In a story in the Upper Vandalia Historical Society Journal December 1998.
12-17-1881: Mr William Milam, a young man who resided in the back part of Putnam County committed suicide last Sunday by hanging himself from a beech limb near his residence. He leaves a wife and three children. He was a son of Sina Milas. What led to this rash act of young Milam is not definitely known. He is said to have been in good circumstances.
Betty shank told me that Delilah when they came to get her after William was found, that some of the men held her up so she could cut him down. They thought that someone killed him and not a suicide. Never proved. Her sister Sophia married Christopher Slater.
I understand that Thomas Garton was Delilah's second husband. I have no children listed for them. Delilah was the daughter of Columbus and Sydney Jane Higginbotham Hart. I am very interested in learning more about Thomas Garton and any other Garton family member in early Putnam County, VA (WV) My 3rd great-grandmother, Malinda Garton married James Craig February 06, 1834 and we do not know who her parents were. Thanks. Carolyn
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