Charles Graves

Illinois, USA
Death 26 Nov 1889 (aged 22–23)
DeWitt County, Illinois, USA
Burial Lane, DeWitt County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 120369898 · View Source
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December 6, 1889 Clinton Public Disappointment in Love Caused Charles Graves to Commit Suicide. Last Monday afternoon Coroner Cyrus Jones was notified that the body of a young man was found in a field near a by-road four miles south of this city. The coroner went out and found the body of Charles Graves with a gunshot wound in the heart, and every indication pointed to a case of suicide. One week ago last Tuesday Charles Graves borrowed a double-barreled shotgun from Charley Hoag and then started from Clinton, and when within a quarter of a mile of Tom Davi's house, where his mother lived, he killed himself. That same night it rained and snowed, and the following two days snow fell to the depth of three or four inches, which covered the body, and it was not till the thaw last Saturday that the body could have been seen. Saturday evening Grave's relatives became anxious on account of his long absence, and on Monday when Tom Davis, who is a half brother of Graves, was going to a neighbor's he found the body of young Graves in the field about sixty feet from the roadside. An inquest was held and a verdict of death by his own hand rendered. On Tuesday young Graves was buried in Rose Cemetery, west of Lane station, by the side of his father.Charles Graves was twenty-three years of age and was above the average farm boy in point of education. He was quite a reader and was generally well informed in current matters of history. His mother owned about twenty acres of land in Texas township, and this Charles tilled till about a year ago, when he sold his interest to Tom Davis. After leaving home, he worked during the spring and a part of the summer by the month for other farmers, and last July, when he received the $100 for his interest in the land, he came to Clinton and boarded with his brother-in-law, William Turney. Charles got acquainted with a girl living here in town and wanted to marry her, but it seems she was not matrimonially inclined. As the story goes, she played fast and loose with his affections but managed to keep him on the string. Once or twice Charley became so discouraged over his failure to get a wife that he took heavy doses of a deadly drug, but not taking quite enough to accomplish the purpose, it had the effect to make him deathly sick. Not long ago he told his sister that if the girl went back on him again his "name would be Dennis." He made a final attempt to bring matters to a focus on Monday or Tuesday of last week and, failing in the effort, he foolishly concluded to end his young life with a shotgun. On the 25th of last July he insured his life in the New York Life Insurance Company for $1000, payable to his mother in case he should die first. The old lady is nearly blind, and is now about fifty-seven years old. She is living with Tom Davis, a son by a former marriage. The family feels grateful to the kind friends who came to their assistance.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 120369898
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Graves (1866–26 Nov 1889), Find a Grave Memorial no. 120369898, citing Rose Cemetery, Lane, DeWitt County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Lynne Stallcop (contributor 47497228) .