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 1886

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A Solution That Solves , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 18, 1886)

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Jeff Bowling , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 24, 1886)

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Jeff Bowling's Fate , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 24, 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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Murder at Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 29, 1886)

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A Cousin's Fatal Shot , Louisville Courier-Journal (September 1, 1886)

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

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Mt. Sterling Matters , Louisville Courier-Journal (September 29, 1886)

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Maysville: A Refusal to Scale a Tax Indebtedness- An Alleged Murderer Released on Bail , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 11, 1886)

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Broken Loose Again , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 20, 1886)

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Morehead Quiet , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 25, 1886)

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

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Rowan County: A Dark Picture of Life as It Is Lived in the Town of Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 30, 1886)

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Politics in Bath County , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 14, 1886)

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County Attorney Young Resigns , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 15, 1886)

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Gained Seven Years , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 23, 1886)

Submissions from 1887

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Craig Tolliver: And a Reign of Terror Make Simultaneous Appearance in Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 4, 1887)

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Death At The Dance , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 5, 1887)

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Mason Keaton , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 5, 1887)

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Craig Tolliver in Good Health , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 13, 1887)

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Craig Tollivar Killed at Last , Monmouth Evening Gazette (January 14, 1887)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (February 1887) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (February 1, 1887)

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On Last Tuesday Morning , Hazel Green Herald (February 2, 1887)

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Rowdy Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 15, 1887)

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The Rowan Troubles , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 15, 1887)

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Rowan Methods , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 17, 1887)

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The Grand Jury of Rowan County , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (February 18, 1887)

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Hon. A.G. Caruth Resigns , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 1, 1887)

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Another Rowan County Killing , Chicago Tribune (March 15, 1887)

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Shot By A Friend , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 15, 1887)

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Way Things are Done in Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (April 29, 1887)

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Trouble in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (May 1, 1887)

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A Rowan County Feud , Chicago Tribune (June 9, 1887)

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Crime In Kentucky , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 9, 1887)

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Rowan County: A Three-Years' History Written In the Blood of Seventeen Murdered People. , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 12, 1887)

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Rowan County: Craig Tolliver Said to Be the Only Hindrance to the Public Peace of Morehead and Vicinity , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 15, 1887)

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Three More Lives , Big Sandy News (June 16, 1887)

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Irresponsibilies , Chicago Tribune (June 19, 1887)

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Tolliver Wants Seven More Scalps , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 20, 1887)

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Craig Tolliver's Mandate , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 21, 1887)

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Col. Craig Tolliver , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 21, 1887)

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A Reign of Terror: Wild Excitement in Rowan County, Kentucky - Tolliver Threatened , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 22, 1887)

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Tolliver's Turn , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 23, 1887)

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Desperadoes Shot Dead , Chicago Tribune (June 23, 1887)

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The Kentucky Vendetta , New York Times (June 23, 1887)

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Dark and Bloody Ground: Desperate Factional Fight at Morehead, Ky. - Craig Tolliver Killed , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 23, 1887)

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Retribution , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 23, 1887)

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Tolliver's Turn , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 24, 1887)

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Tolliver Killed , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (June 24, 1887)

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Now Let There Be Peace: Craig Tolliver, The Noted Kentucky Desperado, Slain , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 24, 1887)

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Peace: Spreads Her Wings Over the Hills and Valleys of Bloody Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 24, 1887)

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Driven Desperate , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 25, 1887)

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Out On Bail , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 25, 1887)

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Morehead: Description of the Town and the Leading Actors in Wednesday's Tragedy , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 26, 1887)

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Avenging Tolliver: Craig's Death Incite to More Desperate Deeds , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 27, 1887)

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Arrest of Rogers , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 27, 1887)

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Craig Tolliver: That He Was Famous Who Will Deny After Reading the Following Epitaphal , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 27, 1887)

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Echoes from the Rowan Racket , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 28, 1887)

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The Battle of Morehead , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (June 28, 1887)

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Ought Soon to be Ended , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 28, 1887)

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Rowan County: The Mannins Escape-Andy Tolliver Dead-Dr. Logan Going Back to Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 28, 1887)

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Killing of the Tollivers , Richmond Climax (June 29, 1887)

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Bloody Rowan , Hazel Green Herald (June 29, 1887)

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The Tolliver Gang Again , New York Times (June 29, 1887)

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A Reign of Terror: Wild Excitement in Rowan County, Kentucky - Tolliver Threatened , Monmouth Evening Gazette (June 29, 1887)

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Rowan County Quiet , New York Times (June 30, 1887)

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Rowan's Peace , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 30, 1887)

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Craig Tolliver and Rev. Barnes , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 1, 1887)

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Typescript of Newspaper Articles related to the Rowan County War , Unknown (July 1, 1887)

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The End is Not Yet , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 1, 1887)

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The Kentucky Feud , Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (July 2, 1887)

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Bit the Dust , Tampico Tornado (July 2, 1887)

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The Rowan Resolutions , Hazel Green Herald (July 6, 1887)

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Thirteen Questions , Hazel Green Herald (July 6, 1887)

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The Rowan Troubles , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 6, 1887)

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Shooting in Kentucky , Grant County Herald (July 14, 1887)

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Kentuckians Abroad , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 15, 1887)

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Fled From Kentucky: Ex-Sheriff Ramey and Son Hiding in Wisconsin , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 16, 1887)

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All About Two-Fifty: Cause of the Notorious Rowan County, Ky., Fued , Monmouth Evening Gazette (July 20, 1887)

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Affairs at Morehad , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 21, 1887)

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Cook Humphrey , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 23, 1887)

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Trouble Feared at Morehead , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 27, 1887)

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The Rowan County Feud , Chicago Tribune (July 29, 1887)

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Rowan County , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 30, 1887)

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Soldiers For Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 30, 1887)

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Troops to go Forward , New York Times (July 31, 1887)

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On To Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 31, 1887)

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Troublous Times , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 1, 1887)

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Troops for Rowan County , Chicago Tribune (August 1, 1887)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1887) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1887)

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Want Troop in Rowan County, Kentucky , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 1, 1887)

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Governor has Ordered 60 men , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (August 2, 1887)

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The Ways of Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 2, 1887)

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Rowan County , Richmond Climax (August 3, 1887)

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The War in Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 5, 1887)

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The Morehead War , Chicago Tribune (August 5, 1887)

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Troops Called For , Hazel Green Herald (August 5, 1887)

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The Blood Flows in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 5, 1887)

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Morehead Quiet , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 6, 1887)