Coroner's Inquistions
 1908 - 1918
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at B. B. Boland’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 24th day of Aug. A. D. 1910, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of BESSIE KENLEY of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of J. A. Nichols, Belton Stockman, W. C. Barnes, E. L. Griffin, J. B. Enlow, E. C. Dominick, Ernest Garrett, B. T. Barnes, Henry Stockman, J. C. Sample, B. B. Boland, M. T. Taylor 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 Bessie Kenley came to her death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Bessie Kenley came to her death in Newberry County from unknown causes to the jury.. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say, that the aforesaid Bessie Kenley came to her death in manner and form aforesaid.

IN witness whereof I, W. E. Felker, Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                            W. E. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                        J. A. Nichols, Foreman (L. S.)

Belton Stockman (L. S.)   W. C. Barnes (L. S.)                         E. L. Griffin (L. S.)            J. B. Enlow (L. S.)

E. C. Dominick (L. S.)       Ernest Garrett (L. S.)                        B. T. Barnes (L. S.)            Henry Stockman (L. S.)

J. C. Sample (L. S.)            B. B. Boland (L. S.)                          M. T. Taylor (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

PATSY KENNERLY duly sworn says:

Last time I saw [the] child alive I was eating my supper. [The] child was crying and I told my daughter to let it nurse. She took it up and let it nurse and then laid it down. After she laid [the] child down I didn’t hear any more from it until [the] children came to [the] field and told me [the] child was dead – nearly seven o’clock this morning. Did not see [the] child this morning.                                                                                                               PATSY (X) KENNERLY

MARY KENNERLY being duly sworn says:

Last night I got up after twelve o’clock and let [the] child nurse and gave it some water. [The] child had not been sick only when it had [the] chicken pox. I gave [the] child some quinine about two months ago. I thought [the] child was asleep and did not let it nurse this morning. When I cooked dinner yesterday [the] child was playing. Dave and Mary nursed [the] child yesterday. I fed her some tomato soup at dinner yesterday. Did not feed her at night. Did not give her anything else. [The] spot over her eye was caused by [the] breaking out.                           MARY (X) KENNERLY

LIZZIE WISE being duly sworn says:

She did not give [the] child anything to eat. Was with [the] child all day. Don’t know how old I am. [The] child did not get a fall yesterday. My little sister said, “Come here and look at [the] baby.” I saw that [the] baby did not get its breath. Then I went over in [the] field and told ma and them.                                                      LIZZIE (X) WISE

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Bessie Kennerly and that in my opinion she came to her death from acute gastritis.                                                     Aug. 24, 1910                                                  C. T. WYCHE MD

INQUEST of JIM JACKSON

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry in the County and State aforesaid, the 26th day of Aug. A. D. 1910, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of JIM JACKSON of Anderson Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of Irby D. Shockley, T. B. Banks, G. C. Evans, T. E. Grizzard, J. A. Lindsay, C. B. Spinks, J. M. Morris, H. D. Havird, G. W. Summer Jr., Frank P. Devore, O. H. Peterson, John W. Earhardt, J. J. Hitt, S. E. Foy 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 Jackson came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Jim Jackson came to his death in Newberry County from a gun shot wound at the hands of Newt Madison. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say, that the aforesaid Newt Madison in manner and form aforesaid Jim Jackson then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid.

IN witness whereof I, W. E. Felker, Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                          W. E. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       Irby D. Shockley, Foreman (L. S.)

T. B. Banks (L. S.)             G. C. Evans (L. S.)             T. E. Grizzard (L. S.)                        J. A. Lindsay (L. S.)

C. B. Spinks (L. S.)            J. M. Morris (L. S.)            H. D. Havird (L. S.)                          G. W. Summer Jr. (L. S.)

Frank P. Devore (L. S.)     O. H. Peterson (L. S.)        John W. Earhardt (L. S.)                  J. J. Hitt (L. S.)

S. E. Foy (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

WALTER ROBINSON sworn says:

Me and my wife were sitting on [the] 2nd seat from [the] door and all at once heard shooting. [We] were looking at him. [The] man [who] killed Jim Jackson was coming through [the] car, Newt Madison was standing in [the] door of [the] forward car. Jim Jackson had reached [the] door of [the] car I was in when I heard shots and I heard Jim Jackson say, “Oh Lord, I’m shot,” and fell on [the] floor. I saw Newt Madison shoot. I saw [the] pistol in his hand. [I] didn’t hear them say anything to each other before [the] shooting. [The] shooting occurred today, Aug. 26, 1910.

                                                                                                                                                      WALTER (X) ROBINSON

LILLIAN ROBINSON sworn says:

I live at Anderson SC. When I first saw Jim Jackson he was falling. [I] saw Newt Madison shooting at him and heard Newt Madison say, “G—D – I’ll kill him.” At this time [I] heard Jim Jackson say, “Oh Lord, I am shot.” Did not hear Jackson say anything before he fell. Nether of them seemed to be drinking. Jackson was near me when shot and Newt Madison was on [the] platform of [the] car shooting through [the] door. I didn’t see [the] pistol but saw [the] smoke. I did not hear them quarrel before [the] shooting. [The] shooting occurred today Aug. 26, 1910

                                                                                                                                                      LILLIAN (X) ROBINSON

JIM FRAZIER sworn says:

I live at Anderson SC. I was standing near Newt Madison in [the] forward car. Jim Jackson was coming towards us when [the] man killed said to Newt Madison, “I understand you said you would kill me [the] first time you saw me. Now, God damn it, put it to me.” He ran his hand toward his pocket while saying this. Newt Madison pulled a pistol out of [his] bosom and shot Jim Jackson. Don’t know how many shots he fired. Did not hear them quarrel before [the] shooting. Jackson fell as soon as [he was] shot. Madison did not shoot after Jackson fell. [The] shooting took place today Aug. 26, 1910. Madison did not appear drunk.                                                                               JIM (X) FRAZIER

DOCK WILLIAMS sworn says:

I live at Anderson SC. [I] was in [the] front car. Saw Newt Madison stand on [the] rear platform of [the] same coach shooting through [the] door into [the] following car. Saw Jim Jackson fall when Madison shot. Did not hear either Madison or Jackson say anything before or after [the] shooting. Saw [the] pistol in Madison’s hand and heard him shoot three or four times. I am not related to any of these witnesses. This shooting happened today, Aug. 26, 1910. This was [an] excursion train and had been to Savannah GA.                                                     DOCK (X) WILLIAMS

LILLIE REESE sworn says:

I live at Anderson SC. [I] was in [the] front end of [the] car. Jim Jackson was coming through [the] car. When [Jim] was opposite me I heard him say to Newt Madison, “I heard you had it in for me. If so boy [give] it to me.” Then Newt Madison pulled [his] pistol from [his] bosom and began shooting at Jackson. Jackson fell against [the] floor and says, “Lord, I’m shot. Have mercy.” Madison said, “God damn you, I’ll kill you.” This was on [the] excursion train – had been to Savannah GA. [the] shooting took place today Aug. 26, 1910. Neither one seemed to be drunk. [I] did not hear them quarreling before [the] shooting. Never saw Madison before today.                                           LILLIE REESE

DR. W. E. PELHAM JR.  sworn says:                                                                                      Aug.26, 1910

This is to certify that I have this day examined [the] dead body said to be Jim Jackson and found three bullet holes in [the] body. One 2½ inches above and 1/3 inch to [the] right of [the] left nipple – 3¾ inches to [the] left of [the] middle line of [the] chest;  2nd one [was] on [the] back of [the] right hand midway between [the] index finger and [the] thumb; [the] 3rd one [was] on [the] back of [the] right forearm midway between [the] wrist and [the] elbow joint. [The] chest wound in my opinion is sufficient to have caused death.                                                                                 W. E. PELHAM JR.  MD

INQUEST of HATTIE JACKSON

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Clark Smith’s place in the County and State aforesaid, the 3rd day of Sept. A. D. 1910, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of HATTIE JACKSON of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead. I, W. E. Felker, Coroner who being sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Hattie Jackson came to her death do say that the said Hattie Jackson came to her death by accident and without blame to any living person. And I, W. E. Felker Coroner aforesaid upon my oath aforesaid, do say, that the aforesaid Hattie Jackson came to her death in manner and form aforesaid, by misfortune or accident.

IN witness whereof I, W. E. Felker, Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition, have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                                                            W. E. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

Sept. 3, 1910       VIOLA JACKSON sworn says:

Yesterday about 10 o’clock I left [the] children in [the] house and went to [the] field. And directly after I left [the] house I heard them calling me. I came back as quick as I could and when I got there I found my little girl hanging in [the] line. She was about choked to death. She died in a few minutes after I got here. I took her out of [the] rope myself. I am [the] mother of [the] child. My little girl told me she got in [the] rope and fell out of [the] door.

                                                                                                                                                      VIOLA (X) JACKSON

There was no one else in the house but the two children.                                                   VIOLA (X) JACKSON

Sept. 3, 1910       BIN JACKSON sworn says:

I am [the] father of [the] dead child. I left [the] house early yesterday morning to go to [the] fodder field. Between 10 and 11 o’clock I heard my wife making an alarm and I came to [the] house and found my little girl dead. I am satisfied it got hung up in [the] rope accidentally.                                                                                        BIN (X) JACKSON


 

INQUEST of WASH GARY

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Gary’s Lane in the County and State aforesaid, the 6th day of Sept. A. D. 1910, before W. C. Sligh, Magistrate and Acting Coroner, upon view of the body of WASH GARY of Laurens Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of J. C. Gary, J. N. Sligh, H. B. Dominick, W. M. Dorroh, Hix Conner, Furman Davis, A. D. Johnson, J. H. Dorroh, M. C. Motts, W. T. Buford, S. E. Kennley, Raney Hitt 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 Wash Gary came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Wash Gary came to his death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Elic Furman in manner and form aforesaid. Wash Gary then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid.

IN witness whereof I, W. C. Sligh, Magistrate and Acting Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.               W. C. Sligh, Magistrate and Acting Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                  J. C. Gary, Foreman (L. S.)

J. N. Sligh (L. S.)                H. B. Dominick (L. S.)                     W. M. Dorroh (L. S.)                        Hix Conner (L. S.)

Furman Davis (L. S.)         A. D. Johnson (L. S.)                        J. H. Dorroh (L. S.)                           M. C. Motts (L. S.)

W. T. Buford (L. S.)          S. E. Kennley (L. S.)                         Raney Hitt (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

JOHN GRAHAM sworn says:

On Sunday gone a week ago I came from Newberry to Mount Olive Church. I got there about 1:30 o’clock. I goes down in [the] woods where Elias Dudley, Elic Furman, Dickens Ray and myself were down there gambling. We were gambling for money. Myself, Elias Dudley and Dickens Ray and Geo. Ruff. We met Wash Gary and Ernest Cannon and another Negro unknown to me. Wash asked [the] crowd what God damn Negro took [the] money from [the] boy. I didn’t know what boy he had reference to. [The] shooting occurred about that time. Wash and Elias pulled out their pistols about [the] same time. They were face to face about twenty steps apart shooting at each other. Wash with his right side turned toward Elias Dudley and Elias had his right side toward Wash Gary. I could not say whether there were more than two men shooting or not. About twenty one or twenty two shots [were] fired. Someone with his knife open walked up and picked up Elias Dudley’s pistol after he fell. This happened on August 28, 1910 in Newberry County. I didn’t see Elic Furman during [the] shooting. He could have been there and me not have seen him. Elias and Ernest Kinard and some other Negroes were fussing about a quarter.                                                               JOHN (X) GRAHAM

RICE NEEL sworn says:

I don’t know anything about [the] killing but just before [the] killing and shooting I saw Elias Dudley and Charley Mason were fussing about a quarter. Charlie Mason said to Elias,” I caught [the] dice.” And Elias said, “If you caught [the] dice you will get no quarter for it.” And [at] that time Charley Mason ran his hand in his pocket and pulled out a 38 pistol and Elias said, “You are not pulling out your pistol at me, are you?” And Elias then pulled his ‘mosl’ out of his pocket and then they all got up and started fussing dissents. I saw at least four pistols. Elic Furman had one pistol and Elias had his out and Ernest Cannon. They left there. This was in Newberry County on [the] 28th day of Aug. 1910.

                                                                                                                                                      RICE (X) NEEL

TOM HUBERT sworn says:

I was trying to get Wash Gary and Guss Wyatt not to go down where [the] Negroes were gambling. When I left him Charley Mason and Ernest Cannon were with him. Wash said, “I want to know who made Mason give up that money.” Then I heard and saw [the] shooting. Some fellow said, “There he is, kill him.” Wash made [the] first snap and from that they both started to shooting. I don’t know exactly how many shots were fired, about 25 or 30 I think. I didn’t know who [the] others were. Ernest Cannon and Charley Mason went on up there with Wash where [the] shooting was.

                                                                                                                                                      TOM (X) HUBERT

ROB REEDER sworn says:

I walked up on Wash Gary and he was cussing. I asked him what was [the] matter and he said a crowd of Negroes had taken twenty five cents from Mace. Wash said, “I just want to see one of [the] men that took that quarter”, and said he would fix it with him and I said, “I wouldn’t go back any more. It has been settled.” And he said he was going. While we were talking I saw his brother Rob, over at a wagon eating. I went over there and told him Wash and Mace were going to have a fuss and Rob said, “I am going to stop it.” And he left and went to go where they were and Rob had time to get where they were. I went out in [the] road. When I got in [the] road I saw Dudley talking back to someone saying he never took no money and he looked like he was putting on his coat. About that [time] Dudley got in [the] road and someone said, “Kill him,’ and when that was said Dudley pulled out his pistol and began shooting. I ran fifteen or twenty steps away from them and then Dudley ran and fell and was bleeding. I am a member of [the] Odd Fellows. I don’t know whether Dudley is an Odd Fellow or not. I don’t know who shot Wash Gary. There was a lot of shots fired.

                                                                                                                                                      ROB REEDER

WADE ROBINSON sworn says”

I was at Mt. Olive near [the] well. Wash Gary, Charley Mason and Lomas Kinard was talking about someone taking some money from them. Lomas says, “Wash, that’s been settled. Mace has got his quarter” Wash says, “No, I will settle it better. All I want to do is to see [the] damn rascal that took it.” Lomas says, “Well, I am not going to show him to you.” Lomas tried to get him “to come on back for there is more days to settle this than today.” So Wash went on up [the] woods. Wash Gary, Charley Mason and Ernest Cannon went on up in [the] woods where [the] shooting took place. After they got there [the] shooting took place. Wash asked Dudley if he was [the] damn rascal that took Mace’s money. Dudley said, “No, I haven’t taken any money.” And then Wash began shooting. After He, Wash Gary, made two or three shots there was another fellow standing off to [the] left of Wash and shot at Wash and then Wash fell. He had some gold in his mouth. He was a kind of brown skin. This gold-tooth man shot two or three times. There were several shooting. When Wash shot, Dudley fell. When [the] shooting took place Elias was walking off. I have recognized [the] man who did [the] shooting. Then Wash Gary fell. I belong to [the] Odd Fellows. Lomas Kinard left a pistol with me and Ernest Kinard came and got [the] pistol from me. When [the] shooting took place Charley Mason and Ernest Cannon were there.

                                                                                                                                                      W. H. ROBINSON

WILL CANNON sworn says:

I don’t know anything at all about [the] shooting. Some parties were standing upon [the] left of Wash Gary shooting at Wash. [the] parties were divided. I saw [the] gold-tooth Negro shooting at Wash. I didn’t see Elias shooting.

                                                                                                                                                      WILL (X) CANNON

LEE JETER sworn says:

I was at Mt. Olive Church on [the] 28th day of August 1910. I was at [the] well when [the] shooting occurred. I could not see any of [the] shooting. I didn’t see Elias with a pistol.                                                      LEE (X) JETER

ANTHONY FLOYD sworn says:

I was at Mt. Olive Church on [the] 28th day of Aug. 1910. Wash Gary walked up and asked, “Which one of you all is it that took that quarter from Mace?” Mace said, “This one right here Uncle.” And that time Wash and Elias made at their pistols together but Wash beat Dudley to his and Wash’s snapped and that time Elias shot and then Wash shot. Then some on [the] other side of Wash run around and said, “Kill him” and [the] shooting took place then. This fellow who run around was a bright skinned fellow and he shot. Then after [the] three shots were fired Wash wheeled and fell. I didn’t see but three shooting. That was Wash Gary, Elias Dudley and this bright skinned fellow. [The] most of [the] shots were on [the] left of Wash Gary but I could not see who they were. [The] brown skinned man was to [the] left of Wash Gary shooting.

                                                                                                                                                      ANTHONY (X) FLOYD

ROB GARY sworn says:

I was at Mt. Olive Church on [the] 28th day of Aug. 1910. I was eating and Rob Reeder came by me and said, “Wash and Mace are in a fuss.” He and I started on up there and I said, “Where is Wash?” and Rob Reeder said, “He is gone up [the] road.” I said, “I will go stop him if I can” and Rob Reeder goes on up [the] road and I went up in [the] woods and I heard them shooting down there. When I got there [the] crowd was gone. I didn’t see any pistols at all. I didn’t see any shooting.

                                                                                                                                                      ROB (X) GARY

WYATT JAMES sworn says:

I was at Mt. Olive Church on [the] 28th day of Aug. 1910. I saw Wash Gary going across [the] road and turn around and pull his pistol out and point it toward [the] man that got shot in [the] neck, Dudley I think is his name. I saw Dudley shoot and some more but I did not know them. I picked up Dudley’s pistol after he fell. I saw it fall from Dudley’s hand.

                                                                                                                                                      WYATT (X) JAMES


DR. POPE sworn says:

I couldn’t tell what size caliber did [the] killing.

This is to certify that I examined [the] dead body of Wash Gary and found four 940 gun shot wounds:

One in [the] left shoulder

One in [the] left forearm

One in [the] left elbow joint which went through [the] same and entered [the] left side about [the] 10th rib

And one entering [the] left side about [the] 12th rib.

The two shots entering [the] left side about 10th and 12th ribs I consider [the] fatal ones.

Aug. 28, 1910                                                                                                                             THOMAS H. POPE MD

INQUEST of WALTER SMITH

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at T. W. Folk’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 12th day of Oct. A. D. 1910, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of WALTER SMITH of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of P. G. Glenn, J. C. Felker, H. D. Felker, J. G. Glenn, M. T. King, C. C. Glenn, C. K. Baker, C. T. Cromer, W. M. Suber, E. F. Campbell, S. A. Rikard, Eugene Brock, T. H. Brock 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 Walter Smith came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Walter Smith came to his death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Seegars (alias) Doot Morgan with Chris, (Alias) Chinch Morgan [an] accessory. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Seegars (alias) Doot Morgan in manner and form aforesaid. Walter Smith feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid with Chris, (Alias) Chinch Morgan an accessory.

IN witness whereof I, W. E. Felker, Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                           W. E. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       P. G. Glenn, Foreman (L. S.)

J. C. Felker (L. S.)                             H. D. Felker (L. S.)            J. G. Glenn (L. S.)                             M. T. King (L. S.)

C. C. Glenn (L. S.)                            C. K. Baker (L. S.)             C. T. Cromer (L. S.)                          W. M. Suber (L. S.)

E. F. Campbell (L. S.)                       S. A. Rikard (L. S.)            Eugene Brock (L. S.)                        T. H. Brock (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

DAVE GILLIAM sworn says:

I live in Newberry County. Doot, alias Seegers Morgan came to my new ground. I told him to get out of my cotton. I didn’t want him hunting in my cotton. He said damn me and my cotton both to hell. I told him I didn’t mean fussing. He said, “Chink, bring me a shell.” And he carried it to him and Doot put [the] shell in his gun. He threw [the] gun up and held it across his left arm and says, “God damn, I was run over here last year by a God damn Negro and I don’t mean to be run over here this year.” And Walt Smith says, “Doot, get on out for peace sake. You will give satisfaction if you get out.” And he wheeled from me and says, “God damn you Walt Smith, you are [the] God damn Negro who run over me last year” and got over in [the] pasture where Walt Smith was. Walt, he stopped on ‘pig cracks’. “All [the] damn land is Captain Chris Folk’s. I will hunt where I please.” Walt Smith says, “Well, I will go see Mr. Brown about it.” Doot says, “Go and be damned”. That time they had got out of my sight. I heard Doot say, ‘You God damn son of a bitch”. He repeated [the] oath. Walt says, “I am not cursing you.” Doot says, “Yes, you Goddamn son of a bitch,” and then I heard [the] gun fire. This shooting happened on Oct. 8, 1910. I was about 175 yards from them when I heard [the] shot. After he shot he came running back by me. I said, “You done that through braveness”. He told me to shut up my God damn mouth, “I will put [the] next load in you.” He left me then. I called Doot’s Uncle, Walter Morgan, and told him about [the] shooting. I am a third cousin to Walter Smith. He was laying on his face when I got to him. [He was] shot in [the] left leg. I didn’t see any weapon. I was [the] first man who got to Walt after he was shot.                DAVE (X) GILLIAM

WALTER MORGAN sworn says:

I live in Newberry County. Saturday evening I was down at my house and I heard a gun fire. I spoke about it when I heard it. I says, “That goes like a muzzle loader.” Dave Gilliam called me and said, “Come here quick”. Said, “Doot had shot Walt. I went on over. This happened on Oct.8, 1910 when Walt was shot. I saw Walt laying on his face and then he turned and I saw he was shot in [the] leg. I didn’t see any weapon around Walt Smith. He was shot in [the] left leg.

                                                                                                                                                      WALTER MORGAN 

AARON SUBER sworn says:

I live in Newberry County. I don’t know anything about [the] shooting that happened on Oct. 8, 1910. After [the] shooting I saw Doot run to his mother’s house. Dave Gilliam was about 175 yards from Walt Smith when I first saw Dave Gilliam going in [the] direction toward Walt Smith. I didn’t go to Walt Smith at all.  AARON (X) SUBER

CHRIS FOLK sworn says:

I live in Newberry County. Saturday afternoon Doot Morgan came to me and said he was hunting over in Walt Smith’s land and Dave Gilliam and Walt Smith said they would learn him not to hunt on other people’s land and Walt collared him and began to hit him and Dave Gilliam shot in [the] ground and in [the] tussle my gun went off. He asked me would I stick to him.                                                                                                                  C. M. FOLK

DAVE GILLIAM recalled says:

Chinck was about 20 or 25 feet from Seegers when Seegers cursed me. Seegers had cursed me before. He asked Chinck for [the] shell.                                                                                                                              DAVE (X) GILLIAM

AARON SUBER recalled says:

When I first saw Chinck he was in front of Seegers running. He was about 25 or 30 steps in front of Seegers.

                                                                                                                                                      AARON (X) SUBER 

INQUEST over the dead body of ED RUFF

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at R. C. Carlisle’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 25th day of Nov. A. D. 1910, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of ED RUFF of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead. I, W. E. Felker, Coroner who being sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Ed Ruff came to his death do say that the said Ed Ruff came to his death from being struck by a falling tree at his own carelessness and no living person to blame. And I, W. E. Felker Coroner aforesaid upon my oath aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid Ed Ruff in manner and form aforesaid came to his death by mischance.

IN witness whereof I, W. E. Felker, Coroner aforesaid to this inquisition, have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                                                            W. E. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

R. C. CARLISLE sworn says:

I was standing about 40 yards from Ed Ruff. I heard [the] hands holler “Look out”. I looked up that way and at [the] same time I saw [the] tree fall and strike him in [the] back. I was about [the] second man to get to him. That was about 11 o’clock am Friday Nov. 25, 1910. This happened on my place. [The] ones that were cutting on [the] tree which killed Ed Ruff had never had any cross words as I know of. I had him moved from [the] woods up to his house. He lived with me.

JOHN HENRY RENWICK sworn says:

I live with Mr. Richard Carlisle in Newberry County. I was in the woods cutting and the boys hollered, “Look out!” and Ed Ruff looked up and saw the tree and looked backwards and about that time the tree fell on him and killed him. Ed Ruff is my brother-in-law. Robert Sanders and Will Coleman were cutting the tree that killed Ed Ruff. I never heard of him having any cross words with the ones that were cutting on the tree that killed Ed Ruff.

                                                                                                                                       JOHN HENRY (X) RENWICK

JOHN MILTON SIMS sworn says:

I and Ed Ruff were calling on the same tree and the boys hollered, “Look out!” and I ran about 20 yards from the tree that I was calling and left Ed Ruff standing there looking up. About that time the tree fell and hit him in the small part of his back. I was the first man to get to him and he called “Mr. Richard” and said, “Do something for me.”

                                                                                                                                       JOHN MILTON SIMS

Verdict over HENRY CLARK

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Little Mountain SC the 26th day of Nov. AD 1910. The Jury, after getting all the evidence they could and hearing the same renders the verdict that HENRY CLARK (Alias Flute Clark) came to his death from a gun shot wound inflicted by parties unknown to the jury.

                                                                                                                        B. B. Davis Magistrate, Acting Coroner (L. S.)

NEWBERRY COUNTY                    Nov. 26, 1910                    S. W. Young, Foreman (L. S.)

D. L. Bowen (L. S.)                           G. D. Brown, Jr. (L. S.)                    J. N. Lindler (L. S.)            N. B. Wheeler (L. S.)

Norris McIntire (L. S.)                     A. A. Singley (L. S.)                         E. E. Sligh (L. S.)                              J. O. Singley (L. S.)

J. E. Boland (L. S.)                           J. I. Hawkins (L. S.)

TESTIMONY AT INQUEST

H. F. WHITE sworn personally appeared, H. F. White says:

He knows [the] Negro Henry Clark, commonly known as Flute. [He] didn’t seethe Negro yesterday. [Had] been knowing [the] Negro about two years. [He] saw [the] dead body this morning lying just as he is now. General appearance, he is the same Negro.

                                                                                                                                                      H. F.WHITE

MARTIN CANNON sworn:

Martin Cannons says he knows this body to be Henry Clark’s. {He had] been knowinghimfor15years. Saw him yesterday evening. Saw him again about 11 o’clock last night. [Was] sure of [the] body being [the] body, was [the] body, of Henry Clark. Came to see for curiosity.                                                                                        MARTIN CANNON

MARTIN CANNON recalled:

Says he is about 22 years old – working for Mr. Noah Shealy at [the] time of death and had been employed by Mr. Shealy for [the] last 7 or 8 years.                                                                                                      MARTIN CANNON

H. F.WHITE recalled:

H. F. White says:

This Negro was married and had one child.                                                                                          H. F.WHITE

DR. J. W. SEASE sworn says that:

The deceased came to his death from a gun shot wound in [the] head. He finds three gun shot wounds in [the] head and face, sufficient to cause instant death.               DR. J. W. SEASE
 

Back to Coroners Inquest

Return to Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails
 This is a FREE website.
If you were directed here through a link for which you paid $ for, you can access much more FREE data via our Newberry County index page at
http://genealogytrails.com/scar/newberry/index.htm
Also make sure to visit our main Genealogy Trails History Group website at
http://genealogytrails.com
for much more nationwide historical/genealogical data and access to our other state/county websites.