May 31, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)
[From Here and There Section]
Suicide.—On Wednesday, the 16th, about 11 o’clock, Hugh Kirkpatrick, living just over the Orange line four miles southeast of Mebane, was found hanging from a limb of a pine tree, a short distance from his house, dead. He had placed a rail against the tree to assist in climbing, and used a plow line doubled to hang himself. He was seventy six years old and in the course of nature could have lived only a few years longer. At times lately he had been subject to spells of mental aberration, and it is supposed that during one of these he committed the deed that ended his earthly career.-Alamance Gleaner
[There is a Hugh Kirkpatrick on the Orange County Census for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 who was born in approximately 1807. They show that he and both his parents were born in North Carolina and, from 1860 on, that his wife was Roseanna/Roseannah, who was born about 1823/1824. My condolences and empathy to his family and for him, if such feelings do reach back in time.
There are two marriage records for a matching Hugh Kirkpatrick on FamilySearch.org. One is to Roseanna Jones on September 26, 1858, and the other is to Nancy Johnston on September 20, 1830. Family trees created on Ancestry.com then show that Nancy may have died in June 1856. She was born April 23, 1805. It appears to me from a quick review of the census records that Nancy was the mother of the children and that Roseanna did not have children. This may be why only Nancy shows up in most (if not all) of the family trees created on Ancestry.com.
He should not be mixed up with a Hugh Kirkpatrick with birth and death dates only of a few years in difference from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina–they have distinct census lines.]