“Death of Samuel Adams”

Author: Grover Frazier?
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: homicide trial prison work
Found in: US(Ap)


"In the state of old Kentucky... A horrible crime was committed And later brought to light." "A man was cruelly murdered, Samuel Adams was his name." The buried body washes up in a flood, and Joe Schuster and gang sentenced to life imprisonment


Neither this song nor Thomas's notes are very clear as to what actually happened here. Reading a great deal into a small amount between the lines, I suspect that Samuel Adams, left without work in the Depression, arrived perhaps at Ashland during the labor troubles. He took a job as a guard and was killed as a result.

This is item dF62 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 242-243, "Death of Samuel Adams" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4131
  3. BI, ThBa242