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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Saturday, March 24th, 1866

To day I am at work at the warehouse. The Steamer Emory arrived from the up river with 200 Bales of Cotton on board and proceeded on her voyage to Galveston. I rode up town and remained there until dinner. Mrs. Massie left for home after working for the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] 33 days and for which I paid her in full. Mrs. Baldwin came down and spent the day. Capt. John Redmond left for Houston. At night a man by the name of Jilks was Killed in town by a man named Gibson. Weather clear and pleasant.

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BeNotForgot said...

Tri-Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Tex.),
Vol. 32, No. 3, Ed. 1
Friday, March 30, 1866

LIBERTY, March 27, 1866

Dear Telegraph : -- A homicide occurred in our village last Saturday night about 10 o'clock. William Gibson went to his home, where he and his mother lived together, and finding Mr. G.W. Jilks in the house, ordered Jilks to leave, and immediately commenced an attack upon Jilks, and by a second shot from a six-shooter, killed him (Jilks) dead, shooting him through the heart.

Gibson after disclosing the facts to a witness, delivered himself up to the Sheriff, and the matter was examined into by our District Judge, Hon. H.C. Pedigo, who, after hearing all the evidence, held Gibson to bail in the sum of six thousand dollars, to answer to the charge of murder.

Both parties were comparatively strangers, not having resided here more than a month.

I forego any minute statement of the facts proven on the investigation, which though they were somewhat curious, could not serve any good purpose by being made known. H.