Covington County, Alabama Genealogy Trails
John E. Senley, circuit clerk of Covington County, is charged with using $400 that should have been forwarded to the auditor. He has been indicted. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, November 1, 1888- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.
AN OUTLAW KILLED - Cheatham and a Posse Have a Pitched Battle In Which a Desperate Ruffian is Shot Dead in the Streets and Others Seriously Wounded
A special from Pensacola Fla tells of the capture and death of John W. Penton, a desperate character who was wanted in Covington County, this state, for murder.
Detective Cheatham, fo Montgomery, and a posse of seven men went to Milton Fla to arrest Penton, who learning that the officers were in town prepared to resist. He was surrounded and captured, however, but scarcely had the arrest been made before the friends of Penton opened fire on the officer and his men. Penton started to run but was promptly shot down. Several shots were fired on both sides and some of the arresting party were seriously hurt.
Penton was at one time sheriff of Covington county and it was while filling that office that the murder was committed for which he was arrested. He was regarded as a dangerous man and the people of the state will not mourn his taking off. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 14, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.
Manuel Williams, a notorious character, has been rearrested and confined in the Montgomery county jail. He is wanted in Covington county but has been carried to Montgomery for safe keeping. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, July 6, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
The Covington Grand jury examined 100 cases and returned forty-five true bills, the majority being for misdemeanor. Source: Hamilton Free Press, Marion County AL, March 22, 1894- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.
EDGAR WILLIAMS, The Noted Elmore Character, is Dead
Edgar Williams a noted Alabama convict, committed suicide at a lumber camp in Covington county, where he had been employed. Willam’s case was an unusual one and no one can account for his taking his own lie, unless it be due to remorse. More than half a score of years ago he killed W. H. Boswell in Elmore county. He immediately fled to the west. In Arizona he was arrested in 1901 for wife beating, and while in jail there he confessed to being the Alabama murderer. Communication was had with the Alabama authorities and Williams was returned to Wetumpka to stand trial. Many of the witnesses in the case ad moved away or died since the murder and it was difficult to secure testimony to convict. In 1901 the trail resulted in a verdict of manslaughter with a sentence of two years. His sentence would therefore have expired next November. Williams was a member of one of the very prominent Elmore county families. (Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, April 9, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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