William Sphinx Read

William Sphinx Read

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  • Name William Sphinx Read 
    Born 30 Dec 1867  Henderson Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1910  Navarro Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Jul 1920  Corsicana, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Suicide - Drank Carbolic Acid (Phenol) 
    Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Name: W.S. Reed
      Death date: 20 Jul 1920
      Death place: Navarro Co., Texas
      Gender: Male
      Race or color (on document): white
      Age at death: 52 years 6 months 20 days
      Estimated birth year:
      Birth date: 30 Dec 1867
      Birth place: Tenn
      Marital status: Married
      Spouse name:
      Father name: L.T. Reed
      Father birth place: Tenn
      Mother name: Martins
      Mother birth place: Tenn
      Occupation: Farmer
      Residence:
      Cemetery name:
      Burial place: Oakwood
      Burial date: 21 Jul 1920
      Additional relatives: X
      Film number: 2073861
      Digital GS number: 4024240
      Image number: 1006
      Reference number: cn23658
      Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
      [1]
    • WELL KNOWN FARMER DEAD

      Supposed to Have Taken Carbolic Acid Because of III Health

      W.S. " Sphinx" Reed, a farmer of the Retreat community, six miles south of here, was found dead at his
      home late yesterday afternoon, his body being on the floor, and an empty bottle that had contained six
      ounces of carbolic acid was nearby.

      The deceased had been a sufferer from Bright's disease for some time, and was often very dlspondent. The
      deceased had spent Monday night witli his brother-in-law, Will Thorn, at Navarro Mills, taking his only
      child , a boy of twelve years with him. Yesterday morning when he went to leave he told Mr. and Mrs. Thorn that he wanted to leave the boy with them and wanted him to make his home with them, and that he would go to his home near Retreat and see how everything was getting on. He was in Corsicana during the day and was seen going to his home from here early in the afternoon, and is supposed to have taken the deadly drink as soon as he reached the house, as he had left his horse hitched to the buggy at the gate.

      Soon after the body was found it was brought to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors and prepared for burial and was then taken to the home of Frank Holloway, near Retreat and the funeral took place from there this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. L.C. Howell officiating, and interment was in Oakwood at 5 o'clock. The deceased
      is survived by his little son, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Holloway of Retreat and Mrs. Will Thorn of Navarro Mills and by two brothers, John Reed of Corsicana and Ike Reed of Retreat. He was a good citizen and had many friends who are pained at his tragic death.

      Corsicana Daily Sun
      July 21, 1920 [2]
    • http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66096468 [3]
    Person ID I89  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 

    Father Louis T Read,   b. Jun 1847, Lexington, Henderson Co TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1916, Navarro Co TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Mother Harriet Emeline Martin,   b. 24 Mar 1847, Rockingham Co NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1929, Home of daughter, Mrs. W.H. Thorn, Navarro Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1868  TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet

    Family Lula Pryor,   b. 17 Oct 1872, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1918  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 9 May 1907  Navarro Co TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George B Read,   b. 25 Feb 1908, Navarro Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F2494  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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  • Documents
    W S Reed
    W S Reed
    Death Certificate
    1900 US Census - TX - Navarro County
    1900 US Census - TX - Navarro County
    Family of Lewis T Reed
    WELL KNOWN FARMER DEAD
Supposed to Have Taken Carbolic Acid Because of III Health
    WELL KNOWN FARMER DEAD Supposed to Have Taken Carbolic Acid Because of III Health
    Notice of Death
    Corsicana Daily Sun
    July 21, 1920
    Relatives Were Overlooked
    Relatives Were Overlooked
    Update from WS Obituary
    1910 US Census - TX - Navarro County
    1910 US Census - TX - Navarro County
    William S. Read Family

  • Sources 
    1. [S171] Texas Death Index 1890-1976.

    2. [S146] Corsicana Daily Sun, 21 Jul 1920.

    3. [S524] Findagrave.com.