MELANCHOLY DEATH OF MR. RABOTEAU (Franklin County)
Fayetteville Observer, Wednesday, August 15, 1838
Posted November 21, 2009 by Myrtle Bridges
It is with feelings of genuine sorrow, that we are called on to record the melancholy death of Mr. John S. Raboteau,
of Franklin County, but recently and for the greater portion of his life an estimable citizen of this place (Raleigh).
He was returning from Louisburg home, a few days since in his sulkey, driving a mule, when it is supposed the animal
became frightened, and, starting to run, within a quarter of a mile of his house, threw him out and injured him so badly,
that incapable of effort, he lay for many hours exposed to the scorching rays of a mid-day sun. We say, supposed, because
he was found as described, though he scarcely spoke after being discovered. His remains were brought to this city for
interment, and were followed to the tomb by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Mr. R. was about 72 years of age,
but so regular and temperate a man in all things, as to be free, in an unusual degree, from the infirmities incident to age.
Note: March 15, 1827: Married in Franklin County on the 7th Mr. Thomas Fuller, merchant of this town, to Miss Catharine Raboteau,
daughter of Mr. J.S. Raboteau, formerly of Raleigh. Carolina Observer
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