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The Jury of 1846

Posted: 24 Sep 2003 6:40PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Thomson, Crabtree, Bishop, McEuen, Stanley, Brooks, Reynolds, Medlock, Fowler, Rhea, Smith, Sisk, Murphy, Combs, Woods, Dunville, Bassett, Cardwell, Slaton, Robertson, Henson, Young, Williams, Craig, Thurman, Kirkwood, Fiinley, Parker, Rash, Hamby, Felix,
The Jury of 1846

Sheriff THOMSON one day this week handed to a Hustler representative a list of the grand and petit juries that were summoned and served in Hopkins county for the November term of court in 1846--just forty-nine years ago. The list was found among some papers that were in the possession of the estate of Willis CRABTREE. Joe CRABTREE was sheriff at the time, and summoned the jurors. The writing is in the hand of Orlean BISHOP, who was clerk of the court at that time. Mr. BISHOP was the father of M.W. BISHOP, head of the firm of Bishop & Co. of Madisonville. The following is a list of the grand jurors:

Felix McEUEN Moses STANLEY, Jr.
Nath M. BROOKS Thomas REYNOLDS
Wm. MEDLOCK James FOWLER
Robert RHEA Austin SMITH
Hezekiah SISK Charles MURPHY
William COMBS James WILSON
Vincent WOODS Richard DUNVILLE
Amos BASSETT Jno. G. CARDWELL

Petit Jurors:

Shelby SLATON Ben D. ROBERTSON
Abner HENSON Chas. C. YOUNG
James W. WILLIAMS Eden CRAIG
Eli BISHOP Moses STANLEY, Sr.
Elmer B. SISK David H. THURMAN
H. KIRKWOOD, Jr. George FINLEY
Benj. PARKER John W. RASH
Madison HAMBY James SLATON
Charles FELIX Wm. J. ASHBY
John B. ASHBY Presley BISHOP
Thomas WILSON Fred KELLY
John HARRIS Robert SISK, Jr.
Ambrose DAY

It will be noticed that the list of perit jurors embraces twenty-five names. Ambrose DAY was summoned to take the place of Thomas WILSON, who was absent. In talking with some of the older citizens of Madisonville, we learn that there are perhaps only three of those, whose names are mentioned as jurymen at that time, who are alive today, and they were all on the grand jury. James FOWLER is living in Union county, James WILSON is a Cumberland Presbyterian preacher , and lives in Madisonville, while Amos BASSETT is a farmer, living near town. The petit jurors are all dead. It is interesting to the older citizens to look over the list and think of the men, who half a century ago, managed the affairs of our county. The young men may also feel an interest in the matter. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Fri., Sept. 13, 1895)

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