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John Thomas "John Tom or J.T." Pickens
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1881
Death: Oct. 21, 1910


John Tom Pickens was shot and instantly killed by Harden George on the Galla Rock and Centerville road about a mile and a half west of Neelly last Friday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock, the weapon used being a .45 calibre Colt revolver.

The men, who are said to have been drinking heavily, had been together much of the day, Pickens having spent the preceding night at George's home.

After having started home George missed a considerable sum of money which he had on his person, and believing that Pickens had taken it, returned to Neelly for the purpose of having him searched.

He related the circumstance of his loss to his cousin, Frank George, Constable of Galla Rock Township, who had previously tried to induce Pickens to go home.

In the company of E. L. Hewitt, the officer and Hardin (sic) George overtook Pickens on the road and the Constable told him to consider himself under arrest. Pickens is said to have cursed the officer and threatened to kill him if he attempted search him, stating that he had a .38 Colt's automatic pistol in his pocket and would not submit to arrest. Constable George then covered Pickens with his revolver and ordered him to throw up his hands. Pickens it seems, did not obey this order, whreupon he called upon Messrs. Hewitt and Harden George to assist him, and, handing his weapon to the latter with instructions to keep Pickens covered, rushed in to make a seach and, if possible, secure Pickens' pistol.

When the Constable started toward Pickens, the latter, according to witnesses, thrust his hand into his poicket and with an oath declared he would kill the man who attempted to arrest him, whereupon Harden George, believing, so he alleges, that Pickens was about to kill the officer, fired. The bullet struck Pickens just below the left eye and came out near the top of the head, causing instant death. No weapon was found on the body of the dead man, but $45.00, the amount said to have been lost by Harden George, was found on the body, $30 of the sum having been concealed in the sock.

After the killing George was placed under arrest and was later brought to Dardanelle by Deputy Constable Joe Gant.

The prelimnary hearing was held before Squire Merritt Wednesday, the defendant being bound over to await the action of the Grand Jury and his bond being fixed at $500.00, which he promptly made and was released from custody."


The above article was submitted by "Daugher" (#47137929)
Family links: 
  Robert Andrew Pickens (1847 - 1925)
  Mary E Wilson Pickens (1845 - 1916)
  William Andrew Pickens (1865 - 1939)*
  Cass Bianca Pickens (1867 - 1952)*
  Samuel Kimbul Pickens (1877 - 1954)*
  James Edward Pickens (1879 - 1943)*
  John Thomas Pickens (1881 - 1910)
  Mettie Lee Pickens (1883 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
John T.
son of
R.A. & Mary E.
Born Feb. 3, 1881
Died Oct. 21, 1910

** He was murdered
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Mount George Cemetery
Mount George
Yell County
Arkansas, USA
Maintained by: Lanie
Originally Created by: Joe George
Record added: Jun 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53377480
John Thomas John Tom or J.T. Pickens
Added by: Joe George
John Thomas John Tom or J.T. Pickens
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