Freeman H. Westbrook

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Freeman H. Westbrook

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Birthplace: Knox County, Ohio, United States
Death: July 04, 1862 (31)
Sparta, Morrow County, Ohio, United States (hot air balloon accident)
Place of Burial: Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio, United States
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Husband of Elizabeth Ann Taylor
Father of Alice Viola Crowell

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About Freeman H. Westbrook

On the 4th of July, 1862, F. H. Westbrook met with a terrible death at Sparta. It was announced that a large balloon was to be sent up, and, understanding that Westbrook was to accompany it, a vast crowd assembled to witness the event. It was inflated with hot air, but was so rotten that Westbrook had given up all idea of going up in it, intending to substitute a stone or cat in his stead. He was a boastful fellow, and, at the last moment, just as the balloon was about to leap into space, several men dared him to go up. This was too much, and he recklessly leaped into the balloon and rose rapidly in the air. At the height of 500 feet it burst in fragments, and man and balloon shot downward with frightful velocity. He struck the ground in an upright position, driving his feet several inches in the hard earth, and fracturing half the bones in his body. He was taken up unconscious, and died in about four hours.

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Freeman H. Westbrook's Timeline

1831
June 29, 1831
Knox County, Ohio, United States
1850
October 29, 1850
Morrow County, Ohio, United States
1862
July 4, 1862
Age 31
Sparta, Morrow County, Ohio, United States
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Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio, United States