Coroner's Inquistions
 1893 - 1908
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Dominick’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 2nd day of August A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Jim Davis (Colored) of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead. Being a lawful jury of inquest to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Jim Davis came to his death do say that the said Jim Davis came to his death from a blow on the abdomen through accident on July 31st from which blow the said Jim Davis did die on Aug 1st 1904 in the county and State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

J. M. Abrams sworn says:  I live in Newberry Co. SC near the Dominick Place. Jim Davis, the deceased told me on Sunday July 31, 1904. He said he was sitting by a tree and two of the boys got to scuffling. One of the boys gave the other one a crow hop and his heel hit him in the bowels. If any one of the boys was mad I did not know it and if he was hit by anyone he did not know it. Jim Davis died Monday night Aug 1st 1904 at about 10 o’clock.  J. M. Abrams

Wallace Davis sworn says:   I live on Mr. Fred Harmon’s place in Newberry Co. SC. The deceased Jim Davis is my brother. He told me on Sunday night that him, Frank Austin, Jim Miller, Halard Tribble, John Lindley, Mart Wyatt. Brother told me they had been shooting dice. He had stopped and got on his knees by the side of a tree. John Findley grabbed Jim Miller and give him a crow hop and Jim Miller hit deceased in the bowels. Deceased died about 10’o’clock pm on Aug 1, 1904.                                                                                                                        Wallace Davis

Frank Austin sworn says:   I live with Mr. Fred Harmon. Me and several other boys was out in the woods Sunday eve July 31, 1904. John Findley and Jim Miller got to joking. Then John Findley cross hoped Jim Miller and threw him around and his heel hit Jim Davis in the bowels. There was no one mad in the crowd.   Frank (X) Austin

Mart Wyatt sworn says:   I live at Fred Harmon’s in Newberry Co. SC.  On Sunday eve myself, Holliet Tribble, Jim Miller, John Findley, Frank Austin and Jim Davis was in the woods. We was sitting down. Jim Davis was sitting against a tree. He and myself was talking of coming home. John Findley and Jim Miller got to joking one and the other. From the jokes they ris[ed] and got to tussling. John Findley gave Jim Miller a cross hop and slung him around and his (Miller’s) heel hit Jim Davis in the bowels and knocked the breath out of him.                     Mart (X) Wyatt 

John Findley sworn says:   I live with Mr. Fred Harmon. On Sunday eve July 31, 1904 me and some other boys was out in the woods sitting down. Me and Jim Miller was joking and we got up and caught hold of one another. I threw out my foot and threw Jim Miller around. His heel hit Jim Davis in the bowels. There was no one mad in the crowd.  John (X) Findley


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at the Dorrah Place in the County and State aforesaid the 1st day of September A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Bob Martin of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  D. S. Satterwhite, William M. Dorrah, Sheppard Wallingzine, Jim Wallingzine, William Wallingzine, W. T. Buford, Alf Dorrah, F. M. Satterwhite, Wig Satterwhite, Tom Davis, M. C. Boozer, William Davenport 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 Bob Martin came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Bob Martin came to his death from gun shot wounds inflicted by the hands of  Jim Gilliam on the September 1st 1904 and from which wounds Bob Martin died on the September 1st 1904. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Jim Gilliam in manner and form aforesaid Bob Martin then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

D. S. Satterwhite (Foreman), Wm. M. Dorrah, Sheppard (X) Wallingzine, Jim Wallingzine, William Wallingzine, W. T. Buford, A. R. (X) Dorrah, F. M. Satterwhite, Wig (X) Satterwhite, Tom (X) Davis, M. C. Boozer, William (X) Davenport

EVIDENCE

W. T. Buford sworn says:   I live at the old Dorrah place in Newberry Co. SC.  On Sept 1st 1904 I was at my store. Bob Martin came to the store and was in the store with me trading. I was at my desk in front of the store. Bob was about in the middle of the store. I heard some people talking. I heard Bob say, “You can’t scare no body.” Bob said something about shooting. I heard Jim Gilliam say something but could not understand what he said as I did not know there was any fuss. Then a gun shot. I ran around the counter and met Jim Gilliam at the door. “Mr. Willie, I want to shoot him again as he has said he was going to kill me.” Jim Gilliam went home and put in house and came back and said he was going to give up and go to jail. This was about 1:30 o’clock or 2 o’clock on Sept 1st 1904. I did not see the shot. Jim told he had done the shooting. Jim called me just before he shot and told me his reasons that he wanted to know where I was so I was out of range of the gun.                                               W. T. Buford

I certify that I examined the body of Robert Martin externally. That I found a wound in the back passing the right shoulder blade into the right lung. His death was caused by the wound described.       W. D. Senn MD


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at J. R. Irwin’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 25th day of September A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jim Peterson of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  A. P. Coleman, J. B. Bozeman, W. R. Smith Jr., J. J. White, W. R. Keith, J. B. Scurry, J. T. Whitlaw, Jim Connelly, J. W. Martin, John Watts, George Farrow, Willis Spearman 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 Jim Peterson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jim Peterson came to his death from gun shot wounds inflicted by the hands of  Fed Hubbard on the September 24th 1904 and from which wounds said Jim Peterson died on the September 24th 1904. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Fed Hubbard in manner and form aforesaid Jim Peterson then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

A. P. Coleman (Foreman), J. B. Bozeman, W. R. Smith Jr., J. J. White, W. R. Keith, J. B. Scurry, J. T. Whitlaw, Jim Connelly, J. W. Martin, John Watts, George Farrow, Willis Spearman

EVIDENCE

Anthony Hope sworn says:  I live at Mr. Pope Coleman’s in Newberry Co. SC.  On Sept 24, 1904 I and Fed Hubbard and Fred Hubbard and John Walker, Jim Peterson, Cany Royal, Elliott West. Cany Royal and Elliott West went in the house. Jim Peterson stopped with us. He spoke and we spoke. Fred Hubbard was talking what a bad man Mr. Bushardt was in Saluda and was running over people and Jim Peterson said he would not run over people that way. Fed asked Jim why he tried to run over him that way. Jim said he did not try to run over Fed. Fed asked Jim some more questions and Jim said he meant what he said. Fed said, “If you do me that way..” he would see him. Jim said, “See me now.” Fed stepped back and fired with a single barrel breech loader. Fed loaded his gun again. Fed was close to Jim when he shot. Fed went in the house and put the gun down. Jim walked about 11 yards and fell dead. Fed went to where Jim was lying and said, “Yes, the damn son of a bitch is dead,” and asked me for some money to leave on. Jim had some beef in his left hand and his right hand in his pants pocket. This was about 8 o’clock pm Sept 24, 1904.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Anthony Hope

Elliott West sworn says:   I live with Mr. J. R. Irwin in Newberry Co. near Chappells SC. I came up and seen four men, Jim Peterson, Fred Hubbard, Anthony Hope, Fed Hubbard. Fed Hubbard asked Jim Peterson what he said down at the depot and Jim Peterson said he meant just what he said and Fed said, “I will see you some other time,” and Jim said , “No better time to see me than now.” Fed stepped back and raised his gun and let him have it. He shot Jim. Did not see Jim with a pistol. He had his hands in his front pocket.                                               Elliott (X) West

Fred Hubbard sworn says:   I live with Mr. Willie Smith near Chappells SC.  When I came up to my house after I had hauled some fodder John Walker, Anthony Hope and Fed Hubbard. I went and put up my mule and came back and we was talking about how some people was. Then Jim Peterson, Cany Royal and Elliott West came up. Fed said to Jim Peterson that is the way you tried to do me and Jim did not try to bull dose you. Fed laughed and said, “Jim, you was drunk wasn’t you.” Jim said, “No, I never do get drunk.” Jim said, “What I said I meant.” Fed said, “Yes, you was drunk.” Jim said, “What I said I meant.” Fed said, “Go on Jim. I will see you later.”  Jim said, “No, see me now.” Fed stepped back and shot Jim with his gun. Jim turned and walked off and fell dead. Fed came and looked at Jim and said, “He is dead.” This was about 8 o’clock pm Sept 24th 1904                                                          Fed Hubbard

John Walker sworn says:   I live with Mr. Pope Coleman near Chappells SC.  Jim Peterson and Anthony Hope and Fed Hubbard and Fed Hubbard walked up to where we was. Fred asked Jim, “What made you try to bulldoze me this evening?” and asked Jim, “Did you mean what you said?” and Jim said yes.  Fed said, “Was you drunk?” Jim said, “No, I never drink.” Fed said, “If you do me that way again I will see you.” Jim said, “No, see me now.” Fed raised his gun and shot Jim. Fed went and looked at Jim and said, “He is dead.” I did not see Jim with a pistol. He had some beef under his left arm.                                                                                                                John (X) Walker

RECALLED:   I was at Chappells on yesterday. I came to Fred Hubbard’s with Anthony Hope. I did not see Jim Peterson until he came to Fred Hubbard’s. Fed asked Jim the first question. I did not see Jim with a pistol before he was shot. I didn’t see Jim make no attempt to draw a pistol. I went to where Jim was lying and I seen a pistol lying on the ground beside Jim.                                                                                                                John (X) Walker


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at John C. Hipp’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 11th day of October A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Chris Porter of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  G. M. Sligh, D. Q. Wilson, W. B. Seabrook, C. B. Sligh, P. F. Baxter, W. R. Reeder, John Caldwell, Bob Griffin, John Dawkins, Rush Anderson, Robert Robinson, Will Anderson 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 Chris Porter came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Chris Porter came to his death from a pistol shot wounds by the hands of  Will Simpkins from which wounds said Chris Porter died on the 11th October 1904 in the county and State aforesaid.. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Will Simpkins, him the said Chris Porter in the manner aforesaid did feloniously kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

G. M. Sligh (Foreman), D. Q. Wilson, W. B. Seabrook, C. B. Sligh, P. F. Baxter, W. R. Reeder, John Caldwell, Bob (X) Griffin, John Dawkins, Rush Anderson, Robert Robinson, Will Anderson

EVIDENCE

Elisha Dennis sworn says:   I live on Fellers place in Newberry County SC. Will Simpkins came in the field and asked Chris Porter why he had let his hogs chaw up his quilt. Chris told him Mr. Hipp hadn’t said anything about hogs being  out and he will have nothing to do with it. Will Simpkins told him to don’t talk back to him and came on to Chris and shot him about 4:30 pm. It happened in Mr. John Griffin’s field near Ebenezer Church on October 11th 1904. He lived about three quarters of an hour. Couldn’t say whether the deceased and Simpkins had fussed before. Simpkins walked away after the shooting. He previously cocked his pistol to shoot the second time but I told him to desist.        Elisha (X) Dennis

Dan Gilder sworn says:   I live in Newberry. Was picking cotton in the field with Chris Porter. Will Simpkins came out to the field and asked Chris Porter why was Chris’ hogs out and tearing up his (Simpkins) quilt. Porter  told him that Mr. John Hipp hadn’t said anything and Simpkins told Chris he wanted none of his big talk about it. Simpkins walked right down within about four feet of Porter and shot him. Porter said after the shooting, “Will, I ain’t said nothing.” Will Simpkins cocked the pistol again. I told him, “Don’t shoot him.” He turned and went on back across the field. It happened about 4:30 pm. Simpkins came from the direction of Mr. Hipp’s house. Picked cotton until dinner today. He lived on Hipp’s place since December.      Dan (X) Gilder


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at the Hill Place No. 7 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 2nd day of December A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Will Hill of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  J. T. McKittrick, George A. Boozer, J. D. Boozer, P. N. Boozer, M. A. Wheeler, W. F. Chappell, J. W. Davenport, M. F. Workman, J. N. Livingston, S. M. Johnson, C. H. Culcleasure, C. J. Abrams  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 Will Hill came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Will Hill came to his death by a gun shot wound inflicted by B. H. Amick on the 11th day of Nov 1904 and from which wounds said Will Hill died on Dec 1st 1904. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid B. H. Amick in the manner and form, Will Hill then and there did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

J. T. McKittrick (Foreman), George A. Boozer, J. D. Boozer, P. N. Boozer, M. A. Wheeler, W. F. Chappell, John W. Davenport, M. F. Workman, John N. Livingston, S. M. Johnson, C. H. Culcleasure, C. J. Abrams

EVIDENCE

Henry Clary being sworn says:   I live on the Hill place in Newberry County SC. Was at Longshore’s Gin Friday evening. (Q) What did you see there? (A) Mr. Ben Amick hit Will Hill with a hoe handle. Hill grabbed the hoe handle and snatched it, hoe handle, out of his hands. Will Hill said, “What you hit me for Mr. Amick. I haven’t done nothing to you.” And at that time the shooting began, Mr. Amick began shooting. Suppose he was shooting at Will Hill. Shot three times. Hit Will [with] one shot he made. Hit him on the left jaw.                                         Henry (X) Clary

Richard Priestly Harp being sworn says:   I live on the Hill Place in Newberry Co.  Was at Longshore’s Gin on Friday 11th Nov 1904. Seen one shot fired by Mr. Ben Amick. Saw no stick. Shot fired by Mr. Amick. Shot struck Will Hill. Suppose Mr. Amick was shooting at Hill. Was present when Will Hill died between one and two o’clock pm on Dec 1st 1904. (Question by Mr. Holloway) Did you see any trouble between them. (Ans) Nothing but the shot. (Q by jury man) How far apart were they? (Ans) Right close together (Q by Mr. Holloway) Simply saw the shot and nothing else? (A) Do not know the cause of the shot. So far as I know there was no fuss.                                   Richard Priestly (X) Harp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Henry Clary recalled:   (Q by Mr. Holloway) How close was you to these parties? (Ans) About 15 feet. Seen the shot – did not hear any quarreling. Merely saw the shot. Did not hear any words between them. Saw Hill hit at Amick with a stick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

George Cunningham being sworn says:   Was here when Will died between one and two o’clock pm Dec 1, 1904.

                                                                                                                                                      George (X) Cunningham

Halliard Tribble being sworn says:   I live with Mr. Ben Amick, Newberry Co. Was at Longshore’s Gin Friday Nov 11, 1904. Was with Mr. Amick who had some talk with Will Hill. Asked him about some talk that he had said about him. Will Hill started towards him with a knife in his hand and said, “I will fix it with you right now.”  Mr. Amick shot at him. Shot over his shoulder the first time as he was going towards him. Will got right up to him and he shot twice more. When Amick shot him, he staggered back and fell. Seen blood on Hill’s head. When Will staggered he dropped the knife on the ground. Mr. Amick picked it up and brought it to the buggy and showed it to me. Did not see Amick hit him with a stick. (Q by juryman) How far were you from them? (Ans) About 25 yards. (Q by Juryman) Did you see Hill hit at Mr. Amick with a stick? (Ans) Did not (Ques) What kind of knife [was it] that Hill had that Mr. Amick picked up?(Ans) a large one about one foot long.   Hallock Tribble

Henry Clary recalled:  I identify the stick that Mr. Amick hit will Hill with

State of SC, County of Newberry

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Will Hill deceased. As a physician do declare that death was the result of secondary hemorrhage from a gunshot wound.     A. A. Madden


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at the Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 24th day of December A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of James B. Clary of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  H. H. Rikard, E. L. Wicker, Ben Glenn, W. B. Seabrook, J. M. Bowers, W. B. Rikard, W. T. Livingston, E. H. Kingsmore, M. Q. Chappell, J. W. Reeder, J. R. Davidson, J. T. Attaway 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 B. Clary came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said James B. Clary came to his death from an accident by falling out of a buggy on December 24th 1904 from which fall said James B. Clary died December 24th 1904. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid James B. Clary in the manner and form aforesaid came to his death by misfortune or accident. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

H. H. Rikard (Foreman), E. L. Wicker, B. C. Glenn, W. B. Seabrook, James M. Bowers, W. B. Rikard, W. T. Livingston, E. H. Kingsmore, M. Q. Chappell, J. W. Reeder, J. R. Davidson, J. T. Attaway

EVIDENCE

B. B. Goggans being sworn says:   I live in Newberry. Was coming home from the plantation. I first met a horse running and came on further and saw something in the road. I didn’t know what it was and turned around and my brother got out. Name was Terrell. We walked on down and we met a colored man and he went down there with us. We did not know him. Before we got down there Mr. Epps came up. Negro called Mr. Epps and we stayed on the side walk and Mr. Epps went on and found the man dead and my brother phoned for the police to come. (Q) Did not know the deceased found lying on his face.  (A) Met the horse by Mr. Epps house 300 yards from the body. We did not go near him until Mr. Epps came. I mentioned to the Negro first that something was in the road. Negro was coming to town. Body was found at the street turn going to Helena. There was no one in the buggy when it passed me about 300 yards from this. Was on December 24th 1904.                                                                            B. P. Goggans

Terrel Goggans being sworn says:   Corroborates testimony of former witness. Negro with us said he worked at the Farmer’s Oil Mill.                                                                                                            Terrel Goggans

Bessie Clary sworn says:   I am the daughter – in – law of the deceased. He left my house at dark. He was alone. He often comes by my house. He was pretty drunk. Was hardly able to ride in a buggy. We were to go home with him. [I] refused to go with him because he was drunk and because it was raining so bad.                Bessie Clary

Mrs. M. E. Livingston being sworn says:   There was a high yellow Negro man passed by my house and I said he was going to kill Mr. Clary if he lived and he said he had a spite against Mr. Clary and Mr. Clary had a spite against him. Heard him say this myself. Was talking to another colored man.  The Negro was clean shaved. Would know him if I saw him. Looked between 25 or 30. he passed my house again this evening at 3 o’clock. I have not told anybody of it until now. That was today, December 24 1904, was the first time I ever saw the Negro man. He had on a black looking suit and a little black cap.                                                                                                                  M. E. Singley

Mr. J. L. Senn being sworn says:   Mr. Epps stopped me where Mr. Clary was lying. I don’t know whether any one saw him going out of town. I was in a buggy and stopped and the body was right at the bend of the road. Ground was muddy. Deceased was lying on his face and looked as if he had been thrown out of a buggy. I saw a Negro who came back in Mr. Clary’s buggy. Did not know him. Could not identify him.                               J. L. Senn

Newberry SC, Dec 24, 1904

This is to certify that I have carefully examined the body of James B. Clary and that he came to his death from a concussion of the brain produced by a fall [on the] face or from being violently thrown upon the face.
                                                                                                                                                      J. M. Kibler MD

James B. Clary, his daughter, Mamye Clary married Clarence A. Matthews of Jalapa on 2/1/1899 at 5 p.m. at the home of the bride’s father, James B. Clary, in the Smyrna section by Rev. Blackwell officiating. Newberry Observer 2/2/1899; a write up on the event on Page 3, Newberry Observer 2/9/1899; James B. Clary, COURT OF SESSIONS, assault and battery with intent to kill and of a high and aggravated nature, true bill, continued, Newberry Observer 3/20/1890; James B. Clary, of No. 6 Township, while in a state of delirium tremens struck his wife on the head with an axe. Mr. Clary is in jail. They have three children, two small sons and a grown daughter. Newberry Observer 2/13/1890; He has been released on $1000 bail. Newberry Observer 4/17/1890; J. B. Clary, COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS, assault and battery with intent to kill, continued, Newberry Observer, 7/14/1892; COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS, assault and battery with intent to kill of a high and aggravated nature, continued. Newberry Observer 7/16/1891; COURT OF SESSIONS assault and battery with intent to kill, continued, Newberry Observer, 11/17/1892; J. B. Clary had an ice cream festival at his place for the benefit of Smyrna Church. Newberry Observer 9/7/1898; J. B. Clary received $9.10 and $5.65 for lumber during the Quarterly 10/1/1898 to 12/28/1898 and published according to the Act of the Legislature of 1897, Page 8,Newberry Observer 1/5/1899; James B. Clary, near Smyrna Church lost his home to fire on 12/22/1901. Mrs. Clary and her deaf and dumb son were home. Mr. Clary is in Columbia in the mental asylum. Page 8, Newberry Observer 12/24/1901; James B. Clary, was a member of Co. ‘G’ Holcombe Legion in the Confederate War, Page 5, Newberry Observer 11/25/1902


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at the H. H. Abrams Plantation in the County and State aforesaid the 25th day of December A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Cely Hobe of Newberry County  then and there being dead by the oaths of  G. B. Boozer, B. T. Abrams, D. S. Teague, C. P. Teague, A. M. Johnson, T. E. Grizzard, R. C. Johnson, G. L. Clamp, J. W. Johnson, W. J. Sheeley, G. H. Martin, David Boozer, 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 Cely Hobe came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Cely Hobe came to his death by a gun shot wound accidentally inflicted by the hands of Will Harris on Dec 24, 1904 and from which wounds said Cely Hobe died on Dec 24th 1904 without blame attached to Will Harris. And so the said jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Will Harris, the said Cely Hobe by misfortune and contrary to his will in manner and form aforesaid did kill and slay.  In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County           

G. B. Boozer (foreman), B. T. Abrams, D. S. Teague, C. P. Teague, A. M. Johnson, T. E. Grizzard, R. C. Johnston, G. L. Clamp, J. W. Johnson, W. J. Sheeley, G. H. Martin, David Boozer

EVIDENCE

John Henderson duly sworn says:   I live with Mr. H. H. Abrams. I was at home. I saw the gun when it was fired by Will Harris. Cely Hobe was standing in the yard and Will Harris on the piazza when the gun fired. Cely Hobe fell and hollered. Dec 24, 1904       John (X) Henderson


Marshal Wilson duly sworn says:   I live with L. J. Mays. I was at Mr. H. H. Abrams. I saw the gun fired and saw Cely Hobe fall.                                                                                                                           Marshal Wilson


H. H. Abrams duly sworn says:   I was standing at my store and heard the gun fire. Heard Cely Hobe holler. Called Will to come here. “He has shot me.” Afterwards I came down and Cely Hobe was dying when I got here. Cely Hobe died in two minutes after I got here. From what I can learn I think it was an accident.  Dec 24, 1904.

   H. H. Abrams

George Washington duly sworn says:   I live with Mr. H. H. Abrams. I was not at home when the shooting occurred. When I got there Marshal Wilson and  Frank Floyd was washing Cely Hobe. They said they did not know how it was done. Heard the hollering. Will Harris is 10 or 12 years old.                                                     George (X) Washington

Mary Wilson duly sworn says:  Said she was about seventy five yards from where Cely Hobe was shot.               
    Mary (X) Wilson

Will Harris duly sworn says:   I was here Dec 24, 1904. I saw Cely Hobe. We had no quarrel. Will Moses handed me his gun. I did not know it was loaded. I was standing in the piazza with it in my hand. I pulled the hammer back and it went off. We were going down in the woods where Cely Hobe said there were some birds. After the gun went off I ran for I was scared.           Will (X) Harris  


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at near Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 29th day of December A.D. 1904 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner upon view of the body of Mr. M. L. Kinard of Newberry Co. SC then and there being dead. That the said M. L. Kinard came to his death from natural causes on the 29th December 1904 without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County           

               EVIDENCE

J. D. H. Kibler sworn says:   I live in Newberry County SC near Prosperity. Mr. M. L. Kinard has been staying with me off and on for 3 months. I came from Newberry on yesterday eve and when I got home found Mr. Kinard still up and in his usual health. He retired about 10:30 o’clock. I got up this am and called Mr. Kinard. He did not answer me.  I went to his bed and shook him and found him dead. He was still warm. This was on Dec 29, 1904. He has not been complaining except on Monday at dinner he complained of a choking sensation. We [had] taken him to fresh air and he revived.                                      J. D. H. Kibler


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Isaac Floyd’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 7th day of January A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Delany Floyd (Colored) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. That the said Delany Floyd came to her death from natural causes on the 6th day of Jan 1905 without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid put my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Isaac Floyd sworn says:   Last nigh Jan 6th 1905 my wife Delany ironed all day. Taken sick about 9 o’clock pm. Took three pills and a small drink of whiskey. She undressed and went to bed and in about 5 minutes she got up and fell in my lap and died. She had not been well for some time. Dr. Senn had treated her during Aug 1904 and she had not been well since.                                                                                                                                                  Isaac (X) Floyd

Fannie Jones being sworn says:   I live in the same [house] with Isaac and Delany Floyd. I came in the room and found Delany in Isaac’s lap. She was not quite dead. I know she has not been in good health for some time. I am satisfied she died from natural causes. She was complaining of her head yesterday.                                    Fannie (X) Jones 


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Mad Pitts’ Place No. 6 Township in the County and State aforesaid the 14th day of January A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Leanna Spearman (Colored) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. That the said Leanna Spearman came to her death from natural causes on the 13th day of Jan 1905 without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have  put my hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Johnnie Spearman sworn says:   I live on Mad Pitts’ Place in Newberry Co. SC.  On Jan 13th 1905 I was at home. Leanna Spearman, the deceased, is my mother. On last night we was all sitting around the fire. She, mother, went out of the door and came back to the back door and fell on out side. She called us and said come and help her in the house. We brought her in the house and put her on the bed. I went for help and when I got back she was dead. Her health has been bad for sometime with her head. I don’t think there was any foul play.                                           Johnnie Spearman


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 19th day of January A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Joe Hargrove (White) of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. That the said Joe Hargrove came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by a pistol falling on the floor and being discharged without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

P. C. Furguson sworn says:   I was in the bowling alley on Jan 19th 1905. We were rolling on the alley. Just started a game. Pulled off our coats, hung them up on the wall and turned around and started to pitching. Joe Hargrove was standing between me and the wall when the pistol fired. The coat fell, he jumped around and said, “I am shot.” He sat down in a chair and I and another gentleman went after the doctor. The pistol was in my coat pocket. This was about 9 o’clock. Deceased lived about 10 minutes.                                                                                         P. C. Furguson

Charlie Green sworn says:  I work in the bowling alley of Mr. Henderson. I was at work on Jan 19th 1905. I was standing in front of the alley when this gentleman, his coat up on the wall. The gentleman who is dead told this gentleman to take his pistol out of his pocket. Then he put his pistol in his coat pocket and the coat fell. Then the man went towards Mr. Henderson and said he was shot. Mr. Henderson asked him where about. He caught his side but did not speak any more. Mr. Henderson sat him down in a chair and he died.                Charlie (X) Green

D. A. Henderson sworn says:   I live in Newberry SC.  I run the bowling alley. On Jan 19th 1905 I was in my alley. I had my back turned on Joe and I heard him say, “I am shot.” And I set him in a chair and he died in about 10 minutes. There was no fuss at the time [that] the shot [was] fired between anyone at the alley.                    D. A. Henderson

Hargrove, J. C., male, white, died 1/19/1905 of an accidental pistol shot wound. He was 23 years old, born in Newberry Co., resided in Newberry City.  Reported by Dr. W. G. Houseal M. D. Burial was in a County Cemetery. (Information from ‘Returns of Deaths within the City of Newberry’ – Book kept at the Newberry County Library)


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Prosperity in the County and State aforesaid the 20th day of February A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of infant of Jane Adams of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of F. E. Schumpert, D. J. Taylor, J. R. Vaughn, J. W. Cannon, M. B. Bedenbaugh, J. S. Ruff, E. B. Kibler, E. L. Dominick, R. E. Sheeley, N. H. Vaughn, B. T. Young, J. B. Schumpert 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 infant of Jane Adams came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said infant of Jane Adams came to his death from causes unknown to the jury on or about 5th day of February 1905. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

F. E. Schumpert (Foreman), D. J. Taylor, J. R. Vaughn, J. W. Cannon, M. B. Bedenbaugh, J. S. Ruff, E. B. Kibler, E. Lair Dominick, R. E. Sheeley, N. H. Vaughn, B. T. Young, J. B. Schumpert

EVIDENCE

Calvin Spann being sworn says:   I live near Prosperity. I dug a grave last Saturday 4th day of Feb 1905. The child was buried Monday Feb 6. I was informed the child was not dead and I shut up the grave. I did not know what baby was to be buried when I dug the grave. Bunk Adams’ son Pet told me to dig a grave. I don’t remember who told me to fill up the grave.                                                                                                                             Calvin (X) Spann

Green Davenport sworn says:   I dug a grave on Feb 4, 1905. Pet Adams came to my home and said he wanted me to dig a grave as “Our baby was dead”. That was on Saturday Feb 4, 1905. I hope to fill up the grave. I live about 2 miles from the graveyard.                                                                                                                  Green (X) Davenport

Bur Long sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On Monday Feb 6, Pet Adams came over to the blacksmith shop and told Fed Moore he wanted a horse and buggy. It was a horse hitched to a buggy and I was asked to unhitch the horse, which I did. Bunk Adams told me to get in and drive around to Mr. Ezra Counts. We got the coffin and took it to Bunk Adams. Bunk took the coffin in the house. Bunk Adams put the baby in the coffin. I was in the house and Bunk Adams took the child out of the telescope. George Kinard and John Cason was in the house with myself. After Bunk put the baby in the coffin he, Bunk [asked] for me to help him put the lid on the coffin. Rachel Butler came in and said she wanted to see the baby. I took the coffin and put it in the buggy and drove it to the graveyard. Bunk Adams told me when he left Columbia the child was not dead but Bunk said he told his wife the child was not dead but he would take it home to save expense. Bunk Adams also said the child died on the way from Columbia in his arms and he just opened the telescope and put the baby in it. I was present when the baby was took out of the telescope. It was dressed. It was not in a new telescope. Bunk Adams told me he had a doctor to the baby.

                                                                                                                                                      Burr (X) Long 

Bunk Adams being sworn says:   I got a telegram on last Saturday that my baby was dead. When the train came up I got a postal saying that my baby was not dead. My wife sent the telegram. The postal was from my wife also. The telegram and postal was dated the same day Feb 4,. 1905 and sent from Columbia. The Postal said it was not dead but it was not expected to live. I had the grave dug after I received the telegram and after I got the postal I had the grave filled. Saturday night I went to Columbia on the train. When I got there the baby was still living. I asked my wife did she send me the telegram. My wife said she thought the baby was dead. She had already laid the baby out for dead. My wife said, “Bunk, I am glad you have come before the child died.” I said, “If the child is dead or alive until Monday I am to take it home. Essie Jackson, Alvira Counts and Joe was with us in our house. Old Mrs. Robertson felt the baby and said it was dead. The child died in Essie Jackson’s arms. I told my wife to wrap the child up and I will take it home. I got on the train at the Union shed. I had the child in the telescope. I got on the regular passenger train and rode in second class car. I don’t remember the doctor . I came to Prosperity and took the baby home. I went to Moseley Bros. and got a cap. Rosa Spence, Rachel Butler, Carrie Bridges, Burley Young, Burr Long, Irwin & Aster Adams and John Cason was at the house when I got there with the baby. I opened the baby publicly. I did not tell Burr Long the baby died in my arms on the way. He must have been mistaken. The baby took sick on Friday Feb 3, 1905. The child died about 7 o’clock Sunday night following. The baby was two weeks old. It was a white doctor who attended my wife and baby. My wife is now Essie Jackson, Devine St. 1119. My wife is with Frances Roberson. Essie Jackson did not have but one bed. That is why my wife went to Frances Roberson. My wife left here on Saturday the last of Jan 1905. I [have] raised one [baby] on the bottle before this one. I am 51 years old. My wife is 37 or 38 years old. My wife requested me to take the child home dead or alive. That was the first time I went to see my wife while in Columbia. The reason my wife went to Columbia is because her daughter was attending the college and she had not been treated right is the only reason my wife went to Columbia.                                                                                                                    Bunk Adams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

R. D. Walker – Coroner of Richland County SC, sworn says:   I received a telegram from Mr. Lindsay. There was a child brought from Columbia and buried in Prosperity. Will find the letter tomorrow with full particulars. I received the letter on Feb 13, 1905. The information contained in the letter caused me to call on one Elsey Jackson 1119 Devine St. I called on Elsey Jackson on the above address, told who I was – an officer of the law. I asked her {did] she want to see me privately or publicly. She told me to go ahead. I asked her how long she had been living in the house. She told me three months. I asked her if she knew one by the name of Jane Adams. She said she did. I asked her how long did she know Jane Adams – all her life. I asked her where I could find Jane Adams and then she is pointing over towards the fireplace. I then made myself known to her by telling her who I was. I asked her where she was from. She said from Prosperity. I asked her how long she had been in Columbia. Since the 21st day of January 1905. I asked her had she been sick since she had been here. She said no, not much. I then asked why she was in Columbia. She said she had a daughter at the Benedict College. I asked if her daughter had been sick. She said no, that her daughter’s work was too hard for her. I asked Jane Adams what her sickness was. She told me that she had given birth to a child. I asked her when was this. She said on Jan 21, at 11 o’clock pm. I asked her did she call a doctor. She said Elsie Jackson had phoned for a doctor. I then asked Elsie Jackson. She said she did but the doctor did not come until 11 am the 22nd. She met him on the sidewalk and told him it was too late. Doctor did not see the mother  or child. I then asked where did she go. She said she had went to 1104 College Street. I asked here was she not running risk getting up so soon after the birth of a child. She said Elsie did not have a bed for her and she had to go where she could get a bed. I then asked Jane for her letters. She then went in another room and Elsie Jackson following her but they could not find the letters. She thought she could find them  at Sarah Robinson’s. I told her if she thought they was there I would go with her. Elsie Jackson and Joe Jones went with me. She got the letters. I have them now in Court.                                         R. D. Walker                     

This is to certify that I have this the 10th day of Feb. 1905 examined the body of the dead infant said to be the daughter of Jane Adams and find no evidence of foul play. The child seemed to be fully developed.

  J. S. Wheeler MD


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Godfrey Harmon’s Place in No. 6 Township  in the County and State aforesaid the 24th day of March A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Texanna Nary of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. Sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Texanna Nary came to her death from the effects of a burn inflicted on March 22, 1905 by accident and died on March 23rd 1905 without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Lou Floyd sworn says:   I live on Godfrey Harmon’s Place in No. 6 Township, Newberry Co. SC. On March 22, 1905 I was at home about 1:30 o’clock. Texanna Nary was burning grass in the field. I heard her scream. I looked and saw she was on fire and she came running to me in a light blaze of fire. I run and got a bucket of water and threw it on her and then I commenced pulling her clothes off her. I got her clothes off. She walked in my house and I got something and put around her and brought her to her house. She lived until 23rd of March 1905 about 8 o’clock am.                                                                                                                                                                                            Lou (X) Floyd

Eliza Floyd sworn says:   I live on Mr. Godfrey Harmon’s place in No. 6 Township, Newberry Co. SC. On 22nd March 1905 I was in the field at work and I heard Texanna nary scream and call Aunt Lou and I looked and saw her on fire. When I got to my house Lou had got the fire out and we got a sheet and brought her to her own house. She lived until the 23rd of March 1905 about 8 o’clock am.                 Eliza (X) Floyd


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid the 9th day of April A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jordan Suber of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of Haskel Wright, B. E. Koon, James A. Bradley, W. P. Bedenbaugh, E. P. Bradley, J.T. Brown, A. T. Brown, J. F. Riser, T. P. Bradley, Floyd Bradley, E. Cabaniss 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 Jordan Suber came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jordan Suber came to his death from a gun shot wound from the hands of Wesley Suber on the 9th day of April 1905 and from which wound said Jordan Suber died instantly in the County and State aforesaid. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say, that the aforesaid Wesley Suber in manner and form aforesaid Jordan Suber then and there  did feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

Haskel Wright (Foreman), B. E. Koon, James A. Bradley, W. P. Bedenbaugh, E. P. Bradley, J.T. Brown, A. T. Brown, J. F. Riser, T. P. Bradley, Floyd Bradley, E. Cabaniss, C. B. Tidwell

EVIDENCE

Anna Suber sworn says:   I live in the town of Newberry SC on Mr. T. C. Pool’s house. About 12:15 o’clock am April 9th 1905 Jordan Suber came home and I commenced talking to him and told him I thought he had gone to the country and he said no, he had gone to the country and I could not help myself. He had a belt and he beat me with it. And then he got a stick and commenced beating me with the stick. I ran out of the door and ran up towards Mr. Pool’s house. I was barefooted and called to my son Wesley Suber. He threw my clothes to the door and I commenced to dress out in the yard. Wesley was putting his clothes on in the house. Wesley told Jordan, “You ought not beat mother.” “Yes, I will beat her and you too if you bother me.” And Jordan got out of bed and Wesley ran out the door with the gun in his hand. I heard Wesley say, “Papa, don’t come on me,” and then the gun fired. Wesley ran up the hill to Mr. Pool’s house. I ran to Jordan Suber. I asked him if he was hurt. He never spoke. He never had anything in his hand when I got to him. I came back and rapped and called Wesley and woke him up and told him to hand me my clothes. He did not know that Jordan had beaten me until I told him. The gun stays at Wesley’s bed. After the gun fired Wesley was gone for about 15 minutes and brought the gun back with him. Wesley and I went to Jordan and Wesley said, “Papa, I told you not to come to me.” Jordan is about 34 years old.                                                                                  Anna Suber

T. C. Pool sworn says:   I live in town of Newberry SC. On Apr 9, 1905 I was awake and I heard a gun fire and heard someone scream. I went to the phone and rang for the police station and while I was ringing I heard someone knocking at my back door and it was Wesley Suber. I did not go to the door to answer him until I got an answer from the phone message and when I went to the door he had gone but I called him and he answered me about the stable. I asked him what was the matter and he said someone was shot. I asked him who it was and he said it was his father. I asked him who shot him  and he said, “I did it myself.”                                                                                          T. C. Pool

E. Cabaniss sworn says:   I live in the town of Newberry SC. on April 9, 1905 I was coming from town. Wesley was coming to the side gate talking. It was about 12:40am 9 April 1905. Wesley said he was going to leave. He passed me out of the gate and I called him back and told me he had shot his father. he said his father was whipping his mother and he was to Mr. Pool and woke him up. His father took after him with the stick... “He had been beating mother with. I told him not to come on me and he did come and I shot him.”                                                  E. Cabaniss

Jordan Suber, male, black, died 4/9/1905 of a gun shot. He was 34 years old, born in Newberry Co., resided in Newberry City for 1 day. F. M. Lindsay, Coroner. (Information from ‘Returns of Deaths within the City of Newberry’ – Book kept at the Newberry County Library)


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Mrs. A. E. Derrick’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 3rd day of June A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of John Gray of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of John C. Aull, James  C. Setzler, W. S. Seybt, G. W. Setzler, Ben M. Setzler, W. H. Bundrick, J. George Derrick, E. O. Hentz, E. B. Feagle, John B. Setzler, O. L. Wicker, Thomas E. Hentz 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 John Gray came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said John Gray came to his death from a gun shot wound in the hands of himself and Henry Wideman on the June 2, 1905 and from which wound he died on June 3rd 1905. That the shooting was merely accidental and without malice. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

John C. Aull (Foreman), Charles P. Setzler, W. S. Seybt, G. W. Setzler, Ben M. Setzler, W. H. Bundrick, J. George Derrick, E. O. Hentz, E. B. Feagle, John B. Setzler, O. L. Wicker, Thomas E. Hentz

EVIDENCE

Cebe Greeley sworn says:   That I don’t know how John Gray got killed. I live on the same place of the deceased. John Gray and Henry Wideman came to the field with me. Henry had the gun June 2, 1905. Then John had the gun. I heard the gun fire and heard Henry say that John shot himself. When last I saw them before the shooting, Henry had the gun. I had my back to them when the gun fired.                                                                                      Cebe (X) Greeley

Henry Wideman sworn says:   I live with Mrs. E. A. Derrick. Me and John Gray went where Cebe Greeley was plowing. I had Sim Greeley’s gun with me. Johnnie Gray wanted to carry the gun and caught the muzzle and snatched it, causing my hand to slip over the hammer and discharge the gun. Shooting took place about 10 o’clock am June 2nd 1905.                                                                                                                                                        Henry (X) Wideman

Nervy Greeley being sworn says:   That John Gray said he and Henry was playing with the gun and that he was as much to blame as Henry for being shot.                                                                                                  Nervy (X) Greeley

Willie Gray being sworn says:   I am John Gray’s brother. When I met John he said he was shot. Said he and John and Henry was playing with the gun and he jerked the gun and it went off.                                 Willie Gray

Ebb Gray being sworn says:   I am the father of John Gray. I heard a gun fire in the direction of where John Gray was, about 10 o’clock am June 2, 1905 and John died at ½ past eleven am June 3, 1905. John said that he didn’t want anything done to Henry. That he, Henry, didn’t do it intentionally.                                    Ebb (X) Gray


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Newberry Court House  in the County and State aforesaid the 24th day of June A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Robert Langford of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. That the said Robert Langford came to his death  by accidental drowning in Saluda River on June 21st 1905 without blame attached to any living person. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

H. P. Stephens sworn says:   I went to the Saluda River and when I got 10 feet from the bank the water was up to my mouth. I commenced to swim and swam to the middle of the river and let down just even with my shoulders. I turned and told Robert Langford not to come in. The water was over his head. I then went down the river and next thing I heard a splash in the water. I tried then to get Robert to turn and go back but he came on out to where I was. I tried to rest him but the water was so deep we could not stand. We went down river I suppose 50 or 70 yards and he became excited and gave up. Then it rested with me to keep him out of the water, but the water was up to my neck. I tried to go to the bank. I went down the river with Robert Langford in my arms about 100 yards and struck a rock and tried to get him to stand on the rock and I had to hold myself and him against the water and I soon lost my footing and I said to him, “Give me your hand.” And I started again to the bank with him. He just caught around me. Then he pulled me under the water with him twice. I had an old shirt and it was worn out and he had hold of it and it tore loose from me. Then close to the top of the water I went to a log about 10 or 15 feet from the bank. I then pulled off everything I had on. I went into the water. Before I hit the water I saw him which was the _ . I swam out to where I saw him and couldn’t see him and was excited myself. I turned and went to the bank and walked ½ mile and told my father and P. S. Livingston about the accident. This happened on 21st June 1905.                                                                                H. P. Stephens

Joe Owens sworn says:  I was working about 200 yards from where Mr. Stephens and Langford went in the river on June 21st 1905. I heard Mr. Stephens say, “Don’t come in the river, it is over your head.”               Joe(X) Owens 


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at J. F. Harmon’s Place in the County and State aforesaid the 26th day of June A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Noah Wyatt of Newberry County SC then and there being dead. That the said Noah Wyatt came to his death from natural causes on the 26 day of June 1905 in the County and State aforesaid. In witness whereof I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition have put my hands and seal the day and year above mentioned.

F. M. Lindsay, Coroner of Newberry County

EVIDENCE

Joe Henderson sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. on Mr. F. J. Harmon’s Place. On the 26th day of June 1905 Noah Wyatt was working in the field with me and I missed him. I went across the field to get some water and found him lying on the ground and I went to him and he was dead. I called Francis Epps and Becky Adams. It was about 10 o’clock am.                                                                                                                                                      Joe (X) Henderson

Francis Epps sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. on Mr. F. J. Harmon’s Place. On the 26th day of June 1905 Joe Henderson called me and I went to him and found Noah Wyatt lying on the ground in the field dead. Noah Wyatt told me this morning he was feeling bad.                                                                            Francis (X) Epps

Harriet Prince sworn says:   I live in the house with Noah Wyatt. He was sick two or three days. He said he felt bad this morning but would try to hoe some cotton.                                                                                   Harriet (X) Prince


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Flint Hill Church in the County and State aforesaid the 28th day of June A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Jim Longshore of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of T. B. Riser, J. B. Cromer, G. W. Eddy, N. B. Johnson, C. B. Tidwell, Anthony Griffin, Mat Sanders, John Rodgers, Warren Duncan, Jim Griffin, Tom Duckett, Tom Sanders 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 Jim Longshore came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Jim Longshore came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by the hands of Frank Rice on the 25th day of June, 1905 and Isaac Reed as accessory. And so the said jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Frank Rice in manner and form aforesaid, him the said Jim Longshore then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same state aforesaid and that Isaac Reed is an accessory. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

T. B. Riser (Foreman), J. B. Cromer, G. W. Eddy, N. B. Johnson, C. B. Tidwell, Anthony (X) Griffin, Mat (X) Sanders, John (X) Rodgers, Warren (X) Duncan, Jim (X) Griffin, Tom (X) Duckett, Tom (X) Sanders

EVIDENCE

Isaac Reed sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On June 25th 1905 I was at Flint Hill Church about 11 o’clock until 5. There was services in the Church. Myself, Frank Rice, and Jim Longshore was down in the woods. Frank Rice and Jim Longshore was playing cards. Jim Longshore picked up Frank Rice’s money and Frank Rice forbid him to take it. Frank told him if he wanted his money he was welcome to it but he would have to win it. Jim said, “I have got your money and I want to see you get it.” At that time Frank started to Jim and Jim was walking off. When frank got near to Jim, Jim turned and struck at frank with a stick and knocked his hat off. At that time Frank shot Jim. I saw him fall. There was no one else but only three at the place. Frank and myself left together.                                        Isaac (X) Reed

Isaac Swindler sworn says:   I live in Newberry County. On June25, 1905, myself and wife and Anna Bird was setting in the yard at home. I looked out about one hundred yards and I saw Isaac Reed and Frank Rice coming up to my house walking very fast. Frank Rice said to me, Mr. Swindler, let me see you a minute.” I walked off about 10 steps from my wife and Anna. Frank Rice asked me the time of day. I told him I did not know but I thought it was about 6:30 pm. “I want you to help me out.” I asked, “In what way?” He said a man was shot at Flint Hill today and Frank said that they said we done it. I asked him who said that you all done it? He said Josh James said so. I told them I was going to look at my clock so I would know what I was talking about and it was 7:15 o’clock pm. I told them that if there was any here after, I will tell what hour you all was here and they walked off.                                    Isaac Swindler

This is to certify that I have examined the dead body of Jim Longshore and found a bullet hole apparently of a 30 caliber. Judging from the size of the hole at the entrance, the bullet entered at the inner angle of the right orbit through the right nasal bone. The track of the bullet extended straight backward and fractured the skull in a stellate shape one half inch to the left of the occipital protrusion, the bullet falling into the base of the cranium.  D. E. Turnipseed MD


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Jalapa in the County and State aforesaid the 13th day of July A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Ben Lee of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of W. H. Eddy, T. H. Chalmers, H. K. Boyd, J. T. H. Aull, M. P. Johnson, J. A. Chapman, W. E. Merchant, G. C. Merchant, W. S. Dobbins, N. A. Smith, A. W. Davenport, W. C. Swittenberg 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 Ben Lee came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Ben Lee came to his death from a pistol shot wound inflicted by the hands of George Baxter while said George Baxter was shooting at Jesse Shears on the 1st day of July, 1905 and from which wound the said Ben Lee died on the 12th day of July 1905 in the County and State aforesaid. And so the said jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid George Baxter in manner and form aforesaid, him the said Ben Lee [then] and there did kill against the peace and dignity of the same state aforesaid. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

W. H. Eddy (Foreman), T. H. Chalmers, H. K. Boyd, J. T. H. Aull, .M. P. Johnson, J. A. Chapman, W. Ernest Merchant, G. C. Merchant, W. S. Dobbins, N. A. Smith, A. W. Davenport, W. C. Swittenberg

EVIDENCE

Tom Epps sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. on Mr. T. H. Chalmers’ Place. On July 1, 1905 I was coming from Newberry and I got there between Mr. Rikard’s and Minnie Brown’s. Jess Shears knocked a foul ball and run back over George Baxter’s cousin. Jess Shears started to George Baxter with a bat and George Baxter told Jess Shears to get back and he would not get back and then George Baxter pulled out his pistol. Then four more came up with bats and was about to hit George with a bat. I told George to look out, Bub Baker was going to hit him with a bat and then he jumped out in the road and then George Baxter shot at Jess Shears. One shot was fired and that shot hit Ben Lee. Ben Lee had nothing to do with the fuss. Shears and the other four was fussing with George Baxter. George Baxter and Ben Lee was playing ball on the same side.      Tom (X) Epps


State of South Carolina, County of Newberry

An inquisition indented taken at Fellowship Church in the County and State aforesaid the 16h day of July A.D. 1905 before F. M. Lindsay Coroner for said County upon view of the body of Arthur Wilson of Fairfield County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J.H. Smith, S. N. Henderson, H. S. Graham, D. Berley, B. B. Berley, L. S. Henderson, J. B. Adams, C. L. Leitzsey, E. L. Glymph, T. M. Henderson, C. N. Ruff, J. H. Cromer, 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 Arthur Wilson came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Arthur Wilson came to his death from a gun shot wound inflicted by the hands of Berry Suber on the 15th day of July, 1905 and from which wound the said Arthur Wilson died on the 15th day of July 1905 and Edd Suber [as] accessory. And so the said jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Berry Suber in manner and form aforesaid, Arthur Wilson then and there did kill against the peace and dignity of the same state aforesaid. In witness whereof  I, F.  M. Lindsay Coroner aforesaid and the jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned.

J.H. Smith (Foreman), S. N. Henderson, H. S. Graham, D. E. Berley, B. B. Berley, L. S. Henderson, J. B. Adams, C. L. Leitzsey, E. L. Glymph, T. M. Henderson, C. N. Ruff, J. H. Cromer

EVIDENCE

Orlando Suber sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15th 1905 I was at Fellowship Church at a barbecue. Was at the Church while I was talking to Henry Jeter. Arthur Wilson was coming up with a gun. Then he came on towards us. I said to Harry Jeter, “He must be going rabbit hunting.” When he got even with us he cocked his gun. I said, “What is up? Must be trouble.” Arthur Wilson walked on and cocked his gun while walking along. Berry Suber said, “Where are you going Arthur?” Arthur looked around and shot at Berry Suber and Berry Suber shot Arthur Wilson, killed him. The shots was about the same time. I was about 10 or 15 feet from where the shooting took place.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Orlando Suber

Wes Chaplin sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15th 1905 myself and Berry Suber was at Fellowship Church in Newberry Co. Berry Suber said, “Yonder comes Arthur Wilson with a gun,” and he got up and asked Arthur where are you going Arthur? Arthur said nothing. When Arthur got near Berry Suber Arthur raised his gun to shoot and shot first and then Berry Suber shot him, but Arthur’s fired first, but the shots were very close together. Berry and Arthur had no fuss on the grounds. Berry Suber had some words with others. Berry Suber was trying to correct Bill Suber and told them they must keep order. Edd Suber drew a pistol on Berry Suber while on Suber’s place. Suber then went and got his gun.                                                                                                                                                 Wesley (X) Chaplin 

George Glymph sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15, 1905 I was at Fellowship Church in Newberry Co. I was sitting on the steps and saw Arthur Wilson coming across the field with a gun. He came up to the crowd looking just like I was looking for a rabbit. His sister Mattie Chaplin called him three times. He never answered her. At this time I came down to the crowd. When I got 20 steps of Berry and Arthur, Berry said to Arthur, “Where is you going Arthur?” Then the gun fired but I don’t know who fired first.                                                         George Glymph

Acie Eigner sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15, 1905 I was at Fellowship Church. I was at the lemonade stand selling for them. I heard someone say look out – Berry – three times. At that time I looked around. I saw Arthur Wilson with his gun in the act of shooting and the gun was pointed at Berry Suber. The shooting took place and Arthur shot first. I did not come out from where I was. I sold right on and sold 40 cents worth after the killing.                                                                                                                                                                                Acie Eigner

Edd Suber sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15, 1905 Myself and Berry Suber had a few words and I went and got my pistol.

R. L. Murphy sworn says:   I live in Newberry Co. On July 15, 1905 I was sitting at Walter Glymph’s store and saw someone coming across the field. I did not know who it was until he got to the store. Then I saw it was Arthur Wilson and I asked him whose gun it was and he told me it was Edd Suber’s. He asked Mr. Glymph to sell him shells. Mr. Glymph refused to sell them to him for he had none. Joe took his gun and walked up the road and I heard two shots but I do not know who shot them.                                                                                             R. L. Murphy

 

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