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The Murder of Frank Ginn

Frank Edward Ginn, son of Thomas Ginn and Lona Florence Zornes, was born on March 15, 1900 in Greenup County, Kentucky. He was murdered by Jesse Carrington on September 22, 1940, in Lewis County, Kentucky.

“Vanceburg, September 21- A posse headed by Deputy Sheriff CF Ferguson1 is searching in the vicinity of Vanceburg for Jesse Carrington, who is wanted by authorities in connection with the shooting Saturday night of Frank Ginn, 49, at the Ginn home at Charters.”

“Carrington, who lived with Ginn, came home at 7 after he had been drinking, according to authorities. He gave half a dollar to Ginn’s daughter, Helen, 6, and when he decided to take the money back she resisted him. He slapped her and when Mrs. Ginn came to the scene, he knocked her down, police stated.”

“Mr. Ginn was not at home. Mrs. Ginn ran from the house to go after her husband and she met him a short distance from the house. When Ginn reached the house, Carrington was in the front yard with a shotgun. As Ginn asked for the gun, Carrington fired, the shot striking Ginn in the groin.”

“Carrington then fled into the nearby woods.”

Dr. TB Ginn2, who attended Mr. Ginn, said the victim was in serious condition.”3

The Certificate of Death for Frank Ginn4
  1. Charles Francis Ferguson
  2. Dr. Tolbert Bowman Ginn
  3. Posse Searches for Kentucky Assailant. (1940, September 22). Portsmouth Times, p. 22.
  4. “Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9YK-DRW4?cc=1417491 : 9 January 2019), > image 1 of 1; Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort.
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