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  1. I enjoyed reading the story, “A Poisoned Wedding,” in the New York Times (June 4,2017) that you unearthed, and wonder if the sole victim, John Bishop, may have been a relation. My grandfather, David Horace Bishop (born 1870) came from that area and graduated from Emory & Henry, as did his father, Benjamin William Shields Bishop (b. 1832) a Methodist minister who had several siblings, including John Edwards Bishop (b. 1837). This John Bishop would have been 18 years old at the time of the wedding poisoning, and I have no knowledge about his life, including when or how he died.

    This wedding poisoning story was not to my knowledge family lore, but my grandfather left Virginia as a young man for graduate school at Vanderbilt, then got a teaching position here at the University of Mississippi, where he taught Shakespeare for 50 years. He rarely returned to Virginia, and maybe the story was too sad and peculiar to pass along to children.

    Thanks for finding this interesting piece of history. With best wishes,

    Richard Howorth
    Oxford, Mississippi

    • Hello, Richard! I’m so glad you liked the article. Sadly, there is so little information on the event, I don’t have any more than what I used in the article. The only thing I can guess is there were some records destroyed in the Civil War. We lost many courthouses, and usually the records went with them. Much of our history is only being rediscovered in recent years via newspaper digitization. I will keep a check and if I can find anything in the future, will add it to what I have. Thanks again.


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