James Riley Morgareidge

James Riley Morgareidge

Noble County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Jan 1914 (aged 43–44)
Arvada, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA
Plot Mason 8 Circle
Memorial ID 53872301 · View Source
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James was married twice. His 1st wife died after childbirth. They had a daughter, Elizabeth who was born Feb 1900. His 2nd wife was Viola Farnsworth. They had two children: Albert born 1907 and Mildred born 1913. Viola remarried after James' death to a Misters. She can be found in Natrona Co, WY on the 1920 census.

OBIT: Sheridan Post/Jan 16, 1914
He was cleaning a revolver. The weapon unexpectedly exploded piercing heart with a bullet...victim was deputy sheriff for Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell Counties... Death was instantaneous.

Late last night this intelligence reached Sheridan, with the result that Coroner Smith of Kooi, and Undersheriff Veach left on #44 for the scene of the reported tragedy. At that time there were no particulars beyond the bare statement that Mr Morgareidge had been shot and instantly killed. The character of the new led to the belief in Sheridan that Mr Morgareidge had been murdered. This illusion, however, was dispelled by later investigation by the officials.


Upon the arrival of the coroner and other officials, including the sheriffs of Johnson and Campbell counties, under whom Mr Morgareidge was a deputy sheriff as well as a deputy under Sheriff Hoop, was engaged in cleaning a revolver, when the weapon was accidentally discharged, the bullet therefrom entering the body on the lefty side and passing through the heart.

The dead was married and leaves his wife and three children to mourn his departure. One daughter lives in this city; a brother resides at Kaycee, while another, Charles Morgareidge, is employed by Captain Snivley at the Wrench ranch north of Sheridan. Alva T and J W Morgareidge of Sheridan are cousins.

Deceased was about 45 years old and was a man highly respected. For some time he had been serving as a special deputy for the three counties mentioned above, combining with that avocation stock inspection and other duties adding to his income. He was a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Woodmen orders.

No arrangements for the funeral have at this writing been made, but it will probably occur in Sunday, with burial in Buffalo possibly."

Gravesite Details Block M Lot 8 according to cemetery records.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Riley Morgareidge (Jan 1870–15 Jan 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53872301, citing Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Kari (contributor 46844363) .