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Thomas Caleb "Tom Dooley" Dula
Birth: Jun. 22, 1845
Elkville
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 1, 1868
Statesville
Iredell County
North Carolina, USA

Civil War Folk Figure. Namesake of the traditional folk ballad, "Hang down your head, Tom Dooley/hang down your head and cry/killed poor Laura Foster/now you're going to die." Laura Foster was supposedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend Tom Dooley in 1866, but rumor has it she may have actually been killed out of jealousy by her own cousin, Ann Melton, who was having an affair with Tom while married to someone else. Tom never confessed, but hanged for the killing all the same. She is buried about five miles away from him. 
 
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 Children:
  Mary Cordelia Dula Coffey Miller (1866 - 1948)*
 
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Cause of death: Hanged
 
Burial:
Tom Dooley Gravesite
Ferguson
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2473
Thomas Caleb Tom Dooley Dula
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- Bunny
 Added: Jun. 22, 2016
So the legend is truly history. May you rest in peace, Mr. Dooley.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 22, 2016
In remembrance. God Bless.
- R. Owens
 Added: Jun. 22, 2016
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