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 1885

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Court in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 12, 1885)

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Rowan County Diversions , Chicago Tribune (July 13, 1885)

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The Rowan-County War , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 14, 1885)

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Rowan's Court , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 15, 1885)

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Court in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 17, 1885)

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Rowan County Affairs , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 21, 1885)

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Kentucky's Noted Outlaw , Chicago Tribune (July 23, 1885)

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Trial Of Craig Tolliver , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (July 24, 1885)

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Justice Thwarted , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 24, 1885)

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More Trouble in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 26, 1885)

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Another Farce at Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 28, 1885)

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Z. Y. Young's Defense , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 29, 1885)

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Defending Law-Breakers , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 30, 1885)

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Morehead Matters , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 30, 1885)

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

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Matters at Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 4, 1885)

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Rows of Rowan: Circuit Court Convenes , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 5, 1885)

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Court in Rowan: The People Dissatisfied with the Grand Jury , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 6, 1885)

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Matters in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 7, 1885)

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Matters in Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 9, 1885)

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From Rowan's Hills , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 12, 1885)

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Law and Order in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 13, 1885)

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Disorder in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 13, 1885)

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Rowan's Court Adjourns , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 18, 1885)

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Troops Ordered Home , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 19, 1885)

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The State Troops , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 20, 1885)

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Rowan County: A Graphic Story of the Origin and Progress of the Lawlessness Which Has Disgraced a State , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 22, 1885)

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How the Mighty Fallen , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 12, 1885)

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The Gospel in Rowan County , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 12, 1885)

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Rowan's Banished Sheriff , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 13, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver: The Rowan County Desperado on Trial in Cincinnati for Robbery , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 13, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver's Trial , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 21, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver , Hazel Green Herald (October 21, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver Acquitted , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 22, 1885)

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The Bible for Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 22, 1885)

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Two Opinions , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (November 11, 1885)

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A Lumber Mill Burned , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 5, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver Not Dead , Monmouth Evening Gazette (December 12, 1885)

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An Outlaw Convicted: Bowling, the Rowan Desperado, Gets Twenty-one Years' Imprisonment , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 22, 1885)

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Murdered in Bed , New York Times (December 27, 1885)

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A Notorious Desperado Shot , Monmouth Evening Gazette (December 28, 1885)

Submissions from 1886

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Craig Tolliver Shot , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (January 1, 1886)

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Boone Logan's Letters to the Sentinel-Democrat , Boone Logan (January 1, 1886)

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Hon. Thomas F. Hargis , John J. McAfee (January 1, 1886)

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The Man Who Shot Tolliver Captured , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 5, 1886)

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Quiet in Rowan: Cook Humphreys Visits the Scene of His Exploits-The Lawless Factions Without Leaders. , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 21, 1886)

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The Rowan War: Cook Humphreys and Boone Logan Attempt to Renew It in a Frankfort Hotel. , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 24, 1886)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (February 1886) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (February 1, 1886)

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Court at Morehead: Judge Cole Mounts the Bench but is Yet Unable to Get a Grand Jury or State Prosecutor. , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 3, 1886)

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Judge Cole in Ernest , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 5, 1886)

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Guilty of Murder , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 16, 1886)

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Peace in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 1, 1886)

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Fleeing From a Mob , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 9, 1886)

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Colonel John Hargis , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 7, 1886)

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A Mountain Tragedy , Louisville Courier-Journal (May 21, 1886)

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The Rowan County Trouble , J. W. Day (May 22, 1886)

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A Terrible Death , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 2, 1886)

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A.M. Bowling Sent Up for 21 Years , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 30, 1886)

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The Rowan County War: Trouble Again Breaks Out Between the Factions , New York Times (July 3, 1886)

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Trouble in Kentucky: The Martin and Tolliver Factions at it Again , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 3, 1886)

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Lawless Factions , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 3, 1886)

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The Trouble in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 4, 1886)

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The War in Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 6, 1886)

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Rowan's Shame , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 6, 1886)

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Sheriff Shot: Another Bloody Chapter to the Rowan County History , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 7, 1886)

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More Trouble in Rowan: A Sheriff While Attempting an Arrest is Mortally Wounded , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 7, 1886)

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Quiet Hostility: Beautiful State of Outlawry Prevailing in Rowan County , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 9, 1886)

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Warring Factions to the Front , Hickman Courier (July 9, 1886)

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The Rowan County Troubles: Troops Sent by the Governor to Protect the Court , New York Times (July 10, 1886)

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Troops Ordered to Rowan County, Ky. , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 10, 1886)

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Rowan's Factions , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 11, 1886)

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Morehead: Something About the Mountain Town Made so Notorious by Its Vendetta , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 12, 1886)

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A Special Judge , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 13, 1886)

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A Tale of Blood , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 14, 1886)

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All Was Quiet at Morehead , Big Sandy News (July 15, 1886)

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Have Patience , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 17, 1886)

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At Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 22, 1886)

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Law Below Par , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 23, 1886)

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Law For Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 24, 1886)

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The Sixth Victim , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 25, 1886)

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The Racket in Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 26, 1886)

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Young Logan Buried , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 26, 1886)

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At Morehead , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 27, 1886)

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Rowan's Desperadoes , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 27, 1886)

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The Special Term , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 28, 1886)

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Latest from Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 30, 1886)

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Wicked Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 30, 1886)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1886) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1886)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (Special Session, August 1886) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1886)

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The Regular Term of the Rowan County Circuit Court , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 7, 1886)

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Compromising With Toughs , Chicago Tribune (August 10, 1886)

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The Rowan County Feuds Ended , New York Times (August 10, 1886)

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Peace Patched Up in Rowan County Once More , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 11, 1886)

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Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish: Peace About to Visit War-Worn Kentucky Once More , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 11, 1886)

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Another Truce , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (August 13, 1886)

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Craig Tolliver has gone to Texas , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 13, 1886)

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A Desperado at Large , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 27, 1886)

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Shot By His Cousin , New York Times (August 29, 1886)

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John Day , Hazel Green Herald (September 8, 1886)

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The Rowan County Bushwhackers , New York Times (November 26, 1886)