Murders S – Z

S – Z

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse and Sharon Kouns

SAMPSON, Thornton
Fatally stabbed Jonathan MAYS in a coaling near Centre Furnace in Feb 1868.
IJ Sept 1, 1871

SANDERS, Hildegrade
see Henry STEWART

Sheridan which lies nestled between the river and hills just above Coal Grove, was greatly excited Saturday by two events of an unusual nature.
The first was a shooting affair at the home of George SAUNDERS, he having been shot by a young man named Tom WALTERS. From what can be gathered of the affair, it seems that Tom WALTERS and Will ACKERSON were in Ashland Sat. and returned home under the influence of intoxicants. They went to the home of Mr. SAUNDERS and he being away at work, began to us obscene and profane language in the presence of Mrs. SAUNDERS. This good woman walked to the door and called Mr. SAUNDERS from his work. He responded immediately and ordered WALTERS out of the house. He was slow in going and Mr. SAUNDERS struck him with a board. This angered WALTERS and he went to his home, procured a shot gun and returning to the SAUNDERS home, opened fire on the latter as he was standing in the door way. Mr. SAUNDERS was quite severely wounded in the left arm. WALTERS ran fearing Mr. SAUNDERS would return the fire.
No arrests have been made as yet, but the good people of Sheridan are greatly incensed and will likely go before the grand jury with the matter.
DR Nov. 26, 1912

SHORT, Isaiah 
see James McCLELLAN

SKAGGS, ———–
see James McCLELLAN

Killed by Thurman Tweed.
I.R. May 13, 1880

Found guilty of murder in the first degree after the jury had deliberated two hours and a quarter but the jury recommended that mercy be shown to the prisoner.
STEWART was charged with killing Hildegrade SANDERS last December, during the time that the jury was but displayed the most unconcern of any murder prisoner in the history of the court. He joked with the officers of the courts and with the reporters and said that he did not think that the jury ought to hang and force him to go through another trial unless he was allowed to give bond. He seemed to be absolutely unconcerned about the verdict of the jury, though he attacked the witnesses who had sworn against him as being bad “ones.” He expressed no regret as to the killing of the girl and was in the best of humor all along. He said that he was satisfied with the jury but never ventured a comment as to their action.
SWR Mar 16, 1917

see James McCLELLAN

SMITH, Thomas 
see James McCLELLAN

see James McCLELLAN

Colored, age 39 yrs, an employee of Ironton Iron furnace was shot in the head by his wife, Flora TAYLOR, age 36, also colored, Thursday morning, and died shortly after. Mrs. TAYLOR alleges self defense and claims her husband was coming at her with a butcher knife when she fired. Two shots were fired by Mrs. TAYLOR, the weapon used, being a 38-calibre Harrington-Richardson revolver.
TAYLOR bore a bad reputation and has frequently been in trouble. At one time he was fairly well to do financially, having the cinder contract at Etna furnace and owned some property. He afterwards engaged in the saloon business on Third street near Sara Lane and his place became so notorious that the police ordered it closed. TAYLOR has of late years been working about the furnaces.
He came here from southern KY some eight years ago and was accompanied by a woman whom he claimed to be his wife but who proved not to be. TAYLOR and the woman left Ironton several years ago and when he returned, he came alone.
The woman who killed him was formerly the wife of Robt. LEFTRIDGE, who was a well known cook. LEFTRIDGE and his wife had trouble it is said over TAYLOR and LEFTRIDGE secured a divorce after which TAYLOR and Mrs. LEFTRIDGE were married. Their life together was according to all reports anything but happy…..
I.R. Fri, Jan 22, 1909

see James TAYLOR

“Billy Robinson is interested in the news from Morehead, the seat of the Rowan county, Ky., war, because he was there a few weeks ago, when the posse of citizens made the raid in which several of the Tolliver outlaws were killed. “But,” said he, “though I witnessed nearly all the fight, I couldn’t tell you half as much about it as you saw in the newspapers. I didn’t ask anybody what it all meant, because I wasn’t anxious to know. I only wanted the train to come along, and it did, after while, and I left.” He was waiting at the depot for the train before noon, when three armed men passed him and called Tolliver out of his saloon, and after talking closely to him, withdrew. They were the Sheriff and his deputies, and as they retreated, the first gun in the battle was fired by a companion of Tolliver, at them. Then Billy was astounded to see men pop up in all directions a few yards apart, and stepped around the corner of the depot out of convenient reach of the bullets when the fusillade began. He saw Tolliver and several of his companions fall, and when the affair was over, he boarded the train that had wisely been detained outside of town while the shooting was going on, with some sober reflections and his own private opinion of Morehead.
IR Aug 4, 1887

TWEED, Thurman
I.R. May 13, 1880


Clarksburg see Fred MONROE
Wayne county see Jess BROWNING

WALLS , Joseph 
see James McCLELLAN

see George SAUNDERS


WEBB, Charles
see Robert BALDWIN

see James McCLELLAN

WILD, Peter
see Robert MITCHELL

see Wm. BROWN
IJ Oct 27, 1871

see Peter HANEY

Albert BOWEN, more familiarly known as “Spud” BOWEN, occupies a cell in the county jail, with a probable charge of murder hanging over him.
About 5:00 Sat. evening, at Proctorville, BOWEN and William WYATT, a young colored man living at Rome, got into a quarrel at Spencer’s barber shop and engaged in a fight, which resulted in WYATT receiving a death wound.
BOWEN, WYATT and the former cousin had been to Huntington, where they imbibed freely, and when WYATT and BOWEN returned to Proctorville on their way home, both were in the quarrelsome stage of intoxication. They entered the barber shop and became engaged in a quarrel. BOWEN is said to have slipped one of the barber’s razors into his pocket just before the fight started, but never used it.
During the melee, WYATT was knocked down by BOWEN and kicked in the head and neck several times before there was interference.
When the seriousness of WYATT’S condition was known, a constable and several bystanders undertook to arrest BOWEN. The latter resisted and it required the combined efforts of four men to subdue him. So vicious was his conduct that his captors found it necessary to bind his legs with a trace chain and lock it tight with a padlock. In this condition, he was placed under guard in the mayor’s office and Sheriff DOVEL was telegraphed for from Huntington.
…BOWEN is the son of Squire BOWEN of Rome, a well known citizen of the upper end of the county. He is about 29 years of age and single. Only recently he served time in the Cabell County WV jail for some trouble about a girl and his character is not of the best. He refuses to talk about his crime, but shortly after it occurred claimed he was drunk and did not known what had happened.
William WYATT the victim of BOWEN’S assault, was about 28 years of age and is said to have been the main support of a widowed mother, who resides near Proctorville.
IR Feb. 14, 1901

YATES, George & Moses
Last Sat. morning the YATES’ severely stabbed James GUSTIN at Hecla Furnace and were found last Wed in bed at a hotel in Ashland.
IJ Mar 15, 1871