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DEATH NEWS AND
A Bloody and Lawless Affair
A murderous affray occurred
at Greenville, Butler Co., Ala recently in which Felix Gufford had his throat
cut and quickly died; J. Williams and John Caldwell were terribly mutilated with
knives and were killed; and William Williams, Frank Gufford and Henry Caldwell
were seriously, if not fatally wounded. It seems to have been a general
melee among an infuriate crowd, who were bent upon mutual vengeance for some
unstated cause. (Texas State Gazette, Austin,
TX., Sept 16, 1854 - Transcribed by Veneta
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, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta
ARMSTRONG, E. J.
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
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
ASHFORD, MARY GEORGE
Miss Mary George
Ashford Is Dead - Remains Will Be Taken Today to Greenville, Ala Her Old
Miss Mary George Ashford died at 12:40 o'clock last night at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Davis, Jr. No 1526 Third Avenue, after having been in ill
health a long time. She was a first cousin of Mrs. Davis, and had resided
with them for the past two years, although her original home was at Greenville,
Miss Ashford's health began to fail some
time ago, and Mr. and Mrs. Davis accompanied her to the west, in the hope that
the trip would be beneficial. The trip failed to materially benefit her,
however, and afterward she went to Baltimore, where she was in John Hopkins
Institute. Even the train specialists there failed to give her any relief,
however, and when she returned to Columbus from Baltimore her relatives and
friends were afraid that her case was beyond human aid. Death was due to
nervous troubles. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, GA., May
3, 1907 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
AUTREY, A. C.
A. C. Autrey, aged 30, died at
a local infirmary Thursday night at 6 o'clock. The remains were taken to
Greenville Thursday night and interment will be there today.
deceased is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. M. J. Autrey, and four
brothers, George, John, B. F. and W. D., all of Greenville. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Sept 18, 1914 - Transcribed by
BISHOP, S. S.
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, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta
Greenville, Ala., March 24, Mr. Rufus Boutwell died at his
home here this morning after an illness of several years' duration. At the
time of his death he was about 32 years of age.
deceased was born and reared in Greenville, but after young manhood was reached
he left Greenville and was employed by R. L. Penick at Montgomery. Later
he moved to Camden, Ala., and conducted a successful jewelry business.
After his health began to fail he sold his business and came back to
He has many friends where he was known,
and his death will cause much grief on the part of his many
He was a member of the Methodist
The deceased is survived by two small
children, his wife having died in December.
announcements have not yet been made. (Montgomery Advertiser,
Montgomery Ala., March 25, 1916 - Transcribed by Veneta
17th, at his residence, near Greenville, Butler county, ala. Mr. James Craig, in
the 81st year of his age. Mr. Craig was born in Abbeville District, South
Carolina, March 5th, 1780. In 1817 he settled in Autauga county,
Alabama. In 1819 he removed to his late residence, where he spent the
remainder of his life. (Charleston Mercury, Charleston, SC.,
May 15, 1860 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
EZEKIEL, MRS. A. A.
funeral services of Mrs. A. A. Ezekiel, who died at her residence at Greenville,
Ala., Tuesday morning, took place from the residence of Mr. M. Frenkel, 601
South McDonough street, yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Dr. B. C.
Ehrenreich officiated. The pall bearers were Leo Strassburger, Meyer
Greil, Charles Moritz, Adolph Well, Walter Lobman, Silvian Bau, Adolph Stern and
L. Steiner. Interment was in Oakwood. (Montgomery
Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Nov 6, 1913 - Transcribed by Veneta
A young man named Crowley living
several miles from Greenville, accidentally shot himself several days
ago. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar
County AL, December 19, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta
GRACE, W. E.
W. E. Grace died at
Greenville Tuesday. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL,
February 23, 1893- Transcribed by Veneta
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, 1892 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
INGRAHAM, Son of Mrs. T. D.
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
JERNIGAN, COMER J.
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.
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
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, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta
LLOYD, FRANCIS BARTOW
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: The
Gazette Appeal, Marion County, AL - September 3, 1897 - Transcribed and
submitted by Veneta McKinney
Georgiana, Ala., Sept 17 - Mr.
Davis Majors, father of Post Majors, of this place, whose name was a household
word among citizens here, both old and young, died last night at 11 o'clock
after being ill for about three weeks.
He was 78
years of age, and leaves the following children to mourn his death: Mrs. H. B.
Mathews, John Majors, J. Barzella Majors of Georgiana; Mrs. J. D. McIntyre of
McKenzie, Mrs. Ed Adams of Andalusia, and Dan Majors, Georgiana and Mrs. Charley
Bradley of Selma, Ala. He was buried at Union Church, three miles
east of here, with Masonic ceremonies. Hundreds were in attendance from
Georgiana and surrounding country. (Montgomery Advertiser,
Montgomery, AL., Sept 18, 1914 - Transcribed by Veneta
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
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)
Ala., Nov. 8 - Mr. Henry Oliver, of Greenville died at the home of his sister,
Mrs. Scottie Taylor, at Georgiana at nine o'clock last night. Mr. Oliver
had been in feeble health for a number of years. While in Greenville he
lived with his friend, Walter Dunkin. Funeral services will be conducted
at Georgiana. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL.,
Nov. 6, 1913 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
PALMER, MRS. JOSEPHINE
Died, in Greenville, February 7, Mrs. Josephine E.
Palmer (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 4, 1875 –
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
Greenville, Butler Co, Ala. last week, Judge Henderson killed a man named
William Rabun. The quarrel which led to the catastrophe, originated in an
attempt of Rabun, in connecxion with his relatives, to prevent the Judge from
surveying certain lands in which they were interested. He persisted; they
attacked him with bowie knives, and after giving them fair warning, was obliged
to shoot in self-defence. So the story runs. - Mobile Register Source: (Daily Atlas, Boston, MA), June 9, 1841)
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
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
Greenville, Ala., March 34 (sic) - Mrs. Sallie Seale, widow
of the late Mr. James Seale, died at her home several miles north of Greensboro
on March 19, after an attack of apoplexy. Mrs. Seale was about sixty years of
age, and leaves seven children, three daughters and four sons. Funeral
services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W. S. Guice and Dr. Charles
A. Rush, and interment was made in the Ramey chapel cemetery. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery AL, March 25, 1916 - Transcribed by
WATTS, Family of JEREMIAH
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
WILLIAMS, MRS. MATTIE E.
Chapman, Ala., Sept
17 - Mrs. Mattie Eloise Williams, age 52 years, died at the residence of her
daughter, Mrs. H. K. Tippins, Wednesday afternoon, after a lingering
illness. The remains will be carried to her old home, Greenville, Ala.,
for interment, where most of her life has been spent. Mrs. Williams is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. K. Tippins, of Chapman, and Miss Ida
Williams, one brother, Mr. Harris Johnson, and one sister, Mrs. S. F. Strong,
all of Greenville. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL.,
Sept 18, 1914)
Greenville, Ala., Sept 17 - The funeral services of Mrs. Mattie
Williams were held this afternoon at the home of her brother, Mr. Harris
Johnson. Mrs. Williams died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. K.
Tippens, at Chapman and her remains were brought to Greenville today. Up until
about a year ago Mrs. Williams resided in Greenville, and here she was greatly
beloved by all of Greenville. She was a true Christian woman, being an
ardent worker in her church. The services were conducted by Rev. B. C.
Glenn and O. V. Calhoun, and interment was made in Magnolia Cemetery. She
is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. K. Tippens and Miss Ida Williams, of
Chapman, Ala. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Sept 18,
1914 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
WOMACK, AGNES E.
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, 1890 -
Transcribed by Veneta
WOMACK, WM. G.
Shot - We
learn from the Alabama Journal of the 12th inst., that on the 20th of January
last Wm. G. Womack, of Shaky Bower, Butler Co., Ala. was shot by one of his
slaves. He lingered until the 8th of February, when he died. The man
who shot him, and three accomplices, are in jail to await their trial. It is
said that they have confessed their guilt. (Public Ledger,
Philadelphia, Pa., March 27, 1845)
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