Howard Turner Killed in Lowndes County, Alabama

Killed In Lowndes

Howard Turner of This City Killed at a Colored Folks Picnic.

Hayneville, June 30. -[Special.]-  Last Saturday the colored people had a picnic across Big Swamp near Hayneville. The result is Howard Turner, who came from Montgomery was killed by one Phillip McCall.  Too much whisky and too many pistols. Phillip surrendered this morning.”  The Weekly Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama) Thursday, July 10, 1891 Page 2

We were always told that my grandmother Fannie Turner Graham’s father was killed at a barbeque when she was four years old. After years of being unable to find any documentation, I found this news item on Newspapers. dot com today.  I was just looking for various people in the newspapers when I came across it.

Howard Turner’s widow with their daughters. Jennie Virginia Allen Turner holding Daisy Turner (my great grandmother) and my grandmother Fannie sitting there holding her hat.

I have found so much new information since I started this blog that I feel the need to go back and put it all together for the various branches. My project for 2018.

8 thoughts on “Howard Turner Killed in Lowndes County, Alabama

    1. I have to focus on re-writing the stories incorporating what I’ve learned along the way. When I go back, I see that I didn’t know this and I didn’t know that and later I found it. So, it won’t all be totally new information, but it needs to be woven together again.

  1. Even though this happened more than 125 years ago, it makes me feel sad when I read stories like the one in this short clipping. Something obviously went awry at what should have been a carefree happy gathering.

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