Durrett, Luther and Kinley, Brack

Brack Kinley was born in February of 1886 in McCracken County, Kentucky. Referencing the 1900 Census, he was written as ‘Brook Kinley’ and was 16 years old at the time. He stayed with his uncle Ben Willis and his family. Ben and Hester Willis had Brack’s younger sisters, Lulu and Martha Kinley. He could not […]

B.F. Carrier, B.F.; Effington William; King, L.M.; Thomas, John

There is little extent information about B.F. Carrier, William Effington, L.M King, and John Thomas.  This is an unusual research outcome since the four men were white landowners and farmers in Fayette County and Versailles County.  Newspaper accounts of the deaths stated that the four men were between the ages of 25 and 40.  Research in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Richardson, Joseph (aka Joe)

Joseph Richardson was an African American man who lived near Leitchfield in Grayson County, Kentucky.  He was born in 1889 in the state of Tennessee.  He was the son of Joe and Nannie Richardson.  Within their household in Tennessee at the 1900 census, Joe was 11 years old.  He resided with his parents, his sisters Ollie […]

West, James; Marshall, Eugene; and Patterson, Wade

Wade Patterson was born in 1885 to Sam and Fannie Patterson.  Seven years later, in 1893, Sam and Fannie welcomed another son, Sam, Jr.  In the 1900 Kentucky census for the Patteson family, the sons Wade and Sam could read and write.  Sam Patterson, the father, was a farm laborer. According to the 1910 Kentucky […]

Durrett, Luther, and Kinley, Brack

Brack Kinley was born in February of 1886 in McCracken County, Kentucky. Referencing the 1900 Census, he was written as ‘Brook Kinley’ and was 16 years old at the time. He stayed with his uncle Ben Willis and his family. Ben and Hester Willis had Brack’s younger sisters, Lulu and Martha Kinley. He could not […]

Dempsey, Lawrence

Lawrence Dempsey was born in 1877 in Fulton County, Kentucky. There is no available census data showing his birth month or date, or the name of his parents.  Dempsey first appeared in the newspapers in Fulton County, Kentucky.  The Illinois Central Railroad Company had several railroads going through Western and Central Kentucky, specifically, Fulton County. […]

Buckner, Ellis

Ellis Buckner was born on August 1, 1892, in Henderson County, Kentucky. According to the 1910 Census, he boarded with another family at the time, the Kennedys. RH and Virginia Kennedy had three daughters, Mary, Ora, and Lucille. At 14, Buckner was able to read, write, and attend a school which was rare for an […]

Potter, William

William Potter’s lynching is extremely graphic and is strongly issued as a trigger warning. Located in Livermore, KY, William Potter was accused of shooting Clarence (Frank) Mitchell, a 22-year-old white man in a barroom. On April 20th, 1911, a local sheriff was hiding him in the Whitaker Opera House and Skating Rink basement and a […]