Victim ID: VA1883012202
Victim Name: O. F. Ferrall
Method of Death: Unreported
Accusation: Cattle theft by deception
County Name: Russell
Mob Composition: Disguised
Summary: In late January 1883, a body of disguised men took O.F. Ferrall and Evan Griffith from their jail cell to be lynched for stealing approximatey $18,000 worth of cattle under false pretenses. However, Ferrall and Griffith pleaded for mercy and were allowed to pay off their debts to each of the mob members. After paying reparations, both men were set free.
O. F. Ferrall, a 55-year-old white man, and Evan Griffith, a 35-year-old white man, visited Russell County where they obtained approximately $18,000 worth of cattle under false pretenses from graziers in the county. They were subsequently arrested and placed in jail. On the night of January 22, 1883, a body of 15 disguised men broke into the jail where Griffith and Ferrall were held and removed them from their respective jail cells. The mob took Griffith and Ferrall outside to be lynched. However, when seeing their imminent fates, Griffith and Ferrall pleaded for mercy. Upon paying each mob member reparations for the stolen cattle, Griffith and Ferrall were released from the mob’s custody and escaped their certain lynching.
News Coverage: Alexandria Gazette; Shenandoah Herald; The Daily Dispatch