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November 4, 1823
Georgia Journal
~excerpt~IMPORTANT TRAIL. THE STATE VS JOHN M. WILLIAMS. This was an Indictment in Jones Superior Court, at the October Term, 1823, against the prisoner, John M. Williams, for the murder of his wife; and such was the extraordinary excitement produced on the public mind by the unparalleled cruelty and depravity which marked the features of this transaction, that is was not until three full panels of 43 Jurors each, had been successively summoned and tendered to the prisoner that a Jury, Omni exceptione juries, were sworn.
  To detail this horrid and bloody transaction in terms suitable to covey a perfect idea of its atrocity, as developed by the testimony of the witnesses, is to me wholly impossible; I will therefor only give a brief outline of its most prominent facts.
  It appeared that on the 14th day of May last, the brother-in-law of the prisoner, and his wife, (who was the sister of the prisoner's wife) were on a visit at the prisoner's house, six or seven miles from Clinton. A fishing excursion was proposed and agreed to, upon which the prisoner and his brother-in-law were absent from the house until about six o'clock in the evening, at which time they returned. Dinner being immediately prepared for them, they sat down apparently in fine humor. While sitting at the table, an infant child of the prisoner, then only nine days old, cried, and Mrs. Williams, its mother, rose and took it up; when the prisoner inquired of her "Mary whose child is that?" She made him no answer - he repeated the inquiry, and she answered, smiling, "Mr. Williams you know whose it is." The prisoner immediately became enraged, and burst forth into a stream of bitter and indelicate abuse, which modesty forbids me to repeat suffice it to say, they were clearly the emanations of a jealous spirit. Upon this the brother-in-law interposed, and threatened to chastise him for his conduct, but in consequence of the entreaties of the prisoners wife,  he desisted. Shortly after this scene the brother-in-law and his wife departed for their residence in Clinton, the prisoner having apparently become calm, and acknowledged his error: But upon his sister-in-law taking leave of him, offered him her hand, he observed, she need not shake hands with him, but "bid her sister farewell." These words though ominous, wee not at that time particularly regarded by them, and they departed. About the distance of a mile from the prisoner's house they met a Mr. Gibson, and being apprehensive that the prisoner's anger might return after they left the house, and that he might in the unprotected state of his wife, whip her or do her some other injury, they requested him (Mr. Gibson) to ride on as fast as possible to the prisoner's house, and to quiet any angry feeling that might remain, commence a conversation with him on the subject of his election - the prisoner having shortly before announced himself, as a candidate for a Justice of the peace. When Gibson arrived within one fourth of a mile of the prisoner's house he heard the shrieks of a female apparently in great distress. He hastened to the spot, and then a spectacle was presented to his view, that for misery and horror, beggars all description. About twenty or thirty yards from the house he found the prisoners wife stretched upon the ground, her head almost severed from her body, there remaining not more that one and a half inches of skin on the back part of her neck, her hair thrown back and clotted with gore, and in other respects most dreadfully mangled,  and the prisoner standing within five or six feet of her with a razor in his hand, attempting to cut his own throat. Mr. Gibson on his arrival found that a Mr. Bazemore and a Mrs. Roquemore had reached there before him. Mrs. Roquemore stated in her testimony that she was returning home from Mr.  Bazemore's who lived within less than one fourth of a mile of the prisoner, with an intention of calling on Mrs. Williams, (the prisoner's wife) when she was informed that the prisoner was killing his wife. She hurried on as quick as possible and went immediately into the prisoners house, where she found no person but the infant child, screaming most piteously on the bed. He took it up, and found laying on the floor, a lady's cap with the stings cut, and a cape torn into, and many marks of blood in the room. She heard a noise in the field and went to the spot from whence it proceeded, and found the prisoner and his wife in the situation described by Gibson. Mr. Bazemore testified that he had on that day been in company with the prisoner and his brother-in-law at the river in their fishing excursion. They left him, and in the evening he passed by the house of the prisoner on his way home. When passed by he supposed that both the prisoner and his brother-in-law were at the house. He went home, a distance of something less than one fourth of a mile from the prisoner's house, and there found Mrs. Roquemore in the act of setting out home. He immediately sat down to dinner, and before the had finished eating, he was informed that the prisoner was killing his wife. He sprang from the table and ran over the the house of the prisoner, and when he reached the yard gate he saw Mrs. running out greatly distressed, with the prisoners infant in her arms. At some distance off he saw the prisoner standing with a razor in his right hand, attempting to cut his own throat, and with his left hand beckoning to him (the witness) as if he wished him to approach. He went immediately to him, and found Mrs. Williams as described by Gibson, with the blood yet flowing from the wound. He exclaimed,  "look Williams! see what you have done!" upon which the prisoner pointed to the corpse of his wife, and groaned hideously. Bazemore then wrested the razor from him, and Gibson, who arrived at the same moment, assisted him in carrying the prisoner to the house. In the room of the house, behind a trunk in which the prisoner kept his razor, was found a two bladed pocket knife, open and bloody, and upon the lid of the trunk the prints of a mans bloody hand. The knife was proved to be the prisoners.
  From the testimony of other witnesses, and particularly the ladies who shrouded the deceased, it appeared that many other severe wound had been inflicted; one on the back of the head which reduced the part to a jelly, as if with a stick, a large perforation in the temple, and one or two in her breasts, apparently produced with a pocket knife.
   It appeared from the testimony that the prisoner and his wife had been married between five and six years; that she was the mother of four children; that she was young, lovely, amiable, and affectionate, and at the time of her marriage possessed a fortune sufficient to insure under discreet management, a handsome competence; that he was gay, likely, and possessed a good understanding; but that under all these circumstance their matrimonial felicity was very incomplete. From a strange perversity of disposition on his part, he had frequently treated her most cruelly. She had several times exhibited marks of the most inhuman violence, but such was the kindness of her disposition, and the meek forbearance of her nature, upon the smallest expression of his  regret for his cruel and commonly conduct, he was always sure of her forgiveness nd a quick return of her warmest affection. When his injurious conduct was continued to ungenerous and abusive upbraidings, she never murmured or resisted; and when his fiend like disposition led him to extend it to blows, she only implored his mercy.
   It was attempted, on the part of the counsel for the prisoner, to prove insanity, but they totally failed; all their witnesses proving that he was a man of strong and vigorous mischief. They then rested the defense, and in their arguments contended for an acquittal upon two grounds: First, the danger of convicting upon circumstantial evidence. Under this head they inqenousely tried to convince the jury that a possibility existed of the deceased having committed self murder. Secondly, they contended and urged with a zeal deserving a better cause, that if the prisoner did commit the murder, the circumstance attending it were so horrible to themselves as to prove conclusively, that he must have been in a state of mental derangement-that no human being possessing the fullness of his reason, could conceive, much less execute an act of such dreadful atrocity. At eleven o'clock at night, the trial, having occurred the whole of the two preceding days, the argument closed, and the judge having in an impartial and impressive manner instructed the jury in all the points of law which could possibly be involved in the case, they retired to their room, and in five minutes returned into court, and amidst the apparent stillness of death pronounced a verdict of GUILTY.
  The prosecution was ably conducted by Yelveton P. King, Esq. Solicitor General, and Messrs. Rockwell, Cuthbert, and Sparks, assistant counsel. Their arguments to the jury were clear, impressive, and pathetic; and if the prisoner had a heart susceptible of feeling, that heart must have been lacerated. ,,,,
   The defence was conducted ingeniously and ably by Messrs Strong & Holt, and Adam G. Satfold, Esq.......

October 17, 1826
Georgia Journal
~excerpts~A Proclamation.    WHEREAS I have received official information of a murder having been committed in the county of Jones in the State, on the body of two negroes, Jane and Moses, the property of Ebenezer Z. Duffey, by said EBENEZER Z. DUFFEY and BENJAMIN DOWNING, of the county aforesaid and it appearing by the report of the Coroner, that the said Benjamin Downing has been arrested, but that Ebenezer Z. Duffey has absconded. Now therefore in order that the said Ebenezer Z. Duffey may be brought to trial for the crime wherewith he is charged, I have brought proper to issue this my Proclamation, hereby offering a reward of TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS to any person or persons who shall apprehend and deliver him to the Sheriff of the county aforesaid-......
G. M. TROUP. By the Governor: DANIEL NEWNAN, Sec'y of State. Note. Ebenezer Z. Duffey is supposed to be about 30 years of age, is 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, dark complexion, black hair, small black eyes, and with a considerable stoop in the shoulders. Sept. 26

July 4, 1832
Macon Telegraph
  We learn by a gentleman from Clinton, that a person named Z. Williamson was killed there on Monday night last in a whiskey shop, by John Hunt, both residents of that neighborhood. The were drinking, the lie passed, threats made, Hunt drew a knife, and stabbed Williamson in five places, who died of his wounds in half an hour, leaving a widow and six orphans. Hunt escaped, but it is thought will yet be taken.

August 8, 1832
Macon Telegraph
~excerpts~ Whereas I have received official information, that on the 28th day of June last, in the county of Jones, in said State a murder, was committed on the body of Zachariah Williamson, by JOHN HUNT of said county.....the said John Hunt and George H. Sims have fled from justice..reward of TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS for each....WILSON LUMPKIN, by the Governor E. Hamilton, Secretary of State.. John Hunt is about 28 years of age, red complexion, red hair, grey eyes and about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches tall...

October 30, 1838
Macon Telegraph
$300 REWARD. BROKE JAIL, from Clinton, Jones county, on the night of the 25th ult. a man by the name of DAVID PALMER, who was confined for the willful murder of James Gunn. Palmer is a large, well proportioned, good looking man, rather broad and round shouldered, full chest, inclining to be fleshy weighing about 190 lbs, 6 feet 1 or 2 inches high, fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, bends forward when he walks - by profession a Gambler.
  Said Palmer is between 25 and 30 years old and has a good set of fore teeth. Is well known about Vicksburg, Miss. His former residence is supposed to be in Arkansas or Mississippi.
  This Palmer is the accomplice of the Jesse L. Bunkeley, alias Elijah Barber, who is confined in the Georgia Penitentiary, as an impostor.
  I will give the above reward for his apprehension; and $100 on the conviction of any person concerned in aiding his escape. DANIEL GUNN. Macon, Oct. 2, 1838.

November 27, 1838
Macon Telegraph
SUPPOSED MURDER. On the 12th inst. the body of a man was discovered in a hollow log, near Johnson's Mills, in Jones county, apparently having been in that situation eight or ten days., On the body were sixteen or seventeen cuts and stabs; showing conclusively that he must have come to his death by foul means. Some papers were found on him, by which it appeared that his name was Elias M. Isaacs, -some of them were bills for the purchase of Jewelry in Albany, Utica, and Syracuse, N. Y. A note was found, addressed to him by a Mr. Whitney of New York, who appeared to have been his counsel in some difficulty he had been involved in respect to the purchase, or possession of Jewelry.
  The only light that has been elicited respecting him, is, that a person who was supposed to be a French Jew answering to his name and description, was in this city a few days, and left here on the 5th ins., in a Jersey wagon, with a man by the name of Williams, a Ventriloquist and slight of hand performer; and another individual, who appeared to be an Italian. While here the murdered man was engaged in peddling Jewelry, and claimed to have the value of three to four thousand dollars in waters, Jewelry and money; which probably was the immediate cause of his murder. No money, or jewelry was found with him, except a ring, which he wore, which has been recognized as belonging to him, by persons who had notice it. A wagon, and individuals answering the description of those who left here with him, were seen at the place where the body was found, the morning after they left here.
  Of course strong suspicious are fixed on the persons who accompanied the murdered man from this place, and the public would do well to be on a lookout for the perpetrators of such a foul deed. - Messenger.

February  12, 1839
Southern Recorder
~~excerpts~..that in the month of November last, a murder was committed in the county of Jones, in this State, upon the body of a man supposed to have been named Elias or Ichabod M. Isaacs, by J. W. COWLES and JOHN DICKERSON, and that the said COWLES and DICKERSON have fled from justice: ..reward of Three Hundred Dollars...and double that amount for both...GEORGE R. GILMER. By the Governor: WM. A. TENNILLE, Secretary of State
DESCRIPTION.- COWLES is represented as being about five feet seven or eight inches high, a very trim built well made ma, very active and upright in his walk. He is travelling through the country as a Juggler and Ventriloquist, and is a native of Connecticut. His real name JULIUS WILLIAM COWLES, but has frequently changed his name, going sometimes by the name of WILLIAMS, sometimes by that of COWLES or COLE, and then by spelling his name backwards and taking the name of SELWOC.
  DICKERSON is a tall bowlegged and very stout man, has a very fair complexion, light hair, blue or light eyes, broad shoulders, with two double teeth on the upper jaw in front; chews a great deal of tobacco. February 5, 1839

March 30, 1841
Federal Union
~xcerpt~Georgia, A PROCLAMATION...that a murder was committed in the county of Jones, on Friday the 19th day of February last, upon the body of a negro woman named BINA, the property of Marion Bazemore, of said county, by Marion Bazemore and Paulina Bazemore-And it being represented to me that Marion Bazemore and Paulina Bazemore have fled from justice ....reward of TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS, for the apprehension and delivery of both of them to the Sheriff or Jailer of Jones county, or one hundred dollars for either one of them...this the 27th of March 1841. ...Charles J. McDonald.
DESCRIPTION. Marion M. Bazemore is about twenty-two years of age, dark hair and weights about two hundred pounds, well formed though fleshy, and of good appearance.

January 17, 1843
Federal Union
~xcerpt~Georgia, A PROCLAMATION...that a murder was committed in the county of Jones, on the 31st of December last, on the body of Dr. WILLIAM TAYLOR, by a man unknown, and that said individual hs fled from justice...reward of TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS.. DESCRIPTION. Height about 5 feet 10 inches, stoops a little in walking, rather slender frame, long thin visage, long neck, sandy beard, and florid complexion. Supposed to be the same man who not long since stopped a few days at Mr. Hall's, near Milledgeville,  and who called himself  Berry. It is said that he stayed awhile at Columbus and Augusta, and while at the latter place, he was employed to work on the Georgia R. Road. Jan. 15, 1843.

January 20, 1852
Federal Union
Dreadful Accident. On Saturday the 10th inst. Marion Stewart and his brother Henry, sons of Thomas W. Stewart of Jones county, were out hunting rabbits. They chased one into a pile of brush; the younger of the brothers got down upon his knees trying to find the rabbit; the rabbit ran out in the direction of Marion, when Henry who stood on the opposite side, raised his gun to fire; just at that time Marion raised his head and received the whole charge in the back of his head.
   The deceased was a highly respected boy, much beloved by all who knew him - he was about 17 years  of age. The brother who committed the act is nearly distracted.

March 27, 1855
Southern Recorder
Clinton, Ga., March 24th, 1855
RICHARD J. CHOATE, son of Lydia and Thomas W. Choate of Jones county, was born on the 4th day of July, A. M. 1830, and died of a wound from a pistol shot on the 21st inst.
  The circumstances attending the death of this estimable young man are of the most painful character. A Peddler called at the house of his Father on the 21st, and after selling a few articles, he and Richard walked out into the Piazza. In a moment or two the reports of a pistol was heard - his mother ran out immediately, and asked, "What in the world is the matter, Richard?" He replied, "He shot me." He soon fainted, and reviving again, was asked how it occurred. His only reply was, "He shot me."
  The whole matter is enveloped in mystery. On the morning the peddler had asked for powder and lead to load his pistol, and had given expression to a hostile disposition towards the deceased. The whole train of circumstances, which would be too long for a communication of this kind, induce many to believe that it was the premeditated desire of a most fiendish and malignant heart while others, more charitably inclined, believe it was the result of carelessness amounting almost to criminality. The peddler ran off and concealed himself from 9 o'clock, A. M., until about 9 o'clock P.M., before he could be arrested. The evidence was of such a character that he was committed to Jail to await his trial.
  Thus was this young man, pride and hope of his parents, cut off  in the morning of his days, ere the bud which promised so much had bloomed into usefulness. His parents have to mourn the untimely loss of an only son, whom they expected to be the stay and support of their declining years. As a son, he was ever dutiful and obedient-as a brother, kind and affectionate-as a friend, generous and true-and as a citizen, honorable and trustworthy. The whole community in which he lived mourn his loss. He lived respected  and died lamented by all who knew him.  A FRIEND.

HOMICIDE - On Wednesday last, a young man of the name of Choate, was killed in Jones county from a pistol shot discharged from the hand of an itinerant peddler of the name of Morris. There are various accounts  as to whether the pistol was discharged by accident or design. Morris has, however, been arrested and committed to jail. Geo. Citizen.

October 30, 1855
Southern Recorder
  Morris Abraham, indicted for the murder of Richard J. Choate of Jones co., was tried at the October term of the late Superior Court of that county, Judge Hardeman presiding, and sentenced to four years imprisonment in the State Penitentiary - the Jury having returned a verdict of voluntary manslaughter.

July 24, 1855
Federal Union
~Excerpt~ ...a Murder has been committed in the County of Jones, on the 17th inst. upon the body of SYLVESTER S. LOYD, by JOHN TOWLS, and that said Towls has fled from justice.
  ...reward of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS...
DESCRIPTION. Said Towls is about 23 years old. About 5 feet 6 inches high-dark complexion, with rather dark eyes and dark hair-has a large mole on his neck, rather genteel in appearance when dress, but loose jointed in his movements.

January 25, 1858
Federal Union
~Excerpt~ ...a Murder has been committed in the County of Jones, on the 26th of December last  upon the body of John M. Woodall by one Henry G. Whitby, and that said Whitby has fled from justice.
  ...reward of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS...
Whitby is about 31 years of age, five feet high, dark complection, small black or dark eyes, dark hair, red or sandy beard, Roman nose, speaks slowly, and stoops in the shoulders.

September 6, 1859
Macon Telegraph
The Fratricide in Jones
 On Tuesday morning last a bloody rencontre took place in Jones county between two brothers, Augustus and  Jackson Roberts, which resulted in the death of the former. Jackson Roberts, the slayer, is severely but not mortally wounded in the breast. On Wednesday last a warrant for his arrest, charging him with the murder, was issued by Justice Burdin. Two brothers-in-law, by the name of Boker and Thomas Crib, were also arrested, charged as accessories.
    On Thursday last the committing Court, consisting of Thomas S. and John S. Humphries, Esqs., and Justice Burdin, assembled at Roberts' Court Ground, for the purpose of investigating the charge, but on account of the critical condition of Jackson Roberts, the examination was postponed until Friday next. William T. Massey, Esq., and Wm. K. DeGraffenried, Esq., for the prosecution; Isaac Hardeman for the defence. We understand that A. H. Stephens and Washington Poe have been engaged for the defence.

September 13, 1859
Macon Telegraph
Jackson Roberts Committed
  The examination into the case of Jackson Roberts, charged with the murder of his brother in Jones county, on the 30th of August, took place on Friday last. After hearing the evidence, the prisoner was committed to Jail to answer the charge of murder. Justices Thos. S. Humphreys, John S. Humphreys, and Thos. Burdin, presiding.

April 28, 1860
Macon Telegraph
Clinton, April 22, 1860. Mr. Clisby. Jones Superior Court adjourned this morning after a most arduous week of labor, and although it was Sabbath Judge Harris passed sentence upon Jackson Roberts, who had been found guilty of involuntary man slaughter, after a fifty five hours test of muscle and endurance by the Jury that tried the case. His sentence was three years in the Penitentiary.

August 24, 1860
Macon Telegraph
   We learn that on Tuesday evening last a difficulty occurred at Gray's Grocery in Jones county, which resulted in the death of one person and the severe and perhaps dangerous wounding of two others. The actors in this affair, together with a number of others had assembled for the purpose of having a shooting match. A man by the name of Mattox and the grocery keeper, Gray, had a quarrel, when a man named Loyd made some remark about Mattox, whereupon Mattox raised his gun, charged with buckshot, and shot Loyd dead. He then ran into the grocer for the purpose of shooting Gray, and Gray took refuge under the counter, the bottom board of which was off, making a large orifice through which Mattox procured his gun and fired at Gray, but missed him. Gray then arose and shot Mattox with a pistol, it is thought fatally wounding him. A brother of Gray was also shot by some one, and it is thought fatally wounded. Liquor was the cause of this difficulty.

August 27, 1860
Macon Telegraph
Clinton, Aug. 24th, 1860
Mr. Clisby: On Saturday, John J. Maddox was brought before Justices Hascall, Childs, Butler and Middlebrooks, charged with killing Levi A. Loyd on the 21st inst., and after hearing evidence in the case was committed to our county jail to await his trial for murder at our next Superior Court.
  George W. Maddox, was also arraigned before the same Justices, charged with an assault with intent to murder Eli S. Gray; upon an investigation in default of bail, he was also committed to jail. These men are brothers, and had met at the grocery mentioned in my last, together with others, to attend a shooting match for beef, but unfortunately it resulted in a shooting  match of quite a different character. Cause for the whole affair, bad blood and strychnine whiskey. The weapons used besides the black bottles were double barrel guns. Yours, B

October 24, 1860
Macon Telegraph
  John J. Maddox, convicted last week in the Superior Court of Jones County for the murder of Levi A. LLoyd, was yesterday brought to Macon by Sheriff Balkcom of Jones county and committed to Bibb county jail to await his execution on the 7th December next, the Jones county jail being considered insecure.

September 29, 1863
Southern Recorder
  During the term, John Maddox, who was indicted for the murder of ___Loyd, in Jones county, and whose case had been transferred to Baldwin, pleaded guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and was sentenced by Judge Harris to ten years imprisonment in  the Penitentiary. He had been convicted at a previous term, and a new trial was ordered by the Supreme Court which ruled the offense to be manslaughter, from testimony adduced. He had been three years in Jail.

August 26, 1863
Macon Telegraph
   A friend has kindly furnished us with the following particulars of a murder which occurred on Saturday afternoon, in Jones county, about four miles below this city.
  "A young man, of the name of Solomon Roberts, killed an old man about seventy years of age, of the name of Barker, about two miles from Walnut Creek Bridge, on Saturday, the 22d inst., about 2 o'clock. Roberts was a young man, and his victim was old.
  "Coming up from Wilkinson, I reached the scene of the murder a few minutes after it transpired. The killing, according to the statements of the only persons present, (three ladies,) was without provocation. Roberts got out of his buggy, in which he had a shot gun and a rifle, enter the house of Barker, and threatened the life of one of the females, at the same time drawing a pistol. The woman retreated, when he turned upon Mr. Barker, then lying sick, and after cursing him once or twice, fired and instantly killed him. Roberts then got in his buggy and drove off to his residence, about two hundred yards distant. I was the first person that reached the place after the murder, and elicited the facts as above stated from the females that witnessed it. Roberts is a member of Captain T. W. Brantly's company, and was at home on furlough. Roberts, it is said, was not intoxicated, but might have been drinking." Daily Confederate.

April 22, 1866
Macon Telegraph
The Poisoner
  Through A. O. Bacon, Esq., we learn that the girl Amy Gordon, about whom the colored population of this city was so excited a few days ago, was convicted of the crime of murder at the Jones County Court, though ably defended by Charles Harris and Isaac Hardeman, Esqs., who were assigned by the Court for her defense. The crime was that of poisoning the whole family of Mr.Perry Tinney, one of whose children died from the effects. The girl plead guilty to the charge, and she had a fair and impartial trial with the result above stated.

April 19, 1867
Macon Telegraph
Clinton, Jones Co., April 9, 1867
Editor Telegraph - Sir: The unfortunate difficulty that occurred last Thursday in our village, between Dr. James F. Barron and Mr. Jesse Glawson, was to-day fully investigated on a commitment trial had before his Honor. R. H. Hutchings, (one of the Judges of the Inferior Court), acting as County Judge-the accused having surrendered himself to the Sheriff without effort to escape. After a full examination into the case, upon the testimony of some eight or nine witnesses and argument had by counsel, the accused was discharged, the Court deciding it to be a case of justifiable homicide. Messrs. Hardeman & Blount for the defence - Col. W. Poe, of your city, for the prosecution. Yours, T.

December 28, 1871
Macon Telegraph
ANOTHER MURDER - On Monday night, 25th instant, at about 12 o'clock, a negro man named John Sparrow, living at Maxwells Mills, in Jones county, a few miles below Griswoldville, was murdered. He was asleep in his house when some one hallooed at the gate and asked him to come to the door. Having no thought of danger he threw open the door and immediately two shots were fired, apparently from a double-barreled shot gun, the second taking effect in his breast, producing instant death. There is nothing upon which to ground any suspicion as to who the murderer was. John is said to have been a harmless, inoffensive negro, and so far as any person was without an enemy, either white or black.

December 31, 1872
Macon Telegraph
HOMICIDE IN GRISWOLDVILLE. A negro man, named Rivers, was killed in Griswoldville, Thursday evening, by another of the same color. Rivers was drunk, and drew a knife on the party of the second part, whereupon the latter took down his gun and shot Rivers so that he died in a few minutes. The body lay near the railway track up to eleven o'clock Thursday night, waiting for a coroner's inquest.

March 13, 1877
Union and Recorder
  A turbulent negro named Wade Webb was killed in Jones county recently, by some unknown party.

December 4, 1877
Macon Telegraph
Shocking Murder of a Young Girl in Jones County.
  Miss Addie Hodge, a daughter of Mr. Samuel Hodge, an old and highly respected citizen of the upper part of Jones county, was shot and killed, while on a visit to her brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Gordon, by some unknown party, about dark Saturday evening, the 24th inst. WHile the family of Mr. Gordon were at tea in the kitchen, a house adjacent and directly behind the dwelling from the road, the discharge of a gun was heard in the direction of the road. Miss Hodge at the time happened to be passing from the back part of the dwelling toward the fire place and received the ball, it  taking effect on the side of her head, just above the ear and ranging upward. She survived about an hour. It is supposed that the shot was aimed at some one in the kitchen.
  Miss Hodge was about fifteen years of age, greatly esteemed for her many estimable traits of character, and her untimely death has cast a gloom over the entire community. The funeral service took place yesterday at Cany Creek church where the remains were interred. The Rev. Mr. Bazemore officiated.

December 30, 1881
Macon Weekly Telegraph
THE ROUND OAK MURDER In Which Four Men Lose Their Lives.
  The report which we gave in yesterday's issue of the bloody affray in Jones county, on Monday night, was verified yesterday by parties who live near the scene. The news was so terrible that but few thought it true, and we found it necessary to make a thorough investigation. Mr. Roland T. Ross, who left Clinton early yesterday morning, was interviewed, but he had no authentic information, though satisfied that there was something to report. Later in the day a gentleman arrived from Round Oak, about ten miles above Clinton, who gave the details of the tragedy, which are as follows: On Monday night there was a colored dance at Dick Richard's place, near Round Oak. Two or three young white men were there, one of whom was Jack William Gray, and one a Mr. Green. Mr. Gray became in some way involved in a quarrel with one of three colored brothers, Bob, Alex and Henry Jackson. The quarrel ended in a fight in which Gray was fatally stabbed. He sank to the floor, and while his life-blood was ebbing away, opened fire on his assailants, one falling dead at his feet, and one dropping at the door. The third brother managed to get out of doors, and died a few hours later. In the meantime Gray had crawled to the door and managed to get on the steps, where he died., He was buried Tuesday afternoon.
  As far as we can learn whisky was, as usual, the cause of the trouble.

January 4, 1882
Macon Telegraph
THE ROUND OAK TRAGEDY. A Further Account of the Affray as Brought Out at the Inquest.
  A few days since we published an account of the late tragedy in Jones county near Round Oak was incorrect in several particulars. At the time of the writing it was impossible to get an altogether accurate one of the affair, for the reason that no one was able to give it. From the evidence given in at the coroner's inquest, the following account is made up. On the evening named a dance was gotten up at a short distance from a grocery kept by Joe Griggs, a white man. There were present a large number of negroes, and three young white men who are described as shiftless characters: their names were Jack Gray, Warren Green and Abe Billingslea.
  The dance progressed and considerable liquor was drunk. Jack Gray (white) was dancing with a negro girl, when a young negro man stepped on her dress and drew from her a remark that caused him to curse her. This began the fuss, which was between two factions of negroes. High words ruled for some time, when a negro threatened to shoot Joe Jackson (colored). The white man, Jack Gray, told him to go in, he would stand by him, and the fellow began firing. Almost instantly a general fight ensued, about twenty shots being fired. Bob Jackson (colored) fell dead, and Henry Jackson (colored) fell, mortally wounded. Fuller Moreland (colored) was badly cut, Aleck Jackson slightly shot, Abram Jackson slightly wounded in the head, and Abe Billingslea cut. Jack Gray, the white man, had fired three times when hew was stabbed. He crawled out of the house, walked around it, came back, and sitting down died in a chair.
  The evidence before the coroner was conflicting but points strongly to King Bland, colored, as the man who killed Bob and Henry Jackson, and to Aleck Jackson as the man who killed Gray. It was impossible. however, in the confusion, to tell what shot took effect. One negro came to the door of the room and fired into the crowd five times.
  The affair is greatly deplored by the good people of our sister county, and they are using every means to bring the rioters to justice. Every person present has been arrested but King Bland who has escaped.

July 15, 1884
Union and Recorder
~excerpt~The State vs. Aaron Washingon, (negro) charged with the murder of Bob Lee, a negro, near Griswoldville, on the 24th of June 1882. He was found guilty, and sentenced, by recommendation of the jury, to confinement in the Penitentiary for life.

July 29, 1884
Union and Recorder
   Jones County, Clinton, July 25, 1884
   Bob Jackson, one of the negroes supposed to have been implicated in the murder of an old and aged negro man, Abner Clewer, who was found naked and dead early in January 1883, died to-day near the scene of this dastardly crime.

November 18, 1884
Union and Recorder
Terrible Tragedy in Jones.
  News has reached this city, by a gentleman who visited Jones county, last Sunday, that a terrible tragedy was enacted on the old Bivins homestead on that day. Col. Benj. Beck, well known in this city, who married the widow of James W. Stubbs, was murdered by his step-sons, Stephen and James Stubbs, and Col. Beck's son Benjamin, was fatally shot. A coroner's inquest was held and a verdict of murder was rendered. The jury arrested the men and held them until the Sheriff arrived when they were taken to Clinton and confined in jail. We do not know the cause of the trouble. The parties all lived on the same plantation. The young Stubbses armed themselves with shotguns and pistols and killed Co. Beck and mortally wounded his son, as above stated. It is said, neither Col. Beck nor his son was armed. To what deplorable results do the nursing of bad passions lead! The parties to this heart-rending tragedy are connected to the best families of the State, Col. Beck was a gallant Confederate officer.

November 25, 1884
Union and Recorder
Further Incidents of the Jones County Murder
  we copy the following from the Macon Telegraph & Messenger of the 18th:
   "The news reached Macon last Sunday evening of a terrible tragedy in Jones county. An order was brought into Clay's establishment for two coffins and an inquiry revealed the fact that Colonel Benjamin Beck, a well-to-do farmer of Jones county, and his young son, of the same name, had been killed by two brothers, Jim and Stephen Stubbs, also farmers.
  The details of the killing were difficult to obtain, owing to the fact that it occurred in the country far removed from the railroad. From Dr. W. A. Thomas, of Baldwin county, who, with Dr. Pursely, was sent for to attend young Beck, and who heard his dying statement, the following facts were learned:
  The parties to the tragedy were Col. Benjamin Beck, Benjamin Beck, Jr., and Jim and Stephen Stubbs. Col. Beck married a Mrs. Stubbs, the mother of Jim and Stephen. Ben Beck, Jr. and Tom Beck were half-brothers to the Stubbs, who were Col. Beck's step-sons. All of them farmed on the same land.
   There is no definite information as to the origin of the trouble. The most probable story is that the Becks had a patch of corn between two patches of corn belonging to the Stubbs'. It is claimed that the Stubbs' fed their stock from the Becks' corn instead of their own, and this led to a quarrel or an assault on last Friday. On Sunday morning Tom Beck was sent by his father to Clinton, 9 miles distance, for a warrant for the Stubbs'. While he was gone the quarrel; was renewed in the yard, and resulted in the instant killing of Col. Beck. He received a load of small shot in his left side and a load of buckshot in his right side. After Col. Beck fell he was shot twice in the back of the head with a pistol, both balls lodging in his brain.
  Young Beck was not killed outright. He received seven gun shot wounds, one of which would have been fatal. There were five balls in the right side, one through the spine and stomach, and two through the left arm near the wrist. He did not fall at first shot and ran, asking the Stubbs brothers not to kill him, but they continued to shoot at him until the wounds mentioned above were inflicted. He died in great pain Sunday afternoon at half-past 4 o'clock. Stephen Stubbs had a double-barreled gun, one barrel loaded with small shot and the other with buckshot. Both men had American bulldog pistols.
   The Stubbses went into the house after the shooting. The wife of Stephen went out into the year and assisted young Beck to the porch  of the house, where he was laid down on some cotton. The body of Col. Beck remained where it fell in the yard until the coroner's jury removed it in the afternoon.
  The heavy and rapid firing caused the neighbors to investigate the cause of it and soon the news was flying over the country. One man went to Clinton after a warrant, one for physicians, and soon the neighborhood was aroused. The warrant was sworn out before justice James Andrews, who gave it to Sheriff Phillips to serve. The sheriff summoned a posse and proceeded at once to the Beck place, but the Stubbs were arrested without difficulty. The remained at the house until about noon, when they started off, and were prevented from escaping by the sheriff. They were taken at once to the jail at Clinton, where they are now lodged.
   In the afternoon the coroner's inquest was held. Young Beck was able to make a statement, which embodied the facts given above. He also repeated this statement to Dr. Thomas. In the evidence before the jury it transpired that young Beck's gun had been taken from the shelf in the house and broken on a rock a short distance away. It had not been discharged.
  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased (Colonel Beck) came to his death by gunshot wounds inflicted at the hands of James and Stephen Stubbs, and in their opinion it was murder.
  Colonel Beck went into the Confederate arm as captain of the Baldwin Volunteers, (not Jordon Guards, as stated by the Telegraph & Messenger.) He was afterwards made Colonel of the Ninth Georgia Regiment. He bore a reputation, as did his two sons, of being a peaceable, law-abiding man, never molesting anyone, and for the past few years living almost in retirement from the world.
   Colonel Isaac Hardeman has been engaged for the defense."

April 28, 1885
Union and Recorder
   Jones Superior Court, Was held last week, Judge Lawson presiding. The most important matter before the court was the trial of Jas. W. Stubbs and Stephen Stubbs, charged with the murder of Col. Benjamin Beck and his son Benjamin Beck, Jr. Col. Beck was the step-father of the Stubbses, and they all resided together, under one roof, and were engaged in farming on the same plantation in Jones county. A disagreement occurred in which the Stubbses were charged with stealing corn, and Col. Beck had a warrant issued for their arrest. On Sunday morning, the 16th of November last, the trouble culminated in the horrible tragedy in which Col. Beck and his son lost their lives. On this fateful morning the Stubbses were about starting to church, when Col. Beck told them they must remain until the corn trouble was settled, that he was expecting an officer to serve a warrant for their arrest. Col. Beck then directed his son James Beck to go to Clinton for the officer. Angry words passed and J. W. Stubbs told his brother Stephen to go into the house and bring his gun and they would kill the whole party. The gun was brought and J. W. Stubbs proceeded to carry his threat into execution, by shooting Col. Beck and his son Benjamin, both of whom stated they were unarmed and begged for their lives. Both of the Stubbses were also armed with pistols and after the gun was discharged following the retreating and entreating men and continued to shoot them in the most horrible manner until life was extinct. The Stubbses were arrested and lodged in jail where they remained until their trial last week.
  Jas. W. Stubbs was first put on trial. Forty-eight hours were consumed in taking the evidence and in the speeches which followed. The jury returned a verdict of guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Stephen Stubbs then plead guilty of the same offence, and they were sentenced by Judge Lawson to ten years each in the Penitentiary.
  The defence was ably conducted by Messrs. Ike Hardeman, Robt. Hardeman, Davis, Bartlett and Grieve.
  Solicitor General Whitfield was assisted in the prosecution by Messrs. Edge and Berner.
  Col. Miller Grieve of the city made the opening speech for the defence. The Macon Telegraph says;
  "To the defendant's counsel belongs the victory, but it was gained over no feeble foe. The interests of the State were zealously advocated and the attorneys on that side, too, can have the consciousness of having fully performed their duties. Besides, it is not unjust to presume that the presence of the defendant's wife and the prattling of his children through the courtroom former a potent factor in the return of a lenient verdict."

February 8, 1887
Union Recorder
   Macon, Ga., Janurary 31. News reached here this morning of a tragedy in Jones County. On Saturday morning two boys aged ten and eight, while in the woods gathering brush, were set upon by Sam Bivins, aged seventeen, and murdered with an axe. Charles Rivers, the father of the boys, headed the searching party, and at 1 o'clock on Sunday morning found the boys' bodies hid in a gully. Bivins is in jail and has confessed. He said he had a fight with the boys. All colored.

July 3, 1888
Macon Weekly Telegraph
DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. John Griffin, who was Shot Monday Night, Dies in Jail.
   The information was received from Clinton yesterday that the negro John Griffin, who was shot Monday night while resisting arrest, had died from his wounds.
  Mr. W. L. Henry, to whom John sold some stolen cattle, went to Clinton where he was confined for the purpose of identifying him. Mr. Henry first looked at him through the hole in the door, but could not recognize him at first owing to the fact that the negro was lying on the floor and in such a position that his full face could not be seen from the door. Mr. Henry saw his feet, however, which were unusually large, and felt satisfied that he was the man. When the door of the cell was opened and a good look was taken, Mr. Henry was thoroughly convinced that he was the man.
   John was shot in the back, the ball ranging upward. He had thrown one of the Lester young men, who went to the house to arrest him, out of the house, and it was while he was down that he fired the shot which finally proved fatal. It is the belief that nothing will be done with young Lester as he was acting in self-defense and the negro was resisting arrest at the time he was shot.

September 22, 1891
Union Recorder
  A  feud between two Jones county farmers had a fatal ending last Saturday afternoon. Grays Station a few miles above Macon on the Macon and Northern railroad was the scene of the tragedy. Clark Smith, shot and killed Ezekiel Cribb. The bad feeling originated about a cooking stove sold by Smith to Cribb, several months ago. Smith is about 45 years of age and has a wife and family. Cribb is over 50 years of age and had also a large family. Both men were good farmers. It is said Smith acted in self-defense. He surrendered himself and is in custody.

July 15, 1893
Macon Telegraph
Killing at Round Oak
Round Oak, July 14 (Special) At 12 o'clock today quite a little skirmish occurred on the streets of Round Oak, in which there were ten or fifteen shots exchanged and resulted in the killing of Cicero Johnson by Tom White. The combatants were Tom White against Cicero Johnson, Ans Garland, Alf Goodsby and John Hunt. The parties to the affair are all negroes, and an old grudge was the cause of all the trouble.
  Tom White, after emptying his pistol of all but one ball, ran into the store of J. W. Turk & Co. and gave himself up. A warrant has been issued for him, and the sheriff is expected any minute to take charge of him. Other warrants may be issued.

January 26, 1904
Union Recorder
  A little negro boy, son of George Justice, who resides on Mr. Ollie White's place in Jones county, was accidentally shot with a shot gun, by his brother., The shot entered the mouth of the boy. He was brought to this city yesterday for medical attention, but died as he wa being carried up the steps at Dr. Croley's office.

March 27, 1906
Union Recorder
Alonzo Haddocks Shoots to Death Burrell Bush.
Macon Telegraph, 23rd inst.
  A pistol shot fired, yesterday at Haddock, took the life of Burrell Bush, a prominent citizen, and has plunged two families into the blackest depths of grief.
   The shot was fired by Alonzo Haddock, a young man, who is now in jail at Gray, his nerves all unstrung by the tragedy in which he played so conspicuous a part.
  Meanwhile Haddock's wife is lying ill at their home, and in Macon a sister of the man who fired the fatal shot and a son of the dead man are just entering upon the second day of what was to have been their honeymoon. This couple are Edward Bush and Mary Haddock Bush, his bride. It is believed that their marriage brought about the shooting yesterday.
  News of this gruesome climax of a romance-akin, in the emotions that run through it like alternate black and golden threads, to the story of Romeo and Juliet-reached Macon by word of mouth yesterday afternoon.
  The shooting itself, according to reports from Haddock, must have been peculiarly dramatic. Burrell Bush, the man whose life was snuffed out by the revolver bullet, was an elderly man. He held the position of station agent of the Georgia railroad at Haddock.
  The stories of the shooting are somewhat conflicting, but in any event  the dramatic features were intense and striking.
  The young man and the old man-Haddock and Bush-met on the station platform. There was ill will between then, it is said, on account of Edward Bush's attentions to pretty Mary Haddock. It is believed that the marriage brought the enmity of the two families to a crisis.
  A few words were exchanged briefly. They were angry words, like sparks from the gloom of anger which lay upon the face of each man. Then a pistol shot rang out. Bush uttered a cry and sank to the platform. Men suddenly pale and excited, rushed to the scene. Women screamed.
  It was as if the bright sun, that just a movement before had been flooding the little rural depot with golden light, had suddenly been submerged in a gray and somber mist.
  As Bush lay expiring on the platform in the midst of the excited people, a passenger train dashed up with a rumble and a road, and came to stop at the little station. Instinctively the passengers realized that something unusual had taken place outside and heads appeared at windows all along the train. Quick questions were asked and confused, nervous answers given. It was through passengers on that train that the news of the tragedy first reached Macon.
  The town marshal was summoned and young Haddock, the smoking pistol in his hand, was taken into custody. A buggy was hurriedly procured and he and the officer departed for Clinton, the county seat of Jones county, where Haddock was to be lodged in jail.
  The conflicting features of the story have to do with the immediate origin of the fatal difficulty. Reports were received in Macon that Bush had been shot down only after a few words had been addressed to him and without any attempt being made on his part to do injury to his slayer.
  Haddock, on the other hand, says that Bush was about to kill him and that he shot in self-defense. He made this statement at Gray last night, when he was interviewed by a Telegraph reporter.
  The trip to Gray was made in Ben L. Jones auto the use of which was tendered The Telegraph by Mr. Jones. The roads are very rough between this city and the point where Haddock is in jail, but the big auto was driven over them and the reporter who made the trip was enabled to converse with the prisoner early in the evening.
  "I shot Bush in self-defense," said the young man. "I went to the station unarmed, but fearing trouble, procured a pistol after I got there. When I met him I had to shoot to save my own life. I Cannot discuss the matter any further than this. The case is in the hands of my attorneys, Johnson & Johnson and Mr. Barron. The have instructed me not to give out any detail statement of the affair."
  Haddock seemed in a state bordering on nervous collapse. His face pallid and his eyes bloodshot. He is a married man and there are two children in his family. His wife, it was reported last night, is dangerously ill. He was great troubled on that account, as well as wrought up over the dreadful experience which he had so recently passed through

April 25, 1906
Union Recorder
ALONZO HADDOCK'S CASE CONTINUED UNTIL FALL. Young Man Who Killed Burrell Bush Not Tried Because of Illness of an Important Witness.
  One of the largest crowds ever seen in the Jones county court house was present at the opening of the Alonzo Haddock murder case, at Clinton Wednesday. The court house and yard were filled with a crowd of eager listeners.
  The case is one of great local interest, Bush was shot by Haddock at Haddock station last month. The killing it will be remembered, grew out of a romance culminating in the marriage of Bush's son and Haddock's sister. The tragedy created a great sensation.
  The trial was begun at 8:30 and several witnesses were heard, but before progressing very far, the case was continued until the October term, as one of the material witnesses, Mr. Thomas, who is alleged to have seen the shooting, was ill and the doctor certified that she would not be in condition to appear at court for some time. At this announcement most of the crowd left the court room and remained about the streets and stores talking.
  The people of Jones county are divided in their opinions about the affair, some sympathize with Haddock. others regard his action as wholly unwarranted.

October 23, 1906
Union Recorder
  Judge John T. Allen spent last week in Jones County, where he was engaged in the defense of Alonzo Haddock, who was charged with murder. Haddock was found not guilty.

June 21, 1909
Macon Telegraph
IKE RUSHING CAPTURED; HE KILLED BAILIFF BASS. Negro Is Carried to Atlanta for Safe Keeping-Story of Murder of the Officer and Shooting of Grover Etheridge.
  The Jones county tragedy of the night of April 5th, in which BailiffFrank Bass was killed instantly, and a young man named Grover Etheridge was shot in the side and arm, by a negro the bailiff was trying to arrest, was revised yesterday by the lodging of Ike Rushing in the Bibb county jail, and later leaving, in charge of Sheriff Henry Brooks, of Jones county, for Atlanta, there to be placed in the two for safe keeping.
   The moon was shining brightly on the evening of April 5th, Bailiff Bass had a warrant charging the negro Ike Rushing with cheating and swindling. It having been sworn out by D. H. Stubbs. The negro lived on the Stubbs place, and the bailiff went by Stubbs' house and Stubbs said he would go with him as he thought he and Ike could settle the charge and there would be no need to serve the warrant.
  Young Etheridge said he would go along, as did a man named Heath. It never entered the heeds of any of the party that there would be any trouble, and there was not a weapon in the crowd save a cheap pistol carried by the bailiff.
Rushing Fires on Officer.
  When the house was reached, the bailiff knocked on the front door and called Ike to come out as he had a warrant for him. Ike did not go out, but was heard opening the back door. It was then that the party went around the house to see Ike coming down the  steps with a single barrel gun in his hands. Bailiff Bass called out to him to put it up, but Ike leveled the gun at him and fired. The bailiff fell dead. Ike proceeded to load the gun, and Heath and Stubbs, being unarmed, and seeing that the negro was now desperate, fled the scene. Etheridge remained and talked to Ike, telling him not to shoot him, but Ike disregarded the appeal and fired. Etheridge dodged the best he could by turned his side for the load which shattered his arm and entered his side. He then ran around the house, but Ike had reloaded his gun and fired at Etheridge, the load entering the corner of the house.
   Taking his gun with him, Ike pulled out in the direction of Milledgeville. Near that place he sold the gun to some negroes working at Stevens' pottery, and with the money bought a pair of shoes, those he had been wearing being so ragged that his toes protruded. He then left the locality of Milledgeville, and in two days was in Laurens county. He then dropped the name of Ike Rushing and took up that of Clark Smith, the name of his brother-in-law, and secured work at a sawmill.
Searching for the Fugitive.
   In the meantime Sheriff Brooks was busy looking in every direction for him. Every now and then a report would reach him that Ike was at certain points, and twice it was reported that he was in Macon where he has a brother-in-law named Preston.
  Then on the 7th of May Sheriff Brooks received a letter from a negro in Laurens county saying that he had located Ike in that county. Sheriff Peacock, of Laurens, was notified, and then began a correspondence with both the sheriffs and the negro who wanted to turn up Ike. It was a problem how to get Ike. He was working about seventeen miles from Dublin in a saw mill, but for reasons Sheriff Peacock did not want to go there after him, and it was thought best to toll Ike into Dublin. This was left to the negro who had written to Sheriff Brooks. This negro, who was a boarding house keeper in Dublin, left his house and went to work in the saw mill so that he could keep an eye on Ike, or Clark Smith as he was know there. Finally he wrote to Sheriff Brooks that Ike was coming to Dublin on the train on Saturday, and to inform Sheriff Peacock to be on hand on the arrival of the train.
Arrested by Sheriff Peacock.
  The plan was carried out and Saturday afternoon when the train arrived, Sheriff Peacock, who had a complete description of Ike, placed him under arrest. He protested that he had done nothing to be arrested for until the sheriff neared the jail. Then he know the agony was over. He owned up to being Ike Rushing.
  Sheriff  Brooks was notified of the arrest and came to Macon to meet Sheriff Peacock and the man yesterday morning. Though Sheriff Brooks did not know the man, he went up to him and said, "Ike, where have you been all this time?" Ike called the sheriff by name, and he was no longer Clark Smith, but Ike Rushing the long-wanted negro.
  Sheriff Brooks conferred with friends in Macon yesterday, and knowing that a court would not be in session, until October, and that there was yet some feeling among certain people in Jones against the man, and especially so because of the wound in Etheridge's arm not yet healing, decided it would be best to carry Ike to Atlanta for safe keeping. Therefore the negro was taken to Atlanta, leaving Macon at 5 o'clock on the Southern, and will be kept there until the convening of court.
  Baliff Frank Bass, who was killed, was 52 years of age, and was well liked throughout the county. His death was much deplored. Young Etheridge was also thought much of. It is feared that he may yet lose the army that was badly shot up.
See November 19, 1910

January 27, 1910
Macon Telegraph
GREEN'S INJURIES TERMINATE FATALLY. Cliff Chambliss in Jones County Jail Charged With Killing.
  The shooting at Gray, Ga., Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of George Green at the city hospital early yesterday morning. Cliff Chambliss, by whom the shots were fired, is now in the Jones county jail, having surrendered to the sheriff.
  Green did not make a statement before his death. His wounds were so vital that he was conscious but a few minutes and unable to talk then. Two bullets penetrated his stomach. Although he possible aid known to surgery and science was rendered, be died, after much suffering.
  It is stated that Green who was a well known blacksmith at Gray, was shot by Chambliss as he entered a drug store in which the latter was employed as manager. The trouble between the two men was engendered by Green sympathizing with Paul Mims, with whom Chambliss had had a quarrel, and vowing, it is said, that he would shoot Chambliss on sight. Chambliss claimed that he heard of these threats and believing that Green had come to attempt his life, fired upon him as he entered the store.
   The remains of Green were taken to Gray yesterday afternoon for funeral and interment.

August 9, 1910
Union Recorder
TRAGEDY IN JONES CO. LAST FRIDAY. The Morton Brothers Shoot and Killed the Ethredges at Greys Station.
   An awful tragedy was enacted at Grays in Jones county last Friday.
  On last Friday a reunion and barbecue was held at Grays, and the shooting took place in the afternoon. From Saturday's Macon Evening News we get the following:
   While the barbecue was in progress shortly after four o'clock, Steve and Morris Ethridge and Clayton Kitchens, a kinsman, drove to the store of Luther Morton, not far from the depot at the railroad station, and renewed a quarrel over the negro boy who had gone from the farm of Will Morton to that of Steve Ethridge a week before. Will Morton, it was said, fired at Steve Ethridge on a former occasion, three times about this negro boy, named Seabrook, and when the barbecue was on at its fullest yesterday the row was renewed. Word went back and forth tat one side intended to kill the others at sight. It was kept up till the Ethridges and Kitchens drove to the Morton store and Kitchens offered a fist fight for a settlement. Will Morton engaged Kitchens and the two fought several minutes before anything occurred elsewhere to mar the occasion. Finally, as the Mortons claim, Kitchens was being cornered and choked by Morton when the Ethridges began and interference. Quick as a flash all four Morton brothers and the two Ethridges and Kitchens were in a fight to the death.
  Shots rang out so thick and fast that it was impossible for even eye witnesses to tell exactly how it all happened. When the firing ceased Steve Ethridge lay with his feet on the sidewalk and his body extended into the street with half his head and face shot off. He was dead and his life blood was spread in a horrible manner all about the ground.
  Morris Ethridge lay dead, too, with three pistol shots penetrating his body, one in the mouth, another through the heart and one through the abdomen. Both men never breathed to utter a word.
  The fist fight was lost in the thick of the firing. It was said Kitchens called out that he was licked just as the other interference came  and this turned the participants to the most serious matter of slaying an assailant and protecting self.
   The front of the store this morning show evidence of a terrible battle. The thick show window glass has been perforated with shots and it is said the clear evidence of the fire that was being poured in at the Mortons by the Etheridges is best shown here.

November 19, 1910
Macon Telegraph
Juliette, Ga, Nov. 18 - Judge Lewis has sentenced Ike Rushing, the negro charged with the murder of Bailiff Bass in Jones county in April, 1909, to hang on Dec. 16 in the jail. No one will be allowed to witness the hanging. Rushing was convicted of murder last April and sentenced to hang, but his attorneys appealed his case to the supreme court. The new trial was refused by the court.

October 28, 1911
Macon Telegraph
W. B. NORTON FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER. Gets Life Imprisonment for Killing R. V. Smith.
JURY OUT SHORT TIME. Norton's Attorneys Apply to Court for New Trial. ARGUE MOTION DEC. 12. No Case Ever Tried in Jones County Had Created So Much Interest and Entire Jury Panel Was Exhausted. First Hearing on the Case Resulted in a Mistrial.
GRAY, Oct. 27 - W. B. Norton, 35 yeas old, formerly a deputy sheriff of Bibb county, who shot and killed R. V. Smith, 58 years old, a farmer of Jones county, on November 10, last year, was found guilty of murder, with a recommendation for mercy, by a jury here at 5:15 o'clock this afternoon. The jury was out two hours.
  Judge John T. Parks sentenced him to imprisonment for life.
  Motion was filed by Norton's attorneys for a new trial and this will be argued at Madison, December 12.
  This is the second trial in the case and the jury list in Jones county has been exhausted. If there is to be a third trial it seems that a change of venue will be necessary.
Case Warmly Contested.
  No case, probably, in the history of Jones county has been so hotly contested. The array of counsel for both sides represented the best available. The arguments today were able.
  there was a large crowd in court. The case was given to the jury at 3:15 o'clock this afternoon. Two hours later the verdict was returned. The  court caused no delay, but almost immediately sentenced Norton to life imprisonment.
  The alleged crime was committed just three miles beyond the Bibb county line, eight miles north of Macon.
  Norton is a single man, but has a mother,  brother and sister,  who attended each day's proceedings.
  Smith, who was killed, left a wife and four sons and one married daughter, Mrs. T. J. Christian.
Had Able Counsel.
  J. L. Smith, son of the slain man was the prosecutor. Joseph E. Pottle solicitor general of Jones county, was aided by Johnson and Johnson   and Judge A. L. Dumas, of Gray. Norton's attorneys were R. L. Berner, and W. A. McClellan, of Macon; R. L. Knight, of Nashville, and J. B. Jackson and Judge A. L. Barron, of Gray.
  The case has attracted unusual attention, the slain man and the slayer both being prominently known.
History of Shooting.
  On the afternoon that Mr. Smith was shot the information was received by telephone at the office of the sheriff of Bibb county, from Lamar Clay, that a party of negroes in a wagon had fired at three of his sons, near the Clay home, on the Clinton road, about seven miles from Macon.  Deputies W. B. Norton, J. M. Lavender and L. M. Simpson were instructed by Sheriff Robertson to hasten to the scene in an automobile and if possible arrest the negroes.
  When the Clay home was reached the deputies were informed by Lamar Clay that the wagon conveying the negroes had gone on out the road toward Jones county, and the automobile with the three deputies and Lamar Clay and his son, Lamar Clay, Jr., followed in close pursuit. Several wagons were passed and finally the wagon with the negroes,  who had done the shooting, was discovered and stopped by the deputies. WHile the negroes placed under arrest were being searched Lamar Clay called the attention of the deputies to another wagon which was on the top of a small hill a few yards away and shouted to them to stop the wagon. Norton and the young son of Mr. Clay got into the automobile, driven by R. S. Mitchell, of Macon, and the machine was rushed up the road after the other wagon, which by this time, it is said, was going at a fast gait down another hill. The wagon turned the road to the left and ran into a side road and down an embankment, where it was overtaken by the auto. Norton jumped from the machine and shouted to the driver to throw up his hands. The driver, who was later discovered to be Mr. Smith, refused to accede to the demand and the deputy fired a .38-caliber bullet into the front part of his right leg.
Though He Was Negro.
   The injured man was brought back to where the other deputies held the negroes under arrest and here, it is said, the discovery was made for the firs time that he was a white man. It developed during the trial here that this was not found out until after Norton and one of the other deputies had gone in a wagon some distance down the road toward Macon. He was then taken to the jail, where the wound was dressed by Dr. F. L. Webb, and afterwards was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. King, in East Macon. The bullet was taken from his leg the following day by Dr. G. T. Miller and a few days later a hemorrhage developed and he was taken to the Macon hospital, where he died December 2.
  The day after Mr. Smith was shot Norton left Macon, going to some point in California, where he remained until February. He returned to Macon in the custody of a deputy sheriff of Nashville, to whom he had surrendered. From Nashville he wrote a letter to The Macon Telegraph declaring he was not guilty of the offense of murder with which he had been charged at a commitment hearing at Gray, and was returning to Macon to stand trial. After reaching Macon he was allowed to remain overnight at the home of Mrs. G. L. Parrish, on First street, under the guard of the deputy from Nashville, and a deputy sheriff from Macon. The next morning he was taken to the Jones county jail at Gray, and was indicted on the charge of murder by the Jones county grand jury in April. His first trial, which was declared a mistrial after the jury considered the case for about twenty-four hours.
  Norton's attorneys made an effort to secure his release under bail on the grounds that tuberculosis had developed since his confinement in the Jones county jail. The argument for bail was made in Macon before Judge John B. Parks and denied.
(Note: Georgia Supreme Court denied new trial March 1912)

August 4, 1912
Macon Telegraph
 Kills Negro during Fight over Melon Then Otis Bowden Fleets to Macon, Where He Finds His Way Into Jail.
  A fight over a watermelon Friday night in Jones county, a few miles out from Gray, led to the death of John Williams, a negro, at the hands of Otis Bowden, another negro, and Bowden was arrested yesterday morning by the police in Smalls warehouse in East Macon. He was turned over to the jail for safe keeping and yesterday afternoon was taken back to Jones county by Robert Ethridge, formerly sheriff of Jones.
  Williams and Bowden had some words over the possession of a watermelon, according to Bowden's story, and when Williams came toward him drawing  razor, Bowden struck the man over the head with a hammer. Williams died at his home some hours later. Bowden stated yesterday that he had no intention the of killing the other negro and was merely trying to protect himself.

June 13, 1914 
Macon Telegraph
Walks Out on Scaffold With Firm Step. OFFERS UP NO PRAYER.  Has Nothing to Say as Cap is Put On. PARTINGS ARE PATHETIC.
Condemned Man's Father and Mother Staying in His Cell With Him Until the End - Body is Taken to Eastman to Be Buried There.
    The murder of James King, the Jones county planter who was shot down "in cold blood" eighteen months ago in the woods near his home at Round Oak, was avenged yesterday morning at 11:55 o'clock in the Jones county jail at Gray, when Nick Wilburn's neck was broken on the scaffold. Wilburn is the only white man who has been hung in that county since 1886.
    Contrary to expectations, Wilburn walked to the gallows with a firm step, attended by Rev. Mr. Sammons, a Baptist minister, and for seven minutes, bound hand and foot, with the black hood over his head, he stood on the tap door waiting for Sheriff Roberts to send him to his death. The sheriff had timed himself so that he would arrive in the death room at exactly 11:55, but preparations for the execution had been completed sooner than that, time allotted for Wilburn to make a statement and to offer a prayer not being utilized by the young man, who declared he had nothing to say.
Sheriff Doesn't Favor Job.
   When Sheriff Roberts did appear he rushed into the room quickly, jerked the trigger which sent Wilburn to his doom and almost before the crack of Wilburn's neck was heard, vanished again. It was a task Sheriff Roberts did not relish. He took no part in the preparations for the hanging, having delegated, all of that to R. N. Etheridge, sheriff-elect, who had been sworn in as special bailiff. The latter was assisted in arranging the hanging by Sam Westcott, former sheriff of Bibb county.
   Wilburn was officially pronounced dead within twenty-one minutes from the time the trap was sprung, but the body remained suspended by the rope for twenty-five minutes. Three physicians, Drs. Anderson, Chambliss and Zachary, officiated. They announced that Wilburn's neck had been broken instantly.
Wanted "Enemies" Barred.
   The hanging attracted a crowd of people to the vicinity of the Jones county jail, but only a few were permitted to witness the execution. Wilburn had made the request that none of his "enemies" be admitted, but he did not specify anyone in particular. Several of those on the outside of the jail sought positions in surrounding trees in the hope of being able to witness the hanging, but they were disappointed for the shades of the death chamber were drawn and the view of the curious shut out.
    It had been expected that Wilburn would receive the last rites from a Catholic priest from Macon, but when the priest appeared yesterday morning Wilburn requested Deputy Ethridge not to admit him. However, Mr. Etheridge told Wilburn that he would rather he would take the responsibility of turning the priest away. The priest was escorted to the cell door, where he was told by Wilburn that he had no desire to embrace the Catholic faith, and did not desire the presence of a priest at his execution.
  "I desire to die in the faith of my mother," Wilburn declared. Mrs. Wilburn is a Baptist.
   Pathetic Parting.
   The parting between Wilburn and his relatives was pathetic. All during the morning the doomed man's father, mother, sister and other relatives sat in front of his cell alternately talking and weeping, but not until it came time to say good-bye did Wilburn evidence the least emotion. It was 11:15 a.m. when Mr. Etheridge announced that farewells must be said. Wilburn's father, who has been sympathized with deeply in his affliction, and who did everything in his power to save his son, broke down completely when he bid his son good-bye. Walking to the bars in front of the cell, he put his arms through the bars and clutched his son to him, while the tears rolled down his face. The youth kissed his father fervently and whispered a word of cheer into his ear.
"Oh, Nick! Oh, Nick!"
  The parting between mother and son was even more pathetic. Bowed down with her grief, Mrs. Wilburn embraced her son through the bars, while her body shook with sobs. For fully two minutes, they stood without moving, Mrs. Wilburn sobbing two or three times, " Oh, Nick, Oh, Nick!" Wilburn wept while his mother held him in her arms. Other relatives bade the young man good-bye with a hand clasp.
   Until the time for the execution the Jones county officials were fearful lest Wilburn should commit suicide and cheat the gallows. He had told his jailor when informed that Governor Slaton had declined to commute his sentence that, "You will never hang me." For that reason a close watch was kept over his cell to see that he got hold of no poison or weapon of any kind.
 Completely Composed.
  Preparations had also been made to overpower Wilburn in case he resisted when the time came to hang him. Sheriff Roberts had engaged four powerful men for that purpose. However, Wilburn was completely composed, and no man every walked to his death with a firmer tread than did he.
   Accompanied by his mother and father, the body of Wilburn arrived in Macon at 9 o'clock last night and at midnight left for Eastman, where the funeral and  interment will take place today.
   Wilburn's father branded as absolutely false last night the report that hs son had made a statement that the confession, he made the night of his arrest while in fear of being lynched by a mob, was free and voluntarily given.
  "My son made no statement whatever about the case either to Mr. Ethridge or anyone else." said the elder Wilburn. "most certainly he did not say that his confession out in the woods that night was freely and voluntarily given. I asked him before he went to the gallows if he had anything whatever to say about his case and he told me "absolutely nothing," He did tell me that he had told the truth and nothing bu the truth in his statement which he wrote out in his  own handwriting and which was read before the prison commission. Nobody has ever accused Mr. Ethridge of forcing a confession from Nick. It was done by Detective Moore and Deputy Tom Roberts and Mr. Etheridge was simply call in to hear the confession after it had been forced from Nick by frightening him almost to death."
  A fact not generally know and which goes to show the sentiment in Wilburn's behalf, was the fact that yesterday, after the hanging, a purse was raised at Gray with which to have Wilburn's body embalmed and to purchase a suitable casket. There was a ready response when subscriptions to the fund were called for.
   The hanging of Wilburn brings to a close one of the most sordid stories of crime middle Georgia has ever known. Wilburn shot and killed his friend and kinsman in order that he might marry his widow and enjoy the benefit of insurance money carried by King. For months previous to the murder Wilburn and Mrs. King had been intimate and they had together plotted the death of the husband.
  Both Confess Crime.
    King was murdered while hunting in the woods near his home, Wilburn killing him with his own gun and then arranged the body to make it appear like a case of suicide. However, suspicion soon directed itself against Wilburn and his arrest followed, Detective C. P. Moore, of Macon, shortly afterward securing a confession from him in which he implicated Mrs. King. Her arrest followed  and she also confessed.
  At the trial Wilburn was convicted and sentenced to hang, while Mrs. King was acquitted, her statement on the stand being entirely different from her alleged confession. Wilburn's case was carried to the supreme court and affirmed, and efforts to get it before the supreme court of the United States failed. The prison commission declined to recommend commutation and the governor declined to interfere. More that 3,000 in Bibb, Jones and neighboring counties petitioned the governor to commute the sentence to life imprisonment, declaring it unjust to hang the boy and permit the woman to go free.

August 17, 1914
Macon Telegraph
James Ward, Negro, Who Shot Him, Makes Escape-Killing Occurs on J. W. Humphries Place, Above Macon.,
   J. W. Humphries, a well known planter residing in the northwest portion of Jones county, just beyond the Bibb county line and seven miles from Macon, notified Sheriff J. R. Hicks yesterday, that James Ward, a negro, who has been working near Holton, shot and killed another negro man residing on Mr. Humphries' place, yesterday morning about i o'clock. The name of the dead negro could not be learned in Macon.
   The case is outside the jurisdiction of the Bibb county sheriff since the murder occurred in Jones county, but Mr. Humphries came here to report it, owing to the greater distance to Gray. He requested Sheriff Hicks to notify Sheriff Ethridge, at Gray, and several attempts were made to do so yesterday but because of the telephone and telegraph offices being closed the Jones county sheriff could not be reached. He will probably not know of the murder until today.
  The killing is said to have ben the result of a dispute over a child. The dead negro was shot three times through the face and mouth, his assailant using a pistol.
  After the shooting Ward made his escape and it was thought he might come to Macon. Mr. Humphries for that reason hastened here to notify Sheriff Hicks to be on the lookout for him.
  Deputy Sheriff Lon Williams said yesterday hat the murdered Negro was a prisoner in the Bibb county jail about a year ago but he could not remember his name.

February 7, 1915
Macon Telegraph
FUGITIVES FIVE YEARS, ARRESTED FOR MURDER. Detective Foster Runs Down Two Jones Co. Negroes.
    After having been fugitives from justice for five years for an alleged murder committed in Jones county, John Singleton and his son, Dave Singleton, negroes, were arrested Friday afternoon in Dodge county, five miles from Godwinville, where they were engaged in farming, the arrest being made by Detective E. L. Foster, of the South Coast Detective agency, of Macon. The negroes are under indictment in Jones county for the murder of Dave Barron, a negro, who was shot down at his home between Gray and Haddocks one night during March, 1910.
Are Brought to Macon.
    The two negroes were brought to Macon yesterday by Detective Foster and after their arrival were turned over to Sheriff R. N. Etheridge, of Jones county, who took them to Gray yesterday afternoon and placed them in jail there.
   The crime with which the two negroes are charged was a most brutal one, and followed the searching of the home of the Singletons by a party of masked white men, who are alleged to have gone there in search of money, which it had been currently reported the negroes had found. The Singletons found out in some manner that Dave Barron had told the white men where they lived and going to Barron's home one night they are alleged to have called him out and shot him, after which they made their escape.
Enlists Aid of Detectives.
   Since the murder Jones county has had three different sheriffs and many people had forgotten about the crime. When Sheriff Etheridge came into office the first of January, he enlisted the aid of the South Coast Detective agency and Detective Foster was put to work on the case. Since that time he had been tracing the two negroes from one place to another throughout the stated, finally locating them in Dodge county, where he placed them under arrest.

May 29, 1915
Macon Telegraph
Sheriff Etheridge Will Pay Reward For Sam Strong.
 Sam Strong, the negro boy who last Saturday night shot and killed Thomas Green White, a merchant at Wayside, Jones county, is still at large and Sheriff R. N. Etheridge, of Jones county, is doing everything in his power to apprehend the fugitive.
    Sheriff Etheridge states that the negro is of ginger cake color, about 20 years old, 5 feet, 8 or 9 inches in height and weighs about 140 or 150 pounds. He received two pistol wounds in the duel with Mr. White, one through the point of the chin and another in the left shoulder.
  Sheriff Etheridge will pay a reward of $24 for his arrest and detention until he can come for him.

July 6, 1915
Union Recorder
JONES MOBS ARE SCOURING COUNTY. In Search of Negroes Who Murdered Silas Turner a Young White Man.
   Silas Turner, a young white man, was shot in the back of the head Saturday and instantly killed by a negro named Brooks.
  The murder was one of the most cold-blooded, premeditated murders in the history of Jones county.
  Turner went to the home of Brooks, a negro, to collect a bill and Walter Brooks, John Richey and Will Gordon, according to confession by Gordon, made to Deputy Sheriff C. E. Roberts, of Jones county after being brought to the Bibb county jail early Monday morning, plotted to kill Turner.
   Shortly afterward Turner again appeared and started to make a search of the house. When he turned his back, Brooks, according to Gordon, shot him in the back of the head with a charge from a shot gun killing him instantly. The negroes then rolled the body over, took a pistol from the dead man's pocket and fired on cartridge, and then placed the pistol beside the body to make it appear a case of suicide. They then escaped. Gordon was later captured and with two others negroes, Square Thomas and Scott Farrar, brought to the Bibb jail for safe keeping. Brooks and Richey are still at large.
  A mob organized to search for the negroes killed and negro by the name of Greene and his son Sunday night. These negroes were not connected with the crime.
   Rumors of other negroes being killed have come to the sheriff but have not been verified.
(see October 23, 1915)

July 7, 1915
Macon Telegraph
Jones County Quiet, But Another Negro Is Jailed
Gray, July 6 - The county commissioners of Jones county today ordered a coffin sent to Round Oak for the burial of a body of a  negro that was found in the roadside there earlier in the day. The negro had been shot to death. He is the third victim of the series of killings to avenge the murder of Silas Turner, the young planter, who was killed on Sunday morning.
   Jones county is quite tonight. In the jail here is Peter Thurman, who is alleged to have had a hand in the murder of Turner. Thurman is held on a charge of murder. The three negroes locked up in the Bibb county jail and this one are all that have been taken into custody, and the authorities of Jones and Jasper counties are search for others.
  The latest victim of violence was known as Earl Palmer, at whose home on the John King plantation Mr. Turner was slain. The negro's body was found at the roadside at Round Oak early this morning.
  Sheriff Etheridge stated tonight before leaving for Macon that he looked for no more trouble in connection with the case. He felt sure that all of the negroes suspected of being in the plot to kill Turner would be under arrest soon.
  Witness Brought Here.
   Sheriff Etheridge, of Jones county, arrived at the Bibb county jail last night with Peter Thurman, a negro, who admits he was present when Silas Turner, the Jones county farmer, was murdered last Sunday. He denies having any part in the shooting.
  Thurman told Sheriff Etheridge last night that the negro, Earl Palmer, found dead beside the road near Round Oak yesterday, was the one who took Mr. Turner's pistol from his pocket after he had been shot dead and after firing one shot from its replaced it beside the body to make his death look like a case of suicide.
  Four negroes are now in jail here in connection with the murder, but Walter Brooks, who is alleged to have done the shooting, is still at large.

July 10, 1915
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO KILLS HIS WIFE ON JONES COUNTY FARM. Hobbles Across Country on Crutches to "get" Wife.
   Gray, July 3 - Dooly Farrar, a crippled negro hobbled to the home of John Tom Williams, ten miles from here, during last night and laid in wait for his wife, a cook in the Williams home, to appear. When she arrived this morning Farrar drew a 38-calibre revolver and shot the woman dead. The body fell inside the kitchen door.
  Sheriff Etheridge was notified of the shooting and hastened to the scene, finding Farrar had already been taken in charge by people on the Williams place. The sheriff brought the negro to the county jail, where he is held on a charge of murder.
  Negro Uses Crutches.
  Farrar is practically helpless. He uses crutches and it is said spent most of the night in going across country roads to the Williams home in search of his wife, with whom he had quarreled.
  Two more negroes implicated in the murder of Silas Turner, a Jones county farmer, were jailed here tonight.

October 23, 1915
Savannah Tribune
Gray, Ga., Oct 20. The Jones county grand jury in investigating the wholesale lynching of four Negroes here several weeks ago, following the murder of Silas Turner, a white farmer, to-day indicted two white men.
  On the day following the murder of Turner and aged Negro named Lonzo Green and his son were trying to reach their home at Wayside when they were shot to death.
   Jim Green and Woodall Green, white, and cousins, were indicted today, charged with the murder of these two Negroes. Woodall Green was arrested by the sheriff and is in jail. The other man has not been located.

August 27, 1918
Macon Telegraph
DIES FROM BULLET WOUND. Negro Shot in Back at Griswoldville Church Expires in Hospital.
Felix Bonner, negro who was hot in the back at a church in Griswoldville Sunday night and brought to the Macon Hospital, died yesterday morning. Coroner P. W. Stubbs said yesterday that while the case was in the hands of the coroner at Griswoldville, he understood that Bonner was struck by a bullet fired at another negro during a general fight.

September 4, 1918
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO CONFESSES SERIES OF CRIMES. John Gilham, Alias Thomas, Broke Jail in Jones -
Then Attacked Women - Caught by Negroes
  John Gilham, alias John Thomas, negro, who broke away from the Jones county chain gang on August 18, and who since that time has attempted assault on two white women, one negro woman and two negro girls was caught yesterday morning by Charlie Pitts, and Charlie Jackson, two negro workmen, near Lakeside Park. The negro was brought to the city barracks, where he was later taken charge of by Sheriff T. C. Middlebrooks and Deputy Sheriff T. A. Roberts of Jones county.
  Gilham confessed to his crimes and also to the murder of a negro in Warren county six years ago. The sheriff of Warren county has been looking for him for some time.
  A year ago Gilham was arrested and charged with a felony, being sentenced to the chain gang in Jones county for one year, his identity not being known ny the authorities at Gray where he was tried.
Located in Swamps
   On August 18 Gilham broke from the gang and in the eight hours following attempted assaults on five women in Jones county. He was followed by a large number of farmers of Jones county and traced into the swamps in the vicinity of Lakeside where he has been for several days, coming out yesterday morning, when he was seen by the two negroes who caught him, and who notified the police authorities immediately. The feeling in Jones county is pretty high, both among whites and blacks, and trouble is expected.
   The reward which was on the negro will be given to the to negroes Charlie  Jackson and Charlie Pitts, who were thanked and made to see the greatness of their deed by the police last night. Both negroes are from Macon and are employed by the public health department.

September 5, 1918
Macon Telegraph
Negroes Join With Whites in Lynching Negro for Assaults
John Gilman, Caught Near Macon, Is Taken From Officers Near Jones County Jail and Shot. Attacks Made on White and Colored Women Last Month - Coroner's Jury Investigates.
Gray, Sept. 4 - Taken from Jones County and Macon officers near the Jones County jail here last night, John Gilham, alias John Thomas, a negro charged with several criminal assaults upon white and colored women in this county, was lynched by a part of unknown men. Sheriff T. C. Middlebrooks today said he is positive there were several negroes in the party. Gilham's body was found in a ditch this morning. Half a dozen or more bullets had pierce it. There were indications the negro had been killed in woods nearby and dragged to the ditch.
  Chief Bowden Along.
   Accompanied by Chief of Police Bowden and Detective Newberry, of the Macon department, Sheriff Middlebrooks and Deputy Sheriff T. A. Roberts left Macon last night in an automobile with the prisoner, caught near Macon yesterday  morning by two negro men and turned over to Macon officers. When the outskirts of Gray were reached the sheriff sent a man ahead to see if the way was clear and upon receiving a favorable report the officers continued the trip. The jail was being approached when without warning from all sides a crowd closed in on the automobile, covering the officers with guns.
  The negro was taken from the car and, still handcuffed, lynch near Gray.
    "Death at the hands of persons unknown" was the verdict of the coroner's jury, returned after an investigation conducted today.
  Gilham escaped from the Jones County gang last month and shortly after gaining freedom is alleged to have attempted assault on two white women, one negro woman and two negro girls, all in the same vicinity. Searching parties were organized and had hunted through a wide section of country when the authorities were notified from Macon yesterday of Gilham's arrest.

October 30, 1919
Macon Telegraph
FOUR CONVICTED OF MURDER.  Brown Druery to Pay Death Penalty in Jones County.
Gray, Oct. 29. Three negroes, Frank Smith, John Henry Manual and Will Norwood have been convicted here this week in Superior Court on charges of murder - a negro at Bradley's Station last June.
Brown Druery, another negro, was convicted of the murder of a negro at Haddock last month. Judge J. R. Park sentenced Druery to he hanged.

February 12, 1920
Macon Telegraph
HUNT FOR MAN WHO SLEW BROTHER ENDS. Negress Trails Him on Street Until She Finds Policeman. SEARCH LAST SEVEN YEARS. Macon Negro Denies He Killed Ellis Brown in Jones County.
    For seven years Eva Green, a Jones county negress, has  been hunting for her brother's slayer. Last night she claims to have found him on Cherry street, this city. She followed a negro for two blocks until she came to Patrolman Henry Knight and then asked the officer to arrest him.
   At police headquarters the negro gave the name of James Clark. He also is known here under another name, but Eva insists that his name is Sam Emery. She says that her brother, Ellis Brown, was shot and killed by Emery at Haddock just seven years ago.
   "We all worked on the same plantation and he used to go with me," she said. "I'se sure he's the ni__." He's got the same color and he's tall and looks just like him, except that he's got a mustache now.
Saw Him Once Before
   "Last Christmas time I saw him on a sandwagon, and I tried to stop him, but when he looked toward me he whipped up his mules and got away. I've been watching sandwagons ever since, trying to find him. I knew that I'd find him some day."
   Clark denied that he knew the negro woman and said that he is employed at the Central of Georgia back-shop.
  Sheriff J. C. Middlebrooks, of Jones county, who came here last night to investigate the case was so well satisfied with the identification that the carried the negro back to Jones county and will seek further identification.
  Eva says that her husband is employed at the Cotton States Seed and Fertilizer Company and that she resides on Virgil's Lane in Vineville. Her sister also identified the negro here last night, the police stated, as their brother's slayer.

October 2, 1920
Macon Telegraph
JAILED HERE ON MURDER CHARGE. Former Inmate of Asylum Is Held As Slayer of Kitchens.
  Watson Parker, white man who is said to have been in the asylum for the insane at Milledgeville on three different occasions, was brought to the Bibb County Jail yesterday by Sheriff J. C. Middlebrooks of Jones county, and is held charged with murder in connection with the killing of L. C. Kitchens, which occurred Thursday afternoon three miles east of Haddock.
  Witnesses to the killing say that Kitchens and Parker had just engaged in a fist difficulty previous to the shooting, Kitchens getting the better of the affair. Carson Parker, brother of the man who did the shooting, is said to have approached and inquired as to the trouble.
  Kitchens replied that he had just whipped one man and would whip another and lifted a heavy rock to strike Carson Walker, when his brother, Watson, is said to have fired a double-barrel shot gun which caused the death of Kitchens. Ill feeling is said to have existed between the two families for some time.
  When seen at the jail by a reported, Parker declined to make a statement about the killing.

October 19, 1920
Macon Telegraph
Will Be Taken Back to Jones County Today and Released.
  The Jones county grand jury, investigating the death of J. C. Kitchens, who was shot last month by T. W. Parker, returned a no-bill against Parker and he will be carried to Jones county this morning  and released. Parker was brought to the Bibb County Jail after the killing and has been confined here since.
  The killing of Kitchens occurred after Kitchens and a brother of Parker's had engaged in a fist difficulty. Parker contended he shot in self-defense, claiming Kitchens was advance on him with  a heavy rock when he fired a shotgun at the advancing man.

October 23, 1920
Macon Telegraph
HUDSON IS GUILTY; RELEASED ON BOND. Jones County Farmer Involuntary Manslaughter Verdict.
FILES MOTION FOR NEW TRial. Jury Recommends Person Term of One Year and One Day.
    Gray, Oct. 22. The trial of Charles N. Hudson, charged with murder, came to an end in the Jones county Superior Court this morning when the jury returned a verdict of guilty of involuntary manslaughter with recommendation. The defendant was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
  Hudson   was charged with slaying Miss Drusilla Devlin on October 3, the indictment alleging that he crushed an automobile, which he was driving, into another machine in the death of Miss Devlin; that he was in an intoxicated condition at the time, and that he wad driving his automobile at a reckless rate of speed.
  The defendant, who is a prosperous Jones county farmer, received hi sentence from Judge J. B. Park without any signs of emotion. His wife and his little daughter broke down while the sentence was being imposed and sobbed for several minutes.
Motion For New Trial.
   His attorneys lost but little time in filing a motion for a new trial and their client was given his freedom on a bond of $2,000. No date for hearing of the motion was set by the court.
  The accident, which result in the conviction of the young farmer, occurred on the Milledgeville road at a point known as the geographical censer of this State. Miss Devlin was a member alongside of an automobile, the property of Louis Long, when the automobile driven by Hudson and traveling at an alleged reckless speed crashed into Long's car. The young woman was caught between the two machines and crushed badly. She died in Macon the following day.
  This affair, spurred on by several fatal accidents in Macon and throughout this section of the State a short time prior to October 3, caused a wave of indignation against excessive automobile speeding in Bibb County.

January 14, 1921
Milledgeville News
SLAYER OF A. S. JONES IS NOW IN JAIL. Password Lets Negroes Into Home of Farmer of Jones County Who Was Brutally Murdered in December.
  The Jones county authorities now have the murderers of A. S. Jones, brutally murdered in his home where he lived alone in December. The confession of the negroes state that Jones handled whiskey and that to gain admittance to his home passwords were used, that Jones might know who wanted him and if they wanted whiskey. It is claimed that Dave Wiggins was the man who used the axe on Jones. Sam Myrick, a negro who says that he is a licensed preacher without a church was arrested. Buster Bonner, one of the five negroes arrested states that he bought from Myrick later was found to have been the property of the dead man.
  Those under arrest now in connection with the killing and who will remain in jail until the action of the next term of the Jones county Superior Court are Jim Sims,
SamMyrick, Buster Bonner, Dave Wiggins and Willie Gray.
  The murder which happened the Thursday night before Christmas was one of the most brutal, Jones, the white man, having been knocked in the head with an axe. His body was not found until Saturday.
(Note: Joe "Buster: Bonner went on trial for murder in 1921. He was sentenced to hang December 30, 1921. A federal judge superseded the hanging and he was sent to the Bibb Co. jail. While being transported he was shot in the foot by Sheriff Middlebrooks. He was hanged in Jones Co. August 3, 1923.)

May 9, 1921
Macon Telegraph
GOSSIP IS FATAL. Leads to Killing of One Negro and Wounding of Another.
   Tom Davis, middle aged negro man, is at the Macon Hospital with a bullet wound through his left thigh, and Chris Morris, negro, is dead with six bullet holes through his body as the result of a pistol battle yesterday afternoon at about 2:30 o'clock between the two on the farm of H. M. McKay, in Jones County.
    According to Davis, the affray resulted from gossip which one negro woman told concerning himself and the wife of the dead negro. He said that he had turned and was going away from Morris when the latter shot him through the thigh. He turned and sent six bullets through Morris then, he declared, in self defense.

October 2, 1921
Macon Telegraph
    Year After Accident Damage Suit Is Set Mrs. Devlin's Civil Action Comes Up in City Court Monday.
  The civil damage suits growing out of the automobile accident on the Clinton road on October 3, 1920, in which Miss Drusilla Devlin was killed, will be tried in City Court on Monday, just one year to a day from the time of the accident.
  Mrs. L. G. Devlin, mother of Miss Drusilla Devlin, through her attorneys, Defore and Estes, sued C. M. Hudson, who is represented by Judge John P. Ross, for $15,000. Louis F. Long, whose car was damaged in the accident, also asks for $559. 35.
   The accident occurred on a Sunday afternoon when Louis F. Long and his wife, Mrs. Devlin, and her daughter were out for an automobile ride. They stopped at a stake on the Clinton road which indicates the geographical center of the State, and Miss Devlin was taking pictures with a kodak, when a car driven by Hudson and said to have been running a high speed, rounded a curve at the top of a hill and crashed into the party. Miss Devlin was crushed between the Hudson and the Long machines, one of her limbs being cut completely off. She died later at a local hospital.
   Hudson was arrested on a charge of manslaughter and was convicted by a jury and given one year. The case was appealed and the conviction was affirmed. Hudson served several months on a chaingang when the Supreme Court held in another case that the "speed law" under which Hudson was convicted was unconstitutional. The Governor then pardoned Hudson.

December 27, 1921
Macon Telegraph
    Gray, Ga., Dec. 26 - Pete Brooks, a negro, lost his life here yesterday afternoon over a 10-cent best. Pulaski Hogan, a negro, is in the Jones county jail here held on the charge of murder. The two men quarreled, it is said, and Brooks shot at Hogan with a pistol, Hogan then wielded his knife. Hogan surrendered at the jail and claimed self-defense.

August 28, 1922
Macon Telegraph
MAN IS SHOT AT GLOVERS. John Westbrook Wounded by Joe Jackson, Reports Say. Meager information was received here last night of a shooting affray that occurred at a little settlement known as Glovers, across the river from Juliette, yesterday afternoon.
    According to the reports received here, John Westbrook was shot in the stomach by Joe Jackson. Jackson then is said to have surrendered to the sheriff of Jones County at Gray.

August 29, 1922
Macon Telegraph
J. W. WESTBOOK SLAIN. Macon Man, Killed at Juliette, is Buried There. Juliette, Ga., Aug. 28. John William Westbrook, of Macon, 28 years of age, died Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock as a result of being shot Sunday morning with a revolver by Joe Jackson, carpenter employed by the Juliette Miller Company. The bullet penetrated the bowels. The shooting occurred in front of the milling company's store at Glover's across the river from here and is said to have resulted from previous bad feeling between the two men, who, it is said, engaged in a fight several weeks ago at Glovers when Westbrook was working at the cotton factory there. Westbrook is the son of the lat John Westbrook who formerly lived here. Immediately after the shooting Jackson went to Gray and surrendered to the Jones County authorites. Westbrook was buried .......day afternoon in the cemetery of the Juliette Methodist Church

October 21, 1922
Macon Telegraph
JOE JACKSON IS GIVEN ACQUITTAL. Found Not Guilty of Murder of J. W. Westbrooks. TRIAL IS HELD A GRAY. Glovers Scene of Killing, Which Took Place August 27.
Gray, Ga. Oct. 20. A verdict of acquittal was returned here this afternoon in the case of the State against Joe Jackson, charged with the murder of J. W. Westbrooks. The case had been on trial for two days, but it took the jury only about a half hour to make up its verdict.
   The killing of Westbrooks took place at Glovers on August 27, 1922, and followed a feud of long standing between the two men. Both were employes of the Juliette Milling Company.
   Jackson's plea at his trial wwas that he shot in self defense, fearing tht Westbrooks was about to attack hime with a knife and alleging numerous threats against him by Westbrooks.
   The two men had a fight some time previous to the killing, in which Westybrooks is alleged to have beaten Jackson up pretty bady. Westbrooks was discharged by the mill management. He is alledged to have returned later and made threats against Jackson. On August 27 Jackson and Westbrooks met in front of the C. A. Lawrence Company's store. Westbrooks is alledged to have had a knife and when Jackson saw the weapon, he said he thought Westbrooks, in view of alledged threats, was going to attack him and he shot him. There were no eye witnesses to the actual killing.
   The taking of testimony was completed Thursday and arguments in this case were made yesterday, the case going to the jury about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. J. N. Birch, of Macon, and official of the mmill where the two men were employed attended the trial and assisted in the defense of Jackson.
  The State was represented by Solicitor Doyle Campbell and Williamgham and Willingham of Forsyth,, while Judge F. Holmes Johnson and Joe Ben Jackson appeared for the defense.

March 13, 1923
Macon Telegraph
  FOUR KILLED IN JONES SHOOTINGS. Tom Jackson, Frank Lester, Ed Young, Ellis Jackson, Dead.
1 WHITE, 3 NEGROES, DIE. Two Men Held in Jones County Jail Charged With Murder
Gray, Ga, March 12. A white man and three negroes are dead as the result of week-end disorders in Jones County. Two men are held in the county jail charged with murder.
Tom Jackson, a Jones County farmer living near Five Points in the western part of the county, was shot and killed by Ferd Gresham, farmer. The killing, officers said, resulted from an old grudge between the families. Gresham is held in the Jones county jail charged with murder.
  Two years ago the men had trouble and Jackson is said to have shot Gresham and his wife. This trouble was finally settled in the courts. Sunday afternoon Gresham was out near his home trying to kill a hawk, according to a statement he made to officers, and Jackson came by. An argument arose, it is stated, and Gresham shot Jackson, he said, in self defense.
    Following an argument over a dice game near Bradley Sunday afternoon Frank Lester and Ed Young, negroes shot one another to death.   Both negroes pulled pistols about the same time, witnesses said, and began shooting. When the smoke cleared away both were mortally wounded.
  Saturday afternoon at Round Oak Dan Waldrop, negro, shot and killed Ellis Jackson, negro. Ellis Jackson and his brother Carlton were riding in a buggy when the killing took place. Waldrop shot to kill Carlton Jackson, the police said, and shot Ellis. Carlton was wounded in the shooting.
  Waldrop is held in the Jones County jail.

May 14, 1923
Macon Telegraph
HELD AS KILLER. Negro Is Charged With Having Slain Wife at Gray, Ga.
Gray, Ga, May 123 - Following the discovery of his wife's body (Leah Hill Miller) , with her head crushed in, Andrew Miller, 30-year-old negro, was taken into custody today by Sheriff Middlebrooks on the charge of murder.
   Miller claimed his wife committed suicide. the sheriff declared that it would be impossible for any person to inflict such injuries upon one's self.
   The body was found in bed Friday morning and the coroner's jury found a verdict of murder.
  Her chin and lower jar were severely bruised and there were finger prints on her shoulder. She had been placed in a partly sitting posture and her hand cupped with a pistol in it but the hammer was not on the empty shell. The pistol was placed in her left hand. Witnesses who were questioned said she was not left handed. When the body was examined, there could not be found a bullet wound.
  One of the children said he heard a shot fired about 2 o'clock Friday morning.

July 9, 1923
Macon Telegraph
 NEGRO PLANTATION HAND SLAIN IN JONES COUNTY. Sam Childs Killed at James Station by Another Black Who Has No Been Caught.
    Gray, Ga., July 8 - Sam Childs, 40, negro farm laborer, was shot and killed this morning about 10 o'clock at James Station, near here, by Willie Gray, another negro about the same age. The negroes are said to have been drinking and gambling. Gray had not been caught early tonight.
   According to witnesses, Childs was also armed, and Gray got the drop on the dead negro, the bullet killing him almost instantly.
   Gray is employed at a sawmill at James Station. He is also accused of having shot another negro shortly after Christmas.

November 20, 1923
Macon Telegraph
ONE MAN KILLED IN KNIFE BATTLE. Another Wounded. Expected to Die, in Jones County. PERRY MOORE IS DEAD. Tom Smallwood Is Held at Gray Accused of Murder.    Gray, Ga., Nov. 19 - Tom Smallwood, white lumberman, is held in the Jones County jail charged with murder following a cutting afray today near Griswoldville, in Jones County, in which one man was fatally injured, and another possibly so. Sheriff Middlebrooks announced tonight.
   Perry Moore, white, is dead of his wounds, the sheriff says he has learn, and Sam Young in seriously injured, and may die before tomorrow morning.
   The three men, who are all lumber men, engaged in an argument over lumber, said Sheriff Middlebrooks, who explained that Moore attacked Young with a kife, wounding him, and that Smallwood then rushed upon Moore, cutting him fatally. The sheriff went to Griswoldville and arrested Smallwood.
(Note: Sam Young, age 67, died Nov. 29, 1923)

October 19, 1924
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~ Gray, Ga., Oct. 18 - ...Alex Williams, negro, who is charged with killing his wife a few weeks ago and burning the house in which the body lay, faces trial....

October 23, 1924
Macon Telegaph
NEGRO IS FOUND GUILTY OF TAKING  WIFE'S LIFE.  No Recommendation in Verdict of Jury in Jones County Against Alex Williams
Gray, Ga, Oct. 22 - Alex Williams, a young negro, was found guilty of murder yesterday by the Jones County Superior Court. The jury returned the verdict without recommendation. Sentence has not yet been passed. Williams was charged with killing his wife, her burned body having been found in the ruins of their cabin home and the two small children of the couple were asleep on their father's overcoat in a nearby crib.
  The negro was arrested in Pittsbugh, Pa., when he stepped off of a train. An officer of Jones County brought him back to Georgia without requisition papers required.

April 29, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
ATLANTA MAN HELD FOR KILLING HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW. John Batchelor, Said to Be Resident of Captial City Held at Gray, Ga., on Murder Charge. WIFE DISARMS MAN DURING STRUGGLE. Prisoner Declares That He Knows Nothing of Tragedy Occurring at Griswoldville  Yesterday.
   Macon, Ga., April 28 - While their three small children looked on, Mrs. John Bachelor waged a desperate battle with her drink-crazed husband today to save the life of her mother, Mrs. Will Anderson, at the latter's home near Griswoldville, but she lost.
   While the hands of both clutched a .38-calibre pistol-the hands of Mrs. Bachelor and her husband - the latter succeeded in pulling the trigger three times. Two shots struck Mrs. Anderson, the first entering her cheek and passed through the brain.
   "Better go to your mother,": Mrs. Bachelor says her husband shouted as she fought desperately. But she clung to the weapon until she had gained its possession.
  Then after going to aid her mother she looked up and found Bachelor standing over her with her father's shotgun, she said. Again the deathly struggle began, but this time she got the weapon with greater ease.
   Bachelor staggered toward a swamp.
   Sheriff J. C. Middlebrooks of Jones County and others of posse in pusuit found Bachelor asleep in a field of weeds and grass at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
   "Wish I had killed Anderson," Sheriff Middlebrooks says the prisoner remarked when he was being placed in jail at Gray, Georgia. The prisoner made no comment on his crime.
    He formerly lived in Atlanta, where he was employed as a section foreman on a railroad. Two months ago he lost his position and his wife and three children, went to Griswoldville to live with her parents until Bachelor got work.
    He spent Monday night in Macon and went to Griswoldville on an early train today. He found his wife on the ground in front of the Anderson home and Mrs. Anderson on the porch several feet higher. He asked his wife to leave, the latter says, and she refused. Then he drew a pistol and tried to shoot his mother-in-law, but Mrs. Bachelor grasped the gun and remained between them. Bachelor shot over her shoulder three times.

April 30, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
MAN TRANSFERRED TO MACON PRISON. John Bachelor, Held For Murder of Mother-in-Law at Griswoldville Removed For Safe Keeping.
  Macon, Ga, April 29 - John Bachelor held for the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Will T. Anderson, in Griswoldville, Ga., yesterday, was brought to Bibb county jail in Macon for safekeeping from Gray at 11 o'clock tonight.
  Sheriff J. C. Middlebrook, of Jones county, who attended the prisoner, said feeling ran so high in and around Griswoldville and Jones county that he thought it advisable to remove Bachelor to Bibb county.
   Funeral of Mrs. Anderson was held at 4 o'clock this afternoon from the Mountain Springs church, near her home, and was largely attended.
    On the road to Macon Bachelor remained silent and did not mention the shooting. He has consistently refused to discuss it with officers.
  Having been separated from his wife seeking employment for some time, Bachelor went to the Anderson home Tuesday morning, where Mrs. Bachelor and their two children were staying, armed with a revolver. He was said to have been intoxicated at the time. An altercation and the shooting followed. Bachelor fired the shots, Mrs. Bachelor stated while she grappled with him with the revolver in his hand.

November 24, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
Georgia Man Denied New Trial by Judge J. B. Parks at Gray.
  Gray, Ga., Nov. 23 - John D. Bachelor, 43, under sentence of death following his conviction on the charge of killing his mother-in-law, was tonight denied a new trial by Judge James B. Parks, after hearing arguments on the appeal.
  Batchelor, a resident of Atlanta, but a native of Haddock, was convicted of the crime last month and sentenced to die in the electric chair on November 27.,
  Attorneys for the defense filed, notice of an appeal to the supreme court, which automatically delays  the execution.
  Mrs. Fannie Anderson, aged mother-in-law of the condemned man, was slain on April 28, last, on the front porch of her farm home at Haddock. The testimony of Batchelor's nine-year-old daughter, never shaken in the slightest detail, was that her father came to the Anderson home in a very angry frame of mind, shot down the aged woman at close range, and then, with his wife struggling to take away the gun, fired another shot into the prostrate body of the aged woman, over the daughter's shoulder.

August 29, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
2 COUNTY OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED NEAR ILLICIT STILL.  Haddock, Ga., Aug. 28. The bodies of Floyd Malone, county policeman, and of Frank Tucker, his deputy, were found near the old Choates mill, five miles from here this afternoon. They had been shot this afternoon supposedly by moonshiners.
  There was nothing at the scene to indicate that there had been a scuffle. On the contrary the evidence uncovered by Sheriff J. Clark Middlebrooks tonight indicates that both men were shot and killed at a distillery site in the lower part of Jones county, both bodies being placed in the county policeman's automobile and carried to the old mill site.
  Malone's body had been carefully laid out on the ground, on top of his Winchester rifle while his pistol laid a few inches ahead of him.
  Tucker's body lay across his pump shotgun, with an automatic pistol also carefully placed a few inches above his head.
  There was not blood on the ground and little blood in Malone's automobile, in which the bodies had been transported to the mill site.
    The officers left here at 4 o'clock this morning on a hunt for moonshiners in the southeastern part of the county. Searching parties went out to try to located them, but a boy who had been fishing in Choate's mill pond observed the abandoned car some distance from the Macon-Garrison road, investigated and came upon the bodies. He immediately gave the alarm and the sheriff and a large posse of men hastened here from Gray, the county seat.
   Malone is married and hails from Jasper county. He had been here in Jones county only two weeks, succeeding Joe S. Grubb, the county policeman who was killed about a month ago and who also came from Monticello, Ga.
  Sheriff Middlebrooks said tonight, after an examination of the bodies that both had been shot at close range by a shotgun in which "rung" or cut shells had been used. One of the cut shells was found at the scene.
  Great holes were torn in the bodies of both men, not only the charge but nearly half of the shell passing into the bodies in each instance, producing almost instant death.
   Malone was shot below the right shoulder, the charged entering his chest and side.
   Tucker was shot in the head.
    Sheriff Middlebrooks expressed the opinion that he found the motive for the killing in the tenneau of the automobile, a distillery cap. He said that the raiding officers undoubtedly had come upon a still in the late afternoon, taken the cap and then returned later to the scene of the distillery in the hope of capturing the operators when they showed up for the night's run.
  Coroner J. R. Bullington is in the Middle Georgia sanitorium in Macon, suffering from illness. However, arrangements are being made to hold an inquest.
   Persons attempted to track the automobile back to the scene of the killing tonight, but because of darkness they had to give up the job until daylight.
  The sheriff stated that Malone's weapon had not been discharged. Two shot had been fired from Tucker's pistol.

Gray, Ga., Aug. 28. E. T. Dumas was sworn in as coroner to investigate the killing of Floyd Malone, county policeman, and his deputy, Frank Tucker, tonight. The jury returned a verdict that the men came to their deaths from unknown parties and that it was murder.
   Feeling is running high here tonight. Citizens are planning a mass meeting for the purpose, it was announced, of running all moonshiners out of the county.
    The governor has been appealed to offer rewards in addition to Jones county rewards, for the capture of the slayers of the two officers.

September 1, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpt~ Those under arrest in the Bibb county jail at Macon are:
R. E. Etheridge, 38, married. Grover Cleveland Etheridge, 48, married. Atkinson Etheridge, 29, married. T. A. Stubbs, 45, married. Otis Stubbs, 16, son of T. A. Stubbs. Mitchell Moore, 31 married. All of these are white men. Two negroes previously arrested are being held as material witnesses. One of the negroes is said to have been employed by Atkinson Etheridge......
  People here in Gray do not like to be linked up with the case at all. They declared today that there was only a little section of the county, more that ten miles away from this city, which could be called "bad lands."
  New information that came to the surface today strengthens the theory of some people that the slain officers were lured into the death trap and that they did not ever reach the still where they were supposed to have been going..
Homer Green, one of the negroes who had been held in the Jones county jail since Sunday in connection with the slaying of two Jones county policemen, was transferred to the Bibb county jail tonight by Sheriff Middlebrooks of Jones, county, and formally charged with murder.

September 5, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
Macon, Ga., Sept. 4. Federal prohibition enforcement officers combing the territory around Commissioner creek, in Jones county, this afternoon, found a still near the rear of the home of R. E. Etheridge, one  of the men under arrest in connection with the killing of Floyd Malone, county policeman and Deputy Frank Tucker.
    The still had not been operated for several days, the officers stated. The water was being supplied from a pool in the creek, below which a dam had been built.
  This is the sixth still destroyed in this neighborhood since the double murder......

September 7, 1925
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpt~ The sheriff's office announced tonight that W. A. (Frog Eye) Johnson, wanted in Jones county on a warrant charging murder in connection with the slaying of County Policeman Floyd Malone and Deputy Frank Tucker, nine days ago, is under arrest in Miami, Fla.

December 30, 1925
Macon Telegraph
FARMER IS FREED IN KILLING CASE.  Murder of J. L. Gordon By C. L. Callahan Held Justifiable. IS RESULT OF AN ARGUMENT
   Gray, Ga., Dec. 29 - Following a coroner's inquest today investigating the shooting last night of J. L. Gordon, 45, sawmill man, living in the western part of Jones County, C. L. Callahan, 34, slayer of Gordon was exonerated of all blame. The jury considered his act justifiable homicide.
  According to evidence brought out at the inquest held at Gray, Gordon and his wife had gone to visit the Callahan home and take supper with them. During the meal Gordon and Callahan engaged in an argument, the result of which was that Gordon tried to strike Callahan with a chair. Callahan struck Gordon knocking him to the floor.
   Gordon and his wife returned to their home and Gordon put on his hunting coat, with a number of gun shells in the pockets, and took his gun to the home of Callahan, which was about a mile distant.
  Mrs. Callahan saw Gordon approaching and before her husband could act, rushed to the back door to prevent his coming into the house.
  Andrew Jackson, a neighbor, visiting with the Callahans, went to the assistance of Mrs. Callahan. She pushed Gordon into the yard and struggle with him for the possession of the shotgun.
  Gordon shoved Mrs. Callahan away from him, eluded Jackson and rushed for the back  door of the Callahan residence. It was then that Callahan fired on him with a shot gun, killing him almost instantly. All this was according to testimony at the inquest.
   Mrs. Gordon testified at the inquest that she tried to keep her husband from going back to the Callahan home, but that he kept repeating that he would tolerate no such treatment as he had received from Callahan.

January 8, 1926
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpt~ Gray, Ga, Jan 7..Grover Cleveland Etheridge..guilty, with recommendations....

May 5, 1926
Augusta Chronicle
~excerpt~The Etheridge brothers are under sentence of life imprisonment for the murder..Atkinson Etheridge having been tried only a few weeks ago.

October 18, 1926
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO KILLED. Will Andrews Dies After Shooting in Jones County. Will Andrews, negro, died at a local hospital yesterday afternoon of bullet wounds suffered in a shooting affray in Jones County early Sunday morning. Authorities are seeking Gilbert Burgess, negro, who is supposed to have fired the fatal shot.

February 25, 1927
Macon Telegraph
CHILDREN PERISH BY MOTHER'S ACT. Negress Burns Self and Three Offspring; Two Escape. WAS SAID TO BE INSANE.
      Gray, Ga., Feb. 24. Rather that leave her five young children alone, when a lunacy warrant was sworn out for her yesterday Leola Coxton negress, burned three of her children to death, and later died herself of burns sustained in the fire that took the live of her three children and the other two children escaped from the mother at the scene of the fire and were found wandering on a road near the scene of the tragedy.
  When the negress learned that a lunacy warrant had been sworn out for her by S. B. Hungerford, she gathered her children together, too all her clothing and tied it to a peach tree, and left her home and walked through the rain to an old hay house on the farm of George Jackson.
    She bundled the hay about herself, the three children, and ignited it. The building was soon a mass of flames and the children were found dead. The woman was rescued from the building, but was so badly burned that she lived only a few hours. The three children burned were seven months, five and seven years respectively.
   The warrant was sworn out for the woman yesterday when it became known that her actions made it dangerous for her to be at large.

October 27, 1929
Macon Telegraph
  Robert Bray, who was tried for the murder of Jake Middlebrooks Oct. 12, was found not guilty.

January 17, 1930
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO HELD FOR SLAYING. Gray, Ga., Jan. 16. Charlie Soloman, Negro, is held in the Jones county jail here charged with murder of his brother, Lewis Soloman. The shooting occurred at the home of the accused Negro early Sunday morning. The wounded Negro was shot just above the knee with a shotgun, and was rushed to a hospital in Macon where his leg was amputated in an effort to save his life. However, blood poison set in Tuesday and he died early Wednesday morning. According to repots Lewis had been drinking and appeared at his brother's house and started to slap his wife. The Negro told officers that he went to the aid of his wife and when his brother made an attempt to strike her with a stick he shot him in the leg.
See September 16, 1930

August 5, 1930
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO IS SLAIN FOR HIS MONEY. Seaborn Robinson Found Beaten to Death; Three Arrests.
  Gray. Ga., Aug. 4. Seaborn Robinson, Negro, 70 years of age was murdered last night at Haddock just below here by being hit in the back of the head with some kind of blunt instrument. He was found early this morning lying near the door steps of the church he attended and was evidently killed between 11 and 12 o'clock last night after church services had been concluded. From the condition of the old Negro's head he had ben clubbed to death. Robbery appeared to be the motive but the robbers failed to get $3.50 concealed on his person.
    At the inquest this morning held by G. W. Bonner, coroner, several witnesses who live near the church were examined and three Negro witnesses were arrested immediately afterward, charged with the crime.
   These Negroes were Booker Griswold, Henry Lester, and Pierce Lester. Two of them have been lodged in the Macon jail while the other was place in jail at Gray. This was done in order to keep them separated. Their case will come up at the October term Jones Superior court.
See October 24, 1930

September 16, 1930
Macon Telegraph
SHERIFF THWARTS ATTEMPTED BREAK. Plan to Escape Jail Is Overheard by Jones Sheriff. Bars Are Sawed in Two.
     Gray, Ga., Sept. 15 - What was to have been an escape from the Jones county jail here tonight was thwarted by Sheriff J. A. Bowen this morning when he discovered a saw blade four inches long which had been used to saw three bars in two. Charlie Solomon, Negro charged with murder of his brother several weeks ago, was named by other prisonrs as leader in the plot.
    Sheriff Bowen stated that he heard the men sawing last night and heard them plan to escape tonight. He made no inspection of their cells until this morning.
   Mattie Mae Solomon, wife of the accused Negro, was arrested and charged with having smuggled the saw blade to her husband in the pocket of an overall jumper.

October 24, 1930
Macon Telegraph
THREE NEGROES GET LIFE TERMS. They Are Convicted of Slaying Seaborn Robinson.
     Gray, Ga., Oct. 23. Three Negroes, Booker T. Griswold and Henry and Pierce Lester were tried and convicted today of the murder of Seaborn Robinson, an old Negro who was slain on the night of Aug. 4. the following morning after the crime had been
committed. He had been struck over the head by some blunt instrument which produced death instantly.
    All three of the Negroes pleaded not guilty, and after all the evidence had been submitted the lawyers on both sides agreed to omit the and let the jury have the case after a charge by Judge Park.
Officers Hide in Cell. Although there was a good deal of circumstantial evidence, ,the most convincing testimony presented by the state was that of County Officer M. E. Malone, who testified that he concealed himself in a padded cell next to these prisoners soon after they were locked up and overheard their conversation, admitting to themselves their guilt and their regret for killing such and old man without any cause. One of them stated at that time that if had that piece of iron, referring to the one used in killing the Negro, that "they would not stay in there long," This was just after a local physician had been in the jail and had left the keys close by. It was interpreted to mean that they could have gotten him out of the way with the iron and then escape.
    All three Negroes were given a life sentence, the jury having recommended them to the mercy of the court.

July 26, 1932
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO SLAIN. Gray, Ga., July 25. Willie Jordan, Negro, was fatally shot here Sunday afternoon allegedly by his wife, Beatrice, who surrendered to officers and was placed in the Jones county jail. The woman said that the man was advancing upon her with a knife. There were eye witnesses to the shooting,

September 16, 1935
Macon Telegraph
Negro Ambushed in Jones County. Gray, Ga., Sept 15. Henry Whidby, Negro, who for the past several weeks had been firing the boiler at the Georgia Canning Company at Wayside, was shot with buckshot from ambush las night while on duty.
   He was found dead about 10:30 last night by two Negroes, who at first thought he was asleep.
   Sheriff J. P. Hawkins of Jones county made an investigation immediately. No clues were found to the assailant.
   An inquest was held by W. H. Etheridge, coroner, and the conclusion was that he came to his death at the hands of an unknown party or parties.

May 12, 1939
Macon Telegraph
BONES OF WOMAN FOUND NEAR HERE. Jones Officers Search for Clue Which Will Lead to Identifying Skeleton.
    Jones county officers searched yesterday for a clue that would identify the skeleton of a middle-aged woman found on the banks of Big Sandy creek about two miles north of Griswoldville late Wednesday.
   Two Jones county farmers, R. C. Stripling and Joe Ethridge, made the grim discovery as they crossed the swamp through which Big Sandy creek flows.
    The skeleton lay across a dim path that wound about in dense undergrowth beneath great swamp oaks and cypress trees. Most of the bones had been disconnected but still lay approximately in their proper positions.
   A coroner's jury empaneled by Coroner W. H. Ethridge of Jones county Wednesday returned a verdict that the woman had died from a fracture of the skull but later altered the decision when Dr. J. D. Zachary of Gray said markings in the skull believed by the jurymen to be fractures were normal seams.
May Have Been Negro. Dr. Zachary said the skeleton was that of a woman about five feet two inches tall. He said he was inclined to believe she might have been a Negro because of the conformation of the skull.
   The bleached bones were gathered together and carried to Dr. Zachary's office in Gray to await final action by the coroner.
  Meanwhile, the coroner continued a search of the woods near the spot where the skeleton was found in an effort to uncover soma clue that might lead to the identity of the dead woman. Investigators were inclined to the theory that the woman was killed at some other spot and the body brought to swamp for concealment. It was found about 200 yards from the end of an abandoned sawmill road in a small cleared space surrounded by matted undergrowth.
    Residents of the vicinity said they knew of no persons missing from their homes and Macon police said that had no record of a missing woman who might tally with the description.
   Dr. Zachary said the body apparently had been on the spot more than a year. Remnants of a blue, green and yellow plaid wool dress covered the lower part of the body bones. The doctor said discovery of the lower jaw, which had not been found yesterday, probably would facilitate identification.

May 17, 1939
Macon Telegraph
Jones Coroner Believes Woman Lived in Macon. Body Is That of White Person About 30 Years Old, Etheridge Says.
   New clues uncovered yesterday in the Jones county lovers-lane skeleton murder mystery have convinced Coroner W. H. Etheridge that the victim was a blonde white woman in her early thirties, the coroner reported to The Telegraph last night.
   Mr. Etheridge reported his further belief that the dead woman was a resident of Macon.
    The new evidence consisted of a few wisps of blonde hair, discovered in the much of the Griswoldville swamp near where the skull of the lay, the bones of a left hand; hitherto missing, and a scrap of human flesh, decomposing in the mud where the gruesome discovery was made.
   Coroner Etheridge turned up the new evidence yesterday afternoon, ash he combed the area in the company of Joel Etheridge and Bob Stripling, Jones county farmers who first discovered the skeleton last Wednesday afternoon. He reported that the jaw and both feet are still missing.
To Continue Search. The unreported members were either washed away by spring freshets or carried away by animals, the coroner believes, but the intends to continue his search until all possibility of further disclosures is exhausted.
   "I have checked every missing person in Jones county," Mr. Etheridge report last nighr, "and I have come to the conclusion that the victim was a resident of Macon."
   He and Mrs. W. E. McCord, woman criminal investigator of the Macon police department, previously had agreed that the slayer, if one is involved, was a native of the region in which the body was found. They based that conclusion on the difficulty of reaching the hidden spot where the body lay.
   Mrs. McCord, who had planned to return to the area yesterday, was not able to make the trip, she said last night. She plans, however, to continue the investigation today.
   Mrs. McCord became interested in the case when reports were circulated that the victim was Mrs. Pauline Morgan Bullington, former Macon woman. This rumor was exploded when Mrs. Bullington was found to be alive and working in Atlanta.
   The coroner last night described the secluded territory where the body was found as a rendezvous for lovers. A little-used road leads to an abandoned sawmill about 100 yards from the body's location, and Mr. Etheridge reported that the road is well-known as a place to park.

August 19, 1941
Macon Telegraph
Sheriff Probes Jones Slaying. Gray, Aug 18. Sheriff J. P. Hawkins of Jones county continued a search today for the slayer of Charlie Dover, 33-year-old Jones county Negro, killed by a shotgun blast at a tourist camp near here on the Macon highway Saturday night.
  Sheriff Hawkins said he was holding as a material witness a Negro listed as Sammy Ford, 21, who lives near Gray.
   The officer said the Negro prisoner was reluctant to talk but that information he had obtained indiciated a a group of white men were involved in the slaying.
   Sheriff Hawkins said Dover's face was blown away by a blast fired at close range. The incident occurred about 11 o'clock at Dixie Cabins, where the Negro was employed, he related.
   " I have been working on the case since Saturday night and believe I will be able to make an arrest Tuesday." the officer said tonight.

August 22, 1941
Macon Telegraph
Gray, Aug 21. Sheriff J. P. Hawkins said Thursday night a man docketed as Tom Gip Alexander, 35, of Jasper county, was being held in Jones county jail here on a warrant charging murder in the shotgun, tourist camp slaying of Charlie Dover, 33-year old Negro last Saturday night.
  The officer said that he and Sheriff Frank Ezell of Jasper county, arrested Alexander while the latter was operating a tractor on a post road project, about 10 miles north of Monticello Thursday.
  Sheriff Hawkins said he could not discuss the naure of the evidence upon which the warrant, signed by a deputy, had been issued, but commented:
"We've got a good case."
  Dover was slain with a shotgun blast in the face at Dixie Cabins, where he worked, on the Macon highway near here. Statements gained from Sammy Ford, 21-year-old Negro who had been held as a material witness, had indicated a white man was involved, Sheriff Hawkins said.


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