Gaston County, NC

Alleged offense: Rape
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: Unrecorded
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Yes
Mob size: 75
Mob members: None named
Alleged victim: J.B. Moore’s daughter
Household Status: Unrecorded
Occupation: Farm laborer

John Sigmond allegedly raped J.B. Moore’s twelve-year-old daughter on September 7, 1889. Sigmond worked for Moore as a farm laborer. Moore said he found Sigmond in his daughter’s room. After Moore reported Sigmond, authorities arrested him. On the way to jail a mob of 75 abducted Sigmond. Three days later citizens found Sigmond’s body tied to a tree with bullet wounds.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:

A Negro Lynched


Town: Stanley, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.334702, -81.128229

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Researcher’s Note: John Carson is also known as Van Canady; newspaper accounts note Philbeck’s wife was shot but do not mention if she lived or died.