Death on Wilson's Farm

Submitted by Deborah Brown Musgrove

May 21, 1859

On yesterday, I attended an inquest that was held over the body of a man that was found dead on Saturday last. He had been staying for a few days at Mr. Wilso's on the Mountain Road near the line between this county[Sebastian] and Crawford. He was found in the Wilson's field in a short distance of Road, a rifle gun near him empty, the gun belonging to the deceased-Whether he was killed by the accidental firing of his own gun or intentional discharge of it, is not known but it is certain that he was shot. He had on his person $237.50. No papers that give any clue to his name or residence were found. He told Wilson that his name was Hart and that he lived in Kentucky.