Stephen Loveall and John Denton – Revisiting Murder at Glasgow Junction

The following article is from THE ADAIR COUNTY NEWS, Wednesday 17 Apr 1901

“Killing of John DENTON— Occurred at Glasgow Junction Barren County, Twenty Years Ago—.
“Some time ago, we published an account of the suicide in this city (Bowling Green) of Stephen LOVEALL, who was said to be inconsolable, worrying over the act of his having killed a man years ago at Glasgow Junction. –Hon. Lewis McQUOWN, of this city, is conversant with the facts of the killing, having been one of the attorneys who defended LOVEALL. The circumstances of the killing were about as follows:
“An election for constable was on at Glasgow Junction about twenty years ago and there was a large crowd of people in town, among them LOVEALL and a man named DENTON. Living in the town at the time was an old shoemaker, who conducted a blind tiger in his shop and dealt out whisky on the sly to all thirsty ones. On the day of the election LOVEALL had made several visits to the shop, as had DENTON, and it happened that the former was standing in front of the shop when DENTON, who was a perfect stranger to him, the men never having seen each other before that day, LOVEALL having only a short time before moved to the vicinity of Wayne county, came along, and stopping at the shop, tried to open the door, but found it locked. LOVEALL, in a spirit of fun, said to him, ‘Scratch under’. It angered DENTON in an instant to be thus addressed by a stranger, and he turned quickly around and asked LOVEALL if he wanted to fight. The latter replied to the effect that he would just as soon have a round with him as not, and the two men doffed their coats and were getting ready to go at it hammer and tongs, when bystanders interfered and stopped the fight. They stopped it but a few minutes, however, for DENTON went into the street, which had only a short while before been macadamized and was covered with loose stones, and picking up his hands full commenced to fire them at LOVEALL, who stood dodging like a ‘di-dapper’. But when DENTON picked up a new supply of the stones and commenced to hurl them again, LOVEALL thought it about time for him to ‘return the fire’ and he did so, his first stone striking DENTON on the side of the head, knocking him down. The onlookers by this time interfered and DENTON was able to get up and go home, and LOVEALL was arrested, charged with malicious striking and wounding, and taken before Judge W. GOSSOM, who was the police judge at the Junction. The trial resulted in LOVEALL being dismissed, but about ten days later, DENTON died and LOVEALL was afterwards indicted for murder. There was a large connection of DENTON’s in Barren county, and they bitterly prosecuted LOVEALL. The late Colonel Jas. J. BATES, at that time one of the leading lawyers of Southern Kentucky, was retained to assist in the prosecution. Col. BATES was a close personal friend of the DENTON’s and is said to have prosecuted the case with all the vigor he could command.
“The case was in court at Glasgow before Judge GARNETT for a long time, and was tried seven different times. LOVEALL was represented by Mr. McQUOWN, Major BOTTS and Judge BOLES, and Mr. McQUOWN made six different speeches in the case. Owing to a certain instruction given by Judge GARNETT, and which has since been reversed by the Court of Appeals, it was difficult to acquit LOVEALL, though on every trial a very considerable majority of the jury were for acquittal and it was not until the seventh trial that he was finally acquitted. Col. BATES made his last speech in the case sitting in a chair and it is said to have been one of the best and most powerful he ever delivered. —Bowling Green Times.”

On a parting note, I believe the Adair County newspaper errroneously called the Bowling Green paper, which is the Daily News, the “Bowling Green Times.” I have nowhere found reference to a paper called The Times ever being at Bowling Green.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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3 Responses to Stephen Loveall and John Denton – Revisiting Murder at Glasgow Junction

  1. Susan Kaelin says:

    I understand that you have a photo of Henry B., Sally, Mary E. Goode, and a few others. I’m not sure how old Mary E. was in that photo, but it was interesting that apparently William S., who is older than Mary by just one year, was not present for the photo. I am wondering, since you had this photo, if there may be a Goode Family Bible that dates back to the time frame of Henry and Sally?!? I have written to you before via this site (your informational pieces are great, by the way!!). William S. Goode was the father to George W. Goode, who married Mary Francis McCoy in January of 1886 in Glasgow, Kentucky. The result of this union was my grandfather, William S. Goode.
    George W. and Mary Francis died some time after 1886 and before 1900.
    My grandfather, who ended up living in the Glasgow area with McCoy family members, died when my mother was only five years of age. He had relocated to Washington State as a young adult and must not have shared much about his family; we know very little. I have not been able to find HOW, WHEN, and/or WHERE George W. and Mary Francis McCoy Goode died………and I cannot find WHERE they might be buried (I’m guessing it must be an unmarked grave). It appears that my grandfather may have initially lived with his mother’s sister, Millie Ann McCoy Bowles and her husband, William Allen Bowles. This would have been in the 1890s. I wonder if George and Mary Francis might be buried in the Bowles Cemetery, but the actual location of their burial would apparently be unmarked?!?

    So, with all of this, do you happen to have any additional information about William S. Goode and/or George W. Goode?!? I’ve been able to track William’s life’s journey to some extent, but should you be able to fill in any of the blanks on both William and George, it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

    • Gclee says:

      I am still working on this particular line, trying to find any info on William S. and George, but I am still coming up with nothing. It really is frustrating. I have made contact with several of the cousins (from each of the other siblings of William S. and my great grandmother Mary). They are as lost as I am. The picture was sent to me from someone else, and I am told that it was taken the day Mary married Seth Dugard. That would put the date in 1867. Please understand I have not forgotten you, and I work on this every chance I get. I will not let the lack of info keep me from trying to find some tidbit that will lead us to exactly what happened. I have narrowed down the places they may be buried, and have concluded it is most likely the Bowles Cemetery on Vernon School Road. That is close to the Bailey store that was owned by William Bailey. There are upwards of 100 unmarked graves in this particular cemetery, and most of them are only identified by word of mouth of the family members.
      I will keep in touch if I find anything more relevant.

      • Susan Kaelin says:

        I agree that they are most likely buried in the Bowles Cemetery on Vernon School Road…as my grandfather spent time living both with the Bowles family and the Bailey family as a result of his McCoy family connections. And I am amazed, with the number of relatives living in the Glasgow area at that time, that there isn’t a family member who has a record of what happened to George and Mary.

        I don’t believe William ever lived in the Glasgow area. In 1875 he married wife #2 (Boyle County), and in 1891 he married wife #3 (Tennessee), and in 1895 he married wife #4 (Tennessee). I can only presume that wives one and two died; that is what happened to wife #3. William died in Alabama in 1922. His grandson (my grandfather) would die four years later.

        I understand that the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center may have a copy of the following; there may or may not be a pertinent newspaper clipping that could tell us more:
        The Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Kentucky) : newspaper clippings abstracted from the Glasgow Weekly Times; deaths, memorials, elopements, marriages and murders covering assorted papers, 187 4-1898
        Author: Gorin, Sandra K. (Sandra Kaye Laughery); Mary Wood Weldon Library (Glasgow, Kentucky)
        Call Number: 976.972/G1 V28g

        Your help is truly appreciated!!!!!

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