Baker, Ernest

Ernest Baker was an African American man born in October of 1879 to Pryn and Josephine Baker. He lived his life entirely in North Cadiz, Trigg County, Kentucky. Census records show that Baker could read and write and that he worked as a porter at Sam Smith’s Saloon.  According to the information on findagrave.com, Baker […]

Brame, Benjamin “Booker”

Benjamin “Booker” Brame was born in 1891. There is no extent census or biographical information about his birthplace, his family, or his education.  On April 9, 1909, Brame, who was 18-years-old, was accused of insulting, attempting to assault, or assaulting of a white woman. The exact accusation differs according to the source. Ruth Gee appears […]

Bell, Arthur

Born in March 1896, Arthur Bell was the fourth of four children of William and Francis Bell.  Arthur had a younger brother, John, and two older step-siblings, Robert Brown and Cora Brown.   According to the 1900 census records, the Bell family lived in Cheatham, Tennessee.  William Bell worked as a farm laborer and Francis […]

Brown, Thomas “Tom”

Thomas Brown was a 19-year-old young man.  He was born in Kentucky in February 1883.  His parents were John Brown and Bell Brown, who in 1902 were 37 years old and had been married for seventeen years.  Thomas Brown also had one sibling, George Brown, who was 17 at the time of Thomas’s death. Thomas’s […]

Smith, Grant

Grant Smith was born in 1878 in Kentucky.  His mother was born in Nova Scotia, and his father was born in the United States. Grant Smith was married to Addie Smith in 1905 in Mason County, Kentucky, and they resided together in Johnson, Fleming County, Kentucky.  Fleming County, Kentucky is located in northeastern Kentucky, close […]

Elijah Drake, Elijah; Smith, Henry; and , James Stewart

Elijah Drake, Henry Smith, and James Stewart were three young men who resided in Madrid Bend, Fulton County, Kentucky.  Fulton County is located in western Kentucky, next to the Mississippi River and on the borders of Mississippi and Tennessee.  James Stewart was born in February 1875 in Tennessee and was 27 years old at the […]

Warfield, Henry “Fratus”

Documented by Gracie Henderson Henry “Fratus” Warfield was born in Kentucky in 1879.  When he was a boy, he resided in Hadensville, Todd County, Kentucky with his mother, Mary Warfield, who was born in Kentucky, and his father Squire Warfield, who was also born in Kentucky.  Todd County, Kentucky is located in southwest Kentucky along […]

Lovern, Moses

There is no extant information about Lovern to date. In early September 1905, Moses Lovern of Williamson, West Virginia was arrested for assaulting James Butcher, a well-off businessman. Convicted of the crime, he began serving a 60 day sentence later in the month. On September 24th, in the middle of the night a group calling […]

Beard, Lewis “Lon”

Lewis or “Lon” Beard was born in March 1887 to Curtis and Lillie Beard. He was the second oldest son of seven siblings and was born and raised in the predominantly white community of Elk Creek, Kentucky. Lewis’s immediate family was not the only family in his neighborhood. His uncle Jonas Beard and his family […]

Chicago Tribune Annual List of Lynchings nationwide, 1900 to 1910

Documented and compiled by Annika Myrup The Chicago Tribune has a very detailed account of lynchings across the US from 1900 to 1910. During these 11 years, the Chicago Tribune lists a total of 40 people lynched in Kentucky. Additionally, there is a separate list of lynchings published in hundreds of newspapers across the US […]