Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Deaths of John Patrick, Becky Smith, Phoebe, and Louis Bartholemy

St. Charles Herald--24 May 1884
On Thursday evening last, a man by the name of John Patrick, was found drowned in the swamp about two miles above Hahnville, where himself and son-in-law had been working all day. It remains a mystery to us how the unfortunate man met his death.

St. Charles Herald--14 June 1884
Becky Smith, an old, honest and industrious colored woman of Hahnville died on Monday last. Deceased owned her own home, but left no near relations.

St. Charles Herald--2 August 1884
On Monday last, an aged colored woman by the name of Phoebe, died at her home about one mile above Hahnville. It is said by those that knew her that she was 110 years old.

St. Charles Herald--30 Aug 1884
On Sunday evening last, a difficulty occurred on the LaBourgeous Plantation in St.James Parish, between two colored men, John Bradley, a notorious character of that parish, and Louis Bartholemy, a resident of this parish, in which the latter was most brutally murdered, he being shot through the heart and died shortly after. The difficulty arose from that vicious play of dice which has sent a great many of its victims to their graves. The deceased was an industrious young man and is very much regretted by our community. A similar case happened in our neighboring parish, St. John, where another victim's life was sacrificed. Cannot this habit of gambling on store galleries and public roads be stopped.

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