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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about a Civil War hanging in present-day Logan County, West Virginia.
Squire Sentenced Man To Be Hanged In This County
Constable George Scaggs Carried Out Edict Of Justice Of Peace John Perry Near Taplin In Logan County’s Only Legal Hanging
Nothing but the gnarled weather beaten stump of an old locust tree remains today to mark the scene of Logan county’s only legal hanging.
The stump is standing just below the highway at the mouth of Taplin hollow and is the only landmark which calls to mind the hanging of Henry S. Walker, convicted of murder by Squire John Perry of Man in the spring of 1862 and hanged the same day by Constable George Scaggs, uncle of Emmett Scaggs, prominent lawyer, and brother-in-law of Eli Gore, old resident of Stollings.
A story is told that Henry Walker came down Taplin Hollow late one night in the closing months of the civil war on a “scouting” tour. He entered the home of Uncle Frank McKesson and for no apparent reason seized a double bitted axe and chopped to lifeless, bleeding masses the bodies of Uncle Frank and his wife and then fled to Raleigh county.
One week later Constable George Scaggs arrested the man in the county where he was hiding and brought him before Justice of the Peace John Perry.
Squire John Perry had a fine eye for justice and he was meting it out under the Virginia law which allowed a justice of the peace to pass the death sentence.
George Scaggs was delegated as executioner and Walker was put on a wagon and brought to Taplin down the river road to the spot where he committed the crime.
Old-timers say that a crowd of men, women and children laughing and passing jokes on the show they were to see followed the wagon to the scene of the proposed hanging and watched tensely as a rope was thrown over the limb of the locust tree and the noose was placed snuggly around the neck of the murderer.
He was placed on the flour barrel, a couple of feet of the slack in the rope was taken up and tied securely to the trunk of the tree, and George Scaggs, without any preliminaries, kicked the flour barrel from under the man.
The man fell to within six inches of the ground and the awed onlookers gasped as they heard an audible crack which told them the murderer’s neck had snapped. He hung quivering at the end of the rope several minutes before the peace officer cut him down and placed him in the wagon to be taken to Man for burial.
The same crowd followed the wagon back to Man, but it was a crowd of sober individuals who had seen a human life pass into oblivion. There was no joking and even the children talked in muted undertones.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 01 June 1937.
Appalachia, Charles M. Turley, Charleston, Cincinnati, circuit clerk, deputy sheriff, Devil Anse Hatfield, Guyandotte, Guyandotte River, Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Henry W. Sentz, history, J.B. Buskirk, John R. Browning, Kanawha County, lawyer, Logan County, Logan Court House, M.B. Mullins, Marion Chafin, P.H. Noyes & Company, pushboats, sheriff, steamboats, traveling salesman, W.W. Adams, West Virginia
On October 27, 1891, P.H. Noyes and Company sued Anderson Hatfield and John R. Browning relating to an 1890 debt. The following depositions provide some details about the case:
NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITIONS.
To Anderson Hatfield Sr. and John R. Browning. You will take notice that on the 28th day of March 1892, between the hours of 8 o’clock A.M., and 6 o’clock P.M., at the Law office of Adams and Smith’s at the City of Charleston in Kanawha County, we will proceed to take the deposition of P.H. Noyes and others to be read as evidence in behalf of ourselves in a certain suit at Law pending in the Circuit Court of Logan County, West Virginia wherein you are defendant and we are plaintiffs and if from any cause the taking of the said deposition be not commenced on that day, or if commenced and not completed on that day, the taking of the same will be adjourned and continued from day to day or from time to time, at the same place, and between the same hours, until completed.
Respectfully, P.H. Noyes & Co., By Counsel
Executed the within notice on the within named John R. Browning and Anderson Hatfield Sr. on the 2nd day of March 1892 by giving to each of them a true office copy of the same.
J.B. Buskirk, Dept. for F.M. Chafin, S.L.C.
DEPOSITIONS of Witnesses, taken before the undersigned authority, in and for the County of Kanawha, in the State of West Virginia pursuant to the annexed notice, at the law office of Adams & Smith at the City of Charleston W.Va on the 28 day of March 1892 between the hours of 8 o’clock A.M., and 6 o’clock P.M., of that day, to be read in evidence on behalf of the plaintiff, in a certain suit pending in the Circuit Court of Logan County West Virginia, in which suit P.H. Noyes & Company are Plaintiff and Anderson Hatfield Sr. and John R. Browning are Defendants.
Present: W.W. Adams for Plaintiff and no appearance for Defendant.
Deposition 1: Henry W. Sentz
Q: State your name, age, residence and occupation.
A: My name is Henry W. Sentz. I am 25 years old. I reside in Charleston, W.Va. and am a traveling salesman.
Q: What connection if any have you with the plaintiffs P.H. Noyes & Co.?
A: I am employed by them as a traveling salesman.
Q: Do you know anything about the matter in controversy in this suit between plaintiffs and defendants?
A: I sold him the bill of goods and he paid me in cash the sum of $400 for the residue. He executed the note upon which this suit is based. Since that time he has paid $100 on this note.
Q: Did you ever have any conversation with the defendant Anderson Hatfield in regard to the claim for which this suit is brought? If so, when and where?
A: I am not positive as to the time, but we had conversations in regard to the claim on two or three different occasions before the institution of this suit. These conversations were had at Logan Court House.
Q: State what was said by you and by him in said conversations.
A: He spoke of the debt, and when the note became due he asked for more time on it. He said if we would give him a little more time he would pay it, and I agreed to it as far as I could and explained the matter to the house. This was before the note was sent to Mr. Turley for collection. At the expiration of the time Mr. Hatfield asked should be given him on the note, I had another conversation with him. He still wanted more time, stating that he had a land deal on foot with M.B. Mullins, and said he thought it would only be a short time until the note was paid.
Q: What if anything did he say in these conversations, about the acts on which this suit was afterwards brought?
A: He said the debt was just and he wanted to pay it.
Q: When did these conversations occur?
A: The first conversation occurred about the time the note was due. The note was for three months, I think. The second conversation occurred about two months after the first. Both of these conversations occurred before the note was placed with Turley for collection.
Q: Has the house ever given Hatfield any other credit than the $100 credit above mentioned on the note?
A: Yes. At the time the goods were sold I figured up the amount of the bill. He paid at that time $400 and then sent in the note in controversy for the residue before the goods were shipped. When the goods were shipped, it was found that the amount of the note and the $400 was in excess of the amount of the bill for the goods, and credit was given on the note for this excess.
Q: What if anything did said defendant say in said conversations with reference to the condition of the goods for which this note was given? I mean their condition when he received them?
A: He said nothing.
Q: When did he first claim that the goods were damaged for which the note was given?
A: I can’t give the exact time but it was after the two conversations above mentioned, and before I had put the note for collection in C.M. Turley’s hands, that the defendant stated to me that some of the flour had been damaged, but that he did not blame P.H. Noyes & Co. for it as the goods had been a long time in transit and he did not get them home as early as he had expected to. Part of the flour had lain at Logan Court House for some time, I think in J.B. Buskirk’s stable.
Q: By what route and conveyance were these goods carried in Logan Court House?
A: They were shipped from Charleston to Guyandotte by steamboat, and from there to Logan Court House by push-boat, which is about 80 miles up Guyandotte River. The flour was shipped from Cincinnati to Guyandotte.
Q: When did you first hear of any claim on the defendant’s part and that he was entitled to an offset because said goods were damaged?
A: It was after the institution of the suit I saw the offset filed with the papers.
Q: Has the defendant made any payments on said note except the one of which you have spoken?
A: None that I know of.
Deposition 2: M.B. Mullins
Q: State your name, residence and occupation.
A: My name is M.B. Mullins, Logan County, West Virginia, Real estate dealer.
Q: Did you ever have any conversation with the defendant Anderson Hatfield in regard to the claim of P.H. Noyes & Co. v. him which is in controversy in this suit?
Q: When and where?
A: I think it has been some nine months ago at Logan C.H. We first had the conversation in Buskirk’s store and then in Turley’s office.
Q: What did he say about said debt in that conversation?
A: He and I were on a trade for some land. He said he owed this debt and asked me in connection with the trade to pay it. This I agreed to do provided he could make good title to his land.
Q: At that time, who held this note for collection?
A: C.M. Turley said he had the note for collection. He is an attorney at Logan Court House. And part of the above conversation with Mr. Hatfield was had in the presence of Mr. Turley.
Q: Do you remember anything else Mr. Hatfield said to you about this debt on that occasion?
A: He asked me to write P.H. Noyes & Co. and ask them to give him a little time on this debt until this trade went through and he would pay it, and not to sue him. I did this.
Q: How long ago do you say this conversation occurred?
A: Nine months or more and I think I wrote the letter before I left Turley’s office. The date of the letter will show the date of the conversation.
Q: Did C.M. Turley take part in said conversation between you and Hatfield?
A: Yes, sir. My recollection is that Mr. Turley said he would give us time and hold up on the suit until the title to the land for which we were dealing was examined. Turley also wanted me to write P.H. Noyes & Co. so that they would understand why he had not brought suit v. Hatfield.
Q: Did Mr. Hatfield say anything about the goods Noyes & Co. had sent him being damaged or having any offset against said claim?
A: He did not at that time and I don’t remember of his having ever told me so. My recollection of his language is that he said “it is a just debt and I want to pay it.”
Additional notations derived from the Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV:
Law Orders Book G, p. 277 (27 October 1891): initial entry
Law Orders Book H, p. 112-113 (24 November 1892): case continued
Law Orders Book H, p. 113 (25 November 1892): jury could not decide, jury discharged
Law Orders Book H, p. 254 (28 April 1893): no notation
Law Orders Book H, p. 254 (28 April 1893): plaintiff wins $321.95 with interest
NOTE: This case does not appear to have any connection to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.
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Martin County Courthouse in Inez, KY. 3 March 2018. Photo by Mom.
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From various regional newspapers come these stories about the Republican Party in Logan County, West Virginia:
Republicans of Logan
Endorses the Candidacy of Judge Doolittle for Supreme Judge
The Logan county republican convention was held last week. Instructions were given for Gaines for Congress, and the candidacy of Judge Doolittle, of this city was endorsed for Supreme court judge.
Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 30 April 1900.
The Republican Ticket
The Republicans, at their convention on Saturday, nominated a full county ticket.
The nominee for House of Delegates, Pat Riffe, is a native of the county and an old Union soldier.
W.A. Brazie, the nominee for County Clerk, is a native of Fayette and came here about twelve years ago, and worked in this office about ten years. He is well known in the county, and is well fitted for the position for which he is named.
J.D. Copley, the nominee for Circuit Clerk, is a native of Wayne, …
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 2 October 1902.
Republican County Ticket.
Member of the Legislature–Naaman Jackson, of Logan.
County Clerk–John Perry, of Logan.
Circuit Clerk–J.M. Mitchell, Jr., of Curry.
County Superintendent of Schools–R.F. Mitchell, of Christian.
Member of the County Court–A.D. Cook, of Triadelphia District.
W.C. Lawrence, for the Committee on Nominations, reported the following selection for members of the County Central Committee of the Republican Committee of Logan County.
For Logan District, Bruce White, I.M. Conley, James Jeffrey, T.C. Whited and W.C. Lawrence.
For Triadelphia District, H.C. Burgess and Lon Walls.
For Chapmanville District, A.J. Fowler and T.B. Hensley.
Hon. O.J. Deegan was selected County Chairman and Hon. Ira P. Hager as County Secretary and Treasurer, both promising young attorneys of Logan.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 17 July 1914.
Republicans Organize Club At Chapmanville
Republicans met at Chapmanville Friday night and organized a campaign club and named it the Ferrell-Cook Republican club. Praise was sounded for local and national Republican administrations for the tax reductions that have been made. The following officers were elected: S.A. Ferrell, chairman; Evart Campbell, secretary; A.L. Sansom, treasurer. Another meeting of the club was called for 7 o’clock tonight.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 19 October 1926.
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On October 7, 1890, William Straton, former clerk of Logan County, (West) Virginia, provided a deposition in a timber lawsuit. His deposition includes valuable recollections of his life during the Civil War and of the destruction of Logan County’s courthouse and records. So here it is:
Then came William Straton, another witness introduced by the plaintiff, being of lawful age and being by me first duly sworn deposes and says in answer to the following questions:
State your age, residence, and occupation?
I am 69 years old, and live at Logan Court House, W.Va., and am a lawyer.
State if you know who was clerk of the County Court of this County from 1861 to 1865?
I was the clerk during that time.
Did you have any deputy in said office during that time? If so, who?
I had a deputy, George E. Bryan. I might have some other deputy but if I did I have forgot all about it.
Which stayed in the office and attended to the business during that time, and especially in 1862, you or your said deputy George E. Bryan?
I was about the office myself very little during the year 1862, or any other time during the war. My deputy George E. Bryan stayed about here and about home more than I did, and during all of that time there was but little business done in the office anyway. It appears to me that it was in the winter 1862 and 1863 that they burned the Court House and clerk’s office.
What become of the records of marriages kept in said office in 1862?
There were some books such as deed books and order books carried to Ralph Steel’s on Island creek in the summer of 1861 and put there for safe keeping. But I don’t think the record of marriages was taken there but was left in the clerk’s office with most of the books and papers belonging to said office. I was not here at the time but the common understanding afterwards was that all the books and papers were burned.
State if you know whether the said George E. Bryan is dead or living and if living where is he at this time?
The last I knew of him he was living at Ashland, Ky. I have never heard of his death.
Where did you live during the latter part of 1862 and the year 1863?
I lived at Logan Court House.
Where did your family live during that time?
When was it you speak of taking your family from here to Tazewell Co., Virginia?
I took my family, I think it was, in November 1862 as refugees to the County of Tazewell.
How long did your family remain there?
Until the fall of 1865.
And further this deponent saith not.
Source: Stuart Wood v. Joseph A. Dempsey (1889), Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV.