The First person to jump off the Wheeling Suspension Bridge.
January 25th 1854, Capt. J.C. Jelly master of the steamer Albemarle, having just slipped away from the Wheeling wharf, observed a person leap from the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. He dispatched two crewmembers in a yawl to rescue the person, apparently still alive in the icy water. The person was a young woman of eighteen, a “seamstress” and the first person to jump off the bridge. The young woman lived and within a few days, a man named Lemuel Stanley ran a personal add in the Wheeling newspaper disclaiming any responsibility for the incident.
What was last seen before she jumped into the river.
Source: Bowman, John “Wheeling The Birthplace of the American Steamboat” 2008