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

INQUEST of J. S. GILLIAM

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at John C. Hipp’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 3rd day of March. A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of J. S. GILLIAM of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of T. R. Sanders, J. H. Willingham, J. L. Fellers, H. T. Fellers, John Deloach Jr., J. J. Stillwell, N. H. Summer, J. L. Fellers, E. A. Fellers, J. S. Werts, J. S. Crouch, A. W. Chapman, Geo. C. Hipp being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said J. S. Gilliam came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said J. S. Gilliam came to his death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Sam Boozer on the 3rd of March 1911 and [with] Alex Rooks as [an] accessory. And so the Jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Sam Boozer in manner and form aforesaid J. S. Gilliam 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.)

                                                                                                                                       T. R. Sanders, Foreman (L. S.)

J. H. Willingham (L. S.)    J. L. Fellers (L. S.)                            H. T. Fellers (L. S.)            John Deloach Jr. (L. S.)

J. J. Stillwell (L. S.)           N. H. Summer (L. S.)                        J. L. Fellers (L. S.)             E. A. Fellers (L. S.)

J. S. Werts (L. S.)                              J. S. Crouch (L. S.)                           A. W. Chapman (L. S.)      Geo. C. Hipp (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

ALEX ROOKS being sworn says:

I was sitting up in [the] wagon just driving up in [the] yard and saw Sam Boozer shoot. Sam Boozer was in [the] yard. Mr. Gilliam was going toward [the] house. I came up just a little bit before the shooting. Did not hear any words pass between Mr. Gilliam and Sam Boozer. When I first saw Mr. Gilliam he was coming from [the] house. [The] next thing that happened was [the] shooting. Sam Boozer did [the] shooting. Mr. Gilliam was faced towards [the] house. Mr. Gilliam turned back to [the] house for which [reason] I don’t know. When I first saw Sam he was standing up with [the] gun in his hand and [the] muzzle was turned toward Mr. Gilliam. He (Sam) was not pointing [the] gun at Mr. Gilliam. No words was passed. Mr. Gilliam was between Sam and [the] house. Nobody said anything, not a word. Mr. Gilliam did not say anything. I could have heard any words that was passed. When Sam shot he went towards Mr. Lawson Feller’s house. I heard some other shots. He had two shells in his gun and shot them out. He loaded his gun after he had started up towards his house. I have told everything that I know. This is Newberry County and [the] State of South Carolina. [The] shooting happened about one half of an hour by sun. [The] shooting happened in Mr. Gilliam’s yard on Mr. John Hipp’s Place. Mr. Gilliam fell in ten feet of his doorstep. This happened on [the] 3rd day of March 1911. I did see Mr. John Hipp here after [the] shooting happened. He was standing in about 10 feet of Mr. Gilliam. I do not know where Mr. Hipp was before [the] shooting. I was looking at [the] shooting at [the] time.                                                    ALEX (X) ROOKS

AARON TRIBBLE being sworn says:

When we drove up in [the] wagon, myself, Jack Rooks, Alex Rooks and Arthur Stephens, Sam Boozer was standing near [the] gate and Mr. Gilliam was going towards Sam Boozer. They were talking. I did not understand but one word from each. When we drove around [the] tree Mr. Gilliam went up toward Sam Boozer. Sam said, “Don’t come up on me.” When he said that Mr. Gilliam threw his hand back in his hind pocket. Then Mr. Gilliam turned his back toward Boozer and said, “Wait until I go in [the] house and come back.” When he turned Sam threw up his gun and shot Mr. Gilliam. Mr. Gilliam had his back on Sam Boozer when he was shot. Mr. Gilliam turned back to [the] house for which reason I don’t know. Sam Boozer did not draw his gun on Mr. Gilliam when he (Sam Boozer) said, “Don’t come up on me.” Mr. Gilliam was about 15 or 20 feet when Sam Boozer shot him. Mr. Gilliam was going towards his house when he was shot. Mr. Gilliam had nothing at all in his hand when he was shot. [The] wagon was standing in or about thirty feet from Mr. Gilliam. [The] Negro was about 20 feet from [the] wagon. Mr. Hipp came out of [the] kitchen door after [the] shooting. [The] kitchen door is about twelve feet from where Mr. Gilliam was when he was shot. This happened in Newberry County in [the] State of South Carolina on [the] 3rd day of March 1911. I don’t know what [the] difficulty was between Mr. Gilliam and Sam Boozer. Sam Boozer had been to town and came back on [the] train. He heard what had happened on this place while he was in Newberry and came back. Mr. J. Hipp came in Mr. Geo. C. Hipp’s store in [the] town of Newberry and told us in [the] presence of Sam Boozer that Mr. Gilliam had cut one of [the] Negro women’s throat and that he did not know which one and that they sent for him (Mr. Hipp) to come. It was about twenty minutes until three. Mr. Hipp said that he was coming up on [the] train and Sam Boozer said he wanted to come with him. Sam Boozer said he was coming home with Mr. Hipp. Sam Boozer did not make it a custom to come up in [the] yard with his gun in his hand. About that time he shot Mr. Gilliam with his (Boozer’s) own gun. It was a double-barrel breech-loaded (gun). Boozer went towards his house and shot his gun twice more. Then Mr. Gilliam turned and went back towards [the] house. He had his hands down at his side with nothing in either of them and was not making any attempt to do anything to Boozer at all when Boozer shot Mr. Gilliam in [the] back.                                                 AARON (X) TRIBBLE

ALEX ROOKS recalled:

Mr. Gilliam came out of [the] house and when he got in about 10 feet of Boozer, Boozer said, “Don’t come on me.” Then Mr. Gilliam turned and went toward his house with his hands down by his side when Boozer shot Mr. Gilliam in his back. Mr. Gilliam was making no attempt to do anything to Boozer. [Boozer did not] now draw any weapon at all when Boozer shot him. Mr. Gilliam did not say anything to cause Boozer to say, “Don’t come up on me.” Mr. Gilliam never had his hands on his hip pocket nor did he have a pistol or any weapon in his hands at all. ALEX (X) ROOKS

AMOS BOOZER being sworn says:

I was not in [the] wagon with [the] other boys. I came up on [the] train with Mr. Hipp and Sam Boozer from town. I am Sam Boozer’s brother. I had heard that there was some trouble on Mr. Hipp’s place in town. I went to town in [the] wagon. Sam Boozer went in [the] buggy – in his own buggy – with Aaron Tribble. He was driving Mr. Hipp’s mule. That mule and buggy is here now – mule in [the] stable and buggy in [the] yard. Aaron Tribble and Arthur Stephens came in [the] buggy together to make it lighter on [the] wagon. Sam Boozer asked Mr. Hipp to let him come with him on [the] train as he wanted to know what [the] occurrence was. I came on [the] train because Mr. Hipp told me to come with him (Mr. Hipp). [The] buggy got here first. I stopped at Aaron Tribble’s house coming from [the] depot here. I wanted to find out what had occurred is why I stopped. I found out. Aaron’s wife told me that Mr. Gilliam had cut one of [the] Negro woman’s throat [and cut] another on [the] hand – one [was] Sam Boozer’s wife and her daughter may Belle, in Sam Boozer’s house. Sam Boozer and Mr. Hipp stopped with me at Aaron’s house and after hearing what had happened, Sam Boozer went to his house and from their to Mr. Lawson Feller’s place after his wife. Me and Mr. Hipp came to [the] house. I did not know (In Newberry) that it was Sam Boozer’s wife who was cut. Mr. Hipp said that Mr. Ralph Scurry told him of [the] occurrence. I don’t know whether Sam took his gun with him when he went after his wife or not. To tell you [the] truth so far as I know whenever Sam Boozer walks about he usually carries his gun. Never did know Sam Boozer to come from Newberry and go out and get [the] gun before today. I was at [the] well drawing water for [the] mules and Mr. Jno Johnson was talking to me. Mr. Gilliam came out of [the] house when I was drawing water and went towards Sam and Sam said, “Don’t come towards me.” Sam stepped backwards and Mr. Gilliam passed his hand in his hip pocket, in [the] right hand pocket behind. Mr. Gilliam said, “Hold on, let me go and get my gun.” Gilliam turned toward [the] house and then Sam Boozer shot Mr. Gilliam. Did not see anything in [the] Gilliam’s hands. [He] was walking towards his door with his hands by his side. After Sam Boozer shot Gilliam, he turned and went towards his house. Sam Boozer, after he started off, shot his gun twice. When [the] shooting took place, Mr. John Hipp was in [the] kitchen. Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Hipp came out of [the] house. Mr. Gilliam said he would put in feed but Mr. Hipp said, “No, don’t feed yet. I want to finish talking with you. [The] boys will put in [the] feed.” Mr. Hipp went into [the] kitchen. When Mr. Hipp went in [the] kitchen Mr. Gilliam went on like he was going to feed. Sam Boozer just at that time standing between [the] well and [the] lot gate and was about 35 feet from Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Hipp when they came out of [the] big house. I was about 12 feet nearer to Mr. Hipp than Sam Boozer. I heard plainly what Mr. Hipp and Gilliam said when they were talking about [the] feeding.                                                                  AMOS BOOZER

J. G. JOHNSON sworn says:

I have been with Mr. Gilliam about two weeks. I was at work when [the] killing occurred. I seen Sam Boozer coming up from [the] house with [the] gun. Jim Gilliam and J. C. Hipp was in [the] house. Sam Boozer passed and I said, “How was Sam”. Sam said, “Hello Mr. Johnson.” Gilliam came out of [the] house. [He] came out of [the] house with Hipp. Jim Gilliam said, “I am going out to feed now,” and he came on out. Mr. Gilliam says, “Hello Sam.” Sam Boozer said, “Don’t you say hello to me.” Gilliam said, “Why Sam, what have I done to you?” Sam said to Gilliam, “Don’t you come to me” and raised his gun. Gilliam turned from Boozer and said, “I won’t come to you Sam and started toward [the] house pretty pert and Sam Boozer shot Jim Gilliam in [the] back of [the] head. One of [the] Negroes in [the] wagon said, “That’s right, put it to him.” Alex Rooks is [the] one that said that.                                                                J. G. (X) JOHNSON

MAY BELLE ROOKS being sworn says:

I don’t know anything about Mr. Gilliam being killed. I was not up there. I was at home. Mr. Gilliam ran to our house with a gun. I was with my mother this evening down at Rosa Lee’s with Sis Tribble’s gun. Sam Boozer, my mother, Clayton Boozer and her two girls and myself came on to Sam Boozer’s house and made a fire in Sam Boozer’s house and set down. Sam Boozer left [the] house and then he, Sam Boozer, said he would take his gun with him so if Mr. Gilliam said anything he would have his gun with him.                                                 MARY (X) ROOKS

J. B. Richards, Foreman; Lyles Thomas, Reubin Thomas, James Thomas, Clarence Eison, Jim Ruff Thomas, J. L. Dickey, J. D. Boulware, Glenn Dickerson, W. I. Boulware, Thomas Carter, Raymond Feaster

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

We the Jurors find that AUGHTRY HAWKINS came to his death by causes unknown to us.

John Henderson, Acting Coroner this 11th day of March 1911

J. B. Richards, Foreman; Lyles Thomas, Reubin Thomas, James Thomas, Clarence Eison, Jim Ruff Thomas, J. L. Dickey, J. D. Boulware, Glenn Dickerson, W. I. Boulware, Thomas Carter, Raymond Feaster

EVIDENCE

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

W. B. WRIGHT JR. being duly sworn says:

The body here is that of Aughtry Hawkins. He was working for Scott Bros. Co. and was doing [the] ferrying that day and about six o’clock he left [the] store to carry Will Young, Catherine McLurkin and Frank McLurkin to ferry them over to Newberry Bank. That was [the] last I seen of him. He seemed to be well and hearty then. M. M. Scott came in about eight o’clock Thursday evening and asked me if he was drinking any that day. I told him no – not as I knew of. When he did not return that night I thought that he had gone to spend [the] night with Jim Thomas who lives about a mile from Shelton SC.                                                                                                                                                  W. B. WRIGHT JR.

Recalled:

Says, “I seen [the] boat on [the] Saturday after he disappeared, [the] same boat he was using to ferry. It was opposite [the] lower point of Henderson Island, hung on a rock about thirty yards from Fairfield bank. I got another boat and went to that boat and found [the] chain hanging down in [the] water. [The] boat had one short pole in it; one empty gun shell in it. Finding like I did I felt sure he was drowned. I found nothing to indicate he had been hurt anyway on [the] boat. I brought [the] boat back to Shelton.”                                                                                                                        W. B. WRIGHT JR.

I. F. PAGAN who being duly sworn says that:

Me and W. B. Whitney seen [the] body in [the] Broad River on [the] east side of Henderson Island. I was present when in removing [the] body from [the] water to [the] flat. According to his clothing I would say that [the] body is that of Aughtry Hawkins. [The] last time I seen him he was in Mr. Scott’s store – [the] same day he disappeared. It was about 3 or 4 o’clock in [the] evening. According to my knowledge he was well and hearty. One Friday M. M. Scott asked me if I knew of anything of Aughtry Hawkins. I told him I did not. Scott asked on Friday after he disappeared if he was drinking. I told him he was not.                                                                                                            I. F. PAGAN

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

CATHERINE McLURKIN who being duly sworn says:

Mr. Hawkins was sitting down at [the] river. He put us across the river. I came on to Cornelia McLurkin. While I was here Mr. Hawkins came. He went on into [the] kitchen. Will Young came along while he was in the kitchen and said he was ready to go. We then went to the store. Mr. Hawkins came out behind us but went into [the] depot. [He] said go ahead, he would catch us. He caught us before we got to [the] river. He asked Will to push [the] boat over. He did. He did not carry [the] chain out. Willie held [the] boat with his foot. Myself and Mr. Hawkins both sat on [the] same seat crossing [the] river. He did not talk any going over. The last time I seen him he was out in [the] river going towards Fairfield bank.   March 11, 1911                                                                                 CATHERINE McLURKIN

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

WILL YOUNG who being duly sworn says:

On Thursday I came down to [the] river. Mr. Aughtry Hawkins was sitting down there on [the] bank [of the] river. He asked me if I wanted to cross. It was about three o’clock. [I] was coming from Newberry to Fairfield. I told [him] “Yes, I wanted to cross”. He says, “All right.” We all got in [the] boat, Catherine McLurkin, Silla Brown, Frank McLurkin and come over. We [went] to Cornelia McLurkin’s. Then [we] went to [the] post office, then to [the] store. [We] bought some apples from Mr. Aughtry. I asked him if he was ready to go back to [the] river and put me across. He said, “Go ahead, I will catch you.” And we crossed back to [the] Newberry side. I pushed [the] boat over myself. [The] last I seen of him he was out in [the] river going toward [the] Fairfield side.                                                      WILL (X) YOUNG

Recalled:

Who held the chain? I held the chain.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

M. M. SCOTT who being duly sworn says:

He was working for Scott Bros. Co. and on [the] 23rd of February 1911 he disappeared. On that day I was not here. I asked Mr. Pagan did he think he had drowned or did he think he was drinking or walked off. He said he was not drinking.

March 11, 1911                                                                                                                          M. M. SCOTT

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

W. B. WHITNEY who being duly sworn says:

We, (I. F. Pagan) found [the] body of Aughtry Hawkins in [the] river (Broad) on [the] Newberry side. Says that it is [the] body of Aughtry Hawkins. I know him by his clothes. He disappeared on March 11, 1911.  W. B. WHITNEY

INQUEST of FLOSSIE GLENN

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at F. P. Wicker’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 7th day of April A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of FLOSSIE GLENN of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of Pope L. Buford, T. E. McCullough, W. G. Taylor, J. E. Monts, J. H. Monts, J. D. McCullough, Holland Wilson, Ira B. Schumpert, John Cousins, J. R. Paysinger, T. J. Wicker, F. P. Wicker 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 Flossie Glenn came to her death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Flossie Glenn came to her death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Fact James on the 6th of April 1911. And so the Jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Fact James in manner and form aforesaid Flossie Glenn 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.)

                                                                                                                                       Pope L. Buford, Foreman (L. S.)

T. E. McCullough (L. S.)                 W. G. Taylor (L. S.)           J. E. Monts (L. S.)              J. H. Monts (L. S.)

J. D. McCullough (L. S.)                  Holland Wilson (L. S.)     Ira B. Schumpert (L. S.)    John Cousins (L. S.)

J. R. Paysinger (L. S.)                       T. J. Wicker (L. S.)            F. P. Wicker (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

ELIZABETH GLENN sworn says:

Thomas James said if I did not stop crying he would shoot me and he shot at me and hit [the] baby. I had [the] baby in my arms. Thomas said Lonie Glenn shot [the] baby. After he shot [the] baby he ran. He was about 16 yards from me. He held his gun up in his arms when he shot. He reached in his pocket and got something out. When he got [the] gun out of [the] milk house there was no cap on [the] gun. I am eleven years old. Fact James went in [the] milk house and brought [the] gun out.                                                                                                                               ELIZABETH (X) GLENN

ELIZABETH GLENN recalled:

Marion Worthy was not here at [the] time of [the] shooting.

ELIZABETH GLENN recalled:

Fact popped three caps in [the] well house before he shot. First cap popped at [the] wood pile – it went off. I made Lonnie come down and sit by me. I was crying because Fact said he was going to shoot me. [The] cap that popped at [the] wood pile is [the] one that killed [the] baby.                                                                ELIZABETH (X) GLENN

LONNIE GLENN sworn says:

I was sitting on [the] door steps and Fact James said, “I am going bird hunting,” and he went in [the] milk house and got [the] gun and shot. He held [the] gun towards [the] baby and sister and said, “I am going to shoot y0u.” Sister was crying, telling him to put [the] gun down. He, Fact James, came up here very often.                LONNIE (X) GLENN

IKE GLENN sworn says:

I am [the] father of [the] dead baby. It was my gun. [The] gun was loaded once but I thought [the] boys had taken [the] load out. This boy Fact James often came up and play[ed] with my children. [The] boy Fact James is a second cousin to me. I never had any objections to Fact James playing with my children. I never known my children to have any fuss with Fact James. [The] last time I saw [the] gun it was in [the] house and I moved here since Christmas. I don’t know who carried it in [the] well house.                                                                                    IKE (X) GLENN

MARY BOOZER sworn says:

I put [the] gun in [the] well house Xmas week, behind [the] door. I told [the] children not to bother [the] gun as part of [the] load was in it. There was no cap on [the] gun when I put it in [the] milk house. When I leave I always lock [the] well house. I always lock [the] well house to keep [the] children from [the] gun. I live in Newberry Co. SC [the] shooting took place in Newberry County SC April 6, 1911. [The] child lived about a half hour after I got to it.

                                                                                                                                                      MARY (X) BOOZER

IKE GLENN recalled:

I live on F. P. Wicker’s Place in Newberry SC. This happened on April 6th day of April 1911.

                                                                                                                                                      IKE (X) GLENN

Statement of FACT JAMES:

When I came up here yesterday Lonnie had [the] gun and some caps in it and snapped it and went in [the] house and got some more. And when he came back he put two caps on and said he was going hunting and got out there in front of [the] wood pile and he turned around and Fannie said, “Shoot at me but don’t shoot [the] baby,” and he shot and hit [the] baby. He said, “I shot it but I never had my hands on it.” And when he shot he ran and put [the] gun behind [the] door in [the] well house. I was sitting on [the] well when [the] gun was shot. He had [the] gun in [the] well house snapping it when I got here. After [the] baby was shot I ran down across [the] field to my house.                     FACT (X) JAMES

DR. W. G. HOUSEAL being sworn says:

I have examined the body of Flossie Glenn. I found several shots in the right leg, two in the right chest near the nipple; three in the head; one shot pierced the right eye and entered the brain. This shot caused the death of Flossie Glenn.

                                                                                                                                                      W. G. HOUSEAL MD

INQUEST of REBECCA WILLIAMS

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Johnny Harmon’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 11th day of May A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of REBECCA WILLIAMS of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of W. F. Suber, G. H. Amick, W. J. Cromer, H. M. Harmon, W. B. Graham, I. L. Suber, J. M. Harmon, W. H. Folk, R. G. Ringer, J. B. Rowles, O. A. Felker, J. W. Parrott, E. C. 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 Rebecca Williams came to her death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Rebecca Williams came to her death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Mose Williams on the 11th of May 1911. And so the Jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Mose Williams in manner and form aforesaid Rebecca Williams 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.)

                                                                                                                                       W. F. Suber, Foreman (L. S.)

G. H. Amick (L. S.)            W. J. Cromer (L. S.)                         H. M. Harmon (L. S.)        W. B. Graham (L. S.)

I. L. Suber (L. S.)                              John M. Harmon (L. S.)                   W. H. Folk (L. S.)              R. G. Ringer (L. S.)

J. B. Rowles (L. S.)            O. A. Felker (L. S.)                           J. W. Parrott (L. S.)            E. C. Cromer (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

JAKE MORGAN sworn says:

My wife called me this morning and says Bud ‘alias Mose’ Williams is worse. I says, “How do you know?” She says, “Bessie Douglass came over [the] hill and called me just now.” I left home at once and came to Mose Williams home and walked up in [the] yard. His wife Rebecca was laying on [the] piazza with her head turned towards me. I says, “Becka, what in [the] world is [the] matter with you?” She says, “Mose has shot me Uncle Jake.” I says, “What for?” She says, “I don’t know.” “Sis”, I says, “Did he do it on purpose?” She says, “Yes sir.” She says, “Uncle Jake, come take me and put me in bed please sir.” I says, “No Becka, I’ll go and tell Eva Williams [and] Geo. Williams. So I stepped on and got about 15 feet from her and she says, “Uncle Jake, get me [the] camphor bottle.” I said, “I am going to get Geo. And Eva.” She says, “I will be dead by [the] time you get back. I said, “I hope not.” I saw her again about 9 or 10 o’clock and she was dead. I came to Mose Williams’ house just about sun-up. This killing happened on [the] 11 day of May 1911 in Newberry Co. SC. I live with Mr. Johnnie Harmon. When I got back and [the] parties I went for got back Rebecca was dead. I recognize [the] dead body to be Rebecca Williams. [The] reason I didn’t get [the] camphor was I was afraid that Mose might be in [the] house with his gun and he might shoot me. This killing happened on Mr. Johnny Harmon’s Place. I didn’t see Mose anywhere. I don’t know whether she was at home last night or not. I don’t know whether they ever fussed or not.                                                                                                                                                          JAKE MORGAN

JOHNSON DOUGLASS sworn says:

When I came from [the] pasture my wife told me Becka or Mose – one [of them] was calling me. I came straight on over to Mose Williams’. When I got near [the] house Jake Morgan called for ‘You to come to him across [the] field” and Jake says, “Don’t you know that boy has shot his wife.” I says, “Well, I will go for [the] doctor.” I was about 10 or 15 feet from Mose Williams’ house. When I left to go after [the] doctor I saw Rebecca laying on [the] porch. I didn’t hear her say anything. I heard a gun fire about 5 o’clock am. I never did go up to examine [the] body. I don’t know whether they ever fussed with each other or not. I don’t know whether anybody was at their house last night or not. I live with Mr. Johnnie Harmon.                                                                                                                                                      JOHNSON DOUGLASS

JAKE MORGAN recalled:

When I got back [the] second time [the] parties were here but not [the] ones I went for. When I got back [the] second time Dr. Hentz, Mr. Bowman Graham, Rob Wright and Doc Crooks were here.                JAKE MORGAN

MILLIE WILSON sworn says:

I live on Johnnie Harmon’s Place. I came to Mose Williams’s house about 8 o’clock this morning. I found her laying on [the] piazza dead. I was one of [the] first ones to get to [the] house. Mose was laying on [the] floor in [the] house.

                                                                                                                                                      MILLIE WILSON

JOHNSON DOUGLASS recalled:

I went in [the] house of Mose Williams and found his gun laying down [the] side of him. I took it out doors and put it under [the] house. I unbreached it and it had been fired.                                                 JOHNSON (X) DOUGLASS

This is to certify I have this day May 11, 1911 examined the body of Rebecca Williams and find that she came to her death from a gunshot wound inflicted in the right side which penetrated the thoracic cavity at close range – the entire load entering the cavity.                                                                                                          E. O. Hentz MD

INQUEST of WILLIAM PRESTON

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Pomaria in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of May A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of WILLIAM PRESTON of Newberry Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Richerson, J. H. Livingstone, J. A. Wicker, E. T. Werts, L. W. Rikard, S. B. Berley, E. H. Koon, W. G. Sloan, E. H. Werts, G. W. Seybt, J. W. Long, E. L. Hamsin 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 William Preston came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said William Preston came to his death by being struck by Southern Train No.16 on the 12th day of May 1911. And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid William Preston came to his 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.)

                                                                                                                                       E. H. Werts, Foreman (L. S.)

J. W. Richerson (L. S.)                     J. H. Livingstone (L. S.)    J. A. Wicker (L. S.)            E. T. Werts (L. S.)

L. W. Rikard (L. S.)                          S. B. Berley (L. S.)             E. H. Koon (L. S.)              W. G. Sloan (L. S.)

G. W. Seybt (L. S.)                           J. W. Long (L. S.)               E. L. Hamsin (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

F. B. LONG sworn says:

I am [the] engineer on train No.16, Southern train engine No. 946.

I was going east about 40-45 miles per hour. I was about 25 yards from [the] trestle when I saw a hat. He had on a white straw hat and something else that looked like his shirt sleeve. I put on [the] brake as soon as I saw his hat, to stop for fear someone was on [the] track. That was about 9:30 or [9]:35 o’clock pm. I stopped my engine as quick as possible after I ran over Ben Draight. I did not blow my whistle or ring my bell. [The] reason I did not blow my whistle or ring [the] bell was I did not have time for I was right on him. [The] object I saw in front of my engine seemed to be laying between [the] rail and guard rail of [the] trestle.                                                                                             F. B. LONG

JESSE CHAPPELL sworn says:

I am [the] fireman on train No. 16engine 946. I saw a hat at first and [the] about 10 or 15 feet of engine. I saw a man. He was on [the] left hand side going east which is [the] fireman’s side. We ran about 100 or 150 yards before we stopped. [The] whole train crew went back to where he was laying. [The] coroner’s jury found [the] man, Ben Draight (alias William Preston) just as we left him last night. This happened in Newberry Co. SC on May 12, 1911.

                                                                                                                                                      JESSE CHAPPELL

J. B. ESKEW sworn says:

I am [the] conductor on train No. 16. We came down about 9:35 and I felt [the] brake go on. I got stopped and [the] fireman came back to [the] train and said we had struck a man. We went back to see about it and found him lying under [the] train dead. We were running about 40-45 miles oer hour. This happened on [the] 12th day of May 1911.

                                                                                                                                                      J. B. ESKEW

S. L. CAMPBELL sworn says:

I am [the] flagman on train No.16. I was back in [the] train and heard [the] brakes go on. I went out and met [the] fireman coming back and he said we had run over someone. I went back and found a dead man under [the] trestle. We were going about 40-45 miles per hour.                                                                                     S. L. CAMPBELL

J. B. ESKEW recalled:

When I went back and felt [the] body it was still warm. I never found anything in his pocket except something that felt like a lemon. We found him where we left him last night laying in [the] same position.           J. B. ESKEW

J. W. DAILY sworn says:

I am [the] section master on section V5. I saw Ben Draight, alias William Preston, about 5 o’clock going west up [the] Southern railroad. He was about 400 yards from about where I saw him yesterday afternoon from where he was this morning. He was pretty drunk when he passed me and I told him to look out for No. 66. I saw him get out of [the] way [of] No. 66.                                                                                                            J. W. DAILY

INQUEST of HENRY BAXTER

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Rocky Zion Church in the County and State aforesaid, the 22nd day of May A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of HENRY BAXTER of Laurens Co. SC, then and there being dead by the oaths of I. M. Smith, J. O. Koon, M. B. Bedenbaugh, W.P. Crumpton, A. C. Mills, Pet Motes, L. D. Monroe, J. A. Davis, C. M. Smith, E. H. Workman, J. W. Smith, T. R. Workman, Frank Langford 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 Henry Baxter came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said Henry Baxter came to his death from a gun shot wounds inflicted in the hands of Jim Workman and Eph Williams with Verge Williams accessory on the 21st day of May 1911. And so the Jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Jim Workman and Eph Williams in manner and form aforesaid Henry Baxter then and there feloniously did kill against the peace and dignity of the same State aforesaid on the 21st of May 1911 with Verge Williams [as 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.)

                                                                                                                                       I. M. Smith, Foreman (L. S.)

J. O. Koon (L. S.)                              M. B. Bedenbaugh (L. S.)                W.P. Crumpton (L. S.)      A. C. Mills (L. S.)

Pet Motes (L. S.)                L. D. Monroe (L. S.)                         J. A. Davis (L. S.)              C. M. Smith (L. S.)

E. H. Workman (L. S.)      J. W. Smith (L. S.)                            T. R. Workman (L. S.)       Frank Langford (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

BILL PITTS sworn:

Verge was walking upon H. Baxter and Gus Wallace and Lee Kinard had hold of Henry Baxter to carry him away. Gus and Lee turned Henry aloose after he seen they were going to shoot him. Jim Workman carried Verge away from there and Eph went to Verge and told Verge to give him [the] pistol and Eph and Verge scuffled a little over [the] pistol and Eph got [the] pistol and Eph and Jim Workman went back and went to shooting at Henry Baxter and Henry Baxter shot once. Jim and Henry were face to face. Eph was standing to [the] right of Henry Baxter, a little in front of Jim. John Robinson was standing to [the] right of Henry and shot at Jim Workman then Henry fell. Just as Henry fell Adam Sheppard shot in [the] direction of John Robinson. [A] crowd began to run and I saw little Jim Williams (brother to Eph) running with [the] pistol in [his] hand. I saw Joe Pitts with [the] pistol. I saw George Childs with a pistol. Clarence Chand were with a pistol. Verge threatened to shoot Hash Bird because he heard Wash said [that] Verge shot H[enry] Baxter and said if him or anybody said so he would shoot [the] bloody hearted son of a bitch. BILL (X) PITTS

MANUEL ROBINSON sworn:

When [it] first started I heard Henry and Verge wrangling in Church. Then Fanny Reed took Henry out of Church and Verge came on out on [the] yard running backwards and forwards crying. I saw Verge run on up towards [the] pines and headed Henry Baxter and got to scuffling and that time Jim Workman and Eph Williams went on up there and scuffled with Verge. About that time I looked and saw Eph and Jim come running both towards Henry Baxter. When they got there Eph shot first and when Henry shot, I ran. I saw Jim Workman shooting in [the] direction of Henry Baxter. Eph was standing on [the] left of Henry Baxter a little in front. This killing happened in Newberry County at Rocky Zion Church on May 21, 1911.                                                                                               MANUEL (X) ROBINSON

BILL PITTS recalled:

This happened in Newberry Co. SC at Rocky Zion Church on May 21, 1911. I live in Laurens Co. SC. I was at Rocky Zion Church on May 21, 1911.                                                                                                 BILL (X) PITTS

ELL CHILDS sworn says:

I live in Laurens Co. SC. I live with Mr. Reeder Workman. I was at Rocky Zion Church on May 21, 1911. I saw one of Verge’s brothers carry him off. Then I asked someone what was [the] matter with Verge. They said him and Henry Baxter were fussing. I went on up where Henry was. When I got up there Verge had got loose from his brothers and was up there when I got there. That time Verge ran up to him and Walt Williams was standing on [the] hill and said, “Kill [the] son of a bitch.” That time Verge’s mother got Verge and brought him back down to Church. Eph Williams and Jim Workman came on back to Church. And Eph took Verge’s pistol away from him. Jim Workman held Eph until they got about ten yards from Verge. Then after seeing nothing to do but to kill him Jim Workman turned him aloose. Then they both went and they both shot at Henry Baxter. I saw Henry Baxter, Jim Workman, John Robinson, Eph Williams shooting. Eph Williams shot first and Jim Workman shot next. Eph was standing on [the] right of Henry Baxter a little in front Jim Workman was standing in front of Henry Baxter. John Robinson shot in [the] direction of Jim Workman.                                                                                                                                                                                   ELL (X) CHILDS

GUS WALLACE sworn:

I live in Laurens Co. with Mr. Earl Workman. I was at Rocky Zion in Newberry County on May 21st. I saw Eph Williams and Jim Workman scuffling with Verge Williams. Eph and Jim Workman came running back. When they [got] to Henry Baxter, Henry say, “You all can kill me, there’s not but one of me”, and Eph said, “We will kill you.” And [the] shooting occurred. I saw Eph with Jim Workman. [I saw] Henry Baxter shooting. I didn’t see Adam Sheppard shot. I saw Jim Workman, Eph Williams and John Robinson and Henry Baxter with pistols. Jim was standing on [the] right of Henry Baxter. I didn’t see Clarence Chalmers with a pistol and Adam Sheppard.                                           GUS (X) WALLACE

JIM LEEK sworn:

I live in Newberry Co. with Mr. William Smith. I was at Rocky Zion on May 21. I saw Jim Workman and Eph Williams try to hold Verge and Eph take Verge Williams’ pistol away from him and then Eph took Verge Williams’ pistol away from him. Eph ran back. Henry Baxter shot first and Eph Williams and Jim Workman shot at Henry Baxter. I saw John Robinson shoot towards Jim and Eph. I didn’t see Adam Sheppard shoot. Eph was standing on [the] right of Henry Baxter. Jim Workman and Eph Williams was shooting a 38 caliber pistol. I didn’t hear Walter say [to] shoot [the] son of a bitch.                                                                                                                                                           JIM (X) LEEK

BILL PITTS recalled:

When Eph Williams took [the] pistol away from Verge Williams, Verge stood still until Henry Baxter fell. Verge went around [the] Church and came on [the] other side of [the] Church with a pistol in [his] hand.           BILL (X) PITTS

This is to certify that Henry Baxter came to his death from a gun shot wound in the head.                    P.G. ELLISOR MD

                                                                                                                                                                     T. H. POPE MD

INQUEST over ANNIE GLASGOW

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry in the County and State aforesaid, the 5th day of June A. D. 1911, before W. E. Felker, Coroner, upon view of the body of ANNIE GLASGOW of Newberry County, then and there being dead by the oaths of J. J. Hitt, E. M. Lane, W. S. Melton, W. E. Long, W. C. Garrett, W. W. Farrow, J. B. Morgan, C. A. Cameron, J. A. Lindsay, J. B. Griffin, J. T. Hutchinson, J. M. Morris 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 Annie Glasgow came to her death, upon their oaths do say that the said Annie Glasgow came to her death from natural causes on the 5th day of June 1911. And so the said jurors aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Annie Glasgow 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. W. Felker, Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                                      J. J. Hitt, foreman (L. S.)

E. M. Lane (L. S.)              W. S. Melton (L. S.)          W. E. Long (L. S.)                             W. C. Garrett (L. S.)

W. W. Farrow (L. S.)         J. B. Morgan (L. S.)           C. A. Cameron (L. S.)                       J. A. Lindsay (L. S.)

J. B. Griffin (L. S.)             J. T. Hutchinson (L. S.)     J. M. Morris (L. S.)

TESTIMONY

NORA WILLIAMS sworn says:

Last night and yesterday Annie Glasgow and myself were together all day. Yesterday afternoon about two o’clock her brother John came and he took [the] baby and we sit there. After awhile John Kelly and Henry Gallman came. Later on Ernest Davis came. Ernest and [the] other two stayed there late until about 5:30 or 6 o’clock. We all were sitting and talking until after the ‘cannon ball’ [train]. I went to bed about 10 o’clock and left her sitting up. She seemed to be well when I left. I got up this morning about 6 o’clock and Bill Hill says, “Where is that gal that stays up yonder?” I went up and knocked on Annie Glasgow’s door and called her about 11 o’clock. I started off [the] porch and ‘old man Hill’ says, “Break [the] door down, she might be dead.” I says, “Oh no! She is not dead.” I went back and broke [the] door open and found her dead with her baby laying on her left side. I never seen him (Hill) around Annie Glasgow’s house before until Saturday. Annie told me yesterday ‘old man Hill’ asked her an unfair question. Annie told me ‘Son Brown’ was [the] father of her child.                                                                                                       NORA WILLIAMS

JOHNNIE GLASGOW sworn says:

I went over to Annie Glasgow’s house last night at 8 o’clock and while I was there she was not complaining at all. When I left it was 9 o’clock. I didn’t get back until 12 o’clock today. I found her dead. I work in [the] Newberry cotton mill. Saturday evening ‘old man Bill Hill’ was at Annie Glasgow’s house. I am a brother to [the] dead woman. I had never seen old man Hill around there before Saturday evening.                                                            JOHNNIE (X) GLASGOW

DR. J. M.KIBLER sworn says:

Newberry SC                      June 5, 1911

This is to certify that I have carefully examined the body of Annie Glasgow and from its present condition and previous history for the last several weeks I am of the opinion that the said Annie Glasgow died of heart failure.

                                                                                                                                                                     JAMES M.KIBLER MD
 

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