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Death in CA, 1857-Charles REED/READ, formerly of New Orleans
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: November 16, 2007 at 11:27:44
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Am not related but may be of interest to someone who is. I have no further info but additional newspaper extracts may be found at URL:


Vern D
Transcribed by Dee Sardoch; <>
Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Wednesday, 27 May 1857<<

SHOCKING CASE of SUICIDE -- A man by the name of Charles REED, said to be about 30 years of age, committed suicide at San Francisco on Sunday, under the following circumstance:

He was walking at the time, and, when about the middle of Pacific wharf, shot himself through the body, with a large English pistol. The ball entered the left breast, near the heart, passed through the lungs, and lodged near the shoulder blade. It did not touch the heart. After the shot, the unfortunate man was observed to walk about 50 yards. Being spoken to by several persons who ran to his assistance, he said: “Leave me alone, I can walk well enough,” and shortly afterwards expired. The body was conveyed to the Coroner’s office, where a post-mortem examination was held. A witness
stated that the deceased came from New Orleans to California about 5 years ago; and failing to obtain work, became low-spirited.

>>Friday, 29 May 1857<<

>THE BODY of the young man who committed suicide by shooting himself a few days since on Pacific street wharf, San Francisco, has been identified as that of Charles READ, who, about 2 years since was engaged in mining at Sherlock’s, Mariposa county, where he possessed a fine claim. While under the influence of liquor he shot an Indian at that place and decamped, since which time those who knew him there have not heard anything of his whereabouts. Deceased was attached to DONI-HAN’s Regiment during the Mexican war as a teamster.

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