Edward B. Walker (1756-1838)

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  • ID: I18781
  • Name: George Washington Samples 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 AUG 1859 in Cocke County, Tennessee 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Death: 15 OCT 1914 in Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee 8 9 7 of Gunshot by Mel Rutherford
  • Event: Death Certificate Get: Knox County, Tennessee, 1914, #31/214
  • Event: To Do-01 1900 Census (A)
  • Burial: 16 OCT 1914 7
  • Note:
    At present, evidence points to this George Samples being the policeman who was killed in Newport in 1914; he is the only George Samples old enough to have married Paulina Starnes in 1877, and J.W. Samples was bondsman for his second marriage. There remains another unknown George Samples not far in age with whom this one could be confused. Apparently, there were additional children in the second family who have not been traced yet.
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    Newport Plain Talk, 14 October 1914, page 1:

    DOUBLE SHOOTING AFFRAY

    Policeman Samples Shoots Mel Rutherford and in Turn is Shot by Rutherford

    Mel Rutherford of near English, and Policeman Samples are perhaps fatally wounded as a result of a pistol fight today at noon.

    The Policeman had arrested a son of Rutherford and had taken him to jail and was followed by Rutherford. In the jail the father and son engaged in a fight with Policeman Cureton and Samples. Samples shot Rutherford as they clinched and Rutherford then took Samples’ pistol away from him and fired. One shot was by each and the balls entered the stomach of each and passed through the bodies. Rutherford’s wound is perhaps the most dangerous as it is an inch or two lower down. Cureton drew his revolver and prevented Rutherford from firing a second time. Rutherford walked out of the jail and into the court house year and their awaited medical attention. The policeman was able to walk down stairs and into the sheriff’s office. Both men are about fifty-five years of age and have families. Rutherford is the father of three living children, two daughters and a son. Samples has been married twice and has three grown children and six small ones.
    ==
    Newport Plain Talk, 21 October 1914, page 1:

    Policeman Samples Dead – Mel Rutherford Getting Well

    As a result of the shooting of Wednesday, October 14th, Policeman George Samples is dead and Mel Rutherford, the man shot by him, is getting better and it is believed he will soon recover. Both men were shot in the stomach with a 38-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver.

    The trouble was in the jail and came up over the arrest of Rutherford’s son, who came to town to attend the fair and became intoxicated and was placed under arrest. The boy had not been accustomed to coming to town and when arrested pulled back and tried to keep the officer from taking him to jail. Extra Policeman Joe Cureton assisted the chief and the young man was taken to jail, but not without difficulty. He was struck several times with the policeman’s billy. Friends of Rutherford reported this to him and he at once hurried to the jail where an attempt was being made to place the boy in a cell. The lower door of the jail was open and Mr. Rutherford had no difficulty in getting in, and as he approached the officers told them it was his son they had under arrest and that he would give bond for him or put up the price of a fine and take him home. As [he] reached the top of the stairway he shoved Mr. Samples back and was at once shot, the ball ranging downward and passing through his liver. He then grabbed Sample’s pistol and fired, the ball passing through the stomach. The shooting occurred about the noon hour and both men were rushed to a Knoxville hospital, when an operation was performed on Rutherford. It was not thought necessary to operate on the policeman, as his wound was not considered very dangerous.

    Mel Rutherford has been an officer of the law in Cocke county for many years and it has always been a custom that when a drunk man’s friends offered to take care of him to give him up to his friends, especially if this be the first offense. Mr. Rutherford knew this custom and anticipated no trouble in getting his son, but the policeman had worried some with the boy and was in a bad humor. In fact, both men were mad and trouble started easily. Mel Rutherford was not drinking and is considered one of the best citizens in the English community He had the interest in his son that any father would have and while the tragedy is deplorable, sentiment places little blame on Rutherford. It was one of those accidents that come up even after it is over it is hard to blame either side.

    George W. Samples.

    George W. Sample[s] died at the Lincoln Memorial hospital in Knoxville last Thursday night about eight o’clock from a wound which he received on Wednesday, the 14th. Mr. Samples had at all time as he saw the right. He was about sixty years of age and leaves four grown children by his first wife, two sons and two daughters. They are: Miss Ila Samples, Chilloco, Okla.; Mrs. Frank Henson, Tulsa, Okla.; J.R. and G.C. Samples, Amorilla [sic], Tex. By his last wife, who is living, he leaves seven small children. He was born in Cocke county but went west when a young man and their spent twenty years, coming back to Newport after the death of his wife. For more than twenty years, he was a Baptist preacher. He was an uneducated man and struggled in a simple way to walk in the straight and narrow path. He was a very strong man physically and a man of strong passions. As policeman he had only to be convinced that it was right to do a thing and the thing was done.

    The body was sent to Newport on Friday and held until the following Monday in order to give his son, Robert, a change to get here from Texas. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Baptist church. Rev. J.W. O’Hara conducted the services and interment was made in the family cemetery near the poor farm.
    ==
    1870 Census, Cocke County, Tennessee, district 7, page 420, dwelling & family 9:
    Hatley, William, 72, male, miller, TN, male 21+
    ___, Hatley, Elizabeth, 72, female, keeping house, NC
    Samples, George, 10, male, no occupation, TN
    Enumerated 8 August 1870 by John D. Smith; all white, literate unless noted.

    1880 is a questionable but seemingly likely entry for him:
    1880 Census, Grayson County, Texas, JP 1, SD 3, ED 5, page 102, family 452, family 482:
    Samples, George, male, 26, married/married within year[!], farm laborer, illiterate, TN, TN, TN
    ___, Paulina, female, 23, wife, married/married within year, keeping house, SC, SC, SC
    [next page]
    ___, Elizabeth, female, 1, daughter, single, TN, TN, SC
    Enumerated 17 June 1880 by E.S. Ellis; all white, literate, speak English unless noted.

    1900 Census: George has not yet been found, but the following seem to apply to some of the children:

    1900 Census, Grayson County, Texas, JP 8, SD 2, ED 117, page 327b, dwelling & family 92:
    Lewis, George M., head, male, born May 1854, 46, married 13 years, TN,TN,TN, farmer, owns farm, no mortgage, schedule 90
    ___, Mary, wife, female, March 1858, 42, married 13 years, 4 children, 4 living, SC, SC, SC
    [next page]
    ___, Chester B., son, male, April 1888, 11, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 1 month
    ___, Grover, son, male, January 1891, 9, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 1 month
    ___, Robert, son, male, November 1892, 7, single
    Samples, Ila, niece, female, November 1886, 13, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 4 months
    Enumerated 8 June 1900 by J. Rube Steadman[?]; all white, literate, speak English unless noted. From her Texas death certificate, Mary was Starnes.

    1900 Census, Grayson County, Texas, JP 1, SD 2, ED 84, page 9b, dwelling 160, family 167:
    Miller, Aaron, head, male, borm May 1856, 44, married 15 years, TN, TN, TN, farmer, own account, rents farm, schedule 130
    ___, Lidia, wife, female, born december 1961, 38, married 15 years, 5 children, 4 living, SC, SC, SC
    ___, Peurl[?], daughter, female, December 1884, 15, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 6 months
    ___, Maude, daughter, female, May 1886, 14, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 6 months
    ___, Fay, daughter, female, March 1889, 11, single, TX, TN, SC, at school 6 months
    [next page]
    ___, Ethel, daughter, female, June 1895, 5, single, TX, TN, SC
    Samples, Robert, nephew, male, June 1883, 17, single, TX, TN, SC, farm hand, own account [sic]
    Enumerated 9 June 1900 by S.E. Stern[?]; all white, literate, speak English unless noted.

    1910 Census, Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee, SD 1, ED 47, page 153, dwelling 364, family 381:
    Samples, George W., head, male, 53, married twice for 10 years, laborer, odd jobs, for wages, rents home
    ___, Elizabeth, wife, female, 26, married once for 10 years, 6 childrne, 5 living, illiterate
    ___, George, son, male, in school
    ___, Emma, daughter, female, 7, single, in school
    ___, Ethel, daughter, female, 4, single
    ___, Mary, daughter, female, 3, single
    [next page]
    ___, Guy[?] Allen, son, 8/12, single
    Enumerated 23 April 1910 by Frank W. Parrott; all white, literate, speak English, born in Tennessee, parents in Tennessee unless noted.




    Father: Reuben S. Samples b: 27 JAN 1831 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    Mother: Elizabeth W. Hatley b: ABT 1833 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee

    Marriage 1 Paulina Starnes b: ABT 1857 in South Carolina
    • Married: 22 SEP 1877 in Cocke County, Tennessee 10
    • Marriage License: 19 SEP 1877 in Obtained: Cocke County, Tennessee 10
    • Event: Performed by in Joseph Rutherford, J.P. 10
    Children
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Samples b: ABT 1879 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    2. Has No Children G.C. Samples b: BET 1880 AND 1900 in (prob) Grayson County, Texas
    3. Has No Children Joseph Robert Samples b: 31 JAN 1884 in (prob) Grayson County, Texas
    4. Has No Children Ila Samples b: NOV 1886 in (prob) Grayson County, Texas

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Moss b: ABT 1884 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    • Married: 15 MAR 1903 in Cocke County, Tennessee 11 12
    • Marriage License: 12 MAR 1903 in Obtained: Cocke County, Tennessee 11
    • Event: Performed by in W.J. Holt, J.P. 11
    Children
    1. Has No Children George W. Samples b: 17 OCT 1901 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    2. Has No Children Emma Samples b: ABT 1903 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    3. Has No Children Ethel Samples b: ABT 1906 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    4. Has No Children Mary Samples b: ABT 1907 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee
    5. Has No Children Guy Allen Samples b: ABT SEP 1909 in (prob) Cocke County, Tennessee

    Sources:
    1. Title: Civil War Pension, Union: Reuben S. Samples
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Official Document
      Text: George "Washing" Samples was born 24 August 1859, son of the couple per clerk and mother
    2. Title: United States Census - 1860
      Note: The 1860 Census schedules are similar to those from 1850 and subject to the same issues; the enumeration date was 1 June 1860. The entire 1860 Census is essentially extant.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, Tennessee, District 8, page 472, dwelling & family 1469
      Text: age 9/12, born in Tennessee
    3. Title: United States Census - 1870
      Note: The 1870 Census was similar to those in 1850 and 1860 although it is the first to include full information about those who had been in slavery. Some additional personal information was also recorded, and, for the first time, enumerators had written instructions, leading to a much greater degree of accuracy, although, as with all early censuses, errors are possible for numerous reasons. The enumeration date was 1 June 1870, and essentially the entire 1870 Census is extant.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Cocke County, Tennessee, district 7, page 420, dwelling & family 9
      Text: age 10, born in Tennessee
    4. Title: Civil War Pension, Union: Reuben S. Samples
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Official Document
      Text: born 24 August 1859 according to mother and clerk
    5. Title: United States Census - 1880
      Note: The 1880 Census was the first to specifically ask for the relationships of each household member to the head of household and also included birthplaces of mother and father as well as other additional information. The likely errors of earlier censuses also applied in 1880. The enumeration date was 1 June 1880.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Grayson County, Texas, JP 1, SD 3, ED 5, page 102, family 452, family 482
      Text: age 26, born in Tennessee
    6. Title: Obituary: George Washington Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 21 October 1914, p.1
      Note: Transcription in his notes. Also includes an article called "Policeman Samples Dead – Mel Rutherford Getting Well".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "He was born in Cocke county but went west when a young man and their spent twenty years, coming back to Newport after the death of his wife."
    7. Title: Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955
      Author: FamilySearch
      Note: Index to death certificates; no images in early 2010, but images may be added later.
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.familysearch.org/
      Media: Electronic
      Text: George Samples, male, buried 16 October 1914 in Tennessee, died 15 October 1914 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, age 60, born in 1854[!], policeman, white, volume 31, #214
    8. Title: Obituary: George Washington Samples
      Author: Newport Plain Talk [Cocke County, Tennessee]
      Publication: 21 October 1914, p.1
      Note: Transcription in his notes. Also includes an article called "Policeman Samples Dead – Mel Rutherford Getting Well".
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
      Text: "George W. Sample[s] died at the Lincoln Memorial hospital in Knoxville last Thursday night about eight o’clock from a wound which he received on Wednesday, the 14th."
    9. Title: Knox County, Tennessee, Death Records 1914-1920
      Author: Messer, Brenda
      Note: Electronic version of the book.
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.hickorygov.com/library/genealogy/Knox/1914index.htm
      Media: Electronic
      Text: George Samples, about 60, died 15 October 1914, certificate 214, buried in Newport, Tennessee
    10. Title: Tennessee State Marriages, 1765-2002
      Publication: Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, 2007
      Note: Not complete but good amount of data including scans of the original marriage books.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: George Samples married "Polina" Starnes 22 September 1877 (issued 19 September 1866) in Cocke County, performed by Joseph Rutherford, J.P., and witnessed by Joseph Samples
    11. Title: Tennessee State Marriages, 1765-2002
      Publication: Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, 2007
      Note: Not complete but good amount of data including scans of the original marriage books.
      Repository:
      Media: Official Document
      Text: G.W. Samples to Elizabeth Moss, issued 12 March 1903 in Cocke County, performed 15 March 1903 by W.J. Holt, J.P.; J.W. Samples was bondsman
    12. Title: United States Census - 1910
      Note: The 1910 Census actually contains a bit less data than the 1900 Census. The enumeration date changed to 15 April 1910.
      Repository:
      Note: National Archives and Records Administration
      Media: Microfilm
      Page: Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee, SD 1, ED 47, page 153, dwelling 364, family 381
      Text: both married 10 years, him twice, her once
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