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Colonial Cases

1884-1885

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 26 January 1884

An inquisition indented and taken on the C&G Railroad near Newberry CH on the 26 day of January AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Joe Bowers there and then being dead by the oaths of S. S. Langford, J. B. Clary, J. R. Davidson, G. H. Anderson, James J. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, G. W. Johnson, D. C. Reid, J. H. Humphreys, E. H. Kingsmore, J. S. Longshore, J. Q. Whitman 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 Joe Bowers came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Joe Bowers came to his death on the night of 25 by being run over by the cars 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.

S. S. Langford Foreman of Jury, J. B. Clary, J. R. Davidson, G. H. Anderson, James J. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, G. W. Johnson, D. C. Reid, J. H. Humphreys, E. H. Kingsmore, J. S. Longshore, J. Q. Whitman

   J. K. Gilder being duly sworn testifies that: I examined the dead body of Joseph Bowers and am of the opinion that he came to his death wounds caused by a train of cars passing over his body on the C&G. Railroad.       J. K Gilder, M. D. Jan 26th 1884

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County. 10 January 1884

An inquisition indented and taken at Mike Kinard's place commencing on the I0th day of Jan AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Laura Kinard then and there being dead by the oaths of J. R. Davidson, A. J. S. Langford, John Cousins, J. S. Longshore, Tom Buzhardt, Lanson Paysinger, J. Q. Whitman, A. B. Cromer, D. C. Ried, J. F. Schumpert, J. W. Davenport, W. E. Longshore being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Laura Kinard came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Laura Kinard came to her death from burning and other cause unknown to the jurors. The jurors adjourned to meet the 26h of Jan 1884 and then adjourned to meet the 9th day of Feb 1884. The jurors met on the 9th and came to the aforesaid conclusion that said Laura Kinard came to her death from burning and other causes unknown to the jurors 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. R. Davidson, Foreman of jury, A. J. S. Langford, John Cousins, J. S. Longshore, Tom Buzhardt, Lanson Paysinger, J. Q. Whitman, A. B. Cromer, D. C. Ried, J. F. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, J. W. Davenport

   Butler Kinard being duly sworn testifies: Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 about 1/2 hour by sun I do my own feeding. She commonly got up when I did generally about sunup. When I had fed my mules I came back to the yard. She had not opened her door or window. She was living in one house and Father and myself in another. Father was up when I came back to the yard. A small boy who we keep was here when I got back from the lot named Henry Stevens about 10 years old. One of us called him and said to him to knock at the door and see why sister did not get up. He did so and received no answer. I then went myself and knocked several times and received no reply. Then father said to me to get an axe and knock the door or window open and see what was the matter. I took the axe and opened the window to see and put this boy Henry in at the window. He said Miss Laura is in the fire. So I said come out - let me go in. I jumped in the window myself and went to the door and opened it and walked to the fireplace where she was lying. Seeing her head in the fireplace I turned her over. She seemed to have been there for some time. She was perfectly stiff. I then said she was burned to death. By this time father came in and picked her up in his lap and held her for some time. The doors and windows were fastened. I broke open one window. She was not undressed but had her shoes off. She generally sat in a chair near the fire and slept instead of going to bed. I never heard her complain of being sick. She was subject to colitis but not fainting. We had supper about dark and she shut her doors shortly after this as if to retire as was her custom. Betsy Kinard came in after father did in sister's house. She always ate by herself in her house.  J. B. Kinard

   Mike Kinard being duly sworn testifies that: on Tuesday eve Jan 8th 1884 about 6 O'clock my daughter Laura Kinard complained of having a slight headache. I gave her a composition powder to make her tea of to cure it. She made some. I cannot say whether she drank it or not but found a small quantity in the pot Wednesday morning near the fireplace, she having burned to death on Tuesday night Jan 8"' 1884. My daughter was 43 years of age. She would not drink a mouthful of water brought by anyone not even in my house. Never allowed anyone to cook for her. She was of a perfectly sane mind.  M. W. Kinard

   Betsy Kinard being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 about ½ hour by sun I saw Laura Kinard lying in the fireplace with face downward. Her brother Butler Kinard lifted her in her fathers lap. I caught her by the feet and assisted in putting her in her Pa's lap. I spread a counterpane on the floor and we put her on it and I picked the burned pieces of cloth from her body, which was scorched. My daughter Jane and myself dressed her. No white person assisted us as Mr. Kinard said he wanted no one to help. Mr. Kinard never went to bed until near 12 o'clock. Complained of having headache. Butler went to bed in half hour after supper about seven o'clock. About dark Miss Laura sent Wade Hampton, my son about 4 years old, to Mr. Kinard's house opposite hers for some composition tea. He sent a cup full and on Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 some of the tea was found in the pot in the comer of the chimney. Cannot say whether she took any or not. The tea was used for colds and aching in the limbs. My daughter Jane Stevens came in after Mr. Kinard and Butler and myself into Miss Laura's room.      Betsy (X) Kinard

   Jane Stevens being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning soon after sunup I heard persons crying about the yard. I live about 60 yards from the yard. I came up and Mr. Kinard and Butler and my mother Betsey Kinard, was in Miss Laura's room and I came in and saw Miss Laura on Mr. Kinard's lap and she was dead - had burned to death on Tuesday night Jan 8th 1884. My Mother and myself spread a blanket and sheet on the floor and we put Miss Laura on them and covered her up.  Jane (X) Stevens

   Henry Stevens being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning about sunup Jan 9th 1884 1 came to Miss Laura Kinard door and called her several times and knocked at the door and she never answered. I then went to Mr. Butler Kinard and told him I could not wake her. By knocking at the door he could get no answer. He went around the house and prided the window open with an axe and helped me in the window. I saw her lying in the fire on her face - all or nearly all of the cloths being burnt off and she dead.  Henry (X) Stevens

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 18 February 1884

An inquisition indented and taken at R. W. Atchison's plantation in Township No. Six in Newberry County on 18 day of Feb AD 1884 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Martha Goodman there and then being dead by the oaths of P. B. Workman, John A. Davenport, J. S. McClung, J. S. Pitts, T. S. Davenport, D. Champion, M. Q. Chapell, R. W. Atchison, H. J. Moats, D. N. Senn, C. N. Humphry, M. J. Longshore who being a lawful jury charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Martha Goodman came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Martha Goodman came to her death by morphine poisoning taken by her own hand and so the jurors aforesaid do say that aforesaid Martha Goodman in the manner and form aforesaid then and there voluntarily and feloniously herself did kill 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 hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County.

P. B. Workman, Foreman of jury, John H. Davenport, J. S. McClung, J. S. Pitts, T. S. Davenport, D. Champion, M. Q. Chappell, R. W. Atchison, H. J. Moats, D. N. Senn, C. N. Humphrys, M. J. Longshore

   S. W. Goodman being duly sworn says she has been taking morphine for eight years ever since we have been married. Last night she had two table spoonfuls and I told her if she would throw it in the fire and never take any more I would do any thing for her she asked me to do. The answer she gave me, "I intend to take it until I kill myself with it."  That was about half past eight o'clock when she taken it at half past ten o'clock I heard the baby cry and I called her but she did not answer. I got up and went to her and found she was dead. I don't know where she got it. I never bought any for her in my life. When she had taken much morphine she would not cook nor eat supper. I saw her take it one spoonful at a time. She would generally take a half spoonful at a time. I did not see her go to bed. I don't think she ever got to bed. It did not look like she had been on it. As soon as I found she was dead I called Mr. Watts and went for Miss Griffin. She told me she never would be satisfied until she was dead and she was going to kill herself. I asked her reasons but she would not tell.   S. W. Goodman.

   James Watts being duly sworn says: last night Mr. Goodman called me and said come down to my house. I believe my wife is dead. It was about eleven o'clock when I got there. She was lying on the floor dead. I never heard any threats no way. It was the seventeenth night of Feb AD 1884.        James Watts

Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn says: It is my opinion she Martha Goodman came to her death by Morphine Poisoning.  D. W. Patton.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 12 August 1884

An inquisition indented and taken on G. B. Reagan's plantation in Township No. Eight in Newberry County on the 12th day of August 1884 AD before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Peter Shell there and then being dead by the oaths of Henry Hendrix, L. H. Roberson, J. R. Glenn, T. F. Hendrix, J. D. Nelson, Armster Dembo, Nathan Russell, Solomon Harp, Madison Spearman, Johnson Williams, Edmon Satterwhite, Jeff Wheeler who being a lawful jury charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Peter Shell came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Peter Shell came to his death from internal hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a blood vessel. 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

Henry Hendrix, Foreman of jury, L. H. Roberson, J. R. Glenn, T. F. Hendrix, J. D. Nelson, Armster Dembo, Nathan Russell, Solomon Harp, Madison Spearman, Johnson Williams, Edmon Satterwhite, Jeff Wheeler

   G. B. Reagan being duly sworn testifies: I saw Peter Shell fall across the doubletree of the wagon and I called to someone to pick him up. Mack Tucker caught hold of him and raised him up but he could not stand. I told them to wet his face He drew one or two breaths and was dead. I have never heard of any threats nor any difficulty. I heard of Peter having a spell and falling last week. This happened about dark on the 11th of Aug 1884.         G. B. Reagan         

   Mack Tucker being duly sworn testifies: Peter was holding to the bag while his son in law measured the wheat out of the barrel and he straightened up the bag and he fell backward and died. I heard of no foul play, no threats nor anything of the kind.    Mack Tucker

J. K. Gilder being duly sworn testifies: I have examined the dead body of Peter Shell and am of the opinion that he came to his death from internal hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.  Jas. K. Gilder, MD. August 12th 1884

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 27 August 1884

An inquisition indented and taken on the C&G rail road near Silver Street on the 27h day of Aug AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Cornelias Anderson there and then being dead by the oaths T. J. Maffett, D. B. Werts, W. E. Welch, J. S. Russell, J. F. Schumpert, C. D. Reid, A. J. S. Langford, Doc, Chess Benson, Joe Hunter, Dave Harp, Joe Christie 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 Cornelias Anderson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Cornelias Anderson came to his death accidentally from the falling of dirt upon him. 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.

T. J. Maffett, Foreman of jury, D. B. Werts, W. E. Welch, J. S. Russell, J. F. Schumpert, C. D, Reid, A. J. S. Langford, Doc (X), Chess (X) Benson, Joe (X) Hunter, Dave (X) Harp, Joe (X) Christie

   J. H. Turner being duly sworn testifies: Cornelias Anderson is an employee of the C&G R.R. and under my charge. (He) had been picking dirt for the purpose of ballast. I had he and Perry Weir picking dirt together. I had started back to stop them but the crush came before I got to them and Perry said the dirt had fallen on Cornelias. I ordered the hands to undirt him. He was dead. It was not more then five minutes from the time the dirt fell on him until he was uncovered. The hands were picking in a cut about one mile west from Silver Street. . H. Turner
   Perry Weir being duly sworn testifies: Cornelias and I were picking dirt together. He had stopped and had picked up his shovel for the purpose of___out the ballast. I stepped back and said to him to look out - to jump from the dirt, which was falling. But (Cornelius) was caught and covered up completely. The height of the bank was about 9 feet. A very large bulk fell upon him - larger than a hogshead. He had been employed upon the road only a few days. He was crushed in a sitting position. Every thing was perfectly friendly between the hands. We had dug under the bank about four feet. He was 23 years old and unmarried.  Perry (X) Weir

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 26 October 1884

An inquisition indented and taken on the plantation of Buck Saterwhite deceased in Township No. Six on the 26h day of Oct AD 1884 in before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Hampton Williams there and then being dead by the oaths J E. Cooley, John Brown, T. J. Devenport, Job Devenport, C. N. Humphrey, Sidney Dominick, J. H. Wicker, J. B. O. Waldrop, Jim Satterwhite, Simon Jones, Vander Leek, William Griffin 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 Hampton Williams came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Hampton Williams came to his death from a fire bum accidentally. 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. Cooley, Foreman of jury, John D. Brown, T. J. Davenport, Job Davenport, C. N. Humphrey, Sidney Dominick, J. H. Wicker, J. B. O. Waldrop, Jim (X) Satterwhite, Simon (X) Jones, Vander (X) Leek, William (X) Griffin

   Oct 26h 1884. Lou Williams being duly sworn says: I stepped out to get some wood and left him and the baby playing and when I came back he was burnt. He was dead. My husband was with Mr. Davenport ginning. The fire was gone out when I came back, all but a few sparks. I had been going out and leaving them before. Hampton would have been 3 years old two weeks before Christmas. This happened Friday the 24th of Oct 1884 about sundown. Lou Williams

 

 

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 9 November 1884

An inquisition indented taken at the residence of J. B. Floyd deceased in Newberry County the 9th day of November AD 1884 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Charles J. Floyd of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths Henry Hendrix, M. C. Longshore, David Pitts, J. H. Hendrix, G. P. Hendrix, J. T. Smith, J. W. Davenport, P. B. Boland, J. W. McCullough, W. E. Longshore, W. B. Moats, C. W. Senn 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 Charles J. Floyd came to his death upon their oaths do say that Charles J. Floyd came to his death by a gunshot wound on J. M. Workman's place in this county on the 8th day of Nov AD 1884 by a shot gun accidentally fired by J. Y. Floyd. That Charles J. Floyd in manner and form aforesaid came to his death by misfortune or accident in witness whereof I, E. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands & seals the day and year above mentioned. E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

Henry Hendrix, Foreman of jury, M. C. Longshore, David Pitts, J. H. Hendrix, J. T. Smith, J. W. McCullough, P. B. (X) Boland, G. P. Hendrix, W. E. Longshore, W. B. Moats, C. W. Senn, J. W Davenport
   J. W. Workman being duly sworn testifies: On yesterday the 8th day of Nov 1884  J. Y. Floyd, C J. Floyd, J. B. Floyd and myself were bird hunting on my place. We were crossing the field together C. J. Floyd was on my left also J. Y. Floyd and J. B. Floyd on my right. We were near the ditch. J. Y. Floyd and J. B. Floyd crossed the ditch I had lost sight of C. J. Floyd. At that time a covey of birds were flushed there were 2 shots fired. After the shots were fired I asked J. Y. Floyd where C. J. Floyd was. He said he did not know. Then I called Charley. He did not answer I told the boys I believed they had shot Charley. Yancy said, My God, I recon not." I think I reached Charley first. Yancy and Barney came right off. We found Charley lying on his back. He was not dead. I do not know who fired the shot but I think that J. Y. Floyd or J. B. Floyd fired the shot I suppose. I was about 18 or 19 steps from Charley. Yancy and Barney were nearer Charley than I was. I think the shot entered about the upper part of the left eye. There was no unpleasantness between any of the parties that was with us. I had him sent to his home. He did not die until he got home.  J. W. Workman

   James B. Floyd being duly sworn says: J. M. Workman, Brother Charley Yancy and myself were hunting. Just as Yancy and myself crossed the branch the birds flew up. I shot once and Yancy shot twice. Mr. Workman called Charley and got no answer. He then said boys, "I believe you have shot Charley." Yancy said, "My God I hope not." Mr. Workman ran towards Charley, also Yancy and myself. We found Charley on his back with a shot over his left eye. He was not dead. I am satisfied that the shot that hit Charley was fired by Yancy. Charley was brought home in Mr. J. M. Workman's wagon. He died about dark - the sun was about ¾ of an hour high when he was shot.  J. B. Floyd

   J. Y. Floyd being duly sworn says: J. M. Workman, C. J. Floyd, J. B. Floyd and myself were bird hunting on J. M. Workman's place yesterday the 8th of Nov. There was a little drain with a good many cane and brushes around it. We all came up on one side. Barney and myself crossed the drain. Just as I crossed a covey of birds flew up in front of me and flew up the drain on the side. Barney and myself were on. I shot and killed one bird. I do not remember whether I shot more (than) once or not. I shot I shot up the drain with a little angle across. After I shot J. M. Workman came over on the side I was on. He spoke and said,"Have you not shot Charley?" At that time I heard a groan. I said, "My God surely not." All of us ran up to where we thought the groan was and found Charley on his back in a little path that crossed the drain. He was not dead at that time but died about dark soon after we got him home. Charley was found in the direction I shot as near as I can remember.  J. Y. Floyd

J. M. Thompson, M.D. being duly sworn says that: C. J. Floyd came to his death from a shot that passed through the upper edge of the left eye all through the skull into the brain. John M. Thompson

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 10 December 1884

An inquisition indented and taken at Helena in Newberry County before J. N. Bass Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Ransom Golden then and there being dead by the oaths R. H. Greneker Jr., John R. Perdew, Gary Anderson, P. H. Duckett, Pope Merchant, 0. P. Saxon, C. J. Zoble, J. D. Shockley, B. E. Julian, S. J. Welch, B. P. Mathews, R. S. Satterwhite being a lawful Jury of Inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Ransom Golden came to his death and upon their oaths do say that on the 9th day of December A.D. one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-four The deceased came to his death by the falling of a tree cut by Henry Carpenter Sr. being purely accidental. J. N. Bass, Coroner

R. H. Greneker Jr., John R. Perdew, Gary Anderson, J. D. Shockley, P. H. Duckett, Pope Merchant, O. P. Saxon, C. J. Zobel, B. E. Julian, S. J. Welch, B. P. Mathews, R. S. Satterwhite
   Henry Carpenter being duly sworn says: As I was cutting a tree on the left side I turned to the right cut, as I found the tree was not going as I thought. I said, Look out. The tree was about ten inches in circumference. As I said look out, he ran from his work. The tree fell on him. The body of the tree was lying across his head. He never said any thing. All this happened in Newberry County State of South Carolina.  Henry (X) Carpenter

   Benjamin Linsey being sworn said: Henry Carpenter said, "Look out." Mr. Carpenter was holding the tree. He ran from his work and the tree fell on his head. He never spoke. Benj. (X) Linsey

   Major Thomas being sworn says: I went to Henry Carpenter's. When he said, "Come here boys. Golden is hurt. Help me to move the tree off him."                 Major (X) Thomas

   Henry Carpenter Jr. being sworn says: When I got there Father was rubbing his face. I do not know how he got to the house.   Henry (X) Carpenter

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Ransom Golden and find that he came to his death from a fracture of the skull bone.  Jas. K. Gilder M.D.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 21 January 1885

An inquisition indented and taken at Newberry Court House before John N. Bass Coroner for said county, upon view of the body of Nellie Higgins then and there being dead by the oaths of J. S. Russell, P. H. Duckett, J. H. Todd, J. P. Fant, Frank Jones, James Coats, J. J. Sutton, B. L. Lane, P. F. Baxter, R. T. Caldwell, Conley McSwain, Henry Spearman, David Hailstock, Sam Cannon being a lawful jury of Inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Nellie Higgins came to her death and upon their oaths do say that on the twenty-first day of January A. D. 1885, One thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, the deceased came to her death in accordance with the testimony by organic disease of the heart.    John N. Bass, coroner J. S. Russell, B. L. Lane, P. F. Baxter, Conley McSwain, R. T. Caldwell, J. J. Sutton, Frank Jones, P. H. Duckett, J. P. Fant, Henry Spearman, J. Henry Todd, Jas Coats, David Hailstock, Sam Cannon

Testimony before the inquest of Nellie Higgins:

   R. E. Williams being duly sworn says: In the hall of Mr. M. Foot she fell while standing waiting the ceremony. R. E. Williams.

   Richard Higgins being duly sworn says: She has been suffering with asthma last night. Was on her knees last night. She is subject to spells of asthma. Says Dr. O. B. Mayer Jr. has attended her.
 Richard (X) Higgins

   Claudy Steward sworn says: She saw her about the time she fell and helped carry her out. Says she lived near her. (She was) subject to spells of asthma and also spell of shortness of breath. Claudy (X) Steward

   Harriet Greenwood sworn says: She was in the Hall and saw her fall. Says she did not complain. Says she has known her for years and says she has been subject to asthma. Says she had shortening of breath if she walked any distance.    Harriet (X) Greenwood

This is to certify that I have this day examined Nellie Higgins and am of the opinion that she came to her death from organic disease of the heart.  James K. Gilder MD, January 21 1885

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 18 February 1885

Coroners Inquisition held upon the dead bodies of Stanmore Fortune and Alice Wilson

An Inquisition indented, taken in Township No. 7 in Newberry County the 18th day of February A.D. 1885, before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Stanmore Fortune, then and there being dead by the oaths of Elijah Wells, John W. Payne, D. F. Vaughan, Robert Ohmelet, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, S.B. Foshee, Hezzie Pitts, Wash Ransom, Ike Grigsby, Fayette Pitts and Miles 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 Stanmore Fortune came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said Stanmore Fortune came to his death on the 8th day of February 1885 by poison by the hand of Susan Pitts. And so the jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Susan Pitts in manner and form aforesaid, Stanmore Fortune then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, John N. Bass Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hand and seals, the day and year above mentioned.      John N. Bass Coroner Newberry Co    

Elijah Wells, Foreman of Jury of Inquest, John W. Payne, D. F. Vaughan, Robert Ohmelet, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, S.B. Foshee, Hezzie (X) Pitts, Wash (X) Ransom, Ike (X) Grigsby, Fayette (X) Pitts, Miles (X) Johnson

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 18 February 1885

An Inquisition indented, taken in Township No. 7 in Newberry County the 18th day of February A.D. 1885, before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Alice Wilson, then and there being dead by the oaths of Elijah Wells, John W. Payne, Robert Ohmelet, S.B. Foshee, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, D. F. Vaughan, Hezzie Pitts, Wash Ransom, Miles Johnson, Ike Grigsby, being a lawful jury of inquest, who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina, where and by what means the said Alice Wilson came to her death do say that the said Alice Wilson came to her death on the 8th day of February 1885 by poison by the hand of Susan Pitts. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Susan Pitts, in manner and form aforesaid, Alice Wilson then and there feloniously did kill, against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, John N. Bass Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hand and seals, the day and year above written.   John N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County

Elijah Wells, Foreman of Jury of Inquest, John W. Payne, Robert Ohmelet, D. T. Vaughan, S.B. Foshee, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, Hezzie (X) Pitts, Wash (X) Ransom, Ike (X) Grigsby, Fayette (X) Pitts, Miles (X) Johnson

   Manar Fortune being duly sworn says: That morning Stanmore got up well. He came in and said he had to go to Town. I told him he ought to (have) told me the night before and I would (have) fixed him something to eat. Susan told him come get something to eat. He told her he did not want any breakfast. She told him to come anyhow. He went in and come out with bread in his hand. When he got on the mule he went on to Town. That day he told me he felt like he had a chill all day. He said his stomach and head hurt him all the time. He told me he got sick before he got to the Bridge. I sent after the doctor Thursday night. The doctor said the way they acted they had got something in their food that had poison in it. I don't know whether the little girl ate any in the room or not. She came out with a fritter in her hand. It had molasses in it. Susan Pitts was the cook. I don't know who cooked that morning. Mary told me Alice was sick. I went to her and her mouth was full of white foam and foam was on the outside of her mouth. I had the children in charge seven years me and Susan (and I) are not on good terms. We fell out the night they came from Town. We were in good terms before that night. The child ate two mouthfuls of bread. Would not eat no more. It tasted nasty.   Maner (X) Fortune

   Susan Pitts being duly sworn says: My brother came in my room that morning. Stanmore sit down at the table and eat. I fried me some fritters for breakfast and made them up with molasses and Alice came in and I gave her a battercake. I did not feel like eating but I forced it anyhow. It was about one hour and a quarter until Alice took sick. Stanmore carried bread out in his hand. It is a mile and a quarter to little river bridge. He said he was taken sick before he got to the bridge. Stanmore said his head and stomach hurt him. Me and ma had not been on good terms for a number of years. Ma tried to whip me and we throwed rocks. We did not have any fuss that day.    Susan Pitts

   Martin Pitts being duly sworn says: That morning me and Stanmore and my father set down and ate breakfast together and started to Town. He complained between home and five-mile post pain in head and stomach. Susan cooked breakfast that morning. Susan and her stepmother are not in good terms. It was on the 4 day of Feby 1885  J. M. Pitts

   Mamie Fortune being duly sworn says: I live at Fortune Pitts's in Newberry County. Me and Alice were upstairs playing. Susan called Alice and gave her a piece of bread fried in molasses.  She bit two mouthfuls of it and laid it down. I asked her why she did not eat all of it. Said it tasted nasty. About five minutes after she did eat it she held her head down. Said her belly hurt her even down. She hurt all over. There was foam all around her mouth. Fortune Pitts and Stanmore and Martin took sick about eight o'clock. Susan Pitts cooked breakfast that morning. Stanmore told me Saturday that Susan Pitts poisoned Alice and Martin Alice said she told me if I did not eat that bread that she would make ma whip me, stinking hussy. Susan and Stanmore were scuffling on Saturday before and Susan got her head hurt. She told him on Sunday she would not be satisfied until she got him. She meant that thing. She had no good blood for him. She never said in what way she would get him. She offered me some of the bread. I asked her to let me see it. She would not let me see. It was after Alice was taken sick when she offered me the bread.     Mamie (X) Fortune

   Ike Fortune being duly sworn says I live at Fortune Pitts's in Newberry County. Children was taken sick. Was not at home when the children were taken sick. Ike (X) Fortune

Fortune Pitts being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Susan and her stepmother don't get along well. Martin told me he thought what he ate that morning made him sick. He said Susan gave it to him. Susan and Martin do not get along well.    Fortune (X) Pitts

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

Instructed by the Coroner of Newberry Co. S. C., this the 18th day of February A. D. 1885 1 submit as follows what information is in my possession concerning Stanmore Fortune and Alice Wilson, dec'd:

On Friday February 6th I was instructed to call and see about the above-mentioned parties. Upon inquiry I was informed that the two had been taken ill two days previously. Upon examination I found the two were suffering a good deal from pain in the region of the stomach, great nervous excitement and headache, constipation more or less marked. The pain appeared of a grinding, gripey and somewhat intermitting nature but could be induced in a marked manner by pressure, when left to themselves the patients would mutter in a delirious manner. Called again on Sunday 8th inst. Both patients much worse, symptoms somewhat as above, suffering extreme, though both were delirious. The boy, Stanmore, could be revived sufficiently to answer questions in a murmuring irrational manner. The girl could not be aroused but upon pressure over the stomach and bowels both gave evidence of excruciating pain. There were symptoms of secondary brain disturbance on this visit much more marked than on the previous one. I was informed that the two died during the evening of the day of this visit. This was quite evident in the morning. The bodies on post mortem exam showed that the two died from acute gastritis. The condition of the brain showing that the symptoms above referred to this organ were secondary to former. The bowels also were inflamed more or less, supposed to be due to extension from the stomach.                C. D. East M. D.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 25 May 1885

Coroner Inquisition held upon the dead body of Jesse Free, State of South Carolina, Newberry County.

An inquisition indented taken in Township No 9 in Newberry County the 25th day of May A. D. I885 before J. N. Bass Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jessie Free then and being dead by the oath of G. A. Maffett, J.L. Bowers, G. H. Taylor, H. P. Dominick, M. C. Morris, W. H. Long, R. E. Brannon, Jacob Moore, J. P. Martin, Emanuel Wales, J. B. Long and J. B. Conley being a lawful Juror of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Jessie Free came to his death upon their oaths do say, that the said Jessie Free came to his death on the 24th of May 1885 of Dropsy of the Chest.   J. N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County

G. A. Maffett, Foreman of Juror of Inquest, J. L. Bowers, M. C. Morris, J. B. Connelly, J. B. Long, G. H. Taylor, Jacob Moore, R. E. Brannon, Emanuel Wales, W. H. Long, J. P. Martin, H. P. Dominick

   J. M. Wales being sworn says: I and my mother were passing by the residence of Jessie Free on the 24th day of May. I came to the house of the deceased and found him lying on the bed dead and I went on to Jake Moore's, 'Sammie Wales' the place the deceased lives on. The deceased was out on the 22nd day of May. Don't now of any property belonging to the deceased. There is ten acres of land that belongs to the estate of the deceased wife, given to her by her father. The deceased wife been dead about four years. She has no relations that I know of. Don't think the deceased had any money. He worked for his neighbors. Has not been working for two or three months. Think the neighbors have been helping him some.   J. M. Wales

Bennie Moore being sworn says: I came down here to see how the deceased was and he was lying on the bed in the same position he now lays. Went up to Ben Connelly's to let him now that Mr. Free was dead. I live about a quarter of a mile from here. It was about ten o'clock on the 24h day of May. My age is 14 and I live in Newberry County. Robert and James Amick were with me. They live in Lexington County and their ages are 12 and 14. 1 went down there under a tree until the rain was over. J. B. Connelly says he supposed the deceased was asleep but he would come over to see him.   Bennie Moore

J. B. Connelly being sworn says: He heard that the deceased about ten o'clock. Was told by Bennie Moore. I live about one mile from there. Did not come until about one o'clock. Do not know of any Dr. that has been coming to see him. Don't know that he has any enemies. Would of come sooner, but supposed he was a sleep.  J. B. Connelly

J. B. Sampson being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County I have been known the deceased for about twenty years. Have not been attending him. Have been given him some advise. Had a talk with him on last Friday. I thought that he was in a bad condition. Supposed he had heart disease. Never heard of any enemies. I have been practicing in this neighborhood. Don't know of any property he has.  I understand that his wife had a little place of about ten acres. About one acre of it cleared up. The rest of it in woods, according to my judgment the deceased was eighty odd years of age. Had thought the deceased was a lazy man.   J. B. Sampson

   Jacob Long being sworn says that: He heard of the death of the deceased about five o'clock on the 24th day of May. I don't now of any property except that of his wife's. I know that the deceased did pay the tax on the land him self.   Jacob Long

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

May the 25 1885 - Died on the 24 inst. of hydrothorax, dropsy of the chest, age 84 years and some few months. Body in putrefying condition when examined and certify to the above examination to the best of my judgment.    W. T. McFall M. D.

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, June 15th 1885

An inquisition indented and taken at Ephraim Herbert's in Newberry County before John N. Bass coroner for said county upon view of the body of Isaac Herbert then and there being dead by the oaths of F. P. Lake, H. G. Lake, Ephraim Herbert, Tom Werts, Amos Hawkins, Ran Jefferson, Frank Wilson, Robert P. Pearson, Nelson Counts, Henry Davis, Charles Herbert and Nathan Hawkins, 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 Isaac Herbert came to his death and upon their oaths do say that the said Isaac Herbert came to his death by being led into the river by Henry Williams and William Roberson and so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the said William Roberson and Henry Williams in a manner and form aforesaid did kill against the peace and dignity of the state aforesaid.    J. N. Bass, Coroner of Newberry County

F. P. Lake, Foreman of Jurors of Inquest, H. G. Lake, Ephraim (X) Herbert, Tom (X) Werts, Amos (X) Hawkins, Ran (X) Jefferson, Frank (X) Wilson, Robert P. (X) Pearson, Nelson (X) Counts, Henry (X) Davis, Charles (X) Herbert, Nathan (X) Hawkins

   R. P. Pearson being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County State of South Carolina. This morning Betsy Suber came to me and asked me if I knew where Isaac was. And I told her that I did not know. Ephraim Herbert sent for me to come home and go to hunt for Isaac Herbert. I went and found him in the river. He was drowned on Sunday the 14th day of June 1885. 1 asked Albert Stewart why he did not tell me that Isaac was drowned. He said that they made up not to tell that Isaac was drowned for fear the people would think that they drowned him. Frank Ring, Ephraim Herbert, Andrew Jefferson, Amos Hawkins went with me to hunt for Isaac. The river is about ten feet where we found the dead body. I suppose we searched for him for about one hour and a half. This boy Isaac was not subject to heart disease but he had a touch of dyspepsia. They were no hard feeling as far as I know between these boys who were in the river washing. These boys may have been playing and drowned Isaac but I do not feel it was through hard feelings. The boys went to the river about 12 o'clock Sunday. We have never found Isaac clothes. We searched diligently. Never found his hat or any part of his clothes. Isaac was easy to get mad. I found his body about ten o'clock today. It was about a quarter of a mile from here to the river. I thought it was no harm to bring the body to the house. I asked Mr. Stewart if we could move his body before the coroner came. He said that we could. All the boys were with us who were in washing with the deceased. We went where they said his clothes were at. We found no clothes. I heard the boys say before we looked for the clothes that they put them in the river or on the bank. William Roberson said that he put them on the riverbank and the other boys say that they were in the river.    R. P. (X) Pearson

   Marion Counts sworn says: I Live in Newberry County State of South Carolina. I was on the river yesterday went there about one o'clock. Henry Williams, William Roberson, Albert Stewart, Ike Herbert and myself were at the river. Henry asked us to go in the river. I cannot swim. I saw Ike in the river. I never helped lead him in the river. I was out on the bank when William Roberson and Henry Williams carried Ike out in the river. They, Henry Williams and William Roberson can swim. Ike could not swim. They never tried to get Ike out of the river. Ike came up three times and never came up any more. Ike was about 20 feet from the bank. William Roberson put Ike's clothes in the river. I was afraid to tell on William and Henry. Henry told me not to tell. If I did that they would have me in it. My Pa does not allow me to go to the river. I went anyhow. I never told until Pa asked me. Then I told him about it. If Pa had not asked me I never would have told it I was afraid to tell. He would not have got drowned if Henry and William had let him alone. Henry Williams wanted to put me in the river. I pulled loose. Henry made Ike go in the river. Ike run. Henry caught him and brought him back. Ike did not want to at all. They led him in the river twice, the last time they carried him further than they did at first. They never tried to get him out of the river. William Roberson put Ike's clothes in the river. I never saw his hat. They could have brought Ike back to the bank if they had tried.          Marion (X) Counts

   Frank Ring sworn says: I live in Newberry County State of South Carolina I was with the men when they found Isaac's body. This boy Isaac lived in Newberry County. His body was found in said county. I was informed this morning of Isaac's death by Pearson. I went to river but never helped hunt the body, as the Bateaus were full. I saw Albert Stewart yesterday evening. He never told me or mentioned his being with Isaac or never told me Isaac was drowned. I helped hunt but could find none of his clothes. I had seen people drowned in the river by playing. It seems strange that the boys hid Isaac clothes. If I had been in washing I would have told if anyone had been drowned. It seems strange that the boys would not tell that Isaac was drowned. Frank (X) Ring
   George Herbert sworn says: I live in Newberry County State of South Carolina I found out about seven o'clock that Isaac was drowned. Albert Stewart was with me. He never told me of his being at the river with Isaac. I went to river and Albert Stewart told me that Henry Williams and William Roberson led Ike out in the river and that Ike was drowned. I asked Albert why he did not tell me. He said that the larger boys told him that if he told it that they would bring him into the scrape. I don't know whether Albert Stewart can swim or not. Henry Williams can swim. He is larger than Isaac was. I helped look for Isaac clothes could not find any I was not at home yesterday evening. I heard no fuss at the river. Henry Herbert, brother of Isaac, told Albert Stewart that he had caught him in a lie. Albert went with me to the river and showed me where they were in washing at. Albert showed guilt in his face and would not answer me at first. That place is not our wash hole. Isaac could not swim. These are the only little boys that went in the river. This was the first time Henry Herbert never told Isaac what he lied about but said. "God d__m you. I have you in a lie and am going to beat you for it." I looked and could find no clothes. The reason I went to the river - two boys had on shoes and two were barefooted and those were the tracks that crossed the river bottoms to the river and I had taken it to be the same crowd.         George (X) Herbert                                                           

   Albert Stewart sworn says I live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I was at the river yesterday with Wm. Roberson, Marion Counts, Henry Williams and Isaac Herbert. Isaac said he wanted to go in the river. Henry Williams and William Roberson led him in and left him and came themselves. They had been playing. I would have told at home that Isaac was drowned but I was afraid that the people would say that I did it. Henry Williams told me that if I told they would bring me in it. William Roberson put Isaac in the river to keep people from saying that they drowned him. Isaac was no kin to me. I showed where Isaac was drowned and where Wm. Roberson put his clothes in the river. Henry Williams is the largest boy that was in the crowd. William Roberson never tied up the clothes when he threw them. I do not know why Henry Herbert cursed and talked of whipping me. When the boys turned Ike loose the water was over his head. Marion pulled William out of the water. Isaac was about twenty feet from the bank when he came up. He threw up his hands. We left Isaac and went up to Mel Counts and then came home. Henry Williams was the boy who wanted to go to the river and who first proposed to lead Ike in. Ike asked to come out. Henry would not let him come out. Isaac undresses at the river with us. William Roberson threw Ike clothes in the river after Ike was drowned. We went to Mel Counts. Stayed there awhile then came home. Henry Williams told me not to tell. That the people would think that we did it. Henry could swim. We were afraid and left the river immediately. I do not think that I could have drowned Isaac if I had tried. I was afraid to tell on Henry for he told me to be more sure and tell no one. William Roberson told me not to tell on them. I was afraid that Henry and William would hurt me if I told. I would not tell where Ike was when I was asked. I never asked if I could go to the river. I went from Church to river. Henry Williams and Ike have had fusses but had none yesterday. I can read. Have been to Sunday School. I never said anything when they led Ike in the river. Ike wanted to come to the bank. They had no quarrel at or near the river. Henry Williams never tried to save Ike. He had his hand. William Roberson put Ike's clothes in the river. Henry Williams and Ike(?) told me not to tell that Ike was drowned. Albert (X) Stewart

   Henry Herbert sworn says: I live n Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I knew Isaac Herbert. He was my brother. I saw him yesterday. Marion Counts, Henry Williams, Wm Roberson and Albert Stewart were with him. Ike always came home at night. I never (allow) any boys go into the river and go washing before. My Ma told me this morning that Ike was missing. I went to hunt him. Albert Stewart said that Ike went up through the oak woods towards Aunt Caroline's. We went through the woods. I traced the boys to the river looked for the clothes. Found none. I called Albert Stewart to come to the river. He could not come. George Herbert came to the river with Albert Stewart. Then Albert Stewart told me that he was drowned. Albert Stewart told me that he had not been to the river. I called him and told him that he was a liar and he afterwards said that they went to the river. Henry Williams and Wm. Roberson are larger than my brother. We could not find his clothes.     Henry (X) Herbert

   William Roberson sworn says I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. I was in the river yesterday with Marion Counts, Henry Williams, Albert Stewart and Isaac Herbert. We went in washing. Henry told us that the river was not deep. I cannot swim. I led Ike in the river. I fell down in the river. Marion pulled me out. I never led Ike in water but once. I put Ike's clothes in the river. They never belonged to me. The boys told me to put them in the river. I was so afraid that I did not know what to do. I left his hat on the bank. I never told until this morning. Never went in the river before. My Pa does not allow me to go in the river. Henry Williams told us that the river was not deep. William (X) Roberson

   Henry Williams sworn says: I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. Marion Counts, Ike Herbert, Albert Stewart, William Roberson and myself went to the river and went in washing. We never went into deep water. I can swim. None of the others can swim. Ike asked me to lead him in the water and Wm. Roberson led him in the water. Ike sunk. I came out. Wm. and Marion came out. Ike was drowned. We never went to deep water with him. I got in water over my head, knee deep. I knew Ike could not swim. I swam out when I got in deep water. I told this morning about Ike being drowned. I was afraid to tell that Ike was drowned. We put his clothes in river because we were afraid. I told my Pa about it this morning after he asked me the second time. I have been in the river before. My Pa did not tell me to go in the river. I led him Ike in the water. I would not talk if Ike had not been missed. I was afraid that people would think that we drowned him. I put his clothes in river because I was afraid. William put them in. We told him to put them in. We went to Mel Counts after we left the river, then went home. I saw William Roberson fall down. Ike could not swim. He was in quite deep water and in much sand. I never mired deep in the sand. I measured the water. Told the boys it was not deep. Then they came in. I had the clothes put in to hide the murder. I was afraid people would think I drowned him.    Henry (X) Williams

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 1 July1885

An inquisition indented and taken at the plantation of Ellison S. Keitt in Newberry county the first day of July A. D. 1885 before John N. Bass coroner upon view of the body of Daniel Kleckly of Newberry County then and their being dead by the oaths of James Adams, Frank W. Smith, Andrew Cromer, Fed Goree, Edward Cromer, William Smith, Beauregard Thomason, Isaiah Graham, Wess Chaplain, Robert Jackson, Bob Davidson, and Curt Goree being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Daniel Kleckly came to his death upon their oaths do say to his death by a blow from a stone thrown by Vinnie Nance and that Martha Lyles and Amy Rutherford were accessories and to the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Daniel Kleckly in a manner and form aforesaid Vinnie Nance, Martha Lyles and Amy Rutherford then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the State of South Carolina. John N. Bass, Coroner of Newberry Co

James (X) Adams, foreman, F. W. (X) Smith, Andrew (X) Cromer, Fed (X) Goree, Ed (X) Cromer,

W. J. (X) Smith, Beauregard (X) Thomason, Isaiah (X) Graham, Wess (X) Chaplain, W. R. (X) Jackson, Bob (X) Davison, and Curt (X) Goree

   Ellison S. Keitt sworn says: I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. I was informed by Frank Smith Sunday morning that Daniel Kleckly had been assaulted and was seriously injured the night before. The same was corroborated by Gabriel Kleckly on Monday. About 11 o'clock I visited Daniel Kleckly. Found him lying in bed in his house. I requested him to get up and come to the door, which he did and took a seat near me. I asked him as to the difficulty. He told me that three women had assaulted and dragged him out of his house a little piece down the road and that he knew two of them. One was Martha and the other Vinnie. Martha is Martha Lyles, Vinnie Nance. He said he knew those two certain but he did not know the third. That they had been after him a good part of the night. I thought from his appearances that he was seriously injured and said I thought that he would die. He showed me where they had hit him on the head. He never told me what they had hit him with that I recollected. Sarah Ann Douglas told me that Vinnie hit him with a rock. Daniel Kleckly was a quiet citizen. Never had a fuss as I know of. I heard that Press Nance was visiting Sarah Ann Douglass.                                                              Ellison S. Keitt

   Sarah Ann Douglass sworn says I live here with Daniel Kleckly in Newberry County. Last Saturday night I was here. The first part of the night Amie Brooks or Rutherford and Martha came here and talked to Daniel Kleckly. They stayed here about twenty minutes. They left and went towards Col. Keitt's. Three women Martha Lyles, Vinnie Nance and the third I did not know and came back in about an hour. Aunt Martha pushed the door open and they came in the house. Martha pulled Daniel Kleckly out of the house. Vinnie and the third woman caught hold of him and dragged him down the hill. Daniel was begging. They said carry him on. I run out with the ax and they left and they came back. Daniel asked them what they were doing here. I seen Vinnie Nance hit Daniel and knock him down with a rock. That is the rock. Timothy Douglass picked the rock up. When they hit him he fell down and groaned. The women ran off up through the pines. I called Annie but she never answered and I am not certain that it was Annie but I believe it was. It was about twelve o'clock. Daniel told me that Martha and Vinnie hit him. He said he had not done anything to them. Daniel was standing at the comer of the house. They all ran when Vinnie threw the rock. She hit Daniel in the head. I know of no difficulty between them.                             Sarah Ann (X) Douglass

Milly Maybin sworn says: I live in Newberry County. I was not here Saturday night. Daniel Kleckly is my father. I was sent for Monday and told that Pa was hurt. Pa told me that Martha Lyles and Vinnie Nance hit him. Pa told me that these women were jealous of Sarah Ann and Press and were mad at him for protecting Sarah his grand daughter.    Milly (X) Maybin

   Timothy Douglass sworn says: I lived with Daniel in Newberry County. Last Saturday night I saw Martha Lyles and Vinnie Nance and another woman drag Daniel out of his house and pull him towards the woods. Sarah Ann ran out with the axe. The women ran off and come back in about a half an hour. Two came first and the second time they were three of them. When the three women came Daniel told them to leave. He came out of the house. I saw Vinnie hit him in the head with the rock. That is the rock. When it fell I picked it up. I heard Daniel say that Martha and Vinnie had hit him.   Timothy (X) Douglass

   Gabriel Kleckly sworn says: I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. I was at home Saturday. I do not live here. I came over here Sunday morning before day. Pa could not speak. After awhile he came to his mind. Told me that three women hit him. Martha Lyles, Vinnie Nance and the other he did not know had nearly killed him. Pa told me the second time that Vinnie and Martha hit him. I thought Pa was going to die. Pa told me that Press was being accused of staying with Sarah Ann Douglass.  Gabriel (X) Kleckly

   Coleman L. Blease sworn says: Yesterday, Tuesday the 30th July 1885, about 10½ o'clock I was at Daniel Kleckly's house. I asked him what was the matter with him. He did not answer. I asked him who hit him he said Vinnie and I asked him the second time if he was certain who hurt him. He said Martha and Vinnie. He could hardly speak. I thought he was going to die. I saw a severe scar on his head. Looked like a gash made with a rock. Daniel told me three times that Martha and Vinnie hurt him. He never said that he thought he was going to die but I did.                 Coleman L. Blease  

   Isaiah Graham sworn says: I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. I asked Daniel how he felt. He said, "I feel bad." I asked him what was the matter. He said that big Martha and Vinnie had mangled him up. I saw where he was hit. He never told me he thought that he was going to die.   Isaiah (X) Graham

   Nathan Goree sworn says I live in Newberry County and the State of South Carolina. Martha Lyles told me that she was here at Daniel's Saturday night but that she did not hit Daniel. Martha said that she and Annie was here Saturday night. I never asked. She told me voluntary that she was here. Daniel told me that Big Martha and Vinnie hit him and pulled him off - that Sarah run out with the ax and the women ran. Said Martha put the hoe through the crack and he came out and hollered at them and that Vinnie told Martha to stand back and Vinnie hit him with a rock. That is what Daniel Kleckly told me. I do not think that he told me he was going to die.                 Nathan Goree   

J. M. H. Ruff M. D. sworn says: I have been summoned by the coroner of Newberry County State of South Carolina to examine the body of Daniel Kleckly. I do hereby certify to the following appearances. There was an abrasion of the skin on lower part of back about three inches wide and four long; a scratch about two inches long across the middle of his back, the right parietal bone had a fracture about one & one half inches in diameter directly over the right ear and about two & one half inches above the same. This was sufficient to produce death and was in my opinion the cause of his death.           J. M. H. Ruff M. D.

 

South Carolina, Newberry County, 4 August 1885

An Inquisition indented taken at the Boozer Place in Newberry County the fourth day of August 1885 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Luther Moore of Newberry then and there being dead by the oath of S. S. Paysinger, J. C. Paysinger, B. T. Paysinger, H. A. Baily, Levi Lawson, Levi Hair, Spencer Young, Mack Gaulman, Sampson Pope, Wiley Jackson, Pink Porter, James Pariges, S. S. Brigges, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State aforesaid where and by what means the said Luther Moore came to his death. Say upon their oaths that the said Moore came to his death by accidental drowning caused by having fits of epilepsy. John N. Bass, Coroner
S. S. Paysinger, J. C. Paysinger, B. T. Paysinger, H. A. Baily, Levi Lawson, Tom Stevens, Mack Gaulman, Spencer Young, Sampson Pope, Wiley Jackson, Pink Porter, James Brigges, S. S. Pariges, Levi Hair

   William Moore sworn says: I live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I was with Luther Moore the third of August 1895. I left him on the side of the creek fishing. I seen him dead in the creek this morning. I was looking for him and found him. He is subject to fits. He falls when he has fits. My brother was with me. I do not but that he fell in the creek. He was quite when I left him.      William (X) Moore

   Haywood Fair sworn says: I live in Newberry County. I was at home the third day of August 1885. I came down here to hunt Luther. This morning found him in branch. He was dead. We sent for some people to let them know. I was not with him yesterday.  Haywood (X) Fair

   Lizzie Fair sworn, I live in Newberry County. I know Luther. He is my son. I missed him yesterday. I thought he was gone visiting. He goes off and stays all night sometimes. He falls forward, backward and sometimes runs off when he gets a fit. He had a fit week before last. He has them often.  Lizzie (X) Fair

I certify that Luther Moore, the case examined today, came to his death by accidental drowning caused from having fits of epilepsy.      W. T. McFall MD

 

South Carolina, Newberry County, 2 September 1885


An Inquisition indented taken in Newberry County the second day of September 1885 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mark Conner then and there being dead upon the oaths of W. H. Hunt, P. A. Hamilton, E. Y. Morris, Fred J. Fay, Proctor Todd, J. D. Chapman, J. P. Reagin, Paul Johnstone, J. H. Summers, C. L. Havird, James Y. Harris, A. Singleton, and William Langford 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 Mark Conner came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Mark Conner came to his death from apoplexy and that the said Mark Conner died in Newberry County on the second day of September 1885 about 7 am.         J. N. Bass, Coroner

W. H. Hunt, P. A. Hamilton, E. Y. Morris, Fred J. Fay, Proctor Todd, J. D. Chapman, J. P. Reagin, Paul Johnstone, J. H. Summers, C. L. Havird, James Y. Harris, Alexander Singleton, William Langford

   Lindsay Werts sworn says: I live in Newberry County, State of South Carolina. At home 2nd Sept 1885. Mark Conner came here and complained of mysery in his stomach. Did not give him anything nor did he take anything. He came about light. He asked me for black pepper. I gave it to him and went back washing. Heard him fall and went back to see. He was on the floor. In meantime he asked me to let him lie on bed. Did not see him fall. I don't think he touched the black pepper. Seemed from the way he fell he was trying to get in bed. Don't know where he stayed last night. He passed here about ½ hour.     Lindsay (X) Werts

   Fannie Werts sworn says: I stayed with Lindsay Werts. Was here, Mark Conner came in house. Went to fire. He complained of having pains in stomach. He asked me to go to Town and get him some medicine. I went. He was dead when I got back. Do not know anything about the pepper (She exhibits medicine). Mark Connor not in the habit of coming here. Lived here about a month. Don't know where he stayed last night. He told me to get him a colic mixture. Paid 15 cents for medicine. He took nothing while he was here.         Fannie (X) Werts

   George W. Garmany sworn says: Newberry September 2nd 1885, This is to certify I have this day examined the body of Mark Connor now dead and in my opinion he said Mark Connor came to his death from apoplexy from drinking too much whiskey which is his general reputation.                    

G. W. Garmany MD

 

South Carolina, Newberry County, 17 October 1885

An Inquisition indented taken at the house of Wright Rutherford in Newberry County the seventeenth day of October 1885 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Harry Bobo then and there lying dead by the oaths of H. M. Adams, J. W. P. Harris, Isaiah Maffett, Henry Coates, Wallace Gray, Edmund Glymph, Manor Ruff, Abe Sims, Hiram Hearse, Wade Ruff, David Williams, and Nathan Lindsey being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means that said Harry Bobo came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Harry Bobo came to his death by having a fit and falling in the fire thereby burning to death. In witness whereof I John N. Bass coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchanged, put our hands and seals the year and day above mentioned.           John N. Bass, Coroner

H. M. (X) Adams, J. W. P. (X) Harris, Isaiah (X) Maffett, Henry (X) Coates, Wallace (X) Gray, Edmund (X) Glymph, Manor (X) Ruff, Abe (X) Sims, Hiram (X) Herse, Wade (X) Ruff, David (X) Williams, and Nathan Lindsey

   Wright Rutherford being sworn says: Last night my wife carried Bobo supper. He said he was not going to bed, going to pray all night. He was complaining. He is subject to fainting or getting blind. I heard him up at 1 o'clock. I was at my coal kiln. My son carried his breakfast and could not get in. Me and a man broke down the door open and found his body lying in the fireplace burned badly. Been subject to fits about one year. He has been talking foolish about things he could not see. He was accustomed to sitting sideways to the fire. Wright (X) Rutherford

    Ellen Rutherford sworn: I sent Bobo supper last night. He refused to eat yesterday. I went to Bobo's house. He said he felt bad and I made him go in the house. I made him a fire and helped him up near it. He was not able to walk. I left him at fore on hearth sitting in a chair. I asked him to go to bed. He said he was not going to bed that night. Said he was going to pray all night. My son called him this morning. He would not answer. I went to house and could not get in. I got Wright to go and open the door. Bobo was subject to fits and going on like he was crazy. I went to house this morning and seen him lying in fireplace burned to death. He used to try and show me things he could not see. Said he had seen pictures.   Ellen (X) Rutherford

   Fannie Rutherford sworn: I was a t Bobo last night. We made him a fire and ma helped him close to the fire and left him. He was sitting on the hearth. Ma made up the bed for him. I know he has been subject to spells falling about and getting blind.                Fannie (X) Rutherford

 

South Carolina, Newberry County, 25  December 1885

An Inquisition indented taken at the house of Frances Young in the Town of Newberry SC before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Frances Young in the Town of Newberry there being dead by the oaths of J. C. Hill, W. W. Daniel, J. L. Cannon, Wash Galloway, J. W. Owens, S. W. Werts, M. C. Conner, Silas Smith, Carrison Warner, Burr Boozer, Buch Sanders and Marshall Fortune. Who being sworn says that Frances Young came to her death upon their oaths do say that dec'd came to her death for want of proper attention after being confined to child bed.     John N. Bass, Coroner

J. C. Hill, W. W. Daniel, J. L. Cannon, Wash (X) Galloway, J. W. Owens, S. W. Werts, M. C. (X) Conner, Silas (X) Smith, Carrison (X) Warner, Burr (X) Boozer, Buch (X) Sanders and Marshall Fortune

Nancy Young being sworn says: I live in Newberry County in the home of Frances Young. Frances Young died this morning about 4 o'clock. She was sitting on the side of the bed, layed down on the bed and died immediately. Dr. Garmany attended to her. Been a week since he has been to see her. She had no fuss with anyone. She gave birth to a child about a month ago. She hasn't been well since child was born. I did best I could for her. She had not had proper attention from doctor. She had money.     Nancy (X) Young

  Lucretia Coleman: I live in Newberry SC. I knew deceased had hemorrhaged. I gave her children food. She has been sick. She did not get any attention as she ought. Lucretia (X) Coleman         

This is to certify I have examined Frances Young and am of the opinion that she came to her death of childbed fever together with some lung complications.  James K. Gilder MD

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School