Interesting story involving your Cogbills found in the local paper, follow up stories sevearl days later on the capture of the "perps". County lines shifted during this time plus, Lincoln co. formed 1873 from parts of Jeff. & others.
I got this story for someone connected to these Cogbills who lives in FL, you may want to compare notes with them, have not found the story mentioned in the last paragraph on Alfred's murder & robbery. I suspect his killer was John Bowdry who shot and killed a negro in FEB that same year, story claimed he moved back to MS, wrong, he remained in census of 1900 and I think, even 1910, same location, but, that's another story.
Pine Bluff Weekly Graphic
19 JUL 1895
p. 1 c. 5
HIS HOARDED WEALTH________
MISFORTUNES OF A LINCOLN COUNTY FARMERB. Cogbill is Robbed of $1,614 That HeKept Secreted in His House,--A Good Description of TheRobbers
B. Cogbill is the name of a prosperous farmer who lives near the border line of Lincoln and Jefferson counties, fourteen miles from this city. Mr. Cogbillwas aman who believed that he could keep money safer than the bank, as he feared that the bank would fail.At this period, however we opine that his views on this matter have undergone a radical change, for the experiment of doing his own banking cost him $1, 614.-During several months last fall, Mr. Cogbill had two men employed on his farm who answered to the names of Jim and Will Jones. They were presented to be white men, but in appearance looked more like Mexicans, or half –breeds, than they did white men. The two left Mr. Cogbill’s place several months ago, but returned about a week ago, and he kindly gave them shelter and food, although they were not working for him.-Saturday night Mr. Cogbill and wife, and the man named Jim, were sitting at the table eating supper when they heard a great disturbance in an adjoining room and a few minutes later a negro boy about 14 years old rushed into the dining room followed closely by Will Jones who was armed with a pistol. Mr. Cogbill remonstrated with him and told him to put up his weapon. Jones turned the pistol upon him and told him to throw up his hands or he would kill him. Cogbill said that he would not, that he had treated him kindly and done nothing to him and would not throw up his hands. Will Jones turned to his partner and said “Jim, get out your gun and make the old scoundrel throw up his hands,”-Jim pulled his gun, pointed it at Cogbill and told him to put up his hands or he would kill him. Cogbill saw that the men were in earnest and complied with their order. The two men then pulled ropes from their pockets and bound him securely. After that had bound Cogbill one of the men placed a revolver at his head and told him to tell them where he kept his money. At this juncture, Mrs. Cogbill, who was nearly frightened to death, uttered a long scream. One of the men struck her over the head with a pistol and told her to keep quiet, or he would kill her. The lady sank back in her chair expecting every minute to be thelast.The men again demanded that Cogbill tell them where he kept his money, as they knew he hade a large sum in the house. Cogbill saw that they were inearnest and that he would certainly be killed if he did not do as they required, so he told them. The men got the money, which amounted to $1,614, and after telling Cogbill that if he or any of his family left the house before daylight that they would be killed, they then went to the stable, saddled Cogbill’s horse and rode off.-Cogbill was afraid to leave his house until daylight, and sat in his room with his hands tied until after sunrise. He then started to Pine Bluff to report his loss.He arrived here about 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The officers were informed and they set to work endeavoring to find the robbers who entered the city Saturday night, for Cogbill had met his horse several miles from here. Telegrams were sent to various points along the railroads, but it was done too late, as the robbers had reached Texarkana in safety.-Conductor W.W. Alexander brought the train in from that point Sunday afternoon. He reports that the men were passengers for Texarkana on his train Saturday night. One of them entered the coach with a ticket. The other man rode out to the crossing on top of a coach. He was discovered at the crossing. The train was stopped and he was made to get down. He then entered the car and paid his fare in silver. At the time Mr. Alexander did not know of the robbery, but the men acted so strangely that Mr. Alexander’s suspicions were aroused and he watched them closely. The descriptions that he gave of them proved beyond a doubt that they were the robbers. Mr. Alexander says that they left his train at the yards in Texarkana.-Nine hundred dollars of the money stolen was in gold and $710 in greenbacks. The remaining $4 was in silver. The silverwas in a peculiar purse and it was with the money in the purse that one of the robbers paid his fare to Texarkana. Mr. Cogbill offers a 800 dollar reward for the arrest of the robbers and the recovery of the stolen money.-The following is a good description of the robbers:Jim Jones is about 28 years old, black hair and eyes; dark complexion; small moustache; 5 feet 5 inches high; wears a No. 6 shoe and weighs about 145 pounds. Will Jones is about 24 years old; black eyes and hair,; small black moustache; 5 feet 8 inches high; weighs 150 pounds. Wore red stripped shirt and dark jeans pants. Both men looked very much like Italians or Mexicans.Mr. Cogbill was a brother of the Cogbill who was waylayed, shot and robbed near his home in Lincoln county about 7 years ago, as he was returning from Pine Bluff, where he had sold his cotton. His murderer, who was a negro, was never captured.