "George Roberts, charged with killing his nephew at Cumberland Falls a few nights ago, was arraigned before Judge Catron Saturday, but the case was continued for lack of witnesses. General opinion is that the deed was done in self-defense."

    • ♦ Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Leads to Mullins/Langford Feud
      Crooked Creek, Rockcastle County. 5 November 1897. 37 sources.
      "Several parties became very boisterous and abusive towards the sheriff on account of his having declared his intention of voting the 'Independent Ticket.'"  Sheriff Mullins attempted to make an arrest at the Crooked Creek precinct voting place.  A gunfight broke out, and one man was killed and two badly wounded. The following January, John W. Lawrence, who was one of the men wounded in the Election Day fight, is killed by William C. Hundley.  At Hundley's trial a week later, a gunfight broke out among Elza Langford, Payton Langford and a few of the Mullins family. Ex-Jailer C. L. King is fatally wounded in the crossfire and dies from his wounds two months later. Elza Langford and Payton are indicted for King's murder. Before that trial takes place, Elza avenges Lawrence's death and kills Hundley. Hundley had also previously accused Elza of making an attempt on his life from ambush. Meanwhile, Sheriff Mullins is tried for the initial gunfight during the election.
      Related: Killings of Henry Langford, John Pickens, & James Langford, 1870-1879
      Related: Elza Langford Kills Tom Rose
      Related: Former Deputy Sheriff Shoots Man (Elza Langford) in Head, Man Survives
      Names Mentioned: Henry Langford, John W. Lawrence, Charles Payne, W. G. Mullins, John C. Mullins, Frank Mullins, Bill Mullins, Charles Harris, Willis Sigman, Judge Colyer, William C. Hundley,  Elza Langford, Payton "Pate" Langford, C. L. King, Mrs. L. B. Adams, Judge T. Z. Morrow, F. F. Bobbitt, L. B. Nunnelley, W. G. McBee, Uriah Dunn, O. J. Crow, G. W. Carter, J. D. Dalton, J. H. Taylor, C. T. Owens, B. D. Carter, A. C. Alford, E. J. Tanner and J. S. Murphy

    • ♦ James Hollars Kills Robert Erp
      Tateville, Pulaski County. November 1897.
      See: Man On Trial For Murder Points Blame at Deceased Father.

    • ♦ Henry Clay Burton Kills John Smith
      near Wayne/Pulaski County border. 2 December 1897. 2 sources.
      "Henry Clay Burton killed John Smith at the home of Mac Smith, on Cumberland river, in the edge of Wayne county, last night about 6 o'clock. The trouble arose over a controversy in regard to some discussion."
      Names Mentioned: Henry Clay Burton, John Smith, Mac Smith

    • ♦ Policeman Kills Former Chief-of-Police Candidate
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 31 December 1897. 6 sources.
      "...he was climbing the steps at the depot and was looking back, when Colyer says he demanded that he throw up his hands, Wickersham declined to do so and Colyer fired.  Wickersham staggered to the right and Colyer fired the other barrel of his shot gun..."
      Related: Pulaski County Jailer killed in a Blind Tiger.
      Names Mentioned: James S. Wickersham, Robert Colyer, V. R. Coleman, John Perry Colyer, A. J. Catron


  • 1898  (16)
    • ♦ Permelia Young Kills [?] Rains/Raines
      Pulaski County. 1898? 1 source.
      "The grand jury at Somerset returned an indictment against Mrs. Permelia Young charging her with beating Mrs. Rains, an old woman, to death, because she said that Mrs. Young's husband had stolen a sow. The old woman was found terribly beaten in a field and died shortly afterwards."

    • ♦ William C. Hundley kills John Lawrence
      Orlando, Rockcastle County. First half of January 1898.
      Lawrence was one of the men wounded in the Crooked Creek election fight.
      See: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud

    • ♦ Ex-Jailer Fatally Wounded in Feudal Shootout at Rockcastle Courthouse
      Courthouse, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County. Second half of January 1898.
      At the trial of Hundley for the murder of Lawrence, a gunfight broke out between Mullins and Langford factions. Ex-Jailer C. L. King is killed in the crossfire. Elza Langford and Peyton "Pate" Langford are indicted for the killing of L. C. King.
      See: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud

    • ♦ Geo. Durbin Kills John Redwood
      Mullins Station, Rockcastle County. February 1898.
      "A dispatch says that at Mullins Station on the K. C., Geo. Durbin followed John Redwood to a tunnel where he and others were shooting craps and telling Redwood that he had come to kill him, pulled his pistol and fired the fatal shot."

    • ♦ Man is Stabbed to Death by Step-Son after Chasing Him With an Ax
      Drippings Springs, Garrard County. 27 February 1898. 9 sources.
      "John Grady...was severely cut in the stomach by his stepson Saturday afternoon.  Grady, who was drinking, was chasing the young man with an ax, when he was stabbed." I primarily made note of this one because it involves a Whitaker, albeit in a neighboring county.
      Names Mentioned: John Grady, James[?] Whitaker, Mrs. Peter Straub, Magistrate Parson, Fado Parks, John Kersey, Henry Beazley

    • ♦ Jellico Smallpox Quarantine Leads to Violence
      Whitley County. February/March of 1898. 11 sources.
      The quarantine affected Knox, Whitley, and Laurel counties. "Fifty shots were exchanged at East Jellico mines Saturday between guards and miners, who were trying to escape from the small-pox quarantine..."
      Names Mentioned: Ben W. Robinson, Marvin Evans, Elizabeth Hopper, H. G. Cook, Samuel Blair, Arthur McCormack, J. N. McCormack, J. F. Neal, W. R. Thompson

    • ♦ ♦ Murder-Suicide in Pittsburg
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. March 1898. 1 source.
      "Unrequited love caused a man at Pittsburg to kill his sweetheart and then himself."

    • ♦ Deputy Sheriff Kills Man During Arrest Attempt
      Lily, Laurel County. 19 March 1898. 4 sources.
      "Deputy Sheriff Woodson Hopkins shot and instantly killed J. F. Robinson while resisting arrest yesterday evening, near Lily. Robinson formerly lived in Rockcastle county and has been preaching at different points in the county occasionally, and recently has been employed in the mines at Lily. The warrant against Robinson charged him with kukluxing in Clay county several years ago..."
      Names Mentioned: Woodson Hopkins, John F. Robinson, John Pearl

    • ♦ Attempt Made Upon William Hundley's Life From Ambush
      Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. 27 March 1898.
      "Wm. Hundley has sworn out warrants against Elza and Pate Langford charging them with having fired fifteen shots at him last Saturday afternoon while he was standing on his father's door step at Brush Creek Station."
      See: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud

    • ♦ Hamp Gragg Shoots James Ellison
      Pittsburg, Laurel County. April 1898. 1 source.
      "Hamp Gragg, a brother of Craig and George Gragg, ... shot and seriously wounded James Ellison at Pittsburg, and is now in jail at London."

    • ♦ Pulaski County Jailer Killed in a Blind Tiger
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 18 June 1898. 15 sources.
      "John Perry Colyer, a farmer of this county, shot and killed A. J. Catron, Jailer of Pulaski county. Both were intoxicated. The trouble came up over bad feeling which grew out of the Colyer-Wickersham tragedy some six months ago..."
      Related: Policeman Kills Former Chief-of-Police Candidate.
      Names Mentioned: A. J. Catron, John Perry Colyer, Seth Mofield, Chief of Police R. O. Hughes, William M. Catron, Stephen Tate, Robert Colyer, James S. Wickersham, W. A. Morrow, O. H. Waddle, Samuel Renfro, John Satterfield, Tom Smith, Henry Catron, G. S. Griffin, Ross Meece, John Haynes

    • ♦ Deputy Sheriffs Kill Man Wanted For Robbery
      Whitley County. June 1898. 3 sources.
      "Pete Crabtree was shot and killed by Sheriff George Kidd, of Whitley county while resisting arrest for robbery. Crabtree and his brother had stood the officers off with Winchesters the day before."
      Related: Murder Victim Found in Ashes of Blind Tiger Shack, Pulaski/McCreary, 1909
      Names Mentioned: Peter Crabtree, Frank Crabtree, George Kidd, William Cox, William Young, Joe Hickman

    • ♦ Man Shoots Another In The Back
      East Bernstadt, Laurel County. September 1898. 5 sources.
      "Milt Green, white, who killed James Mullins, colored, was refused bail. Green walked up and shot Mullins in the back without warning."
      Names Mentioned: Milton Green, James Mullins, Clint Strange, Henry Rowland, E. K. Wilson, Mary Cloyd, James Howard, George Baker, Lev. Philpot

    • ♦ Man Brutally Beats Brother-in-Law to Death
      Laurel County. October 1898. 7 sources.
      "The proof shows that the deceased, Rowland, married a sister of the defendant [Strange], and that Mrs. Colvin, who is indicted with him, is also his sister. Mrs. Rowland died some years ago, as the defendant thought from neglect on the part of her husband, and some bad feeling between them existed on account of this."
      Names Mentioned: Henry Rowland, Clinton Strange, Lowie Colvin, Thomas Turner, W. S. Pryor, W. L. Brown, Clifton J. Pratt

    • ♦ Charles Marsee Kills Richard Stapleton
      Lily, Laurel County. November? 1898. 1 source.
      "Charles Marsee, for killing Richard Stapleton at Lily, Laurel county, was held in $5,000, which he gave."

    • ♦ John Meadows Kills Clayton "Clate" Matthews, Wounds John Matthews
      Pine Hill, Rockcastle County. 2 November 1898. 4 sources.
      "Clate Matthews was shot and instantly killed at Pine Hill on Wednesday afternoon and John Matthews mortally wounded by John Meadows. The difficulty took place on the depot platform over the alleged statement that Matthews had torn down some notices Meadows had tacked upon the school house door where Meadows is teaching."


  • 1899  (7)

    • ♦ Former County Attorney Kills Mistress In Botched Abortion
      Catching(s) Hotel, London, Laurel County. January 1899. 16 sources.
      "A sensation that had been smoldering and brewing in London the past four weeks burst forth with all its hideousness and desolating fury upon the peaceful inhabitants of our usually quiet little mountain city last Saturday and Sunday. It was the exposure of one of the most hideous, black and damnable crimes that ever disgraced our favorite town or blacked the record of our court...." This case was referred to as "the next Pearl Bryan case," referring to a 1896 murder case in Campbell Co., KY.
      Related: Articles Relating to County Judge David P. Bethurum
      Names Mentioned: Mary Cloyd, E. K. Wilson, Thomas Cloyd, J. M. Wilson, L. B. McHargue, Capt. Wilkerson, James Howard, C. J. McLear, Pearl Bryan, R. L. Ewell, Dr. Pennington, Dr. Ramsey, R.L. Ewell, D.K. Rawlings, R.L. Reid, Judge Stanberry, James Sparks, Senator Parker, W. H. Ramsey, H.C. Hazelwood, C.R. Brock, J. Walker Moren, A. C. Foster, W. F. French, W. L. Brown, Hy Cox, Rat Payne, Tom Bowles, Judge Colyer, W. W. Dickerson, J. A. Craft, W. A. Morrow, C. C. Williams, J. A. Coleman, A. M. J. Cochran

    • ♦ Boy Born Without Limbs Exhibited at Cincinnati Zoo
      Conway, Rockcastle County. 20 January 1899. 1 source.
      "This remarkable freak of nature, should it live, will be exhibited throughout the world..."
      Names Mentioned: Mrs. J. A. Franklin

    • ♦ Elza Langford Kills William Hundley
      Jop Langford's Store, Brush Creek, Rockcastle County. First week in February 1899.
      "Hundley had killed John Lawrence, a friend of Langford's it is said. Bad blood has existed between them since Lawrence's death."
      See: Election Day Shootout Involves Sheriff, Causes Langford/Mullins Feud

    • ♦ Ross Meece Kills John Haynes
      Science Hill, Pulaski County. 17 June 1899. 3 sources.
      "Saturday night at Science Hill, Ross Meece shot John Haynes, from the effects of which he died in a short time. Both were drunk."
      Names Mentioned: Ross Meece, John Haynes, J. R. Mills, Will Tomlinson
      Related: William Hayes Kills Ross Meece, Oct 1899

    • ♦ James R. Mills Kills Will Tomlinson
      Pulaski County. 18 June 1899. 2 sources.
      "James R. Mills shot and fatally wounded Will Tomlinson at Providence meeting-house, this [Pulaski] county, this morning."

    • ♦ [?][?] Kill Mrs. [?] Mason
      Flat Rock, Pulaski County. October 1899. 1 source.
      "At Flat Rock, this county, 23 miles south, on the Cincinnati Southern, Mrs. Mason, a widow, was assaulted and her throat cut by two men, supposed to be white tramps. Mrs Mason has 10 small children. The woods and mountains are being scoured by bodies of men. A lynching is in prospect. Telegrams have been sent here for bloodhounds."

    • ♦ William Hayes Kills Ross Meece
      Somerset, Pulaski County. 18 October 1899. 1 source.
      "Ross Meece and William Haynes got into a difficulty this morning, which ended in the fatal shooting of Meece by Haynes. The trouble came up in Goodman & Waddel's store at this place. Haynes and his brother went to the back part of the store to get a drink, when they met Ross Meece. Meece, it is alleged, at once picked up a hatchet and started to throw it at Haynes. Haynes led to him not to throw, at the same time drawing his pistol. Meece threw the hatchet, nearly severing Haynes' ear. Haynes then fired three shots, two taking effect in Meece's neck and one in the body."
      Related: Ross Meece Kills John Haynes, June 1899




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