Jesse C. Nay


The Daily Telegram., March 25, 1905

William Buckhannon Aged Seventeen Years, Accidentally Puts an End to the Mortal Life of Jesse Nay, a Coal Miner in Monticello Addition to City.

Entire Load of Shot from Single Barrel Enters His Neck Just Below Ear, Tearing Big Hole and Mashing Jaw, and Causing Instant Death–Coroner Decides Tragedy as Purely Accidental.

Image of Pitcairn Mines where Jesse C. Nay was a miner

Jesse C. Nay, a miner at the Pitcairn Coal mines, near the Monticello addition to the city, was shot and instantly killed at the home of his father-in-law, Joseph E. Buckhannon, in that addition at 11:30 o’clock Saturday forenoon.

The shooting was purely accidental and was done by his brother-in-law, William Buckhannon, aged 17 years, son of Joseph Buckhannon.

Saturday was pay day with the coal company, Nay had drawn his money for his February work and had just returned from the store, where he purchased a new pair of shoes and put them on. As he entered the home of his father-in-law he stopped in the doorway, and was standing there, when the fatal shot struck him.

Out in the Yard
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Young Buckhannon was out in the yard probably fifteen feet from the door in which Nay, stood, and was engaged in cleaning a shot gun. Finishing cleaning it he placed a cartridge in it and in brushing the gun it was discharged, the barrel of the gun was pointed in the direction of Nay and the single barrel load of shot, No. 12, entered Nay’s neck just below the right jaw, mashing the jaw and tearing a bad hole in the neck. The shot coursed upward into the brain. Nay fell dead instantly.

Coroner W. P. Camp was notified. He proceeded to the Buckhannon home immediately and made a careful investigation of the tragedy, after which he came to the conclusion that the shooting was purely accidental and that it was unnecessary to hold an inquest. He directed that the body be moved to the undertaking establishment of the Clifford-Osborne Company.

Nay was 30 years of age and leaves a wife and child.

No arrangements have been made as yet for the funeral.


The Daily Telegram., March 27, 1905

Goff M. E. Chapel

The funeral of Jesse C. Nay, who was accidentally shot and killed by his brother-in-law, William Buckhannon, at the home of the former’s father-in-law. Joseph Buckhannon, Saturday morning, occurred Monday at 12:30 o’clock. Services were held over the remains in the chapel at the Clifford Osborne undertaking establishment by Rev. S. K. Arbuthnot, pastor of Goff M. E. church. The burial then followed in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

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