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William Alexander “Eleck” Alsup

  • Birth 11 Nov 1843 Tippah County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 27 Dec 1905 Tuckerman, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Tuckerman, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 21820396

William Alexander "Eleck" Alsup died on December 27, 1905, at his home located on the Swan Farm in Tuckerman, Jackson County, Arkansas.

Their Tenant Home was known as the "Old Railroad House".

He was Buried at Prysock Cemetery, a Family Cemetery, on a Neighboring Farm a couple of miles from his home.

It is believed that his Second Wife, Belle Braden Alsup is Buried at Prysock Cemetery.
Due to the age of the Cemetery. there is no definite proof as to her Burial.

His First Wife, Rebecca Summers Alsup, is Buried at Coker Cemetery, in the Ball Hill Community, Tippah County, Miss.
She died in 1890, just before "Eleck" was released from prison.

His Parents are William Newton Alsup and Matilda Martindale Alsup.

William Alexander "Eleck" Alsup was convicted of the Murder of William Burger at the County Courthouse in Ripley, Tippah County, MS; and sentenced to hang.

The Lawyer for "Eleck" was William Falkner, the Great Grandfather of the famous Novelist, William Faulkner.
On the day "Eleck: was suppose to hang, Attorney Falkner, got his sentence changed to life in prison.

The stories of him working on the railroad during his prison time and getting to see his Wife, Rebecca Summers Alsup, has proven to be very doubtful.
Records show the railroad had been completed before he started serving his sentence.

After his release, he relocated to Jackson County, Arkansas, near the town of Tuckerman. He started working as a Sharecropper on the Swan Farm.

"Eleck" and his second Wife, Belle Braden Alsup and her two older Children and Dalton Alsup, Son of "Eleck" , lived in one of the Tenant Farmer Houses which was known as the "Old Railroad House".

On Christmas Eve, 1905, "Eleck" was hosting a dance at his house for the other Tenant Farmer Families living on the Swan Farm.
He had hired a Musical Group composed of a Guitar Player, Harmonica Player and a Fiddler.
Later that night, the Leader of the Group went upstairs with "Eleck" to receive the pay for the evening's entertainment.
"Eleck" and the other man disagreed over the amount of payment due; and the Musician pulled out a knife and slashed "Eleck" in the stomach many times.
The Musician went back down stairs to return the knife to one of the Musicians who had let him borrow it.

When his Wife, Belle, discovered her Husband dying on the bedroom floor, the Sheriff was called and arrested the man with the bloody pocket knife named Josephus Seward.
He tried to explain that he did not kill Mr. Alsup; but he was convicted of Second Degree Murder.
Eventually, the Murder was Solved; but the wrong man was convicted.

Upon the death of William Alexander "Eleck" Alsup, the Family was not able to provide a tombstone. However, stones were placed marking burial sites.

DOCUMENTED:
#1> Excerpts: "Tippah County Heritage, Volume I, Ripley, Tippah County, MS. " by Jerry D. Alsup.
#2> Tennessee State Marriage Licenses Issued for Becka Summers and Alexander Olsopp.
(Should have been spelled Rebecca Summers and Alexander Alsup). Issued in Hardeman County, TN.
#3> 1870 Census for Township 2; Range 4; Tippah County, MS; Dated: August 20, 1870; shows W. A. Alsup, 26, a Farmer; Born: MS; with his Wife, Rebecca Alsup, 28, Keeping House; Born: MS; and John W. Alsup, 4, Born: MS; and E. M. Alsup, Age 2; Born; MS.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Sue Moore-Hardy
  • Added: 29 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21820396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Alexander “Eleck” Alsup (11 Nov 1843–27 Dec 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21820396, citing Prysock Cemetery, Tuckerman, Jackson County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .