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Two Killed in Kentucky Feud
Fatal Clash Between Warring Factions in Floyd County

Whitesburg, Kentucky, July 21. - In a battle between the Fitzpatrick and Coburn feudists at Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky. Holbert, a member of the Coeburn faction, and John M. Fitzpatrick faction and their reputed leader, were killed. Wilson Barnett, a Fitzpatrick sympathizer, was desperately wounded.
The feud started three weeks ago by the assassination of Andy Coeburn in the court house at Whitesburg. Since that time three clashes have occurred.
Dallas Morning News August 1, 1907;
Transcribed and contributed by: FC- FOFG

Tom Maguin Arrested in Floyd County, Charged With Murder of Breathitt County Minister


JACKSON, Ky., July 30. - Word was received here tonight that Tom Maguin had been captured in Floyd county and taken to the Magoffin county jail at Sayersville, charged with the murder on last Wednesday morning of Sam Montgomery, 55, a minister, of this county.

News of the killing of Montgomery, which occurred at Gauge, on Quicksand Creek, this county, on the night of Tuesday, July 26, reached Jackson today.

Montgomery's wife, according to reports received here, was buried on Tuesday afternoon, and he went to the home of Riley Perkins. Mr. Perkins was away and only Mrs. Perkins and Tom Maguin, her son by a former marriage, were in the house with the minister.

About midnight, it is said, neighbors heard shots at the Perkins home and investigated. They found Montgomery alone in the house, lying on the bed with several bullet holes through his head, and the bedclothes spattered with blood. Mrs. Perkins and her son had left the house, but Mts. Perkins came back a few moments later. Maguin had not been seen until captured today.

It is said that Montgomery had about $55 with him and that a part of this money had been taken from him.

At the coroner's Inquest, held Wednesday morning, Mrs. Perkins is said to have testified that Maguin killed Montgomery.

Date: Sunday, July 31, 1921 Paper: Lexington Herald (Lexington, KY) Issue: 212 Section: Georgetown, Page: 6, 1; contributed by: BZ- FOFG

Prisoners Taken to Floyd County

Jack McCurry, Al Moore and Nelson Moore held in the Fayette County jail or safe keeping on the charges of murder, were taken from the jail yesterday morning by the sheriff of Floyd county and returned to Floyd County where they will stand trail Monday.

McCurry is charges with committing murder and the two Moores with being accessories to the crime. The sheriff with his three prisoners left on the 8:20Lexington and Eastern train.

Date: Sunday, October 30, 1910 Paper: Lexington Herald (Lexington, KY) Volume: 40 Issue: 303 Page: 8; contributed by: BZ- FOFG


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