Young Man Said to Have Been Victim of a Joy Ride…
The Alexandria Gazette was a succession of newspapers based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. The newspaper was established on February 5, 1784 by George Richard & Company as the Virginia Journal. A publication in the Alexandria Gazette on May 17, 1915 stated:
“Crushed By Auto – Young Man Said to Have Been Victim of a Joy Ride…
Wilmington, Del., May 17 – Edward Scott, aged 21, stableman on the country estate of Henry B. Thompson at Greenville, died yesterday as the result of injuries sustained yesterday afternoon when an automobile he was driving turned over and rolled into Red Clay Creek below Ashland. Charles Peoples, aged 26, gardener on the Thompson estate, who was with Scott, is at his home suffering with serious injuries to the chest and head.
The young men are said to have taken their employer’s automobile in the absence of the family. They were speeding down the hill below Ashland and when they failed to slow up at the turn near the bridge spanning the creek the machine upset. They managed to extricate themselves from the wreckage and crawl to the shore of the creek, where Edward Clark, of Wilmington, who was passing in another automobile, found them and brought them to their homes. Scott had several broken ribs which punctured the lungs and he died yesterday morning.”
Edward was born on 18 Nov 1893 at Ballycollin, Derriaghy, Co. Antrim; Mary J. Straton was present at his birth. He was one of eleven children born to Richard J. Scott and Sarah Crowe. He was the 2nd child and first son born to the couple who resided at Lagmore, Derriaghy. Records from Christ Church Derriaghy revealed he was baptized on 14 Jan 1894 – a Church that many of my Scott family attended, where they were baptized and married. Many of my Scott’s, and connected families, are also interred in the Church Yard. Edward is my 2nd cousin 2x removed.
The 1901 Census of Ireland shows Edward, a scholar, and his family residing at 2 Lagmore, “Derraghy’. By the time the 1911 Census was taken they were living in 18 Lagmore and Edward, now seventeen, was farming with his father.
The S.S. Merion’s Ships Manifest was the next record I unearthed – dated 10 Apr 1913 the manifest showed Edward of “Legmore“ traveling with David McCourt of White Mountain and William Crowe of “Legmore” – Edward was traveling with his cousins. The young men left Liverpool, England and after a thirteen day voyage across the Atlantic arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 23 Apr 1913.
Two short years after his arrival in Philadelphia, a Death Certificate issued by The State of Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics, dated 17 May 1915, recorded that Edward Scott of Greenville, Delaware and formerly of Ireland had died in an “automobile accident” and an “inquest was pending”. The record confirmed that he was in the employ of H.B. Thompson and the son of Richard Scott of Ireland.
Edward is interred at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Wilmington, Delware and is memorialized on the family burial ground at the Christ Church Derriaghy.
“Erected by Richard Scott
In memory of his son
Edward who died on the 17th May 1915
As the result of an accident
And was interred
In Silverbrook Cemetery, USA.”
Sadly, his death date inscribed on the headstone is incorrect.
In the summer of 2014 while photographing and documenting the graves at Christ Church Derriaghy – I did not realize that Edward was one of “mine”. He has connected me to another Twisted Limb in my ever expanding family tree.
“Step Softly, A Dream Lies Buried Here” – Yates
Men, cars, speed—always a deadly combination, even back then and still today. Very sad.
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True Amy – although I’ve a bit of a “lead foot” myself! 🙂 Hopefully it won’t take me so long to publish my next blog – work has been hectic! Hope you are well.
Hi CJ…..Great Story and we are somewhat connected again…..Mary Jane Stratton nee Annett, a certified midwife operating in the Derriaghy area is my 2nd cousin, 3xR. She delivered a lot of babies ‘out that way’. She is one of my Stoneyford, Island Kelly, Bovolgan, Annetts. Also living in the Derriaghy area were my Crones, sometimes shown as Crowe, although most of the Ballycollin Crowes were actually Crowes and not Crones, if you know what I mean. regards Frances Gobin
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Hi Frances, great to hear from you. I’ll have to delve a little deeper into the Crowe connection to see if I can find a real connection for us. I do know that Sarah’s father was Edward a farmer. I’ll search the Crowe’s a little further. All the best! 🙂
I found 2 more daughters for my James Crone, weaver, Milltown, Derriaghy and his wife Margaret Green (3Xg-grandparents) and I thought I found a Scott connection, but hazy recollection at this point. Will continue working on them and if I can find the connection again, will email you. Trouble is there were soooo many Crones and Crowes in Derriaghy.
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Lol… lots of Crones/Crowes and many many Scott’s! 🙂
This is m y great uncle my grandpa was William Scott Edward’s brother.
Hi Susanne, so we are distant cousins. If you are doing family research and would like to compare notes, please email me at email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you, Colleen