- Dec 17, 2014
This is post Civil War - this guy is descended from a soldier I'm researching. I was just mindlessly filling in his tree when I noticed the details on this death certificate: killed by a pistol shot, justifiable homicide. Seems like the sort of thing that would make the papers but I'm not having any luck finding anything about it. In 1920 he was living in an interestingly diverse part of Memphis, with Italians, Greeks, and English on the same page. Working as an engineer at a sawmill, and raising two children he claimed were his own but whom earlier census records say were his brothers. His wife is listed as the informant on the death certificate - did she shoot him? What happened here? I'm hoping someone with better newspaper searching skills can find out more.