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Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562168254000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Caffery
I am trying to find an obit for William Caffery who was found hanging from a tree in Minnetonka Mills, Minnesota in 1895. He traveled from Michigan (McBain and/or Mount Pleasant area) and was presumed to be traveling to meet his brother, Daniel, of Brainerd, Minnesota. Two hunters found him hanging from a tree in a wooded area. I am searching for his obit and death certificate. I have looked online for the obit in both Michigan and Minnesota, but have not had any luck. Thank you, Mary
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Re: Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562169125000
Classification: Query
I don't think there would be an obituary. Suicide was looked upon as a terrible, shameful sin at the time. His relatives probably wouldn't want to acknowledge his death at all. Also, his death had already been published in several newspapers.

Another account of this said he had a wife and two children as survivors. (Jamestown Weekly Alert, Jamestown, North Dakota, 19 Dec 1895)

Re: Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562181905000
Classification: Query
Thank you for your reply. I wondered if an obit was required at that time. Good thought on the suicide being shameful, as I had not thought about that fact. I am trying to figure out the names of his wife and two children. Thank you, Mary

Re: Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562183628000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1562184482000
I just emailed the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office and they said they'd look in their archives for his record.

Update: They just replied that their records don't go back that far. :(

Re: Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562187398000
Classification: Query
Note: An obituary is never "required" even today. Obituaries are paid for by families who want to let others know of the death in the family, and to honor the deceased. If the person is famous, then the newspaper may decide to print something as well.

Re: Need Obit from 1895 Hanging Death of William Caffery

Posted: 1562703838000
Classification: Query
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/56405374/pe...
William Caffery
Birth 1 JAN 1858, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada
Death 1895, Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
Parents William W. Caffery (1826–1887) and Catherine Fitzgerald (1828–1887)

Spouse
Margaret Mary Cawley (1869–1944)
Birth 29 JAN 1869, Westport, Ontario
Death 3 JUN 1944, McBain, Missaukee, County, Michigan

Children
Katherine F Caffery (1893–1986)
Birth NOVEMBER 3, 1893, Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota
Death 1986-04-02, Big Rapids, Michigan

Eleanor Mary Caffery (1895–1971)
Birth MAR 4, 1895, McBain, Missaukee, County, Michigan
Death SEPTEMBER 8, 1971, Redlands, San Bernardino County, California
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