Carringers in the News — David J. Carringer Dies After a Three-Story Fall in 1870

 It is time for an additional version of “Carringers within the Information” – a weekly function from the historic newspapers about individuals with the surname Carringer (my mom’s maiden surname) which can be fascinating, helpful, mysterious, enjoyable, macabre, or add data to my household tree database.

This week’s entry is from the Carson Day by day Enchantment [Carson city, Nevada] newspaper dated 16 February 1870:

The transcription of this text is:  

“A Somnambulist Killed — The Auburn Stars and Stripes, of the tenth, has the annexed:

“David J. Carringer, for a lot of months an worker of S.G. Morris, proprietor of the American Lodge on this place, whereas in a somnambulist state, final Friday night, stepped out of a 3rd story window of he American and fell forty toes, into the adjoining lot of George Keehner breaking each legs, dislocating his angles and severely injuring his backbone.  The unlucky man said, when discovered, that on the time he fell he supposed he was coming into the eating room of the resort.  Drs. Chapin and Dubois had been known as in attendance.  On Saturday they amputated one of many legs of the injured man.  He, nonetheless, survived the operation however a couple of hours.”

The supply quotation is:

A Somnambulist Killed, Carson Day by day Enchantment [Carson city, Nev.] newspaper, Wednesday, 16 February 1870, web page 3, column 3, David J. Carringer article;   GenealogyBank, Newspaper Archives ( : accessed 29 November 2021).
David J. Carringer was born about 1922 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (–?–) Carringer.  He died in early February 1870 in or close to Auburn, California.  Apparently, he by no means married.  

David J. Carringer is my 1st cousin 4 instances eliminated, with widespread ancestors of my 4th great-grandparents Martin and Magdalena (Hoax) Carringer. He often is the namesake of my 2nd great-grandfather David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) who was the son of Jacob Carringer’s brother, Henry Carringer.

There are a whole lot of Carringer “tales” in my household tree – and this was considered one of them. Life occurs, unintentionally and deliberately, and generally a newspaper article tells us of a deadly incident within the lifetime of a relative.  I’m glad that I can honor David J. Carringer at the moment.

You by no means know when a descendant or relative will discover this weblog publish and be taught one thing about their ancestors or kinfolk, or will present extra details about them to me.


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