Franklin Co., Tennessee Obituaries



    From the Home Journal, Winchester, Tennessee, Thursday, April 18, 1878: Death notice of Luvinia Featherston Parks Bennett.

    "We are very sorry to announce the death of a very estimable lady of our town. Mrs. Lou Bennett, wife of J.K. Bennett who died yesterday (Sabbath) morning at about 2 o'clock after a brief illness of typhoid pneumonia. Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of R.W. Featherston, deceased, and was married to Mr. Bennett fr. 1873. She was a devoted wife, a kind and affectionate mother and stepmother, and a consistent member of the Christian Church. She leaves a husband, two children and many friends to mourn her loss. Her remains will be interred in the cemetery at this place. Mrs. Bennett was in the forty-first year of her age."

    The blurb was written on Monday the 15th, and the paper was published/dated on the following Thursday. I went back to the Decherd City Cemetery, which is across from the location of the JK Bennett house at that time. (the house was demolished in the mid 40s to allow the new road to be reconfigured). There is room in the Bennett plot for other graves, and perhaps she was buried there, which would have been logical and sound like the intention. But there is no stone with her name on it. - Contributed by Margaret Kelley.

    From the Home Journal, Winchester, Thursday, October 21, 1875, pg 3:Death notice of John M. Bennett.

    “Mr. John M. Bennett one of the oldest citizens of Franklin County died last Sunday night at this residence near Hockerville. He was over eighty years old.


    From the Cumberland Presbyterian. ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY PATRIOT GONE.

    Died at his residence near Winchester, Tenn. on the 22d Jan. Captain WALLIS ESTILL, in the 77th year of his age. Captain Estill when a very young man entered the army of the Revolution. He was at the Siege of York, when he held the commission of Lieutenant:-The Captaincy of his company becoming vacant, he was its commandant during the remainder of the siege which ended in the capture of Lord Cornwallis and his army, and which put so glorious a period to the Revolutionary struggle. In addition to this service, he was extensively engaged in the contests, which occurred between the backwoods settlers of Virginia and Kentucky, and the Indians,-about he year 1793 Captain Estill removed from Virginia to Kentucky, where he continued to reside until 1807, when he removed to Tennessee.
    During almost the whole period of his residence in Tennessee, he has acted as a Justice of the peace, and one of the Justices of the County Court. This office he has discharged with singular fidelity and ability. Although his means of acquiring an education in his youth, were limited-yet possessing a most retentive memory, a mind of great vigor, and the most indefatigable industry, he had, (notwithstanding the press of business that always claimed his attention) acquired a fund of useful and various information, by which his conversation was rendered entertaining and instructive, and his duties as a public officer were discharged with ability:-
    But Captain Estill was a Christian. More than forty years ago, he had cast himself as, in humble suppliant upon the divine mercy, and felt an assurance that his sins were pardoned for the sake of that Redeemer who had died for him.-It is true that in the pursuit of riches, and under the influence of temptation, he afterwards fell into sinful practices, and became for a time addicted to the intoxicating use of ardent spirits. This relapse into sin was most deeply deplored by him during the last years of his life, which were peculiarly dedicated to the service of God, and to the advantage of his fellowmen. He adored the riches of that grace, that had restored him to the favor of his God, and to the enjoyment of his love. He told the writer a few months before his death, with tears in his eyes that "he had rather die than sin against God in being intoxicated." Indeed he was a zealous friend of the Temperance Society, and he himself abstained entirely, from the use of intoxicating poisons.-As he gradually declined in health and strength, and saw death approaching with slow, but certain step, his hope of a blessed immortality became more fixed, lively and consolatory. A few days before his death and the last conversation he was able to have, he told the writer, that death had no terrors for him. He said, should it please God to raise him up, and make him instrumental in bringing some of his children who were not pious, to the enjoyment of pardoning mercy, he should be glad. Nevertheless, said he, "may his will be done." He said he felt assured of a blessed immortality beyond the grave, and that "for him to depart and be with Christ, was far better." This is the substance of the last conversation he ever held. Soon afterwards he sank into a lethargy, which incapacitated him, for either conversing or comprehending the conversation of others; and thus he continued gradually to sink for several days until his spirit was released from its clay tenement.
    Captain Estill had toiled to acquire property and had succeeded in amassing a considerable estate, a great part of which consisted of negro slaves. In his will he had provided for the settlement of these (with the exception of a few which he gave to his children) on a plantation of his, where they are to labor for themselves, and educate their children, but to be under the supervision and control of his Executors-after five years from their said settlement any of them who may choose to do so, are to be sent to Liberia. His will throughout breathes a spirit of enlarged benevolence and piety, which is worthy of all praise. He enjoins upon all his negroes who are to be emancipated "obedience to the authority and directions of his Executors, submitting with all patience to control, not interfering with other slaves, nor in any-wise influencing their minds against those who have the rule over them, but waiting in all humility and obedience until the power of the Gospel shall bring salvation and deliverance to their fellow servants." The same feeling is exhibited in that part of his will, in which he exhorts his children to follow his example, shows how contrary to the spirit of the Gospel is the spirit that holds in bondage our fellow man, and says-"Therefore I say my children deliver yourselves from the curse of negro slavery, that you may save yourselves and your children from the judgments of God." Captain Estill was a Christian Philanthropist; he abhorred oppression in all its forms. He was therefore a kind master, and neighbor, and affectionate Father and Husband. He has gone to his reward.
    "O let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like his." N.
    Nashville Republican, Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday, February 14, 1835, Volume X, Number 120. Contributed by Chris Keathley.


    Obit of Dr. J.L. Jones. DECHERD, Tenn., Sept. 17.—(Special.)—Dr. J.L. Jones, proprietor of the Jones Hotel, at this place, died Tuesday night of heart trouble. Dr.Jones had only been sick for a few days.Deceased was in his 72d year, and was well known throughout the State. He was likely the oldest innkeeper in Tennessee.The remains will be buried at McMinnville. The Nashville American, Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday Morning, September 18, 1902, Volume XXVI, Number 9439, front page: DEATHS OF TENNESSEANS

    Dr. Jas. L. Jones, long a resident of McMinnville, but who left here a few years ago, died at his home at Decherd last Wednesday, and his remains were brought here and interred in the new [sic] Cemetery last Thursday morning. Dr. Jones was a man of a high order of intellect, and was endowned [endowed] by nature with many noble traits of character, which attracted and held to him a large host of friends who greatly mourn his death. The McMinnville New Era, McMinnville, Tennessee, Thursday, September 25, 1902, Volume XLVII, Number 2. Contributed by Chris Keathley.

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