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William Mackessy
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Birth: Jan., 1864
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1913
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA

Married to Louise (Ellis) Burkhardt Mackessy Conn on May 31, 1904.

- Spanish American War Veteran -


William Mackessy Takes His Own Life

Paperhanger And Veteran Of Spanish War Commits Suicide With Revolver.

Despondent Because His Wife Had Left Him.

Shoots Himself In Head In Alley Off Of Alabama Street. -- Several Witness The Tragedy. -- Police Captain Nearby.

Despondent because his wife had left him, William Mackessy, a well known paperhanger, committed suicide at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon in an alley off of the north side of Alabama Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets by shooting himself with a .38-calibre revolver. The bullet entered his head over the right ear and penetrated his brain, causing instantaneous death. Mackessy had been threatening ever since Monday, when his wife left him, to end his life. He had been living at 616 Alabama Street where he was born 50 years ago. Nearly all the furniture had been removed from the dwelling in the past few days, only a bed and a table remaining. This afternoon shortly after 2 o'clock Mrs. James Ross, a neighbor, heard the report of a pistol.

Police Were Notified

She went to the Mackessy home and found Mackessy there threatening to kill himself. He had fired one shot while in the house but it did not injure him. Mrs. Ross notified the police and Capt. John Kluth went to the Mackessy home. By this time, Mackessy had gone out the rear door to the alley running east and west. He then walked over to the alley running north and south and stood on a vacant lot there, waving a pistol. As Captain Kluth approached he asked Mackessy what was wrong. "Everybody is against me!" exclaimed Mackessy. "You know I have always been your friend", replied the police captain.

Witness Tragedy

But before he could do anything to prevent it, Mackessy pointed the revolver at his own head and pulled the trigger. He dropped to the ground and died almost instantly. Mackessy's sister, Miss Josephine Mackessy, who lives in that neighborhood, Walter Lee and Mrs. Ross all witnessed the tragedy. Coroner Roy V. Hannell was called and viewed the body and it was taken to the Soller-Harrington establishment. Mackessy was dressed in his working clothes, but had not been working for several days.

William Mackessy was a veteran of the Spanish American War, having served in the Phillippines. He was also a member of Company C, of the 160th Indiana regiment in the Spanish American War, a number of Lafayette boys belonging to this company. He was born in Lafayette and spent all his life here except the years he was in the army service. He attended school here as a boy and learned the paperhanger's trade. He was one of the most expert workmen in this line in Lafayette. Mackessy was a man of generous impulses and served his country well in time of war. He had many friends and few enemies. His father and mother are both dead. He leaves three sisters here and one in Chicago.

Family links: 
  Maurice Mackessy (____ - 1881)
  Mary Mackessy (1820 - 1912)
  Louise Ellis Burkhardt Mackessy Conn (1880 - 1933)*
  Johanna Mackessy (____ - 1935)*
  John Mackessy (1842 - 1901)*
  William Mackessy (1864 - 1913)
*Calculated relationship
Spring Vale Cemetery
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec. 26 Lot 121
Maintained by: Big Sam & Little Sam
Originally Created by: Brenda
Record added: Apr 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36313954
William Mackessy
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