News (Lynchburg, Virginia)
May 8, 1871
Murder of a Amiable Young Man.---
We are pained to state that a telegram was received here on Saturday [6th], giving the distressing intelligence that Mr. J. Marbury Merriwether, a son of Mr. James A. Merriwether, was murdered a few days ago by a negro, near Memphis, Tennessee. It appears that young Merriwether was employed on a railroad, near Memphis, and the negro who killed him was one of the laborers under his charge.
Mr. M. was struck by the negro with a hickory club, and lingered a day or two, when he died from the effect of his wound.
Mr. Merriwether was about 32 years of age, and was a most promising young man, and his sad and untimely end will be deeply mourned by his many friends and relations in this section.
His remains, we learn, will reach this city on Friday next [12th], for interment.