|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1881|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1904|
Witness Against J. B. Marcum's Murderers Shot Down by Enemy
Jackson, Ky., April 2, 1904
News was received here to-night that James Johnson was shot and instantly killed by Bummer Spicer at the mouth of George Creek, ten miles south of here.
Spicer was standing in a houseboat in the river and Johnson on a sand bar, and the shot was fired without warning and apparently without provocation.
Johnson is a nephew of J.B. Marcum who was assassinated in the Breathitt County courthouse door a year ago, and Spicer is a cousin of Sheriff Ed Callahan, a leader of the faction which is charged with bringing about Marcum's death.
The presence of the militia in Jackson until nearly Christmas had a quieting effect in Breathitt County. Johnson is a son of Mrs. Mary Jane Marcum Johnson, sister of James Buchanan Marcum, who was an important witness in the case against Curtis Jett and Thomas White, convicted of Marcum's assassination. Spicer was arrested.
George Washington Johnson 1854-1929
Mary Jane Marcum Johnson 1854-1929
His last words spoken here
I am going home to God
Created by: Phyllis Strong Reeder
Record added: Sep 20, 2012
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