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Murder of John GAYLOR, Duplin Co.,-1841 Faison's Depot Duplin Cty N C Sept'r 4 - 1841 Dear Sir This is to inform you that on the 25th of July last a man by the name of John GAYLOR was murdered in this County at the Store of W'm. HODGES by another by the name of Charles COLEY. It appears from the evidence that was had before the Jury of Inquest that said COLEY shot GAYLOR in or near the heart, producing almost instant death without little or no provocation on the part of GAYLOR. COLEY made his escape immediately; and has not been seen but by few persons since. It is believed that he is lurking in this or some of the ajoining Counties as he has a wife and two children living in this County together with other relatives. COLEY is a man about 28 years of age 5 feet 9 or 10 - inches high - stoutly made ruddy complexion and healthy appearance with blue eyes and sandy hair, much given to curl when long; he generally wears it very short, he has a good set of teeth and tans red when exposed to the sun. This letter is to you written by me at the request of a brother of the deceased, who seems anxious that you should be informed of the circumstance and imploring your aid as Chief Magistrate of the state in bringing the offinder to trial. The deceased left a wife and six sons to bemoun their irreparable loss &c John MOREHEAD, Esq'r Governor of N.C. Yours Respectfully, Bryan W. HERRING On reverse: B. W. HERRING Sept. 24, 1841 Charging C. COLEY with the murder of John GAYLOR Copied L(etter) B(ook) page 174 file From: Faisons Depot N. C. Sept. 8 12 1/2 (postage) To: John Morehead Esq'r Raleigh, N. Ca. Source: Governor's Papers. John M. Morehead - Govenor, July - September 1841. G. P. 98. Last folder.