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Henry SIZEMORE shoots and kills African-American John WARE, 1899
Posted by: John Mallory Land (ID *****6788) Date: October 26, 2007 at 23:01:53
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“Fatal Shooting At King’s Mill.

“Mr. Henry SIZEMORE Becomes involved in a Difficulty With John WARE, Colored.

“Geneva [Talbot County], Ga., April 27—News has just reached here of the shooting and fatally wounding of a negro, John WARE, by Mr. Henry SIZEMORE at King’s Mill, in Chattahoochee county, just west of Box Springs [Talbot County], Ga., yesterday. One ball entered the right side, struck a rib and glanced around, coming out in the back; the other hit squarely in the upper part of the stomach and went entirely through the body. Parties from there say WARE cannot live. No arrests had at that time been made. The negro says there had been bad feeling between him and Mr. SIZEMORE for some time. Recently two of the SIZEMORE brothers, he claims, met him on the dam at King’s Mill and thrashed him. Yesterday he says he challenged Mr. Henry SIZEMORE, when alone, to fight it out fist and skull, and upon attacking him was shot by Mr. SIZEMORE. Parties here have two 38-calibre balls that passed through the negro. One of the balls is badly mashed.”

[Columbus (GA) Enquirer-Sun newspaper, Friday, 28 APR 1899, p. 7. An identical article also appeared in the Weekly Enquirer-Sun on 06 MAY 1899, p. 6.]


“Mr. SIZEMORE Would Not Fight ‘Fist and Skull.’

“GENEVA, Ga., April 28—Mr. Henry SIZEMORE fatally shot John WARE, a negro, at King’s mill, in Chattahoochee county, about nine miles from here, yesterday, both balls passing through the body. They had had a difficulty, and the negro, it seems, was worsted. Yesterday he approached Mr. SIZEMORE and proposed that they fight it out fist and skull, and upon being attacked, Mr. SIZEMORE shot him. No arrest has been made.”

[Macon (GA) Telegraph newspaper, Saturday, 29 APR 1899, p. 5.]

I believe the above man to be Julius Henry SIZEMORE (ca. 1849 GA – aft. 1880), son of Wiley & Mary (ASKEW) SIZEMORE, who m1. 20 SEP 1874 in Chattahoochee Co, GA, to Frances “Fannie” HALE (ca. 1852 GA – aft. 1880), and is said to have m2. Cynthia HESTER. I believe he appears in records as Henry and is the only man known by this name in the area during this period. In 1880, Henry and Fannie were farming in Ft. Perry District in Marion Co, GA. According to my record, their son William J. SIZEMORE (b. ca. 1875 Marion Co, GA) died in Macon, Bibb Co, GA, so perhaps one of the following is one of Henry’s wives:


“Mrs. J. H. SIZEMORE died at her home, on Hanson Avenue, in South Macon, at 6:20 o’clock last evening. She was 50 years of age and had been in bad health for several months. She leaves one son, Mr. G. W. ARRINGTON, of Macon, and a daughter, Mrs. Walter FLOWERS, of Palatka, Fla. She was a consistent member of the Primitive Baptist church. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.”

[Macon (GA) Telegraph newspaper, Monday, 09 DEC 1907, p. 3.]


“Obsequies over the remains of Mrs. J. H. SIZEMORE took place yesterday afternoon at Mount Waverly Baptist Church and the interment followed at Cedar Ridge Cemetery. Many relatives and friends of the deceased accompanied the remains to their last resting place.”

[Macon (GA) Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday, 10 DEC 1907, p. 3.]


“While preparing the noon meal yesterday [Mrs.] J. H. SIZEMORE, residing on Clinton street, East Macon, was seized with an affection of the heart, dying a few minutes afterward. Medical assistance was summoned, but the lady had passed away before the physician reached her. She is survived by her husband, J. H. SIZEMORE. The body will be carried to Juniper [Marion County, near the line with Talbot County], her former home, this afternoon at 1 o’clock for funeral and interment.”

[Macon (GA) Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday, 11 APR 1911, p. 11.]

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