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Iredell C. Willis
Posted by: Sam D. Lawson (ID *****3821) Date: November 28, 2006 at 14:31:42
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I am looking for any information concerning or connected to one Iredell Campbell WILLIS. There was a newspaper article in the SWEETWATER FORERUNNER (Monroe COUNTY, Tenn.) dated Aust 20, 1868, that describes a shooting that occurred:

"On Tuesday last, says the PRESS and HERALD, of the 13th instant, two negro men were shot and killed in Hawkins County, East Tennessee, by Mr. I. WILLIS, who killed the wretch, SIZEMORE, some 12 months since. It appears that these negroes went to the house of Mr. WILLIS, during his absence, and demanded something to eat of his mother and sisters. Their demand was refused, when they made their way in, against the protest of the ladies, and proceeded to help themselves to what they wanted. When WILLIS came they were sitting at the table enjoying themselves, having driven away the ladies by certain characteristic and brutally offensive remarks. A few words sufficed to explain the situation, when he passed into another apartment, procured a double barreled shot gun, and returned to the dining room where the negroes were feasting. One started up, and being shot by WILLIS, fell dead across the table; the other ran out, but was shot and killed, when barely past the threshold."

Can anyone tell me anything about this Iredell Campbell WILLIS? He was always purported to having been killed by aSIZEMORE friend on October 11, 1867, after killing SIZEMORE. Obviously, this was in error, for the newspaper is dated August 20, 1868. Any help would be greatly appreciated on this subject. Thanks you

Sam D. Lawson
1929 Hiker Trace
Columbus, Indiana 47203-3541

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