Laurel Branch Cemetery

Laurel Branch Cemetery in Wise Virginia Written by Joanna Adams Sergent   A beautiful spot on the mountain that over looks Addington, Rocky Fork, and parts of Stephens.   Laurel Branch Cemetery in Wise, Virginia is a place to re-discover the past.   There is a beautiful chapel that sits quietly at the edge of the […]


Doc’s Gun

Doc’s Gun. Doctor Marshal Benton Taylor’s rifle is of utmost importance as it is often told that the jury had a question about the gun and ultimately it would be the rifle and the testimony about it that would be used to find him guilty however when we look into the testimony about the rifle, […]


Janes Identity Problem

Jane’s Identity Problem. The Following article is partly fiction, this is because as Charles A Johnson tells us in his book, at the time of the trial it was customary for only the testimony of the witness to be recorded. This means that from the answers given, we must try to resolve the questions that […]

Doc Taylor

Doc Taylor man on the run

Doc Taylor, man on the run.   We are often led to believe, that Doc Taylor and the Fleming’s were the suspects from the moment the bodies were found, and that they had went into hiding immediately after the shooting. Yet this is simply not true, it would be nearly three weeks before they became the […]

Henry Vanover

Henry Vanover

The Story of Henry Vanover… Henry Vanover was born in 1835 to Daniel and Nancy Vanover, During the Civil War he served as a private with the Union Army and after the war the government deeded him 900 acres of land for his service which was approximately 2 miles down the Elkhorn Creek from the […]

Jane Mullins

Janes Custody

The Custody of Jane Mullins. The Pound Gap Massacre happened on the 14th of May 1892, it would be the 19th before Jane told Serah Blevins that Doc Taylor, and the Fleming brothers had been the ones to attack them. And she would later testify that this information had come from James Potter, one of […]

Books 3

The Pound Gap Massacre 4

The Pound Gap Massacre, part 4. During the re-sentencing trial Doc Taylor’s lawyers tried to have him declared insane, however during the hearing, Judge Morison noticed Taylor giving advice to his attorney as to how to question the witnesses. The Judge declared that anyone capable of advising his attorney was not insane. The court clerk, Charles […]

The Killing Rock

The Pound Gap Massacre 3

The Pound Gap Massacre, Part 3. The Commonwealth Attorney, Robert Bruce, immediately sought a new indictment based solely upon a statement written by him, and signed by Jane Mullins as “Eye Witness”. Unprepared for the new indictment, Doctor Taylor’s defense moved that the trial be moved to the circuit court, and a trial date was […]


The Pound Gap Massacre 2

The Pound Gap Massacre, Part 2. The Pound Gap massacre as it came to be known was shocking on several levels. The greatest shock of all was the person suspected of committing the heinous act. Over the next 10 days there were multiple sightings of Dr. MB Taylor, and the Fleming Brothers, curiously enough, in these […]

Doc Taylor & Ira Mullins

The Pound Gap Massacre

The Pound Gap Massacre, part 1. Pound Va. May 14th 1892, 2 pm. A freighted young man runs into the town of Pound Va. looking for Jemima Harris, and George Francisco… the young man is 15 year old John Harrison Mullins., son of Ira and Louranza Mullins. When he finally locates them, he tells them […]

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