A List of Fugitives from Justice, 1878
20 April 1887
Mack Robinson on Trial for Killing James Williams
Mack Robinson, colored, charged with the murder of James Williams, colored, was
called in the District Court for trial today at noon, and the Sate announced
ready. The defense were given until after the dinner recess to announce, and at
the reconvention of the court this afternoon announced ready. At this
hour the Stat has just commenced the examination of its witnesses before the
jury, who were selected without exhausting the special venire. The murder is
said to have been committed in Denison in February, 1884.
22 April 1887
NOT GUILTY IS THE VERDICT IN THE ROBINSON CASE
Baker Jury Hangs Again -- Other Court Notes
The Jury of the Mack Robinson case, where the defendant was charged with the
murder of Sam Williams at Denison, four years ago, were charged by the Criminal
Court last evening, and after a short stay returned a verdict of not guilty,
and the defendant was given his liberty.
This is a case where the state alleged that the defendant killed the deceased
because his (defendants) wife, after having been compelled to leave home on
account of his cruelty, sought for and procured shelter and protection at the
home of the deceased, against the wishes of the defendant, who became enraged
and deliberately committed murder.
The defense set up the plea that the deceased was the aggressor, and that the
defendant, in order to protect the honor of himself and family, remonstrated
with his wife for an intimacy with the deceased and that the deceased had made
an attack on him with a pocket knife, and that in order to protect his own life
he killed him. The evidence of both the prosecution and defense was very
pointed, but the jury found aas is given above
THE BAKER CASE
which has been hanging fire in th Criminal Court at Sherman, has again resulted
in a hung jury, it standing ten for acquittal and two for conviction. The
defendant is charged with having committed arson for the ostensible purpose of
securing the insurance held by him on a building and stock of drugs in the town
of Tioga, twenty-two miles from Sherman. The case has been on trial four
times and three times have the juries hung, and once convicting him. He
is under a small bond, but has answered proptly every time. The sentiment
is largely in his favor in Sherman, if not almost totally so, and a petition
which has been prepared will be circulated, and signers solicited, asking
County Attorney Randell to not press the charge p ending against him.
7 April 1889
NEGRO CHARGED WITH MURDER.
In the Indian Territory - United States Jurors.
PARIS, Tex., April 6. - Deputy United States Marshal Sam Williams came in from
McAllister, I.T., with Sam Allen, colored, who is charged with the murder of
Wilson Coley, a Choctaw, March 13. Allen was lodged in jail and will have
a hearing before United States Commissioner Kirkpatrick Wednesday. This
is the first case for the new federal court which meets here April 15.
United States Jury Commissioners J. F. McMurray and H.H. Kirkpatrick have drawn
the following to serve on the federal grand jury at the April term of the court
which meets April 15.
Galveston Daily NewsGalvestion Daily News
January 16, 1891
April - July 1892
George Smith tried for murder of Jim Isbell
Hattie Haynes, Miss Teen Hawley, Maud Kramer, Rose Stavart
LADY HORSE THIEF
20 August 1893
Mrs. Mundis, aka "Tom King"
THE SHERMAN DAILY REGISTER
MONDAY JUNE 11, 1894
Creed Herndon fires
eight bullets into the body of J.J. Reasor near Collinsville -- Herndon makes his
escape but officers are in pursuit.
John J. Reasor
1849 - 1894
John & his wife were charter members of the Mt. Zion Church, established 1877
(located on the Grayson/Cooke Co. line, west of Tioga)
contributed by Cass Reasor, grandson
A horrible murder
occurred near Collinsville about 7 o'clock yesterday evening. J.J. Reasor, who
lives just over the Cooke County line, was shot and killed by Creed Herndon. The
shooting was witnessed by a young son of Resor. He states that Herndon came to
the house and he and
Resor sat down on the porch and were talking. They did not
appear to be quarreling. Herndon called Resor's attention to a rabbit in the
and as Reasor turned his head Herndon shot him behind the
Herndon fired two more
shots, both of which took effect. Reasor ran around the corner of the house and
fell. Herndon then reloaded his pistol and fired five more shots into the
prostate form. He then walked away to the home of Hugh Burns, where he told
about the killing, giving as a reason that Reasor had insulted and assaulted him.
He told Burns that he was going to kill his wife who had lately separated from
him, and that he would then kill himself. Herndon then mounted his horse and
started west and at midnight last night was seen at Burn's City.
Herndon has been drinking heavily
for some time and a short time since his wife was forced to leave him. She was
raised by a brother of Reasor's and when she left her husband was given a home on
Reasor's farm. No motive for the shooting has yet been discovered and it is
believed that Herndon was crazed with liquor.Squire Reasor was one of
the best known men of Cooke County, having served several terms as assessor and
for years as Justice of the Peace of
his precinct. He was sober, peaceable and
prosperous and the feeling against his murderer is intense. The Cooke County
officers are after Herndon and if he is caught an attempt at lynching will
undoubtedly be made.
Note : from Cass Reasor, grandson of J.J. Reasor :
My grandfather was killed in 1894.
Craig Herndon, after shooting my
grandfather rode west and it is presumed that he caught a train at Valley View
and left the country. He showed by up in Virginia, was recognized, and
He eventually made his way to Oregon, changed his name to
Jesse Fisher, remarried, had children, some with the first names as his original
children. In later life he made contact with one of the original children and
that's how we know what happened to him. He died in 1929.
The Sherman Daily Register
12 June 1894
J. J. Reasor was shot Sunday evening by Craig Herndon. Mr. Reasor
was well known and popular, living in the south east part of the county
near Collinsville. He was a good citizen and pleasant gentleman
of the old Virginia style. Herndon, who had married a
step-daughter of Mr. Reasor in Virginia, had trouble with his wife.
They lived near Mr. Reasor. Mr. Herndon had been gone for
some time and returned Sunday morning. He came to Reasor's Sunday
afternoon. They talked for two hours and finally Herndon drew his
pistol and shot Reasor through the head from behind. He then shot
him seven more times. He then went to a neighbor's house where
his wife was, but did not see her. He left immediately. The
sheriff sent out the following : $100 reward will be paid for the
arrest of "A white man named Craig Herndon, about 30 years old, fair
complexion, dark hair, prominent forehead, dark eyes, sandy mustache,
but dyed black, about 5 ft, 9 in. tall, weight 155-160 lbs. Last
seen wearing dove colored suit, cut-away coat, straw hat, gaiter shoes,
white shirt with black dots and has a 38 caliber pistol.
Mr. Reasor was buried Monday with Masonic honors.
Letter from Claude D. White to Linnet Moore
20 August 1901
her of a murder in Whitesboro, Texas. He says that an African American
was captured, confessed, and was burned at the stake.
Dallas Morning News
3 May 1903
STRANGE MURDER NEAR BURNS CITY
Rev. John Powers Is Instantly Killed by an
Unknown Mexican Near Gainesville
John D. Powers
1843 - 1903
Tex : May 9 - News has just reached here of a strange and brutal murder which was
committed at Burns City Friday about noon. Burns City is about fifteen of here.
It is an inland village with a population of less than a hundred. Without
provocation or apparent reason, an unknown Mexican split open the head of Rev.
John Powers, a Baptist Minister, killing him instantly. The Mexican attacked
Powers with an axe as the latter started to go inside the door of the home of
Mr. Miller, a neighbor. The Mexican was afterwardly killed by a posse which
surrounded the house and failed in its efforts to capture him
About 10 o·clock the the Mexican came to the field of Mr. Miller, a
neighbor of the preacher. While there the Mexican struck Miller's hired man in
the head with a piece of iron, knocking him down. Miller at once ran to the
hired man's aid, but in the tussle which followed the Mexican got
Becoming alarmed, Miller then hurried to his house, removed his family
to his neighbor's home and then asked Rev. Powers help, as he feared the Mexican
would prove troublesome.
MEXICAN IN THE HOUSE
When they got to Miller's
house, they found that the Mexican had gone inside. Rev. Powers walked to the
door, opened it and was just starting to walk inside when the Mexican struck him
on the head with an axe, killing him instantly.
ran at once to the nearest telephone and summoned the officers. Sheriff
Pat Ware happened to be the vicinity and he soon had Miller's house
surrounded with a posse.
After a hard
fight the Mexican was killed at 4:30 o'clock, having been shot four
None of the members of the posse was hurt by the Mexican's shots. The
body of the Mexican was brought to Gainesville last night.
The murdered minister was an influential man in his community and the
people are greatly wrought up over his death. His funeral was held today from
his late home.
(Newspaper Clipping furnished by Cynthia Broyles)
Ft. Worth paper
4 May 1903
John D. Powers was born in Missouri on Oct. 19, 1843 to Moses Powers and Lucy
Ann Cason Powers. John married first to Isabella M. Hutchison about 1868. They
had two children: Pete Powers and Elizabeth Powers. Pete was born in Kansas in
1869 and Elizabeth was born in Texas in 1872.
John's first wife died
before 1878 - have never found her gravesite.
John married second to
Almedia Clements on May 2, 1878 in Cooke County, Texas. They had no
John was a well-known Baptist preacher, in fact he was the first
pastor of Mt. Zion when it was organized in 1887. Family stories indicate that
John also had two brothers that were preachers.
John Powers was killed in
1903 and is buried in the New Hope Cemetery near Burns City.
Peter Elsworth Powers, born July 26, 1869 in Kansas. Pete Powers married Mattie
Florence Umsted on April 3, 1892 in Cooke County, Texas. They had 12 children,
one of whom was Arch Powers.
Arch Powers married Aylene Lemons on Oct. 8,
1941 in Marietta, Okla. They had two sons, Troy Powers and Harold Wayne (Sam)
Powers. Troy is deceased and Sam lives in Tioga with his wife Valta.
Arch Powers had a sister named Mamie. Mamie Powers married Cecil Stevens.
Cecil and Mamie had two daughters, one named Rita Sue Stevens who married
me. ~ ~ ~ Cass Reasor
Van Alstyne Leader
10 April 1919
One Negro in Grave, One in Jail
B. C. Stone, a young negro man of Sherman, better known as "Dude, was shot
and killed by Homer Murphy another young negro, in front of the Andrews
building, 215 East Mulberry street, at 1:30 Thursday afternoon of last week.
Murphy used a 38-calbre revolver and while he fired four or five times at
Stone, only one shot took effect striking Stone in the small of the back to the
left of the sine. Stone was taken into the rear of Goodson's drug store,
a Negro establishment in the Andrews building, where he died about 1:45.
Murphy was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Allen, and is now in the county
jail. The cause of the shooting is unknown though it is said to have
arisen from a quarrel over a dice game. Both Negroes were about 20 years
Stone was the son of Bill Stone and lived on South Montgomery Street near the
Texas Nursery. Murphy lives on the farm of John McKinney, two miles
southeast of town, but has been working at Nall's drug store, the Binkley hotel
and other places in Sherman for some time.
10 July 1919
Jim Crabtree Shot & Killed Near Pottsboro