Wylie Albert Mattox

1886

Wylie Albert Mattox was born on 15 Jul 1886 in Kershaw, South Carolina, USA a child of Samuel Alexander Mattox and Mary Branham Mattox.

1900

Wiley Mattox was counted in the census on 12 Jun 1900 in Fairfield, South Carolina, USA, as a 13-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father, Samuel Mattox; his mother, Mary Mattox; and his siblings, Frank Mattox, Henry Mattox, Ella Mattox, Isaac Mattox, and Ellen Mattox.

1910

Wiley Mattox was counted in the census on 19 Apr 1910 in Fairfield, South Carolina, USA, as a 22-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father, Samuel Mattox; his mother, Mary Mattox; and his siblings, Henry Mattox, Maggie Mattox, Sammie Mattox Jr., Ellen Mattox and Annie Mattox.

1917

On June 5, 1918, Wiley Albert Mattox completed his United States World War I Draft Registration Card, as a 30-year-old resident of Columbia, Route 3. Giving his date of birth of July 15, 1886 in Kershaw, South Carolina, USA. He was a self-employed farmer in Richland county. His listed his wife and children as dependents and claimed no prior military service. He was described as a medium height, medium built, grey eyes and brown hair.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YT2-SM5?cc=1968530&wc=9F43-DP6%3A928310301%2C928687601 : 24 August 2019), South Carolina > Richland County; A-Q > image 3624 of 4242; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

1920

Wiley A Mattox was counted in the census on 01 Feb 1920 in Richland, South Carolina, USA, as a 34-year-old, male, widowed, white, head of household. Also in the home was his children, Jessie M Mattox, Albert M Mattox, and Margery R Mattox.

1925

He died on 06 Jan 1925 in Blythewood, Richland, South Carolina, USA, about 400 yards from his home off the Koon Road. He was buried on 08 Jan 1925 in Elgin, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA at Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery. His cause of death was shot gun wound of the left chest – suicide. 

RICHLAND FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE

Wylie Mattox of Blythewood, Kills Himself With Shot Gun – – – Was Ill

Wylie Mattox, well-to-do farmer of the “Koon Settlement” of Richland county, on the Koon road, near Blythewood, committed suicide near his home Tuesday and his body was found at 6:30 o’clock Wednesday morning. He used a double-barrelled shotgun and pull the trigger with a fork stick. The gun was found at one side of his body in the forked stick on the other side.

Mr. Mattox left his home Tuesday morning at 11:20 o’clock. He took his shot gun. When he did not return, members of the family thought that he had gone for some distance, but late in the day they became uneasy and instituted a search. Darkness cut off their efforts, and the body was not found until the early Wednesday morning.

The body was found about 400 yards from the Mattox home. The wound that caused death was through the chest, to the left. There was no note to indicate a purpose, but members of the family stayed that Mr. Mattox had been in bad health and they are confident this was the cause. As a result of this conclusion, Coroner Scott announces that there will be no inquest.

Mr. Mattox was bitten by a mad dog last spring, and he had never fully recovered from the sickness thus produced. This is believed by members of the family to have been back of his self-inflicted death wounding.

The clothes were all burned from the body of the dead man when found. It is believed that the discharge of the gun set his garments on fire in that a slow burning remove the clothes. The flesh was only smoked in scorched.

Mr. Mattox was 89 years old. He had been twice married, the first time to Miss Eunice Branham, the second time to Miss Eunice Hollis. His second one survives. He leaves three children, May Mattox 12 and Richard Mattox and Reola Mattox, younger. He also leaves 3 brothers, J Frank Mattox, H. Mattox Jr, and I Mattox.

The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, at Samaritan church, Fairfield County, near Blythewood.

WYLIE MATTOX IS LAID TO REST IN SAMARIA CHURCHYARD

The funeral of Wylie Mattox, young Richland county farmer, who was found dead in his field Wednesday morning, near his home off Koon road, indications pointing to suicide, was held from the Samaria church, in Fairfield county, Thursday morning. Burial was in the church yard. Mr. Mattox, was shot with a shotgun, the load taking effect in the chest. Near the body a forked stick was found. His clothing was nearly all burned way. The flash from the gun evidently having ignited the clothing.

Mr. Mattox was twice married, his first wife being Miss Eunice Branham. He is survived by a widow, who was a Miss Hollis; three children, and three brothers.

BODY OF MATTOX FOUND IN FIELD

Richland Farmer Thought to Have Killed Self.

BURNS CLOTHES OFF
Powder From Shotgun Ignites Garments – No Inquest – Funeral Services Today.

The lifeless body of Wylie Mattox, 38 year old farmer of Richland county, was found yesterday morning at 6:30 o’clock, about 400 yards from the home off the Koon Road, 11 miles from Columbia. Indications were that he committed suicide.

The man had been shot with a shot-gun, the load taking effect in his chest, near the heart. When the body of Mr. Mattox was discovered yesterday morning by members of the family, the weapon lay by his side, while on the other side was a forked stick. His clothing had been entirely consumed, apparently having been indicted by the burning powder, only his shoes remained intact.

Coroner J. Blakeley Scott investigated the man’s death and after consulting members of the family, announced that an inquest was not necessary. He said that Mrs. Mattox declared that her husband had been despondent for some time, and had never completely recovered from a mad dog bite which he suffered about one year ago.

According to the corner’s information, Mr. Mattox left home Tuesday morning about 11 o’clock. He did not return all day and when night came on the family became anxious. A search was made but no traces of him were found. Yesterday morning the search was continued and members of the family found the body in a field about 400 yards from the house.

The Mattox family related to the coroner how the Richland farmer had been suffering from depression and declared that he had not been “right” since receiving the mad dog bite. They said he had taken a treatment for hydrophobia.

Wylie Mattox was married twice, His first wife was Miss Eunice Branham. He is survived by a widow, who was Miss Eunice Hollis, three children, Mary Mattox 12 and Richard Mattox, ten, and Reola Mattox, eight, and three brothers, J Frank Mattox, H. Mattox Jr, and Samuel Mattox.

Funeral services will be held this morning at 11 o’clock, at Samaritan church in Fairfield county. Interment will be in the churchyard.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WYLIE MATTOX

Richland County Farmer Buried in Fairfield – Thought to Have Killed Self.

Funeral services for Wylie Mattox, 38 year old farmer of Richland county, who is believed to have taken his own life Tuesday, were held yesterday morning at 11 o’clock from the Samaria church in Fairfield county.

The lifeless body of Mr. Mattox, was found Wednesday morning about 400 yards from his residence off the Koon Road, 11 miles from Columbia. His clothes were practically all burned, having apparently been ignited by the burning powder from the shotgun, which he is believed to have used in taking his life.

January 7, 1925  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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January 8, 1925  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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January 9, 1925  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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“South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D14S-5SY?cc=1417492&wc=M6YD-529%3A30552401 : 1 October 2020), 004177470 > image 1358 of 1686; Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia.
Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Herman Ruple Durr

1999

On June 4, 1999, Wylie Albert Matton was mentioned as the father in the obituary of Mae Mattox Phillips.

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