Thursday, February 7, 2008

1867 Lightning Deaths

Here's another historic newspaper item about Jackson County that might be of interest. This was taken from the June 20, 1867, issue of the Marianna Courier:

THREE FREEDMEN KILLED BY LIGHTNING. – On Monday evening last, a man and two women, in the employment of Amos Hays, Esq., of this county, having retired for shelter from a shower, to a hickory tree near where they were at work, were struck by lightning and killed instantly. The man had a gun, which it is supposed, attracted the electric fluid, after striking a pine tree a short distance from where they were found.

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