September 26, 2014

Dr. Jesse Franklin Cleveland


The Abbeville Press & Banner, Abbeville, SC, 19 October 1910

"Given A Close Call - Train Killed Horse, Broke up Buggy, Man Escaped

"At Spartanburg Dr. Jesse F. Cleveland, president of the Tucapau mills and one of the wealthiest men in upper South Carolina, had a narrow escape from death there Wednesday when the buggy in which he was driving was struck by a passenger train on the Southern railway at Forest street crossing in that city.

"The horse was killed and the vehicle was smashed to pieces.  Dr. Cleveland was thrown from the buggy and sustained slight injuries.  At first it was thought a wound in his head was of a serious nature, but this has not proved to be true.  Wednesday night he was sitting up and receiving his friends.

"At the point where the accident occurred there is a sharp curve which is situated on a grade crossing.  Houses are built close up to the track, and it is not possible to see an oncoming train for more than 100 (?) feet away.  An engineer can not see the crossing until he is right on it.  Dr. Cleveland was driving south on Forestt [sic] street and didn't see the train nor did the engineer see Dr. Cleveland until it was utterly impossible to stop the train in time to prevent the accident."



Dr. Jesse Franklin Cleveland was a son of Jesse and Mary Blassingame Cleveland.  He was born Feb. 7, 1847 in SC and died there on May 1, 1926.  His spouse was Caro V. Zimmerman, born 1848 in SC, died there in 1899.
"Death in Spartanburg
"Special to the State.
"Spartanburg, Jan. 5. - Mrs. Dr. Jesse F. Cleveland died at the family home last night.  She had been a sufferer from consumption for months and her death was not unexpected.
"She was universally esteemed and also well known throughout the county, being a sister of Mr. Chas. W. Zimmerman of Glenn Springs.  She will be burried [sic] at the Church of Advent his afternoon at 4:30 o'clock."
Both are buried at the Episcopal Church of the Advent at Spartanburg, SC.

I have five children for this couple:

Elizabeth Emily, born Apr. 13, 1874, died unmarried on Jun. 19, 1923 at Saluda Twp., Greenville Co., SC. Buried at Episcopal.

John Zimmerman, born Oct. 5,1875, died Dec. 6, 1961 in Henderson Co., NC, buried at West Oakwood Cemetery in Spartanburg.

Robert B., born Jun., 1879

Arthur, born Nov. 4, 1884 at Spartanburg, died Jul 31, 1936 in Henderson Co., NC, buried at Episcopal.

Conrad Pierce, born Jun. 13, 1888 at Spartanburg, died there on Jan. 21, 1972.  His death certificate names his spouse as Chevilette Cothrane [sic].



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