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 Rebecca Cyrenia <I>McCarty</I> Woodall

Rebecca Cyrenia McCarty Woodall

Birth
Pulaski County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Nov 1939 (aged 62)
Lakeland, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lakeland, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 100019751 · View Source
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Rebecca, the wife of John Charles Woodall, was a housekeeper from Shopville, Ky. Her parents were James Wesley McCarty & Lucy Ann Raney.

She was "committed" after trying to feed her son, Melvin Smith Woodall, ground up shards of glass. He was very young at this time, probably 2 - 3 years old. According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Melvin, at the age of approximately 14, was living with his maternal grandmother, Lucy Ann McCarty, and uncle, John F McCarty.

For 39 years she was a patient at Central State Hospital, known as the Lakeland Asylum (opened 1869 - razed mid 1990's), where she died from pulmonary tuberculosis due to dementia praecox (an early term now known as schizophrenia). She was buried in the hospital cemetery November 13, 1939.

Thanks to another Find a Grave member, it has been brought to my attention that most of the area which once belonged to Central State is now a state park (E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park) and, while the cemetery areas have been preserved, there are no markers and no way to delineate where individual graves are located.

For the most part, inmates who died at the facility were buried with nothing more than a crude stake-type marker as they were wards of the state and considered indigent paupers. If the families had money, they would often collect the remains and arrange for a private burial elsewhere.


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  • Maintained by: Mandy
  • Originally Created by: Squad546
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100019751
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rebecca Cyrenia McCarty Woodall (11 Nov 1876–8 Nov 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100019751, citing Central State Hospital Cemetery, Lakeland, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Mandy (contributor 46627762) .