Harriett White died violently in a cabin at the east end of Cheat River bridge on 12 Oct 1880. Her accused murderer Oma Jackson was tried and convicted, and then a second trial acquitted her. I don't have the dates of the trials. Can someone tell me the best way to find that information? Are murder trial records microfilmed? Does the current local newspaper have files from 1880-1881 on microfilm? And, are any of these available long-distance?
I understand that the bridge in place in 1880 was replaced in the early 1900s by a bridge in nearly the same location, and that this bridge is still standing but not heavily used. A bridge built over the Cheat in the 1930s is the one now on the main road.
Were there any settlements near the east end of the Cheat River bridge in 1880? The census Harriett was on in 1880 lists the area as Huttonsville.
Thank you for any information you can share on the above.
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