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William Harrison-Dennis Mayfield
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Birth: 1851
Alabama, USA
Death: May, 1891
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Marshall of Moulton,

From the The Moulton Advertiser May 14, 1891
Name: Mayfield, W. D.

Mine: Pratt no. 1
Cause of Death: gas explosion
Occupation: Convict
Race: White
Report Year:
Date: May 22, 1891

Notes: Source: Hooper, J. de B. "The Pratt Mines Explosion Report by the Mine Inspector" Alabama Sentinel 13 Jun 1891: 1.

This is a link to Birmingham Library. The Birmingham Age Herald. Eye witness account that William took a lantern to a section of the mine that had been blocked off with boards, and written Caution***Fire/Gas. He knocked off a board and caused the explosion. Page 7

Convicted of Murder and Sentenced to the Penitentiary for Life makes a Statement. A Note of Warning.

Learning that Mr. Mayfield wanted to make statement, we called on him at the County Jail last Friday Evening. Accompanied by Mr. Jo Smith and a Mr. Roberts, the latter bring on the jury before whom he was tried. We found him resting on a cot, his hands doubled up under his head and he looked out through the iron bars towards the sitting sun. Everything in and about the cage was scrupulously clean and the personal of the man himself was remarkably attractive. He wore a white shirt and his other clothes fit him like a glove. He is a good-looking man and but for has associates could have made himself useful to his people. He said.

"I was not treated right. The jury did not know all the facts, or it wouldn't have given such a verdict to me. There were lies sworn on me."

(Here the prisoner uses some strong language against Urshaw, Hightower, Williams, Simpson, and on of the jurors, which we have excluded)

"Hope the people will take my case home to themselves, and get mea pardon in 8 and 10 years. I would not have complained at that length of time and think that punishment enough. I want to give little good advise to the arising generation. Whiskey has brought me to this and I want you all to let the cursed stuff alone. It has separated me from my family and is the abuse of all trouble. I have been kindly treated by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Roberts during my confinement here. They have showed me every kindness. There never was any unkind feeling between Jas Hightower and myself until the day of the killing. If we have been sober it would not have occurred. We loved each other like brothers, but similar circumstances I would do the work over again. I had nothing to do with the killing of Williams on the Gypset, at Courtland about which I has some trouble several years ago. I want to thank Lawyers WT Lowe and JH Branch for defending me. They did what they could for me and I!
not being able to pay them. I am 40 years old- have a wife and 7 children; two whom are married. It pains me to leave them. The future looks dark, but I accept the situation will; no unkind feeling toward any persons dead or alive."

W.D. Mayfield Moulton Ala. May 14, 1891

Family links: 
  Cynthia Jemima Hightower Mayfield (1852 - 1927)
  Minnie Mayfield Herbert (1870 - 1930)*
  William Thomas Mayfield (1878 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Gas explosion
Created by: Anita Bennich Penn
Record added: May 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90846626

Rest in Heavenly Peace.
- William Neill
 Added: Feb. 10, 2015

- Anita Bennich Penn
 Added: May. 2, 2014

- Maggie
 Added: Oct. 16, 2013
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