On December 20, 1859 DANIEL DITCHER, WILLIAM WORKMAN, ALFRED WELL, GEORGE SEATON, DANIEL CLIFFORD, JAMES WORKMAN, HENRY SUTTLES and ROBERT SUTTLES went  on trial for the murder of William Sealy Zimmerman on the 25th of August of the same year.  Over the course of the next  seven days, excepting Christmas day,  107 witness testified between the prosecution and the defense.

 

A transcription of the testimony reported in the Waynesburg Republican  produced by Bill A. Davison  can be viewed here  Link to Trial of the Negroes

 

The names of those either testifying or mentioned in the testimony are

 

Attorneys for the Commonwealth – R .A. McCONNELL,   JAMES LINDSEY,  A. A. PURMAN, A.J. BUCHANAN, C.A. BLACK AND JOHN PHELAN

 

Attorneys for the defendants were R.W. DOWNEY, LAWRENCE L. MINOR, JOHN C. FLENNIEKN AND GEORGE WILEY.  The court appointed attorneys for George Seaton and James Workman were W. E. GAPEN AND E.M. SAYERS

 

Jurrors - George Plants, Elias Stone, Lucas Fordyce, John Elbin, Gilbert Thomas, Levi H. Bell, Henry Black, Jeramiah Iams?, James Ray, George Sellers, John Lear, Jr., Samuel Grove.

 

Witnesses


Smith Green

John P. Burke

James Hays

Robert James Hook

Phillip Friend

Dr. David Wishart

Dr. B. M. Blachley

Dr. D.W. Braden

Dr. Arthur Ingram

W.T.F. Webb

Amos Enocks

James Hunnel

Wilbur F. Laidley

William Rinehart

Morgan R. Wise

John Hunnel

Andrew Wilson, Jr.

Robert Adams, Jr.

John Syphers

Thoms Bradley

Benjamin Hook

William McCormic

Thomas Kent,

Joseph Phelan

Coulter Wells

Col. Joseph Cooke

Daniel Owens

John Morris

George Wisecarver

Sarah Green

Mrs. Mary Miller

Sarah Ganear

Joseph McConnell, Surveyor

Allen Herrington

Maria Redmond

Charles Bradley

Keziah Rush

John McCurdy

James P. Cosgray

District Attorney, McConnell

William Monroe

Delila Homes

Sarah Scott

Elizabeth Suttles

Mary Jane Baker

Sarah Haldeman

Jesse Hook

Hannah Wells

Samuel Williamson

Geo. F. Wolf, Esq.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Daniel Day

Emily Williamson

Rev. Barnet Witlatch

Joshua Besler (?)

Eugene Rice

Solomon Gordon

Martin Clayburn

Andrew Lantz

Jacob Rinehat

Heaton Rinehart

Erwin Stewart

Jacob Haden

Isaac Sturgis

John Hog, Esq.

Charles Bower

Thomas Hoge

Saml. McKahan

John Golden

Shadrach M. Sellers

Charles Weltner

David Taylor

Andrew Fraikes

Clark Ingrahm

Dr. A. Loar

Geo. Hoskinson, J

Alpheus Myers

Robert Sayners

George Hellams

Joseph Ryan

George E. Minor

Hiram Rinehart

George W. Kiseley

Joseph Yeates

Samuel William

Shadrack M. Sellars

Wm. Campbell

John Shields

Joseph Rush

Wm. W. Sayers

John Hagar

Lawrence L. Minor, Esq.

R.W. Downey

Rhemick Clark

Edwin Minor

Ezry M. Sayers, Esq.

James Lindsey, Esq.

Samuel Montgomery

James Parker

D.W. Kennedy

William Hays

Hiram Rinehart

William Helpenstine

Enos Hook

David Buchanan

Wm. Rhodes

John Hook

 

 


 

 

Names mentioned in the testimony


William Sealy Zimmerman

Job Morris

John F. Burke

James Hays

Smith Green

Morgan Wise’s son

Phillip Friend

Joseph McConnel, Surveyor

Robert James Hook

J. P. Cosgray, Contable

Doctors Milton, Blachley, A. Ingrahm and D.W. Braden

Dr. Wishart

Daniel Ditcher

George Seaton

Henry Suttles

James Wells

Arthor Brown also spelled Arthur Brown

Daniel Clifford

Bob Suttles

R.W. Downey

Simon Rinehart, Esq.

William Workman

William Monroe

 

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Names mentioned in the testimony continued

 

 


William Rinehart

James Hunnel

Robert Suttles

William Workman

Mrs. Cleaver

James Wells

Will Dodd

Wilbey F. Laidley

James Hayes

John Phelan, Esq.

Peterson

Ellis Johns

Tom Kinkaid

Jesse Hook

Creigh  Creigh’s Drug Store

Catlin

Jim Clark

Col. Wells

Col. Cooke

Coulter Wells

Yeater

Bane

Jack Hook

William Wells

W. S. Zimmerman

Job Morris

George Wisecarver

Allen Herrington

Joseph Kempey

James McVay

Samuel Peterson

John Morris

John Hook

Jesse Hook

Morris Green

Will Wells

Sam Peterson

McDonald

Seaton

Andrew Lantz

John Shields

Alfred Wells

Morgan R. Wise

Jim Hayes

Henry Suttles

Robert J. Hook

Mrs. Miller

Joseph Yeater

George Nisely

White

Bealer

Knisely

R.W. Downey

Rev.Witlatch

Colored man by the name of Stewart

Jack Huss

Jas McVay

Rinehart

Morris Greco

Whitlatch

Morris Rinehart

Campbell

SamGrove

Mrs. Ganier

Sarah Ganier

William Monroe

Delilah Homes

Tachesl Pershesnt (?)

Sarah Scott

Mary Jane Baker

Aunt Betty (believe to be Betty or Elizabeth Suttles)

Widow Ganier

Mrs. Nancy Hook

Mrs. Mary Hook

Alfred Wells

 

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Names mentioned in the testimony continued

 


Jim Wells

Hester


Pap

Uncle Cyrus Workman

James Workman

Wm. Workman


Samuel Williamson

Garrett

Keder

Huffman


Solomon Gordon

James Seals

Dick Adams

Colin Minor

Job Morris

E.M. Sayers, Esq.

Emil Reis

George Hoskinson

Epsy Myers

A. Lantz

Alf Wells

Sam Williamson

Clayburn

James Parker

Dr. Blatchley

Gen. Lazear

Helpenstine

Helphenstine

Dr. Blackley

Hunnell

George Seaton

John Hunnell

Wm. Webb

Rhemick Clark

Thomas J. Kent

Jake Clifford

William Dodd

Daniel Owens

John Phelan

Squire Hook

G.W. Kisley

Hudson Dowlin

Lindsey

Wm. Rhodes’ wife

Thomas Bayard

 


 


Note -  some names are listed more than once due to only a surname given or a difference in the spelling or quite possibly by my error.  If you find errors please feel free to notify me.  ~  Jan