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Republican & Savannah Evening Ledger, 15 June 1809

SAVANNAH, Thursday evening, June 15, 1809

   A coroner's inquest was held yesterday on the body of an Italian of the name of Peter James, who was killed the preceding afternoon on board the sloop Polly, captain Lightburn, by a blow in the head from the block of a tackle, which gave way, in hoisting some rice out of the hold.  The jury, after examining the body and witnesses, gave a verdict accordingly.


Republican & Savannah Evening Ledger, 25 July 1809

   A coroner's inquest was held on Saturday night last, on the body of Betsey Gayner, lying dead in Moote-street.  After mature deliberation, and hearing the testimony of witnesses, the jury found a verdict that the deceased came to her death in consequence of being beat, bruised, and strangled by her husband, Thomas Gayner. What adds to the enormity of this wretched crime, is that the deceased was far advanced in pregnancy. - Charleston paper


Republican & Savannah Evening Ledger, 8 March 1810

   A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday, on the body of Benedict Artman, which had been found the same morning in a grove of trees, fronting this city.  The Jury, after examining several witnesses, gave an opinion, that his death had been occasioned by intemperance.


Republican & Savannah Evening Ledger, 25 October 1810

SAVANNAH, Thursday Evening, October 15, 1810

Yesterday morning, the body of         BARNARD JACOBS, (Formerly of Charleston), was found on the eastern part of Fort Wayne.  A coroner's inquest was held about ten o'clock, who brought in a verdict that the deceased had hastened his death by drinking laudanum - two broken ounce phials and a glass, which savoured of laudanum, having been found near the body.  He arrived here a few days ago, with his family, from Liverpool, with a quantity of merchandise, and intended opening a store in this city. As he was above indigence, his rashness has been ascribed to insanity.


Georgia Journal, 27 February 1811

PROCLAMATION         . .  .  . 

WHEREAS I have received official information of a most cruel and wanton Murder having been committed in the town of Darien, & county of M'Intosh, on Sunday evening the thirteenth day of January last, on the body of a man name Stephen Tully, by a  certain William Burch of the county of Hancock, in this State and from the verdict of the Coroner's Inquest held over the body of the said deceased, it appears, that the said murder was perpetrate by the discharge of a pistol loaded with buck shot from the hand of the said Burch, and who is reported has since fled from justice. 


Freeman's Journal, 11 October 1819

Savannah, (Geo.) Sept. 7.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Saturday, at Hunter's wharf, on the body of a man found dead on the bluff the morning of that day.  It appeared, from the imperfect testimony which came before the jury, that the preceding night he was extremely ill - without shelter, and without a home! Yet strange to tell, that not only the priest, but also the Levite, and all the people, looked on, and passed by on the other side - thus he perished.  Alas! There was no good Samaritan to minister the oil and the wine to his wounded spirit.  He appeared to have been a seaman, about 29 years old; fair complexion.  He was supposed to belong to Portland (Maine); his name not known.  We understand that the jury gave in their verdict that he died by the visitation of Almighty God.


ATHENIAN, 2 June 1829

Suicide. - We have never received a more revolting case of self-destruction than the following.  Henry Parker, a seaman, admitted into the Hospital for mania a potu, yesterday about twelve o'clock, whilst one of the patients was shaving, suddenly seized a razor and cut into the upper part of his abdomen by two incisions, crossing each other.  He was immediately seized, and the razor wrested from him, when he tore away and strewed the floor with his entrails.  In this hopeless situation he lingered four hours without the least apparent pain, and conversed rationally till he expired.  The deceased, the night previous, had intimated to a fellow patient his intention to commit the act, but was supposed, if he had spoken seriously, to have been dissuaded from it.  According to his protection, he was a native of Prussia, aged about 29, and had a wife in Charleston.  A Coroner's Inquest was held over the body yesterday afternoon, by whom a verdict was returned - "Suicide committed in a fit of insanity, occasioned by intemperance." - Sav. Georgian.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, (4 August 1838, page 1d)

SPEECH OF MR. HAYNES, OF GEORGIA, In the House of Representatives, May 28 and 29, 1838, ...

In 1830, a Cherokee by the name of Tassels committed murder upon one of his own countrymen, for which her was arraigned before the superior court of Hall county for trial, and upon solemn inquest was found guilty of murder. ... the authorities of the State went on to execute Tassels in conformity with his sentence, ...


ATHENIAN, 19 April 1831

Melancholy Casualty. - On Monday afternoon last, Mr. Alexander Smith, of Jasper county, was drowned in attempting to ford a small creek, on his way home from the village of Monticello.  It appears, that Mr. S. had been in the village most of the day, indulging freely in intoxicating liquors; and it is presumed that he fell from his horse into the creek, (which was unusually swollen by the rains of that day,) and was unable to extricate himself.  The creek at the ford was wide but scarcely knee deep.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body - verdict accidental death by drowning.  Mr. Smith was between 50 and 60 years of age. - Macon Telegraph.



Column 3a. 

4. In two districts in Upper Canada, 38 out of 44 inquests held by Coroners, were in cases of death caused by intemperance.



A coroner's inquest was held one day last week over the body of a man found dead near the River.  In the examination the body was recognized to be that of a cripple who had been seen about Macon for several days previous, most constantly in a state of intoxication.  He called his name McRainey, and stated himself to be a native of the State of New-York, a tanner and currier by trade, and that he was wounded and crippled in the hard fought Battle of Lundy's lane, near the Falls of Niagara, in Canada, during the last war, by a musket ball through the arm, and a bayonet wound in the thigh.  He boasted of having killed the man who bayoneted him ! But, alas for human glory, the conqueror of the British is at last conquered by Whiskey ! - Georgia Telegraph.



SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS. - The body of a man was discovered floating in the river about a mile below this place, by some negroes fishing on Sunday last. The body was brought to land - a jury of inquest held over it, and consigned to its mother earth.  From the appearance of the corpse, the individual must have been some time drowned.  No marks of violence being discovered, the jury of inquest concluded that the man came to his end either by voluntary or accidental drowning.  It is supposed that his name was Boswell H. Bell, as one or two open letters were found on the biddy addressed to that name, at [Poullin's] Bridge, Greene county, Geo.  A small sum of money in silver, was found with the papers.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 28 January 1837


Whereas the body of JOHN E. GRAY was found near the village of Talbotton, on the 6th inst. Under circumstances as induced a jury of inquest to decide that the said John E. Gray was murdered by some person or persons unknown, about one month or six weeks previous to that time.  Now notice is given ... Taklbotton, January 16, 1837.

DEATH OF BLACK HAWK. - The Red River Gazette reports the death of this celebrated warrior.  He was drowned in the Red River from his canoe upsetting, in coming from a treaty, probably in a state of intoxication.


JACKSONVILLE REPUBLICAN (Ala.), 25 February 1837

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - On Tuesday of last week, about 10 o'clock, A.M., six of the laborers on section 26 of the Georgia Rail Road, were killed while excavating, by the falling in of the ground over their heads.  A tunnel of about 20 feet had been dug out; they were working at the farthest point, and so sudden was the fall, that no time for escape was allowed.  Six were killed instantly, and two others dangerously injured.  A horsecart standing at or near the entrance of the tunnel, was also crushed by the mass of earth; the horse escaping unhurt. - Augusta Chron.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 27 October 1838

We are requested to state that an inquest was held on the 19th inst. over the body of Mr. Daniel Mack, whose death was announced in our last; and that the verdict of the Jury was that his death was the result of Intemperance.



FATAL RENCOUNTRE. - On Saturday afternoon last, an individual by the name of Greene B. Musselwhite was shot in the street, opposite Mr. Huson's Hotel, by Mr. John L. Ragdale, and died in a few minutes afterwards.  Mr. Ragdale immediately delivered himself to the Justices of the Inferior Court, who, after hearing testimony in the case, bound him over to appear at Court in a bond of one thousand dollars, and two securities for the like amount.  As the Court is now in session, we forbear commenting upon the causes which led to this termination of a personal difficulty between the parties concerned, both of whom have been for several years residents of our city.  A Coroner's Inquest was held over the body of the deceased, on Sunday morning, which returned a verdict in effect "that the deceased was killed by the discharge of a double-barrelled gun, by John L. Ragdale, in self defence." - Geo. Journal, 16th inst.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 12 October 1839

The dead body of John Hunton, was found in the woods on Saturday last, about three miles from this place.  His head was badly fractured, though it is probable one blow inflicted the deadly wound.  On the day following, a coroner's inquest was held, which resulted in a verdict, that the deceased was murdered, and by the hands of his own son, a lad we understand to be about fourteen years of age.  As the youth is committed to prison, and will have to stand his trial before a jury of the country, we forbear further remarks, and gladly would have been spared the pain of saying so much as we have said. - Southern Spy, October 1.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 26 October 1839

MELANCHOLY AFFRAY. - We regret to learn, that in an affray at Americus, Sumter county, on the day after the Election, a man by the name of John Draper, was shot through the head, by a discharge from a pistol, in the hands of Dempsey J. Justice, Esq., which caused his death, in a few hours.  Justice immediately left the place, and has not since been heard from.  Thus has this unfortunate affair, growing probably out of the excitement of the Election, thrown a whole community into gloom, and deprived two families each of a head and protector.  The two men had always been friendly, and walked into the store where the difficulty occurred arm in arm.  The coroner's inquest found a verdict of wilful murder against Justice. - Macon Telegraph.



Melancholy Death.

One of our citizens, Mr. DANIEL C. BELL, was on Tuesday last, found dead in his bed, at his residence in this place.  He had formerly been a resident of Athens, and had recently returned for the purpose of opening a Grocery Store.  Not having been seen by his acquaintances for several days, some one was induced to enter his store, where he was found in his bed, having evidently been dead for some time.  A Jury of Inquest was immediately empanelled, who, upon the evidence before them returned a verdict - "Died by the visitation of God." Subsequently, however, two empty laudanum phials being found in his apartments, the general opinion is that he committed suicide.  No reason can be assigned for the melancholy act.  He had always maintained a fair character, was temperate in his habits, and by his modest, unassuming and gentlemanly deportment, had won the esteem and respect of those who knew him.  We understand he has left a wife and daughter at the North, to mourn the event which has untimely deprived them of a husband and father.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 12 February 1841

From the Augusta Constitutionalist.

The following are the particulars of a most shocking murder, which was perpetrated in the vicinity of Sparta, Hancock county, within one mile and a half of that village.  The murder occurred on Thursday night last.

   After supper, Mr. Robert Pettigrew, the overseer of Maj. R. Mitchell, left home, as he stated, to go ton town for some tobacco, at about 8 or 9 o'clock.  Next morning Mr. Pettigrew was found near the road side dead, evidently to have been murdered.  A jury was immediately called, and an inquest held.  On the examination of the body, the skull was found to be fractured in two or three places.  Suspicion soon rested upon Maj. Mitchell's negroes.  A number of citizens were detached to arrest the negroes, and other citizens to search the negro houses, boxes, trunks, &c.  The club used by the murderer was found within 40 or 50 feet of the dead body, with some of the hair of Mr. P. on it.  Three of the negroes were soon placed in jail; and about the same time the watch of Mr. P. was found, by the party who had been directed to search, in the box of one of the negroes who had been secured.  Mr. P. had left home with the watch in his pocket. - The watch was shown to the negro in whose box it had been found, and he confessed his guilt, and now awaits his trial which is to take place this day.

   Many stages have been robbed, for some time past, of trunks, &c. in the vicinity where this murder has been committed.  A general search is now being made and progressing. - Already many of the articles, known to have belonged to stage passengers who have been robbed, have been found; and it is now hoped that the mystery which had so long hung over the depredations committed in that neighborhood, will soon be developed, and that the villainies so long perpetrated will be exposed, and the perpetrators brought to justice.

The Murder near Sparta.

The negro man Riker was tried in Sparta on Thursday last, for the murder of Mr. Pettigrew, and found guilty.  He was sentenced to be hung on Friday next. We have been informed that he has made some confessions, implicating a white man in the neighborhood, and divulged plans to take the lives of two white men supposed to have money; one of whom is a Kentuckian, and the other a citizen of Sparta.  It seems that the Kentuckian had been apprised of the design against his life and money, and was upon his guard.  He is yet in Sparta, and states that he had observed signs that satisfied him, that an attack upon him had been meditated, and that the information communicated had been of service to him.  We are also informed that examination and investigation were still going on in Sparta, and that some more goods have been discovered, known to have belonged to stage passengers. - Aug. Const.


THE SOUTHERN WHIG (Athens, Georgia), 21 May 1841


Death by Lightning. - We learn that a negro man named Norris, the property of Col. Lewis Morris, of Bryan county, was killed on Friday last by a stroke of lightning.  Norris was standing under a tree at the time, which was shivered by the electric fluid.


WILLIAM KEATON, a citizen of Wilkinson County, was shot with a pistol by one SAMUEL M. PITMAN, in Irwin, on the night of the 4th inst.  He died on the 10th.  JESSE C. JACKSON, has been arrested, as accessary to the bloody deed, and was, on Saturday last, brought to the Milledgeville Jail for safe keeping.  Pitman has escaped.  The Governor, we learn, has offered a reward of one hundred and fifty dollars for his apprehension.

   A Jury of Inquest was held on the 11th over the body of the murdered man.  The verdict returned was wilful murder.


THE SOUTHERN WHIG (Athens, Georgia), 17 December 1841


We learn that a most brutal murder was committed about four miles from this city, at the residence of Mrs. Heard, on the Milledgeville road, on Monday morning last.  Just before day light the family were disturbed by piteous cries and groans, and on examining the negro quarters from whence the sound proceeded, a negro woman by the name of Bynah, about 50 years of age, the property of Mrs. Heard, was found in the last agonies of death, her head being split opened by an axe, which was found close by, bloody.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body yesterday, and the jury after hearing the testimony, brought in as their verdict, that the deceased came to her death by blows inflicted by an axe by some person or persons unknown.

   Strong suspicions rest on a negro boy by the name of Anderson, belonging to Mrs. Heard, and he is now confined in jail. - Augusta Constitutionalist.



From the Chronicle and Sentinel of the 9th inst.

Fatal Affray.

The wonted quiet of our city was disturbed on Monday night, by an affray, the result of which was as melancholy as its consequences were fatal.  The substance of the facts, as developed on the investigation by a jury of inquest are - that a quarrel had taken place some short time previous between Mr. Thomas Hutchinson, and a Mr. McMillan, an engineer on the Georgia Rail Road, which created so much ill-feeling, that imprudent remarks and threats were made, the result of which was that both went armed for a meeting, which took place in Broad street about 11 o'clock on Monday night, when McMillan accosted and assaulted Hutchinson, a short fight ensued, in which Hutchinson stabbed McM., of which he died in a few minutes.  We forbear farther comment, as we understand that Hutchinson will deliver himself up, and the matter will undergo a judicial investigation.  The following verdict was returned by the jury of inquest:

   "That the deceased came to his death by a wound inflicted in the left side with a kniofe, in an affray with Thomas Hutchinson."  [Also on page 3, The Southern Whig.]



From the Augusta Constitutionalist of the 1st inst.

It is with pain and sorrow that we have to record an event which occurred in our city on Thursday, between the hours of one and two.  A rencounter took place between Mr. W. H. Platt, a young lawyer of our city, and Mr. W. R. Harding, attached to the United States Arsenal.  Mr. Harding was shot through the body; Mr. Platt received no injury, though after Mr. Harding was shot he fired a pistol at Mr. Platt.  While writing these few lines Mr. H. lies dangerously ill, and it is believed by the physicians that the wound must prove fatal.  We have heard the origin of the quarrel; but we abstain from stating it at this time, as we do not wish to record mere rumors.  We will say, however, that the occurrence is lamentable, and regretted by all our citizens, especially as the parties were young men, and entering into the busy scenes of life.  Mr.  Harding is generally esteemed for his amiable and unassuming manners.  His death will be deplored by all those who were acquainted with him.  We were not intimately acquainted with him; but the little we knew of him was certainly to his advantage.  Who acted with rashness in this fatal circumstances, the trial will disclose; in justice, however, we must say that we pity the condition of Mr. Platt, who, we have been informed, regrets the result of the rencounter, and who, whatever may be the fate of Mr. Harding, must feel the prostration of all his hopes in this world to acquire distinction among his fellow men and the respect of the virtuous portion of mankind.  Immediately after the occurrence Mr. Platt surrendered himself to the sheriff; and he is now in the jail of our city.

   [Editorial comment on the law and lack of enforcement.] 

   P.S. - When our paper was put to press last night, Mr. Harding was still living; but it was much feared that he could not servive the remainder of the night.

CORONER'S REPORT. - Departed this life, on Saturday morning last, in this city, Mr. WILLIAM R. HARDING, at the house of Dr. F. M. Robertson.  The deceased was shot by a pistol ball, on Thursday morning last, in an affray with William H. Platt, Esq.  A jury of Inquest was held over the body, and after an investigation of the evidence, made out their verdict, "that the deceased, William R. Harding, came to his death from a wound made by a pistol ball, shot by the hand of William H. Platt, on the 30th March, 1843."

JOSHUA S. WALKER, Coroner.  Augusta, April 3, 1843.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 30 January 1845

JOSEPH HALL, of Baker county, died in this city yesterday, supposed to be in consequence of blows he received with a stick on Monday evening last, during a fight.  This we understand, was the decision of a coroner's inquest.  The case is now undergoing investigation.  The individual implicated in the affair has escaped. - Geo. Messenger.

MURDER - ROBERT P. BALDWIN was found dead on Friday morning last, in Monroe county, about two and a half miles from Forsyth.  We learn that he had been in Forsyth the evening previous, and was murdered by being beaten on the head, on his return home, by some person or persons yet unknown.  His horse was found tied in the vicinity of the body.  He was supposed to have had money in his possession when he left Forsyth, but none was found about his person. - Macon Messenger, 23d inst.


THE SOUTHERN WHIG (Athens, Georgia), 3 September 1846


As in Lincoln Courier, 12 September, below.


THE LINCOLN COURIER (Lincolnton, N.C.), 12 September 1846


To the Editor of the Georgian.

Please inset the following in your paper, and request the Charleston papers to copy:

   On the twelfth of this month an inquest was held over a dead body, found suspended by the neck in an old deserted house, near the Little Satilla, on the main post road leading from Little to the Great Satilla River; upon an examination of the papers and person of the deceased, he is found to be a South Carolinian, from York District, and named John J. Abernathie, about fifty-five or sixty years of age.  In his hat was found a piece of paper upon which was written the following words: "Thro' the God of the skies I am compelled to take my life, on account of having been disenfranchised of all my property in South Carolina." - Signed J. J. Abernathie.

   For particulars, his friends can address Burwell A. Brown, J.P., Acting Coroner, Langsbury, Camden County, Ga.

   Langsbury, Camden Co., August 15, 1845.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 23 February 1847

From the Charleston Courier.

MURDER ! - It appears from a letter which follows, received last evening, that Mr. Benjamin B. Hussey, a gentleman long and favorably known in this city, has been barbarously murdered at Dublin in Laurens county, Georgia.  The letter does not afford any clue to the motive which could have prompted this diabolical act.  Mr. H. left this city, only a few weeks since on a collection tour through the States of Georgia and South Carolina.  His parents, we understand, reside in Unity, Maine.

DUBLIN, (Laurens county, Geo.) Feb. 12.

To the editors of the Chas. Courier.

On the 11th inst., about noon, Mr. Benj. B. Hussey, drove up into this place, having in company with him a young man calling himself John W. Gibbs who was taken up by him (Mr. H.) as an act of kindness, he (Gibbs) being on foot and travelling to Augusta, in this state.  At night they were carried to the same room to lodge.  On the next morning, (12th,) about daylight, the family were aroused by a noise issuing from the chamber in which the two travellers lodged.  They immediately proceeded to the room, where Mr. Hussey was found dead, having eighteen large wounds inflicted on his body with a dirk knife which Gibbs had previously purchased.  Dr. Cohen boarding in the same house, was immediately called, also Dr. Gaston, but he (Mr. H.) was dead.  Gibbs was immediately arrested and committed to jail, awaiting his trial on the first Monday in next month.  The Coroner held an inquest over the body of Hussey.  The jury returned a verdict of willful and voluntary murder with malice aforethought against Gibbs.  Mr. H. was decently interred, a respectable number of citizens attended his burial.  An inventory of his effects has since been taken by four gentlemen of the place, under oath, appointed for that purpose, who nave turned them over, to Mr. J. H. Zopp, a highly respectable citizen of this place, and we have no hesitancy, in vouching for their safe delivery to any one legally authorized to take possession of them.  Mr. H. appears to have been a general travelling agent to newspapers, periodicals, &c.

P.S. - Since writing the above, the handle and part of the blade with which the deed was committed, have been found, with blood thereon, the handle of which measures seven inches.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 23 February 1847

THE SOUTHERN WHIG (Athens, Georgia), 1 March 1849

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday night last, says the Southern Mission, of the 17th inst., M. S. Marsh, of this city, fell over the bluff at the corner of Cherry and First-streets, and was found dead the next morning.  An Inquest was held over the body on Thursday morning, and a verdict returned, that his death was accidental.  The deceased was a respectable young man, and has left a number of relations and friends in this city and Savannah to mourn his unfortunate death.


THE SOUTHERN WHIG (Athens, Georgia), 1 March 1849

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday night last, says the Southern Mission, of the 17th inst., M. S. Marsh, of this city, fell over the bluff at the corner of Cherry and First-streets, and was found dead the next morning.  An Inquest was held over the body on Thursday morning, and a verdict returned, that his death was accidental.  The deceased was a respectable young man, and has left a number of relations and friends in this city and Savannah to mourn his unfortunate death.



POISONING. - Much excitement has existed in our community for some days past, during an investigation into circumstances attending the death of Mrs. Wade, which took place on the 20th inst. at her residence a few miles above this place. - A post mortem examination was held, and on submitting the stomach and contents to the proper tests, the presence of arsenic was detected.  The medical men who conducted the examination consequently gave the opinion that this was the cause of her death, the jury of inquest rendered a verdict accordingly.  Wm. Wade, the husband of the deceased, who was married again on the fourth day after the burial of his former wife, is now under arrest and confined in jail under the charge of poisoning her. - Marietta Advocate, 2d inst.


Rome Courier, 14 November 1850

FATAL CASUALTY. We learn that a lady by the name of Bloodgood was unfortunately run over by an extra freight train coming down the State Road on Thursday night, about twelve miles above this city.  She attempted to cross the road before the fire engine, but became alarmed and took along the track before it and was caught and crushed, before the train could be stopped.  We understand that the engineer saw her and reduced the steam, but was not able to stop in time to save the lady.  No blame attaches to any one.  She was yet living at the last accounts, though no hopes are entertained of her recovery. - Atlanta Republican.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 20 February 1851

A BLOODY WEEK. - The Macon Journal of the 12th instant says: - The last ten days have been unparalleled in the annals of crime and death.  On Saturday week, two men named Benson, father and son were killed near Fort Valley, in Houston county by a man named Smith and a gang of negroes, which Smith was overseering upon the South Western Railroad.  From statements of this affair, as detailed to us by a member of the Jury of Inquest, it was a most atrocious transaction; but we forbear comment, as the whole matter will undergo a legal investigation.  On Friday, occurred the terrible Vineville tragedy, for which there is perhaps no parallel in history.

HORRID AND DELIBERATE MURDER IN GREENVILLE DISTRICT. - We heard from a gentleman recently from the up-country, that a most deliberate and cold blooded murder was perpetrated in Greenville District on the person of a highly respected citizen, by one of his neighbors.  The murdered man was engaged in surveying a piece of his own land, and was warned by the murderer that if he put his foot on his (the other's) land, he would shoot him.  The warning not being observed, he instantly discharged his gun at him putting the whole lead in his body.  He lingered a day or two in great agony, and expired.  The murderer, with two other male members of his family, as accessaries have been arrested - and the excitement in the neighborhood runs very high.

   We regret that the names of the parties have entirely escaped the memory of our informant, he having derived his information from another; but the main facts as above stated may be relied upon.  Since the above was in type, we have learnt that the victim was Mr. J. S. Peden, and that a man named Massey and two of his younger brothers have been lodged in Greenville jail. - Charleston Sun.




Between five and six o'clock yesterday afternoon, the body of a little boy, about five years of age, the child of Mr. John Cleary, was found under a bale of cotton, at the corner of Price-street and Bay-lane, with its neck broken.  The body was still warm, and the child had not been missed by its parents, who live immediately opposite, when its lifeless body was found.  It is supposed that he, with other children, was playing on the cotton-bales, when one of them fell and caused his death. - Sav. News.


$50 Reward.


I WILL GIVE THE ABOVE REWARD to any one who will apprehend and deliver to the Sheriff of Oglethorpe county, or confine in any safe jail so that he can be got, a Negro man named PRESS, or PRESSLEY, who is about five feet ten inches high; weighs about 170 pounds, of copper colored complexion; has prominent, fierce-looking eyes, that show the whites very fully; has a very high forehead; speaks quickly; is very intelligent - can read and write - has a scar on his breast and one on his shoulders, caused by stabbing; usually carried a pen and inkstand in his pocket; plays on the fiddle, and is a well made man.

  He stabbed a boy of mine on Saturday night, the 28th of February last, of which wound he has since died, and the offence has been declared by a Coroner's inquest to be murder.

  He belongs to Dr. Edward R. Ware, of Athens, Ga., and may be about there.  It is possible he may attempt to reach a free State, by way of Charleston, or through the upper part of South Carolina, and on through North Carolina, or he may attempt to do so by way of Atlanta, Chattanooga, down the Tennessee River, &c., and can write himself a pass.

   Address me at Lexington, Oglethorpe county, Ga., Mar 25-2-1m.  WM. J. OGILVIE.

The Southern Banner, Athens, and Raleigh Register, will please copy four times, weekly, and forward accounts to this office. - Chronicle & Sentinel.


Rome Courier, 3 April 1851

FATAL AFFRAY IN EDGEFIELD. - We learn the following particulars of a horrid shooting affair, which occurred in Edgefield District, on the 25th inst.  The parties engaged in it were Elbert Hardin, William Treadaway, Wm. Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  It appears that the difficulty arose between the Wilsons, and the other two persons mentioned, in regard to the line fence between their plantations.  The Wilsons proceeded to move the fence further in on their own land, when Mr. Hardin discovered it, and forbade them - threatening, at the timer to cut off the hands of the negroes, who were moving the rails. Wilson ordered the negroes to proceed, which they did.

  Mrs. Hardin then sent off for Hardin and Treadaway.  On their arrival, it seems that they resisted the moving of the fence - Hardin attacking the Wilsons with a rail.  Wm. Wilson and Treadaway having guns.  The [part of page missing.]

   Since the above was written, we have heard that Treadaway did not discharge his gun, but that it was fired afterwards by Hardin at Wilson, as stated above.  Treadaway has since died from the wounds inflicted - Hardin is not yet dead, but the wounds are represented to be very severe.

   We give the above particulars as we have heard then from good sources.  They are doubtless mainly correct.  We understand that Wm. Wilson delivered himself up in Hamburg yesterday, and was admitted to bail. - Augusta Republic.


Rome Courier, 8 May 1851

DISTRESSING OCCURRENCE. - A friend writes us the following particulars in reference to a sad affair which occurred between two students of Emory College, at Oxford, on Sunday last.  Several of the students were standing together in Bishop Andrews' yard, when one of them a young man by the name of Middlebrooks, commenced tousling another by the name of Jones.  After some words had passed between them, young Middlebrooks picked up a stick and approached Jones for the purpose of striking him.

   Jones told him that if he came any nearer he would kill him.  Middlebrooks disregarded the threat, kept approaching and finally seized him by the collar.  Jones fulfilled his threat, drew a pistol and killed him dead upon the spot.  Neither of the young men were over 128 years of age.  Both are very respectably connected, Mr. Middlebrooks' friends reside in Hancock county - Mr. Jones in Columbia.

   Soon after the fatal deed Jones have himself up and is now in custody.  The affair is truly a most melancholy one and of a character which never before occurred in that peaceful community. - Aug. Republic.


Rome Courier, 29 May 1851

ACCIDENT. - We learn says the Marietta Advocate, that Mr. Tushe, formerly of Baltimore, employed on the frame work for the New Rail Road Bridge over the Chattahoochiie river, was instantly killed on Thursday last, , by losing his footing, and in the his fall, striking a portion of the scaffolding. His body was not recovered from the water until the following morning.

   MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - We regret to state that on Monday evening last, while Co. MOUGHON, of Jones, was riding in the street, with Co. JOSEPH BOND, the horse took fright, ran away, and dashed the buggy first against a rock, then against a tree, throwing out both gentlemen.  Col. BOND was not hurt; but Col.  MOUGHON it is feared is very seriously, if not mortally injured.


Rome Courier, 26 December 1851


   A most melancholy and heart tending accident occurred near Plattesville, Monroe county, on Sunday last.  The family of Robert Winn, who resides near Forsyth, consisting of Mrs., Mr. Winn and four interesting children, had been on a visit to some relatives, and were returning in a barouche driven by a negro.  On approaching the rail road, it is supposed that the boy drove the mules too near to the track and stopped for the purpose of letting the train pass. The mules, however, became frightened, and dashed across the track immediately in front of the cars.  They escaped unhurt, but the train, running at nearly full speed came in full contact with the barouche crushing it to atoms -killing the driver instantly, and carrying the fragments, together with the unfortunate victims, some two hundred yards upon the cow-catcher.  The spectacle, we are told, was beyond conception.  Mrs. Winn was horribly mangled, but will probably survive.  One child, a year old, died soon after the accident.  The other three children were still alive on Monday, but no hopes were entertained of their recovery.  Medical aid was promptly furnished by the President of the Company and we understand that every kindness has been extended to the sufferers by Dr. Winn and other gentlemen in the neighbourhood.  It is supposed by some that the negro was intoxicated, as the fragments of a broken bottle were found in his pocket after death, and his coat was saturated with spirits.  We understand that Mrs. Winn herself does not attach any particular blame to the Engineer.  The calamity was indeed a sad one, and Mr. Winn deserves, as he will receive, the sympathies of the public.  Mrs. Winn, we understand, is the daughter of Mrs. Thorpe of this county. - Macon Messenger.


Rome Courier, 11 March 1852


  A difficulty occurred at this place on Monday last, says the Edgefield Advertiser, between Mr.  Eldred Glover and Dr. Samuels, which resulted in the former being shot thro! He died on the next day.  In the course of the fight,  .  . .   Dr. Samuels, as we understand, delivered himself up, and it is supposed will be admitted to bail.  .  .  . 

   The Erie Railroad met with a serious accident on 17th ult.  The trains was thrown off the track into the Delaware river.  Four persons drowned and several injured.


Rome Courier, 18 March 1852

SAD ACCIDENT. - An accident occurred on the State Road at Marietta on Tuesday, which resulted in the death of Mr. John Somers, who resided a few miles below Marietta.  The unfortunate man was intoxicated, and attempted to step from the platform to the car, fell, and the wheels ran over the top of his head, crushing it so as to caused instant death. We understand he leaves a family. - Sav. Morning News.


Rome Courier, 3 June 1852

FATAL CASUALTY. - Mrs. Quin, a respectable woman living at No. 11 Elliott-street, came to her death on Saturday night by the careless handling of spirit gas.  A servant was filling the lamp from a can, when the fluid caught fire, and, we suppose by the fright of the servant, the whole was precipitated upon the floor in a blaze.  Mrs. Quin attempting to put it out by stamping on it, her dress caught fire and she was so dreadfully burned that after twelve hours of suffering she expired yesterday morning. - Charleston Mercury.


Rome Courier, 17 June 1852

FATAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. - The down train on the State Road was thrown from the track on Monday evening last, and Mr. M. N. T. Crawford, who was standing upon the engine at the time of the accident, was thrown from the engine and so seriously injured that an amputation of one of the legs was necessary,   His injuries, however, was of so serious a nature that this proved unavailing, and he died about nine o'clock the same night. - Atlanta .. .. ..


Rome Chronicle, 16 September 1852

Melancholy Suicide.

   We learn from the Savannah Morning News, that quite a painful sensation was produced in the city on Tuesday afternoon by the alarming report that a young Physician by the name of Joseph M. Boggs had committed suicide in his room at Mrs. Platt's Boarding House on Pulaski Square.  He was first discovered between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, lying on the floor of his sleeping room, by his office boy, who immediately gave the alarm.  Dr. Bird bring  sent fort was among the first who entered the room, where he found the deceased lying in a very composed attitude on his back, his head resting upon a pillow which he had placed on the back of a chair turned down for the purpose.  On the floor, by his side, were a tumbler and an empty phial which had contained prussic acid, , and to his breast, over which his hands were studiously composed, was the following note, written in a free bold hand:-

   I have taken half an ounce of Prussic Acid.   You can prove it by [fold in paper] or formerly Turner & Co.'s.  JOS. M. BOGGS.

   The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was in accordance with the above facts.  Dr. Bogs was, the News believes, a native of this State, and had resided in Savanah several years.



THE BRYAN HOMICIDE. - We learn from a gentleman who has just arrived from the country, that Lewis Hines, who killed Mr. Harrison in Bryan county on Christmas day, has not yet been arrested.  The circumstances as related to us are of so painful a character that we forbear to mention them at present.  The Jury of Inquest, we understand, after a patient hearing of the evidence in the case, returned a verdict of wilful murder. - Savannah Republic.



SHOOTING AFFAIR. - A young man by the name of John Wade, we understand, was shot yesterday morning between twelve and one o'clock by a young man by the namer of Simpson Clem, and last evening was lying in a dangerous condition, his life being despaired of.  We learn that a short time before the shooting, a party of young men passed the house of mr. Clem's father and brick-batted it.  Shortly after, young Wade, with another party, passed by, and threw brick-bats at an adjoining house.  Young Wade, however, unfortunately went to the door of Mr. Clem's house, and peeped into it, when he was fired at by young Clem, and the wad, of squirrel shot, took effect in the head.  Both of the Clem's were arrested, and after undergoing an examination before a Magistrate, were discharged.  Mr. Wade, we learn, is a young man who has always bore a good charadcter for sobriety and good conduct, and has relatives residing in Hancock county. - Constitutionalist & Republic 19th inst.

   Mr. John Wade, who we mentioned in yesterday's paper was shot by a yoing man named Clem, died yesterday morning between 9 and 10 o'clock.  An inquest was held on his remains by Coroner Walker, and the jury brought in as their verdict, "that the deceased came to his death by being wounded on the 18th Feb which wound was inflicted on his head from a gun shot, in the hands of Simpson Clem, of said county, of which wound he came to his death on the 28th Feb. 1853. - ibid 20th inst.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 8 September 1853

ACCIDENT ON THE CENTRAL RAILROAD. - On Monday last, the down passenger train from Macon ran upon some cows near station 12, and the Engine was thrown off the track.  Mr. Patrick Burns, the fireman, jumped from the engine and fell down the embankment which was about ten feet high, and though not outwardly hurt, his internal injuries were so severe that he died in about 2 ½ hours.  The injury was probably to his spine, as he lost the use of his limbs before he died, and said they were destitute of feeling.  The engineer was caught by some of the machinery but not hurt.  The cars were not thrown off the track, and of course no passengers injured.  Mr. Burne's body was brought to the city, and an inquest held upon it by Coroner Eden.  The verdict rendered was in accordance with the above facts. - Savannah Republican, 31st ult.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 27 October 1853


A newly born infant, which had been previously smothered by a handkerchief being tightly drawn over the nose and mouth, and pinned into the flesh of each arm, was found in the factory race on Thursday last.  An inquest was held over the body and a verdict in accordance with the above facts rendered.  No discoveries have yet been made which will lead to the detection of the perpetrators of this demoniac deed.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 12 October 1854


We are pained to announce the sudden death of Mr. JOHN FELIX McKENZIE,        Discount Clerk in the Bank of Augusta, by one of those casualties which no foresight on his part could avoid.  He was coming in from the Sand Hills, in a buggy, between 9 and 10 o'clock yesterday morning, and just as he neared Simpson's Stable, in Ellis street, a horse, which was running away with a portion of a vehicle, turned from McIntosh onto Ellis street, passing by and near Mr. McK.  His horse took fright and becoming unmanageable dashed off at a furious rate, running the buggy against a tree just opposite the Ellis street Ice House, against which Mr. McK. was thrown with such violence that he expired in a few minutes. ... Chronicle & Sentinel.


Rome Courier, 2 January 1855

SAD OCCURRENCE. -M. Israel Jones, a clever and respected citixxxen of this country, came to his death, on Monday last, in a very sad and unexpected manner.  While engaged in his business in the farm of Capt. B. S. Wingfield, where he was employed as an overseer, he stopped down to examine the foot of a mule, that gave indications of lameness, when a pistol, which he had in his pocket, fell to the ground, fired and discharged its contents into his breast immediately in the region of the heart.  A messenger was immediately despatched for medical aid, but he expired a few minutes after the occurrence of the sad accident.  Mr. Jones, we believe was a native of North Carolina, and has resided but a short time in this country.

   The above is another of the many eloquent commentaries upon the practice of carrying deadly weapons. - Wilkes Repub.


Rome Chronicle, 6 February 1855

ROCKY CANON, December 20, 1854

  No officer having ben within a convenient distance in a case of emergency that just happened near our isolated camp in the mountains here, the undersigned constituted themselves a coroner's jury and held an inquest over the deceased bodies of twelve men who were killed within a mile of our campo on the 19th instant, a full account of which we deem it our duty to publish.  Three of the undersigned were eye-witnesses to the whole scene though too far off to give aid in any way, and the rest of us can readily vouch for their veracity.

   On yesterday, 19th instant, three men, who afterwards proved to be a Mr. James C. McDonald, of Alabama, now deceased; a Dr. Bolliver A. Sparks of Mississippi; and Capt. Jonathan R. David, of South Carolina, were travelling on foot on a trail within a mile of our camp to prospect a vein of gold bearing quarts some twenty or thirty miles of this place.  As they were passing at the foot of a mountain, three of the undersigned being out on a hunting expedition on the side, and saw a party of eleven men were entirely concealed in the bushes near the trail spring up and commence firing at them.  Mr. McDonald fell dead before he fired a pistol or was even aware of his danger.   And his party had nothing but their revolvers.  Dr. Sparks shot twice at the banditti, and then fell severely wounded.

   In the mean time, Capt. Davis, who was the first to commence shooting in defence of himself and party, in an instant after the first volley from the robbers, being still unhurt, kept up an incessant firing upon them with his revolver, every ball forcing its victim to bite the dust, until all the loads of both parties seemed to have been discharged.  The only four surviving robbers made a charge upon Capt. Davis, three with Bowie knives and one with a short sword or sabre.  Capt. Davis, stood firmly on his ground until they rushed up abreast within about four steps of him.  He then made a spring upon them, with a large Bowie knife, warded off their blows as fast as they were aimed at him, and gave three of them wounds that soon proved fatal.  Having wounded the other one very slightly, and disarmed him by throwing his knife in the air in warding off a blow, as this man expressed in a tone of gratitude before his death, Capt. D. went to work at once, tearing up his own shirt, and binding up all the wounds of the living, both his friends and enemies.

   In our examination of those that commenced the attack on Capt. D. and party, we discovered papers carefully concealed in their pockets, purporting to be a copy of laws and by-laws by which they were governed. - The last of this band has just died.  His wound he thought himself but slight, and seemed in a fair way to recover until within the last hour.  If Dr. Sparks is well enough to travel Capt. Davis speaks of moving down to his friends tomorrow.  In conclusion, we deem it due to state that, from the evidence before me, Capt. Davis and his party acted solely in self-defence.

   Signed, W. C. Thompson, P. S. Robertson, J. E. Morris, T. J. Gallibud, O. B. Wingaster, J. C. Lewis, T. C. Wallace, J. Webster, Joseph Hampton, G. W. Hendricks, I. A. Hart, A. B. Porter, O. E. Clark, S. K. Trist.  [Quotes letter from John Webster.]


 On Sunday night the 28th ult., during the excitement attendant upon the alarm of fire, Glass, a bricklayer, was shot by Wm. A. B. Goddard.  The former is not expected to recover, the latter made his escape.


Rome Courier, 10 April 1855

FATAL ACIDENT. - A man named Donaho, who had lately come to this place, met with his death very suddenly, last Monday morning, while engaged at work in a well.  The bucket being drawn up over his head, in its ascent, by some means turned partly over, and let fall a rock, which struck the unfortunate man on the head, and killed him instantly - the rock sank through his skull, and leaving an aperture sufficiently large for the introduction of a man's hand.  We e not possessed of any facts about the deceased.  His remains were interred in our grave yard, in this place, on Monday evening. [Chambers Tribune.][

ANOTHER ACCIDENT. - It seems that Monday was a deplorable day for accidents.  Matthew [Bayne], (brick mason,) a young man of this place, while engaged at work on a chimney, fell some twenty feet, to the ground, and was badly bruised.  He is now lying dangerously ill, with little prospect of recovery. - {Chambers Tribune.}


Rome Courier, 8 May 1855

SAD ACCIDENT. - Mr. Matthew Adams, a very respectable citizen of Montgomery county, was killed on Thursday, 29th ult., by the falling of a limb of a tree, which broke his skull.  He had cut down a tree, it lodged, and perhaps lodged on a limb; he went to pick up his hat (as is supposed) when the limb fell and killed him instantly. - Southern Recorder.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 28 February 1856

Found Dead.

Oliver Stroud, a resident of Walton county, was found dead in Monroe last Thursday morning.  On Wednesday he was drinking to excess, and in climbing over a fence to get to his horse, after dark, with the intention of going home, as is supposed, he fell upon his face and died in that position.  We learn that the verdict of the jury of inquest was "death from intoxication.



From the Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer.

Painful Affair.

On Tuesday morning last, 11th inst., the feelings of our people were considerably shocked by the report that a negro girl belonging to P. A. Clayton, Esq., of this city had come to her death by the violent abuse of her mistress on the evening previous.  The rumor gained ground during the day, and by night most of our citizens were more or less acquainted with the reported details of the shocking affair, and the Coroner felt it his duty, in justice to the public and party concerned, to take the matter into his own hands.  He therefore refused to allow the burial of the child until an inquest was held. A Jury was empannelled Wednesday morning, and after a general examination, gave their verdict.

  One or two of the jury not being satisfied, and Mr. C., it was reported, desiring further investigation, the child was dis-interred and the jury re-assembled at the Court House Thursday morning, where their investigations were protracted for several hours.  Seven physicians conducted the post mortem examinations, some new evidence was introduced, and the jury unanimously rendered the verdict below.  This is a history of the proceedings, as near as we have been able to gather it - and, as the matter will doubtless be investigated by proper judicial authority, we leave it without comments:

CORONER'S INQUEST - VERDICT. - The undersigned, a Jury of Inquest, empannelled and sworn to inquire into the cause and manner of the death of Sarah, a negro child about eight years of age, said to be the property of P. A. Clayton, Esq., Columbus, Ga., and whose body is lying before us; after having made a thorough examination of the body, and witnessed a post mortem examination by several Physicians, and having taken their testimony and that of witnesses, do say that, in our opinion, the said child, Sarah, came to her death by wounds inflicted upon her head and body by Mrs. Elizabeth Clayton.  Signed by the Coroner and Jury.


A man by the name of Evans Arnold was killed by Rodrick Evans on Tuesday evening last in this county, a few miles north of this city.  The parties, who it appears were cousins, were at a log rolling at the residence of the father of the latter, when a quarrel ensued.  Arnold drew his knife and advanced on Evans, who picking up a stick struck the other a blow across the head, which resulted in his death on the same evening. - Atlanta Intelligencer.



An inquest was held in this city yesterday by Lewis Levy, J.P. coroner ex-officio, over the body of Mr. John C. Cunningham, of Lincoln, who fell from a window in the third story of the Globe Hotel, on Sunday night, causing his death in a short time.  The jury found a verdict in accordance with the facts of the accident. - Augusta Constitutionalist.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 26 November 1857

Dreadful and Fatal Accident.

On yesterday evening a most horrid accident occurred in this city, resulting in the death of Mr. Berry King.  The circumstances, as near as we could learn them, were these: Mr. King was very much intoxicated, and seeing a dray very heavily loaded with wood passing the street, the driver of which was walking by the side of his dray, he attempted to get upon the dray at the front part of it, when he fell, and the wheels on one side passed over his body, commencing at his feet and extending all along the body to his head, mashing him badly, and causing his death almost immediately.  Coroner's inquest in accordance with the above facts. - Col. Sun, 21st inst.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 11 February 1858

Murder in White County, ---

Through the kindness of Capt. W. H. D???? of this place, we learn the particulars of a most horrible murder committed on the night of the 1st inst., in the new county of White, which our readers will recollect, was laid off by the last Legislators from the counties of Lumpkin and Habersham.  The parties were Ben Hemsley and Jack Winters.  It seems that, some time since, Hensley had accused Winters of stealing corn, and that Winters, to revenge himself, had gone to Hensley's house while he (Hensley) was absent, and after drawing a large knife, had threatened to kill every member of Hensley's family if they did not leave the place.  For this, Hensley had a peace warrant issued, and placed in the hands of an officer.  Up to the 1st inst., however, it had not been served.  On that day the election for county officers was held at Mt. Yonah, and both parties were present.  They both were drinking, and during the course of the day had some angry words.  Hensley went home late in the evening, and about dark Winters rode up to his (Hemsley's) house, and invited him to come out and drink with him.  Hensley refused, and to a similar invitation, his wife and daughter replied in the same manner. 

   Winters then became very abusive and profane, and Hensley walked out to him.  When he got within reach of Winters, the women saw Winters strike him over the head with what they supposed was a bottle, but which afterwards proved afterwards to be a decanter.  Bring greatly frightened, they ran off to the nearest neighbors, and the alarm being given, a party were soon in pursuit of the murderer.  He was found in bed in his own house, about half a mile from the scene of the murder, and was immediately arrested.  The Coroner of Habersham was notified, and an inquest was held, resulting in the commitment of Winters to the jail at Clarksville.

   The head of the murdered man was awfully mangled - the skull being cut entirely through in several places, one side of it crushed in and his jaw bone broken. - One arm was also broken.  A bloody axe, and stake pulled from the fence were found near the body, and the supposition is, that they were used in the work of death.



SUDDEN DEATH. - An inquest was held Saturday over the body of Mr. Wm. W. Conner of Montgomery county, who died suddenly on that day at the boarding house of Mr. Payne Lovell, in this city.  The deceased, it appears, arrived in the city on Thursday evening last, and had been sleeping in his cart near the market.  Friday night he attended the theatre, returned to his lodging at a late hour, and upon rising next morning complained of slight indisposition, which, he thought, arose from want of sleep.  He accordingly took a room and bed at Mr. Lovell's between ten and eleven o'clock, and upon some one's entering the apartment just after dinner he was found dying, and did expire a few minutes thereafter.  A physician was called in, who attributed his sudden death to disease of the heart. - Savh. Rep.


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 8 July 1858


A woman named Joanna O'Connor died suddenly in Augusta last week. - After her burial suspicion was aroused, the body exhumed, and a coroner's inquest held, which disclosed the fact that she had been poisoned with strychnine.  The guilty party has not yet been discovered.



DEATH FROM SUN STROKE. - Ann Kavanagh, a young white woman in the employ of Mr. J. M. Kinelly, of this city, died suddenly from sun stroke, Saturday last.  She was taken to the Hospital, but expired in the entry, before she could be conveyed to a room.  Coroner Eden held an inquest over her body yesterday.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 23 December 1858

From the Savannah Republican.

Death of the Hon. Jno. A. Tucker.

DAWSON, GA., Dec. 16, 1858

Mr. Editor: Our little town was thrown into quite an unusual state of excitement yesterday evening, by the announcement of the death of Col. J. A. Tucker, - (the Democratic nominee for the Judgeship of the South-western Circuit, and also Senator to the last legislature of Georgia, from Stewart). - He had been spending a few days in our town and vicinity in a canvassing tour, and on yesterday kept his room all day, (at the hotel,) saying he felt indisposed.  On sending to his room for him to dinner, he stated that he was too unwell, and declined any assistance whatever during the whole of the afternoon.  On going to his room to see him, about supper time, he was found dead ! In his room were two bottles (one drachm each) morphine untouched; one empty one, and another empty one thrown out of the window, though the cork was left on his table, and several letters, all sealed, with one exception, which was read at the Coroner's inquest. It stated that he had (or would) commit suicide, and directed what disposition to make for his family.  The Jury's verdict was, that he came to his death by morphine administered by his own hand.

Very respectfully, S.C.



Dr. Edward Girardey died in Augusta on the 18th inst., from a wound caused by the accidental discharge of a pistol in his wife's hands, on the 12th inst.  A jury of inquest exonerates Mrs. Girardey from all censure.


Rome Tri-Weekly Courier, 13 March 1860

FATAL CONFLICT WITJ A RUNAWAY NEGRO  . - This morning we learn that a runaway negro, belonging to Mr. Robt. Y. Ware, was found at the gin house of Mr. Chas. H. Moltern, in this county. - Messrs. Molton and Ware, the latter gentleman's overseer, (whose name we have not heard,) attempted to arrest the negro, who, armed with a scythe-blade and pistol, fired the latter, the ball striking Mr. Molton in the forehead and inflicting a painful but not dangerous wound.  Mr. Ware and his overseer, it is stated, fired upon the negro killing him instantly.  The coroner was immediately sent for, and the inquest will probably be held this afternoon. - Mont. Mail.



UNFORTUNATE RENCONTRE. - We have been informed by a friend from Henry county, that on Monday evening last, a difficulty occurred between Ephraim S. Fargason and William Kennedy, in which the latter was killed in rather a singular manner.  It seems that Kennedy was intoxicated, and was following Fargason home for the purpose of having a difficulty with him.  He encountered Fargason at the yard of the latter, and made at him for a fight, when Fargason gave him a blow with his fist which broke Kennedy's neck, and caused his death instantly. - Atlanta Intel., 23d.

DROWNED. - We learn that a negro man belonging to Mrs. Billups, of Rome, and in the employ of the Oostanaula steamboat company, was drowned on the 16th inst., at the shoals a little below this place.  He, with the other hands on board, were assisting the boat to ascend the shoals by means of poles.  His pole slipped, and he fell overboard, and was immediately drowned. - Calhoun (Ga.) Platform, 21 inst.

FOUND DEAD. - The remains of a human being was found a short time since in what is generally known as the "Hudson Pond," near the line of Dougherty and Worth counties, and from the circumstantial testimony before the jury of inquest, (Coroner Wade presiding) it is supposed that the deceased was drowned by his own act.  The Jury, represents from circumstantial evidence, that the skeleton is the remains of a citizen of Putnam county, by the name of John M. Daily.  It has been further suggested that it was of recent occurrence, inasmuch as the Pond was dry during the past fall.  No papers or money were discovered to identify the person of the deceased. - Albany Patriot.\

CONVICTED OF MURDER. - In the case of the State vs. young Hainie, who was indicted for the murder of young Waldrup near Allatoona, in this county, some time back, the Jury, after hearing the evidence, brought in a verdict of guilty of murder.  Messrs. Johnson, Crook and Kramer were the State's attorneys, and Messrs. Milner & Parrott for the defence. The Court, we understand, has granted Hainie a new trial.  The case was tried in the Court now in sessions in this place, on Thursday last.

FATAL AFFRAY. - A difficulty occurred in this place, on Saturday evening last, between a man named Jackson Talley and another named Jasper J. Jolly, in which the latter received a mortal wound, inflicted with a pocket knife, of which he died on Sunday night. Talley attempted to make his escape, but was apprehended about a mile from town and brought back and lodged in jail.  There are various and conflicting reports as to how the unfortunate difficulty originated; but as the case will undergo judicial investigation we forbear comment. - Dalton Times.


Rome Weekly Courier, 30 March 1860

DROWNED. - We learn that a negro belonging to Mrs. Billups, of Rome, and in the employ of the Oost.....lin Steamboat Company, was drowned on the 16th inst., at the shoals a little below this place.  He, with the other hands on board, were assisting the boat to ascend the shoals by means of poles.  His pole slipped, and he fell overboard, - Atl, Plat.


Rome Tri-Weekly Courier, 17 April 1860


   A mysterious and suspicious affair has been the exciting topic of conversation in Edgefield District, for a week or two past.  A short time since, the body of a man, in an advanced stage of decomposition, was found in a dense pine thicket near the Edgefield road, about seven miles from Hamburgh.  There was but little, in fact, except the skeleton, remaining - only a dried coating of skin being apparent.  Portions of the body - the bones, &c., - were scattered all about the place.  There was nothing discovered to give the least clue to their identity.  One peculiarity was noticeable - that all the teeth in the lower jaw were double except three front ones.  Whether the man perished from exposure, intemperance, accident, or, more possible still, foul and bloody murder, are inscrutable mysteries which may never perhaps be revealed in this world.

   A jury was summoned, and the case investigated with what light the appearances of the remains and the spot furnished - and these were meagre indeed.  The verdict was, of course, that the deceased came to his death from some cause to the jury unknown.

   The gentleman who furnished us these particulars, states that last Christmas night, persons in the vicinity heard cries of murder and two pistols shots in succession.  Efforts were made at the time to ascertain whence or from whom they proceeded, but without avail.

It was only by the merest accident that these remains have been found, but they give significance, perhaps, to this slight circumstantial evidence that a murder had been committed there. - Augusta Chronicle.


Rome Weekly Courier, 27 April 1860

CHILD ACCIDENTALLY SHOT.- The Evening Dispatch of Monday says: We learn that a gentleman residing at Knolin accidentally shot his own child, a little girl six years of age, at the supper table last night.  We did not learn his name, but learn that he had his pistol out, and had been in a difficulty with some one else, when it was accidentally discharged, the contents entering the breast of the child.  The wounds were considered fatal.

   John Bell Brownlow, son of Parson Brownlow, who killed young Rouse, at Emory College, in Virginia has been tried and acquitted.  The testimony showed that the killing was accidental.


Rome Weekly Courier, 31 August 1860

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Saturday afternoon James Scoggins, of this county, went home intoxicated, and wishing to discharge a loaded pistol, fired it from the house into the yard.  The ball entered the body of his little daughter about five years of age, and in about half an hour she died.  The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was in accordance with the foregoing facts.  It is a solemn warning against intemperance, and carelessness in the use of fire arms.


Rome Weekly Courier, 17 August 1860


  On last Tuesday a negro boy, the property of Rev. Elijah Byrd of Polk county, while at work in a filed belonging to Mr. S. M. H. Byrd, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.  At the time of the accident the sun was shining and the sky blue, with the exception of a small could immediately over the field. The lightning first struck a tree and when about six feet from the ground left it and entered the body of the boy, who was nearby.  Efforts were made to resuscitate him, but without success. - Several negroes in the field were shocked but none hurt.


Rome Weekly Courier, 7 September 1860

DROWNED. - On last Friday, a little negro boy about eleven years of age, belonging to Mrs. James S. Griffin, was sent to drive up cows, and not returning, search was mad, and his dead body found in Silver Creek near Mrs. Jonas King's.  The verdict of the Coroner's inquest was accidental drowning.


Rome Weekly Courier, 21 September 1860


   On the 17th inst., while Mr. Henry Hicks was at work in a well on Mr. W. R. Vann's premises, at Coonsville, in this county, the blast exploded prematurely, most horribly and fatally mangling Mr. Hicks.  The frontal skull was fractured leaving the brain exposed; the flesh was entirely torn from his right cheek; both jaw-bones broken, and a piece of rock, as large as a goose's egg, penetrated the breast and lodged within half an inch of the heart.  He lingered in agony until Tuesday morning when he was relieved by death from his sufferings.


NORTH CAROLINA WHIG (Charlotte, N.C.), 18 June 1861

SINGULAR. - The Augusta Constitutionalist says: Some ten or twelve years ago, a citizen of this place suddenly disappeared.  A short timer afterwards the body of a man was found drowned in the Savannah River, below the city; an inquest was held upon it, the body identified as that of the missing citizen, and a verdict rendered accordingly.  After the lapse of these ten or twelve years, lo and behold ! the missing citizen 'turns up again,' as a live private from the ranks of one of the Georgia volunteer companies ! The question now is, who was the drowned man ?"


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 18 June 1862

RAILROAD ACCIDENT. - A soldier named M. G. Pettijohn, from Jackson County, Ga., was killed on the South Carolina Railroad while walking across the track at Branchville yesterday, being run over by the train to this city.  His body was brought here for interment.  He belonged to Company C, 18th Georgia Regiment.  An inquest was held by Coroner Baker, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts. - Chron. & Sent.


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 27 April 1864


We have been informed that two desperate men went to the house of Mr. NEVILLE, in Clayton, Rubun county, last Thursday evening week, and demanded to have their horses fed.  Mr. N. stated to them that he had to haul all the corn he used from South Carolina, and could not undertake to feed horses for the public.  Upon hearing this they cursed and abused him.  Not wishing to have a  difficulty with them, he took no further notice of them at the time, but proceeded to his stable lot.  Perceiving this, they rode around the fences and attempted to open the gate.  Mr. NEVILLE perceiving that they were determined to have a difficulty, returned to the house, and they followed, swearing vengeance against him.  One of them furnished the other with a pistol, when they both advanced through the front gate, notwithstanding Mr. N. had warned them not to do so - having a loaded double barrel shot gun in his hands.  They continued advancing until the foremost one had reached the foot of the front steps with a loaded pistol cocked and presented.  Mr. N. then shot him down, and ordered the other man to leave his premises, which he did in short order.  An inquest was held over the dead body, and a verdict of "killed in self defence," rendered.

   If a few more such desperadoes could meet with similar treatment, perhaps fewer outrages would be perpetrated on peaceable citizens.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 18 January 1865

Chronicle & Sentinel of January 14.

The Late Freshet.

The great flood which visited our city on Tuesday night, and continued to rise until late on Wednesday night, we are happy to state has left us; and pedestrians are now enabled to walk over most of the city without any trouble.

   The subsiding of the waters was a great relief to a large portion of this community, as a number of citizens, were entirely cut off from their homes and families, and great fears were entertained that loss of life might occur, but with one exception, we have been unable to learn of any loss in that respect.  The bodies of two men were found on Thursday drowned near the Georgia Railroad Depot, but it could not be definitely ascertained as to how the calamity occurred.  One of the bodies was recognized as that of a laborer named Scanlan.  The Coroner's inquests held upon the bodies rendered a verdict of "found drowned."


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 15 May 1867

Mr. Gray, of the firm of Gray & Turley, of Augusta, was missed at his lodgings last week, and a few days afterwards his body was found in the river without any marks of violence upon it.  The inquest brought in a verdict of "drowned, while in a fit of temporary insanity."


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 12 February 1868

ARRESTED. - We learn that the Sheriff and Coroner of Jasper county have both been arrested and are now confined in the guard house in this city.  The arrests were made, it is stated, in consequence of Sheriff Digby allowing the murderer of a negro woman to escape without making any attempt to arrest him, and the Coroner for failing to discharge his duty when the inquest was held.  The ignorance and irresponsibility of the latter may secure his release without much delay, as efforts are being made in that direction.  As a citizen and officer Mr. Digby has always stood high, and his many friends regret that anything should have occurred to cause him trouble. - Atlanta Opinion.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Friday 4 September  1868 (2)



SAVANNA, Sept 4. - The body of the white boy who mysteriously disappeared was found yesterday.  He is supposed to have been murdered by negroes near the city.  His gun and clothing were gone, and it is thought he was killed for them.  An inquest was held and a verdict of "killed by parties unknown" was rendered.  There is great excitement in the city, and parties have been out three days hunting for the body.  They met armed bands of negroes who halted them with military precision.  Parties are now out in the country in search of the murderers.  Robberies and assaults on whites by negroes on the roads leading to the city are of hourly occurrence.  The negroes in and around the city are thoroughly organized, drilled and well armed.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 12 February 1869

DEATH OF YOUNG LAMPKIN. - Since the sad and mysterious death of this interesting young man, two or three weeks ago, circumstances have come to the knowledge of his family, which were not before the jury of inquest, which lead to the belief that his death was accidental.  It is unnecessary to detail all the reasons for this belief - they are conclusive to our mind, and to all with whom we have conversed on the subject.


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 5 May 1869

... An Italian musician was murdered in, or near Atlanta one day last week.  At the coroner's inquest no facts were elicited which would warrant an arrest.  The matter is veiled in profound mystery.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 10 November 1869 (2)

The Colored Man in Georgia.

List of murders by county; no names



Special Notice.

A Proclamation.


By RUFUS B. BULLOCK, Governor of said State.

Whereas, Official Proclamation has been received at this Department that a murder was committed in the county of Decatur, on the 11th inst., upon the body of James Johnson, a person of color, by one H. F. Sharon, alias Frank Sharon, and that the said Sharon has fled from justice; and

Whereas, it appears from an examination of the testimony adduced at the Coroner's Inquest, held over the body of the said Johnson, that the said murder was committed without the slightest provocation on the part of said Johnson, who was at the time in the lawful pursuit of his business; and ... [reward of One Thousand Dollars], 12th August 1870.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 16 September 1870

A WHOLE FAMILY POISONED! -  We regret to have to chronicle the poisoning of an entire family, in this city last night, by some parties unknown as yet.  Mr. & Mrs. C. Roach and three children were found upon the floor of the residence they occupied dead, and from the appearance of the bodies, they were evidently poisoned.  The character and quantity of poison is not known, but will be ascertained by a coroner's inquest when it is held.  Certain parties are suspected of the grave crime, as they were familiar with the premises, and had made threats against the deceased.  As the matter will be thoroughly investigated we forbear comments.  We will say, however, that politics had nothing to do with the transaction. - Atlanta Constitution, 8th inst.


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 5 October 1870

Georgia Items.

... Mr. John Stroud, of Walton county, was thrown from a wagon heavily loaded with timber, on Wednesday last, the wheels of the wagon crushing him so as to cause death in a few hours.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 16 December 1870

DIED IN JAIL. - On last Tuesday night or Wednesday morning Walter Frain died suddenly in the city jail, where he was confined under sentence of the City Court at the present term.  The Coroner empaneled a jury and held an inquest upon the body, and the jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death from delirium tremens and from other causes. - Chronicle & Sentinel.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 10 February 1871

A Proclamation.


By RUFUS B. BULLOCK, Governor of said State.

[re Klu Klux Klan activities]


Whereas, the authorities of the said county of Clark have failed to ferret out or to secure the apprehension of the perpetrators of the outrage above recited, notwithstanding one of the members of the Klan, a white man named James Ponder, a resident of the county, was badly wounded, and carried away through the county by the other members of the Klan, and as is reported, has since died and been buried without inquest; ... [two rewards of $1000 and $5000] 2 February 1871.


Cuthbert Appeal, 14 July 1871


  Chicago has recently been the scene of one of the most cruel murders committed lately.  A man named Mera beat his own child to death while the mother was in bed sick.  He was taken from the jail and hung by a mob; and the following is the evidence of the mother and wife at the coroner's inquest.

  My husband, Martin Mera, whipped my son, Martin, aged ten years, two weeks ago last Tuesday night.  My baby was born that day, and I did not see the whipping; it was done in another room; I heard the blows and heard the child beg for mercy; the child went to bed about ten o'clock; the next morning the child came to my bed-room, followed by his father, who was whipping him very hard with a black snake horsewhip.  The child dodged around the room to avoid the blows, and begged for mercy; the child was completely naked; his father having compelled him to strip himself.  His face was swollen from the whipping he had received the night before.  His father whipped him very hard for ten or fifteen minutes; at last he stopped and told the child to put on his shirt; he made an effort to do so and failed; his father repeated the order, when the boy said, "I can't see - I can't see."

  "You can't see it?" responded his father.  "No, father, I can't see you - I can't see you. I feel dying."  The father then rubbed the boy with spirits, and forced some down his throat.  The child raised his hands, moved his lips and expired.  Mera then took the body and put it under the bed where the sick mother was lying, and it remained there until evening, when he buried it. The testimony of the boy's sister is still more horrible.


THE SOUTHERN WATCHMAN (Athens, Georgia), 20 September 1871

Sad and Fatal Occurrence.

It is our unpleasant duty to announce the killing, on Saturday last, of Mr. Seaton Grantland by his father-in-law, Dr. Wm. W. Carr.  An inquest was held on Sunday - the Jury being composed of some of the best citizens of the county - and a verdict of Justifiable Homicide rendered.  To satisfy the great anxiety of the friends of both parties - who are of the highest respectability and largely connected with many of the oldest and best families of the State and country - we deem it necessary to say, that all the circumstances and the testimony, as taken at the inquest, exonerate Dr. Carr from blame, and manifest a degree of forbearance on his part toward the unfortunate young man, commendable indeed.  Mr. Grantland, who, by the way, is a grand-son of the Hon. Senator Grantland, formerly of Baldwin county, was residing with Dr. Carr at the time of the killing.  An unpleasantness had sprung up - from what cause we know not - and Dr. Carr's life had been threatened several times by Mr. G.  On the morning of the homicide Mr. G. had been quite insulting, and the Dr. in order to get away from the unpleasantness, had made preparations to go out into the plantation.  As he came down the steps he saw Mr. Grantland approaching with pistol cocked and pointed towards him.  The Dr. remarked, "don't shoot me, Seaton," or, "are you going to shoot me?"  Without replying he continued to advance, when the Dr. raised his gun, which he had swinging by a strap from his shoulder, and fired without bringing the piece to the usual position, and hoping, as he says, to simply disable the young man and save his own life.  Unfortunately the ball sped with deadly effect, passing through the body and producing death in a few minutes. ...


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 29 September 1871

The Carr-Gartland Case.


The ball passed through the right arm and part of both lungs and the right ventricle of the heart, which indicated a slight turn of the body, doubtless made as defendant raised his gun to fire.


The judge did not find any guilt.  The prisoner was released from custody.


THE SOUTHERN BANNER, 9 February 1872

Local and General Items.

MURDER. -  Two negroes, George Brittain and his son-in-law, Sam Ford, had a quarrel at Mrs. King's plantation last Saturday which resulted in the death of Brittain.  There were no witnesses, but Ford was seen leaving the house where Brittain was found dead, with his throat cut, and a gash on the back of his head.  An inquest was held before Coroner Wilkerson, and the verdict was that the deceased came to his death at the hands of Sam Ford, and that the crime was murder.  Ford told a variety of tales, but after his arrest admitted the killing, and claimed that it was done in self-defence.  The murderer was arrested and brought to town by negroes in the neighborhood.  It has been suggested that the proper authorities should reward them for their conduct, as an incentive to others to follow their good example.

   Ford was arraigned for trial on yesterday.


John Strober, of Savannah, was killed by a negro last Saturday.


A man named Bowles shot and killed his uncle, named Godfrey, at Griffin, Ga.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 12 July 1872

SUDDEN DEATH. - Dr. R. F. Sheftall, Coroner, held an inquest yesterday morning at the Girard house, upon the body of Peter Bragman, who was found dead in a chair in his room, yesterday morning.  The only   evidence adduced was that deceased went to the house on Sunday, and after remaining a while, went off and did not return until Tuesday, when he went to bed feeling unwell.  Yesterday morning, Mr. Henry G. Snyder was sent up to the room of Bragman to see how he was, and on opening the door, found him sitting in a chair dead. The jury, of which W. H. Stephens was foreman, rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death from a congestive chill. - Savannah Rep.


Cuthbert Appeal, 26 July 1872

SUICIDE. - We regret to record the death of Mr. Willie King, by his own hand, which occurred, at 8 ½  o'clock, last Saturday night, immediately in front of Mr. Wade Crapp's residence, about four miles from town.

  We learned from W. J. Barry, Deputy Sheriff, who, in the absence of a coroner, was summoned to hold an inquest, the following facts.

  Mr. Crapps, having heard the report of a pistol, accompanied by groans, went out and found the body of deceased lying near the road. - The parents and neighbors were called to the spot. Upon examination they found several cuts on one arm and leg, supposed to have been done with a razor, found on his person; and, that a pistol shot had taken effect in his heart.  It seems that the cutting was dine several hours previous to the shooting, as the blood, on the cuts, was dry. The parents, being well satisfied that there had been no foul play, requested Mr. Barry not to hold an inquest, to which he consented.

  We were not personally acquainted with deceased, but learn from those who did know him, that he was a sober, quiet and peaceable young man.  He was only about 22 years old.

  It is very sad that one, so young, should grow tired of life.  The following letter was found on his person:

MY dearest Mother:- Dearest, of earthly joys; have I gazed upon thee, and all else dear unto me for the last time? yes, dearest, the finer feelings of a moral gentleman prompts an act that tells me so.  If my design can be carried out, these are my last words; read, forgive, forget, and one request above all, let thy grief be troubled not for ,me,  If there is a God, as I have been taught, it is his decree that my terrestrial career should thus end. - Without his aid, nothing is done, with it all shall be accomplished; I am tired of lifer and seek death to waft my soul, or being from time to eternity.  Retain nothing as a relic of one thus departed, but convert for the welfare of family, collect my notes.




The Tallahassee Sentinel of Saturday has come to hand, in which we find the following particulars of a very sad occurrence:

   One of the most shocking suicides took place in this city on Thursday morning.  Mr. Pace, of Jacksonville, with his wife and two children, arrived in this city on Wednesday, and stopped at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Damon.  Mrs. Pace has been suffering from mental aberration for some months, but her condition was known only to her husband, and he brought her to this city not only to see her relatives, but in the hope that the change of situation might have a beneficial effect on her health.  The night after her arrival she gave indications of mental disturbance, and required the care of her husband and relatives during the greater part of the night.  Towards morning she got tranquil and slept, and those in charge thought they might leave her.  About seven o'clock, however, she arose, and going to the kerosene lamp deliberately unscrewed the burner and poured the contents on her head, saturating her head, neck and shoulders with the fluid.  She then struck a match and set herself on fire.  This was done so stealthily that her movements did not awake her husband, who was asleep in the room with her, but the screams of the unfortunate woman at once startled him, and springing from the bed he dashed some water about her, and after a short time succeeded in extinguishing the flames by the aid of the bed clothes, not, however, until the unhappy victim was terribly and fatally burned.  When the fire was put out she gave as a reason for what she had done, that her head was burning, and she thought that if she poured the kerosene on it and set it on fire it would cool it.

   Besides her external injuries she inhaled the hot breath of the flamers as they enveloped her face and head, thus adding greatly to her sufferings.  She lingered until yesterday morning in great agony, when death came to her relief.  The lady was one of the most estimable persons as a wife, mother and daughter, and the deepest sympathy for her family and relatives in this sad dispensation of Providence is felt by the whole community.




A drunken negro endeavoured to whet his barlow blade on Mr. William Lynn the other day.  Mr. Lynn retorted with enough vigor to lead to a jury of inquest.

   Mr. E. F. King, a portrait-painter of some reputation living at Atlanta, took 420 drops of laudanum last Friday night, and died the next morning.  He had been drinking very freely for several days.





For several days last week our citizens were much excited over the sudden disappearance of Mr. E. W. Carr, a clerk at the Athens Depot.  The last seen of him was on Tuesday evening before Christmas, and after that nothing more could be heard of the missing man.


His disappearance was wrapped in mystery until Saturday last, when Mayor Beuse took upon himself the solution of his fate.  No one doubted but what he had met with his death in some way.  Fears were expressed that he had been foully dealt with, but a majority suggested the Oconee to be his fate.


Was on Tuesday evening, about dark, when a wagoner, in crossing the lower bridge, noticed a man answering the description of the deceased, outside of the railing, where one had been broken, near the middle of the bridge, holding on to a post, where he had thoughtlessly got to keep out of the way of the wagon.

   Mayor Beuse, upon this information, (which he obtained Saturday) at once arrived at the very reasonable conclusion that the missing man had, as soon as the wagon passed, lost his balance and FALLEN INTO THE STREAM.


Weekly Republican, 3 January 1873

  The Columbus Sun gives the following sad intelligence:

  FOUND DEAD ON THE CARS. - Mr. Joel T. Scott was found dead in the passenger coach of the Western train which arrived Sunday before daylight.  He had been helped aboard at Opelika by some negroes.  Conductor Oscar Dibble had him laid down on two seats.  Arriving at Columbus, he was not disturbed, but allowed to sleep on until he awoke.  That awakening never came on this earth.  Going in later to clean out the car, a servant found him dead.  Coroner R. A. Wood held an inquest.  The verdict of the jury was, that the death was the effects of intemperance.  Dr. Bacon made the examination.  The remains were buried in the country that day.   [Long obituary:  - "Drink was the only enemy he possessed, and it finally conquered."]


Bainbridge Weekly Democrat, 6 March 1873

DROWNED. - A colored man while seining in Douglas pond on the 1st inst., fell from his boat into the water and was drowned.  The Coroner held an inquest over his remains Saturday last.  Verdict of the jury, "that his lamp of life was quenched out by water."


Weekly Sumter Republican, 7 March 1873




(From the Savannah News of Wednesday.)

  Tuesday morning early, a report was current upon the street that Mr. Terence Nugent, proprietor of the Bull's Head saloon, had committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol. As the deceased was known to have been subject to temporary fits of insanity, the report of this sad occurrence did not excite the surprise it would have occasioned under other circumstances.

  On inquiry, we learned that about five o'clock yesterday morning, a gentleman who had been sleeping with the deceased, arose and missed his companion, who, it seems had arisen, dressed and had left the room scarcely a second before his absence was noticed.  The gentleman at once arose and commenced to dress, when he heard the report of a pistol, and rushing out of the room into the hall-way, discovered the deceased lying across a trunk, over which he had evidently fallen, with a pistol beside him.  On examination it was found that he had shot himself in the mouth, the ball passing out through the back of the head, producing instant death.  The inmates were at once aroused, and the lifeless body carried into an adjoining room, when his wife, who was at her mother's house, was summoned.

  The Coroner was notified of the death and proceeded at once to the house, summoned a jury and held an inquest upon the remains.  The witnesses were examined, and the above facts elicited, together with the statement that the deceased had been afflicted with temporary aberration of the mind, and watch had been exercised over him to prevent him from doing himself personal injury.  Unfortunately, however, he managed to elude this vigilance, and had unwittingly taken his life.

  With these facts before them, the jury rendered a verdict that the deceased committed suicide whilst laboring under temporary insanity. [Obituary: The deceased was a native of Armagh, Ireland, and was aged forty years.   .  .  .  ]


  While the subject of the melancholy ending of the life of Terence Nugent was the theme of every tongue, the community was somewhat startled by the statement that another suicide had occurred. Many were loth to believe that such was the cased, but on inquiry we ascertained that the statement was only too true, and that the victim in this case was Charles W. Burnett, a young man of excellent family connections, well known and esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

  Mr. Burnett attended the mask ball at the theatre on Monday night, and appeared to be in his usual good spirits, and entered with keen zeal into the enjoyments of the evening. At the close of the ball it is stated that he escorted some lady friends home and some two hours afterwards he returned to the residence of his uncle, Mr. E. A. Sonllard, of this city, where he was living.  Of late he had been rather temperate, but it is supposed yielded to the temptations which surrounded him, and during the evening indulged somewhat in drinking.  He was heard to enter the house by some of the inmates, who chanced to be awake, and go to his room

  Yesterday morning about 9 o'clock he appeared at breakfast and seemed to be very much depressed and low spirited. - After conversing awhile with some members of the family he returned to his room, and taking off his coat, vest, and collar, went into an adjoining room and laid down upon his bed.  This was a quarter past ten o'clock.  There was nothing singular in his conduct beyond the detection previously mentioned, and was though he would recover his wonted cheerfulness in a short time.  A few minutes after his retirement to the room, the household was startled by the report of a pistol, from the direction of the young man's chamber.  A servant, who was in the hall, ran into the room and discovered Mr. Burnett lying upon the bed and a pistol on the floor beside him.  The family was at once summoned, when it was found that he had shot himself through the heart, but was still living.  A message was immediately dispatched for Dr. Haberham who promptly responded, but he saw at a glance that his services would be of no avail.  In about five minutes after his arrival death ensued.  The young man was unconscious the few moments before his death, and consequently no information as to the motives prompting him to act was obtained.

  Coroner Knorr held an inquest upon the body during the day, and the jury rendered a verdict that deceased had come to his death from a pistol shot wound, inflicted by his own hand. [Obituary: Mr. Burnett was a native of Sparta, Hancock county, Ga., son of Mr. W. H. Burnett, of that place, and was aged 23 years.  .  .  .  ]

  A note addressed to his father was found in his room, in which he desired him not to regret his death.


Albany News, 14 March 1873


La Grange. - A negro girl, aged 120 years, was burned to death in Troup county the other day.

DIED. - On yesterday evening Mrs. Catherine Shaw died very suddenly of apoplexy.  She was, to all appearances, in perfect health, up to the moment she was stricken down.

  The Eagle says: - On Saturday night last, a little after dark, five negroes - two men and three woman - were attempting to cross the Chattahoochee river at Mr. Wilson's mill, about four miles from this place, the boat was upset, and three woman and one of the men drowned.


Cuthbert Appeal, 28 March 1873

[Editorial.] .  .  .  Almost every night a dozen or more shots are fired, and next morning we expect to hear of the guard house being overstocked with these violators of "law and order,": and see the coroner holding inquests over dead bodies, but such is never the case.  .  .  .  "


Bainbridge Weekly Democrat, 24 April 1873


The last terrible case of death from drunkenness comes from Passaic county, New Jersey.  Nicholas Dorman, a boy of seven, was the victim.  Mrs. Dorman, the mother, testified before the coroner's inquest that the child had been drunk on previous occasions, and had been whipped for it.  Nothing could, however, check his propensity to indulge in liquor. On the day of his death he came home thoroughly intoxicated.  He had accompanied a boy of five years, who was sent to procure liquor for his mother and had obtained enough from him to satisfy his craving.  He was put to bed, complained of pain, and the next day died.  We read:

  The jury rendered a verdict that Nicholas Dorman died from the effects of intoxicating liquor furnished by parties unknown.  Coroner Amiraux will place the papers in possession of the Grand Jury, and recommend that body to take some action in cases where liquors are furnished by dealers to young children.


Bainbridge Weekly Democrat, 1 May 1873


  J. M. [Martin], a mechanic, was run over and killed by an incoming freight train on the Macon and Western railroad. At half past three o'clock, yesterday afternoon, near St. Paul's church in the western suburbs of Macon.  The train was rounding a short curve at the time, and it was impossible for the engineer to see the man until too late to even slacken up.  The engineer says when he first saw him he was lying upon the track and parallel with the rails.  The train was on him before could be checked, and the entire train passed over his body.  When the train was stopped the mangled corpse was found jammed up in the brakes of the conductor's cab.  His head was cut in four places, both legs, both arms and his neck were broken, and his body otherwise dreadfully mangled and bruised.

  It is not known positively that the man was drunk, though it is known that he had been drinking some, and a bottle of whisky was found after the accident.  Some suppose that he placed himself in that position purposely to be killed.  He had inquired of a negro, some half an hour before, how long it would be before the train would pass.

  Martin had intended to take the up freight train for Forsyth, which goes up about five o'clock.  The last seen of him by any one in the neighborhood he was sitting on a cross-tie.  The probability is that he was sat there until being under the influence of liquor, he grew drowsy, and forgettting his dangerous situation, laid down upon the track and went to sleep.  That is, perhaps, the most reasonable solution of the matter.  The man lost his life through the influence of liquor, and not through any purpose to destroy his own life.

  Coroner Dewberry was summoned and held an inquest over the remains, and the jury returned a verdict that Martin was killed by a freight train on the Macon and Western Railroad. [Crease across column, age not available; wife and three children.]


Albany News, 9 May 1873


  The Mashburn place in Lee county, about five miles from this city, was a scene of intense excitement on Saturday last, by the accidental killing of old Dave Cruger, (col) by a knife in the hands of his step son, Reuben Callaway.

  The particulars of the case so far as we can learn, are about as follows: Deceased was quarrelling with his wife in regard to some trivial offence, and she, not very well pleased with his harsh words, threw some very rough abuse upon him, whereupon the husband began to whip her very severely.  The stepson was sitting near whittling a stick with his pocket knife. He begged that Dave would not strike his mother again, and Dave becoming more enraged at this ran upon the step-son and against the knife which did its fatal work by thrusting itself through a blood vessel.

  The Coroner held an inquest and the Jury returned a verdict as follows: Deceased came to his death by a knife in the hands of Reuben Callaway.  Reuben was discharged and is now free and busy at work.

  Dave Cruger was about fifty years old, a steady and reliable workman, and one who was very popular with both his white and black neighbors; but was not kind to his family.  Reuben Callaway is about 17 or 18 years old, and rather inclined to no account, but the general opinion is that he was justified in this matter - even if he did engineer the knife.


  On returning from the funeral the widow of deceased was riding in a wagon, the mule took fright, ran away, threw her out, and injured her very badly.


Albany News, 16 May 1873


  The Macon Enterprise of Wednesday contains the following account of a terrible accident which occurred in that city the day previous.

  One of the most terrible and heart rending accidents that has ever been our misfortune to chronicle, occurred yesterday about half-past one o'clock at Mercer University.  While some workmen were engaged in putting up a cornice or mitre on one of the corners of the building, the scaffolding on which they were standing, gave way and precipitated them to the ground - a fall of sixty feet. Mr. John Rowe alighted on his feet, but the rebound threw him under the brick, and he lived only fifteen minutes.  Mr. John Globler fell on his head, and died in about half an hour.  Mr. William B. Proctor fell on his side, and was living up to six o'clock last night, although he cannot recover. Ed. Holt and Ben White, both colored, were horribly mashed and bruised, and their arms and legs broken.  Messrs. Rowe and Globler were from Philadelphia, and were skilled workmen. Mr. Proctor was well known in the city as a tinner.

  The coroner held an inquest over the bodies of Messrs. Rowe and Globler and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

  Drs. Hall and Hammond did all in their power to alleviate the sufferings of the wounded men.  Mercer University has been very unfortunate.  This is the second accident that has occurred there since it commenced being built.  

  Since writing the above we learn Mr. Proctor and Ed. Holt are dead.  Ben White will recover.


Albany News, 1 August 1873


 A colored man was drowned in Graham's mill pond last week.

    On Saturday 19th, Crees Coombs, (white) got into a difficulty with Moses Newell (colored,) and stabbed him to death with his potato knife.  The Coroner held an inquest, and the Board of Commissioners disallowed his claim for fees.  The Herald says:  The inquest was held according to the demands of the relatives of the deceased.  And upon investigation it was found that said Newell; came to his death by a wound inflicted with a knife in the hands of Crees Coombs.  A warrant was issued by the Coroner for the imprisonment of Coombs for commitment trial before a Magistrate.  The Magistrate's Court was called, but all preliminary proceedings waived and Coombs remanded to jail upon the warrant issued by the Coroner after investigation of the case.

  On Monday the Board of Commissioners for the county met, to whom the account for expenses in the case was presented.  The Board, only three in number, being present, refused to pay it, basing their refusal on the 633 Sec. of the Code of Georgia, which reads as follows:

  "When persons have come to their deaths by violence, and there are witnesses to it, and the person accused is under arrest and undergone examination before a competent tribunal, there need not be an inquest."

  The Coroner declares he will appeal to a full Board, which consists of five - a majority of the honorable body having already decided against him.  The appeal, therefore, cannot amount to anything in favor of his claim.


  Wm. Ramsey, 21 years old, was killed in Hart county, by a falling tree.


Albany News, 7 November 1873


  It is our painful duty to chronicle the death of another fellow being by violence.

  A man by the name of Fields was fatally injured in a rencounter, at the Sans Souci Saloon, in this city, on Monday last, about 3 ½  p.m., and died that night in the City Hospital.  The facts, as we get them, are briefly as follows:

  At the hour mentioned the crowd had left the Salon and the streets, to go to the circus.  Mr. Burrel T. Kemp, one of the proprietors had gone up stairs to get his dinner.  Mr. John Mook , his partner had gone to the circus. , Mr. J. W. Kemp, nephew of Mrs. Burrel Kemp, was in charge of the bar. Mr. Fields entered alone, and without provocation, at once commenced to abuse Mr. J. W. Kemp - threatening to drive him out and take possession of the bar.  Remonstrance aggravated Fields, and he soon drew a Derringer and twice cocked it at Kemp, who had no weapon.

  Pomp, the colored waiter who stays about the Sans Souci, coming in, discovered the situation and at once ran up stairs and informed Mr. Burrel Kemp, who was at his dinner, that there was a man down stairs with a pistol drawn at Mass John.  Descending the stairs and entering the rom, Mr. Kemp discovered the man standing near the counter, or bar, with a pistol in his hand, and his nephew standing at bay behind his bar.   To get behind the bar, Mr. Kemp had to pass around and very close to the man with the pistol. As he attempted to do so the man levelled his pistol within a foot of his breast and said:


  Mr. Kemp instantly seized the pistol hand with his left hand, thrust it aside, and with his right struck the man a terrible blow in the face, knocking him back against the counter, and repeated the blow several times.  He called to his nephew to take the pistol, which he did, and then ejected the man from the house to the sidewalk with force and a kick. Mt. Kemp and the two witnesses present assert that he struck only with his fist, and that he had no weapon of any description whatever.

  The man was taken up by two extra policemen who, with others, had been place on duty that day on account of the presence of the Great Eastern Circus and several thousand people, and conveyed to the hospital, where surgical examination discovered the fact that the scull was fractured on the left upper quarter. No one at the Sans Souci knew the man, but his name was ascertained to be John Fields, and we learn that he was living with Mr. Thomas Claig, in Lee county.  Mr. Claig says he had been living with him since September last; that he commenced drinking on Tuesday 28th, and that he left home on Monday last with his, Claig's five-shooter.  The pistol used in the bar-room was a small Derringer and is now in the possession of Sheriff Kemp.  We have not been able to ascertain what he did with the five-shooter.  The Derringer belongs to Mr. Thomas Whitsett, who also lives with Claig, and who says that he did not know that Fields had brought it away with him.

  A Jury of Inquest was summed by the Coroner on Tuesday morning, and rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death by blows inflicted by Burrel T. Kemp.    The testimony was of such a character, however, that the Coroner declined to order the arrest of Mr. Kemp, and no proceedings have yet been instituted.  Mr. Kemp, though confident he did not strike the fatal blow, and that it was not struck by any one in his house, is deeply grieved at the unfortunate result, and is anxious for a committal trial to vindicate his conduct.

 It is a sad affair, but with the lights before us we must conclude that the unfortunate man brought on the fatal collision, and was himself the cause of his own untimely end. - He was buried in the city cemetery.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 14 November 1873

The John Shields affair.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 5 December 1873




[From the Atlanta Herald, 29th inst.]

  On Thursday morning a Herald reporter called at Fulton county Jail and found Malone still unchanged in appearance,  .  .  .   If he had determined to


he would have concealed whatever he had decided to use where it would be impossible for them to find it.  .  .  .  According to the deceased's own statement he had accumulated the morphia used by saving at different times the doses that had been given him by the officers.  They only allowing what was prescribed by physicians. .  .  .  


Thomasville Times, 6 December 1873



  Sheriff Perkerson, soon as his death was announced, sent for Coroner Kile who impannelled a jury, and after hearing the evidence returned the following


  Wee, the Coroner's jury, this day summoned by Coroner Wm. Kile, to hold an inquest on the body of Milton Malone, now lying dead in the jail of Fulton county, in the presence of said Coroner and Dr. E. J. Roach, and from the evidence adduced before us, we are of the opinion that said Milton Malone came to his death for morphia administered by himself.

[Further evidence by attending physicians, post mortem, &c.]


Weekly Sumter Republican, 15 May 1874




  It will be remembered by our readers that on the night of the 21st of August, 1873, a most shocking murder was committed in Smithville, Lee County, upon the body of young Joseph Johnson, aged about fourteen.  The following is a brief history of the circumstances of the awful tragedy.

  JOHN JOHNSON was working for a merchant in Smithville, and slept in the back room of the store.  On the morning of the 21st his employer went down to the store and on opening the door a most appalling sight met his eyes.  Upon the floor of the counting room lay young Johnson with his head crushed by a heavy blow from some terrible weapon, and his throat cut from ear to ear.  A coroner's inquest was held over the bod, and a verdict of death by some unknown hands was the result of the jury's deliberations. The examination showed that the youth had been called up from his bed where lay an open Bible, the reading of which was probably his last act before retiring.


  Suspicion soon fastened upon Henry Jackson, colored, as the murderer.  He was arrested with one or two others, and was convicted at the last term of Lee Superior Court upon circumstantial evidence, and Friday last he was to have been hung in Leesburg.  .  .  .   THE PRISONER RESPITED.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 28 August 1874




[Charleston News and Observer.]

  Considerable excitement was caused in this city, yesterday, by a romantic suicide which occurred about 3 o'clock in the morning, in Queen street.  SAs soon as the dead body was brought in, a coroner's jury was summoned and an inquest held which developed the following facts:

The deceased was a young man named Wm. J. Oxner, about 22 years old, who hails from Winnsboro, S.C. He was in love with a young lady of this city, the daughter of a well-known citixxxen.  It seems that Oxner met and was introduced to the lady while she was on a visit to Winnsboro in 1873.  As the acquaintance increased Oxner fell violently in love with her, but being addicted to the use of strong drink the young lady gave him no further encouragement than to urge him to join the temperance society and quit drinking, in which event she promised to receive his letters.  This is all that is known of the affair, except what can be gleaned from the letters found upon the body of the deceased. He arrived in the city a few days ago, but it is not known where he stayed.  He was with a young colored man named Robertson, from Winnsboro, until seven o'clock Sunday evening, and then went to see a friend who lived on King street near Broad street.  On Sunday morning about half-past one or two o'clock the father of the young lady, who resides in Queen street, found Oxner (whom he did not know) lying on the platform leading into the piazza of his residence.  He thought he was drunk, shook him, and told him not to go to sleep there.  About 3 o'clock he heard a noise and, on going down, found Oxner still lying there, and thinking them that he was sick, sent his son to the guard house for the hospital wagon.  The policeman who arrived upon the scene soon after found Oxner lying down


with a handkerchief spread over his face, a copper over each eye and two empty vials labelled "laudanum" lying by his side.  One was an ounce and one a half ounce vial,   He was put into the wagon and carried to the guard house, still alive in an insensible condition.  Dr. Baily was sent for, and, a stomach-pump not being at hand, used the remedies usual in such cases.  Oxner was walked up and down violently for an hour, but he was too far gone for recovery, and at the end of that time breathed his last.


The only evidence relative to the motives which prompted this act is that which was found in the letters on the person of the deceased.  [All reproduced in detail.] .  .  .  

The physicians who attended him gave as their opinion that his death was caused by an over-dose of laudanum; the coroner's jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death from an over-dose of laudanum administered by his own hand for the purpose of taking his life, as had been previously stated.  . .  .  


Weekly Sumter Republican, 30 October 1874



  On Saturday night last, Thomas A. Thornton, a young man of about twenty years of age, and Abram Dudney got in to an altercation about a piece of tobacco; after some rough language on the part of both, Dudney struck Thornton on the head with a stick, Thornton then rushed on Dudney and cut him in the left abdomen, wounding him fatally.  Dudney walked to the office of Drs. Gregory and Walton, and after having his wound sewed up was carried home.  He lingered in much pain until 11 o'clock Sunday night when he died.

 A coroner's inquest was held over the body on Monday, and after hearing the evidence the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above state of facts, adding that it was, in their opinion, a justifiable homicide.

  The deceased was in his 54th year, and was well known throughout this and adjoining counties.  He was a good-hearted fellow and possessed some sterling qualities.  He was a close friend and never knew what it was to be selfish.  He was buried at his old home place on Monday last.  Young Thornton has left for parts unknown, but is supposed to be in Alabama.

 This is the first time that we have been called on to chronicle a homicide in Lumpkin since the establishment of our paper, and with ne single exception - that of the killing of a negro boy by a negro sentinel put out by the loyal leaguers here in 1867 - this is the first death by violence which has occurred in our town since 1860.

  Mr. Dudney leaves an aged mother and three grown children with other relatives to mourn his death. - Lumpkin Independent, 24th inst.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 25 December 1874





[Atlanta Constitution, 22d.]

  Yesterday morning between seven and eight o'clock a suicide took place in our city, which in deliberation of purpose and execution, exceeds anything we have ever known.  The name of the unhappy man is Samuel J. Anderson.  He occupied as a sleeping apartment a rear room in the third story of the Hillyer building on Alabama street.  He boarded with Dr. Jno. M. Johnson's family on Marietta street.


  Mr. Anderson was born in Kentucky and was about 62 years of age. His public life may be summarized as follows:  .  .  .  


  Anderson it seems had managed to accumulate no money during his official career, and three or four months ago he was out of employment and out of money.   At this time Gen. Robert Toombs was busy pushing his famous suits against the Mitchell heirs, and also the suits recently tried against the railroads under the tax law of 1874.  Finding Anderson unemployed Mr. Toombs hired him to assist in fixing up papers and law authorities in these cases, at a stated salary of $125 per month.  To the complications arising from this appointment may be attributed the unhappy man's suicide.  It seems that some months ago Anderson drew upon Gen. Toombs for his first half months salary.  The draft was met and paid.  Subsequent he drew through Gen. Toombs for a whole months salary. This draft was cashed at Lowry's bank here, and also promptly paid by Gen. Toombs.  A few weeks later General Toombs met Anderson, and ascertaining that he was in need of money gave him $100 in addition to his salary.




  Yesterday morning Edward Hardy, a colored boy employed by the Southern Life Insurance company, who occupied the first floor of the Hillyer building, went up stairs to carry water.  This was shortly past seven o'clock.  Edward was employed by the gentlemen on the upper floor to clean out their rooms, Anderson among the number. Arriving at Anderson's door he set the bucket down and unlocked it.  Opening the door a little he saw Mr. Anderson's feet, and thinking he was tight or sick, he looked further in.  Then he was horrified at discovering he was dead, and his head swimming in blood.  He rushed down stairs and spread the alarm.  He also notified officer H. H. Newton, who was on duty near by.  Mr. D. S. Kellum, the book-keeper of the company, his son, Mr. Harralson, and Dr. Johnson went to the room.





  Coroner Wm. Kile with a jury held the inquest at 10 o'clock.  Dr. E. J. Roach made the post mortem examination.  The jury returned the following verdict:

  State of Georgia, county of Fulton., Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 21dst 1874.

  We, the coroner's jury this day summoned by Coroner Wm. Kile, to hold an inquest on the body of Samuel J. Anderson, now lying dead at the Hillyer building on Alabama street, Dr. E. J. Roach making the post mortem examination in our presence, having carefully investigated the cause of death in this case, are of the opinion that the deceased came to his death because of pistol-shot wounds inflicted by his own hands. [Names of jurors, and certificates by Coroner and Dr. Roach.]


Weekly Sumter Republican, 5 March 1875


Saturday afternoon about three o'clock, Bob King, a colored man, about 55 years old, died suddenly in the old hotel building.  He had been sitting by a fire in one of the back rooms on the third floor for some time and got up to leave.  When nearly at the front door he was observed by some one in the house to suddenly stagger and fall.  His body was taken up and promptly cared for.  There was no inquest held over his body, notwithstanding the coroner was within a short distance of the scene.  "Bob" was well known in this city as an old banjo player and wood cutter, and always behaved himself in a very becoming manner.  His remains were followed to the colored cemetery Sunday afternoon by a large number of his colored friends.


Cuthbert Appeal, 16 April 1875


  Our community was shocked in Wednesday last upon receiving the intelligence of the assassination of Col. John R. Jones, of Terrell County, the night previous. Col. Jones had man warm personal friends in this county, who will lament his death.  Her was a member of Washington Lodge, F. A. M., at this place, and was highly respected by all who knew him for his many noble qualities.  Peace to his ashes.

  We gather the following particulars from yesterday's Dawson Journal: The sad news reached Dawson on Tuesday night last, that Col. John R. Jones had been murdered by some unknown person, while seated by his fireside reading a newspaper.  Coroner Daniel promptly summoned a jury, who repaired to the spot, and after a closed and careful investigation rendered the following verdict:

  We, the undersigned, jurors summoned by the Coroner of Terrell county to hold an inquest over the dead body of John R. Jones, find upon examination that the deceased came to his death on the 13th day of April, 1875, at his residence in Terrell county, by a gun shot wound penetrating the back part of his head, fired by some person from the outside and through the window, while sitting in a rocking chair in his room, which caused his death instantly; the said wound was inflicted with the view of taking life, and without provocation, and was therefore, as we find, murder; that said gun was held, used and fired by the hands of some person, to the jurors not positively known, but under such circumstances as to create a well grounded supposition that it was fired by David Wynn, colored, of said  county. [Foreman and jurors listed.]

  Sheriff Christy arrested David Wynn and placed him in the county jail.  His committal trial will be held before Judge Orr today at 10 a.m.  We will say that circumstantial evidence is very strong against Wynn, so much so as to convince the entire jury that he was the murderer.  Full particulars in our next issue.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 23 April 1875

John R. Jones case.


Thomasville Times, 8 May 1875

  The Savannah Advertiser notices another coroner's inquest on the Ogechee.  These inquests happen at regular intervals, about one a week.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 27 August 1875


  From Mr. J. S. Allen of Elmville, we learn that a negro man by the name of James Guice, was killed by his wife Dolly, on the premises of Aaron Hart, in Schley county, about dark on Saturday last.  The particulars as near as we could ascertain them are about these: The parties had been at a picnic near Quebec on that day, on returning home late in the afternoon, they stopped at a house on Dr. Hart's premises, where a dance was going on, Dolly going in another out house.  Towards night the husband told his wife to go home and cook him something to eat, which she refused to do, when angry words and blows took place between them.  A negro man took Jim out of the house to prevent a difficulty.  They had not gone far when Jim remarked that he had forgotten his pipe, when both returned to the house.  On entering the house, Dolly, having a knife in her hand, ran towards Jim, her husband, and plunged it into his breast, the blade reaching the heart.  The wounded man made his way home, but had not proceeded but a few steps when he fell and expired.  The woman made her escape and up to this time, Tuesday afternoon, had not been arrested, notwithstanding Sheriff Meadows has been in pursuit of her since the occurrence.

 An inquest was held over the body of the deceased Sunday afternoon, and a verdict of murder rendered by the jury.  P.S. Correcting details and giving extra; man's name Jim Nailor. .  .  .    It is also stated that the woman Dolly killed her child sometime ago, either in Sumter or Webster county.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 3 September 1875


In Saturday's issue of the Republican, we noticed the shooting of Mr. Jackson L. McMath by Mr. J. Malley Miller, which took place at a school house about six miles west of Americus, on last Friday afternoon, which has resulted in the death of McMath.  From the evidence adduced at the Coroner's inquest it appeared that McMath had threatened violence against Miller, and went to the house where the latter was teaching school, on Friday last, to carry out his threat.  On meeting Miller, he commenced striking him with a very large stick, when the latter, after retreating some steps, drew a pistol and fired two shots at McMath, one taking effect in the right arm, the other in the left breast, the latter wound proving fatal.

  An inquest was held over the body of the deceased on Sunday last.  The evidence disclosed the fact that McMath came to his death from a wound caused by a pistol shot from the hand of Mr. Miller.  The following is the verdict of the jury as handed us by the Coroner.

GEORGIA, SUMTER COUNTY, August 29th, 1875.

  We, the jury of the Coroner's inquest, find that the deceased Jackson L. McMath, came to his death by a shot wound caused from a pistol fired from the hands of J. Malley Miller, in a justifiable act in defence of his life. [Signed by Coroner and Jurors.]


Weekly Sumter Republican, 24 September 1975


[Atlanta Constitution 18th.]

  This morning at an early hour a startling rumor was spread abroad throughout the union passenger depot, and surrounding streets, to the effect that a well known internal revenue officer had killed himself.




  About 9 o'clock Coroner Kile held an inquest over the remains with the following jury: [named].  Dr. E. J. Roach made the post mortem.  The letter was read before the jury by Col. Brown.  There was with it a wall paper envelope which had contained morphine.  It had endorsed on the back, "8 grains sulphate of morphine, J. A. Taylor, prescription druggist, No. 9 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga."  Colonel Brown was examined under oath, and testified substantially to the facts given above.  The jury made up their verdict that the deceased came to his death from taking 8 grains of morphine, and were discharged.  Col. Brown takes charge of the body, and will start home with it tonight.








Weekly Sumter Republican, 14 April 1876


  From the Columbus papers we learn that Tom Marshall and Aaron Thomas, two colored prisoners in Muscogee jail got into a dispute Wednesday evening, Marshall struck Thomas over the head with a cast iron basin, causing injuries which produced death the next day.  The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict of murder.  The Columbus Times says:

  While the Coroner's jury were holding an inquest over the body of the negro killed in jail, we could not help looking about us, and pitying the surroundings.  It is indeed hard enough that white men charged with crime, should be compelled to occupy the same jail-room with a set of dirty, filthy, convicted negroes, or that becomes a man is unfortunate enough to commit a crime  involving no moral turpitude, yet is required to remain in a den with thieves and burglars.  .  .  .


Weekly Sumter Republican, 28 April 1876

A CORN THIEF KILLED. - Sunday night about 12 o'clock Mr. Calvin Carter, Jr., residing five miles east of Americus, returning from a visit to a neighbor's, noticed that his corn crib had been tampered with during his absence.  After closer examination he was fully convinced such was the case and believed that the thief or thieves had but commenced their work when his coming home caused them to flee.  Passing on to the house he pulled off his boots, took his pistol and retired to watch further proceedings on the part of the corn thieves.  Scarcely half an hour elapsed before he saw two dark forms pass through the gate fronting the main road, which they left open to secure a speedy flight if necessary, and walk towards the crib. Both had baskets with which to carry off their booty.  Mr. C. permitted them to get to the entrance of the crib when he called a halt, but instead of obeying the command they started off in a swift run.  He ran after them, but one of rascals getting advantage in the race he fired at him, without effect, at least it is thought so,  as he made good his escape.  The shot brought his companion to a halt, but not with the intention of yielding to his captor without a struggle. He turned upon Mr. C. with a piece of iron, which it is supposed he had brought to use on the crib, and made several attempts to strike him, when in  self-defence Mr. C. was forced to shoot him - the ball entering his breast.  After being shot the thief still endeavoured to striker Mr. C., with the piece of iron, when he was again shot in the breast.  The last pill being a little too strong, he turned, ran about twenty yards and fell dead.  Mr. C. called up the negroes on the farm and repairing to the place found the corpse of a negro named Sam Ingraham, the owner of a farm near by who had hitherto borne a fair reputation.  In fact, Mr. C. had often favored and assisted him as a neighbor, and his credit among city merchants; it is said, was good.  He deserved his fate.

  At the Coroner's inquest, held Monday, the jury returned a verdict justifying Mr. Carter, as the evidence proved that he acted strictly in self-defence. .  .  .  


Weekly Sumter Republican, 9 June 1876

From the Waco Reporter, 27th May.



  Mr. J. K. Daniel, formerly of Americus, Ga, was found dead in the old stable, in the rear of Odd Fellow's temple, on yesterday morning.  The deceased came to Waco about four years ago, and for the first few months of his career, was apparently doing well.  He contracted the habit of eating opium, and the consequence was the loss of business, friends, and his own self-respect.  Those who knew him in his former home found every effort at reformation unavailable and were compelled to leave him to his ultimate end.  When found yesterday morning he had a mucilage bottle by his side, about one fourth filled with Chloral.  The supposition is that he must have taken all of the contents of the bottle, except what was remaining.

     We have learned that Mr. D. was a young man of good parentage, belonging to a family that stood high in Americus, and was raised with the advantages of wealth and given a liberal education.  The verdict of the jury which was summoned by Judge E. P. Massey, to take cognizance of his death, was as follows:  "We, the jury, find from the evidence that the deceased, J. K. Daniel, came to his death by the continued use of opium, and an overdose of Chloral:."  [Signed by Foreman and Jurors.] .  .  .


Thomasville Times, 17 June 1876


was held on the body of Mrs. Mary Paine, colored, on last Sunday morning.  She was the wife of Frank Paine, the well known boot maker on Jackson St.  Justice Merrill held the inquest with Dr. Bobo as Medical adviser.  Verdict of jury: "Came to her death from Providential causes." She had been subject to epileptic fits.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 10 August 1877

Notes from Magnolia Springs.

  Recently a negro boy was drowned near here.  Suspicion rests upon a black girl.  The Coroner held an inquest but no positive evidence was adduced.


Thomasville Times, 18 August 1877

 We are pained to record the death of Mr. Jno. F. Lancaster of the firm of J. M. Cooper & Cop. Sav'h and more especially because he fell by his own hand.  The coroner's inquest assigned as a reason for the rash deed, mental depression brought on by business troubles.  Mr. Lancaster was a native of New Hampshire, but for many years a resident in Georgia.  He was a cultivated, refined and estimable gentleman, .  .  .   He was unmarried and has no relatives in this State.


Thomasville Times, 8 September 1877


  A Mrs. Rebecca Jones died in Sav., under circumstances creating suspicion and upon a coroner's inquest the jury decided that "the deceased came to her death from injuries supposed to have been caused by one James Dupree."  A warrant was issued but Dupree had not been arrested at last accounts.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 26 July 1878


  Thomaston, in this State, is struggling with something of a sensation.  On the 28thof last February, Mrs. Beattie Irvin, the wife of Mr. Andrew Irvin, died under circumstances that excited the suspicions of the neighbors.  These, and the subsequent conduct of the husband, have finally led to action on the part of the authorities.  Last week the remains of the unfortunate woman were examined and the coroner summoned a jury of inquest.  The evidence before the jury is rather startling in what it suggests, rather than in what it reveals, and the history of the case, as detailed before the jury, might well serve as the basis of a tragedy as dark and deliberate as those that form the framework of the sensational novels of the day.

The testimony is to the effect that Irvin and his wife did not live happily together.  There were frequent quarrels between them, though Mrs. Irvin is represented to have been a very meek and timid woman.  Her mother, Mrs. Butler, testified that on one occasion she found her daughter in tears, and was told that the trouble had been about a Miss Mathews.  Mrs. Irvin died very suddenly, and those who saw her immediately afterwards found her lying on her right arm, and her face and neck blood-shotten. -The witnesses who testified to the appearance of the dead woman say that her husband celebrated the event by going about the house singing.  It was in evidence that Irvin had previously purchased opium and laudanum, ostensibly for his mother-in-law, Mrs. Butler, but that lady in her evidence denied that Irvin had ever bought either of these drugs at her request.  While he was accompanying the remains of his wife to the grave Irvin told the driver of the wagon that before she died his wife had picked out another wife for him, and the man to  whom he made the remarks was the father of the lady he subsequently married.

  The verdict of the coroner's jury was to the effect that Mrs. Irvin "came to her death from violence at the hands of her husband in the use of laudanum and opium."  The coroner's jury was in session all day, and Irvin was on the street until half-past twelve o'clock.  Learning that the jury had found the verdict quoted above, he mounted his mule and rode away in the direct of Geneva.  Altogether it is a strange case. - At. Con.


Albany News, 24 October 1878


His Remains Scattered Over a Quarter of an Acre of Ground - His Valise, Papers, etc., Found.

  Last night's B. & A. mail brought us information of the finding of the remains of some unknown man, ten miles south of Ty Ty, by Mr. W. E. Williams.  No particulars accompanied the news.  Our correspondent stated that "the man had been dead so long that his bones were literally scattered over a quarter of an acre of ground, and were bleached and whitened by the rains and sun."  Scattered about over a considerable space were found a valise, a violin, some clock-makers implements, and various papers.  His identity could not be traced on any of them.  The papers were old and dim, and the lettering obliterated by exposure to weather.  The man may have come to his death by some providential cause.  If not, there has been a terrible deed committed, and we hope it will be ferreted out.  The coroner took charge of the remains, and we suppose held an inquest over the same.


Albany New, 12 December 1878


Judge Lynch to the Front.

  About a week ago a gentleman by the name of John McGaughey, one of Decatur county's best and most popular citizens, was shot through the window of his house, eight buckshot entering his head.  An inquest was held over the body of deceased, and the Coroner issued his warrant for the arrest of a negro, William Cooper, the supposed murderer.  It appeared that there had been an altercation between the said parties a short time before the murder; and other circumstances justified the arrest.  Citizens and friends of the deceased, fearing the technicalities of the law, determined to relieve the courts so forty men rode up, took the prisoner from custody, and carried him away.  We are opposed, in a general way, to this kind of justice; but then we freely admit that it may sometimes become necessary; and from our knowledge of the people of Decatur, knowing them, as we do, to be a law-abiding people, we would not censure them in this case.

  There was a most affecting circumstance connected with this case.  It appears from the evidence on the commitment trial, that Mrs. McG. had just completed her evening devotions at the bedside, and had approached her husband, who was reading at a table before the fire, to kiss him "good-night." As she extended her arm to encircle his neck, she complained that her arm hurt her, and requested her husband to rub it.  He at once took her hand, and was rubbing the extended arm, when the assassin shot through the window of the room, putting eight buckshot, as we have said, in the head of her husband.  One of the shot grazed the forehead of Mrs. McGaughey, inflicting a wound at least one inch across the forehead, but not deep enough to be serious.  [Editorial comment.] .  .  .  

  Since writing the above, we see the following g in a Bainbridge special to the Savannah News:

  "William Cooper, the supposed murderer of Mr. John McGaughey, who was taken from our jail Tuesday night by an armed mob, was brought here this evening by a colored man.  The mob carried Cooper sixteen miles from here, and having chained and tied him to a tree, fired several shots at him, and left him for dead.  Cooper managed to free himself, and walked a mile to a negro cabin.  Dr. Morgan examined his wounds and found that five shots had taken effect in the head, back and arm.  He is not considered mortally wounded. - He is now in jail.  There is considerable excitement here among the negroes."


Albany News, 19 December 1878

FELL DEAD. - A negro woman, laborer on the plantation of S. H. Wilson, near this city, fell dead in a field yesterday morning.  Cause of death, not known.


A Coroner's Inquest.

  On Saturday morning last Dinah Williams, a colored woman, was found dead in a servant's room on the lot of Mr. J. W. Kemp, in this city. - Some suspicious circumstances rested on the husband of deceased, Coroner Eli Outlaw had a jury summoned.  Jury held an inquest, and after ordering a post mortem examination found verdict of death from natural causes.


Albany News, 20 February 1879

  The Berrien County News says that a serious affray occurred at Ty Ty on the evening of the 6th.  In the fracas Aaron Tison received two ugly wounds in the breast and one in the back, killing him almost instantly.  John Pittman received a slight cut in the breast.  Acting Coroner Williams held an inquest but the closest scrutiny failed to discover any evidence leading to the arrest of any one.  The verdict was "Deceased came to his death by a knife or other sharp instrument in the hands of some person or persons to the jury unknown."  Tison was drunk when he got into the fuss.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 21 March 1879



  About 4 o'clock yesterday the rumor sped over the city that Alston and Cox had fought, and one or both were killed.




  The quarrel was at once renewed, Alston still insisting upon no difficulty and Cox demanding it.  Finally Cox said it might as well be then and there, and walked to the door of the office and closed it, in spite of Mr. Renfroe's contrary command.  The two men, in opposite corners of the room, at once began


firing five shots between them.  It is thought that Alston fired first, one ball striking Cox in the mouth, another in the hand, a third missing.  Cox first missed, but his second shot struck Alston fair in the temple, passing through the brain.  Alston fell instantly, and Cox staggered to a lounge and lay down, profusely bleeding. .  .  .  

  After the coroner's inquest, Col. Alston's body will be removed to his home near Decatur, where the funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 o'clock. .  .  .  Atlanta Post 12.


Cuthbert Appeal, 28 March 1879

  A member of the coroner's jury gives the cause of the Alston murder thus:  .  .  .  That much of the evidence, however, was excluded from the coroner's inquest, and the witnesses confined to the facts of the killing.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 29 August 1879


ANDSERSONVILLE, GA., Aug. 26, 1879

  COL. HANCOCK: - Fearing that you have not been furnished with a report of the killing at Oglethorpe, I will furnish you with the particulars as given me by Dr. Gaskin, who was with the unfortunate man as Surgeon, and also as a witness at the inquest.  The report given by him is as correct as can be.

  The difficulty as reported by him occurred on last Saturday night.  It seems that there had been bad feeling between the parties for some time past, and ended in the killing of Mr. Kelso as stated.  The parties engaged were Mr. Patt Russ, his son (John Russ) and Thos. Asbury, Jr., and the deceased) John Kelso).  At the time mentioned the parties called at Mr. K.'s store and dared him out to fight.  This was done in a boisterous and threatening manner.  Mr. Kelso went to the door and told the parties that he felt sure that they were armed and he then did not want to do himself the nuisance to rout them all., but would give them satisfaction at any other time in any way that they might devise; he then turned to walk back into his store and was struck on the back of the head with a piece of plank.  He fell with his head crushed for several inches, and died in a few minutes. Young Russ and young Asbury at once made their escape and are yet a large.  The elder Russ is in jail. The Coroner's inquest called the crime, manslaughter on the part of young Russ, and that the elder Russ and young Asbury were accessories.

  Now you have the facts as given me by Dr. Gaskin (a resident of Oglethorpe) and are no doubt entirely correct.  You can therefore come out in any language that may suit you.  J. M. R. W.


Albany News, 25 September 1879


The Liverpool Coroner held an inquest recently on the body of John Grann, aged thirty-nine years, a receiving clerk.  It appeared that about three weeks ago he was raising a drunken woman who had fallen down in the street, when she bit his little finger.   The wound, at first a mere scratch, became very painful, the finger blackened and the hand swelled, and the deceased had to go to the hospital, where he died from mortification, the result of blood poisoning. - Glascow Herald.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 7 November 1879

  Senator Zach. Chandler, of Michigan, made a political speech in Chicago Friday night, and the next morning was found dead in his bed.  The Coroner held an inquest over his remains and brought in a verdict that he died between twelve and seven o'clock, and his death was the result of cerebral hemorrhage.  His friends objected to a thorough post mortem examination.


Thomasville Times, 1 May 1880




  Last Friday and Saturday, were exciting days in Thomasville.  On Friday morning, as noticed in these columns last week, Mr. Rainey Chastain, a good and peaceful man, was shot when on his way to town, by one Scroggins.   We have an immaterial correction or two, to make in reference to the facts attending the shooting and the causes which led to it.  According to Mr. Chastain's account of it, he saw Scroggins sitting on a log near the road, with his double barrel shot gun in his hands.  Mr. C. spoke, saying, "Good morning, Berry." Scroggins made no reply.  Feeling apprehensive of danger, Mr. C. looked back.  Just then Scroggins was levelling his murderous shot gun at him.  Leaning forward on his mare, Mr. Chastain received the contents of the first barrel in his side.  The shot frightened the mare, which threw Mr. Chastain to the ground.  He was able to regain his feet, which he did, attempting to make his way toward Mrs. Fleetwood's, which was near by.  Before he had made many steps the contents of the second barrel was lodged in his back.  This brought him down.  Scroggins reloaded his gun and deliberately walked off.  .  .  .  He breathed his last on Monday morning, having lived long enough to learn that his murderer had been killed in the attempt to arrest him.  The feud was one of long standing, originating some nine years ago. .  .  .   [Detailed account of the hunt for Scroggins.] .  .  .  

  Judge Hansell having been notified of the killing, ordered the Coroner, Mr. Johnson, to summon a jury of inquest, the Sheriff in the meantime, having ordered a coffin and had the body washed and decently dressed for burial.  The Coroner summoned the following jury: [all named.]

  We, the jury, find that the deceased, Berry Scroggins, came to his death by gun-shot wounds inflicted by the Sheriff of   said county and posse while lawfully attempting the arrest of said Scroggins for an assault with intent to murder, and while said deceased was resisting said arrest.  We further find that said killing was justifiable and necessary, not only for the purpose of executing said warrant but for the preservation of the lives of said Sheriff and Posse."  .  .  .  


Albany News, 15 July 1880


  On last Tuesday Charlotte Sledge, a colored woman, dropped dead from heart disease on the premises of Mr. Frank V. Evans, where she was asking shelter from a colored family living in an out-house.  It appears from all accounts that the party in question had been a sufferer for several months past, and had as stated there applied for medical aid, which was given her.  Her troubles had preyed so much on her that on Tuesday last she became conscious of the fact that her moments on earth were short, and after telling one of her friends she felt the [...] finger of death she expired.  A coroner's inquest was held and rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to her death by heart disease.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 6 August 1880


  William Mills, a colored man, was found dead on his place in Sumter county, on Thursday morning.  It was supposed that he had been dead for several days when his body was found.  Coroner W. W. Guerry summoned a jury of inquest, and after a careful examination of the remains, the conclusion was, that deceased came to his death from some unknown cause.


Albany News, 21 August 1880

Belleville, Ill., August 18. -One of the most horrible and bloody tragedies known in the history of this county was enacted about three o'clock this afternoon, in the little mining village of Bunker Hill, situated on the bluffs, six miles west of here, on the Cairo Short line.  The victims were Harry Cardwell and his wife, and the latter being murdered by her husband, who afterward ended his own miserable life by cutting his throat with a razor.

  Mrs. Cardwell was lying asleep on her bed when her husband, with murder in his heart, slipped into the room and with a heavily loaded shot-gun blew her head to pieces, killing her instantly.  The murderer then seized a razor and cut his throat, after which he staggered to the door, and throwing it open commenced to yell murder.  The cry attracted the attention of the neighbors, who rushed to their doors to see what was the matter. - Cardwell standing in his door with his throat cut almost from ear to ear, and blood streaming down his person, was the sight that greeted their eyes.  Proceeding to the house they found that murder had also been committed.  It will take a coroner's inquest to develop the causes leading to this tragedy.


Albany News & Advertiser, 13 September 1880


 Saturday evening the body of Robt. Stubbs, the little colored boy who was drowned Thursday, was found near Tift's bridge, where he went in bathing.  The body was carried to Mt. Zion colored  Baptist church, where coroner Eli Outlaw had a jury summoned for the purpose of holding an inquest, and the following was their verdict: We the jury find that deceased came to his death by accidental drowning.  [Jurors listed.]


Weekly News & Advertiser, 30 October 1880




Particulars of the Sad Affair - Coroner's Inquest, Etc.

  Early Thursday morning news reached the city that ex-Senator L. P. Tison had been shot and killed by Mr. Jno. P. Callaway, at Leesburg, the night before. Various and conflicting rumors were in circulation concerning the affair, and in order to get full and reliable information the News & Advertiser dispatched a reporter to Leesburg for the purpose of visiting the scene of the tragedy and gathering all the particulars. After learning all the details that were to be had from witnesses and citizens familiar with the characters of the two men and the circumstances connected with this unfortunate affair, it is really painful to have to give a fair and candid statement of the facts to the public.

  Messrs. Tison and Callaway were both merchants of Leesburg, the former being interested in two or perhaps three stores in the place.  It seems that Mr. Tison was greatly under the influence of liquor on Wednesday night, and went to the store of Mr. Callaway and raised a disturbance, shooting off his pistol in the house, and making himself disagreeable generally.  Mr. Callaway was not in the store at the time, but was attending a political meeting at the Courthouse.  Being unable to quiet Mr. Tison, and fearing trouble, Mr. T. J. Mason, the clerk in the store, sent for Mr. Callaway, who soon arrived.  When he reached his store, however, Mr. Tison had left, having gone over to his son's store on the opposite side of the street and railroad.  Upon learning what had transpired   during his absence, Mr. Callaway  went over to where Mr. Tison was, and asked the father what he meant by shooting off his pistol and raising such a disturbance in his store.  Mr. Tison made no apology or satisfactory explanation of his conduct, but asked Mr. Callaway what he proposed to do about it.  As to what followed right here there is a conflict in the statements that are made.  It is said by one of the witnesses that Mr. Callaway started to draw his pistol, when Mr. Tison, with more dexterity, drew his pistol and got "the drop" on Callaway, when the latter retreated.   [Long and detailed story, with full details of the statements at the inquest.] [No formal verdict given.]


Weekly Sumter Republican, 5 November 1880


  This community was greatly shocked on Thursday at the reception of a telegram announcing the killing of Hon. L. P. Tison by Mr. John Callaway.  We learn that the parties had been to Albany together and on their way home became engaged in a quarrel.  On arriving at Leesburg Mr. Tison went immediately to his store, procured a rifle, and went to Mr. Callaway's store and shot at him while in his store.  Callaway took a double-barrelled gun, loaded with buck shot, and shot him once in the breast, killing him instantly.  Callaway left immediately.  The Coroner held an inquest on Friday, finding a verdict of Voluntary Manslaughter against Mr. Callaway. [Editorial comment on Tison.]


Cuthbert Appeal, 3 December 1880

  Mr. Albert Surles and a negro man by the name of Andrew Bush became involved in a difficulty last Monday morning which resulted in the negro's death, being shot twice in the right side.  The following is the verdict of the coroner's jury: We the jury sworn in coroner's inquest to investigate the circumstances of the death of Andrew Bush, colored, make the following verdict: Said Andrew Bush came to his death by pistol shot wounds in the right side - pistol in the hands of Albert N. Surles - and after a careful investigation and hearing the evidence in the case we find that said Albert N. Surles, was justified in the killing of the said Andrew Bush.   H. L. HALKOOM. Foreman.


Weekly News & Advertiser, 8 January 1881




From the Daily News and Advertiser, Tuesday 4th inst.

  We are called upon this morning to chronicle a tragedy which occurred on the plantation of Mr. A. S. Moughon, six miles above this city, in Lee county, yesterday, the circumstances surrounding which are truly sad.  Every tragedy naturally, has its horrors, and must, by the very nature of things, among civilized people, be more or less freighted with sadness for the human breast; but here we have a case that is doubly sad.  A human life has been taken by a fellow creature who has become so encrazed and demented by habitual intoxication as to be unaccountable for his actions; a dread to his friends, and a source of continual trouble to his family and connections.

  Yesterday morning Mr. A. S. Moughon, better known in this city and county as "Dolly" Moughon, shot and instantly killed the foreman of his plantation, Charles Raymond, colored.  Mr. Moughon had become generally regarded by his friends as a little "off" for some time past, but he was always inoffensive, and no one had ever had cause, so far as we know, to fear violence at his hands.  He had been in the city on one of his habitual sprees for a week or ten days past, and on Monday afternoon a friend undertook to carry him home.  He had considerable trouble with him, however, and finally left him at the Whatley-Jordan store, about two miles and a half from his plantation.  Here, it seems, Mr. Moughon spent the night, and yesterday morning went home. Mr. Moughon has no family of his own, and has been leading a bachelor's life on his plantation during the past year.  Whenever he left home he turned the keys to his barn and larder over to his trusty old colored foreman, Charles Raymond.  Soon after his return home yesterday morning the old man started into the house to give him his keys, when, to his surprise and horror, his erstwhile kind and friendly master met him with a shot-gun, and fired on him.  The whole charge of the gun took effect in the old man's abdomen, making a fearful hole from which the blood came gushing out in a stream nearly as large as a man's wrist; and he die almost immediately.  Not satisfied with this, Mr. Moughon then rushed out of the house and tried to shoot one or two other colored men who were employed on his place.  They ran off, however, and finally escaped

  Soon after the tragedy Mr. Moughon was brought to the city in a little wagon by a colored man.  He was in a state of helpless intoxication when he reached town.  At this writing we learn that he is still in the city at the home of a friend.  He has made no effort to get away, and does not seem to have reason enough left to realixxxe what he has done.  

  The crime having been committed in Lee county, any action that may be taken in the premises will, of course, issue from that county; and, up to the hour of going to press last night, we had heard of none.  We presume, however, that the coroner of Lee county has discharged his duty and held an inquest before this, the particulars of which we will doubtless be able to give tomorrow.

  Dolly Moughon is, and has been for some time, a fit subject for the lunatic asylum.  His condition became such in the latter part of October or the first part of November, that some of his friends had him carried to the insane asylum at Milledgeville.  After being confined for a few weeks he appeared to be all right again, and was permitted to return home.  He remained sober until the Christmas holidays, when he resumed his old habits of dissipation.  His mother and fat5her are dead, and we believe he has only one brother and one sister living.  The family was one of the wealthiest of this section before the war, and is highly connected.


He is Adjudged a Demented Inebriate, and Will go to the Asylum.

[Full details of the investigation on a writ of lunacy.]



The Report that the Deceased Froze to Death Not True.

  On Monday evening a colored prisoner died at the county jail in this city, and yesterday morning it was currently reported that he had died from neglect - that he froze to death. .  .  .  

  The deceased was named Stonewall Robinson, and was sent here from Worth county some three weeks ago to await trial for burglary.  Early last week he was taken sick with pneumonia.  Dr. Strother was called in to see him by Sherriff Edwards on Thursday. He continued to grow worse until Saturday, when Mr. Edwards had him removed from his cell to the kitchen. Here he had a fire and a comfortable bed, but meningitis supervened, and he died.  .  .  .


Weekly Sumter Republican, 11 February 1881


[Ellaville], GA., Feb. 4, 1881.

EDITOR REPUBLICAN: Yesterday Mr. J. F. Wood and an old man by the name of W. S. Capers, went to an old field to burn broom-sedge.  Soon after they had put the fire in the sedge, Mr. Wood left Mr. Capers, requesting him to watch a certain place where the fire was likely to get over into the woods. Mr. Wood had not proceeded more than a quarter of a mile when he heard Mr. Capers give three whoops, as if the fire had got out of the proper bounds.  Mr. Wood ceased firing at once and started toward where he heard Mr. C. hollow.  Before reaching there, Mr.  W. found that the fire had crossed the limits and was making some headway through the woods. He at once began putting the fire out, thinking that after doing so for a distance, he would meet Mr. C. putting it out from the other side.  After worrying with the fire until he had exhausted himself, Mr. W. then ran to the house to make known the distressing condition of the dire, and to secure help.

  The fire was put out, and in Mr. W.'s excitement he had forgotten all about Mr. C.  After he had rested of his fatigue he walked out to see what damage had been done, when he found Mr. C. burned to death in the woods not more than three hundred yards from his own house.  Coroner Phelps proceeded at once to summon jurors for the purpose of holding an inquest.  

  Mr. J. F. Wood was sworn and testified as follows: Witness was very well acquainted with decease; William Solomon Capers is the name by which deceased was known; deceased was apparently well when he and witness began to fire the sedge; deceased was first discovered by witness an hour and a half after his death; witness heard deceased hollow three times as any one would hollow to attract attention; witness believed that the fire had crossed the path and was burning in the woods when he started to help deceased extinguish it; witness had no idea that  deceased was on fire himself when he gave the alarm; deceased did not hollow as if he was on fire.

  The verdict was: "We, the jury, find that deceased, William Soloman Capers, came to his death from accidental burning. [Foreman and jurors listed.]


Weekly Sumter Republican, 4 March 1881


  In our issue of Wednesday, we gave two cases of sudden death in Sumter county, which had not come to the knowledge of the Coroner. It is the duty of this officer to hold inquests over such cases and they should always be reported to him, this probably, the most of our people do not know.  Now, in the two cases mentioned, Coroner Guerry had no notice of either of them, and when they have been buried, without a coroner's jury examining into the cause of death, he has the right to have them exhumed for that purpose.  The Coroner has handed us the following to publish, that the people may be posted on his duties; he is commanded by the oath, of his office to take cognizance of and examine into, "All violent, sudden, or casual deaths.  .  .  "


Weekly Sumter Republican, 25 March 1881


Early County News.

  On Friday, the 11th inst., Wm. Brown and Charles Levett, both colored men living on the plantation of Mr. Seaburn Sheffield near Arlington, got into a quarrel about Levett's ill-treatment to his wife, who is the sister of Brown.  Hot words passed between them at intervals during the day, and it is said that Brown, wishing to avoid Levett, swapped work with another hand in a different portion of the farm, when it was thought the troubles had ended.  However, at an early hour Saturday morning, the difficulty was renewed and Brown struck Levett with a piece of hickory or white oak about four feet long and two by three inches thick, killing him instantly.  Mr. Jas. Butler, the Coroner, summoned a jury, repaired to the spot and held an inquest.  Their verdict is as follows: "We, the jury, find that Charles Levett came to his death by a stroke on the left temple with a stick in the hands of Wm. Brown."  Wm. Brown fled and has not been arrested up to this writing.


Brunswick Advertiser & Appeal, 2 April 1881


 On Friday night of last week Sheriff Lambright in company with Mr. Taylor Ferguson, started to Savannah with Jack Wilson and West Burgess (both colored), who were charged with breaking open Mr. Tison's store and others, and were sent to Savannah for safe keeping.  Wilson's hands were secured by handcuffs and then his right hand handcuffed to Burgess' left, whilst Burgess had a chain on his right ankle with which to be secured to the seat.  At Jesup the party left the M. & B. train and went over to the office of the Jesup House.  Before daylight Wilson asked to be carried out a few moments.  Sheriff Lambright examined their shackles, and pronouncing them all right, went out with them. When about thirty steps from the Jesup House, Wilson freed himself by some means from Burgess and suddenly dashed away.  Sheriff Lambright ordered him to halt and at the same time attempted to draw his pistol, which, somehow, got hung in the holster and Wilson got away.  Burgess, finding Wilson succeeding so easily, seixxxed the loose end of the chain attached to his right foot and made a break for liberty.  Sheriff Lambright, meanwhile, disentangled his pistol, and, after ordering him to stop, fired first at his legs and then higher up.  The second shot took effect in the back of the head and killed him instantly.

  We have heard no one attach any blame to Sheriff Lambright.  A number of northern men who were present at the coroner's inquest approved the deed.  The only regret we have heard is that if one had to be shot, that Wilson should not have been the victim, as he is a notorious character.  How that handcuff was cut, and when, is the mystery.  Any light on the subject would be gladly received.


Weekly News & Advertiser, 23 April 1881


Sunday morning coroner Herbert Wilburn received notice that a colored man by the name of Aaron Hampton had died in the Southern portion of the county the night previous under circumstances which demanded the holding of an inquest.  The coroner summoned a jury and proceeded to where the body of the deceased was discovered - on the side of the road between Mr. Keaton's Smut Eye place and Billingaler's store.  According to the evidence adduced before the jury of inquest, it appeared that the deceased went to Billingaler's store, riding an ox, Sunday afternoon, and procured his rations.  He took a drink of whisky before leaving the store, but did not appear to be under the influence of liquor when last seen.  He was found near the road, dead, next morning.  The ox was tied to a tree near where his body was discovered.  The body bore no marks of violence, and it is supposed that the deceased was taken sick, and stopped on the way, hoping that he would be better able to proceed after a while, or that somebody would come along to render him assistance.  No one came to his relief, however, and the supposition is that he died alone in the woods.  The coroner's jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 13 May 1881


HAWKINSVILLE, May 9. - A terrible tragedy was enacted at Vienna, Dooly county, yesterday.  J. J. Stowell shot and killed his younger brother, L. J. Stowell.  The former had been mistreating his wife, and the latter had been remonstrating with him.  A quarrel between the brothers ensued, when Joe, the senior, drawing a pistol, shot Jeff through the heart.  The brothers are sons of Dr. S. B. Stowell, as well known physician and the postmaster of Vienna.  They are also nephews of Col L. J. Gartell, for whom the deceased was named.  Joe Stowell has been drinking heavily for several weeks past.

  The coroner held an inquest and the jury returned a verdict for murder, whereupon Joe Stowell was arrested and conveyed to Dooly county hail.  .  .  .


Weekly News & Advertiser, 14 May 1881  


  Henrietta Cato stabbed and killed Elsie Hill, with a pocket knife, on Mr. W. H. Partridge's Walker place, nine miles west of the city, Wednesday night.  The parties were both colored, and had been on fighting terms for some time past.  Elsie Hill was the wife of Prince Hill, and it seems that Prince had become enamoured of the other woman, Henrietta Cato, and hence the bad state of feeling between the two females. Last Wednesday night the jealous wife went to the cabin of Henrietta, and found her faithless husband there, whereupon she seiZed an axe and went for Henrietta.  The husband parted the two women, and left the house, but the enraged wife soon returned armed with a club, and renewed the attack upon Henrietta, when the latter stabbed her with a knife and killed her. The knife was an ordinary pocket knife, and the blade entered the body of deceased just under her left arm.

 Herbert Wilburn, the colored Coroner of the county, went out with a jury to hold an inquest yesterday, but at this writing the nature of their verdict is not known. It seems that after hearing the testimony they decided to return to town and make up their verdict and that the verdict was delayed by some probable irregularity which was discovered.  It is generally believed, however, that the evidence will go to show that the knife was used in self defence.  Henrietta Cato made no effort to escape, and was brought to town by the Coroner and held to await the verdict of the jury of inquest.


Thomasville Times, 25 June 1881


  On Wednesday morning, at 5 o'clock, Sheriff Hurst brought to town and lodged in jail a white woman named Martha Laster, and a colored man by the name of Tom Gibson. They are charged with the murder of an infant, in 1870, said to have been the child of the woman mentioned.  It appears from the evidence that Tom Gibson told a party that he had, at the request of the woman, killed the child and buried it in a certain spot.  The facts coming to the ear of the coroner he summoned a jury of inquest and repaired to the spot designated.  The remains of an infant were found, as testified to by Dr. Mallete who examined them.  Warrants were issued at once for the parties and they were arrested and lodged in jail as stated.

  Through the courtesy of the Sheriff we visited the partied in jail on Wednesday afternoon.  The negro, Gibson, was in one of the large rooms on the right, fronting Madison st.  He is suffering from a swollen knee and leg, being unable to walk; so there is no danger of his escaping.  To an inquiry as to his connection with the charged against him, he replied that he knew nothing of any child having been killed; that he was innocent, &c.  Gibson is evidently a hard case, having served two terms on the chain gang and one in the penitentiary.  He is anxious to procure counsel, evidently regarding his situation as a critical one.  

  We found the woman reclining against the bars of the large window opening in the hallway.  She is evidently about thirty five years old, and is rather good looking than otherwise.  She has a child, only a few months old, of a hue sufficiently dark to clearly indicate its paternity.  The child was unconsciously sleeping on the floor, while the mother gazed out through the strong steel bars which intervened between her and liberty.  She responded readily and fluently to our inquiries as to the crime with which she stands charged, averring her innocence in the most emphatic manner.  We refrain from publishing the testimony before the coroner's inquest,  .  .  .  


Weekly Sumter Republican, 26 August 1881


Another Negro Killed.

  Mr. Mumford Brannon, a white man living near Bottsford, Sumter county, killed Scott Kendrick, a colored man, on Tuesday last.  The negro was advancing on Brannon with a knife, when Brannon drew a small pocket knife, and when his assailant was near, with an arm uplifted to strike with his knife, plunged forward and stabbed him in the heart.  The negro stepped forward a few paces in pursuit as Mr. Brannon receded, and fell heavily on the ground.  Mr. Brannon came to the city and gave himself up to the Sheriff.  Coroner Guerry went to the place Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of holding an inquest.  It is considered a case of self defence.


Thomasville Times, 5 November 1881


  One of those ever and anon starling tragedies, which shock the country, occurred on the Coffee road, three miles from town, on Monday afternoon.  It seems that a party of four started out of town in buggies, two in each buggy.  In the first buggy was a Mr. Pippin and Mr. D. F. Watkins; in the next was Mr. A. J. Gilbert and a Mr. Wheeler.  Pippin and Gilbert had some words before leaving town.  They were both somewhat under the influence of liquor.  Mr. Watkins says that Gilbert shook hands with Pippin two or three times, after leaving town in token of friendship.  The last time he shook hands was just beyond Mr. Ainsworth's place.  After taking hold of Pippin's hand - Gilbert was out on the ground and Pippin in the buggy - he jerked Pippin out over the wheel.  A scuffle ensued.  Watkins says that Pippin got back into the buggy and drove off.  Gilbert made for Watkins - who being unarmed got out of the way.  Gilbert had both a knife and a pistol.  Watkins started down the road, following Pippin.  Just before reaching him, he saw him fall back in the buggy dead.  He had bled to death from a wound on the right side of his neck.  The main artery had evidently been severed.  He came back to town and secured a warrant from Judge Mitchell.  It was placed in Sheriff Hurst's hands who with a posse started in pursuit of Gilbert.  They pushed ahead but Gilbert beat them home and succeeded in making his escape. Up to this time he has not been arrested. It is thought that he has gone to Florida.

  The body of the murdered man was laid by the roadside where it remained until the coroner's inquest was held.  We have not seen the verdict of the jury, but presume they found a verdict in accordance with the above statement, as the statement is based upon an interview with the principal witness Mr. D. F. Watkins.


Thomasville Times, 3 December 1881


  We made brief mention last week of the brutal murder of Mrs. J. M. Clewis and her little child.  At that time but few facts were known.  We are enabled this week, to give the following additional particulars. When Mr. Clewis returned home about five o'clock the bodies of both wife and child were found lying near the door, both their heads having been crushed in with an axe. (The bloody axe was found near the back door.)

  The victims were not dead, but died in about an hour.  Drs. Culpeper and Mallette were sent for but could do nothing for the dying ones.  The murderer, after the deed was committed, cut open a wardrobe with the axe leaving the blood of his victims on the wood; he also broke open two trunks.  He took four or five plugs of tobacco out of one of the trunks. In the other was some money, perhaps sixty dollars.  This he failed to find.  He took nothing else except an old fashioned shot gun.  Mr. Clewis thinks, from the fresh blood pouring from the wounds and from the condition of his wife and child, that the deed had not been committed but a few minutes when he arrived home.  The following is the verdict of the coroner's Jury:

  We, the jury of inquest, held this 25th day of November, 1881, upon the bodies of Mrs. Margie Ann Clewis and her daughter, Ellena Clewis, do fund by evidence and examination that the deceased came to their death on the night of Nov. 24th by wounds received upon the head from a club axe in the hands of some person or persons to us now unknown. [Foreman and jurors listed.]

  Dr. Culpepper being sworn, testified as follows:  Upon examination I find upon the head of Mrs. Margie Ann Clewis three wounds - one on the left side of the face, fracturing the superior maxillary bone - one on the left temple, three inches in length, cutting through the muscular tissue and fracturing the temporal bone, and one on the back of the head, driving the tables of the occipital bone in the brain.  Upon the head of Ellena Clewis I also found three wounds, one immediately over the left eye, a little to the right, in front, about 3 inches long, crushing in the right parietal bone, and on the back of head near the upper edge of the occipital bone, to the right, about 3 inches long, and crushed the upper edge of the occipital bone and posterior edge of the right parietal bone.  The wounds were made by some blunt instrument and any one of the wounds I consider sufficient to produce death.

  The reason why the brute murdered the innocent little girl is probably due to the fact that she knew him, and that talking plainly and being unusually intelligent, she would have told his name.

  A colored man, one Andrew Rogers, was arrested on suspicion, and tried before Justices Mardre and Stephens.  The evidence, though circumstantial, was sufficient to bind him over.  There was a strong disposition to lynch him, as the community were perfectly satisfied that he was the man.  Wiser counsels prevailed and he was brought to Thomasville and lodged in jail. - Threats being still made to take him out, Judge Hansel ordered Sheriff Hurst to take him to the Valdosta jail, where he is now entirely secure.  Rogers has a bad character.  He has served one term in the penitentiary for arson and is regarded as a very brutal and dangerous character.  The fact of him being allowed a hearing; an impartial trial by a jury, under all the circumstances, speaks well for the law abiding character of the citizens of Thomas county.  .  .  .  


Weekly News & Advertiser, 4 February 1882


  Lard Thomas, a colored man living on J. S. Harris's plantation, two miles South of Warwick, owed Edmund Cunningham, another negro, the sum of four dollars.  The debtor was always impecunious, and could never meet his obligation to the creditor, so on Tuesday last Cunningham, growing tired of pestering Thomas, walked over to where the latter was at work, calmly took out his knife and cut the delinquent creditor's throat from ear to ear.  A Coroner's jury held an inquest, which elicited the above facts. The murderer took flight and has not as yet been apprehended. It is supposed he is hanging about Albany, but if he is he had better not put his head out.   


Cuthbert Appeal, 3 March 1882


COLEMAN STATION, Feb., 28, 1882.

Editor of the Appeal:

  One of the saddest events which has occurred in this community for years, took place last night, or this morning rather, about two o'clock.  It seems that a party of masked men was on the rampage, and visited first the house of Charles Hillman, (col.) and he being absent, they took his wife about one hundred yards from the house and whipped her severely after which they proceeded the house of Barry Lawrence (col.) who lives on Capt. Atkins place, and demanded entrance.  This being refused, they burst open the door and went in, where upon Lawrence discharged one barrel of his gun at the crowd.  One of the party fell at the door, and the others fled a short distance, but returned and recovered the wounded member.  They carried him some half a mile to New Hope church and laid down on the ground and left him, a lifeless corpse.  I found him in a short time after he was put there, and remained with him till day, when, I raised him to identify him.  I found it to be Leonidas Baily, a highly esteemed young man of our neighborhood.  It is not known who the other parties are.  Circumstances rendered it impracticable to wait to get a coroner to hold an inquest; Dr. W. T. Rogers was summoned, and made the following report:

  "Deceased came to his death by a gun shot wound, a portion of the charge entering the posterior portion of the head, fracturing and passing through the occipital bone, and entering the base of the brain;  It also ranged downward and entered the medulla oblongator suspending, I think, all motor power at once.  This one wound was sufficient to produce death.  There were several other smaller wounds but not entering the cranium."  D C. ANDREWS.


Weekly News & Advertiser, 22 April 1882


  John Gibson, a well-known negro carpenter, for the last ten years has been conducting a most spirited fight upon King Alcohol.  Many times John would get old Alky down and very often the tables were turned, and John would find himself hors de combat.  The fight did not end until Thursday morning, where, upon the bed which John had thrown himself in his usual state of booziness, he was found a stark and stiff corpse.   The coroner with his jury, held an inquest, and they did not have many witnesses to examine before they came to a decision that he died from too much drink.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 9 June 1882


ATLANTA, Ga., June 5. - The coroner of Falton county has just concluded an inquest over the body of Willis Ray, who died yesterday from the effects of wounds inflicted by Green Kirksey, about mid-night. Saturday, May 20th.  Kirksey and Willis Ray quarreled about a woman, when the former struck the latter on the head with an axe, causing fractures which extended in nearly a dozen directions, but, strange to say, Ray lived until yesterday.  Kirksey is in jail.


Americus Recorder, 21 July 1882


  From the Smithville correspondent of the Macon Telegraph we glean the following particulars of a case of poisoning at that place: Saturday night Simon Lewis, a quiet and inoffensive negro, died in convulsions, and his last words were to the effect that his wife had poisoned him.  Sunday, W, J Tillman, J.P., in the absence of a coroner, organized an inquest and proceeded to examine the facts.  The proof shewed that Simon and his wife had been at variance for some time, lived apart; that on the 5th instant his wife bought one-eighth of an ounce of strychnine, saying she wanted to kill rats.  Last Wednesday she told a friend that Simon had threatened her life; that, she was prepared for him; was not afraid of him, and they would hear from her.  On Saturday evening she met Simon.  He bought her one-half pint of whisky and they went off to themselves and had a long talk.  Saturday night she and Simon, about half past nine, went to a store, and Simon spent his last nickel to buy her a hat; then in a short time they went to church.  Simon was taken sick there, and on his way back he got so bad he had to stop and was carried to his house and died in convulsions.

  Lou was arrested and confessed to having given him the poison in some whisky.  The strychnine was found at her house and about twenty-five grains taken out of the bottle.  Dr. J. W. Clark has made a post mortem and will have the stomach analyzed.  In the meantime Lou was sent to jail.  The verdict of the jury was that Simon Lewis died from poison administered by his wife, Lou Lewis, and that she is guilty of murder.


Americus Recorder, 1 September 1882

  A skeleton of a human being was unearthed on Saturday by the hands of the Georgia Railroad extension at Athens.  Coroner Jennings was promptly on hand, but as it had probably been there for more than fifty years, he held no inquest.


Weekly News & Advertiser, 2 September 1882


Two weeks ago last Thursday Chillen Walker, son of Mr. George Walker, of Walker Station, this county, had a difficulty with a colored man named Dick Jackson, who was employed on Mr. Walker's place.  The colored man, it seems, had been using one of Mr. Walker's wagons, and the coupling pole got broken while in his charge.  When young Walker accosted the negro about breaking the wagon, the latter made some evasive and unsatisfactory answer.  This provoked a quarrel, which finally led to blows - young Walker taking up a piece of the coupling pole and striking the negro two licks over the head with it.  The negro was carried home, and on that Friday night he died.  Coroner Wilburn was notified, and held an inquest at which Dr. Hillman made a post mortem examination.  The verdict of the jury declared that Dick Jackson "came to his death from two blows on the head with a piece of coupling pole in the hands of Chillen Walker." The Coroner issued a warrant for Mr. Walker, on Saturday night, but since that time the young man had not been seen. The unfortunate affair is very much regretted by the many friends of Mr. George Walker, who is one of the best men in Dougherty county, and is deeply distressed over the occurrence.


  After the foregoing was written and put in type Mr. Walker came into the city on Tuesday, and surrendered himself to Sheriff Edwards.  He was carried immediately before Judge Warren on a motion for bail, who heard the case and fixed the bond at $1,000.


Weekly Sumter Republican, 6 October 1882

An I. Steyerman, a drummer for a Cincinnati whisky house, arrived in this city on Friday morning, about half past two o'clock and put up at the Commercial Hotel.  He was up early and after visiting some of the liquor dealers in town, and eating his breakfast, he was lost sight of.  It was thought by the proprietor of the hotel that he had gone into the country to one of the neighboring villages, to take orders, and nothing was thought of his disappearance.  Sunday, we learn, a number of flies were swarming around the water-closet, and a great stench ladened the atmosphere around, but it was thought to proceed from a hog pen.  On Monday morning some one discovered a man dead in one of the closets, and notice being given, an investigation developed the fact that the body was that of Mr. I. Steyerman.  He had been in there dead since Friday morning, and his body was terribly swollen, emitting a most disagreeable and offensive stench.  Disinfectants were used, the body removed from its close quarters, and Coroner Guerry, with his jury, held an inquest, the verdict of which was, "We, the jury, find the said I. 28Steyerman came to his death from some cause unknown to us." .  .  .

[See Weekly News & Advertiser, 7 October, for more details.]


Thomasville Times, 28 October 1882


  A colored man, name unknown, was found dead in the station house, near the guano depot, last Saturday.  He had evidently been murdered. -The Coroner, Mr. Johnson, being in town an inquest was held.  Dr. J. G. Hopkins, an examining physician, testified before the jury that the deceased came to his death by blows from some blunt instrument which crushed in the skull.  The dead man was short and stout, weighing about 140 lbs. very black, smooth face, and, apparently, about 20 years old.  He had a god ear ring in his left ear.  He was seen in company with two other negroes about town a day or two previous to the finding of the body.  The remains were kept until Monday, affording opportunity for identification.  They were viewed by a great many colored people, none, however, recognizing them. The jury rendered a verdict of death at the hands of some party or parties unknown.

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