murder was committed near Madison in Monroe county, Mo., on
the 1st inst., upon the person of Mrs. Davis,
wife of Mr. John Davis, by a negro man belonging to said
Davis, during the latterís absence at St. Louis. The
negro and Mrs Davis had some sharp words, and the negro
becoming infuriated, picked up an axe, knocked her down and
chopped her head off.
He then went into his
masterís room and took his gun and left for parts unknown. Mrs.
Davis passed through this city on the 2d on his way home,
but did not hear of the horrible deed until within a few
miles of home. The following is a description of the
negro: He is about 40 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches high,
named George, of a black color, pleasant countenance,
especially when conversing, and altogether quite a shrewd
negro, small whiskers or a goatee. Hannibal
Source: Page 2 of the
Liberty Weekly Tribune dated July 17, 1857 at http://newspapers.umsystem.edu/archive.