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Moses Ray arrested & tried for murder of Dr. H. Evans (Hill-Evans Feud)

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Moses Ray arrested & tried for murder of Dr. H. Evans (Hill-Evans Feud)

Posted: 1360268959000
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Surnames: Evans, Ray
I thought we had pretty well exhausted the Hill-Evans Feud but when I was researching a completely different subject I ran across the following article in The Sullivan Democrat dated Aug., 10 1870 - Sullivan County, Indiana.

The Rescue of an Alledged Murderer at Noblesville, Indiana - The rescue of a prisoner at Noblesville on Thursday, was a more serious affair than the dispatches last night indicated. The Sheriff of Howard county, with a posse arrested a man upon the requisition of the Governor of Kentucky, and approved by the Governor of Indiana. It is stated that sometime in '62 a highly respected citizen of Garrard county, Kentucky, Dr. Evans, was found murdered and robbed of $2,500 in money, which he had on his person.

Circumstances pointed conclusively at a man named Moses M. Ray as the guilty party, and the Grand Jury of that county found a true bill against him for murder in the first degree. Ray fled the county and was heard of no more until 1865, when he showed up at Berlin, Clinton county, Indiana, and a requisition was issued by the Governor of Kentucky to the Governor of Indiana for his apprehension. Ray again disappeared, and the officers of the law were foiled in their attempt to capture him. He there afterward returned to Berlin, and on hearing of his return a second requisition was made by Governor Stevenson, in June 1870, and approved by Governor Baker, with an order for his arrest.

In pursuance of this, Sheriff Taylor, in company with Dr. Cole, a brother-in-law of the murdered man, John Goar, a young Mr. Evans, a son of the deceased, Thomas Clark and Frank Long, of this place, and a party from Tipton, proceeded to make the arrest. They arrived at Ray's residence about midnight, and after a little parley they got the prisoner. He was taken to Tipton, where some demonstrations were made for his rescue, he was put on a train.

Telegrams were sent by some Radicals at Tipton to their brethen at Noblesville, that a party of Kentucky rebels had a Union man on the train, and to make arrangements for his release. When the train reached Noblesvlle, a crowd of about two hundred were at the depot. The Sheriff, who had the prisoner in charge, was brutally beat over the head with a stone done up in a hankerchief.

The murderer was taken to the Courthouse and after a sham trial, was released. The most intense excitement prevailed at Kokomo, at the news of the difficulty, anda company of a hundred men volunteered to go to Noblesville to protect the Sheriff, if necessary, but he returned. A thousand dollars was raised in two hours to prosecute the scoundrals who rescued the prisoner, and mob law is threatened the ring leaders if they ever visit Kokomo.
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