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Father and Daughter Dead: Dix and Louise Fletcher (1886)

Fletcher Family
(L-R) Daughter Louise, Father Dix, & Mother Louisa
Two corpses in one house.

Marietta Journal (Georgia)
Thursday, 15 July 1886
It has seldom occurred in the history of any one family in Marietta when there were two corpses in one house, but such was the case Tuesday night and yesterday, -- an aged father and invalid daughter reposed in the cold embrace of death at the residence of Mrs. H. G. Cole, daughter of the former and sister of the latter. Miss Louise E. Fletcher died about seven o'clock Monday night and Mr. Dix Fletcher died at ten o'clock Tuesday night. Both had been on beds of affliction for a long time; sufferers in the flesh, their released spirits soon joined each other on the other shore, rejoicing in deliverance from the shackles of clay and triumph over the grave. Their Christian lives bright in good deeds and loyal devotion to God dispel all doubt as to their being numbered with the redeemed of the 'crucified One.'

Mr. Dix Fletcher was 83 years of age and one of the oldest of our citizens, having been a resident dating far beyond the war. He at one time kept a hotel in this place, but in later years devoted himself to farming. He was a good and worthy citizen, highly esteemed by our people and his death is deeply regretted. But he has served his day and generation well, and has gone to join his sainted wife who has proceeded him. Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved relatives.

Miss Louise Fletcher's funeral took place at St. James Church, Wednesday morning and Mr. Fletcher's will take place this afternoon (Thursday) at 4:30.
Atlanta Constitution (Georgia)
Friday, 16 July 1886

Died in Marietta, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. H. G. Cole, Mr. Dix Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher was born at Phillipson, Mass., in 1803, and was in his eighty-third year. He moved to Marietta from Savannah in 1848 and was one of the oldest citizens before the war. He kept a hotel for a number of years. Since the war he has been farming, till a year or two since, he gave up all active business and passed the last year of his life quietly, surrounded by his children, who most kindly ministered to him in his last illness, which lasted several months. Mr. Fletcher was an honorable man, and was highly respected by all who knew him. By his uniform kindness he made many friends, who regret his death.
Father and daughter were buried in the Cole family plot within the Marietta National Cemetery in Cobb County, Georgia. Henry Cole, son-in-law of Dix Fletcher, provided the land for the cemetery (whether donated or sold is unclear to me) with the caveat that his family could retain a small burial ground.

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