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Mattie PATILLO d. 1898 in Columbus
Posted by: John Mallory Land (ID *****6788) Date: December 03, 2004 at 22:43:18
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"Mattie PATILLO Ends Her Own Life

"Sick and Despondent, the Unfortunate Woman Takes Morphine to End Her Suffering.

"Last Sunday afternoon Officer Julius NEWSOME was informed that a white woman was lying out in Linwood cemetery either drunk or sick. The kind-hearted officer went out to the cemetery and upon seeing the woman he found her to be Mattie PATILLO. He began to question her and found that she was very sick and not drunk, as was supposed. Not wishing to lock her up, Officer NEWSOME hired a hack and sent the woman to her home on First avenue, just above Thirteenth street, at the KIMBROUGH house, a family well known to the police department. It seems that after reaching home the woman continued to get sicker. About midnight she was found to be in a dying condition and medical aid was summoned. After an investigation, it was found that she had taken about twenty-five cents worth of morphine, with suicidal intent, it is thought. Her condition was beyond all human skill and at about 8 o'clock yesterday morning she breathed her last. The KIMBROUGHs stated to an officer that they went out to the cemetery with Mattie PATILLO, and left her there later on. It is said that her motive for taking the poison was due to despondency brought on by continued sickness."

[From the "Columbus (GA) Enquirer-Sun" newspaper, Sunday, 10 JUL 1898, p. 3. I came across this death notice while researching an unrelated matter. I am not kin to this family and have no further information - merely hope this is of use or interest to someone.]

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