Death And Marriage Notices From The Prattville Progress (1890-1910)
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DEATH NOTICES FROM THE SOUTHERN SIGNAL
October 1, 1886:
A (colored) woman, Olla WASHINGTON, died in Marengo, aged 115 years.
Died at his residence near Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi, on the 15th day of February 1885, Mr. S.H. McGRAW … He was born in Fairfield District, South Carolina on the 27th day of March 1810. In early life he came to Autauga County where he lived many years. From thence he came to Winston County, Mississippi … he leaves five daughters and four sons…(Note: the article has 1885 as year of death, but it appears in an 1886 issue).
DEATH NOTICES FROM PRATTVILLE PROGRESS
October 29, 1886:
Monday afternoon John GARDNER, a small colored boy about 12 years of age, who was in the employ of the Gin Company as a cart driver, was buried beneath about two tons of dirt from a caving embankment. Dr. J. F. WILKINSON was summoned, but life was extinct before the body could be found.
Mrs. Annie CAVER, wife of Mr. Jacob CAVER, departed this life on the 23rd. An affectionate wife, a kind mother, and a devoted Christian has gone to her reward.
Mary, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Newton NUNN, died very suddenly last week.
November 5, 1886:
Miss Rachel WHETSTONE, sister of the late L. M. H. WHETSTONE, died here today.
Monday morning last at Wadsworth Mill, Mr. Reuben J. ANTHONY was seriously wounded by a falling tree, which proved fatal in the afternoon.
The death of Mrs. Eliser JONES was very sudden and unsuspected. Quite a good and useful old lady has gone to a heavenly reward.
November 19, 1886:
Mrs. Mary POWELL, widow of Oliver POWELL, formerly of Autauga County, died in this city (Selma), on the night of the 11th.
Capt. Aaron G. STEWART died last Tuesday evening. Autauga has lost one of her best citizens. His funeral was preached by Reverend C. C. BILLINGSLEY.
December 3, 1886:
The little son of Mr. J. H. ROY was buried last Monday.
Last Monday at 12 m., Mr. Allen CHAMBLIS died at his home near Kingston. He had reached the ripe old age of 75 years.
Judge HATCHER, a colored man on the farm of Mrs. UNDERWOOD, was caught some days ago in the saws of the gin and was so severely cut that he died in two or three hours.
Professor Charlie Bell GOLSON, principal of one of the schools in Troy, Alabama, fell from a limb about six feet from the ground while engaged in trimming up some trees in his yard, and was killed instantly. He leaves a wife and three children. The friends and relatives of the deceased, who once lived in Autauga County, will regret to learn of this sad accident.
December 17, 1886:
"…Such are a few of the sentiments which well up in the contemplating of the recent sad occurrence of the death of Mr. William A. MORGAN, a citizen well known and esteemed in Prattville. He died in the early hours of Monday morning last, at his home in this city. A native of Tennessee, he removed to Prattville over a quarter of a century ago …"
January 7, 1887:
An infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. E. C. TRICE died at their residence Tuesday morning, the 29th inst. (ult.), of pneumonia.
On Monday night last, at 11 o’clock, the spirit of Mrs. Fannie BOND took its flight to the unknown realm of eternity. Mrs. Bond, four years ago, fell a victim to consumption… The deceased was a member of Indian hill Methodist Church, at which place her remains were interred last Tuesday morning.
January 14, 1887:
Mr. T.J. LANGFORD, for long years a resident of Western Autauga, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. THREADGILL, on the morning of January 6th. He was industrious as a man, faithful as a friend, and quiet as a citizen.
January 21, 1887:
Little Mary Ellen, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. H. HALL, died at their residence near Prattville, last Monday evening. She was just five years of age.
Mrs. Eliza D. BROWN, sister of Major Bolling HALL, died at Col. W. T. LARY’S, near Coosada, on Saturday morning last.
January 28, 1887:
This aged citizen (Buckner HARRIS) of Elmore County, died at his home near Robinson Springs, last Monday, and was buried yesterday afternoon. He was born in Lincoln County, Georgia in 1799. In 1819, he moved to Alabama and settled in Autauga County …
February 4, 1887:
Died, Mrs. Louisa RILEY, at the residence of her son in Allenville, last Friday night. She lived to be near the age of 67 years.
February 11, 1887:
Mr. Henry W. DERAMUS died last week and was buried near his residence on Friday. He was the last of five brothers who came to this county many years ago from South Carolina.
March 4, 1887:
Mr. W.L. DODSON died at his residence in Autauga-ville, on the 24th inst. (ult.), after a long and painful sickness.
March 18, 1887:
Died near Deatsville, in this county, on Thursday, March 10th, Minnie BERRY, aged 16 years. She was a daughter of John A. BERRY, who once lived in Prattville, and was murdered near Coosada several years ago.
April 8, 1887:
After a long and painful sickness, Miss Della HOUSE, daughter of Mrs. Jacob P. HOUSE, died at their home near here, on Thursday evening, March 31st. Her remains were interred in the family burial ground Friday evening.
Hall Autauga Lodge #31, Autaugaville, March 6, 1887:
Whereas, in the dispensation of an all-wise Providence, our friend and brother, William L. DODSON, after a protracted illness, borne with Christian fortitude, has been called to his home beyond … (no date).
I am sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Stoudemire GOLSAN, formerly a resident of this county, but at the time of his death, a resident of Shelby County.
April 22, 1887:
It becomes our painful duty to record the death of Dr. Isaac D. LANIER, one of Calera’s best and most prominent citizens, which occurred at his residence Wednesday evening of acute bronchitis … (he was a former resident of Autauga County).
Died, near the city, last Tuesday night, Malcolm, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. J. L. ALEXANDER.
June 17, 1887:
Died in Autaugaville, of dysentery, June 9th inst., Mrs. E. C. NUNN, wife of Mr. Theodore NUNN. She was sick but a few days and died rather suddenly.
July 1, 1887:
Mrs. SMITH, mother of Mr. Tom SMITH, died near Bozeman on the 17th inst.(ult.).
July 22, 1887:
Mrs. E. J. DAVIS, who your correspondent is sorry to state, died a victim to consumption on the night of the 14th inst.
July 29, 1887:
Died in Prattville on the night of the 24th inst., Mrs. Charlotte FRALICK, mother-in-law of Mr. M. J. MAY.
August 5, 1887:
Mrs. William L. GOLAN died last Sunday after a long and painful illness.
August 19, 1887:
Mrs COSTLY dropped dead at Bozeman on July 30th.
August 26, 1887:
Died in Birmingham last Wednesday, Miss Mary DAVIS, formerly of this city. Her remains were brought here and interred at the cemetery yesterday.
Died in this city last Wednesday morning, Willie Duncan ROY, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. ROY. He was buried at Pine Level Church Wednesday evening.
Ere the sun of last Thursday, August 19th, had cast its last, lingering ray over hill and dale, the Angel of Death came to the home of Dr. Charles M. HOWARD, at Mulberry, and bore his noble spirit to the mysterious realms of the Great Beyond (lengthy article).
September 2, 1887:
At the residence of Mr. George W. WARD of this city, last Saturday morning, the spirit of his daughter, Miss Leila P. WARD, took its flight. She succumbed to a severe attack of typhoid fever.
September 16, 1887:
Died in Montgomery on the 8th inst., Mrs. Nellie KILLIAN, mother of Mrs. FALLAN, of this city. Her remains were brought here for burial last Friday. She was about 80 years of age, and for a number of years, she had been totally blind.
September 23, 1887:
Mrs. Johnson McCORD passed away to the land unknown, on last Sunday night at the residence of Mr. Ben D. MORGAN six miles west of Prattville.
September 30, 1887:
At 8:30, Sunday night last, at his country home a short distance from Prattville, Col. Llewelyn SPIGENER died after a few weeks of sever illness. He was born November 30th, 1812 near Columbia, South Carolina. He came to Alabama when quite a young man, and located at or near what was then known as McNeill’s Mill on Autauga Creek, and established a wood and carriage shop … He was married in 1848 to Miss Elvira, daughter of Mr. James RAMSEP, late of Autauga County … (To them) six children were born, four of whom survive him, to wit: Geo. Cooke SPIGENER, Mrs. Willie PEARCE, Llewelyn SPIGENER, Jr., and Mrs. Mid FISHER (very lengthy article).
October 14, 1887:
Died at his home near Mulberry, on last Sunday night, Mr. Dick LOVE. The disease to which he succumbed was typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and several children.
One day last week, Alex RAY, a colored man who resided with his family at Mulberry, was shot and instantly killed with a shotgun in the hands of Ed JOHNSON, also colored. Alex RAY and Ed JOHNSON were neighbors and relatives, Ed having married a daughter of Alex … (lengthy article).
October 28, 1887:
Died last Monday morning, Miss Luella COGGINS, at the residence of her father, Mr. Sam COGGINS, in this city.
November 18, 1887:
We regret to learn that Mrs. A. C. LOVE died at her home in Western Autauga County last Tuesday evening.
December 2, 1887:
Last Sunday at a colored church near Autaugaville, Percy UNDERWOOD and Jim TYUS, both colored, became engaged in a fracas and the former drew a revolver and fired three shots at the latter (Jim TYUS) (killing him). The cause of the shooting appears to be jealousy, as both were sparking the same woman whom Jim TYUS escorted to church.
December 16, 1887:
Died at the residence of his uncle, J. B. RAWLINSON, William RAWLINSON, who was buried here.
Died last Saturday morning, Mrs. John W. CLARK, aged about 70 years.
February 3, 1888:
Mr. Leonard SIMS was born in Lincoln County in the State of Georgia, on the 10th day of October 1832 … Reaching Alabama he met and became acquainted with Miss Sallie, a daughter of the late Judge William GRAHAM of Autauga, which in due course of time culminated in marriage in 1858 … In the afternoon of Friday last, he quietly folded his arms in the dreamless sleep of death (lengthy article).
March 9, 1888:
To the memory of dear Leila, second daughter of Mrs. L. A. ROOT, of Birmingham, who departed this life March 1st, 1888.
March 23, 1888:
Mrs. Jonas SEWELL died at her home near Kingston a few days ago. She lived to be a ripe old age, and leaves a husband and several children.
July 20, 1888:
An old and esteemed citizen of Autauga passed to silence and to dust when Mr. Mills ROGERS folded his arms in the dreamless sleep of death on Wednesday morning of this week. He had attained his 79th year and was rounding his “four score” when he died. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his deceased wife and daughter, in the sacred clay of old Indian Hill. His next of kin are his grandchildren, the two daughters of Mr. William D. WHETSTONE of Tallapoosa County.
Miss Julia RICE, one of Prattville’s most popular and lovable young ladies, died at the residence of Mr. Arch WILSON near here on the morning of the 17th. She was a long sufferer of consumption. Her remains were interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.
August 3, 1888:
(Resolution of respect)
As a committee appointed by the Flint Ridge Sunday School, of the M. E. Church, South, we submit the following report: The death of Miss Emma R. ALLEN of Mulberry, Autauga County, Alabama, occurred at her home, July 5th, 1888 …
August 10, 1888:
Mrs. Abe ELLIS died at her home near town on the morning of the 3rd. She had been an invalid for a number of years, though her death was quite sudden and unexpected to the family. Her remains were interred at Oak Hill Cemetery last Saturday.
August 17, 1888:
Julia A. RICE was born March 13th, 1857, and departed this life July 17th, 1888, after a lingering illness of five months …
August 31, 1888:
Mrs. Will KENT died at her residence in town last Friday evening, after a lengthy spell of sickness. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. Hiram MAY, was in her 19th year of age, and was married several months ago to Mr. Will KENT, master machinist of the Prattville Cotton Mill. Her remains were followed to their last resting place at Oak Hill Cemetery last Saturday.
September 14, 1888:
Died at her home near Autaugaville, on Friday morning last, Mrs. Ellie WHETSTONE.
October 19, 1888:
Mr. John D. AVERHEART, a long resident of Prattville, breathed his last at his home here on last Wednesday morning.
October 26, 1888:
Died in Ozark, Alabama, on the night of the 20th, Mr. A. J. BERRY, formerly of this county.
Died in Birmingham, on the 20th inst., Miss Lizzie HOYLE, daughter of Mr. Thad HOYLE, a former resident of Prattville. Her remains were interred here last Sunday afternoon.
November 2, 1888:
Died in Prattville, on Wednesday last, Mrs. T. L. COKER. Thus has passed away in two days, two members of Mr. T. L. COKER’s family.
November 30, 1888:
Died, in Allenville, on the morning of the 22nd, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. RILEY, wife of Mr. John RILEY. The deceased leaves behind a devoted husband and several small children.
December 21, 1888:
Colonel J. B. WILKINSON, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of Autauga, breathed his last on the 14th at his home a few miles west of Autaugaville. His remains were followed to their last resting place on last Saturday, and were interred at the Taylor graveyard a few miles from his home.
January 11, 1889:
Mrs. E. C. DURDEN, who had been in feeble health for several months, died at her home near here on last Sunday evening. A husband and several children are left behind.
January 18, 1889:
On Thursday, while standing before the fire, the dress of Little Willie ALLEN, aged two years old, of Selma, caught fire, and before assistance could be reach him he was horribly burned, from the effects of which he died.
February 8, 1889:
J. W. DEE, a respectable white citizen of Montgomery, died suddenly from the effects of a dose of chloroform. The drug was being administered by a physician for the purpose of performing a surgical operation.
February 15, 1889:
A most thrilling accident occurred last Thursday on the premises of Mrs. Luther MOTLEY, a widow lady living about three miles from Independence. Her three children, Miss Ida, Stella and Hammond (about ten years old), were out in the field burning brush. Miss Ida’s dress caught on fire and had burned considerably ‘ere she discovered it … (she died). Miss Ida was a most estimable young lady, a strict member of the Methodist Church, she was always punctual and prompt in her attendance of Sunday School … Mrs. MOTLEY is a true lady and deserves great credit and praise. Her husband died about three years ago leaving her a widow with eleven children, three boys and eight girls, the youngest then only one year old.
February 22, 1889:
Colonel W. B. DUNN, for 60 years a resident of Mobile, and a prominent citizen and lawyer, died Thursday, aged 81. He was born near Nashville, Tennessee, in 1807, and moved to Mobile in 1829, where he began the practice of law.
March 1, 1889:
Colonel A. B. CULBERSON died at his home in West End (Georgia). He was born in Troup County, and when a young man removed to LaFayette, Walker County, where he studied law. On February 23rd, 1847, he was wedded to Miss Margaret CALDWELL. He represented Walker County in the legislature…and was, for a long time, mayor of West End.
March 8, 1889:
A house in which lived Judah GORDON, colored, who was probably the oldest living woman in the South, caught fire and burned to ashes with her inside its walls. “Aunt Judah”, as she was commonly known, claimed to be 123 years old.
James E. DERAMUS, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of Autauga, died at his home on the evening of the 27th ult. He was apparently in good health for one of his years and died suddenly of heart disease. He leaves behind a widow and several children.
March 15, 1889:
William McGLONN, who has been a long sufferer of consumption, died at his home in town last Saturday afternoon. A wife and three small children survive him.
March 22, 1889:
Mr. A. McKINNEY died at his residence in Prattville, Sunday morning. A widow and six children survive.
March 29, 1889:
Mrs. Alex McKEITHEN died at her home in Robinson Springs last Tuesday morning… and was buried at the family burial grounds Wednesday morning. She was the widow of the late Alex McKEITHEN, and was in her 79th year. She has many relatives in Autauga among whom are Dr. A. S. McKEITHEN, Dr. S.P. SMITH and Hon. T. C. SMITH. She was sick only a short time with pneumonia.
April 12, 1889:
Mrs. M. M. COOKE, a former resident of Prattville, died in Washington City on Thursday last, after a short illness of congestion of the brain. She was a sister of Hon. Thos. W. SADLER of our town. At the time of her death she occupied a very responsible position in the Interior Department. Two daughters, whom are grown, survive her.
April 26, 1889:
While Aunt Rachel MYERS, a good old colored woman, was engaged last Tuesday in peddling vegetables on the streets, she was stricken down with paralysis. She was taken charge by friends, but only lingered for a short while, and then passed to the silence of death. Aunt Rachel, as she was familiarly called, resided out on the premises of Mrs. Shadrack MIMS, and was noted for her quiet behavior, industrious, frugal and honest characteristics.
May 3, 1889:
Willie Tom WILLIAMS, son of Dr. Robert WILLIAMS, a prominent citizen of Montgomery County, was found dead in his bed at Mt. Meigs Saturday morning.
May 24, 1889:
Saturday evening at the residence of Mrs. S. A. SMITH, in this city, Mrs. Daniel HOLT, breathed her last… the deceased was the youngest child of Edward and Asenath PRATT, and was born in Temple, New Hampshire, May 18, 1808. She came to Alabama December 8, 1850, with her brother, the late Daniel PRATT, the founder of Prattville. She connected herself with the Baptist Church in early childhood. She leaves behind her five children, to wit: Mrs. Abbie SMITH, Mrs. S. A. SMITH, of Prattville; Mrs. Fannie DAVIS and Mrs. Esther HARRALSON of Verbena; and Mr. Ed HOLT, of Oxford. The remains were born to the city cemetery.
August 23, 1889:
Isaac HADNOT, an old colored citizen, died at his home a few miles north of here, last Sunday morning after a lengthy spell of sickness.
September 6, 1889:
Mrs. J. T. RICE died at her home three miles northwest of this place last Monday morning after a lingering spell of sickness. She leaves behind a husband and several children.
Miss Tina DURDEN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William E. DURDEN, died of brain fever at their home in town, Tuesday morning last at 3 o’clock. She was in her 14th year and was a picture of health up to the time of her sickness about 12 days ago.
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Julia Jackson CHRISTIAN, daughter of Stonewall JACKSON, who died in Lexington, Virginia, on Friday, took place Sunday morning at the Presbyterian Church at Lexington. The body was interred beside her father, General Thomas J. JACKSON.
September 13, 1889:
Mr. G. W. DUCKSWORTH, an old and highly respected citizen of Prattville, dropped dead at his home on Factory Avenue last Saturday morning. He was apparently healthy, and his death is supposed to be caused from heart disease. He was between 80 and 90 years of age.
On Monday, the 2nd inst., at 10:00 a.m. Mrs. Mary E. RICE breathed her last at her home near Prattville… She was the daughter of the late Dr. John E. WOOD of Autauga County who, in antebellum times was one of the largest and wealthiest planters in the state. She was married to Mr. J. T. RICE of Autauga County in 1868, was the mother of six interesting children, and was for many years a consistent member of the Methodist Church.
September 20, 1889:
Dr. A. J. REESE, a native of this county, who has been a resident of Mobile for 15 years, died at that place last Saturday afternoon, at the age of 61 years. He was grand senior chancellor of the Alabama State Medical Association.
Mrs. Mat DURDEN died at her home in Autaugaville on the 14th of September.
September 27, 1889:
A special to the Times-Democrat, on the 22nd inst., from Pensacola, Florida, says, Policeman J. W. R. GORDON was shot and killed this evening by David SHEEHAN, an engineer … Mr. GORDON was well known in Prattville where he resided some time. Some years ago he married at this place, Miss Jessie HOWELL, who died about a year ago at her home in Pensacola.
Miss Zula SPIGENER, second daughter of Mr. & Mrs. G. C. SPIGENER, aged two years and nine months, died at their home in the city Wednesday night. Her remains were interred at Oak Hill Cemetery.
November 1, 1889:
An infant son of Mr. & Mrs. J. T. DURHAM died at their residence in Prattville last Saturday and was buried Sunday afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Amelia MOON, the colored woman who was so brutally treated by her husband, Walter MOON, mention of which has been made in The Progress, died at Doctor Jeem’s house several days ago. Her body was in a wretched condition, and a more brutal crime has never been committed in these parts. As has been stated before Moon is safe in jail here.
November 8, 1889:
Just before the hour of going to press, we received the sad intelligence of the death of Mr. J. A. THOMPSON, which sad event occurred at the residence of his brother, Sheriff J. M. THOMPSON, near Autaugaville last Tuesday evening. His remains were born to old Kingston for interment at the family burial ground.
On the evening of the 15th of October, the Death Angel winged its way to the home of J. W. & R. O. DAVIS, and bore from it their only son, James Ernest.
November 29, 1889:
We never had a sadder duty to perform than to chronicle the death of our beloved townsman and foremost citizen, Hon. Merrill E. PRATT, which sad event occurred at his residence in Prattville last Saturday morning … He was confined to his (bed) not more than a week with pneumonia … Mr. PRATT was born in Temple, New Hampshire, February 23rd, 1828, and came to Alabama when 12 years of age, casting his lot in this lovely village, which his famous uncle, the lamented Daniel PRATT, had founded a few years before. He served as First Lieutenant of Company K, First Alabama Regiment, in the late war. He was captured at Port Hudson and languished many months in Johnson Island prison … He was unanimously elected two years ago to the general assembly where he made a faithful representative of the state and county … the deceased leaves behind a most estimable wife, two sons, and three daughters.
December 13, 1889:
At 12:45 o’clock Friday morning, a great heart ceased to beat - a stainless life was closed, and Jeff DAVIS, first and last president of the Southern Confederacy, was dead… He was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on the 3rd day of June 1808. His father, Samuel DAVIS, was a Georgia planter. In the revolutionary war he (Samuel) was an officer in a cavalry regiment. Later he moved to
Kentucky and Mississippi.
May 4, 1900:
Roy, Minnie Belle: "aged 8 years, dau. of Mr. Newton Roy, died at the home of her parents last Sunday night."
May 11, 1900:
Williams, Johanna: "a negro, died here (Athens, GA) Monday night at the age of 107 years. She was born in Oglethorpe Co. March 17, 1793. She belonged first to Maj. Beasley and later on became the property of the late Col. David C. Barrow."
May 18, 1900:
Eberhart, infant daughter: "of Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Eberhart died last Sunday at 2:00 a.m. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in this sad hour of their bereavement."
Ward, Mrs. Allen: "A gloom of sorrow was cast over our town last Sunday by the death of Mrs. Allen Ward. She had been in bad health some weeks and had been staying at the infirmary in Montgomery. Though suffering for some time with a chronic trouble, Mrs. Ward was in her usual health on Saturday and her rather sudden death came as a great shock to her many friends. Mrs. Ward before her marriage was Miss Ellen Killough and her life has been given to the elevation of society and for the happiness of those around her. By her gentle life and unselfish acts of kindness she has made many friends who join her relatives in deploring her death. The remains were interred in Oak Hill Cemetery on last Monday."
Ledbetter, Mrs. James : she was killed acidentally at Billinsgley by a shooting brawl between Frank Glenn and Ed Sisk.
ROY, John W. (Resolution): "During many years he was a faithful honored and exemplary member of this lodge .... -by Bro. W. H. Armstrong & Robert L. Ward, Committee"
May 25, 1900:
Knoxville, May 22. "George Bonner and Lewis Collier, both negroes, quarreled last afternoon. Bonner stabbed Collier in the heart killing him instantly. Wes Willis, an Atlanta sport, was stabbed to death in a saloon by another negro."
Burns, Mrs. N. W. (Mobile, May 19): "a young married woman, was probably fatally burned while attempting to operate gasoline stove. The gas stove exploded and her clothing took fire."
Berry, James (Tuscumbia, May 22): "During a thunder storm James Berry, son of E. A. Berry, was struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly killed while plowing."
Gilmore, Mrs. Anna Chisholm (Philadelphia, May 23) "wife of Maj. J. C. Gilmore, assistant adjutant general of the National guard of PA, has committed suicide by cutting her throat with a razor. She died in her husband's arms."
Hagler, infant daughter: "On Tuesday last at 12:00 the sweet spirit of the infant daughter of Dr. & Mrs. J. W. Hagler, winged its flight to realms above."
June 1, 1900:
Vargas, Jose Onofore (Mobile, May 30): "...an employee in the Mexican customs service, killed himself here. He came from New Orleans and put up at a lodginghouse. He was found seated in his chair with a bullet hole through his right temple. (He) was from Leguna de Campeche, where he was in the service."
Murdock, Charles (Charlotte, NC, May 30): "Mose Jaggers, a negro, shot and killed his step-father, ... (who had) beating his wife, the mother of Jaggers."
Jenkins, S. A. (Searcy, AR, May 26):"..., a negro schoolteacher, was shot and instantly killed by whitecaps near West Point. He had been suspected of robbing a store."
Stewart, James O. (B'ham, May 28): "was killed at Bruce mines, 5 miles from Oakman, by a fall of slate."
Evans, Charles (B'ham, May 28): "a white miner, was killed in the mines at Adger by falling coal."
Ward, Monroe (B'ham, May 28): "aged 18, while working at the Goethite mines, was run over by a train car and so badly injured that he died."
Booth, baby: "Last Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. the sweet spirit of the two months old baby of Mr & Mrs. Knox Booth winged its flight to that haven of rest above ... The little one was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery on Monday afternoon."
June 15, 1900:
McCay, Arch (Blue Ridge, GA, June 13): "an aged man of this place,and his 12 year old daughter,were killed by a freight train on a trestle north of Ellijay last afternoon ... He was deaf and could not hear the approaching train ..."
Arndt, Herman (B'ham, June 13): "a rolling mill man, was run over in the railroad yards near the Alice furnace and died from the effects of his injuries..."
Adams, Simon (Columbus, GA, June 12): a negro lynched and thrown into the river.
Parker, Ed (Montgomery, June 11): A negro shot and killed by Gen. W.C. Oates after he (the negro) shot and killed his cook.
Boyd, Belle ( Kilbourne, WI, June 12): "...the famous Confederate spy, died suddenly of heart disease here, aged 57 years. She had come here to lecture."
Edwards, Dr. C. A.: "In the death of ... at his home in Prattville on last Sunday evening Autauga lost one of its oldest, most prominent and useful citizens .... Dr. Charles Alva Edwards was born on his father's plantation near Montgomery, Ala., on March 12, 1825. He moved in his early boyhood from Montgomery County to Autauga County and lived at Indian Hill where he attended school. He studied medicine at Memphis, Tenn., graduated there in 1849. He joined the P. E. Church and served as a vestryman. In 1849 he was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Gardner at the home of the bride a few miles west of Prattville and since that time he has been a resident of Prattville and has been a practicing physician. He was appointed postmaster here four terms and was serving his fourth term at the time of his death. The immediate cause of his was a complication of diseases of the heart and kidneys. His death occurred at 8:00 Sunday evening. The remains were interred with Masonic honors in Oak Hill Cemetery on Monday afternoon ..."
June 22, 1900:
Wilmer, Right Rev. Richard Hookon (Mobile, June 15): "Episcopal bishop of the diocese of AL, died at his home in Spring Hill at 4:50 at the age of 84 years. He was born in Alexandria, VA, March 15,1816. He graduated from Yale in 1836 ......."
June 29, 1900:
Morris, Henderson (Waycross, GA, June 25): a negro shot and killed by another negro, Ben McMillan.
Stessel, William (New Orleans, June 25): murdered by William H. Robinson, who recently had been discharged from the assylum.
Anderson, Bill (Granite, KS, June 25): killed by Cattle Inspector, Jeff Gillmore, after a dispute in a card game.
Tillery, James (Brookwood, AL, June 25): killed by Dr. Sellers, a dentist.
Gregory, Joe (Guntersville, June 25)shot by Ed Gilbreath after a drunken brawl.
Durden, Robert Edison: " infant of Mr. & Mrs. V. R. Durden, died at the home of its parents on last Monday night ...."
July 6, 1900:
Barnes, E. M. (Alex City, AL, July 4): "aged about 70 years, died here from an overdose of laudanum. He was suffering with a severe carbunkle and took it to relieve the pain. (He) was the postmaster here."
Beekman, Charles (New York, July 3): "The death is announced at Stony Ford, NY, of ..., the famous horse breeder, age 76 years."
Johnston, James (Scottsboro, July 2): "... aged 18 years, was shot and killed over a game of cards by George Neville at Hollywood."
Wallis, D. A. (Conductor) (Selma, July 4): "who runs on the southern between Selma and Birmingham, was killed at Aldrich ..."
Baptist, John (Coal City, AL, July 2): a miner killed by John Simpson age 19, who also shot and seriously injured his own father, Thomas Simpson.
Smith, Professor C. Whit: "died last Friday morning. (He)had been suffering some months with heart disease. Prof. Calvin Whitfield Smith was born a few miles northeast of Prattville in Autauga County on Feb. 10, 1831. He was reared on his father's farm and graduated at the Oglethorpe College near Milledgeville, GA. He united in marriage to Miss Calista Smith who died about 24 years ago. To this union were born five children who survive him viz: Prof. McNeil Smith, W. D. Smith, Claude W. Smith, Sherb Smith, and Miss Sadie Calista Smith. The deceased leaves two brattiers surviving him, viz: Hon. Mac A. Smith and Col. A. Y. Smith ...... The funeral took place on last Saturday morning from residence of Prof. McNeil Smith. A large crowd followed the remains to the W. D. Smith burying grounds where they laid beside those of his sainted wife...."
July 20, 1900:
Battle, Clarence (B'ham, July 12): "At Ishkooda, Clarence Battle, a negro, was shot and killed by John Jackson, another negro. The men quarreled over a game of craps ..."
Jennings, John (Creswell, AL, July 12): "..., a negro, has been lynched here. Thursday last Jennings shot and killed L. Martin, a coaler on the railroad. He was arrested Tuesday, and was taken from officers at Childersburg and hanged beside the road."
Mann, Oscar (Decatur, July 12): "John Alexander killed Oscar Mann with a billiard cue in G. F. Buchheit's saloon ...."
Washington, Judge W. B. (Phenix, A.T., July 16): "Judge W. B. Washington, of Philadelphia, direct descendant of Augustin Washington, father of George Washington, is dead, at Castle Creek, Hot Springs, of consumption. He was 45 years of age, and a lawyer of recognized ability."
Willis, Mrs. J. P.: "... of Billingsley, died at her home in that place on last Wednesday night."
July 27, 1900:
Hill, Pinckney (Dallas, TX, July 25): "... was killed (at Monahan's Station)in a four handed fight over cattle ranch troubles. The tragedy took place in the postoffice."
Kimbrough, Robert (Thomasville, July 21): "..., the 15 year old son of Mayor John Kimbrough, was accidentally killed at the new brick works. He was caught by a lever and his head crushed, causing instant death."
Washington, Bud (Chattanooga, July 24): "..., a negro, was run over and killed by an electric car near the Whiteside Street bridge. He had been drinking and it is supposed that he laid down on the track and went to sleep."
Landis, Miss Susan H. (Lancaster, PA, July 24): "... of Ephrata, who recovered her speech a week ago, after a silence of nearly six years, is dead ...."
Foster, James (Sheffield, AL, July 23): "...is dead from drinking corrosive sublimate by mistake."
Lee, Adam (Greensboro, AL, July 19): "William Bolton, a white man, killed Adam Lee, a negro, in Havana, a small town in the upper portion of the county ...."
Durden, Infant: "Mr. J. M. Durden's infant child died last Monday afternoon ...."
Willis, Mrs. Lydia: "On last Wednesday afternoon of July 18, 1900, Mrs. Lydia Willis, wife of J. R. Willis, quietly closed her eyes..... (She) was born in Autauga County Feb. 23, 1859, and spent the greater part of her life in her native county. She was married Nov. 30, 1876 ... She leaves a husband and five surviving children ..."
Stewart,Infant daughter:"of Mr.& Mrs. J. N. Stewart was buried last Sunday at White Pond Church ..."
Roy,John: "A sad and deplorable shooting scrape was enacted last Sunday morning between George Coker and John Roy, up the creek above Allenville, resulting in the death of Roy ..."
August 3, 1900:
Loving, Boon (Scottsboro, AL, Aug. 1): "... was struck and instantly killed by a Nashville, Chattanooga and St.Louis train ..."
Hogg, Capt. George E. (Memphis, July 30): "..., formerly of this city, was shot and killed at Caruthersville, MO ...."
Spurgin, David G. (Washington, July 31): "The war department has received word announcing the death at Manila of ...., first lieutenant of 21 infantry, from the shock of a surgical operation."
Smith, Mr. P. M.: "On Thursday, July 26th, Mr. P. M. Smith breathed his last at his home three miles south of Prattville. He was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. He had been sick about ten days with hemorhagic fever ...."
Barnes, Julia: "daughter of Mr.& Mrs. W. H. Barnes,who had been suffering from diptheria for several days breathed her last. She was about three and a half years old ...."
Lucas, child: "of Mrs. Della Lucas died at her home near Booths last Saturday at 12:00 and was interred on Sunday."
Wright, Kathleen: "Little ..., who had been visiting at the Wilson home near town with her mother, was stricken with diptheria a few days ago and died on Wednesday at 4:00. Her remains were interred at the Booth burying 7 miles northwest of town. She was the daughter of Mr.& Mrs. J. H. Wright, who reside in Montgomery."
August 10, 1900:
Clark, Canny (Dade City, FL, Aug.2): a negro desperado, was shot and killed by Sheriff and posse.
Prior, Luke (Athens, AL, Aug.6): "..., former U.S. Senator and representative to Congress, is dead, aged 81 years."
Underwood, William (B'ham, Aug.3): "..., a negro brakeman on the Birmingham Mineral Railroad, was run over and killed at Grace's Gap while engaging in switching his train."
August 17, 1900:
Huntington, Collis P.(Utica, NY, Aug. 14): "..., president of the Southern Pacific Railroad, died at Pine Knot Camp, near Durant in the Adirondacks, last night ...."
Williams, James (Jacksonville, FL, Aug. 14): "..., a negro, was shot and killed at Myers & Co.s turpentine Still 7 miles from here by Archie Covington, another negro."
Miller, Abe (Jacksonville, FL, Aug. 14): "..., a negro, was stabbed to death at his home in this city by George Hogan, another negro ...."
Bingamon, A. C., his wife, Bradley, James (Xenia, OH, Aug. 14): "A. C. Bingamon killed his wife and son-in-law(James Bradley), and then committed suicide. The tragedy was the result of family troubles."
Platt, J. T., Bertha Bruce (Kennedy, AL, Aug. 14): "J. T. Platt died here and two hours later his little daughter, Bertha, aged 5, also died from meningitis, and three hours after her death his son, Bruce, aged 3, died with the same disease. The cause of Mr. Platt's was malarial fever."
Prime, Maj. Fred A. (Litchfield, Conn, Aug. 15): "..., an officer of the Union Army during the civil war and chief engineer in General Grant's MS Campaign, is dead."
Turner, Washington & wife (B'ham, Aug. 10): They had bordered a train near Anniston and not famaliar with trains when they heard the whistle blown near their stop, they immediately got up and jumped from the speeding train and were killed.
Kent, child: "A little child of Mr. C. T. Kent died last Friday night from diptheria."
Barnes, Julia Adelaide: "(born) April 5, 1897, (died)Aug. 2, 1900 ..."
August 24, 1900:
Hunter, Ed (Opelika, Aug. 17): "Dennis Green struck ... with a hoe, splitting his head open, killing him instantly (both negroes)."
Brannon, Mrs. Lizzie (Durham, NC, Aug. 22): "..., while starting a fire with kerosene oil, was frightfully burned, dying several hours later ..."
August 31, 1900:
Harvey, Augustus Ford (St. Louis, Aug. 29): "..., assoc. editor of the Insurance Review and the Chicago Independent, ..., is dead at his home in Kirkwood, MO, aged 70 years."
Hassell, Mrs. John W. (Brooklyn, AL, Aug. 27): "While out sweeping her yard, ..., of near this place was struck by lightning and instantly killed."
Sharpe, Hiram (Decatur, GA, Aug. 28): "..., a white man, was hanged here at noon today for the murder of his wife."
Brady, Will (B'ham, Aug. 28): a negro, was killed in a brawl with Ben Johnson over a black woman.
Shores, Eloise: "..., daughter of Mr. R. E. Shores died at Warrior last Tuesday night and was buried in Montgomery ..."
September 7, 1900:
Berry, David (Charlotte, NC, Aug. 30): "..., an old negro living near here, shot himself with a shotgun, which he had placed between his legs ... It is said Berry was 98 years old. He had been suffering with bad health for a long time ..."
Wimberly, Thomas (Columbia, SC, Sept. 3): "..., 18 years old, who was mortally wounded at Branchville, is dead ..."
Bentley, Mrs. Tom (Columbia, SC, Sep. 4): "... committed suicide ... A year ago (she) lost her daughter and has been despondent ever since."
Reaves, Houston (Anniston, AL, Sep. 3): "..., a young farmer, accidently shot and killed himself at his home a few miles south of this city ..."
Prather, Mrs. E. M.:"..., of Mulberry, died on Aug. 28th, aged 60 years ..."
Scarbrough, Mr. J. A.: "..., of Bethel beat died on the 29th of August at the advanced age of 92 years and 26 days."
September 14, 1900:
Douglas, Henry (Clintonville, AL, Sep. 8): "..., who resided 5 miles south of here, committed suicide ..."
Hunt, Dan (Seale, AL, Sep. 10): "..., while digging a trench at Dudley's sawmill, was buried by a cave-in and crushed to death."
Andrews, Ruke (Brooks Station, GA, Sep. 11): " Boston Curtis, a negro, shot and killed Ruke Andrews, another negro ..."
Blackburn, Tom (Cartersville, GA, Sep. 6): "..., a 17 year old youth, whose home was near Taylorsville,was shot and killed by Rose Yarbrough ..."
Whittle, Rev. James H. (Cordelle, GA, Sep. 11): "..., an aged farmer, who lives a few miles southeast of this place, is dead from effects of a blow received from a falling tree ..."
Dunn, Richard (Trenton, GA, Sep. 8): "... was stabbed and killed by his brother-in-law, Hugh O'Neal, near here. Family trouble and bad whisky were the cause."
September 21, 1900:
Gillespie, infant: "of Mr.& Mrs. G. A. Gillespie which occurred at their home near town Monday."
Nelson, infant: " of Mr. & Mrs. Q. A. Nelson which occurred last Monday."
September, 28, 1900:
Briggs, Rev. A. J.: " (died) at his home in Greenville ... where he was a pastor of the M. E. Church for two years. He leaves a wife and three small children ... He also leaves a mother, two sisters, and two brothers, Dr. Waverly Briggs of Paducah, KY, and Dr. Richard Briggs of Houston, TX .... The remains will be carried from here to Robinson Springs where the interment will take place ..."
October 5, 1900:
Spoon, Mr. P. B.: " ... died at his home in this place on Tuesday night."
Cratteau, Mrs. Mary: " ..., wife of Mr. Jeffree Cratteau, of Newark, NJ, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Wilkes in this place on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. Her remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery with an infant who never knew the sorrow of this world. (She)was married in 1896 while living in Nashville and soon removed with her husband to Newark, NJ, where they have since resided."
November 2, 1900:
Deramus, G. W.: " ... was born July 15, 1829, and died August 10, 1900. He was made a Mason at Kingston,Autauga County, AL ...."
November 9, 1900:
Mack, James: " a respectable negro, who was known to everybody in Prattville, died on Tuesday night."
December 7, 1900:
Nelson, Mrs. L. Q.: "...died at her home in this place on last Friday night, after an illness of several months. She left an infant of one to two months old which died on Wednesday night."
December 21, 1900:
Norton, Mr. W. T.: " Mr. J. T. Norton of St. Petersburg, FL, attended the funeral of his father ... in Elmore County."
"Mr. W. T. Norton breathed his last at the home of his son, J. A. Norton, on First Street last Tuesday. (He) came to Prattville from Elmore County last winter. The deceased was in his 75th year ... The remains were sent to Eclectie, Elmore County, for interment."
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