Times, Wednesday, March 24, 1886
OF MRS. GRAY
The murder of Mrs. Gray, living near Loudon, by a colored
man named John Gillispie, was a brutal transaction. He committed
the deed on last Wednesday while Mr. Gray was absent attending
a funeral in the neighborhood. Gillispie was found
ten miles from the home
of Mr. Gray. He confessed the murder. Then he was taken
to Loudon, and after an examination by Mr. Sams, the father
of Mrs. Gray, several other parties being present, he was
taken by the indignant people of the county and hung to
the limb of an oak tree. The real cause of the murder is
supposed to be a brutal attempt to outrage the person of
Mrs. Gray. Yet, when arrested, he said Mrs. Gray had told
a falsehood about him. The lady murdered was a most estimable
woman. There was no division in the sentiment of the people,
white and colored, as to the justness of the punishment
meeted out to Gillispie.
County Democrat, Thursday, October 19, 1882
Brought to Loudon
Bob Taylor, one of the notorious "Taylor Brothers," whose
murder of Sheriff Cate and his deputy, Conway, startled
the whole country, was killed near Lebanon, Missouri on
the 13th inst., by Sheriff Goodall of Laclede County, MO.
Through correspondence with Sheriff Joe D. Foute of Loudon
County, Sheriff Goodall was made acquainted with the facts
of the murders committed by the Taylors, and as Bob used
to be in that section (his brother's wife lives in Camden
County), the Sheriff soon spotted his man and undertook
to arrest him on the train, after it left Lebanon. Goodall
presented his pistol and told Taylor ro surrender. Bob tried
to draw his pistol, but the Sheriff struck him on the head
with his revolver, and as the blow did not seem to effect
him, Goodall then shot Taylor, the ball ranging near the
heart. John O. Estes, a deputy sheriff, knocked a pistol
out of Taylor's hand, and struck him on the
head with a club after he was shot, breaking the skull.
Taylor lived about a minute after being shot.
Sheriff Goodall arrived in Chattanooga Monday night with
the body of Taylor, the same having been fully identified.
The corpse was exposed to view until noon Tuesday, when
it was brought to Loudon.
Some persons think that it is not Bob Taylor's body. The
whereabouts of the other Taylors is still unknown.
Times, Wednesday, May 13, 1891
OF E. C. JOHNSON
For some time, a bitter
feud has existed between James C. Sizemore and E.C. Johnson,
on account of two dissolute women living near the homes
of the two men, whichis three-quarters of a mile south-west
The feud has been embittered
by gossips carrying tales from one to the other of the men
and several times they have met and quarreled. It is said
that several times Sizemore threatened to kill Johnson.
A fight between them had been prevented by interference
of friends of both parties.
Sunday week Sizemore went
to Johnson'splace of residence and the two soon became involved
in a row. But bystanders again interfered, and it was supposed
by their friends that the hatchet was buried between them,
for the men shook hands and were apparently in the best
of terms, agreeing that the matter in dispute would not
be referred to by either again.
It seems that Sizemore,
at last forgo this part of the compact, for on Wednesday
the sixth he sent a challenge by his seven-year old son
to Johnson to meet him on the half way ground, there to
forever settle their old dispute.
Johnson was employed as
fireman at McConnell's Saw Mill and Sizemore worked at the
Republic Marble Quarry perhaps a mile apart.
The little boy reached
the mill shortly before five o'clock with the challenge.
Johnson opened the slip
of paper and read from his enemy this challenge: "Bring
no one with you, as I have no one with myself, and we will
fight this damned thing out any way you want to".
Calling someone to take
his place, Johnson placed the note in his pocket, and followed
by the little son of the man who was soon to slay him, strode
to the meeting point, where Sizemore awaited his arrival.
The little boy was the
sole witness of the tragedy that followed. His statement
is that Johnson told his father to throw down his arms and
fight fair, at the same time commencing to pull off his
At that moment Sizemore
pulled out his pistol and commenced rapidly firing on the
defenseless man. Five shots were fired and then Sizemore
left the prostrate man and went to the McConnell Mill afte
rhaving first emptied the chambers of his gun.
Arriving at the mill Sizemore
told the hands that he had killed Johnson and that they
could go and get his body. The men hastened to the spot
and removed the body, from which life was nearly extinct,to
the neighboring house of M.L. Smith, where the wounded man
died fifteen minutes later.
Sizemore followed the
men into the house, looked at the man whom he had killed,
andwith an oath, swore that he had killed one man and would
kill more. A sworn statement of a witness at the inquest.
Mr. H. M. Harvey, a justice
of the peace living a mile from the place, was notified
Thursday morning and empannelled the following jury of inquest:
H.M. Holder, A.R.Dyer, T.A. Hook, J.S. Brown, N.L. Smith,
TipFrench and Sherman Holder..
Examination of the body
revealed the fact that five shots had entered the body,
one under the left nipple, another in the left side and
three in the back. The verdict rendered was in accordance
with the above statements.
During the night following
the shooting Sizemore fled, but a posse is now after him.
Johnson was 21 years of
age and without family. He was well known and liked.
Sizemore is a man of family.
He is about 35 years of age and a desperate character. It
is said that his father killed nineteen men in upper East
Tennessee shortly after the war. ----Knoxille Journal.