by David Parmer
Work on the tunnel identified as the Jacksonville Tunnel No. 10 was slowly progressing through the hill on the Cunningham farm near Charles Traylor’s humble abode which was at the head of the Red Lick side of the hill, and many strangers were seen coming and going along the railroad right of way. An occasional boom could be heard as dynamite was used to blast the rock in the tunnel which was slowly creeping its way through 1888 feet of bed rock.
October 5, 1904
It is generally believed that the Sheriff of Lewis County questioned a worker on the tunnel project, a man who had not been to work, or was late coming to work on the day of the murder but no charges were filed against him
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Comment 1 by Charles Bennett
When I was growing up on Clover Fork, I heard stories about the murder of Charles Traylor who had a farm on the Orlando side of the Clover Fork railroad tunnel. My uncle Joe Bennett and my grandmother Edna Bennett frequently spoke of the terrible act and how unsettling it was on the neighborhood. My uncle Joe reminisced that Vaden Traylor who was a nephew of the murdered man took to carrying an old pistol around with him for protection wherever he went. The only trouble was, he kept losing his pistol, and he spent a considerable amount of time looking for it.
Comment 2 by David Parmer
A perusal of the 1860 census records of the area of the Charles Traylor farm is useful to ascertain the nearby neighbors of Charles Traylor. The following appear to have lived close to the farm of Charles Traylor in 1860: Washington Groves , Henry Cosner, Susan Cosner, Luther Skinner, and Thomas Posey.
Comment 3 by David Parmer
The 1860 census of Lewis County reveals the following census information about the Traylor family. It is noted that the census taker misspelled the family name as “Trailer.” For purposes of this comment, the family name will be spelled correctly.
Name Age Occupation
Traylor, Charles 23 Farmer
Traylor, Fieln (?) 60 Farmer
Traylor, Julia 45
Traylor, Sarah 24
Traylor, Martia 19
Traylor, Bruce L. 18
Traylor, Emily N. 13
Traylor, Thomas L. 11
Traylor, Erzurum R. 7
Traylor, Joseph 1
Eliza Rigmy 49
It is also noted that the person listed as “Fieln” Traylor, presumably is the father of Charles Chesterfield Traylor and Julia is his wife and mother of Charles. The census taker or the compiler placed a question mark after the spelling of “Fieln’s” name, indicating some uncertainty about the spelling. To further add to the confusion of the name, there is a grave marker in the Jacksonville Cemetery in the area where the Traylor family is buried for “C. Traylor,” born in 1799 and died in 1861. This likely is the father of Charles Traylor and husband of Julia. Julia died in 1891. On her death certificate, her place of birth was listed as Franklin County, Virginia. Her spouse was listed as William C. “ Taylor,” another misspelling.
Relevant information from the Jacksonville Cemetery is as follows:
Traylor, C. 1799-1861
Traylor, Julia w/o W. C. 1814-1891
Traylor, Bruce, s/o W. C. and J. A. Died 8/12/1875 Aged 32y 8m 16d
Rigney, Eliza Died 3/12/1876 Aged 63y1m6d
Traylor, Ezra Runner,s/o W.C and J.A. Died 7/20/1876 Aged 25y9m22d
Traylor, Joseph 1858-1896
Traylor, Charles W. 4/23-1837 – 10/5/1904
Traylor, Langdon T. 1849-1917
Traylor, Eliza A, Cunningham 1860-1948