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Emmeline Clark
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Birth: 1836, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1891
Washington County
Maryland, USA

SUICIDE AT SMITHSBURG - Miss Emmeline Clark Hangs Herself in Her Sisters Smoke-houseóDespondent and Tired of Life.

Smithsburg was considerably stirred up and excited Monday morning, when it became known that a suicide had been committed within its limits, the person being MISS EMMELINE CLARK, daughter of Thomas Clark, deceased, who lived about one mile and a half from Smithsburg, some years ago.

About one week ago Miss Clark came to her sister's home, Mrs. Barney Florey, who lives at the edge of town on the Waynesboro road, having been, up to this time, employed at Mr. Hartle's place, near Chewsville. Miss Clark complained at the time of not feeling well and manifested signs of displeasure and remorse at her situation in life. She was not the bright cheerful woman she had once been known as and had periods of despondency and gloom. She frequently talked of ending her life to those about her and when in one of her despairing moods could not be comforted by her sister, who frequently tried it. Her sister, fearing she would carry out her threats, kept a constant and a close watch over her during the time she was at her home.

Monday morning Mrs. Flory left the house to attend to her washing duties at the home of Dr. Baldwin. Mrs. Flory left her daughter in the house who was directed to keep watch over Miss Clark in her absence. Some time having passed without young Miss Flory seeing her aunt she proceeded to institute a search. She went through the house and not finding her, opened the smoke-house door, in the rear of the residence and there hanging by her neck, dangled the form of her aunt by a rope from a nail in one of the cross-pieces, her face horribly distorted and blackened and the whole presenting a scene of ghastliness and horror seldom seen. The gloominess of the morning and the cheerlessness of the surroundings in the smokehouse, made the scene all the more ghastly. Miss Clark's feet were only a few inches from the ground. The bench upon which she stood when the deed was committed, lad overturned in jumping from it.

Mr. Preston Vogle and Mr. Flory cut the body down, having been informed of the sad event by Miss Clark's neice. A physician was summoned and pronounced life entirely extinct. He said death had resulted from strangulation and she had probably been dead half an hour. No one saw Miss Clark enter the smokehouse nor anticipated her purpose.

Miss Clark has a sister living in this city. Mrs. Robt. Douglas, of 142 West Franklin street. She was aged about 55 years and was supposed to have laid by some money, being a hard worker and usually having employment.

The funeral took place at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, interment being at Smithsburg.

Source : The Herald And Torch Light Newspaper - Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland - Thursday, October 22, 1891

A jury of inquest over the body of EMMELINE CLARK, who committed suicide in Smithsburg, Monday, was summoned by Coroner Philip Oswald, composed of the following gentlemen: Harvey Baechtel, John Reynolds, James K. Mitten. Albert Robinson, Edward H. Hildebrand, John R. McPherson, Preston Vogle, Frank Embly, WM. Donaldson and Samuel Zimmerman.

The deliberations were short and he testimony conclusive that the act was self-committed. The extreme meloncholia of the woman was proven beyond doubt.

Mrs. Moats, a sister of the deceased, hung herself in the attic, of her home at Ringgold some years ago from about the same condition of distress. Thomas Clark, a brother of the woman also died by his own hands in the West many years ago.

The funeral of Miss Clark took place from the home of her sister, Mrs. Barney Flory, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Services were held it the house and were conducted by Rev. Victor Miller. Interment was made in the Smithsburg cemetery. The pall-bearers were; Martin Hoover, Prestou Vogle, Samuel Barkdoll and Jacob Honogle.

The services were sad and impressive and a large number of the friends of the deceased and her family were present.

Source : The Herald And Torch Light Newspaper - Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland - Thursday, October 22, 1891
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  Thomas B. Clark (1790 - 1889)
  Mary Clark (1803 - 1875)
Smithsburg Cemetery
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Melvin L. Halterman
Record added: Mar 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66574523
Emmeline Clark
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- Melvin L. Halterman
 Added: Mar. 6, 2011

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