Subject: TIP #298 - VIOLENT DEATHS IN KY, 1878,
8th: H. C. McGee shot Jason Metcalf at Cynthiana;
10th: Edward Clark, colored, shot Henry Clark,
colored, his brother, at Henderson, accidental.
11th: Owen Bradley stabbed Lewis Lee, colored, at
Lexington; quarrel about money.
Taylor Clarke shot James Osborne in Menifee County;
16th: Matt Tuffes killed --- Hood with an ax near
Riverton. Will Bartlett Love killed Thomas Jones in
Pendleton Co., saloon quarrel.
17th: --- Berry killed at Flemingsburg. (Fleming)
18th: Rioters shot John Thompson and George Howard at
21st: Emmet Snodgrass shot Jim Bethuram at Mt. Vernon.
22nd: Thomas Parsons shot James Bryant in Spencer
County; grudge. Wm. Porter shot Jas. T. Heal at
Shelbyville because he was an important Witness in a
horse thief case. (Shelby)
23rd: Joseph James shot --- Sanford, colored, at
Uniontown. (Union). 25th: Frank Turner killed, with a
knife, Samuel Todd near Williamstown, brutal murder.
26th: Gang of outlaws shot Wm. Freeman and Daniel
Freeman at Jackson;
27th: Member of the Allen gang shot Judge I. W.
Burnett at Jackson; trying to prevent the rescue of
Jason Little, a murderer. (Breathitt). Mob shot Tom
Little at Jackson. (Breathitt).
1st: John Kimbrell killed his wife with a hoe in
Estill Co because she wouldn�t pick up potatoes.
3rd: James Tudor stabbed John Waremoth at Richmond,
4th: --- Steffin stabbed Chancey Neil in Trimble Co;
quarrel about a woman.
6th: A mob shot Jerry Little and Gambrill on Lost
Creek. (Breathitt Co).
10th: Susan Randall killed her child at Harrodsburg.
14th: Harvey McCorn shot John Hall at Kelly�s Station;
15th: Goddard killed Goddard, brother, in Robertson
16th: John Lillis shot Led Armstrong, boys, at Bagdad,
accident. (Shelby). 19th: Jim Craig shot and cut the
throat of Overton in Grayson Co; for gathering corn
that Craig had attached.
Charles Campbell cut James Hawkins� throat from ear to
ear, at Nicholasville, Because he said the grass-widow
Campbell wanted to marry had a husband.
24th: Evan Vanmetre, in a difficulty at Glendale,
received two slashes with a knife in the hands of an
antagonist, one reaching from the right shoulder to
the left hip; the other laying open the bowels.
(Hardin). 25th: John Hester and Sam Ford killed Lige
Short, colored, at Franklin, for threatening Hester�s
Wm. Collins killed Geo. Jones at Sharpsburg. Quarrel.
(Bath). In an affray between John Suns and Wilson
Miller, while both men were Under the influence of
liquor, at Maysville, the former had his throat cut.
At Shannon, James Chanslor attempted suicide by
shooting himself in the Head. He was intoxicated at
At Mt. Sterling, Joe Wyatt stabbed ---Gensis just
below the first rib, making a Dangerous wound.
A Negro and a Mr. Williams got into a fight at White
Plains, which the Negro Was getting the better of,
when Williams son, a boy about 14 years old, came To
his father�s aid, and putting a pistol to the Negro�s
head, fired, blowing off The back of his head and
killing him instantly. (Hopkins). 26th: John Smith,
a Negro man, while drunk, crawled into a barn near
Glendale, and when found, was frozen to death.
Stewart Myers and the Carson brothers met at Crab
Orchard, and after Exchanging angry words, drew their
pistols, and commenced firing at each Other. Both
sides were reinforced, and some 30 or 40 shots were
exchanged, Shotguns taking a prominent part. Myers
fell, his shoulder literally shot to Pieces. David
Carson was also severely wounded, while a number of
others Were more or less hurt. (Lincoln).
27th: At Elizabethtown, two Negroes, John Wallace and
Bob Taylor, got into an altercation, during which
Wallace used a pistol and put a ball into Taylor�s
This concludes the series and again, many thanks to
the editor of Kentucky Explorer, Charlie Hayes, for
permission to reprint this article. � Copyright 29
June 2000, Sandra K. Gorin, All Rights Reserved.
Col. Sandi Gorin, 205 Clements, Glasgow, KY 42141
Member: Glasgow-Barren Co Chamber of Commerce
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