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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Quiet Reigns in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (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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The Rowan Warriors , Louisville Courier-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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Not Guilty , Unknown (June 1, 1888)

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

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Hiram Pigman Hurt , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 27, 1888)

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Craig Tolliver's Slayer , Louisville Courier-Journal (November 28, 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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Tolliver and Howard Factions , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 25, 1892)

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Battle at Hogtown , Louisville Courier-Journal (October 25, 1892)

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

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Wyley Tolliver Dead , Louisville Courier-Journal (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)

Submissions from 1899

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Fatal Difficulty Over a Woman , Mount Vernon Signal (December 1, 1899)

Submissions from 1901

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Serious Fourth of July Fights at Morehead , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 5, 1901)

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Shoots His Wife-Then Kills A Man , Louisville Courier-Journal (August 20, 1901)

Submissions from 1903

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Judge Hargis Dead , Owingsville Outlook (August 6, 1903)

Submissions from 1907

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Assassination: Attempted Near Morehead - Captured by Aids of Blood Hounds , Mount Sterling Advocate (May 22, 1907)

Submissions from 1908

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Will Young Sues Newspaper , Bourbon News (March 24, 1908)

Submissions from 1910

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The Rowan County War , Edward T. Moran and Cora Wilson Stewart (January 1, 1910)

Submissions from 1917

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The Toliver-Martin-Logan Vendetta , Charles C. Mutzenberg (January 1, 1917)

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Final Battle of Morehead , Charles C. Mutzenberg (January 1, 1917)

Submissions from 1921

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Famous Feudist Shot By Marshal , Hartford Republican (July 29, 1921)

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Man, Wounded in Duel, Paralyzed , Louisville Courier-Journal (July 30, 1921)

Submissions from 1925

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A Tolliver-Martin Feud Song , John Harrington Cox and Harvard University Press (January 1, 1925)

Submissions from 1927

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Rowan County Crew , Dock Boggs (January 1, 1927)

Submissions from 1928

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The Rowan County Feud , Cal Turner (January 1, 1928)

Submissions from 1932

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The Ballad and Folk-Ways of Kentucky Mountaineers , Percy Hutchison (January 31, 1932)

Submissions from 1933

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Feuds Die Out but Feud Tales Persist , Jean Thomas (November 26, 1933)

Submissions from 1935

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A. W. Young is Dead; Kentucky Senator , New York Times (February 19, 1935)

Submissions from 1940

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Rowan County War Manuscript , Unknown (January 1, 1940)

Submissions from 1956

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1886 Legislature Laid Down an Edict that Rowan County Feud Must Stop or the County would be Discontinued , Rowan County News (May 10, 1956)

Submissions from 1960

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Rowan County War - Chronology , Unknown (January 1, 1960)

Submissions from 1964

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Ballad of the Rowan County Troubles , Jean Thomas and Walter Kob (January 1, 1964)

Submissions from 1967

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The Tolliver Song , Josiah Henry Combs (January 1, 1967)

Submissions from 1970

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The Tolliver-Martin or Logan Feud , Unknown (January 1, 1970)

Submissions from 1976

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The Rowan County War: The Anatomy of a Mountain Fued , Stuart S. Sprague (January 1, 1976)

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The Rowan County Trouble: Anatomy of a Mountain Feud , Stuart Seely Sprague and Mountain Review (July 1, 1976)

Submissions from 1984

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Days of Anger, Days of Tears: Rowan County, Kentucky, 1884-1887 - First Edition , Juanita Blair and Fred Brown Jr. (January 1, 1984)

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The Feud that Produced a College , Fannie Madden-Grider and Alvin Madden-Grider (December 1, 1984)

Submissions from 1987

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Rowan County War, August 1884 - June 1887 Map , Jack Ellis (January 1, 1987)

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Bloody Rowan , Ashland Sunday Independent (June 21, 1987)

Submissions from 2000

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Days of Anger, Days of Tears: The Story of Two Kentucky Feuds - Millennium Edition , Juanita Blair, Fred Brown Jr., and David Beaver (January 1, 2000)

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Valley of the Shadow: The Story of the Rowan County War (side one) , Fred Brown Jr., Robert Sloan, All Audio Studio, and Morehead Tourism Commission (April 1, 2000)

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Valley of the Shadow: The Story of the Rowan County War (side two) , Fred Brown Jr., Robert Sloan, All Audio Studio, and Morehead Tourism Commission (April 1, 2000)