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 Luther Bigelow Wolfe

Luther Bigelow Wolfe

Birth
Highland County, Ohio, USA
Death 23 Jul 1878 (aged 24)
Highland County, Ohio, USA
Burial Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 58803522 · View Source
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A school teacher, Luther B. Wolfe enlisted in the US military on 13 March 1875. As a private in company C / 9th US Infantry under General George Crook, he was part of the US military's attempted three pronged punitive raid of 1876 against the Lakota Sioux and northern Cheyenne Indians led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. On 17 June the Indians attacked Crook's forces at the Battle of the Rosebud. Although a tactical draw in which the Indians vacated the battlefield, the battle was actually a strategic victory for them as Crook felt compelled to withdraw from the area. Eight days later, a force led by General George Custer was destroyed at the Little Bighorn.

Luther married Anna Simpson (sister of Lizzie Simpson who had married Luther's older brother Addison) on 13 June 1878. Some six weeks later, Luther committed suicide by hanging himself in the family barn where his body was found by his sister Artemissa. No cause for his suicide was ever determined.

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Obituary from The Highland Weekly News, 1 Aug 1878.

Marshall Tp.
MELANCHOLY SUICIDE

On Tuesday morning, 23rd, Luther B. Wolfe, a young man about 25 years of age, son of Mr. Russell Wolfe, hung himself in his father's barn, one mile southwest of Marshall. He and his wife stayed on Monday night at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Reuben Simpson. Early on Tuesday morning, he went to his father's to get a horse, to use in hauling some rails. He stopped a few minutes with the family, and then took a bridle and started to go to the pasture to catch the horse. Not returning, after an hour or more had passed, the family became uneasy, and sent a boy to the pasture to search for him, supposing that the horse might have kicked him. Not finding him there, search was made about the farm, when his sister, a girl about 13 years old , went to the barn to look for him, and found him hanging by the neck, in one of the stables, his toes just reaching to the ground, presenting a horrible sight, and cold in death. He had apparently taken off half the bridle rein, and fastened it to a rail overhead; then placed a block of wood in such a position that he could stand on it, while placing the noose around his neck, when stepping off the block, he was launched into eternity!

There can scarcely be a doubt that he committed the act while suffering under temporary insanity. Those who were intimately acquainted with him had thought for some months before his death, that there were times when he was not rational.

He was married only about five weeks before his death to Miss Annie Simpson, an amiable young lady of this tp. His sad death has cast a deep gloom over the entire neighborhood. The deeply afflicted wife, parents and friends have the earnest sympathy of the whole community.
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A loving son, a husband dear, a soldier brave lies buried here.

Gravesite Details His death record gives birth as 1854. The birth date I've listed is a calculation using the given death date and age inscription on the headstone.

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  • Maintained by: Jim Priestaf
  • Originally Created by: Grandma Patti
  • Added: 17 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58803522
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Luther Bigelow Wolfe (19 Sep 1853–23 Jul 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58803522, citing Pisgah Cemetery, Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Jim Priestaf (contributor 47951734) .