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Obituaries - Porter

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(first husband of HELEN PERCY PORTER)
b. August 27, 1818
d. February 19, 1853
a. 34 yrs. 5 mos. 23 dys.

See Percy Family Chart in Chapter 5.

(wife of JOHN PRESSMAN, JR.)
b. February 1856
d. September 18, 1941
a. 85

Mrs. Catherine Pressman died September 18, 1941 at Miner’s Hospital “...where she had been a patient for six weeks, after having fallen in her home fracturing her hip. A lifelong member of Salem Reformed Church, she is survived by one brother, Justus Youngerman [sic], this city, and two sisters, Annie Baum, Grantsville, and Mrs. Sophia Layman, Walnut Level, Grahamtown.” [FMJ 9-28-1941]

“Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Catherine Pressman, 86, widow of John Pressman, Grant Street, who died Thursday at Miner’s Hospital were held yesterday afternoon from Hafer’s funeral home. Rev. John Smeltzer, pastor of Salem Reformed Church, officiated.
The pallbearers were M.C. Ferree, Clifton Get[z], Henry Ort, Charles Peretti, Thomas Harris, and Ernest Murphy. Interment was in the Percy Cemetery.” [CET 9-22-1941, p. 9]

b. November 1858
d. March 12, 1941
a. 83

“John Pressman, 83, retired coal miner, Grant street, died this morning at Miner’s Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past week. He was a member of Salem Reformed Church. Surviving are his wife, the former Katie Youngerman [sic], and sisters, Mrs. Everett Spill, Pittsburgh; Miss Lucy Pressman, and Mrs. [Charles] Phillip Skidmore, Cumberland. The body will remain at Hafter’s [sic] funeral home, where friends and relatives will be received.” [CET, 3-12-1941, p. 11]

b. 1876
d. January 11, 1899
a. 23

“A Startling Tragedy. In the absence of an officer Wednesday evening about 7 1/2 o’clock justice D.J. Williams commissioned Alex. Smith to go to the house of Hannah Preston on south Water street, and arrest William L. Preston. Reaching there, Smith found Preston terrorizing his wife, Mollie Preston, and several children. The arrest was made with little trouble, Preston returning with him to the justice’s office. Smith left him with the justice to complete some work of his own, when he was told that Preston had escaped. Going again to the Preston house, Smith found that Preston had shot and killed his wife and mortally wounded himself. Two shots from a 32-calibre revolver were found in the back of Mrs. Preston’s head, and one slightly in the rear of and above the right temple of his own head, resulting in death at 10:20 next morning.
The couple had been married about three months, but had not lived happily, evidently owing to Preston’s bad behavior. Sufficient insight into the causes can be found in the postscript of the latest of several letters written to his wife, dated Jan. 9, as follows: ‘O, Molly, I forgive you, for I know that soon you’ll die. I will meet you in heaven that is high, for our deaths is gazing in each other’s eyes, etc.’
A portion of the Lord’s Prayer is recited, closing with an appeal for forgiveness—’for Thou knowest all that was done and hearest all that was said, and that lying tongues has caused my fate and drove me to my grave.’
Before marriage Mrs. Preston was Mary Langley, known, however, as ‘Mollie Raley.’ an adopted daughter of the late George Raley. She was about 23 years old and quite a good looking woman. A babe two years old becomes orphaned by the tragedy.
Preston came here from Barton some time ago and dug coal in New York mine. He was about 28 years old. This is said to have been his second matrimonial venture and that his record as a husband is not good.
A jury of inquest was at once empaneled by justice D.J. Williams which, after viewing the body of Mrs. Preston, adjourned until Thursday evening, when a verdict of death at the hands of her husband was given.
Meanwhile, Preston had died and the jury appended this note:
It is the sense of the jury, from the evidence given in this case, that William L. Preston came to his death from a pistol-shot wound, self-inflicted.’
The two were buried in the same grave yesterday in the old cemetery on the hill.” [FMJ, 1-14-1899, p. 3]

“SIDE BY SIDE IN ONE GRAVE. Thus Rest the Remains of the Murdered Woman and Her Slayer—No Services Held Over Preston. The funeral of Mrs. Wm. Preston, who was murdered at Frostburg Wednesday night by her husband, who after sending two bullets through his wife’s brain, killing her almost instantly, fired a ball into his own brain, death ensuing yesterday morning at 10:30, took place this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.
Separated as seemed to have been their short and eventful married life they will rest together


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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