Friday, July 20, 2018

Fatal Train Wreck, 1906, Boyce Station, Near Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee

Fatal Train Wreck, 1906: Extract from North Georgia Citizen

Database/Library: GA Library of Learning Online (GALILEO)
Newspaper/Publication: North Georgia Citizen 
Place of Publication: Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia
Date of Publication: Thursday, 12 July 1906
Placement: Page 1, Column 1
Contributor (of this extract): D.K. Pritchett
Source URL:
Access Date: 20 July 2018

Subject: Fatal train wreck on the Western & Atlantic Railroad line, near Boyce Station, near Chattanooga (Hamilton), Tennessee.

Title of Article: "Daltonian Killed in a Collision"

Subtitles of Article:
"Early Sunday Morning on W & A. Railroad"
"Three Others Were Killed"
"Engineer Will P. Hamilton of This City Crushed to Death Instantly by the Impact"

Facts of Accident: Head-on collision; two freight trains involved

Day and Date: Sunday morning (est. 08 July 1906)
Company/Railroad: Western & Atlantic railroad
Location: "near Boyce Station, six miles from Chattanooga"
Location (concluded): Boyce, Hamilton, Tennessee
Speed (Atlanta-bound train): 30 mph

Remarks: "The wreck occurred a few feet from a considerable curve and on an embankment about fifteen feet high."

Remarks: "According to the statements of employes of the railroad, the wreck resulted from the failure of Engineer Atkinson, who was in charge of the Atlanta bound freight, to obey orders. It was stated that he was ordered to take the switch, but this he failed to do, instead coming in contact while running at an estimated speed of 30 miles an hour."

Number of Deceased: four ("enginemen")
Number of Injured: "several trainmen"
Number of Engines Destroyed: 2
Number of Cars Destroyed: 10
Other Property Damage: 1 car of cattle and 1 car of eggs burned

Date of Death (for all below): "Sunday" (08 July 1906, concluded)

Place of Death (for all below, as stated): "near Boyce Station, six miles from Chattanooga"

Place of Death (for all below, concluded): (Boyce, Hamilton, Tennessee)

Name of Deceased: W. P. Hamilton (Will P. Hamilton)
Age: "about 43 years old"
Birth Year Estimate: (1863)
Residence: Atlanta, , Georgia
Former Residence: Dalton, (Whitfield), Georgia
Occupation: Engineer of Train no. 8, Western & Atlantic Railroad
Length of (Current) Occupation: "eighteen years" (est. 1888 - 1906)
Manner of Death: "Crushed to Death Instantly"
Removal of Remains: ("brought to") Dalton, (Whitfield), Georgia, "Sunday" (est. 08 July 1906)
Wife (Surviving): formerly Miss Longley
Daughter (Surviving): Mrs. John Boston, of Calhoun, (Gordon, Georgia, concluded)
Son (Surviving): Mr. Will Hamilton, of Rome, (Floyd, Georgia)

Brothers: E. F. Hamilton; F. A. Hamilton; R. E. Hamilton - all of Dalton (Whitfield, Georgia)

Burial: (concluded, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia) "Monday" (est. 09 July 1906)

Memorial Ceremony: "Odd Fellows' rites"; "escort of twelve locomotive engineers from the brotherhood in Atlanta, headed by Mr. Gus Manning"

Remarks: "No blame is attached to Mr. Hamilton...."

Name of Deceased: E. F. Pinson
Residence: Ellijay, (Gilmer), Georgia
Occupation: Fireman of train No. 8, Western & Atlantic Railroad

Name of Deceased: Robert Atkinson
Residence: Atlanta, , Georgia
Occupation: Engineer of train no. 13, Western & Atlantic Railroad
Manner of Death (concluded, probably died on impact; afterwards, burned); torso recovered
Removal of Remains: found "Monday" (est. 09 July 1906); shipped to Atlanta
Other: Atlanta-bound train
Other: Faulted with accident (failed to take the switch when ordered)

Remarks: "Immediately after the collision fire broke out, burning the remains of the engineer of the Atlanta bound train..."


Name of Deceased: A. O. Gentry
Residence: Atlanta, , Georgia
Former Residence: Kennesaw, (Cobb), Georgia
Occupation: Fireman of train no. 13, Western & Atlantic Railroad 

Injured Trainmen ("all slight"):

Name of Injured: J. E. Collum
Residence: Atlanta, , (Georgia)
Occupation: Conductor No. 13, Western & Atlantic Railroad 

Name of Injured: Walter Stradley
Residence: Atlanta, , (Georgia)
Former Residence: Dalton, (Whitfield), Georgia
Occupation: Conductor No. 8, Western & Atlantic Railroad 
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Cephus Stradley 

Name of Injured: Luther Dover
Residence: Atlanta, , (Georgia)
Occupation: Brakeman, No. 13, Western & Atlantic Railroad


Other Surnames (related to Hamilton): LONGLEY, BOSTON



Transcriber's Note: Boyce Station is now part of East Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee.


"Fatal Train Wreck, 1906, Boyce Station, Near Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee," (D.K. Pritchett, contributor),, [Source: "Daltonian Killed in a Collision," North Georgia Citizen (Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia), 12 Jul. 1906, page 1 (via GALILEO)]. Source URL: (accessed 20 July 2018).

Historical Background (Related Site): 

Lanier: Becoming the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Death of Ambrose Lockabee ; Imminent Death of Roland Bearden, 1897, Ellijay, Gilmer, Georgia

Newspaper: North Georgia Citizen
Place of Publication: Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia
Date of Publication: 19 August 1897
Page: 3 (begins at column 2, bottom of page)
Title of Article: "Bearden Killed Lockabee."
Subtitle of Article: "Son of the Dead Man Wounds His Father's Slayer."
Contributor (of this extract): D.K. Pritchett
Date of Extract: 12 July 2018

"Ellijay, Ga., August 18.--
"Roland Bearden killed Ambrose Lockabee Sunday afternoon about fifteen miles east of here by cutting his throat and was knocked in the head by the victim's son, who was present, receiving wounds from which he will die.
"Bearden was drunk and Lockabee was trying to get him home. They quarreled, and Bearden jerked out a knife and almost severed Lockabee's head from his body with one stroke.
"Lockabee's boy, who saw the fight, hurled a stone at Bearden, crushing his skull."

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Freeman Jack Bryant, born 1916, Whitfield Co., Georgia; died 1985, Trinity Co., Texas

Freeman Jack Bryant 
(son of James Tom Bryant and Lena A. Anderson)
Birth: 17 July 1916, Whitfield County, Georgia
Death: 21 August 1985, Trinity County, Texas

Marriage 1 (est. 1928-1936): 
Wife: Flora Elizabeth Ownby, daughter of Charles Clinton Ownby and Mary Helen Bohanan. Later separated or divorced.

Marriage 2 (est. 1942-1947): 
Wife: Wilma Agness Epps, daughter of Francis Marion Epps and Emogene Workman.

File uploaded to Google Drive:

View PDF Family Group, with Sources

Other names: Freeman Jackson Bryant

Related Surnames: Bryant, Byron (misspelling of Bryant), Ownby or Ownbey or Owenby, Epps, Workman, Bohanan, Wilson (aunt and uncle, of Georgia) 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Morton Richard "Dick" Emmons, of Rome, Georgia, and of Atlanta

Morton Richard "Dick" Emmons

Birth: 11 October 1851, Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, US.

Marriage: 15 January 1890, Manhattan, New York, New York, US, to Mary Belle Hill.

Death: 03 December 1911, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, US.

Burial: December 1911, Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, US.

Census and Other Sources

United States Census, 1860, 10th District, Greene, Tennessee, page 88: Morton R Emmons, aged 9, white male, listed in the household of Wm Emmons. Birth: 1851, Tennessee.

United States Census, 1870, Ward 2, Rome, Floyd, Georgia: Richard Emmins, aged 18, male, listed in the household of Isaac Todd (a railroad conductor). Birth: 1851-1852, Tennessee. Occupation: Clerk in Store.

Not found in 1880.

1896, Rome, Floyd, Georgia (concluded): Dick Emmons, apparently of Rome, Floyd, Georgia, is mentioned in an obituary as the brother-in-law of the deceased W. C. Huff, of Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia. (The obituary has several paragraphs quoted from other papers; the bit on Dick Emmons is quoted from Rome Commercial and refers to Emmons as "our townsman.") Research shows that the family connection is Eliza J. Emmons, sister of Morton Richard "Dick" Emmons. She married William C. Huff. [Source for fact]: "W. C. Huff" (Obituary), |North Georgia Citizen| (Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia), Thursday, 27 Feb. 1896, page 4 (via GALILEO). (accessed 09 June 2018).

United States Census, 1900, Atlanta city Ward 6, Fulton, Georgia, Supervisor's Dist. 5, Enumeration Dist. 80, Sheet 26 B, Peachtree, House no. 458, Dwelling 25, Family 25 (faint scribblings above dwelling and family info), Line 54: M R Emmons, aged 47, married male, head. Birth: Oct 1852, South Carolina. Both parents born in South Carolina. Occupation: Clothing Merchant. Married 10 years (est. 1890). Wife is Mary B Emmons (mother of 1 child, 1 living).

Listed in Atlanta City Directory, 1903, listings for (place) "PEA," page 295 of 1592: Emmons Morton R, 794 Peachtree Place. Source URL:

United States Census, 1910, Atlanta Ward 8, Fulton, Georgia: Morton R Emmons, aged 58, married male, head. Birth: 1852, Tennessee. Father born in Virginia. Mother born in Tennessee. Occupation: Vice President, Railroad. Married 20 years (est. 1890). Wife is May Belle Emmons (mother of 1 child, 1 living).

Death and Burial Listings:

Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955: death of Morton Richard Emmons (son of Wm Tobias Emmons and Hannah M West Emmons). Birth: 11 Oct 1851, Geenville, Tenn. Death: 03 Dec 1911, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, US. Other info: 794 Peachtree St. Retired V Pres. Fulton Nat'l. Bank M. West View. "Carbolic Poisoning - accidental."

Find A Grave Index 109090170: Morton R. Emmons. Birth: 11 Oct 1851. Death: 03 Dec 1911. Burial: Dec 1911, Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA.

Occupation Listings: 

Clerk in Store, Rome, Floyd, Georgia (1870).
Clothing Merchant, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia (1900).
Vice President of Railroad, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia (1910).
Retired Vice President of Fulton National Bank, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia (1911).

Citation for Marriage: 
"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Morton Emmons and Mary Hill, 15 Jan 1890; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,558,696.

Citation for Death:
"Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), Morton Richard Emmons, 03 Dec 1911; citing Death, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States, 03 Dec 1911, Atlanta History Center, Georgia.

Citation for Burial:
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Morton R. Emmons, 1911; Burial, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America, Westview Cemetery; citing record ID 109090170, Find a Grave,

Reverend Benjamin M. Devault and Wife, Mattie Hyath, of East Tennessee

United States Census, 1910, Civil District 2, Knox, Tennessee, ED 103, Sheet 4 B, House no. 613, Dwelling 86, Family 87, Line 98: Benjamin Devault, aged 51, married white head. Birth: 1859, Tennessee. Both parents born in Tennessee. Occupation: Minister. Married once (M1). Married 14 years (est. 1896). Wife is Mattie DeVault (mother of 4 children, 2 living). Children in the household are John Devault, born 1898 in Kentucky; and Frank DeVault, born 1900 in Missouri.

The Reverend Benjamin M. DeVault was born about 1860 in Sullivan County, Tennessee, and is probably related to other DeVaults there. He married Mattie Hyath, of Campbell County, Tennessee (though no marriage record has yet been found; the couple may have married in Kentucky). Mattie had four children. Two of them died. The ones who lived were John DeVault, born 1898 in Kentucky; and Frank DeVault, born 1900 in Missouri. Reverend Devault and his family apparently moved, at least temporarily, from Tennessee to Kentucky, to Missouri; then to Knox County, Tennessee (where they are found in census in 1910). About 1910, apparently after census, they moved to Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, where their son, John, died that year. They probably lived there until at least 1918, when son, Frank, register for the World War I Draft, and listed Benjamin (of the same address) as his nearest relative. In 1923, Benjamin and his wife, Mattie, moved to Winter Park, Orange County, Florida. This move may have been made for Mattie's health, for she died in Orlando about five days later, according to her death record. Benjamin continued to live in Winter Park, dying there in 1925. He and his wife are buried at Palm Cemetery in Winter Park, Orange County, Florida. Both husband and wife are exceedingly hard to find in census, though another Benjamin DeVault, of the same age, is sometimes found in Sullivan County, Tennessee (but he has a different wife and children). There may have been name changes; or it may be that Benjamin, as a minister, travelled from town to town or went on missions. Little else is known about this East Tennessee family.