MURDER!, MURDER!!, MURDER!!!
January 27, 1860 issue of the WEEKLY STANDARD (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Transcribed and Posted by Myrtle Bridges
December 25, 2002
About sunset on the 23rd May, 1860, the Rev. John E. Chambers was most inhumanly murdered, while returning
home from attending to his hands on his plantation in the vicinity of Pekin, NC. After a patient investigation
of all the circumstances and testimony, the Coroner's Jury returned a runaway as principal; and three other
Negroes as accessories to the foul crime.
The runaway has escaped. The object of this notice is to elicit any information, that any one may be able to
give in reference to the Negro, as hereinafter described, and also to have him arrested.
His bereaved family would feel under very great obligations to any one who would be so kind as to communicate
any such information by letter or otherwise, to R. A. Chambers, Pekin, Montgomery County, NC. They will also
give the above reward of $200 for his arrest and commitment to jail at Troy, Montgomery Co., NC. He is said
to be about five feet 6 or 8 inches high, about thirty years of age, no whiskers, broad-shouldered, and well
set; he had very long, bushy hair, upper teeth protruding over the under, a scar or lump on his forehead, which
he said was caused by a fall in leaping from the cars, when making his escape, and a very peculiar tone of
voice. He claimed to be a great conjuror. He wore black pants and a black long-tailed coat. His hands were
short, large and thick, and his feet large.
The hat and shoes of the deceased were missing. He may possibly be wearing the hat, which may lead to his
identification. The hat was broad-brimmed, and tolerably low-crowned, made of fur, but apparently of wool,
of a brown, rusty appearance; and had been torn on the top, but had been darned with black flax thread.
He stated that he was originally from Virginia; belonged to a widow and some children; sold to a Mr. Thomas
Thompson, a Negro speculator; escaped by being left behind in one train of cars, while his owner was hurrying
to transfer to another; lived with a man who owned other Negroes, in South Carolina, in consequence of suspicion
left and came into this neighborhood.
Such is the account and description of the said runaway, as given by the Negroes. (signed) R. A. Chambers,
Pekin, NC, June 26, 1860
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