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1882-1883

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 21 March 1882

An inquisition indented and taken at Helena in Newberry County on the 21 day of March AD 1882 Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of aforesaid County upon the view of the dead body of Hannah Kelly there and then being dead by the oath of J. W. Reagan, Simeon Nelson, Pink Williams, Caddie James, Alfred Taylor, Alfred P. Morris, Jeff Willson, James Mitchell, John Fletcher, Lang Werts, Sam Thompson, Solomon Harp, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Hannah Kelly came to her death on the 21 day of March AD 1882 from heart disease and old age and the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Hannah Kelly came to her death from heart disease and old age in witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.               E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County

John W. Reagan Foreman of jury, Simeon (X) Nelson, Pink (X) Williams, Caddie (X) James, Alfred (X) Taylor, Alfred (X) W. Morris, Jeff (X) Willson, James (X) Mitchell, John (X) Fletcher, Lang (X) Werts, Sam (X) Thompson, Solomon (X) Harp

   Sarah Irvin who being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday I found her sick. She wanted somebody to do something for her. She was suffering with a pain in her chest. About one o'clock; I saw her. I saw her last night about dark Mary Roberson found her dead this morning. I heard she was dead and came over to see if it was so I found it so.      Sarah Irvin

   Mary Roberson being duly sworn testifies: I was here last night. I said to her, "I will stay with you all night." She said, "No go home and rest your self. I am not so sick. I want to go to bed." I got up and went. She shut the door behind me. I come back this morning called at the door. She did not answer. I opened the door and come in and found her dead. I went out and raised the alarm that she was dead. She lives with her Grand daughter Fanny Dorrah but she was not at home. Had not been at home in a week. Mother had been suffering with a pain in her chest and with a fluttering at her heart for sometime. She was eighty-nine years old.          Mary Roberson

James K Gilder Being duly sworn testifies that: I have this day examined the body of Hannah Kelly and am of the opinion that she came to her death from some heart affection together with old age.   James K Gilder March 21 1882

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 16 June 1882

An inquisition indented and taken at Jack Perkins Plantation on the 16th day of June AD 1882 Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of aforesaid County upon the view of the dead body of Ida Williams there and then being dead by the oaths of E. W. Evans, G. L. Neal, J. C. Neel, Louie Creed, Rolin Mayes, Sam Buberfone[?], Axe[?] Young, Wm Williams, Frank Glenn, John Hair, George Grigsby?, Squire Caldwell, Wm. Reid, West Williams, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Ida Williams came to her death upon their oaths do say the said Ida Williams came to her death on the 15 day of June AD 1882 from suffocation whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.                 E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County.

E. W. Evans Foremen of jury, G. L. Neal J. C. Neel Louie Credy, Rolin (X) Mayes, Sam (X) Bubersanef?], Axe M Young, Wm (X) Williams, Frank M Glenn, John (X) Hair, George (X) Grigsby[?], Squire (X) Caldwell Wm. (X) Reed, West (X) Williams

   John Williams Being duly sworn testifies: Our baby had been sick for about two weeks and I and my wife had concluded to send for a doctor and yesterday June 15th it seemed to be somewhat better and after dinner we left it in the house and went to the field to work and never came to the house until dark. Last night when we came home wife picked the child up and found it was dead. It was in the cradle and she found some cover (over) its head. There was no one in the house to the best of my knowledge except a small girl child about 3 years old.         John Williams

   Sarah Williams being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday at dinnertime I left my baby seemingly

well. Ida Williams is her name. Her age ten months old. I left her in the cradle with a thin cloth over her face and a quilt over the cradle. I never came to my house until dark last night. When I took her from the cradle I found she was dead and the quilt was over face. To my knowledge there was no one in the house except about 3 years old girl.                Sarah Williams

   George Garrett Being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday afternoon Sarah Williams and myself were hoeing cotton for Mr. Jacob Perkins and about dark she went to her house and I went to Mr. Perkins'. I heard her cry her child was dead. She had the child in her arms. I left Mr. Perkins house and went to hers. I never put my hands upon the child. Three or four person around went to the house ahead of me. George Garrett

Dr James K Gilder Being duly sworn testifies that: This is to certify that I have this day June 16th 1882 examined the body of Ida Williams and am of the opinion that she came to her death from suffocation. James K. Gilder

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 7 November 1882

An inquisition indented and taken at F. M. Dominick Plantation in Township No six in Newberry County on the 7th day of Nov AD 1882 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of James Britt there and then being dead by the oaths J. E. Cooly, Jefferson Davenport, 0. P. Hendrix, D. Champion, H. B. Hendrix, W. S. Mann, T. L. Harp, J. H. Hendrix, J. L. C. Davenport, D. N. Senn, L. P. Hendrix, J. L. Butler. Being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said James Britt came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said James Britt came to his death on the 6th day of Nov AD 1882 from the explosion of a steam engine In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

J. E. Cooly Foreman of jury, Jefferson Devenport, G. P. Hendrix, D. Champion, H. B. Hendrix, W. S. Mann, T. L. Harp, J. L Hendrix, J. L. C. Davenport, D. N. Senn, L. P. Hendrix, J. L. Butler

G. P. McEntire Being duty sworn testifies: I heard the report of the explosion of the boiler. I heard James Britt say he had on 115 pounds of steam awhile before the explosion and said he was going to put on 125 lbs to experiment with the inspiration to see if it would work. I do not think it safe to have more than 90 lbs of steam. 60 lbs would run it. The explosion occurred Nov 6th 1882. The sun was between a half and an hour high at the time.  G. P. McEntire

   R. C. Reeder being duly sworn testifies: I rode up to the mill a few minutes before the explosion and James Britt said he was doing more than any one else had done. He had on 110 lbs of steam and the inspiration was still working. I was about thirty feet from the boiler when it exploded. He said he had to put on weights to keep the steam in. The next thing I heard him say was there was no fun in piling irons on that thing. This was after he was carried to the house. I think the explosion was caused by James Britt experimenting with it. The explosion occurred about an hour by sun. Nov 6, 1882, K. C. Reeder                                                                                        

Dr. D. W. Patten being duly sworn testifies: I have examined the body of James Britt with a view to ascertain the cause of his death and find that death was the result of injuries produced by the explosion of a steam engine. He died 25 minutes before 10 o'clock and about five hours after receiving the injuries Nov 7th 1882.           D. W. Patton

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 23 February 1883

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Courthouse in Newberry County the 23rd of February AD 1883 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said county upon view of the dead body of Robert Cannon of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths D. M. Ward foreman, H. Singleton, H. 0. N. Harrington, R. C. Wright, W. M. Lane, W. H. Fallow, Simeon Pratt, Paul Johnson, J. W. Coppock, R. B. Holman, J. S. Reid, Isaiah Jones, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Robert Cannon came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Robert Cannon came to his death by means of a wound inflicted on the left side of the head near the junction of the left parietal with the occipital bone - said wound being inflicted with a knife blade the same having penetrated to depth of about one inch and so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Robert Cannon came to his death by the wound inflicted by a knife as aforesaid said knife being in the hands of Anthony Henly and that the said Anthony Henly did then and there feloniously did kill the said Robert Cannon against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid in witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our bands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

D. M. Ward Foreman of jury, H. Singleton, H. 0. N. Harrington, K C. Wright, W. M. Lane, W. H. Fallow, Simeon Pratt, Paul Johnson, J. W. Coppock, K B. Holman, J. L. Reid, Isaiah Jones
   Archie Moats being duly sworn testifies and says that: On last night Thursday night, one week ago, the 15th inst about ½ past 12 o'clock as I was going from the Hodge school house some boys were fighting on the railroad track. I got near them. Bob Cannon said this boy has hit me and I must have my lick back. I know the boys name was Henly but do not know what else. His father's name is Bob Henly. I saw him strike Bob Cannon but did not see any knife. The moon was shining. All went off then toward the bridge.      Archie Moats

   William Wesley sworn says: As I was coming from the school house on the night of the 15 inst I saw Marcus McCleland and Jim Eichelberger and Robert Cannon fighting. Anthony Henly Marcus. Jim and Robert struck Anthony Henly on the head with sticks. Anthony ran and Robert ran after him with a stick I saw Robert strike Anthony with a stick on the head. Anthony then ran through the gate, his father's gate. After he got in the yard he said, "Oh yes I have fixed you." He was then speaking to Robert. Then Robert Cannon came on back up the railroad and went through Jack Thompson's land to the schoolhouse. Did not see any boy hit Robert Cannon on the head with a knife or anything else. Did not see any one with a knife. Did not hear Robert speak of his head being hurt.  William (X) Wesley

   William Marshal sworn says: On the night of the supper I saw Marcus McCleland, Jim Eichelberger and Robert Cannon all fighting. Anthony Henly beating him with sticks, striking him on the head and shoulder. I went and didnot see any more of the fight. Did not see a knife. William (X) Marshal

   Anthony Henly sworn say that on Thursday night a week ago (15 inst) I first saw Robert Cannon, Jim Eichelberger, Marcus McCleland at the Hodge school about 11 or 12 o'clock. These boys all came to me and Robert Cannon struck me the first lick. Jim James also hit me with a stick of oak then run. Robert Cannon hit me with a hailing on the head. He started to hit me another time and I struck him on the head with the knife. Did not know the knife blade was broke out until after I went into the house and went to shut the blade. Robert struck me after I hit him with the knife. I told him they thought I had cut him with the knife. He said no I had not. Robert was thicker but no higher than me. Robert was fighting me at the schoolhouse before I went home. III never hit him at the schoolhouse.             Anthony (X) Henly

The State of South Carolina, county of Newberry Personally appeared Samson Pope MD and James K. Gilder MD and swore oath that they have made a post mortem examination on the body of Robert Cannon deceased aforesaid that he came to his death by reason of a wound inflicted on the left side of the head near the junction of the left parietal with the occipital bone. Said wound being inflicted with a knife blade the same being penetrated to the brain to a depth of about one inch and having been broken off (the blade of the knife) and remaining in said wound Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23rd day of February AD 1883.  Drs. J. K Gilder. Sampson Pope.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 29 May 1883

An inquisition indented taken at Mrs. McKeller's plantation in Township No. One in Newberry County the 29 day of May AD 1883 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Eliza Chalmers there and then being dead by the oaths James H. Aull, William B. Aull, S. B. Aull, Wm. Bradley, Prince Cannon, Tom Caldwell, Gilbert Caldwell, Harry Clark, Henry Michel, Henry Cannon, Wm. Lee, Cuffee Boyd, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Eliza Chalmers came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Eliza Chalmers came to her death by a pistol wound in the head by her own bands so the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Eliza Chalmers came to her death by a pistol wound in the head by her own hands in witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner, aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

William B. Aull Foreman of the jury, James H. Aull, S. B. Aull, Wm. (X) Bradley, Prince (X) Cannon, Tom (X) Caldwell, Gilbert (X) Caldwell, Harry (X) Clark, Henry (X) Michel, Henry (X) Cannon, Wm. (X) Lee, Cuffee (X) Boyd

   Mary Chalmers being duly sworn says: She was standing upon the table and put the pistol down and the deceased took up the pistol and shot herself. I was up at quilt shelf looking for the sugar about eight o'clock on the morning of May 28th when the accident occurred. Mary (X) Chalmers

   Sam Chalmers being duly sworn says I was not at home when the accident occurred. Was at Mr. Hays' hoeing cotton. I do not know how the accident occurred. I found the child on the floor shot. I left my pistol on the shelf. I did not see the pistol on the floor. When I found it again it was on the shelf.    Sam (X) Chalmers

Cinda Chalmers being duly sworn says: I went to the field yesterday morning May 28th and was called to by one of my children who said my child Eliza shot herself. And a small child of mine said Eliza shot herself and was lying on the floor with her fare down with the pistol in her hand. Mary put the pistol up on the shelf Eliza the deceased was five years old. Cinda (X) Chalmers
Dr J. Wm Folk who being duly sworn says: He examined the body of Eliza Chalmers, about 5 years old. That he found a wound above the left eye and upon dissection found a round wound as though inflicted by pistol ball. He introduced a probe and found the depth of 6 inches alone sufficient to produce death besides the wounding of arteries of the brain. Found powder stain around the edge of wound indicating the pistol to have been in close contact as those who shoot themselves either accidental or intentional.          J. Wm. Folk MD

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County. 26 June 1883

An inquisition indented and taken at Newberry courthouse in Newberry County on the 26 day of June AD 1883 before F. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Sam Johnson there and then being dead by the oaths of R. H. Lovelace, R. P. Caldwell, S. J. Wooten, H. H Kinard, J. S. Harris, W. R Miller, L. F. Longshore, James Saxon, Philip Emerage, Robert Simkins, Green Jones, John Davis being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina how and by what means the said Sam Johnson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Sam Johnson came to his death by a congestive chill so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Sam Johnson came to his death by a congestive chill June 26th 1883 in witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

R. R Lovelace, Foreman of jury, R- P. Caldwell S. I. Wooten, H. H. Kinard, J. S. Hair, Jr., W.

H. Miller, L. F. Longshore, James (X) Saxon, Phillip (X) Emerage, Robert (X) Simkins, Green (X) Jones, John (X) Davis

   Henry Lawson, being duly sworn says Sam Johnson told some body he had a chill Monday at Prosperity and Pomaria. Capt told him all those that wanted a doctor could get him late yesterday evening. He called for water. It was given to him and he drank about two quarts. Got to Newberry. Called for more water. Nobody gave it to him. I went off stayed until about 12 O'clock. I lay under the Car. About daylight I went to splitting wood. I went into the cab and called Sam and found Sam dead, one foot stretched out one arm stretched out. When called (he) did not answer. Jimmie said he called Sam before day. He was grunting. He asked him how he was feeling. "Oh very sick". Did not want him to talk to him. I went to hunt for Aunt Mary Reives. Henry (X) Lawson                                                                                                             

J. K. Gilder being duly sworn certifies that I made an examination of the body of Sam Johnson and I am of the opinion that he came to his death from Malarial  J. K. Gilder, MD. Newberry So. Ca. June 26, 1883.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 21 September 1883

An inquisition indented and taken at Mr. F. M. Dominick's Plantation in Township No. Seven, on the 21 day of Sept AD 1883. Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Jack Burton there and then being dead by the oaths of J. M. Workman, D. Champion, J. C. Reeder, Hessie Pitts, Tom Burton, Swain Satterwhite, Amos Sheppard, Elmore Mays, Gus Thomas, Willis Lark, Levi Ebo, Fayette Pitts being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina how and by what means the said Jack Burton came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jack Burton came to his death at Jim Larkin's on the 20 day of Sept AD 1883 by the falling of timber which caused injuries to vital organs situated within the chest in witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.               E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County.

J. M. Workman, Foreman of jury, D. Champion, J. C. Reeder, Hessie (X) Pitts, Tom (X) Burton, Swain (X) Satterwhite, Amos (X) Sheppard, Elmore (X) Mays, Gus (X) Thomas, Willis (X) Lark, Levi (X) Ebo, Fayette (X) Pitts

    Sam Chapel being duly sworn testifies: We were taking down a screw. We had it all down but the four posts and went to shove it all down at once but could not do it. Then we shoved one side at a time, I at one side and Mack at the other. Jack was in the middle between us two. I said, "Jack, you had better come out from there." He said there was no danger. I told him I would not run the risk. I don't know whether he tried to get out or not. It fell slow. It did not fall immediately. I did not know he was in there until he hollered. It was going down when I saw him. I don't know whether he was trying to get out or not. I did not think there was any danger then until he hollered. We then got him out as quick as we could. He drew a few breaths after we got him out but I saw he was dying. This was done at James Larkin's on the 20 day of September 1883 about 10 o'clock am. Mr. Dominick sent word to move him home.  Sam Chappell                 

   Mack Burton being duly sworn testifies: We went to push down the screw. Sam was on one side, me on the other. We were tearing it down for Mr. Dominick. Sam told brother Jack to get out from under there. He did not know whether there was any danger or not but to get out. He said no, there was no danger. When it fell Jack said "Lord" two or three times. Sam held up the post and I pulled him out. He was not hard to get out. It was at Mr. James Larkin's in Township No. Seven, Newberry County SC the 20 day of September 1883 about ten o'clock am.  Mack Burton
Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn testifies: There is no evidence of external injury except a broken leg as my opinion that death was caused by injuries to vital organs situated within the chest this 21 day of Sept 1883.  D. W. Patton

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 10 October 1883

An inquisition indented and taken at Dr. John Thompson place on the l0 day of Oct 1883 AD, in Township No. 7 Newberry County Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of an infant Willie Gallman there and then being dead by the oaths of J. W. Reeder, Moses Spearman, George Turner, Robert Davis, William Davenport, Wiss Bates, Admond Nelson, Larkin Boozer, Press. Werts, Butler Stewart, Fed Dorroh, Mack Wair Being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Willie Gallman came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Willie Gallman came to his death on the I0th day of Oct AD 1883 at Dr. John. Thompson's place by suffocation. In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County.

J. W. Reeder, foreman of jury, Moses Spearman, George Turner, Robert Davis, William (X) Davenport, Wiss (X) Bates, Admond M Nelson, Press (X) Werts, Butler (X) Stewart, Larkin (X) Boozer, Fed (X) Dorroh Mack (X) Wair

   Lizzie Gallman being duly sworn says: When I went out this morning I left my child on the bed well and hearty. It was about 8 O'clock when I came back. I found it dead. It was about half past 9 O'clock. I raised an alarm, which brought Mrs. Dr. Thompson and Miss Minnie Chosswell and Maggie Anderson.  Lizzie (X) Gallman

   Mrs. L. V. Thompson being duly sworn says: Lizzie called me about half past 9 O'clock and said that her child was dead. I went down there and found the child in her arms. She asked me what she must do for it to bring it to life. I told her to blow in it mouth and I went to get her some warm water to bath it. While gone she called and said that it had opened it eyes once and she brought it in the house. But nothing could be done for it.  She was always devoted to the child. Mrs. L. V. Thompson

Dr. John Thompson being duly sworn says: I examined the child Willie Gallman. I could find no mark of external violence but that he died from asphyxia having been suffocated by the bed clothing.       John M. Thompson, MD

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 20 November 1883

An inquisition indented and taken at Caroline Boozer's plantation in Township No. Six on the 20 day of Nov 1883 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Amy Pitts there and then being dead by the oaths of D. M. S. Boozer, Thomas N. Boozer, H. M. Boozer, George Workman, Tom Peterson, Fed. Kenney, Hamp Mitchell, Werd. Reeder, Alfred Reeder, Henry Mingo, Hamp Hamilton, Simon Johnson Being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Amy Pitts came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Amy Pitts came to her death on the 19 day of Nov 1883 at Caroline Boozer plantation from heart dropsy. In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

D. M. S. Boozer Foreman of Jury, Thomas N. Boozer, H. M. Boozer, George (X) Workman, Tom (X) Peterson, Fed. (X) Kenney, Hamp (X) Mitchell, Werd. (X) Reeder, Alfred (X) Reeder, Henry (X) Mingo, Hamp (X) Hamilton, Simon (X) Johnson

   Emma Mingo being duly sworn testifies that: On yesterday afternoon Nov 19th I started to see her, Amy Pitts, coming down the road between Dr. Boozer and Mrs. Caroline Boozer about 50 yards in front of me. Saw her fall I came up to her and called her. She did not answer. I left her and came on to tell her children. When they got back she was dead.  Emma Mingo

   May Philips Being duly sworn says that: Amy left home yesterday morning about 9 o'clock seemed yesterday morning[?] than she had for sometime.  Mary Philips

   Burr Wilson Being duly sworn testifies: She had been sick for some time before her death. Had several fainting spells shortness of breath. Had Dr. Gilder to see her before. Burr Wilson

Dr. J. K. Gilder being duly sworn says: I have examined Amy Pitts now lying dead and upon examination find that she came to her death from heart disease (Aortic obstruction.  James K. Gilder MD November 20, 1883

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