|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1884|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1911|
Mr. Cleveline Ireland, age 25, died Monday, March 6, 1911 4:00 p.m. as a result of a gunshot wound he received earlier in the day. Mr. Ireland, a farmer, was survived by his wife, Bessie Garnett. The Irelands were married December 3, 1909 in Harrison County, KY. They have no children.
Mr. Ireland was the son of Asa William 'A. W.' Ireland and Mary Frances 'Frankie' Hughes Ireland.
Mr. Ireland was survived by two sisters and five brothers; Stella Ireland Forsythe (Fred); Allie Ireland Haley (Charles); John Robert Ireland (Mattie); Joseph S. Ireland (Ollie); Hendrix Ireland (Effie); George William Ireland (Iva); and Wesley Ireland (Ollie).
Cleveline Ireland was shot by Oby Garnett, the brother of Mr. Ireland's wife and the son of C. J. 'Doc' and Anna Garnett, while the men were cutting wood on the farm of Cleveline's brother-in-law, Charles Haley, where Cleveline's brother Hendrix had recently rented a house. The two men had been quarreling during the morning. Cleveline mounted a horse hitched to a wagon for hauling the wood and rode about 70 yards when he called back to Garnett not to come to his home to stay that night. Garnett had been boarding with Ireland for a short time. Oby Garnett pulled his Smith & Wesson revolver and fired at Mr. Ireland who fell from his horse after being struck in the head by the bullet. He was carried home unconscious and died within a few hours. It was considered remarkable that the shot had struck Mr. Ireland because it was fired through some bushes apparently at random. When he saw Mr. Ireland fall Mr. Garnett took all remaining loads out of his revolver and handed the weapon to Mr. Ireland's brother remarking that he had 'no thought of killing the man'. He helped carry Mr. Ireland to the house. Mr. Garnett asked Jeff Works, one of Mr. Ireland's uncles, to accompany him to Cynthiana where he surrendered to the authorities and was jailed.
At the inquest testimony was taken by all persons present during the shooting incident which included: Wes Ireland, brother of Cleveline; Hendrix Ireland, brother of Cleveline; William Bryant Haley, nephew of Cleveline; and Jefferson D. Works, uncle of Cleveline. The combined testimony indicated that before discharging his weapon Mr. Garnett said 'I would just as soon shoot you off that horse as not' and then the shot was fired. Testimony was that after the shot, Mr. Garnett said 'I have killed him, but I am willing to carry him to the house'. The jury's verdict was that 'Cleveline Ireland has come to his death by a pistol shot, said pistol in the hands of Oby Garnett and no satisfactory reason for the shooting.' A trial was held the following Friday.
After the coroner went to the scene on Monday, Mr. Ireland's funeral was held Wednesday, March 8, 1911 at home of his brother.
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Mr. Cleveline Ireland was my first cousin twice removed.
MUCH THANKS to Barbara Milligan Rowe Elliott for the photo of the marker showing my cousin's name CLEAR AND SHARP. I have several sources showing both CLEVELAND and CLEVELINE. The larger percentage was CLEVELINE, so that is the name I used for the memorial.
Created by: Judi Fryer
Record added: Nov 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31831823
Rest At Peace, Cousin Cleveline ~~~|
Added: Nov. 30, 2008