Murders A-G

OLD MURDER STORIES
EXTRACTED FROM
LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO NEWSPAPERS

A – G


Submitted by Martha J. Martin and Sharon Kouns

The prisoners in jail came near getting out, last Saturday. They had taken down the stove pipe and had nearly completed the removal of the brick flue, when their designs were discovered by Deputy Rucker. A few minutes work would have made a hole big enough to enable them to get into the second story, where they could jump out the windows or gain access to the hall. They intended to wait until evening to make their exit. Of the eight inmates, two or three are candidates for the penitentiary, and will, doubtless, be elected.
IR Aug. 9, 1877

The room at the jail in which the female prisoners are kept is said to be almost intolerable, owing to a direct communication with the vault. There are now two women incarcerated there, awaiting trial for concealing stolen property.
IR May 4, 1876

ADAMS, Bettie
There was a great crowd in Huntington, Tuesday, at the hanging of Allen Harrison, the murderer of Bettie Adams. The execution took place in a big field. About 40 people went up from Ironton.
IR Nov. 24, 1892

ADKINS, GEORGE 
George Adkins died at the penitentiary hospital Monday morning from consumption. He was sent up from Lawrence county to serve 15 years for robbery. He and three other men robbed a farmer, for who Adkins was working, of $1633.50. Adkins was received in 1896 and his short term would have expired in 1904. The remains will be sent to Ironton – Ohio State Journal. Adkins was implicated with Elmer Boster and others in the robbery of George W. Sanford of this county, a case which was given widespread notoriety at the time.
IR MAY 2, 1901

ACKERSON, Will
see George SAUNDERS

ARMSTRONG 
see James McCLELLAN

BAKER, Van B.
ARRESTED FOR MURDER
Last Wednesday, Van B. Baker, was arrested near Steubenville and put in jail on a charge of murdering his wife and mother-in-law, at Holliday’s Cove, Pa., where he lived. Baker was a former resident of Ironton, and for awhile was a part owner and editor of the Irontonian. This was about 1881 or 2. His first wife, with whom he lived while here, died at Bellaire need end of this article.
IR May 19, 1887

BALDWIN, Robert
Mamre church, that stands on a spur of Kitts Hill and only a few rods from the road was the scene of an awful homicide last Thursday night. Rev. Jarvey BALDWIN is the pastor there, and held services at the church that night. In the congregation was his son, Robert BALDWIN, also Salmon FERRELL and Charles WEBB. When the services were over and the congregation was retiring, FERRELL and WEBB made an assault on Robert BALDWIN as he emerged from the church. The story goes that they struck him, and forthwith, Robert’s brothers came to his assistance and a fierce fight ensued. In the meantime, FERRELL was attacking Robert, and forcing him back when suddenly FERRELL jumped back, took a revolver and fired. It was a fatal shot. The ball entered the breast. Robert rushed into the church, was laid on a bench, and in a few minutes was a corpse. WEBB and FERRELL entered the church after the bloody work, saw BALDWIN expiring, uttered bitter words of defiance and hate, and left.
The beginning of this terrible tragedy seemed to have been a rebuke Rev. BALDWIN gave WEBB, for disturbing a religious meeting. This excited WEBB to make very mean remarks concerning Rev. BALDWIN, which the son naturally resented, and thus a quarrel. FERRELL took WEBB’S side, and it seems they went to church that night prepared to make common battle against Robert BALDWIN. WEBB had that morning bought some 32 caliber cartridges at the Kitt’s store. So, all arrangements seemed to have been favorable to the awful result. The people in the neighborhood expected there would be trouble that night and so, some refrained from going to church at all.
After WEBB and FERRELL left the church, they stopped in the neighborhood and FERRELL had his head tied up for he was bleeding. It is said from the cut of a knife in Robert BALDWIN’S hand, which he used in defense of himself.
Shortly after the murder, the body of poor Robert BALDWIN was borne to his home, where sorrow beyond description dwelt. WEBB and FERRELL disappeared, and made straight for West Va. In the meantime, Sheriff DOVEL tried every way to intercept them, and sent dispatches in all directions. In answer to one of these he was informed that W.T. WALLACE at Dunlow, WV and last Sunday, he brought the men to Ironton and lodged them in jail. They will have their examination this Thursday before Esq. HENRY.
There seems be no justification for this terrible deed. What will be urged we don’t know, but on the face of it, there is something horrible to contemplate, whichever way one looks at it.
–Since the above was in type, other incidents have come to our attention. On Thursday afternoon, W.M. BALDWIN, a brother of the murdered man, swore out a warrant before Esq. HENRY, against WEBB, charging him with disturbing a religious meeting. He started with the warrant Thursday about dark, intending to give it to the Constable at the meeting, but the Constable wasn’t there, so it never was served.
FERRELL’S wound was on the back of the neck, a small cut with a pocket knife. This knife was found in the church afterward, whither it had been carried by the wounded man.
It is said that the attack on BALDWIN was threatened in the church and that some sitting near the assailants had hard work in persuading them not to disturb the meeting with an onslaught.
IR Jan 19, 1899

BANDY, Morris see Neal MASSIE

BARKER, Pressly
Shot last Tues night by Johnny McQuigg….
IJ Dec 29, 1869

BARRETT, Charles
In the case of the State vs Wm. Ferguson for killing Charles _ Barrett, the jury brought in a verdict of manslaughter. The jury had ____ trouble in arriving at the result, ____ they so decided on the first ballot, 6 ____ minutes after they retired. Ferguson is a barkeeper at Gills’ saloon on Second street. Barrett died in Ashland from the wounds received. (Need better copy)
IR Nov. 24, 1892

BAYS, James
James Bays was before Esq. Craig, last Saturday, on a charge of shooting with intent to kill Samuel Finley, a colored individual, at the latter’s home near Vesuvius furnace, on Christmas night. The Magistrate held him guilty and sent him to jail to await trial.
It appears that at the time mentioned, a man by the name of “Yellow Dan Neal” was having a show at Sam’l Finley’s house. Some few persons were there, and among them, James Bays. Before the performances, which were of a rude sleight-of-hand character, were over, Bays arose and in profane language declared his purpose to shoot Finley, although not the slightest provocation had preceded the hostile act. Bays took out a couple revolvers, shot at Finley, who forthwith ran. Bays pursued him, firing seven times. Finley at last fell, slightly wounded, when his assailant aided by Neal, beat him in the head with a pick handle. They then carried him to the house and compelled him to make a will. They gave Finley a pencil and he wrote a will giving Bays his two horse team and cow. He had a little farm, but Bays only wanted the team and cow. After getting the will, Bays struck Finley again in the head, and left him for dead. Finley was, indeed, fearfully wounded. During the assault, Mrs. Finley who by the way is a white woman appealed to Bays to kill her instead of Finley, as she was better prepared to die.
On New Years, officer Merrill arrested Bays near Centre Station. Bringing him to town, Bays confessed he was, also, Sam Osburne’s companion in crime. He is undoubtedly a bad man. The Finleys were afraid as death of him, and he was a perfect villain whenever he went to their house. Before the Magistrate, he had very little defense to make.
IR Jan. 23, 1879

BLEVINS, Frank
MURDERER LIVED AT OLD MAIDSVILLE.
“Jack” Pruitt, the young boy who shot and killed Conductor Frank Blevins, of the Sandy Division of the C. & O. formerly made his home with W. R. Richardson, of Old Maidsville, and was well known about the city. He is about 20 years of age.
Charles Adams, porter of the Clutts’ House was for several years port on Blevin’s train and says that the dead conductor was a man who knew not what fear was. His run is one of the most dangerous on the road, owing to so many drunken Big Sandians riding on the cars. Blevins’ predecessor was also shot and killed by a drunken passenger.
SWI Feb. 26, 1909

BLEVINS, Frank
Jack PRUITT, the young boy who shot and killed Conductor Frank BLEVINS, of the sandy division of the C. & O., formerly made his home with W.R. RICHARDSON, of Old Maidsville, and was well known about the city. He is about 20 years of age.
Chas. ADAMS, porter at the Clutts’ House, was for several years porter on BLEVINS’ train and says that the dead conductor was a man who knew not what fear was. His run is one of the most dangerous on the road, owing to so many drunken Big Sandians riding on the cars. BLEVINS’ predecessor was also shot and killed by a drunken passenger.
SWI Feb 26, 1909

BLOOM FURNACE
A rumor reaches us from Bloom Furnace, that one man murdered another one with an ax in one of the wood choppings near the furnace.
IJ Feb 8, 1871

Murder

Ironton , Ohio , Dec 1-Dr. Joseph A. Beggs, bookkeeper and chemist at the Alice Furnace was cruelly murdered last night about 8 o’clock, a short distance above this city corporation. The murderers used a shotgun loaded with buckshot and slugs. John Wagner and Bill Zeek have been arrested. Wagner confessed firing two shots at Beggs, but says it was in self-defense. The people believe it was for robbery. Beggs bore a high character, while the accused had a bad reputation.

Ogden (UT) Standard Examiner Dec 1, 1881

 

BOOTHE, W.E.
TEXAS HOLLOW TRAGEDY
W. E. BOOTHE TRIES TO KILL TWO OTHERS.
AND THEN HE KILLS HIMSELF.
A history of Domestic Troubles.
About 12 o’clock, last Saturday night, W. E. Boothe shot himself dead, after shooting at, with attempt to kill, Mrs. Montgomery, his step mother-in-law and Mrs. Willis, her daughter. This tragedy occurred at Texas Hollow, near the Belfont scales.
A little over a year ago, Ed Boothe married Alice Montgomery, who lived on Seventh-st., of this town. She was a fair, strong girl of scarce 19, and a graduate of the Ironton High School, of the class of ’81. The match was not approved by Alice’s father, whom Boothe asked three times for his consent, but was refused. Shortly after the last refusal, Boothe met Alice near Etna Furnace where she was visiting, and together went to a preacher and were married. Boothe took his bride to his own home at Texas Hollow.
Mr. Montgomery raised no fuss about it, but treated both kindly whenever they fell in his way. Time ran on and the couple stayed at Boothe’s parents. About three months ago, Alice came to town and went to her father’s house to await the due advent of a child. Up to this time, she had not dropped a word of bad treatment to her parents and though asked about it, denied it, for having married against her father’s will, she was too brave to bring grief to him by tales of her own troubles. But reports came from Texas Hollow that she had been badly treated, that her life was a burden, that she was several times discovered weeping, and similar reports distressing to her father’s heart. Being strongly importuned by her father,, she finally admitted the truth of the reports. She was then told that as long as it was her desire to remain at home she could do so, and especially should she stay until through with her sickness. Then if she desired, he would not endeavor to prevent her returning to her husband.
A couple weeks after the child arrived, Boothe wanted his wife to go back. She refused. Besides, the Doctor said it would not do. Alice should be allowed to rest free from excitement. Several times after, Boothe endeavored to persuade her to go back, and when she refused, began to threaten. He would write letters which her brother intercepted, at her own request, so she would not become excited. Her case was one that required close protection, as the mind began to weaken, and Dr. Gray cautioned the utmost care. Alice’s father distinctly told Boothe that if he bought furniture and went to housekeeping, he would not say a word to prevent her return, when she got well enough to go.
Boothe imagined her brother Ernest was in the way of a reconciliation, and so he threatened him, saying if he did not promise to get her to return to him, he would kill him; at the same time he put his hand on his hip-pocket, saying: “If you knew what danger you are in you would drop on your knees and swear that you would encourage her to go home.” Ernest says he believes now, Boothe intended to kill him there and then but some friends came up.
Last Saturday, Boothe was in town. In the evening he went to Montgomery’s and requested to see his wife alone. She went out to him at the back kitchen door where they talked for some time. He then started to leave the house, going around the front way. Ernest was sitting in front of the house. When Boothe saw him, he leveled a revolver at him but failed to shoot. Again, when near the gage, he repeated the aim and again desisted, and hurried away. The last that was seen of him in town, was about 9 and 10 o’clock at night, at Pat McCann’s saloon; and about that time, it seems he left for Texas Hollow.
Mrs. Montgomery was at the time visiting her daughter, Mrs. Willis, at Texas Hollow, who lives but a hundred yards or less from Mr. Boothe’s parents. Mrs. Montgomery is the step-mother of Alice, Ernest and Albert, the latter the Western Union Manager at Ironton. Saturday night Mr. Willis, his wife and Mrs. M. Had been visiting among the neighbors, and returned very late. Before retiring, they sat at a lunch, placed on a round table near the kitchen door. It was midnight when they were thus engaged, eating, talking and laughing. Mrs. Montgomery sat facing the door. Her daughter sat with her back to the door and Mr. Willis between. It seems they had been talking about the Boothe troubles, and Mrs. Montgomery had just laughingly remarked: “Wonder if Ed Boothe would like some of this lunch?” when the kitchen door was flung open, and Boothe jumped in, revolver in hand. He immediately aimed at Mrs. Montgomery, who was not over four feet from the point of the revolver and fired twice. She fell backwards to the floor. One of the balls went through the lamp chimney, which was in the center of the table, extinguished the lamp and all was dark. Another shot and Mrs. Willis fell. It was all done in less than five seconds. Mr. Willis jumped up and pursued Boothe, whome he heard running toward the front gate. A moment’s silence in the dark room, and Mrs. M. Asked, “Are you hurt, Metta?” “Yes,” returned Mrs. Willis; “are you mother?” “I don’t know she said – I feel no pain.” She arose, lit the lamp and found that her daughter had been shot, the ball entering about six inches below the shoulder blade and coming out about a couple inches below the left breast.
In the meantime Mr. Willis rushed down the road after Boothe and screaming to arouse the neighbors. Soon another shot was heard, near Boothe’s house. A neighbor saw the flash. Boothe was not pursued to his house. Willis had enough to do to attend to his frightened and wounded wife. The next morning the old man found his son lying by the side of the house, stiff and dead. The revolver of 38 caliber was yet in his right hand. He had shot himself in the right temple, the ball coming out at the left ear. The suicide was committed ten feet from the open window where the father of Ed Boothe slept and the shot did not awaken him. The discovery of the terrible night’s work set the father and the mother of the suicide wild with grief.
The REGISTER reporter visited the scene Monday morning, and saw the old folks. The mother was shrieking and moaning all the time, while the poor old father was speechless with sorrow. The body of Ed Boothe lay in the house ready for the coffin. The head was badly swollen, and the wounds still bleeding. He was buried that afternoon at Lawrence. The reporter called at Mrs. Willis’s and was shown the scene of the shooting there, and talked with Mrs. W., a girlish looking wife, who seemed to be getting along nicely with her wound, which is only a flesh wound, as the ball struck a rib and followed it around, come out as above described. The shots fired at Mrs. Montgomery missed her almost miraculously. They were aimed at her stomach, but the lamp in the way doubtless perverted Boothe’s aim, though he no doubt fled under the apprehension that he had killed both mother and daughter. When he went into the yard, he hung his coat on the gate post, and left it when he fled. In the pockets were a couple bottles of whiskey.
On Sunday, Dr. Nat Moxley, Coroner, went out and held an inquest. In the vest pocket of the dead man he found the following letter which throws a flood of light on the affair. Written nearly a month ago, it accounts for Boothe’s continual threats and predictions of what would happen. His subsequent acts all show how truly he attempted to carry out the purpose of that letter. Not finding Mrs. Montgomery at home in Ironton, Saturday night, changed the programme some, but it probably saved Ernest Montgomery’s life. Here is the letter which Ed Boothe leaves for public perusal:

STEECE P.O., Monday, Aug. 3d.
To the Public:
At the time of my marriage last September, I was employed by the Iron Railroad Co., as brakeman. I brought my wife home to my father’s, and shortly afterwards, having been thrown out of employment on account of slack business, I discovered that we were not wanted at home. Through the almost constant slurs of my mother, my wife was forced to leave and return to her former home. God knows, that I tried to find employment; at one time tramping all the way to Lexington, Ky., and now since I have found something to do by which I could make a living, furnishing my house nicely and be happy, my wife’s folks are coaxing her to stay away from me. This is too much, and I prefer death to separation from my wife and baby; but I will not be satisfied with taking my own life, I must have revenge. Right here I want it understood, that I am perfectly sane, and have deliberately planned my course. Neight must you judge me drunk, for I am not. Now, I will give you my plans which I hope I will be able to carry out to the letter. 1st, I will purchase a revolver of a large caliber. The one I has is too small. I will fire two shots into Mrs. Montgomery’s bowels. I don’t want to kill her immediately. I want her to have ample time to ponder over what she has done. If Ernest is there I will kill him also. If practicable, I will select a time when Alice is not home, as I do not want her to witness the killing. God knows, I love her, and want her to come to no harm. After having done my work to perfection, I will take three or four grains of strychnine, place the revolver to my temple, pull the trigger, and my earthly troubles will be over.
W. E. Boothe.
P.S. – Pat McCann’s Saloon, Ironton, Ohio, Aug. 29, ’85 – Since writing the above, I have modified the programme somewhat. I will probably shot somebody else, too. I am still in my right mind.
W. E. Boothe.
IR Sept. 3, 1885

BOWEN, Albert 
see William WYATT

BROWN, Wm.
Shot last Sat. night at a house of ill-repute in Gallipolis, by a woman name Beck WOODS, who kept the establishment. BROWN lived about 20 minutes. It appears that BROWN and other boys, being denied admittance, undertook to force an entrance and was fired upon. The woman was committed to jail for a hearing on Monday. BROWN was respectably connected.
IJ Oct 27, 1871

BROWNING, Jess
Tilman and Jess BROWNING, two brothers, aged 33 and 28 years, were arrested Monday back of Millersport for a murder they alleged to have committed in Wayne county, WV over eight years ago.
The arrest was made by the sheriff and prosecuting attorney of Wayne county and Special Officer Mike BRANNIGAN of this city.              The arrest of the two men was only effected after the officers had resorted to a smooth ruse as both the BROWNINGS, who had been tipped off to the officers’ coming, had armed themselves with Winchesters and revolvers and had secreted themselves in a ledge of high rocks up Warren’s hollow, above their home.
It seems that eight years ago, last September, Tilman BROWNING shot and killed a man in Wayne county and then made his escape, accompanied by his brother, who had been with him when the deed was done. The gun user claims that he was compelled to shoot to save his own life as the man he killed was jealous of his singing abilities and had sent him word that should he again visit the singing school in his vicinity, he would kill him. BROWNING and his brother went to the next meeting of the singing school and a fight resulted in which the BROWNINGS came out victors.
The BROWNINGS fled the county and after wandering from place to place for three years, settled near Millersport. They first worked for Mr. HATIFIELD and later rented a small place about four miles back of the village, where they raised tobacco, and where the elder BROWNING was joined by his wife.
At a recent grand jury session, the BROWNINGS were indicted for second degree murder. The sheriff of Wayne county came to Ironton Sunday and engaged the services of Mr. BRANNIGAN who accompanied him to Huntington where they were joined by the prosecuting attorney. Together the three went to Millersport where he deputized several men to accompany them as the men wanted are reputed to be handy with their guns and not afraid to use them.             The elder BROWNING told Officer BRANNIGAN that he would have been better off had he surrendered to the law after the shooting as he had lead a miserable life dodging the officers, laying out at nights, etc. He said that by his exposure he had contracted rheumatism which now causes him much pain.
SWI Apr 19, 1909

BROWNING, Tilman
see Jess BROWNING

CALVIN CAMPBELL
Ironton Register, July 12, 1900
A SHOOTING AFFRAY
Tuesday afternoon, Cal Campbell, a collier at Kitts Hill, was shot in the side and severely
injured by James H. Keys. Mr. Keys was hauling coke on Mr. Campbell’s
job, and the men got into an altercation over business matters. Mr.
Campbell, it seems, struck Mr. Keys over the arm with a heavy coke rake, and the
latter drew a revolver and fired three shots, one of which took effect as above
stated. Mr. Keys came to Ironton and secured the services of Attorneys Corn &
Thompson, in case he was arrested. Both men are well known in the county, Mr.
Keys being a brother of County Commissioner John G. Keys. From what could
be learned of the case, Mr. Campbell is not seriously injured.
Later–Mr. Keys was arrested at 4 o’clock this (Wednesday) morning, and will have a hearing before Squire Steele this evening.
Ironton Register, July 19, 1900

 

KEYS INCARCERATED

James H. Keys of Kitts Hill, now occupies a cell in the county jail with the serious charge of murder pending against him. Keys is the man who shot Cal Campbell at Kitts Hill one day last week, Campbell dying of his wound Monday morning, as stated in yesterday’s issue of the Register.
Monday, shortly after Cal Campbell’s death, his brother, David Campbell, came to this city and swore out a warrant for Key’s arrest on a charge of murder. The warrant was placed in the hands of Officer Frank Smith and the latter immediately went in search of Keys.
The officer came across Keys on the road between Kitts Hill and Vesuvius, and immediately placed him under arrest. He offered no resistance, readily agreeing to accompany the officer to this city. Officer Smith arrived here with his prisoner about 7 o’clock Monday evening and he was lodged in jail.
It is likely that Keys’ preliminary hearing on the charge will be held in Squire Craig’s Court on Thursday of this week. In the meantime he will be held without bond.

SWI Dec. 20, 1907

WIFE of Slayer of Campbell Wants a Divorce.

Mary A. Keys filed suit for divorce from her husband James H. Keys in Common Pleas court Wednesday, charging him with willful absence. It will be remembered that Keyes is the man that killed a man by the name of Campbell near Hecla Furnace several years ago. He was sentenced to the penitentiary for 14 years for the deed but has since been pardoned and has been out for about a couple of years. CANTER, Levi
On Friday the 13th inst., about sun down, a row took place at the house of Widow Canter, some two miles from Monroe Furnace, Jackson Co., between some Irishmen and Perry Price, Wm. Canter and Levi Canter – all intoxicated. Wm. Mack, an Irishman, stabbed and killed Levi Canter. Price then knocked Mack down with a grubbing hoe, and Wm. Canter stabbed and killed Mack. – The parties then fled, leaving the two dead men with the women, who did not give information of the affair until about the middle of the next day. All due efforts were then made to arrest Price and Canter, but without success at our last accounts. A daughter of Widow Canter worked out to obtain the money with which a half barrel of whiskey was bought, and was being sold out to these men …need end of article.

CAREY, Samuel
see Sol KIMBALL IR Oct. 19, 1854

CLARK, Reuben
HUNG –
Reuben Clark, another of the murderers of Brewer and wife, was hung at Greenupsburg, on Monday inst. An effort was made to procure a remission of the hanging, but it failed. This makes the ___?___ life lost by this wretched affair. The two murdered and three of the murderers. The two remaining murderers are yet in jail, awaiting their trial.
We understand that the Sheriff of Greenup, Mr. Warren, died on Saturday, consequently Clark was executed by the deputy sheriff.

COON, Philip
Last Wed. afternoon was chopping wood on the Union Furnace grounds, eight miles northwest of Ironton, and was shot in right side, killing him. The murderers escaped to KY.
IJ Nov 3, 1869

CAPTAIN KILLS PHYSICIAN

IRONTON, O., May2-Dr. Warner McKay, a prominent physician at South Point, was shot and killed a midnight by Captain John Davis of the Portsmouthferry boat. Davis asserted that he was defending the sanctity of his home, as he had retuned unexpectedly at midnight and found Dr. McKay in his wife’s room. Davis fled to Kentucky .

San Francisco Call newspaper, May 3, 1907, page 5

DAY, Isaac
The case of the State against Isaac Day for the killing of Wm. Oliver went to the jury last Thursday at 2 o’clock, and after 25 hours they rendered a verdict of guilty of manslaughter. The first ballot of the jury on retiring was 5 for and 7 against conviction of murder in the second degree. The next was 4 for and 8 against manslaughter, and so the jury stood until Friday afternoon, when there was a break, and the result was soon reached. Defendants’ counsel have filed a motion for a new trial, which motion will be argued next Monday, to which time Court has adjourned.
IR Mar. 19, 1891

DAY, Isaac
– SENTENCED

The motion for a new trial of Isaac Day, convicted of killing Wm. Oliver, was heard, last Monday; and on Tuesday afternoon, the Court overruled the motion and sentenced Day to a term of one year in the penitentiary.
The motion for a new trial was pressed on two grounds – new testimony and the insufficiency of the testimony at the trial to warrant a verdict of guilty. The new testimony was that of John Campbell. This the Court thought not to be sufficient force to disturb the judgment of the jury. It did not conflict with other testimony, at material points. Besides, there was no excuse for the defense not having the witness at the trial. As to the verdict being against the weight of the testimony, the Court thought not. The Judge said that the positive testimony of Bradshaw was quite conclusive as it was supported by other evidence, and all the testimony could be reconciled with it. So on these grounds the motion was overruled.
But here the Court took a new but reasonable view of the case, and which accounted for the light sentence. It thought that Day had committed the deed with no intention of killing. A fight was going on, he rushed there, saw a man with a chair above his head seeming to strike some one, threw a stone at the man only intending to stop the fracas, and unfortunately killed him. Now, though the defendant denied the killing, the jury found otherwise, and it seemed to the Court that, considering the former good character of Day, his sudden appearance at the fight, the circumstances surrounding the case, justified the opinion of the Court that the killing was of such a character as to require a light sentence.
When Day was asked if he had anything to say, he merely remarked: “I have nothing except that I am not guilty.” After the sentence, his brother and other friends came up and shook hands with him. The convicted man showed no emotion at all.
IR Apr 2, 1891

DOBBINS, Wm. see James McCLELLAN

DUTY, John
Sheriff Gates took four convicts to the Penitentiary, Saturday; John Duty, shooting at Isaac Ross with intent to wound, was given two years; Isaac Jones, for burglarizing the Children’s Home, was given a term of eight years hard labor; John Rowe and Henderson Jackson, for breaking into a chicken house, and stealing eight chickens at Coal Grove, from a Mr. Peyton, were each given a sentence of three years.
IR Mar 10, 1892

FEELEY, John
see McCOY’S

FERGUSON, William
see Charles BARNETT

FERRELL, Salmon
see Robert BALDWIN

FILLINGER, Boy
The trial of the Fillinger boy for riding over and killing a little school girl in Lawrence township, last week, brought out the fact that the public highway is about all the playground there is for the children to use. We are of the opinion that the attention of the Boards of Education should be called to this fact and more room secured. It is very annoying to the public to have the road thus obstructed, and also, to the children to be disturbed in the midst of their games.
IR Mar 10, 1892

When in the trial of the Fillinger manslaughter case, at Court last week, the Court ordered the separation of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s witnesses, the witness and jury rooms were each filled with the witnesses of the respective sides and there still remained in the Court room, as many people as the room could well accommodate.
IR Mar 10, 1892

Edward Gallagher was shot through the heart and John Oliver was killed by a blow on the head with a stone, and Henry Ingalls fatally injured at a dance last night at Ironton, O. The trouble arose over a woman.

Ogden (UT) Standard Examiner December 27, 1890

 

 

GEORGIA,
see Robert MITCHELL

GILLILEN, John 
see John MAINS

GUNN, J. C. Dr. 
Shot – yesterday morning a young man named Loveday, who has been in the employ of Mr. Mercer, a lottery agent, went to Dr. Gunn’s office, on Jefferson street, and asked him for a prescription of arsenic to kill rats. The Dr., perceiving his nervous and restless manner, declined complying with the improper request. Loveday said he had been deceived by a young lady in Baltimore, and he was determined to kill himself before night. The Dr. advised the young man to be calm, and endeavored to quiet him. He drew a pistol during the conversation, but the Dr. prevailed upon him to put it in his pocket. – After sitting a few minutes, he demanded the prescription, and pulling out a roll of bank bills, offered to pay any amount for it. On the refusal to accede to his wish, Loveday drew the pistol, and exclaiming, “God bless you, Doctor; God bless my mother,” fired, the ball passing through the leg of the Doctor, just above the knew. The wound, although very painful, is only a flesh wound. As soon as he fired, Loveday said, “My God, I didn’t intend to shoot you, but myself.” He had a few minutes previously applied to Dr. Durrett for arsenic and was refused. Dr. Gunn has been ill for months, from injuries received by a fall from a horse.
Loveday was arrested by Officer Jack Weatherford, and placed in jail. He was laboring under depression of mind, and was also probably under the influence of liquor.
IR April 29, 1858
STRANGE SHOOTING AFFAIR IN LOUISVILLE
From the Courier, 22nd inst.

GUSTIN, James
See George & Moses YATES 
IJ Mar 15, 1871

 

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