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James Alexander BYARD

Male 1906 - 1919  (13 years)


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  • Name James Alexander BYARD  [1
    Born 10 Aug 1906  Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Family ID US01 
    Find a Grave 90241164 
    Reference Number US4975 
    Buried Abt Nov 1919  Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 16 Nov 1919  Newburg, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Killed by the accidental discharge of his gun while hunting
      Age 13 yrs 3 mos 6days [2]
    Person ID I13783  Byard Families
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 

    Father James Arthur BYARD,   b. 17 Aug 1873, Rohnerville, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1938, Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Margaret CARLISLE,   b. 5 Nov 1881, Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1952, Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1898  Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Divorced Yes  [2
    Family ID F4084  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Aug 1906 - Humboldt, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt Nov 1919 - Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, Humboldt, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Nov 1919 - Newburg, Humboldt, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "Died: 16 Nov 1919, Newburg. Bur: Eureka. Born: 10 Aug 1906, California. Moth: ? Fath: Arthur Byard. School boy. Cause (of death): Accidental shot gun wound."

      Source:

      Humboldt County Abstracts of Death Records, 1873-1925

      Compiled by Marilyn Keach Milota, January 1993.

      Byardsearcher added this on 18 Apr 2011

      Humboldt Times newspaper
      Quail Hunt Ends in Death of 13 year old Hunter - James Byard of Fortuna Is Accidentally Killed When His Gun Is Discharged In Dense Brush

      FORTUNA NOV 17-While forging his way through the heavy brush in search of quail early Sunday afternoon-James, the 13-year-old son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Byard of Fortuna, in some manner accidently discharged the shotgun he was carrying, received a shocking wound in the right side from which he died 15 minutes later.
      Young Byard left his home shortly after noon Sunday and joined a neighbor, James MacGinnis and his ?? year old son, Albert who were setting out on a quail hunt in the vicinity of Newburg. Several hours were spent in the search of game and shortly before 3 o’clock the party decided to return home. While but a short distance on the way, Byard announced to his companions that he was going down to the creek as he had previously noted several times a flock of quail under a Willow tree overhanging the stream. This was agreeable to MacGinnis, who told the lad he would meet him lower down.
      According to MacGinnis, young Byard was about 60 feet away from him and his son, making his way along the bank through the thick brush when he heard the discharge of the gun carried by the youth and his plaintive cry “I am shot.” MacGinnis hastily made his way to the boy, at the same time dispatching his son to the railroad track where he had noticed Oscar Olsen and Peter Lee, two employees of the E. J. Dodge Lumber Company, instructing the boy to secure their assistance.
      When MacGinnis reached young Byard he was still breathing but unable to speak. He immediately carried the stricken lad out to the open. In the meantime, Olsen and Lee, in the response to the cries of the elder Mac Ginnis and the summons of his son had arrived on the scene and leaving the youth in their charge MacGinnis hastened to the residence of the boy's aunt, Mrs. James Trainor with whom he made his home. From there he telephoned for medical assistance and then returned to the scene of the accident. With assistance of Olsen and Lee he carried the young Byard to the Trainor home. The youth expiring before the house was reached.
      At the inquest, which was held here yesterday morning by coroner Henry A H???? and which resulted in the verdict of accidental death, it developed that earlier in the day Mrs. Trainor had refused to let the boy have his father’s shotgun. An style to gauge hammer gun. Shortly before he set out with the MacGinniss’ he returned to the house and informed his aunt that Mr. MacGinnis had sent him for the gun. Upon this representation, Mrs. Trainor let him have the weapon. According to young MacGinnis, when Byard left the house he had two shells in his possession. At the barn on the premises he secured two more, having previously hidden them away. According to MacGinnis and the other witnesses no one had ever seen him with a gun before and it was evident the lad was entirely unfamiliar with the use of firearms.
      At the moment the weapon was discharged, the youth was out of sight of MacGinnis and his son. Consequently, there was no testimony as to how the accident actually occurred.
      When the shell was exploded Byard was making his way down the hill and the conclusion by those who heard the testimony was that he must have dropped the gun. The heavy charge of quail shot tore away the muscle of his right arm midway between the elbow and the shoulder, and then entering his side penetrating to the lung causing an internal hemorrhage from which death resulted within a few minutes.
      The unfortunate boy was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Byard and for some time past had been making his home at the ranch of his aunt, Mrs. Trainor. The funeral will be held in Fortuna.

  • Sources 
    1. [S124] Ancestry, Byardsearcher (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S228] Find a Grave (Reliability: 1), 15 Mar 2017.

    3. [S227] FamilySearch, Family Tree (Reliability: 0).