Mr. Pickens Lewis

Died July 1892
American Courant, Cartersville, GA July 28, 1892
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A Sad Happening.

Mr. Pickens Lewis Accidentally Kills Himself Last Friday.

Last Friday afternoon the usually quiet village of Cass Station was shocked by a report stating that Mr. Pickens Lewis had accidentally [2 lines obscured by fold]

In a short time many of the neighbors hurried to the scene and found the report only too true.

In the morning Mr. Lewis had taken a shot gun and gone out in the woods near his house for the purpose of killing a large hawk that had been playing havoc among the fowls about his place.

He shot the hawk but only wounded it and having no ammunition with him returned to the house, reloaded the gun and left again saying he was going to kill the hawk if he could possibly find it. When the dinner hour arrived Mr. Lewis had not returned and one of the boys went out to call his father to the noon meal. A few hundred yards from the house in the direction Mr. Lewis had gone, is a rail fence and as the son approached this a sight, which sent a thrill of pain and horror through him, met his eyes. His father’s body was lying lifeless by the fence, a hole being shot in the side of his head behind the right ear. The empty gun lying close by told the awful story. The unfortunate man had evidently given up the search for the hawk and started back to the house. Reaching the fence he started to pass through an opening between the top two rails of a panel that joined a post at the end of a set of bars. Leaning forward, in the act of passing through he carried the gun carelessly in his right hand and when the barrel chanced to be pointing to his head the hammer must have pulled against some of the post of the fence which drew it back and then followed the deadly discharge.

From the position in which the body and gun were found the above is a most reasonable supposition of how the sad affair came about.

Mr. Lewis leaves a wife and five grown children—two daughters and three sons. He has several brothers living and many relatives and friends who are grieved on account of the tragic ending of his life. He was a son of the late Dr. John W. Lewis and was about fifty four years old. He has spent most of his life in Bartow and Cherokee counties. His was a singular nature—retiring and unobtrusive in his manner toward men. Those who knew him best admired him the most. He possessed a mind of uncommon power and was finely educated. All his life books have been his constant companions. A man of high and honorable principle and who was ever true to his convictions has left us.

A large number of relatives and friends attended the burial services which were held in Cassville cemetery.




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