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On 6th inst. a negro tenant living in a house of Mr. Jake Rhodes’ place about eight miles east of Greenville went off leaving five children, the oldest 11 years of age, fastened up in the house.  While absent the house took fire, and before any one could get there the children had all burned to death.  Cause of fire unknown.   Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 19, 1889Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


Greenville, Dec 17 - E. J. Armstrong, tax collector of this county, was robbed and murdered at Panther Creek this morning.  His body was riddled with bullets.
     No particulars can be learned. The town is ablaze with excitement, and a pose of thirty determined men, armed to the teeth, have set out. The dogs at the Bolling Mills have been put on the trail.
     Armstrong was out in the performance of his duty and had probably $500 or $700 collected.  He was a general favorite and was held in high regard by all. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Dec 22, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


JUMPED TO HIS DEATH - S. S. Bishop jumped from a wagon with which a team was running away near Greenville, and struck the hard earth so forcibly that his skull was fractured and death resulted Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, October 28, 1897Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


A young man named Crowley living several miles from Greenville, accidentally shot himself several days ago.   Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 19, 1889Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


W. E. Grace died at Greenville Tuesday. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, February 23, 1893Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  

ANOTHER OLD VETERAN DEAD - After an illness of some weeks, ISAAC GRANT, an old citizen of this county died at his home five miles north of Greenville Wednesday.  He was about 80 years of age.  He entered the Confederate Army in 1861 becoming a member of Co C, 33rd Alabama Regiment.  He made a good soldier and was a member of Jas. K. Dunklin Camp U. C. V. of this city at death.  Mr. Grant reared a large family, all of whom are grown.  He leaves besides his widow a great many relatives to grieve over his departure.  They have the satisfaction of having him with them for many years, and know that God in his infinite mercy permitted him to pass his three score and ten years with them.
        Mr. Grant was laid to rest in the family lot in Fort Dale Cemetery Thursday.  A great many neighbors and friends followed the bier to its final resting place. - (Source: Unnamed and undated newspaper clipping - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney - Note: Find-a-Grave has his tombstone in Fort Dale Cemetery, Butler County - death date Nov. 29, 1922)

The story of a horrible murder comes from Greenville.  Mrs. Graves, a well-to-do widow residing eight miles from that place, while alone at home was murdered and house robbed. Her body was found by her son on his return home from Greenville.  She was shot and her throat cut.  The house had been robbed of everything valuable. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 13, 1892Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  

INGRAHAM, Son of Mrs. T. D.

TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - A gentleman from Butler County who was in the city yesterday gave a Dispatch reporter the details of a sad occurrence which took place in the lower part of that county one day last week.  Mrs. T. D. INGRAHAM visited her sister, Mrs. Dr. SMITH, who lives some distance below Greenville, taking her little three year old child with her.  During the visit, Mrs. Ingraham's child was left in a room of Mrs. Smith's residence, with the children of the latter, while the children were alone, a little son of Mrs. Smith, got up on a chair and reached a pistol, belonging to his father which was lying on the mantle, he proceeded to show his little cousin how it was managed the little cousin looking intently down the barrel.  In handling the pistol it was unfortunately discharged, the ball striking the child of Mrs. Ingraham, near one of its eyes, and went crashing through its brain, causing instant death. After the ball had passed through the child's head it struck another child in the room, but inflicted no serious injury. This is one of the saddest events which has ever occurred in Butler County - [Montgomery Dispatch]. Source: Marion Herald, Marion County AL, April 19, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


TERRIBLE ACCIDENT - Greenville, Dec. 14 – The terrible accident occurred here this evening.  Comer J. Jernigan, a young man, 19 years of age, is one of a party employed hauling timber to Greenville for shipment.  While sitting on his timber cart, near the depot, something broke or came unfastened and he was hurled in midair, and thrown at least fifty feet to the ground.

When your representative reached the spot, a throng of at least 200 persons had congregated around the young fellow.  The crowd was quickly dispersed by the police officers, however who stood guard until a litter could be procured, and removed the boy to Mr. John Newton’s

                Everything possible will be done for him, but from all indications there is no hope for him and he may not survive the night. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 19, 1889Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

"RUFUS SANDERS" ASSASSINATED - Francis Bartow Lloyd, Aged 36 years, better known to the reading public as Rufus Sanders, a writer of quaint Alabama dialect miscellany was assassinated at 6 o'clock last Wednesday near Greenville by John A. Gafford.  Lloyd was found lying in the road with two gaping wounds in his body.  Gafford had evidently used a double barreled shotgun and discharged both barrels.  It is said that the deed was the outcome of Lloyd having improper relations with one of Gafford's sisters.  Lloyd leaves a widow and three children.  He was a native of Butler County, and served as a representative in the last legislature from that county. He represented Montgomery County in the General Assembly in 1894.  In the last legislature he vigorously opposed the constitutional convention measure and the measure permitting women practicing law.  He moved to Butler County later and began to publish a serious of humorous letters in the Sunday newspapers.  He was contemplating issuing them in book form.  The deceased had considerably ability as a lecturer, and was known in Texas.  Lloyd was a candidate for Secretary of State in the last democratic state convention, and was going to run again the next campaign.   Later advices states that Gafford has voluntarily surrendered to the sheriff.  Source: From The Gazette Appeal, Marion County, AL - September 3, 1897 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 


BURNED HIS BODY IN BRUSH - An Awful Crime in Butler
Greenville, April 20 - Information was received from Butler Springs tonight, which is in the western portion of this (Butler) county of the brutal murder of Watts Murphy, the youngest son of Augustus Murphy, Watts Murphy is a nephew of Governor Watts of Alabama
 The information says Murphy was murdered last Wednesday by three negro men, and afterwards the murderers placed the boy in a heap of brush and then set fire to the entire heap, which was consumed.
 The young men having been missed from home search began today for the purpose of finding his whereabouts, when one of the murderers confessed, implicating two other negroes, all of whom have been arrested.
 The brush heap, being examined revealed the heart, liver and teeth of the young man, which had by some means failed to burn.  (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, Apr 25, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)




AVERY PARKER KILLED - A special from Greenville says: Avery Parker, well known in the state, was killed by a tree falling on him several miles in the country Saturday.  He had cut the tree and it fell against another, deflecting it so it fell upon him.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL - November 18, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


RAY, M. A.

Mr. M. A. Ray, President of the Butler County Farmer's Alliance, died at the house of Tax Assessor W. J. Nicholson at Greenville.  It will be remembered that during a meeting of the State Alliance, near Greenville, Mr. Ray was taken ill.  He was brought to Greenville and carried to Mr. Nicholson's home, where he received every possible attention, but he never rallied from the first attack. Source; Winfield Enterprise, December 1, 1899 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Oscar Scarey was accidentally killed by this friend Webb Perder, in a friendly tussle over a pistol at Greenville recently.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - June 21, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


 A gentleman of this city informs us that on the night of the 15th inst. the dwelling house of Mr. Jeremiah Watts, on pine barren flats in Butler county, took fire, and that four of his children, one grandchild and a traveler who had put for the night, perished in the flames!  Two other persons in the house were so dreadfully burnt that their lives were despaired of.  All the furniture and about three thousand dollars in money were also destroyed. 
Source: Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA,  April 29, 1829 - Submitted by Nancy Piper

 Mrs. Agnes E. Womack, mother of Mr. T. A. Womack, of Greenville, died Sunday at the ripe old age of 82. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 5, 1890Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

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