The Sumter Watchman


Sumter Watchman May 21 1873

Homicide

A Jury of Inquest, before C. M. Hurst, Esq. Trial Justice, was held at Lynchburg, on the 16th inst. over the body of William English, a colored man, resident of the section, the result of which was a verdict to the effect that the said William English came to his death from a wound inflicted by a pistol in the hands of Frank Moore. Of the circumstances of this killing we are not informed.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday June 25 1873

A colored woman has carried the small-pox from Charleston to Camden.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday June 25 1873

A colored man named S. Givens was killed by some unknown person in St Pauls parish last week.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 2 1873

A colored man, named Scott, while engaged in the loading of a vessel in Charleston, on the 23rd, fell in the hold and fractured his head. He died in a few moments.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 2 1873

Many of the colored people who left Winnsboro for Florida are returning home disgusted with their experience in the Land of Flowers.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 2 1873

An old colored man named Benjamin Wise, once the body servant of Late Gov. Taylor, died in the Columbia city Hospital on Monday last, the ripe old age of 115 years.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 9 1873

James L. Jamison, a colored Senator from Orangeburg, died at Columbia last week, after several weeks illness.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 16 1873

The colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Greenville has purchased a bell.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 16 1873

A negro man was killed at the depot at Kingstree, and another at Cade'a turn out last week.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 16 1873

On the 8th instant,in Beaufort County, Jack Grant, a colored boy, shot his father, Bob Grant, under the impression he was a coon.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 30 1873

The colored man, when a slave owned by Mr. Joseph White, deceased, and familiarly known on our streets as "Old Mike", died, and he was buried on Wednesday last.

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 30 1873

Before M. B. Moses Esq. a Jury of inquest sat on Friday last, over the body of James Green, a colored man, resident in Sumter near the Clarendon and Sumter line, below the Privateer neighborhood. The showing before the Jury, was to the effect that Mr. Ritchie H. Belser, of Clarendon, acting under a bench warrant, and accompanied by four other citizens, as a posse comitatus, proceeded to the home of James Green, and having surrounded it, commanded him to surrender. Green started to run, when Belser shot him in the back, six buck shots taking effect in his lungs, from which death instantly ensued. The verdict of the Jury was that James Green came to his death by a doubled barrel gun in the hands of Ritchie H. Belser.

Mr Belser was held under arrest, and on Monday last under a writ of Habeus corpus, in the absent of a Judge Green, appeared before Chief Justice Moses, in application for bail............

Sumter Watchman Wednesday July 30 1873

Burning Of Corbetts Mills

On Monday night, July 14, about 10 o'clock, the Saw and Grist Mills and Cotton Gin attached, the property of Mr. Hampton H. Corbett, situated on Beaver Dam, about five miles from Spring Hill, were entirely destroyed by fire. And the loss falls heavily upon almost every worthy citizen, there being no insurance upon the property. Mr Corbett, states, that Hannibal Carter, a colored man, formerly the slave of his father, was first to reach the scene and render assistance, which he did with much spirit. He also states, and we note the fact with much pleasure, that a number of whites and colored neighbors, have voluntarily tendered gratuitous assistance, in labor and that the work of rebuilding will go promptly forward.

The Sumter Watchman Wednesday August 13 1873

A Strange case

On the 6th inst. the Court House was opened for the trial of a very peculiar case, before Trial Justice C. M. Hurst.

Rebecca Felder, brought an action against her mother, Maria Richardson to recover certain articles of clothing, which it was said the latter held fraudulently. It appears that Rebecca lived with her mother and her step-father John Richardson, that she went off and got married without her mother's knowledge and consent, that her mother sent to her, on demand, certain articles of clothing and withheld others. Much testimony was introduced on both sides, but the substance was as above stated. The amount claimed was $18 and the jury gave a verdict for $10, on the whole affair just settlement. There was, however, a feature in the case which merits comment. Notwithstanding that these people all seemed to be respectable colored folks, it came out in evidence, that on the solemn oath of Rebecca Felder, who certainly ought to know, that previous to her marriage which took place July or June last, she had given birth to two children, and that John Richardson, her step-father was their father.

This is a nice state of morals. Where are the ministers of religion? Where are the leaders of the colored people? They are active enough when any political capital is to be made by exciting the minds of the colored people against the whites, but we opine they would turn their attention to reforming their habits of vice and immorality which such an exposure as this exhibits.

 

 

Newspapers Used

The Sumter Watchman

The Manning Times

The Columbia Daily Register

The Palmetto Leader (Black)

The Samaritan Herald The Voice of Job (Black)

The Freedman

 

 

 


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