I'm am reseaching a Hilary or Hillery and Levi Farrington from Tennessee and any connecton they might of had to a Jim Durham of Verona, Missouri....
The robber OF A SOUTHERN EXPRESS CAR was executed in Union City,
Tennessee, on OCTOBER 21, 1871.
Hilary was captured in Verona, MO - WITH ANOTHER OF THE ROBBERS, WILLIAM
BARTON OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.
Hilary was killed while trying to escape - HE WAS IN A STRUGGLE FOR A
REVOLVER WITH ONE OF HIS CAPTORS, WILLIAM PINKERTON. A SOUTHERN EXPRESS
SECURITY AGENT, PATRICK CONNELL, ACTUALLY HIT HILARY, AND HE FELL OVER THE
LOW GUARD RAIL OF THE SIDEWHEELER, Illinois, WHILE BEING TRANSFERRED FROM
CAIRO, ILLINOIS, TO COLUMBUS, KENTUCKY (where they would take a train to
Levi was captured by ROBERT PINKERTON IN FARMINGTON, ILLINOIS (not
Farmingdale). AND HE WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN A SOUTHERN HOTEL ROOM IN UNION
CITY, WHERE HE WAS BEING HELD FOR TRIAL, BY VIGILANTES. He supposedly was
shot 30 times, "and as evidence of the marksmanship of the men of Obion
County, any one of the shots would have been fatal."
THE MAN WHO WAS LYNCHED BY MEMBERS OF THE SAME MOB, DAVID TOLER, WAS ALSO
BEING HELD IN THE SAME ROOM WITH FARRINGTON, AFTER HAVING SHOT AND KILLED A
UNION CITY POLICE OFFICER EARLIER IN THE EVENING. Evidently Toler and Levi
Farrington previously knew one another, because the revolver with which
Toler killed Officer Kline had once belonged to Farrington - so Levi
evidently stated when questioned by Robert and William Pinkerton.
The fourth man involved in the robbery was a local named William Taylor.
Both he and Barton were subsequently prosecuted and convicted of the
robbery, and served 5 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary at Nashville.
WHERE were the Farringtons from originally? In 1871, during the time of this
robbery, flight, etc., their mother was living on a farm outside Waverly,
Tennessee, with a "young" brother, Peter. After the robbery, she received a
telegram from a Jim Durham, Verona, Missouri, and began a journey to that
place with her black servants.
"Somewhere" in my digging, I read an obscure statement that the Farringtons
were going to Missouri to work for their uncle....were Durham and Mrs.
Farrington siblings, do you thinnk???
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