Jack Castlebury

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
December 21, 1899, page 1
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Dead Body Found.
Old Negro Wandered Away and Died Perhaps from Cold.

Alex Pruitt, a lad who lives on Mrs. T. F. Jones’ farm, with a negro lad, while walking in a field near the line of this farm and that of Mr. Shaw, on Monday afternoon, found the dead body of an old colored man.  It was in an advanced stage of decay.  One shoe was gone and rats had eaten away part of one of the feet.  An investigation proved that the body was that of Jack Castlebury, an aged negro man, of this city, a little demented, who was given to lonely rambles at times.  He is supposed to have gotten sick while off on one of these rambles and died from his illness together with the cold.  There were no marks about the body indicating foul play, and a coroner’s investigation by Squire Stanford resulted in a verdict that he came to his death, supposed from cold.


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