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|Vicki Hittson||Henley Sutton|
19 Jan 1889 "Another Cold Blooded Murder in Hancock County."
On Saturday evening as Henley Sutton was riding along a public road in
Hancock County in company with friends, he was shot off his horse by a part
of men who were lying in ambush and after he had fallen to the ground, a man
by the name of John Barnard ran out from his hiding place and shot his victim
two or three times through the body and head with a Winchester rifle. Bad
feelings is said to have been existing between Sutton and the Barnard
Brothers for some time past and that each part had been carrying arms and
looking for the other, as Sutton was carrying a Winchester rifle on his
saddle at the time of being killed. A brother of John Barnard and probably
some friends were in hiding with him when he fired on Sutton. We understand
that both of the Barnards have been captured and are now in custody.
Henley Sutton was about 45 years of age and has been a revenue officer,
but at the time of his death was running a distillery in the county. He was
a very prominent man, and worth from five to six thousand dollars. He was
married and leaves a family.
Later, we learn from parties from Hancock who were in town yesterday that
seven persons have been arrested, charges with being implicated in the above
30 Oct 1889
"The Barnard Boys. Five men sentenced to be executed on the gallows in
Hancock County, Tennessee, December 23."
"Sentence of the Court Pronounced by Judge Caldwell, Judge Turney Dissents."
The Supreme Court decided the Barnard case yesterday morning. The
opinion, an elaborately written one was delivered by Judge Caldwell. Judge
Turned dissented. The opinion as delivered affirms the decision of the lower
court, and on Monday, 23 December, the five Barnard boys, unless executive
clemency interferes, will pay the death penalty for the murder of Henley
Sutton. The killing occurred in Hancock County last January. The prisoners,
"Big" John Barnard, Sr., Anderson and Elisha and cousins John Barnard and
Clint Barnard were present in the courtroom when the verdict was rendered.
As Judge Caldwell sealed their fate, not a muscle of their bodies moved.
Not even a change of countenance was perceptible in the five men. They took
the affair in the same light as they did the shooting, in cold blood, of
After the opinion was delivered, the prisoners were marched back to the
jail and locked up to await transportation to the scene of their crime in
The case has attracted widespread attention, due perhaps from the fact
the never in the history of America, with the exceptions of the anarchist's
execution, have five men been condemned to death for the same crime.
For weeks past, it has been expected that an opinion in the case would be
delivered by the Supreme Court, every day. The high tribunal did not act,
however, until every fact was fully determined. Relatives of the Barnards
have been in Knoxville for weeks past awaiting the outcome. The aged father
of Big John and the other boys has been almost a constant attendant at court.
The result will probably kill him.
The fact that led up the murder, for which the five men are to die, was a
feud of long standing between Sutton and Big John which grew out of a lawsuit
between the two over a piece of land
Sutton was a well to do farmer, but a notorious and desperate man as
well. One afternoon in January last, Sutton left Sneedville in Hancock
County for his home, some twelve miles north of that place. He was riding
horseback and was alone. Just before he reached his house he was shot and
killed. John Barnard, Sr., who is known as Big John was supposed to have
committed the murder and was arrested on the charge. Then following the
arrest of his two brothers, Anderson and Elisha and cousins, John Barnard,
Jr., and Clint Barnard.
The case came up for hearing in the May term of court and attracted
widespread attention. Judge Brown presided and both the prosecution and
defense were represented by able counsel. It was charged that the Barnards
were lying in wait for Sutton, and that Big John fired the fatal shot from
ambush. The defense claimed, however, that Sutton and Barnard met at a place
in the public road where it would have been impossible for the Barnards to
have secreted themselves, and that no such action on their part was ever
considered. Sutton was carrying a Winchester rifle and so was Big John.
Both raised their guns at the same time but Barnard was a little faster of
the two and he shot Sutton through the heart, the ball passing entirely
through his body. Sutton's rifle was found to have been cocked. It was also
claimed that Sutton had threatened Big John's life and intended killing him
on sight and of course Big John prepared himself. Both men had been armed
for several days before the fatal moment, each with a finger on the trigger,
ready for an emergency. It was further claimed that the four other Barnards
had nothing to do with the killing and were not in company with Big John for
The opinion of the Supreme Court, however, which had gone over the case
carefully, does not sustain the latter claim.
Sutton, whom the Barnards killed, had a reputation of his own. He killed
his father several years ago before his own death. It is also said that he
attempted to murder his brother.
The Barnards have been confined in the Knox County jail ever since the
convening of the Supreme Court. Their attorneys, Messers. Gillenwaters and
Shields did not leave a stone unturned for the commutation of the sentence,
without avail, however.
Strenuous efforts will be made to have the sentence commuted through
Governor Taylor, and the friends of the condemned will labor to this end
unceasingly. It is thought, by those who are in any position to state, that
Governor Taylor will refuse to interfere, and will permit the law to take its
27 November 1889
"Executive Clemency a Mistake"
That Governor Taylor had the right and power under our constitution to
interpose executive clemency, and set aside the judgement of both the Circuit
and Supreme courts in the case of the 5 Barnard's, the Hancock County
murderers, no one will perhaps deny. But the questions is, does that act
serve to meet the demands of justice and operate in the interest of law and
order and the promotion of good society in the community n which such
lawlessness, and such reckless destroying of human life has been carried on
during the last two decades. Or does it not rather tend to give a new
license to the murderers and cut throats to prosecute their villainous and
bloody avocation without fear of the laws of the commonwealth being executed?
Just what force or influence was brought to bear upon the Governor, whether
any outside of the petitions signed by citizens of upper East Tennessee or
not, we do not know. That these petitions were rather numerously signed, we
take for granted (never having seen one of them) that they were signed by
hundreds of people, who knew nothing whatever of the facts connected with the
case, we take it, is equally true. That there are many hundreds (I cannot
read the rest of this article. The copy is too dark.)
"The Barnards Will Not Hang"
Governor Taylor Interferes and Gives Two of Them Their Freedom and Lets
Big John Off With 10 Years and Anderson 5 Years.
Governor did on last Thursday, with it was generally expected he would
do, commuted the sentence of the five Barnard boys, who were sentenced to
hang at Sneedville, Hancock County on December 23rd.
The Governor pardoned absolutely John, Jr., and Elisha; commuted to 5
years in the penitentiary the sentences of Clint and Anderson Barnard and to
ten years that of Big John Barnard.
The Governor was rather more liberal than some thought he would be, while
some severely condemn his actions, and others uphold him and say he did
18 December 1889
News from Camilla, Tennessee, Hancock County.
People are disgusted at little Bob's (Taylor) mercies for the life saving
conscience that he so liberally sowed in the Barnards and Moore cases, people
that know the facts, say that Judge Brown did his duty to a letter and had
the honor to lay aside his political cost, and give the law as it was
legislated. While on the other side, Bob Buttons his political coat close,
and in actions if not words says, a Democrat cannot stretch a rope while he
can show gubernatorial clemency. If this is equity and law, we had as well
burn the Bible and law books and kill the preachers, send the lawyers to hell
on a ten year mission. There have been over fifty men killed in Hancock
County since the war and nine tenths came clear, for the black crime of
8 Jan 1890
We notice in the Knoxville Journal that the Barnard boys are on the
warpath again and are determined to more human blood. But we are not able to
verify the statement at this writing.
[TNCLAIBO-L] Murder of Henley Sutton by PBurne1063@aol.com
[TNCLAIBO-L] Re: Murder of Henley Sutton by "Imogene Bennett"
[TNCLAIBO-L] Murder of Henley Sutton by Neandon@aol.com
|PSS||RE: Margaret Sutton Johnson|
Well I could leave you believing I braved the cold and spent hours searching to get your photo but the real story is one of coincidence, a lovely day and minimal effort on my part. My aunt Gladys married a Johnson, so I snap them when I see them. Saw the request today and sure enough there it was among my photos from yesterday, only had to tap the upload button. Funny, I would have uploaded it in the next couple of days anyway as I compared my photos to find-a-grave listings and discovered there was no photo connected. So you are very welcome.
Msgt Phillip S. Sise USAF (retired)
Added by PSS on Feb 02, 2014 7:57 PM
|Don Green||RE: Guy Nelms|
You're very welcome for the photos, Paula. Always nice when they lead to new info for the "Tree". Glad I could help out.
|Quietly Resting||Crowell's @ Evergreen|
Thank you so much for taking pictures of my Crowell cousins. I really appreciate your time & effort and the pictures were wonderful! Thanks again!
|Brigitte Tucker-Ford||Alexander Gordon|
I already have the photo for Alexander Gordon at Evergreen Memorial. I actually took his photo today, (He shares a double headstone with his wife, Katherine), and I notified the original creator of Katherines memorial that I had Alexanders too. The original creator of Katherines memorial, (Wes Keat) submitted the request for me to fulfill tonight, since I already have the photo.
Please use the Suggest A Correction feature on any of my memorials to contact me. I regret that I had to turn off my messages due to a few bad apples.
Please let me know,
|Sherry Hess||Alfred Poindexter|
Thank you for letting me know about Alfred and double confirming with the office that Alfred is buried at the cemetery just doesn't have a memorial marker.
Thanks again for your help I appreciate that, have a great weekend.
|Gregory Chapman||Re; Mary A Stephen|
Thank you for the photo. Kind of you-Gregory
|David McInturff||Mary Jane McInturff Morris|
Thanks so much for the quick transfer. I appreciate that.
|Ann Young||RE: Mattison Benjamin|
You are welcome--
|Gary Wilson||RE: Ray Wilson|
I assumed that he would have a military type marker, but for reasons unknown, they did not put one up.
Thank you again
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