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Lynchings in Kentucky

From KYGenWeb

Lynchings were hangings of course, but where the citizens took the law into their own hands. Again, this list certainly isn't complete, but counties are shown where known. Shown are names, race, crime, date of lynching, county.

  • AKERSON, Wm. black, rape, 2 Sept 1893, Lincoln
  • ALEXANDER Alf, black, murder, 25 Dec 1896, Daviess
  • ALLEN, Richard black, robbery, 23 Feb 1898, Graves
  • ARDELL, Harry white, murder, 26 June 1889, Bullitt
  • BAILEY, Samuel black, murder, 12 Oct 1883, Logan
  • BAUN, Arch black, murderous assault, 21 Oct 1898, Cumberland
  • BLAIR, Tom white, murder, 1 Jan 1895, Montgomery
  • BOLIN, John black, murder & robbery, 19 Aug 1899, Fulton
  • BOND, James black, attempted rape, 19 Dec 1892, Todd
  • BOSTON, Marshall black, rape, 14 Aug 1894, Franklin
  • BOYDEN, Wilber, unknown race, murder, 12 Apr 1897, possibly Bell
  • BRINKLEY, Ephraim unknown race, "bad character", 21 July 1897, Hopkins
  • BRYAN, Robert black, murder, 6 July 1888, Henderson
  • BUSHROD, Raymond black, rape, 26 Sept 1897, Hancock
  • BUTCHER, Wm. black, assault, 2 Sept 1895, Fulton
  • COLBERT, Henry black, attempted rape, 10 June 1883, Fulton likely
  • COLEMAN, Charles black, criminal assault/rape, 3 Sept 1887, Fleming
  • COLEMAN, Richard black, murder, 6 Dec 1899, Mason
  • COLLINS, James white, theft, 3 May 1893, Grant
  • COLSTON, Abitahl white, murder, 28 June 1895, likely Trigg
  • COOPER, Nelson black, murder, 12 Oct 1883, Logan
  • CORNISH, Wm. white, murder, 29 Jan 1887, Washington
  • COURTS, Bradford white, murder, 27 Apr 1882, Christian
  • COURTS, Wm. white, murder, 27 Apr 1882, Christian
  • COX, Wat black, attempted rape, 8 May 1883, Hopkins
  • CRAVASSO, Tony white, murder, 22 June 1889, Bell
  • CRAVASSO, Unknown first - brother of above, white, murder, 22 June 1889, Bell
  • DEVER, Wm. white, adultery, 29 Dec 1895, Marion
  • DICKERSON, Charles black, burglary, 4 May 1884, Boone
  • DUDLEY, James black, murder, 28 Aug 1891, Scott
  • ELLIS, George white, rape & murder, 3 June 1882, Boyd
  • EMBERTON, Bishop white, rape, 2 Aug 1882, Christian
  • FINLEY, George black, prejudice, 23 Dec 1896, Graves
  • FOSTER, James black, rape, 10 June 1888, Henderson
  • GADLY, Caleb black, attempted rape, 25 June 1894, Warren
  • GAINES, Caleb black, attempted rape, 16 June 1898, Barren
  • GAMBLE, M. G. black, rape, 21 Jan 1894, Whitley likely
  • GIBSON, Lige unknown race, murder, 27 Jan 1892, Owen
  • GILLESPIE, Bill black, murder, 5 July 1884, Nicholas
  • GILLAND, James unknown race, murder, 15 Sept 1891, Pulaski
  • GILLAND, Joe unknown race, murder, 16 Sept 1891, Pulaski
  • GOIN, Pleas white, murder, 14 Dec 1898 Bell
  • GOUGH, Leonard black, murderous assault, 28 Aug 1893, Henry
  • GRAINGER, Jobe black, threats, 24 July 1891, Simpson
  • GRIFFEY, Willis black, assault/rape, 14 Oct 1894, Christian
  • GRUELL, Dan white, swindler, 19 Mar 1890, Harrison
  • HAGGARD, Robert black, attempted rape, 16 July 1895, Clark
  • HARPER, Bob black, rape, 28 Dec 1892, Warren
  • HENDERSON, Dick black, cutting a while boy, 6 July 1884, Todd
  • HENDERSON, John black, murder, 21 Aug 1890, Woodford
  • HICKS, Wes white, burning a barn, 26 May 1885, Simpson
  • HILL, Charles black, rape, 9 June 1892, McCracken
  • HOWARD, Marion black, rape, 16 July 1894, Allen Co
  • HOWARDTON, John white, rape, 16 May 1895, Crittenden
  • HOWTON, Hewlett unknown race, arson, 8 July 1895, Caldwell
  • HUMPHREYS, Ernest black, murder, 1 Oct 1890, Caldwell
  • JACKSON, Wm unknown race, murder, 10 Mar 1887, Pendleton
  • JONES, Doc black, murder, 19 Dec 1889, Daviess
  • JONES, Meredith black, rape, 28 Apr 1886, Logan
  • KELLY, James black, rape, 26 July 1889, Bourbon
  • KENNEDY, Claude black, attempted rape, 24 May 1895, Union
  • KILBURN, Henry white, murder, 9 Apr 884, possibly Breathitt
  • LAFERDETTA, Louis white, murder, 17 July 1894, Boone
  • LEWIS, Harrison black, murder, 26 Aug 1895, Washington
  • LUCAS, W J male, resisted a mob, 14 July 1884, Daviess
  • MARTIN, Edward unknown, arson and theft, 30 Oct 1894, Crittenden
  • MARTIN, Fount unknown race, barn burning, 15 Feb 1896, Wayne
  • MARTIN, John white, murder, 10 Dec 1884, Rowan
  • MAY, Richard black, attempted rape,14 July 1884, Daviess
  • MILLER, Seay J. black, rape, murder, 7 July 1892, Carlisle
  • MITCHELL, James black, rape, 16 June 1882, Montgomery
  • MITCHELL, Josh black, theft, 7 Jan 1894, Harrison
  • MORTON, Oscar unknown, murder, 14 Oct 1894, Lee
  • MORTON, Robert black, insulted a white woman, 4 Feb 1897, Warren
  • MURPHY, Logan unknown race, murder, 16 Aug 1892, Montgomery
  • NALLS, Gabe unknown race, arson and theft, 4 Nov 1894, Crittenden
  • NALLS, Ulysses unknown race, arson and theft, 4 Nov 1894, Crittenden
  • NARY, Eli black, burned barn, 15 Mar 1888, Fulton
  • NORTH, Alexander black, attempted rape, 22 Mar 1886, Logan
  • PETTY, Miles black, rape, 9 May 1884, Hardin
  • POOLE, Felix unknown race, rape, 1 Aug 1892, Ohio
  • PORTER, Austin white, murder, 6 June 1892, Carter
  • PRICE, Samuel white, murder, 27 Feb 1888, Hickman
  • PROCTER, Arch white, murder, 18 Dec 1896, Logan
  • PROCTER, Dink white, murder, 18 Dec 1896, Logan
  • PROCTER, Wm white, murder, 18 Dec 1896, Logan
  • PULLIAM, Sam black, rape, 20 July 1891, Anderson
  • RAY, George black, bad reputation, 25 Apr 1895, Washington.
  • REAMS, Bill black, murderous assault, 27 Feb 1888, Hickman
  • REDFERN, John unknown race, murder, 13 July 1892, Simpson
  • RENEY, Thomas black, poisoning horses, 10 May 1888, Warren
  • RICH, Berry unknown race, arson & theft, 1 Oct 1894, Crittenden
  • RICHARDSON, Alex unknown race, rape and murder, 9 Oct 1894, Estill
  • RITTER, Wm black, rape and murder, 12 July 1882, Henderson
  • ROSSIMUS, Frank white, attempted murder, 17 July 1891, Bell.
  • SARVER, Robert black, attempted rape, 6 Mar 1882, Simpson
  • SCALES, Sam white, rape, 11 Sept 1885, Boone.
  • SCOTT, George black, attempted rape, 26 June 1898, Logan
  • SHAW, Henry black, attempted rape, 22 Mar 1886, Logan
  • SIMPSON, Calvin black, murder, 24 Jan 1886, Henderson.
  • SKAGGS, Will black, murderous assault, 16 Apr 1891, Warren.
  • SKINNER, John Henry black, attempted murder, 14 Mar 1888, Christian.
  • SMITH, J O A white, murder, 24 Nov 1889, Todd.
  • SMITH, Mollie white, aiding a murderer, 28 June 1895, Trigg.
  • SPEAKMAN, Richard white, rape, 2 Aug 1882, Christian.
  • STEWART, Henry black, robbery and assault, 27 June 1899, Fulton
  • STONE, James black, rape, 21 Dec 1896, Graves
  • STRONG, Wm white, murder, 9 Apr 1884, possibly Breathitt.
  • SUETT, Will black, race prejudice, 23 Dec 1896, Graves
  • SULLIVAN, Elkanah white, murderous assault, 22 Aug 1897, Whitley.
  • TAYLOR, Jerry white, barn burning, 26 May 1885, Simpson.
  • THOMAS, John black, rape, 17 July 1887, Madison.
  • THORNTON, Joseph black, rape, 20 May 1889, McCracken.
  • TRAUGHBER, Edwin unknown race, bad character, 15 July 1894, Logan.
  • TRUXTILL, James white, rape, 10 Nov 1883, Whitley.
  • TURNER, Jack black, murder, 9 Dec 1889, Green.
  • TYE, Len black, kidnapping, 2 Mar 1894, Harlan.
  • TYLER, Wm black, rape, 26 July 1894, Nicholas.
  • WADE, Hampton black, attempted rape, 22 Mar 1886, Logan.
  • WALTON, Charles black, murder, 18 Aug 1893, Union.
  • WATSON, Henry black, rape, 24 June 1890, Breckinridge.
  • WEST, Mrs. T J white, adultery, 29 Dec 1895, Marion.
  • WHITE, Thomas black, unknown crime, 10 Sept 1896, Caldwell.
  • WILCOX, Henry white, male, rape and murder, 20 May 1891, Elliott.
  • WILCOX, John white, rape and murder, 20 May 1891, Elliott.
  • WILCOXSEN, John black, murder, 2 Sept 1892, Metcalfe.
  • WILLIS, Wick black, attempted rape, 31 May 1892, Adair.
  • WILSON, George black, unknown crime, 13 Aug 1897, possibly Nicholas.
  • WOODWARD, Handy black, attempted rape, 10 Mar 1886, Logan.
  • No Names:
  •   Black, male, rape, 18 Nov 1895, Henderson.
  •   Black, male, rape, 18 Nov 1895, Henderson.
  •   Black, black, male, train wrecking, 23 Nov 1895, Marshall

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