Elisha Haynes

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
December 8, 1887, page 2
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On the night of the 30th a message came from Capt. A. F. Woolley’s, two and one-half miles from Kingston, that Mr. Elisha Haynes, a young man in the employ of Capt. Woolley, had been accidentally shot and killed by A. F. Woolley, Jr.  Your correspondent, in company with Rev. J. W. White, went out by request of Mrs. W., and the scene on our arrival was distressing, and from Mrs. W. and Feaster Woolley, the following statement was given.  The family remained in Mrs. Woolley’s room in pleasant conversation until 8 o’clock, and the young men repaired to their room to retire.  Mr. Haynes, standing at the bureau, saw Feaster place a pistol under his pillow and asked him why he did so, and he answered that his mamma was scary when his papa was from home and he kept it to protect her in case of danger.  Mr. Haynes said the pistol would not fire, as he had tried it.  Feaster took out the pistol to show him how it worked and it fired in his hands and the ball went crashing through Mr. Haynes brain.  He lived fifteen or twenty minutes.  The family thought a great deal of Mr. Haynes and the two young men were warm friends.  Capt. Woolley was in Atlanta and was telegraphed to come home.  The next day Coroner Patterson summoned a jury and held an inquest, rendering a verdict of accidental killing with a pistol in the hands of A. F. Woolley, Jr.  Capt. Woolley and family and the family of the deceased have the heartfelt sympathies of our entire community.  The corpse was taken on Friday by Capt. Woolley to Newnan near where the parents of the unfortunate young man live.


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