Laurel County, KY Accidental Shooting, June 1888

Mountain Echo newspaper, London, KY
Friday 15 June 1888;Front Page, Column 4


On last Sunday evening two little sons of John Wilson, living on Rockcastle River, this county, near the mouth of Pond Creek, aged respectively about six and nine years, while playing with a little old rifle gun discharged it while in the hands of the older one, the ball taking effect in the breast of the smaller one, inflicting a wound which will almost without a doubt prove fatal. Our latest reports from him were to the effect that he could not possibly recover.
Mountain Echo newspaper, London, KY
Friday 22 June 1888; Page 4, Column 5


I have been requested to say the little Wilson boys are aged respectively six and four years instead of nine and six, as you had it last week.

Little Jimmy after suffering terribly for five days died last Friday.

The circumstances of the shooting are about as follows: The little boys had been sent to a neighbor's to borrow some coffee; when the boys got there no one was at the home, and the boys went in and found the little rifle under the bed.

Little Johnnie says that he tried to cock the gun when his hand slipped off the hammer, the gun fired hitting little Jimmy in the back and coming out about one inch above the heart.

The parents have the heart felt sympathy of the entire community.

Jimmy Wilson
Find A Grave Memorial# 123712801