From the "Coroners Record Book A:, page 41, that is stored in the northwest storeroom in the attic of the Morgan County Court House, will be found the following entry:

Search billions of records on

SESSIONS, Mrs. Sarah, 5ft. 2in. tall, fair complexion, black eyes, gray hair, killed April 30, 1881 about 6 p.m. at nor near the Berry Crossing about 2 miles west of Chapin, when struck by a train. Found on her person was $2.78 and jewelry worth about $4.00 or $5.00.

Jacksonville Daily Journal, Tuesday, May 3, 1881



Coroner Riley took the morning train west Sunday, to ascertain by inquest, the facts relating to the death which was noticed in the JOURNAL of Sunday. Arriving at Chapin he secured the coroner's jury as follows: T. P. Kennedy, foreman, Pat. Murphy, John Edmondson, Wm. Vaniter, Dr. George H. Phillips and C. R. Holliday, clerk. The conductor, engineer and fireman of the train, which was an extra were present, and from their testimony it was found that Mrs. Sessions was walking along the track going toward Chapin, and being deaf and dumb, she did not hear the whistle or the bell, both of which were sounded. She was struck by the pilot of the engine about 6 o'clock Saturday evening, at or near Berry crossing, about two miles west of Chapin, and although alive when first picked up, she died in a few minutes. Both legs were broken, as also was her left arm and a deep gash cut in the back of her head. She was between 65 and 70 years of age, and lived in the vicinity of Bethel, where a sister, also deaf and dumb, resides. Her remains were buried on Sunday, at 2 o'clock, at Morgan station.