Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


Camden News:  The case of the State against JIM NETTLES, alias JIM DUBOSE, charged with the murder of MR. CHARLES G. CAMPBELL, in May 1878, was called up for trial on Thursday morning of last week, and continued for three days.  The jury was out not exceeding half an hour, and returned a verdict against him of murder in the first degree, with the death penalty.  The sentence of the court was that he be hung on Friday, the 19th day of December 1879.  Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, December 5, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Robert Reed, an escaped convict from Wilcox county has been arrested at Selma. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, November 21, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The grand jury of Wilcox county, in their report, said that prominent citizens in various communties were engaged, contrary to law, in selling intoxicating beverages.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 31, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Sheriff J. J. Hawthorne, of Wilcox county, by persistent efforts has discovered who it was that burned the barn of Mr. J. D. Bryant in Canton bend, some weeks ago.  John Price, Doc Beck and Carrifina Belle, all colored were arrested yesterday afternoon and placed in jail for the charge. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 2, 1892  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Dock Burke, John Price, and Caroline Bell, negroes, are in jail at Camden for barn burning. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 23, 1892  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Mark Montgomery, a negro mail rider between Alberta and Camden, this state, disappeared last week and search was made for him.  The searchers found the mail bags in the woods, cut open. A day later Montgomery was found.  He had been terribly beaten and was unconscious.  His mind is clear at Intervals and he says he knows who robbed and beat him.  He says a white man did it., but he has not told yet who the white man is.  If he continues to get better he will be able to tell all about the whole affair.  He says others were there besides the man who struck hm.  The mail bags were rifled. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, November 2, 1893  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Birmingham, Ala, Dec. 7 – Reuben Smith, a clerk in the Tubb’s store at Berlin near Pine Apple, Ala was found dead in the rear of the store on Tuesday night.  He had been murdered.  His head had been mashed to a jelly.  The store and safe were robbed. Blood-hounds were put on the trail of the murderer and a negro stranger in the neighborhood was caught.  He was given a trial before the magistrate and the testimony was said to have been strongly against him.  As he was being taken back to the jail late yesterday afternoon, he was seized by friends of young SMITH and hanged without ceremony to a neighboring tree. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 14, 1893  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Mysterious Conduct of the Robber, who Returns Part of the Booty
The robbing of the post office at Camden, ala. has caused a great deal of excitement and the mystery of who did the work is still unsolved.  Detective Morris has been in the city since Sabbath afternoon and is devoting his energy to the solving of the problem.
      However some of the money has been found. Monday morning when Mr. Caldwell opened the office he found a note, addressed to himself, telling where to find the money. The letter had no signature and was written in a bad hand.  It stated the Mr. Caldwell had wronged him once, and now he had avenged the wrong by getting his office into trouble.  Mr. Caldwell, Detective Morris and Mr. O’Gwynn, with several other citizens went to an outhouse in Mr. Caldwell’s garden, as the letter directed, and there found $1,190 in gold buried in a box.  The original amount of $1,750, leaving $560 still lost.  There is still no clue to the party but the matter is being thoroughly investigated. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, April 4, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A Selma dispatch says: The particulars of the shooting of Judge William Henderson by Mr. Clark Lyles near Catherine, in Wilcox County, last Wednesday, have been received.  
     Henderson was probate judge of Wilcox County in reconstruction days under republican rule. Some time ago a fine brick school house for negroes was built on Henderson’s place by northern Presbyterians.  It proved a great nuisance to the neighborhood. A short time ago it burned to the ground.  Henderson concluded the white people burned it. The grand jury a few weeks ago made a through investigation, but utterly failed to find evidence showing incendiaries. Judge Henderson is reported to have said after the jury adjourned that Mr. Clark Lyles burned the building.  Last Wednesday Clark and John Lyles met Henderson, who approached John Lyles and shook hands with him. Clark refused to shake with him, but asked Henderson if it was true that he had charged him with firing the school building. Henderson said yes, and Clark pulled his pistol and fired, the ball making a slight flesh wound under the arm.  He was kept from firing again by his brother.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, August 8, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Saturday evening a difficulty arose between Colonel E. N. Jones and P. M. Horn at Camden, in which the latter was shot in the head twice. The wounds may result in death.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, February 4, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The governor has pardoned Mose Rogers, convicted of arson in the second degree in Wilcox circuit court, May 1897.  The judge recommends pardon because further confinement would probably cause death, and the governor paroled him upon his good behavior. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, June 17, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney






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