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T J Beck
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1856
Death: unknown

Killing At Sulligent -
A Dual Claim to a Lot of Brick Ends by JOHN OLDSHUE Emptying the contents of a Shotgun into T. J. BECK- Sulligent was the scene of a killing Monday.

The following facts were learned form an eye witness to the shooting. BECK in company with others went to Sulligent Monday to count out some brick from a kiln, which both BECK and OLDSHUE claimed. BECK got up on the kiln, and was working with one hand and holding a pistol in the other hand. OLDSHUE got his gun and walked up within close range of the kiln, and ordered BECK to get off the yard. BECK seeing OLDSHUE, meant to shoot, got down off the kiln and tired to protect himself by getting behind VIRGIL BICKERSTAFF. OLDSHUE was standing with his gun cocked telling BICKERSTAFF to get out of the way, that he was going to shoot. Young BICKERSTAFF'S father, who had come up in the meantime, told OLDSHUE not to shoot his boy, and OLDSHUE replied that he would not. BECK continued to cling to BICKERSTAFF, making no effort to use the pistol which he still had in his hand. OLDSHUE getting a chance fired while BECK was still holding to BICKERSTAFF, the load of shot striking him in the breast.

The gun was loaded with buck shot, sixteen of which took effect, and the wound proved fatal. BECK lived for several hours but was told by his physician that there was no hope for him. He was brought to his father-in-law's, Mr. W. R. LANGLEY, near Vernon, where he died Tuesday morning about four o'clock.

His remains were laid to rest in the Vernon cemetery Tuesday evening. OLDSHUE was promptly arrested on a charge of assault with intent to murder. A preliminary investigation was conducted by Justices HOLLIS and GUYTON, who l released him under a $500 bond, without waiting to ascertain the result of BECK'S wound. The cause that led to the killing was a dispute about a lot of brick. OLDSHUE claimed the brick and BECK claimed a half interest in the lot. A few days ago the crick Claimed by BECK were levied on and sold. BECK was proceeding to count out half of the brick when he was killed. - (Vernon Courier, Feb. 5, 1891)
Vernon Cemetery
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
Created by: M&M
Record added: Dec 13, 2009
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T J Beck
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Thanks to researcher BOW for the obit/account of events.
- M&M
 Added: Nov. 3, 2013

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