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 Seekwell Colored Baptist Church in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of July A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of JOE SIMS (colored) of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of J. M. Henderson, J. B. McCollum, O. H. Maybin, B. H. Maybin, C. E. Eison, J. G. Eison being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Joe Sims came to his death do say that the said Joe Sims came to his death from pistol shot wounds, said wounds being inflicted by a pistol in the hands of Ike Chick at Seekwell Colored Baptist Church on Sunday July 12th 1914.

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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       J. M. Henderson, Foreman (L. S.)

J. B. McCollum (L. S.)      O. H. Maybin (L. S.)          B. H. Maybin (L. S.)          C. E. Eison (L. S.)

J. G. Eison (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

ALLEN THOMPSON sworn says:

He was standing about 20 yards from the school house when he heard a pistol shot and on looking around saw Joe Sims and Ike Chick scuffling. Ike Chick had one arm around Joe Sims and fired his pistol twice more. Saw Joe Sims fall. Did not see the pistol or knife in Joe Sims hand. Heard no quarrel between them. This occurred at Seekwell Church on Sunday July 12, 1914.                                                                                                                                       ALLEN THOMPSON

JIM SIMS sworn says:

He was standing near [the] well and heard a pistol shot. When I looked around in [the] direction of [the] report of [the] pistol [I] saw Ike Chick with his arm around Joe Sims neck and saw Ike Chick fire twice at Joe Sims. Did not see Joe Sims fall. Saw him immediately after he was shot. Joe Sims lived about ten or fifteen minutes after he was shot.

                                                                                                                                                      JIM (X) SIMS

CHARLES WHITENER sworn says:

The fuss started about a quart of whiskey. Ike Chick, Joe Sims, Charley Whitener and others made up money to buy a quart of whiskey from Tom Thompson. Ike Chick claimed to have paid his part when Joe Sims called him a damn lie. When [the] trouble began [I] saw Ike Chick catch Joe Sims around [the] neck and shoot three times. Saw Joe Sims fall. He lived about ten minutes after being shot. Joe Sims threatened to cut Ike Chick. Did not see a knife in Joe Sims hands. Ike Chick had two pistols.                                                                                                                CHARLES (X) WHITENER

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken near Kinards in the County and State aforesaid, the 15th day of July A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of FURMAN DAVIS of Newberry Co. then and there being dead. That the said Joe Sims came to his death from a gun shot wound accidentally discharged in his own hands on the 14 day of July 1914.

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 (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

ALICE HUNTER sworn says:

I was coming across [the] field from my work at 12 o’clock today and I thought I saw a man lying down near a stump of trees. I came on and told my husband. Mr. Furman Davis was here yesterday morning and carried his hatchet – said he was going to cut stakes to run off some acres. He said he was going to squirrel hunt. This was yesterday morning about 6 o’clock. He had his gun with him. He didn’t stay here but a few minutes. I haven’t heard of any fuss he had with any of his hands. He got along with them all right.      Kinards, July 15, 1914                                   ALICE (X) HUNTER

M. P. DAVIS sworn says:

I am a brother to Furman Davis. About 12 o’clock today Alice Hunter told me that Mr. Furman was lying in [the] field. Harry Hunter and myself went down and found him lying against a stump on his back. [The] gun was lying on his stomach. Hatchet. He left home yesterday morning about 7 o’clock. Saw cuts – were cut off about [the] size of an acre – sticks like he said he was going to cut.                                                                                M. P. DAVIS


THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Allen Bishop’s Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 21st day of Sept. A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay, Coroner, upon view of the body of Vincent Bishop of Newberry Co. then and there being dead. That the said Vincent Bishop came to his death from natural causes on the Sept. 21st 1914.

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 (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

CLAUD MERCHANT sworn says:

I was sitting with Vincent Bishop about dinner time and he fell over. It was about 1 o’clock. He had been complaining with a pain in his right eye for several days.                                                                                CLAUD MERCHANT

J. H. BISHOP sworn says:

My father, Vincent Bishop, has been complaining for 3 or 4 days. He was 68 years old. He was not very strong but able to do light work.                                                                                                                            J. H. (X) BISHOP

INQUISITION over the dead body of ERNEST BOYD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at T. L. Reeder’s in the County and State aforesaid, the 23 day of November A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of ERNEST BOYD of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of C. A. Matthews, E. R. Matthews, J. R. Epting, T. L. Reeder, Geo. A. Epting, J. D. 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 Ernest Boyd came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Ernest Boyd came to his death from a gun shot wound inflicted by the hands of Geo. Caldwell on Nov. 21, 1914 and from which wound the said Ernest Boyd died Nov. 22, 1914. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the 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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       C. A. Matthews, Foreman (L. S.)

E. R. Matthews (L. S.)       J. R. Epting (L. S.)             T. L. Reeder (L. S.)            Geo. A. Epting (L. S.)

J. D. Wicker (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

NANCY WORKMAN sworn says:

Nov. 21st 1914 – I heard a gun fire. I saw Ernest Boyd and Geo. Caldwell. Ernest Boyd was [shot?]. Tom Workman, Dolphus Cannon, and Geo. Caldwell brought him to Zack Caldwell’s house.                           NANCY (X) WORKMAN

Recalled:

Ernest Caldwell told me that Geo. Caldwell had cursed him and then shot him.

REUBEN BOYD sworn says:

Nov. 21, 1914     When I got to Zack Caldwell’s I found Ernest Boyd, my son, shot. [He] died about 2 o’clock Nov. 22

                                                                                                                                                      REUBEN (X) BOYD

INQUISITION over the dead body of JAMES RUTHERFORD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at J. E. Wessinger Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 10 day of Dec. A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of JAMES RUTHERFORD of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of B. F. Griffin, Henry Reeder, J. E. Floyd, N. A. Smith, C. B. Eddy, J. N. Sligh 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 Rutherford came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said James Rutherford came to his death from a gun shot wound inflicted by the hands of Elbert Smith by accidental discharge of a shot gun on Dec. 10, 1914.

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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       B. F. Griffin, Foreman (L. S.)

Henry Reeder (L. S.)         J. E. Floyd (L. S.)                              N. A. Smith (L. S.)             C. B. Eddy (L. S.)

J. N. Sligh (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

ELLA WEASE SMITH sworn said:

I live in Newberry Co. Elbert Smith had the gun in his lap. He was doubling a white rag and the gun went off and shot James Rutherford. Then James got up and ran out in the piazza and fell. This was Dec. 10, 1914. This was on Mr. James Wessinger’s place in Newberry Co. They were not fussing. They did not have any words. Elbert Smith is twelve years old.                                                                                                                                          ELLA WEASE SMITH

WILLIE SMITH sworn says:

I live in Newberry County. Elbert Smith was sitting with a gun in his lap and the gun went off and shot James Rutherford. They had not been fussing. Elbert Smith is twelve years old.                                                        WILLIE (X) SMITH

INQUISITION over the dead body of ARTHUR KINLEY

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at E. S. Dominick, No. 7 [Township] in the County and State aforesaid, the 18 day of Dec. A. D. 1914, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of ARTHUR KINLEY of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oath of F. M. Lindsay Coroner where and by what means the said Arthur Kinley came to his death do say that the said Arthur Kinley came to his death by accident, being caught by shafting at E. S. Dominick’s Gin [House] on Dec. 28, 1914 w8ithout blame attached to any other 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 (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

E. S. DOMINICK sworn says:

I was at my gin house today Dec. 18, 1914. I saw Arthur Kinley as he went to put on the belt. His sleeve was caught by a nut on the shafting and he was carried over the shaft several times. I was upstairs and when I reached him I found him with his arm torn off – dead.                                                                                                       E. S. DOMINICK

JIM WADE sworn says:

I was by the shed at Mr. Dominick’s gin. I heard a noise in the gin house and saw Arthur Kinley near the shafting with clothes and arm torn off. And I am satisfied he came to his death by being caught in the shafting.

                                                                                                                                                      JIM WADE


INQUISITION over the dead body of B. R. GUINN

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Longshore’s in the County and State aforesaid, the 30th day of Jan. A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of B. R. GUINN of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of J. W. Wilson, A. R. Dorroh, Jim Wallinzine, D. E. Oxner, Jim Williams, J. W. 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 B. R. Guinn came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said B. R. Guinn came to his death from a gun shot wound inflicted by the hands of G. A. Long on Jan. 30, 1915 from which wound the said B. R. Guinn died. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid G. A. Long in manner and form aforesaid B. R. Guinn 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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       J. W. Wilson, Foreman (L. S.)

A. R. Dorroh (L. S.)           Jim Wallinzine (L. S.)       D. E. Oxner (L. S.)             Jim Williams (L. S.)

J. W. Davenport (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

A. C. MILLS sworn says:

I was here at B. R. Guinn’s on [the] 30th Jan. 1915. Was with Mr. Guinn when we saw Mr. G. A. Long and wife coming up [the] road and Mr. Guin said he wanted to see Mr. Long and walked to [the] edge of [the] road. My attention was attracted by hearing pistol shots. Turning, I saw Mr. Guinn running from Mr. Long and saw Mr. Long fire [the] third and last time and then Mr. Guin fell. Mr. Long was on [the] ground when he shot. Said Mr. Guin didn’t appear to be mad in [the] least when he made [the] remark that he wanted to see Mr. Long.                                    A. C. MILLS

A. C. MILLS recalled says: He didn’t see any stick of weapons about Mr. Guinn.

G. H. MARTIN being sworn says:

I was at my store yard on [the] 30th day of Jan. 1915. Hearing a pistol shot I looked and there was two more shots in quick succession and [I] saw Mr. Long get in [the] buggy and come on to [the] store and he said to me, “I am in it but [I] had to do it for I was not going to let Brooks Guinn come to me with that stick.” His wife spoke and said she did not blame him. I went immediately to [the] body of Mr. B. R. Guin and didn’t see any stick near [the] body.

                                                                                                                                                      G. H.MARTIN

B. M. GUINN sworn says:

I was at home on [the] 30th Jan 1915 sitting on [the] back steps. [I] saw father go into [the] road to Mr. G. A. Long, heard a loud conversation between them and immediately heard a pistol fire and looking saw my father running from Mr. Long who fired twice more and then my father fell. Saw my father have no stick or any other weapon.       

                                                                                                                                                      B. M. GUINN

S. J. SHEALY being sworn says:

That on [the] 30th day of jan.1915 he helped to bring Mr. Guin from [the] road to [the] house and saw in [the] road near where we picked up Mr. Guin a stick about twelve inches long – muddy – as if it had been run over by wagons.

                                                                                                                                                      S. J. SHEALY

I examined [the] body of Mr. Brooks Guinn at his home near Longshore’s store and found three wounds on his body:

A puncture wound on [the] right side almost in [the] middle of [the] side 7 ½ inches from [the] back bone between [the] 11th and 12th ribs; a puncture wound almost in [the] middle of [the] back of [the] head 4 ½ inches behind [the] right ear and on a level with [the] right ear; a puncture wound 1 inch above and 1 ½ inches behind [the] left ear.

The wound behind [the] right ear appeared to be an entrance wound and [the] one above and behind [the] left ear appeared to be an exit wound. [The] wounds on [the] head were produced by [the] same instrument passing through [the] head. [The] wound on [the] head caused his death.                  Jan. 30th 1915                     W. D.SENN MD


INQUISITION over the dead body of MAGGIE SIMS

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Caldwell Ruff’s No. 11 Township in the County and State aforesaid, the 1st day of April A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of MAGGIE SIMS of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of _________ for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Maggie Sims came to her death upon their oaths do say that the said Maggie Sims came to her death from natural causes on the 1st day of April 1915 on Caldwell Ruff’s Place in No. 1 (?) Township.

In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay Coroner to this inquisition have set my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                                                                                                   F. M. Lindsay Coroner (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

Pomaria SC          April 1, 1915

FRED SIMS being sworn says:

Mag Sims, my mother, has been in good health. Went to bed last night about nine o’clock well. When I woke up this morning about 6 o’clock I found her dead in bed. This was at Caldwell Ruff’s Place.               April 1, 1915

                                                                                                                                                      FRED (X) SIMS

CALLIE EDWARDS being sworn says:

I stay[ed] at Mag Sims’ last [night] and we went to bed about ten o’clock. Mag Sims was not sick that I know of. Nothing happened during [the] night that I know of. We got up about six o’clock this morning and called Mag and she did not answer. I went to [the] bed and found her dead. Two small children slept with her.               CALLIE EDWARDS

I was called to Caldwell Ruff’s Place this morning April 1, 1915 to examine [the] dead body of Mag Sims. On [the] examination I found that [the] deceased came to her death from natural causes.                         DR. Z.T.PINNER

P.S.         Dr. Z. T. Pinner being duly sworn says [the] above.

INQUISITION over the dead body of HARRISON CROMER

SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY                                                 April 28, 1915

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Annie Graham’s in the County the 28th day of April A. D. 1915, before J. H. Adams Magistrate, Acting Coroner for said County, upon view of the body of HARRISON CROMER of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of C. L. Leitzey, R. E. Ringer, J. N. Gilliam, J. T. Gilliam, R. W. Glymph, J. E. Ringer 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 Harrison Cromer came to his death upon their oaths do say that it was from natural causes.

In witness therefore I, Jos. H. Adams aforesaid and the jury aforesaid to this inquisition have interchangeably put our hands and seals the day and year abovementioned.                 Joseph H. Adams, Magistrate, Acting Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                         C. L. Leitzey, Foreman (L. S.)

We [the] undersigned has this [the] 28th day of April 1915 examined [the] body of Harrison Cromer and after thorough investigation conclude that [the] said Harrison Cromer came to his death from natural causes.

C. L. Leitzey, Foreman     R. E. Ringer         J. N. Gilliam        J. T. Gilliam         R. W. Glymph     J. E. Ringer

This is to certify that I have this day April 28, 1915 examined [the] body of Harrison Cromer deceased and find that he came to his death from natural causes, probably apoplexy.                                                E. H. MOORE MD


INQUISITION over the dead body of JOE PERRY

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry SC in the County and State aforesaid, the 29 day of April A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of JOE PERRY of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of _________ being a lawful inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Joe Perry came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Joe Perry came to his death from natural causes on the April 29th 1915.

In witness whereof I, F. M. Lindsay Coroner to this inquisition and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seal the days and year aforesaid.                                                                                 F. M. Lindsay Coroner (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

D. M. SPEARMAN sworn says:

I was in Clarence Brown’s Barber shop today, April 29, 1915 and Joe Perry was in the shop about 1:30 o’clock. Joe Perry fell and died. I don’t know of any sickness that he was addicted to.                                         D. M. SPEARMAN

INQUISITION over the dead body of NOLAN GLENN

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at H. L. Parr’s Plantation in the County and State aforesaid, the 16th day of May A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of NOLAN GLENN of _____ then and there being dead by the oaths of A. M. Miller, S. J. Shannon, F. E. Miller, A. B. Miller, W. C. Miller, and L. O. Sligh 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 Nolan Glenn came to his death upon their oaths do say that the said Nolan Glenn came to his death from a pistol hot wound inflicted by the hands of Alex Furman on the 16th day of May. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Alex Furman feloniously did kill the said Nolan Glenn.

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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       A. M. Miller (L. S.)

S. J. Shannon (L. S.)          F. E. Miller (L. S.)              A. B. Miller (L. S.)             W. C. Miller (L. S.)

L. O. Sligh (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

RICHARD WILSON being duly sworn says:

Alex Furman, Henry Furman, Jim Anderson, Wes Furman were sitting [by the] side of [the] bicycle track. Wes left just before Dave and Nolan Glenn walked up. When they walked up [it] looked like they were going to pass. Then Dave jerked out his pistol and said, “Alex, did you mean to curse me for a son of a bitch today?” And at that time Dave throwed [the] pistol on Alex Furman and I turned my head and [the] shot was made and then Dave and Alex commenced shooting at each other and then Alex made a shot at Nolan Glenn. After they ran I heard another shot made. Nolan was running in front of Alex. I don’t know how many shots they made. I was a third cousin to Nolan Glenn. Nolan ran in first and Alex after Nolan and Dave running after Alex. Alex Furman shot at Dave. Dave was [the] first one to draw a pistol.

                                                                                                                                                      RICHARD WILSON

JIM ANDERSON sworn says:

I am first cousin to Alex Furman. Wes Furman was coming from Church going home and he called me. We were hitching and while he was there Alex Furman and Henry Furman came down there. We stayed there and Wes left. Then Richard Wilson came up and we were talking. We were sitting down except Richard - he was standing up. Dave and Nolan Glenn came down [the] tract. Dave came on like he was going to pass. Alex was sitting down between me and Henry Furman. About [the] time Dave got facing Alex he stopped and asked Alex, did he mean to curse him (Dave) a son of a bitch today. Before he could get [the] words out of his mouth he pulled his pistol and made two shots at Alex. Alex rose and he commenced shooting at Dave. Then Nolan walked up to Alex and Alex turned around and said to Nolan, “Do you mean to take it up? And made a shot at Nolan. Then Alex made another shot at Dave and they shot out at each other. When Alex made [the] shot after Nolan, Nolan left running and Alex running after him and while he was running, Dave loaded up his pistol. Alex did not make any other shot after Nolan after he started running. Dave was running after Alex. Then Henry ran to [the] house after his gun. Henry ran around after Dave. I came on around here behind them. When I got around here Nolan had fell and Alex had run up in [the] yard. Henry made a shot after Dave with a shot gun to stop him. Dave went on around [the] road – went on around [the] road to [the] bicycle tract. That was last night I seen ___.

                                                                                                                                                      JIM ANDERSON

I examined [the] dead body of Nolan Glenn today May 16, 1915. His death was caused by a gun shot wound of [the] left side at [the] lower border of [the] ribs and 7 inches from [the] spinal.                                   W. G. HOUSEAL MD

INQUISITION over the dead body of AGNES SUBER

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at W. M. Suber’s in the County and State aforesaid, the 20 day of May A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of AGNES SUBER of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of J. S. Renwick, J. E. Renwick, S. J. D. Price, S. A. Rikard, Curtis Rikard and F. G. 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 Agnes Suber came to her death do say that the said Agnes Suber came to her death by being run over or against by an automobile driven by Kay Baker carelessly on May 15, 1915 and that the said Agnes Suber died on May 20, 1915. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Kay Baker caused the death of Agnes Suber.

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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       J. S. Renwick, Foreman (L. S.)

J. E. Renwick (L. S.)          S. J. D. Price (L. S.)           S. A. Rikard (L. S.)            Curtis Rikard (L. S.)

F. G. Brock (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

To whom it may concern:

This certifies that I attended Agnes Suber during her illness and find that she came to her death as a result of pulmonary hemorrhage due to some blow over the left lung.          May 20, 1915                                    E. H. MOORE MD

W. M. SUBER sworn says:

We were up at [the] picnic and as we started home we were all walking, Agnes my wife, my sister, my son and myself walking behind each other. Agnes was in [the] front – I was next. [The] son next to me, wife next to him, sister at my back. As we came along Hayne Franklin passed in one car. I heard another car coming. I said to Agnes, “I hear another car coming at a rapid rate. You had better get out of [the] road.” She got into [the] ditch before [the] car got to us. I saw that it was K. Baker. He reached back with an arm as to shut [the] door. [The] car slid out to [the] right hand side of [the] road. He got [the] steering wheel with both hands and backed across [the] road into [the] ditch.

                                                                                                                                                      W. M. SUBER

K. BAKER sworn says:

I went up to Mr. Caldwell. Hayne Franklin was with me. He was in his car, I in mine. He was in front of me. When we got into [the] road we were running on down [the] road and I saw Mr. Suber and family. Just before I got to them one of [the] doors came open. I reached back to close it and when I did [the] car cut to [the] right and I pulled it back to get into [the] road. [The] hind wheels skidded. When they skidded I saw Agnes just in front of me. I then tried to stop [the] car but could not until it had struck her. When I got it stopped I got out and looked under [the] car. She was lying under, just behind [the] engine. I tried to lift [the] fore wheels and could not. I then hollered for Hayne Franklin to come there.

                                                                                                                                                      K. BAKER

I could not say how fast I was running, between 10 and 15 miles. She was in a path. The front part of the car hit her.

                                                                                                                                                      K. BAKER

C. T. CROMER sworn says:

We were over at [the] school house when [the] cars came down [the] road. After they passed on a little while I heard a hollering. We ran down where [the] car was. When I got there Mr. Suber had her shoulder under [the] fender. K. Baker had hold of [the] wheel and we lifted [the] car and got Agnes out. [The] car was running about 15 miles oer hour.

                                                                                                                                                      C. T. CROMER

W. M. SUBER recalled:

I suppose it was running about 15 or 20 miles per hour. I could not say just how fast it was running but [it] was running pretty fast. Agnes was down in [the] ditch.                                                                                   W. M. SUBER

J. G. GLENN sworn says:

I was one among [the] first to get to [the] car. I came around [the] front of [the] car. I did not see Mr. Baker coming down [the] road.                                                                                                                             J. G. GLENN

W. H. FRANKLIN sworn says:

I was in front of Mr. Baker when I passed Mr. Suber’s. I was driving [the] car. I ran about 8 miles an hour. Mrs. Agnes Suber was walking along [the] side of [the] ditch when I passed her. I did not look back until I heard [the] calling.

                                                                                                                                                      W. H. FRANKLIN

INQUISITION over the dead body of G. W. DUNN

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry City in the County and State aforesaid, the 21st day of June A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of G. W. DUNN of Colleton Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of F. M. Lindsay sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said G. W. Dunn came to his death upon his oath do say that the said G. W. Dunn came to his death from carbolic acid administration with his own hands with suicide intent.

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 (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

To the City Authorities of Newberry:

I am going to kill myself and there will not be any use in notifying any of my people as I would rather they not know anything about this. I want the city to bury me and after that you can write to A. B. Dunn, Round SC.

My name is G. W. Dunn

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Whitmire in the County and State aforesaid, the 6 day of July A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of an infant of ELMIRA JETER of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of W. H. Rasor, J. P. Bishop, W. R. Melton, C. T. Gilliam, B. H. Herrin, T. G. Orr 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 Elvira Jeter came to her death do say that the said infant came to her death by the willful and malicious neglect of its mother Elvira Jeter on this the 6th day of July 1915. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid Elvira Jeter in manner and form aforesaid Female Infant 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 (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       W. H. Rasor, Foreman (L. S.)

J. P. Bishop (L. S.)             W. R. Melton (L. S.)          C. T. Gilliam (L. S.)           B. H. Herrin (L. S.)

T. G. Orr (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

AURELIA JETER sworn says:

I went to bed about 10 o’clock. Elvira and Annie Bell laid down on [the] pallet. I didn’t wake up during [the] night. I woke up when [the] baby cried. I thought it was a puppy but found it was a baby crying outside of [the] house in [the] woods. I didn’t see [the] baby until [the] police came. All three of us were on [the] floor when we heard [the] baby cry. I didn’t know of anyone getting up [or] that any[thing was] [the] matter with her. I couldn’t see any difference. [The] child was found before day and was alive. Jno was here last night. [The] baby was found 20 steps from [the] house.

                                                                                                                                                      AURELIA (X) JETER

ANNIE BELL JETER sworn says:

I heard Aurelia’s statement and it is correct and is all I know.                                                          ANNIE BELL (X) JETER

DR. T. B. WOODS sworn says:

I am a practicing physician and reside in Whitmire. I was called to [the] house of Elvira Jeter and found a bloody clot on [the] ground in right of [the] front of [the] house; also [the] place where Mr. Brock found [the] child which had evidently [been] covered up by about a dozen weeds. I also found [the] membranes at [the] same time. I found a few blood spots on [the] back porch. I then saw [the] baby which had been dressed and wrapped in a blanket. Elvira Jeter said she thought her bowels were going to move and she had [the] child. I asked if she passed [the] afterbirth and if so what she had done with it. She replied that she had buried it. I asked her if she tied [the] cord when [the] baby was born. She replied that they tied it referring to [the] members of [the] household. I examined [the] child and found it to be in a rather weak condition. It appeared to be about an 8 months baby but at this time its pulse was fairly good. Its right hand and arm was blue and [the] baby appeared to be suffering from cold. It is a mulatto child. I examined [the] child in question and it is [the] same child I saw this morning which was alive then. In my opinion [the] child died from exposure and want of proper care.

7/6/1915                                                                                                                                                     T. B. WOODS MD

INQUISITION over the dead body of DAVE WORTHY

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry SC in the County and State aforesaid, the 30day of July A. D. 1915, before F. M. Lindsay Coroner, upon view of the body of DAVE WORTHY of Newberry Co. then and there being dead by the oaths of C. H. Dudly, J. D. Wicker, T. C. Banks, Victor Rodgers, H. D. Whitaker, A. J. Jones being a lawful Jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire for the State of South Carolina where and by what means the said Dave Worthy came to his death do say that the said Dave Worthy came to his death by pistol shots from the hands of Tom Blair inflicted July 24th 1915 and died July 27, 1915. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do say that the aforesaid _______

In witness whereof I, Coroner aforesaid and the Jurors aforesaid to this inquisition have set our hands and seals the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                             F. M. Lindsay, Coroner (L. S.)

                                                                                                                                       C. H. Dudly, Foreman (L. S.)

J. D. Wicker (L. S.)            T. C. Banks (L. S.)             Victor Rodgers (L. S.)       H. D. Whitaker (L. S.)

A. J. Jones (L. S.)

EVIDENCE

HAMP WILLIAMS sworn said that:

I live in Newberry Co. SC I was at Calvary Church on July 24. I was on my way home when [the] fight started. Dave walked up behind Tom Blair and said, “Tom, you did not treat me right.” Tom said, “What have I done to you?” Tom then said, “I am here and you are there.” At that time Tom Blair pulled out his pistol and shot Dave Worthy. Shot two times. Dave was not doing anything at [the] time. This happened in front of Bill Piester’s house. This happened about midnight of July 24. Dave did not have any pistol.                                                HAMP WILLIAMS

MARCELLUS CALDWELL sworn says:

I live in Newberry Co. SC I went to Calvary Church on [the] night of July 24. I had started home from Church when [the] shooting happened. Hamp Williams, Dave Worthy, Tom Blair, John Glenn, Willie Suber and myself Marcellus Caldwell was along when [the] shooting happened. Dave walked up behind Tom Blair and asked Tom, “What kind of a way you treated me last night?” Tom answered and said, “Who started it first?” Me and John Glenn got in front and kept walking. I walked on ahead and heard two pistol shots. I turned around and saw Tom Blair running. Dave walked toward Hamp Williams. I did not see anything in Dave’s hands. This happened in front of Bill Piester’s house on [the] road on Mr. Wicker’s place, night of July 24, 1915.                                                                                  MARCELLUS CALDWELL

DR. W. A. DUNN sworn said:

I was called to Dave Worthy on Sunday morning and found him suffering from a gun shot wound in the abdomen. The ball entered his abdomen two inches below the umbilical and one inch to the right of the medial line. I sent him to the hospital in Columbia where he died Tuesday night July 27, 1915.                                            W. A. DUNN MD
 

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