Genealogy and History
PAPERS - Pre 1900
Marion County News
Gathered from Newspapers Around the
All items were transcribed and submitted by Veneta
McKinney unless otherwise noted.
1838, May 17 - Times-Picayune (New Orleans,
Melancholy Occurence - We learn from the Arkansas
Gazette, of the 9th inst., that on the night of the 27th ult. Mr. L.
D. SMITH, of Marion County, Ala., was drowned in the Mississippi,
near the mouth of White River. He was the only surviving
brother of W. C. SMITH, the proprietor of the house of entertainment
at the latter place, and had that day taken passage at Memphis, on
the steamer Prairie, for the purpose of visiting his brother.
About 10 o'clock in the night he was awakened by the clerk, and told
that he was near his place of destination. He got up, took his
saddle bags on his arm, went down the steps, and sat down on the
railing forward of the wheel house. One of the deck-hands,
seeing the danger he was in of falling into the river, said to him,
"if you don't mind, you will fall overboard." scarcely were the
words spoken, when he made a leap into the river, and was not seen
1856, April 13 - Times-Picayune (New Orleans,
D. P. BLAIR, special agent of the Post Office
Department, a few days since arrested THOMAS CASHIAN, for twelve
years past post master at Toll Gate, Marion County, Ala. and had him
lodged in jail at Pikeville. CASHIAN has been doing a thriving
business in the way of stealing, for some time, but the vigilance of
Mr. BLAIR finally detected him. So says the Columbus (Miss.)
1856, Dec. 4 - Lowell Daily Citizen and News
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. \
1858, Aug. 29 - The Daily Ohio Statesman -
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.
1859, April 16 - Albany Evening Journal - (Albany,
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.
1860, May 22 - The Constitution - (Atlanta,
A despatch announces the killing at Pikeville,
Alabama, of two brothers named ALLMAN, by three brothers named
LITTLE. WILLIAM LITTLE escaped.
1860, August 29 - Banner of Liberty -
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.
1860, Aug. 31 - The Constitution - (Atlanta,
A thousand dollars reward is offered for the
apprehension of WM. LITTLE, one of the murderers of two brothers,
JOHN M. and ANDREW ALLMAN, of Pikeville, Marion County, Alabama.
1865, April 6 - Centralia Sentinel, - (Centralia,
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
1869, Jan, 28 - Argus and Patriot - (Montpelier,
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.
1878, June 28
- Vernon Pioneer (Lamar County, AL)
OF THE 12TH SENATORIAL
PIKEVILLE, ALA. June
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
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
FAYETTE – G. LEGG, L. C. SWIRLEY, R. T.
MCCOLLUM, M. C. BOLEN, AND T. B.
J. E. WILSON, T. H. MOORE,
G. C. ALLMAN, W. C. SUGG, W. P. JACK, R. C.
LAMAR – D. J. LACY, W. G. MIDDLES, F.
L. MOORE, G. H.
MARION – STEPHEN CAUDLE, J. BURLESON, M.
W. P. JACK moved
that a committee of five be elected as a Committee on
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
motion as amended carried by rising vote of 14 for to 2
appointed M. C. MARTIN,
of Marion, D. J.
LACEY, of Lamar, G.
LEGG, of Fayette, L. C.
SHIRLY, of Fayette, and S. 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
PIKEVILLE, ALA. June
Delegates of the 12th Senatorial
We the Committee on Credentials, appointed by your honorable body,
beg leave to report the following gentlemen are entitled to seats in
FAYETTE – G. LEGG, L.C. SHIRLEY, M. C.
BOWLING, N. T. MCCOLLUM, T. B.
J. E. WILSON, T. H. MOORE,
CC. S. ALLMAN, W. C.
LAMAR – D. J. LACY, W. G. MIDDLETON, F.
L. MOORE, G. E. BANKHEAD, J. F.
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
Fayette-5, Franklin – 5, Lamar
– 6, Marion
M. C. MARTIN,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
NESMITH, Chm’n, SID B. SMITH,
1879, May 26 - The Vernon Pioneer - (Vernon,
“DEMOCRATIC MASS MEETING AT
Pikeville, Ala. May
Pursuant to a call from the County Executive Committee, a
large number of the citizens of Marion County met in the Court House
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
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
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
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
On motion, ALBERT J.
HAMILTON, LEWIS F. MAY, JAS. R. HUGHES, ELISHA VICKERY were
elected to represent Marion County in the Democratic State
ALVIN N. JONES, LEWIS
F. MAY, JOHN A. POPE, AND M. T. AKERS were elected to represent
County in the
Democratic Convention for the 6th Congressional
ELISHA VICKERY, LEWIS
P. MAY, WILLIAM T. BISHOP were elected to represent Marion county in the Democratic Convention for
the 12th Senatorial
Resolved, that our delegates to the State Convention are
instructed to vote for the nomination of George S. Houston for
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
The Convention adjourned sine
T. B. NESMITH,
M. H. KEY,
1879, Aug. 1
- Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)
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
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
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
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
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)
Saturday in ---the day fixed for holding the ---to select a
courthouse site for Marion County.
Aug. 22 - Vernon Clipper (Lamar County,
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
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
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
What a pity that we have not more enterprising men than we
have, to take charge and improve our farming
Some excitement about removal of Pikeville Court House. Election 6th
ADAMS, the reported dead
boy, has come up unhurt.
Great relief to many.
Health of this section very
1881, Dec. 24 - Huntsville Gazette-
Revenue officers McENTIRE and COOPER, in company with
Deputy-Marshal GOODWIN, Jr. seized a large illicit distillery on the
17th inst. in Marion County, Ala. together with about one hundred
gallons of whiskey, two thousand gallons of beer, a lot of mash and
meal, and two horses. They arrested FRANK STEWART, ISAAC E.
CANTRELL, and HENRY CANTRELL, who were found in, and operating the
distillery, which was in full blast. HENRY CANTRELL escaped
from the officers while en route to the rail road at Iuka,
Mississippi. The other two were taken before J. H. BONE, Esq.,
sitting as U. S. Commissioner. The testimony showed a clear
case of violation of the Revenue laws. They were held to
answer the charge before the U. S. Circuit Court at the April term,
1882. The defendants failing to find bail, were committed to
jail. - (from GenealogyBank)
1883, December 1 - St. Albens Daily Messenger -
(St. Albans, VT)
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.
1885, April 22 - The Louisiana Democrat, (Alexandria,
Mr. Andy Logan, of Marion County, Ala.,
accidentally killed an infant child by dropping a heavy
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,
caught in the gearing of a gin and killed. (from
Aug. 28 - The Hickman Courier, Hickman,
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
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
doubtless from the fact that the people and the press have
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
Tupelo, Miss., Aug.
In coming to .Hamilton, the shire town of Marion
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.
1890, Dec. 3 - Pittsburg Dispatch - Pittsburg,
KILLED THE TOWN MARSHAL.
A Drunken Desperado Uses
His Pistol With Deadly Effect
Special Telegram to the
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. - (from Chronicling America)
1891, Jan 31 - The Morning Call, San Francisco, CA
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. - (from Chronicling
1891, Feb. 19 -
Vernon Courier, Lamar County,
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
Sept 17 - Vernon Courier, Lamar County,
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 ht email pouch robbed, and until a few days ago there was
no clue as to who the murderer
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
Haney has more than once served his term in prison and is
considered by all to be a very dangerous
1891, Dec 17 - The Princeton Union, Princeton,
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. - (from
1891, Dec. 31 - The Vernon Courier,
Lamar County, AL
JOHN GUYTON, colored, is
in jail at Hamilton, charged with stealing $50
from Sewing Machine Agent WILLIAM TERRELL at Guin.
1892, June 16 - The Vernon
Courier, Lamar County, AL
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
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
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
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
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.
1893 - Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL,
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
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
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
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
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
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
KIRK’S one shot seems to have taken effect, as DOCK SIDES is
reported to have received a pretty serious wound in the abdominal
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
The SIDES are young men
who recently came to Guin from Mississippi, and went into the
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
The above facts were
obtained by inquiry of parties who live near Guin, and are given as
the best report of the difficulty
1895, Oct. 2 - Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo,
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.
1896, Feb. 29 - Herald Weekly - Biloxi
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
1897, Oct 8 - The Iola Register,
Four Young Women Drowned.
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. - (from Chronicling America)
1898, Aug. 6 - The True Democrat
- Bayou Sara [La.]
An Alabama Shooting: An affray took place at
Winfield, Marion county, Ala., Saturday, between two prominent
citizens, Thomas Berryhill andt 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. - (from
1898, Nov. 10 - Rockford Republic - Rockford,
In a quarrel over joint crops in Marion County, Ala.
farmer DANIEL HOLLIDAY killed JOHN McLEOD and shot himself
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