Sumner County, Tennessee
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$1,200 WORTH HUNG.
W. C. Moore of Sumner Co, Tenn, was attacked with a knife by one of his slaves, a few days ago, and received two terrible wounds one on the throat, and the other on the chin. Mr. Saunders and the father of Mr. Moore came to his rescue, when the negro turned upon the former and commenced cutting him, and then upon the latter, cutting his throat from ear to ear, killing him instantly. The alarm having been given, the people in the vicinity hastened to the bloody scene, and it was necessary to shoot the negro three times before the knife could be got from him. He was then taken and hung immediately.
[Douglas Monthly, Rochester, N.Y., May 1861] Contributed by, Candi Horton


Slave jailed in Maryland
Committed to Wash Co, Md, jail; mulatto man, Jos Rafe, about 24 yrs old. He says he is the prop of Wm Glieves, near Gallatin, Tenn, & originally belonged to Edwin Nailor, in Va. -Thos Post, shrf
[Daily National Intelligencer, JAN 6, 1821 - Submitted by K. Torp]


Meteoric Stones, Nashville, (Tenn.) May19.
An occurrence took place in this vicinity on the 9th inst., which deserves to be publicly noticed. Some large stones fell with immense velocity in Sumner county, about 18 miles from Nashville, and sank into the earth with great force. One of them, weighing between five and six pounds, fell upon the farm of the Rev. Mr. Kirkpatrick, a respectable gentleman whose son was in the field at the time and saw it as it descended with a loud noise through the air. On striking the ground it produced a great concussion and sank several inches beneath the surface of the earth. The other which descended about the same time, fell upon a hard grass lot and buried itself 10 or 12 inches in the ground. It is said to weight about twelve lbs. The noise, resembling that of thunder or distant cannon, was distinctly heard 10 or 12 miles from the spot where the stones fell and by some probably at a still greater distance. We presume the stones will be brought to Nashville, and submitted to an analysis, in order to ascertain the peculiar nature of their composition.
Since writing the above, Mr. Peter Ketring, a gentleman of high respectability and undoubted veracity, has called upon us with the following communication from his father-in-law, the Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick, which confirms, substantially, the statement given above, with some additional details.

To the Editor of the National Banner
I will now give you a statement, as correct as is within my power, respecting a Phenomenon which has taken place in my neighborhood. In doing this, I will confine myself to facts and submit them to philosophers to explain.
On Wednesday the 9th inst., about 4 o’clock, P.M., the day being as clear as usual, my son and servants were planting corn in the field, they heard suddenly a report similar to a cannon, which was continued in the air, resembling that of a battle, the firing of cannon, or muskets by platoons, and the beating of drums. Some small clouds made a terrific appearance with a trail of black smoke, from which came (no doubt) a number of stones, with a loud whizzing noise, which struck the earth like that of a ponderous body. One of these stones my son heard fall about fifty yards from where he was. In its descent to the ground, it struck a pawpaw tree about the size of a small handspike and tore it to pieces like lightning, by which means he immediately found the spot and there saw the stone about eight or ten inches under ground, which weighted five pounds and a quarter; Mr. James Dugger was present. – They state that the stone was cold, but had the scent of sulpher. On the same day, and about the same time, my son-in-law, Mr. Peter Ketring, with his hands, was in a field about one mile (…?...) when a stone fell which weighed eleven pounds and a half. This took place near him, his wife, and three other women. A number of respectable men were present when it was found and taken up, it was 12 inches underground. I have seen one that fell at Mr. David Garret’s on Station Camp, and part of one that fell at Mr. john Bones’. I have also heard of more that has been found. These stones are perfectly similar, glazed with a thin black crust and bear the marks of having passed through a body of fire and black smoke. Many gentlemen have been excited within a few days to come to my house and see them and say they never saw such before. At the request of some gentlemen I took them to Gallatin on Monday last, which was the first day of our county court, where they were shown publicly. I design to send the largest of them to Nashville in a few days.
Yours respectfully
Hugh Kirkpatrick
Drake’s Creek, Sumner county
May 16, 1827

We have seen and examined the stone picked up by Mr. Kirkpatrick. It is of a very singular character.

[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), June 20 1827 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Child Falls From a Train
A 7-year old child fell from a north-bound passenger train two miles north of Gallatin, Tenn. Tuesday night. She was a daughter of Mrs. Kornally, who, with her five children, was en route from Florida to visit relatives at Grand Rapids. The child was not missed until the train reached South Tunnel, when her mother gave the alarm and search was instituted, and an unavailing search was made all night. Wednesday morning the child was found near the track, unconscious. She is still alive.
[From Hamilton Appeal - Marion County AL - June 26, 1896; Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney]


A Proclamation.
Aaron V. Brown, Governor of the State of Tennessee.
To all who shall see these Presents -- Greeting.
Whereas, It has been made know to me that a certain James Dinning stands charged with having committed a foul and atrocious murder on the 10th day November 1845, upon the body of William B. Norman, late of our County of Sumner, has fled from capture and is now running at large.
Now therefore, I, AARON V. BROWN, Governor of aforesaid, by virtue of the power and authority in my vested, do hereby offer a REWARD of five hundred dollars hereby revoking all former rewards offered; to any person or persons who may apprehend said James Dinning, and deliver him to the Sheriff or Jailor of our County of Sumner in order that justice in that behalf may be had and executed.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed at Nashville, on the 21st day of April 1846. AARON V. BROWN.
By the Governor: Jno. S. Young, Secretary of State.
DESCRIPTION: Said Dinning's wife is believed to be with him. He has colored his hair black, has a scar on his left forefiner about two inches long, ranging with his ranging with his finer towards his wrist, has blue eyes, fair skin: is about five feet and ten or eleven inches high, weighs about 165 or 170 pounds, has an upper tooth out, either an eye tooth or the one next to it, and his mouth sticks out a little when talking. He also has two scars on his feet, caused by an axe; one was rather between his big toe and the one next to it, ranging towards his ancle, and the other one was on the inside of his foot, ranging from near his ancle bone a little towards his toes. He is about 28 years old.
His wife is a woman of good contenance, has blue eyes, fair skin, rather dark hair, and a little inclined to be fleshy. She is about 23 years old. When last heard of, he was riding a brown bay horse, with an old saddle: and she was riding a roan filly with almost a new saddle. They were last seen near Salem, North Carolina.

[The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) Wednesday, June 03, 1846; Issue 52; col A; Transcribed by, Amanda Jowers]