Chamberlain Mantooth
Birth name Chamberlain H. Mantooth
Occupation Farmer
Born (1862-10-16)October 16, 1862
Cocke County, Tennessee, United States

October 13, 1906(1906-10-13) (aged 43)
Cocke County, Tennessee, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Parents James P. Mantooth
Martha Mantooth
Spouse(s) Pharrie Mantooth
Attack information
Date October 13, 1906
8 a.m.
Location(s) Cocke County, Tennessee, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Axe

Chamberlain H. Mantooth (also given as Chamberlane Mantooth, often misidentified as Chalburn Mintooth) was an American farmer who killed at least six members of his family at their home near in Newport, Tennessee, United States on October 13, 1906, before committing suicide.[1][2][3]

Mantooth was born in Cocke County, Tennessee on October 16, 1862 as the son of James P. Mantooth and Martha Bush. He had several siblings and at one point lived in Lebanon, Indiana.[4] In 1886 he married Pharrie Sisk, and with her had at least six children named Leota, Betsy, Gipsy, Eura, Clay Vinson, and Hollis. Some sources also state that they had a son named Hermerald or Hermald, while others indicate that this was the third name of Clay Vinson.

At the time of the murders his wife was again pregnant and he was told by the doctor that she would probably die during childbirth. On the morning of October 13, at around 8 a.m.,[5] Mantooth took an axe and attacked Pharrie and the children, of whom only his 16-year-old daughter Betsy was able to escape. After smashing the skulls of his family members he committed suicide by cutting his own throat with a razor.

Three of the children died at the scene, and a fourth died shortly thereafter in hospital,[6] while Eura succumbed to her injuries the following day. Pharrie Mantooth also died on October 14, living long enough to give birth to a daughter, Ina Fairy, who survived and was raised by her grandparents.[7][8][9]


  • Pharrie Mantooth, 38, his wife
  • Leota Mantooth, 18, his daughter
  • Gipsy Mantooth, 12, his daughter
  • Eura Mantooth, 10, his daughter
  • Clay Vinson Mantooth, 6, his son
  • Hollis Mantooth, 2, his daughter


  1. Farmer destroys family, The New York Times (October 14, 1906)
  2. Wipes out entire family, Eau Claire Sunday Leader (October 14, 1906)
  3. An insane farmer wipes out family, The Fort Wayne Sentinel (October 13, 1906)
  4. A Former Hoosier, Indianapolis Sun (October 26, 1906)
  5. Murders family, then suicides, Gainesville Daily Sun (October 16, 1906)
  6. Slaughters wife and children, The San Francisco Call (October 14, 1906)
  7. Murders his family, Bryan Morning Eagle (October 14, 1906)
  8. An Awful Tragedy, Lebanon Patriot (November 1, 1906)
  9. Chamberlain H. Mantooth, at
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