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Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) 7 June 1883
Sylvania Telephone: On Saturday morning last, a difficulty occurred between Mr. George M. Zeigler and Mr. Samuel S. Sasser, of this county, which came near ending fatally to Mr. Zeigler. It seems that a week or ten days before this the parties met and Zeigler used some pretty harsh language to Sasser, which was not resented at that time, as we are informed. On Saturday last Sasser rode up to Zeigler's house and called him to the gate when some words passed between them which brought about a collision in which Zeigler was shot in the shoulder and received a glancing shot on the side of his face, which, however, did not break the skin. In the mean time Zeigler got hold of Sasser, and with the aid of a large yard dog dragged him from his horse, and his wife and daughter coming to his aid they disarmed Sasser, taking two pistols and a knife from him, and held him prisoner until a justice of the peace could be sent for and a warrant issued for his arrest. Sasser was brought to this place and lodged in jail Saturday afternoon, but was released on bond on Sunday morning and held to answer the charge of "assault with intention to murder," in the sum of $750. Zeigler's would is painful but not dangerous.
Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia)18 Mar 1891, Wednesday Page 2
Interesting Letter from the Town and Country.
Sylvania, GA., March 16. - [Special.]
About three years ago Mr. Frank O. Wells, who then lived in Sylvania, had some provisions stolen from his smoke house and kitchen. Two negro boys were suspected of the theft, and one of them was tried, convicted and sent to the chaingang, where he served a few months. For some reason the other light-fingered youth, George Lovett by name, was not tried until last Monday, in the county court, before Judge Matthews. Mr. Wells was present to prosecute the boy, and the trial resulted in the latter's conviction, and a sentence of three months in the county chaingang.
Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, North Carolina) 12 April 1911, Wednesday Page 1
FRIENDS OF DEAD DEULIST THREATEN MURDERER'S LIFE
Savannah Ga., April 11 - In the custody of his attorney and Sheriff Joyner of Screven county, C.E. Lee, survivor of the fatal duel yesterday at Sylvania, Ga., with L. H. Hilton, president of the Screven County bank, was brought to Savannah tonight for safe keeping in the Chatham county jail. He received two wounds in the hand and leg from Hilton's shotgun. It was stated that he was telephoning to the sheriff from a house near Sylvania when he saw an automobile filled with Hilton's friends who were armed, approaching and that he fled to the swamps, later notifying his attorney and surrendering to the sheriff.
Source: The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) 20 Apr 1911, Thursday, Page 5
SLAYER OF HILTON REMOVED TO SCREVEN
Lee Declares He Stands in No Fear Whatever of Violence.
Savannah, Ga., April 10 - (Special) - C.E. Lee, held in the Chatham county jail for the murder of L. H. Hilton at Sylvania, was carried back to Sylvania by Sheriff Joyner, of Screven county, today.
Lee declared he would plead self-defense at the preliminary hearing to be given him.
He says he has no fear now of returning to the scene of the tragedy. It is not probable that he will be brought back to Savannah.
Lee has recovered from the wounds inflicted by Hilton's shotgun.
Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia) 5 Aug 1913, Tuesday; Page 5
NEGRO SLAYER AT SYLVANIA YET AT LARGE
SYLVANIA, Aug, 4 - Cleveland Mitchell, the negro who killed A. J. Joyner here Saturday night, is still at large, although posses are scouring the country for him. His capture is expected soon.
Sheriff Joyner, brother of the dead man, secured a photograph of Mitchell, and has had pictures made from it, which he has distributed through the neighboring counties.
Two negroes who were with Mitchell at the time of the shooting are lodged in the local jail.
Joyner's funeral was held today. He was a popular man and of prominent family. The funeral took place at Friendship church, with Masonic ceremonies. He leaves two small children. His wife died several years ago.
Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia) 7 Aug 1913, Thursday Volume: CXXVII Issue: 219 Page: 2
SLAYER OF "DINE" JOYNER HAS ELUDED THE POSSE
Special to The Chronicle.
Sylvania, Ga., Aug. 6 - Cleveland Mitchell, the negro slayer of "Dine" Joyner, is still at large. Efforts of the posse to capture him have so far proved fruitless. Bloodhounds from the Bulloch County chaingang were secured Monday afternoon, but the trail was too cold for them to make any headway. Men were stationed at all bridges across the Ogeechee River, as it was thought Mitchell would make an effort to go into Bulloch, where he has relatives. Six other negroes, thought to have been plotting with Mitchell to kill Mr. Joyner, are in jail here.
Between 500 and 1000 people attended the funeral of the deceased at Friendship Church Monday.
Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia) 10 August 1913, Sunday; Section 4, Page 5
Submitted by Cathy Carter
FOUR NEGROES TAKEN TO SAVANNAH TO SAVE 'EM
SAVANNAH, Aug 8 - Four negroes, implicated in the murder of A. J. JOYNER, of Sylvania, Georgia, August 9, were taken from the county jail there last night and brought to Savannah for safe keeping. While a mob gathered to storm the jail, the sheriff slipped through the back door of the building, met an automobile in the woods and drove thirty miles to Egypt, where they caught a train for Savannah. The negroes are: Chris Green, George Ledbetter, Felix Mitchell and William Lowry.
Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia) 28 April 1930, Monday Page 1
Screven County Prisoner Confesses He Struck Woman on Head With an Axe
ARRESTED ON WEDNESDAY
Also Tells Sheriff About Attempted Assault He Made on Daughter of Victim
SYLVANIA, Ga., April 27.- LeRoy Scott, 17, Negro, who has been under secret arrest since last Wednesday, has confessed that he struck a Screven county woman on the head with an axe last Monday, and then attempted to attack her daughter, it was announced here today by Sheriff J.J. Griffin, of Screven county.
The confession, which goes into full details of the murder and the assault plot, which had been brewing in the Negro's mind for weeks, was made in the presence of Sheriff Griffin, Sheriff J. L. Herrington, of Burke county; W.G. Neville, solicitor of the Ogeechee circuit, and H. A. Herrington, Screven county policeman
The Negro was arrested last Wednesday and placed in the Screven county jail. He was suspected from the start, officers states, but they wanted to check up on his movements during the day of the crime to ascertain if it was possible for him to have been away from his work long enough to commit the crime.
Told of Movements
In his confession the Negro told of his every movement on a farm four miles south of this city on the day of the crime. He said he went to the field with a white farmer by whom he was employed and his brother, Nealy Scott, entering the field about 1:30 p.m.
Soon after that he said he left the field, climbed a fence, removed his shoes and then ran to a cowlot from which he crossed the road to a woodpile, where he procured an axe. Then he went to the farmer's residence, stole softly into the room where the farmer's wife was seated and approaching her from behind, struck her a blow over the head with the axe. He said that he meant to kill her.
Crossing the hall he found the farmer's daughter asleep on a bed. He turned her over, and she woke with a scream. There was a struggle. The girl, he said, begged for him to leave her alone and she would give him a sum of money that her father had planted outside the house. The farmer's wife revived. Grasping a shotgun she appeared on the scene and the Negro fled without completing his purpose.
Goes Back to Field
The Negro said that he returned to the field in a circutous[sic] route and resumed his work. The farmer, when officers suspected the Negro, didn't believe the latter was guilty, because, he said he did not believe that the Negro had been gone from his work long enough.
But the officers after making a close check-up found that it was entirely possible for the Negro to have committed the crime. His arrest followed.
The Negro was moved from Screven county jail to the Burke county jail at Waynesboro yesterday and from the latter jail has been taken to other and safer quarters, officers announced, but they refuse to disclose the location of the Negro.
He will be brought back to Screven county for trial on Monday, May 21, it is stated.