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Re: Overton, William J.
In Response To: Overton, William J. ()

I have been trying to work the census...but again, so far, brick walls. I do find a R. Green Harris (perhaps the sheriff) living there in the 1880. I haven't found W. A. Tucker (deputy sheriff) and I don't know if he was killed or moved by 1880. I imagine if one man stood up against this mob, he either died or moved because his life wouldn't be worth much. The cemetery record shows 3 young children who had died prior to this event whose father was a W.A. Tucker.

Because I do not have the lower court testimonial record, I do not even know if Wells, Wells, Overton and Smith were local. It could be they were people travelling trying to enroll the vote. After the severe beating and death of at least one of them, P.M. Wells, they may not have stayed there. I have checked the cemeteries, on-line, and have not found a listing, for any of the above. I have ordered a micro-film from the LDS which is supposed to document all the Afro-American cemeteries, with listings. I have checked a "brief" NY Times index which is a "name only" index, with no result. I do know from reading a full NY index at another library when I was in my general phase of searching...I hadn't focused on US v. Harris yet, that some similar events called "outrages" didn't list names. So next week I am headed back to our state library to search the full NY index around the date of this event. Thank you both for your input, any further suggestions are welcomed. My gut feeling is that there is quite a story here, if I can find it. Laura

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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