20 March 2012

Homicide of Daniel Dougherty

Daniel Dougherty
Died April 17, 1855
Age 45 Years

Photo © 2011/2 S. Lincecum
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"HOMICIDE -- About noon yesterday a difficulty occurred in the vicinity of the drinking saloon adjoining the Holland House between Mr. Daniel Dougherty and James Martin, which resulted in the death of Mr. Dougherty by a stab from a knife in the hands of Mr. Martin. He survived but a few minutes after receiving the wound. Martin was at once arrested and lodged in jail. In regard to the particulars of the affair we have heard several conflicting statements, but as Martin will probably receive his trial this week, (the Superior Court being now in session in this city,) we defer any further account of the matter for the present. Mr. Dougherty was one of an old and valued citizens and his loss will be regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. -- Atlanta Intelligencer, April 18" [pg. 2, 24 April 1855 edition, Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia)]

Unfortunately, I cannot offer any more "particulars" of the incident at this time. I can tell you that Mr. Dougherty was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia. Also memorialized on the same monument as he is Patrick Connely (d. 1851). Online family trees suggest this was Daniel's father-in-law. The monument is extraordinary, massive,  and beautiful. And, I somehow cannot find a photo of it as a whole in my personally photographed files. Thankfully, Paul, Karen, and Katherine shared a nice shot with FindAGrave. If you come back tomorrow, you'll find a pretty close up I took of the top as the Wordless Wednesday post.

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