Each result will provide you with a transcript and image of the original newspaper obituary printed in the Evening Star.
Transcripts will generally tell you the following information about your ancestor:
The images of the original printed obituary will provide you with additional details about your ancestor’s life and death. You may discover your ancestor’s occupation, parents’ names, surviving relatives’ names, and specific time and cause of death.
An article that ran on 10 July 1907 details the tragic death of a young girl, the 14-year-old daughter of John Bull. The article notes that John Bull was a well-known farmer who lived a mile from New Market. While his daughter was outside near home, she stepped on a snake who bit her leg. However, by the time medical assistance arrived, the poison ‘had gotten well into the circulation and, although desperate efforts were resorted to, the girl died in agony several hours after she was bitten’. The article includes at least one such desperate effort made: ‘The doctors poured several pints of whisky down her throat and everything possible was done to counteract the venom’.
The Evening Star ran from 1899 to 1914 and was a daily paper (excluding Sundays). The paper started as The Star in 1896 and was succeeded by the Winchester Evening Star, which ran from 1914 to 1980. The paper currently runs today as The Winchester Star. While the paper is printed in Winchester, Virginia, it covers the Shenandoah Valley area.
Mary Greenhow Lee was a diarist who recorded activities taking place in Winchester during the Civil War. Lee hailed from a wealthy Virginia family and was a Confederate activist during the war. Her journals offer valuable insight into the daily life of Virginians during the Civil War period. On the occasion of her death, the Evening Star printed a lengthy obituary, which included details of her childhood and wartime activities.
Dr Hunter H McGuire was born in Winchester in 1835. He would become a prominent physician and founder of several hospitals and schools that now form parts of the Medical College of Virginia. During the Civil War, he initially signed up as a private in ‘The Winchester Rifles’; however, he was quickly put to use as a doctor and served as a brigade surgeon. McGuire was later made the chief surgeon in General Jackson’s Corps. The paper printed a lengthy obituary entitled ‘South Mourns Its Dead Surgeon’ and includes biographical details and professional achievements.
Thomas Turner Fauntleroy was a lawyer and judge on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. His obituary notes his career highlights, such as serving as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Member of the Legislature, and personal biographical details.