Grisly Ends & Shocking Finales
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In addition to the usual old age, common diseases and auto accidents, my family has:
burned in a brush fire he had started
as he was pressing cider, the beam of the press fell on one side of his head and shoulder and wounded him so that he languished about half an hour and then died
3 accidental falls: from roof, carriage, haymow
accident: fell out of third story window, lived fifteen minutes after fall
killed accidently by a falling tree
accidentally crushed to death by the fall of an embankment of earth
dropped dead in harvest field
killed by Indians (1777)
murdered by servant (1756), murdered by a maniac (1856)
premature child birth or possible abortion (1855)
homicide: gunshot wound, liver, stomach, spleen
suicides - 1 carbolic acid, 1 potassium cyanide, 1 strychnine, and 4 self-inflicted gunshot
accidental opium poisoning
2 were hit by trains, not suicide
Also the usual malaria, yellow fever, diphtheria, childbirth, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, syphilis.
I don't worry too much about sharing the cause of death unless it is very recent and could be a source of embarrassment. About ten years ago I learned about an in-law's death by lethal injection. Recently a relative acknowledged this but I choose not to share details in that case.
2 died by pedestrian car accidents (decades apart)*
died by accidental fall, or maybe a tree fell on the older man
head injury led to a decade in the state (mental) hospital where he died
illness and/or dementia led to admittance to (different) state hospital, died two weeks later
I'm also reminded of some research I've recently done for a plane crash that was 50 years ago so the death certificates are now public. The plane landed short of the runway and then burst into flames. All of those who died were because of that, and not the crash itself.
*the woman had given birth to 14 children, lived through extreme poverty, was widowed with children still at home, and was finally enjoying a comfortable life in her son's home
As far as diseases go I've got apoplexy, typhoid, COPD complications from mustard gas exposure in WWI, wonky hearts, sketchy lungs, blood clots, the mysterious "found dead", dementia and the number one killer--childbirth.
>5 lesmel: lesmel, I need to make one of those spreadsheets, right now the documentation is scattered all over the place.
Other interesting CODs in the family include "general paralysis of the insane" (syphilis) and "internal hemorrhage and fracture of skull - fell down stairs."
I share what I find. There's really not anyone close enough to the deceased to be upset.
- Gunshot wound while removing hunting rifle from brush pile (because that's where we stored our guns in the 1870s)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning while digging a well
- Car accident
- Smoke inhalation from a controlled burn pasture fire that got out of hand
- Thrown from a horse
- Killed by a falling tree (and his family felt the need to record this fact on his tombstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=8882982&PIpi=14763...
- Runaway buggy
- Drowned in a flash flood
- House fire
Then of course there's all the usual suspects: TB, apoplexy, various cancers, pneumonia, heart problems, kidney problems, old age. And one branch of the family has an unusually high number of suicides. Depression runs strong on that side of the family.
The best COD I ever found isn't from my family, but from a book of coroner's inquests: a woman was killed when the outhouse blew over on her.
--my mother's aunt died in a car accident (passenger), and the driver walked away unscathed.
--drowned on the Lady Elgin (ship on Lake Michigan that went down off the coast of Wilmette in 1860). Family story had a brother (drowned) and sister (survived) the sinking. I uncovered a third person related to the family, but my aunt didn't believe it, because she'd "never heard the story told in the family." She still didn't believe it, despite being shown this poor drowning victim's large tombstone on the family plot in Milwaukee, inscribed with "Lost on the Lady Elgin."
My husband had a g-grandfather who died in a mining accident the day before his daughter (my husband's grandmother) was born. The traveling priest came to their small town to do both the funeral and the baptism on the same day.
Another cousin was drowned after falling off a yardarm while serving in the Royal Navy (HMS Rattlesnake), and another drowned as a 2 year old in a mill-stream, the family being millers.
My Hilton forebear who built Hylton Castle was supposedly such a nasty piece of work that they cut off his legs after he died out of spite.
The thing is ... not one of them knew they were or would ever be in any way related.
My 25th Great Grandfather was English King Harold Godwinson (1022-1066).
My 30th Great Uncle was King Harald Hardradde of Norway (1015-1066)
My 31st Great Uncle was William the Conqueror (1021-1087)