Suicides

This page updated September 8, 2016




This was not a page I had thought about placing on the website. However, in going through the obituaries looking for information pertaining to military services or fraternal orders, I seemed to be coming across many suicides.

It crossed my mind in wonder..just how many deaths were caused by suicide as opposed to natural or accidents. I was rather surprised by the number of them.

When you find the word "Unknown" in the cause section-then none was posted, but the death was judged as suicide.

It must be kept in mind though that suicides were not specifically reserved for the men in the communities. I found instances of women as well as children who committed suicide.

In many situations, women were terribly isolated- some with many children (13-14) -- it was not possible then to control the number of children. Some women were in abusive relationships -- which simply wasn't talked about in those days.

The source for these is mainly the obituaries and news clippings from the county papers.Some suicides may have occurred outside our counties, but were persons from our counties.

These are not in alphabetical order as I am still collecting them. So PLEASE, PLEASE look through the entire list. As well, the counties are NOT divided.

I have done my best to list just where these persons lived. As with everything else on the website, these are listed as simply another avenue to locate your ancestor.



Suicide of Wm. A. Montgomery- February 24, 1885

Suicide of Wm. A. Montgomery- Article #2

Suicide of Wm. A. Montgomery- Article #3



 

Person Date Location Method/Cause
       
Anna Louise (BALDWIN) ABEL

August 31, 1939

Morgan/Owen County Line

Drowning

George ADAMS

November 1931 Bloomington Gunshot
Dr. Charles L. AKERS

December 1949

Greencastle

12 Rifle Shots(yes 12)

John AMICK

February 22, 1934

Morgan County

unknown

Milton AVERY

September 18, 1894 Martinsville Gun Shot
Bertha BAILEY

September 2, 1896

Monrovia

Gunshot (Insanity)

Joseph BALLENGER

May 5, 1899 Ballingertown, Morgan County Hanging

William BARNES

October 24, 1891 Morgan/Hendricks County Line Gunshot
Thomas BOWMAN

January 19, 1904

Ashland Twp, MC

Gunshot, Hang, Burn

Ralph BRAY

May 27, 1954

Morgan County

Hanging

Henry BREWER

February 2, 1900 Morgan County Taking Carbolic Acid
Otho Logan BREWER

January 9, 1952

Morgan County

Unknown

William BULLINGTON

July 8, 1904

North Paragon

Drowning

Nellie BURNS

April 26, 1908 Mooresville Hanging
Joe BUSKIRK

October 1899

Morgan County

Took Morphine

John CROUCH

August 24, 1922

Near Spencer

Shot in Head

John DAYHUFF

April 12, 1912 Near Spencer Hanging
Dora Miles QUERY

March 3, 1943

Atkinsonville

Hanging

Nathaniel QUERY

February 28, 1943

Cuba, IN

Hanging

Walter WILLIAMS

May 25, 1933

Freedom

Hanging

Benjamin CAMPBELL

April 23, 1956 Mount Tabor Hanging
William CARLISLE

May 10, 1928

Indianapolis

Shooting

R.W. COVALT

May 1906

Mooresville

Took Carbolic Acid

William COX

August 18, 1894 Morgan County Unknown
Abram CRAMER

March 17, 1883

Clay Twp, MC

Hanging

Fannie CRAYTON

May 26, 1882

Morgan County

Took Arsenic

Marion DETAMORE

February 7, 1961 Centerton Hanging
Hubert ELMORE

January 1929

Martinsville Jail

Hanging

Talbot FEAR

March 22, 1931

West of Mooresville

Took Carbolic Acid

Edwin FISHER

June 21, 1881 Central State Hospital Jumped out window
Wiley FOSTER

July 1885

Putnam County

Hanging

Leonard FOX

July 3, 1896

North of Monrovia

Hanging

Jesse FRANCIS

April 9, 1886 Madison Twp, MC Gunshot
William FUSELMAN

May 1, 1884

Morgan County

Took Morphine

Katherine GENTRY

November 17, 1910

Monrovia

Took Carbolic Acid

Joseph J. GOSS

June 2, 1881 Gosport Hanging
Zerilda GOSS

June 20, 1895

Near Plano

Unknown

W.A. GRINSTEAD

August 17, 1886

Indianapolis

Hanging

Horace HADLEY

June 9, 1902

Morgan County

Took Carbolic Acid

Rev. Jesse HADLEY

January 8, 1916 Morgan County Hanging
Mrs. Norris HADLEY

February 9, 1954

Mooresville

Hanging

James HAMMONS

May 24, 1894

Mooresville

Unknown

E.H. HARBISON

February 1878 Morgan County Unknown
Robert J. HENDERSON

June 13, 1962

Mooresville

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Metta (Truax) HILBURN

March 9, 1949

Quincy, Owen County IN

Strichnine Poisoning

Benjamin H. HOBSON

February 9, 1946

Morgan County

Unknown

Gary W. HUBER

January 22, 1987 Monrovia Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Billy G. HUFF

April 5, 1961

Madison Twp, MC

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Mrs. Renos JARVIS

July of 1940

former resident

Drank Lysol

William JOHNS

July 12, 1897

Martinsville

Hanging

Frank JOHNSON

December 1892 Spencer Shot in Head

Miss Maude JOHNSON

November 6, 1901 Morgan County Drowning
Viola KIVETT

March 28, 1905

Monrovia

Unknown

Rebecca (Worthington) LEATHERS

September 16, 1873

4 mi. SE Mooresville

Hanging

David LEE

July 1, 1954 Hall
Harley LIVINGSTON

February 1, 1959

Morgan County

Unknown

Bertha MANLY

October 7, 194xxxx

Indianapolis

Unknown

Elijah MANNAN

April 23, 1896 Morgan/Putnam County Line Gunshot
Andrew J. McNABB

September 9, 1896

Delta, Iowa

Unknown

Pleasant MILLS

November 20, 1936

Mooresville

Hanging

Kenzie MORRISON

February 14, 1997

Monrovia

Hanging

Johnny MOSER

January 16, 1880 Mahalasville Unknown
George NORMAN

November 17, 1968

Morgan County Jail

Hanging

Elizabeth O'NEAL

November 23, 1893

Jefferson Twp, MC

Unknown

Winfield NICHOLS

August 11, 1939

Near Lewisville, MC

Unknown

William OLDS

June 20, 1889 Morgan County Gunshot
Sarah OLIVER

April 7, 1891

Jefferson Twp, MC

Unknown

Mrs. Ambrose OOLEY

November 19, 1917

Clay twp, OC

Gunshot

John PADDOCK

August 8, 1928

Morgan County

Drowning

William PENNINGTON

August 21, 1874 Brown Twp, MC Unknown
Eli PLUNKETT

February 15, 1884

Monrovia

Hanging

William PLUNKETT

May 19, 1876

Monrovia

Gunshot

John PLUNKETT

February 10, 1896 3 mi. SE Monrovia Hanging
Enoch RENNER

March 7, 1904

Mahalasville

Drowning

Courtney RICE

November 1, 1966

Southport Lumber Co.

Hanging

George RIKE

January 1924 Hall Unknown
Schuyler ROBBINS

February 22, 1910

Mooresville

Gunshot

Matthew ROBERT

November 11, 1963

Mooresville

Gunshot

William ROGERS

November 18, 1906 Eminence Hanging
Noah SCHRADER

March 28, 1952

SE of Monrovia

Hanging

Samuel SHIELDS

August 12, 1886

Ashland Twp, MC

Hanging

Claude SOMERS

August 6, 1946

Morgan County

Hanging

Schuyler SPOON

August 27, 1958

Friendswood

Gunshot

David STANSBURY

June 18, 1859

South of Spencer, OC

Hanging

Douglas THOMAS

July 1890

Morgan County

Hanging

John THOMPSON

June 1, 1924

Morgan County

Unknown

William WARD

June 1889

Morgantown

Gunshot

Cassie WASHINGTON

November 2, 1905

Morgan County

Gunshot

Martha WELLS

March 23, 1885

Morgantown

Gunshot to chest

Tyre WELLS

June 30, 1889

Morgantown

Gunshot

Jacob WEMER

February 6, 1872

Green Twp, MC

Throat Cut

John WHETSTINE

February 16, 1897

Morgantown

Hanging

Oran WHITAKER

January 11, 1905

Ashville, NC

Hanging

Alonzo WHITE

September 1895

Morgan County

Hanging

James WILKERSON

November 10, 1882

Monrovia

Unknown

Harold WILLIAMS

December 28, 1971

Morgan County

Took Poison

Kenneth YARNELL

February 1980

At Foster Cemetery

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

David STANSBURY

June 18, 1859

8 mi. S of Spencer

Hanging

Mrs. Ambrose OOLEY

November 19, 1917

Clay Twp, Owen County

Shooting

William LEWIS

Unknown

Madison Twp, Putnam County

Throat Cut

Etta (Truax) ROSS

May 26, 1904

Harrison Twp, Owen County

Hanging

Frank JOHNSON

December 9, 1892

Spencer, Owen County

Gunshot

William A. MONTGOMERY

February 24, 1885

Gosport, Owen County

Hanging









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