Casey County, KY Tornado Kills Entire WESLEY Family 8 March 1878

Mountain Echo newspaper, London, KY
Friday 8 March 1878; Page 4, Column 4

A Stanford (KY) special says a terrible tornado, with a width of 400 yards, swept through Casey County between the hours of two and three o'clock Saturday afternoon, doing frightful damage in the neighborhood of Rich Hill and Mt. Olive.

The whole family of Vincent WESLEY, near Rich Hill, consisting of himself, wife, two grown daughters, and a boy named SLOAN, a nephew, and Wm. TAYLOR,. a neighbor stopping at his house, were killed outright. Another man, named Richardson, had his shoulder and collar-bone frightfully crushed.

Mrs. WESLEY's body was blowed four hundred yards, and her clothing was entirely stripped off. The two daughters were carried fifty yards, and were found locked in each other's arms. The father and nephew were fearfully mangled, and all must have been killed by the first force of the tempest.

The dwelling, stables and out houses were blown entirely away, the logs being scattered for many miles along the sweep of the tornado, and the hearth and foundation stones blown from their place. In the vicinity of Mt. Olive Mrs. MORGAN, wife of John W. Morgan, was killed and the dwelling and out houses of F. Floyd were completely swept away, and the timbers scattered in every direction.

Fences were blown away along the whole course of the tornado, a post-and-rail fence being drawn out and torn into splinters and utterly destroyed. Large trees were twisted from their roots and carried hundreds of yard. A considerable number of horses, cattle and other stock, and nearly all the poultry in its course were killed. The pecunlery (sic) damage is not less than $50,000.

Vinson Greene Wesley
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Margaret C. "Peg" Taylor Wesley
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Elizabeth A. Wesley
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Martha Belle Wesley
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William Taylor
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Sherman Sloan
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