This appears to describe an accident that befell William D. Thackston (1837-1920), son of John T. Thackston, grandson of Benjamin Thackston and Betty Chambers, great-grandson of James Thackston. William lived in Wheeling, W.Va, and worked as a mill wright.
The Wheeling Intelligencer, 9 Mar 1868:
Who is this? From the Semi-weekly south Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.), 21 May 1886, under heading “Crofton, Ky. May 19, 1886”: