Murray County, GA

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Source:  The Macon Telegraph  1888 Jan 18


ATLANTA, GA., JAN 17--Jim Davis and Walter Fricks, of Murray county, were arrested by Deputy Marshal Tankersley for violation of the internal revenue laws, and carried before Commissioner Bledsoe.  In default of bail, they were committed to Fulton county jail.  Jesse Sission was arrested by Deputy Marshal Finley, in Murray county, upon a charge of violation of the internal revenue laws.  He was carried before Commissioner Bledsoe, at Ellijay, and in default of bond was sent to the Fulton county jail.


Source:  Macon Georgia Telegraph  1838 Sept 11


Will be sold on the first Tuesday in November next, at the Court House in Murray county within the usual hours of sale, a Lot of Land lying in the 13th District, 3d Section, formerly Cherokee, now Murray county, No 306, containing 160 acres, more or less, belonging to the estate of Thomas F. Middlebrooks, late of  Upson county, deceased.  Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said deceased.--Terms made known on the day of the sale.  ALFRED MIDDLEBROOKS, Adm'r.  August 20, 1838


Source:  The Macon Telegraph  1887 Apr 01


Atlanta, Ga., Mar. 31--Monroe Lewis was arrested by Deputy Marshal Campbell in Murray county, Tuesday, on a bench warrant and brought to this city this morning.  


Source:  Macon Georgia Daily  1836 June 30


We lay before our readers with much pleasure, the following communication to his Excellency the Governor, from which it appears, that the Cherokee Indians residing in the county of Murray, are disposed to remain at peace-to submit to the laws of the State, and to fulfil the obligations of the Treaty lately ratified by the Senate of the United States.  We hope their professions may prove sincere, and that the same spirit of subordiation may actuate the whole tribe.  

Coosawattee, 15th June, 1836

To His Excellency Wm. Schley, 

Governor and Commander in Chief, &c.

Dear Sir-We herewith transmit to your Excellency, the interview held this day, with the Cherokee people of this place, by the undersigned, who were selected and chosen as a delegation by the people of Murray county, for the purposes therein contained.  We have the honor to be, your most obedient and humble servants.  M.T.C. LUMPKIN, JAMES DONOHOO, J. LAYMANER, HAR. DAVIS, JAMES EDMONDSON. 

Coosawattee, 15th June, 1836   

Whereas, on the 11th day of June, 1836, a delegation of five persons were selected, to wit:  M.T.C. Lumpkin, James Donohoo, Jacob LaymanHarrison Davis and James Edmondson, on the part, and in behalf of the citizens of Murray county, to hold a talk with the Cherokee Indians at that place, in relation to the unpleasant rumors that have been set afloat upon this country, with regard to anticipated hostilities on their part:  And Whereas, on the said 15th day of June, a number of Cherokee people did convene at this place, and after some deliberation on their part, appointed a committee of twelve of their leading men, to hold an interview with the said delegates; and the said delegation then proceeded to propound the following questions, to wit:

That the citizens of the county had become alarmed to notice so many Creek Indians moving in among the Cherokee people, without any knowledge of their intentions; and another ground was, that we had become suspicious of them in consequence of the ratification of the late Treaty knowing that a portion of them were entirely opposed to the Treaty.  And again--knowing that the Creek and the Seminole Indians were then in an open state of war with the white people for the same causes--that we anticipated a difficulty with the Cherokees--and believing , as we did, that our suspicions were well founded, proceeded to inform them, that General Orders had issued from Brigadier General Hemphill, to proceed without delay to wrest from them, all their fire arms. ammunition, &c. in answer to which, we herein transmit the following answer:  

Coosawattee, 15th June, 1836

To the honorable Committee of Murray County:

We the Committee appointed in behalf of the citizens of Coosawattee, Rabbit Trap, and Ostenolee Towns, after giving the various questions propounded by the Committee in behalf of the citizens of Murray county, a deliberate and full consideration, beg leave most respectfully to make the following report, to wit:  That it is with feelings of deep regret to see or hear of any excitement on the part of Murray county, in anticipation of any hostile movements on the part of the Cherokees, more particularly if such excitement has been occasioned by any threat or act of the Cherokee people.  So far as your Committee have been informed with regard to the sentiment of the Cherokee people, they have been such as to warrant your Committee in advancing an opinion, that no hostile movement whatsoever is contemplated on the part of the Cherokees.  Your Committee influenced by motives of frankness, must confess, that there are feelings of coolness existing between the two parties of the nation, known as the Treaty party, and the opposition party, but the hope that those difficulties may be settled in a manner satisfactory to both parties, and that peace and good feelings will be restored; and your committee further pledge themselves, to use their influence to bring about a result so desirable.  As regards the Creeks, your Committee has been assured by their leading men, that their object is peace; that some of them are connected with the Cherokees, and that they wish to remain in peace, and remove to the west of them.  Your Committee solicits the citizens of Murray county on their part, to see that the Cherokees be dealt with according to the laws of the State, in all cases, and when controversy may arise between them and the whites, until the time expires given them to remove, under the late Treaty.  It is with feelings of gratitude, your Committee see that the citizens of Murray county manifest such feelings of friendship towards the Cherokees under the present state of excitement throughout the country. 


In behalf of the Committee.  Test, John B. Bell


Source:  Parowan Times (Utah) 15 Aug 1928

Mrs. Eula Elrod Thompson, twenty four, who, with her husband and a negro servant, Jim Moss, were condemned by a Murray county (Georgia) court, to die for the murder of Coleman Osborne, a merchant, near Chatsworth.


Source:  Date: 1928-09-07 Paper: Dallas Morning News

Phrenology May Decide Clemency Plea for Woman

ATLANTA, GA., Sept. 6 (AP).--Gov. J. B Hardman Thursday turned to phrenology as an aid in determining whether or not clemency should be extended to a woman awaiting death in the electric chair.

On the heels of the Governor's decision, attorneys for Mrs. Eula Thompson, 22, under sentence of death as one of three persons responsible for the death of Colman Osborne, north Georgia storekeeper, announced that no court appeal would be pressed but a direct appeal made to the Governor.

Governor Hardman announced recently that the phrenology of Clifford Thompson, the woman's husband, and Jim Hugh Moss, negro electrocuted for the murder of Osborne, played a part in his decision not to interfere in their cases.

Police fingerprints and photographs have been given to the Governor for study.  Governor Hardman is a physician.


Date: 1928-11-23;  Paper: Dallas Morning News

Saves Georgia Woman From Electric Chair

Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 22 (AP).--Eula Elrod Thompson was saved from the electric chair when Governor L. G. Hardman commuted her death sentence for murder to life imprisonment. The woman was sentenced to death from Murray County in 1927, with her husband Clifford Thompson, and a negro servant, Jim Hugh Moss, for the murder of Coleman Osborne, a merchant at Chatsworth. Thompson and the negro were executed at the State prison several months ago, each going to his death declaring that he was innocent.


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