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Friday 29 September 1876
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MURDER ON DOBOY—Ellis Robinson, colored, Stabs Henry Williams alias Pritchard, colored.
On Friday night last Capt. James Abeal, the officer in charge at Doboy, brought to the city the body of Henry Williams, a colored man, who had been murdered on Doboy, and Ellis Robinson, the man who did the killing. The murderer was securely hand-cuffed, and was turned over to the jailer.
THE INQUEST— Coroner Burrell on Saturday morning empanelled the following jury of inquest: W.W. Churchill, foreman; M.C. Tyler, S.P. Norris, H. Lawrence, L. Collat, Wm. Conway, Wm. Parry, Robt. Mitchell, B. Pfeiffer, D.B. Wing and R.W. Grubb. After examining all the witnesses the jury returned a verdict “that the deceased, Henry Williams alias Pritchard, came to his death on Doboy Island, McIntosh county, Friday, September 22d, from a stab inflicted by one Ellis Robinson.”
THE MURDERER COMMITTED—At the instance of Thomas Grant, colored, a warrant, charging Ellis Robinson with murder, was issued by Justice Isaac M. Aiken on Saturday evening, and at half-past three the prisoner was arraigned for examination before Justice Aiken. After the court was regularly opened the prisoner was asked, “Are you guilty or not guilty?” and his response was, “I stabbed deceased, but not with the intention of killing him.” No attorneys on either side were employed in this case. Our young friend H.A. Dunwoody, Esq., took down the evidence and saved much time. The following witnesses were examined: Thomas Grant, T.C. Aiken, Amos Brown and Isaac Simons all colored, who testified against the prisoner. Justice Aiken was not long in rendering his decision, which was that the prisoner be committed to jail there to await a hearing for deliberate murder before the next Superior Court
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FROM BRUNSWICK—A Terribly Stricken City—Over Six Hundred Cases Down.
Since our last issue the most distressing news reaches us from our sister city of Brunswick of the great spread of the yellow fever. There is now over six hundred cases, and the greatest destitution prevails. The Mayor and Chairman of the Board of Health are calling for help from all sections:
BRUNSWICK, GA., SEPTEMBER 22.
T.E. Davenport, Mayor
Capt. Sharp telegraphed Superintendent Grant on Friday last as follows:
BRUNSWICK, GA., SEPTEMBER 22.
Friday 6 October 1876
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BRUNSWICK’S DISTRESS—Ravages of the Yellow Fever—A Letter From a Physician—An Appalling Picture
The Griffin News publishes the following letter, written by Dr. James S. Blain, an eminent physician of Brunswick, to his aunt in Griffin. We know the doctor well and can vouch for every word being true:
BRUNSWICK, GA., September 22, 1876.
THE TREATMENT OF THE YELLOW FEVER
Editor Darien Gazette:
The following have died in Brunswick from yellow fever since our last report: Tim Myers, Dr. Romulus Noble, William Noble, Mr. Cohen, Miss Mason, Miss Mary Bean, Mrs. Dr. Faber, Pat Hawkins, H.F. Beach, Dr. Hampton, Isaac W. Christian, Joseph H. Goodbread, Infant Cox, two sailors, Mr. Stringfellow, Miss Lizzie Smith, Miss Waters.
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A CORRECTION—BRUNSWICK, GA., October 4, 1876.
Yours truly, H.C. Day
Friday 27 July 1877
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HENRY CAPERS, Charles Gary, Charles Thorpe, and Richard Drayton, all colored, were arrested on Friday last, at the instance of Joe Mansfield, who charged them with breaking into his store on the night of the 18th inst. On Saturday they were arraigned before Justice Corker, under the charge of burglary in the night time. Henry Capers acknowledged that he entered the store, but said that the other men, Drayton, Thorpe, and Gary, had nothing to do with the robbery. They were discharged, and Henry Capers was committed to jail to await a hearing at the next term of the Superior Court, for burglary in the night time. Henry was to have been married on Saturday night, but we learn that he has indefinitely postponed the celebration of this happy event.
Friday 9 November 1877
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HENRY CAPERS, the colored man who broke into Mr. Mansfield’s store several months since, was sentenced to a term of ten years in the Penitentiary, by Judge Tompkins, on Thursday.
Friday 26 September 1885
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William Strickland, who some time ago shot and killed B.F. Cox in the upper end of Glynn county, was arrested on Tuesday night by policemen Higginbotham and Forbes, and is now confined in jail at Brunswick. The people of Glynn county ought to raise a handsome fund for Higginbotham for apprehending the red-handed murderer. Frank gets a reward of $200 from the State but we really think that Glynn county should show her appreciation of his bravery by tendering him a neat sum. He deserves it.
Saturday 15 May 1886
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HENRY TODD’S WILL—The will of the late Henry Todd, the well-known and highly esteemed colored man of Darien, was opened and read in the Court of Ordinary on Monday morning last. The will fills about fifteen pages of legal-cap paper, and is certainly a very interesting document. We publish a synopsis of the contents of the will: Mr. Todd bequeathed his entire estate and revenues to his wife, Mary Ann Todd, during her natural life, at her death the entire estate to be converted into cash. Five hundred ($500) of this money will be spent in purchasing a bell for and in repairing the colored Baptist church of Darien. A sufficient amount will also be appropriated for the erection of a school house in Darien for colored children. The balance of the money will then be divided up as follows: White Presbyterian church ten per cent.; white Episcopal church, five per cent.; white Methodist church, five per cent.; colored Baptist church, ten per cent.; 2nd colored Methodist church, five per cent.; colored Episcopal church, five per cent.; white school in Darien, five per cent.; Frank Cardone, brother-in-law, twenty per cent.; relatives in Key West and Jacksonville, Florida, twenty-five per cent. The will names Messrs. Adam Strain, James K. Clarke and Henry Huntington as executors, and gives them three years after the death of Mrs. Todd to convert the property into money and settle up the estate. It is said that the wealth of Mr. Todd is estimated at between $100,000 and $125,000. Mrs. Todd, we are told, is the possessor of considerable wealth in her own name. It will be seen from the above figures that this good man has left over one-half of his entire estate to the churches and schools of Darien, white and colored. Mr. Todd was esteemed and honored while he was alive but now that he has gone from among us he has left a monument in this will that will last and be more enduring than the whitest of marble. We have no words that can express our admiration for Henry Todd. There was but one Henry Todd and this generation will probably never see another such colored man.
Saturday 2 April 1898
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BRIEF LOCALS—Items Taken in on the Fly—Odds and Ends.
Rev. Mr. Kemp raised a neat little sum for the Cuban sufferers this week. It was forwarded to the Atlanta Journal.
Rev. J. Herbert Woodward, the popular rector of St. Andrews Episcopal church, is to be presented with a handsome bicycle.
On Monday last Justice Way committed John Davis, colored, charged with carrying concealed weapons, and Preston Dardsen, colored, charged with wife beating.
Postmaster Jackson tells us that the business done during the quarter ending the 31st ult., was the largest ever transacted at the Darien post-office. Let the good work go on.
Saturday 26 August 1899
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A mob of several hundred negroes took charge of
McINTOSH county jail on Wednesday morning last and prevented the sheriff from
conveying Henry Delegal, a negro charged with capital offense, to the
Savannah jail for safe keeping. The sheriff intended carrying DeLegal
off on the 10:20 train but the presence of the well armed mob deterred him from
doing so. It was humiliating beyond measure to the law abiding citizens of
Darien. But as the lawless proceedings were altogether unexpected of course
they were not prepared for the immergency [sic]. The governor was telegraphed
to for troops, and at 7 in the afternoon 200 troops from Savannah, under command
of Captain Gleason, reached Darien. On arrival they proceeded at once to
the jail. The crowd of negroes were dispersed and the prisoner was carried to
the train and sent to Savannah, most of the troops going back. Captain
Grayson, with about 60 men, remained here to preserve order. During the day
and up to the time of the arrival of the troops, the negroes were absolutely in
charge of the jail, without authority and in defiance of law. It was the
intention of THE GAZETTE to give the DeLegal matter a passing notice and
nothing more but the bad negroes of the county have taken the matter out off our
hands and they will now have to suffer the consequences. We have often praised
them as law-abiding and good citizens, and it is now with a feeling of sorrow
that we are compelled to publish their outrageous proceedings of Wednesday
last. They can blame no ones [sic] but themselves and the disgrace now reals
[sic] with them.
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