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

State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Poor house in Township No. 4 in Newberry County on the 25th of Oct AD 1881 before E. C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid County upon the view of the body of Jesse Smith then and there being dead by the oaths of H. W. Bowls, J. C. Spence, George Davis, Dave Williams, Aaron Wilson, Edmond Irvin, William Schumpert, John Williams, Edmond Glymph, Henry Greg, Adam Ring, R. S. Caldwell 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 Smith came to his death on the 24th day of Oct AD 1881 from the affects of a gun shot wound entering the left breast over an inch below and a little to the left of middle and penetrating the heart and so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Jesse Smith 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 where of I, E C. Longshore Coroner aforesaid and jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.             E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry County

H. W. Bowls foreman of jury, J. C. Spence, George (X) Davis, Dave (X) Williams, Aaron (X) Williams, Edmond (X) Irvin, William (X) Schumpert, John (X) Williams, Edmond (X) Glymph, Henry (X) Greg, Adam (X) Ring, R. S. Caldwell

Minervy Smith being duly sworn testifies: He, Jesse Smith, took the gun off and said he was going to kill himself. I told him not to do it. He said he was tired of living. I heard the gunfire. I was not there. I was in my room. I did not go down there until Antine Buzzard came. Then I went down there and took a bucket of water and found him dead. I went over to the field and sent for Mr. Wilson.            Minervy Smith

Antine Buzzard being duly sworn testifies: I met a Negro woman. She told me that Mr. Smith had shot himself. I came to the gate and the old lady told me to light. Seemed to be in a heap of trouble. Told me that Mr. Smith had shot himself. I went down to the house where he was lying. He was on fire. I hollered back to Mrs. Smith to bring some water. I taken my hands and put out the fire and found that he was dead and a flint and steal shotgun near his side. He had both shoes off, one sock off and one on. I heard say about two months ago that he bereaved sometimes that he would kill himself. He was in an old out house at the Poor house on the 24th October 1881.                                                                                                                                                     Antine Buzzard

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Jesse Smith deceased and find he came to his death from affects of a gun shot wound entering the left breast one inch below and a little to the left of middle and penetrating the heart.            October 25th 1881           James K Gilder, MD


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Helena in Newberry County on the 21 day of March AD 1882 Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of aforesaid County upon the view of the dead body of Hannah Kelly there and then being dead by the oath of J. W. Reagan, Simeon Nelson, Pink Williams, Caddie James, Alfred Taylor, Alfred P. Morris, Jeff Willson, James Mitchell, John Fletcher, Lang Werts, Sam Thompson, Solomon Harp, 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 Hannah Kelly came to her death on the 21 day of March AD 1882 from heart disease and old age and the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Hannah Kelly came to her death from heart disease and old age 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 of Newberry County

John W. Reagan Foreman of jury, Simeon (X) Nelson, Pink (X) Williams, Caddie (X) James, Alfred (X) Taylor, Alfred (X) W. Morris, Jeff (X) Willson, James (X) Mitchell, John (X) Fletcher, Lang (X) Werts, Sam (X) Thompson, Solomon (X) Harp

Sarah Irvin who being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday I found her sick. She wanted somebody to do something for her. She was suffering with a pain in her chest. About one o’clock; I saw her. I saw her last night about dark Mary Roberson found her dead this morning. I heard she was dead and came over to see if it was so I found it so.                    Sarah Irvin

Mary Roberson being duly sworn testifies: I was here last night. I said to her, "I will stay with you all night." She said, "No go home and rest your self. I am not so sick. I want to go to bed." I got up and went. She shut the door behind me. I come back this morning called at the door. She did not answer. I opened the door and come in and found her dead. I went out and raised the alarm that she was dead. She lives with her Grand daughter Fanny Dorrah but she was not at home. Had not been at home in a week. Mother had been suffering with a pain in her chest and with a fluttering at her heart for sometime. She was eighty-nine years old.                                          Mary Roberson

James K Gilder Being duly sworn testifies that: I have this day examined the body of Hannah Kelly and am of the opinion that she came to her death from some heart affection together with old age.         James K Gilder March 21 1882


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Jack Perkins Plantation on the 16th day of June AD 1882 Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of aforesaid County upon the view of the dead body of Ida Williams there and then being dead by the oaths of E. W. Evans, G. L. Neal, J. C. Neel, Louie Creed, Rolin Mayes, Sam Buberfone[?], Axe[?] Young, Wm Williams, Frank Glenn, John Hair, George Grigsby?, Squire Caldwell, Wm. Reid, West 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 Ida Williams came to her death upon their oaths do say the said Ida Williams came to her death on the 15 day of June AD 1882 from suffocation 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 of Newberry County.

E. W. Evans Foremen of jury, G. L. Neal J. C. Neel Louie Credy, Rolin (X) Mayes, Sam (X) Bubersanef?], Axe M Young, Wm (X) Williams, Frank M Glenn, John (X) Hair, George (X) Grigsby[?], Squire (X) Caldwell Wm. (X) Reed, West (X) Williams

John Williams Being duly sworn testifies: Our baby had been sick for about two weeks and I and my wife had concluded to send for a doctor and yesterday June 15th it seemed to be somewhat better and after dinner we left it in the house and went to the field to work and never came to the house until dark. Last night when we came home wife picked the child up and found it was dead. It was in the cradle and she found some cover (over) its head. There was no one in the house to the best of my knowledge except a small girl child about 3 years old.                  John Williams

Sarah Williams being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday at dinnertime I left my baby seemingly well. Ida Williams is her name. Her age ten months old. I left her in the cradle with a thin cloth over her face and a quilt over the cradle. I never came to my house until dark last night. When I took her from the cradle I found she was dead and the quilt was over face. To my knowledge there was no one in the house except about 3 years old girl.                    Sarah Williams

George Garrett Being duly sworn testifies: Yesterday afternoon Sarah Williams and myself were hoeing cotton for Mr. Jacob Perkins and about dark she went to her house and I went to Mr. Perkins'. I heard her cry her child was dead. She had the child in her arms. I left Mr. Perkins house and went to hers. I never put my hands upon the child. Three or four person around went to the house ahead of me.                George Garrett

Dr James K Gilder Being duly sworn testifies that: This is to certify that I have this day June 16th 1882 examined the body of Ida Williams and am of the opinion that she came to her death from suffocation.      James K. Gilder

State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at F. M. Dominick Plantation in Township No six in Newberry County on the 7th day of Nov AD 1882 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of James Britt there and then being dead by the oaths J. E. Cooly, Jefferson Davenport, 0. P. Hendrix, D. Champion, H. B. Hendrix, W. S. Mann, T. L. Harp, J. H. Hendrix, J. L. C. Davenport, D. N. Senn, L. P. Hendrix, J. L. Butler. 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 James Britt came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said James Britt came to his death on the 6th day of Nov AD 1882 from the explosion of a steam engine 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 of Newberry Co.

J. E. Cooly Foreman of jury, Jefferson Devenport, G. P. Hendrix, D. Champion, H. B. Hendrix, W. S. Mann, T. L. Harp, J. L Hendrix, J. L. C. Davenport, D. N. Senn, L. P. Hendrix, J. L. Butler

G. P. McEntire Being duty sworn testifies: I heard the report of the explosion of the boiler. I heard James Britt say he had on 115 pounds of steam awhile before the explosion and said he was going to put on 125 lbs to experiment with the inspiration to see if it would work. I do not think it safe to have more than 90 lbs of steam. 60 lbs would run it. The explosion occurred Nov 6th 1882. The sun was between a half and an hour high at the time.            G. P. McEntire

R. C. Reeder being duly sworn testifies: I rode up to the mill a few minutes before the explosion and James Britt said he was doing more than any one else had done. He had on 110 lbs of steam and the inspiration was still working. I was about thirty feet from the boiler when it exploded. He said he had to put on weights to keep the steam in. The next thing I heard him say was there was no fun in piling irons on that thing. This was after he was carried to the house. I think the explosion was caused by James Britt experimenting with it. The explosion occurred about an hour by sun. Nov 6, 1882,        K. C. Reeder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Dr. D. W. Patten being duly sworn testifies: I have examined the body of James Britt with a view to ascertain the cause of his death and find that death was the result of injuries produced by the explosion of a steam engine. He died 25 minutes before 10 o’clock and about five hours after receiving the injuries Nov 7th 1882.            D. W. Patton


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Courthouse in Newberry County the 23rd of February AD 1883 before E. C. Longshore Coroner for said county upon view of the dead body of Robert Cannon of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths D. M. Ward foreman, H. Singleton, H. 0. N. Harrington, R. C. Wright, W. M. Lane, W. H. Fallow, Simeon Pratt, Paul Johnson, J. W. Coppock, R. B. Holman, J. S. Reid, Isaiah Jones, 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 Robert Cannon came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Robert Cannon came to his death by means of a wound inflicted on the left side of the head near the junction of the left parietal with the occipital bone - said wound being inflicted with a knife blade the same having penetrated to depth of about one inch and so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Robert Cannon came to his death by the wound inflicted by a knife as aforesaid said knife being in the hands of Anthony Henly and that the said Anthony Henly did then and there feloniously did kill the said Robert Cannon 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 bands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

            E. C. Longshore, Coroner of Newberry Co.

D. M. Ward Foreman of jury, H. Singleton, H. 0. N. Harrington, K C. Wright, W. M. Lane, W. H. Fallow, Simeon Pratt, Paul Johnson, J. W. Coppock, K B. Holman, J. L. Reid, Isaiah Jones

Archie Moats being duly sworn testifies and says that: On last night Thursday night, one week ago, the 15th inst about ½ past 12 o’clock as I was going from the Hodge school house some boys were fighting on the railroad track. I got near them. Bob Cannon said this boy has hit me and I must have my lick back. I know the boys name was Henly but do not know what else. His father's name is Bob Henly. I saw him strike Bob Cannon but did not see any knife. The moon was shining. All went off then toward the bridge.           Archie Moats

William Wesley sworn says: As I was coming from the school house on the night of the 15 inst I saw Marcus McCleland and Jim Eichelberger and Robert Cannon fighting. Anthony Henly Marcus. Jim and Robert struck Anthony Henly on the head with sticks. Anthony ran and Robert ran after him with a stick I saw Robert strike Anthony with a stick on the head. Anthony then ran through the gate, his father’s gate. After he got in the yard he said, "Oh yes I have fixed you." He was then speaking to Robert. Then Robert Cannon came on back up the railroad and went through Jack Thompson's land to the schoolhouse. Did not see any boy hit Robert Cannon on the head with a knife or anything else. Did not see any one with a knife. Did not hear Robert speak of his head being hurt.            William (X) Wesley

William Marshal sworn says: On the night of the supper I saw Marcus McCleland, Jim Eichelberger and Robert Cannon all fighting. Anthony Henly beating him with sticks, striking him on the head and shoulder. I went and did not see any more of the fight. Did not see a knife. William (X) Marshal

Anthony Henly sworn say that on Thursday night a week ago (15 inst) I first saw Robert Cannon, Jim Eichelberger, Marcus McCleland at the Hodge school about 11 or 12 o'clock. These boys all came to me and Robert Cannon struck me the first lick. Jim James also hit me with a stick of oak then run. Robert Cannon hit me with a hailing on the head. He started to hit me another time and I struck him on the head with the knife. Did not know the knife blade was broke out until after I went into the house and went to shut the blade. Robert struck me after I hit him with the knife. I told him they thought I had cut him with the knife. He said no I had not. Robert was thicker but no higher than me. Robert was fighting me at the schoolhouse before I went home. III never hit him at the schoolhouse.            Anthony (X) Henly

The State of South Carolina, county of Newberry Personally appeared Samson Pope MD and James K. Gilder MD and swore oath that they have made a post mortem examination on the body of Robert Cannon deceased aforesaid that he came to his death by reason of a wound inflicted on the left side of the head near the junction of the left parietal with the occipital bone. Said wound being inflicted with a knife blade the same being penetrated to the brain to a depth of about one inch and having been broken off (the blade of the knife) and remaining in said wound Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23rd day of February AD 1883.           Drs. J. K Gilder. Sampson Pope.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented taken at Mrs. McKeller's plantation in Township No. One in Newberry County the 29 day of May AD 1883 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Eliza Chalmers there and then being dead by the oaths James H. Aull, William B. Aull, S. B. Aull, Wm. Bradley, Prince Cannon, Tom Caldwell, Gilbert Caldwell, Harry Clark, Henry Michel, Henry Cannon, Wm. Lee, Cuffee Boyd, 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 Eliza Chalmers came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Eliza Chalmers came to her death by a pistol wound in the head by her own bands so the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Eliza Chalmers came to her death by a pistol wound in the head by her own hands 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 of Newberry Co.

William B. Aull Foreman of the jury, James H. Aull, S. B. Aull, Wm. (X) Bradley, Prince (X) Cannon, Tom (X) Caldwell, Gilbert (X) Caldwell, Harry (X) Clark, Henry (X) Michel, Henry (X) Cannon, Wm. (X) Lee, Cuffee (X) Boyd

Mary Chalmers being duly sworn says: She was standing upon the table and put the pistol down and the deceased took up the pistol and shot herself. I was up at quilt shelf looking for the sugar

about eight o'clock on the morning of May 28th when the accident occurred. Mary (X) Chalmers

Sam Chalmers being duly sworn says I was not at home when the accident occurred. Was at Mr. Hays’ hoeing cotton. I do not know how the accident occurred. I found the child on the floor shot. I left my pistol on the shelf. I did not see the pistol on the floor. When I found it again it was on the shelf.              Sam (X) Chalmers

                                                                                                                         

Cinda Chalmers being duly sworn says: I went to the field yesterday morning May 28th and was called to by one of my children who said my child Eliza shot herself. And a small child of mine said Eliza shot herself and was lying on the floor with her fare down with the pistol in her hand. Mary put the pistol up on the shelf Eliza the deceased was five years old. Cinda (X) Chalmers

Dr J. Wm Folk who being duly sworn says: He examined the body of Eliza Chalmers, about 5 years old. That he found a wound above the left eye and upon dissection found a round wound as though inflicted by pistol ball. He introduced a probe and found the depth of 6 inches alone sufficient to produce death besides the wounding of arteries of the brain. Found powder stain around the edge of wound indicating the pistol to have been in close contact as those who shoot themselves either accidental or intentional.            J. Wm. Folk MD


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Newberry courthouse in Newberry County on the 26 day of June AD 1883 before F. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Sam Johnson there and then being dead by the oaths of R. H. Lovelace, R. P. Caldwell, S. J. Wooten, H. H Kinard, J. S. Harris, W. R Miller, L. F. Longshore, James Saxon, Philip Emerage, Robert Simkins, Green Jones, John Davis being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina how and by what means the said Sam Johnson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Sam Johnson came to his death by a congestive chill so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Sam Johnson came to his death by a congestive chill June 26th 1883 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 of Newberry Co.

R. R Lovelace, Foreman of jury, R- P. Caldwell S. I. Wooten, H. H. Kinard, J. S. Hair, Jr., W.

H. Miller, L. F. Longshore, James (X) Saxon, Phillip (X) Emerage, Robert (X) Simkins, Green (X) Jones, John (X) Davis

Henry Lawson, being duly sworn says Sam Johnson told some body he had a chill Monday at Prosperity and Pomaria. Capt told him all those that wanted a doctor could get him late yesterday evening. He called for water. It was given to him and he drank about two quarts. Got to Newberry. Called for more water. Nobody gave it to him. I went off stayed until about 12 O'clock. I lay under the Car. About daylight I went to splitting wood. I went into the cab and called Sam and found Sam dead, one foot stretched out one arm stretched out. When called (he) did not answer. Jimmie said he called Sam before day. He was grunting. He asked him how he was feeling. “Oh very sick”. Did not want him to talk to him. I went to hunt for Aunt Mary Reives.        Henry (X) Lawson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

J. K. Gilder being duly sworn certifies that I made an examination of the body of Sam Johnson and I am of the opinion that he came to his death from Malarial Fever.    J. K. Gilder, MD. Newberry So. Ca. June 26, 1883.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Mr. F. M. Dominick's Plantation in Township No. Seven, on the 21 day of Sept AD 1883. Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Jack Burton there and then being dead by the oaths of J. M. Workman, D. Champion, J. C. Reeder, Hessie Pitts, Tom Burton, Swain Satterwhite, Amos Sheppard, Elmore Mays, Gus Thomas, Willis Lark, Levi Ebo, Fayette Pitts being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina how and by what means the said Jack Burton came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jack Burton came to his death at Jim Larkin’s on the 20 day of Sept AD 1883 by the falling of timber which caused injuries to vital organs situated within the chest 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 of Newberry County.

J. M. Workman, Foreman of jury, D. Champion, J. C. Reeder, Hessie (X) Pitts, Tom (X) Burton, Swain (X) Satterwhite, Amos (X) Sheppard, Elmore (X) Mays, Gus (X) Thomas, Willis (X) Lark, Levi (X) Ebo, Fayette (X) Pitts

Sam Chapel being duly sworn testifies: We were taking down a screw. We had it all down but the four posts and went to shove it all down at once but could not do it. Then we shoved one side at a time, I at one side and Mack at the other. Jack was in the middle between us two. I said, “Jack, you had better come out from there.” He said there was no danger. I told him I would not run the risk. I don’t know whether he tried to get out or not. It fell slow. It did not fall immediately. I did not know he was in there until he hollered. It was going down when I saw him. I don't know whether he was trying to get out or not. I did not think there was any danger then until he hollered. We then got him out as quick as we could. He drew a few breaths after we got him out but I saw he was dying. This was done at James Larkin's on the 20 day of September 1883 about 10 o'clock am. Mr. Dominick sent word to move him home.                                                                     Sam Chappell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Mack Burton being duly sworn testifies: We went to push down the screw. Sam was on one side, me on the other. We were tearing it down for Mr. Dominick. Sam told brother Jack to get out from under there. He did not know whether there was any danger or not but to get out. He said no, there was no danger. When it fell Jack said "Lord" two or three times. Sam held up the post and I pulled him out. He was not hard to get out. It was at Mr. James Larkin's in Township No. Seven, Newberry County SC the 20 day of September 1883 about ten o'clock am.  Mack Burton

Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn testifies: There is no evidence of external injury except a broken leg as my opinion that death was caused by injuries to vital organs situated within the chest this 21 day of Sept 1883.            D. W. Patton


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Dr. John Thompson place on the l0 day of Oct 1883 AD, in Township No. 7 Newberry County Before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of an infant Willie Gallman there and then being dead by the oaths of J. W. Reeder, Moses Spearman, George Turner, Robert Davis, William Davenport, Wiss Bates, Admond Nelson, Larkin Boozer, Press. Werts, Butler Stewart, Fed Dorroh, Mack Wair 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 Willie Gallman came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Willie Gallman came to his death on the I0th day of Oct AD 1883 at Dr. John. Thompson’s place by suffocation. 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 of Newberry County.

J. W. Reeder, foreman of jury, Moses Spearman, George Turner, Robert Davis, William (X) Davenport, Wiss (X) Bates, Admond M Nelson, Press (X) Werts, Butler (X) Stewart, Larkin (X) Boozer, Fed (X) Dorroh Mack (X) Wair

Lizzie Gallman being duly sworn says: When I went out this morning I left my child on the bed well and hearty. It was about 8 O'clock when I came back. I found it dead. It was about half past 9 O’clock. I raised an alarm, which brought Mrs. Dr. Thompson and Miss Minnie Chosswell and Maggie Anderson.          Lizzie (X) Gallman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Mrs. L. V. Thompson being duly sworn says: Lizzie called me about half past 9 O’clock and said that her child was dead. I went down there and found the child in her arms. She asked me what she must do for it to bring it to life. I told her to blow in it mouth and I went to get her some warm water to bath it. While gone she called and said that it had opened it eyes once and she brought it in the house. But nothing could be done for it.  She was always devoted to the child. Mrs. L. V. Thompson

Dr. John Thompson being duly sworn says: I examined the child Willie Gallman. I could find no mark of external violence but that he died from asphyxia having been suffocated by the bed       John M. Thompson, MD


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Caroline Boozer’s plantation in Township No. Six on the 20 day of Nov 1883 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Amy Pitts there and then being dead by the oaths of D. M. S. Boozer, Thomas N. Boozer, H. M. Boozer, George Workman, Tom Peterson, Fed. Kenney, Hamp Mitchell, Werd. Reeder, Alfred Reeder, Henry Mingo, Hamp Hamilton, Simon Johnson 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 Amy Pitts came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Amy Pitts came to her death on the 19 day of Nov 1883 at Caroline Boozer plantation from heart dropsy. 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.

D. M. S. Boozer Foreman of Jury, Thomas N. Boozer, H. M. Boozer, George (X) Workman, Tom (X) Peterson, Fed. (X) Kenney, Hamp (X) Mitchell, Werd. (X) Reeder, Alfred (X) Reeder, Henry (X) Mingo, Hamp (X) Hamilton, Simon (X) Johnson

Emma Mingo being duly sworn testifies that: On yesterday afternoon Nov 19th I started to see her, Amy Pitts, coming down the road between Dr. Boozer and Mrs. Caroline Boozer about 50 yards in front of me. Saw her fall I came up to her and called her. She did not answer. I left her and came on to tell her children. When they got back she was dead.      Emma Mingo

May Philips Being duly sworn says that: Amy left home yesterday morning about 9 o'clock seemed yesterday morning[?] than she had for sometime.       Mary Philips

Burr Wilson Being duly sworn testifies: She had been sick for some time before her death. Had several fainting spells shortness of breath. Had Dr. Gilder to see her before. Burr Wilson

Dr. J. K. Gilder being duly sworn says: I have examined Amy Pitts now lying dead and upon examination find that she came to her death from heart disease (Aortic obstruction.         James K. Gilder MD November 20, 1883


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken on the C&G Railroad near Newberry CH on the 26 day of January AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Joe Bowers there and then being dead by the oaths of S. S. Langford, J. B. Clary, J. R. Davidson, G. H. Anderson, James J. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, G. W. Johnson, D. C. Reid, J. H. Humphreys, E. H. Kingsmore, J. S. Longshore, J. Q. Whitman 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 Joe Bowers came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Joe Bowers came to his death on the night of 25 by being run over by the cars 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 of Newberry County.

S. S. Langford Foreman of Jury, J. B. Clary, J. R. Davidson, G. H. Anderson, James J. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, G. W. Johnson, D. C. Reid, J. H. Humphreys, E. H. Kingsmore, J. S. Longshore, J. Q. Whitman

J. K. Gilder being duly sworn testifies that: I examined the dead body of Joseph Bowers and am of the opinion that he came to his death wounds caused by a train of cars passing over his body on the C&G. Railroad.         J. K Gilder, M. D. Jan 26th 1884


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at Mike Kinard’s place commencing on the I0th day of Jan AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Laura Kinard then and there being dead by the oaths of J. R. Davidson, A. J. S. Langford, John Cousins, J. S. Longshore, Tom Buzhardt, Lanson Paysinger, J. Q. Whitman, A. B. Cromer, D. C. Ried, J. F. Schumpert, J. W. Davenport, W. E. Longshore being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Laura Kinard came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Laura Kinard came to her death from burning and other cause unknown to the jurors. The jurors adjourned to meet the 26h of Jan 1884 and then adjourned to meet the 9th day of Feb 1884. The jurors met on the 9th and came to the aforesaid conclusion that said Laura Kinard came to her death from burning and other causes unknown to the jurors 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 of Newberry County.

J. R. Davidson, Foreman of jury, A. J. S. Langford, John Cousins, J. S. Longshore, Tom Buzhardt, Lanson Paysinger, J. Q. Whitman, A. B. Cromer, D. C. Ried, J. F. Schumpert, W. E. Longshore, J. W. Davenport

Butler Kinard being duly sworn testifies: Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 about 1/2 hour by sun I do my own feeding. She commonly got up when I did generally about sunup. When I had fed my mules I came back to the yard. She had not opened her door or window. She was living in one house and Father and myself in another. Father was up when I came back to the yard. A small boy who we keep was here when I got back from the lot named Henry Stevens about 10 years old. One of us called him and said to him to knock at the door and see why sister did not get up. He did so and received no answer. I then went myself and knocked several times and received no reply. Then father said to me to get an axe and knock the door or window open and see what was the matter. I took the axe and opened the window to see and put this boy Henry in at the window. He said Miss Laura is in the fire. So I said come out - let me go in. I jumped in the window myself and went to the door and opened it and walked to the fireplace where she was lying. Seeing her head in the fireplace I turned her over. She seemed to have been there for some time. She was perfectly stiff. I then said she was burned to death. By this time father came in and picked her up in his lap and held her for some time. The doors and windows were fastened. I broke open one window. She was not undressed but had her shoes off. She generally sat in a chair near the fire and slept instead of going to bed. I never heard her complain of being sick. She was subject to colitis but not fainting. We had supper about dark and she shut her doors shortly after this as if to retire as was her custom. Betsy Kinard came in after father did in sister’s house. She always ate by herself in her house.      J. B. Kinard

Mike Kinard being duly sworn testifies that: on Tuesday eve Jan 8th 1884 about 6 O’clock my daughter Laura Kinard complained of having a slight headache. I gave her a composition powder to make her tea of to cure it. She made some. I cannot say whether she drank it or not but found a small quantity in the pot Wednesday morning near the fireplace, she having burned to death on Tuesday night Jan 8"' 1884. My daughter was 43 years of age. She would not drink a mouthful of water brought by anyone not even in my house. Never allowed anyone to cook for her. She was of a perfectly sane mind.               M. W. Kinard

Betsy Kinard being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 about ½ hour by sun I saw Laura Kinard lying in the fireplace with face downward. Her brother Butler Kinard lifted her in her fathers lap. I caught her by the feet and assisted in putting her in her Pa’s lap. I spread a counterpane on the floor and we put her on it and I picked the burned pieces of cloth from her body, which was scorched. My daughter Jane and myself dressed her. No white person assisted us as Mr. Kinard said he wanted no one to help. Mr. Kinard never went to bed until near 12 o’clock. Complained of having headache. Butler went to bed in half hour after supper about seven o’clock. About dark Miss Laura sent Wade Hampton, my son about 4 years old, to Mr. Kinard’s house opposite hers for some composition tea. He sent a cup full and on Wednesday morning Jan 9th 1884 some of the tea was found in the pot in the comer of the chimney. Cannot say whether she took any or not. The tea was used for colds and aching in the limbs. My daughter Jane Stevens came in after Mr. Kinard and Butler and myself into Miss Laura's room.       Betsy (X) Kinard

Jane Stevens being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning soon after sunup I heard persons crying about the yard. I live about 60 yards from the yard. I came up and Mr. Kinard and Butler and my mother Betsey Kinard, was in Miss Laura's room and I came in and saw Miss Laura on Mr. Kinard’s lap and she was dead - had burned to death on Tuesday night Jan 8th 1884. My Mother and myself spread a blanket and sheet on the floor and we put Miss Laura on them and covered her up.         Jane (X) Stevens

Henry Stevens being duly sworn testifies that: On Wednesday morning about sunup Jan 9th 1884 1 came to Miss Laura Kinard door and called her several times and knocked at the door and she never answered. I then went to Mr. Butler Kinard and told him I could not wake her. By knocking at the door he could get no answer. He went around the house and prided the window open with an axe and helped me in the window. I saw her lying in the fire on her face - all or nearly all of the cloths being burnt off and she dead.        Henry (X) Stevens


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken at R. W. Atchison’s plantation in Township No. Six in Newberry County on 18 day of Feb AD 1884 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Martha Goodman there and then being dead by the oaths of P. B. Workman, John A. Davenport, J. S. McClung, J. S. Pitts, T. S. Davenport, D. Champion, M. Q. Chapell, R. W. Atchison, H. J. Moats, D. N. Senn, C. N. Humphry, M. J. Longshore who being a lawful jury charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Martha Goodman came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Martha Goodman came to her death by morphine poisoning taken by her own hand and so the jurors aforesaid do say that aforesaid Martha Goodman in the manner and form aforesaid then and there voluntarily and feloniously herself 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 of Newberry County.

P. B. Workman, Foreman of jury, John H. Davenport, J. S. McClung, J. S. Pitts, T. S. Davenport, D. Champion, M. Q. Chappell, R. W. Atchison, H. J. Moats, D. N. Senn, C. N. Humphrys, M. J. Longshore

S. W. Goodman being duly sworn says she has been taking morphine for eight years ever since we have been married. Last night she had two table spoonfuls and I told her if she would throw it in the fire and never take any more I would do any thing for her she asked me to do. The answer she gave me, “I intend to take it until I kill myself with it.”  That was about half past eight o’clock when she taken it at half past ten o’clock I heard the baby cry and I called her but she did not answer. I got up and went to her and found she was dead. I don’t know where she got it. I never bought any for her in my life. When she had taken much morphine she would not cook nor eat supper. I saw her take it one spoonful at a time. She would generally take a half spoonful at a time. I did not see her go to bed. I don’t think she ever got to bed. It did not look like she had been on it. As soon as I found she was dead I called Mr. Watts and went for Miss Griffin. She told me she never would be satisfied until she was dead and she was going to kill herself. I asked her reasons but she would not tell.      S. W. Goodman.

James Watts being duly sworn says: last night Mr. Goodman called me and said come down to my house. I believe my wife is dead. It was about eleven o’clock when I got there. She was lying on the floor dead. I never heard any threats no way. It was the seventeenth night of Feb AD 1884.      James Watts

Dr. D. W. Patton being duly sworn says: It is my opinion she Martha Goodman came to her death by Morphine Poisoning.             D. W. Patton.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County,

An inquisition indented and taken on G. B. Reagan’s plantation in Township No. Eight in Newberry County on the 12th day of August 1884 AD before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Peter Shell there and then being dead by the oaths of Henry Hendrix, L. H. Roberson, J. R. Glenn, T. F. Hendrix, J. D. Nelson, Armster Dembo, Nathan Russell, Solomon Harp, Madison Spearman, Johnson Williams, Edmon Satterwhite, Jeff Wheeler who being a lawful jury charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Peter Shell came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Peter Shell came to his death from internal hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a blood vessel. 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 of Newberry Co

Henry Hendrix, Foreman of jury, L. H. Roberson, J. R. Glenn, T. F. Hendrix, J. D. Nelson, Armster Dembo, Nathan Russell, Solomon Harp, Madison Spearman, Johnson Williams, Edmon Satterwhite, Jeff Wheeler

G. B. Reagan being duly sworn testifies: I saw Peter Shell fall across the doubletree of the wagon and I called to someone to pick him up. Mack Tucker caught hold of him and raised him up but he could not stand. I told them to wet his face He drew one or two breaths and was dead. I have never heard of any threats nor any difficulty. I heard of Peter having a spell and falling last week. This happened about dark on the 11th of Aug 1884.                                        G. B. Reagan  

Mack Tucker being duly sworn testifies: Peter was holding to the bag while his son in law measured the wheat out of the barrel and he straightened up the bag and he fell backward and died. I heard of no foul play, no threats nor anything of the kind.       Mack Tucker

J. K. Gilder being duly sworn testifies: I have examined the dead body of Peter Shell and am of the opinion that he came to his death from internal hemorrhage caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.    Jas. K. Gilder, MD. August 12th 1884


State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An inquisition indented and taken on the C&G rail road near Silver Street on the 27h day of Aug AD 1884 in Newberry County before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Cornelias Anderson there and then being dead by the oaths T. J. Maffett, D. B. Werts, W. E. Welch, J. S. Russell, J. F. Schumpert, C. D. Reid, A. J. S. Langford, Doc, Chess Benson, Joe Hunter, Dave Harp, Joe Christie 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 Cornelias Anderson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Cornelias Anderson came to his death accidentally from the falling of dirt upon him. 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 of Newberry County.

T. J. Maffett, Foreman of jury, D. B. Werts, W. E. Welch, J. S. Russell, J. F. Schumpert, C. D, Reid, A. J. S. Langford, Doc (X), Chess (X) Benson, Joe (X) Hunter, Dave (X) Harp, Joe (X) Christie

J. H. Turner being duly sworn testifies: Cornelias Anderson is an employee of the C&G R.R. and under my charge. (He) had been picking dirt for the purpose of ballast. I had he and Perry Weir picking dirt together. I had started back to stop them but the crush came before I got to them and Perry said the dirt had fallen on Cornelias. I ordered the hands to undirt him. He was dead. It was not more then five minutes from the time the dirt fell on him until he was uncovered. The hands were picking in a cut about one mile west from Silver Street.               J. H. Turner

Perry Weir being duly sworn testifies: Cornelias and I were picking dirt together. He had stopped and had picked up his shovel for the purpose of___out the ballast. I stepped back and said to him to look out - to jump from the dirt, which was falling. But (Cornelius) was caught and covered up completely. The height of the bank was about 9 feet. A very large bulk fell upon him - larger than a hogshead. He had been employed upon the road only a few days. He was crushed in a sitting position. Every thing was perfectly friendly between the hands. We had dug under the bank about four feet. He was 23 years old and unmarried.        Perry (X) Weir


State of South Carolina, Newberry County,

An inquisition indented and taken on the plantation of Buck Saterwhite deceased in Township No. Six on the 26h day of Oct AD 1884 in before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Hampton Williams there and then being dead by the oaths J E. Cooley, John Brown, T. J. Devenport, Job Devenport, C. N. Humphrey, Sidney Dominick, J. H. Wicker, J. B. O. Waldrop, Jim Satterwhite, Simon Jones, Vander Leek, William Griffin 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 Hampton Williams came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Hampton Williams came to his death from a fire bum accidentally. 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 of Newberry Co.

J. E. Cooley, Foreman of jury, John D. Brown, T. J. Davenport, Job Davenport, C. N. Humphrey, Sidney Dominick, J. H. Wicker, J. B. O. Waldrop, Jim (X) Satterwhite, Simon (X) Jones, Vander (X) Leek, William (X) Griffin

Oct 26h 1884. Lou Williams being duly sworn says: I stepped out to get some wood and left him and the baby playing and when I came back he was burnt. He was dead. My husband was with Mr. Davenport ginning. The fire was gone out when I came back, all but a few sparks. I had been going out and leaving them before. Hampton would have been 3 years old two weeks before Christmas. This happened Friday the 24th of Oct 1884 about sundown.                     Lou Williams


State of South Carolina, Newberry County,

An inquisition indented taken at the residence of J. B. Floyd deceased in Newberry County the 9th day of November AD 1884 before E. C. Longshore Coroner of Newberry County upon the view of the dead body of Charles J. Floyd of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths Henry Hendrix, M. C. Longshore, David Pitts, J. H. Hendrix, G. P. Hendrix, J. T. Smith, J. W. Davenport, P. B. Boland, J. W. McCullough, W. E. Longshore, W. B. Moats, C. W. Senn 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 Charles J. Floyd came to his death upon their oaths do say that Charles J. Floyd came to his death by a gunshot wound on J. M. Workman’s place in this county on the 8th day of Nov AD 1884 by a shot gun accidentally fired by J. Y. Floyd. That Charles J. Floyd in manner and form aforesaid came to his death by misfortune or accident in witness whereof I, E. 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 of Newberry Co.

Henry Hendrix, Foreman of jury, M. C. Longshore, David Pitts, J. H. Hendrix, J. T. Smith, J. W. McCullough, P. B. (X) Boland, G. P. Hendrix, W. E. Longshore, W. B. Moats, C. W. Senn, J. W Davenport

J. W. Workman being duly sworn testifies: On yesterday the 8th day of Nov 1884  J. Y. Floyd, C.

J. Floyd, J. B. Floyd and myself were bird hunting on my place. We were crossing the field together C. J. Floyd was on my left also J. Y. Floyd and J. B. Floyd on my right. We were near the ditch. J. Y. Floyd and J. B. Floyd crossed the ditch I had lost sight of C. J. Floyd. At that time a covey of birds were flushed there were 2 shots fired. After the shots were fired I asked J. Y. Floyd where C. J. Floyd was. He said he did not know. Then I called Charley. He did not answer I told the boys I believed they had shot Charley. Yancy said, My God, I recon not.” I think I reached Charley first. Yancy and Barney came right off. We found Charley lying on his back. He was not dead. I do not know who fired the shot but I think that J. Y. Floyd or J. B. Floyd fired the shot I suppose. I was about 18 or 19 steps from Charley. Yancy and Barney were nearer Charley than I was. I think the shot entered about the upper part of the left eye. There was no unpleasantness between any of the parties that was with us. I had him sent to his home. He did not die until he got home.        J. W. Workman

James B. Floyd being duly sworn says: J. M. Workman, Brother Charley Yancy and myself were hunting. Just as Yancy and myself crossed the branch the birds flew up. I shot once and Yancy shot twice. Mr. Workman called Charley and got no answer. He then said boys, “I believe you have shot Charley.” Yancy said, “My God I hope not.” Mr. Workman ran towards Charley, also Yancy and myself. We found Charley on his back with a shot over his left eye. He was not dead. I am satisfied that the shot that hit Charley was fired by Yancy. Charley was brought home in Mr. J. M. Workman’s wagon. He died about dark - the sun was about ¾ of an hour high when he was shot.          J. B. Floyd

J. Y. Floyd being duly sworn says: J. M. Workman, C. J. Floyd, J. B. Floyd and myself were bird hunting on J. M. Workman’s place yesterday the 8th of Nov. There was a little drain with a good many cane and brushes around it. We all came up on one side. Barney and myself crossed the drain. Just as I crossed a covey of birds flew up in front of me and flew up the drain on the side. Barney and myself were on. I shot and killed one bird. I do not remember whether I shot more (than) once or not. I shot I shot up the drain with a little angle across. After I shot J. M. Workman came over on the side I was on. He spoke and said,"Have you not shot Charley?" At that time I heard a groan. I said, "My God surely not." All of us ran up to where we thought the groan was and found Charley on his back in a little path that crossed the drain. He was not dead at that time but died about dark soon after we got him home. Charley was found in the direction I shot as near as I can remember.    J. Y. Floyd

J. M. Thompson, M.D. being duly sworn says that: C. J. Floyd came to his death from a shot that passed through the upper edge of the left eye all through the skull into the brain. John M. Thompson


State of South Carolina, Newberry County, Dec I0, 1884

An inquisition indented and taken at Helena in Newberry County before J. N. Bass Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Ransom Golden then and there being dead by the oaths R. H. Greneker Jr., John R. Perdew, Gary Anderson, P. H. Duckett, Pope Merchant, 0. P. Saxon, C. J. Zoble, J. D. Shockley, B. E. Julian, S. J. Welch, B. P. Mathews, R. S. Satterwhite being a lawful Jury of Inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Ransom Golden came to his death and upon their oaths do say that on the 9th day of December A.D. one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-four The deceased came to his death by the falling of a tree cut by Henry Carpenter Sr. being purely accidental. J. N. Bass, Coroner

R. H. Greneker Jr., John R. Perdew, Gary Anderson, J. D. Shockley, P. H. Duckett, Pope Merchant, O. P. Saxon, C. J. Zobel, B. E. Julian, S. J. Welch, B. P. Mathews, R. S. Satterwhite

Henry Carpenter being duly sworn says: As I was cutting a tree on the left side I turned to the right cut, as I found the tree was not going as I thought. I said, Look out. The tree was about ten inches in circumference. As I said look out, he ran from his work. The tree fell on him. The body of the tree was lying across his head. He never said any thing. All this happened in Newberry County State of South Carolina.      Henry (X) Carpenter

Benjamin Linsey being sworn said: Henry Carpenter said, "Look out." Mr. Carpenter was holding the tree. He ran from his work and the tree fell on his head. He never spoke. Benj. (X) Linsey

Major Thomas being sworn says: I went to Henry Carpenter's. When he said, "Come here boys. Golden is hurt. Help me to move the tree off him."          Major (X) Thomas

Henry Carpenter Jr. being sworn says: When I got there Father was rubbing his face. I do not know how he got to the house.                  Henry (X) Carpenter

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Ransom Golden and find that he came to his death from a fracture of the skull bone.         Jas. K. Gilder M.D.


State of South Carolina, Newberry County, January 21 1885

An inquisition indented and taken at Newberry Court House before John N. Bass Coroner for said county, upon view of the body of Nellie Higgins then and there being dead by the oaths of J. S. Russell, P. H. Duckett, J. H. Todd, J. P. Fant, Frank Jones, James Coats, J. J. Sutton, B. L. Lane, P. F. Baxter, R. T. Caldwell, Conley McSwain, Henry Spearman, David Hailstock, Sam Cannon being a lawful jury of Inquest who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Nellie Higgins came to her death and upon their oaths do say that on the twenty-first day of January A. D. 1885, One thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, the deceased came to her death in accordance with the testimony by organic disease of the heart.    John N. Bass, coroner J. S. Russell, B. L. Lane, P. F. Baxter, Conley McSwain, R. T. Caldwell, J. J. Sutton, Frank Jones, P. H. Duckett, J. P. Fant, Henry Spearman, J. Henry Todd, Jas Coats, David Hailstock, Sam Cannon

Testimony before the inquest of Nellie Higgins:

R. E. Williams being duly sworn says: In the hall of Mr. M. Foot she fell while standing waiting the ceremony.            R. E. Williams
Richard Higgins being duly sworn says: She has been suffering with asthma last night. Was on her knees last night. She is subject to spells of asthma. Says Dr. O. B. Mayer Jr. has attended her.
                                                                                                                        Richard (X) Higgins

Claudy Steward sworn says: She saw her about the time she fell and helped carry her out. Says she lived near her. (She was) subject to spells of asthma and also spell of shortness of breath.      Claudy (X) Steward

Harriet Greenwood sworn says: She was in the Hall and saw her fall. Says she did not complain. Says she has known her for years and says she has been subject to asthma. Says she had shortening of breath if she walked any distance.       Harriet (X) Greenwood

This is to certify that I have this day examined Nellie Higgins and am of the opinion that she came to her death from organic disease of the heart.  James K. Gilder MD, January 21 1885


State of South Carolina, Newberry County
Coroners Inquisition held upon the dead bodies of Stanmore Fortune and Alice Wilson

An Inquisition indented, taken in Township No. 7 in Newberry County the 18th day of February A.D. 1885, before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Stanmore Fortune, then and there being dead by the oaths of Elijah Wells, John W. Payne, D. F. Vaughan, Robert Ohmelet, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, S.B. Foshee, Hezzie Pitts, Wash Ransom, Ike Grigsby, Fayette Pitts and Miles Johnson, 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 Stanmore Fortune came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said Stanmore Fortune came to his death on the 8th day of February 1885 by poison by the hand of Susan Pitts. And so the jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Susan Pitts in manner and form aforesaid, Stanmore Fortune then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid.

In witness whereof I, John N. Bass Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hand and seals, the day and year above mentioned. 

  John N. Bass Coroner Newberry Co    

Elijah Wells, Foreman of Jury of Inquest, John W. Payne, D. F. Vaughan, Robert Ohmelet, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, S.B. Foshee, Hezzie (X) Pitts, Wash (X) Ransom, Ike (X) Grigsby, Fayette (X) Pitts, Miles (X) Johnson
 

State of South Carolina, Newberry County

An Inquisition indented, taken in Township No. 7 in Newberry County the 18th day of February A.D. 1885, before John N. Bass, Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of Alice Wilson, then and there being dead by the oaths of Elijah Wells, John W. Payne, Robert Ohmelet, S.B. Foshee, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, D. F. Vaughan, Hezzie Pitts, Wash Ransom, Miles Johnson, Ike Grigsby, being a lawful jury of inquest, who being charged and sworn to enquire for the State of South Carolina, where and by what means the said Alice Wilson came to her death do say that the said Alice Wilson came to her death on the 8th day of February 1885 by poison by the hand of Susan Pitts. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Susan Pitts, in manner and form aforesaid, Alice Wilson then and there feloniously did kill, against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, John N. Bass Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hand and seals, the day and year above written.       John N. Bass, Coroner Newberry County
Elijah Wells, Foreman of Jury of Inquest, John W. Payne, Robert Ohmelet, D. T. Vaughan, S.B. Foshee, J. M. Mathis, W. R. Brown, Hezzie (X) Pitts, Wash (X) Ransom, Ike (X) Grigsby, Fayette (X) Pitts, Miles (X) Johnson

Manar Fortune being duly sworn says: That morning Stanmore got up well. He came in and said he had to go to Town. I told him he ought to (have) told me the night before and I would (have) fixed him something to eat. Susan told him come get something to eat. He told her he did not want any breakfast. She told him to come anyhow. He went in and come out with bread in his hand. When he got on the mule he went on to Town. That day he told me he felt like he had a chill all day. He said his stomach and head hurt him all the time. He told me he got sick before he got to the Bridge. I

sent after the doctor Thursday night. The doctor said the way they acted they had got something in their food that had poison in it. I don't know whether the little girl ate any in the room or not. She came out with a fritter in her hand. It had molasses in it. Susan Pitts was the cook. I don't know who cooked that morning. Mary told me Alice was sick. I went to her and her mouth was full of white foam and foam was on the outside of her mouth. I had the children in charge seven years me and Susan (and I) are not on good terms. We fell out the night they came from Town. We were in good terms before that night. The child ate two mouthfuls of bread. Would not eat no more. It tasted nasty.     Maner (X) Fortune

Susan Pitts being duly sworn says: My brother came in my room that morning. Stanmore sit down at the table and eat. I fried me some fritters for breakfast and made them up with molasses and Alice came in and I gave her a battercake. I did not feel like eating but I forced it anyhow. It was about one hour and a quarter until Alice took sick. Stanmore carried bread out in his hand. It is a mile and a quarter to little river bridge. He said he was taken sick before he got to the bridge. Stanmore said his head and stomach hurt him. Me and ma had not been on good terms for a number of years. Ma tried to whip me and we throwed rocks. We did not have any fuss that day.    Susan Pitts

Martin Pitts being duly sworn says: That morning me and Stanmore and my father set down and ate

breakfast together and started to Town. He complained between home and five-mile post pain in head and stomach. Susan cooked breakfast that morning. Susan and her stepmother are not in good terms. It was on the 4 day of Feby 1885       J. M. Pitts

Mamie Fortune being duly sworn says: I live at Fortune Pitts’s in Newberry County. Me and Alice were upstairs playing. Susan called Alice and gave her a piece of bread fried in molasses.  She bit two mouthfuls of it and laid it down. I asked her why she did not eat all of it. Said it tasted nasty. About five minutes after she did eat it she held her head down. Said her belly hurt her even down. She hurt all over. There was foam all around her mouth. Fortune Pitts and Stanmore and Martin took sick about eight o'clock. Susan Pitts cooked breakfast that morning. Stanmore told me Saturday that Susan Pitts poisoned Alice and Martin Alice said she told me if I did not eat that bread that she would make ma whip me, stinking hussy. Susan and Stanmore were scuffling on Saturday before and Susan got her head hurt. She told him on Sunday she would not be satisfied until she got him. She meant that thing. She had no good blood for him. She never said in what way she would get him. She offered me some of the bread. I asked her to let me see it. She would not let me see. It was after Alice was taken sick when she offered me the bread.                    Mamie (X) Fortune

Ike Fortune being duly sworn says I live at Fortune Pitts’s in Newberry County. Children was taken sick. Was not at home when the children were taken sick. Ike (X) Fortune

Fortune Pitts being duly sworn says: I live in Newberry County. Susan and her stepmother don't get along well. Martin told me he thought what he ate that morning made him sick. He said Susan gave it to him. Susan and Martin do not get along well.            Fortune (X) Pitts

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

Instructed by the Coroner of Newberry Co. S. C., this the 18th day of February A. D. 1885 1 submit as follows what information is in my possession concerning Stanmore Fortune and Alice Wilson, dec'd:

On Friday February 6th I was instructed to call and see about the above-mentioned parties. Upon inquiry I was informed that the two had been taken ill two days previously. Upon examination I found the two were suffering a good deal from pain in the region of the stomach, great nervous excitement and headache, constipation more or less marked. The pain appeared of a grinding, gripey and somewhat intermitting nature but could be induced in a marked manner by pressure, when left to themselves the patients would mutter in a delirious manner. Called again on Sunday 8th inst. Both patients much worse, symptoms somewhat as above, suffering extreme, though both were delirious. The boy, Stanmore, could be revived sufficiently to answer questions in a murmuring irrational manner. The girl could not be aroused but upon pressure over the stomach and bowels both gave evidence of excruciating pain. There were symptoms of secondary brain disturbance on this visit much more marked than on the previous one. I was informed that the two died during the evening of the day of this visit. This was quite evident in the morning. The bodies on post mortem exam showed that the two died from acute gastritis. The condition of the brain showing that the symptoms above referred to this organ were secondary to former. The bowels also were inflamed more or less, supposed to be due to extension from the stomach.                C. D. East M. D.

 

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