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Identity of Mrs. Rosa Catron, died 28 Nov 1928 at Big Stone Gap
Posted by: Brenda Reed (ID *****0982) Date: June 18, 2009 at 22:09:56
In Reply to: Mrs. Rosa Catron, died 28 Nov 1928 at Big Stone Gap by Brenda Reed of 1659

Mrs. ROSA CATRON has been proven to be ROSA BISHOP, born May 1887 at Scott County, Virginia to ANDREW HAYBURN "HABE" BISHOP & wife ARMINDA F. HALE. As ROSA CATRON she was poisoned with strychnine on 28 November 1928 at Scott County, Virginia.

ROSA BISHOP's history is as follows:
Mother ARMINDA HALE died when ROSA was near age 7 bef 1892.
Father HABE BISHOP married widow JANE COX on 24 Dec. 1892.
Then father HABE BISHOP married 17 year old MARY ELIZABETH BARNETT on 16 August 1899. HABE was alive in the 1900 census but some people believe he was poisoned by Mary Elizabeth.

ROSA had the following relationships:
Possible marriage to ANDY DYKES, brother-in-law of her brother JOHN C. BISHOP before 1905
On 29 December 1905 divorcee ROSA BISHOP married DRURY MELVIN CATRON, divorced, at Scott County, Virginia and by him had ARTHUR CATRON, RAY CATRON, & possibly KURT KATRON. By 29 August 1914 the marriage to DRURY MELVIN CATRON had ended in divorce as he remarried FLORA WRIGHT on that date and they moved to Norton, Wise Co., VA.
Around 1912 ROSA BISHOP CATRON formed a relationship with LUTHER LIGHT by whom in 1913 she had a son named RANSOM CATRON.
On 22 January 1922 as ROSA CATRON she married JACOB P. STURGILL at Scott County. Jacob had been married to RACHEL LOUISA FRANKLIN and was know to be with her as late as November 1918. By 15 November 1927 that marriage had ended when JACOB P. STURGILL married FRANCES GILREATH WEATHERLY.
Around 1927 ROSA BISHOP CATRON STURGILL reverted back to using the name ROSA CATRON and moved to the area around the hosiery mill in Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia. Sometime around then she formed a relationship with JOHN WINTON THOMPSON, former deputy sheriff of Wise County and a contractor. On 28 November 1928 JOHN WINTON THOMPSON held ROSA CATRON at gunpoint & forced her to drink strychnine poison. She died quickly at a neighbor's house. J. W. THOMPSON then committed suicide using the same method.

It seems that ROSA BISHOP CATRON had driven JOHN WINTON THOMPSON to the edge and together they fell off the cliff.


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