MURDER OF WADE ALSUP

 MURDER OF WADE ALSUP

Wade Alsup was born 1855, Burleson County, Texas and died June 27, 1877, Blue, Lee County, Texas

June 27, 1877, Near Blue Branch-As the Pat Earhart dance was held, masked vigilantes called the following out one by one and hanged them to a tree. Wade Alsup, John J. Kuykendall, Young Floyd, and Blake (Bake? Beck?) Scott, 3 sons-in-laws of Horace Alsup and a son of Alsup. All 4 are buried in the Burns Cemetery at Blue. Jim Floyd escaped, A. B. Kaneman escaped and Sol Wheat was not at the dance.
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Austin Statesman, Friday, June 29, 1877, The news reached this city yesterday of the hanging of three or four men at McDade Wednesday night. Fifteen disguised men, the report says, called at the house where the dance was going on, and presenting guns, commanded the men they wanted to walk out, and when they did so, they were all taken away and hung on the same tree. One report said that the men hung were bad characters and cattle thieves, and another said they were men of good reputation, and that their hanging grew out of the shooting of a man by Sheriff Brown.
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Austin Statesman, Saturday, June 30, 1877; Four men taken from a dance and hung near McDade by disguised men, were named Wade Alsup, John Kukendall, Young Floyd and Beck Scoot [sic]. They were young men and citizens of Lee County.
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Austin Statesman, July 4, 1877, The Tribune gives an account of the hanging of four men near Blue Branch Church in Lee County. On the night of the 27th instant a party of between 15 and 20 well-armed men in masks rode up to the house of Mr. D. P. Airhart, where a sociable dance was being participated in. Some of them entered the house, pistols in hand, and ordered Mr. Airhart to call the names of all the men present, which he did. The mob expected to find seven men, certain parties at the place, and as the names were called out four of these being present. They were invited out and taken in charge by the remainder of the mob, then they took them off about 500 yards and hung then all to one limb. The names of the parties were Wade Alsup, John Kurkendall, O. B. S [sic] and Y. G. Floyd. It is said that these men were noted thieves, which was probably the cause of the hanging.
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The Galveston News, June 28, 1877 “From Dance to Death”
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The Bastrop Advertisor: Oct 1879, K. Stanley shot Horace Alsup, father of Wade Alsup. He was a good ole’ man but his sympathies were with his son Wade Alsup. Horace Alsup is buried in Burns Cemetery, Blue Branch, in an unmarked grave.

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