Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Death of Dr. James M'Coul, 1837

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.

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