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 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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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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Driven Desperate , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 25, 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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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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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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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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Shooting in Kentucky , Grant County Herald (July 14, 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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Troops to go Forward , New York Times (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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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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Morehead Quiet , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 6, 1887)

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Rowan Circuit Court , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 8, 1887)

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Tolliver , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 11, 1887)

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The Grand Jury of the Rowan Circuit Court , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (August 12, 1887)

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Two Desperadoes Arrested , New York Times (August 14, 1887)

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Rowan Circuit Court , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 15, 1887)

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Hiram Pigman , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 16, 1887)

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Logan's Murderer Bribed , New York Times (August 18, 1887)

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The Youngs Acquitted , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 19, 1887)

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From Rowan County, Ky.: Sensational Evidence in a Trial at Morehead , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 19, 1887)

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Letter from Zeke Yocum , Frankfort Roundabout (August 20, 1887)

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A Kentucky Vendetta , Sydney Morning Herald (August 25, 1887)

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Pigman and Perry , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 27, 1887)

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Cal Toliver Shot At , New York Times (August 30, 1887)

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News From Watterson's State , Monmouth Evening Gazette (August 31, 1887)

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The Kentucky Vendetta , Canterbury Press (September 2, 1887)

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Tolliver's Slayers Acquitted , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (September 2, 1887)

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The Usual Verdict in Rowan County , Monmouth Evening Gazette (September 2, 1887)

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The Roaring Farce , Frankfort Roundabout (September 3, 1887)

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A Burlesque on Justice , Chicago Tribune (September 9, 1887)

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Pigman and Perry Acquitted , Hazel Green Herald (September 9, 1887)

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John Hall , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (September 10, 1887)

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The Kentucky Vendetta , Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (September 10, 1887)

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Illustrations of State Militia at Morehead , Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (September 10, 1887)

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Rowan Heard From , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (September 12, 1887)

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Shooting at Morehead , Richmond Climax (September 15, 1887)

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George Walters , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (September 23, 1887)

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Shirt of Craig Toliver on Exhibit , Monmouth Evening Gazette (October 8, 1887)

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George Walters , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (November 5, 1887)

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Special Reports on the Rowan County Affairs: Legislative Document No. 23 , Sam E. Hill and Ernest MacPherson (November 22, 1887)

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Journal of the Regular Session of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky , State of Kentucky (December 1, 1887)

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The Dead Tollivers: The Great Kentucky Vendetta Described , Atlanta Constitution (December 28, 1887)

Submissions from 1888

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Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky , State of Kentucky (January 1, 1888)

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Excepts from Various Newspapers , Unknown (January 1, 1888)

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Scrapbook of Rowan County War Newspaper Clippings , Unknown (January 1, 1888)

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The Tolliver War: Peace Reigns in Morehead, Ky., the Seat of the Feud in Which Twenty-two Men Were Slain , Warren County Democrat (January 5, 1888)

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Rowan County , Hartford Weekly Herald (January 11, 1888)

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Frankfort, Jan. 4 - Senate , Big Sandy News (January 12, 1888)

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The State's Law-Makers , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (January 20, 1888)

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Rowan County Crimes , Big Sandy News (February 2, 1888)

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An Ill-Governed Community , Chicago Tribune (February 10, 1888)

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A Bloody Record , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 16, 1888)

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Rowan Affairs , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 18, 1888)

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Drawing to a Close , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 24, 1888)

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The Rowan Investigation , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 25, 1888)

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Majority and Minority Reports and Testimony taken by the Rowan County Investigating Committee made to the General Assembly of Kentucky , State of Kentucky and John D. Woods (March 16, 1888)

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Judge Cole , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (April 17, 1888)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1888) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1888)

Submissions from 1889

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Deadly Feud Ended in Marriage , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 21, 1889)

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Love Ends an Old Feud , Chicago Tribune (October 21, 1889)

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The Toliver-Martin Feud , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (October 22, 1889)

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That Story about Frank Tolliver , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (November 1, 1889)

Submissions from 1890

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Fighting for Free Whiskey , New York Times (April 5, 1890)

Submissions from 1892

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Rowan County War Renewed , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 27, 1892)

Submissions from 1893

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"Burk" Mannin's Trial , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (March 28, 1893)

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While Serving as a Member of the State Guard , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (May 17, 1893)

Submissions from 1894

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A Life Sentence , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (March 3, 1894)

Submissions from 1895

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Colonel Z. T. Young Dead , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (February 15, 1895)

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Death of Col. Young , Mount Sterling Advocate (February 19, 1895)

Submissions from 1896

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Skipped: Mrs. James Goins of Frankfort Leaves her Home to Live with Al Bowling , Mount Sterling Advocate (September 22, 1896)

Submissions from 1898

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In a Little Hillside Graveyard , Mount Sterling Advocate (January 4, 1898)