No one knew why he had chosen to take his own life. He was apparently happily married, had a family, and was a successful farmer. On the day of his death, he had said that he was sick and lay in bed for most of the day. It sounds like he was suffering from depression.
Daily Tobacco-Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee), 20 October 1891, page 4
Daily American (Nashville, Tennessee), 20 October 1891, page 5