Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 12, 1892: Thomas Allison

The following is from The Weekly Star (Wilmington, N. C.) dated September 16, 1892:


Thomas Allison, a Notorious Desperado, Hanged at Mt. Airy.

[Special Star Telegram.]

MT. AIRY, N. C., Sept. 13.—Thomas Allison, a notorious murderer, who killed two men near Knoxville, Tenn., and murdered W. H. Brown, of Georgia, here three weeks ago, was lynched last night. The excitement is great.

By Telegraph to the Morning Star

WINSTON, N. C., September 13.—Thomas Allison was taken from Surry county jail last night and lynched. August 20th last Allison accused W. H. Brown, on the streets of Mount Airy, N. C., of backing out of a foot race with him. Brown denied it. Hot words followed, and Allison shot him twice. It is thought the lynching occurred because Allison's trial was postponed, and his ultimate escape from justice was feared.

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