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Lucy Yancey - 1886 suicide

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Lucy Yancey - 1886 suicide

Dennis J Yancey (View posts)
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The Monroe Bulletin
Wednesday, August 4, 1886
Page 1, Column 6
A Young Lady Commits Suicide.
Shreveport Journal.)
Miss Lucy Yancy, a handsome, prepossessing and highly intelligent young
girl, between 14 and 15 years of age, the daughter of Mr. Daniel Yancy,
living four miles south of Homer, Claiborne parish, committed suicide
Tuesday morning at an early hour, at the residence of her father, by taking
strychnine. The circumstances surrounding this sad affair, are of the most
distressing character. In an unguarded moment, this young girl, who was
admired and esteemed by all who knew her, yielded to the desires of some
base and merciless wretch, and it was to hide her shame that she took the
fatal drug.
On Friday evening last it was rumored in Homer that Miss Yancey had been
outraged by a likely young mulatto named George Ford, who has been living on
Mr. Yancey’s place for the past three or four years. A party of twenty-five
or thirty men went out that night to Mr. Yancey’s for the purpose of giving
the negro a short shrift. When the party arrived at Mr. Yancey’s the young
lady was in convulsions, the cause of which our informant did not learn, but
it was presumed she was suffering from the effects of poison. After a short
consultation the party returned to Homer without molesting the negro the
reason that from all that could be learned the crowd were in grave doubt as
to the guilt of the negro. Excitement ran high and Saturday night another
party of men – larger than the first – again visited Mr. Yancey, armed with
a warrant for Ford’s arrest on the charge of rape. Ford was still on the
place and had made no effort whatever to get out of the way. Another
conference was held with Mr. Yancey, who it seems, was unwilling to have the
negro summarily dealt with, and again the crowd retired without troubling
the negro – morally satisfied that he was not the author of Miss Yancey’s
ruin, and the story that he had outraged her was originated for the purpose
of screening the guilty party. The negro remained at his home until late
Sunday night when he disappeared and has not been heard of since.
This sad and distressing affair seems to be shrouded in a mystery which
will never be unravelled (sic).
Mr. Yancey is an old and highly respectable citizen of Claiborne parish,
and has a most excellent family, with whom the entire community deeply
We know nothing whatever as to the facts of this sad affair, but give
statement as we received it from a resident of Homer.

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