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Murder of Benjamin Anderson

Account of the Murder of Benjamin Anderson

There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on RootsWeb.com in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run.
I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.



Account of the Killing of Benjamin Anderson

There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on RootsWeb.com in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run.
I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Owner/Sourcewvaanne
Latitude38.80301
Longitude-81.826395
File nameBen Anderson Murder.pdf
File Size41.57k
Linked toFamily: Miller/Barr (F23); Benjamin Anderson; John Maranda Miller, II

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