Davidson County, NC
Alleged offense: Murder
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Yes
Mob size: 200
Mob members: David R. Myers; John N. Myers; John T. Farabee; John L. Wilson; John F. Wood; William Livengood; Charles R. Swicegood; J.C. Daniels (Plunk); William W. Myers; Henderson Shoaf; J.M. Farabee (Duff); Bentley Hunt; Henry Michael, Jr.; David Mock; Burwell Gobble
Alleged victim: Mrs. Herbert Walser
Household Status: Divorced with children
Authorities arrested Robert Berrier, a farmer, for the murder of his mother-in-law, Eliza Walser. Walser cared for her pregnant daughter, Laura Berrier, at Walser’s house. After the birth, Walser refused to allow Berrier to see his wife or child. On his second visit, Berrier abducted the child and allegedly shot and killed Walser. After Berrier’s arrest, authorities moved him to Greensboro temporarily. Authorities returned Berrier to Lexington for his hearing October 14, 1889. A mob of 200 abducted Berrier from the Lexington jail the night after the hearing. Berrier allegedly confessed before the mob hanged him. Authorities arrested 32 men but a grand jury failed to indict any of them.
Death certificate: None found
Census: None found
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Town: Lexington, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.492407, -80.154304
Rationale: Spanish Oak Tree on Mocksville Ln., now Old US Highway 64.