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John Thomas Burroughs
Birth: Oct. 3, 1882
Arkansas, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1929
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Husband of Katy Gertrude Zimmerman Burroughs. He was the son of Richard Hardy Burroughs of Arkansas and Nancy Wade Diffee Burroughs. Nancy remarried Lum Talley and is buried in Shrevport as well. John Thomas was tall with blue eyes and dark hair. He took his own life at his home with a pistol shot to the head. He was found by his daughter Mary Lillian who was 12 years at the time. Featured on the front page of the Shreveport Times.

Shreveport Times - Wednesday November 13, 1929 Front Page
Local Carpenter Kills Himself After Telephoning Sister "Goodbye" message

Funeral services for J. T. Burroughs, about 35 years old, 2731 Kings hwy, who fatally shot himself early Tuesday morning after having telephoned his sister, Mrs. Lee Lowry, Seventy-First Street, that he would "be gone by Wednesday; Goodbye" will be conducted at the family residence at 4:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by the rev. O.M. Poche, pastor of the Trinity Catholic church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery under the direction of McCook Brothers' Funeral home.

Relatives Tuesday afternoon attributed ill health and inability to obtain steady employment as the reasons for the man's act. Dr. W. P. Butler, Caddo Parish Coroner, renendered a verdict of suicide, following an investigation of the case.

Shortly after the deceased had conversed with his sister, intimating his intention of taking his own life, his body was discovered lying on the floor in a bedroom at his residence by his 12 year old daughter, Mary Lillian Burroughs. He had fired a pistol shot into his right temple, the shot lodging in the head. The revolver was found beneath the body.

According to Doctor Butler, several written messages were left by Burroughs.

"I am leaving seven orphans and several brothers and sisters." he said in one of them. The man's wife died about a year ago, it was made known.

Though several people were in the house at the time of the suicide, no one heard the shot, Doctor Butler was told.

Burroughs had been a resident of Shreveport since 1906. He was a carpenter by trade.

Surviving the deceased are seven children, Mrs. Jack Evans, Arthur, Harold, Alvin, Frank, Doris, Mary Lillian Burroughs, all of Shreveport, three sisters, Mrs. Lee Lowry, Mrs. A. M. Kelly, and Mrs. Jack Green, all of Shreveport, and several brothers.


Judy Robson was told by her mother Mary Lillian Burroughs Robson that John Thomas Burroughs while building barracks during WWI had a hammer dropped on his head. The hammer claws entered his head severely wounding him. A metal plate was inserted in his head and for the rest of his life he suffered from extreme headaches and depression. 
Family links: 
  Nancy Wade Diffee Talley (1861 - 1921)
  Katy Gertrude Zimmerman Burroughs (1889 - 1929)*
  Mildred Gertrude Burroughs Evans (1911 - 2003)*
  John Arthur Burroughs (1912 - 1989)*
  Harold A. Burroughs (1914 - 1997)*
  Mary Lillian Burroughs Robson (1917 - 1968)*
  Joseph Alvin Burroughs (1919 - 1993)*
  William Frank Burroughs (1924 - 2011)*
  John Thomas Burroughs (1882 - 1929)
  Dora Burroughs Lowry (1886 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Judy Robson Stark West
Record added: Jul 16, 2008
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John Thomas Burroughs
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Rest in Heavenly Peace, John Thomas.
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