Seventh Generation

1033. Dr. Benjamin Franklin McCuistion Jr. was born on 22 June 1868 in Lamar County, Texas. 650 He was a Physician in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.645 He died from a gunshot on 28 February 1902 at the age of 33 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.234,1380,1381 Shortly after 8 o'clock this morning Dr. Ben F. McChristian, a well known physician, was shot and mortally wounded in the rear part of the Pullman Bar, at the southeast corner of the square. A double-barreled shotgun was the weapon used and two shots were fired. The first missed the mark, the charge striking the beer chest and side wall of the saloon. The deceased after the first shot started to run out at a side door opening on Clarksville street, when a second shot was fired, the charge taking effect in his right side and breast. After receiving the wound the deceased staggered out of the door and fell in a stairway. He was conveyed to his office, over Barry & Co.'s drug store, where he expired in a few minutes.

There were conflicting rumors concerning the trouble between Dr. McChristian and Mr. McComas. McComas claimed that Dr. McChristian had made indecent proposals to his daughter, however friends of Dr. McCuistion claimed that the he was killed because he was an important witness against McComas in a divorce trial, McComas and his wife had separated.

The gun with which the tragedy was enacted was loaded with duckshot and had been rented from a hardware dealer a few doors above the saloon about thirty minutes before the shooting.

A. W. McComas, a painter and carpenter, was placed under arrest on the scene by Officers Terry and Minton immediately after the shooting and was turned over to the county authorities. An inquest was held before Justice of the Peace Deweese this afternoon. Benjamin was buried in March 1902 in Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Lamar County, Texas.234 He has reference number RM 3981. LBM 39vi-345

Dr. Benjamin Franklin McCuistion Jr. and Dora V. Roberts were married about 1890.1382 They1382 appeared in the census on 1 June 1900 at 631 East Clarksville Street in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.1382 Dora V. Roberts was born in March 1864 in Kentucky.1382 She died on 15 April 1928 at the age of 64.1383 She has reference number RM 3982.