Grant County Newspaper Articles
Williamstown, Kentucky, Thursday, September 15, 1892
Last will and testament of Thomas Ross Kendall was probated and names the following: entire estate ($30,000) to his only child and minor heir, John Newton Kendall, except $1,000 to his step mother, Mrs. Catherine Chinn, and a house and lot to Eliza Cook, an old colored servant of the family. Others mentioned.
Williamstown, Kentucky, Thursday, October 13, 1892
Arrest: Anthony Fields, a colored man, caught setting a fire in Williamstown and suspected in 6 other counts.
Williamstown, Kentucky, Thursday, December 1, 1892
"Judge C. C. Cram directed and authorized the Elder of the colored church at this place [Williamstown] to perform marriage ceremonies and to compel all the members who are living together as man and wife without authority of law to present themselves at the altar of his church for marriage. Dan Brown and Miss Hume were married last Tuesday night, being the first couple to present themselves to receive this solemn right."
Williamstown, Kentucky, Thursday, December 22, 1892
"Jas. Bond, a colored brute was hanged by a mob at Gutherie last Monday night of an attempted outrage on Mrs. Clarence Covington."
WILLIAMSTOWN COURIER, Thursday, APRIL 27, 1893
Death of Robert [Bob] Garrett (colored), 21, at the home of his brother, Park Garrett, Williamstown, last Thursday of consumption; buried in the Williamstown Cemetery.
WILLIAMSTOWN COURIER, Thursday, MAY 4, 1893
A white baby is left at a Colored man's [Dan Brown] door. The infant was evidently brought to Williamstown from a distance; is red-headed and about 3 to 4 weeks old; later adopted out by Sheriff J. R. Lemon and wife who have no children.
WILLIAMSTOWN COURIER, Thursday, June 1, 1893
For the year ending June 30, 1894 [?], cites 57 numbered and named districts with the number of children therein; total 4377 whites and 197 colored.
WILLIAMSTOWN COURIER, Thursday, July 20, 1893
Baby [Anna C. Lemon] left at the doorstep of colored man [Dan Brown] in Williamstown the first of May, who was adopted by J. R. Lemon and wife, died last week of cholera infantum; was buried in Williamstown Cemetery.
WILLIAMSTOWN COURIER, Thursday, September 7, 1893
Minnie Moore, colored, died of consumption last Friday and was buried in the Williamstown Cemetery Saturday.
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B. WARNER - KILLED BY BROTHER-IN-LAW
Front Page Grant County News, Friday, December 23, 1932
"Negro killed in gun battle by brother-in-law."
In a gun battle between Negroes in the colored section of town, at the home of B. Warner. The home was located on a street paralleling the railroad, in the rear of the Hotel Donald.
Warner met instant death about 10 o'clock Saturday night. His slayer was Eugene Brown, his brother-in-law.
Brown went to the town Marshall Harold Filson, and gave himself up, and was placed in jail. He alleged that Warner was carrying a revolver with which he was attempting to shoot his wife Virgie. Warner had been at the home of a friend and came home to get his revolver, with which he said he intended to kill his wife. She seized him and tried to hold him. He bit her viciously on the arm and struck her on the neck with a glass, severing an artery. It was then that Brown drew his revolver and shot him. Five shots went into Warner's back and he fell dead.
It was said that the injuries received by Warner's wife would have been fatal if she had not received medical help at the time she did. Warner was indicted for manslaughter and was sent to prison for two years.
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