By Boynton Merrill Jr.
On the night of December 15, 1811, drunk and enraged over the breaking of a pitcher, Lilburne bound his seventeen-year-old slave, George, and, in front of the assembled household's other slaves, cut off his head. The brothers were indicted for murder, released on bail, and attempted suicide.
Boynton Merrill Jr. explores the tragic combination of circumstances and social forces that culminated in this ghastly event: the lawlessness of the frontier settlements, the dehumanizing effects of chattel slavery, and the Lewis family's history of mental instability and their ever-declining fortunes.
- Lincoln, NE
- Livingston County (KY.)--History--19th Century
- Frontier and Pioneer Life--Kentucky--Livingston County
- Lewis, Isham, D. 1815
- Lewis, Lilburn, D. 1812
- Lewis Family
- Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Family
- Murder--Kentucky--Livingston County--Case Studies
- Slaves--Crimes against--Kentucky--Livingston County
- Slavery--Kentucky--Livingston County--History--19th Century
- Livingston County (KY.)--Biography