Researched and Compiled by Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003







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November 3, 1876


A large Democratic barbecue was held in Charlotte, Tenn., October 31, 1876. “The good people of Dickson had prepared and spread out in a beautiful grove a magnificent dinner for those in attendance and never did people eat with a heartier relish. The best order was preserved during the entire day; there was no drinking, no boisterous conduct....” [The newspaper carried numerous articles about political meetings held in counties in Tennessee, usually speaking occasions for persuading voters to cast votes in the various races, in the general election of November 7, 1876; this, more especially so during the second half of the year 1876.]


Nellie Love Pohlman, daughter of William H. and Georgie A.Pohlman, Nashville, died of diphtheria, Nov.2, 1876, aged 10 years, 4 months and 7 days old  [June 7, 1866]; funeral today at First Baptist Church. [November 10, 1876 issue, page 4, carried account of memorial services held for this child at the church, November 5, 1876]


Patrick McKeown died November 2, 1876 in the 53rd year of his age; funeral today.


November 4, 1876


G. H. Wessel, Jr., Nashville, died Nov.3, 1876, aged 36 years, 13 days.


Dr. L. W. Crompton, assistant surgeon, U. S. Army, married Ella W. Thomas, niece of Ralph Warmley [Wormely/Wormeley], in Memphis, October 31, 1876.


Of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, “Its summit commands a gorgeous panorama, embracing the cities of Nashville and Edgefield and their pretty suburbs, with the picturesque bluffs of the upper Cumberland and the hills of Harpeth to the southwest. “[This historic cemetery was chartered in the fall of 1855. The burial registers for this burial ground are on microfilm and may be read in the Tennessee State Library and Archives.]




























November 5, 1876


Burial of Michael Scalley, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Nashville, November 5, 1876.


Walter McNairy Evans, son of William M. B. Evans and wife, died November 3, 1876; funeral today.


Mary Ann Johnson, widow of G. W. Johnson, died Edgefield, Tenn., Nov. 4, 1876 in the 56th year of her age; funeral today.


Theodore Charles Seifried, son of Sigmund and Julia Seifried, died November 4, 1876, aged five weeks; funeral today.


November 6, 1876


Missing issue


November 7, 1876


J. F. Wheless was elected president of the Nashville Cotton Exchange, yesterday.


Katie J. Bolles, daughter of R. S. and M. F. Bolles, west Nashville, died Nov. 5, 1876, diptheria; aged 9 years; funeral today.


Eveline D.Hodges, wife of Samuel Hodges, Nashville, died Nov. 6, 1876 in the 47th year of her age; funeral today.


W. A. Wray and Tula F. Coleman were married November 4, 1876.


General W. R. Hamby and Mary F., daughter of Michael Burns, married November 6, 1876.


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November 8, 1876


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Tennessee Swept by Tilden, Hendricks, Porter and Reform.

Dorsey B. Thomas Backed by the Republican Vote,

But Disastrously Beaten in All But a Few Disaffected Districts,

Intelligence from Every Quarter of the State.

Meager Returns of the Vote in Davidson County.


            Scarcely a ripple on the surface was to be observed at the polls in Nashville and the county yesterday.  It was a calm, peaceful day.  A quiet determination to vote was observed at the polls in Nashville and the county yesterday.  It was a calm and peaceful day.  A quiet determination to vote was manifested, and this was done for the most part before 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

            There was very little challenging of votes and scarcely any wrangling anywhere.  The vote was unusually large.  The names of Cooper and Yardley were, comparatively speaking, almost unknown in the race.

            Sixty men, the entire force of the Edgefield Furniture Manufactory, went solid for the straight Democratic ticket.  The mechanics in other industrial associations of the city voted pretty much the same way.

            Eb. Driver and William Early took 130 Tilden and Hendricks voters to the polls in a furniture wagon.

            The young men brought out the old men, either escorting them or taking them to the polls in vehicles.

            An incident occurred at the Fourth ward polls that served to show the feeling of the negroes toward any of their brethren who felt disposed to vote the straight ticket.  A colored voter came up and put in an open Democratic ticket.  A number of darkies who were disposed to vote the other way gathered around him and began to quarrel with him because he did not vote for the Republicans.  The indignant colored Democrat said he could lick any man who interfered with his rights, and it was only through the interference of the police that a fight was prevented.

            At one time serious trouble seemed imminent in the Sixth Ward.   Some men had whisky at the polls and had indulged in the use of it to some extent.  Their conduct was boisterous and disorderly in the extreme, and City Marshall Pittman remonstrated with them about their behavior.  The got their backs up about it, and were talking of pitching into the City Marshal, when some of the police force came to his assistance and four of the offenders were arrested and marched off to the work house.

            In Edgefield the day passed off in an unusually quiet way.  The crowds that assembled at the voting place were, as a general thing, very quiet and orderly, and while hot words might have passed between certain individuals nothing of that kind culminated in a row.  Everything passed off as quietly and smoothly as could have been expected.


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[The tallied votes from most of the city wards and civil districts for Nashville and Davidson County were "in".  Presidential: Samuel Tilden, Democrat, 4607 votes; his opponent, Rutherford B. Hayes, Republican, 3498.  Gubernatorial: James D. Porter, Democrat, 4394; his opponent, Dorsey B. Thomas, Republican, 3492. On November 9, the final tallies of votes for Davidson County were reported: Tilden, 7578; Hayes, 5451; Porter, 7166; Thomas, 4332.


The jubilation of the AMERICAN, a fiercely Democratic newspaper, was soon extinguished.

"On November 7, 1876, a majority of approximately 250, 000 of the voters indicated their preference for Tilden [over Hayes] and to this day it is uncertain whether this majority was so distributed as to signify election as well as preference by the people of the country. Following conflicting reports on the morning of November 8, it became apparent from the returns that Tilden was assured of 184 electoral votes and Hayes of 163. The still-doubtful states of Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and Florida, with a total of 22 electoral votes, were claimed immediately by the Hayes managers. There ensued an invasion of the South by representatives of both parties who betook themselves to the scenes of dispute. These 'visiting statesmen' of both parties were involved in a frenzied welter of probing, cajoling, and bargaining, of plot and counterplot, and the actual circumstances which governed events must have been even more obscure at that time than they are today. The dispute was finally resolved by a creation of an Electoral Commission resulting from a compromise. It came about, partly through force of unforeseen circumstance, that this body had a majority of one in favor of the Republicans. By a strict party vote the commission declared that Hayes had carried all doubtful states. Tilden claimed his constitutional right, acquiescing in the compromise only as an escape from civil war and always maintained stoutly that he was wrongfully deprived of the presidency."

"Samuel J. Tilden, "DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY, edited by Dumas Malone, New York, 1936, volume 18, page 540]


Funeral services of Mattie Wade, wife of Edward Wade and daughter of N. B. and Margaret A.

Cheatham stated that she died November 7, 1876 aged 24 years, 4 months and 12 days [Oct.

25, 1851]; burial today, Nashville.


November 9, 1876


Jennie Hill Brown, only child of Robert W. Brown, esquire, died in the residence of Dr. Hudson in Nashville, Nov. 8, 1876, aged 6 years, 2 months and 13 days [Aug. 15, 1870]; funeral today.


Harry A. Williams, son of N. C. and E. H. Williams, died Nov. 8, 1876, diptheria, aged 5 years, 4 months and 4 days [July 4, 1871]; funeral today. ["In Memoriam" to him, in November 12, 1876 issue, page 4]


Funeral of James Canon Harris, infant son of G. and M. S. Harris, held today.


November 10, 1876


Mrs. Florence Cunningham died suddenly, Nov. 9, 1876 in Richmond, Virginia; formerly of

Nashville. [November 14, 1876 issue, page 4, carried tribute to Florrie Cunningham, by ladies of the Church of the Holy Trinity, undated]


November 11, 1876


Charles Fielding, only son of James and Caroline Fielding, Nashville, died Nov. 9, 1876, aged 9 years; funeral tomorrow.


Thomas Francis McNulty, son of P. J. and Elizabeth McNulty, Nashville, died Nov. 10, 1876, aged 6 years, 6 months; funeral today.


November 12, 1876


Mrs. S. H. Rubin died, ostensibly November 11, 1876; funeral today.


In memory of Sam. W. Ewing, by “H”, dated November 11, 1876.


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Mrs. Mary Hickman, former servant of Judge Catron, died Nov. 11, 1876 at "an advanced age"; funeral from First Colored Baptist Church, Nashville, today.


"In Memoriam" for Jennie Hill Brown, born August 26, 1870; died Nov. 8, 1876; by Preston H. Miller, dated November 10, 1876; a poem, as well, in her memory.


November 13, 1876


Missing issue


November 14, 1876


Josephine Gale, youngest daughter of William D. and Catherine Polk Gale, Nashville, died November 13, 1876 aged 9 years, 9 months and 21 days [April 22, 1867]; funeral today.


November 15, 1876


Robert L. Campbell, clerk in Tennessee comptroller's office, married Mattie H. Dortch, daughter of Nat F. Dortch, Circuit Court Clerk, Davidson County, in First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Nashville, November 14, 1876.


Robert Lytton Gordon, youngest child of W. H. and Susan L. Gordon, south Nashville, died Nov. 13, 1876, aged 6 years, 10 months and 6 days [January 7, 1870]; funeral today.


Construction on the McKendree Methodist Church would soon be finished at a cost of $25, 000. It was erected directly behind its predecessor which would be demolished.


November 16, 1876


For Sale. The Nashville Lager Beer Brewery with "all its appurtenances and fixtures and utensils and all the grounds surrounding it and belonging thereto", as well as other adjoining buildings, would be offered for auction in the suit, Henry Metz, trustee v creditors of Stifel & Pfeiffer, November 16, 1876.


November 17, 1876


Emma W. Hesse, adopted daughter of Red and Minnie Hesse, Nashville, died of diptheria, Nov. 16, 1876 in the 4th year of her age; funeral today.


W. B. Richards, Chicago, Ill., married Annie Bayless, Nashville in the residence of Major J. R. Willett, November 14, 1876.


Lev Hamlin, Chicago, married Ida, daughter of I. C. Nicholson, Nashville, Nov. 14, 1876.


Recently, John Mulloy, son of Richard D. Mulloy, took on his new job as yardmaster for the Southeastern Railroad in Henderson, Ky. At work, Nov. 14, 1876, while attempting to leap on a freight car, he missed his footing and fell under the moving train, resulting in a crushed leg; being dragged along he was also disemboweled; fatally wounded but clear of mind he gave instructions for his father to come for him. He died the next afternoon. His father and brother, Pat, took his remains to Nashville for interment. He was twenty-four years old.


November 18, 1876


Ella McKennie Stratton, wife of Matt Stratton, Jr., died in Nashville, in residence of her father, B. R. McKennie, Nov. 17, 1876; funeral tomorrow.


Ellen Donovan, daughter of Dennis and Kate Donovan, west Nashville, died Nov. 17, 1876, aged

54 years; the remains of their daughter, Kate, would be removed from the vault at Mt. Olivet Cemetery and both daughters were buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Mary Helen Munroe, daughter of B. F. and Callie Munroe, died Nov. 17, 1876 aged 1 year, 7 months and 4 days [April 13, 1875].


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Francis M. Collins, Corsicana, Texas, married Sue L. V. Achey, west Nashville, Nov. 15, 1876.


William Jamison awoke, lying on a lounge in his home in Decherd, Tenn., the evening of November 15, 1876 awakened by his crying infant. He couldn't find his wife but found a note written by her. "I am gone. I could not take my child and hate to leave it but I never expect to see its sweet face again." She was reported to have run off with Thomas Cosby on the night train.


November 19, 1876


John H. Allison died in Nashville, November 17, 1876; funeral today. A tribute to his memory was offered by the mayor and the Nashville police department. [Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery]


Samuel E. Lynch, black, Nashville, died November 18, 1876 in the 67th year of his age; funeral today.


November 20, 1876


Missing issue


November 21, 1876


"$10 Reward. 1 will pay the above for my son, Calvin Shirley, who left his home in Cannon County [Tennessee] on the 12th instant. He is 16 years old, complexion dark, has only one eye, is spare made [thin] and small for his age; supposed to have left in the company with a youth named Robert Vaughn.  N. J. Shirley, Woodbury, Tenn."


November 22, 1876


James H. O'Connell, deputy sheriff of Davidson Co., Tenn. died in Nashville, Nov. 21, 1876, in the 34th year of his age; funeral tomorrow.


November 23, 1876


Mrs. Mary J. Jackson died in Nashville, Nov. 22, 1876; funeral today.


M. G. L. Claiborne died near Murfreesboro, Tenn., Nov. 21, 1876 in the 69th year of his age; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


William A. Wood died in Nashville, Nov. 22, 1876 in the 49th year of his age; funeral from his brother, E. G. Wood's residence. He was born in Harrison County, Kentucky.


Mrs. Mary McLaughlin died in residence of her son-in-law, R. Giilespie, Wil1iamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 6, 1876 in the 78th year of her age.


November 24, 1876


Robert Thomas Emsley, son of Charles R. and Margaret Emsley, Nashville, died Nov. 23, 1876, aged 7 years, 5 months and 13 days [June 10, 1869]; funeral today.


S. D. Work and V. C. Hogain married in Tullahoma, Tenn., November 23, 1876.


B. P. Ford and Lizzie F. Morgan were married in Nashville, November 22, 1876.


November 25, 1876


D. A. Saxon, native of Hartselle, Alabama, died in Nashville, Nov. 24, 1876; burial in Alabama.


Michael Doughney, Nashville, died Nov. 24, 1876 in 50th year of his age; funeral tomorrow.


Brownsville, Tennessee, DEMOCRAT, Nov. 23, 1876, reported the death of John Ohley, formerly of Nashville, but lately a respected tailor in Brownsville, Nov. 22, 1876; “an uncompromised Democrat.”


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November 26, 1876


Conductor John Davis of Edgefield, Tenn., a husband and father of three children, died of an accident, when a train crushed his legs at Guthrie, Ky., yesterday. He had formerly been a conductor for several years on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.


Mrs. H. A. Read died in residence of her son-in-law, J. C. Hood, Nashville, Nov. 25, 1876 aged 72 years, 1 month and 19 days [Oct. 6, 1804]; funeral tomorrow.


November 27, 1876


Missing issue


November 28, 1876


Florian Heins died seven miles "out the" Harding Pike from Nashville, Nov. 26, 1876, aged 51 years; funeral from German Lutheran Church, today.


Kitie Griffith, daughter of J. O. and Martha Griffith, Nashville, died Nov. 26, 1876, diphtheria and croup, aged 7 years, 5 months and 4 days [June 22, 1869]; funeral today.


Mary Ann Sweeny, wife of George W. Sweeny, Nashville, died Nov. 27, 1876 in the 50th year of her age; funeral today.


November 29, 1876


A grand ball would be held by the Caledonian Society of Nashville, at McClure's Hall,

Union Street, November 30, 1876. "Refreshments and supper by John Hess. Music by a first-

class string band."


November 30, 1876


Anna Plattenbury McConnell, daughter of Herschel B. and Sallie P. McConnell, Nashville, died Nov. 29, 1876, aged 2 years, 8 months and 27 days [March 2, 1874]; funeral today.


Alice Morgan, daughter of Michael and Delia Morgan, Nashville, died ostensibly Nov. 29, 1876, aged 2 years, 7 months and 1 day; funeral today.


December 1, 1876


A. D. Ottarson died in Nashville, Nov. 30, 1876; long-time postal clerk, he subsequently practiced law.


December 2, 1876


Winnie Ryan, daughter of James Ryan and wife, Nashville, died Dec. 1, 1876; funeral today.


Mrs. Mary Cook, wife of David Cook, died Lebanon, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1876 in the 78th year of her age.


Myrtle Meadows, daughter of James H. and Rebecca Ann Meadows, Nashville, died Dec. 1, 1876, aged 4 years, 5 months and 19 days [July 12, 1872]; funeral today.


Funeral of Delilah Thomas to be held from her residence in Nashville, today.


December 3, 1876


The municipal election in Lebanon, Tenn. was held December 2.  Whites elected: Dr. John D. Owen, mayor; W. W. Donnell, alderman; J. W. Britton, alderman; M. T. Bennett, alderman; J. M. Anderson, alderman.  Blacks: B. Manson, H. W. Manson, Peter Butcher, all aldermen.


December 4, 1876


Missing issue


December 5, 1876


Walter A. Foulks died in Seguin, Texas, Nov. 19, 1876 aged 39 years.


December 6, 1876


Ross Brooks Wilson, son of James E. and Mary E. Wilson, Nashville, died Dec. 5, 1876, aged 1 year, 5 months.


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