Monday, July 4, 2016

Madness Monday: Smith / Cash / Davis / Dawson

Alexandria Gazette
12 November 1859

We are credibly informed that a letter was received from New York State on Thursday, by a gentleman in Prince William County, stating that Gerritt Smith has not put himself nor been put into an insane asylum, but has disappeared from his home, and is supposed to have gone to Canada.

Alexandria Gazette
5 December 1867

MAGISTRATES' OFFICE. -- Sidney Cash, a colored woman, about twenty-one or two years of age, born in Prince William county, Va., was examined yesterday evening at the jail, before Justices Beach, Summers and Colton, by Drs. A. W. K. Andrews and Wm. Gibson, on the charge of lunacy.  The charge was sustained, and arrangements at once instituted to secure her admission into the asylum at Staunton.

Daily National Republican (DC)
7 June 1871

SUICIDE - A man named Charles A. Davis, supposed to be insane, committed suicide by hanging himself from the limb of a tree with his suspender, near his home on the road between Brentsville and Dumfries, Prince William county, Virginia, on Saturday last. When found his feet were touching the ground.

Alexandria Gazette
17 May 1873

James Dawson employed at Dodds, carding mills, in Prince William county, and a man of family, is said to have become insane.

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