The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
Szucs and Luebking, p. 182
The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Hickman County and Circuit Set: At a circuit court, holdon for the County and circuit aforesaid, at the Court house of said County, on the second day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty two before Rezin [Reason] Davage, one of the Circuit Judges, appointed and Commissioned, within said Commonwealth and asigned, and allotted, as the Judge of said Court. The grand jurors of the County and Circuit aforesaid then and there duly emppannelled, sworn and charged, to enquire for said Commonwealth and the body of the County aforesaid in the Court aforesaid in the Commonwealth aforesaid present that Robt Woodall, late of said County, yeoman, William Woodall late of said county, yeoman, James Woodall late of said County, yeoman, Wiley Woodall late of said county, yeoman, and George Woodall late of said county yeoman, not having the fear of God before their eyes but being moved and reduced by the ins[tig]ation of the Devil on the third day of December in year one thousand eight hundred and thirty one, in the county of Hickman and Circuit aforesaid, did with force and arms, feloniously, willfully, and of their [malice] aforethought, make an asault, in and upon one Wilson White, and that the Robert Woodall, with a certain piece of oak timber of the value of six cents which he the said Robert Woodall in both his hands, then and there had and held, the said Wilson White in and upon the left side of the head of him the said Wilson White, then and there feloniously, willfully, and of his malice aforethought, did strike, giving unto him, the said Wilson White, then and there with the said piece of oak timber, by the stroke aforesaid, in manner aforesaid, in and upon the side of the head of said Wilson White, one mortal wound of the length, of three inches and of the depth of two inches, of which said mortal wound, he the said Wilson White, on and from the said third day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty one at the County of Hickman and Circuit aforesaid, until the fourth day of December of the same year at three of the clock in the morning of the said fourth day of December at the County of Hickman and Circuit aforesaid, did languish, and languishing did live, on which said fourth day of December at the hour aforesaid of the said year one thousand and eight hundred and thirty one at the County of Hickman and Circuit aforesaid, he the said Wilson White of the mortal wound aforesaid died.
And that said William Woodall, James Woodall, Wiley Woodall and George Woodall at the time of committing the felony and murder aforesaid, in manner aforesaid, feloniously, willfully, and of their malice aforethought, were present aiding, abbetting, consorting, supporting and maintaining, the said Robert Woodall in the felony and murder aforesaid in manner and form aforesaid, to do, commit, and perpetrate, and so the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid, do say, that the said Robert Woodall, William Woodall, James Woodall, Wiley Woodall, and George Woodall, him the said Wilson White, in manner and form aforesaid, feloniously, willfully and of the malice aforethought, did kill and murder, against the statute in that case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
[signature of attorney not legible]
[On back of document:]
We the Jury find the prisoner George Woodall not guilty.
We the Jury find Wiley Woodall not guilty Oct the 2nd 1832.
Commonwealth v. ( Indictment for murder)
and George Woodall
A true bill
[Note: This report followed the completed trial six months later.]
Warrant (Writ of Capias)
THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
To the Sheriff of Hickman County, Greeting:
We command you to take James Woodall, George Woodall,[p.183] Robert Woodall, Wiley Woodall, and William Woodall if they be found within your bailiwick, and them safely keep, so that you have their bodies before the Judge of Honor[able] Hickman Circuit Court, at the Court House in Clinton, on the first day of the next July term, to answer The Commonwealth of and Indictment found against them by the Grand Jury for murder and have then there this writ.
Witness, Richard Taylor, Jr. Clerk of our said Court, at the courthouse aforesaid, this 18th day of May 1832, and in the 4th year of the Commonwealth. [signed] Richard Taylor J. C. H.C.C.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky to the Sheriff of Hickman County Greetings: You are hereby commanded to summon and cause to come before the Judge of our Hickman Circuit Court at the Courthouse in the Town of Clinton on the 1st day of the next July Term twelve good and lawful men, housekeepers of your county to pass between the Commonwealth after and James Woodall and his trial for murder who are of no wise a kin to said Woodall and this they shall in no wise omit under the penalty of L100 and have then there this writ witness Richard Taylor Jr Clerk of our said Court at the Courthouse aforesaid this 7th day of June 1832 and in 41st year of the Commonwealth.
vs. Venirie Woodall facias To July Term 1832
[Note: This jury summons for James Woodall is repeated for William, Wiley, and George, each with a separate list of jurors.]
Summons For Witnesses (Subpoena)
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
to the Sheriff of Hickman County, Greetings:
We command you to summon Thomas Griffey, Thomas Wellingham, Robert Tanner, Archibald Appleton, Wright Simpkins, Grey Stone, Benjamin Stacy, Nancy Stacy, John Odeguard, Elijah Bradley, Samuel Sawyer to appear before the Judge of our Circuit Court, at the courthouse of Hickman County, on the 1st day of the October term, to testify and the truth to say, on behalf of the Deft [James Woodall] in a certain matter of controversy in our said court depending and undetermined, wherein The Commonwealth is Plaintiff and [James] Woodall is Defendant; and this they shall in nowise omit, under the penalty of L100. Witness Richard Taylor Jr. Clerk of our said Court at the court house aforesaid, this 21st day of July 1832, and in the 41st year of the Commonwealth.
[signed] Richard Taylor Jr CHCC
To October 1832
[Note: Separate subpoenas were issued for different witnesses ordered to appear on behalf of William, Wiley, and George on 21 July and 5 September. It is known from the endorsement on the back of the indictment above that George and Wiley were judged not guilty. The fate of James, Robert, and William is not stated in the surviving papers. A search in Hickman County newspapers could reveal what happened to them. The court docket lists Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Woodhull. The case includes seventy-five different residents of Hickman County as witnesses, defendants, clerks, and court officers.]