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Solomon Smook Shealey

Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Death 12 Apr 1884 (aged 31)
Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 176335156 · View Source
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His obituary in the 19 April 1884 edition of The Baltimore County Union:

Sad Death of a Young Man.
—Mr. Solomon Shealey, a highly respected young man of this place, and youngest son of Mrs. Mary A. Shealey, died very suddenly at an early hour on Saturday morning last week. He complained of feeling unwell Friday afternoon and retired to his room, requesting the family not to disturb him. About 10.30, when Mrs. Shealey was about to retire, she went to her son's room to see how he was and found him lying upon his bed, apparently unconscious. Dr. J. H. Jarrett was immediately called [line indecipherable] to bring the young man back to consciousness but without avail and he passed away quietly at 1.30 Saturday morning. Mr. Shealey was a most exemplary young man and was one of the trustees of the M. E. church, of which he had been a consistent member for years. He was also, until recently, much interested in the Sunday school work connected with the church. His funeral took place from the residence of his mother, on Sunday afternoon, and was very largely attended, six of his young friends acting as pall-bearers.—His remains were interred in the family burying ground on the east side of town, where those of his aged uncle, Mr. Daniel Shealey, were placed just one week previous. [Page 2]

His obituary in the 19 April 1884 edition of the Maryland Journal:

Suicide of Solomon Smook Shealey.
On Friday evening, 11th inst., Solomon Smook Shealey, a little over 31 years old, the youngest son of Mr. William S. and Mrs. Mary A. Shealey, of Towsontown, committed suicide by taking laudanum. About 4 o'clock P. M. he was with his mother in the store when he remarked that he did not feel well, and thought he would go and lie down and take some rest, as he had not been able to get sleep for some time. His mother cheerfully and tenderly advised him to do so. He then went up stairs to his mother's room and laid across the bed. No person went into the room to disturb him until Mrs. Shealey, about 6 or 7 o'clock, requested that his supper should be taken up to him, which was done. As he was apparently sleeping he was not disturbed. About 10 o'clock P. M. Mrs. Shealey had occasion to get a key from her son and went up to her room to ask for it. She called to him but he made no answer, and she gently shook him, but he made no stir whatever. She then made another effort to arouse him, and took hold of his arm and found it perfectly limber. This fact greatly alarmed Mrs. Shealey, when she made a closer examination and concluded that he was either dead or dangerously ill. Dr. James H. Jarrett and his son, Dr. Harry S. Jarrett, were at once summoned and promptly responded at about 11 o'clock. Upon making an examination Dr. Jarrett pronounced it a case of poisoning from laudanum. Efforts were made toward resuscitation by applying an electric battery, but the fatal drug had so far done its work that he was beyond hope. The doctors remained until 1.30 when he died. The unfortunate affair was known only the household and other immediate relatives who had been apprised of the facts. About 6 o'clock A. M. the facts became known in the community, and it created great excitement, a large number of the population of the town calling at the residence to express their condolence with Mrs. Shealey upon the second visitation of death in the family in only a week.
Justice Gideon Herbert was notified of the facts and called at the house and viewed the body. After hearing a statement from Mrs. Shealey and others of the family, as well as Dr. Jarrett, he declined to hold an inquest, being satisfied that death resulted from the effects of laudanum.
Solomon was a young man of the most exemplary habits ; was very affectionately attached to his mother, and was connected in the business of the store with her. At times he would be afflicted with nervous disorder, which caused him to be moody and taciturn. Of late years he had often expressed himself as being weary and tired of life. It is thought the recent death of his uncle, Daniel Shealey, to whom he was warmly attached, had seriously affected him, and under all the circumstances finally induced him to take the fatal drug. Search was made by Dr. Jarrett and members of the family for evidences of anything that had contained poison, but without success, and it is now believed he drank the laudanum before he went up to his mother's room, and thus concealed all evidences of the fact.
He was a faithful teacher in the M. E. Sunday School for a number of years, except for the past two years, when it was noticed that his mind had been seriously affected. He was at all times and under all circumstances devoutly religious, and under no circumstances whatever ever used intoxicating liquors.
Two of Mr. Shealey's brothers, William S. and Franklin, are at present patients at Spring Grove Asylum, both suffering from mental disorder. The father, Mr. Wm. S. Shealey, now about 70 years old, has suffered from mental disorder for the past 35 to 40 years. He is a very industrious and kind hearted man, and much of his time works in his garden and among his flowers, of both of which he is passonately [sic] fond.
The funeral of young Shealey took place from his mother's residence, on Sunday, 13th, Rev. W. T. D. Clemm, pastor of Towsontown M. E. Church, and Rev. M. F. B. Rice, former pastor (now stationed in Baltimore) officiating. Both made affecting remarks. The leave-taking by the distressed mother of her son was of the most touching character, the vast assembly sympathizing with the stricken mother. His remains were interred in the old family lot in the heart of the town, being followed to the grave by between 300 to 400 persons. Messrs. Jas. E. Dunphy, John E. Flayhart, Wm. A. Lee, Edward P. Murray, Wm. B. Miller and Dr. Harry S. Jarrett, all associates and school boy friends, acted as pall-bearers. [Page 3]




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Solomon Smook Shealey (29 Jul 1852–12 Apr 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176335156, citing Shealey Cemetery, Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by James Goldsborough Bigwood (contributor 48231400) .