TBT: A tragedy occurred to a family on August 25, 1892 – more than most families could endure

Amazing story from the Florence Times, September 3, 1892 in Alabama reveals how difficult life was in raising a family in the south during these times

A Terrible Story

Deadly Work of a Rattlesnake in Georgia – Three Children Die

Athens, GA, August 25 – A most pathetic and horrifying story has just reached this city from Madison county and is vouched for by the best authority.


Harrowing Details

The story gives the harrowing details of the death of the entire family of four children of a Madison county family within forty minutes, three of whom died from the bite of a rattlesnake and the other was drowned while the mother was attending the snake-bitten one.

The details of the story as told by two of the most prominent citizens of Madison county are as follows:

The name of the parents of the children is Wilson, living in Madison county, about twelve miles from Athens.

Mathews cabin

Mother left with children

It seems that a few days since Mr. Wilson had left his home for the purpose of going to a mill some distance away, and Mrs. Wilson had left the house but a short while when screams attracted her attention, and hastening there she found two of her children dead and the third one quite sick. The little fellow, however , was able to talk and said that they had poked their fingers through a crack in the floor and a hen under the house had bitten them all.

Hurried to spring

Mrs. Wilson then hurried back to the spring and there found that her little baby had crawled into the spring and was drowned. The mother gathered the baby in her arms and returned to the house and found the little boy also dead. Of course the strain was too great for human endurance and the mother fainted away.

In a few minutes Mr. Wilson returned from the mill and the sight that met his gaze is beyond description―four children dead, and his wife on the floor in an unconscious condition.

Father secured assistance

As soon as possible he secured the assistance of neighbors and restoratives were applied and Mrs. Wilson regained consciousness. As soon as she could speak she repeated what the little boy had said. A search was made and a huge rattlesnake was found under the house and killed.

The above are the facts in the case just as we heard them from two reliable citizens from this county, who assert that the story is true in every particular.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

16 Responses to TBT: A tragedy occurred to a family on August 25, 1892 – more than most families could endure

  1. Wow. My ancestor lived with some Wilsons in Alabamas. But that was in the 1860s I think.

  2. How awful for that family!!! Poor Mr.and Mrs.Wilson to have walked in and seen what had happened!!

  3. Story been goin around for years in southeast ala and southwest ga. I doubt it to be true. It has been retold as recent fact. Who knows

  4. I have seen similar shocking stories reading abstracts from old newspapers of that era. There was one story in “Archives from Lawrence County Alabama Newspapers 1855-1890” that told of a mother who came home to find her three young children all drowned in the well. She committed suicide by drowning herself in the same well. Stories of people being bitten by rabid animals were common. They lived in a world with dangers and violence unknown today.

  5. Because I can’t unread this….

    It is incumbent upon “Alabama Pioneers” to find out what happened to Mr. & Mrs. Wilson or at least make up a happy lie that they turned their tragedy into triumph by inventing anti-Venom and adopting all the children in the local orphanage, plus having 8 more healthy children.

  6. This is why we have guns in the South

  7. The odds that this is a true story are just about zero.

  8. Adet Stephens says:

    Why all the naysayers? Life was extremely difficult in those days. Most families suffered tragedy and few would have seen all their children survive to adulthood. Go to your library and read old newspapers and you will find many sad accounts. You will also find many stories were written in an entertaining way. TV reporters may try but don’t live up to the talent of these writers.

  9. vanne hanisch-godoy says:

    I really like her house !!! What a tragedy in her family !!!!!

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