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State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 4 January 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Helena in the County and State aforesaid the 4th day of January A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of infant of Sadie Lawson of Helena SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J. D. Shockley, J. D. Chapman, T. H. Cromer, W. T. Livingston, C. J. Zobel, Welch Webber, Joe Miller, J. Z. Salter, T. G. Williams, J. F. Glenn, M. Reighly, J. J. Watts,  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 infant came to its death upon their oaths do say that the said infant came to its death from strangulation or suffocation by the hands of some person or persons unknown to the jury at Helena  SC on the 2nd day of January 1897. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

Jaby D. Shockley Foreman, Jeff D. Chapman, T. H. Cromer, W. T. Livingston, C. J. Zobel, Welch Webber, Joe Miller, J. Z. Salter, T. G. Williams, J. F. Glenn, M. Reighly, J. J. Watts

EVIDENCE

Over the infant at Helena SC January 4, 1897

Dr. J. H. McCullough sworn says:   Mrs. Lawson sent for me Saturday night. Did not go. Sunday got there. Asked the trouble. She did not answer. I asked her 2 or 3 times. Got no reply. Asked Negro woman who was there. Mrs. Lawson said on Saturday night she dropped and I knew what followed and I knew what followed. I said no and if she had a child. She said yes. Under the bed wrapped in a sheet. Told her to get it out. I saw it and looked around. Asked if it was born alive or dead. She said alive. I then asked what killed it. She said she didn't know unless it strangled. She was alone. She was alone and before she could get at her self to attend to it - it was dead. Cord was around its neck, wrapped too tight. Child was fully developed and in ----- thought it was born alive. Don't know the colored woman. She, Jane Gary, looks like the woman. Mrs. Lawson said she had the child.  J.H. McCullough MD

   Jane Gary sworn says:   In Helena Newberry Co. SC. I was at Mrs. Lawson's last Sunday, January 3, 1897. I went to her house to carry a bucket and get some pepper from her. Found her in bed sick. Asked her what was the trouble. Said she didn't know unless it was the grippe. When her brother went in the house she said for me to clean up. I asked her what she had done. Then she told me 'had a mishap'. I said I would not attend and told her 'beast' and I left and saw the doctor going and I went back to see. She seemed very long telling doctor what was the matter. Then she told the doctor she had a mishap and it was under the bed and I pulled the baby from under the bed and the doctor looked at it. No one sent for me Saturday night that I know of. Sunday morning no one there but home folks, 2 brothers and a little boy. I was there Sunday night when it was buried. Ward Hunter was there when it was buried. I saw no one else. Heard no one else talking. Baby was under the bed all day Sunday. Don't know why it was not buried Sunday unless could not get no one. I went to the door - handed the baby to Ward and went back. Far as I know, no one at the grave. Mr. Pitts may have been at my house, I don't know. Did not tell anyone that Mr. Pitts came for me. Don't know that George went out when someone called Saturday night.                  Jane (X) Gary

   George Gary sworn says:   Don't know anything about the case. Did not go out when someone called me Saturday night. Don't know if it was a white man. Had a man's voice. He called, said he wanted to see my wife. I think from the voice it was Mr. Billy Pitts. Don't know the time. Between 8 and 9 o'clock Saturday night. Didn't say what he wanted. My wife Jane went out and talked to the man. Only gave a few minutes, 7 or 8. Hollered. I asked who it was. Said I want to see Jane. Would not tell who he was. Jane got up and went and talked. I went to bed. She said Mr. Billy Pitts wanted her to go up there. I asked for what. She said Mrs. Lawson was sick, had the colic. I said I have nothing to do with it unless the doctor there. She didn't go to Mrs. Lawson.  George (X) Gary

   Jane Gary recalled:   I never was sick and it bothered me Mr. Billy Pitts called me Saturday night, January 2 between 8 and 9 o'clock. Said Mrs. Lawson had colic and wanted me to come. I was sick and didn't go. Only one at burying child I saw or heard. No one had spoken to me about it before. Mrs. Lawson is a single woman. She says baby been born alive. Did not say how long baby was dead.  Jane (X) Gary

   T. Ward Hunter sworn says:    Saturday night about 8 o'clock I was in Helena Newberry County SC. I was sent for by W. J. Pitts for the said woman. Seemed to be very sick. I went for Dr. McCullough. Did not get him. Went Sunday am and got him. I stayed in town Sunday. Jane Gary said doctor said baby could be buried. I went and buried it at night about 7 o'clock. No one helped me to dig the grave. Jane Gary was there. I saw Pitts Sunday and he asked me when would bury. I consulted Ed Glenn and told him I wanted Billy. I consulted the other, Ben Burk and went ahead. They didn't tell me where. I put grass over the grave to keep the dogs away. No one else there when I buried it except Jane. She was there all the time. Had no light. I could see. Me and Pitts had no previous talk about. I tried to keep it no secret. Was at Pitts Sunday but not by appointment. I had made no arrangements about it. Promised no pay for burying. Got no pay for going to the doctor. Pitts asked me to go. I went. He knew what was the matter. Pitts came from Mrs. Lawson's this morning. Left his coat there Saturday. He said it was a wonder the boys didn't say something to him. I knew nothing about it before. Heard nothing about Ed shooting him. He had no gun today. Never heard him about the woman's condition. I asked Ed last night if he was going to work today. He said no. Don't know when (the infant) born. Pitts not there when I came back Saturday night. I went to Jane Gary's to tell her doctor not there. I told her next am about daylight. I came from the doctor's about 2 am and went home and went to sleep and went to Jane's next am. I didn't know what (was) the matter. I had an idea. I was not blind. Never saw the Glenn boys Saturday night. Saw Pitts Sunday evening after Paysinger came down and he asked how they were coming along down there. Didn't see Pitts Saturday night, after I came from the doctor's. Pitts was not at the burying. Don't know if Pitts saw the child. I first knew the child was dead Sunday morning. I was asked to bury Sunday about dark. Jane Gary told me the child was dead.      T. W. Hunter

   Sallie Hunter sworn says:   I do not know anything at all. I never went to the house until the doctor came. I did not know anything was the matter until last Friday. No one there but home folk and Jane Gary. I asked Mrs. Lawson what was the matter. She said it was a miss - then I ran out. The boys got mad and I left and I went back late Sunday eve. They told me the doctor said to bury the child. I was not sent for Saturday night. Do not who - they buried at night. I asked Mrs. Lawson to see the child. It was under the bed. So not know what time it was buried. Did not see Mr. Pitts there. Mrs. Lawson said no one put their hands on the child. Me and Jane went there at once. Mrs. Lawson said the child was alive when it was born. She said the cord was around its neck and strangled it. Ward went for the doctor. Don't know what time he went or come back. He came by for me late in the night. I don't know if he went to bed or not. Didn't tell me what time the child was born. She told me today, "What a pity." Didn't say pity about what. Seemed to be sorry it was dead. Was crying. Heard no threats.  Sallie (X) Hunter

   Lula Renwick sworn says:   I heard Sunday that Mrs. Lawson had a baby. I was not there. I went Sunday to see the baby. Jane Gary not there when I went. I did not see the baby. Not at the burying. I didn't ask to see the baby. Don't know about sending for the doctor. Said she was sick. Didn't say that she had a baby. She said she had Dr. McCullough. Don't know who is the baby's daddy.             Lula (X) Renwick

   J. D. Shockley sworn says:   I live in Helena SC. Was at home last night. Went out about 8 o'clock. Heard someone digging near my house. Child buried about 30-40 yards from my house. I went back and got my coat and hat and went to see (who) it was. Heard someone say, "That will do." One went out near me and came towards the store. That I took to be Mr. Pitts from his shape form and I saw a colored man there this am putting something over the grave. Man that passed me was a white man or bright mulatto. He was not a black man.  J. D. Shockley

   Silas Renwick sworn says:   I heard that Mrs. Lawson had a baby and it was dead. Hunter told me Mrs. Sudie had a baby and that he went for Dr. McCullough. Went for Jimmie McIntosh and couldn't get him and then went for Dr. McCullough. McIntosh is Pitts' doctor. I didn't see Jane Gary there. Heard she was there. Heard that the boys were fractious and Ward said Pitts was all right, had two pops, meaning two pistols. Saw Pitts go there constantly. Get off the car and go there and in the mornings.  Silas (X) Renwick

This is to certify that the infant examined by me tonight and said to be the child of Mrs. Sudie Lawson was born alive and that it came to its death from suffocation or strangulation.        

Helena SC      January 4, 1897            J.M. Kibler MD     

W. L. Lawson of Cokesbury SC. married to Sudie E. Glenn of Helena SC. on 1/23/1889 by Rev. C. P. Scott. Newberry Observer 1/31/1889; Wash Lawson, 24 years old, has a terrible accident at work. His one leg needed to be amputated. He died 6:30 p.m. His wife was Sudie Glenn, daughter of the late Joseph E. Glenn of Helena. Details of the accident Page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 4/23/1891 - coroner's inquisition, page 388

Sudie Lawson, white, gave birth on 1/2/1897. The child was buried and the event reported to the coroner who held an inquest. No proof can be made of foul play. Newberry Observer 1/6/1897

Sudie E. Lawson married W. A. Pitts at the home of the bride's sister Mrs. Katie M. Lawson of Cokesbury by Rev. Henderson, the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church there on 2/14/1897. Newberry Observer, 2/24/1897

Mrs. W. A. Pitts, of Newberry is sister to Mrs. Kate Lawson of Cokesbury. Newberry Observer 1/24/1901

W. A. Pitts of Helena, his infant child died 10/22/1889 of diphtheria. Newberry Observer 10/24/1889; W. A. Pitts was paid $25, by the Ordinary County Fund for the school district No. 4, year 1888-1889. Newberry Observer 3/6/1890; W.A. Pitts, of Helena, is the father of Mrs. W.T. Shelton of NC. Newberry Observer 1/14/1892; William A. Pitts has his daughter Mrs. Hattie Sledge living at home in Helena. She has come from Taylor Station NC. Newberry Observer 5/16/1889; W. A. Pitts lost chickens to a thief. Newberry Observer 6/29/1898; W. A. Pitts, male, white, died 10/8/1906 of cerebral hemorrhage. He was 54 years old, born in Newberry Co., SC., resided in Newberry City for 54 years. Dr. P. G. Ellisor M. D. (Information from 'Returns of Deaths within the City of Newberry' - Book kept at the Newberry County Library)

Mrs. William Pitts, female, white, died 4/1/1908 of hemorrhage. The deceased was 36 years old, born in Newberry SC, resided in Newberry City. Reported by P. G. Ellisor M. D. Burial was in the West End Cemetery. (Information from 'Returns of Deaths within the City of Newberry' - Book kept at the Newberry County Library)

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 5 January 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry in the County and State aforesaid the 5th day of January A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of S. P. Baird of Helena SC then and there being dead by the oaths of S. C. Merchant, J. G. Miller, T. B. Perry, T. A. McDowell, J. H. Hays, W. P. Bedenbaugh, T. H. Cromer, D. E. Schumpert, F. J. Russell, Lawson Bobb, W. L. Livingston, J. J. H. Brown  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 S. P. Baird came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said S. P. Baird came to his death from being struck by a car box of the Southern RR on the track of the CN&L RR by accident on January 5th 1897 from which he died instantly. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

S. C. Merchant Foreman, J. G. Miller, T. B. Perry, T. A. McDowell, J. H. Hays, W. P. Bedenbaugh, T. H. Cromer, D. E. Schumpert, F. J. Russell, Lawson Bobb, W. L. Livingston, J. J. H. Brown

EVIDENCE

Over the dead body of S. P. Baird at Newberry SC

William Powell sworn says:   I was at Newberry SC on January 4, 1897. I am a train hand on the No 64 train on the Southern RR. We had been at the oil mill and got out a car. We had a car next to our engine. We came back around the curve. The fence was close to the track of the CN&L RR. I saw a man on the track just ahead of the car. I hollered at the man and Frank Wright did the same. The engineer put on his air brakes. By that time the car struck him and knocked him down against the tie. The train was on the CN&L RR running backwards. Had one boxcar. Mr. Turner was the engineer. There is a sharp curve. The engineer could not see the man. I could not see Mr. Turner where I was sitting on the back end of the car. Had I been standing up I could have seen him. I gave the firemen a signal. There was a man on the track when we were about 25 or 30 feet. We were running between 4 and 6 miles an hour. Don't think we were going over 6 miles per hour. The man did not seem to pay any attention to us. A man in the cab of the engine could not see the man on the track. The fireman may have seen him. The fence is about 6 inches to the cars. If the man had crossed over the track he would have had to have been in a hurry. He could have stooped between the fence and the track. The man was going the same way the train was. Man (did not) pay any attention at all. The train did not run more than 18 inches. Mr. Baird, the train didn't knock the man any distance.                William Powell

   Frank Wright sworn says:   I was in Newberry on January 5, 1897. I am a train hand on the Southern RR. We had been to the oil mill and got out a car. We were backing upon the CN&L RR with one car. I was on the top step of the car and Bill was on the top. I was asking Bill if the car was to go with us. He said yes. Bill commenced signaling and said, "Look out, there is a man." Me and Bill both hollered at him to look out then. The man was S. P. Baird. I know him. The train was very near stopped when it hit the deceased. The train did not knock him very far. The car was right on him when I saw him. Bill seen the deceased first. The curve is stiff. If a man is tall I could see him 100 feet. Don't think I could see Mr. Baird. He was walking on the end of the cross ties. Train was running 4-5 miles an hour. There was no chance for him to cross the track. Engineer could not stop when we saw the deceased. Could not stop in 12 feet. There is not street or crossing where he was on the RR. If he had been on the other side he could have stepped out of the way. Me and Bill was both signing down the train. I did not see Mr. Baird at all this morning before he was on the RR.  Frank (X) Wright

   Jack Thompson sworn says:   Me and Barney Whitener were going to Mr. Davis' house. I asked Barney where was that train. He said it was on the new road. He said 'Don't mind - that train will catch Mr. Baird there." That time the train came around the curve. The train was a good piece when Barney first hollered. He was in the middle of the tack. He stepped out on the end of the ties. The train hands were hollering at him. He did not look back at all. The car struck him. Train just knocked him right down. The train did not go no piece by him. Train stopped so soon. I said, "Don't think it hurt him." I was up on the bank when he started off of the track. The train had not come around the curve. Car was 25 or 30 feet or might have been further. Mr. Baird paid no attention to Barney. Mostly stepped off of track. There is hardly no chance for a man at all. The cars have knocked off some of the pieces. Don't think a man in the cab of the engine could have seen Mr. Baird. The car was running as they common shifting. This was in the town of Newberry. There is no street or crossing there. It is about 100 yards to the crossing to 'Petty Coat Lane' to the Main crossing. It is about 200 yards. When the pieces were knocked off is about 100 yards from where Mr. Baird was killed. Pieces were knocked off by the CN&L RR some time ago.  Jack (X) Thompson

   W. H. Turner sworn says:   I am the engineer on the Southern RR. I was at Newberry SC on January 6, 1897.We had delivered some cars to the CN&L RR. From there we went to the oil mill. Did some work there and started out. As we came around on the CN&L curve the brakeman began to holler and signed the train down. I put on my air and reversed my engine. I got stopped. I saw a man lying between the track and fence. He seemed to be dead. Don't know if any air was connected to the car or not. I had air on the tender, reversed the engine and gave her steam. When I went down to the oil mill I had no cars at all. All cars do not have air on them. I can stop the train from running 4 or 5 miles per hour in 20 to 25 feet. Was running about 6 miles per hour. I was on the side opposite Mr. Baird. My fireman was putting coal in the engine. Simon Jones was on the tender. The car, I think, was standard size. My bell was ringing on the engine when the accident happened.  W. H. Turner

   William Powell recalled:   This was an air break car. I connected the car at the oil mill with the engine.  William Powell

   W. P. Hutchison sworn says:   I am the fireman on the Southern RR. We went (on) the CN&L RR and delivered some cars. Went to the oil mill. Did some work and got one car. Was backing back on the CN&L RR. Heard hollering and signed us down. When we stopped the man was lying between the car and fence, dead. I was putting in coal about the time we stopped. I saw the man. I looked back on the side. Did not see the man. There is a stiff curve. Did not notice the distance of the fence and cars. Could not see 100 feet back. Could not see (more than) about 25 feet on the side of the road. This is the first time I ever was on the track. Do not know if the car connected to the engine has air or not. It is the trainman's duty. The bell was ringing at the time of the accident. The bell was ringing from the time we started back from crossing. There is no crossing or street there. It is a good way to the street. We blowed three blows when we started back. I was ringing the bell. The bell was ringing when we stopped. The bell will ring sometime after the rope is pulled. I am positive the bell was ringing at the time of the accident. Did not make the whistle alarm. Did not see anything to alarm for.     W. P. Hutchison

   Barney Whitener sworn says:   I live at Mr. Davis' in the town of Newberry. Me and Jack Thompson were on the CN&L RR and saw Mr. Baird coming up walking in the middle of the track. I heard the train coming. Jack asked what road. I said I think it is on the CN&L RR.I said if it didn't mind it would get Mr. Baird. The train was coming around the curve .I hollered, "Look out." He stepped off on the end of the ties. In a few minutes the train hit Mr. Baird. I ran and looked. The man in light clothes said he was dead. I was about 35 or 40 feet and hollered loud and he got outside but did not look back to see the train. I heard the bell ringing when it struck him. The car was about 25 yards from Mr. Baird when I hollered. I heard the cars before I saw them. Then I hollered before I saw the cars. They never blew no whistle. I heard somebody holler. There were two men on the car. I was on the same track. Mr. Baird paid no attention to the train. Stepped on the end (of the) ties and came on towards me. Mr. Baird was (on) the end of the ties when the train struck him. I was the only man on the ground who hollered at Mr. Baird.Barney (X) Whitener

S. P. Baird, male, white, died 1/6/1897, killed by a RR train. He resided in Ward 4. Reported by Coroner. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. (Record of Death Returns for the City of Newberry kept at the Newberry County Library.); S. P. Baird, 65 years old, was hit by a box car 1/5/1897 and died instantly, see details on Page 3, column 3, Newberry Observer 1/6/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 6 Februarty 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Kinards in the County and State aforesaid the 6th day of February A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John E. Shultz of Richland County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of A. S. Leslie, J. S. Crapps, N.D. Gary, J. G. Gary, J. D. Smith, A. D. Johnson, W. W. Summer, J. B. Steel, M. R. Poag, Rainey Hitt, Eugene Hitt, T. W. Smith 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 John E. Shultz came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said John E. Shultz came to his death by injury received by freight car on February 5, 1897. We exonerate the crew from all blame. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid, him the said John E. Shultz came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

A. S. Leslie Foreman, J. S. Crapps, N.D. Gary, J. G. Gary, J. D. Smith, A. D. Johnson, W. W. Summer, J. B. Steel, M. R. Poag, Rainey Hitt, Eugene Hitt, T. W. Smith

EVIDENCE

J. A. Dominick sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC at Kinards on the CN&L RR.I was at home on the 5th day of February 1897 between one and two o'clock. The extra freight train on the CN&L RR was shifting. They had been on the sidetrack getting out some cars. As they were going back on the main line Mr. Lewis, Conductor, was on the north side of the RR. Mr. Schultz was on the south side of the coupling cars. I was in front of my store. I heard the cars hit together. Mr. Lewis called me to come here quick. I ran as fast as I could. Mr. Lewis said, "My God, we have killed a man." Me and Mr. Lewis went around to the south side of the RR and found Schultz between the wheels of the cars. He was dead. Deceased's right foot was under the wheel on the south side. This was the second wheel. Also under the same wheel, the bone was between the rail and flange on the wheel; left leg was under the deceased. His head and hand were on the outside of the track. Body was on the rail. I think he died instantly. Schultz and Hoy were quarreling in front of my store. Both of the train hands were signaling the train about. I do not know if or not the deceased was drinking or not. When I went down I smelled whiskey and found a bottle broken in his clothes. The whiskey was XX. I think the bottle was a pint bottle. There must have been a good deal of whiskey in the bottle or it smelled so. Mr. Schultz was killed 12 minutes of 2 o'clock from my observation. Mr. Schultz was not drinking.          

J. A. Dominick

   Captain J. D. Lewis sworn:   I was the conductor on the CN&L RR. I was at Kinards on the 5th of February 1897 at 1:50 O'clock. We had been at Kinards some time switching out cottonseed cars. We were very near done at the time Mr. Schultz was killed. He was coupling cars. I heard him scream. I thought he had mashed his hand. I stooped down and saw him under the wheel. I wired Mr. Noland and Mr. Childs and took him out. Schultz was the brakeman on my train. The train was moving very slow. Not to my knowledge Schultz was drinking. I only heard him scream once. He was lying with his head and body were on the out side of the track. One leg was on the inside of the track and the other one was beside of the rail. Don't think there was any one on the same side he was. When a brakeman couples cars he has his back to the moving cars. I think the front wheel passed onto the deceased. The whole thing was done in a short time. Don't think he had time to change his position at all. Me and Mr. Schultz were calling the car back. The train was moving very slow. Mr. Hay was at the switch at the time of the killing. Mr. Schultz made the coupling. There was no signal to move off. The thing was in a backward move.      

James D. Lewis     

   Earley Hay sworn says:   I was flagman on the CN&L RR on the 5th day of February 1897. I was at Kinards on the 5th February 1897. I was here when Mr. Schultz was killed.    Earley Hay

This is to certify that I have examined the body of John E. Schultz and find a contusion of the spine extending from about the 7th cerebral vertebra to about the 2nd lumbar vertebra; also a contusion to the right of the spinal column; also a fracture of the right clavicle and about 4 or 5 ribs; two or three contusions over the right (chest?); I also find several fractures of the (femur?) bones; also a fracture of the (fibula?) on the left leg and a contusion extending from near the fractures around the leg partly in an oblique direction; also several slight bruises below the knee and a contusion of the right knee over the (Patella?) bone. I conclude from my examination the concussion of the spine was the cause of death.  T. T. Smith MD               

John E. Schultz, a train hand for the CN&L RR was killed at Kinards on 2/5/1897 while coupling cars. Newberry Observer, 2/10/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 18 February 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 18th day of February A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John M. Glymph of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay having been sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said John M. Glymph came to his death upon his oaths do say that the said John M. Glymph came to his death from a gunshot wound of the head inflicted by his own hands and from which wound he died instantly on the 18th day of February, 1897. Without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

John S. Glymph sworn says:   I am the son of John M. Glymph and today February 18, 1897 about 12:15 o'clock I came home as I felt sick and looked around for father. I went in the other two rooms and did not see him until I came in the one he was in and I found him dead with his head in the fireplace and his feet and legs on the floor and his gun lying partly under him and a pool of blood around on the hearth and floor. I don't think that anyone did the shooting but himself. Pa has been despondent for a year or two. Has been in the asylum twice.John S. Glymph         

   J. F. Morris sworn says:   I am the son-in-law of J. M. Glymph and today, February 18, 1897 I was informed by my little brother in law that J. M. Glymph had shot himself and I came home and found him lying with his head in the fireplace and his feet and legs on the floor and blood around his head and his gun lying partly under him. He had been despondent for a year or two and it is my opinion that he committed the act himself. He has been in the asylum twice.    

J. F. Morris

Glymph, John M. of New Brooklyn was taken to the asylum last week. Newberry Observer 9/25/1895; John Glymph is home from the asylum. Newberry Observer 11/20/1895; John M. Glymph committed suicide at the home of his son-in-law, J. T. Morris in Factoryville.  He was found by his 10-year-old son.  He was 60 years old, the father of 5 children the youngest being 10 years old. Newberry Observer, 2/24/1897; John Glymph, male, white, died 2/19/1897, of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. He lived in Ward 5, was 62 years old, born in Newberry Co., SC. Buried in Jalapa SC. (Record of Death Returns for the City of Newberry kept at the Newberry County Library.)

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry. 23 February 1897

An inquisition indented taken at J. W. Smith's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 23rd day of February A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John Gary (colored) of Newberry County SCthen and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay having been sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said John Gary came to his death upon his oaths does say that the said John Gary came to his death from an accident on the 22nd of February 1897 on J. W. Smith's Place by a blow on the head inflicted by a falling tree without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Cary Booker sworn says:   I live on J. W. Smith's place in Newberry County SC. I was at home yesterday February 22, 1897. John Vance, John Gary and myself were chopping in a new ground, all of us cutting on one tree and when the tree began falling. John Gary ran the way the tree was falling and piece of the tree broke off and struck him on the back of the head and killed him instantly. This was about an hour by sun. John Gary was about 21 years old.          

Cary (X) Booker

   John Vance sworn says:   I live on Mr. J. W. Smith's place in Newberry County SC. John Gary, Cary Booker and myself were chopping in a new ground yesterday. All of us cutting on the same tree and when it was falling John Gary ran the same way and a piece broke off of the tree and hit him on the back of the head and killed him instantly. This was about an hour by sun. John (X) Vance

John Gary, colored, was killed by a falling tree he had cut in No. 6 Township on the Laurens line. Newberry Observer, 2/24/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 14 March 1897

An inquisition indented taken at R. A. Welch's place in the County and State aforesaid the 14th day of March A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Henry Suber (colored) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of R. A. Welch, S. V. Abrams, R. A. Abrams, C. J. Abrams, G. G. Welch, Lewis Sligh, Berry Connor, Wash Boozer, William Chalmers, Lewis Lyles, Mose Thompson, P. F. Baxter 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 Henry Suber came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Henry Suber came to his death by pistol shot wound in the head by the hands of Mary Ruff. Said killing was accidental and from which wound the deceased instantly died on March 14, 1897 on R. A. Welch's place in Newberry County SC. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid, Mary Ruff, the said Henry Suber in the manner and means aforesaid then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

R. A. Welch Foreman, S. V. Abrams, R. A. Abrams, C. J. Abrams, G. G. Welch, Lewis (X) Sligh, Berry (X) Connor, Wash (X) Boozer, William (X) Chalmers, Lewis (X) Lyles, Mose (X) Thompson, P. F. Baxter

EVIDENCE

Kitty Suber sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. on Mr. R. A. Welch's place. I was at home on the 14th day of March 1897. My baby Henry Suber was on my lap. He is 14 months old. Mary Ruff shot Henry with a pistol. This is the pistol Mary was playing with. The pistol was [not] a usual thing for her to play with it. We generally keep it loaded, lying on the mantle board. Don't know when it was loaded. I don't use it. She was about one yard from Henry when she shot him. The pistol belongs to Mack Suber. Henry died instantly. The ball hit him under the left eye. Mary Ruff is about 10 years old. Mack Suber, myself and Mary were all in the house when the shooting was done. It was an accident for she did not know the pistol was loaded.             

Kitty Suber

   Mack Suber sworn says:   I live on the Welch Place in Newberry SC. I was at home on March 14, 1897. It was 9 o'clock. I had my back on the rest in the house. The children had been playing with the pistol this morning. I only heard the report of the pistol. The mother jumped up crying. I caught the child. Do not know who loaded the pistol. I usually keep it loaded. Then the ball got lost. Don't know when the ball was found or how long it has been in the pistol. The baby would ask for the pistol and the children were used to playing with it. I think Henry was shot accidentally.             M. C. Suber

   Phebe Suber sworn says:   I am Mack Suber's wife. I found the ball this morning and put it in the pistol. I just put it in and went out to set a hen and heard the report of the pistol. I laid the pistol on the shelf. Mary did not see me load the pistol.  Phebe Suber

Kitty Suber, colored, was holding her 17 month old baby in her arms when a 10 year old girl playfully pulled the trigger to a gun thinking it was not loaded and killed the baby. The girl is in jail. Newberry Observer, 3/17/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 10 May 1897

An inquisition indented taken at C. W. Buford's in the County and State aforesaid the 10th day of May A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Dorroh Johnson of Laurens County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Smith, W. T. Buford, J. F. Riser, M. W. Davis, T. J. Oxner, T. W. Davis, J. D. Davis, S. S. Metts, G. W. Richie, J. H. Crish, J. M. Gilliam, P.H. Hill 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 Dorroh Johnson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Dorroh Johnson came to his death on May 9th 1897 on C. W. Buford's Place in the said County and State by strychnine in whiskey administered by Andrew Horton from which he died in a short time. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid, him the said Andrew Horton, him the said Dorroh Johnson, by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

John W. Smith Foreman, W. T. Buford, J. F. Riser, M. W. Davis, T. J. Oxner, T. W. Davis, J. D. Davis, S. S. Metts, G. W. Richie, J. H. (X) Crish, J. M. Gilliam, Pierce Hill

EVIDENCE

Sarah Johnson who being duly sworn says:   I live on C. W. Buford's Place in Newberry County. Late yesterday evening Joe Smith came and beckoned to Dorroh Johnson to come to him. Dorroh went to him. Then went out on the other side of the road and then they stopped and talked and after they stood there and talked, that was the last place I saw them. Then after that he, Dorroh, came in the house and made a cigarette and started to smoking. Then after that he asked me for his hat and said he was going home. Then he called Joe and said that (he was) going home. Joe said he was (going) down to Andrew Horton after some liquor and Dorroh said he was going with him - give him his hat and at that time I pulled him back down in the bed and he said, "Babe, turn me loose," that "I have to go home to Cap, for he calls me. I see him." And at that time I said, "Dorroh, what's the matter?" He said, "There is nothing the matter with me." And I said, "There is something the matter with you." And I asked him again what was the matter with him and he said, "I drank some liquor and it is making me sick and Andrew Horton gave it to me." And that time I asked him if he wanted some salty water and he said no and after a while he said, "Make me some salty water right quick." And I could not get it in him. He had some kind of spells, they were. They were jerking spells. He did not have the spells on him all the time and that time Joe got out and went to aunt Joice's right quick and then said he would go after old Lady Ellen and he said, "Joe, do something for me." And that time said, Give me Dorroh's gun that I came down with. Dorroh and I intend to die by him." I got mad. And that time he, Dorroh, says, "Pull my feet", and I pulled his feet and then he said, "Pull my, (his), hands", and then rub his head. Then I went to the window and called Anna and she would not wake up. That's Mr. Buford's cook. And me and Mary went after Anna and then we came back by here and then we went down after Mr. Buford and Mr. Davis came with him and asked me how come I did not come and let him know it and I told him that I thought that Dorroh was going on with his fun. He was dead before I went to Mr. Buford.  Sarah (X) Johnson

   Mary Smith who being duly sworn says:   I live here on C. W. Buford's place in Newberry County SC. When Dorroh came in he began cutting up some tobacco and made him a cigarette. I was gone to bed and then Dorroh jumped up and stomped his feet and said, "I don't give a god da-for nothing." And then at that time he lay down on the bed with his wife but he had not pulled off his clothes. After that he pulled off his shoes and then he pulled off his clothes and lay down and then he got up and says to Joe, "Let's go home," and Joe says he has to go down to Mr. Horton's before he goes. "Well then I am going with you" and then he asked his wife for his hat and then she says "Never mind where your hat is," and then he said he had taken a drink of liquor. I reckon it was between a half of an hour and an hour before he died. I saw Sarah trying to give him some salty water. I saw Sarah, his wife, pull his hands and feet. I heard Joe Smith ask Sarah for Dorroh's gun.  Mary (X) Smith

   Sarah Johnson recalled:   Dorroh Johnson said he had taken a big drink of liquor and that it was making him sick and that Andrew Horton (gave) it to him. He spoke it loud enough for anybody in the house to hear him.  Sarah (X) Johnson 

   Joe Smith who being duly sworn says:   I stay up here in Laurens County, up here on J. Y. Gary's. I was here at Mr. Col. Buford's yesterday, May 9, 1897 part of the day and then I went down to Mr. Andrew Horton's. When I came back Andrew Horton came with me and then we came on across Mr. Buford's wheat field talking about the watch and farming. We came out of the wheat field and he said that one of his Negroes had the watch and whenever he came back he would get it from him. If we could make a trade it would be all right. "Oh, you smell like a whiskey keg," he says, "I have got a little and I have been drunk nearly all day," and then he pulled out his bottle and then drank himself and asked me if I wouldn't have one. I said yes and then we crossed the fence and he told me to tell Dorroh to come, that he wanted to see him. I beckoned to Dorroh and told him that Mr. Horton wanted to see him, then I went on with Dorroh to him and he spoke and Dorroh spoke to him. And Andrew Horton said to Dorroh Johnson that "I heard you was afraid to walk about when you come down to Mr. Buford's." and asked Dorroh, "Is you?" And Dorroh says, "No sir" and then he says, "Well, the reason I asked you that because it was 'songing' and then I was told you was afraid of me because you thought I might hurt you, but I am not going to hurt you Dorroh. I want you to go to walking about when you come down here so that the folks can see that you are not afraid to walk about. Maybe that will stop lies going." Then Andrew Horton had another bottle of whiskey. I did not drink out of it and he had one which I drank and he had another empty bottle. Dorroh said that Andrew Horton had given him a drink of liquor and that it was making him sick.  Joe (X) Smith

   Dr. J. P. Johnson who being duly sworn says:   I am a practicing physician in Newberry County. I was called to this body, Dorroh Johnson, yesterday evening. I couldn't tell anything about the case. Mr. Andrew Horton came to me and wanted some strychnine to kill crows and I gave him an order for some. It was about 10 days ago. Andrew Horton came to me this morning and told me not to give him away about the strychnine. He seemed to be excited a great deal. He was kind of trembling when he came to me.  J. P.  Johnson MD

   M. P. Johnson who being duly sworn says:   I live here in Newberry County. Andrew Horton hollered at me and then came out to the road. He told me to tell Dr. Johnson to come down to his house. I told him that he was in the bed and I didn't know whether he would come or not. He also said that he had heard of Dorroh's death and that he was afraid that he might be accused, as he had been connected with Dorroh's wife. I didn't make any reply as one of the hands was behind to me. He looked guilty. He was trembling a great deal. May 10, 1897 M. P. Johnson

   M. W. Davis who being duly sworn says:    Some time ago when we was working this road from here down to Horton's branch, Horton said to me that he didn't intend to stay in this country 12 months. I asked him why and he said he was going to kill a Negro and he would have to leave.  M. W. Davis

Dr. J. M. Kibler who being duly sworn says:   I am a practicing physician in Newberry County. I have made an incomplete examination of the body of Dorroh Johnson. I found no marks of violence on the body externally. I opened the body and removed the stomach and have it for future examination. The lungs were in a state of general congestion. All the other organs were in a normal condition. From the symptoms of the deceased as described by a witness I strongly suspect poisoning by strychnine.  J. M. Kibler MD

Andrew Horton was shot by William Hatton about 12 miles from Newberry near the Laurens line. Newberry Observer, 12/5/1894

Dorrah Johnson, colored, was poisoned by Andrew Horton, white, with a drink of whiskey laced with strychnine. Newberry Observer 5/12/1897

Andrew Horton, white, poisoned Dorrah Johnson, colored, with a drink of whiskey laced with strychnine. Newberry Observer 5/12/1897; He was taken to Columbia for a hearing, bail was denied. Newberry Observer 5/26/1897; COURT OF SESSION, acquitted. Newberry Observer 10/27/1897; Andrew Horton, farmer, living at Ward #5 in Newberry, and wife have a white female child born 10/8/1898, delivered by Dr. P. G. Ellisor. Return of Births in the City of Newberry SC. 8/19/1885 to 12/15/1918 kept in the Newberry Co. Library.

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 8 Ju;y 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Werber's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 8th day of July A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Minnie Turner of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Wilson, J. H. Williams, George Stewart, Jake Coleman, Butler McGraw, N. Benjamin, Silas Robertson, A. Floyd, Dave Shelton, Nathan McMorris, Phil Livingston, J. E. Stewart 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 Minnie Turner came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Minnie Turner came to her death from a gunshot wound inflicted by a party or parties unknown to the jury on the 7th day of July 1897 and from which wound said Minnie Turner died in the County and State aforesaid on the 7th day of July 1897. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that her the said Minnie Turner, by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. W. Wilson Foreman, J. H. Williams, George (X) Stewart, Jake (X) Coleman, Butler (X) McGraw, N. (X) Benjamin, Silas (X) Robertson, A. (X) Floyd, Dave (X) Shelton, N. (X) McMorris, Phil (X) Livingston, J. E. (X) Stewart

EVIDENCE

Nelley Gallman sworn says:   I live in Newberry SC at Mrs. Buzhardt's Place. On July 7, 1897 I was at Fred Harris' house about 8 o'clock. I seen Minnie Turner. She asked me if I was going to prayer meeting. I told her yes. She got ready to go. We started to prayer meeting. Got about ½ of a mile - we were passing through some pines. I was walking by her side. Someone shot. She turned off from me and ran and said, "I am shot." I was shot in the left hand and right arm. I looked and could not see anyone. I went back and could not find Minnie. Minnie was on my right side. Shooting was from the left side of the path. The shot passed in front of me and hit Minnie on the left side of the back. I don't know who shot. Did not see Minnie until this morning. She was where you saw her when you came. She ran about 150 yards after the shot was fired. I know one man I have heard him make some threats. That was John Turner. About April I heard him say, "Stop until I go back and get my gun." He said, "I am going to kill somebody before this thing is over with. I am going to kill Minnie. Then I am going to kill Nelson Benjamin." The body is Minnie Turner's body.  Neeley (X) Gallman

This is to certify that Minnie Turner came to her death from the effects of a gunshot wound. The shot entering the body in the back and a little to the left side and covering the body from the hip to the shoulder. July 8, 1897        J. M. Kibler MD

   Phil Livingston sworn says:   On July 8, 1897 I was at home in Newberry County SC on Mrs. Werber's place. About 6 o'clock I heard Robert Harris say Aunt Minnie was shot. I went out and saw Minnie Lying down on her face, dead.               Phil (X) Livingston

Minnie Turner, colored, a woman separated by her husband was shot to death on her way to church. Details on page 3, column 1, Newberry Observer 7/14/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 17 September 1897

An inquisition indented taken at William Langford's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 17th day of September A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Will Chick (colored) of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of G. P. Hill, W. Y. Miller, D. L. Clamp, J. M. Kibler, P. F. Baxter, Jim Mingo, John Caldwell, William Holmes, Alf Tucker, Wes Williams, Sherman Suber, Hannibal Miller 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 Will Chick came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Will Chick came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by Wes Stephens on the 17th day of September 1897 and from which wound said Will Chick died instantly in the said County and State aforesaid on the 17th day of September 1897. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Wes Stephens, him the said Will Chick, by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill and murder. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

G. P. Hill Foreman, W. Y. Miller, D. L. Clamp, J. M. Kibler, P. F. Baxter, Jim Mingo, John Caldwell, C. W. Holmes, Alf (X) Tucker, Wes (X) Williams, Sherman (X) Suber, Hannibal (X) Miller

EVIDENCE

Melvin McCrackin being duly sworn says:   I live in Newberry County on William Langford's place. I know Will Chick. I saw him killed this evening. Wes Stephens asked him was he going to have up his cotton. Will told him he had hauled up his (Will's) cotton. Wes said to Will, "Did you not have better, since than to curse my wife." Will did not make any reply. Wes then shot him with a shotgun. Will did not have time to answer Wes because the gun fired immediately. I do not know whose gun it was. Wes came down good with the gun. Wes doesn't own a gun. Melvin (X) McCracken

   Anna Chick being duly sworn says:   I am Will Chick's wife. I saw him killed this evening. Will and my children and myself were going home and met Wes in the road. He asked Will whether he had hauled up his cotton. He said yes. He then said, "Will, didn't you have better sense than to curse my wife," and before Will could speak Wes shot him. Will and Wes wife have had a fuss about some walnuts and had cursed each other this evening just before sundown. After Will fell he said, "Lord have mercy." Wes went down the road towards the gin house. He came back in a short while and asked if Will was dead.  September 17, 1897  Anna (X) Chick

This certifies I have examined the body of Will Chick and that he came to his death from the effects of a gunshot wound of the chest - that shot entering the front of the chest and mostly to the right side.              J. M. Kibler MD

Will Chick, colored, was killed in 1897. West Stephens, of Newberry, was caught in Charleston by Sheriff M. M. Buford, on the charge of the murder of Will Chick in 1897. Details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 4/13/1899

Wesley Stevens, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder; Guilty with recommendation for mercy; Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; life in the State Penitentiary, Newberry Observer 8/3/1899; He escaped from the Lexington Farm of the Penitentiary last week. Newberry Observer 9/21/1899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 21 December 1897

An inquisition indented taken at Williams' Place, Township No. 6 in the County and State aforesaid the 21st day of December A.D. 1897 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mrs. E. A. Williams of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay having been sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Mrs. E. A. Williams came to her death upon his oaths does say that the said Mrs. E. A. Williams came to her death from natural causes at the Pink Williams Place in the County and State aforesaid on the 20th of December 1897. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Mrs. Lucretia Perry being duly sworn says:   I live in Newberry County with my mother, Mrs. E. A. Williams. I was at home yesterday morning, December 20, 1897. We retired about 6o'clock in the same room but in different beds. I never heard anything unusual during the night. I got up at daylight and made a fire in the room. I went to the kitchen and got breakfast. Kept thinking Ma would come as she usually did. I ate and she still did not come. I came back in the house and said she must be sick, as she had not got up. So I went to the bed to see if she was sick. She looked to me as if she was dead. I felt her hand and face and found she was dead. I went to the kitchen and told Scott - Ma was dead.  Lucretia Perry

   Judge J. H. Williams being duly sworn says:   I left home Sunday morning after breakfast. Went to Mr. Mike Werts and spent the day but returned awhile before night. I ate supper and walked up to Mr. William Davenport's and stayed there until 8 o'clock, came home and retired for the night. Got up Monday morning, went to breakfast. Before I had finished eating my sister came running and said Ma was dead in bed. I jumped up and went in the room where she was and found her dead.    J. H. Williams

W. D. Senn MD being sworn says:   I have been Mrs. E. A. Williams physician for the last ten years and have attended her for a number of ailments. About three years ago I found that she was suffering of organic heart trouble. Sometime in the early part of this year 1897 she complained of some pain in the region of the heart. The diseased condition of her heart was sufficient to produce immediate death at anytime. W. D. Senn MD

Mrs. E. A. Williams, 74 year old widow of J. P. Williams, died in bed at her home near Silverstreet 12/20/1897. Burial was at Trinity. She leaves 4 sons and 3 daughters: Mrs. D. B. Wheeler of Newberry, Mr. C. M. Williams of Clinton, Mrs. Lucretia Perry of Silverstreet, Mr. J. H. Williams of Silverstreet, Mr. T. G. Williams of Helena, Mrs. J. H. Crisp of Gary, Mr. D. B. Williams of Silverstreet. Newberry Observer 12/22/1897

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry. 5 January 1898

An inquisition indented taken at J. R. Hendrix's Place No. 6 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 5th day of January A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Hester Wilsonof the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of W. G. Peterson, F. G. Spearman, J. R. Hendrix, John Senn, John Longshore, Wat Mangum, Griff Gary, Mike Burton, J. R. Richardson, Hodges Pitts, J. C. Crump, Drayton Cleland 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 Hester Wilson came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Hester Wilson came to her death from a blow on the head inflicted by George Wilson on the 5th day of January 1898 and from which wound said Hester Wilson died in about ¾ of an hour on  January 5th  1898 in the said County and State aforesaid. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid George Wilson, her the said Hester Wilson, by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

W. G. Peterson Foreman, F. G. Spearman, J. R. Hendrix, John (X) Senn, J. B. Longshore, Watt (X) Mangum, G. G. Gary, Mike (X) Burton, J. R. (X) Richardson, Hodges Pitts, J. C. Crump, Drayton (X) Cleland

EVIDENCE

Tabitha Harris sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. I was at Mr. J. R. Hendrix on January 5, 1898. George Wilson and Hester Wilson were at home this morning. Hester said she was going to some neighbor's house and George said he would go with her. George told me to keep the children. I came to the and seen George and Hester. Then I seen George knock Hester down and George ran across the field. I went to where Hester was. She was lying down in the ditch with her face in the water. I have seen the iron. It was generally in the house. When I got to where Hester was the iron was lying by the ditch. Hester was not dead but could not speak. She was brought to the house and died in a short time. George and Hester had no fuss this morning. He did not come back to his house after he hit her. George Wilson and his wife Hester used to quarrel, but not since they moved to Mr. J. R. Hendrix Place. George moved to Mr. Hendrix place on January 4, 1898.  Tabitha Harris

   Oscar H. Peterson sworn says:   I live with my father W. G. Peterson in Newberry County SC. On January 5, 1898 I was on J. R. Hendrix Place in the woods. I saw George Wilson and Hester Wilson going down the road. I saw then standing there. I saw him, George, hit Hester and she fell and he dragged her to the side of the road and threw her in the ditch on the right hand side of the road going from Newberry. When I passed she was struggling. George ran around and came back in the road. I told Jim Cleland to come and see about her.  Oscar H. Peterson

   Dr. W. D. Senn MD sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. Was at home January 5, 1898. Was sent for by Tabitha Harris. I went and found Hester Wilson in an unconscious condition. I ordered her carried to the house. The deceased only lived about ¾ of an hour after she was carried to the house. I saw the iron. It was lying on the side of the ditch. Axe was on the side of the ditch. In my opinion the deceased was hit with the iron.           W. D. Senn

I certify I have examined the body of Hester Wilson and find that she came to her death from the effects of a blow received on the head by a blunt instrument January 5, 1898. W. D. Senn MD

George Wilson, colored, killed his wife. His mother-in-law witnessed the murder. Details are on page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 1/12/1898; COURT OF SESSION, murder, plea for insanity, guilty with a recommendation for mercy. Sentenced to life in the Penitentiary. Newberry Observer 4/13/1898

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 24 February 1898

An inquisition indented taken at S. C. Minick's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 24th day of February A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of R. T. Coats of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay after making inquiry for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said R. T. Coats came to his death upon his oaths does say that the said R. T. Coats came to his death from a pistol shot wound in the head inflicted by his own hand on the 24th February 1898. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Mrs. Carrie Minick sworn says:   I live with my husband, S. C. Minick in Newberry County SC. I was at home on February 24, 1898. R. T. Coats sent Luther Lever to the house and said for me to come up to the woods. When I got there I found him down and struggling. He was bleeding at the head. He had a pistol lying in front of him. Coats stayed with us last night. He seemed very despondent. He said he had rather be dead than be in the trouble he was in. He seemed that he had no friends. He shot himself about 10 o'clock. He died 20 minutes after 12 o'clock. He did not speak after he shot himself.  Carrie (X) Minick

   Luther Lever sworn says:   I live with Mr. S. C. Minick. I was plowing on February 24, 1898. I saw Mr. Coats about 9 o'clock. He asked me what I was hunting. Coats said he was in a heap of trouble. He had no friends, did not know what to do. I left him after I got to plowing. He called me. Told me to go to the house and tell Mrs. Caroline to come up here. I came and told her. Luther (X) Lever

   C. H. Minick sworn says:   I live one mile from my father. About 11 o'clock I had started to the sawmill. I got to my father's. My aunt Carrie came out and told me to hurry up to the woods, that Mr. Coats had shot himself. When I got there I found him struggling and bleeding at the back part of the head and mouth.             C. H. Minick

Theodore Coats married to Betty Minnich on 9/27/1883 at St. Luke Church by the Rev. J. Hawkins, D. D. Newberry Herald 10/4/1883; Theodore Coats, COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS, assault and battery with intent to kill, not guilty. Newberry Observer 7/16/1891; Theo. Coatscommitted suicide 2/25/1898 by shooting himself in the head with a 38-caliber pistol. He was 35 years old, and left a wife and 2 children. Details are on Page 3, column 7, Newberry Observer 3/2/1898

Mrs. Bettie Coates married Mark Boyd Rankin on 9/1/1901 at St. Luke's Parsonage by Rev. H. J. Mathias. Newberry Observer 9/5/1901

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 14 February 1898

An inquisition indented taken at Gary's Lane in the County and State aforesaid the 14th day of February A.D. 1898 (April 2 written beneath the date) before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Miss Fannie Reeder of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of S. E. Kennerly, L. M. Long, J. J. Sease, C. A. Matthews, T. L. Dobbins, W. E. Blatts, W. S. Dobbins, E. L. Adams, C. T. Schultz, D. E. Sease, J. W. Epting, Joel Crish 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 Miss Fannie Reeder came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Miss Fannie Reeder came to her death from being burned to death in the old J. J. Reeder house on the 14th day of February AD 1898. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

S. E. Kennerly Foreman, L. M. Long, J. J. Sease, C. A. Matthews, T. L. Dobbins, W. E. Blatts, W. S. Dobbins, E. L. Adams, C. T. Schultz, D. E. Sease, J. W. Epting, Joel Crish

EVIDENCE

P. B. Reeder sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC on my father's old home place. I was at home all day the 13th day of February 1898. Sister said she felt all right and was up as usual. Last Saturday she complained of feeling bad. I gave her calomel Saturday night. Sister was at home in her room between 8 and 9 o'clock when I left her. As near as I can tell it was 10 minutes to 2 o'clock. It looked like the dining room was falling in and the top of the main house was on fire. I ran to her room window and threw a chunk in - did not hear anything. The smoke rushed out. I was not sleeping in the house. I was in another house asleeping. Maggie Clark and sister never had a fuss. Sister did not ask me to get any change. She asked me to bring her some change and I brought her $20 and she gave me a $20 gold piece. I do not know how much. She gave me no money to deposit. She gave me 50 cents or one dollar. Am not certain how much. I did not see Cole yesterday. All the Negroes came as soon as they discovered it. I gave the alarm when I saw it. The dining room caught first. Sister's room door was open for her cat to get in.  I have seen her about the house with a light made out of wood. She would not use a lamp. Maggie Clark lived in a house on the place about 500 yards before she moved to the yard.  P. B. Reeder

   George Gilliam sworn says:   I live on the Reeder (Place). I got home about 11 o'clock at night. Did not see any light at the big house. About 3 o'clock the house was done burned down. Then my wife woke me up and said she heard a roaring like a car. I got up and saw the light and came up to the house and stayed a short time and then went back home. Brooks Reeder sent me for the coroner. I did not hear any fuss yesterday. I have heard short words between Maggie Clark and Miss Fannie. I passed about 8 o'clock Saturday night and heard cussing. It was nothing unusual to hear a fuss at the house.  George (X) Gilliam

   Maggie Clark duly sworn says:   I live in the yard of the estate of J. J. Reeder's place in Newberry County SC. On the 13th day of February 1898 I was at home all day. I saw Miss Fannie Reeder on yesterday. She was not so well. Mr. Reeder had given her some calomel on Saturday. I saw her after sundown on yesterday. When I found out the house was on fire it was 10 minutes to 2 o'clock. The stove room was falling in when I found it out. I did not look for Miss Reeder. I did not know where she was. Me and Miss Fannie never had a cross word since I have been here. I do not know how long it was. I never hollered. I ran down across the field with my baby. I did not stay away long. I came back and got my bedclothes out. Brooks was in my house when the fire started. He was in the bed with me. When Brooks saw the house on fire he ran around to the front of the house and broke the glass and called Miss Fannie. There was no fire in the stove room at 2 o'clock. I heard uncle Shed as he passed going from church. It was 12 o'clock. I never saw Shed, I only heard him. I looked at my clock. Mr. Reeder does not sleep with me every night since I moved to the yard. He slept every night before I moved to the yard. I did not see Cole Reeder on yesterday. I have not got Miss Fannie's dressing case in my house. My dressing case was not like Miss Fannie's. The stovepipe was a new one and went out through the chimney. There was tin around the pipe where it went through the ceiling. I don't know what time Miss Fannie went to bed. Sometimes early and sometimes late. I never knew Miss Fannie to go about the house with a light. She would go around in her own room. Miss Fannie Reeder sent some money to town by Brooks last Friday. Do not know how much it was. I hard Miss Fannie at half past eight o'clock when I went to bed. My house is about 20 steps from the house that was burned. The stove room was falling in when I first saw it. The room that Miss Fannie slept in was afire all over the top. I had a bedstead in the dining room. Did not have room in my house. I never slept in there. I cooked for Miss Fannie. I was sitting in the stove room all evening and certain there was no fire after 1 o'clock. I looked in the stove and there was no fire in it. I do not know if Miss Fannie shut her door at night or not. I was in Miss Fannie's room part of yesterday evening. Cole did not know me and Miss Fannie had a fight yesterday for we did not have one. I do not know how long it was before anyone came. No one gave the alarm here.  Maggie Clark     

   Thomas Burton sworn says:   I live at Mr. A. Reeder's place in Newberry County SC. On February 13, 1898 I was at Mount Ollie Church. I passed the place of J. J. Reeder deceased. I saw a light in the house and it seemed to shine under the house. This was about ½ past 11 o'clock at night. Don't know anything of what time the house was burned. I made mention about the light throwing reflection under the house. This was in the dwelling house in the stove room. I did not see anyone. I have never been in the house. I could see under the house and the light shined out in the yard. The reflection was not on this side. Preaching broke about 11 o'clock and it took me about ½ past 11 o'clock. The fire looked like a lamp in the house. Bob Lake gave the alarm. If there was a light in the little house with the door open it would shine under the big house. There was a light in Mr. Crisp's house, also in Howard's house. Then there was a light in Mr. Reeder's house and the reflection was under the house. The light looked like it was still. I said to Shed Ferguson, "I wonder what they are doing up there." I thought it was unusual to see a light at that house. I was talking in a common tone of voice. I have been living in the community some time. I never go about the yard. Don't know how long Mag lived at the yard. Don't know her and Miss Fannie got along. I don't know what Mag was doing there. I heard she was hired for a cook. It was common talk that Brooks kept her for a wife and I never go to any Irish 'wakes'. I never heard Mag and Miss Fannie having any fuss.   Thomas (X) Burton

   Shedrick Ferguson sworn says:   I live on Mr. A. Reeder's place in Newberry County SC.  On the 13 day of February 1898 I was at Mount Ollie Church and passed Mr. J. J. Reeder's, deceased, place. When I left the church the preacher said it was 10 o'clock but I thought it was 11 o'clock. I saw a light at Mr. Reeder's house and said to brother Thomas, 'They are up yet, there is light', and said, "Looked to be in a curious place, the light." I can't say where it was, if in the main part or in the 'ell', if I saw it through the window or not. I thought it was in a curious place. I was talking in a low voice. They could not hear me - to the house. I have been around here a right smart time. I have seen lights before. I saw a light in Mr. Crisp's house. Did not see a light in Howard's house. I did not see no light. Was dark. Could not see if the door was open or not. The light seemed to be outdoors. The reflection light seemed to be coming to the road. The house of Mag is 10 - 15 steps from the big house. If there was a light in Mag's house and the door open it would shine in the yard. Then I saw the blaze of the light. It looked like it was sitting on the step. I don't know when the house was burned. Mr. Lake woke me up and said Mr. Brooks Reeder's house was burned up. Did not see or hear anyone when I passed the house. Cole was not at church that night.        Shedrick (X) Ferguson

   R. G. Lake sworn says:   I live with Mr. A. Reeder in Newberry County SC. On February 13, 1898 I was on my way home. I saw Brooks Reeder's house on fire. When I first saw the fire there was not (much?) of it on fire. Then could not tell what part of it was on fire first. Seemed to be in the dining room. I came on to the house. When I first got there I did (not) see any one. I saw someone pass between the garden and the house. Then I went around the house and met Mr. Compton coming. When I went to Mag's house I saw no one. Then me and Mr. Compton went back to Mag's house. When we got there we saw Brooks. He was in the yard. Did not see any furniture in the yard. When I first got to Mag's house the door was open and I did not see anyone. When I first saw Brooks Reeder he was dressed. I did not hear no alarm. I think it was about ½ past 1 o'clock when I first saw the fire. I was coming home and just noticed the fire. Brooks said, "Bob, my house is burned up and I am afraid Fannie is too. When I first saw Brooks he was coming past the corner of the garden. When I first saw Mag she was coming around the garden the same way Brooks came. The house was too far gone when I got there to save anything. It was in a blaze all over. Mag was dressed. From the time I first saw the fire it was 10 - 15 minutes. Brooks did not make any search for Fannie as far as I know. Those people lived friendly.  R. G. Lake

   J. H. Compton sworn says:   I do business at Gary's in Newberry County SC. On the 13th day of February 1898 I was home between one and two o'clock. A Negro man came to my room and said Mr. Reeder's house was a fire. I looked out the window and saw the fire. I dressed. Then me and Howard Davis started over there. When I got near the house I met Mr. Lake and said, "Are there no one here?" He said it looked so. He could not see no one. The whole house was on fire. We walked around the house towards the garden and met Mr. Reeder. Brooks spoke of the house and said he believed his sister was in the house. He did not make any search to my knowledge. He was dressed when I first saw him.              J. H. Compton

   Howard Davis sworn says:   I live with Mr. Compton at Gary's. I was at home on February 13, 1898. My wife woke me up. I saw the fire and thought I saw a manor woman on the front porch walking about. They looked like they were in the fire. Did not see anyone in he yard.

Howard (X) Davis

   Cicely Davis sworn says:   I live at Mr. Compton's at Gary's. I was at home February 13, 1898. I woke up and saw the light of the fire and waked Howard up. He went to the door and said Brooks Reeder's house was on fire. I went to the door and looked. I saw the fire. Did not see anyone on the porch. Seemed like we saw someone in the porch. Did not see anyone in the yard. I knew Miss Fannie and I knew Mag. I never heard them fussing.                 Cicely (X) Davis

J. H. Crish sworn says:   I live at Gary's Newberry County SC.I was waked up, I think, about 2 o'clock by Howard Davis. I dressed and went up to B. Reeder's house. The house had fallen in when I got there. I think it was about 5 minutes after Mr. Compton got there. Brooks, Paris, Howard and Shed were carrying in some bed quilts. Brooks said he had a bad fire and he thought his sister was in there. Brooks said it was about ½ hour and if Fannie had got out she would have come back by this time. It has been rumored that Mag mistreated Miss Fannie.  J. H. Crisp

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry , 16 August 1898

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 16th day of August A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mack Glenn (colored) of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of Welch Wilber, Alex Dennis, Luther Williams, Butler Morgan, G. W. Bullard, Robert Sims, T. A. Campbell, A.P. Butler, Andrew Thompson, Wright Rutherford, Wade Nelson, Abram Henly 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 Mack Glenn came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Mack Glenn came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by Sim Glenn on August 16th AD 1898 from which wound said Mack Glenn came to his death August 16, 1898. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Sim Glenn, him the said Mack Glenn, by the manner and means aforesaid then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

Welch Wilber Foreman, Alex Dennis, Luther Williams, Butler Morgan, G. W. Bullard, Robert Sims, T. A. Campbell, A.P. Butler, Andrew (X) Thompson, Wright (X) Rutherford, Wade (X) Nelson, Abram (X) Henly

EVIDENCE

Vinee Glenn sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. August 16, 1898 in the town of Newberry my brother came home from hunting, laid his gun on the bed and went to tie fodder. My Pa got the gun. Pa got the gun and told my brother to go on off. Then they had a tussle over the gun at the door. Pa was in the door with the gun and a stick in his hand. Pa said he was going to shoot my brother, Sim Glenn. The gun was brothers. Pa said today he was going to shoot brother. Brother had been away for three weeks. He had been coming home. Today was the first time Pa seen brother here. I did not see the gun when it fired. Pa was mad. Don't know where the gun is. Pa said when he got the gun he was going to shoot brother. When Pa got the gun brother was behind the door. Pa picked up the gun by the stock. In the tussle they got the gun turned around. About three weeks ago brother hit Pa with a rock because Pa drew his pistol on brother and snapped at him. Pa did not hit brother with his stick today. Pa's name is Mack Glenn. The last time I saw the gun Pa had it by the stock. Brother had hold of the litter end. Pa told brother to take his things and leave.  Vinnie L. Glenn

   Lottie Peister sworn says:   I live in the town of Newberry. I know Mack Glenn. I saw him this morning, talked with him. I know Sim Glenn. Saw him at the corner of the yard. He was going towards Mr. Well with the gun in (his) hand. Sim came through my yard. It was about 15 minutes after he passed my house when I heard the gunfire. Did not have time to go to the field before I heard the gunfire. Don't know what kind of a gun he had.                 Lottie Peister

   Mary Glenn sworn says:   I am Mack Glenn's wife and Sim Glenn's mother. About 3 weeks ago I went to Mary Williams looking for Mack. I found him there. He came out and cussed me and got a stick to hit me. Two days later me and Mack was talking about going down there. Mack got mad and hit me twice in the face. Carrie pulled him back and asked him not to hit me. He choked Carrie. I choked him off. Then Sim came up and hit him with a rock and run. Mack drew a pistol on him and snapped. Mack has been mad at Sim ever since. I got Sim to stay around the neighbor's. Today is the first time Mack found Sim here. Sim was afraid of Mack. Mack said if Sim came back he would kill him.  Mary (X) Glenn

Mac Glenn, laborer, living at Ward #2 in Newberry, and wife Mary Glenn have a black male child born 1/17/1898, delivered by Martha Glenn. Return of Births in the City of Newberry SC. 8/19/1885 to 12/15/1918 kept in the Newberry Co. Library; Mac Glenn, male, black, died 8/16/1898, of gunshot. He lived in Ward 1, was 39 years old, born in SC., living in Newberry for 20 years. Reported by F. M. Lindsay, Coroner. Buried in Sweet Springs Cemetery. (Record of Death Returns for the City of Newberry kept at the Newberry County Library.); Mack Glenn, colored, was shot and killed 8/16/1898 by his son Sim Glenn. Sim Glenn has fled. Details on Page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 8/17/1898.

Sim Glenn, 17 years old, colored, killed his father Mack Glenn. Details on Page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 8/17/1898; He has surrendered to the sheriff and has been placed in jail to await a hearing. Newberry Observer 8/24/1898; COURT OF SESSION, murder, acquitted, Newberry Observer 10/26/1898.

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 9 October 1898

An inquisition indented taken at Jesse Senn's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 9th day of October A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Robert Dorroh (colored) of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of W. P. Johnson, J. W. Wilson, L. H. Dennis, H. T. Longshore, J. T. Senn, D. S. Teague, J. S. Boozer, J. E. Senn, J. B. Clary, T. N. Boozer, F. G. Spearman, Robert Robinson being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Robert Dorroh came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Robert Dorroh came to his death from a pistol wound inflicted by the hands of C. A. Floyd on October 8th AD 1898 from which wound said Robert Dorroh died in said County and State on October 8, 1898, which was justifiable self defense. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid C.A. Floyd, him the said Robert Dorroh, by the manner and means aforesaid then and there did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

W. P. Johnson Foreman, J. W. Wilson, L. H. Dennis, H. T. Longshore, J. T. Senn, D. S. Teague, J. S. Boozer, J. E. Senn, James B. Clary, Thomas N. Boozer, F. G. Spearman, Robert Robinson

EVIDENCE

Joe Miller sworn says:   On October the 8, 1898 I was at home at Mr. Jesse Senn's place in Newberry County SC. On October 8 I heard a pistol fire and heard someone holler, "Oh Lordy." I heard groaning. I was in Mr. Senn's yard when I heard the groaning. The shooting was in the public road. Don't know exactly where it was. Don't know how many shots but there was more than one. Don't know if Dorroh had a pistol or not. Dorroh was dead when the doctor got there. I never saw no one when I heard the hollering. I saw something in the road. White. Do not know if it was a white horse or a man with a white shirt or a man with a white coat. It was about night. Joe (X) Miller                                                                                                                                                        

   J. R. Senn sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC.I live on my father's home place. Was home on October the 8th 1898. I heard a pistol fire and heard a man holler. I came up the road about 15 minutes after I heard the shots and found a colored man dead. This was about dark. This was a little over 100 yards from my house.  J. R. Senn

Recalled:   There were 3 or 4 shots fired.  J. R. Senn

    Lewis Dorroh (colored) sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. I know the body lying in the public road near Mr. Jesse Senn's. It is my son, Robert Dorroh.              Lewis (X) Dorroh               

   M. R. Chappell sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. I know Lewis Dorroh's boys but did not know them apart. On October the 8, 1898 myself and Claude Floyd were going home. We [had] overtaken a wagon. Pulled for to pass it. There was a boy. Called to Mr. Floyd to stop. We did so the wagon passed. Floyd got out of the buggy and asked the boy what he wanted. The boy commenced to tell about some report had been said up there. Claud asked him what he meant to do. "I meant to do what I said I was going to do." He had a stick out and Claude asked him did he mean to hit him with the stick. The boy did not say a word but drew his pistol and fired. Then he turned and ran off down the road. When Claud fired the second shot the Negro hollered, "Oh Lordy." I said, "Claud, you have killed that Negro." He said, "No, reckon not." I told him he would see him fall in a minute. About that time he fell flat on his back. I turned around and started to where he was. I could not get the horse close and asked Claud to hold the horse and let me go and see if he was hurt or not. When I got to him I saw he was in a manner dead. I turned him to see if I could find his pistol. Did not find the pistol. Dorroh fired on e shot, then Claud fired two. Dorroh fired fist. Claude fired twice, then Dorroh ran.  M. R. Chappell 

   L. H. Dennis sworn says: On October 9, 1898 while working as a juror of inquest over the body of Robert Dorroh and in the presence of the eleven other jurors and the coroner, I found a pistol in the ditch side of the public road at the place described by Mr. Chappell as the place of the (deed?) and on the opposite to where the hat of the dead man was found. One chamber was empty. The pistol is a 38 caliber single action S&W (Smith & Wesson?).            L. H. Dennis

Robert Dorrah, colored, was killed by Claud Floyd. Newberry Observer 10/12/1898

Claud Floyd killed Robert Dorrah, colored. Details on Page 3, column 3, Newberry Observer 10/12/1898;COURT OF SESSION, murder, not guilty, Newberry Observer 11/2/1898

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 15 November 1898

An inquisition indented taken at James Denson's in the County and State aforesaid the 15th day of November A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of J. Wesley Anderson (colored) of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of John P. Fant, W. W. Riser, Bachman Cromer, J. H. Abrams, N.B. Johnson, W. W. Abrams, S. P. McCracken, Z. H. Suber, W. J. Duncan, D. L. McCullough, T. E. Eison, W. P. Thrift 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 J. Wesley Anderson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said J. Wesley Anderson came to his death from a gunshot wound from party or parties unknown to the jury. Wound was inflicted on the 5th day of November 1898 and from which wound said J. Wesley Anderson died on the 14th November 1898. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

John P. Fant Foreman, W. W. Riser, Bachman Cromer, James H. Abrams, N.B. Johnson, W. W. Abrams, S. P. McCracken, Z. H. Suber, W. J. Duncan, D. L. McCullough, T. E. Eison, W. P. Thrift

EVIDENCE

Jesse Anderson sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. The dead body is my son John Wesley Anderson. I got here about 8 o'clock the 5th day of November 1898 and found my son in bed in a sad condition. I saw where he was shot. He was on Mr. James Denson's place in Newberry County SC.          November 15, 1898      Jesse (X) Anderson

Frank Duckett sworn says:    I live on Mr. James Denson's place in Newberry County SC. I was at home on the 5th day of November 1898. That evening about dusk Wesley Anderson came to my house and we talked a little while. He went on down the road talking back to me. He met Mr. Joe Hargrove's son and Mr. Cromer's son on the road. They said, "What was that you said to me sir?" Wesley said, "No, I did not say anything to you. I was talking back in the house." Then these fellows, "No." Wesley said, "I say no." Then he said, "God d-it, I am going to learn you to talk better than that to me," and out with his pistol and shot him. Then they went off up the road as hard as they could go. This was just about dusk. I found Wesley lying on the road. He died on November 14, 1898. It was about 40 yards from my house. I saw the parties that done the shooting and knew them. Don't know what one of the men did the shooting. I knew them at the time they did the shooting. Thomas Hargrove and I suppose, Charlton Cromer. It was night a moonlight night. I do not know Mr. Hargrove's boys apart. It was good dusk. I did not see you pass. It was not too dark for me to see who did the shooting. They were riding, one a mule, the other a horse. Mr. Hargrove's son was on the horse, Cromer the mule.  Frank (X) Duckett

   James Swindler sworn says:   I live at Mr. Eison's in Newberry County SC. When them boys passed us they asked if that was Calmes. He said no. They said, "God d-your soul. I will learn you how to talk." He came and caught and made me blow Harp (harmonica?). I blowed a tune. Then say, "Blow another." I told him I did not know another one. He pulled out his pistol and said he, "Make you blow another." Mr. Cromer's son said, "He don't know any more." They left us and came on down the road. I did not see him anymore until I saw the fire fly out of his pistol. Where they stopped me to about ¼ of a mile. I thought they struck a match. They struck a match to see who us was. I do not know who done the shooting. It was a pistol. I could tell by the noise. James (X) Swindler

   Isaac Swindler sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. Before they caught up with us they asked if that was Calmes. I said no. They said, "God d__ you. I will make you blow another tune." Mr. Charlton Cromer son was with Mr. Hargrove's. They did not say no more to me till I heard the pistol. I don't know who shot Wesley Anderson.        Isaac (X) Swindler

Wesley Anderson, colored, was shot by Thomas Hargrove in No. 4 Township on 11/5/1898 and died 11/14/1898. Newberry Observer 11/16/1898

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 27 December 1898

An inquisition indented taken at Werber Place in the County and State aforesaid the 27th day of December A.D. 1898 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John Harris of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Sanders, W. H. Sanders, H. M. Sanders, Wash Butler, P. L. Spearman, Jim Harmon, Frank Cannon, Wess Cannon, Mack Spearman, Tom Jessie, Bose Johnson, Wess Williams being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said John Harris came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said John Harris came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by the hands of Elliott Vance on 26th day of December AD 1898 from which wound he died instantly. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Elliott, in manner and form aforesaid, John Harris, then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. W. Sanders Foreman, W. H. Sanders, H. M. Sanders, Wash (X) Butler, P. L. Spearman, Jim (X) Harmon, Frank (X) Spearman, Wess (X) Cannon, Mack (X) Spearman, Tom (X) Jessie, Bose (X) Johnson, Wess (X) Williams

EVIDENCE

Eliza Harris sworn says:    I live in Newberry SC. I am the wife of John Harris who is dead and was killed last night on the Werber Place near Old Town in Newberry County SC. Last night when we got to the corner of the garden William Marshal said good night and Elliott Vance did not say anything. John walked up to where he is now lying and Vance shot him with a shotgun. (double barrel)              Eliza (X) Harris

   William Marshal sworn says:   I live on the Werber Place in Newberry County SC. Me and Elliott Vance started home and got to a bridge. Vance then turned round to go back. I started on then. Vance called me and said he believed he would go home. He came on, caught up with me. He asked John Harris if it was not cold. They did not say any more till they got to the corner of the garden. Then I looked around and seen John falling and Vance running. William (X) Marshal

   John Moon sworn says:   I live on the Werber Place. Last night December 26, 1898 I came out and met Elliott Vance with his gun. I told him not to carry his gun to my house to shoot no one and John Harris ran up and rung the gun out of Vance's hands and struck at Vance twice and cut at him twice with a pocket knife and Elliott ran then. They made the fuss up. Harris asked Vance what he was going to do with the gun. He said he was going to kill William Carter. Vance told Carter, "I brought this gun to kill you." John Moon

   Stacy Rook sworn says:   I live on the Werber Place in Newberry County SC. I seen Vance running. I heard him saying he was going after his gun to shoot William Carter. There was at the fire, Elliott Vance, William Carter, John Moon, John Mitchel, Belt Crump, William Marshal, John Harris. They were sitting around the fire with some boards between them.  Stacy (X) Rook

   William Carter sworn:   I live in Newberry County SC. I was at John Moon's last night. I was in the house. Elliott Vance was in there. He asked me if I wanted to play any cards. I told him no. He said, "Come on, I will play $1 a game." He went outdoors after awhile. He asked me about the game again. I told him no. I was not going to play cards. He asked me to change $2.50. I looked and said, "I do not have it." He kept 'Mousing'. At last he called me a damn liar and I called him another. Then he ran his hand in his pocket and got his knife. I got one too. Then he broke out and went home. When I seen him he had a gun. John Moon and John Harris met him at the shop and I went out there and went on to Moon's house and came on back and called Elliott and asked him to make the fuss up. He said all right. He said, "Am no more to do with it." William (X) Carter

John Harris, colored, was killed by Elliott Vance, colored, on 12/26/1898. Details are on Page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 12/28/1898; John Harris was killed by Elliott Vance at Old Town on 12/27/1898. Vance was arrested by Sheriff Buford in Saluda and returned to Newberry. Newberry Observer 1/12/1899

Elliott Vance, colored, killed John Harris, colored. Details are on page 3, column 4, Newberry Observer 12/28/1898; Elliott Vance killed John Harris at Old Town on 12/27/1898. Vance was arrested by sheriff Buford in Saluda and returned to Newberry. Newberry Observer 1/12/1899; Elliott Vance, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder - true bill, Newberry Observer 2/23/1899; He was sentenced to life in the State Penitentiary. Newberry Observer 3/2/1899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 23 March 1899

An inquisition indented taken at H. P. Dominick's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 23rd day of March A.D. 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mrs. Mary E. Taylor of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of N. B. Wheeler, A.H. Miller, W. Q. Boland, J. A. Baker, Bachman Cromer, L. D. Morris, John Brooks, J. W. Lindler, A. C. Wheeler, John Lake, G. Y. Hunter, J. S. 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 Mrs. Mary E. Taylor came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Mrs. Mary E. Taylor came to her death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Noah R. Taylor on 5th day of March AD 1899 from which wound Mrs. Mary E. Taylor died in the County and State aforesaid on the 23rd day of March 1899. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Noah R. Taylor, her the said Mrs. Mary E. Taylor by the manner and form aforesaid, then and there feloniously did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

N. B. Wheeler Foreman, A.H. Miller, W. Q. Boland, J. A. Baker, Bachman Cromer, L. D. Morris, J. C. Brooks, J. W. Lindler, A. C. Wheeler, J. W. Lake, George Y. Hunter, J. S. Wheeler

EVIDENCE

George W. Dominick sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. I know Mrs. Mary Taylor. I passed Noah R. Taylor's house on March the 5, 1899.I drove by the house. Did not see anyone then. Drove to Zake Taylor's house and Mary Taylor's children came in the house and said Pa had shot Ma. I ran to the door and saw Mary about 30 yards at the potato bank with blood running out of her mouth and nose. I ran up to her and asked her what the means? She said, "Noah shot me twice." I called for help. Newton Mills came and helped me take her in the house. I saw Noah after awhile and asked him what this means. He answered he had lived in hell long enough.  G. W. Dominick

   W. C. Dominick sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. When I got to Z. W. Taylor's Mary was in a room in bed and was bleeding from a gunshot wound. Mrs. Mary Taylor made a statement, which I have at my house in the presence of witnesses. I heard Noah Taylor say, 'The people would say he was drunk but he was not."  W. C. Dominick

   H. P. Dominick sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. Mrs. Mary Taylor is my daughter. She died on 23 March 1899 at my house.  H. P. Dominick

We do hereby certify that we have held an autopsy on the body of Mrs. Mary E. Taylor and that her death was caused by hemorrhage due to gunshot wounds.

March 23, 1899Hunter & Wheeler MD

Mrs. Mary Taylor was shot by her husband in the left side of the face just under the eye. He then shot himself in the forehead with the same pistol, then gashed his throat with a razor and finally shot himself with a shotgun. His wife was Mary Dominick, daughter of Henry P. Dominick and widow of Wesley Dominick. Three children are survivors of the tragedy. Two of the children were by the first marriage of Mrs. Taylor and the other is two months old by the second marriage. Noah Taylor had been married about 1 year. Mr. Z. W. Taylor is the father of Noah Taylor. Details of the story in column 4, page 3, Newberry Observer 3/9/1899; She is improving in health and is now living at her father's home. Newberry Observer 3/23/1899; Mrs. Noah Taylor died 3/23/1899 at 6 a.m. She had recently been moved from her father-in-law's home to her father's home.  Her husband has been arrested. Details page 3, Newberry Observer 3/30/1899; In the article on page 3 details show there was a daughter, unnamed, 5 months old, survivor of the deceased Mrs. Noah Taylor. Henry P. Dominick and wife are fighting for the custody of the child. Henry P. Dominick won custody. Newberry Observer 5/25/1899

Noah E. Taylor, married R. Ellen Nichols, both of Newberry on 12/24/1889 by Rev. M. J. Epting. Newberry Observer, 1/2/1890

Noah Taylor shot his wife in the left side of the face just under the eye. He then shot himself in the forehead with the same pistol, then gashed his throat with a razor and finally shot himself with a shotgun. His wife was Mary Dominick, daughter of Henry P. Dominick and widow of Wesley Dominick. Three children are survivors of the tragedy. Two of the children were by the first marriage of Mrs. Taylor and the other is two months old by the second marriage. Noah Taylor had been married about 1 year. Mr. Z. W. Taylor is the father of Noah Taylor. Details of the story in column 4, page 3, Newberry Observer 3/9/1899; Noah Taylor was served with a warrant and released on bond for $500. His wounds are serious. His wife is still alive. Newberry Observer 3/16/1899; He has fully recovered from his wounds. Newberry Observer 3/23/1899; Mrs. Noah Taylor died 3/23/1899 at 6 a.m. She had recently been moved from her father-in-law's home to her father's home.  Her husband has been arrested. Details page 3, Newberry Observer 3/30/1899; In the article on page 3, details show there was a daughter, unnamed, 5 months old, survivor of the deceased Mrs. Noah Taylor. Henry P. Dominick and wife were fighting for the custody of the child. It mentions that the parents of Noah Taylor were Z. W. Taylor and Edith A. Taylor. Henry P. Dominick won custody. Newberry Observer 5/25/1899; COURT OF SESSION trial took 2 days with 69 witnesses; He was found guilty; Sentenced to life in the Penitentiary; Appealed. Newberry Observer 8/3/1899; Noah R. Taylor attempted an escape from the county jail where he was confined pending an appeal.  Details on page 3, Newberry Observer 11/23/1899; NoahTaylor, 26 years old, was pardoned by the Governor on 5/30/1903 and returned to Newberry. In March 1899 he shot and killed his wife who was a daughter of John W. Dominick. In January 1900 he started serving a life sentence at the Penitentiary. Details of why the decision was made on Page 8, Newberry Observer 6/2/1903; Noah Taylor has a sawmill on Henry Wheeler's place. Page 5, Newberry Observer 10/13/1903

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 1 April 1899

An inquisition indented taken at J. M. Smith & Davis's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 1st day of April A.D. 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Rachel Longshore of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of M. M. Satterwhite, S. W. Wallingston, J. A. Dunn, Wick Poage, Thomas Davis, Cole Mangum, John Griffin, Peter Boozer, John Burton, Fred Kinard, Thomas Thompson, Dock Cleland 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 Rachel Longshore came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Rachel Longshore came to her death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by the hands of Jimmie Crummie on 1st day of April AD 1899 from which wound Rachel Longshore died instantly in the County and State aforesaid with Adam Sheppard, George Cannon and Scott Swindler as accessories. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Jimmie Crummie, her the said Rachel Longshore by the manner and form aforesaid, then and there feloniously did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

M. M. Satterwhite Foreman, S. W. Wallingston, J. A. Dunn, W. A. Poage, Thomas Davis, Cole Mangum, John Griffin, Peter Boozer, John Burton, Fred Kinard, Thomas Thompson, Dock Cleland

EVIDENCE

Testimony taken at the Inquest over the body of Rachel Longshore on April 1, 1899

Hattie Kinard being sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC on M. M. Satterwhite's place. I was at the party at Henry Teague's on the Davis Place and was about 30 yards of the place that the shooting took place and don't know who done the shooting. Don't know how many shots was fired. And after the shooting was over I heard someone say Rachel Longshore was killed. The shooting took place about one o'clock this morning, April 1, 1899. Hattie (X) Kinard

   Adam Sheppard being sworn says:   I live at A. J. Livingston's in Newberry County SC. I was at the Davis Place at Henry Teague' house where there was a pound supper. I was here this morning April the 1st 1899 when Rachel Longshore was shot. Jimmie Crummie did the shooting that killed Rachel Longshore. Jim was shooting at me. I had just caught up with George Cannon and Rachel Longshore and Jim Crummie shot me. Then I stepped towards him and he shot at me again. The first shot that Jimmie Crummie fired is the one that hit Rachel Longshore and Rachel  (said) "You have shot me." And ran about 15 steps before she fell. Jim, after he shot, ran and got in a gully and shot at me again. I shot at Jim 4 times.  Adam (X) Sheppard

   George Cannon being sworn says:   I live at Mr. William Smith's place in Newberry County SC. Last night, the 31 of March 1899 I was at the Davis place at a pound supper at Henry Teague's house. The party broke up about 12 o'clock. I and Rachel Longshore was walking along together and I heard a pistol fire and Rachel, "Now you have shot me." Jim Crummie shot the pistol. Jim was shooting at Adam Sheppard. Jim Crummie shot three times and Adam Sheppard shot four times. Adam did not shoot until after Rachel was shot. I did not shoot any. No one did any shooting except Jim and Adam.  George (X) Cannon

   William Cannon being sworn says:   I live at Mr. Ben Mills Place in Newberry County SC. I was at the Davis Place. We was having a pound supper. We broke up about half past twelve this morning April 1st 1899. I was up the road about 20 yards ahead and heard a pistol fire and stopped and then I heard more shots. I heard Adam Sheppard ask Jim Crummie if he was shooting at him and Jim did not answer.  William (X) Cannon

   Jim Crummie being sworn says:   I live at Mr. Luther Mayer's in Newberry County SC. I was at the Davis Place last night at a pound party and it broke up in the last part of the night. I came out of the little shed and came to a drain. Adam Sheppard had his pistol out in his hand and had already drawn his pistol on me last Monday night. I did not know what Adam meant by toting his pistol in his hand and me in the road too. Then we got to the fence. Scott Swindler said, I am not going to pull my pistol until I get over the fence. We came on and Adam threw his pistol down on Rachel that got shot. And said he was going home with Rachel and if he did not no one else would. Rachel walked off a piece and said, "Adam, please don't shoot here." George Cannon and Scott Swindler was above. Rachel, I and Adam Sheppard was behind. I walked up pretty swift and started to pass Adam Sheppard and when I passed he stepped back and I snapped my pistol. At me - and he shot - then I shot and so many shooting. Adam Sheppard, George Cannon, Scott Swindler and myself. These three all, all run after me. I was behind Rachel. She was in front of Adam. I am certain that there was more shooting than I and Adam. There was Scott Swindler, George Cannon. I know this is the body of Rachel Longshore.  Jimmie Crummie

I certify I have examined the body of Rachel Longshore and find that she came to her death from the effects of a pistol shot.  April 1, 1899                W. D. Senn MD

Longshore, Rachel, colored, was shot and killed. Henry Teague, colored, had a 'pound party' at his house on 3/31/1899 at the old Asa P. Davis place in Township No. 6. After the party was over Adam Sheppard left the house with Rachel Longshore. After about 100 yards Jimmie Crummie came along behind them and shot Rachel Longshore. There followed a pistol war between Adam Sheppard, George Cannon and Scott Swindler. The four shooters are in jail. On Monday Judge Pope set bail at $300 for Sheppard and Swindler and dismissed Cannon. Newberry Observer 4/6/1899

Adam Sheppard, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, to be continued; Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; Adam Sheppard, COURT OF SESSION, murder, not guilty. Newberry Observer 10/26/1899

Jimmie Crummie, colored, arrested for the murder of Rachel Longshore, colored, on 3/13/1899 is out on $1000 bail. Newberry Observer 5/4/1899; Jimmie Crummie, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, to be continued; Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; Jimmie Crummie, COURT OF SESSION, murder, mistrial. Newberry Observer 10/26/1899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 21 May 1899

An inquisition indented taken at J. D. Nance Place in the County and State aforesaid the 21st day of May A.D. 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jim Hardy of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. L. Keitt, T. W. Keitt, W. B. Counts, G. H. Cromer, J. H. Adams, Jack Sease, John McCollum, R. L. Lominick, J. E. Lominick, John Felkner, Hilliard Felkner, E. C. Cromer 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 Jim Hardy came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jim Hardy came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Wesley Brownlee on 21st day of May AD 1899 from which wound said Jim Hardy died in the County and State aforesaid on May 21st 1899, in self defense. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Wesley Brownlee, him the said Jim Hardy by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

Joseph L. Keitt Foreman, T. W. Keitt, W. B. Counts, G. H. (X) Cromer, J. H. Adams, J. A. Sease, John McCollum, R. L. Lominick, J. E. Lominick, J. C. Felkner, H. E. Felkner, E. C. Cromer

EVIDENCE

Thomas Walker sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC on Mr. Thomas Keitt's Place. I started down to the store of John Wicker and Wesley Brownlee caught up with me. He asked me to go to his mother's May the 20, 1899.We went and stayed there til day light on 21st May 1899. Jim Hardy was asleep about 200 yards from Ann Brownlee's house in the woods. We went out to the boys. (They) were Richard Nance, Thomas Crosson, Budd Haltiwanger, Rob Haltiwanger, Mark Washington, John Robertson, Jim Hardy, Thomas Walker (witness) and Wesley Brownlee. We got to the boys about 10"30 o'clock. We were close to Mr. Johnnie Wicker's. The boys were playing cards for money, Thomas Crosson, John Robertson and Bud Haltiwanger. We stayed there about 2 hours. We stayed there until about daylight Sunday morning. Wesley Brownlee took a pistol out of the pocket of Jim Hardy and claimed it as his while Hardy was asleep. He did not wake up for some time. He asked for the pistol. Mr. and Wesley said let's go. We got to the road. The deceased ran and caught up with us. Jim asked Wes did he have his pistol. Wes said yes. He asked Wes would he take a dollar for it.  Wes said he would sell it for what he pleased. He told Wes if he did not take a dollar for it he would make him throw it from him before night. Jim ran on before us. Me and Wes came on slow. When we got where the shooting was done I told Wes, "Yonder comes that man with a gun. Ed Singleton got with me and Wes at James Anderson's house. We walked up to Jim. He pulled out a dollar and asked Wes to let him have his pistol for a dollar. Wes said, "I will take $1.50 for it." Jim said, "Take this dollar and I will give you the other half before night." Wes said he would be at Church and for Jim to "Bring the $1.50 and I will give you the pistol I won from you." Jim said, "You won't let me have it for a $1 and pay you the rest this evening." Wes said, "No. I must have $1.50" Then Jim said, "You will let me have it." He then drawed his gun on Wess and snapped it three times. Then Wes got his pistol out and shot three times. Jim fell. Wes got Jim's gun and taken it on home.

Thomas (X) Walker                                                                                                                               

   Dock Mosee sworn says:   Last Thursday night me and Jim went to Wes' house. Jim called Wes out and they got some lightwood and went to the woods. I went with them. They sat down and went to playing cards. They played for 5 cents. Wes won it. Then Jim put up his knife and Wes won it. Then Jim put up his pistol against the knife Wes had won and Wes won it. My pistol was hanging on a bush. Jim and Wes jumped up. Jim steps around Wes and gets my pistol and run back from Wes and drawed his pistol on Wes and said, "Give up Idella's knife." Wes said he would not do it. Jim came to Tom Crosson's and called me. I came down and (he) asked me to lend him my pistol. I told him I did not have it. He turned and left.    Dock Mosee

   Elliott Caldwell sworn says:   I seen Jim Hardy. He came to my house about sun up. He asked me for my pistol. I told him I did not have any. He went towards me (and then to) Nance, in a hurry, Wes came by my house and told me to go to Mr. Nance and tell him Jim was over there in the road.  Elliott Caldwell                                                                                                   

   J. B. Nance sworn says:   This morning May 21, 1899 Jim came to my house and knocked at the door. He is my feeder. I got up, went to the door. He said there was "An owl out on the lot fence. Give me your gun and let me kill it." I said there is no shell in the gun but a snapped shell. I handed him my gun. I went to get the key and came to the back door. I asked him where the owl was. He said it was on the lot fence. When I seen Jim next he was on the public road dead. There was a dollar under his right hand on the ground.  J. D. Nance

outh Carolina, Newberry County.  This is to certify that I, Dr. W. T. Dickert, have this day examined the body of Jim Hardy deceased and find that he came to his death from a gunshot wound in the femoral artery.  May 21, 1899      W. T. Dickert MD

                                                                                                                 

Jim Hardy, colored, was shot to death by Wesley Brownlee. The story is much in detail on Page 3, Newberry Observer 5/25/1899

Wesley Brownlee, colored, won a pistol from Jim Hardy, colored, in a gambling game. After refusing to sell the pistol back to Hardy he was shot at by Hardy but the misfire of Hardy's weapon gave him time to return fire and kill Hardy. He is now in jail. The story is much in detail on Page 3, Newberry Observer 5/25/1899; He was granted bail of $1000. Newberry Observer 6/1/1899; Wesley Brownlee, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder; guilty of manslaughter; Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; He was sentenced to 8 years in the State Penitentiary; An appeal for new trial was denied, Newberry Observer 8/3/1899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 21 July 1899

An inquisition indented taken at the Sander's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 21st day of July A.D. 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Johnie Harp of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. H. Williams, Henry Longshore, Leonard Reeder, Mad Pitts, J.H. Hendrix, Palmer Davenport, Thomas Grizzard, Jim Crouch, E. H. Longshore, J. S. Longshore, L. W. Neel, J. L. Shultz 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 Johnie Harp came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Johnie Harp came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Edward Carter on July 18, 1899 from which wound said Johnie Harp died on the 21st of July 1899 and Mordicai Carter as accessory. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Edward Carter and Mordecai Carter, him the said Johnie Harp by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. H. Williams Foreman, Henry Longshore, Leonard Reeder, M. Pitts, J.H. Hendrix, Palmer Davenport, T. E.  Grizzard, Jim Crouch, E. H. Longshore, J. S. Longshore, L. W. Neel, J. L. Shultz

EVIDENCE

Edward Carter sworn says:   I live with my father. I was in the field. Alf sent me to the house for some water. Just as I got to the corner of the garden I heard the pistol fire. I had the jug. I dropped it and ran in the house. Jim Harp was standing against the table. I asked him what was the matter. He said the pistol shot him. Mordicai Carter had the pistol. The door was not shut when I came up. I came across the field at Mr. Sanders watermelon patch. Ma whipped me. I am 8 years old. I went in the closet to get sugar and found the pistol. I looked at the pistol and put it back and fastened the closet door and went to the field. I don't know when Mordecai got the pistol. I saw Johnnie Harp going to our house. Then I came after water. When the pistol fired I went in the house. I staid in the house and the boys ran out.             Edward (X) Carter

   Mordecai Carter sworn says:   Me and Johnie was at the closet door. Son drawed the staple and son got the pistol first. He got it out of the closet under a sack. He laid it on the table. I got the pistol and shot Johnie. We were playing. He asked son for a drink of water after he was shot. Mordecai (X) Carter

   T. R. Sanders sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC on the Sander's Place. I was in the front porch and could see down to Jerry's house. They were cutting weeds. When Johnie was going down there Edward Carter was nearly to the house, when Johnie started down there. I paid no attention. In about 10 minutes I heard a pistol fire. I ran. These boys ran down in the field. I ran on and my wife got there at the same time. Johnie caught hold of her body and said, "Ma, look where Son shot me." He always said Son shot him until he died. From the signs on his neck of powder burns and his clothes, the pistol was right at him.         T. R. Sanders

   Mary Satterwhite sworn says:   Johnie Harp was shot Tuesday evening, July 18, 1899. I went down after the pistol. The boys were at the door. I got the pistol off of the cupboard. Mordecai told me it was there. I got the pistol and brought it to Mr. Sanders. Dora Carter came to my house and asked me what I went to her house and got the pistol for. I had no business there. She had a stick and shook it at me and said, "Why did you not let Hog go after it." She went (to) Mr. Sanders. Buss told me Son shot. Son was not at the house.      M. D. (Satter) White

   Albert Harmon sworn says:   I was down in the field cutting weeds Tuesday 18th July 1899. I sent Son to go and get a jug of water. I looked and saw Son run in the house. When the pistol fired, Ed said Buss shot the pistol. He did not tell Mr. Johnie was shot. Then Buss came on and said Son shot the pistol. Buss told me Johnie was shot.   Albert (X) Harmon

This is to certify that on the afternoon of July 18, I was called to see Johnie Harp, deceased. On examination I found a pistol shot wound just above the border of the 6th rib right side about an inch from the sternum or backbone. The course was directly through the throat or chest within about half inch of surface from which it was removed by Dr. Senn and from which wound the deceased died July 21, 1899.         A. L. Longshore MD

Johnny Harp, 5 year old step son of T. R. Sanders of Township No. 6 was shot 7/18/1899 with a pistol in the hands of Edward and Mordecai Carter, who are the sons of Jerry Carter, colored, living on the property of Mr. Sanders.  Before he died, 4 days after the shooting, Johnny Harp told that Mordecai, 7 years old, in May, had held him while Edward, 10 years old, shot him. The two boys were arrested at once. Newberry Observer 7/27/1899

Mordecai Carter, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder of Johnny Harp, 5 years old, guilty of manslaughter. He was 7 years old, in May when tried. Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; A motion for a new trial. Newberry Observer 8/3/1899

Edward Carter, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder of Johnny Harp, 5 years old, guilty of manslaughter. He was 10 years old, when tried. Newberry Observer 7/27/1899; He was sentenced to 2 years in the State Penitentiary at such labor as he can perform. Bail was set for $500 while appealing for a new trial, Newberry Observer 8/3/1899; His appeal has been abandoned. The Governor has declined to commute the sentence from 2 years in the Penitentiary to the chain gang. The prisoner was taken to Columbia. Newberry Observer 9/21/1899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 27 September 1899

An inquisition indented taken at J. H. Barne's in No 9 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 27th day of September AD 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mrs. A. C. Barnes of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay after making inquiry for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Mrs. A. C. Barnes came to her death upon his oaths does say that the said Mrs. A. C. Barnes came to her death from natural causes at J. H. Barne's Place in No 9 Township on the 27th September 1899. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned. F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

J. H. Barnes being duly sworn says:   I live in Newberry County in #9 Township. When I went to start to work I went to her bed to see how she, mother, was feeling. I called her and she failed to answer. Then I called her the 2nd time and she still failed to answer. I caught her by the shoulder and shook her. Then I put my hand on her face and (realized) something wrong. Then called wife and she went to her bed and put her face to her face and found that she was not breathing. Mother is about 77 years old. Had a chill day before yesterday and had been complaining for sometime back.  J. H. Barnes

   John Stockman being duly sworn says:   I live in Newberry County in #9 Township. Mr. Barnes little boy came after me about daylight this morning and said Mr. Barnes mother was dead. I asked him if he wanted me to come over here and he said yes. When I got here Mr. Barnes was here. I went in and looked at her to see if she was dead. I also felt her pulse and they was not beating and saw that she was dead.      John Stockman

   Mrs. Hattie J. Barnes sworn says:   Mrs. A. C. Barnes came home with us Sunday. She had a child Monday after dinner. Had been up yesterday but laid down through the day. When we got up this morning September 27, 1899 my husband said he wanted to know how his mother was and called to asked her how (she was) feeling. She did not answer. I told him I would not wake her. To let her rest. He still called her and she did not answer. He told me to come to her and I went and called her and shook her and I told him I believed she was dead. I told him I would go over after E. S. Dominick and send Willie after Mr. John Stockman. Mr. Stockman came and taken a lamp and looked at her and said she was dead.  Hattie J. Barnes

Mrs. A. C. Barnes, 77 years old, was visiting her son, J. H. Barnes of No. 9 Township and was found dead in bed. Newberry Observer 9/281899

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 7 November 1899

An inquisition indented taken at the John Hunter's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 7th day of November A.D. 1899 before J.H. Chappell, Acting Coroner for said County upon view of the body of William Hairof the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. H. Koon, L. H. Robertson, David Cook, George Dewalt, Morris Williams, John Wise, Silas Hart, Pink Wise, W.S. Dominick, Sim Oxner, Cage Oxner, James H. Wise 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 William Hair came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said William Hair came to his death from a blow on the head with some blunt instrument inflicted by James Dawkins on November 4, 1899 and that William Boozer, Tom Dewalt, Elisha Dawkins, Seltor Sheeley, Julius Davis are accessories thereto from which wound the said William Hair died November 6, 1899. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid James Dawkins by the manner and means aforesaid did feloniously kill William Hair. In witness whereof I, J. H. Chappell, Acting Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

J. H. Chappell, Acting, Coroner of Newberry County

J. H. Koon Foreman, Lake Robertson, David (X) Cook, George (X) Dewalt, Morris (X) Williams, John Wise, Silas (X) Hart, Pink (X) Wise, W.S. Dominick, Sim Oxner, Cage Oxner, J. H. Wise

EVIDENCE

We the undersigned citizens request the Coroner to hold an inquest on the body of William Hair deceased.   November 7, 1899.  J. L. Hunter/O. L. Schumpert  South Carolina, County Of Newberry

Be it remembered that on the 7th day of November 1899 personally appeared George Hair et al before me, J. H. Chappell Magistrate Newberry County SC who acknowledged themselves indebted to the State of South Carolina. That is to say George Hair et al in the sum of two hundred dollars like money to be levied of their separate bonds and tenement, goods and chattels, reserving to and for the use of the said State if the above mentioned George Hair et al shall fail in performing the credentials underwritten. The conditions of this recognizance is struck, that is, the said George Hair et al shall personally appear before the Court of Sessions, jurors, in Newberry 1900 then and there to testify in the case of the State vs James Dawkins et al and to do and receive what shall be in juried by the Court and not to deport the Court without --- and in the meantime, keep the seal taken and acknowledge the day and given above written before me.   

J. H. Chappell, Magistrate.  George (X) Hair, Cal (X) Lindsay, J. W. Wise, J. S. (X) Wheeler, Amanda (X) Wheeler

   George Hair sworn says:   I live at Luther Feller's in Newberry County. William Hair was struck Saturday night by Jim Dawkins. I heard the licks and ran to pick up my brother. Some one or the other, Wallace Boozer, Tom DeWalt, Elisha Dawkins, pulled their pistols and said they would dare anyone to touch Jim Dawkins. I saw Jim Dawkins there. Jim Dawkins and deceased had some words before.  George Hair

   Calvin Lindsay sworn says:   Willie Boozer, Tom Dewalt, Elisha Dawkins talking to George Hair, brother of deceased. Had their pistol drawn and said, "If you make another step towards Jim Dawkins we will kill you." Jim Dawkins said, "I have got on them. Let's finish the other one. I told you I was going to kill somebody. Now you see." Jim Dawkins said, while I was in the house, "Give me a pistol. I want to kill a Negro." Luther Sheeley and Julius Davis said, "If you run over Jim Dawkins you will have it all to run over."   Calvin (X) Lindsay

   John Wesley Wise sworn says:   William Hair had started home and asked me to go. Jim Dawkins started out behind him and I heard him say after William Hair had been hit, "You said I would not do my or but now you see where the lick was passed." I ran to the door and around the corner of the house and asked William Hair was he hurt. He said no. I asked him who hit him. He said he did not know. I saw Wallace Boozer, Tom Dewalt, Elisha Dawkins with their pistols drawn saying anyone came in this crowd they were not liable to get out.  J. W. Wise                      

   Levi Wheeler sworn:    James Dawkins told me on Saturday night after the killing that he, James Dawkins, had hit the deceased with a rock and said he would have to run off or stand a trial.        Levi Wheeler

   Phillip Wheeler sworn:   When I first saw Hair he was lying twenty-five yards from the house. James Dawkins said after the fuss they call me a bluff but I will show you I am no bluff tonight. Philip (X) Wheeler                                                                                                                                   

   Manda Wheeler sworn: The 'cake walk' was at my house on the 4th day of November 1899. James Hawkins was there and William Hair was there also. I heard James Dawkins say that he hit Hair.  Manda Wheeler

November 7,1899. We hereby certify that we have made a post mortem examination of the body of William Hair and find that the death was due to subdural hemorrhage caused by a blow on external of the head.         George Y. Hunter MD/J. S. Wheeler MD        

William Hair, colored, son of Henry Hair, died from a blow on the head 11/4/1899. Five men have been arrested. Details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 11/9/1899

James Dawkins has been arrested for the murder on 11/4/1899 of William Hair, colored. He has eluded the sheriff. Newberry Observer 11/9/1899; James Dawkins, COURT OF SESSION, murder, Newberry Observer 2/23/1900; Guilty of manslaughter, 2 years on the chain gang or State Penitentiary, Newberry Observer 3/1/1900

Tom DeWalt has been arrested for the murder on 11/4/1899 of William Hair, colored. Newberry Observer 11/9/1899; Thomas DeWalt, COURT OF SESSION, murder, Newberry Observer 2/23/1900

Julius Davis has been arrested for the murder on 11/4/1899 of William Hair, colored. Newberry Observer 11/9/1899; Julius Davis, COURT OF SESSION, murder, Newberry Observer 2/23/1900

Willis Boozer has been arrested for the murder on 11/4/1899 of William Hair, colored. Newberry Observer 11/9/1899; Willis Boozer, COURT OF SESSION, murder,Newberry Observer 2/23/1900

Elisha Dawkins has been arrested for the murder on 11/4/1899 of William Hair, colored. Newberry Observer 11/9/1899; Elisha Dawkins, COURT OF SESSION, murder, Newberry Observer 2/23/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 28 December 1899

An inquisition indented taken at P. C. Smith's in the County and State aforesaid the 28th day of December AD 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Asa Davis (colored) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay after making inquiry for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Asa Davis came to his death upon his oaths does say that the said Asa Davis came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by his own hand on the 27th December 1899. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Henry Waldrop says:   I live on P. C. Smith's Place in Newberry County SC. I was at aunt Niece's. Herbert Livingston and Asa Davis were with me on yesterday December 27, 1899. I saw Asa with a pistol in his hand. He had been snapping it all day. He put the pistol to his breast and snapped and it fired and shot him. After the pistol fired the deceased said, "Lord, I have shot myself."  Henry Waldrop

   Herbert Livingston sworn says:   I saw Asa Davis yesterday December 27, 1899. I saw him have a pistol. He was snapping it. I saw him snap it at his breast and shoot himself. He said, "Lord, I have shot myself."  Herbert (X) Livingston

   Nicey Johnston sworn says:   I was in my door late yesterday evening and Asa came down the hill with the pistol in his hand. Then I heard the pistol shoot.  Nicey (X) Johnston

Asa Davis, colored, 16 years old, was fooling with a rusty pistol and killed himself with a shot to the chest. Newberry Observer 1/4/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 29 December 1899

An inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 29th day of December AD 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Rufus Eugene Jones (colored) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay after making inquiry for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Rufus Eugene Jones came to his death upon his oaths does say that the said Rufus Eugene Jones came to his death from natural causes. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Mary Jackson sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC at Prosperity. I am the mother of Rufus Eugene Jones. He is about 11 months old on last night December 28, 1899 my son seemed to be all right except a cold. He slept well all night. About 6 o'clock am December 29, 1899 I woke up and found him in a dying condition. He only breathed once or twice after I woke up. I had let Rufus nurse only a short time before I found him dying. I did not go to sleep after he nursed til he died. He nursed as usual about 5 o'clock. I told Alice that my baby was dead.

Mary (X) Jackson

   Alice Ruff sworn says:   On last night I was at home and Rufus Jones seemed to be doing very well when he went to bed. About 6 o'clock Mary said to me, "My baby is dead." I felt his feet and hands and they were warm. Then I felt his chest and found he was not breathing and I said, "Yes Mary, he is dead."  Alice (X) Ruff

Mary Jackson, colored, of Prosperity, her 11-month-old child froze to death on 12/29/1899. Newberry Observer 1/4/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 29 December 1899

An inquisition indented taken at the Lark Place in the County and State aforesaid the 29th day of December A.D. 1899 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Mamie Golden of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. R. Scurry, W. R. Smith, D. A. Campbell, A. M. Smith, W. T. Glenn, J. B. Boazman, L. Betts, W. M. White, J. J. White, P. F. Baxter, G. T. Anderson, Pope Reeder 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 Mamie Golden came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Mamie Golden came to her death from a gunshot wound inflicted by Maxcy Day on December 28, 1899 from which wound she died instantly. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Maxey Day, her the said Mamie Golden by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. R. Scurry Foreman, W. R. Smith, D. A. Campbell, A. M. Smith, W. T. Glenn, J. B. Boazman, Lewis Betts, W. M. White, J. J. White, P. F. Baxter, G. T. Anderson, Pope Reeder

EVIDENCE

Lee Golden sworn says:   I live in Newberry County on Mr. Reid's place. On December 28, 1899 I was on the hill between my house and Jess Watt's. I was about 100 yards from where the body lies. The branch was between me and my wife. My wife. I was 100 yards on the other side of the branch and the body is 30 yards from the branch. I could see my wife. Mamie Golden is my wife. The shooting happened about sundown. Me and Wash Williams was talking. I met Wash in the road. I heard someone whistling. Me and Wash parted. I came to the log. When I got two steps on the foot log, then he shot, Maxcy Day. I rushed up to where my wife was. Dave rode on off. I called my wife and she did not speak. She lived about 10 minutes. Maxcy asked my wife what she said to Frank. She did not answer him. He said, God d-you. You did do it," and shot. He was talking so he could be heard 40 or 50 yards. My wife did not have her hand up to her neck. Lee (X) Golden

   Wash Williams sworn says:   I was on the other side of the branch from where Mamie Golden was killed about 200 yards from the deceased. I heard a gun fire. Do not know who shot the gun. Me and Lee Golden had parted. Lee had gone on down the hill. Did not speak to Mr. Day. Did not hear anything but the gunfire and the little child holler, "He has shot Ma." Did not see any pistol.  Wash (X) Williams

   Jess Watts sworn says:   I know Mr. Maxcy Day. Passed me yesterday eve between sundown and dark and asked me if I knew where Rufus Spearman was. I told him he was minding the cows for Mr. Pope Coleman. He asked me when would I see Him. Mr. Day left me. About 10 or 20 minutes I heard a gun fire. Lee Golden came running to come quick. I came down and found Lee's wife dead.  Jess (X) Watts

Mamie Golden, colored woman of Chappells, was shot in the throat and killed by Maxey Day, white on 12/28/1899. Maxey Day is the son of B. F. Day. He is out on $1000 bail. Newberry Observer 1/4/1900

Maxie Day was paid $3.70 for services as Constable. Supervisor's Quarterly Report ending 3/21/1899 printed in the Newberry Observer 4/6/1899; Maxey Day, son of B. F. Day shot Mamie Golden, colored woman of Chappells. She was shot in the throat and killed on 12/28/1899. Maxey Day is out on $1000 bail. Newberry Observer 1/4/1900; Maxey Day, COURT OF SESSION, murder, not guilty, Newberry Observer 2/23/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 26 April 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Chappells on Mr. Irvin's Place in the County and State aforesaid the 26th day of April A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John Dendy of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of J. R. Irvin, W. R. Smith, D. A. Campbell, J. W. Martin, E. G. Betts, L. Betts, J. J. White, Jesse Watts, Fred Spearman, William Watts, Limus Henderson, Fred Hubbard 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 John Dendy came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said John Dendy came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Thomas Andrews on the said John Dendy while running away from the said Thomas Andrews on April 26, 1900 in Newberry County SC. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Thomas Andrews, him the said John Dendy by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. R. Irvin Foreman, W. R. Smith, D. A. Campbell, J. W. Martin, E. G. Betts, Lewis Betts, J. J. White, Jesse Watts, Fred Spearman, William (X) Watts, Limus (X) Henderson, Fred (X) Hubbard

EVIDENCE

Lizzie Parks sworn says:   I live on Mr. Irvin's. Am his cook, in Newberry County SC. On April 26, 1900 I was at Mr. Irvin's cooking dinner. I saw Thomas Andrews shoot John Dendy. John asked Thomas what he told Mr. Scurry. That he was minding cows. Thomas called John a damned liar and John told him he was another damned liar. Lihue Dendy walked between John and Thomas and told John to go on and not mind Thomas. Thomas said, "Let him alone. I will fix him." Thomas shot three times. John turned to run when Thomas shot the second time. I was in the kitchen looking through the window. The last shot, John was going up the steps.              

Lizzie (X) Parks

   Lihue Dendy sworn says:   John Dendy is my son. April 26, 1900 I was at Mr. Irwin's. John Dendy and Thomas Andrews. I came and told them to go to plowing and they did not seem to mind me. I shoved John off. I had my back to Thomas when he shot over my shoulder at John. Thomas shot twice. John ran through Mr. Irwin's house and fell and died.    Lihue (X) Dendy 

   Belton Satterwhite sworn says:   I was at the crib. I heard John Dendy and Thomas Andrews quarreling. I heard a pistol shot. Then I saw Thomas shoot John. John ran through Mr. Irvin's house and fell. Thomas ran as soon as he shot the second time.  Belton (X) Satterwhite

   Jim Abney sworn says:   I was in the lot. Thomas Andrews said to John Dendy, "You tore up my gear." John said, "You pick at me. You told Mr. Scurry about. I was not sick. I was here attending to the horses and cows." Thomas said, "I did not." John said, "You did." Thomas said, "You are a damned liar." I went in the lot and heard a pistol fire. I came back to the gate. John was behind his Pa squatting down. John jumped up and ran up the steps and Thomas shot him again. Thomas ran off with his pistol in his hand.  Jim (X) Abney

John Dendy, colored, was killed by Tom Andrews, colored, at Chappells on 4/26/1900. See details of crime on Page 3, Newberry Observer 5/3/1900

Tom Andrews, colored, killed John Dendy, colored, at Chappells on 4/26/1900. See details of crime on Page 3, Newberry Observer 5/3/1900; the Governor has offered a reward of $100 for the capture of Mr. Andrews. Newberry Observer 5/10/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 15 May 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 13th day of May AD 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Drayton Johniken of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. F. M. Lindsay after making inquiry for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Drayton Johniken came to his death upon his oaths does say that the said Drayton Johniken came to his death from natural causes at Prosperity in the County and State on the 13th day of May 1900. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

A. H. Hawkins sworn says:   I live in Prosperity Newberry County SC.I came to town at 3 o'clock this evening May 13, 1900. As I got to Johniken's house Henry Gallman walked up to the deceased's house to see what was the matter. He knocked on the door and got no answer. His door was locked on the inside, which indicated he was in his house. I had Gallman to go to the back window and open it and found the deceased on the bed, dead, apparently had been dead several hours. Gallman went through the window and opened the door.                A. H. Hawkins

Henry Gallman sworn says:   I saw Johniken yesterday evening May 12,1900 about sundown. He seemed to be drinking a little. Did not see him any more until me and Mr. Hawkins went to his house today.  Henry (X) Gallman

   A. M. Lester sworn says:   I live in Prosperity Newberry County SC. I was in my backyard this morning May 13, 1900 about 6 o'clock and heard Drayton Johniken coughing.  A. M. Lester

   Fred Moore sworn says:   I live at Prosperity SC.I saw Drayton Johniken early between 7 and 8 o'clock. He was coughing a good deal. He had the hiccoughs and wanted to lie down. I told him not to lie down. I asked him if he wanted anything. He said no.  Fred Moore

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 5 July 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Spearman's graveyard in the County and State aforesaid the 5th day of July A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Joe Randall of the County of Newberry then and there being dead by the oaths of G. M. Werts, R. M. Werts, J. S. Werts, J. P. Davenport, John Mitchell, Ben Dembo, Lou Tribble, Louis Spearman, Yancy Jessee, Louis Jessee, Douglas 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 Joe Randall came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Joe Randall came to his death from  an overdose of poison administered by Maggie Randall  on July 1 and died July 2, 1900 in the State and County aforesaid. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Maggie Randall, him the said Joe Randall by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

G. M. Werts Foreman, R. M. Werts, J. S. Werts, J. P. Davenport, John (X) Mitchell, Ben Dembo, Lou Tribble, Louis  (X) Spearman, Yancy  (X) Jessee, Louis  (X) Jessee, Douglas  (X) Cannon, Praylo  (X) Gary

EVIDENCE

Lucy Jones sworn says:   I live on D. M. Ward's place in Newberry County SC. On July 1, 1900 I was a t home late in the day. I lived with Maggie Randall and Joe Randall. Joe was not sick when I got home. I saw him take some capsules. Maggie gave them to him. I gave a ½ pint of whiskey. He drank it very near all. Joe and Maggie had a fuss on Saturday night June 30, 1900. Joe throwed Maggie down on the floor. One night Maggie gave Joe some milk and next morning I gave some of the milk to the cats and they heaved up. The milk had something on top looked like mold. Joe died July 2, 1900. Joe was not sick before Maggie gave him the capsules. Maggie said the capsules had quinine.                  Lucy (X) Jones

   Mary Tribble sworn says:   I live at George Reid's place. On July 1st 1900 I was at Church. I saw Maggie Randall. I had a conversation with her. She said, "If I had a dose of strychnine I would give it to Joe and kill him." She said she did not want him. We were not talking secrets. Jim Sheppard's girls were at my back when we were talking.  Mary (X) Tribble

   Anna Sheppard sworn says:   On the 1st day of July I was at church. I saw Maggie Randall. I was talking with her. She said if she had a dose of strychnine she would give it to Joe and kill him.       Anna (X) Sheppard

   Luella Sheppard sworn says:  I was at church on last Sunday. I saw Maggie Randall. I heard her say if she had a dose of strychnine she would give it to Joe and kill him. This is the same conversation Mary Tribble testified to.  Luella (X) Sheppard

   Wallace King sworn says:   I was at church on last Sunday. I saw Maggie Randall. I heard her say she wanted a pistol. She wanted to kill somebody.  Wallace (X) King

   Henry Johns sworn says:   I live on D. M. Ward's Place in Newberry County SC. I know Joe Randall and Maggie Randall. My attention was called early. Joe feeds at morning. When I got up Monday morning I saw Maggie. She said Joe was sick. This was about 6 o'clock am. I saw ½ pint whiskey flask standing by him. I called Joe. He did not answer me at all. Joe, about 7 minutes to 10  o'clock. Pig asked me if I had any quinine. I gave her 2 capsules on Saturday. All whiskey gone except one tablespoonful.  H. Johns

   Ben Demble sworn says:   The body which was taken up and dissected by Dr. A. L. Longshore is the body of Joe Randall.        July 5, 1900                Ben Demble

This is to certify that on the 2nd day of July 1900 I was called to see one Joe Randall deceased. On my arrival I found him dead having died only a short while before. On examining the body together with what information I could get from those present when he died I was of the opinion that he had had a dose of poison, in my judgment, Morphine. On July 5, 1900 after an inquest was held over the body of said Joe Randall and at the request of the Coroner's Jury I removed the stomach from said Joe Randall and now have it in hope to have it chemically analyzed.

 A. L. Thompson MD

Maggie Randall, COURT OF SESSION, murder; True bill Newberry Observer 7/26/1900; Maggie Randall, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, (charged with poisoning her husband last July), acquitted.  Newberry Observer 10/25/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 20 July 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Keith's Place, No. 7 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 20th day of July A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Georgianna Peterson of Laurens Co. SC then and there being dead by the oaths of W. H. Betts, J. D. Brooks, C. B. Tidwell, Will. Andrews, John Watts, John Thomas, William Golden, Luther Floyd, William Dominick, John Mangum, Jack Gowdy, A. P. Dunaway 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 Georgianna Peterson came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Georgianna Peterson came to her death from  a pistol shot wound inflicted by John Harris on June 9 1900 in Laurens Co. SC and from which wound said Georgianna Peterson died on the 18th day of July in Newberry County and said State. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid John Harris, she the said Georgianna Peterson by the manner and means aforesaid, then and there did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

W. H. Betts, Foreman; John D. Brooks, C. B. Tidwell, Will (X) Andrews, John (X) Watts, John (X) Thomas, William (X) Golden, Luther (X) Floyd, William Dominick, John (X) Mangum, Jack (X) Gowdy, A. P. Dunaway

EVIDENCE

West Peterson sworn says:   I live with Mr. J. D. Brooks in Newberry Co. SC. On the 9th  June I was at Mr. Madison Workman's in Laurens County. I did not see the shooting of Georgianna Peterson. I could not see anything but heard Georgianna Peterson say to John Harris , "That's what I told you about fooling with your pistol. Now you see you have shot me." John Harris said, "I am sorry I done it." John Harris went for Dr. Madden.           West (X) Peterson

I certify I made the examination on the body of Georgianna Peterson and that her death was caused from the effects of a pistol shot in the knee.      W. O. Holloway  MD

Georgianna Peterson, colored, has died. She was shot by John Harris on 6/9/1900 and died 7/18/1900. There is a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Harris. Newberry Observer 7/26/1900

John Harris had shot Georgianna Peterson, colored on 6/8/1900. She died 7/18/1900 and there is a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Harris. Newberry Observer 7/26/1900; John Harris, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, true bill, Newberry Observer 10/25/1900; Guilty, life in the State Penitentiary. Newberry Observer 11/1/1900; Appeal abandoned, taken to the State Penitentiary on 7/30/1901. Newberry Observer 8/1/1901

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 23 July 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Gary Place, No. 9 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 23rd day of July A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Bubber Gary (Colored) of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead by the oaths of Pink Suber, William Kinard, Frank Rook, W. L. Copeland, Frank Hampton, Bob Satterwhite, Sampson Suber, Sam Boyd, Tom Johnson, Lawrence Gary, Essex Byrd, Jim Burton 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 Bubber Gary came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Bubber Gary came to his death from a pistol shot wound in the hands of Jim Young accidentally inflicted on July 21st 1900 and from which wound said Bubber Gary  died on July 23rd  in the State and County aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

W. L. Copeland, Foreman;  Pink Suber, Tom (X) Johnson, William  (X) Kinard, Frank  (X) Hampton, Bob  (X) Satterwhite, L. Gary, Frank  (X) Rook, Sampson  (X) Suber, Essex  (X) Byrd, Sam (X) Boyd, Jim  (X) Burton

EVIDENCE

Jack Young sworn says:   I live on Gary's place in Newberry Co. SC. I was at uncle George Gary's House on Saturday July 21st. I saw Jim Young shoot Bubber Gary. Jim had the pistol. Jim offered Bub a nickel for the gun. Bubber had a gun. Bubber and Jim were playing with the pistol and gun and Jim shot Bubber Gary and ran and grabbed him to take him home. They both were standing up when Bubber was shot. I don't know of my own knowledge that they ever had a fuss. Jim brought the pistol to Uncle George's house. Jim pulled the pistol out at a puppy. Bubber was in front of Jim when Jim shot him. The dog was gone under the house. The pistol was a self actor. Jim had the pistol dueling the dog. The pistol went off after the dog had gone off. If Jim had went to shoot the dog he had every chance to shoot the dog. Bubber standing up after Jim shot him, said that, "You have shot me."    Jack (X) Young                                                      

Gary, Bubber, colored, 16 years old, was accidentally shot by his brother on 7/21/1900. Newberry Observer 7/26/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry. 1 August 1900

An inquisition indented taken at D. L. D. Ramage in the County and State aforesaid the 1st day of August A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of John Reese of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Caldwell, Charles Suber, B. H. Wilson, Tom Alewine, H. A. Brown, Charles King, M. L. King, J. H. Brown, C. K. Baker, James Walker, David Kenerly, L. D. Ramage 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 John Reese came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said John Reese came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Jim Clamp on 14th of July 1900 and from which wound said John Reese died on August 1st with Sambo Clamp as accessory to the shooting of John Reese. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Jim Clamp and Sambo Clamp, him the said John then and there in the manner and means did kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. W. Caldwell (Foreman), Charles S. Suber, B. H. Wilson, Tom Alewine, H. A. Brown, C. M. King, M. L. King, J. H. Brown, C. K. Baker, James (X) Walker, David (X) Kenerly, L. D. Ramage

EVIDENCE

Hugh Mimms sworn says:   I live with L. D. Ramage in Newberry County. On the 14th of July 1900 John Reese was shot by Jim Clamp. They - John Reese and Jim Clamp - bet 25 cents against a pistol that Jim Clamp and Sambo Clamp could show John Reese privates they gave the pistol and 25 cents to Johnie Counts to hold. They tussled awhile and Jim Clamp asked Johnie Counts for the pistol and 25 cents. Jim Clamp snatched the 25 cents and pistol from Johnie Counts and stepped back and said, "I would like to see any damn man get them." John Reese threw a rock at Jim Clamp. John Reese grabbed Jim Clamp. Sambo Clamp caught John Reese around the arms. Then Jim Clamp fired the pistol. Jim Clamp and Sambo Clamp ran off up the road. John Reese came down the road a piece. I come to L. D. Ramage and got a wagon and brought him to L. D. Ramage place. The shooting was at Jasper Gate in Newberry Co.  

Hugh (X) Mimms

   Jim Williams sworn:   I live with L. D. Ramage in Newberry Co. on 14th July 1900 John Reese got shot by Jim Clamp. A crowd, together and stopped in the road at a place named jasper gate in Newberry . So Jim Clamp said, "Me and Sambo Clamp can John Reese privates," to the crowd. Jim Clamp asked John Reese what he would bet. Jim said, "I have not got 25 cents but I will bet my pistol against 25 cents." They tussled and got up and Jim Clamp asked John Counts for the money. Jim Clamp snatched the 25 cents and pistol from John Counts and stepped back and said, "I have got the money and pistol and I would like to see any damn man get them. John Reese asked Jim Clamp for the money twice. John Reese threw at Jim Clamp. John Reese grabbed Jim Clamp and Sambo Clamp caught hold of John Reese. Jim Clamp shot John Reese. Jim Clamp and Sambo Clamp ran off up the road.  Jim (X) Williams

This is to certify that I, J. W. Nance, have examined the body of John Reese, finding a penetrating wound on the left side between the eighth and ninth interspace. Upon further examination finding the lower lobe of the left lung punctured and three puncture wounds of the intestines. There was also diffuse peritonitis and great suppuration. Signed my hand this 1st day of August 1900.  J. W. Nance MD

James Clamp shot John Reese, colored, 7/14/1900. Reese died 8/1/1900. There is a warrant for the arrest of Clamp. Details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 8/2/1900; The story of his capture is on Page 3, Newberry Observer 9/27/1900; James Clamp, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, true bill, Newberry Observer 10/25/1900; Mistrial, Newberry Observer 11/1/1900; COURT OF SESSIONS, not guilty, Newberry Observer 2/28/1901

Sambo Clamp colored, held John Reese, colored, while Jim Clamp shot Reese on 7/14/1900. Reese died 8/1/1900. Sambo is in jail. Details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 8/2/1900; Sambo Clamp, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, true bill, Newberry Observer 10/25/1900; Not guilty, Newberry Observer 11/1/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 19 August 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 19th day of August A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Henry Johniken of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead an inquest to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Henry Johniken came to his death do say that the said Henry Johniken came to his death from getting tangled in an electric wire and being shocked thereby causing death instantly. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid in this inquisition has set his hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

George Presley sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. I was at Harmon's at the time of the fire Aug 19th 1900. I saw Henry Johniken. Henry Johniken had the hose to throw water on the wood pile after the barn was burned. Henry Johniken was coming down the side of the fence and did not see the electric wire on the ground. The wire threw two of the men - Henry Jackson and Robert Williams - clear off from it and Henry Johniken was caught in it. He hollered, "Pull me out",  and I tried to pull him out and the electricity shocked me so I had to turn him loose and others tried to get him out and they got shocked and they had to turn him loose. Mr. Klettner pulled the wire from between his legs.  G. W. Presley

   Bill Watkins sworn:   I live in Newberry County. I was at the fire at Harmon's on August 19th 1900. Henry Johniken and two more men had hold of the hose  and he went to throw water on the wood pile. He got tangled in electric wire and he fell on the wire and he hollered, "Pull me out," and I started  to pull him out and someone pulled me back and said it was electricity and I stepped back and when I seen him again he was dead.  Bill (X) Watkins

Henry Johniken, colored fireman, member of the Eagle Reel Team was electrocuted at a fire. Details of the event on Page 3, Newberry Observer 8/23/1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 24 August 1900

An inquisition indented taken at I. M. Smith in the County and State aforesaid the 24th day of August A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Maggie Vance of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead by the oaths of I. M. Smith, J. W. Smith, F. Moats, C. Moats, W. Moats, W. A. Poag, A. Oxner, J. Dunn, J. W. Mills, B. F. Mills, Henry Williams, A. B. Mills 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 Maggie Vance came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Maggie Vance came to her death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Marshall Vance on August 18th 1900 and from which wound said Maggie Vance died on the 24th August in the County and State aforesaid.. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Marshall Vance, her the said Maggie Vance, by the manner and means aforesaid did then and there kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

I. M. Smith, (foreman), F. D. Moats, C. (X) Moats, W. N. Moats, W. A. Poag, A. Oxner, J. A. Dunn, J. W. Smith, J. H. Williams, J. W. Mills, B. F. Mills, A. B. Mills

EVIDENCE

M. M. Moates sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC. On the 18th August 1900 I was at I. M. Smith's place. Myself and Marshall Vance was pulling fodder for I. M. Smith. John Vance came to where we was pulling fodder. Marshall Vance asked John Vance, "What is my wife doing?" He told him that her and Peggy Boyd, "They were at my house playing." I, Marshall Vance and John Vance come to I. M. Smith house and put fodder up and started on back to the field where we were pulling. Marshall Vance called his wife, told her to bring him the key. They turned around and went back to the Marshall Vance house. I went over the hill. My nose started to bleed. I sat down on a log. John Vance came up to me. We got up and started to the field. I heard a pistol shot about forty yards left of me. In a short time I heard the second shot. I heard someone say, "I am shot." I and John Vance went to the woman and when we got there Maggie Vance was lying on her face. I saw Marshall Vance going from where Maggie Vance was lying. John Vance said, "Marshall, you have shot Maggie and I will shoot you. " Maggie was brought to John Vance's house by Jim Young's wife and John Vance's wife.  M. M. (X) Moates

   John Vance sworn says:  I live on I. M. Smith's place in Newberry Co. SC. I was on I. M. Smith's on the 18th of August 1900. I heard a pistol shot as I was going to the field. I heard two shots and said, "Don't you shoot her." I was speaking to Marshall Vance. I went running and saw Maggie Vance lying on the ground saying, "I am shot." She said, "Marshall Vance shot me." I run after Marshall Vance and asked him, "What did you shoot her for?" She, Maggie, was brought to my house. Maggie died 24th August 1900.  John (X) Vance

L. W. Smith sworn says:   I have examined the body of Maggie Vance deceased and find a gun shot wound 38 sized caliber bullet entering on the left side about two inches below the breast between the 7th and 8th rib going diagonal and puncturing the stomach at the point of entrance and going through the stomach at the pyloric extremity below and lodging in the side between the 11th and 12th ribs - setting up peritonitis and causing death.   L. W. Smith MD August 24, 1900

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 3 September 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 9th day of September A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Hattie Whitener of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead. Said Coroner to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Hattie Whitener came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Hattie Whitener came to her death from a n overdose of laudanum administered by her own hands with suicidal intent on 8th day of Sept 1900 and died on Sept 8, 1900  in the county and State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition  have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Dicey Roof sworn says:   I live in Prosperity SC. I seen Hattie Whitener yesterday at a distance. She called my boy and gave him a note and told him to give it to Mr. Frank Hunter. I took the note from him and taken it to Mr. Hunter. Mr. Hunter gave me a bottle with something in it and I sent it to her. The next time I seen her she was dead.  Dicey (X) Roof

Frank R. Hunter sworn says:   I am a clerk for Hunter & Wheeler at Prosperity. She was in the drug store about 10 o'clock, Dicey Roof. She handed me an order for 10 cents worth of laudanum. I gave her one ounce of laudanum.  Frank R. Hunter

   Sarah Gary Sworn says:   I live in Prosperity SC. Last Thursday a week ago me and Alice Roof was at the depot. She asked me if that was Hattie Whitener coming. I told her yes. She said, "I want to see her." When Hattie walked up she spoke and told the deceased to be sure and come to supper Saturday night. She asked Hattie to be sure and come and asked me to show her the way. She told Hattie, "What I do for you will be plenty. I will get me a club and the first lick will be about her head. I will hit you inside and Dr. Hunter will have to attend you for you will never get up no more, then I will go to bed and claim I am sick."  Sarah (X) Gary

   John Burton sworn says:   I live at Prosperity SC. I was with Hattie Whitener Friday night Sept 7, 1900. There was nothing wrong with her that I could see. She did not complain. I was here until about 15 minutes of 12 o'clock. I was here when she took the laudanum. She did not complain of any pains at all. Don't know of any cause of her taking laudanum. She did not say anything of killing herself. Guess it was about 11 o'clock when she took the laudanum.         

John Burton

Harriet Whitener, colored, of Prosperity, committed suicide by drinking an ounce of Laudanum. She had pined for a lover who had joined the Army. Newberry Observer 9/13/1900

 

 

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry, 16 September 1900

An inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 16th day of September A.D. 1900 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Lee Aiken of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead by the oaths of B. B. Hair, D. P. Adams, P. W. Lorick, J. J. Singley, R. E. Sheeley, F. E. Schumpert, Ed McCloud, L. M. Bowers, M. B. Bedenbaugh, H. C. Cromer, Calvin Young, H. A. Bailey 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 Lee Aiken came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Lee Aiken came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by Richard Gallman on 11th September 1900 and from which wound said Lee Aiken died on the 15th September 1900. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Richard Gallman, him the said Lee Aiken, by the manner and means aforesaid did then and there feloniously kill. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.  F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

B. B. Hair (Foreman), D. P. Adams, P. W. Lorick, J. J. Singley, R. E. Sheeley, F. E. Schumpert, Ed McCloud, L. M. Bowers, M. B. Bedenbaugh, H. C. Cromer, Calvin Young, H. A. Bailey

EVIDENCE

Belton Burton sworn says:   I live at Prosperity SC. On Sept 11, 1900 I was in Prosperity SC. At about 6 o'clock I was in front of Lee Aiken's house. I was in the blacksmith shop. Heard Aiken say, "I am not going to do any such  a god-damn thing". I did not hear Richard Gallman say anything. I got up and went out of the shop and looked up where they were. Just as I got out of the shop Richard snapped a pistol. The next time he threw the pistol up he fired. Lee commenced to run after him. He shot twice more and Lee said, "That's alright Richard". I can't say if Lee had something in his hand or not - did not see anything. Lee was standing still when Richard snapped at him but when he snapped Lee made at Richard.          Belton Burton

   James McCloud sworn says:   I live at Prosperity SC. On the 11th day of September 1900 when they went to take Lee Aiken up after he was shot I saw a knife fall out of his pocket about half open. Don't know who got it. I think the blade was broken off.  James (X) McCloud

   Marthina Aiken sworn says:   I am Lee Aiken's wife. My husband Lee Aiken died on the 15th day of Sept 1900 about 8 o'clock pm.  Marthina (X) Aiken

    S. M. Mathis sworn says:   I live in Prosperity SC. I and Mr. Press Hawkins was at the mineral well. I seen one of them draw down on another. Then I seen a little smoke. I said I am going down and see it. Then one of them run off a little way and I seen the smoke again and the report of a pistol. I hears three shots. I hears Lee Aiken say, "That's alright Richard." Richard Gallman done the shooting. After Aiken was shot he walked to the rear of G. A. Maffett's store. I did not see any knife. Was not close enough to see a knife. Every time Richard fired Lee advanced on him.               S. M. Mathis

We certify that we examined and post mortem the body of Lee Aiken and certify that death was due to gun shot wound; ball entering under right nipple and right breast and going downward and passing through diaphragm and lodging in the muscles of the back.                                           

Hunter & Wheeler per  G. Y. Hunter

Lee Aiken, colored, is in critical condition, being shot by Rich Gallman, colored. See details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 9/13/1900; Lee Aiken died 9/15/1900. Newberry Observer 9/20/1900; Lee Aiken, colored, died. Rev. R. B. Bracy will preach his funeral at Antioch Church in Prosperity on the 2nd Sunday in July. Newberry Observer 6/20/1901

Marthena Aiken, female, black, died 7/9/1901 of encephalitis. She was 30 years old, born in SC and lived in Newberry, SC. Reported by Dr. J. M. Kibler. (Information from 'Returns of Deaths within the City of Newberry' - Book kept at the Newberry County Library)

Rich Gallman, colored, shot Lee Aiken, colored, who is in critical condition. See details on Page 3, Newberry Observer 9/13/1900; He was apprehended in Prosperity. Story on Page 3, Newberry Observer 9/27/1900; Richard Gallman, COURT OF SESSIONS, murder, true bill, Newberry Observer 10/25/1900; Guilty, life in the State Penitentiary. Newberry Observer 11/1/1900; An appeal was made and abandoned; He was taken to the Penitentiary on 1/22/1901. Newberry Observer 1/24/1901; Richard Gallman, in the Penitentiary for life, for the murder of Lee Aiken, colored, is soliciting for a pardon. Page 8, Newberry Observer 11/20/1903; Richard Gallman colored, served six years of a life sentence and was pardoned by the Governor. He was convicted in 1900 for killing Lee Aiken of Prosperity. Details, Page 8, Observer 3/16/1906

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