The Rowan County War Collection consists of research materials related to the Tolliver - Martin Feud which occurred from 1884 to 1887 in and about Morehead, Kentucky.

The origin of the Rowan County War, also known as the Martin-Tolliver Feud, can be traced back to the controversial election of Thomas F. Hargis as circuit judge in 1874 and the Underwood-Holbrook Feud which occurred from 1877 to 1879. The conflict between the Martins and Tollivers began in August of 1884 during a tightly contested race for Rowan County sheriff. What ensued was a series of brutal murders, deadly gun battles and three years of lawlessness in the county. The feud ended in June 22, 1887 when the Tollivers were surrounded at a hotel and tavern in Morehead by a posse of over one hundred men led by Boone Logan. After the gunfight, most of the members of the Tolliver faction were killed and peace was eventually restored to the county.

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Submissions from 1874

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The Revenue License , Maysville Tri-Weekly Eagle (June 23, 1874)

Submissions from 1877

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The Bloody Ground , Cincinnati Daily Star (June 21, 1877)

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Insurrection in Kentucky , Hickman Courier (July 20, 1877)

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Carter's War: The Trial of the Underwoods and Holbrooks , Hickman Courier (July 20, 1877)

Submissions from 1879

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Sketch of the Life of Judge Hargis , Breckenridge News (May 14, 1879)

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Impeachment Threatened , Hickman Courier (May 23, 1879)

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The Crowning Infamy , Breckenridge News (May 28, 1879)

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Judge Hargis , Farmers' Home Journal (June 12, 1879)

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War in Kentucky , Hickman Courier (June 13, 1879)

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Judge Hargis Speaks , Hickman Courier (June 20, 1879)

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Tom Green's Suit , Hickman Courier (June 27, 1879)

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Rowan's Records , Hickman Courier (August 22, 1879)

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The War in Carter County , Cincinnati Daily Star (September 10, 1879)

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War in Kentucky , Memphis Daily Appeal (September 13, 1879)

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The Underwood Vendetta , Hickman Courier (September 26, 1879)

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A Family Feud , Chicago Tribune (October 14, 1879)

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The Underwoods , Hickman Courier (October 17, 1879)

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The Underwoods , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (October 21, 1879)

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Meanest Killing Ever Recorded , Hickman Courier (October 24, 1879)

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Spirit of the Press , Cincinnati Daily Star (October 30, 1879)

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Lawlessness in Kentucky , New York Times (November 11, 1879)

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Ft. Underwood, of Carter. An Amazing Story of a Feud in the Kentucky Mountains , Sycamore True Republican (December 3, 1879)

Submissions from 1880

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1880s Photograph of Morehead , Unknown (January 1, 1880)

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Allie & William Young (image) , Allie Young and William Young (January 1, 1880)

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Young Family (image) , Young Family (January 1, 1880)

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Ft. Underwood, of Carter , New Ulm Review (May 19, 1880)

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Kentuck KuKlux , Hickman Courier (June 4, 1880)

Submissions from 1881

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Argument of Hon. Henry L. Stone in the Case of Thomas M. Green vs. Thomas F. Hargis , Charles A. Graham (January 1, 1881)

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Singular Murder Trial , Chicago Tribune (March 25, 1881)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (May 1881) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (May 1, 1881)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (November 1881) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (November 1, 1881)

Submissions from 1882

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1882) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1882)

Submissions from 1883

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1883) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1883)

Submissions from 1884

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Witness Testimony to the Events of August 4, 1884 , Unknown (January 1, 1884)

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A Disgraceful Affair , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (April 16, 1884)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1884) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1884)

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Bloody Election Day , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 6, 1884)

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Local Elections , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (August 8, 1884)

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Morehead Ky., Dec. 2 , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 3, 1884)

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Floyd Tolliver and John Martin , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (December 5, 1884)

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Kentucky Regulators , Chicago Tribune (December 11, 1884)

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Rowan County Row , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 12, 1884)

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Riddled with Bullets , Daily Cairo Bulletin (December 12, 1884)

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Special Dispatch from Morehead , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (December 23, 1884)

Submissions from 1885

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Articles in Regional Newspapers , Various newspapers (January 1, 1885)

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They Robbed the Safe , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 31, 1885)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (February 1885) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (February 1, 1885)

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Feared Their Testimony , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 11, 1885)

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A Lawless Officer , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 24, 1885)

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Bowling's Victim Dies , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 25, 1885)