Noah Blakely

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
December 3, 1896, Page 5
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“Brief Local Items.”

Drowned in the Etowah.
Jack Griffin Charged With Drowning Old Man Noah Blakely.

Last Friday night a party of five Negroes were crossing the Etowah river in a small boot which was capsized about the middle of the stream and all were thrown out. Four of them managed to reach the shore, but Noah Blakely, who was an old man, was drowned. The other Negroes left him to his fate and did not try to render assistance. Among the party was a Negro from Chattanooga named Jack Griffin. He was chiefly instrumental in capsizing the boat, and it is thought that his purpose was to get rid of Noah Blakely, who was one of the eye witnesses in the murder of Greene Smith by William Jones, who was arrested in Chattanooga last week.

At the investigation by the coroner’s jury the evidence against Jack Griffin was thought to be sufficient and he was bound over to court upon the charge of murdering Noah Blakely, and is now in jail to await the January term.


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