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1886

South Carolina, Newberry County,  1 January  1886

An Inquisition indented taken at the house of David Penn in County and State aforesaid, the first day of January 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jennie Penn of said County and State then and there being dead by the oaths of Wade H. Coleman, Jim Owens, Julias Green, Henry Abb, Henry Smith, Daniel Henderson, Thomas Alexander, Nelson Livingston, Marshall Fortune, William Livingston, Adam Caldwell, and Mack Brazleman being a lawful jury of inquest. Who being duly sworn and charged to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Jennie Penn came to her death upon their oaths do say that the deceased came to her death in Newberry County from disease of the heart.               John N. Bass, Coroner

Wade H. Coleman, Jim (X) Owens, Julias (X) Green, Henry (X) Abb, Henry (X) Smith, Daniel (X) Henderson, Thomas (X) Alexander, Nelson (X) Livingston, Marshall (X) Fortune, William (X) Livingston, Adam (X) Caldwell, and Mack (X) Brazleman

   David Penn being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I know Jennie Penn. I am her husband. She died last night about eight o'clock. She had not been sick, in general health. She was near dead when I reached her. She settled with the Miss McCaughrin yesterday. I got her money. I never heard her complaining any. She was well. I was informed that she had fell down sick. No doctor there. She was dead when the doctor reached us. David (X) Penn

   Amy Penn being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I was at Mr. McCaughrin with deceased. We left there together when we reached the public graveyard she was taken very sick. I helped her over to Nance's House. She fell down and I run for Pa. When we got back she was dead. She was complaining yesterday with pain in the stomach. Dr. McIntosh said she was subject to heart disease. When he attended her the first part of '85. She died at about 8 o'clock Dec. 31, 1885.             Amy Penn

   Amanda Nance sworn says: I live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I knew deceased she came to my house last night. She was sick when she got there. She ran in my house. I helped her in the house. She said she was sick and laid down on the floor. I run out of room when I got back she was dead. She was dead when doctors got to her. She was subject to heart disease. Drs. Garmany and Pope came to her. She told me she was subject to heart disease and doctor said so.                  Amanda Nance

   David Penn recalled: Yesterday Lewis went to Doctor's. I did not hear them say what was the matter. She was dead when doctors got to her.  David (X) Penn           

This is to certify that in my opinion that Jennie Penn died with disease of the heart on Dec. 31, 1885.             Newberry SC Jan 1 1886, G. W. Garmany MD

 

South Carolina, Newberry County. 9 February 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in County and State aforesaid, the ninth day of February 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Fed Brown of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths of E. P. Cromer, F. H. Wilson, S. J. Kohn, Hayne Boozer, J. H. Cannon, S. S. Birge, J. L. Wise, T. J. Hunter, Simon Sheppard, Chas Roserfarm, Ervin Dennis, A. M. Lester, F. L. Schumpert and John F. Wheeler 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 Fed Brown came to his death upon their oaths do say: That Fed Brown came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Fed Brown came to his death at H. S. Boozer's plantation in the Town of Prosperity of dropsy of the heart. John N. Bass, Coroner

E. P. Cromer foreman, F. H. Wilson, S. J. Kohn, Hayne Boozer, J. H. Cannon, S. S. Birge, J. L. Wise, T. J. Hunter, Simon Sheppard, Chas Roserfarm, Ervin Dennis, A. M. Lester, F. L. Schumpert and John F. Wheeler

   B. B. Hair sworn: I live at Prosperity, South Carolina. Saw Fed Brown dead. This morning about 7 o'clock a boy came to my house to go to see Brown was dead. Went to my office and telegraphed the Coroner. B. B. Hair

   Jane Valentine sworn: Live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. Knew Fed Brown. Saw him last night before I went to bed. He had been sick about two weeks. He went to the doctor but he did not come here. I came home and asked him how he was. He said he was feeling bad. I asked him if his legs were swelled. He said no. Then he went out and fell, did not know how long he was there. He asked Della Valentine to place a chair for him to lie on. She told him to come into bed. I heard him drinking water. This morning when I got up I found him dead. Son got up to make fire and found him dead. When son got up to make fire he asked me where Fed was. He said Fed is dead where he is laying.  Jane (X) Valentine 

   Mark Anthony Valentine: Live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. When I got up to make fire I found Fed lying by fireplace dead. He has been sick. No doctor has been here to see him. He had no quarrel last night.    Mark A. (X) Valentine

   Della Valentine sworn: Live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. Saw Fed Brown last night. He was sick. Do not know what was the matter with him. Was in bed when he was found dead. I did nothing but cry when I found him dead.       Della (X) Valentine              

J. D. Bruce sworn: Fed came to me about Christmas, again in January. I gave him medicine for dropsy of the heart. Having known of the condition of Fed Brown I am prepared to certify he died of dropsy of the heart.  J. D. Bruce MD

 

South Carolina, Newberry County, 14 February 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at the house of David Roberson in Newberry County State of South Carolina, February A.D. 14th 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County and State upon view of the body of Lucinda Roberson then and there being dead by the oaths of John C. Goggans, John M. Livingston, Pickens J. Stevens, Nathan Russell, Dennis Floyd, Yancy Jackson, Alfred Palmore, James Goggans, Steven Mathis, Smith Davis, Sim Hair, Warren Gary and Myers Counts, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being duly sworn to inquire for this State of South Carolina where and by what means the Lucinda Roberson came to her death do say: That Lucinda Roberson came to her death upon misfortune or accident came to her death. John N. Bass, Coroner, Newberry

John C. Goggans, John M. Livingston, Pickens J. Stevens, Nathan (X) Russell, Dennis Floyd, Yancy (X) Jackson, Alfred (X) Palmore, James (X) Goggans, Steven (X) Mathis, Smith (X) Davis, Sim (X) Hair, Warren (X) Gary and Myers (X) Counts

   David Roberson sworn: I am father of the child. Live in Newberry County and State of South Carolina. I awoke yesterday morning and found child dead. I slept in the bed with child. It was lying on its back. I rubbed the child but could do no good. Child got a fall out of bed Wednesday night. The bed is about three feet high that I slept in. Cradle is very low. Child has been very healthy all its life. It was lively last I seen of it. I heard the child make a fuss about 12 o'clock at night. I do not know what made scar on child's head. Child was burnt last Friday. Child has got several falls not serious as I know of. The scar where child was burnt was done on Friday. Me and my wife were in the bed with the child when I found it dead. Child was very lively Friday night.     David (X) Roberson                                                                                                  

   Emma Roberson sworn: Live in Newberry County. Am mother of deceased. We found child dead Friday night. Child was burned Friday. I had my back turned to deceased when I went to sleep. I did not know child was hurt. I know child got seven falls. Deceased was between Dave and myself. I never noticed child being burnt so bad. Child cried a good while. Child did not cry Wednesday when fell. Child has been healthy.    Emma (X) Roberson                

   Emma Roberson sworn: I have nursed deceased. I was playing with her Friday. I saw her get burnt. It was with a spark. I told ma I had burnt child. I never let deceased fall. I don't know of it getting hurt.   Emma (X) Roberson

   Eliza Goggans sworn: Live in Newberry County. I was here Friday night. Had deceased in my lap. Seemed to be quite well. I did not notice it being burned. Child is about ten years old that burned deceased.        Eliza (X) Goggans

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County, 22 February 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in Newberry County the twenty second day of February 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner upon view of the body of William Walter of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths of Allen G. Wise, J. C. Singley, F. L. Schumpert, J. H. Cannon, S. Waits, L. D. Morris, H. A. Bonds, D. L. Ham, Henry Stone, J. C. Dominick, J. N. Suber, J. L. Banks, L. C. McNeary, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for this State of South Carolina where and by what means the said William Walter came to his death upon their oaths do say that the aforesaid William Walter came to his death in manner and form aforesaid then and there voluntarily and feloniously himself did kill against the peace and dignity of the State aforesaid.  John N. Bass, Coroner of Newberry        

Allen G. Wise foreman, J. C. Singley, F. L. Schumpert, J. H. Cannon, S. Waits, L. D. Morris, H. A. Bonds, D. L. Ham, Henry Stone, J. C. Dominick, J. N. Suber, J. L. Banks, L. C. McNeary

   G. M. Wilson sworn says: I live in Newberry SC at Prosperity. I was at home this morning. I went out to feed. I seen William Walter hanging at the mill. I saw him yesterday. Seen him in the engine house. Said he was looking at machinery. I went to the well and found my rope gone. He walked up the street. This morning I found him hanging with a piece of my well rope. I missed it yesterday evening. I seen dec'd yesterday evening. I found William Walter dead this morning February A.D.1886.  George A. B. Wilson

   Isadore Ruff sworn says: I live in Prosperity South Carolina. William Walter has been working for me about three days. I saw him yesterday evening about sundown. I told him to come to supper. He said all right. I haven't seen him since alive. There are badges or medals of the honor. He could drain a pension on one of them. All soldiers in the war of seventy and seventy one who did heroic acts in the war got these medals. A Negro informed me that William had hung himself. I went and seen him hanging. I knew some of his people in the old country. (Book and papers of the deceased here introduced) This is all I know about his death.   I. Ruff                             

   B. B. Hair sworn says: I live at Prosperity South Carolina. Early this morning Mr. Wilson informed me that a man was hanging at the mill. I went and seen him hanging. I heard the deceased say that he had hired to Mr. Suber and taken sick and he quit because Suber did not give him any attention. He said he would die before he went back to Suber or to jail for not working with him. Someone told him that he could be sent to jail for breaking his contract.   B. B. Hair                                                                      

J. D. Bruce MD sworn says: Deceased came to his death from strangulation. Deceased had arsenic on his person. Having examined the body of William Walter I certify that he came to his death by strangulation. Feb. 22, 1886             J. D. Bruce MD

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County, 25 February 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House SC the 25th day of February 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner of said County upon view of an infant child of Dan Meredith then and there being dead by their oaths: R. E. Williams, Scott Thompson, E. S. Jones, Henry Bugg, Calvin Cromer, Johnson Swittenberg, Hart Caldwell, William Daniels, John Daniels, Berry Neely, Lewis Boozer, Emanuel Simpkins, George Wilson, Theodore Richardson being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State where and by what means the said came to its death by misfortune. In witness whereof I, John N. Bass Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid have interchanged our hands and seals this 25th day of February A.D. 1826.  John N. Bass, Coroner of Newberry

R. E. Williams, Scott Thompson, E. S. Jones, Henry Bugg, Calvin Cromer, Johnson Swittenberg, Hart Caldwell, William Daniels, John Daniels, Berry Neely, Lewis Boozer, Emanuel Simpkins, George Wilson, Theodore Richardson

   Dan Meredith sworn says: I live in the Town of Newberry, State of SC. When I got up to make a fire I called his mother to cook and the child usually cries when its mother leaves it. I noticed it did not cry and I told her to go and look see what was the matter with the child. His mother went and looked and it was dead. She took him up and it was dead. The child would some times choke with cold. I do not think it had been right for some time. This is the 25th of February and it died this morning.  Daniel 'X' Meredith

   Mariah Meredith sworn says: I am the mother of this child deceased. When I got up I slipped the child off my arm and covered it up. My husband told me to go back and see why the child did not cry and I went back to the bed and the child was dead. I nursed the child at 1 o'clock and gave it some oil to stop its cough. Its condition has been funny ever since its birth it was not cold when I found it. It was dead. It is seven weeks old. I gave it castor oil. I put nothing else in it. I gave it a teaspoonful.              Mariah 'X' Meredith                                                        

James McIntosh MD - Sworn says: Deposes that he has carefully examined the infant child of Dan Meredith and finds no marks of any external injuries or mind and so far as he can discover there is nothing to show cause of death beyond some incidental cause which is to him unknown.      

 James McIntosh MD

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County,  24 May 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Col. Nathan Young's in Newberry County the 24th day of May 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner of said County upon view of the body of Madison Anthony the same being dead by their oaths: N. H. Young, William P. Hair, J. D. Beacham, Henry Boozer, William Heller, S. M. Matthis, F. K. Jackson, Joe Ruff, John Dorroh, Matthias Jackson, Alexander Young, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said County and State where and by what means the said Madison Anthony came to his death by their oaths that he came to his death by strangulation caused by his own hands. That the said Anthony did then and there voluntarily and feloniously himself did kill against the peace and dignity of said State by hanging himself. In witness whereof I put my hand and seal this 24th May 1886.              John N. Bass, Coroner

N. H. Young, William P. Hair, J. D. Beacham, Henry Boozer, William Heller, S. M. Matthis, F. K. Jackson, Joe Ruff, John Dorroh, Matthias Jackson, Alexander Young

   John Dorroh sworn says: I live in Newberry County. I was going out one side and I seen deceased hanging on a limb. I have known deceased some time. Know of no difficulty he had except with his wife. He choked his wife and they had a fight. He got a razor and said he was going to cut his throat and went off. I haven't seen him since until I found him hanging.             

John 'X' Dorroh                                                   

   Tilda Anthony sworn: I live in Newberry. Knew deceased. Seen him last Friday morning. I am his wife. We had a quarrel Friday. I started to work. He told me that I had my hands on John Dorroh's shoulder. He choked me and went off and said he was going to cut his throat. He made at me with razor and I fled for protection. I have no idea that anyone hung him.        Tilda 'X' Anthony                                                 

   Mary Jackson sworn: I live in Newberry was at home Friday morning. I know of no fuss he had. He had a razor and said he was going to cut his throat. Had his razor up to his throat. I ran off and never saw the deceased since. He and his wife had fusses.         Mary 'X' Jackson

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County, 26 June 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House SC the 26th day of June 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner of said County upon view of the body of an infant child found dead in the well of Jordan Pool on his premises known as the 'Pool Row' then and there being dead by the oaths of: A. J. Sproles, William A. Kinard, T. E. Epting, T. G. Williams, Paul Johnstone, J. L. Kennedy, Proctor Todd, B. B. Davis, William H. Blease, E. Y. Morris, Marion Scott, Thomas Cook, Anderson Montgomery and J. Mittle, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State of SC where and by what means the said infant caused its death by their oaths do say that said infant in manner and form aforesaid - that Wealthy Williams then and there did feloniously kill against the peace and dignity of said State aforesaid. Given under our hands and seals this 26th day of June AD 1886.  John N. Bass, Coroner

A. J. Sproles, William A. Kinard, T. E. Epting, T. G. Williams, Paul Johnstone, J. L. Kennedy, Proctor Todd, B. B. Davis, William H. Blease, E. Y. Morris, Marion Scott, Thomas Cook, Anderson Montgomery and J. Mittle

This is to certify I have examined the child of Wealthy Williams and am of the opinion that it came to its death from drowning. June 26, 1886   James K. Gilder MD

   Lue Harris sworn says: I live in Newberry Town of SC. Hattie Arnold told me a baby was in the well. I went and seen it in the well. I thought the child was Wealthy Williams' because last week she was in the family way and is not now. She has not been sick. She is not as large as she was last week. I have never visited Wealthy Williams. She had been up there last week. The people around there believe it was Wealthy's child because she was in the family way and now she is not and she was the only one there in the family way. She used no water from that well. She got water from there yesterday. I have seen the child in the well. I don't know whether it is white or colored. No other woman near there was in the family way. I am sure Wealthy was in the family way. Everybody near there and several from Town have been there except Wealthy. She has not been near the well today. I have never seen her at night. She has not been there long. Lue 'X' Harris

   Hallie Arnold sworn says: I live in Newberry. Had seen the dead child this morning in the well on Pool's Place. I found child in there. I went straight and reported it. I do not know whose child it is but I believe it to be Wealthy Williams' because she has been in the family way and now is not. I spoke to Wealthy about being so small and she said she was laced very tight. I saw her in family way last Saturday. Known Wealthy three years. She looked like she was ready to be confined. Wealthy appeared to the well yesterday. She came this morning and helped me scour. I have noticed Wealthy being in the family way. Seen her before this week. She is not in family way now.  Hattie Arnold

   Leah Roberson sworn says: I live in Newberry SC on Pool's Row. Seen the dead child there this A.M. in the well. Do not know whose child it is but believe it to be Wealthy Williams' for she was in the family way but now is not. And I have not known her to be sick. She has been up this since last Wednesday. I know she was in the family way. I have heard that Wealthy was a bad woman.    Leah 'X' Roberson

   John Henry Chappell, Chief of Police of the Town of Newberry State of SC being duly sworn says: I have arrested Wealthy Williams this morning. I went to her house and examined her bed and found it nasty and bloody and told her to show me her underclothes and she did not want to do so. I looked in the fireplace and found a piece of meat in there and a small piece of human dung. I looked at her underclothes and they were very bloody. She has given birth to a child. I seen her the other day and she was big and now is not. I don't know who threw the child in the well. Found blood on her clothes and on the clothes around the bed and house. I never examined her skirts. I believe Wealthy has been confined.  J. H. Chappell

   Wealthy Williams sworn says: I live in Newberry. I gave birth to a child last Saturday night. Do not know where the child is. Aunt Lue Harris taken the child from my house. I called Lue Saturday. Lue was passing my house. I wanted to send for my mother. Lue objected. Lue carried baby away ½ hour after birth. I did not want Lue to carry baby off. I never told her to destroy baby. It was not murdered. It was not alive when it was born. Lue told me not to tell it. I said child was taken out in a cigar box. Lue told me so. People who noticed me would have known that I had given birth to a child. I have been at my mother's since. Went to ma's Sunday. I never destroyed any child. I did not know there was a law against destroying child. Aunt Lue Harriss never visited me before birth of child. On friendly terms with Lue. Called her as she passed my house. Did not want to report Aunt Lue, as I like her.  Wealthy 'X' Williams

   Lue Harris re-called: I have seen that box before. Lizzie Payne drew the box out of the well. There has been some talk about that box today. I have never visited this girl in my life. Never been in her house in my life. Been in this Town sixty-one years. People around here know me well. I have never practiced mid-wife. I have not been in Wealthy's house in my life. We always pass and that's all. Never have any fuss with her. I never go out at night. I was in my house all Saturday night. She was big Sunday, I am certain.  Lue 'X' Harris                       

   Betsy Williams sworn says: My daughter does not live with me. Not been in my house with me in two years. She lived near Church until she moved near Mr. Goggans. She has been in family way I think. Said nothing to me about being pregnant. She was in my house Saturday and Sunday. I never noticed her size. She looked like she was in family way Sunday and Saturday. Long near the first of the week she looked very small. I never told her not to tell. Wealthy is not a married Woman.  Betsy 'X' Williams

   Nora Owens sworn says: I live in Newberry SC near well. I saw the box in the well Monday morning. I'd heard it said that the box was in the well. Never been in Wealthy's house in my life. She looked Sunday morning like she was in the family way. I never saw the box until I got it out of the well. I saw a good many children near the well. Never seen any children with that box. Nora 'X' Owens

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 3 July 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at Mrs. Emanuel Sligh's in Newberry County SC the third day of July AD 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner of said County upon view of the body of an infant found dead in the Town of Newberry by the oaths of: G. M. Girardeau, J. D. Shockley, John D. Shockley, J. Mittle, A. L. Singleton, R. E. Brannon, Robert S. Perry, D. C. Wadford, J. W. Roberson, Thomas Palmer, George Long, J. W. Chapman, B. L. Lane and W. S. Brown being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State of SC why and by what means the said infant came to its death upon their oaths do say that the said infant came to its death by natural causes from the brain of said child not being thoroughly developed and according to the evidence of case, there was no violence used in causing the death of said child.  Given under our hands and seals this third day of July AD 1886.  John N. Bass, Coroner

G. M. Girardeau, J. D. Shockley, John D. Shockley, J. Mittle, A. L. Singleton, R. E. Brannon, Robert S. Perry, D. C. Wadford, J. W. Roberson, Thomas Palmer, George Long, J. W. Chapman, B. L. Lane and W. S. Brown

   Amelia Wilson being sworn says: I live in Newberry County, Town of Newberry SC. My child was found dead. Died about 11 this am. I was out of the house. Been out about one hour. Has been sick ever since it was born. I nursed yesterday about 10 pm. Have been living at T. G. Williams. Child slept a great deal. Never gave it anything for sickness except catnip. I have no difficulty. Have been living with T. G. Williams. We had a fuss and he made me leave.            Amelia 'X' Wilson                                                

   Sarah Cannon being sworn says: Amelia came over to my house and I went with her and found the child dead. Been knowing Amelia a long time. Never visited her since she had any children. Sarah 'X' Cannon  (Recorded signature is Sarah 'X' Wilson)

   George W. Garmany being sworn says: I went over and made an examination of the child. It was a 'seven months' child. Brain was very soft and not well developed. I found a bruise on its thigh. Could have been made by doctor or midwife. The bruise would not have caused the death of the child. They are always stupid in this condition it was in. I think the child died a natural death. In my opinion the brain not being developed was the cause of the death.                               

G. W. Garmany MD                                                             

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County. 10 July 1886          

An Inquisition indented taken at Henry Cobbler's in Newberry County, State of South Carolina, the 10th day of July AD 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner upon view of the body of Abby Peister then and there being dead by the oaths of S. L. Kennedy, Jim Kinard, Thomas Johnson, William Sligh, Samuel Bonds, Allen Hargrove, Joe Glover, Nathan Russell, Nero Lane, Bob Farrow, E. R. Lessan, Dan Smith, Seth Ward and W. H. Gilliam, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for this State where and by what means the said Abby Peister came to her death upon their oaths do say that the aforesaid Abby Peister came to her death by a stroke of lightening and by the hands of the Great Jehovah. Given under our hands and seals this 10th day of July AD 1886.  John N. Bass, Coroner of Newberry

S. L. Kennedy foreman, Jim (X) Kinard, Thomas (X) Johnson, William (X) Sligh, Samuel (X) Bonds, Allen (X) Hargrove, Joe (X) Glover, Nathan (X) Russell, Nero (X) Lane, Bob (X) Farrow, E. R. (X) Lessan, Dan Smith, Seth Ward and W. H. Gilliam

   Joe Peister being sworn says: I live in Newberry Co. This evening I was in public road one mile from Town and passed deceased. Was talking to her and walked on. A sudden stroke of lightening came and she fell dead. I had spoke to her shortly before and I looked back and she was lying in the road. I saw a flash of lightening and a thunder report. I never saw her face. My wife and girl were with me. Wife saw her first. Have known deceased a long time. She was a woman of good health, no disease. I saw her last very well. She seemed to be well when I seen her. My wife went back and I went for her husband. I did not go back because my wife went to her and I went for her husband. I was badly frightened. She told me to tell her husband to come on when I passed her.      J. P. Peister

   Calvin Peister being sworn says: I live in Newberry County, husband of deceased. Live on J. O. Havird's Place. I saw her in good health about 3 o'clock. She had no disease, no shortness of breath or no heart disease. She has not shown any sickness lately.            Calvin 'X' Peister  

   Walter Peister being sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Seen deceased one mile from Town, passed her, was talking to her. She had a cane and umbrella in her hand. She told me to tell her husband on. Was near her, did not see her face. Shortly after I heard her talking I saw her down. I was near enough to see her face. It was not raining. I did not stay there in the rain. There was a big clap of thunder just before she fell. I saw a flash of lightening and looked back and she was down. I never saw her fall. I called her after she fell and she would not answer and I went back to her. She never spoke to me.  Walter "X" Peister

I, George W. Garmany, MD do hereby certify that Abbie Peister came to her death by lightening stroke, this the 10th day of July AD 1886.

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 13 July 1886

An inquisition indented and taken at Jas R. Davidson's in Newberry County on the 13th day of July AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Mack Boozer then and there being dead by the oaths of Jas R. Davidson, Wm. M. Law, Wm. Dawkins, Bob Farrow, Bob Martin, Dave Dembo, Nelson Williams, Wash. Haltiwanger, Spencer Dembo, Fed Caldwell, Ned Kinard and Dr. G. W. Garmany, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina, when and by what means the said Mack Boozer came to his death by a gun shot wound by the hands of Burr Ruff and so the Jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Burr Ruff in manner and form aforesaid, Burr Ruff, 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 my hands and seals this day and year above mentioned. John N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County

Jas R. Davidson, Foreman of Jury of Inquest, William M. Lane, G. W. Garmany, Wm. Dawkins, Wash. (X) Haltiwanger, Dave (X) Dembo, Spencer (X) Dembo, Bob (X) Martin, Bob (X) Farrow, Nelson (X) Williams, Fed (X) Caldwell, Ned (X) Kinard

State of South Carolina, Newberry County

This is to certify that I have this day examined the body of Mack Boozer and that in my opinion, he, Mack Boozer, came to his death from a pistol shot in the left side, wounding the spleen. 

July 13, 1886        G. W. Garmany MD

EVIDENCE

   Wheeler Williams being sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Shot on 10th day of July. Mack is Mr. Davidson's feeder. Burr Ruff ran out of the lot after (hearing the) shot. I am the hay feeder. I only heard one word. I could not tell who spoke. I heard the pistol fire. Next I saw Burr Ruff run. Afterwards Mack Boozer ran out of the lot and called Mr. Davidson and told him that Burr Ruff had shot him. Did not hear them quarreling any. I do not know (about) their having any difficulty before; the hog pen was about 15 steps from where Mack Boozer was standing and Burr was standing behind a small stable. I could not see him when he shot.            Wheeler Williams              

   Jas R. Davidson being sworn says: Mack Boozer ran to him on the morning of the 10th of July, saying that Burr Ruff had shot him and asked if I would carry him to a Dr. which I did do, carrying him to Dr. G. W. Garmany at Newberry Court House to be examined and that the Dr. said that he did not think the wound at all dangerous. I have not talked with him since then.     

J. R. Davidson

   Nancy Gary being sworn says: I live in Newberry County. I cook for Mr. Davidson. When Mack ran and called Mr. Davidson and said Burr Ruff had shot him, I called to him. I said to him - I have told you to stay away from there, that Burr would shoot you. He told me all the time that he would die that morning. When I was going to the well he told me that I had better tell him goodbye for he would not be here when I got back, for he was going to die and that he was dying now. And before I got back some one called me and said hurry or I would not see the last of him. When I got to the house he could not speak. He said all the time he would die and he said all the time that Burr Ruff was the man that shot him. Did not have a fuss with Burr. I did not hear Burr say he would shoot Mack. He was bad off all day yesterday and last night. Said he would not be here long. He has got no money to bury himself. He works for wages. He and Burr have always been friendly. That is all I know about it. He died this morning, July 13 1886. Was shot on last Saturday morning, been the 10th July 1886.       Nancy (X) Gary

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry County, 31 July 1886

An Inquisition indented taken at General Suber's in said State and County the last day of July 1886 before John N. Bass, Coroner of said County upon view of the body of Silla Suber then and there being dead by the oaths of: Walter Suber, Pink Suber, Jesse Gary, Lawrence Gary, Lewis Kinard, Jordan Suber, Adam Teague, Theodore Burton, Wister Gary, Wriat Suber, Thomas Johnson, Pierce Butler and Isaac Walker, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State of SC where and by what means the said Silla Suber came to her death during the night of 30th July 1886 by natural causes from heart disease. Witness our hands and seals this 1st day of July AD 1886.                John N. Bass, Coroner

Walter Suber, Pink Suber, Jesse Gary, P. Lawrence Gary, Lewis Kinard, Jordan Suber, Adam Teague, Theodore Burton, Wister Gary, Wriat Suber, Thomas Johnson, Pierce Butler and Isaac Walker, Lewis Gary

   General Suber being sworn says: I live here in Newberry County SC. I was in bed with my wife last night. I awoke this morning and found her dead. She was subject to heart disease. Sometimes she got short of breath and had to stop to catch her breath before she could go any further. She had a bad case of heart disease. No one injured her in any way. She was complaining no more than common. Yesterday she was complaining with her heart. Had this disease near four years. It is known through the neighborhood she had this disease. General 'X' Suber                    

   D. S. Satterwhite being sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC near here. Deceased, she is subject to asthma and has been suffering with it for years. She was up yesterday and was found dead this morning. I was told of her death this am. I had the Coroner sent for. General said he thought deceased was better last night. Have lived here six months. Been knowing deceased and her husband long time. They always got along well together. She was about 60 years old.

D. S. Satterwhite

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 12 August 1886                                  

An inquisition indented and taken at Antioch Church on the 12th day of August AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Joicy Ann Moseley of Prosperity, then and there being dead by the oaths of U. B. Whites, S. L. Fellers, B. B. Hair, Robt. Bruce, Joe Kinard, Henry Wise, Anderson Kinard, Walter Bethel, Aaron Shaw, Wm. Miller, Lee Aiken and Jack Cannon, 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 Joicy Ann Moseley came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Joicy Ann Moseley came to her death by being burned August 8 AD 1856 and that the said burning was accidental.

Given under our hands and seals, this the 12th day of August AD 1886.   Jno N. Bass, Coroner

B. B. Hair, Foreman, U. B. Whites, S. L. Fellers, Robt. Bruce, J. H. Kinard, Henry Wise, Anderson Kinard, Walter Bethel, Aaron Shaw, Wm. Miller, Lee Aiken and Jack Cannon.

EVIDENCE

   John DeWalt being sworn says: I live in Newberry County at Andrew Counts. Last Sunday I was called to come to her house. Her mother called me about 8 o'clock pm. Deceased was lying on the bed burned. Her mother was rubbing flour on her. I know of no ill will between them. Deceased has three children. She is not married. It is said that Tom Gillam is the father of her oldest child. I never heard of any fuss in the family about it. Tom Gillam was her stepfather. She was burned on the 8th of August and died on the 9th.                 John (X) DeWalt

   Adeline Gilliam being sworn says: I live at Mr. Counts. I was at home Sunday eve. Dec'd dresses were on fire. I spoke to her and she said that's nothing and it flamed up. I jumped out of bed and tried to put it out. I burned myself trying to ?rescue? her, she ran out door and left me. She was my daughter. My husband Gilliam is not her father. Her baby is two months old. My daughter and I have no fuss about my husband. She was not of sound mind, quite foolish. She went to the fireplace to burn a board of bread and caught fire. I sent for Dr. Langford. He never came. My husband is Thomas Gilliam. I never knew it was any harm to bury her when she died in the house in my bed and burned in the house. She lived one night, died next morning. John DeWalt and several others (were) there.  Adeline (X) Gilliam

   Julia Ann Gilliam being sworn says: I live at Andrew Counts in Newberry County. I was off Sunday Eve, when I got home Dec'd was badly burned. They said she was baking bread and caught on fire. I was there when she died Monday about 9 or 10 o'clock. I never heard her and grandma fussing. Dec'd is my mother. I saw my mother after she was burned. She was burned on the arms, stomach, neck, legs, body, breast and back. My mother told me she caught on fore attending to the bread. My father had gone off to work. She was burned on the 8th of August and died on the 9th.             Julia Ann (X) Gilliam

Having disinterred the body of Joicy Ann Moseley, who has been buried since August 9th instant. Upon examination I find the eschar about the body, neck and face from burn, sufficient to have caused her death.  August 12, 1886                J. D. Bruce MD

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 15 August 1886

An inquisition indented, taken at Newberry Court House on the 15th day of August AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Belton Johnikin of Newberry, then and there being dead by the oaths of B. H. Cline, J. F. Setzler, A. C. Chapman, David Rhoden, Herman Witte, E. H. Kingsmore, W. E. Senn, J. H. Chappell, P. L. Langford, Joe W. Robertson, Kemper Lake, and P. Brooks Mayes, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said County and State, where and by what means the said Johnikin came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Johnikin came to his death at the hands of A. H. Blease and that it is a plain case of Justifiable homicide in self defense. Given under our hands and seals, this the 15th day of August AD 1886.           Jno N. Bass, Coroner

B. H. Cline, Foreman, J. F. Setzler, A. C. Chapman, David Rhoden, Herman Witte, E. H. Kingsmore, W. E. Senn, J. H. Chappell, P. L. Langford, Joe W. Robertson, Kemper Lake, and P. Brooks Mayes                                               

EVIDENCE                                              

   Howard H. Franklin being sworn says: I am a policeman in Newberry. I was in Town last night, near the Opera House. I saw Gus Blease and Johnikin. I heard Blease ask Johnikin if he called him a dog. Johnikin drew his pistol on Blease. Blease hit him with a stick. I saw the pistol before the stick was passed. When I took the pistol from Dec'd it was half cocked. In my opinion Blease was Justifiable in ?striking? Blease's life was in danger. Dec'd had reputation of being a bad man, both parties being here sometime. John Fiun's mother saw the fuss.  H. H. Franklin 

   John Fiun Jr. being sworn says: I was at Newberry last night. I saw Blease hit Johnikin, said he would hit any man called him a dog. I saw no pistol. I was near, seen stick. Dec'd fired, jumped up and run. I had no talk with Chappell. (Cross examined) I swear I never told Chappell that I seen Dec'd with pistol. I do not know what an oath is. I never told Chappell anything.               

John (X) Fiuns

Howard H. Franklin recalled says Mr. Blease hit deceased on the head.

Upon examination of the body of Belton Johnikin we found that he came to his death from a punctured wound received over the anterior superior angle of the left parietal bone of the skull, causing rupture of branches of the left middle meningeal artery and extravisation of blood and compression of the brain substance.            James M. Kibler MD, W. G. Houseal MD, August 15, 1886

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 19 August 1886

An inquisition indented, taken at Robert Harmon's House on the 19th day of August AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Rosa Harmon of Newberry, then and there being dead by the oaths of B. B. Hair, J. M. Hawkins, J. D. Beacham, J. S. Nichols, B. S. Nichols, J. C. Schumpert, F. M. Schumpert, Walter Adams, Noah Taylor, Coleman Hix, Abram Hall, Billie Hair, John Enlow, A. H. Nichols, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Rosa Harmon came to her death by the hands of her husband Robert Harmon contrary to her will and the manner and form aforesaid, said Robert Harmon did kill and slay the said Rosa Harmon in witness whereof I, Jno N. Bass Coroner aforesaid and the Jury aforesaid to their inquisition have entered and humbly put our hands and seals, this the 19th day of August AD 1886.                 Jno N. Bass, Coroner

B. B. Hair, Foreman, J. M. Hawkins, J. D. Beacham, J. S. Nichols, B. S. Nichols, J. C. Schumpert, F. M. Schumpert, Walter Adams, Noah Taylor, Coleman (X) Hix, Abram (X) Hall, Billie Hair, John Enlow, A. H. Nichols

EVIDENCE                                              

    Hattie Clark being sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Tuesday night he was whipping her from jealousy, was whipping her with a bench leg. I never knew anything bad about her. I saw him whipping her once before. I have known him a long time. He came to Aunt Silvia Abney's house when he came and said she was dead. I was looking for her to give her something to eat. She asked him to give her some water. He gave her a drink and poured some on her breast for she had fainted. I saw him running her up the road Wednesday morning. He told her if she ever came back he would kill her.     Hattie (X) Clark

    Harrison Gallman being sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC. Tuesday night I went to bed very early. My wife heard someone fighting, said come to the door. I got up and came to the door. I heard the hollering and heard the licks. I live about ¼ a mile. I came down here. When I got here he was sitting on her on the floor. I started to come in and he told me not to. Harmon, I just want to beg you to let her alone. (He said) 'I mean to kill her or convince her tonight'. He had two of the bench legs beating her on the body. Never saw him beat her on the head. After he quit beating her she pulled up by the bed. (It) was the last I saw of her. (They) went out in the woods and coming by a stump where he had been getting light wood she died. He got her on his shoulders and brought her home. I have known him for some time. I knew him to whip her before. He whipped her once before this year. When he was beating her she said 'Husband if you quit beating me I will -  H. H. Gallman

   Chloe Hutson being sworn says: I live on Mr. Wicker's place. Was here when Rob brought her into the house. Said she had fainted and he did not know what to do with her. He had her legs over his arms and had hold of her hands. Her head was hanging to one side. I laid her on the bed and went and opened the window. It frightened me so I could not speak for a few minutes. I went to the bed and said, "Robert, Rose is dead. In the name of the Lord have you killed your wife" and he said she brought it all on herself. I felt her and she was cold from her knees down. Hands were cold and her nose. She was dead. Rob sat down by the bed and did not answer me. I went to the next neighbor's house, Silla Hutson, and told her Rob had killed his wife. I told Silla to come up here for Rob had gone. For there was no one with her but little children.  Chloe (X) Hutson               

   Josh Hentz, being sworn says: I live in Newberry County, SC. I saw him. I was at my house and heard Rose hollering. Tuesday night I opened my back door. I listened. I heard Fed Clark say Rob was killing his wife. I came up the road, thought I could manage him a little when I got there. I heard Rose begging, 'Please husband'. Rob did not say anything. I called Rob three times. He said go away don't bother me. Rob says, I have been talking to Rose all this time and I am going to rule her this time or kill her. He was sitting across her breast. He had the bench leg. He struck her first with one hand and then the other and the leg flew out of his hand and he then took the bench. Rob said, I am going to convince you tonight and I dare any man to come in that door. He started beating her a while and then would start again. She kept begging for water. He got up and got some water and gave her some. She got in bed. I saw Rob and Rose yesterday morning about 6 or 7 o'clock going up the road. I spoke to them. Where are you going Rob? I am going to give Albert a wife for I have no other use for her. Rose was walking with a stick. I saw them about 11 o'clock setting by the road above Mr. Lake's. Rob said to us to go on. I am tending to my business. They then went on and he walked behind her with a switch. I live about two hundred yards from him.               John Hentz      

   Liddie Gallman being sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC. I was at home Tuesday night and ¼ mile from here. I heard someone hollering. I saw Rob Harmon beating his wife. He was beating her with a bench leg and an old shoe. I begged him to quit beating her. He said, go away from the door. I begged him to quit beating her. I was coming here yesterday morning. I thought I would come to grease her for I knew she would be sore and I met Rob and Rose. Rose walking before him. Rose asked me to go with her. He cut him two switches. Rob told her she had to go to Albert. He would make her go to Albert or kill her. She went on and got by the fence and said there was the place she and Albert had been. Rose said, now husband, you told me you would let me alone if I would show you. I went on with them about ¾ of a mile. I could not go any further. That is the last I saw of her until last night here dead.  Liddie (X) Gallman

Having examined the body of Rose Harmon, I find her skull fractured and her neck broken. Either of which would have induced her death.  August 19, 1886   J. D. Bruce MD

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 25 August 1886      

An inquisition indented, taken at Mary A. Senn's Plantation in Newberry County on the 25th day of August AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Mozelle Senn then and there being dead by the oaths of L. F. Longshore, W. E. Longshore, L. P. Hendrix, F. F. Hendrix, H. B. Hendrix, J. W. Reeder, M. J. Waldrop, J. P. Williams, James Speers, J. H. Hendrix, D. C. Reid, Karl Wagner, R. K. Reeder and D. M. S. Boozer, being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the said State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Mozella Senn came to her death by their oaths do say that the said Mozella Senn came to her death from acute general congestion in Spartanburg County on the night of the 22nd day of August AD 1886. In witness whereof I, John N. Bass, Coroner aforesaid and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals, this day and year above mentioned.     Jno N. Bass, Coroner

L. F. Longshore, Foreman, W. E. Longshore, L. P. Hendrix, F. F. Hendrix, H. B. Hendrix, J. W. Reeder, M. J. Waldrop, J. P. Williams, James Speers, J. H. Hendrix, D. C. Reid, Karl Wagner, R. K. Reeder and D. M. S. Boozer

EVIDENCE                                              

   J. P. Senn being sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County SC. About 3 o'clock last Sunday night, the 22nd inst. Harvey Crow came to my house and told me that my cousin's wife was dead. I caught my horse and went over there. I saw M. Ozella Senn dead in the wagon. It was one and a quarter miles from my house. It was about two miles around the road. The parties said she had congestive chill. I sent for Dr. J. T. Pool. He came after they got to my house. He examined the body. He felt and looked at it. He said he was satisfied she died from congestion. The death was not reported to any officer. There was nothing said about burying her in Spartanburg. We started with the body about one o'clock Monday night. It was about thirty-eight miles from this place. She was not black when I first saw her.     J. P. (X) Senn                                 

   Daniel N. Senn being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County South Carolina. My wife died near J. P. Senn's in Spartanburg County on Sunday night the 22nd inst. Between one and two o'clock. I do not know what caused her death. She complained of a pain in her stomach and head. She was sick about three and a half hours. I left home Saturday from 9 to 11 o'clock. We camped Saturday night two miles this side of Clinton. We crossed Enoree River at Dan Yarborough's mill. The reason we camped, my man gave out. We passed several houses while my wife was sick. We got lost. We were close to a house when my wife died. There was no one there when she died. There was Aunt Helen Boland and myself and my wife in the coach. She complained of her stomach hurting soon after we camped. She got in the wagon with aunt. I got some socks, heated them and put them on her and put on the cover we had on her. She tossed about some little time before she died. She was not of her head. She did not vomit. After she died I sent for my cousin by a little boy. I did not know that my wife was dangerous. I did not know the distance to my cousin's till my wife was dead.  D. N. Senn                                            

   Helena J. Boland being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC. I have lived in Newberry 18 months. I was in Spartanburg County last Sunday night. Mr. David Senn, his wife and Mrs. Nancy Lake were with me. We were going to Mr. John Senn's. I was present when Mrs. Senn died. She said she felt bad after dinner. She got bad about 9 or 10 o'clock. She died in about three or four hours. We heated socks and put to her. We camped because we were misinformed of the road and one of the horses gave out. I have known Mrs. Senn since last Summer. So far as I know Mr. Senn and his wife lived agreeably together. They have been apart since last Summer. I do not know of any difficulties. I heard they had a lawsuit some time ago. I heard Mr. Senn say he had a letter from Edgefield. The letter contained some threats to Mr. Senn if he did not do something. They threatened to strap him. Mrs. Senn was not here when (he) Mr. Senn got the letter. It was about one month before she came. Mrs. Senn complained of her head and stomach the night she died. She only drank some coffee that night. She had eaten some dinner. She had eaten some peaches and apples. She ate one piece of ham, one egg, and toasted bread in the frying pan and drank some coffee. She got the fruit while we were traveling along. I am no relation to the parties. She died in the wagon. We were all in the wagon when she died. We did not think she was so dangerous. She got worse and worse after she drank the coffee till she died. She drank with Aunt out of the cup. She died in Mr. Senn's arms. I knew she had Mr. Senn taken with a warrant some time ago. I think they settled the case. They both lived in the same house. I do not live with Mr. Senn.    Helena J. Boland                                          

   Nancy E. Lake being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC. I was in Spartanburg County last Sunday night. Mrs. Senn complains generally all the time. She was complaining worse in the afternoon. We camped some time after dark. We had supper. She only drank a little coffee. We both drank out of the same cup. She drank the coffee. She kept getting worse and worse. She died. I suppose in about four hours after we ate supper. She tossed from side to side and threw herself about in the wagon. There was no one present but the parties that were traveling with us when she died. Two ladies came soon after. I do not know their names. After she died we got someone as soon as we could and we sent for Mr. John Senn. We had no physician before she died. There was a physician after she died. He said she died with congestion. We left home on Saturday. She suffered from asthma. She was subject to shortness of breath. I have seen her several times. She had been eating fruit as we went along Sunday.         Nancy E. (X) Lake                                                

We the undersigned after making a thorough Post Mortem examination of the body of M. Ozella Senn certify that she came to her death from acute general congestion.        James M. Kibler MD August 25, 1886 W. D. Senn MD  John M. Thompson MD

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 4 September 1886

An inquisition indented and taken at Trinity Church in Newberry County on the 4th day of September AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mozella Senn then and there being dead by the oaths of L. F. Longshore, W. E. Longshore, L. P. Hendrix, T. F. Hendrix, H. B. Hendrix, J. W. Reeder, M. John Waldrop, J. P. Williams, James Speer, J. H. Hendrix, D. C. Reed, K. A. Wagner, J. H. Dorroh, and D. M. S. Boozer, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina, when and by what means the said Mozella Senn came to her death by the hands of David N. Senn contrary to her will and in manner and form aforesaid did kill and slay the said Mozella Senn by choking and Nancy Lake , Helena Boland and Mary Ann Senn are accessories to the murder in Spartanburg County on the morning of the 23 of August 1886 in witness whereof I, John N. Bass, Coroner aforesaid, and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put my hands and seals this day and year above mentioned.                 John N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County        

L. F. Longshore, W. E. Longshore, L. P. Hendrix, T. F. Hendrix, H. B. Hendrix, J. W. Reeder, M. John Waldrop, J. P. Williams, James Speer, J. H. Hendrix, D. C. Reed, K. A. Wagner, J. H. Dorroh, D. M. S. Boozer                                               

   Mrs. Mary Martin being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Knew Mozella Senn, a sister of mine. David Senn was her husband. She received bad treatment by her husband, was abused by him in every way. Was parted about one year. David Senn's mother brought her back. Got a letter from Edgefield. Caused her to bring Senn's wife back. Letter was signed by parties. Letter stated that if Senn did not come and take his wife, would lynch him, had a lawsuit about abusing his wife. Senn and his mother were tried before Warren Peterson for beating his wife, bound over to keep her children. David Senn's mother had the child. Mozella Senn craved her child. She came to my house about three weeks ago for protection at night about the time of the lawsuit. She went back to him after lawsuit heard her say. She believed Mary Ann Senn, Helena Boland and Dave Senn, had tried to poison her by pouring milk in rice. Boland is the sister to Press Boland and he is brother-in-law of David Senn. Mozella Senn tested it once and found it bitter and did not eat it. Told Dave Senn about it and he got angry and repeated it to his mother and she came and shook her down and from this grew the lawsuit. Did not live in the house with Dave Senn's mother. Dave Senn never ate meals with his wife. Her child did not live. Mozella Senn wanted to leave Senn and go to her brother's. Her brother sent her money just before she indicted them. Dave Senn told her that if she intended to leave, he would kill her. Married about six years and treated her bad all the time. Helena Boland has been to their house. Helena Boland and Senn walked to the house with arms around each other. Senn's wife growled about it.         

Mary Martin

   Mary Martin recalled Mozella Senn had one scar on her throat from a rising.     Mary Martin

   Mary Martin recalled Mozella Senn was not subject to spells of any kind.            Mary Martin         

   Mrs. Ella McCullough being duly sworn says: Live in Newberry. Live near Mary Ann Senn's brother Dave Senn and his wife for several years. So far as I know she was a good and kind woman. Heard her say her husband would curse and abuse her.         Ella McCullough                   

   J. F. Hennet being duly sworn says: Live in Spartanburg County about five miles from Cross Anchor. At home on 22 August, made a coffin on 23 at the request of John Senn for a cousin of his. I requested a coroner's inquest but was over ruled. She died in front of her relatives and it was thought unnecessary to hold an inquest. Helped place her in the coffin. Packed cotton around the head and the shoulders owing to distance to be carried and the likelihood of an inquest. In doing so I noticed finger marks on each side of the windpipe. The face was purple and this was about 24 hours after death, scratches on the nose and a separation above the left eye as if struck with a blunt instrument. Eyes were closed and in peculiar shape, partly open. Have considerable experience as an undertaker and never saw mouth in such shape. Dr. Pool was there and examined the body and said she died of general congestion. Senn and his wife camped the night his wife died within a short distance of Mrs. Crow and only 200 yards from Mr. Hughs. I knew Dave Senn, knew these parties lived near. (They were) at Mrs. Crow's about dark, watered and got fire. About 2 o'clock he asked Mrs. Crow to come to camp as his wife was dying. There was no light at the wagon when Mrs. Crow got there and Helena Boland and Mrs. Lake were in the wagon with corpse. No rocks around the wagon to show any had been heated. I examined closely the place where the camp was and Mrs. Senn died. The people in the neighborhood did not know Dave Senn and family and did everything in our power to help him. The neighborhood was very much around when he related what had been treated to Mrs. Senn by her husband, and she took risk when he was driving along and died in 15 minutes. She had eaten some peaches. He said he had come over there for the health of his wife in the evening. Senn's wife and Helena Boland walked across in about one hour before sun. Four miles of where he camped about 8 o'clock Sunday. Did not seem to care about the death of his wife. I heard Kelamper Boland say it was too bad, that Dave should be charged with the murder of his wife. Dave Senn and Helena Boland acted and called each other as brother and sister. Did not know any better for some time. 

J. F. Hennet                                          

   Mrs. Bettie Senn being duly sworn says: Live in Spartanburg County, knew Mozella Senn. (She) was brought to my house on Monday 23 August 1886 before sunup. Helped to dress her. Did not pull off all her clothing. Mrs. Lake and Helena Boland objected saying she had no other (clothing. Saw bruises on her throat and she looked like she had been choked, fingerprints, had one mark which looked like she had been struck. Mrs. Lake said she struck against the wagon when they came over with the corpse. Dave Senn said he had heard they had threatened him and told me if I wanted anything I could get it. He had his pistol, it was loaded, all but one barrel. Senn, Boland and Lake were very much excited when we told them the doctor would be there and they did not want an examination. She had turned dark by daylight and when I had told them of it Mrs. Lake had said, "Lord, is she " They did not want the examination for fear they would be charged with wife murder. Helena Boland wanted to know if anyone thought Dave would be accused of wife murder. They said Mrs. Senn was very well all day and did not know she was dying until just before she died at Mary Ann Senn's. When I drove up Etta Boland met me. I met Mary Ann Senn and when I told her Mozella Senn was dead she turned to Etta Boland and said 'I told you'. She said this two or three times. I was afraid of being put on the stand (because of) at a former inquest on account of remarks of Dave Senn just before inquest. After the body was dressed Dave Senn at first refused to see his wife. He and Helena Boland were in private conversation. He did not seem to grieve at his wife's death. Her hair was badly tangled and some pieces of straw in it. Dave Senn and Helena Boland were anxious to comb her hair down over the forehead low enough to cover the mark on the head. I offered to furnish clothes to redress her but Dave Senn, Helena Boland and Mrs. Lake refused to let me put them on and take off the ones she had on, except one undershirt. I never saw the naked body. There was blood running out her mouth.     Bettie Senn                                                        

   Mrs. M. N. Rhodes being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County. Helped to dress Mozella Senn. Saw marks on her throat and noticed the ones on the throat - two on the left side, very plainly, had the appearance of fingerprints. Did not take off all the clothing. Nanny Lake, Helena Boland and Dave Senn objected. Her hair was tangled. Dressed her about 9-10 o'clock of August 23 1886. Her face was purple and also throat. Her mouth had a strange appearance and heard Dave Senn say he had no medicine except a bottle of laudanum and that would do no good. Placed body on bed, blood running out of the mouth. Saw bruise on the head just above the left eye. Did not know the parties. Had seen Dave Senn about 12 years ago. Heard Nanny Lake say in explaining the mark on her neck that Mozella Senn had been sick some time before and had a rising on her neck, which had to be lanced. I saw one old scar on her neck but there was also finger marks or something that resembled them.  Nancy Mary Rhodes                                              

   C. D. Rhodes being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg. Was home 23 August 1886. About 3 o'clock was awakened to go see about a woman who died. Got John Senn about sunup. Body remained in wagon until about 8-9 o'clock to see if it was decided there should be an inquest. Saw the marks on the throat - two on the left side and one on the right about as large as end of finger. Nose looked like it had been pressed down or struck. Bruises on nose on each side of nose. Saw bruised head. Looked like it had been struck. Talked with Senn. Said he lived about 38 miles away. Said his wife had been fooling Senn, and then stared at the road. Senn (said) his wife gathered a lot of green peaches and ate them all hard. His wife was taken bad sick in the morning. Complained of misery in the head and stomach. Had no medicine except a little laudanum. Dave Senn talked with Helena Boland as his sister and she to him as her brother. I told Senn I thought it best to hold an inquest as his wife had died so suddenly but he said nothing in reply.          C. D. Rhodes                                                                         

   J. T. Stroud being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County. John Senn came to my house and wanted me to go to his house and send for a doctor. The doctor, I don't think, examined the body. Dave Senn said his wife was 27 years old and had been married six years. (She) was accustomed to sick spells and he thought she would soon get over it. She had been pushing the wagon and was wet with perspiration. Saw the corpse of Mozella Senn. Saw marks on (her) nose and throat and was very dark or purple around the bruised places. This was early in the morning. The sun was about one hour high. He said he made some coffee for his wife and that Nancy Lake drank some of the same coffee. She was taken sick soon after camp was struck and about 12 o'clock Dave Senn said that Dr. Pool was a very clever man as he decided his wife had died from eating peaches and (from) worry. He also mentioned the coffee the second time laying stress to the fact that Nancy Lake drank some of the same coffee. I thought it necessary to hold an inquest but Dave Senn did not seem to want one.  J. T. Stroud                                   

   T. J. Laytone being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County. I was at John Senn's on 23 August 1886. Saw the corpse. Was informed it was Mrs. Senn. Saw two marks on her throat. Did not examine the corpse closely. Talked a little with Dave Senn about his wife. Said his wife was a delicate woman. That he started to visit his cousin John Senn. That she was taken sick in the night and died. I thought there should be an inquest. Senn did not seem to be grieving. Senn appeared to act like a man who was suspicious.  T. J. Laytone                                        

   D. M. Senn being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County. Saw Mozella Senn on 23 August 1886. She was dead. Saw two marks on her throat and a black or blue place on the forehead just above the left eye. Also a scratch place on the nose that looked like a bruise. D. M. (X) Senn          

                                               

B. F. Waldrop being duly sworn says: I live in Spartanburg County. Saw the corpse of Mozella Senn on 23 August 1886. Saw marks on her throat and also a dark place on the forehead just above the eye. Both seemed to be depressed. Also purple marks on her nose. Heard Dave Senn say that they had been missed and was it was late and in the evening his wife was taken with a headache but he was not alarmed as she was subject to sick spells and he told her that he would stop and make a fire and coffee and heat rocks and put quilts on her and went to the nearest house for help.  B. F. Waldrop     

James M. Kibler being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County and am a physician. Have examined the body of Mozella Senn and examined the skull. It is not fractured. Cannot tell on account of post mortem the changes that points to violence on the skin could be observed. Congestion is caused in various ways. It can be worsened by choking or strangulation. There was nothing in the stomach to show that congestion was preceded from something eaten. The stomach was empty. In death from choking the eyes would be swollen, the balls protruding. James M. Kibler MD

John M. Thompson MD being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County and am a physician. I examined the body of Mozella Senn today. (There were) no fractures of the skull. (I) made a complete examination. I noticed at a former examination a marked protrusion of the eyes in death from choking or strangulation. The eyes are always protruded at other (similar examinations. Could not have told of the bruises of the skin on account of post mortem changes. John N. Thompson MD

Warren G. Peterson being duly sworn says:  I live in Newberry County and am a Trial Justice. (I) am acquainted with Mary Ann Senn, Dave Senn and Mozella Senn. Mary Ann Senn and Dave Senn were tried before me and convicted. The prosecution was for assault on Mozella Senn. (She) came to my house about 9-10 o'clock at night. She was afraid to return home as she thought her husband and Mary Ann Senn were making arrangements to kill her.  W. G. Peterson

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 30 September 1886.

An inquisition indented and taken at Josh Davenport in Newberry County before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Press Snellgrove then and there being dead by the oaths of R. D. Davenport, Josh Davenport, Sam Johnson, Calbas Gaulman, D. L. Boozer, S. F. Caldwell, Fed Harris, J. B. Boozer, J. P. Hutson, J. D. Boozer, C. S. Caldwell, J. J. Schumpert, who being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina, when and by what means the said Press Snellgrove came to his death upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Press Snellgrove came to his death from epileptic fits. Given under our hands and seals this the 30th day of September 1886.  John N. Bass, Coroner

James J. Schumpert foreman, R. D. Davenport, Josh Davenport, Sam Johnson, Calbas Gaulman, D. L. Boozer, S. F. Caldwell, Fed Harris, J. B. Boozer, J. P. Hutson, J. D. Boozer, C. S. Caldwell, David Boozer                                  

EVIDENCE                                              

   Vina Johnson being sworn says: I live in Newberry County SC. The deceased was my son. He was subject to having fits for several years. It has been five years since he had a hard one. He has not been home in three weeks. He did not have a good mind. He was an idiot. He had a disposition to roam. He roamed about at different places all the time. I expected to find him dead any day.  Vina (X) Johnson

   Martha Davenport sworn: I live in Newberry County SC. I was here yesterday. Deceased was here. I saw him have a fit. He lay down and slobbered and kicked and groaned. Someone said he may be subject to fits and would soon be over his fit. I went to the berry field and when I came back he was dead. No one was with him when he died. I have seen the deceased often. He did not fall at first.  Martha (X) Davenport

   Josh Davenport being sworn says: Deceased came to the well. He was cursing someone about a girl. I came and took him to the house and he had a fit. Some of the boys said he would be well in a few minutes. He got well in a few minutes and it came on him again. I spoke to him and he only grunted. I went up to my lot and when I got back he was dead. He roamed about all the time. He was an idiot.  J. D. Davenport                                                                                                                               

I certify that Press Snellgrove came to his death from an epileptic fit. James M. Kibler MD

Newberry, SC September 30, 1886

 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County, 2 November 1886

An inquisition indented and taken at Eliza Jones in Newberry County on the 2nd day of November AD 1886 before John N. Bass Coroner for said County upon viewing the body of Joseph Satterwhite then and there being dead by the oaths of W. W. Davenport, Jeff Buzhardt, Oscar Atchison, Pat Pitts, Pat Satterwhite, Chambers Williams, Anderson Satterwhite, John Gilliam, Elijah Nance, Jim Stewart, Summer Lark, Fortune Pitts Jr., Abe Hill and David Hair, being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina, when and by what means the said Joe Satterwhite came to his death on the 2nd day of November 1886 from congestion of the stomach. In witness whereof I, John N. Bass, Coroner aforesaid, and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put my hands and seals this day and year above mentioned.  John N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County         

W. W. Davenport (foreman), Jeff (X) Buzhardt, Oscar (X) Atchison, Pat (X) Pitts, Pat (X) Satterwhite, Chambers (X) Williams, Anderson (X) Satterwhite, John (X) Gilliam, Elijah Jones, Jim (X) Stewart, Summer (X) Lark, Fortune (X) Pitts Jr., Abe (X) Hill and David (X) Hair

EVIDENCE                                              

   Sattie Tribble being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Knew the deceased. Worked with him yesterday. Was here last night. I was with him all day. Has not been subject to fits. I have known him all my life. Last night he ate more than usual. He ate peas, drank coffee. I discovered he was dead this morning at daylight. He got up at midnight last night. I don't know that he complained at that time.  Sattie (X) Tribble                                  

   Elijah Jones being duly sworn says: Was here last night. The deceased worked at William Garlington's yesterday. I was late getting home last night. When I came home I left soon after and went to my aunt's about midnight. He opened the door. He then complained about being quite warm.   Elijah (X) Jones                                            

   Carrie Jones being duly sworn says: I live here. Was home last night. The deceased appeared well yesterday. I found him dead this morning. He was not subject to fits.     Carrie (X) Jones               

Dr. James M. Kibler being duly sworn says: I certify that Joe Satterwhite came to his death from congestion caused by indigestion and engorgement of the stomach.           James M. Kibler MD

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