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Samuel A. Adams died Monday morning at 11:15 o'clock at his residence on the Auburn road.  He had been ill thirteen months.
     Mr. Adams was born near Clanton, Ala., July 8, 1879, and resided there until 1921 when he came to this city.
     He is survived by his wife and three sons, Marvin and Lum Adams, of Clanton, Ala., and Enoch Adams, of Tuskegee; two sisters, Mrs. Julie Hendley and Mrs. Ada Mims, of Clanton, a brother, Albert Adams, also of Clanton, and a number of nieces and nephews.
     The body was carried to the residence of his nephew, Friss Rosser, 1004 Fourteenth street, Phenix City, and will be carried form there to Clanton for funeral services and interment, leaving the residence of Mr. Rosser Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock.  The services at Clanton will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., January 10, 1939)

Horrible Accident
On Friday night last at about 12 o’clock a man, Cicero Boyd, left the house of Mr. Robinson at Lomax, and proceeded toward his home, the section houses, on the railroad a mile or more above Lomax.  The next morning his body was found on the railroad horribly mutilated.  He was drinking when he left Robinson’s house, and it is supposed he dropped on the track, and being under the influence of liquor, fell asleep.  The 2 o’clock train caught him upon the pilot and carried him next to the track some distance.  Portions of his clothing and one foot were scattered along the track, and his body was literally cut in two.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his untimely end. [Chilton Co. Courier] (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 20, 1876)

CULP, Infant
Kincheon: Mr. Henry Culp's wife is quite sick; their little infant babe died on the 19th Feb., their many friends sympathise with them in their bereavement. (The Union Banner, Clanton, Ala., Mar 2, 1893 - vm)

COLD-BLOODED MURDER - Stanton, April 3 - [Special] - This morning about 8 o'clock near Welch's mill, Mr. JIM HARRIS was shot in the head and instantly killed by Alex Shelton, a negro
      Shelton had taken 20 dollars from a colored woman, who had papers issued for his arrest.  The papers were in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Letcher and he fearing the negro would recognize him and run got Jim Harris to assist him,.  Letcher remained behind and sent Mr. Harris to make the arrest.
      Shelton had a shot-gun and drew it on Harris, and it is though Mr. Harris, to make him drop his gun, fired off his pistol.  Immediately Shelton discharged his gun, the contents tearing off one side of Harris head, resulting in instant death.
      Shelton succeeded in making his escape, though Letcher fired several shots after him.
      Bloodhounds have been telegraphed for and are expected to arrive this evening, and in all probability the murder will be caught tonight.
      Mr. Jim Harris is a single man about 28 years old, and well liked by all who knew him.  There is considerable feeling over the murder, and should Shelton be captured it is very likely that Judge Lynch will take charge and dispose of the case in short meter. (Source: Hamilton times, Marion County AL, April 6, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Hon. William E. Johnson, member of the Legislature from Chilton county, died at his home in Clanton recently.  [Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - April 5, 1888 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

Last Friday night Mr. Lige Lewis a well known and respected citizen, formerly of Coosa county, but more recently living in Chilton county, was waylaid and shot dead within 100 yards of his house, about half past 9 o’clock last Friday night.  Mr. Lewis was riding along the road in company with a friend of his returning from Clanton, to which place he had been in attendance upon a session of the grand jury, of which body he was a member.  The assassin fired from behind a tree with a double barrel gun, loaded with buckshot, completely riddling, Mr. Lewis and killed him instantly.  A man named Martin Bates has been arrested charged with the murder. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., October 21, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Clanton, March 13. – W. O. Logan, a merchant of Clanton, died this morning of pneumonia. Mrs. Logan, of Talladega, the mother, and Mrs. Green, Mrs. Strock and Mrs. Pope, sisters of the deceased, were present at his death. Source: Age-Herald (Birmingham, AL) Sunday, 14 Mar. 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz

Jacob Nelson was born in Jackson County, Indiana, February 4, 1866, and died in Winnfield, La., August 8, 1907.  Twenty-one years ago he was converted and joined the M. E. Church South, in Chilton County, Ala., and was a faithful servant of God the rest of his life.  Last December he came with his family to Winnfield.  Bro. Nelson had been afflicted with rheumatism for more than twenty years and was a great sufferer.  But he bore his sufferings with resignation and Christian fortitude.  The writer visited him during his last sickness and conversed with him in regard to his spiritual state.  He expressed himself as prepared to go and resigned to the will of God.  He died in peace and now sleeps in Jesus awaiting the resurrection of the just.  A wife and four children are made sad by his departure.  May they meet him in that land where parting is no more.....
      R. A. HOLLOWAY (The Southern Sentinel, Winnfield, La., August 23, 1907)

William Rudolph a colored miner, was shot and killed by an unknown party at Clanton one night last week.  [Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - January 16, 1890 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney]








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