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The following obituaries were generously contributed by Paul Lemasters, who has written numerous books for the Scott County Historical Society.

 

ALBERTSON, ______. "Correspondence."  Pall Mall, Tenn., July 16.  Mr. Henry
ALBERTSON had a little child two years old to die Wednesday. [Source: 
Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., TN, Sat., 21 July 1883, Vol. III, No. 18.]

ALLARDT, M.H.  We much regret having to announce the sudden death of Mr. M.H.
ALLARDT, of Port Huron, Michigan. The sad and unexpected event occurred on
Thursday, but further particulars have not yet come to hand.  Mr. ALLARDT was
known in Rugby, as he was not unfrequently here on his way to the CLARKE
lands in Fentress County, for which he was immigration agent.  In that
capacity he had had large and long experience, and for years had been one of
the Commissioners of Emigration for Michigan, and esteemed a reliable and
responsible man.  During the relief measures for the sufferers from the
forest fires in Michigan, last year, he energetically filled an important
executive post. He was expected in Fentress County some time during the next
few weeks to assist in arranging for the settlement of new comers, but, we
are informed, no arrangement will be seriously affected by his unlooked for
death, although those who were personally acquainted with Mr. ALLARDT cannot
but regard the absence of his presence among them. [Source:  Rugbeian, Rugby,
Morgan Co., TN, Sat., 2 Sept 1882, Vol. II, NO. l50, p1.]  Mr. M.H. ALLARDT,
of Port Huron, Mich., who death we referred to last week, was born in
Silesia, 1829. He came to this country with his parents when he was only four
years old. In 1849 he published in Detroit the first weekly German newspaper
started in that city. He later on studied law in Cleveland, O.  In 1869 he
was Commissioner of Emigration and spent some time in Germany.  In September
last year he was secretary to the relief committee on behalf of the sufferers
by the forest fires in Michigan. Recently he has been largely engaged in
selling land in Fentress county, East Tennessee.  He was a vigorous and
healthy man, and his death was a startling blow to his family.  His sickness
was typho-malarial fever. [Source:  Rugbeian, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 9
Sept. 1882, Vol. II, No. 51, p2.]

BAKER, Matthew.  "Wholesale Indictment For Murder." A few years ago, about
thirty of Tinker Dave's gang residing in Overton and Fentress counties, were
indicted for murder committed during the war.  Wm. THREAT and Gen. BOWLES
have been arrested and lodged in jail.  They were arrested at the instance
[insistence?] of Mr. BAKER for the murder of his father, Matthew    BAKER, in
1864.  Matthew BAKER was a Lieutenant in the Twenty-eighth Tennessee
(Confederate) regiment, of which John T. MAURY was Colonel.  THREAT is said
to be an illegitimate son of Col. Wm. CULLOM, ex-member of Congress from the
Eighth District.  On account of these crimes having been committed in time of
war, these men claim that their offenses are not punishable in the State
Courts and have petitioned the United States Circuit Court to be released on
habeau corpus. A case of the same character was tried by the United States
Circuit Court about three years ago, and the parties were released on writes
of habeas corpus and the State taxed with the cost of the suit.  The
Comptroller refused to pay the cost and the case is now pending before the
United States Supreme Court.  [Source:  Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knoxville,
Knox Co., Tn, Sun., 19 Jan. 1879, Vol. IX, No. 206].

BEATY, Julia.  "Our Mail Bag."  Boatland, Fentress Co., Tenn., August 28,
1880.  Died, on the 22d inst., Mrs. Julia BEATY, wife of Mr. James BEATY, of
typhoid fever, after a short but painful illness.  [Source:  Chattanooga
Daily Times, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tn, Thurs, 2 Sept. 1880].

BEATY, Sallie.  "Our Mail Bag."  Boatland, Fentress Co., Tn, March 8, 1880. 
Died, near this place, a few days ago, Mrs. Sallie BEATY, at the advanced age
of three score and ten. [Source:  Chattanooga Daily Times, Chattanooga,
Hamilton Co., Tn, Wed., 10 March 1880.]

BOWDEN, James.  "Our Mail Bag."  Boatland, Fentress Co., Tn, September 18,
1880.  Died, on the 6th inst., of meningitis, James, infant son of John W.
and Elizabeth BOWDEN.  [Source:  Chattanooga Daily Times,  Chattanooga,
Hamilton Co., Tn, Thurs., 23 Sept. 1880.]

BURNS, Andrew.  "The Body Recovered."  The Body of Andrew BURNS, the Sixth
Victim of the Flood, Found at Last.  The body of Andrew BURNS, of Fentress
county, who was drowned in the river during the high water has been
recovered.  He was coming down the river in a small boat when by some means
it was capsized, and BURNS was drowned.  Search was made for his body, but
without success until Saturday, when it was discovered in a pile of drift. 
The body was greatly decomposed, but was carried back to his home for burial.
 BURNS was the sixth person drowned in Chattanooga and vicinity during the
high water.  [Source:  Chattanooga Daily Times, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co.,
Tn, Tues., 20 April 1886].

 

CHOATE, _____.  "Notes and Comments."  Our correspondent at Jamestown,
Fentress county, writes us that 'W.B. GRIMSLEY's store at Olympus, Pickett
county, with all its contests, was burned a few days ago.  It is now thought
to have caught by accident. It is said that there was no insurance on the
building or goods, and that the loss is very heavy and serious. The young man
named CHOATE, who was stabbed by a man of the name of STEPHENS a few weeks
ago, died the other day. STEPHENS is in jail here. The stabbing occurred
about ten miles west of Jamestown, while the parties were riding along a road
from a little dirty grocery stuck away in a dark hollow. Whisky (sic) was the
cause. [Source: The Rugbeian, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 10 Feb. 1883, Vol.
III, No. 73.]  "Jamestown."  Bill STEPHENS indicted for murder in the first
degree for the killing _____ CHOATE, as heretofore published in the Rugbeian,
and will probably be tried at the next Court.  It is a case that is
attracting a good deal of attention. Those who have been selling whiskey near
where the murder was committed have been indicted under the "four-mile-law,"
and if Judge YOUNG receives the amount of aid that should be given him by the
Grand Juries, and the moral support of the people, he will wipe out those
cesspools of destruction, where men are converted into beasts and maniacs,
and from which nine-tenths of the crimes that are committed in he county
emanate, where young men are destroyed and old men spend their hard earnings,
and families are reduced to want and misery. The law-making power of the
State ought to make it a felony to make or sell such ruinous stuff, that
makes men fools and savings. [Source:  The Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan
Co., Tn, Sat., 14 April 1883, Vol. I, No. 4, p2.]

CLARKE, Cyrus Jr.  [Untitled article.]  The large circle of friends in Rugby,
and Scott and Fentress counties, enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus CLARKE,and
the members of their family, will be pained to hear of the death of Mr. Cyrus
CLARKE, Jr., which even occurred on Tuesday, at Allegheny City, Pa.  The
deceased gentleman was educated at Allegheny College, and graduated with
honor. At the age of twenty years he entered the Tradesman's Bank, Pittsburg,
as Cashier, where he remained till the time of his death--sixteen years.  The
warmest sympathy will be extended to the widow, the four children, and the
family, so well known in this section, upon their great loss, and the loss to
the community of a man who was, by universal consent, honest all round: and
no higher tribute can be paid a man. [Source:  The Rugbeian, Rugby, Morgan
Co., Tn, Sat., 20 Jan. 1883, Vol. III, No. 70, p1.]

CLARKE, Samuel  "Notes and Comments."  Mr. Samuel CLARKE, of Pennsylvania,
died, recently, at the age of eighty-three years; the whole period, too, all
but six months, being passed in one place. By his death Mr. Cyrus CLARKE, of
Allardt, is the last of seven brothers. [Source:  The Plateau Gazette, Rugby,
Morgan Co., Tn, Thurs., 1 May 1884, Vol. IV, No. 17, p2.]

DELK [DILK], Mrs. Dan Jr.  "Pall Mall, Fentress County."  There has been a
little sickness here.  Mrs. Dan DILK (sic) Jr., died on the 4th of this
month, of fever, leaving a husband and some little ones to mourn her loss. 
[Source:  The Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 16 June 1883,
Vol.III, No. 13, p2.]

DELK [DILK], Lizza.  "Correspondence. Pall Mall, Tenn., Sept 5."  Death-Lizza
DILK (sic), daughter of Sherod DILK, Jr., died Sept. 2nd; was buried at the
three forks of Wolf.  [Source: The Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn,
Sat., 8 Sept. 1883, Vol. III, No. 24, p2.]

 

GALLOWAY, Mrs.  "A Whole Family Murdered In Fentress County."  Horrible
[Traged]y.  The Fiend at Large.  Another of those horrid deeds of blood,
which once would have chilled the blood at the bare recital, but which have
now become so common that they attract but a momentary notice and are
forgotten, has just occurred in Fentress county, being nothing less than the
brutal murder of an entire family of four persons--all female.  The facts as
we father them from the Kingston East Tennessean, of the 3d instant, are as
follows: The murder took place on Sunday night, the 29th ult., at a place
called Three Forks of Wolf.  The East Tennessean's informant who is recently
from the neighborhood of the tragedy, state that an aged widow lady by the
name of GALLOWAY, together with her two grown daughters and a little girl
some five or six years of age, was most foully and brutally murdered on the
night of the 29th ult.  It appears the murderer was instigated to commit the
deed for the purpose of plunder, as it was generally known in the
neighborhood that Mrs. GALLOWAY had the day previous received some three
hundred dollars, being the back pay and bounty on account of her husband who
died in the service.  As the money was no where to be found, it is surmised
the perpetrator of the deed got it.  The murder is supposed to be GRUBBER,
made good his escape.  The occurrence, it is said, has caused considerable
excitement, and raised the indignation of the entire populace, as Mrs.
GALLOWAY and her family were highly respectable, quiet and inoffensive
people. Parties were in best pursuit of the murderer, and it was confidently
believed he would be overtaken and arrested. [Source:  Knoxville Daily Press
and Herald, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn, Sat., 5 Dec. 1868, Vol. II, No. 133, p1.
 "The Murder In Fentress County."  We published on Saturday a brief account
gotten from the East Tennessean of the murder of a whole family in Fentress
county.  The Louisville Courier of the 30th ult., gives the following
particulars of what was evidently the same murder as that referred to by the
Kingston paper, although the names of the murderers are differently given,
and the accounts different in other respects:  A little over a week ago a
frightful tragedy was enacted in Fentress county, Tennessee, near the
Kentucky line.  There lived in that section, a family composed of an old
lady, some eighty years of age, and her three grandchildren--one a young
lady, another a boy of twelve, and the third a small girl.  In the
neighborhood was a man named LOGSDON, ill-favored of face and of little
character, who in some way, became cognizant of the fact that the old lady
had in her possession a considerable amount of money, the backpay of her dead
son, who had been a soldier, and he resolved to secure it at all hazards. 
Proceeding one night to the house she occupied, LODGSDON, with knife and
revolver, murder the grandmother and her granddaughters, and left the boy for
dead also.  All the money he found, however, was $75; and with this he fled. 
The boy, who fortunately survived, next day told the tale of the bloody work
of the night, and the Sheriff of Fentress county, as soon as he could be
notified, started immediately in pursuit of the murderer, with a warrant.  He
passed through Clinton county, in this State, and together in two sheriffs
made their way to Hustonville, Lincoln county.  Here they captured the
murderer, at the home of his father, even before he had changed the clothes
he wore when he committed the terrible crime, and which bore the blood stains
of cruel murder.  It was found that LOGSDON, on reaching his father's house,
had sent for a heavy lock, and that he had also sent a woman and a boy for
powder and caps.  These parties were detained however.  It was evident he
intended making a desperate resistance, but the officers experienced little
or no difficulty in effecting his arrest.  He was taken back to Fentress
county, where he will doubtless be made to suffer the extreme penalty of the
law.  [Source:  Knoxville Daily Press and Herald, Knoxville Knox Co., Tn,
Wed., 9 Dec. 1868, Vol. II, No. 136, p1.  "Murder Will Out."  A Horrible
Tragedy Explained.  The Murderer Sentenced to Death.  Several weeks ago we
gave to our readers an account of one of the foulest murders it has ever been
our fortune to hear of.  A more detailed account is as follows: On the 20th
of last No., a citizen of Fentress county went to the house of old Mrs.
GALLOWAY, and band the old lady, her daughter and two grandchildren lying
upon the floor with their heads split open with an axe and the floor deluged
with blood and brains.  No certain clue to the hellish fiend could be found. 
One of the children, a boy seven years of age showed signs of life, and was
removed to a neighbor's house.  Two days afterwards the little fellow showed
signs of consciousness, and was asked, "who had done it?"  His reply was
"Cal."  This information connected with other circumstances, directed
suspicion to Calvin LOGSTON, who had about that time fled to his home on
Green River in Kentucky.  He was pursued, captured and brought back to
Fentress county, by which time the little boy, who seemed to have been
preserved by a special providence, was so nearly recovered as to give a
correct account of the whole bloody tale.  From his testimony it appears that
LOGSTON came to the house with two women, his aunts, named BROWN, and
demanded of "Granny" her money, with threats of a presented pistol.  Failing
to get any he put up his pistol and seized an axe he found in the house and
struck the old lady on the head, and then served the young woman and four
year old boy in the same manner.  One of the women then seized a shovel and
dealt the little witness a blow, which is the last thing he recollects. 
Upon the return of the prisoner of Fentress county the citizens erected an
impromptu gallows for his accommodation, but by the efforts of Judge HOUK,
Judge Lynch yielded jurisdiction  Failing to get a jury in that county, the
venue was changed to Scott county, where after a long and laborious trial,
the verdict has just been rendered of "guilty of murder in the first degree,
without any mitigating circumstances," and sentence of death pronounced by
Judge HOUK, to take effect on the 18th Oct. proximo.  An appeal was taken to
the Supreme Court and the prisoner and his guard arrived here yesterday.  For
his prosecution appeared Messrs. DOWELL, Attorney General HUNEYCUTT and
HENDERSON.  For his defense Messrs. YOUNG and SAWYER.  Although the prisoner
is only 22 years of age, he freely confesses to eight murders.  [Source: 
Knoxville Daily Press and Herald, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn, Sun., 15 Aug.
1869, Vol. III, No. 36, p1.]

 

HATFIELD, Eli.  "Suicide in Fentress."  The Morgan Dispatch furnishes the
following additional particulars of the death of Eli HATFIELD, a merchant and
postmaster at Travisville, Fentress county, who suicided some days since: 
Deceased had, for several years, been addicted to intemperance, and had
become embarrassed in business, and indebted to the merchants from whom he
had purchased his goods and probably others.  Some of his creditors were at
his house seeking a settlement with him, when he remarked to them, "I feel
bad and will go up stairs and lay down and rest awhile."  He did so, and had
not been gone long when the report of a pistol was heard up stairs.  Some
parties went up, and to their utter astonishment found that he had shot
himself through the head with a large army pistol, having placed it near the
right temple and fired.  He struggled a short time, and died without
speaking. [Source:  Knoxville Daily Tribune, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn, Thurs.,
28 June 1877, p4.  Note:  The Morgan Dispatch was a Morgan Co., Tn paper.]

HENARD, W.P.  "Oak Hill, Tenn."  (Overton Co., TN).  This article was
"deferred from last week."  This community was saddened about one week ago by
learning of the death of Prof. W.P. HENARD. He died at his home in Hawkins
county, Tenn., the 24th ult.  We regret that Oak HIll Institute must lose its
Principal; that the people of this community can no more place their children
under his charge for instruction, but we regret more, by far, that one so
well qualified to discharge the duties of life must die.  He was an
intelligent, determined, cautious young man, and not only this, but quite
genial, always ready to receive a joke in the proper place, and equally ready
to pass an inoffensive one.  He was, in every sense, a true gentleman, and in
death Tennessee has lost one of her model young men. The way seemed open for
his success.  But God knows best.  He sees all and we see only a part.  We
have a hope that he rests in peace, as is never known while connected with
earth. [Source:  The Scott County Call, Helenwood, Scott Co., Tn, 22 July
1887, Vol. 1, No. 18.]

HURST, Miller.  "Assassinated."  Deputy Marshal Killed Near Jamestown."  To
The Chronicle. Jamestown, Tenn., Oct. 11.--To-day about 11 o'clock as U.S.
Deputy Marshals Miller HURST and Sherrif PILE were coming in with a prisoner,
when about seven miles north of Jamestown, they were fired on from the
roadside and HURST was killed, his body being riddled with bullets.  Deputy
Collector MOORE and I were within two hundred yards of HURST at the time of
the shooting and heard it distinctly. [Source:  The Knoxville Daily Chronicle,
Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn, Wed. 14 Oct. 1884, Vol. XVI, No. (blank).] 
"Jamestown Letter."  The sad intelligence of the death of Miller HURST,
Deputy United States Marshall, on Sunday morning reached here the same
evening.  HURST, and Sherwood PILE, the Deputy U.S. Marshall, who was shot in
this county about a month ago, had been to Byrdstown, Pickett Co. to get a
prisoner; James WILSON, and were bringing him to Jamestown, on the way to
Nashville.  When on "Double Top," on the Dry Creek Road, about seven miles
from Jamestown, HURST being some ten paces ahead of PILE and the prisoner,
PILE noticed the fresh tracks of a number of men in the road, and remarked to
HURST, "We had better look out, there is too much sign here to suit me; you
watch the left side and I will the right side of the road."  Hardly had he
finished speaking, when a loud report was heard and HURST fell from his
horse. PILE immediately turned his horse around and rode for his life,
leaving the prisoner standing in the middle of the road.  HURST was found
dead in the road, having evidently been shot from both sides.  Four or five
buckshot had entered his right temple, and about the same number the left
side, one, if not two, penetrating to the heart.  An inspection of the ground
shows conclusively that the men were ambushed on both sides of the road about
three and ten feet respectively from the bank. It is stated that PILE
recognized four of the men, but will not, at present, divulge their names. 
By this dastardly act Fentress Co. has lost one of its best and bravest
citizens, for a braver man than Miller HURST has never made a track on the
mountain, and the United States Government one of its most efficient
officers.  How long are the people of Fentress going to stand up and let such
things take place in their midst?  When will they assist the strong arm of
the law in putting down such crimes?  Whiskey, as usual, is responsible for
the death of Miller HURST, and after this can any citizen conscientiously
give a friendly hand to moonshiners and their nefarious trade.  Rather let
everyone put his shoulder to the wheel and help to roll the infernal stuff,
with all its necessary pall-bearers out of the United States. \s\ Totally
Vermillion. (We agree with our correspondent about driving "moonshine" out of
the U.S., but what can the people do as long as the strong arm of the law
encourages crimes by releasing on bail men charged with a capital
offense--Ed.  [Source:  The Rugby Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 17
Oct. 1885, Vol. 5, No. 42, p2.]  "Killing in Fentress."  Moonshiners on the
War Path. Col. Hue MOORE, deputy marshal, arrived from Athens yesterday.  He
was in Fentress county last Sunday, and a short distance from Messrs. PILE
and HURST, when the latter received fatal wounds from moonshiners, who were
concealed in the bushes.  These men were conveying a prisoner to Nashville to
be tried in the Federal court for a violation of the revenue laws, when they
were fired upon by the friends of the prisoner.  Deputy PILE made a hasty
retreat, while the prisoner joined his friends, who made good their escape.
Mr. HURST was shot in the arm and head, the latter would being fatal.  His
remains were conveyed to Jamestown and interred last Monday.  A well-posted
official informed a Chronicle reporter last night that the moonshiners were
well armed in Fentress county, and intended to make it warm for revenue men.
 It was rumored that the revenue officials of that county intended to resign.
 Thus far no steps have been taken to arrest the murderers of HURST
[Source:  The Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn, Sun., 18
Oct. 1885, Vol. XVI, No. (blank).]  "Murder In Fentress."  A Deputy Marhsal
Assassinated While Conveying a Prisoner.  Deputy United States Marshal Miller
HURST was assassinated in Fentress county last Sunday, while conveying a
prisoner named James WILSON, charged with moonshining from Pickett county to
the jail at Jamestown in Fentress county.  HURST was accompanied by another
Deputy Marshal named S.W. PILEPILE was riding with the prisoner, HURST
being ahead.  While passing through the woods several shots rang out from the
copse and HURST fell mortality wounded, literally lacerated with bullets. 
PILE succeeded in escaping, leaving the prisoner with the assassins, who were
doubtless his confederates.  [Source:  The Chattanooga Daily Times,
Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tn, Wed., 14 Oct 1885.]  "Southern News
Gleanings."  Millard (sic) HURST, Ex-U.S. Marshal of Fentress County, Tenn.,
was assassinated the other day by unknown parties.  [Source:  The Rugby
Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 24 Oct. 1885, Vol. V, No. 43, p4.]

MILSAPS, Mitch.  "Sunbright."  Capt. Mitch MILSAPS, of Fentress county, died
on the 2d inst. at Cincinnati.  About three weeks ago Capt. MILSAPS passed
through our village en route to the city with a car load of cattle.  On his
arrival in the city he was taken with fever, which resulted as above stated. 
[Source:  The Chattanooga Daily Times, Mon., 4 Feb. 1889, p3.]


NORRIS, T.  "Notes and Comments."  From the Sunbright Dispatch: T. NORRIS, of
Tinch, Fentress Co., is dead, aged 90 years.  [Source:  The Plateau Gazette,
Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Thurs., 27 March 1884, Vol. IV, No. 12.]  "East
Tennessee Notes."  T. NORRIS, of TInch, of Fentress county, is dead, aged 90
years. [Source:  The Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn,
Thurs., 3 April 1884, Vol. XIV, No. 243.]

 

OWENS, Harrison. "Homicide in Fentress." The Morgan Dispatch says that on
Wednesday of last week, in Fentress county, Harrison OWENS was murdered by
John STEPHENS. Both were citizens of the county. For some time they had been
nursing a feeling of hatred, which culminated in a bloody crime. Immediately
after the tragedy. STEPHENS left and is still at liberty. [Source:
Knoxville Daily Tribune, Wed., 12 Dec. 1877, p4. Note: The Morgan Dispatch
was a paper of Morgan Co., TN.]

 

OWENS, Martin V. "Murder at Jamestown." Jamestown, Tenn., Sept. 10.--This
little village was shocked Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock by the commission
of a horrible murder. Lemuel DELK, David DELK, Jr., and John A. TAYLOR
murdered Martin V. OWENS by stabbing him several times in the back and twice
in the neck with pocket knives. The murderers were all prominent well-to-do
citizens, and trouble is feared because the Sheriff refuses bail pending a
hearing before the judge. there has been talk of a rescuing party. The cause
of the tragedy has not been learned. All the parties were drinking at the
time. OWENS leaves a large family in indigent circumstances. [Source:
Chattanooga Daily Times, Hamilton Co., TN, Fri., 11 Sept. 1885. Untitled
article. One of the most brutal and cowardly murders ever known in this
section was committed at Jamestown on Monday evening last. As usual, wild
cat whiskey was the cause. A lot of it was brought into Jamestown, on
Monday, and its effect was very soon visible, a general fight occurring on
the main street. A brother of the murdered man was in the fight, and in
endeavoring to get him away, Martin OWENS encountered the three men, Lemuel
and David DELK and their brother-in-law, John TAYLOR. They immediately set
on him with their knives, almost cutting him to pieces. The three men were
immediately arrested, and are now strongly guarded in the Jamestown jail.
The county officials of Fentress Co. have now a very good chance of proving
their determination to put a stop to this lawlessness by leaving no stone
unturned until the three murderers have met with their deserts. We cannot
expect Northern men to come down here and settle among us, if in our county
seats, where are supposed to reside most of the representatives of law and
order of the county,the arrival of a few gallons of illicit whiskey should
turn the town into a Pandemonium, and end up by brutally murdering, as usual,
a man who had nothing to do with the fighting. We are informed by a Revenue
Officer, that it is thought that the whiskey came from Pickett Co., and that
most, if not all, the illicit stills in Fentress Co. have been broken up.
[Source: Rugby Gazette, Morgan Co., TN, Sat., 12 Sept. 1885, Vol.5, No. 37,
p3.] "Jamestown Letter." Jamestown has had quite enough of bloodshed for a
while, as I think. On the 7th of Setp., Dave DELK, Jr., Lem DELK, and John
TAYLOR killed Martin OWENS by stabbing him five times in the back, twice in
the throat, these being the fatal blows struck by John TAYLOR. They had their
preliminary examination and were permitted to give bail in the sum of $10,000
each. They are now footloose till a further hearing. [Source: Rugby Gazette,
Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 3 Oct. 1885, Vol. 5, No. 40]

 

PILE, Infant. "Pall Mall, Tenn., Aug. 4." Mrs. Dudley PILE gave birth, the
other day, to two children (twins) girl and boy, one died immediately after
birth, the other is doing well; this is six at three births. [Source:
Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 18 Aug. 1883, Vol.III, No. 22,
p2.]

 

TUDOR, _____. "A Fentress County Murder." A man named PENNYCUFF was brought
from Fentress county to this city by Capt. MILLSAPS on the K. & O. train
Friday and lodged with Sheriff REEDER in Knox county jail for safe keeping.
The charge against him is murder. About three weeks ago he had a difficulty
with a neighbor of his named TUDOR, and in the fracas shot him (TUDOR), from
the effects of which he died in about four days. The difficulty grew out of
a disagreement between the two men about some land, as we understand, they
both having been renters from the same man. The Fentress county jail was
considered unsafe, hence the reason of his being brought here. [Source:
Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knox Co., Tn, Sun., 17 Aug 1879, Vol. X, No. 71.]
"Broke Jail." Shortly before 12 o'clock Monday night four prisoners in the
Knox county jail made good their escape. They were Jim PENNYCUFF, the
Fentress county murderer, who was brought here a few weeks since for safe
keeping, and three Federal Court prisoners, serving out terms for violation
of the Revenue law. Their names are Wm. HURT and Brannum COLLINS, of Hancock
county, and Alex. NORMAN, of Anderson. All four were confined in one cell on
the third floor, which is used as the county work house department, but
during the crowd of the Federal Court these were kept up there. The reason
of PENNYCUFF's being on that floor is that he is consumpted and the jail
physician recommended it. It was the intention to have brought all four of
them down to the main jail building yesterday, but it was too late. They
have evidently been engaged at their job of getting out for some time, and
PENNYCUFF appears to have been the ringleader. They cut through the wooden
floor of the cell, and broke the lock of the door, and by that means let
themselves out. The alarm was not given until after they were gone. Hot
pursuit was at once instituted by Sheriff REEDER and a number of his
deputies, jailers, etc., and several of the boys were out yesterday, but the
search so far has been fruitless. As may be seen elsewhere Sheriff REEDER
offers a reward of $50 for PENNYCUFF, or $25 for each of the others, they to
be delivered up to him. [Source: Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knox Co., Tn,
Wed., 1 Oct 1879, Vol. X, No. 112.] "$125 Reward." I will give $50 reward
for the arrest and return to me, at Knoxville, of James PENNYCUFF, of
Fentress county, charged with murder, or $25 for each of the following: Wm.
HURD, Brannum COLLINS and Alex. NORMAN, Federal Court Prisoners, all of whom
escaped from the Knoxville jail, Monday night, 29th inst. /s/ Alex REEDER,
Sheriff. [Source: Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knox Co., Tn, Thurs., 2 Oct.
1879, Vol. X, No. 113.]

 

TURNER, Nathan. "Notes and Comments." Nathan TURNER, a very old and well
known resident of Fentress County died at Jamestown, on Saturday. [Source:
Plateau Gazette, Morgan Co., Tn, Thurs., 1 May 1884, Vol. IV, No. 17, p2.]

 

UNKNOWN. "Jamestown." March 13th. The COOK murder case, which was
transferred from the Circuit Court of the County to Cookeville, Putnam
county, was tried there on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, resulting in a
conviction of involuntary manslaughter, with sentence to the penitentiary for
three years. [Source: Rugbeian, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 17 March 1883, Vol.
III, No. 78, p2.]

 

WESTFIELD, Herman. "Sunbright Letter." The remains of Herman WESTFIELD were
received here by express Monday morning. His family lives in Allardt, Tenn.
he was killed by falling 40 ft. on the pavements at Cincinnati. [Source:
Rugby Gazette, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 8 Aug. 1885, Vol. V, No. 32, p2.]

 

WILLIAMS, A. "Death." WILLIAMS--On the 5th inst., at Wolf River of fever,
A. WILLIAMS, an old and respected citizen and Mason of Fentress county.
[Source: Rugbeian, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 17 March 1883, Vol. III, No. 78,
p2.] "Jamestown." On the 5th inst. an old and respected citizen, named A.
WILLIAMS, who lived on the head waters of Wolf river, died of fever after an
illness of about one month. He was one of the oldest Masons in this county
and was buried at the Three Forks of Wolf river, on the 7th of March, with
Masonic honors. [Source: Rugbeian, Morgan Co., TN, Sat., 17 March 1883, Vol.
III, No. 78, p2].

 

WOODS, John. "Murder In Fentress County." United States Marshal WOODS
Killed. Some time ago an account was given of the swindling of the celebrated
Tinker Dave BEATIE out of a large among of back pay and bounty granted by a
special act of Congress. The swindle was on such a large scale that Deputy
United States Marshal John WOODS was instructed to investigate the matter and
bring the guilty party to justice. We learn from a gentleman just from
Fentress county that something over a week ago, Mr. WOODS, in pursuance of
his instructions, arrested the Sheriff of the county, a man named STROHMIER,
and another fellow for complicity in the grab game. The arrest was made in a
saloon at Jimtown, and before leaving, the Sheriff became displeased at the
language of the Marhsal, and said, "If I was armed you would not dare talk so
to me." "You shan't have that excuse," said the Marshal, "I'll arm you," and
presented a pistol, holding the handle toward him. Before the Sheriff could
take hold of it, however, several of the bystanders, friends of the
prisoners, fired on Marshal WOODS, several balls taking effect and killing
him instantly. Our informant stated that the Sheriff had left that part of
the country, and had not been seen since, nor was it known where he had gone.
[Source: Knoxville Daily Chronicle, Knox Co., Tn, Fri., 14 July 1871, Vol.
II, No. 60.]

 

WRIGHT, Debbie Caroline. "Death." WRIGHT--On the 13th inst., at Sunbright,
Debbie Caroline, daughter of the Rev. A.B. WRIGHT and Cynthia S. WRIGHT, late
of Jamestown, Fentress Co., Tn, aged twenty. [Source: Plateau Gazette,
Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn., Thurs., 24 January 1884, Vol. IV, No. 3, p2.]
"Notes and Comments." For the following items we are indebted to the
Sunbright Dispatch:-The Rev. A.B. WRIGHT lost his daughter, Debbie Caroline,
by death, on the 13th inst. [Source: Plateau Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn,
Thurs., 24 Jan. 1884, Vol. IV, No. 3, p2.]

 

WRIGHT, Miss. "Jamestown Letter." Miss WRIGHT died at her home near
Armathwaite, Monday. Her remains were deposited in the cemetery at this
place Tuesday. She was very old and always has been highly respected.
[Source: Rugby Gazette, Rugby, Morgan Co., Tn, Sat., 13 June 1885, Vol. V,
No. 24.]

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