1880-1889 Nelson

David Thomas in Nelson

Victim ID: VA1880100802
Victim Name: David Thomas
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Job: Unknown
Method of Death: Unknown
Accusation: Unknown
Date: 1880-10-08
County Name: Nelson
Mob Composition: Unknown

Summary: David Thomas was the brother-in-law of George Lowry; while past inventories indicated Thomas as a victim of lynching, in reality he was able to escape the fate of Lowry. Instead, Thomas was sentenced to six years in prison for robbery.

News Coverage: Alexandria Gazette; The Daily Dispatch.

Article Link (from The Daily Dispatch published on 1880-10-09)
Article Link (from The Daily Dispatch published on 1881-01-07)
Article Link (from Alexandria Gazette published on 1880-10-09)
Article Link (from Alexandria Gazette published on 1880-10-16)
  • Terry Meyers
    January 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    This is a terrific and deeply distressing database. But why is David Thomas included if in fact he was not lynched?

    • Staff
      January 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Terry, thank you for your comment. David Thomas was previously indicated as a lynching victim; this project revised the existing inventory and found out that indeed he was not lynched. It is important for historical accuracy to present the documentation also for those cases that turned out not to be lynching after all. Sorry for the confusion, Gianluca

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