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West Virginia Executions
(Before Lethal Injection)

Source: [Data was compiled by Rob Gallagher from "Executions in the United States, 1608-1987:
The ESPY File
", Espy, M. Watt, and John Ortiz Smykla, Principal Investigators, which was Funded by the National Science Foundation]


 

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NAME

AGE

RACE

SEX

OCCUPATION

CRIME

METHOD

DATE

MTPL

COUNTY

1

LIVERPOOLE, (PRICE)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

BURNED

JUL

28

1769

1

JEFFERSON

2

DOLLY, (SANDS)

 

BLACK

FEMALE

SLAVE

MURDER

BURNED

JUL

28

1769

2

JEFFERSON

3

JEM, (DAVIS)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

BURG-ATT RAPE

HANGING

AUG

2

1783

 

GREENBRIER

4

(HAMILTON)

 

BLACK

?

SLAVE

?

HANGING

NOV

19

1787

 

GREENBRIER

5

MILLAY, (ROBE)

 

BLACK

FEMALE

SLAVE

ARSON

HANGING

SEP

1

1798

 

MONONGALIA

6

AARON, (DAILEY)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

HORSE STEALING

HANGING

APR

5

1799

 

HAMPSHIRE

7

JAMES, (NORRIS)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

RAPE

HANGING

JUL

30

1803

 

JEFFERSON

8

ABRAM, (EDWARD)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

17

1803

1

KANAWHA

9

ISSACS, (EDWARDS)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

17

1803

2

KANAWHA

10

JERRY, (RUTHERFORD)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

ROBBERY

HANGING

JUL

5

1805

1

BERKELEY

11

JOHN, (WILSON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

ROBBERY

HANGING

JUL

5

1805

2

BERKELEY

12

CLEMMONS, ABEL

 

WHITE

MALE

FARMER

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

30

1806

 

MONONGALIA

13

MOSES, (EWING)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

29

1811

 

MONROE

14

QUEEN, THOMAS

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

11

1813

 

HARRISON

15

ELLIS, (WILSON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

17

1820

 

TYLER

16

NATHAN, (WILSON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

INJECTION

MAY

1

1821

 

TYLER

17

JACK, (SKELTON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

RAPE

HANGING

DEC

26

1822

 

WOOD

18

TOM, (NEWTON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

13

1824

 

GREENBRIER

19

REBECCA, (COLTER)

 

BLACK

FEMALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

 

1825

 

MONROE

20

JOSHUA, (COLLINS)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

RAPE

HANGING

AUG

17

1827

 

MONONGALIA

21

COX, EBENEZER

 

WHITE

MALE

LABORER

MURDER

HANGING

AUG

27

1830

 

JEFFERSON

22

LUCY, (WELLS)

 

BLACK

FEMALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

28

1832

 

TYLER

23

HARRY, (CANDY)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

?

HANGING

DEC

 

1837

 

HAMPSHIRE

24

JOHN, (RICHARDSON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

?

HANGING

FEB

26

1841

 

BERKELEY

25

HUDSON, WILLIAM

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

18

1846

 

PENDLETON

26

BILL, (LAWSON)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

18

1848

 

LOGAN

27

GREEN, CHARLES

21

WHITE

MALE

LABORER

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

JUL

12

1850

 

JACKSON

28

UEL, LEWIS, (WILCOX)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

RAPE

HANGING

AUG

30

1850

 

KANAWHA

29

GEORGE, (ROPER)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

ATTEMPTED MURDER

HANGING

MAY

20

1853

 

JEFFERSON

30

BOARD, THOMAS

30

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

28

1853

 

BARBOUR

31

CHARLES, (BEALE)

 

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

ATTEMPTED RAPE

HANGING

JAN

6

1854

 

JEFFERSON

32

BURNS, JOHN

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

4

1858

 

OHIO

33

TURLEY, PRESTON

36

WHITE

MALE

CLERGY

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

17

1858

 

KANAWHA

34

WILLIAM, (JOHNSON)

22

BLACK

MALE

SLAVE

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

1

1858

 

GILMER

35

BROWN, JOHN

59

WHITE

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

DEC

2

1859

 

JEFFERSON

36

COPPOC, EDWIN

24

WHITE

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

DEC

16

1859

1

JEFFERSON

37

COPELAND, JOHN

25

BLACK

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

DEC

16

1859

2

JEFFERSON

38

GREEN, SHIELDS

23

BLACK

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

DEC

16

1859

3

JEFFERSON

39

COOK, JOHN

29

WHITE

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

DEC

16

1859

4

JEFFERSON

40

HAZLETT

 

?

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

MAR

16

1860

1

JEFFERSON

41

STEPHENS

 

?

MALE

?

TREASON

HANGING

MAR

16

1860

2

JEFFERSON

42

HARDIN, NATHANIEL

 

WHITE

MALE

BLACKSMITH

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

30

1860

 

MARSHALL

43

(WINTHROW)

 

BLACK

?

SLAVE

UNSPEC FELONY

HANGING

JAN

 

1861

 

GREENBRIER

44

GROGAN, DANIEL

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

9

1866

1

WOOD

45

BOICE, THOMAS

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

9

1866

2

WOOD

46

GIBBONEY, MORTIMER

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

15

1866

 

WOOD

47

WALKER, LABON

18

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

28

1879

 

WAYNE

48

JENKINS, HENRY

 

BLACK

MALE

MINER

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

NOV

11

1881

 

FAYETTE

49

KAMPF, FELIX

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

7

1890

 

KANAWHA

50

MARTIN, WILLIAM

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

3

1890

 

RALEIGH

51

JOHNSON, SIM

18

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

JUN

19

1891

 

KANAWHA

52

MAIER, WILLIAM

23

WHITE

MALE

MUSICIAN

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

17

1892

 

OHIO

53

HARRISON, ALLEN

25

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

22

1892

 

CABELL

54

HARDY, JOHN

 

?

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

19

1894

 

MC DOWELL

55

ADKINS, WASHINGTON

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

20

1894

 

FAYETTE

56

SCOTT, ANDERW

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

4

1895

 

KANAWHA

57

NICHOLS, JIM

 

BLACK

MALE

ODD JOBS

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

13

1895

 

FAYETTE

58

LEWIS, CLARK

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

25

1897

 

FAYETTE

59

BROWN, JERRY

35

BLACK

MALE

LABORER

RAPE

HANGING

JUL

25

1897

 

FAYETTE

60

VIARS, , ALBERT

 

WHITE

MALE

MINER

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

12

1897

 

FAYETTE

61

MORGAN, JOHN

22

WHITE

MALE

FARM LABORER

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

DEC

16

1897

 

JACKSON

62

CALDWELL, SHEP

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

10

1899

 

MC DOWELL

63

BROADSNAX, FRANK

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

9

1899

 

MC DOWELL

64

WALKER, FRANK

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

15

1899

 

FAYETTE

65

CARTER, GEORGE

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

21

1902

 

KANAWHA

66

YOUNG, LEWIS

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

1

1902

 

MC DOWELL

67

MOONEY, JOHN

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

9

1902

1

OHIO

68

FRIDAY, FRANK

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

9

1902

2

OHIO

69

CHRISTIAN, PERRY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

13

1902

 

FAYETTE

70

HENRY, STATE

 

BLACK

MALE

MINER

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

24

1902

 

WETZEL

71

DAVIS, WILFRED

21

WHITE

MALE

LUMBERMAN

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

5

1903

 

RANDOLPH

72

WILLIAMS, GEORGE

 

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

SEP

9

1904

 

JEFFERSON

73

JOHNSON, FRANK

 

BLACK

MALE

COAL MINER

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

17

1908

 

HARRISON

74

BROWN, ARTHUR

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

AUG

27

1909

 

MC DOWELL

75

WAYNE, THOMAS

45

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER-RAPE

HANGING

DEC

23

1910

 

>FAYETTE

76

STEVENSON, FRANK

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

17

1911

 

MERCER

77

COOK, JESSE

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

10

1911

 

MC DOWELL

78

FURBISH, WILLIAM

28

BLACK

MALE

FARM HAND

RAPE

HANGING

MAR

17

1911

 

HARRISON

79

MARSHALL, JOHN

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HUNG IN CHAINS

APR

4

1913

1

MC DOWELL

80

WILLIAMS, JAMES

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

APR

4

1913

2

MC DOWELL

81

STERLING, HENRY

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

6

1913

1

MC DOWELL

82

BIX, JOHN

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

6

1913

2

MC DOWELL

83

GREEN, HENRY

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

6

1914

 

MINGO

84

JONES, SILAS

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

10

1914

 

CABELL

85

THOMAS, WILL

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

2

1915

1

OHIO

86

STUART, WILL

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

2

1915

2

GREENBRIER

87

JARRELL, NAT

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

9

1915

 

KANAWHA

88

FOREST, CHARLES

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

10

1915

 

MC DOWELL

89

SUTTON, CLAUDE

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

AUG

4

1916

 

RANDOLPH

90

LAY, JAMES

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

1

1916

 

MC DOWELL

91

FERGUSON, HUGH

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

AUG

6

1919

 

MORGAN

92

BRAGG, HUGH

21

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

APR

30

1920

 

WEBSTER

93

LUTZ, JACOB

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

22

1921

 

TAYLOR

94

GREEN, HOBART

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

AUG

5

1921

 

BROOKE

95

HARBOR, HENRY

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

7

1921

 

MC DOWELL

96

WILLIAMS, LEROY

 

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

MAR

3

1922

 

KANAWHA

97

PAYTON, MONROE

 

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

MAY

4

1922

 

BERKELEY

98

BANHAGE, GEORGE

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

2

1923

 

BROOKE

99

SALAMANTE, NICK

33

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

4

1924

1

HARRISON

100

CONNIZZARO, PHILIP

26

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

4

1924

2

HARRISON

101

FERRI, RICHARD

26

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

4

1924

3

HARRISON

102

MURATORE, SAMUEL

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

15

1924

 

HARRISON

103

MCCOY, TINY

23

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

12

1924

 

POCAHONTAS

104

FORD, ROBERT

25

BLACK

MALE

COAL MINER

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

29

1926

 

HARRISON

105

SAWYER, HARRY

24

BLACK

MALE

CONSTRUCTION

RAPE

HANGING

APR

19

1926

 

MINGO

106

EUMAN, PHILIP

19

BLACK

MALE

COAL MINER

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

AUG

20

1926

 

HARRISON

107

JACKSON, HENRY

44

BLACK

MALE

CONVICT

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

10

1926

 

MARSHALL

108

JEFFERIES, PIERCE

 

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

FEB

18

1927

 

GREENBRIER

109

SWAIN, WESLEY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

FEB

3

1928

 

WOOD

110

BRADY, ANDREW

37

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

MAR

30

1928

 

HARDY

111

PIKE, LAWRENCE

31

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

AUG

10

1928

 

PRESTON

112

GROGAN, HENRY

20

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

FEB

8

1929

 

RALEIGH

113

CARR, THEODORE

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

14

1929

 

POCAHONTAS

114

WILMOT, WALTER

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

13

1929

1

KANAWHA

115

MORRISON, WILLARD

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

13

1929

2

KANAWHA

116

CRABTREE, WALTER

35

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

9

1930

 

HAMPSHIRE

117

DARNELL, ROOSEVELT

25

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

14

1930

 

GREENBRIER

118

ADAMS, WILLIAM, C.

35

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

20

1931

1

MINGO

119

STEPHENS, EMORY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

20

1931

2

MINGO

120

MYER, , FRANK

 

WHITE

MALE

CHEF

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

19

1931

 

POCAHONTAS

121

POWERS, HARRY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

MAR

18

1932

 

HARRISON

122

BLOUNT, JAMES

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAY

12

1932

 

GREENBRIER

123

BRILL, OMER

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

AUG

10

1933

 

HARDY

124

FRASER, LEO

 

WHITE

MALE

AUTO MECHANIC

MURDER

HANGING

NOV

24

1933

 

JACKSON

125

COREY, JOE

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

8

1933

 

KANAWHA

126

BLANKENSHIP, GREELY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

7

1935

 

MINGO

127

BRANCH, ROBERT

39

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUL

19

1935

 

OHIO

128

PRAMERA, FRANK

23

WHITE

MALE

COAL MINER

MURDER

HANGING

APR

13

1937

 

BROOKE

129

BECKER, WILLY

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

25

1937

 

KANAWHA

130

BROWN, MERVIN

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

10

1937

 

MERCER

131

READ, WILLIAM

25

WHITE

MALE

EX CONVICT

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

NOV

5

1937

 

BRAXTON

132

STYRES, RAYMOND

 

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

MAR

13

1938

 

OHIO

133

TRAVIS, JOHN

25

WHITE

MALE

PAROLEE

MURDER-KIDNAP

HANGING

MAR

21

1938

1

CABELL

134

BOOTH, ARNETT

46

WHITE

MALE

MINER

MURDER-KIDNAP

HANGING

MAR

21

1938

2

CABELL

135

ADKINS, ORVILLE

25

WHITE

MALE

PAROLEE

MURDER-KIDNAP

HANGING

MAR

21

1938

3

CABELL

136

HARTMAN, BYZANTINE

28

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

JUN

28

1940

 

UPSHUR

137

TROSS, PAUL

 

BLACK

MALE

?

RAPE

HANGING

DEC

6

1940

 

MINERAL

138

CHAMBERS, JAMES

 

BLACK

MALE

CONVICT

MURDER-RAPE

HANGING

MAR

30

1945

 

RANDOLPH

139

TURNER, WILLIAM

29

WHITE

MALE

PAROLEE

MURDER

HANGING

DEC

28

1945

 

PRESTON

140

COLLINS, RICHARD

22

WHITE

MALE

GLASS WORKER

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

11

1946

 

KANAWHA

141

GORDON, WILLIAM

21

WHITE

MALE

SAILOR

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

JAN

3

1947

 

MERCER

142

BURTON, PAUL

33

WHITE

MALE

COAL MINER

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

2

1948

 

LOGAN

143

MCCAULEY, MARK

33

WHITE

MALE

TRUCK DRIVER

MURDER

HANGING

JAN

30

1948

 

MINERAL

144

PERISON, MATTHEW

 

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

HANGING

SEP

23

1948

 

LOGAN

145

STEED, LEMUEL

28

BLACK

MALE

VETERAN

MURDER-ROBBERY

HANGING

JAN

15

1948

 

FAYETTE

146

PETERSON, BUD

 

BLACK

MALE

MINER

MURDER

HANGING

FEB

25

1949

 

LOGAN

147

BURDETTE, HARRY

29

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

ELECTROCUTION

MAR

26

1951

1

KANAWHA

148

PAINTER, FRED

32

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

ELECTROCUTION

MAR

26

1951

2

KANAWHA

149

HEWLETT, JAMES, JR

21

WHITE

MALE

VETERAN

MURDER-ROBBERY

ELECTROCUTION

APR

10

1951

 

CABELL

150

GARDNER, GABEL

23

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER-ROBBERY

ELECTROCUTION

APR

17

1953

 

MASON

151

INGHAM, TOM

31

BLACK

MALE

?

MURDER

ELECTROCUTION

MAR

27

1954

 

MC DOWELL

152

HOPKINS, ROBERT

27

WHITE

MALE

MECHANIC

MURDER-ROBBERY

ELECTROCUTION

SEP

7

1956

 

KANAWHA

153

LINGER, EUGENE

31

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER

ELECTROCUTION

JUN

5

1958

 

UPSHUR

154

FUDGE, LARRY

26

WHITE

MALE

?

MURDER-RAPE

ELECTROCUTION

JUL

1

1958

 

CABELL

155

BRUNER, ELMER

40

WHITE

MALE

HANDYMAN

MURDER-BURGLARY

ELECTROCUTION

APR

3

1959

 

CABELL

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