Samuel Absalom “Sam” Cates

Samuel Absalom “Sam” Cates

Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
Death 23 Dec 1915 (aged 49)
Jean, Young County, Texas, USA
Burial Olney, Young County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 47600596 · View Source
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Samuel A. Cates is the son of William L.Cates and Ann N. Wright. Samual married Maggie Millway Marsh on 06 June 1886 in Chewalla, McNairy Co., TN. They had 11 children together.

1900 McKinney, Collin County, Texas census.
Sam Cates is 34 years of age and his family is living with him. He has been married since 1886. His wife is 31 years of age. She is a mother of nine children, seven are living.

1910 Jean, Young County, Texas census
Sam A. Cates, 43 years, married 23 years
Maggie M. Cates, wife, 41 years, 11-7, MS
Sherman J., 20, TX
Coleman A., 18, TX
Laura L., 16, TX
Sam W., 13, TX
Maggie, 11, TX
Wylie F., 10, TX
Luke J., 7, TX
Gordon L, 5, TX

According to the local newspaper:

Samuel A. Cates was shot three times and murdered at Jean on 23 December 1915. Emmett Willis and Everitt Buchanan surrendered to the Young County Sheriff shortly after the shooting. Willis and Buchanan were brought to Graham and placed in the county jail. They remained in jail until the next evening when they were released on $1,000 bonds. The murder of Samuel Cates occurred after a box supper held by the ladies of the Jean Methodist Church.

Samuel Cates left his wife and several grown children to mourn his death. Emmett Willis and Everitt Buchanan were both young men. The Young County District Attorney brought the case before the Young County Grand Jury, but the Jury did not find enough evidence to indict either young man.

There was idle talk in Jean and Graham as to why the Grand Jury refused to indict these two men.

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49 years, 1 month, 16 days

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