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Re: 1869 death of County Clerk J. Finlayson/afterm

Note:TRanscription from email sent by Dan Weinfield {REFERNCE ONLY}{can be reached at email at previous message}
"According to Malachi Martin letter to John Q. Dickinson, dated Aug 10,1869:
A Marianna Freedman named Green White told some guards at the Chattahoochee State Penitentiary that Serg. Bond could be found at the home of a woman named Mary Butt(?) on the jackson COunty side of the river. Martin, the warden, was absent in Tallahassee. Two guards, Serg. Sancho Turner and Priv. Sylvester Morris went with White to arrest Bond without leave of the officer in command on the night of Aug. 3rd without finding Bond. They leftr again the next night. They remained around Mary Butts' house that night and hid in a corn crib the next day. Around sunset they heard a man crying out for assistance and saw a white man beating a black man. Turner jumped over a fence,calling to the white man to stop, ran toward them and fired a pistol in the air. The white man turned, walked a few steps and shot Turner dead. Morris ran away, hearing 12 or 13 shots being fired.
The man being beaten, Cuffy, told Martin he had been bringing a letter to Mary Butts when he was confronted by a white man who demanded the letter and Cuffy refused. The white man opened the letter, read it and started beating Cuffy over the head with a pistol. Cutty cried out and saw Turner coming to his assistance. As the white man turned and shot Turner dead, Cuffy fled over a fence when the white man started firing at him. wounding him in the arm and back
Martin heard on Friday that both Turner and White were dead. Martin could not convince his captain and guards to go unarmed {For fear of provoking a fight} to investigate and recover the bodies. Martin went on Sunday with a Mr. Sims and hired a ferry man to bring over two coffins. He found the bodies in a decomposed state and buried them close to where they lay. The Bodies were 20 paces apart with their loaded guns at their feet. Turner was shot in the neck,under the right side of the chin and left corner of the mouth. White was shot in three placesin the {Illegible} three inches apart. Butts said she saw nothing, only heard shots. Cuffy said he did ot know the white man.
In his testimony before the Congressional Committee during the "Klu Klux Klan" hearings, at Jacksonville in Nov,1871, Martin identified "Bond" as "Thomas Barnes, a notorious character, who is represented to be the hired assassin of the Ku_Klux, or this secret organization in Jackson county." Martin surmised that the killer of the two men was not Barnes, but a "Newton Williams." Martin beleived that Barnes was the intended target, and that the woman, Butts, was cooperating with White. Martin stated that Barnes was later shot above the knee by Newton Willaims in a drunken row while card-playing and was brought over to Marianna and "taken the kindest care by the best citizens there." {Joint Select Committee on the Conditions of Affairs int the LAte Insurrectionary States,U.S. House Report No.22,pp.186-193}

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