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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

African Americans in the Matawan Journal: 7 Sep 1911

One hundred years ago this week, the 7 September 1911 edition of the Matawan Journal documented a stabbing that took place two weeks earlier near some stables in Atlantic Highlands.

Stabbed For Defending A Cripple.

William Bennett, son of John Bennett, the well known Hillside nurseryman, received a bad cut from a knife in the hands of James Hardy, colored, of G. K. Bartleson's stables, near Centre Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, early Sunday morning, August 25.

A number of colored men were standing near the stables and engaged in tormenting Edward Vincent, also colored and a cripple. Bennett and some friends were standing near and soon Bennett spoke up for the cripple. Hardy took exception to this and struck at Bennett, who knocked the other down two or three times, and the last time Hardy came up with a knife, dealing Bennett a cut on the left cheek and neck over three inches long. Mr. Bennett was so weak from loss of blood that he had to be removed to his home.
Hardy was placed under arrest by Officer Foster and a hearing was set for the following night, but Mr. Bennett was in such bad condition that Hardy was committed to the County Jail by Justice Williams without bail, to await the action of the Grand Jury.
George F Bartleson, born Jan 1859 Pennsylvania, appeared in the 1900 Federal Census along with his wife and three children. The census showed his occupation as livery, which suggests he was likely the owner of Bartleson stables on Centre Avenue in Atlantic Highlands mentioned in the above article. The Bartlesons are buried at Bay View Cemetery in Atlantic Highlands, per Distant Cousin.

I had no luck locating the Bennetts, Edward Vincent, or James Hardy in the 1910 census.


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