This is a record of the testimony as given by Noah Hubbard.
Please Note— Part of this story, the questions asked of the witness are fictional. Because at the time of the Taylor trial, short-hand reporting had not come into popularity nor was court reporting efficiently done. In making a transcript of evidence, to be used in an appeal to the State Court of Appeals.
The Judge would write the appeal. The lawyers would write out the evidence or testimony given by each witness, in a narrative style. These transcripts were not done in the present-day question-and-answer style as only the answers given by the witness were recorded.
If the lawyer’s transcripts did not agree with a testimony given by the witness. The judge would then write the questions which caused the disputed evidence in the transcript of the trial. This is done only once in this transcript. But according to Mr. Johnson, there were 12 exceptions that were supposed to be sent to the appellate court with the transcript. These exceptions, whatever they were, never made it to that court and have now been lost to time.
TESTIMONY OF NOAH HUBBARD, witness for the commonwealth.
The following is a paraphrase of what is found in Charles Johnson’s book about the testimony. This is in reference to the trial of Ira Mullins verses the Widow Vanover over the land in Camden in Jenkins, Kentucky. Because Dr. Taylor had testified against Ira Mullins in that trial, a threat was made…this is what was recorded in the Dr. Taylor trial concerning the threat.
Noah Hubbard testified that he lived on Birchfield Creek.
The witness would further testify that he and Dr. Taylor would have a conversation at his house about the shooting of Ira Mullins. He said that Dr. Taylor told him that “some person or persons had shot through Ira Mullins’ window into is bedclothes, but it was not him.”
The witness testified that this was because Ira Mullins had offered $100 to have Dr. Taylor killed on Saturday. However, Ira’s bed was shot into on Sunday.
The witness then stated that Dr. Taylor had then told him that he was in Kentucky when Ira Mullins had offered the reward to have him killed. Hubbard then stated that “he said he was going to keep in the brush and keep the law on his side.”
The witness then stated that Mr. Collins came at this point in the conversation and nothing more was said. He thought that the conversation happened on court day before Ira Mullins was killed.
The witness also stated that he did not have a very distinct recollection of the conversation. However, Dr. Taylor did not have a Winchester with him and he didn’t remember about the pistol.
This concludes the testimony of Noah Hubbard. The defense did not have any recorded questions of Mr. Hubbard.
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A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia By Charles A. Johnson Pub. 1938.
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I have attended the University of Kentucky. I have an Associates Degree from Hazard Community College and Technical School. I have also attended the University of Pikeville. I have taken several classes in Journalism as well as in the Appalachian History, Literature, and Sociology during my time at those schools.
I was born in Florida and grew up in Burdine, Kentucky. I have been married to David W. Sergent since May 4, 2013. I have two children and four grandchildren from a previous marriage. I currently live in Tennessee but my hope is to one day come back home to live in the beautiful mountains once more.