Navarro County, TX: 1895. Folio, 8-1/4" x 14". Five leaves bound with stick pin in top blank margin, lined paper with red margins. , [1-docket] pp. The first three leaves are manuscript on recto only, the fourth is a printed form, its recto defining the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt. The directions to the jury have been signed M.L. Shelton, County Judge Navarro County, Texas. Lightly wear, Very Good.
McCann allegedly cut Jim Shaughner with a knife. The Court's instructions explain the different types of assault, distinguishing them from self-defense. If McCann had cut Shaughner in self-defense, the jury would have been required to acquit him. The jury found McCann guilty and he was fined $25. Our research found one young man by the name Edward McCann in Navarro County in the U.S. Federal Census records, listed as a mulatto male born about 1874.
"Martin L. Shelton, Nov. 1894 - Oct. 1896, a member of the law firm of Grantham & Shelton, was County Judge for two years, holding office when the new oil field was brought in. Personal information is lacking, but records indicate he was a bachelor and resided on North Nineteenth Street."[Judges of Navarro County, Texas, Originally published in "The Navarro County Scroll", Vol. XX, 1975.] Our research found him sitting as a judge in Navarro as early as 1892 when he suggested a new systems for working roads and advocating a special tax to work the county convicts more extensively. [TRANSACTION OS THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, VOL. I, NO. I, Nov. 1892, p. 87.]. Item #37389