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Eula Mae Elrod Willingham
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1904
Murray County
Georgia, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1980
Murray County
Georgia, USA

Parents
william albert elrod (1879-1953)
alice victoria cagle (1879-1964)
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Siblings

henry clifford elrod sr (1900-1986)married annie leona long (1903-1978)

mary etta elrod (1902-1980)married george h sisson (1896-1971)

walker elrod (1907-1941)married mary ada gamble (1907-1950) walker was killed by his sister eula

mollie victoria elrod (1909-1988)married james lewis childers (1903-1942) and elmer rufus roberts (1904-1970)

daisy allene elrod (1912-1931)married ivous dixon

evelyn lois elrod (1912-1930)married john dixon (1894-1970)

jessie mae elrod (1916-1994)married vance howard/lee oward/charles i webb (1924-1989)

gordon lee elrod (1920-1977)married claudell keith (1923-)

thelma odell elrod (1923-1999)married edward h hodge

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Spouse
clifford thompson (-1928 died in prison)
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Spouse
leon willingham (1898-1971)

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STATE GEORGIA EXCUTIVE DEPARTMENT ATLANTA

Dalton Georgia November 24th 1936

To the Prison Commission and Governor of Georgia

Gentlemen

In re Eula Elrod Thompson, from Murray County

As Solicitor-General prosecuting the above case. I recommend that this application be granted a parole or pardon.

This party has been confined for than nine years time. Two of the Justices of the Supreme Court dissented in this case on the ground that the evidence was insufficient to support a conviction. In view of this fact and on view of the length of time that she has served, as well as the further fact that no person that has been convicted of murder in the Cherokee Circuit in the past ten years has served as long a time as she has served. I strongly recommend a parole or pardon in this case.

Very truly yours.

(Sgt) JOHN C MITCHELL

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Virgil Scott, Kermit Pritchett, Eula Mae Elrod Are Jailed On Murder Charge June 5 1941

Three persons, two men and a women, are in jail here in connection with the death Monday night of Walker Elrod, about 35 years old, a farmer who was stabbed to death at the home of his father, Ab Elrod, 12 miles south of town.

Those arrested were Virgil Scott, Kermit Pritchett and Eula Elrod Thompson, who in 1927 was charged with two others of the slaying of Coleman Osborn at his store at Center Hill. She was convicted and sentenced to be electrocuted. Governor Hardman commuted her sentence in 1928 to life imprisonment and she was pardon in 1936 by Governor Tallmadge. Her husband Cliff Thompson and a Negro Jim Huge Moss, were electrocuted for the Osborn death.

According to reports, Scott, in company with the Thompson women, who is Walker Elrod's sister and Pritchett went to the Ab Elrod home last night, and an argument arose, during which Walker Elrod was stubbed and died instantly.

Sheriff Morrison said all those arrested had been placed in jail and that no date had been set for a preliminary hearing.

His wife and four children survive Elrod.

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Coleman Osborn Widow Exposes Mitchell's RecordTo The People of Murray County

As well you know in 1927 on August 5th Cliff Thompson, Eula Mae Elrod Thompson, and Jim Huge Moss a Negro, murdered my husband Coleman Osborn in an attempt to rob him. On the trial before Judge C. C. Pittman, all three were sentence to death the sentence of Eula Mae Elrod Thompson being later commuted to life imprisonment

In 1932, an application for pardon was filed, but this was opposed by Judge Pittman and myself and was denied. Solicitor-General J C Mitchell did not oppose the application for pardon at the time.

Four years later another application for pardon was made by Eula Mae Elrod Thompson and Mr. Mitchell promised us that he would go Atlanta and oppose the pardon. On this last application, no lawyer appeared representing Eula Mae Elrod Thompson, except a letter signed by "John C Mitchell, Solicitor- General". In which he said, "I strongly recommend parole or pardon in this case." a pardon was granted on this letter on December 10th 1936.

On the trail of Eula Mae Elrod Thompson, J C Mitchell, the Solicitor-General content that Eula Mae Elrod Thompson furnished the ( the word is not clean in the paper ) that convicted and planned the robbery and curl murder of my husband, saying that the two men were tools in her hands. He strongly urged the jury to give her the extreme penalty of the law, which a Murray County jury did.

The pardon of this women recited that a based on the recommendations of Solicitor-General. Eula Mae Elrod Thompson has returned to Murray County she has broken up another home - she and the man have been indicted and are now fugitives from justice-and another widow and five children are left on the mercies of the world because of this pardon.

I feel that the people should know the facts in this case. They are a part of Mr. Michelle's record.

Sincerely,

MARY OSBORN WILSON
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Source: Parowan Times (Utah)
15 Aug 1928

Mrs. Eula Elrod Thompson, twenty four, who, with her husband and a Negro servant, Jim Moss, were condemned by a Murray county (Georgia) court, to die for the murder of Coleman Osborne, a merchant, near Chatsworth.
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Source: Date: 1928-09-07 Paper: Dallas Morning News

Phrenology May Decide Clemency Plea for Woman
ATLANTA, GA., Sept. 6 (AP).

--Gov. J. B Hardman Thursday turned to phrenology as an aid in determining whether or not clemency should be extended to a woman awaiting death in the electric chair.
On the heels of the Governor's decision, attorneys for Mrs. Eula Thompson, 22, under sentence of death as one of three persons responsible for the death of Colman Osborne, north Georgia storekeeper, announced that no court appeal would be pressed but a direct appeal made to the Governor.
Governor Hardman announced recently that the phrenology of Clifford Thompson, the woman's husband, and Jim Hugh Moss, Negro electrocuted for the murder of Osborne, played a part in his decision not to interfere in their cases.
Police fingerprints and photographs have been given to the Governor for study. Governor Hardman is a physician.
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Date: 1928-11-23; Paper: Dallas Morning News

Saves Georgia Woman from Electric Chair
Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 22 (AP).

--Eula Elrod Thompson was saved from the electric chair when Governor L. G. Hardman commuted her death sentence for murder to life imprisonment. The woman was sentenced to death from Murray County in 1927, with her husband Clifford Thompson, and a Negro servant, Jim Hugh Moss, for the murder of Coleman Osborne, a merchant at Chatsworth. Thompson and the Negro were executed at the State prison several months ago, each going to his death declaring that he was innocent
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Albert Elrod (1879 - 1953)
  Alice Victoria Cagle Elrod (1879 - 1964)
 
 Spouses:
  Leon Willingham (1898 - 1979)
  Clifford F. Thompson (1905 - 1928)*
 
 Siblings:
  Henry Clifford Elrod (1900 - 1986)**
  Eula Mae Elrod Willingham (1904 - 1980)
  Walker Elrod (1907 - 1941)*
  Walker Elrod (1907 - 1941)**
  Daisy Allene Elrod Dixon (1914 - 1970)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery
Chatsworth
Murray County
Georgia, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 23, 2011
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Eula Mae <i>Elrod</i> Willingham
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Eula Mae <i>Elrod</i> Willingham
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Eula Mae <i>Elrod</i> Willingham
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