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John H Donavin
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Birth: May, 1853
Death: Jun. 12, 1906

John H. Donovan, a miller of the Cootes' Store neighborhood, is dead as a result of internal injuries received by being thrown from a horse a week ago yesterday. Mr. Donovan was riding the horse when the animal became frightened and he was unable to control it. He was badly bruised, but there were no indications of serious injury until late Tuesday night. He died early Wednesday morning.

Mr. Donovan, who was over fifty years of age and unmarried, was riding one of his work-horses through the fields, two miles north of Cootes' Store, when the accident occurred, he was carrying a bucket on his arm and a lurch of the horse threw the pail against the hames on the harness. The horse reared several times and began plunging to such an extent that Mr. Donovan was unable to control it. He lost the bridle rein and was hurled from the horse's back.

According to accounts of the accident received here yesterday, he landed on his back, his hips striking against a pile of stone. He was stunned for a few minutes, but recovered before anyone discovered his condition, and was able to walk to his home a short distance away. He complained of severe pain about his back and Dr. C. S. Dodd, of Cootes' Store, was summoned. The physician was unable to locate any serious injury and administered an opiate to allay the pain. It was thought that he would recover. The patient continued to do very well and was able to be about his home until Tuesday evening, when he suddenly suffered a relapse.

All efforts of the physician to prolong his life were of no avail and he passed away in agony between 2 and 3 o'clock Wednesday morning. The exact cause of his death could not be ascertained, but it is supposed that he had been hurt internally and probably injuries to the spine resulted from the fall. Internal hemorrhage set in a short time before his death.

Mr. Donovan was born in the Cootes' Store neightorhood in 1853 and had passed his fifty-third birthday only a short time before his death. He was a miller by trade and had lived on property near Cootes' Store for many years. He was an energetic man and stood well in the community in which he had spent the greater part of his life.

He is survived by three sisters. Misses Sarah and Ada Donovan, who lived with their brother, and Mrs. Reuben Horn, of near Cootes' Store.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Trissel church, near Broadway. The services were conducted at 3 o'clock by Rev. A. L. Harnsberger, pastor of the Broadway Mothodist church.

Harrisonburg Daily News
Friday Morning, June 15, 1906

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Family links: 
  George Dunivin (1823 - 1881)
  Dianna Haney Dunivin (1825 - 1900)
  Frances Josephine Dunivin Horn (1851 - 1942)*
  John H Donavin (1853 - 1906)
  Ada E Dunivan (1857 - ____)*
  Sara Catherine Donovan Heavner (1868 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Aged 53 yr 22 ds
Trissels Mennonite Church Cemetery
Rockingham County
Virginia, USA
Created by: FDP
Record added: May 17, 2010
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