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 William Lafaette Holbert

William Lafaette Holbert

Death 25 Mar 1932 (aged 56)
Overton County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 79579141 · View Source
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Crossville Chronicle March 31, 1932

Friday night some time, William Holbert, brother of our townsman G B Holbert, was killed in his home in the 11th district of Overton County and his wife and daughter beaten to insensibility.

The crime was discovered Saturday morning about daylight by a son, Homer Holbert, who lives nearby, who went as usual to feed his father's stock. As he neared the house he called to his father and his mother replied and
called to him to come in that they had all been nearly killed.

The father had been shot with a 16 gauge shotgun. The mother, an invalid for 15 years, had a broken arm. The daughter, a student at Alpine Institute, had wounds on the head. The family dog was missing; also $4 which had been concealed in a dresser drawer in the home.

Sheriff S F Johnson, with a group of deputies, is at the sceneinvestigating. Bloodhounds were called from Celina, but the report is that they had struck no trail.

Mrs Holbert's mother, Mrs John McDonald, is a Federal pensioner, and one theory is that the invaders of the home thought there might be money in the house.

Holbert, the dead man, is described as a well known, industrious citizen who stood well in his community.
Late reports say that the community is very much aroused and have raised money to offer a reward for the capture of the criminal.

G B Holbert returned from the scene Tuesday and he informs the Chronicle that no person or persons have been arrested and that they have no idea who committed the crime.

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Cause of death
Shot in head while asleep by unknown party

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Lafaette Holbert (8 Jan 1876–25 Mar 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79579141, citing Bethsaida Cemetery, Livingston, Overton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Genealogy Lover (contributor 47431313) .