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Elbridge Clifton Cayce
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1866
Christian County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1917
Christian County
Kentucky, USA

FIRES BULLET IN BREAST AND DROPS DEAD

Elbridge Cayce, Aged Fifty, A Well Known Farmer, Commits Suicide (From Friday's Daily)

Elbridge Cayce committed suicide by shooting himself through the breast with a pistol shortly before noon today. The tragedy occurred at the front gate of the Mrs. Lou Adams place about two or three miles from town on the Palmyra Pike, where a family named Stewart now live.

Mr. Cayce and his wife left their home this morning to come to town. When the Stewart place was reached he stopped the buggy and told his wife to go inside and deliver a message. Mrs. Cayce went around the house to do this and while she was there Mr. Cayce, who had remained outside the yard but near the gate, fired the fatal shot. He fell on his face on the turf alongside the road and lived only a few minutes.

Judge Knight went out and held an inquest after which the body was brought here to Waller & Trice's undertaking establishment to be prepared for burial.

For some time Mr. Cayce had not appeared to be at himself and seemed to be worrying greatly and was despondent. This morning, as he and his wife were driving to town, they met Dr. L. A. Tate about half a mile further out the road than where the suicide took place. Mr. Cayce stopped his buggy and got out and waved to Dr. Tate to stop his car, which he did. Mr. Cayce then shook hands with Dr. Tate and remarked, "You are the last man who will see me alive. Tell them they will find a will and papers in my pocket."

Dr. Tate did not consider the remarks seriously and continued his journey. He returned shortly afterward and saw Mr. Cayce's body as it lay before the Stewart gate.

Mr. Cayce was one of the most successful farmers of the county, his place near Hargess' bridge being highly productive under his skillful management. He was a kind-hearted and well-liked citizen.

He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter. He was about fifty years of age.

(KY New Era 9/14/1917)

The 1880 Census places Elbridge and two brothers, James B (17) and George (15) in the household with their parents, James and Mary.

Kentucky Record of Marriages report the marriage of Elbridge to Sarah (Sallie) B. Knight on December 14, 1892.
1900 Census shows Elbridge and wife, Sarah (Sallie B. Knight) in household with a son, J.C. (2) and daughter, M. E. (6).

1910 Census states that Elbridge and wife, Annie lived in South Hopkinsville with their daughter, Irene (2) and shared their home with two black household workers by the name of James & Janie Holmoies.

Elbridge was the son of James Monroe and Mary Nance Cayce. His death took place only one year after his father died in 1916.



 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Monroe Cayce (1827 - 1916)
  Mary Thorp Nance Cayce (1831 - 1894)
 
 Spouses:
  Sarah B Knight Cayce (1874 - 1912)*
  Anna Duke Pool Gore (1879 - 1932)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Edna Cayce Steger (1893 - 1919)*
  John Clifton Cayce (1898 - 1962)*
 
 Siblings:
  R. Sackfield Lindsey (1853 - 1936)**
  Kate A Lindsey Gregory (1856 - 1931)**
  James B Cayce (1862 - 1889)*
  Joel Wheeler Cayce (1864 - 1930)*
  George Cayce (1865 - 1880)*
  Elbridge Clifton Cayce (1866 - 1917)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
E C CAYCE
1866-1917
 
Note: A special thank you to West Kentucky Genealogy (#46821153) for the additional family information on Elbridge.
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Hopkinsville
Christian County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Willi Anderson
Record added: Apr 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68675171
Elbridge Clifton Cayce
Added by: Willi Anderson
 
Elbridge Clifton Cayce
Added by: Willi Anderson
 
Elbridge Clifton Cayce
Added by: Willi Anderson
 
 
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There Is A River, May you always have peace
- Linda Cutlip
 Added: Oct. 19, 2012
~ Rest In Peace ~
- Mike H
 Added: Jul. 23, 2012

- Willi Anderson
 Added: Apr. 20, 2011
 
 
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