The 1837 death of Dr. James M'Coul reported in The Columbia Democrat, January 20, 1838:
The Memphis Enquirer of Dec. 15, announces the death of a valuable and most estimable citizen, Dr. James M'Coul; who was suddenly killed on the evening of the 11th ult. near St. Francis, Arkansas, by the fall of a limb from a tree, while discharging his duties as a surgeon to a body of emigrating Chickasaw Indians. He was dressing the wound of an Indian at the time the distressing casualty happened. The deceased was a native of Fredericksburg, Va. and had been a resident of Memphis, Tenn. but a few months. The deceased is said to have been much beloved and respected, not only by the agents, but by the Indians, who manifest great sorrow at his death.