Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy Trails
An old man was found, some ten days since, in the lower edge of Tallapoosa County, Alabama, shockingly and brutally mutilated. He died in a short time, refusing, to the last, to divulge the name of the person who had been guilty of the outrage. (Source: Boston Post, Boston, Mass., Thursday April 22, 1841 - Transcribed by April Hodridge)
Mr. Meadows was shot and killed by Mr. Aikin near Tallassee last week. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., November 11, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
At Dadeville the negro prisoner Coleman Hart who took six drachms of laudanum Monday night has recovered. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 21, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Several citizens of Dadeville were arrested Friday charged with killing fish with dynamite in a stream near town. The arrests included Mayor Rowe, Editor Wilson and Night Operator Reid. They gave bond in $100 each for their appearance before Judge Cumbee. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 11, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
IN A BAD FIX
Montgomery, Nov. 16 – Mrs. Mary Henderson of Tallapoosa county, a genteel-looking old lady of 60, was convicted in the United States court here yesterday of a pension fraud and fined $1,000 which means to her hard labor for that amount. Her first husband was a soldier in the Mexican war and she had been drawing a pension since his death years ago. Two or three years ago she married again, which deprived her of her righty to a pension, but she has continued to draw her money as formerly, and hence her conviction. It was pitiful to observe the white-haired, wrinkled old grandmother as she sat in the court and wept over her hard lot. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 21, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
BAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN TALLAPOOSA
A Dadeville special says: The grand jury now in session is forcing some startling facts to light. Friday eight negro men and boys, reported to the grand jury to be at work in the fame of Ex-Sheriff J. W. Pace, were summoned to appear before the grand jury, and failing to do so, attachment was issued for them and deputies sent down to the Pace farm to enforce the attachments. The eight negroes were found by the deputies and brought before the grand jury. After hearing what he negroes testified, the Solicitor, with the entire grand jury, repaired to the court room and there the eight negroes were examined in open court as to why they had failed to respond to the summons issued.
They all swore that they were not allowed to come. Three of the negroes testified that they had been at work on the Pace farm for more than five years; that they had never had a trial of any kind, but had been taken up by Dan Scott at Sylacauga and taken to Pace’s farm, locked up at night and forced to work during the day for more than five years. All of the others, except two, testified that they were brought from Sylacauga by the same man and in the same manner.
They all testified that they had been whipped and had scars on their bodies from it. One of them, who tried to escape about two weeks ago, had been run down by dogs, and as punishment for running off had been made to lay down and horses run over him from which he had sores which have not yet healed. Attachments have been issued for other negroes who are reported to be at Pace’s and every effort will be made to find them. The judge gave the grand jury a special charge, urging them to sift the matter to the bottom. Source: Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, September 24, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
THE GOVERNOR’S CLEMENCY – Exercised in a number of Cases
The following pardons and com----lations were announced by Governor Johnston Saturday......
Charles Russell, Tallapoosa County convicted of burglary and sentenced to ten years in March 1893. The endorsement on this pardon shows that Russell entered a house with another boy and stole sixty cents; that he has been in the penitentiary over --- years; that the president of the convict board and other officials certify this exemplary conduct; last the judge by whom he was sentenced, a gentleman whose house he entered together with many prominent citizens, recommend the pardon....... Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, December 23, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
REPENTING AT LEISURE.- Runaway Wife and Brother-In-Law in Dadeville Jail. Dadeville, April 15--(Special)--The wife of W. B. Partridge and his brother, who ran off to Columbus, Ga., and were married, were placed in jail at Dadeville tonight. Mrs. Partridge left her husband and two children. The parties live at Jackson's Gap on the Central Railroad. - Source: Montgomery Advertiser, April 16, 1905, Transcribed by C. Anthony
TURNER KILLS HENDERSON - Jack Henderson, a well known farmer is dead and J. Fletcher Turner of Dadeville, a member of the Alabama legislature and one of the most prominent men in Tallapoosa county is in jail with a charge of murder against him as a result of a grudge which is said to have been of long standing. Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 28, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY MAN TO SERVE LIFE SENTENCE
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DECISIONS IN CASE OF WILL MACON, MURDERER.
Will Macon, a convicted murderer of Tallapoosa County, will have to serve a life sentence in the Alabama penitentiary. The Sepreme Court Wednesday handed down the opinion, declining to grant Maon a new trial, and affirming the decision of the lower court.
Macon was convicted of a murder which was accompanied by revolting features. He is said to have killed George Sheally, of Tallapoosa County, by hacking him to death with an axe. The crime occured in the spring of 1911, and a conviction was accured with a sentence to life imprisonment, which now must be carried out. (Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Vol, LXXX111, Issue: 341, Transcribed by April James)
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY MAN HELD FOR SERVICE
Montgomery, Ala, Nov 14.- (Special) - Thomas F. Caldwell, of Tallapoosa County, accused of deserting from the 167th infantry and held at Camp Sheridan on a charge of desertion, failed in an effort to obtain his release in the Federal court Tuesday. He contended he was under the age of eighteen when he enlisted, but Judge Clayton ruled that persons under eighteen may enter the army under new regulations. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, Calhoun County, AL - Wednesday November 14, 1917 - Transcribed by April Hodridge)
Phil Galloway, negro, sought out his release from the county jail so he might go with negro selectmen to Camp Dodge, Iowa, but Judge Clayton held the he must satisfy the state. Galloway was serving a sentence when drafted and entered habeas corpus proceedings, and contended the he was prevented from doing his patriotic duty by the jail sentence. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, Calhoun County, AL, Wednesday November 14, 1917 - Transcribed by April Hodridge)
Make Second Raid and Four More Stills
Starting at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning,the United States Revenue Officers J.B. Edwards and J. H. Draper, made a second raid in the neighborhood of Hillabee creek and come upon six moonshine plants which they destroyed. with thousands of gallons of beer.
Four stills were taken in the raid, while the other two sites much property was found and destroyed, but the stills were removed.
No arrest were made by the officers, but hardly within the record of the county has so much booze-making material been siezed in a single raid and the job had been completed before 11 am. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, Calhoun County, AL, Wednesday May 21, 1919 - Transcribed by April Hodridge)
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