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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1896 :: Death of Jim Trueblood

According to one of the tombstones still standing in the Murray Cemetery, James H. Trueblood died on the 10th day of September in the year 1896 . . . but the following news item from an October edition of The Galveston Daily News would seem to indicate that he actually died on the 10th day of October in 1896 . . . 

Rockdale, Tex., Oct. 10. -- While Oliver and Jim Trueblood were hauling a load of cotton out of their field this morning Jim was run over by the wagon and killed. After hitching their teams to the wagon both men put their shoulders to the wheels to help the team start, expecting to mount themselves while the wagon was in motion. Oliver succeeded, but Jim, while attempting to mount, lost his footing and fell under the wheel, which passed over his breast, causing almost instant death. Both men were farmers and lived on the San Gabriel river six miles north of Rockdale. The Galveston Daily News, October 12, 1896