Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Today in Family History - 09 Mar

My 4th great-grandfather (and 5th great-grandfather) James A. Andrews, Sr. committed suicide on this day in 1855. The location of his grave is not known.

Very little is known about the personal life of James that would have driven him to this final act. There are indications in his obituary (shown below) that he had a problem with alcohol, and there are strains of alcoholism in his descendants to very recent generations.

[1] Texas State Times, Austin, Texas. 24 Mar 1855, Page 2.
[2] Minutes of the Commissioners Court of Montgomery County, Texas (Oct 1854-Feb 1861). Book is not labeled. Pages 43 and 44.

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