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Newspaper Abstracts

1881 - 1889

Used with permission of Julie Hampton Ganis

From surrounding area newspapers with mention of Stanly Co residennts
or former residents.

February 25, 1881, The Statesville Landmark, (Iredell County, N.C.)
-A Visit to the Penitentiary – Editorial Correspondence Reidsville Times. Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 10, 1881. – I visited the penitentiary yesterday. There are in the pen, 303 convicts not counting those out at work on the roads…. Sitting on a bench in the dining room was an old man reading the Bible through spectacles. This was Allen CARTER, of Stanly county, his age 69. At the close of the war, in a dispute in the field with his neighbor, with one blow of the knife he murdered him. He fled to Arkansas, bought land out there, and twelve years after the deed he was arrested, returned to North Carolina, and his life commuted from the gallows to the penitentiary. “I had taken two drams that morning,” said the old man. “My neighbors will tell you it was the first dispute I ever had, and me and him were good friends, and I wouldn’t a killed him for ten thousand worlds…..”

Thursday, March 17, 1881 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC)
-Died: Near Albemarle, in Stanly county, on Tuesday, March 8th, 1881, Mrs. Jane HARRIS, relict of the late Richard HARRIS in the 48th year of her age.

Thursday, March 31, 1881 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC)
-Died: In Stanly County, on March 26, 1881, Simon EFIRD, in the 50th year of his age.
-Died: In Stanly County, on Tuesday, March 29, 1881, Daniel EURIE, aged about 50 years.

Thursday, June 23, 1881 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC)
-Died: At Norwood, Stanly County, on Wednesday, June 8, 1881, Samuel J. WRIGHT, in the fortieth year of his age.

February 16, 1883, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)
-H. F. WALKER, deputy collector of internal revenue for Stanly county, was shot in the back and killed, on the 8th, by David FRALEY, a blockader. It is stated that FRALEY is a bad man and that the murder of WALKER, who was well thought of, was entirely cold-blooded.

September 21, 1883, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)
-Mr. Jack BOSWORTH, a young man of Stanly county, went out hunting, says the Albemarle Observer, and not returning, search was made for him. The searchers were attracted by the howlings of his dog, and following these they found the body of the young man dead in the woods, with a gunshot wound upon it. Doubtless he had lost his life by the accidental discharge of his gun. The dog kept watch over the body of his master until help came.

October 4, 1883, THE NORTH STATE (Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C.)
-David FRALEY, who killed a revenue agent in Stanly county last February was convicted of manslaughter at Concord last week. He was sentenced to twelve years in the penitentiary.

Thursday, September 2, 1886 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson County, NC)
-Last Thursday night Mr. Wilson FURR, a young man living in Stanly County, near TURNER’S mill, on Rocky River, was found dead lying in the yard. When Mrs. FURR retired for the night she left her husband up working on a gun stock. About midnight Mrs. FURR awoke, and missing her husband from the room, arose and began searching for him, when she found him dead. When found, he had a wound on the neck and a bruise on the breast. It is supposed by some, that he was kicked to death by some horses while driving them away from his apple trees. Others allege that he was shot by a chicken thief, as they contend the wound on his neck was of such a nature that he could not possibly have been the result of a kick. The jury of inquest could not decide the case, so the matter remains a mystery still. There is some talk of arresting a negro in the neighborhood, as he is suspected of having done the deed.

Thursday, September 30, 1886 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson County, NC)
-Died, near Norwood, Stanly County, on the 24th inst., Mr. Margaret J. LANIER, in the 73d year of her age. She had been a devoted member of the Baptist Church for near fifty years.

Thursday, November 4, 1886 ANSON TIMES (Wadesboro, Anson County, NC)
-We learn from the Charlotte Observer that a Miss DRY, a young lady of Stanly County, committed suicide last week. She hanged herself to a tree in the woods near the house of her father, Mr. E. DRY, at Big Lick. The deed of self-destruction was committed last Thursday night, and her body was found Friday morning. Our informant could give but a few particulars of the sad affair, but states that the cause for the deed is not known to anyone.


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