Wednesday, September 30, 2015

An Unusual Visit

 In May of 1910, my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) and his son Lucius (1868-1928) went to visit a friend. The newspaper reports an unusual and sad find.

Sumter Watchman and Southron
Sumter, South Carolina
15 May 1901 pg. 3
 Upon arrival at Mr. Elias Allen's home, they discovered that he had passed away in his barn. The coroner report stated that it was due to natural causes due to heart problems that had been treated in the past by his Doctor.

                 Elias was buried in Hephzibah Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Manville, Lee, South Carolina.  The same cemetery where friend Alpheus J. Baker was buried after his death in 1917.

  They set out that day to visit a friend. Unusual and sad  circumstances met them instead.

 This post was written for the prompt Unusual, week 39 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow.

Do you have any unusual things to share about your ancestors or their experiences? I would love to hear about them.

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  1. What a sad ending to his life. I do have to appreciate the fact that the details were recorded in the newspaper though so that you know something about him.

    1. Very sad! Glad that my ancestors went to visit. Who knows how long he would have lain there. Not sure what family he belongs to but hopefully, this newspaper and post will help him be found. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment!