“Mary Vickery and Connelly Donnelly”

Alternate titles: “The Return of Mary Vickery”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Peacock)
Keywords: homicide prison trial jealousy lie return pardon hiding
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

Mary runs way from home. Her father thinks her dead. When a woman's body is found it is thought to be Mary. Conley is arrested for the murder. A jealous woman swears she saw him do it. He is sentenced to life. Mary returns and clears Conley.

Notes

"Conley Dabney, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1926 for the supposed murder of Mary Vickery at Williamsburg, Ky., was freed when she returned home on Mar 19, 1927, to clear his name" -- from _Country Music Sources_ by Guthrie T Meade Jr, p. 93 - BS

References

  1. Peacock, pp. 819-820, "Mary Vickery and Connelly Donnelly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9806
  3. BI, Pea819