Robert Clement Fariss Jr.
b. January 1866, d. 29 January 1904
- Father: Robert Clement Fariss b. February 1830, d. 17 November 1905
- Mother: Catherine Dickinson b. circa 1835, d. circa 1889
- Robert Clement Fariss Jr. was born in January 1866 in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Robert Clement Fariss appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Montgomery, Alabama, Also in the household were a day laborer, a domestic servant, and a nurse.. Other members of the household included Robert Clement Fariss Jr., Mamie Bell Fariss, Lulie B. Fariss, Catherine Fariss, Nancy B. Fariss, Thomas Randolph Fariss, Hugh H. Fariss, John Clarke Fariss, Annie Juria Fariss, Mary Jane Fariss and William Blanks Fariss Jr.
- Robert Clement Fariss and Catherine Dickinson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Montgomery, Alabama, at McDonough Street. Other members of the household included Robert Clement Fariss Jr., Mamie Bell Fariss, Lulie B. Fariss, Catherine Fariss, Nancy B. Fariss, Thomas Randolph Fariss, Hugh H. Fariss, John Clarke Fariss, Annie Juria Fariss, Mary Jane Fariss and William Blanks Fariss Jr.
- Robert Clement Fariss Jr. appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 6-1/2 Dexter Avenue.
- He was a real estate agent, according to the 1900 census.
- Robert Clement Fariss Jr. died on 29 January 1904 in Montgomery County, Alabama.
- He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
- The following appeared on 31 January 1904 in The Montgomery Advertiser: With the head severed from the shoulders, the body of Robert C. Fariss, Jr., of Montgomery, was found yesterday morning at 8:45 o'clock, eight miles and a half from Montgomery on the Western of Alabama Railway trestle spanning Catoma Creek.
How death came upon the young man will never be definitely known. Coroner W. H. Tice, members of the Fariss family and railroad officials differ in theories as to how the tragedy occurred. There were no eye witnesses to it.
For several years Mr. Fariss had been in ill health. During the last few months he suffered two strokes of paralysis. His mind was affected and it is believed that he wandered away from the home of his father at 322 McDonough Street to meet a peculiarly shocking death while demented.
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Mr. Fariss was born and reared in Montgomery. Practically all of his life was spent in this city. He was 37 years old. He began his business career as a messenger in the service of the Western Union Telegraph Company. For ten years he was in the real estate business with H. C. Davidson. Five years ago he formed a partnership with E. H. E. Warren, under the firm name of Warren & Fariss, in the real estate and insurance business.
On account of failing health he retired from business two years ago. During the last few months he required constant attention.
In his young manhood Mr. Fariss was a social favorite, and had a large circle of friends. He leaves an aged father, R. C. Fariss, Sr., two brothers, Tom Fariss and Hugh Fariss and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Blanton of Montgomery, and Mrs. Harry Stringfellow of Birmingham.
For many years Mr. Farris was an enthusiastic member of the Montgomery True Blues and at the time of his death he was a member of the National Union.
The funeral services will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. G. W. Patterson, D. D., will officiate.
- The following appeared on 2 February 1904 in The Montgomery Advertiser: The funeral of Mr. Robert C. Fariss, Jr., whose dead body was found Friday morning on the Western Railroad trestle spanning Catoma Creek, about nine miles from Montgomery, took place Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Fariss had lived in Montgomery all the years of his life and was one of the most popular young business men of Montgomery. That he was held in high esteem was evidenced by the large attendance at the funeral and the many floral tributes.
Rev. G. W. Patterson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiated. The Montgomery True Blues, a military company of which Mr. Fariss was an old member, accompanied the body to the grave.
The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: David Ford, E. H. E. Warren, Most Stuart, Gus Traude, J. W. Kelly, Charles Cahn, E. C. Hannon, David Allen.
Interment was made at Oakwood Cemetery.
- Last Edited: 20 Feb 2013