Jones Children

The Cartersville Courant
Cartersville, Georgia
April 8, 1886, page 2
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Two Negro Boys Drowned.

Booker Jones is a hard working and honest colored man that lives on Mr. Levi Shaw’s place near Stilesboro, and he was the father of two stout and growing boys aged 11 and 13 years.  These boys went out rabbit hunting on last Friday, from which they returned as corpses.  The boys, it seems, had been hunting all day, and were returning home about sundown.  They had approached Raccoon creek near their home, and proceeded to cross on a sapling over a place that seemed to be very shallow, but midway the support broke or they slipped and they were precipitated into ten feet of water.  Their absence was noticed, and the father and mother waited after dark for the appearance of their boys.  They came not.  Growing alarmed they, together with a few friends, began a search.  Looking up and down the creek, they discovered a hat belonging to one of the boys, floating among the weeds.  The creek was dragged and their bodies were found about 11 o’clock that night. The boys were just large enough for plow hands and their parents are heart broken over their bereavement.


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