02 December 2015

Death of Joseph Lee Peavy (This Time It's Personal)

A personal genealogy query.

I have been logging information found on the Peavys buried at Pinehurst Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia. One is Joseph Lee Peavy (1881-1932). He was a son of Jesse Calloway Peavy, and the husband of Mamie R. I think Joe spent all his life in Dooly County. He was a farmer, and had at least three children, two of which are buried in his plot: Vivian Peavy Foshee (1906-1975) and Charlie Calloway Peavy (1908-1954).


I located Joseph's death certificate on FamilySearch.org, and was surprised to find his cause of death listed as fractured skull (accident). A secondary cause was "encephalitis" -- inflammation of the brain. The document seems to suggest the accident happened in Vienna. This locale is in Dooly County, Georgia, but a bit north of Pinehurst (where Joe was ultimately laid to rest).

"Georgia Deaths, 1928-1939," database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13527-45788-45?cc=1385727 :
accessed 2 December 2015), 004600793 > image 192 of 594; Georgia Archives,
Morrow.

The 1930 U.S. Federal census places Joseph L. and family on the "Vienna & Hawkinsville Rd." Was this a farming accident on the family farm? I've begun looking to local newspapers to try to find the tale, but have found very little. One a blurb about Joe's family being at his beside in a local hospital (condition described as an "illness"), and the other a mention of the funeral after it had taken place.

Does anyone know what happened to Joseph Lee Peavy? I'm super curious to learn the story.

P.S. My connection to Joe Peavy is a bit convoluted, to say the least, since I am related to two Peavy lines that married into one another. Family Tree Maker says Joe is the "grand nephew of husband of 1st great grand aunt of husband of 2nd cousin 2x removed" of moi. Hilarious!

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