30 May 2018

1929 Drowning Deaths of Gideon V. and Sabra Brown Lincecum

What happened to this young couple?

I'm tempted to label these deaths as mysterious. What is more likely, however, is that I just don't have easy access to the right source…

Gideon Val "Gid" Lincecum was born May 1895 in Gonzales County, Texas to Val Dies Lincecum (1860-1958) and Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Murray (d. 1949).

Some time before 1917, Gid married Sabra Elizabeth "Bettie" Brown. She was born 7 May 1896 in Mississippi to J. T. Brown and Amada Gilim.

A daughter, Floriene, was born to Gid and Bettie 2 September 1918. It was noted on her Texas birth certificate that this daughter was Bettie's second child, and the only one living.  Floriene became an orphan in the Spring before her eleventh birthday, when both of her parents died on the same day – 21 April 1929. The cause of death for both was drowning.

Gid's death certificate is found under the name V. E. Lincecum. His father was noted as the not-quite-accurate E. D. Lincecum, and his mother was properly stated to be Miss Mary E. Murray. This certificate also provided that V. E. died about midnight on the above mentioned date, and that a physical examination confirmed diagnosis.

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Bettie's death certificate is found under the name Mrs. V. E. Lincecum. The time of death was not as precise as that of her husband, nor was any "test" listed that confirmed diagnosis.

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James S. Mann, MD was the physician that signed off on the cause of death for both V. E. and his wife. He was also the informant of personal information for both. I wonder, what was his connection (if there was one) to the couple?

g-blincecum-fagA slightly rough-hewn granite stone was placed for Gidion and Bettie at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas.

Floriene, after the deaths of her parents, spent at least some time with her grandparents Lincecum – she was listed with them for the 1930 Brazoria County, Texas Federal census. Upon her death in 2006, Floriene was laid to rest in the same cemetery as her parents.

Can anyone provide more detail about the drowning deaths of Gideon and Bettie Lincecum?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very clean website, thank you for this post.

Theresa Russo said...

stephanie, just now catching up on your blog posts...very interesting about the dual drowning deaths...in reviewing my tree facts, I see that their niece Daisey Lee (daughter of Ella Lee Lincecum, Gid's sister) also drowned on that same day in Brazoria...very tragic for three deaths in the family on that day

Stephanie Lincecum said...

I overlooked that additional connection! Thanks, Theresa, for pointing me to Daisey.

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