Transcribed by: Laurel Baty
A Woman Kills a Man—Splits his Head Open with an Axe!
A sad occurrence took place, near Little Prairie, in this county, on Saturday morning last, at 4 o’clock. It seems, from all accounts that we can gather, that a Mrs. Evans, who had formerly lived with Capt. James M. Denmon, was spending the night at the house of the deceased. At 4 o’clock in the morning Miss Evans awoke from her slumbers, armed herself with a poll axe, and proceeded to the bedside of Capt. Denman, who was quietly sleeping, in an adjoining room, by his wife, and instigated from some cause unknown, she wreaked her vengeance upon the person of Capt. D., by severing his skull with the deadly weapon killing him instantly.—She then proceeded to one of his neighbor’s residences, and confessed that she had perpetuated the bloody deed. She was arrested and lodged in jail at this place, where she now awaits her trial.
Various rumors are afloat as to the probable cause of this bloody tragedy, nothing that we can trust as reliable has yet reached our ears. [Both spellings Denmon and Denman are used in this article.]
August 5, 1869
Letters of Administration.
Catherine F. Denmon applies for letters of administration on the estate of James M. Denmon.
September 23, 1869
The woman incarcerated in jail, in this place, for the killing of Capt. James M. Denman, of this county, a couple of months since, gave birth to a child, a few nights ago, in her cell. –Both mother and child are doing well.
The Cartersville Express
February 14, 1871, page 2
By Virtue of an order from the Court of Ordinary of Bartow county, will be sold on the first Tuesday in April, 1871, at the Court-house door in Cartersville, Bartow county, between the legal hours of sale, part of the tract of land on which James M. Denmon resided at the time of his death, to-wit: the undivided half interest in lot No. 212, in the 6th District and 3rd section of said county; South half of lot No. 213, in the 6th district and 3rd section; and about 40 acres in the north-east corner of lot No. 211, in the 6th dist. and 3d section of Bartow county. The whole containing 200 acres, more or less. And also all the interest which said dec’d owned in lot No. 179, in 6th dist. and 3d section of Bartow Co. The same being his interest in the same, as dower of Nancy Denmon, widow of Felix G. Denmon, dec’d. Sold as the property of J. M. Denmon, late of said county, dec’d., for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said deceased. Terms: one-third cash, one-third on a credit of 6 months, one-third on a credit of 12 months, with interest from date, note and security, and bond for titles given.
This 13th February, 1871.
Catherine F. Denmon
Administratrix James M. Denmon, dec’d.
Georgia, Bartow County.
To all whom it may concern: Catherine F. Denmon, Administratrix of the estate of James M. Denmon, late of said county, deceased, has filed her petition, with the Ordinary of said county, asking to be permitted to resign her administration on the estate of James M. Denmon, deceased, on account of her inability to attend to said trust, and suggests the name of A. P. Wofford as a person qualified, entitled to and willing to accept said Trust.
These are, therefore, to site the said A. P. Wofford, and the next of kin of the said James M. Denmon, deceased, to be and appear at the Court of Ordinary to be held in and for said county, on the first Monday in March next, to show cause, if any they can, why said Catherine F. Denmon, shall not be permitted to resign said administration, and said A. P. Wofford be appointed administrator in her stead. Given under my hand and official signature, Feb’y 7th, 1871.
J. A. Howard
Ordinary B. C.