- Subject: KFY: Mt Vernon Signal Newspapers, 1898, Rockcastle Co
Henry Catron ????? Tate and G.S. Griffin are in Somerset attending the
trial of John P. Colyer charged with the murder of A.J. Catron
- John Perry was born on January 1st, 1857 in Cherry Grove Community, Pulaski County, Kentucky.1 John Perry's father was Lindsey Robert Colyer and his mother was Nancy Jane Richardson. His paternal grandparents were John Wesley Colyer and Lydia Memes Purvis. He had three brothers and nine sisters, named Cyrenius, Robert Lindsey, Samuel A., Lydia Margaret (Liddie), Elizabeth, Paulina Jane (Lina), Lucinda Sophia, Mary Belle, Nancy Ellen, Virginia (Jenne), Lucinda Debora (Lucy) and Alice. He was the sixth oldest of the thirteen children. He died at the age of 79 on July 30th, 1936 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
- The Courier-Journal (Louisville Ky) 6/26/1899
Noted Case On the Docket.
Somerset, KY., June 25--(Special)--
The Pulaski Circuit Court will convene at this place tomorrow for a two weeks' session. A number of very important cases will be tried, among them the Colyer murder case. Colyer shot and killed Jailer A.J.Catron last year. The case was tried at the December term of court and resulted in a hung jury. A great deal of interest is takin in the case, as both were very prominent in the county and both were members of large families.
- The Courier-Journal (Lousiville, Kentucky) Sat, Nov 5, 1898
Jury Failed To Agree.
Somerset, Ky., Nov. 4--(Special)--
The jurors in the John P. Colyer case failed to agree after being in their room about ten hours and were discharged by Judge Morrow. Colyer is charged with killing Jailer A.J. Catron last May.
- The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) Sun Jun 19, 1898
BLOODSHED AT SOMERSET
JAILER A.J. CATRON KILLED BY JOHN P. COLYER.
Both Men Were Drinking and the Trouble Grew Out of a Previous Shooting.
Somerset, Ky., June 18--Special--
This evening at 6 o'clock John Perry Colyer, a farmer of this county, shot and killed A.J. Catron, Jailer of Pulaski county. Both were intoxicated. the trouble came up over bad feeling which grew out of the Colyer-Wickersham tragedy some six months ago.
The principals in today's tragedy were at a blind-tiger, near the public square. Catron, Seth Mofield and Colyer met. It is alleged that they reached for their guns, when Colyer shot Catron below the left eye, the ball penetrating the brain. Colyer and Catron married cousins, and up to a few months ago had been friends. Both are well connected, Catron being one of the most popular men in the county.
Colyer is under arrest, and is being guarded in the court-house by Chief of Police R.O. Hughes and a posse. He will be taken to Danville tomorrow, where he will be placed in jail.
Catron, the victim of this evening's tragedy, is a cousin of County Judge William M. Catron. Catron's wife is on a visit to her father, Hon Stephen Tate, of Wayne county.
John Perry Colyer, who shot Catron, is a brother of Robert Colyer, the policeman who shot and killed James S. Wickersham at this place last December. Robert Colyer was tried at the March term of the Pulaski Court and acquitted. Catron was a warm friend of Wickersham's and took considerable interest in Colyer's prosecution. This resulted in ill-feeling, which no doubt caused today's tragedy. robert Colyer, after his acquittal, moved to Arthur, Ill, where he now resides.
Colyer and Catron were each about thirty-five years of age. Catron had the reputation of being quarrelsome when under the influence of liquor, but when sober was a thorough gentleman. He had always been prominent in Republican politics in this county, and was serving his second term as Jailer.
- The Courier Journal (Louisville Kentucky) Thu Aug 23, 1900
RECORDS Bear Out Statement of Col Campbell, OVER 200 PARDONS GRANTED During Four Years of Republican Rule
J.P. Colyer , Pulaski, pardoned December 4, 1899.