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Re: Hanging of Edward Combs, 1883
Posted by: edward smythe (ID *****4541) Date: December 26, 2003 at 09:46:55
In Reply to: Hanging of Edward Combs, 1883 by Dan Mohn of 1518

From information I have Edward Polly was hanged on May 28, 1883. He was taken from Whitesburg jail to location you described and hanged from a tree.
The man he killed was William Polly. He and William Polly were cousins and they were drinking. They began to argue and this escalated into an altercation during which guns were drawn and fired. This resulted in death of William Polly. From what I understand it was not so much a murder as a killing that resulted from a fight that got out of hand.
Send me your address and I'll send you at least one primary source for some of this information and my secondary source for the rest of it. For certain reasons it will take me at least three months to send you this but you should get it by April 1st, 2004 by latest.
Also, see Janet Hayes inquiry on this board.
Hope this info helps.

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