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Re: [GA] Ellaville-triple lynching (1911)

The Atlanta Constitution December 10, 1910


Ellaville, Ga., December 9.--(Special.)--In a fight in Negrotown yesterday
evening, Jerry Jordan, Jr., hit another negro, Homer Frazier, on the top of
the head with a hammer, crushing his skull, from which he died in thirty

Jordan left immediately after hitting Frazier. Sheriff Lumpkin had the dogs
on his trail in about two hours, and after running him until late last night,
suddenly lost the trail, and after several attempts to catch it again gave up
and came home.

The Atlanta Constitution January 5, 1911

C. Eason Shot Down in the Store of Dawson Jordan.

Ellaville, Ga., January 4.--(Special.)--C. Eason, a white man of this place,
was shot Monday night by a negro, the wound resulting fatally tonight.

Dawson Jordan, the negro suspected of the shooting was taken to Columbus
yesterday afternoon for safe-keeping.

This is the second killing at the store of Jordan in the last month.

The Atlanta Constitution April 9, 1911

Masked Men Overpower Schley County Jailer

Victims Of Mob Were Charged With Murder Of S.C. Eason Which Ocurred In
Ellaville January 2--Trial Set For Next Week.

Ellaville, Ga., April 8.--(Special.)--Three negroes, charged with the murder
of S.C. Eason in a negro store in Ellaville, January 2, were last midnight
removed from the Schley County jail by 200 masked men and lynched in a pine
thicket a quarter of a mile from town.

About 12 o'clock the mob came to the jail and awoke the jailer, A.C. Baugh,
telling him they had a prisoner. When he opened the door half a dozen guns
were thrown in his face with the request to unlock the cells in which the
three negroes were confined.

Blacks Rushed to Thicket.
With guns held on him, the jailer unlocked the cells and the mob tied the
prisoners with ropes around their necks and led them to a pine orchard about a
quarter of a mile from the jail, where they were hung to a tree and their
bodies were riddled with bullets.

At the inquest over Eason, the evidence placed the murder of Eason on three
negroes, Murray Burton, Charlie Pickett and Dawson Jordan. All were placed in
jail, the former two in Ellaville. Dawson Jordan was sent to Columbus for
fear of violence. Last Sunday night Jordan's attorney had him brought back
for the purpose of working up the evidence in the trial, which was to come up
next week at the April term of the superior court.

Schley Deplores Lynching.
Citizens of the town were aroused from sleep by the firing of about a hundred
shots from pistols and shooting in separate volleys.

Judging from the tracks the mob consisted of 200 men. The people of Ellaville
and Schley county generally greatly deplore the lynching.

Everything is quiet today.

An inquest was held this morning by the coroner, and the bodies were turned
over to their relatives.

Additional Comments:
Notes: Cemetery records would indicate that S.C. Eason was probably Spencer
Eason who is buried in Ellaville City Cemetery.
Eason, Spencer 1880 1911. Dawson Jordan is buried at UNION HILL A.M.E.
CHURCH. I was unable to locate the burial for the other two black men or
Homer Frazier. The other "killing" mentioned in the Jan. 5, 1911 article is
detailed in a December 1910 article.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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