Maxey, John

John Maxey was born in 1884 and raised in Frankfort, KY to  John H. Maxey and his mother Cordelia Maxey.  He had an older sister. Alice Maxey. The family lived in a rented home during Maxey’s childhood. His father was well-known and liked in the Frankfort community. John Maxey worked as an attache and a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Allen, Henry

Henry Allen was a white male coal miner and a boarder of Muhlenberg county, Kentucky. Allen was married to Mary Daniel, and had one male child by her named Aubry Nicholas Allen, who died at the age of 2 in 1911. Allen was also an indicted active member of the “Possum Hunters Gang,” which was […]