William Darling
Born: Abt. 1863
Loc: Prob. Warren Co., PA
Died: June 1912
Loc: Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Co., NY
Bur: Unknown
Father: William Darling
Mother: Tamer Barton
Spouse: Jessie May Dyckes
daughter of Henry Dyckes and Harriet
Children: Harry/William/Clement/Jessie/Myrtle
1870: Spring Creek, Warren Co., PA
1880: Spring Creek, Warren Co., PA
1900: Warren, Warren Co., PA
1910: Corry, Erie Co., PA
Corry Man Was Drowned
William Darling Evidently Drowned Himself-No Evidence of Foul Play
William Darling of Corry, Pa., was found dead in Chautauqua Lake between Beechwood and Grass Island about 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon. He had been dead since last Sunday it is thought. The accident is somewhat shrouded in mystery, although many of the details have been ascertained by Coroner B.F. Illston who was immediately notified. James Harrison discovered the body of Darling, which was badly decomposed. Attached about the waist by two strands of rope was a five quart pail filled with cement, evidently the anchor of a rowboat. The coroner went at once to Beechwood where he conducted an examination. It was learned that last Sunday afternoon Darling procured a boat, probably at Beechwood. The boat is of steel gray color with a flat bottom. The dead man had visited the home of a Mr. Lawson at Celeron and the body was identified by him. Darling had a tattoo mark on his arm and two toes on both feet had been amputated. He wore rubber shoes or "sneaks." The boat floated into Beechwood last Tuesday. It was found by Clarence Watson of Beechwood grocery. The remains were brought to the city and are now in the receiving vault at Lakewood Cemetery. He leaves a wife and five children at Corry and his mother at Ashville. The remains will probably be taken to Corry for interment. It is not known what caused Darling to do the deed for while Coroner Illston has issued no verdict suicide is believed to have been the cause of death. There were no marks of violence on the body and the portion of the rope holding anchor about the body indicated the man did it himself. Despondency over financial matters could have been the motive for the Lawsons said Darling had hired out to start to work at Celeron last Monday morning the day after he died. Nothing could be learned of the last evening of the mans life. He was about 47 years of age.
Source: Jamestown Post June 24, 1912