CORONER'S INQUISITION, 1879 - 1893
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented at Dawkin's graveyard in county aforesaid the fourth day of March A.D. 1879 before Euclidus C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Solomon Boozer of said County then and there being dead by the oaths of B. B. Hair, O. P. Harris, J. W. Leapheart, J. W. Dominick, J. S. Nichols, J. P. Dawkins, Godfrey Harmon, J. Bedenbaugh colored Hilliard Kinard, John Davenport, Alfred Boozer, Sam Harmon, Lewis Hipp being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Solomon Boozer came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Solomon Boozer did come to his death by the falling of plank out of a tub to be used as well curbing at the residence W. P. B. Harmon on the twenty fifth day of February 1879.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.
E. C. Longshore. Coroner County aforesaid.

B. B. Hair Forman of Jury of Inquest, O. P. Harris, J. W. Leapheart, J. W. Dominick, J. S. Nichols, J. P. Dawkins, Godfrey Harmon, John Bedenbaugh, Hilliard (X) Kinard, John (X) Davenport, Alfred (X) Boozer, Sam (X) Harmon, Dennis (X) Hipp.

W. P. B. Harmon has been duly sworn: We were letting a plank down into the well for curbing. The rope come undone and the curbing keeled over and the plank went on down. I called him and said are you hurt. He said nothing. I then sent John Fisher down to see if he was hurt. He told me he was dead. I sent some camphor down and told John to rub him. I thought perhaps he was just knocked senseless and would come to again. After rubbing him his pulse beat and he drew a breath while down in the well. I drew him up immediately but he never breathed after I got him out of the well. I am satisfied that killed him. There was no ill feeling among the hands whatever. If was, was not known while at work. The plank fell thirty-eight feet.

John Fisher has been duly sworn: I was holding the windlass. We put the plank in the tub and was letting them down into the well and the rope came undone and the plank went on down. I went down into the well. When I got there he was lying on his side and the plank on his head. I rubbed him with camphor and picked him up. He said, “Lord.” I told them to bring me and him out of there. It was done at Burr Harmon’s house on the twenty fifth of February 1879. There was no ill feeling whatever.

James Stockman has been duly sworn: He said,Jim I want you to go down with this curbing.”  I said,“No Saul, you show me how to wrap it, he said, “Now you wrap it the way I show you.” I said, I will do it, when the curbing started. I said Saul, Here they come. He said, Let them come. I am here, and when they got a piece down in the well it began to come undone. We hollered to Saul to look out, and the moment we got him out on land I went to where they were rolling logs and told them that we thought Saul was killed. We had always been friendly as two brothers.

Dr. A. F. Langford have been duly sworn: At a point one inch back and one inch above the eye the skull is broken. The fracture is one inch and a half wide and three inches long, the extent of injury was sufficient to produce instant death.        A. F. Langford M. D.


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented at Silver taken Street in County afore said the 17 day of Sept. A. D. 1879 before Euclidus C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jeff Cannon of said County then and there being dead by the oaths of Henry Hendrix, J. S. Butler, John Davenport, J. S. Longshore, W. T. Hendrix, J. H. Hendrix, G. P. Hendrix, Colored Press Turner, Silas Dewalt, David Harp, Green Pitts, Lewis Spearman, John Butler, Hamp Counts being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Jeff Cannon came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jeff Cannon came to his death by the caving in of a well through his own carelessness at Silver Street on the sixteenth day of Sept 1879

In witness where of I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. 
E. C. Longshore. Coroner for County afore said.

Henry Hendrix Forman of jury of inquest, J. S. Butler, John Davenport, J. S. Longshore, W. T. Hendrix, J. H. Hendrix, G. P. Hendrix, Silas (X) Turner, David (X) Harp, Green (X) Pitts, Lewis (X) Spearman, John (X) Butler, Hamp (X) Counts.

Ambus Williams having been duly sworn: Yesterday morning me and Jeff went down into the well to work I saw the curbing give way. I told him I was coming out for it was going to fall in on us and I did come out. I told him he had better come too. He came up and stayed about 3 minutes and he said we had the well to fix and he went back. I said,  Jeff I will help you.” He said nothing but went on down. There was no hard feeling whatever.

Taylor Garlington having been duly sworn: When the well first started to cave there were two in the well. I told them to come out for it was going to fall in on them if they stayed down there. They came up out of the well and stayed a little while and Jeff went back and he said to me the platform was swaging down he took a shovel with him I said to him he had better not go down now. He said that was nothing. “Let me down. “ He took a shovel with him knocking the tub full of dirt as he went down. After filling two or three tubs the striping was coming loose. He said, Send me the rope, after the curbing was all done loose and we could not get the rope down before the curbing and all went after he spoke to us.

Calup Gray having been duly sworn: We had the tub on the plank when he hollered, “Send me the rope.” And we all were in a strain and could not get the rope down after he hollered before it all fell in. The curbing was most to him and to the water when I saw him.

O. P. Saxon having been duly sworn: I heard the well cave in on him I was in the store at the time and I was in the store when it happened. I went over there as soon as I could get there and Ambus started down but did not go, for it was sill falling in and he came back. Jeff was covered up when I got there.

John T. Peterson having been duly sworn: I heard the well cave in on him. I was in the store at the time and not more than fifteen minutes before it fell. I was out there and there were two in the well then but one of them had come out. They had just drawn a tub of dirt out when it caved and fell in. He was covered up when I got there I saw the blubblers. I told one of the boys to go down. He started down but it still continued to cave and fall in and he came back out of the well.

State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in said county the twenty sixth of day September AD 1879 before Euclidus C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jesse Grayser the bastard male child of Anna Ruff then and there being dead by the oaths of A. C. Jones, J. O. Havard, J. W. Coppock, J. E. Johnson, J. A. Sinsy, J. H. Ruff, J. M. Crawford, Z. W. McMorris, Simeon Young, Scott Thompson, Washington Golden, Charlie Brown, Green Barre being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Jesse Grayser came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jesse Grayser the bastard child as afore said came to it death from the rupture of one of the blood vessels of the brain produced by strangulation or convulsions and the jurors aforesaid on their oaths do aforesaid that the said Jesse Grayser came to his death in the manner aforesaid by misfortune.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner as aforesaid and the jurors afore said to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year afore mentioned. 
E. C. Longshore. Coroner for said County.

A. C. Jones foreman jury of inquest, J. W. Coppock, J. O. Havard, J. A. Sinsy, J. H. Ruff, J. M. Crawford, J. E. Johnson, Simeon Young, Z. W. McMorris, Charlie (X) Brown, Scott (X) Thompson, Washington (X) Golden, Green (X) Barre

Edney Emeridge being sworn says: I live in this house. My niece was with me when she had the child. She has been with me ever since the child has been suck and she has carried it to Dr. Mayer.  She gave it some medicine and it six or seven weeks ago. It began to improve. Last night the child was well, very pert, playful and playing till late. I heard the child cry in the night. This morning its mother called me to her and said come quick I believe my baby was dead. It was dead, not yet cold. Sent for the Dr. and Dr. Mayer came. I told him the child was dead.  She called me about good daylight. The child had bad bowels when it was sick. Fed the child but gave no medicine yesterday. She said on a pallet on the floor. Its nose was running with milk. The mother of the child is named Anna Ruff.  She is about 18 years old and she has never been married. Maston Grayser, she has said, was the father of the said child. She was mostly hired out previous to the birth of child.
         Edney (X) Emeridge

Anna Ruff being sworn says: Jesse Grayser is the name of the child now dead. About 11 o'clock pm last night I went to bed with the child. Was then asleep. It woke me up in the night wanting to nurse.  I let it nurse and went to sleep while it was nursing. I woke up this morning and thought it was asleep. The milk was running out of its nose and its head was down under my breast I called my aunt and told her I believed my baby was dead. I could not hear it breathe but it was warm the child was born Dec the 15 1878. I have never been married. I know who was its father, Maston Grayser. Child last night was very lively. Did not seem to be sick. I have had spells of swimming in the head. I can’t stand them. I have them every month. Had one of those spells last week. I did not have a spell last night. Don’t feel as though I had one. I think the child must have died by being strangled. Don't think it was far enough under me to have been smothered. Child always had its hands up to its head. I gave milk freely.           Anna (X) Ruff

Kate Harrington being sworn says: I was called in about 5 o'clock Anna was crying and said her baby was dead. I picked it up and jerked it up. Something like milk was running out of its nose. It

was warm all over except one hand. It looked to me as it might have been smothered. Have known Anna and her baby since she had it. She always appeared to be very fond of it. Kate (X) Harrington

James K. Gilder being sworn say: I am a practicing physician. Have examined the dead body now present from the examination. I cannot determine the manner of the child's death with certainty that the child might have come to its death from the rupture of one of the blood vessels of the brain. It might have had convulsions from over feeding. No mark or indication of violence of any kind. I am inclined to believe that the child was strangled because of the absence of any signs of the child being overlaid. Don’t think the mother's breast would have smothered it. It having been sick was more likely to come to such a death.           J. K. Gilder, M. D.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at J. J. Pasinger Place in County aforesaid the sixth day of October AD 1879 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon [view] of the body of Luther Kinard then and there being dead by the oaths of M. M. Coppock, L. F. Longshore, F. S. Paysinger, J. H. Dennis, P. N. Livingston, Mack Coppock, A. M. Teague, Ealand Miller, Alfred Wilson, Alf. Long, Ben King, Bill Dawkins being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Luther Kinard came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Luther Kinard on this sixth day of October AD 1879 at the plantation of J. J. Pasinger in Township no. 8 in the County of Newberry and State aforesaid came to his death by a gunshot wound and that said shot was fired from a pistol in the hand of Bill Boozer and so the jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid in manner and form aforesaid then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same Sat State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. 
E. C. Longshore. Coroner for said County.

M. M. Coppock foreman jury of inquest, L. F. Longshore, F. S. Paysinger, J. H. Dennes, P. N. Livingston, Mack Coppock, A. M. Teague, Ealand (X) Miller, Alfred (X) Wilson, Alf. (X) Long, Ben (X) King, Bill (X) Dawkins.

John Boyce having been duly sworn: Mr. Boozer rode in the field and said, 'How you do. I said I am well' and he rode on by me and said, 'Luther, I have a warrant for you Luther.' He began to pull off his sack. He said, 'Don't you run. I will shoot you. He said, 'Take my hat.' By that time Mr. Bedenbaugh ran up and said, 'Don't shoot him.' He said, 'You told me to head him yes, but don't shoot him' and he run to the fence to get over. Mr. Boozer shot him. The shot killed him. When he shot the second time, the boy was lying down groaning. Bill Boozer shot Luther Kinard. Boozer never shot until he ran. Mr. Bedenbaugh ran up in about five minutes. Boozer never presented no warrant at all. He drew his pistol as soon as he rode up. It was about twenty yards from where he was shot where he fell. He said, “What is the warrant about?”  I been knowing Bill Boozer about two years. I tried to keep from between them.           John (X) Boyce

Dave Liles having been duly sworn: Mr. Boozer rode up and said, “Luther Kinard I have a warrant for you.” He begun to walk off and said, “What about?” He ran to uncle John to give him his hat and then he ran to the fence and Mr. Boozer shot him on the fence and he ran to the fence and shot at him again. Mr. Bedenbaugh ran to him and said don’t not to shoot him and after Mr. Bedenbaugh got there he went to him and said. “ Boozer you have killed him. What are you going to do about it. I will go to Town with you.” He started but did not go. When they got to the road they parted. It was Bill Boozer. I knew him as soon as I saw him. Bedenbaugh said, “Don’t shoot him.” I saw no one but Mr. Bedenbaugh. He rode up immediately. Boozer told him he had a warrant for him. I was by him when he rode up. He drew his pistol after he rode up. Boozer told him not to run. “If you run, God d__n you, I will shoot you.” I never knew him to hurt anyone before. I never knew him to get into a fight with no one. I worked with Mr. Boozer one year. He never quarreled with me at all.        Dave (X) Liles

Cirus Boyce having been duly sworn: About half past two o’clock Mr. Boozer rode up to me and asked where Mr. Paysinger’s hands were at work. I told him my father was over there behind some Pines. He said, ‘Is Luther Kinard over there?” I told him he was. He said, “Can I get there through the field?”  I told him yes and just before Mr. Bedenbaugh rode up I went to where they were and went with them, me and Mr. Bedenbaugh. Stopped in the Pines and Boozer rode up to Luther and told him he had a warrant for him Mr. Bedenbaugh hollered, "Don't shoot him." He shot him on the fence and his mule throwed him. He jumped up and run to the fence and shot again but he had done fell. Mr. Bedenbaugh went to him and called him but he was dead. He said, “Bill I told you to head him but not to shoot him.” He said, "I will have to go to Town and report to the Coroner."  Mr. Bedenbaugh got on his horse and started to Town and told us to stay there. We told him we would not stay and we come on to the house. I know it was Bill Boozer. I have been knowing him about three years. Mr. Bedenbaugh told him before he got there not to shoot him. He said, you go up there and I will stay here and try to catch him if I can, but don’t you shoot him. Me and Mr. Bedenbaugh was together when Boozer shot Luther.     Cirus (X) Boyce

Elijah Bedenbaugh having been duly sworn: James Wicker swore out a warrant before Andrew Wheeler against him for stealing watermelons. I have run him out of the field before. I heard he was at Mr. Paysinger’s. I saw him at Mr. Ramage's and told him I would have to take him away from him. Bill Boozer said I will go with [you] if you go now. I said all right I will be glad of it for he will run from me. I will get you to arrest him for me. I gave him the warrant and told him how to do. Cirus was in the field. I stopped at the fence and told Bill to go in. I thought he was the one. I saw him point over the field. I went over and told him. I would get any horse. Bill went on over. I told him if he found him to take hold of him and holler when I heard him holler. When I heard him holler I whipped up but he shot before I got in sight. Then I hollered, "Don't shoot." When I got there the mule was running up the fence. I never saw him shoot the first time but I saw him shoot the second time. I went to the fence and looked across the fence and saw him there. I went to where he was and saw him draw the last breath. I went to Boozer and took the pistol away from him. It was my pistol, I gave it to him. Before we left Town I told him not to shoot him, before we got there. I never heard him and the Negroes talk. I was a hundred and fifty yards from them. I told him I was going to Town he said, “What must I do?” I said, “Do as you please. I am going to Town before the coroner leaves there.” I saw him in Town today.                              Eligah Bedenbaugh

Jas. K. Gilder having been duly sworn I examined the body of Luther Kinard and found where one ball penetrated the body between the tenth and eleventh rib. On probing found the ball had penetrated the liver and ranged towards the stomach. Considers the wound sufficient to produce death.          Jas. K. Gilder


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at William Langford Plantation in Township No. 6 the 8 day of Oct A.D. 1879 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Lucinda Harp then and there being dead by the oaths of S. F. Longshore, Henry Hendrix, M. C. Longshore, W. T. Hendrix, J. S. Longshore, George Spearman, H. H. Evans, A. J. Langford, Jeff Buzzard, Sam Cannon, Harper Wilson, Isaac Dickerson, J. H. Hendrix being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Lucinda Harp came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Lucinda Harp came to her death from heart disease the 7 day of Oct A.D. 1879.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. 
E. C. Longshore. Coroner for said County.

S. F. Longshore, foreman jury of inquest, Henry Hendrix, M. C. Longshore, W. T. Hendrix, J. S. Longshore, George (X) Spearman, H. H. Evans, A. J. Langford, Jeff (X) Buzzard, Sam (X) Cannon, Harper (X) Wilson, Isaac (X) Dickerson, J. H. Hendrix.

Susan Harp having been duly sworn: When I went to milk she was playing in the floor. I went to milk about sundown. No body was in the house but two little children. She ate and nursed at dinnertime. Seemed hearty as common. It was dark when I found out it was dead. Its mother fed it meat and bread at dinner. It was playing when I went off.  I tended to it when its mother went off from it. I stayed long enough to milk and saw its mother got to the house before I did me and Katy never had no hard feelings when she found it was dead. I went to it. We had given it no medicine lately.           Susan (X) Harp

Katy Harp having been duly sworn when I come to dinner she was playing. She ate and nursed hearty. I found her just before seven o’clock. I took the light and went to the bed after supper to get her to give her supper. I thought she was well at dinner. I give her three tomatoes at dinner, when I went to work. Me and Susan have been friendly all the year. Bill Harris was in the house and Susan and all the chaps. When I found she was dead I left it sitting up in the bed. At dinner it was lying across the bed, when I come in at night.        Katy (X) Harp

David Harp having been duly sworn: When its mother was sick I give her some calomel. I told Katy not to let it nurse but she did and it took sick afterwards but it got so it would crawl and play over the floor. Monday after dinner I was making baskets. It was playing where I was. She didn’t go to the field at all Tuesday. Katy came to the house before Susan came from milk and went to the child and felt its feet and they was cold and she covered them up and went after fire. She fixed my supper and I was eating. I said sit down and Katy got a light and went to the bed and found it was dead. I laid my hand on its head. I told Bill Harris to go to the houses and tell them that Katy’s baby was dead. I don’t know whether she always takes a light to the bed or not on nights when she goes after it.         David (X) Harp

Cathon Cannon having been duly sworn: Bill Harris came after me last night and said that Dave Harp said come over there - Katy's baby was dead. I heard Susan say Katy had no business with the baby. Some body gave it some blue stone this year. Cilva Buzzard told me it throwed up bluestone and so did Katy.        Cathon (X) Cannon
Bill Harris having been duly sworn: Last night after supper I came to Dave Harp's to get him to go with me to Jim Waldrop's with me. He said I can't go, it is raining. Then Katy went to the bed after her child with a light and said it is dead. Dave said, "Is it? ' Katy picked it up. Dave said, 'It is dead. 'You can't do anything for it now. Susan went and looked at it and said nothing. She went away from the child. I saw Susan give it water and wipe its mouth as many as three times this year.
    Bill (X) Harris

Ophelia Allan having been duly sworn: I went to Katy's house and took the child and it threw up some thing like blue stone but it was in the night.    Ophelia (X) Allan

Dr. Jas. K. Gilder having been duly sworn: The child might have come to its death by over loading of the stomach with corn and tomatoes. We find the heart diseased and think the most probable cause of death was some affliction of the heart.         Jas. K. Gilder M.D.


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented at J. J. Gallman's Plantation in Township No. 10 the 19th day of [May] 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Laura Ruff then and there being dead by the oaths of Perry Halfacre, Benjamin Halfacre, Maybin Moore, Jno. C. Wilson, Daniel Henderson, Warren Gallman, Robt. Jones, Pressly Williams, Reubin Tompson, Thomas Baxter, Jno. C. Neel, Lambert L. Moore being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Laura Ruff came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Laura Ruff came to her death on the 18th day of May A.D. 1880 by a Pocket Knife wound from the hands of Minervy Foster and so the jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid in manner and form aforesaid then and there feloniously did kill against the Peace and dignity of the Same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

E. C. Longshore. Coroner for said county.

Perry Halfacre Forman of jury, Benjamin Halfacre, Maybin Moore, Jno C. Wilson, Daniel (X) Henderson, Warren (X) Gallman, Robt. (X) Jones, Pressly (X) Williams, Reubin (X) Tompson, Thomas (X) Baxter, J. C. Neel, Lamber L. Moore.

George Boyd being sworn: Last Saturday evening as Nervy Foster came from Prosperity I met her in the road and asked her for some tobacco that Mr. Gallman sent for. She said did Mr. Gallman say so. I said it would be all right. About that time Laura Ruff came up and they hitched and Nervy said,  'Let me alone. I will call Mr. Gallman.' But they rolled in the Cotton Patch and Nervy said get up and and Laura said come on and I will let Mr. Gallman see me whip you and they started to the house and they got up to fussing again and Nervy Foster called her a dammed whoring bitch and they went to fighting again and Nervy cut her. After She cut her, she ran. Laura called Umphrey Ruff and said Nervy has cut me. It was Saturday night the 18th day of May. It was done at the Forks of the road known by as Shugar tit. She was fixing to give me the tobacco when Laura came up. I started to part them but Laura said let me alone and I let her loose. She then called me to carry her home. I did not see the knife that day. I saw it next morning. She said, 'Take me home, for I am cut. I want some camphor.' Umphrey Ruff and Mariar Roberson was the first ones that got there.

Mariar Roberson being duly sworn when I heard the alarm I went there as soon as I could and George was there and she said George had hold of her when Nervy cut her. Umphrey came up then and asked her where she was cut and she told him. They sent for Dr. Halfacre as soon as we got her to the house. I was four hundred yards from them when I heard Laura say Nervy has cut me. Umphrey carried her to the house in his arms. She said, 'Don't cross no ditches with me.'

     Mariar (X) Roberson

Umphrey Ruff being duly sworn: When I got there Laura was on the ground and her head in Georges lap and she said my guts is cut out. She told me Nervy did the cutting. When I got there I did not see Nervy at all.  Umphrey (X) Ruff

J. C. Halfacre being duly sworn She was cut in the abdomen on the right side with intestines protruding wound as the cause of her death.       J. C. Halfacre M.D.


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in Newberry County the 26 day of May A.D. 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Elliot Harris then and there being dead by the oaths of W. H. Dickert, Jno. S. Spearman, W. J. Langford, J. O. Havard, H. A. Burns, J. H. Coulter, Washington Golden, Calvin Cromer, Charles Stawther, Willie Hains, Silas Piester, John Davis being a lawful Jury of inquest who being Charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Elliot Harris came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Elliot Harris on the 25 day of May A.D. 1880 came to his death from the effect of an over dose of laudanum given through ignorance by its mother that Elliot Harris on the 25 day of May A.D. 1880 in manner and form aforesaid came to his death by misfortune or accident.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.         E. C. Longshore. Coroner for Newberry County.

W. H. Dickert foreman of Jury inquest, John F. Spearman, W. J. Langford, J. O. Havard, H. A. Burns, J. H. Coulter, Washington (X) Golden, Calvin (X) Cromer, Charles (X) Stother, Wm. Hayen, Silas (X) Piester, John (X) Davis

Hester Harris being duly sworn testified as follows: Monday all day the child was fretful with his stomach. Monday night about dark he got worse. I asked Ma to give him kettle tea. Drank it and then threw it up. Very fretful. Got up with him myself and rocked him till 12 o'clock. Kept so fretful. I asked ma if I gave him a little laudanum would it hurt him. Se said she didn’t think it would. She gave me a little and I put one drop of it in a spoonful of breast milk and thus gave it. This was after 12 o'clock. He went to sleep and slept till about 7 A. M. I turned him over on his side and he commence crying. Ma asked me what the matter with him and I said he was crying because I turned him over and then went to sleep and slept till about 8 o'clock. When I awoke he was sleeping so I got scared. I asked ma to give me some right strong coffee without any sugar in it and I got him waked up enough to pour coffee in his mouth. Ma went to Mrs. Smiths and got some sweet milk. I gave it to child. This was about 9 o’clock and she went for Mary Read. I called Hester Brown to stay with me till Ma got back and the child in a short while looked like it was dying and I shook it about in my lap and it seemed to revive. I then got the camphor and rubbed on its face. When Ma returned the child was again asleep. Mary Read stripped the child and bathed it in cold and warm water for about one half hour and when she quit it had another spell and she said she thought it was gone. Hester Brown held the child till Mary Read got back. Hester melted a little lard and scraped off a little alum and gave some to the child put some lard on its chest. The child died on 25th inst about 3 or 4 o'clock.         Hester (X) Harris

Margaret Harris being sworn testified as follows: Child was sick and fretful all day Monday. Monday night Hester gave the child one drop of laudanum in a spoonful of breast milk. Hester has had five children. This child was four days old when it died. All of her children are dead. All died young. The oldest having been seven months old when it died. Hester is not married and has never been. I saw Hester drop one drop of laudanum and give to the child.     Margaret (X) Harris

Mary Read being sworn testified as follows: I got to Hester's about 10 o’clock on the morning of 25th inst and the child seemed to be reviving when I got there. I took the child and bathed its head and neck in cold water and then bathed all over with warm water then gave it a spoonful sweetened milk. Worked with the child about an hour. The child continued to have spasms till it died in my lap. Hester has had two stillborn children. Child never got entirely awake while I was with it.
                                                                                                                        Mary (X) Read

Hester Brown being sworn testified as follows: I stayed with Hester while Margaret was away on Tuesday morning. I gave the child some lard and alum, wet a cloth with camphor and held it to child's nose a little while and then laid it on its head. Thought the child was most dead when I held the camphor rag to its nose. The child was very fretful all Monday. The child seemed to have a cold from the time it was born.      Hester (X) Brown

Dr. James K. Gilder being duly sworn testified the following affidavit This is to certify in my opinion Elliot Harris an infant son of Hester Harris came to its death from the effects of an over dose of laudanum.    James K. Gilder M.D.


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in Newberry County the 1 day of June A.D. 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of L. E. Folk then and there being dead by the oaths W. W. Houseal, B. F. Griffin, Jr., Pat. H. Ducket, R. H. Wright, G. G. McWhirter, J. F. Todd, A. J. McCaughrin, W. H. Hunt, J. W. Gary, B. H. Cline, R. W. Davis, J. H. Gillard being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said L. E. Folk came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said L. E. Folk on the 31 first day of May A.D. 1880 came to his death by a pistol from his own hand and so the jurors aforesaid do say that the said L. E. Folk in manner and form aforesaid then and there himself did kill against the Peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.        E. C. Longshore. Coroner for said County.

W. W. Houseal foreman, B. F. Griffin, A. J. McCaughrin, W. H. Hunt, J. W. Gary, G. G. McWhirter, R. H. Wright, James F. Todd, B. H. Cline, Pat. H. Ducket, R. H. Davis, J. H. Gaillard

John S. Carwile Being duly sworn says that on yesterday morning about 11 o'clock am he went down to the Privy and heard a noise as if some one breathing hard. He called upon Dr. Renwick to go in with him and see what it was, so he opened the door and looked in and saw L. E. Folk sitting in there with a pistol in his hand having shot himself.  I went and got the Police & the Police took him out.         John S. Carwile

Dr. M. A. Renwick being duly sworn says that: On Monday morning he passed through the lot and in passing the privy he met John S. Carwile. Mr. Carwile said some one had shot and went and got the Police. (He) found the Police and stated to him that some one had shot himself. Did not examine him.           M. A. Renwick

H. T. Fellers Being duly sworn says: On yesterday morning about half past 9 o'clock he was going down the street toward the guard house and Judge Carlisle called him and told him that some one down at the privy had shot himself. He went down, pushed opened the door & saw Mr. L. E. Folk and that he had shot himself, his right hand resting on his groins and the pistol lying in his lap, not grasped by the hand - that he had been shot in the forehead above the eye and his hand was resting on the pistol.       H. T. Fellers

Dr. O. B. Mayer, Jr. being duly sworn says: On yesterday morning - He examined Mr. Folks head last night at 10 o'clock pm - also said found a wound over right eye which had fractured the skull for some distance around the wound - also the plate of head which separates from the brain the brain pond  - was very much injured. The wound was sufficient to cause his death. O. B. Mayer, Jr.

Dr. P. B. Ruff being duly sworn says that: When he was called to see Mr. Folk he was sitting in a little privy. Saw a man holding him and told them to bring him in the house and put him on the counter. I examined the wound and found it cut in the manner of a knife cut. The death of Mr. Folk was caused by the effects of a ball discharged from his pistol by his own hand. P. B. Ruff MD

D. N. Lane Being duly sworn says that: He recognizes the pistol as the one he sold Mr. Folk on yesterday morning Monday 31st May.       D. N. Lane


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at J. D. Hornsby Plantation in Township no 8 in Newberry County the 8 day of July A.D. 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Ike Boston then and there being dead by the oaths of D. M. Ward, W. A. Reid, L. F. Longshore, J. D. Boozer, W. E. Longshore, G. B. Reagin, James Waldrop, Sam Stephen, Neal Stephen, Sam Spearman, William Williams, John Williams being a lawful Jury of inquest who being Charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Ike Boston came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Ike Boston came to his death on the nigh seventh night of July A.D. 1880 by a gun shot wound in the hands of Ely Franklin and the said Ely Franklin fired said shot in self defense

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.
E. C. Longshore Coroner.

D. M. Ward foreman, W. A. Reid, L. F. Longshore, J. D. Boozer, W. E. Longshore, G. B. Reagin, J. B. Waldrop, Sam (X) Stephen, Neal (X) Stephen, Sam (X) Spearman, William (X) Williams, John (X) Williams

H. T. Fellers being duly sworn says: Last night between 11 and 12 o’clock me and Mr. Franklin left Town to go to Mr. Goree's to meet Mr. Wm. Langford for the purpose of arresting Ike Boston, charged with various crime: grand larceny and house breaking. I came on to Mr. Goree's and Mr. Langford was not there. We waited about one hour and half. He did not come and it was then about half past one o’clock we left and came on over here. Mr. Goree, Ely Franklin and my self came on to this place, Mr. Hornsby’s Plantation. We came until we got in about one hundred yards of the house. Then we stopped and held a consultation. The understanding we had then was we had two dark lanterns. Mr. Goree should take one lantern and go to the corner of the house on back side and open the light to shine along side of the house and I take the other lantern and to front door. Placed Ely Franklin at the corner of the house in front so as to come to see me when I motioned to him he was to follow in side beside of me in order to prevent Ike Boston from taking any advantage of me as I had the lantern in one hand and gun in the other. I knocked at the door and someone from inside asked who it was and I asked if Ike Boston was in there. He told me he was not. I asked where he was. He told me whose house he was in. I do not remember the name. I said that is you Ike, open the door. After stirring a little in the house he came and opened the door just enough so he could poke his head out. Then he stepped back from the door. When he did that I then motioned Ely Franklin to come to me. He did so come right up to the door when I was standing. I shoved the door open with my left foot. We both stepped up in the door and at same time I opened the lantern throwing the light in the direction I had seen him. Just as the light fell on Ike Boston he shot and at the same time I saw he held in his hand a double Barrel shot gun and immediately after he shot Ely Franklin shot. Ike Boston staggered and fell across the pallet and died in a few minutes. I showed the gun that Ike Boston shot to Cary Williams and Jeff Wilson. I had a warrant for his arrest. Also same one was in the house with Ike Boston but ran off immediately after the shooting. I did not recognize him. Also that when I went in the house before the shooting I recognized him and told him he was Ike Boston he said he was not.                                                      H. T. Fellers

W. O. Goree being duly sworn says: Mr. Feller & Franklin came to my house about 12 o’clock the 7 night of July. We waited for Mr. Wm. Langford about one hour and half and then we came on over here. Then according to instruction I was to take my stand on the corner at the back of the house. I did so and remained there until after the shooting was heard. Mr. Fellers ask if Ike Boston was in the house. He said he was not. Heard the door open, heard two gun reports. I then came round to the front door. Just as I got there some one ran out - liked to run over me. I hollered to him to halt but he ran on. I saw the place in the floor where a load of shot had been discharged. Also saw the bedding a fire. I also noticed one Barrel of the gun was discharged.          W. O. Goree

Cary Williams being duly sworn says that: On the night of the seventh at or near about two o’clock.  I know nothing about the shooting until I was called by Mr. Goree I came down and looked at Ike Boston after he was dead. I saw the gun and recognized it as being the same gun belonging to Ike Boston, one barrel of same being empty the other one loaded. I know the gun as Ike Boston's for I have hunted with him while he had it. Mr. Fellers told me to notice about the fire as the bed had been on fire. I did not see any fire. Ike Boston brought the gun with him when he came here about three or four weeks ago. I did not know Ike Boston was in the house as he was slipping about first in and out.                Cary (X) Williams

Jefferson Wilson being duly sworn says that on the night of seventh of July 1880 at or near about between two and three o’clock I saw Mr. Feller Goree and Franklin nearly opposite the barn. Mr. Fellers asked me to examine a gun was a double barrel shot gun. I recognized it as being Ike

Boston's gun. One barrel was loaded and one empty. Last night when Mr. Fellers handed me the gun it was the second time I had it in my hands. He brought the gun with him when he came up here about 3 or 4 weeks ago.            Jefferson (X) Wilson

Ely Franklin being duly sworn says: On the night of the seventh of July 1880 at or near about 12 o’clock I was at Mr. Goree's house. Waited about one hour and a half for Mr. Wm. Langford. Mr. Langford never came and we came on. We stopped in about two hundred yards of the house on Mr. Hornsby Plantation. We (were) consulting how we would manage my self and Fellers and Goree.  We had two dark lanterns. Mr. Goree was to take one and go in rear of the house and shine along the side and see if he run out. I was to go to corner of the house. I could watch the end of the house and when I could see Mr. Fellers at the front door. Mr. Fellers knocked at the door and asked if Ike Boston was in there. Some body answered no he was not in here. He asked where he was then. He said he was at a house, I forgot the name. Mr. Fellers said then, “Ike that is you. Open the door.” Ike opened the door about six or eight inches. Mr. Fellers called on me to come and I went on up to the side of him. He took his foot and pushed the door open, I and Mr. Fellers. Then he, Mr. Fellers, a little in front stepped in the door. Mr. Fellers then opened his dark lantern at that time. Ike Boston fired and after Ike Boston fired I fired. Just before either one of us fired I saw in Ike Boston's hand a double barrel shot gun in his hand. Mr. Fellers says, “Ike that is you. I recognize you.” When Ike Boston fired I thought he had killed Fellers and intended to kill me with the other barrel. I did not look to see what had become of Mr. Fellers as I expected him to shoot me next. When I shot he staggered and fell and then there was another man run out of the house. I did not know him. We stayed in the house some short time. We left then and went up to a colored man’s house and (showed) him Ike Boston’s gun and told him what we had done. We started off and met another black man about 50 or 60 yards from the house showed him the gun and told him what we had done. I came with Mr. Fellers deputized to make the arrest of Ike Boston. Ely (X) Franklin witness     W. O. Goree

James K. Gilder being duly sworn says I have examined the body of Ike Boston and that he came to his death from a gunshot wound at lower border of ribs. James K. Gilder July 8th 1880


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at J. B. Floyds Plantation in Newberry County the 2d day of August A.D. 1880 before me E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Bluford Workman then and there being dead by the oaths of H. D. Hendrix, T. G. Williams, J. J. Stilwell, J. S. Floyd, D. G. Dorroh, Daniel Burton, Wade Longshore, Wash Burton, Andrew Burton, Leonard Glassco being a lawful Jury of inquest who being Charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Bluford Workman came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Bluford Workman came to his death on the 29 day of July A.D. 1880 at J. B. Floyds Plantation in Township no. 6 in Newberry County by a pistol shot from the hands of Charles D. Burton and so the jurors afore said do say that the said Charles D. Burton did the Shooting in Self defense.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands seals the day and year above mentioned.             E. C. Longshore Coroner

H. D. Hendrix foreman of Jury, L. P. Williams[should be T. G.], J. J. Stilwell, Jno. S. Floyd, D. G. Dorroh, Daniel (X) Burton, Wade (X) Longshore, Wash (X) Burton, Andrew (X) Burton, Austin (X) Dewalt, Thomas (X) Burton, Leonard (X) Glassco

J. B. Floyd being duly sworn says: Last night, I judge about 9 o’clock, I was lying in my bed. I was aroused by too men going up stairs. They went up there and was up there some time when my son Charley came down into my bedroom and asked for a lamp and match. His mother asked him what he wanted with a lamp and match and replied he was fixing to go to Greenville on the excursion train. I told him I did not want him to go. About that time I heard Griff Williams in my entry and another man I did not know who he was. I knew Griff by his voice. Griff and Charley came out I think and got Griff’s mule during this time. I heard some person up at the gate. I heard Charley and Griff I take it to be open the lot gate. About that time I heard a pistol or gunfire up at the gate at the big road and Bluff Workman hollered three times. I knew Bluff by his voice. Griff about 8 o’clock this morning caught his mule and started home. Came back and told me Bluff was lying in the cotton Patch. I and him and Charley went up there and found him dead.     J. B. Floyd

Griffin being duly sworn says: I left the Church yesterday to come up here to see Charley Floyd. I got company with Eldrige Simkins, Mc Simkins, Dr. James Dickert and Doug Burton. They said they were going on the excursion tomorrow. They said we will go by and get Charley and make him go home with us and we will take the train at Chappells depot. I told them that if Charley would go I would go with them. When we got up to the big gate Eldrige Simkins and myself came on down to the house and left those other boys up at the gate. Simkins and I went up stairs in Charley's room and asked him if he would go up to Simkins and take the train at Chappells. He said he could not, that he and I had made arrangements to take the train at Silver Street. Simkins kept insisting on him to go. Then Charley came down stairs, went in his Pa’s room to get a light. He came back up stairs and said his Pa did not want him to go. I told him if he did not go I would not go and then he, Simkins, and my self came downstairs. Charley came down to help me put up my mule. As we walked out we found Doug Burton at the little gate. He asked me if we were going. I told him no, we could not go. He and Eldredge Simkins went back to the big gate. Charley and I put up my mule. Whilst we were at the lot we heard the report of a pistol or gun and immediately after that we heard some one holler once or twice. Charley said it hollered like old Bluff. He said to me let’s walk to the gate and see if it is him. I told him it was no use. Nobody had shot Bluff. He was just up there hollering. Charley said we would [go] up that way anyhow. We walked up the big road seventy five or a hundred yards, saw nothing, turned round, l came back went up in Charley’s room and went to bed. This morning, I suppose about 8 o’clock, I caught my mule and started home. As I got into the big road I saw someone lying in the Cotton Patch. I took it to be Bluff and came and told uncle Barney. He, Charley and myself went up there. Uncle Barney started me for the Coroner.            T. G. Williams

Charley Floyd being duly sworn says: Last night about 9 o’clock I recon, Griffin Williams and Eldredge Simkins came up to my room, woke me up and asked me if I was going as far as Eldrige to Greenville with them. Said they were going as far as Eldredge’s last night and take the train at Chappells this morning. I told them I did not know whether I could go or not but they insisted and I finally told them I would go. I then cam downstairs to get a lamp. Ma asked me where I was going. I told her I was fixing to go to Greenville. Pa told me he did not want me to go. I then went back up stairs and told Griff and Eldrige I did not reckon I could go. Griff said if I did not he would not go. I told Griff we would go and put up his mule and he would spend the night with me. All three of us then came out the front door. I turned and went to the lot. Griff and Eldrige went to the little gate. Griff then brought his mule round to the lot. As we were at the lot I heard the report of a gun or pistol in the direction of the big gate at the road and heard Bluff holler three times. I know it was Bluff Bluff from his voice I told Griff Bluff hollered like he was hurt and let’s go and see. We then went to the road and walked seventy-five or a hundred yards up the road but saw nor heard nothing more. We came back then and [went] to bed. This occurred on the night of 29th of July. About 8 o’clock this morning Griff started home, got to the road, turned and came back and told Pa and myself that a Negro was lying up yonder in the cotton patch. He took it to be Bluff. We three went up there and found him dead. Bluff was in my employment. He had got his hand cut had so had not done any work for me in a week.                                                                 C. J. Floyd

Joe Shepard being duly sworn says: I was going down to the Scott Place last night and met three men at the big gate. The one talking to me was on a mule. They were all riding. I did not know any of them. They asked me where I was going. I told them I was going down to the Scott Place and they asked me who I was. I told them Joe Shepard was my name. They said Joe that lives with old Frank? I told them yes sir and they said now by God if you are going down to the Scott Place go on. I have got enough of you. James F. Boozer was with me. I went on and left them sitting there. I met Bluff about a quarter of a mile up the road.                                                             Joe (X) Shepard

James F. Boozer being duly sworn says: I saw three men over at the big gate. They were white men. I did not know them. One of them drew his pistol and laid it down by his thigh. They asked Joe where he was going. He said he was going down to the Scott Place. They asked him what was his name. He told them Joe Shepard. They asked him where he stayed, if he stayed with Mas Barney. They asked him if he was not Frank’s son. They told him they had enough of him to go on to the Scott Place if he was going. Me and Joe went on. We met Bluff about a quarter of a mile up the road. Bluff was deaf and dumb. We asked him by signs to go back with us to the Scott Place. Joe said that he was hungry and wanted to go home.             James (X) Boozer

Willis Rook being duly sworn says: As I was going from Joe Burton’s yard to Aunt Jane Wilson's house I met three men or four men riding. They were going towards the river. This was on the night of the 29th.              Willis (x) Rook

S. McGowan Simkins being duly sworn says: all I know is we came along here myself. Dr Dickert, Eldredge Simkins and Doug Burton I had been drunk that day and been up on an average of 11 o’clock for the week. We stopped there and I went to sleep. The next thing I knew someone put me on my horse and I rode away. That was in front of Mr. Barney Floyds house at the big gate. It was on the night of the 29th of July. I do not know what time a night it was.    S. McG. Simkins

E. C. Simkins being duly sworn says on the 29th of July I left the barbecue in company with several other gentlemen. We stopped at Mr. Petersons and called on him for a speech as he is a candidate for county Senator and Judge Peterson came out and made some excuse and did not speak. Dr Dickert asked me to go to Doug Burtons. I said it was out of my way that I had said some engagements to take my mother and some other ladies to Greenville the next day. I did decide to go with him. As I accompanied him that morning Burton told Dickert to go by with him and he would go to Greenville with him. Griffin Williams was one of the party I proposed to Griff to go home

with me and Griff said we would go by and if Charley would go he would. Between Mr. Floyds and Mr. Burtons me and Griff rode together about 25 yards ahead of the rest. As we approached Mr. Barney Floyds gate Griff called back to the other parties behind and said if they would hold on at the gate he and myself would come in and get Charley. They agreed to it and we came in, hitched our horses at the front gate and we went up to Charley Floyd's bedroom where he was sleeping. We woke him up he got up and said he would go down to his fathers room and get a lamp which he did, came back up stairs and lighted it. After he lit the lamp he said he didn't reckon he could go. I asked the question why. He said his father did not want him to go. Griff said if Charley did not go he would not go but he and Charley would take the train at Silver Street next day. Insisted on me staying all night with them. I told them it was impossible for me to stay. I had an engagement at home to go with my mother and some other ladies to go to Greenville. Griff and I left the room leaving Charley on the bed. Griff and I came down stairs and met Doug Burton. Half way between the gate and steps Doug asked why we stayed so long, that he came after us. I said we were fooling with Charley and Griff said he and Charley had concluded not to go. Doug and I went towards the big gate and Griff took his mule and went towards the lot when in about seventy yards of the big gate we heard an alarm as if somebody was in danger. We heard someone say, “Help, come here some body is trying to rob or kill me.” Doug Burton ran immediately ahead of leaving me behind leading my horse, which was hard to get on. Before I got to the big gate I heard in the road a scuffling as if two person were struggling together when in ten or fifteen feet of the big gate I heard the report of fire arms. When I got there I asked what is the matter. Dr Dickert spoke and said some body was trying to rob or kill me I told him there is nothing of that. Get on your horse. I am in a hurry, let’s go. I helped Mack Simkins on his horse and we rode for home. E. C. Simkins

J. O. Dickert being duly sworn says when we got to the gate E. C. Simkins and Griff Williams came up to the house to see Charley Floyd to get him to go up to our house to go to Greenville next day. Doug Burton, McSimkins and myself remained at the gate. McSimkin's was very tight. (He) said he was very sleepy. He would get down off of his horse lie down and take a nap. I got down and lay beside of him. McSimkins fell a sleep. Immediately I remarked the boys stayed very long. I wanted to go on to make preparation to go to Greenville. Doug Burton said he would go up to the house and hurry them up and left. I too being alone soon fell a sleep. Before Doug left he gave me his mule to hold. I had dismounted. I was holding my own horse too. I went to sleep with the reins in my hands. I don’t how long I had been a sleep but I was awaked by some one stepping in my face wakening me up. When I woke up some one was standing over me and McSimkins just having woke up it frightened me. I hollered out who is that. He said nothing. Stayed in the road. Someone hollered from about the gate what was the matter. From his voice I took it to be Doug Burton, who asked me the question. I answered some one is standing here over. I and Mack this man who I took to be Burton by his voice asked, ‘Who are you. What are you doing here?” He gave no answer and the licks commenced very soon there was a struggling in the road and I heard licks pass. Very soon they both seemed on the ground in the dark. I tried to get up and got tangled in the bridles. While I was endeavoring to extricate myself I heard a report of a firearm and immediately I heard one holler. In the mean time Eldrige Simkins came up asked me what is the matter. I told him some body had been trying to steal or rob Mack and me whilst we were a sleep. He said oh no. I have not seen anyone. You must be mistaken. Said come get up, onto your horses. Let’s go. We got on our horses and left the scuffling. Seemed to be about 12 feet from me. The firing was where the scuffling was. One of the parties scuffling I supposed to be Doug Burton, the other was the one that had been standing over me and Mack Burton did not start exactly when we did. When Doug Burton came up he said, “I believe I hit that fellow.” But in the mean time he gave me a severe blow. I said oh no, I think not. Why Doug was behind was because when I got up I let the mule loose.             J. O. Dickert, M.D.

Dr. Jno M. Thompson being duly sworn says Bluford Workman came to his death by a bullet that entered his back between the seventh and eight rib passing inward and upward through the right lung and heart and cartilage of third rib and was found imbedded in the tissues beneath the skin.    Jno. M. Thompson, M.D.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Mrs. J. B. Leonard’s Plantation in Township No. 6 in Newberry County the 24 day of August A.D. before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body Dorse Greir then and there being dead by the oaths of A. J. Langford, J. A. Wallace, W. E. Longshore, J. W. Boozer, L. L. Hendrix, Mart Adams, Allan Andrews, Wiley Henderson, Whit Andrews, Anty Griffin, John Spraggin, Taylor Spraggins being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Dorse Greir came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Dorse Greir came to his death by a gun shot wound on or about the 16 day of August A.D. 1880 and that said shot was inflicted by some person or persons unknown to the jury and against the Peace and dignity of the Same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.      E. C. Longshore Coroner.

A. J. Langford, foreman of jury, W. E. Longshore, J. A. Wallace, J. W. Boozer, L. L. Hendrix, Mart (X) Andrews, Allan (X) Andrews, Wiley (X) Henderson, Whit (X) Andrews, Anty (X) Griffin, John (X) Spraggins, Taylor (X) Spraggins

Henry Greir being duly sworn says: I goes off yesterday morning a week ago and I have not seen my boys to say I know them until Sunday morning. And then Saturday evening I goes fishing and I saw something moving in the water and then I left and went back home and got to talking about it from one to an other and they said it may be your boys there in that creek. And I went and spoke to my brother Fed Pitts and Peter Williams and Jerry Ducket and Lem Suber and we went to the river on Sunday morning between 8 and 9 o’clock and looked at the boys in the water and I swear it was my boys Dorsy and Prue that was in the river about three or four hundreds yards below the Floyd Bridge it was on Sunday the 22 of August.          Henry (X) Greir

Lewis Pitts being duly sworn says: Me and Fed Pitts, Jerry Ducket and Peter Williams, Sam Philson, Dan Wheeler, went to the river on Sunday morning about 10 o’clock and saw Dorse Greir’s body in the river about 300 hundred yards below the Floyd Bridge and pulled him up to the bank and then felt for the other one who was his brother because we thought he was in there also. And we felt him in the water and we pulled some of rags from him with a hook and then left because we could not get him out without more help. We then went home and sent after Mr. Vance the trial Justice in Laurens County and I swear the man I saw in the water was Dorse Greir because I knew him by his clothes and when we drew the body to the bank a rock was fastened to his neck and tied to his body by a leather string. The rock would weighed about 25 or so pounds. I never heard no threats about the boys.          Lewis (X) Pitts

Jerry Ducket being duly says: The old man said he was down there Saturday fishing and saw something on the water and when I got there I saw Dorse Greir on the water. We took a hook and pulled him to the bank and found who he was. We began to look for the other as he was missing too. Then I striped off and went in. Found him. I pulled at him but could not get him and I come out and left him and pulled Dorse to the bank. We found a string to his neck with a rock to it. The rock under his right arm. It was about 300 yards below the Floyd Bridge. We found him on Sunday the 22 day of August. Tom Greir told me Dorse and Mr. Hugh Workman had had a difficulty on last Saturday night the 14 of August as Mr. Workman thought he was trying to get in his mother's house.          Jerry (X) Ducket

Lem Ducket being duly sworn says on Sunday morning the 16 of Aug. Mr. Hugh Workman measured mine and Dorsey's and Prue's feet because someone had tried to get in his house and he said the measure fitted Prue's track. Mr. Hugh Workman told me that Mrs. Kate Johnson saw some one come to the window of her room on the night of the 14 of Aug. and that she jumped and ran up stairs to Mr. Workman and he came down the stairs and shot and that she thought the person was Dorse.           Lem (X) Suber

Mary Glenn being duly sworn says: I live at Mrs. Nellie Workman's. I cook for her. I cook for all of her wages hands, five in number. I left Dorse in the kitchen on last Tuesday night Aug. the 17. He was eating supper with Prue. I missed Dorse on Wednesday morning. Dorse went to Clinton with Mr. Workman on Tuesday morning and came back on the same evening early. I asked Coleman and Jim if they had seen Dorse and Prue and they said no. Mrs. Workman told me after I had given the boys supper to go on to my house. She was not accustomed to tell me to go. I never stayed any later than usual. Mr. Workman measured Prue's and Dorsey's track as some one tried to get in the window on Saturday night and said it was Prue's track. Prue denied to me it was his track or that he tried to get in the window.            Mary (X) Glenn

Emmaline Greir being duly sworn says: I saw Dorse on Tuesday morning and on Tuesday night I left home to go to see Dorse and Prue and on the road in a small patch of pines this side of Mrs. Workman I saw a number of horses & men about 40 or 50 I suppose. I could not see as it was dark. I met Lem Suber on this side of the horses and he went as far as the branch with me and then went back towards Mrs. Nellie Workman's saying he would go back as he was afraid they might get after him.            Emmaline (X) Greir

Susan Greir being duly sworn says: On Wednesday morning Lem Suber asked me if my boys had come home last night and said that he saw a crowd of men in the pines this side of Mrs. Workman’s house and that three men rode inside of the fence and turned around and went back.    Susan (X) Greir.

W. H. Workman being duly sworn says: Dorse Greir was in my employment up till the and Prue Greir was in my employment up till the 17 of Aug. There was no company at my house that night. I was at home. I had heard no threats of his life. I saw nor heard no body pass my house that night. Mrs. Johnson was not at home on the 17 of Aug. 1880.                         W. H. Workman

Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn says: I proceeded on the 23rd of Aug. 1880 at the request of Coroner E. C. Longshore to examine the dead body of Dorse Greir. I found the deceased came to his death by 2 gun shot wounds one near his left nipple the other on the back between the scapula. Either wound would necessarily have proved fatal without the other on account of the close proximity of vital organs. Appearances of mutilation were the result of decomposition.              D. W. Patton.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Mrs. J. B. Leonard’s Plantation on Little River in Township No. 6 in Newberry County 24 day of Aug. A.D. 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said County upon view of the body Prue Greir then and there being dead by the oaths of A. J. Langford, J. A. Wallace, W. E. Longshore, Jim Boozer, L. L. Hendrix, Mart Adams, Allan Andrews, Wiley Henderson, Whit Andrews, Anty Griffin, John Spraggins, Taylor Spraggins being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Prue Greir came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Prue Greir on or about the 16 day of Aug. came to his death by a gun shot wound and that said wound was inflicted by some person or persons unknown to the jury against the Peace and dignity of the Same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.      E. C. Longshore Coroner.

A. J. Langford, foreman of jury, J. A. Wallace, W. E. Longshore, James W. Boozer, L. L. Hendrix, Mart (X) Andrews, Allan (X) Andrews, Wiley (X) Henderson, Whit (X) Andrews, Anty (X) Griffin, John (X) Spraggins, Taylor (X) Spraggins.

Henry Greir being duly sworn says I goes off yesterday a week ago and I have not seen my boys to say knows them until Saturday morning and then Saturday evening I goes a fishing and saw something moving in the water and then left. And I went from one to another and they said it may be your boys and saying to me you had better get a company of men and see what it is. It might be your boys there in that river and I goes and speaks to my brother Fed Pitts and Peter Williams and Jerry Ducket and Lem Suber and we went to the river. And on Sunday morning between 8 and 9 o’clock and then looked at the boy in the water and I swear it was my boys Dorse and Prue that was in the river about three or four hundreds yards below Floyds Bridge. It was on Sunday the 22nd of August.              Henry (X) Greir.

Lewis Pitts being duly sworn says: Me and Fed Pitts, Jerry Ducket, and Peter Williams, Sam Philson, Dan Wheeler went to the river on Sunday morning about 10 o’clock and saw Dorsey Greir’s body in the river about 300 yds. below Floyds Bridge and pulled him up to the bank and then felt for the other one who was his brother because we thought he was in there also. And we felt him in the water and then we pulled some rags from him with a hook and then left because we could not get him out with out more help. We then went home and sent after Mr. Vance the Trial Justice in Laurens County and I swear that the man I felt under the water was Prue Greir because I know him by the clothes. I never heard no threats about the boys.                                   Lewis (X) Pitts.

Jerry Ducket being duly sworn says: When I went to the river to look for Prue I could not pull him up. Then I went off and left him. This was on Sunday the 22nd of Aug. A.D. 1880 The body I hooked I could not swear was Prue but supposed it to be him as he was missing.       Jerry (X) Ducket.

Lemuel Suber being duly sworn says: The last time I saw Prue Greir was on last Monday and on Tuesday the 17 day of Aug. at night I saw a man on horse back about 200 hundred yards from Mrs. Workman’s house and he shot his pistol one time and rode down the road from her house and I never saw him any more.                                                                                 Lem (X) Suber

Mary Glenn being duly sworn says: I left Prue in the kitchen on Tuesday night in company with Dorse Greir and I have not seen Prue nor Dorse since. This was the 17 of Aug. I never heard any shots on Tuesday night Aug. the 17, 1880.                                                           Mary (X) Glenn

Tom Greir being duly sworn says: I heard some one come from Mr. Asa Workman’s lot and go in the yard. Could not tell who it was nor whether they went in the house or not. This was on Tuesday night Aug. 17th 1880. I live in Mr. Asa Workman’s kitchen.                    Tom (X) Greir

Emmaline Greir being duly says: on Tuesday night I was to Mrs. Workman’s to see if Dorse and Prue had come from Clinton and on the road side in some pines I saw some horses and men. I was afraid and turned around and went back Lem Suber. Lem Suber going as far as the creek with me a man rode behind us down the road and shot off his pistol. I could not tell who it was.       Emmaline (X) Greir

Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn says: I also examined at the same time and place the body of Prue Greir. I found that he came to his death from a gunshot wound near the right nipple, which ranged towards the left nipple necessarily fatal. The body was in quite an advanced state of decomposition and appeared to have been dead for several days.                       D. W. Patton M.D.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition taken at the jail in Newberry County in said State this 16th day of September A.D. 1880 before E. C. Longshore Coroner upon view of the body of Herbert Swittenburg then and there being dead by the oaths of J. D. Smith Livingston, Edward W. Stoddard, Warren M. Feagle, S. Jefferson Wooten, John B. Chambers, Manuel P. Probst, Spencer P. Beard, Caleb Gray, Washington G. Golden, Alvin L. Sneed, Robert Simpkins, Robert Boozer, Munson S. Long being a lawful jury of inquest, who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Herbert Swittenberg came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Herbert Swittenberg came to his death from an incised wound of the throat, partially severing the trachea or windpipe with a case knife in his own hands. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the said Herbert Swittenberg in manner and form aforesaid, then and there voluntarily and feloniously himself did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition have put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.
E. C. Longshore Coroner Newberry County
J. D. Smith Livingston foreman of jury, E. W. Stoddard, Warren M. Feagle, S. Jeff Wooten, J. B. Chambers, M. P. Probst, Spencer P. Beard, Caleb (X) Gray, Washington G. (X) Golden, A. L. Sneed, Robert (X) Simpkins, Robert (X) Boozer, M. S. Long

Henry T. Fellers being duly sworn says: On Friday last I went to the restaurant of Mahalie Swittenberg in Newberry Town and as I went in (there was a small room partitioned off in the back corner) I saw deceased coming out of that room with one hand holding his neck and with the other cutting himself with a knife on the throat. He was bleeding and as I got nearly to him he threw the knife away. His throat was cut nearly two thirds through. The knife is in the guardhouse. It was a case knife. I did not hear him say any thing at the time.                                     H. T. Fellers

Charles Strother, being duly sworn says: One day last week I heard a police whistle and went to Mahalie Swittenberg's restaurant. I saw deceased coming from rear end cutting at his throat with a knife. I saw his throat cut.  Charles Strother

James K. Gilder being duly sworn says: I am a practicing physician and examined the deceased and certify that Herbert Swittenberg died from an incised wound of the throat partially severing the trachea or windpipe. The incision being made by some sharp or cutting instrument.      James K. Gilder M.D

 

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