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Committed to the jail of Marion county, Alabama on the 20th ultimo, a negro boy, who says his name is January, and that he belongs to a Major Alford, of Vicksburg, Miss. Said boy is about 21 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high; complexion not very dark; has a small scar over the left eye, which he says was occasioned by a kick from a horse; has a considerable impediment in his speech.
The owner is requested to come forward, prove property, pay charges , and take him away, or else he will be dealt with as the law directs.
Leonard Switzer, jailer, Pikeville, Marion Co., Ala., January 6, 1837. (North Alabamian, Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Ala., Jan 14, 1837)
Committed to the jail of Marion County, Ala., on the 21st of May 1837 a negro man who calls his name Bryant, and says he belongs to Allen Carr, twelve miles from Columbus, Miss. Bryant is about 24 years of age, of dark complexion, 5 feet 7 inches high.
Also: Sterling, committed on the 23rd, who likewise says he belongs to said Carr. Sterling is a bout 5 feet 6 ½ inches high, light complexion, between twenty-eight and thirty years of age.
One other: Committed on the 3rd day of June, who calls his name Dick, and says he belongs to John W. Barber, of Montgomery county, Tennessee: Said negro is about 55 years of age, a blacksmith by trade, 5 feet 8 ½ inches high, very dark. He states that he ran away from Wm. Davis, of Hinds county, Miss, to whom he had been hired as a smith. The owners of said negros are requested to come forward, prove property, pay charges and take them away, or they will be dealt with as the law directs.
L. Switzer, jailor, Pikeville, Marion Co., June 5, 1837. (North Alabamian, Tuscumbia, Ala., June 16, 1837)
Stop the Runaway - $50 Reward. Runaway from the subscriber about the first of March last, a negro fellow named Essex, about thirty years of age, said negro I bought of Jessee McKay of Scott County, Miss. McKay purchased the boy of a Kentuckian. It is believed he will aim for the State of Kentucky, where he has a wife. He may be harboured by some person, as he was once caught near Pikeville, Alabama. A. L. Campbell, Columbus, Oct. 5, 1840. (Southern Argus, Columbus, Miss., Oct. 28, 1840)
Martin A. Lea, a resident of Marion Co., Ala. was shot lately by a man named Lockett; the sufferer survived but a few hours. (Baton-Route Gazette, Baton Route, La., Apr 8, 1843)
Committed to the jail of Marion County, Alabama, on the 13th May, 1848, a negro slave, who calls his name JOHN. The said boy is about 20 years of age; 5 feet 6 inches high; a light copper color; weighs 130 or 140 pounds; and says he belongs to a Mr. Bailey Lipscum of Jackson, Mississippi. The owner of said slave is requested to come forward, prove properly, pay charges and take him away; or he will be dealt with according to law in such cases made and provided. MILAS REA, jailor, Pikeville, Ala., May 22, 1848. Pr's fee $3
Committed, to the jail of Marion County, Alabama, on the 22nd May 1848, a negro man slave, who calls his name GABRIEL. The said boy is about 45 or 50 years of age, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, weighs about 145 pounds, a dark copper complexion and has a large scar on his left hand and arm, caused by a burn, his upper front feeth are out; and says he belongs to Mr. William Dunneyhoo of Lauderdale County, Alabama. The owner of said negro is hereby notified to come forward, prove property, pay charges and take him away, or he will be dealt with according to law in such cases, made and provided. MILAS REA, Jailor - Pikeville, Ala., June 1, 1848 Prs fee $3 (Undated and unnamed news clipping)
At the recent session of the Federal court at Huntsville, Ala., THOMAS CASHIONS, of Marion County, was sentenced to the penitentiary for ten, and JOHN MONTGOMERY for fifteen years - both for robbing the mails - the former as postmaster at Toll Gate, and the latter as mail rider from Blountsville to Whiteberg. CASHION is 60 years of age, and MONTGOMERY not more than 18. (Lowell Daily Citizen and News, Lowell, Mass, Dec. 4, 1856)
A few days ago, in Marion County, Ala., a man named PURSER killed his sick wife and made his escape. He knocked her on the head with a chair while she had a child on her. No one was present but a small child, some four years old. The woman came to herself so far as to relate to her mother the above facts, but died the next day. (The Daily Ohio Statesman, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1858)
The Vicksburg True Southern learns by telegraph that ex-Governor T. M. TUCKER of Mississippi died at the residence of his father, in Marion County, Ala. on the 3rd inst. (Albany Evening Journal, Albany, NY, April 16, 1859)
Stop the Murderer $l,000 Reward! One thousand dollars reward will be given for the apprehension and delivery in tbe town of Pikeville, Marion county, Alabama,of Wm. Little, one of the murderers of John M. and Andrew Allman. DESCRIPTION.—Said Little is between 22 and 23 years of age, about 5 feet 10 or 12 inches high, thin face, spare built, will weigh about 145 or 150 pounds, pale complexion, blue eyes, dark hair. On tbe next morning before he left, he received a wound on the head from a stick, which cut about one and a half inches; over and around the cut bis bead was shaved. He also had one or two slang expressions which will note tbe man. When astonished, or, wishing to express approval, be in variably says: "Well, aint that awful," or "Well, that's powerful." He has rather a downcast look, and never will gaze in a man's face. When not speaking, his lips are generally parted; walks very much like a blind horse; has little or no beard except on the chin, and that is very thin. The said Little is a son of Ab. Little, living on the Byler Road, in Winston county, Ala., and was a member of the firm of G. W. Little & Co., selling goods in the town of Pikeville, Ala.
ROSA M. ALLMAN.
Pikeville, Ala., Aug. 17,1860.
_ N. B.—In addition to the above, it is confidently expected that the Governor will offer a handsome reward. Will all the papers in the United States please to give this an insertion, and assist me in bringing the assassin to justice, who secreted himself and shot down my husband, leaving me a broken-hearted widow, with an infant three mouths old. R. M. A. (Banner of Liberty, Middletown, NY, Aug. 29, 1860)
Stop the Murderer. $300 Reward will be paid for the apprehension and confinement in any safe jail of RICE CANTREL, who committed a foul murder upon John L. Tuckey. The said Cantrel is about 5 feet 9 inches high, red complected, sandy hair and whiskers, has two or three teeth out in front, has a coarse voice, laughs loudly with considerably squinting of the face when laughing. The said Cantrel broke jail about the 15th of January. He has relations in Bell County, Texas, and it is the supposition that he will make for that place.
Joseph Tuckey, Bexar, Marion Co., Ala, Feb. 2, 1861. (Belton Democrat, Belton, Tex., Mar 8, 1861)
Information is wanted by Mr. EMMANUEL WATKINS of the whereabouts of his wife and family, refugees from the South. They left Marion County, Ala. on the 17th of April 1864 in the charge of JOEL WILLIAMS, for the North, and have not been heard from since July last, although Mr. WATKINS has been diligently searching for them ever since. If any one can give any information concerning them, they will be liberally recompensed by Mr. W., as well as contribute to the cause of humanity. Address EMANUEL WATKINSCentralia, Ills. Exchanges please copy. (Centralia Sentinel, Centralia, Ill, Apr 6, 1865)
120 sacks corn and 2 bbls meat, shipped to L. B. Truelove, Okalona, Miss, for the destitute of Marion County, Ala., (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Jun 4, 1867)
A few nights ago the wife of HENRY NEWMAN, living on a farm near Jericho, Marion County, Ala., was instantly killed by a freedman named TOM LOCKHART, who thrust a musket through an opening in the cabin chimney, and discharged into her breast a heavy load of leaden and pewter bullets. Mr. NEWMAN is a helpless invalid, and had been taken two weeks before to Montgomery for medical treatment, leaving his wife, a daughter eleven years old, a little child, and an aged negro woman, to take care of his little effects. Mrs. NEWMAN was sitting between her two children, near the fire, amusing and instructing them from a small picture primer, which she held in her hands, when the fatal shot was fired. The other members of the family escaped, and the negro robbed the premises of some article of value. The neighbors rallied, caught the assassin, and strung him up on a tree near the scene of the tragedy. (Argus and Patriot, Montpelier, Vt., Jan. 28, 1869)
PROCEEDING OF THE 12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT CONVENTION.
PIKEVILLE, ALA. June 17
The delegates to the 12th Senatorial District was called to order by DR. SID B. SMITH, chairman District Executive Committee, at 11 am by calling THOS. B. NESMITH to the chair as temporary chairman.
On motion, DR. SID B. SMITH was requested to act as temporary secretary.On motion, the delegates proceeded to come forward and enroll their names as follows:
FAYETTE – G. LEGG, L. C. SWIRLEY, R. T. MCCOLLUM, M. C. BOLEN, AND T. B. WOODS.
FRANKLIN – J. E. WILSON, T. H. MOORE, G. C. ALLMAN, W. C. SUGG, W. P. JACK, R. C. SIBLY
LAMAR – D. J. LACY, W. G. MIDDLES, F. L. MOORE, G. H. BANKHEAD.
MARION – STEPHEN CAUDLE, J. BURLESON, M. C. MARTIN
W. P. JACK moved that a committee of five be elected as a Committee on Credentials.
MR. ALLEN moved to amend that the chair appoint the committee from the counties of Fayette, Lamar, and Marion. Amendment carried by raising vote of 16 for to 4 against. Original motion as amended carried by rising vote of 14 for to 2 against.
The chair appointed M. C. MARTIN, of Marion, D. J. LACEY, of Lamar, G. LEGG, of Fayette, L. C. SHIRLY, of Fayette, andS. CAUDLE, of Marion. The Committee retired.On motion the Convention adjourned pending the report of the committee.
Convention called to order at 1 p.m. The committees reported as follows:
PIKEVILLE, ALA. June 17
To the Delegates of the 12th Senatorial Convention:
Gentlemen. – We the Committee on Credentials, appointed by your honorable body, beg leave to report the following gentlemen are entitled to seats in this Convention:
FAYETTE – G. LEGG, L.C. SHIRLEY, M. C. BOWLING, N. T. MCCOLLUM, T. B. WOODS.
FRANKLIN – J. E. WILSON, T. H. MOORE, CC. S. ALLMAN, W. C. SUGG.
LAMAR – D. J. LACY, W. G. MIDDLETON, F. L. MOORE, G. E. BANKHEAD, J. F. WHITE.
MARION – M. C. MARTIN, S. CAUDLE, J. BURLESON, J HUGHES.
We further recommend that the delegates present cast the entire vote of the county which they represent, under the following apportionment: Fayette-5, Franklin – 5, Lamar – 6, Marion 4.
M. C. MARTIN, Ch’n Com
W. P. JACK called for a division of the question, and requested leave to make a statement. The chair ruled the adoption of the report of the committee in order and debatable. W. P. JACK proceeded to address the Convention against the adoption of the committee in so far as the seating of the delegates from Franklin is concerned. J. E. WILSON, of Franklin, then proceeded to address the Convention in favor of seating said delegates. MR. ALLMAN, of Franklin, also addressed the convention in favor of seating the said delegates from Franklin as reported by the committee. All three of the gentlemen presented proofs, &c. to sustain their different positions. W. P. JACK again addressed the Convention, and closed the argument.
W. B. Jack called for a division on regards Franklin, and report of the Committee so far as Fayette, Lamar and Marion being concerned, adopted. The chair ruled the adoption of the report of the committee as regard the county of Franklin to be in order. DR. MARTIN moved on a substitute in lieu of the report of the committee, that each of the contesting delegates be allowed to cast 2 ½ votes. Ruled Out of Order. Question recurred upon the ---tion of the report of the committee by a rising vote of 8 for to 6 against.
On motion, the temporary chairman and temporary secretary were elected as permanent chairman and secretary of this convention. On notion, the delegates were seated by counties. The chair ruled the nomination of a candidate for Senator for the 12th Senatorial Distinct to be in order. On motion, the two-thirds rule was adopted. The names of WM. A. MUSGROVE, of Fayette, SAMUEL J. SHIELDS, of Lamar, M. L. DAVIS, of Lamar, WOSLEY M. SMITH, of Franklin were placed in nomination……(Election results given)……. The name of W. M. SMITH was withdrawn, and by leave, Mr. Smith proceeded to address the Convention.
The name of S. J. SHIELDS was withdrawn and on motion the nomination of WM. A. MUSGROVE was made unanimous. On motion the chair appointed the following committee to notify Mr. Musgrove of his nomination D. J. LACY, DR. MARTIN, G. LEGG.
WM. A. MUSGROVE addressed the Convention. CAPT. SHIELDS and COL. M. L. DAVIS made short and patriotic addresses. A motion of thanks were kindly extended to the President and Secretary for their services.
On motion, moved and adopted that the chairman of the various County Executive Committees be the Executive Committee of this District, and that SID B. SMITH, of Lamar County, be the chairman of said committee.
THOS. B. NESMITH, Chm’n, SID B. SMITH, Sec’y (Vernon Pioneer, Vernon, AL, June 28, 1878)
“DEMOCRATIC MASS MEETING AT PIKEVILLE”
Pikeville, Ala. May 1st, 1876
Pursuant to a call from the County Executive Committee, a large number of the citizens of Marion County met in the Court House today.
THOS. B. NESMITH, Chairman of the County Executive Committee called the meeting to order, explained its objects and then announced that the meeting was ready for permanent organization by the election of proper officers. On motion, THOS. B. NESMITH was elected President, and DR. MARION H. MAY, Secretary. MEREDITH T. AKERS offered the following preamble and resolution: Whereas two important elections are to be held this year – one State, the other Federal.
Resolved 1st. That we consider that the good of our common country, the preservation of a white man’s government in our State and the safety of our State government, morally and financially, depend upon the success of the Democratic Party.
Resolved 2nd. That organization is necessary to such success; therefore, we will send delegates to the Democratic State Convention to the Democratic Convention for the 12th Senatorial District and to the Democratic Convention for the 6th Congressional District.
On motion, ALBERT J. HAMILTON, LEWIS F. MAY, JAS. R. HUGHES, ELISHA VICKERY were elected to represent Marion County in the Democratic State Convention.
ALVIN N. JONES, LEWIS F. MAY, JOHN A. POPE, AND M. T. AKERS were elected to represent Marion County in the Democratic Convention for the 6th Congressional District.
ELISHA VICKERY, LEWIS P. MAY, WILLIAM T. BISHOP were elected to represent Marion county in the Democratic Convention for the 12th Senatorial District.
Resolved, that our delegates to the State Convention are instructed to vote for the nomination of George S. Houston for Governor.
On motion, ELISHA VICKERY, W. T. BISHOP, M. T. AKERS, A. J. HAMILTON, AND M. H. KEY were elected the County Executive Committee for the next two years.
The Convention adjourned sine die.
T. B. NESMITH, President
M. H. KEY, Secretary (The Vernon Pioneer, Vernon, AL., May 26, 1879)
There are a few localities in this section in which the corn crop has been injured by drought, but as a general thing the prospect for a bounteous yield is good.
Bad fences are a fruitful source of discord among farmers at this season of the year. When the crop begins to mature, hungry cattle and hogs will make incursions upon the inviting fields of grain, unless they are restrained by good and sufficient fences. Then, as it too often the case, dogs and shot guns are made to supply the place of a fence, a proceeding usually followed by quarrels and petty lawsuits. In such cases everybody should observe the golden rule: Do unto others &c.
There is some talk of holding an election in Pikeville to prohibit the sale of liquor within a prescribed distance (say two miles) from the courthouse. No definite action has been taken in the matter.
TOM BANNISTER is the owner of an educated wagon dog that will drive oxen with loads over roads where the most skillful human drivers would despair. His dogship watches for the critical moment, and when he sees that the oxen…(torn – HUGE CHUNK OUT OF PAPER)
The first Saturday in ---the day fixed for holding the ---to select a courthouse site for Marion County. (Vernon Clipper, Lamar County, AL., Aug 1, 1879)
We have just made a short tour through the northern part of Lamar, northern and western part of Marion, Ala., and eastern part of Itawambia County, Miss. Through this section, for the last ten or fifteen days, rains have been profuse and exceedingly beneficial to crops. We feel safe in saying the prospects for a crop is as good as has been for any crop during the last twenty years.
We have just had the pleasure of seeing CAPT. A. J. HAMILTON’S new flouring Mills, just put in operation on his farm at Toll Gate, Marion Co., Ala. We were politely shown through the entire machinery by Mr. JAS. M. GAST, under whose direction all this machinery has been put in operation. This mill is located one mile north of Toll Gate, on Williams Creek. Its location is excellent by nature, and wonderfully improved by art. The channel of the creek at this point, is about 130 feet in width, bound on either side and bottom by solid rock. Across this channel, a dam of improved and most excellent structure is extended. At the end of the dam on the east bank, the machinery is located, in buildings fully ample for its successful operation.
The machinery consists of a Barnhan’s Standard Turbine Water Wheel, Munson’s Improved Silent Feed Wheat Mill, and Hower, Babcock & Co’s Eureka Smutter, with all the accompaniments necessary for a first class Flouring Mill.
Mr. GAST, of Franklin County, North Alabama, is not only a thorough practical scholar, but a man of wonderful ingenuity in mechanics; and all his work in this machinery, as in perfect harmony with his genius and good taste.
Mr. HAMILTON has been a citizen of our immediate section during his past life, and has shown the superiority of his calculative mind, not only in public matters but in his private business. This machinery reflects great credit on the genius of the mechanic, and the judgement of the owner, and will certainly greatly enhance the interest of Toll Gate and vicinity.
What a pity that we have not more enterprising men than we have, to take charge and improve our farming interests.
Some excitement about removal of Pikeville Court House. Election 6th September.
THOMAS ADAMS, the reported dead boy, has come up unhurt. Great relief to many.
Health of this section very good.
- J. F. WHITE (Vernon Clipper, Vernon, AL, Aug 22, 1879)
At Allen's Factory, Marion County, Alabama, two officers attempted to arrest WILLIAM STANDFORD for insulting a woman. In the encounter both officers and STANDFORD were killed - all within 10 minutes. (St. Albens Daily Messenger, St. Albans, VT., Dec. 1, 1883)
Mr. Andy Logan, of Marion County, Ala., accidentally killed an infant child by dropping a heavy
stick of wood on him, a few days ago. A strange fatality seems to have visited this family. Three
years ago Mr. Logan lost a child by accidental strangling. Last fall his son, just about grown, was
caught in the gearing of a gin and killed. (The Louisiana Democrat, Alexandria, LA., Apr 22, 1885)
A WONDER VERIFIED
The Long Lost Ark of the Covenant. From the Pulaski Citizen.
The readers of the Citizen will read an article that appeared in the Nashville American last Friday, which we copy below, headed "The Cave of Buddahattachie in which a most incredible tale of finding a small box and three petrified human bodies in a cave in Marion county, Ala., was told. The discovery was so wonderfully strange and the supposed contents of the box so marvelous that, while it impressed the more thoughtful with the possibility of its truthfulness, there is little credence given it by the average reader, doubtless from the fact that the people and the press have been so frequently imposed upon by unmitigated liars and unprincipled writers in a manner which is shameful and outrageous. It is the privilege of the Citizen to give to its readers further evidence in regard to this miraculous and to corroborate as herein given the truthfulness of the story as published in the American. We give the American’s article:
Tupelo, Miss., Aug. 4,1885.-
In coming to Hamilton, the shire town of Marion County, The other day, I was reliably informed and greatly interested in a wonderful discovery recently made by one of the citizens of the county, Mr. J. W. Hadden. A few days since, while out hunting, Mr. Hadden saw in a cluster of bushes a snow-white fawn which he approached, hoping to capture a prize. The fawn almost allowed him to pick it up, when it suddenly run off a short distance and again stopped. Hadden again approached, when the fawn again retreated. This course was pursued by Hadden and the fawn until they reached a high bluff overlooking Buddahatchie river, some four miles east of Pearce's Mills, when the fawn suddenly disappeared over the edge of the bluff. Upon coming up, Hadden peered over the bluff, when to his astonishment he saw the fawn standing on a narrow bench, hundreds of feet below, near the root of a large spruce pine recently blown up. After much difficulty he succeeded in reaching the spot where the fawn was last seen, but the fawn was not in the range of his vision. Upon looking around he discovered that the pine in being uprooted disclosed to view a circular orifice in the bluff some three feet in diameter. Prompted by curiosity and a desire to catch the fawn, he provided- himself with a torch and entered the cavern, and made a discovery that will not only immortalize himself and be a source of fabulous wealth, but will be of immense value and interest to the scientific men and biblical scholars of the world. Stretched out at full length upon the cave's rocky floor, lay the petrified bodies of three human beings, two males and one female - an oblong box, of curious and antique design, two feet long, eighteen inches wide and sixteen inches deep, besides many other curiosities of smaller dimensions. Surprised Hadden withdrew from the cavern and returned to his home. The next day Hadden returned with a trusted friend to the scene of his discoveries and removed the petrified bodies and other articles from the cave. The box, also petrified, was carefully moved from its resting place and broken, and found to contain a small earthen jar, a largo roll of parchment and a brass rod. Now, the mystery is, to what race of people did these bodies belong and how came them there? The parchment manuscripts are undoubtedly written in the Hebrew language. Many theories have been advanced by our people, but the most plausible one that I have heard is that the bodies are of Hebrew origin, that the box is the long-lost ark of the covenant, the rod the veritable Aaron's, the jar the pot of manna and the parchment manuscripts the seven lost books of the Old Testament. The scene of this wonderful discovery is one of sublime and picturesque grandeur. Hundreds of feet above huge masses of rock lift their hoary heads high in the air, while far beneath are the limpid waters of the Buddahatchie on their way to the gulf, "gurgling kisses to the pebbled shore." Mr. Hadden has carefully boxed his treasures and will start immediately for Washington, D. C where he will deposit them in the Smithsonian Institution.
Now, Mr. Editor, this wonderful discovery is no "Joe yarn," but can be fully substantiated by calling on or addressing the following parties of Hamilton, Ala.: J. O. Hamilton judge probate court, Maj. James H. Gast, editor Marion County Herald, and Col. James Pearce, on whose plantation the wonderful discovery was made.
J. W. S. (The Hickman Courier, Hickman, KY, Aug 28, 1885)
Falls Manufacturing company, of Allen’s Factory, are making preparations to start up a cotton mill which has been idle for some time.
L. D. Rowe speaks of enlarging his tannery at Allen’s Factory.
H. Magan, of Allen’s Factory, is putting up a saw mill and gin. (Austin Weekly Statesman, Austin, Tex., Oct. 25, 1888)
KILLED THE TOWN MARSHAL.
A Drunken Desperado Uses His Pistol With Deadly Effect
Special Telegram to the Dispatch:
Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 2. At Guin, Ala., to-day, William Euden, the Town Marshal, was shot and killed by Jack Guin, a wealthy citizen who founded the town and for whom it was named. Guin was drunk and disorderly on the street and was arrested by the Marshal, when he drew a pistol and shot the latter dead. He was arrested, but on the way to the jail broke loose and escaped. - (Pittsburg Dispatch, Pittsburg, PA., Dec 3, 1890)
George Estes and Fannie Hogan were married at a country church in .Marion County, Ala., recently. Just as the ceremony was concluded a shot was fired through a window and the bride fell dead. A discarded lover is suspected of the murder, but has not been arrested. - (The Morning Call, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 31, 1891)
Guin had something of a sensational robbery on last Monday night. A man by the name of SIDES was stopping at the Wall Hotel and had for his roommate a man by the name of GUEST. SIDES had been telling around that he had $1,000 in his pocket. When the two men retired for the night SIDES put his pocketbook and pistol under pillow and they both went to bed. SIDES went to sleep. It appears that when GUEST saw that SIDES was asleep he got up and took the pocket book from under his head and went out of the room. He threw one package on the stairway containing $275.00 and went on up stairs and hid the balance - $635 - up in the garret. About this time, SIDES awoke and feeling for his pocket book, discovered that it was gone. Just at this time GUEST came back into the room and SIDES presented his pistol and told him to give up his money or he would kill him right there. GUEST thinking that SIDES meant what he said told him that if he would say nothing about it he would go with him and show him where the money was. They proceeded up the stairway and picked up the package on the stairway and then went on and got the other package. SIDES and GUEST then went to bed together and slept until morning. SIDES was telling next morning of the performance during the night, and some of the citizens thought the crime should not go unpunished, and had GUEST arrested. He was carried before Mayor WRIGHT, who bound him over to Circuit Court under a $2,000 bond. (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, Ala., Feb. 19, 1891)
A MURDERER CONFESSES
Guin, Sept. 11 – About five years ago POMPEY UNDERWOOD, a young boy about 16 years old and carrying the mail between Hamilton and Hawleysville, was shot and killed and the mail pouch robbed, and until a few days ago there was no clue as to who the murderer was.
One J. H. HANEY, whose family lives at Poinway, Ala, and who has been doing time at Huntsville for counterfeiting confessed to two other convicts that he did the bloody deed. He was arrested this morning about 2 o’clock at his home and brought to this place and placed in the Hamilton jail.
Haney has more than once served his term in prison and is considered by all to be a very dangerous man. (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL., Sept 17, 1891)
The dead body of Ed. Young, the notorious Marion county, Ala., moonshiner,has been found in the woods with several balls in it Young is the man who shot and killed Deputy United States Marshal Odborn two weeks ago and fled with a shower of bullets after him from Osborn's posse. (The Princeton Union, Princeton, MN., Dec. 17, 1891)
JOHN GUYTON, colored, is in jail at Hamilton, charged with stealing $50 from Sewing Machine Agent WILLIAM TERRELL at Guin. (The Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL., Dec. 31, 1891)
A SERIOUS AFFRAY
Detroit, Ala June 14 – On Friday evening last a very serious cutting affray occurred four miles from here, but in Marion county in which two women were seriously if not fatally cut. The facts as learned here are about as follows:
WILLIAM KENNEDY and his son went to the home of DOCK SHELTON and called him out in the lane and began to talk about a note which SHELTON had paid off for KENNEDY.
After trying to provoke SHELTON in every way they could they both jumped on him as he started to return to the house. SHELTON called for his wife and step-daughter to come to his assistance which they did. Young KENNEDY turned to meet the women with his knife. He struck the young lady in the breast going through to the lungs and also in the abdomen. He then turned to Mrs. SHELTON and gave her three severe wounds. Both ladies are in a very dangerous condition.
Mr. SHELTON was but slightly hurt, and the KENNEDYS left for parts unknown. The young lady fought very bravely and says she would do so again.
Drs. BLACK and CARTER of this place were called to see the ladies and gave them every attention possible and hopes of their recovery are entertained tho’ at this writing the life of each hangs in the balance. (The Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL., June 16, 1892)
SHOOTING AT GUIN - Mr. THOMAS T. KIRK, a well-known and highly esteemed young man, and who was postmaster at Guin, was shot, and fatally wounded, late Saturday evening in Guin by DOCK SIDES and some others. DOCK and CHRIS SIDES, brothers, and LEE SIDES, a relative, were all in the party that attacked KIRK, and are all reported to have taken a hand in the shooting. Mr. KIRK received four wounds, all of them through the body, but lived until 7 o’clock Sunday morning.
The cause of the shooting seems to have been an old grudge. Mr. KIRK was a Republican and politics is thought to have figured in the case.
KIRK was met on the streets, about sundown, Saturday evening, as he was going home, by DOCK, CHRIS and LEE SIDES. DOCK SIDES began to abuse KIRK, and KIRK, seeing that his life was really in danger drew his pistol and two shots were fired almost simultaneously, witnesses not being able to tell who fired the first shot. This was a signal for a general fusillade from the rest of the SIDES party. KIRK’S pistol refused to revolve after ht first shot and he was at the mercy of his assailants, who shot him twice and he fell in the street mortally wounded.
DOCK SIDES, seeing that KIRK was still breathing, told the other boys to shoot him in the head that he was not dead yet.
When KIRK realized his helpless condition and that his assailants were determined to finish him he scrambled to his feet and started down the street, in a fusillade of shots at short range, two of which took effect in his back, but managed, in his desperately wounded condition to elude his assailants, who were following him up. KIRK ran into a residence near by and fell. A physician was sent for, who said there was not possible chance for him.
Dr. COLLINS hearing the shooting had come to the front of his store, and received a stray bullet in the thigh. His wound is painful though not serious.
Other parties are reported to have received pretty close calls from stray bullets, though no one else was hurt. Bystanders say that fifteen or twenty shots were fired in the battle.
KIRK’S one shot seems to have taken effect, as DOCK SIDES is reported to have received a pretty serious wound in the abdominal region.
After the shooting DOCK SIDES went to the PRATT Hotel and sent for a doctor, and had his wound dressed. When the officers went to the hotel to arrest him he had disappeared and had not been captured at last report.
CHRIS and LEE SIDES were captured and carried to jail at Hamilton. They escaped at the time but were captured soon afterward.
Mr. THOMAS T. KIRK, the murdered man, was born and reared in Lamar county and was highly esteemed by the good people who knew him. He has many relatives in this county and his sudden taking off was a great shock to them.
The SIDES are young men who recently came to Guin from Mississippi, and went into the saloon business.
The day of the shooting, a trial took place, in Guin, in which a man by the name of EVANS was tried on the charge of shooting DOCK SIDES, which occurred about Christmas, and KIRK was a witness in the case, which is thought to have had something to do with bringing on the attack.
The above facts were obtained by inquiry of parties who live near Guin, and are given as the best report of the difficulty obtainable. (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Feb 16, 1893)
Miser's Money Goes Up In Flames -
BEN STILLMAN, an old miser living in Marion County, Ala. lost the savings of a lifetime a few nights ago. He had opened a box in which he kept his fortune, about $5,000 and was counting the money on a table with the intention of depositing it in a bank, an attempt having been made recently to rob him. While thus engaged he imagined he heard some one trying to effect an entrance into his house, and upon rising suddenly, he overturned the table, on which besides his greenbacks, was a keroscene lamp. The lamp exploded, burning the money, the dwelling, and all its contents, except the miser, who barely escaped with his life, being so badly burned in trying to save his treasure, it is thought he will die. (Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI., Oct. 2, 1895)
Skeleton Found by Children:
Near Hacklesburg, near Marion County, Ala. a party of children, while searching for bird's nests in the mountains, entered a cave where, concealed by some rocks, they discovered the skeleton of a man. The flesh and clothing had dropped off and only bones and hair remained. In the head were two bullet-holes. The finding of the skeleton recalls the fact that about ten years ago a government revenue officer named SIMPSON, in search of illicit distilleries in Marion County mysteriously disappeared. It is believed now that he was murdered by moonshiners and that the skeleton found is his. (Herald Weekly, Biloxi, Miss, Feb. 29, 1896)
Four Young Women Drowned.
Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 2. From Hamilton, Marion county, Ala., comes the story of the drowning of four young women, who were returning with their escorts from a candy-pulling. They had to cross the Buttahatchie river in a skiff, and it was ten o'clock at night when they entered the boat. When half way across the women became panic-stricken, and caused the boat to capsize. The escorts managed to save themselves, while the three women were drowned. (The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, Oct. 8, 1897)
An Alabama Shooting: An affray took place at Winfield, Marion county, Ala., Saturday, between two prominent citizens, Thomas Berryhill and Dock White. The latter was shot and fatally wounded. Berryhill is about 23 years of age, while White was twice as old, White was a member of the firm of White & Coenshaw, merchants at Winfield. Berryhill escaped, although the sheriff has gone after him. (The True Democrat, Bayour Sara, La., Aug 6, 1898)
In a quarrel over joint crops in Marion County, Ala. farmer DANIEL HOLLIDAY killed JOHN McLEOD and shot himself fatally. (Rockford Republic, Rockford, Ill., Nov. 10, 1898)
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