“J. B. Marcum (A Kentucky Feud Song)”


Curt Jett shoots J. B. Markham dead in the courthouse. Judge Jim Harkis allegedly tries to prevent a conviction by fixing the jury; this fails when the case is transferred to another county. Jett and accomplice Thomas White end up in prison

Historical references

  • 1905 - Murder of J. B. Markham in Breathitt County, Kentucky

Cross references


  • Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner ("Mac & Bob"), "The Murder of J. B. Markham" (Brunswick 305, 1929; Supertone S-2035, 1930; rec. 1928)


  1. Laws E19, "J. B. Marcum (A Kentucky Feud Song)"
  2. Combs/Wilgus 60, pp. 159-160, "J. B. Marcum" (1 text)
  3. Burt, pp. 249-251, (no title) (1 text)
  4. DT 773, JBMARCUM
  5. Roud #692
  6. BI, LE19


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1967
Found in: US(Ap,So,SE)