Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Re: Overton, William J.
In Response To: Overton, William J. ()
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