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Clay county lynching
Posted by: Don Osborne Date: March 09, 2002 at 14:28:36
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A number of men were hung in Clay County for being horse thieves. A group were running horses to the confederate army but stopped at Coleman's mill in Blair Township to rest them before the trip south. I would like to know when it happened and who the lynched men were. Any information could be important to my family research. So far I have only heard an oral ledgend with nothing to reference. It would be interesting to find that the reason my family tree is so hard to trace is that it has a rope hanging from it.
Donald L. Osborne...Mattoon, Illinois

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