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Thomas "Bad Tom" Smith
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Birth: 1859
Death: Jun. 28, 1895
Jackson
Breathitt County
Kentucky, USA

Thomas Smith was the son of Richard Smith, born 1826 and Mary 'Polly' Kelly of Knott Co. He was married to Emeline Combs, daughter of George David Combs and Mary Baker on 2-24-1881. Children of Tom and Emeline Smith are, Matilda Smith Combs, Bud Smith, Maggie Smith Fitzpatrick, John Smith, Cody Smith and Edgar Smith.

Tom Smith became involved in the famous French-Eversole Feud in Hazard. He sided with Fulton French and was said to be responsible for the murders of many Eversole supporters. He escaped prosecution of these crimes for many years by threatening witnesses. Tom was finally arrested and convicted for the murder of Dr. Robert Rader in Jackson, Ky. During his stay in the jail awaiting for the death sentence to be carried out, Tom repented for his killings and was baptized in the Kentucky River. He confessed to the murders of Joe Hurt, Joe Eversole, Nick Combs, Joe Adkins, John McKnight, Robin/Robert Cornett and Dr. Rader.

Tom was hung for Dr. Rader's murder in Breathitt Co., Kentucky on June 28, 1895. Tom's hanging was witnessed by 4,000 to 5,000 people according to newspaper reports. His cousin, Sheriff "Breck" Combs, pulled the lever that sent Bad Tom to his death by hanging He called out as Breck Combs pulled the lever, "Save me, Oh God, save me" as he plunged six feet down through the trap door, his neck was broken. He was pronounced dead 17 minutes later. He was then cut down and his body was given to his family who buried Thomas by his mother and father in Knott County, Kentucky. It was the first and last hanging ever to take place in Breathitt County, Kentucky. His burial place is marked by a stone in the Vicco Baptist Church graveyard which has also been called the Stacy Cemetery.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Smith (1826 - ____)
  Mary Kelly Smith (1827 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Emaline Smith (1863 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Matilda Smith Combs (1881 - 1960)*
  Bud Smith (1885 - 1924)*
  Maggie French Smith Fitzpatrick (1886 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Bad enough to be hanged
Not too bad enough for God to save
 
Burial:
Vicco Baptist Church Cemetery
Perry County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: SWF
Record added: May 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89881605
Thomas Bad Tom Smith
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