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Harrison Jones, Bige Lewis murders 1890
Posted by: Stefanie Whitson Date: September 02, 2001 at 18:24:56
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I have been investigating a man named Harrison Jones in Wise Co, VA and also in Letcher Co, KY. I believe Harrison Jones mentioned in the article below was Dick Whitson from Mitchell County, NC, who ran to Virginia in 1882 fleeing a murder charge. I have found a marriage record for Harrison Jones in 1887 in Letcher County to a Sarah E. Brown. Also, a deed in Wise County, VA from G.W. Brown and wife Sealey Brown to Harrison Jones. This deed was written in April 1890 but was not registered until December 1890. Harrison Jones died, according to the article, in September 1890.

Big Stone Post, September 26, 1890
Fatal Shooting Affray
A shooting affray occurred last Sunday evening, about three miles north of town, at the camps near the double tunnel, which resulted in the killing of two men, Harrison Jones and Bije Lewis. The men met in a barroom, and Jones began talking about some trouble he had had in Kentucky with a man by the name of Clay and was abusing him. It seems that Lewis was a friend of Clay and told Jones he should not talk that way to the man's friends, but say it to him. A few words passed and Lewis said to Jones: "Let us go out and talk the matter over." They went out just above the commissary, Jones with a pistol in his hand and Lewis with a Winchester rifle. There a few hot words passed between them and Lewis shot Jones, killing him instantly. Lewis then started down toward the main road, and was fired upon by a man by the name of Caudle, who was coming to the rescue of Jones. Caudle fired three shots, the second taking effect just below the shoulder blade, and Lewis lived about an hour and a half. Dr. Gilman, who made an examination, says he thinks Lewis's death was caused by hemorrhage and that the wound was not sufficient to cause his death so soon.

I am interested in finding out more about Harrison Jones (Dick Whitson?) Bije Lewis, Clay, or Caudle (Caudill?). If anyone could provide any clues as to who these men were, please contact me. I am not sure if the Harrison Jones in the article is even the same one from the marriage/deed.


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