1908 April 22 Georgetown Times newspaper clipping reads:
Mother and Father Die – Within three days, distressing accident to latter. Mr. Riley Willoughby, a tenant on the farm of Mr. Jas B. Moore, in the Payne’s Depot neighborhood started in a buggy to Georgetown Thursday with his wife and baby. When near Georgetown Mrs. Willoughby was suddenly taken sick with heart trouble. She was brought to town and taken to the home of her mother where she died in a short time. The remains were buried in Georgetown Cemetery, Friday.
On Saturday, Mr. Willoughby and his oldest son went to Midway in a two horse wagon and got a load of coal. They were almost home and in driving through a gate, Mr. Willoughby was caught between the wagon wheel and gate post. The team lunged to the side and Mr. Willoughby’s body was pinioned and crushed in a terrible way. He was taken home, but lived only about three quarters of an hour. Mr. Willoughby was in poor circumstances and leaves seven children. The remains were buried in Georgetown Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
On the Sunday before Willoughby’s mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Willoughby, was burned to death, her clothing catching from a pipe she had been smoking.
If anyone is aware of this family, please help. I speculate that Mrs. Mary Jane Willoughby is Mary J. “Polly” (Ballard) Willoughby, [1825-1908]; Mr. Willoughby leaving seven children, must be her husband, Malon Willoughby [1821-1908]. It appears they may have had a son named Riley (is this correct?); that had the wife to die that was buried on Friday.
1908 April 29 Georgetown Times – County Court Orders – Wm. Willoughby appointed administrator of Mary J. Willoughby with W. A. Richardson as security. [They have a son named William]. Was there a Will?
Is there a record of these burials in the Georgetown Cemetery? Thank you.