Not all genealogical searches end with a happy dance.
My 2nd great-grandfather died of pneumonia.
The result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
We’ll never know what was going through Herman Mangels’ mind when he shot himself.
But the testimony given during his inquest hearing certainly suggests a history of mental illness.
Found lying on the ground bleeding, Herman was asked about the whereabouts of his gun. He replied, “If I knew where the gun was I would be dead long ago.”
Was his state of mind situational? Genetic?
Regardless of what brought Herman to the dark place in which he took his own life, his suicide leaves a mark in my family tree.
And casts suspicion around the circumstances of his stepson’s death 24 years later.