Macon County, Alabama

Obituaries and Death Notices



Two People Drowned - Mr. Lewis Cox, of Tuskegee, and Miss Cornelia Torrance, a young lady of 19, were drowned in Perry’s mill pond, seven miles east of Tuskegee by the overturning of a boat Tuesday morning. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL, June 27, 1895 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Abercrombie Killed - Mistaken for a Burglar by His Son-in-Law - Shot Dead While Walking at Night in His Garden
Gadsden, June 8 - Col. R. H. Abercrombie, while waling in his garden tonight was mistaken for a burglar by his son-in-law, Dr. D. A. BAKER w ho shot and instantly killed him.
     Col. Abercrombie, the victim of one of the saddest accidents in Alabama was one of the state's most prominent citizens.  He was a Macon county man and lived in Tuskegee, where he stood at the fore front in law and politics.  He was a colonel in the late war.  He was a man of wealth and owned several large plantations.  In the boom year of 1887 he moved to Gadsden, where his daughter Mrs. Baker, resided and had lived there since.  He was a most elegant and polished gentlemen, a true son of the old south.  The details of the unfortunate accident that terminated his career before he had fairly entered old age are very meager, but the attendant circumstances that gather around that one fact given in the telegram above can better be imagined then described - [Age-Herald]  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County Ala June 11, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. James M. Alexander died at Tuskegee Tuesday morning at the age of 75 years. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL, April 18, 1889 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

BRYAN, Gen. C. J.
Gen. C. J. Bryan, of Tuskegee, died in Montgomery Saturday.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County, AL, August 27, 1903 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died – suddenly of pneumonia on the morning of the 31st of March, Ida May, daughter of LaFayette G. Carmichael. (The Macon Mail, Tuskegee, Ala., Apr 5, 1876)

COX, H. C.
H. C. Cox, an old and respected citizen, died at Tuskegee last week.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Feb. 16, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

R. T. Davis, Esq a prominent citizen of Macon county died last week.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, February 12, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Young Man Commits Suicide – A special to the Advertiser from Tuskegee says: Ben Estes, a young man who held a responsible position, killed himself in his bedroom by firing two pistol bullets into his forehead. The deed was committed despite the efforts of the roommate of Estes to prevent it.  Physicians declared that excessive drinking had unsettled his mind.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL, Dec 30, 1908 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Ex-Chancellor Neil S. Graham died at his home in Tuskegee on the 1st.  He was sixty-eight years of age. Source: Lamar News, Lamar County, AL, Feb. 11, 1886 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Boy Dies From Accident - Pink Guthrie, a 6-year-old boy of Notasulga died at a Montgomery hospital after an operation due to a peanut having lodged in the throat of the child.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL, November 28, 1908 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Robert A. Johnson, Sr. an old and esteemed citizen of Tuskegee, died Friday morning of paralysis.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Feb. 2, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Uncle Billy Randle, aged 90, died at Little Texas, Camp Ground, in Macon County on Saturday.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, June 4, 1891 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Armstrong Church in Macon county, Young Riddle and George Allen, prominent young farmers who have born a grudge against each other for several months met by change. Without a word both drew pistols and began firing. After their pistols had been emptied Riddle was found lying on the ground mortally wounded, having three bullets in this body. Allen who was unhurt, rode to the nearest officer and surrendered. The entire congregation at the church witnessed the duel and many women fainted.  Riddle died in an hour.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, November 30, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Boston Journalist Dies At Tuskegee - Max Bennett Thrasher, a journalist and author of prominence, a resident of Boston died while in attendance at the commencement exercises of the Tuskegee Institute.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, June 4, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. Thomas B. Thompson, postmaster at Notasulga, died very suddenly of heart disease last Wednesday. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 30, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Negro Leader Succumbs Near School He Made Famous; Nervous Breakdown Fatal
Had Been Honored by More White Men Than Any Other Member of His Race - White Man Believed His Father
Tuskegee, Ala., Nov. 15 - Booker T. Washington, the ablest leader of the negro race, died here.  Bright's disease and arterio sclerosis caused his death.  On October 25 Mr. Washington addressed the National Council of Congressional Churches of the United States in New Haven, Conn.   Two weeks ago he was in New York on business when stricken.  He was taken to Rockefeller Institute hospital for examination.  He was removed to St. Luke's hospital while some method of treatment was worked out.
     Nothing could be found to relieve him.  He left New York for Tuskegee last Friday.
     Probably no negro that ever lived was more honored by white men than Mr. Washington.  President Roosevelt had him to the White House for dinner, greatly scandalizing some sorts of opinion in the South thereby but creating throughout the country as a whole a more favorable impression.  Andrew Carnegie, whose rise from poverty and menial labor was in some respects not unlike the career of Booker T. Washington, once remarked that history would tell of two Washingtons - one white, the other black, both father of their peoples.
     It was through the generosity of Mr. Carnegie that Washington was left free to devote his life to the cause of educating negroes.  MR. Carnegie gave $600,000 to the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute at Tuskegee, Alabama, the school made famous throughout the world because of Mr. Washington's connection with it and devotion to it.
 Wshington ws born near Hales Ford, Franklin county, Virginia, either in 1858 or 1859, he was never quite certain which year it was.
     He inserted the T. into his name the second day he attended school when asked by the teacher who he was he thought that while he was selecting a name he might as well select a good one.  The "T" he explained, stood for Tallaferro, which he had head, was the name of his father.
 He was invited to Tuskegee, Ala. by citizens to take charge of the school which he made famous in 1881.  When he arrived at Tuskegee he found there had been no land or buildings provided - that there was nothing, in fact, except the promise of the state of Alabama to pay $2,000 annually toward the expenses of the school.  He began to teach in a small shanty, having one assistant only for the instruction of thirty pupils.  From that time on the growth of the institution was phenomenal.  Persons all over the country became interested in Tuskegee and the man who was making it famous.
     Gifts flowed in.  Extensions became possible.  Now Tuskegee possessed property worth $2,000,000 or more, uses fifty buildings which are on 3,000 acres of land.  Annually from 1,500 to 2,000 young negro men and women are taught how to make their lives county for the most for themselves, for their race and their country.
     President Roosevelt admired him highly and frequently consulted him.  President Taft recognized his keenness of judgement and his sincereity of purpose.  Harvard Univesiety gave him a degree in 1896 and other colleges conferred degrees upon him subsequently.
     In 1892 he married Maggie Y. Murray who became closely identified with the work at Tuskegee.  She too became prominent in many national movements for the uplift of the negro, particularly in movements for the betterment and welfare of negro mothers and negro women generally.  She worked in the cause of temperance. (The Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart, Ind. , Nov 15, 1915)



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