1905 – Middlesboro, Kentucky – John Golden kills James Smith in self-defense

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To what Golden family does John and Powell (Paul?) Golden belong?

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“Killing at Middlesboro”

Middlesboro, Ky., July 24 (1905) — John Golden, the eighteen-year-old son of Powell Golden, of this place, shot and instantly killed James Smith. Golden emptied the contents of a shotgun into Smiths heart.

There were no eye-witnesses to the shooting, but Golden claims that Smith was beating a boy named Marion Branscomt, when he interfered and Smith struck him with a beer bottle, whereupon he shot in self-defense.”

Source: The Paducah Evening Sun (Paducah, Kentucky), 24 Jul 1905, Monday, page 2.

Middlesboro, Kentucky
Source: The Paducah Evening Sun (Paducah, Kentucky), 24 Jul 1905, Monday, page 2.

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It appears that Marion Branscom survived the attack. He died on September 22, 1968 (b1894) and is buried in the Rains Cemetery, Middlesboro, Bell Co., KY. His parents were Thomas Branscom & Annie Mayes … should that ring any memories.

I can find no reference to any Powell Golden in any of my resources. My guess is that Powell may well be Paul; phonetically they are the same depending upon the pronounciation. W is ‘double u’ … so if you pronounce Powell as Pou-uell …


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