Cincinnati Commercial Tribune
July 20, 1878
Judge A. G CANTLEY, of whose melancholy death, we gave an account in Wednesday’s Commerical, was buried yesterday morning with Masonic ceremonies by Kilwinning Lodge of this city. E. T. CARSON, W. Master, performing the service. The Judge was a member of the Palestine Lodge of Palestine, Texas.
Cincinnati Daily Gazette
July 18, 1878
A. G. CANTLEY Shoots Himself in Avondale
Mr. A. G. CANTLEY, whose wife and stepson live at the corner of Mound street and Main avenue in Avondale, but who had been a resident of Washington City, where he acted as clerk of the Committee of Commerce, killed himself at his wife’s bedside yesterday. He was of Southern birth, and, it is said, at one time filled the position of Probate Judge in a county of Texas. He was 52 years old, and for several months had been ill with a lung affection, having lain seven weeks in a hospital at Washington City. A week ago Tuesday he came to his home in Avondale, having been urged to do so by his wife. He appeared to be improving in health, but of late had been the victim of strange hallucinations. He imagined that somebody was hunting him down to kill him and the terror of fear became so great that he was afraid to venture out of doors alone. A few days ago he bought a pistol, but said nothing to indicate the use he intended to make of it. At 4 o’clock yesterday morning his wife was awakened by the discharge of the pistol; she started up, and found her husband sitting in a chair beside the bed, with the pistol lying on the floor beside him and the blood running from a wound in the head. The family and neighbors were aroused, but the wound was found to be fatal, and at 3 ½ o’clock in the afternoon he died.
Coroner STICH held an inquest, at which facts agreeing with the above statement were detailed. He found that Cantley had committed suicide by shooting himself through the head, caused by a chronic disease of the brain.
Items from 1875 Cincinnati papers have a Mr. Cantley involved in Ohio politics.