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”:
As we’ve mentioned in other posts, there is no question in our minds that Williamson Thaxton (son of Thomas Thaxton and Hannah Williamson of Pendleton District, S.C. and Allen/Simpson counties, Kentucky) moved to the Michigan-Indiana border, where he went by the name William Thaxton. Here are a couple of new tidbits on this “William Thaxton” of Elkhart County, Indiana, and Berrien County, Michigan:
Sessional Records of the First Presbyterian Church of Buchanan, Michigan, FHL roll no. 955793/item 1, pp. 4-5
1870 April 2
“Session met at the call of the moderator at the church. After preparatory lecture, there were present Rev. H. P. Welton, Moderator, Elders L. Bryant and S. French. Session was opened with prayer. The following persons having presented themselves as candidates for admission to the church were examined and by vote of the session received
Wm Thaxton, Mrs. Martha Thaxton, Mrs. [blank space] Boardman, Frank
Jeffrey, Ella Jeffrey.
H. P. Melton, Mod.
[Miss Haty Knox was received as a member the next day. I read the session entries through 1885, no other Thaxtons (and no Austin, Ferry, or Hartline)]
p. 338 Baptism of Adults
April 2, 1870
Mrs. Martha A. Thaxton By Rev. H. P. Welton
There are no Thaxtons in the Register of Communicants, which appears to have been written later and is incomplete, with most entries starting in the 1870s or later. (Also no Austins, Hartlines, or Ferrys). Note: This record has lots of information about Berrien County families, including deaths, emigrations, and some obituaries.
List of Letters, Elkhart, Indiana, 30 Sep 1853, from Goshen (Ind.) Democrat, 12 Oct 1853: