LEONARD, CYLE SEBURN - Scott County, Arkansas | CYLE SEBURN LEONARD - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Cyle Seburn LEONARD

Lyons Cemetery
Scott County,
Arkansas

1838 - 1900
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Seburn is the name he went by
Birth date estimated at about 1838.

Seburn is buried near the spot he shot himself, after shooting his second wife, Virginia, and her son the night before.

The story below appeared in the "MENA STAR" March 9, 1900

DOUBLE MURDER AND SUICIDE
Sebe Leonard kills his wife and baby, then shoots himself. Messrs. Ross Ford and A W Furr came in this morning and told of a double murder and suicide, the murder being committed near Egger and the suicide occurring in Scott Co.
The Star reported last week that Sebe Leonard and his wife and baby left their home near Egger on Monday, February 26, and that their house burned down the following night, also that the Leonard's had not been seen up to that date.
A searching party from 100 to 150 men started out in search of the missing family. On Monday of this week it was learned that a man had committed suicide over in Scott Co about fifteen miles from Egger, and the parties went to see if it was Leonard. After taking the body up it was found that this was the man they were looking for.
Leonard had reached the home of a farmer on Wednesday of the week he left home and gave his name as McElroy, saying that he was a cattle buyer and that he had got lost from his partners. After eating dinner he went out about 200 yards from the house and shot himself, dying almost instantly. An inquest was held and the body was buried.
Yesterday the bodies of the missing woman and child were found just one and a half miles from their home. Both had been shot, the mother receiving two shots and the child one. A lot of logs had been thrown together and it was under these that the bodies were found. A hole had been dug about two feet deep and a quilt spread down and the two bodies laid in together and covered up. Leaves had been carefully spread over the new made grave so as to completely hide all signs of a grave.
Leonard was about sixty years old and his wife about twenty-seven, while their little boy was about three or four. Leonard had two grown sons living in the neighborhood.
It is believed that Mr Leonard took his wife and child out and murdered them and then returned that night and burned his own house. No note of intimation was left to give any reason for the awful tragedy, but it is generally believed that it was through jealousy.
It is a very sad incident, but the finding of all three of the bodies puts at ease the intense anxiety of the residents of the east part of the county.

Contributed on 9/29/08 by peppermint922
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Record #: 68833

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Submitted: 9/29/08 • Approved: 8/1/13 • Last Updated: 3/26/14 • R68833-G0-S3

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