Will Overby

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
June 22, 1899, page 3
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Killed By Lightning.
Called to Eternity Twenty Four Hours After Wedding.

Ringgold, Ga., June 15 – During the storm near Catoosa Springs, Ga., Will Overby, also known as Will Cantrell, aged 21, was killed by lightning.  Overby was working in the field of B. F. Harris and during a violent rain storm unhitched his mules from the plow and started for the house.  He was followed by his brother on another mule.  Overby had barely started when a flash of lightning struck and instantly killed him and two mules.  He was astride one of the animals.  He was picked up dead, by A. T. Massengill and the dead man’s brother.  There was not a visible mark on either the deceased or the mules; the skin was not even broken although Overby’s face turned black some little time afterwards.  What makes this sad accident doubly pathetic is the fact that only yesterday afternoon he was married about the same hour of his sudden death to Margaret Bryson, daughter of Wm. Bryson, a well known farmer of Catoosa county.

Overby enlisted in one of the Tennessee regiments during the late war and served as a teamster until his discharge.  He hailed originally from Bradley county near Cleveland, Tenn.  Overby was well liked by all who knew him, and the deepest sympathy is expressed by all the people for his young and pretty wife.


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