THE EXECUTION OF LEMARS AND WILLIAM MARSH
By S. C. Turnbo
I do not know anything concerning the death of these two men except through hearsay and I have never known whether I got the details of it correct or not. But it appears that Ben Bray and his company were one day on Pond Fork of Little North Fork and were at what is known now as the Wallace Place where Lemars and Bill Marsh came to them and reported to Captain Bray that they wanted to join his company but the Captain refused to accept them. It is said that he had good reason to believe they were spies and would betray his company sooner or later to the enemy and according to testimony they were sentenced to death by shooting and were executed, in the yard and I am told that after their death the bodies were dragged into the house and a message was dispatched to their friends and relatives where they could be found and Bray and his men took their departure. Their friends come and received them and I am informed that they were buried in the Ed Welch graveyard. These men were shot a short distance above the pond of water. Bray and his men were Southerners.
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