Posted By:Caleb Teffeteller
Subject:Mack Francis, 1889 Wilson Co. TN
Post Date:June 20, 2013 at 17:55:33
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Swain County Herald (Swain Co. NC) Thursday, April 11, 1889:

"Tennessee---Mack Francis and James Turney were hanged at Lebanon [Wilson Co.TN] Wednesday afternoon for the murder of Lew Martin last summer. They showed a great deal of bravado, and confessed their guilt after mounting the scaffold. Francis struggled much but Turney died instantly, his neck being broken. The execution was private but a large number of people stood around the gallows."

Swain County Herald (Swain Co. NC) Thursday, April 25, 1889:

"Tennessee---Saturday, a Negro man stopped with a well known Negro farmer of DeKalb County and stayed until Monday morning. The farmer saw that his neck was badly skinned and swollen, and the Negro on being questioned closely confessed that he was Mack Francis, who had been hanged Friday at Lebanon, Tennessee. His heart had continued to beat for 20 minutes after hanging when physicians pronounced him dead. Relatives took charge of the body and resuscitated him."