Mary E O'malley


(Mary E. O'Malley) [HW: Ky 6]

Coal Mine Slaves: In 1836 large numbers of slaves were brought into

Caldwell and worked by the owners of the ore mines, which necessitated

extra patrols, interfered with local workmen, and so on. The taxpayers

complained to the Legislature and an extra tax was allowed to be levied

for the benefit of the county. In other books we find that the owners of

the slaves who worked in these mines was President Andrew Jackson who

brought his slaves from Nashville to the iron and lead mines in Caldwell

and Crittenden counties; he is said to have made several trips himself

to these mines.

The Missing Man:

"In 1860 Mr. Jess Stevens owned a negro slave, and his wife. Jess

Williams, who lived in the north end of the county, bought the old

slave, but did not buy his wife.

"One day one of Jess William's boys went to Edward Stevens and an

argument followed, causing Mr. Stevens to shoot him in the arm. Later

Jess Williams took the old negro and went to the field where Edward

Stevens and the boy were planting corn. They hid behind a tree and the

negro was given the gun and was told to shoot when Stevens came down the

road by them.

"He came by slowly covering corn but the negro did not shoot. Williams

said, "Why didn't you shoot?" and the negro replied, "Massie, I just

didn't have da heart." Williams said, "If you don't shoot next time, I'm

going to shoot you." When Stevens started by the negro shot and killed

him, tearing his hoe handle into splinters.

One day a salesman, who rode a fine horse and had a beautiful saddle

came to Princeton and later went to the Williams home. Several days

later his people got anxious about him, and after checking up they found

that he was last seen going into the Williams home. Several days later

his people found his hat floating upon a pond near the house, and a few

weeks later one of the Williams boys came to town riding the saddle that

the salesman had ridden a few months before.

The old negro slave went to Mr. Stevens to visit his wife, and while he

and Mr. Stevens were in the field a spy was hidden in the ambush

listening to the conversation about the salesman. When the old slave

returned home he was tied to the tail of a young mule, which was turned

loose in a new ground and was dragged, bruised and almost killed. Edward

Williams, son of Jess Williams, found the old slave and cut him loose.

His father and brother found it out and started out to hunt him,

intending to kill him, but he managed to dodge them.

Mr. Jess Stevens was walking along a path the next morning and heard a

mournful groan, and after looking for awhile found the old slave. The

worms had eaten his face[HW:?] and he was almost dead. The people

brought him to the courthouse and began ringing the bell to let the

people know that some injustice had been done. When one became tired

another took his place. The bell rang both night and day until most of

the citizens of the county came to see what was wrong. A number of men

went in daytime, without mask or disguise, to the Williams home and hung

Jess Williams. They intended to hang the two boys but they got away.

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