DESCRIPTION: "Terrell was born near Gore, my boys, A place you all know well." He grows up to be a rambled and is sent to prison. He is said to have killed the Weldon Family. His parents pray for his release. Hearers are warned against "spite or jealousy"
EARLIEST DATE: 2010 (Grimes)
KEYWORDS: prison rambling father mother
1878 - 18-year-old Bill Terrell convicted of the murder of three members of the Weldon Family (source: Grimes). The song does not explicitly mention the murder but says Terrell was accused of it
1884 - Terrell dies in prison of tuberculosis
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Grimes, p. 86, "Terrell" (1 text)
cf. "The Boston Burglar" [Laws L16] (lyrics, form)
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