Hang down your head Tom Dula: what a coincidence!
Tom Dooley's real name was Tom Dula, of Wilkes County, North Carolina, who, upon returning from the Civil War was hanged for the murder of his sweetheart.
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Hang down your head Tom Dula
May 1st, 1868 | Iredell County, North Carolina
I thought it more than odd while tracking down the killer of William Patton, on Cumberland Mountain, Tennessee in 1833, that I would come upon generations of famous crimes. Now it appears that the man hung in 1868 in Iredell County, North Carolina for the murder of Laura Foster was the grandson of the man who killed Patton and was hung for it in 1834. We know the former as "Tom Dooley". made famous by folk singers of various generations. His real name was Tom Dula and he is buried beside a road that bears his name. His Grandfather was Bennet Dula, called Bennet Dooly in the newspapers of the time, who was hung for the murder of a South Carolinian , Willam Patton, who was traveling with Dula through Tennessee.