Coffey, Robert

Robert H. Coffey was born in 1846 in Christian County, KY to Asa and Sidney Coffey. He lived in the 1st District of the county until the age of 14 when his parents moved him and his 7 siblings to the Second Township in Washington, IL. There they lived for a time until Robert moved […]

Fields, Jimbo and Garnett, Clarence

Jimbo Fields and Clarence Garnett were African American teenagers who were born in Shelbyville, Kentucky. As their ages vary in different newspapers, Fields was estimated at sixteen years and Garnett of eighteen years at the time of the lynchings. As teenagers Fields and Garnett worked as day laborers, doing miscellaneous work for varying local businesses. […]

Esters, Silas (also documented as Silas Easter)

Silas Easter was born approximately in March 1883 in Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to the 1900 census, Silas Easter was the oldest son of H and Little Easter.  Silas had two younger sisters, Elman and Mannie, who were 11 and 10 at the time of 1900 census. In 1901, Easter was approximately 18-years-old and worked as […]

Carter, George

George Thomas Carter was an African American man born in Kentucky in May 1878. His parents were likely Thomas and Catherine Carter, who are listed in the 1880 Census, living in Ruddels Mills, Bourbon County, Kentucky. In 1898, he married Mary L. Carter and they had a daughter named Lilly M Carter. When the 1900 […]