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Not as famous as the Hatfields and McCoys, but dramatic Kentucky feuding all the same: The Murder of Anderson Moore

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Men Arrested for Assassinating Anderson Moore

Prestonsburg, Kentucky

April 16, 1903.

    Prestonsburg, Ky.  April 16.  Cliff Branham and Nelson Moore,
accused of assassinating Anderson Moore, were arrested at White House
by M.T. Allen, L.P. May and James Sizemore, and brought here and lodged

in jail.  A few days after the killing of Moore, it is alleged, they went
to the home of his widow, set fire to her barn, killed her stock and
gave her twenty-four hours to get out of the country.    Monroe Moore,
accused of being an accomplice, was arrested by Sheriff J.M. Weddington
and placed under guard.  He is said to have made a written confession.
    The prisoners have since been taken to Lexinton for safe-keeping.
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From Knott  County Historical Society's - A Century Ago This Week
(1903 Edition)

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The Killing of Anderson Moore as Told by his Granddaughter, Miriam Newsom Rosik

Beaver Creek, Floyd Co., Kentucky

 

Note:  The following is the imperfectly remembered account of the murder of Anderson Moore as recounted by Miriam Newsom Rosik, a granddaughter of Anderson Moore.  The hired killer was actually Cliff Branham, not John Gearhart.  It was John McCurry who hired Cliff Branham to do the killing, and it was he, McCurry, who was waylaid and shot while carrying a crosscut saw.

"My mother was Mary Elizabeth of the Moore family, and she was born April 10, 1871.  Her father was Anderson Moore (3/20/1852 - 2/26/1903) and her mother was Lurany (Higgins) Moore (4/27/1853 - 12/29/1928.  Her Grandfather was Henderson Moore (11/27/1832) and her great Grandfather was Ephraim Moore (2/26/1808), and her great, great Grandfather was Joel Moore (1/15/1765). 

I can remember seeing Grandpa Moore only once, although I've heard what he was like.  He wasn't a large man, about 5'8", I think.  Grandma and Grandpa lived only about two hills away from us on Beaver Creek, Kentucky.  Grandpa came to our house that one time, and he must have been feuding then because he was riding his horse and had his rifle with him.  I guess I was about six years old, and can't remember this very well.  I know that he was feuding with some enemies and that is why he always took his gun (a Winchester rifle) with him wherever he went.  About two years later he was riding his horse along the road through the timber with his son, Charles, on the same horse behind him.  Charlie was 16 years old.  A man by the name of John Gearheart [actually, it was Cliff Branham], a hired killer, was hiding behind a tree and they shot Grandpa to death on his horse.[1]  He fell and left Charlie sitting on the horse.  They had a trial and this man was freed, although I don't know why.  Later on, someone waylaid Grandpa's killer [actually, John McCurry, who had hired Cliff Branham] while he was walking alon the road carrying a crosscut saw and John Gearhart [actually, John McCurry] was shot.  The bullet hit the saw and plunged it through his body.  Nobody tried to find the man that did it.[2]  Mammy's brothers and sisters that I remember were Breck (1/1/1875), Liza (Eliza, 3/21/1877), Charlie (Charles, 3/13/1887), "K" (Chamilous, 3/6/1889), Alex (Alexander, 5/25/1891), and Grover (4/19/1893). 

My Grandpa Moore was buried at Beaver Creek.  His enemies hated him so badly that they shot up his grave the same night that he was buried and threatened Grandma Moore.  She became afraid to stay in Kentucky any longer because they had said they would kill her and the boys.  The next day after she got Grandpa buried, Grandma packed up what few things she could, and with her four boys (Charles, "K", Alex, and Grover), left for Iowa, where her oldest boy, Breck, was living.  They went by train.  When they arrived at the station to leave, the stationmaster told her that her boxes were too big (they had hastily packed their belongings in what was available), and they had to shift everything into smaller boxes before they would let them on the train.  Charlie had to do this, since he was the oldest.  Grandma lived with Breck until she could find a place of her own.  She made a living for herself and the boys by weaving carpets and rugs and anything else she could find to do.  She was a brilliant woman although she never had any schooling.  She couldn't write, but she could read printing.  I stayed with her for about two years while I went to school in Somers, Iowa.  She was a wonderful person.  My mother was the oldest one of her fourteen children."

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[1] [In fact it was Cliff Branham, not John Gearheart, who was the hired killer and confessed murderer of Anderson Moore]. 

[2] [The man who was killed with the crosscut saw was actually John McCurry , who was feuding with Anderson Moore and hired Cliff Branham to kill him.  Refer to documented account below from the Anderson Moore Family Record.]  

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Eyewitness Account of the Killing of Anderson Moore

Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky

 

 

Anderson Moore was the oldest son of Henderson and Eliza Jane Moore.  This recollection of the murder of Anderson Moore comes from the Moore Family Record and is as told by Charles Moore, who was with Anderson Moore on the same horse when Anderson was shot. 

"Anderson Moore was born March 20, 1852, in Virginia.  He married Lurany Higgins, who was born April 27, 1853.  They lived at Beaver Creek, Kentucky, near Pikeville and McDowell in the eastern part of the state.  Thirteen children were born to Anderson and Lurany:  Mary Elizabeth, William Henderson, Breckenridge, Eliza Jane, John Ireland, Meldy, Melville, Anderson Jr., Charles, Chamilous ("K"), Alexander, Grover Cleveland, and an infant daughter.

A feud over land boundaries developed between a Mr. McCurry and the Moore family.  On February 26, 1903, Anderson was shot and killed while riding his horse, by a man hired by McCurry.  Anderson Moore was 50 years old when he died.  One of Anderson's sons, Charles, was with him on the horse at the time, but was not hurt.  After the shooting, McCurry went to the Moore home and moved out all the family's possessions.  Thus Lurany spent the night outside the house, protecting the family's things.  As soon as she could thereafter, she packed up the family, including Charles, Chamilous, Alexander, and Grover, and went to Somers, Iowa, where Breckenridge had a farm.  Then they moved to a farm near Rinard, Iowa, where the boys grew up.  The man who shot Anderson [Clifton Branham] was subsequently hanged, and McCurry himself was later shot by person or persons unknown."

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The Killing of Anderson Moore as told by B. F. Hoskins

Beaver Creek, Floyd Co., Kentucky

Introduction:  Clifton Branham (along with two others) was the gunman hired by John McCurry to murder Anderson "Ant" Moore. This is the story as it was passed down by Benjamin Franklin Parsons, who was hired by the trio of criminals to take them by wagon drawn by mule team to catch a steamboat and then a train to Catlettsburg in a grand getaway scheme. The same Parsons also conveyed Lurany Moore to catch the steamboat to Whitehouse, then train to Iowa.

CLIFTON BRANHAM, HIRED KILLER OF ANDERSON MOORE

"as told by Mrs. B. L. Hoskins, who in turn got the story from her great Uncle Benjamin Franklin Parsons, who was considered an authority on the subject."

After Clifton had murdered his wife in Virginia, he fled to the home of his Uncle Turner Branham, who lived on the Long Fork of Shelby Creek, Pike County, Kentucky.

At the time, there lived in the head of right Beaver creek, Floyd County, which is just across the hill from the Long Fork of Shelby Creek, one Anderson (Ant) Moore, who was quite wealthy.  Either for his wealth or personal reasons a neighbor, John McCurry (in some areas it is spelled McCreary), wanted him (Moore) killed.  The said John McCurry had three daughters, Hallie, Lila, and Lily.  McCurry had heard of the reputation of Clifton Branham, which seemed well known.  He was reputed to be a real bad man.  John McCurry Plotted the death of his neighbor, Ant Moore, by giving Clifton his daughter, Hailey, $60 in money, and a high powered rifle to commit the murder.  Since the victim was unknown to Clifton, he hired two relatives of some degree to the victim, Harry Lee Moore and Nelson Moore, giving each of them one of the other daughters, Lily and Lila, also $60 in money and a high powered rifle each, to point out the victim to Branham.  By hiding in the woods they waylaid their quarry.  One high powered rifle each, to point out the victim to Branham.  By hiding in the woods they waylaid their quarry.  One day as Ant Moore was returning from the mill where he had his turn of corn ground into meal, he stopped in the yard of "Old" John Moore, whose wife was Rhodie (the relationship of "Old" John to Ant Moore is not known;  however, Rhodie was a sister-in-law to John McCurry, perhaps his wife's sister;  see note at end of Story.)  Ant was talking to "Old" John when Clifton, hidden in the woods, shot and killed him with the high powered rifle from a distance (later measured) of one-half mile.

After comitting the crime, Clifton, Harry Lee and Nelson Moore took the girls and other hire, engaged Mrs. Hoskins' great Uncle Benjamin Franklin Parsons to take them on a wagon drawn by a mule team from the head of right Beaver Creek, then down Big Mud creek to the mouth of Mud Creek at Harold, Floyd County, Kentucky.  From  there they embarked by steamboat down the Big Sandy River to Whitehouse, Kentucky, which was at the time the rail head of the C&O Railroad.  They were to take a train and leave the country.

It so happened that one of Ant Moore's friends had heard of their plans and went to Taylor Allen, then Sheriff of Floyd County at Prestonsburg, the county seat, and told him of their plans.  Knowing they had already left by steamboat and that he had only a short time to apprehend them, he deputized another, and knowing there was no other boat leaving in time, they ran down to the river and cut loose someone's log raft and floated down to Whitehouse, and there arrested the three men and three girls at the depot where they were awaiting a passenger train to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, taking them back to Prestonsburg, where they were confined in the county jail.

The girls, as far as is known, were exonerated.  Harry Lee and Nelson Moore were given two years in prison for their part in the slaying of Ant Moore.

About two years after John McCurry hired Branham to kill Ant Moore, "Old" John Moore's wife, Rhodie, who was mentioned bofore as sister-in-law to John McCurry, was supposed out of desire to obtain McCurry's land to give one "Dick Toe" Mosely $6 in money and 60 bushels of corn to kill McCurry.  This, it is said, he did.  Nothing further of this crime or anyone punished is known at the present time.

It can be here noted that the same Benjamin Franklin Parsons, who brought the Branham party to catch the steamboat, also brought the widow of Ant Moore down Mud Creek to Harold, Kentucky, where she and her children took the steamboat down the Big Sandy to Whitehouse.  From there they traveled by train to the state of Iowa, where an older son lived.

NOTES for John McCurry: 

Floyd County Court Records

 

Charged with willful and malicious shooting in April 1900.  Charge dismissed upon application of the Commonwealth Attorney.  A Moore listed as a witness.

 

Another charge in 1901 was dismissed.  Algeneau and Cal Moore were listed as witnesses.

 

September 1896, John McCurry was listed as a witness in a case against Samuel Miller for stabbing and wounding. 

 

September, 1903, charged with murder (Moores were listed as witnesses).  When the case went to trial in January, 1904, there was a hung jury.

 

SOURCE:  Branhams & Kin:  Descendants of Milly Branham by Brenda D. Salyers

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The Memoirs and Confession of Clifton Branham

Floyd County, Kentucky

 

 In his published memoirs, Clifton Branham confessed to the murder of Anderson Moore.  He was hired by John McCurry to kill Anderson Moore because of a dispute over land boundaries.  Anderson Moore was on horseback on his way to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Lizzie and Noah Newsom, when he was shot and killed by Clifton Branham.

"After remaining here a short time, I went to Beaver in Floyd County, to cousin John McCarey's where I remained about three months. He had a daughter with whom I fell in love. Her father could not stay at home because of a feud between him and the Moore family living just below him. They had shot him, killed his property, burned his barns and fencing, and kicked up all kind of deviltry, and swearing that they would take his life before they let up. But it came to pass that Anderson Moore got killed and that broke up the next. His property was killed, his house and barn burned. Haley and I got married and started to Michigan, taking a boat at the mouth of Big Mud, a drummer on the boat knew me. He got off at Prestonsburg and told them that we had gone down the river. The others took a skiff and followed us to White House where they arrested me, and brought me back to Prestonsburg jail, then they took me to Lexington, where I remained two months, and the officers from Virginia came after me and brought me here to the Wise County jail, to be tried for the murder of my wife." 

LAST CONFESSION:
At the age of 14, I took deliberate aim and shot at a Mrs. Fleming, and at another time shot at John Fleming, intending to kill them for abusing my sister, but missed them. I beat another woman and threw her over a cliff, leaving her for dead, but she recovered. I premeditatedly shot to kill Rant Smallwood, but failed. I received part of the money that killed Henry Vanover. I killed my wife for accusing me of my daughter. I killed Anderson Moore and destroyed his property on Beaver.

LAST REQUEST:
That my friends take me to Dickenson County for interment. Good by!

HANGING:
On September 25, 1903 Clifton was led from the jail, to the scaffold nearby, and hanged, becoming the last man hanged in Wise County, Virginia.

 The entire memoir of Clifton Branham may be viewed at http://www.dickensoncounty.net/cliftonbranham.html

 

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The Killing of Anderson Moore

Floyd County, Kentucky

This is the story of the killing of Anderson Moore as written by his Great-Granddaughter, Fern Rosik Glasgow:

 Violence was nothing new to the family of Anderson Moore. His father, Henderson Moore, had been shot and killed in 1886 supposedly by mistake. Nothing else is known at this time about this affair.

In 1892 Anderson sold some land to John McCurry who had been living adjacent to him. Supposedly John's wife, Artie, was related to the Moores. Rhoda, wife of John Moore, was reportedly her sister. John Moore was Anderson's uncle--his mother's brother. Later that year, Anderson took his family and moved to Mohamet, Illinois, where there were jobs to be had. He retained ownership of his remaining land on Beaver Creek. In Mohamet, Anderson and Lurany's [nee Higgins or Hagins, his wife) twelfth child, Grover Cleveland, was born. THeir daughter, Eliza Jane, married Andrew J. Holt, who had followed her there from Kentucky. In late 1894 Anderson moved all of his family except his oldest son, Breck (who moved to Iowa), back to Beaver Creek. Some say he was homesick for Kentucky, other that he went back to protect his property. Eliza Jane and Andy Holt also returned with their son, Melvin Lee Holt.

John McCurry was not happy with the land boundaries and claimed a few more acrews than Anderson understood it to be. A shooting wr developed on Beaver Creek. McCurry claimed that Anderson shot his livestock and burned his barn.

Around 1901, Anderson went to Sam Hall Fork to visit his daughter, Lizzy Newsom, her husband Noah, and their children. He did not often make this trip even thought he lived only two hills away. Anderson was not a large man, about 5'8" tall. When he went to their house that time he must have been feuding because he was riding on his horse and had his rifle with him. He always took his gun (a Winchester rifle) with him whever he went. Both men, Anderson Moore and John McCurry, were fearful for their lives and had to stay hidden to keep from being shot. One day Andy Holt took a shot a McCurry and another fellow who were crossing the creek below Anderson Moore's house. This story is told by Melvin Holt, who was Andy's son and the grandson of Anderson Moore:

"The next to the last time I was back in Kentucky I went down there where that crossing was and stood right out in the middle of the creek and thought about the shooting. In that country the hills come down to a V, and right down at the bottom of that V is a creek and the road follows the creek. At that time--now it's different--at that time you had to cross the creek, oh, a dozen times, in order to go almost nowhere. The creek was just winding, you see.

McCurry and another fellow was cross the creek, the first one down below Grandpa Moore's house. The house was quite a ways bck from the cross, but they had powerful rifles. The house had a room upstairs--it wasn't fit to stay in or live in, but you could crawl around up there. And on the one end, down creek-wise was a window, possibly 20X30". If I remember right, it had a swinging door on it, that you could open or shut. The window looked out on the creek that flowed across the road ahead. My Dad was in the loft of that house, shooting out the window. That's how near Dad came to killing a man. Dad fired one shot, and it hit McCurry-he was carrying his gun across his chest--and it hit the gun right about where it would have hit his heart. It hit the gun solid and the bullet shot off and missed the whole thing. It hit the gun--providential, of course.

Dad said McCurry dcropped off his horse and he thought he had killed him for sure, and got this terrible feeling inside, that he had actually killed a man. But then McCurry must have been stunned for a minute, ecause he got up and he and the other fellow ran off. We were glad Dad didn't kill him, afterwards. Later on, of course it kind of slowed down, but this McCurry hired a man who shot my Grandpa as he was going down that same road. He was up in the mountains somewhere and shot right down, hit him right in the groin, and he bled to death in just no time. A terrible thing. It sure knocked us out."

McCurry became so afraid that he felt he had to leave his home for his own safety.

At this time McCurry had three daughters, some quite young. The girls were Hailey, Delilah, and Lily McCurry. Three young men desired these girls. They were Clifton Branham, Nelson Moore, and Monroe Moore. The Moore boys were about 24 years old. Nelson was a son of Anderson's sister, Rhoda, who had married Calvin Moore who was a brother to Anderson's mother. Monroe was probably Nelson's cousin, likely a son of Calvin's brother, John Moore and his wife Rhoda. (Rhoda could have been a sister to Artie McCurry). Clifton Branham was a notorious killer who had recently got out of the Federal Pen at Frankfort. He had been serving time for killing his own wife after she accused him of molesting their daughter. Clifton "got religion" while in prison. He became a preacher and was a fine mucisian on the guitar. Clifton had grown up and had family in Pike County, down on Shelby Creek south of Virgie at a place called Dorton. There were lots of Branhams living on Robinson Creek. John McCurry was Clifton's cousin. Clifton's family now lived just over the border between Kentucky and Virginia, in the town of Pound in Dickenson County, Virginia.

"I went to Beaver Creek, Floyd County," wrote Clifton in his "The Life, Crime and Confessions of Clifton Branham" before he was executed. "I went to cousin John McCurry's, there I remained about three months. He had a daughter with whom I fell in love. Her father could not stay at home because of a feud between him and the Moore family living just opposite. They had shot him, killed his property, burned his barn and fencing and stirring up all kinds of devilment, sweraing that they would take his life before they quit. But it came to pass that Anderson Moore got killed and that broke up the next."

Benjamin Franklin Parsons, who was a witness at the trial of John McCurry, gives this account: "There lived on Beaver Creek, Floyd County, one Anderson (Ant) Moore who was quite wealthy. Either for his wealth or personal resons, a neighbor, John McCurry, wanted him killed. The said John McCurry had three daughters--Hailey, Lila, and Lily. McCurry had heard of the reputation of Clifton Branham which seemed well known. He was reputed to be a real bad man. John McCurry plotted the death of his neighbor, Ant Moore, by giving Clifton his daughter, Hailey, $60.00 in money, and a high powered rifle to commit the murder. Since the victim was unknown to Clifton, he hired two relatives of some degree to the victim, Harry Lee (Monroe) and Nelson Moore, giving each of them one of his other daughters, Lila (Delilah) and Lily. Also $60.00 in money and a high powered rifle each, to point out the victim to Branham. By hiding in the woods they waylaid their quarry."

The story takes up here with the memory of Charles Moore, who was riding on the horse behind his father, Anderson Moore, when he was shot--along with the remembrances of others:

Anderson and his son, Charles, had been to the mill to get some corn ground into meal (probably at McDowell) and were returning home south along Beaver Creek. To get home they had to pass the homes of Old John Moore, John McCurry, Morgan Turner and Calvin and Rhoda Moore. Anderson and Charles stopped in the yard of Old John Moore briefly (Old John being Anderson's father-in-law). As they continued down the creek, Clifton, who was hiding in the woods with a high powered rifle, shot and killed Anderson to death on his horse. Anderson fell and left Charlie sitting on the horse. Charlie was not hurt. Nelson and Monroe had fulfilled their role by pointing Anderson out to Clifton so that he might shoot the right man, probably while Anderson was talking to old John Moore.

Anderson Moore was buried at Beaver Creek. His enemies hated him so badly that they shot up his grave the same night that he was buried and threatened his wife, Lurany. After the shooting, McCurry went to Luranys home and moved out all the family's possessions. Thus Lurany spent the night outside the house, protecting the family's things. As soon as she could thereafter she packed up the family--Charles, Chamilous (K), Alex and Groer and went to Somers, Iowa, where her oldest son Breck, had a farm. They went by train. When they arrived at the station to leave, the staionmaster told her that her boxes were too big. They had to make the boxes smaller and repack everything before they could get on the train. Charleie had to do this as he was the oldest. They had to leave many household items behind including many beautiful quilts which were passed on to her daughters, Lizzy Newsom and Liza Holt. Some years later, Anderson's farm was sold and Lurany and her children received a mere pittance for it--perhaps $50.00 each.

Clifton took his prizes, as did Nelson and Monroe. The hired Frank Parsons (according to Parson's account) to "take them on a wagon drawn by a mule team down Mud Creek to its mouth at Harold, Kentucky, on Big Sandy River. From there they embarked a steamboat down the big Sandy to Paintsville, Kentucky, which at that time was the railhead of the C&O Railroad. They were to take a train and leave the country. It so happened that one of Ant Moore's friends had heard of their plans and went to Tay low (?) Allen, then Sheriff of Floyd County at Prestonburg, the county seat, and told him of their plans. Knowing they had already left by steamboat and that he had only a short time to apprehend them, he deputized another, and known there was no other boat leaving in time, they ran down to the rive and cut loose someone's log raft and floated down to Paintsville, and there arrested the three men and three girls at the depot where they awaited a passenger train to Catlettsburg (near Ashland, KY). They took them back to Prestonsburg, where they were confined in the county jail. The Wise County, Virginia authorities heard, or were informed, of the capture of Clifton and he was promptly extradited to Virginia. There he was tried and convicted of the earlier crimer of murdering his wife, Nan Branham, for which he paid the supreme penalty by being hanged. The girls, as far as is known, were exonerated. Harry Lee (monroe) and Nelson Moore were given two years in prison for their part in the slaying of Ant Moore."

Actually, Nelson Moore and Monroe Moore appeared before the Grand Jury and were fined $100 apiece on each of two counts of CCDW (CoConspiracy with a Deadly Weapon). On April 14, 1903 they were both tried and convicted of ARSON and the next day Nelson was taken to the Pen at Frankfort for 2-1/2 years at hard labor, and Monroe received one year at hard labor. It is not known at this time what they burned.

Frank Parsons, in his account, relates that he took Lurany Moore and her family up Mud Creek to Harold on Big Sandy in like manner in which he took Clifton and company, and that they also took the steamboat to Paintsville, where they boarded the train.

(In a different case in March 1911, Nelson Moore, along with CoConspirators Algernal Moore, Sylvester Gearhart, and Jack McCurry, went on trial for murder in Floyd County, KY. After lengthy trials each was found Guilty of Murder and received life sentences in the State Penitentiary. Nelson was sentenced March 11, 1912).

THE AFTERMATH

The Commonwealth of Kentucky brought John McCurry to trial for Murder on Sept. 10, 1903. Amont other witnesses for the state were John Moore; Nelson and G. W. Moore, who were Anderson's brothers; Noah Newsom and Andy Holt, his sons-in-law; Henry Holt, Andy's father; Perron Holt, Andy's brother; Nelson and Monroe Moore and Sylvester Gearhart; also the neighbors, Morgan Turner and Frank Parsons. The case came to trial January 7, 1904. On January 18, 1904 the State chagesd Monroe Moore. These two cases continued hand in hand until January 21, 1904, when they had to continue the trials in the next term of court. The second session of the Court met on April 4. On April 13, the Court disucmissed the case against Monroe Moore. The next day, April 14, 1904, the Jury found John McCurry "NOT GUILTY."

Years later, Melvin Holt described it as "kind of a slick trial that didn't amount to nothing. McCurry was the father of the whole mess--that is, the fighting."

Was this the end of this affair? Not on your life! Rhodie, John Moore's wife, supposedly out of a desire to obtain McCurry's land, offere "Dick Toe" Mosely $6.00 in month and 60 bushels of corn to kill McCurry (her brother-in-law!). Dick Toe never received either the money or the corn. What happened did not come fully to light for some fifty years......

.......The children of Noah Newsom knew that he had spent a year in the jail in Pikeville for "killing a man." They knew he was probably drinking and fighting when he did it. They did not know who he killed. They knew about the gruesome killing of John McCurry--i.e.: Some waylaid McCurry while he was walking along the road carrying a crosscut saw on his shoulder. John McCurry was shot; the bullet hit the saw and the plunged it through his body, decapitating him. Lurany Moore knew that Noah killed Mr. McCurry but kept it to herself except to hint to Myrt Newsom once when Mrt was living with her in Iowa. Lurany said that Noah was a sheriff once and had killed a man. Myrt supposed it was in the line of duty and dismissed it. The time of this deed is unclear. Myrt says "they were all out gunning for him," so she suspects he was killed not long after the end of the trial in which he was acquitted.

If this be true, the Noah Newsom family still lived on the 77 acre farm. The food in the jail in Pikeville was so bad that Book Newsom was dispatched with food for his father in jail. The boys, Book, Claud and Andy were big enough to work, and Lizzy, being the manager that she was, the family did not suffer too much during this time. The toughest par of it all was the illness of the greatly beloved daughter, Maud.

It was not until after Noah Newsom died in 1905 that the story was finally told about McCurry's death. Noah had told his sons, especially Andy, the whole story and they had honroed his request for secrecy during his lifetime.

Thus was the death of Anderson Moore avenged!

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Sources:

The Anderson Moore Family Record: 1765-1900 by Beverly Moore Osmundson and Shirley Holt Pitman

Court Records of Floyd and Pike Co. KY: 1903-1915

Interview with Melvin Holt, Sept. 25, 1986, by Shirley Pitman

Booklet circa 1990, The Noah Newsom Family of Robinson Creek, Kentucky 1775 - 1950 by Fern Rosik Glasgow (G-Granddaughter of Anderson Moore and granddaughter of Noah Webster Newsom)

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