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Potter, Martin

 
The Daily Constitution
Atlanta, GA
April 2, 1880
 
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Potter, Martin

2 Apr 1880 (The Daily Constitution - Atlanta} All Around Us: Paulding County, GA, March 28 – The body of Mr. Martin Potter, a well-known and highly respected citizen of California district, in this county, was found about 3 o’clock p.m. on the 26th of March, lying on a large rock under his machinery near his residence, with his head and shoulders in a swift, shallow current, his skull being broken on the left side near the top of the head, and having other marks and wounds on his person. The deceased was first discovered by Mr. H. F. Summers in company with Mesars, John James and Tilman R. Potter, who is a son of the unfortunate man. It is supposed that he fell from the shafting of his machinery, falling against the timbers, and was so severely wounded by the fall that having fallen in the swift, shallow current, with his face inclined up stream, he was strangled to death—though the wounds themselves were sufficient to have produced death. Mr. Potter was a man about 75 years old, and had been for years a consistent member and speaker in public of the Methodist Episcopal church south. He leaves a bereaved family—a good old wife and several children and grandchildren. The coroner of this county, Thomas J. Ragsdale, empanelled a jury, who after hearing the testimony, returned the following verdict: “We, the jury empanelled and sworn by Thomas J. Ragsdale, coroner, to hold an inquest on the body of Martin Potter deceased, find that deceased came to his death by a fall from the shafting of his mill.”



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