Cherokee Herald (Cherokee Co. NC) Tuesday, August 4, 1908:
"Bob Brown, colored, whose mind is unbalanced and who was put in jail for safe keeping, has made a confession to Sheriff Bates that his insanity is the result of brooding over a murder he committed nineteen years ago in Franklin County, Ga., at a place called Bold Springs, near Carnesville. He shot another Negro at a dance and fled to South Carolina, finally working his way to the mountains. He has been here some ten or twelve years. He says his right name is not Robert Brown, but George Jones, and gave the name of Cross McHan as the Sheriff of Franklin County when he committed the deed. Sheriff Bates will write the Georgia authorities in regard to the matter. Application has been made for the admission of Bob Brown to the colored asylum at Goldsboro."