GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS FROM REPORTED DEATHS
THE NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE 1900-1901
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002
January 4, 1900
MARY REBECCA WEST wife of Rev. R. L. West, Memphis Conference, died in Clinton Kentucky, November 27, 1899 after a long decline in health; born east Tenn., August 28, 1844; daughter of Dr. William K. and Elizabeth H. Waddy; moved with parents to Gibson Co., Tenn.; married February 26, 1863; 6 children. "Her life was a long epistle of love and sweetness of temper."
Dr. JOSEPH SCALES born Truine, Tenn., May 16, 1824; married there and practiced medicine but moved to Texas; died November l4, 1899; burial in Evergreen Cemetery, beside his "dear companion" who had predeceased him; several children.
MARY ELIZABETH PETREE, nee Smith, widow of Amos Petree; died Union City, Oklahoma, Dec. 8, 1899. Campbell Co., Tenn.
January 11, 1900
Dr. C. G. ANDREWS [born 1830]; died January 7, 1900, Meridian, Miss. [A long funeral oration in his memory printed on page 4, January 25, 1900 issue; death noticed again in February 15, 1900 issue, page 1, noting that his widow would soon move to Memphis, Tenn. A tribute of respect in his memory by the Winchester Quarterly Conference, Miss. Conference, published in March 8, 1900 issue, page 17. A biographical sketch about the Reverend CHARLES G. ANDREWS is found on page 108 of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD METHODISM, edited by Nolan B. Harmon, Nashville, 1974, volume one, in which he is credited with having been instrumental in the establishment of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.]
Professor G. C. MILLAR died Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 23, 1899; a member of the Hendrix College faculty at Conway, Ark.; died after surgery; had married Dana Slaughter two days before his demise.
Rev. E. E. HAMILTON, one of the oldest Methodist preachers in the Memphis Conference died in Dyersburg, Tenn., January 6, 1900.
Mrs. HAYNES, mother of Rev. B. F. Haynes, Tennessee Conference, died in Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1899.
Rev. TIMOTHY CARPENTER FROGGE born Fentress Co., Tenn., April 21, 1821; son of Cornelius and Deborah Carpenter Frogge; grandson of Rev. Timothy Carpenter, a pioneer Methodist preacher; joined Methodist Church, Sept. 18, 1837, Wayne Co., Ky.; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in August 1840; admitted to Ky. Conference; ordained deacon and in 1847 ordained elder; married (1) Harriet C. Wilson (died 1855), Albany, Ky., Jan. 7, 1847; 4 children; (2) Mrs. Sarah P. Pillow, nee Duncan, May 8, 1862; 2 children, one died, the other, T. F. Frogge, in whose residence he died, 3 miles east of Russellville, Ky., Nov. 28, 1899, just little more than a year after his wife's demise; buried "in the Duncan graveyard, where sleeps Dr. Edward Stevenson, one half mile east from there sleeps Rev. John Littlejohn and one half mile east of him, in sight of where Frogge lived sleeps Rev. Valentine Cook." Four stepchildren, the youngest being Wiley G. Pillow of Oregon.
MARY ELIZABETH THOMAS daughter of Edwin and Susie C. Thomas, born Starkville, Miss., Dec. 3, 1892; died Dec. 7, 1899.
Mrs. H. W. SMITH born Edgefield Co., S.C., 1808; married Rev. Burgess Smith of Habersham Co., Ga., 1828; died Elbert Co., Ga., 1899; surviving children were J. H. Smith, Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. T. W. Sayer, Macon, Ga.; Dr. B. C. Smith, Cold Water, Ga.; J. A. Smith, Knoxville, Tenn.; a son, William Parks Smith, was deceased.
SARAH ANGELINE COWSERT, nee McGee, born Pickens Co., Ga., Aug. 11, 1835; moved with parents to Holmes Co., Miss.; then moved to Winston Co. where she married Henry Bonner McGee, Mar. 30, 1862; lived near Durant until 1867 when they moved to Acona where they lived until 1876 when they moved to Tchula, Miss. where she died August 9, 1899.
Miss JENNIE THOMAS died Sept. 30, 1899; teacher in Fulton Co., Ky. public schools for several years.
PERMELIA E. FERRELL wife of Rev. J. W. Ferrell, born Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 23, 1825; married Nov. 27, 1857 children; died Sept. l0, 1899.
BUFORD McKAY GIBSON son of Seth P. and Mollie Still Gibson, born Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 15, 1897; died December 7, 1899.
EMMA GILMORE daughter of Rev. J. W. and P. E. Ferrell; born Oct. 15, 1857; married H. G. Gilmore, Aug. 30, 1879; died in Texas, June 29, 1899.
Colonel ALSON RAWLINGS born May 13, 1822; died Dec. 17, 1899; married Mariah Glasscock; 4 surviving children. Marion Co., Kentucky.
Rev. JOSEPH H. STONE born and reared in Dickson Co., Tenn.; two brothers, R. B. Stone, Cumberland Furnace, Tenn. and Samuel Stone, Edgewood, Tenn.; died Athens, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1899; had served as Methodist preacher in Tennessee and Louisiana conferences.
PARMELIA J. LANKFORD, nee White; born Davidson Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1829; married Rev. T. N. Lankford, June 8, 1854; 4 children; one, only, a son, survived her. She died March 26, 1899.
January 18, 1900
MARY ELLEN BRADFORD wife of Colonel A. H. Bradford; died in Brownsville, Tenn., Jan. 4, 1900 in her 75th year of age; "highly esteemed in the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society."
Rev. A. McSWAIN ATTAWAY, South Carolina Conference, died Jan. 4, 1900 a week after the death of his son, Glenn (buried Dec. 29, 1899).
Rev. ARCHIBALD JOHNSON, retired Methodist preacher, died near Live Oak, Fla., recently.
No formal obituaries in this issue.
January 25, 1900
GEN. BRAXTON BRAGG, the old colored body servant of the Confederate general of that name, died January 17, 1900 about 80 years old, Columbia, Tenn.; cared for in his last days by Daughters of the Confederacy.
Rev. JOHN H. HEADLEE, St. Louis Conference, died Caledonia, MO, January 28, 1900; the oldest member of this conference except Jerome C. Berryman; father of Mrs. E. B. Chappell, Nashville.
ARTHUR MARVIN SMITH son of B. F. and Josephine Smith; born April 13, 1876; died Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 18, 1899; member of graduating class of Memphis Medical College when he died.
SUSAN W. WRIGHT born Monroe Co., Tenn., June 9, 1832; married Colonel J. I. Wright, Nov. 3, 1853; died Dec. 13, 1899; obituary submitted by her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Howel.
WILLIAM J. THOMAS born near Cotton Grove, Madison Co., Tenn., Mar. 28, 1830; married Louisa A. Sharp, Dec. 22, 185; moved into Jackson, Tenn. in 1859 where he was engaged in the work of teaching in the institution now known as the Southwestern Baptist University [now Union University]; moved to Bells, Tenn. in 1866, then to Gadsden, Tenn. in 1871 where he died Dec. 7, 1899; husband and father.
Dr. CHARLES LEE SULLIVAN born June 9, 1864; died Dec. 31, 1899; youngest child of Rev. Nathan and Mary Sullivan; joined Methodist Church while a collegian in Clinton, Ky. in 1883; graduate, medical dept., Vanderbilt University, Feb. 1892; married Ida Sensing, June 20, 1894; 2 children.
Hon. RICHARD PHILLIP HOCKER son of Asbury and Susan Hocker; born Ohio Co., Ky., Sept. 30, 1845; died from typhoid fever at Beaver Dam [state not given], Dec. 16, 1899; married Oma Baker, June 14, 1877, 5 children. Merchant; sometime state legislator.
BYRD NORTHCOTT daughter of B. F. and Mary R. Northcott; born Tenn., July 7, 1873; married John C. Sperry, Oct. 7, 1895; worked one year with her sister, Maggie, in the Salvation Army; died Nov. 27, 1899, Canadian Co., Oklahoma; one son, 3 years old; one daughter, 18 months old.
LILLY CARTER daughter of Lloyd and Lizzie Carter; died Dec. 15, 1899 aged 8 years, 10 months, 10 days old [February 5, 1891]; a sister, Alice, predeceased her.
MARTHA LOUISE HUDSON born June 21, 1881; died May 23, 1899; the only child of her parents [who were not named].
February 1, 1900
MINA NOE daughter of Rev. F. R. Noe, White River (Ark. ) Conference; died Desha, Ark., Jan. 16, 1900 and buried beside an older sister at Sulphur Rock.
Professor J. T. JOHNSON, president of Hargrove College, Ardmore, Oklahoma, died Jan. 23, 1900.
Rev. JAMES PEELER, retired Methodist preacher, North Texas Conference, died Jan. 20, 1900 in his 83rd year of age.
Rev. I. W. AVENT, North Carolina Conference, died near Chalk Level, N.C., Dec. 18, 1899 aged about 76 years.
JOHN EDMONSTON born Montgomery Co., Tenn., June 3, 1823; died in same county, May 15, 1899; married (1) B. H. Roberts, Dec. 2, 1846; 9 children, only 2 surviving him; (2) Mrs. Louise Matlock, June 17, 1874.
LYCURGUS E. LYNN born Sumner Co., Tenn., April 30, 1824; died Union City, Tenn., Nov. 18, 1899; married (1) Elizabeth S. Patton "mother of all his children", 1 daughter, 4 sons; (2) Mrs. Kate, widow of John Wesley Bransford.
Dr. THOMAS R. SAWYER born Maury Co., Tenn., Jan. 22, 1833; died Coryell Co., Texas, Dec. 4, 1899; moved with parents to Marshall Co., Miss. about 1838 where he married (1) Clementine Gordon (died Sept. 26, 1888), Sept. 26, 1852; 4 daus., 2 sons; (2) Maggie McFadden, Oct. 30, 1892; began the practice of medicine about 1860.
J. E. DOUGLASS born Haywood Co., Tenn., Aug. 15, 1855; died Dec. 13, 1899; married Mary V. Hood, Brownsville, Tenn., Oct. 17, 1876; she died Jan. 24, 1897; 5 sons.
DILLARD HARDIN born Jan. 19, 1840; died Jan. 12, 1900 near Brooksville, Miss.; married (1) Martha A. Cole; (2) Laura J. Baskington; several children; buried at Soule Chapel.
GERTIE STEGER TEPE CROSSETT born Holly Springs, Miss., Oct. 12, 1867; died Moscow, Tenn., Jan. 1, 19100; daughter of Frank A. and Fannie Tepe.
WILLIAM PERRY TUCKER born Bourbon Co., Ky., Sept. 28, 1855; died Florence, Ala., Aug. 29, 1899 in residence of daughter, Mrs. Kate McDaniel; his wife and three sons had died; three surviving children were Ollie Tucker, U.S. bank examiner, Cincinnati District; Mrs. Ashebrook, St. Louis; Mrs. McDaniel, Florence, Ala.; Misses Tina and Emma Tucker.
MARY HOWELL CHEARS born Lincoln Co., Ga., Feb. 4, 1814; died Columbus, Ga., Sept. 27, 1899; great- granddaughter of James De La Fontaine; daughter of Major William Downing who moved to Columbus, Miss. in 1821; married Judge Thomas A. Chears of Coffeeville, Miss. [See Feb. 22, 1900, page 13, issue.]
EMMA DEAN daughter of T. H. and Emma Dean, born April 3, 1898; died January 9, 1900.
WILLIAM ARTHUR HOWEL son of R. N. and Mary P. CARSON born Monroe Co., Miss., Nov. 24, 1879; killed "in getting off a moving train" at Nettleton, Miss., March 2, 1899.
LORA MAY FOSTER daughter of William M. and Mattie B. Foster; born Chickasaw Co., Miss., Feb. 18, 1891; moved to Texas with her parents two years later; died Wood Co., Texas, Jan. 10, 1900; pneumonia.
LUCY PARKS ROWLAND born May 14, 1873; married J. S. Rowland, Dec. 27, 1893; died in her mother's residence in Winchester, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1899; daughter of Rev. S. M. Parks, dec., Tenn. Conf.; 1 daughter.
JOSEPH BISHOP "Joe" RUDOLPH born McCracken Co., Ky., Oct. 30, 1866; married (1) Kate Johnson (died June 13, 1892), Aug. 29, 1888; 2 daughters; (2) Eliza Wylie, March 4, 1897; he died January 2, 1900; a sister, Mrs. W. J. Naylor, Dancyville, Tenn., mentioned.
KING D. NICOLL born Simpson Co., Ky., Oct. 26, 1822; died Woodburn, Ky., Dec. 26, 1899; married Martha Hampton, Sept. 21, 1845; 2 children, one, Mrs. Alice Briggs, predeceased him; joined Methodist Church in 1848; burial in Franklin, Ky.
February 8, 1900
NANCY WARREN BOND
A WEST TENNESSEE MATRIARCH
The long life of one of the matriarchs of Methodism is sketched in a recent issue of the "Commercial Appeal." Mrs. Nancy Bond, relict of Dr. Washington Bond, long an influential Methodist, and a prominent citizen of Shelby County, died in December at the old homestead, now the residence of her son, Samuel F. Bond, of Bond Station. She was a native of Raleigh, N.C., daughter of James Warren, who, with his family, removed in pioneer times to Shelby County, and founded the town of Raleigh, the first seat of justice for the county. In 1837 she was married to Dr. Washington Bond, and they began housekeeping in the residence where she ended her days on earth, her sweet home through threescore and more years. A Christian from her twelfth year, and a Methodist, she was consistent and useful through life. In her daily walk, she so testified of Christ that not one of her many children and grandchildren has ever departed from the faith. She was consecrated to God and home, and thus she contributed her full share to the better manhood and womanhood of Church and State. Reared amid wealth and culture, she chose the true path of life, the way to God and heaven. She read many books, and never neglected her Bible. She gave attention to social duties, and found time for prayer. She was, indeed, one of the elect women of West Tennessee. The funeral service was conducted
at the residence by Rev. W. F. Hamner, and the remains were laid to rest in the old Mt. Pisgah burying ground, where once stood Warren Chapel, named for her father, and the first frame meeting house of the Methodists outside of Memphis.
[Her tombstone, Bartlett-Ellendale Cemetery, Bartlett, Tenn. reads: Mrs. Nancy James Warren, wife of Dr. Washington Bond. Born Oct. 6, 1816. Died Dec. 13, 1899. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.]
Rev. T. L. MILLER, retired Methodist preacher, No. Texas Conference, born Hawkins Co., Tenn., June 4, 1842; joined Methodist Church, May 10, 1867; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1870; moved to Texas; died Seymour, Texas, Jan. 21, 1900.
MAMIE BLACKMON HARRIS daughter of Fordham and Mary Blackmon; born Nov. 3, 1873; married Rev. B. L. Harris, Nov. 10, 1897; died Bells, Tenn., Jan. 24, 1900; buried at Zion Church near Medina, Tennessee.
FANNIE JOHNSON, nee Vanderslice, wife of W. W. Johnson, Triune, Tenn.; born Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 5, 1838; died Dec. 2, 1899; 8 children.
JACOB L. HERRING born Morgan Co., Ala., April 18, 1834; married at Triana, Ala. to Paulina J. Ball, Dec. 16, 1857; died Lakeland, Fla., Nov. 29, 1899; joined Methodist Church in 1868. His children, Charles L., a Methodist preacher and William J., Lakeland, Fla.
SALLIE I. OLIPHANT daughter of Hollis and Elizabeth Wright; born Feb. 9, 1849; married W. J. Oliphant, Dec. 22, 1872; died Nov. 25, 1899; large number of children.
ELIZABETH J. COTTEN LAZENBY born Davidson Co., Tenn., July 31, 1826; married Burwell Lazenby Oct. 1850; 2 sons, 1 surviving her; died June 27, 1899; suffered a disabling fall in April 1897.
LELA WATSON daughter of John Watson and wife; born Aug. 9, 1876; died Jan. 17, 1900. Spring Hill, Tenn.
February 15, 1900
ANNIE HENDON wife of Oscar Hendon; daughter of J. R. and Boswell and wife, Collierville, Tenn.; died Feb. 11, 1900.
JOHN H. DENNY son of Colonel William R. Denny and brother of Dr. Collins Denny, Vanderbilt, was killed in battle, Panitan, Philippine Islands, Jan. 11, 1900; 18th U.S. Infantry.
Rev. J. S. PEAVY, Ala. Conference, died Feb. 2, 1900; a young man.
Rev. F. A. WHITSON, Methodist preacher in No. Miss. Conference, died Feb. 7, 1900. [Obituary in Feb. 22, 1900 issue, page 13]
IRVINE LEWIS son of Rev. T. W. Lewis and wife; died Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Feb. 3, 1900 in his 18th year of age, then attending school; his parents lived in Carrollton, Miss. [Obituary in March 1, 1900 issue, page 13]
Dr. D. G. GODWIN born Maury Co., Tenn., 1837; died Shelby Co., Tenn., Nov. 8, 1899; surviving were his widow and children, Herbert, Chester, Mrs. T. B. Armstead, Mrs. W. W. Darven; graduate, Medical University of Nashville, 186l; served in Co. I, 51 Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; married Bettie S. Douglass; lived in a lovely location near Arlington, Tenn.; served as commissioner of agriculture, Tenn. during the Buchanan administration. Burial near his residence.
Hon. DAVID McKENDREE KEY died ten days ago in Chattanooga, Tenn.; a Confederate colonel; served in U.S. House of Representatives.
BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D.C., 1971, page 1231:
KEY, David McKendree, a Senator from Tennessee; born near Greeneville, Greene County, Tenn., January 27, 1824; attended the common schools; was graduated from Hiawassee College in 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar at Madisonville, Monroe County, Tenn., in 1850 and commenced practice in Kingston; moved to Chattanooga in 1853; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Buchanan and Breckinridge in 1856 and on the Breckinridge and Lane ticket in 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army and was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Forty-third Tennessee Infantry; member of the State constitutional convention in 1870; chancellor of the third chancery division 1870-1875; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the Forty-third Congress; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrew Johnson and served from August 18, 1875, to January 19, 1877; unsuccessful candidate for election to fill the vacancy in 1876; Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Hayes from March 12, 1877, to June 1, 1880, when he resigned; appointed by President Hayes United States judge for the eastern and middle districts of Tennessee May 19, 1880; retired January 26, 1894; died in Chattanooga, Tenn., February 3, 1900; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.
H. H. PERRY born Orange Co., North Carolina, March 31, 1833; died Fayette Co., Tenn., Dec. 16, 1899; at age 14 years moved with parents to Tenn.; graduate, Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn.; taught school ten years; mercantiled for at least 25 years; sometime member of the state legislature [House of Representatives, 1877-1879]; married Mattie V. Powell; 2 daughters.
CAROLINE KEHR, nee Peebles; born Smith Co., Va., April 14, 1835; married (1) J. L. Jones, Feb. 20, 1855; 5 children, only one, Mrs. Mary C. Credill, survived her; her husband died in Confederate army in 1862; married (2) C. H. Kehr, Aug. 27, 1868; 1 son who predeceased her. She died Nov. 15, 1899.
February 22, 1900
Rev. T. C. CLARKE, local elder in Methodist Church; grandfather of Rev. W. L. Blackwell, Miss. Conference; died Rankin Co., Miss., Feb. 9, 1900.
Rev. EDWARD VERTEGANS, a local Methodist elder, born in England; moved to U.S. in 1847; a Confederate chaplain; died Saltville, Va., Feb. 10, 1900, nearly 86 years old. [Death noticed again in March 8, 1900 issue, page 14. See, May 31, 1900, this publication, for his obituary.]
Rev. F. A. WHITSON born Fayette Co., Ala., April 13, 1854; died New Albany, Miss., Feb. 7, 1900; served as Methodist preacher in No. Miss. Conference; surviving were his widow and 4 small children, the youngest, twin sons, aged 6 years.
DANIEL SMITH born Henry Co., Tenn., Sept. 27, 1821; died Sardis, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1899; married (1) Irene Lowry (died 1870), Dec. 25, 1842; 11 children; (2) Mrs. A. R. Clark, June 2, 1878.
SALLIE MARTIN wife of Capt. George H. SMITHSON; born Sept. 14, 1847; died Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 26, 1899; daughter of Dr. Samuel and Jane Henderson; married Feb. 9, 1871; 3 daughters, 1 son.
EWELL AVERY ANDERSON son of Judge James and Sallie McFerrin Anderson, Sumner Co., Tenn.; grandson of Rev. J. B. McFerrin; born Dec. 3l, 1871; died Nov. 26, 1899; one brother, Douglas Anderson, mentioned by name. School-teacher.
MARY. HOWELL CHEVIS born Lincoln Co., Ga., Feb. 4, 18l4; died Sept. 27, 1899. [This is the same obituary published under her name in Feb. 1, 1900 issue, in which she was mistakenly called Mary Howell Chears.]
March 1, 1900
ADDIE EVELYN BOWELL HENDON born Collierville, Tenn., Sept. 5, 1879; married W. O. Hendon, June 9, 1898; died Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 11, 1900; daughter of Capt. J. R. Boswell of Collierville. Also, a tribute of respect in her memory, by the Tulip Street Methodist Epworth League, undated, lamenting her early death.
IRVINE WESLEY LEWIS oldest son of T. W. and Mary N. Lewis; born DeSoto Co., Miss., Sept. 5, 1882; died Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Feb. 2, 1900; student at Mt. Pleasant; burial in Carrollton, Miss. where his parents and a brother, Tommie, lived.
MATILDA S. GRAY born Buncombe Co., North Carolina, Dec. 29, 1814; died Oct. 21, 1899; daughter of James and Esther Lowery; married (1) James Robinson; (2) James K. Gray.
ADA B. MOSIER daughter of Robert and Callie Langston; born near Melber, Ky., July 7, 1872; died Jan. 1, 1900; married J. S. Mosier, Oct. 1886; lived in western Obion Co., Tenn.
ADDA WEBB daughter of William P. and Rachel V. Wilkerson; born Giles Co., Tenn., July 10, 1866; married Rev. J. R. Goodloe, Tenn. Conference, April 8, 1894; died Giles Co., Tenn., Dec. 17, 1899; 2 daughters, one of whom predeceased her.
ALICE M. BRAMBLE, nee Waters, born Coal Haven, Ky., April 22, 1854; died Townsend, Montana, Nov. 3, 1899; married Rev. L. Bramble, Sept. 17, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Montana in 1890 where he was a Methodist preacher.
March 8, 1900
Biographical sketch of "Our Senior Bishop," the Rev. JOHN C. KEENER, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 9, 1819; alumnus of Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Md. and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.; worked as a wholesale druggist but moved to Ala., entering the Methodist ministry and admitted to the Ala. Conference in 1842 and the La. Conference in 1848 where, except for two years during the Civil War, he had lived in New Orleans; [elected Bishop in 1870]; retired in 1898. All three of his sons entered the Methodist ministry. Picture of him accompanies this article.
Picture of him and biographical sketch, JOHN CHRISTIAN KEENER, D.D., CYCLOPAEDIA OF METHODISM, by Matthew Simpson, Philadelphia, 1880, pages 509-510:
REV. JOHN CHRISTIAN KEENER, D.D.
Keener, John Christian, D.D., one of the bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was, born in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 7, 1819. When he was nine years of age he was taken by Wilbur Fisk, who was visiting at the house of his father, to Wilbraham Academy, and who kept him under his care for three years. When the Wesleyan University was established he removed with Dr. Fisk, who was its first president, and was a member of the first regular class formed in the Wesleyan University, graduating in 1835. He was converted in Baltimore in 1838, and served as superintendent of a Sunday-school in Wesley chapel charge for two years; and in this work he felt the divine call to preach. After returning from college, he engaged in a wholesale drug-store, and was doing a prosperous and successful business, when he resolved to close up his business and abandon secular pursuits. He was licensed to preach in Alabama, and was admitted into the Conference in 1843. In 1848 he was sent to New Orleans, which was then considered not only a difficult but a dangerous post. He remained there twenty years, being successively pastor of the Poydras Street, Carondelet Street, and Felicity Street churches, and presiding elder of the New Orleans district. He was also from 1866 editor of The New Orleans Christian Advocate. He was elected and ordained bishop in May, 1870. Since that period he has traveled extensively in the discharge of his episcopal duties, has several times visited Mexico, and has taken a deep interest in the Mexican mission.
[A full length memorial to Bishop Keener's memory was presented on May 17, 1906 in the Fifteenth General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as he had died in New Orleans, January 19, 1906, and published in the Conference JOURNAL; 1906, pages 174-176.]
The grave of WILLIAM McMAHON, venerable in the history of American Methodism, in Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, Kentucky, who had died in 1870, was only marked with a tombstone in the year 1899.
Rev. RICHARD HILL "veteran local preacher" [Methodist] died in Haywood Co., Tenn., Feb. 18, 1900 in his 78th year of age; burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery beside his wife who died "last year"; two sons. [See May 31, 1900, this publication, for his obituary.]
Mrs. T. D. SCOTT died Pine Bluff, Ark., Feb. 22, 1900; burial in Ashland Cemetery.
FRANK W. McGAVOCK youngest son of John and Emily McGavock; born Davidson Co., Tenn., June 29, 1869; died Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 22, 1900; burial in Gallatin, Tenn.
EVA ADAMS daughter of W. C. and Virginia Adams; died near Farmington, Tenn., June 6, 1899 aged 22 years, 1 month and 5 days [May 1, 1877].
J. T. WHITE, sometime steward in Methodist Church at Nebo died recently.
THOMAS WATKINS BREEDLOVE born Hancock Co., Ga., May 17, 1822; joined Methodist Church in 1831; moved from Ga. to Ala. in 1844; married (1) Sarah Bingham (died Oct. 27, 1877), Dec. 11, 1845; (2) Mrs. Hildreth in 1878; died in residence of daughter, Mrs. A. Latham, Dallas Co., Texas, Oct. 25, 1899.
MARY SAMUEL SUMPTER, nee Gray, born Dec. 18, 1835; died Jan. 9, 1900, Elkton, Ky.; married W. C. Sumpter, Sept. 5, 1853; 3 children.
Rev. R. H. KENEDY born Green Co., Ala., Sept. 11, 1829; died Chickasaw Co., Miss., Jan. 11, 1900; moved to Calhoun Co., Ala. and married Emily Woodruff, March 1853; she died 5 months and 21 days before her husband; 2 daughters, 5 sons.
ROBERT P. CROCKET born Rutherford Co., Tenn., April 29, 1835; died Nashville, Tenn., August 11, 1899; married Mary E. Watkins; husband and father.
March 15, 1900
The wedding anniversary, February 14, 1900, of W. O. GORDON and wife was celebrated on their farm, four miles from Preston, Tennessee. Louisianians, he was a Confederate veteran; they were married in 1867 and moved to Tennessee in 1870; one married son and two spinster daughters, Mollie and Dee.
Rev. Dr. JAMES FREEMAN died Morristown, New Jersey, Feb. 27, 1900 aged 73 years.
Rev. BURTON WILLIAMS born MO, Feb. 20, 1824; moved with parents to Ark.; began his Methodist ministry in 1852; died Eureka Springs, Ark., Nov. 20, 1899.
The Methodist Church in Brownsville, Tennessee had lost several members in death recently:
1. J. C. DOUGLASS born Aug. 12, 1855; died Dec. 13, 1899; married Mary V. Hood (died Jan. 1897), Oct. 1878; 5 sons.
2. Capt. J. B. PHILLIPS born Stewart Co., Tenn., Oct. 10, 1843; son of David and Rebecca Ward Phillips; served in Second Ky. Cavalry in Civil War; married Lee Waggoner, 1867; 3 daus., 1 son (who died in Spanish-American War); he entered in his Bible, "J. B. Phillips embraced the service of the Lord Jesus Christ at Brownsville, Tenn., August 28, 1875." He died December 26, 1899.
3. MARY BRADFORD daughter of Jacob and Mary Tillman Wilson; born Edgefield, S.C., July 27, 1825; moved with parents to Denmark, Madison Co., Tenn.; married Col. A. H. Bradford in 1846 and moved to Brownsville 53 years ago. She died January 4, 1900.
4. ANN W. MANN daughter of Gen. William and Emily Conner; born Culpeper Co., Va., March 12, 1827; married Henry Tanner (died 1854), 1844; 5 children, one, Henry, served in Confederate army but was never heard from "but to the day of her death she hoped for his return," married Austin Mann in 1861. She died January 8, 1900.
5. ALSEY THOMAS born January 27, 1873; died recently of pneumonia; son of L. A. and Julia Thomas; married Ada Moody in Feb. 1898; his brother, Thomas M. Thomas, born April 15, 1875, died almost simultaneously.
6. BENANA FINCH TUGWELL born Weakley Co., Tenn., Oct. 27, 1851; daughter of James M. Finch; married Rufus R. Tugwell in 1867; 7 children. She died January 27, 1900.
7. JOSEPHINE BREWER wife of J. A. Brewer; born Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 1850; died Jan. 16, 1900; 5 children.
March 22, 1900
Dr. J. W. McDONALD, young physician of Jackson, Tenn., who was assistant surgeon in the 4th Tenn. Inf. Reg. during the Spanish-American War, died when aged 35 years old, recently. [The tombstone of Dr. Joseph W. McDonald in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tenn. bears his dates: 1862-1900.]
Robert H. Cartmell's Diary, Jackson, Tenn., Mar. 17, 1901 mentions his death Mar. 16:
Rev. A. G. BROWN, DD, born Feb. 22, 1833; Methodist preacher, Virginia Conference since 1853; died Ashland, Va., March 1900.
MARY REBECCA HOWARD daughter of George P. and M. S. Shelton; born Athens, Ala., Nov. 17, 1830; died in residence of. daughter, Mrs. B. A. Whitsett, Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 26, 1898; moved to LaGrange, Tenn. in 1838; married David J. Howard (died Feb. 19, 1865), Feb. 3, 1855; moved to Memphis in December 1882; burial in LaGrange, Tenn.
SARAH FLORENCE BULLA, nee Scarbrough; wife of Rev. Charles D. Bulla, Baltimore, Maryland; born Gentry Co., MO, April 11, 1866; married Oct. 31, 1888; lived in Washington, D.C. until her husband entered Methodist ministry in April 1895; died Jan. 23, 1900; burial in Druid Ridge Cemetery.
LIZZIE RIVERS KENDRICK born Louisville, Ky., August 2, 1884; daughter of William and Lizzie Kendrick; attending Centenary College when she died recently.
Dr. A. CONNER born Harrison Co., Ky., Feb. 17, 1841; died Nov. 14, 1899; married (1) Etta Renaker of Harrison Co., Ky.; (2) Sue Reed of Germantown, Ky.
MARY JANE CAMPBELL born Logan Co., Ky., Jan. 8, 1835; an invalid for 33 years; died Logan Co., Ky., July 13, 1899. Her sister, LEONA K. CAMPBELL, born in Logan Co., Ky., July 5, 1850; died July 14, 1899.
SAMUEL HUGLEY son of Enoch and Mary Walker Hugley; born Wilson Co., Tenn., Oct. 31, 1826; married Martha Owen Lanier in Ala., Nov. 19, 1884; died Colbert Co., Ala., Dec. 28, 1899; burial in Sheffield, Ala. cemetery.
March 29, 1900
HERBERT MICHAEL CARRIGER Son of William Pinkney and Mary Carriger; born Morristown, Tenn., Jan. 28, 1882; died Nov. 23, 1899.
MARY ANN JONES, nee Jernigan; born Robertson Co., Tenn., Nov. 8, 1833; married Allen Jones, Nov. 13, 1851; 9 children; died Robertson Co., Dec. 28, 1899; had a stroke in Feb. 1899 but recovered enough to resume attendance at church services, Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church.
MARY A. BARBEE wife of K. H. Barbee; native of Alabama but moved to Texas in 1854; died Jan. 24, 1900 in her 67th year of age.
SUSAN COX daughter of Sampson and Susan Thistle; born near New Martinsville, W. Virginia, Jan. 9, 1821; married Friend Cox, Aug. 15, 1839 who died 23 years ago; 7 children, one, Capt. Friend C. Cox, of the Stonewall Brigade, died in 1876; she died in same locality where she had been born, January 12, 1900.
ANGELINE CHILDRESS, nee Barnett, born Williamson Co., Tenn., May 20, 1817; died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Sept. 5, 1899; married Dr. E. T. Childress, Dec. 19, 1841; a widow for 24 years; 4 children, 2 surviving her.
Miss NELLIE FENLEY born Jefferson Co., Ky., April 20, 1875; died Gadsden, Ala., Jan. 17, 1900.
Mrs. E. J. BURT born Sept. 22, 1828; died Macon Co., Ala., Jan. 22, 1900.
Mrs. H. E. CADE daughter of Stephen and Edna Farley; born Sullivan Co., Tenn., May 28, 1825; married L. D. Cade in 1846; 7 children: She died January 27, 1900.
April 5, 1900
WILLIAM M. CARR died March 17, 1900 in Memphis, Tenn.; for nearly ten years the leader of the Sunday School Orchestra; member of the Third Presbyterian Church in Memphis.
Mrs. ALICE TEMPLE daughter of Rev. T. G. Freeman, No. Miss. Conference, died March 25, 1900 in Longtown, Miss.
Rev. W. G. E. CUNNYNGHAM, DD, died Nashville, Tenn., March 31, 1900; born Knox Co., Tenn., 1820; son of Rev. J. Cunnyngham; entered the Holston Conference as a preacher in 1843 but in 1852 went to China as one of the missionaries in the church's mission there; returned to the States and taught at Science Hill Academy in Shelbyville, Ky.; moved to Abingdon, Va., where he was a pastor; professor in Martha Washington College for several years and later preacher in Knoxville, Tenn.; retired in 1894. Also, a tribute of respect to his memory by the Woman's Board of Foreign Missions; undated. [His picture, a side-view, published in the April 19, 1900 issue, page 8]
JOHN C. FERRIS, SR. died in east Nashville, Tenn., March 30, 1900 in the 90th year of his age.
Cardinal LUIGI Dr CANOSSA, Roman Catholic Bishop of Verona; born in 1809; created cardinal in 1877; died in March 1900.
MARTIN VAN BUREN ALLISON son of John and Martha Allison; born Hart Co., Ga., Sept. 28, 1842; died St. Clair Co., Ala., Nov. 27, 1899; moved to Blount Co., Ala. in January 1859; served in Co. B, 28 Ala. Inf. Reg., CSA; married Jane A. Wood, July 31, 1865; moved to Springville, Ala. in 1867.
ELIZABETH DENTY born in Brunswick or Dinwiddie Co., Va., Jan. 24, 1813 and moved with parents to Tenn. in 1826; married Thomas J. Denty in 1833; she died April 6, 1899. She had one child, a daughter who married Capt. James E. Abernathy of Giles Co., Tenn. Her husband died in 1836.
HENRIETTA E. MOONEY, nee Tidwell; born Madison Co., Tenn., April 7, 1859; died Hickman, Ky., Dec. 27, 1899; married Thomas J. Mooney, Dec. 11, 1874; 5 children.
Rev. CHARLES C. USELTON born Nov. 15, 1870; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, at Huntingdon, Tenn., Mar. 23, 1893; died near Nebo, Tenn., Aug. 26, 1899.
MARY ELIZABETH ADAMS daughter of James H. and Tabitha Adams; born Aug. 17, 1887; died Jan. 22, 1900; typhoid fever.
LUCY ANN MILLER born Nov. 25, 1835; married W. H. Nance, Mar. 4, 1864; died Jan. 4, 1900; a wife and mother.
PEARL SHOFFNER daughter of F. M. and M. Shoffner; born Jan. 23, 1898; died Feb. 8, 1900.
DIALTHA NEWTON COLLINS, nee Casteele; born Dec. 28, 1824; moved with parents to Alabama in 1829; married James Crisman in 1846; moved to Texas in 1875; he died in 1877; 10 children; she married M. R. Collins, April 10, 1883; she died Arlington, Texas, Jan. 28, 1900.
NANCY ARRENAH ADAMS WRIGHT daughter of James H. and Tabitha Adams; born Jan. 24, 1877; died Jan. 29, 1900; married John H. Wright, March 1, 1897; one child that died.
OLLA C. TUCKER born Oct. 31, 1892; died Oct. 28, 1899; daughter of James and Eudora Tucker; granddaughter of Rev. O. P. Parker.
April 12, 1900
Rev. WILLIAM G. DAVIS, oldest member of the Tennessee Conference, died near Saundersville, Tenn., April 8, 1900 in his 85th year of age; a tribute to his memory by the Nashville Preachers' Meeting, dated April 9, 1900. [See May 24, 1900 issue, this publication.]
Rev. EPHRAIM E. HAMILTON son of Andrew and Jane Catherine Hamilton; born Abbeville, S.C., June 19, 1827, the youngest of 8 children; moved from S.C. to Itawamba Co., Miss. about 1844; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in summer of 1850 and filled many charges in the Memphis Conference, including Somerville, Brownsville, Jackson, Dyersburg and Holly Springs, Miss.; married (1) Elizabeth Poyner, Paris, Tenn., May 1854; (2) Annie Poyner, sister of his first wife who had died in 1855; first wife was mother of his children; died Dyersburg, Tenn., Jan. 6, 1900.
HATTIE TRUMP youngest daughter of I. B. Trump and wife, Jackson, Tenn., died Mar. 13, 1900.
JOHN DANIEL MOORE son of Rev. Jordan Moore, dec., Tenn. Conference; born Dickson Co., Tenn., Jan. 30, 1842; died Clarksville, Tenn., Feb. 2, 1900; moved to Clarksville about 1856; veteran of Confederate army; married Ellen Viser; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
SOPHIA A. WISEMAN, nee Hickman; born 1817; died Moore Co., Tenn., Jan. 2, 1900; married John Wiseman.
RICKS LUTTERLOH son of J. K. and Lennie Forgey Lutterloh, Jonesboro, Ark.; born Nov. 5, 1895 died Feb. 6, 1900.
April 19, 1900
MOLLIE KING wife of Hon. T. B. King, Brownsville, Tenn., died April 10, 1900; pneumonia.
WILLIS McKENDREE "Mack" STEVENSON born Giles Co., Tenn., Jan. 18, 1818; died Feb. 5, 1900; son of Rev. Elam Stevenson; the one, along with his wife, of ten children to take care of his parents when they were aged; he died at residence of daughter, Mrs. S. B. Loyd, Bolton, Tenn.; his sons, Baxter and James, took his remains to his native county for burial. Another son was Dr. E. H. Stevenson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
JANE ELIZABETH BENNETT, nee Coleman; born June 20, 1838; died Feb. 11, 1900; married; E. G. Bennett, Feb. 12, 1857; 2 daughters, 3 sons.
EVA M. SHAW daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Shaw; died Highlands, Ky., Jan. 27, 1900.
DORA E. CHUMBLER wife of A. L. Chumber; daughter of Rev. J. V. and Sallie Dycus; born Oct. 22, 1866; married Sept. 2l, 1887; died Feb. 4, 1900; 4 children.
Rev. GEORGE FREDERICK ADOLPHUS SPILLER, 1826-1899
Rev. GEORGE FREDERICK ADOLPHUS SPILLER was born December 29, 1826, at 43 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, England; was married to Miss Mary Ann Clark August 26, 1848, at St. Heller's, Isle of Jersey; was again married to Mrs. Sarah Jane Hood, November 11,
1862, near Antioch, Fayette County, Tenn. He emigrated from England to America November 27, 1855, landing January 1, 1856, at New York; was ordained an elder of the Methodist Protestant Church October 3, 1864, at Antioch, Fayette County, Tenn.; connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, February 5, 1871, at Macon, Fayette County, Tenn.; became a citizen of the United States by having naturalization granted him February 20, 1872; and closed his earthly career at Bartlett, Tenn., September 27, 1899. Brother Spiller was more than an ordinary man in cast of mind, strength of character; depth of thought, purity of life, and nobleness of spirit. He read a great deal, observed closely, and reached just conclusions. He had clear and strong convictions of right and duty, and could easily discriminate the between truth and error. His tongue and pen were often used in exposing error and revealing and defending the truth. In reference to his relation to the truth of God and doctrines of eternity his heart was fixed, and his faith never wavered. He stood on the Rock. The world was made better because of the life and character of Rev. George F. A. Spiller. His funeral service was held in the Methodist church at Bartlett by the writer on Thursday, September 28, 1899, after which the remains were taken to Fayette County, Tenn. and laid to rest by the side of buried loved ones, to await the resurrection of the just in that day when the redeemed of earth will be crowned with life eternal.
J. T. WIGGINS.
April 26, 1900
JOHN D. HOBSON, Somerville, Tenn.; died of pneumonia, April 2, 1900; businessman; survived by widow and two children.
Rev. JESSE G. RICE born Lincoln Co., Tenn., 1830; entered Methodist ministry in 1850; died Nashville, Tenn., April 17, 1900; married Josephine Plummer in 1855; among his children were Bruce L. Rice, lawyer; James G. Rice, Chattanooga; Rev. John S. Rice, Texas.
Rev. JAMES K. WOLFE, local Methodist preacher, Holston Conference; died Scott Co., Va., April 8, 1900 aged 53 years.
LUCY A. HEARN, nee Peterson; born Sparta, Tenn., June l5, 1833; died Talladega, Ala., Mar. 27, 1900; moved with parents to Tuscaloosa, Ala.; married Dr. W. C. Hearn, Aug. 8, 1850 and with him joined Methodist itinerancy in Dec. 1854.
Colonel A. L. [Ashley Lawrence] SPEARS born near Pikeville, Tenn., Mar. 29, 1842; married (1) Mattie J. Pitts, April 9, 1873; 3 children; his wife died Nov. 23, 1896; graduate, Cumberland University; sometime attorney-general of the Fourth Judicial District; a state legislator [House of Representatives, 1869-1873]; married (2) Willie Cummins, Dec. 28, 1897; he died Feb. 14, 1900.
ADOLPHUS CUNNINGHAM born Lake Co., Tenn., Feb. 14, 1860; married (1) Miss Stoner; 2 sons; (2) Mollie Farris; 2 daus., 1 son; died near Glass, Tenn., Dec. 22, 1899.
ELIZA J. SANDERS, nee Evans, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 8, 1841; married John C. Saunders, Dec. 7, 1865; moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 1884; died Nashville, Aug. 19, 1899; burial in Charlton Cemetery in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
JAMES S. HAYNES born Bedford Co., Tenn., Jan. 15, 1820; died near Newbern, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1899; married Annie Holder, Oct. 24, 1842; she survived him, aged 83 years; 2 daus., 2 sons.
FRANCIS ADALINE HEARN daughter of William H. and Susan Hearn; born Wilson Co., Tenn., Feb. 22, 1831; died Williamson Co., Illinois, Feb. l2, 1900; moved with mother to Williamson Co. in 1854; married Van Cleve Hendrickson, Oct. 25, 1865; 3 children.
MARTHA A. HOWARD born Hartford, Ky., August 27, 1836; married John W. Hewlett, Nov. 22, 1855; died January 23, 1900.
FRANCES A. LEAKE daughter of Thomas and Martha Corbett Harrison; born south Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 30, 1828; died Nashville, Mar. 6, 1900; married James L. Leake, July 7, 1842; 6 children, 2 surviving her, Mrs. Marchesa A. Edwards and Walter H. Leake, both of Chicago, Ill.; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.
SUSAN C. GRIFFITH daughter of Samuel and Mary Griffith; born near Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Sept. 13, 1812; died Dec. 23, 1899 in same locality of her birth. "She usually read her large Bible spread out upon her lap."
BENJAMIN ATWELL LOTTMER born Hartford, Conn., Jan. 25, 1812; died Haywood Co., Tenn., Feb. 17, 1900; when ten years old moved with parents to Sumner Co., Tenn.; moved to Gibson Co., Tenn. in 1869 and in 1871 to Haywood Co.; twice married; burial in Humboldt, Tenn.; children were J. M. Lottmer and Mrs. Mary L. Puckett.
S. D. BLANKENSHIP born Sept. 16, 1838; died Feb. 11, 1900; merchant in Smithville, Tennessee.
AMANDA M. CRAWFORD, nee McBee; born Nov. 8, 1842; died Feb. 18, 1900; married (1) John W. Morgan; 1 daughter, who died; (2) Charles Y. Crawford, April 30, 1870; 1 dau., 1 son.
FLEETA MILLER born May 16, 1894; died Jan. 28, 1900.
May 3, 1900
Reverend MARCUS LINDSEY, 1787-1833
A PIONEER METHODIST
(Biographical sketch of Rev. Marcus Lindsey, read by Rev. D. L. Collie at the dedication of the Marcus Lindsey Memorial Church, Louisville, Ky.)
Among the names that were prominent in the Methodist ministry in Kentucky, whom we can first remember, that of Marcus Lindsey ranked high. He was born in Ireland, December 26, 1787, but came to America with his parents when about ten years of age. His father settled in Kentucky on Licking River, near Leach's Station, where he remained until the Indians disappeared from the State, when he moved to a farm on the road from Newport to Falmouth, about seven miles from the former place. The mother of Marcus Lindsey was a member of the Baptist Church, and was endowed with a superior intellect; her mind was richly stored with knowledge, and she was distinguished for her enlarged and liberal views in reference to other denominations.
Favored with educational advantages enjoyed by but few young men of his day, and blessed with a great mind, it had been his own purpose, added to the wishes of his family, to prepare for the bar. His legal attainments were sufficient for him to have entered upon the practice of law, with flattering prospects of success. About the time he had completed his studies he was awakened, under the Methodist ministry, to a sense of his condition as a sinner, and sought and obtained mercy. He soon became impressed that the path of duty invited him to a higher and nobler work-- the preaching of the gospel. Brought up in the lap of plenty, he entered the Conference when he knew that sacrifices and suffering would confront him at every step. Listening only to the voice of duty, he faltered not. On one hand there were spread out the evergreen fields of wealth, of honor, of ease; on the other, a life of toil, of privation, of want, presenting itself to his view, but "he conferred not with flesh and blood," but "chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, because he had respect to the recompense of the reward."
At the Conference of 1810 he became an itinerant, and was appointed to the Hartford Circuit, with the sweet-spirited Blackman for his presiding elder. In 1811 he was sent to the hardy settlers along the banks of the Sandy River. In 1812 he was appointed to the Little Sandy. The hardships endured by the missionary in the mountain region nearly ninety years ago can scarcely be conceived by us. Mr. Lindsey murmured not. If he swam the swollen streams amid the piercing winds of winter or slept on the snow-carpeted earth-as he often did--he uttered no complaint. A dispensation of the gospel had been committed to him, and whether his mission led him to the homes of rich or poor, he faithfully discharged his duty.
At the Conference of 1813 he was appointed to the Union Circuit in Ohio, and the following year to the Marietta, where he remained for two years. In these fields of labor his ministry was greatly blessed-- two hundred were added to the Church. Among the many brought to Christ through his instrumentality while traveling the Marietta Circuit was John Stewart, a colored man "who went as the first missionary among the Wyandotte Indians." After an absence of three years Mr. Lindsey returned to Kentucky, and was elevated to the responsible position of presiding elder, in which he remained until the last year of his life. He spent at different times five years on the Salt River District, three years on the Green River, four years on the Kentucky, one on the Ohio, and three on the Cumberland.
Possessed of indomitable energy and untiring zeal, his mission divine, and his heart and faculties consecrated to the service of God, his entrance upon the word of the ministry was welcomed by the Church, and his career was destined to be brilliant. Early morn found him in his study investigating the great truths of the gospel and in a few years he became eminent among his brethren. His person commanding, his manners prepossessing, his voice strong, full, and musical, and familiar with all
the doctrines of the Word of God, he wielded a mighty influence for good wherever he went --and he went almost everywhere throughout Kentucky. The labors of his noble life were spent principally on large and extended districts, for which he was well qualified. Thoroughly acquainted with the government of the Church, an executive officer of high rank, with pulpit abilities scarcely equaled with a zeal that was almost boundless, a fine singer, powerful in exhortation and prayer, and devoted to the exercises of the altar, his quarterly meetings were at once invested with the highest importance. Mr. Lindsey was styled a doctrinal preacher. No man was more familiar with the doctrines of his Church than he, and all who knew him ranked him among the ablest polemics of the day. In controversy he indulged not in those asperities which so often dishonor the pulpit when opposing the views of others, but "with thoughts that breathe and words that burn," the weapons of truth wielded by him "were mighty in pulling down the strongholds of error." The errors of Calvinism, as well as the exclusive views held by the immersionists in regard to the subjects, mode, and design of baptism, disturbed the quiet of the Church in Mr. Lindsey's day; but before the potent weapons of truth as handled by him they disappeared as the snow before the rising sun. He laid his premises, marshaled his proofs; and drew his conclusions, and the sea of controversy was calm. He was also an excellent, practical preacher; in fact, he excelled in every department of ministerial work.
The appearance of cholera in the Old World awakened fearful apprehensions in the minds of many in this country, and as its march shortened the distance between it and the United States, the stories of its fearful ravages blanched many a countenance with terror. From the time that Mr. Lindsey first heard of the fearful scourge he entertained the thought that he would be numbered among its victims. In September of 1832 it made its appearance in the city of Louisville. At the Conference held at Harrodsburg in October 1832, the presiding bishop proposed to appoint him to Louisville. The long and valued services of Mr. Lindsey to the Church made it proper that he should be consulted in reference to his appointment. Willing as he had always been to accept any position assigned him, while he offered no resistance to the appointment that had been suggested, he expressed a preference for Shelbyville, and offered as his reason that he had strange apprehensions in regard to the cholera, and that Shelbyville had not been and would not probably be visited by it. He was appointed to Shelbyville and Brick Chapel Station. Immense crowds flocked to his ministry, and heard the gospel from his lips. If he vindicated the doctrines of Christianity, error paled and trembled before the power of truth; if infidelity met his withering glance, it stood speechless and offered no resistance; if he made his appeals to the ungodly, and told them of their doom, Sinai trembled to its base, while we almost heard the thunder of Jehovah's anger or saw the lightning’s vivid flash and the home of the lost. If he dwelt on the rewards of the blessed, the crown of immortality appeared in view. In his pastoral labors he visited the homes of wealth, and sought out the places of poverty, affliction, and, sorrow. While he did not neglect the rich, yet among the poor of his charge he was constantly found, ministering to their wants, and offering to them the sweet consolation of the cross.
The family of Mr. Lindsey did not remove with him to Shelbyville, but remained on his farm in Washington county about fifty miles from his charge. The summer of 1833 will long be remembered in Kentucky. The fearful cholera had come, "and the angel of death had spread his wings on the blast," and from city, village, and hamlet went up the melancholy wail of sorrow. Many hearts were burdened, and many tears bedewed the cheeks of weeping ones bereft of those whom they loved. The impression that he would fall by the scourge so fastened itself on his mind, that nothing could erase it. In the month of February before his death he wrote on one of the inside doors of his family room in a bold, strong hand, which can yet be read, "I shall die with cholera in the summer or fall of 1833," and then signed his name. His last sermon to the Shelbyville Church was delivered under touching circumstances. The cholera had reached the neighborhood in which his family resided, his neighbors were dying, and he could not stay away. The parting scene was a sad one. "Duty and affection call me to my home," said he; "my neighbors are dying with none to offer them the consolations of religion or to speak words of comfort to the bereaved and sorrowing. I may see you no more, and I think I will not, but I commend you to God, and bid you farewell." His words were few the entire audience was in tears.
On his arrival at home all he had heard was fully realized, the scourge was passing through the neighborhood, and the rude footprints of death were to be seen all around, and yet there was no abatement. If Mr. Lindsey, in view of his presentiments, had been cautious when danger was afar off, now it was at hand he threw off all reserve, and met each oft-recurring peril with a calm and fearless intrepidity. As an angel of mercy he passed through the community by day and by night, visiting the sick, praying with the dying, and pointing their fading eyes to the "land afar off." Many families mourned their loved and lost. His family, too, put on their deepest weeds of mourning. The strong arm on which they had leaned was palsied in death. Marcus Lindsey was no more. Worn down by his unremitting attention to others, he lived but a short time when attacked by cholera; but those few hours were crowned with joy and triumph to the dying saint. Looking upon the little group around him, he turned to his weeping wife, and said: "I had hoped to live to help you with these little ones, but God has called me home."
He is buried in a beautiful grove near Thomas’s Meetinghouse, where his family worshiped, about six miles from Lebanon. On his gravestone is the following inscription:
To the memory of
THE Rev. MARCUS LINDSEY,
Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church
He filled the office twenty-three tears with dignity.
He died a most triumphant death,
July 27, 1833,
Aged 45 years, 7 months, 1 day.
On the first day of the following September a sermon was preached on the occasion of his death in Shelbyville to a large audience by his intimate friend and fellow-laborer, Rev. Jonathan Stamper. "The loss of Mr. Lindsey was deeply felt by the Church in Kentucky; for a great man had fallen in Israel in the prime of his life, and in the midst of his usefulness…His personal appearance was commanding, in height fully six feet; of herculean frame and weighing over two hundred pounds. His hair was black, his complexion dark, with a high forehead and brilliant black eyes. His nose was very large and his mouth delicately formed. He was a member of every General Conference from the time he was eligible till the time of his death."
The Hon. Samuel Averitt, of this city, speaks of Marcus Lindsey as "that mental giant, the pioneer and founder of Methodism in Kentucky, a Demosthenes modernized and transferred from the forum to the Kentucky log churches and schoolhouses, whose fervid eloquence and powerful mental individuality did more to christianize the Kentucky backwoodsman than was ever accomplished by any other single man and who was prevented from being made bishop in the Methodist Church only by his untimely taking off by cholera in 1833, before he had reached the age of eligibility to that high office."
When Mr. Lindsey was dying, he called all the family around the bed to bid them farewell. He addressed only one of them by name. Placing his hand upon the head of little Catharine (now Mrs. Catharine Wilson, who was said to bear a striking resemblance to her father), he said: "May the Lord save you, my child, though it be as by fire!"
Speaking of this incident a few days ago, as she told me many things about her noble father, with deep emotion she said: "This seems to have been prophetical upon the part of my father." I am sure the facts justify the conclusion. I have known Sister Wilson intimately for more than seventeen years, and during all this time she has been an invalid, and most of the time a great sufferer. It has been her lot to pass through the fiery furnace of suffering. But amid it all she has had the comforting assurance of knowing "whom she has believed and is fully persuaded that he is able to keep that which she has committed unto him against that day." Confined to her room most of the time, and denied the privilege of beholding the beautiful light of day, yet her faith is triumphant, and with joyful anticipations she looks forward to the dawning of that eternal day of peace and rest, and to a happy reunion with loved ones over there. With profound gratitude to Almighty God we remember tonight that it was through her generosity that we have and enjoy this beautiful Marcus Lindsey Memorial Church. We honor the memory of her sainted father, and we are glad in our hearts that our Church bears the name of such a great and good man.
Miss LAURA HAYGOOD granddaughter of Bishop Atticus G. [Greene] Haygood, dec.; a dedicated teacher in China died in April 1900. [In May 10, 1900 issue, page 2, is a lengthy panegyric in her memory, noting her death in the McTyeire Home (School], Shanghai, China, April 29, 1900; by Woman's Board of Foreign Missions adopted soon after her demise. The useful career of this lady, born in Watkinsville, Ga., Oct. 14, 1845, describing her efforts to prepare "Chinese girls" for teaching, is in a sketch under her name in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD METHODISM, edited by Nolan B. Harmon, Nashville, 1973, volume one, pages 1100-1101.]
Rev. J. G. RICE, pastor of South Street Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn., died April 17, 1900; joined the Tennessee Conference in 1848.
DESDEMONIA S. BURDINE, nee Stegall; born near Smithville, Miss., Jan. 21, 1852; married John C. Burdine, Feb. 1, 1871; died near Smithville, Feb. 2, 1900.
Mrs. C. T. RUTHERFORD wife of W. N. Rutherford, Whitney, Texas; born middle Tenn., 1836; married April 4, 1861; moved to Hill Co., Texas in 1868; 1 child; died Feb. 9, 1900.
EZRA BOSWELL born Iowa, May 4, 1823; died Mar. 28, 1900; married Sarah Ann Connelly, Aug. 23, 1846; 5 children.
May 10, 1900
"Some Old Time Negroes," an article by John Wilson
But I started to write of some old-time negroes remembered by me. First and foremost I will mention Aunt Amy, who was a superannuated member of our family. She was but one remove from Africa, her father being a native of that country. When she was quite old she was given a comfortable, well furnished room, and was tenderly cared for by her children and grandchildren. It was the delight of the white children of the family to visit Aunt Amy and listen to animal stories that were told by her father. The "Uncle Remus" stories, now so popular, have a striking likeness to those told us by the old negro. We could hardly believe some of the stories, but we learned by experience that it was dangerous to dispute with her. "I raised your father and whipped him, and will whip you if you don’t behave" caused us to pretend to accept as true most improbable stories. If we "fooled after her" too much, she would carry her threat into execution, and it was useless to appeal from her decision. "You let Amy alone, and she will let you alone" was about all the comfort we would get from our father and mother. We had many negroes, but they were not profitable to us financially. My father threatened once to free them all and send them to Indiana, but the pleading of Millie, a faithful house servant, prevented. "Master," she said, "we have had a meeting, and have all determined to do better, if you will not free us. We would starve to death in Indiana." They were not freed.
Dick Parsons was a negro who owned a number of negroes, and there were no idlers among them. He was the owner of freight boats, which run from Richmond to Lynchburg, and was considered so reliable that he would be employed in preference to white boatmen. It happened once that some of his boats were sunk, owing to a defective lock in the canal, and he recovered from the Canal Company about eleven thousand dollars for damage to goods belonging to Lynchburg merchants. I am not informed whether Dick Parsons was born free, but it is my impression that he was a slave and purchased his freedom. He was very black, as I remember, but must have been a man of more than ordinary force of character.
Joe Fairfax was a tall black negro who owned two six-horse teams, which were driven by white men. His hauling was from Knoxville, Tenn., to Lynchburg, Va., and he was generally prosperous. On his last trip to Lynchburg he told my father that he was financially embarrassed, and voluntarily turned over two wagon loads of bacon in payment of a debt. He appreciated the kindness and forbearance of my father, and paid his account in full.
Champ Bryant was a negro who drove a team of six horses that was not surpassed by any on the road. Large and fat, and well cared for, the team was the admiration of all. Champ always carried with him a "ready reckoner," to which he would refer when settlements were made.
In the olden time there were negroes in Wytheville, Va., who had excellent standing. Among the number I recall Ambrose and Adam, whose other names I never knew. These negroes had a combination establish-
ment consisting of a barber shop and a confectionary. They were rated well commercially, and were well esteemed by the white people. Ambrose was large and yellow, and somewhat pompous, while Adam was small and very black. Adam was the barber, and was noted as being a little bit slow in manipulating the razor. It was told by a waggish fellow that he went to sleep under the gentle touches of Adam one Christmas morning, and being aroused by an unusual noise was assured by the barber that there was nothing wrong, "only the boys celebrating the Fourth of July." Adam went to Connecticut at the close of the war, but why he joined himself to those people I have never known.
Jim Gaines was an aristocratic negro who did me the honor to wait on my room. Jim told me once that he would not belong to a certain man, and it is my opinion that he would have suicided in preference to having such a master. The man in question had come up—not very far up—from obscurity, and having made money, was buying negroes. Jim’s master was growing old, and he feared that death might remove his protector and place him on the market. "Poor white folks and free negroes" were an abomination to Jim, and to all aristocratic slave negroes.
The man not born in the South will never understand how very proud the negro was who belonged to an influential family. The old-time negro was a good judge of "quality," and with genuine pleasure would serve the visiting stranger whose bearing betokened good breeding.
Nashville, Tenn., March 26, 1900
THOMAS JONATHAN BURFORD NEELY son of Rev Thomas Jefferson and Allie Collins Neely born Hardeman Co., Tenn., Mar. 10, 1833; died Whiteboro, Texas, July 23, 1899; had been a master mason since 1856; married (1) Mary Baird; (2) Augusta Mease (died 1876), Jan. 6 1870; 1 dau.; (3) Harriet Hart, June 23, 1881 moved to Limestone Co., Texas in 1877 but soon moved to Whiteboro.
FANNIE E. BROWN widow of Rev. Thomas F. Brown (died 1882); daughter of John and Jane Kenney; born in residence of her great-uncle, Rev. Thomas L. Douglass near Franklin, Tenn. [date not given]; died near Bethel, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1899; reared in Florence, Alabama; moved with parents to Center Bar, Ala. where she taught school; married in 1870; stepmother of A. P. Brown and Rev. E. W. Brown.
JANE BOYD LILLY born July 17, 1815; married (1) John Randle (died August 13, 1848) of Stewart Co., Tenn., Nov. 6, 1832; several children; (2) Colonel Thomas Lilly, Henry Co., Tenn., 1854; moved to Texas in 1879 and died in residence of son, Dr. G. H. Randle in Waco, January 20, 1900.
EMMELINE BRUCE BOARD daughter of Hiram and Mary Bruce; born Breckinridge Co., Ky., Sept. 4, 1832; married J. S. Morris, Aug. 2, 1849; 1 dau., Mrs. William Hensley; married S. V. R. Board, Jan. 1, 1860; 1 dau, Mrs. Coleman Haswell; 1 son. She died February 8, 1900.
LUMKIN T. LEAK son of F. T. and S. S. Leak; born Benton Co., Miss., Dec. 23, 1878; died Lafayette Co., Miss., Mar. 7, 1900; his mother died when he was quite young, leaving his father with 3 daus., 2 sons and he helped with their support and comfort.
J. J. DRISKILL died Todd Co., Ky., Feb. 18, 1900; married 15 years ago to Mattie E. Leigh who survived him.
OMA PEARL FAIR daughter of Rev. J. A. and M. A. Fair; born Benton Co., Ark., Nov. 23, 1884; died Feb 12, 1900 in residence of uncle, Rev. George F. Fair.
MARY PEGRAM wife of R. W. Pegram; died Pegram, Tenn., Mar. 9, 1900; wife and mother.
May 17, 1900
Rev. R. G. RAINEY born Rowan Co., North Carolina, June 28, 1820; his mother's name was Mary Morgan Rainey; his father died when he was an infant and he went to Mecklenburg Co., Va. where they had lived and moved to Madison Co., Tenn. when he was five years old; married (1) Terry Butler (died Mar. 14, 1856), Nov. 28, 1843; 5 children; (2) Mary Walsh, Jan. 1, 1857; 6 children; joined Methodist Church Sept. 8, 1844; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1848 and admitted to Memphis Conference in 1851; ordained deacon in 1853; ordained elder in 1855; in 1877 transferred to Texas Conference and retired about 1885.
THOMAS P. HOFFNOGLE, Abingdon, Virginia; born Dec. 26, 1812; died Mar. 13, 1900; for years a trustee of Martha Washington College; surviving him was his widow.
RICHARD IVY "Uncle Ivy" SEWELL born Franklin Co., Ga., April 13, 1809; died Alexander City, Ala., April 19, 1900; moved to Merriwether Co., Ga., and in 1873 to the town where he died; married Martha Adline Lee in 1847.
MEMORY A. JONES wife of T. G. Jones, Jr., died Feb. 22, 1900; daughter of Rev. John L. Marks, No. Alabama Conference; born July 28, 1865; married Dec. 23, 1883; 3 children.
ROSOLIE A. BOYKIN, nee Wilson; born June 8, 1833; married J. H. E. Boykin, Nov. 9, 1855; 6 daus., 3 sons; died Feb. 25, 1900, Gadsden, Tenn.
FRANCES M. SMITH, nee Bell,; born Purdy, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1864; moved to Texas with her mother and stepfather in 1879; married Professor S. T. Smith, June 30, 1885; died Fannin Co., Texas, Jan. 17, 1900.
WINNIE PEARL WILSON daughter of C. C. and Ella B. Harp; born Milburn, Ky., July 29, 1877; married Edward M. Wilson, Dec. 25, 1896; died Nov. 15, 1899; 1 son, eighteen months old.
L. A. CHILDRESS born Tenn., Nov. 22, 1818; married Margaret Hank, 1845; died Dec. 27, 1899; husband and father.
MARY ELIZABETH BRADFORD BERNARD born Oct. 20, 1827; married Judge J. T. Bernard, Tallahassee, Fla., Nov. 28, 1850; died Mar. 8, 1900; 3 daus. 1 son.
SUSAN ANN WEST, nee Colier, born Feb. 2, 1833; died Mar. 8, 1900; married (1) John G. Billingsley in 1854; (2) Judge P. M. West, Jan. 1882; several children.
Mrs. J. W. COKER born DeKalb Co., Ga., Mar. 9, 1830; died Rome, Ga., Dec. 19, 1899.
The infant daughter of Henry and Hattie McKelvy died Mar. 18, 1900 aged 15 weeks.
May 24, 1900
Rev. M. M. TAYLOR, retired Methodist preacher, Memphis Conference, died Milan, Tenn., May 19, 1900 aged about 63 years old.
Rev. WILLIAM G. DORRIS born in Ky., May 6, 1815; died near Nashville, Tenn., April 8, 1900; a man with graceful personal carriage and "possessing a strikingly handsome face"; while on a trip to Philadelphia for a partnership mercantile business in Decatur, Ala. he had an endorsement for credit by a successful merchant of Huntsville, Ala.; becoming a Methodist preacher he entered the Tennessee Conference in October 1849; retired from the ministry.
ISABELLA MALVIN HAVELY daughter of Rev. W. C. Graves; born August 20, 1849; married J. H. Havely Dec. 24, 1877; died Morristown, Tenn., Mar. 11, 1900; of the ten children of his parents only three now survived, Miss Lou Graves, Messrs. J. P. and H. B. Graves; mention of her own children having predeceased her.
WILLIAM A. WALKER born Morgan Co., Ala., Mar. 10, 1839; married Martha S. Edmondson, Sept. 19, 1849; died Eastport, Miss., Mar. 17, 1900; his oldest son, James Walker, mentioned.
MICHAEL FISHER WILLIAMS born Oct. 12, 1820; married Martha Gillie Ann Harris, Jan. 27, 1848; died Feb. 19, 1900; three children, with only a daughter surviving him.
JULIA HALL wife of J. G. Hall; daughter of Dr. C. I. and Elmer Oates; born Duplin Co., N.C., Mar. 28, 1851; married John G. Hall, Nov. 6, 1867; moved to Fulton Co., Ky.; died near Cayce, Ky., Feb. 28, 1900.
M. A. WILLIAMS widow of Rev. Jeremiah Williams; born Coweta Co., Ga., Oct. 8, 1821; died Memphis, Tenn. in residence of son, F. T. Williams, Dec. 24, 1899.
W. L. HARRIS born Madison Co., Tenn., July 15, 1848; married Alice Phillips in 1881; died Mar. 6, 1900; pneumonia.
LYDIA RUTLAND member of Methodist Church at Buntyn, Tenn.; born Shelby Co., Tenn., 1832; daughter of Colonel Joseph and Lydia A. Graham; died recently; survived by 7 sons.
MARY J. SHAW wife of Nicholas Shaw; died Mar. 16, 1900 aged 44 years; survived by widower and 9 children.
Hon. JOHN W. OGILVIE born Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 28, 1825; moved with parents to Calloway Co., Ky.; twice married; died Feb. 7, 1900.
SAMUEL PEEPLES born Montgomery Co., Tenn., July 4, 1808; died Gardner, Tenn. in residence of youngest son, Forest L. Peeples, Mar. 14, 1900; brother-in-law of Joshua Gardner; had 2 sons.
LAVINIA WILLIAMS daughter of David and Sarah Williams; born Beford Co., Tenn., Sept. 6, 1839; died Feb. 25, 1900. "Her devotion to her mother was beautiful."
May 31, 1900
JAMES W. JOPLIN born Bedford Co., Va., 1807; died Elizabethtown, Ky. in residence of daughter, Mrs. Bettie J. Martin, May 12, 1900; all six of her sons were Confederate veterans.
Rev. EDWARD VERTEGANS born London, England, July 3, 1814; died Saltville, Va., February 1900; joined the Wesleyans in 1832; married Maria Stringer, Nov. 5, 1835 in Manchester Cathedral; migrated to U.S. in April 1847 and settled at Guyandotte, W. Virginia; 8 children, only one, Dr. G. S. Vertegans and a granddaughter, Miss Bettie Wagg, survived him; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1858; chaplain of 16th Virginia Cavalry, CSA; member of Holston Conference.
Rev. RICHARD HILL born March 2, 1822; married Lucinda C. Hill, Jan. 14, 1842; died Feb. 18, 1900; grandson of Rev. Green Hill in whose residence the first Methodist Conference in No. Carolina was held April 20, 1785 near Louisburg. His grandfather moved to 14 miles north of Nashville in 1796. Rev. Richard Hill spent most of his life in Haywood Co., Tenn. where he was a magistrate in Civil District One for thirty-six years; served in the state legislature [House of Representatives, 1861-1863]; married, he had five children; a local Methodist preacher for years he joined the Memphis Conference as an itinerant preacher (6 years) but located on account of his health.
Tribute of Respect for Dr. STEPHEN E. H. DANCE who died Mar. 20, 1900; a former superintendent of the Sunday School at Lynchburg Methodist Church, that memorialized him; undated.
Tribute of Respect for Mrs. MIAMA D. DANCE who died Mar. 26, 1900 just 6 days after her husband [just above]; by Lunchburg, Tenn. Methodist Sunday School; undated.
ANNIE E. PATTILLO daughter of Rev. W. T. Pattillo and wife; born June 10, 1868; graduate, Huntsville, Ala. Female College, June 1889; married Dr. Charles S. Northern, Ashland, Alabama, Dec. 22, 1889; in latter town she died Mar. 29, 1900; wife and mother.
W. P. "Port" FOLLIS born Sept. 6, 1824; died Dec. 18, 1899; married Mary Oliver, Dec. 12, 1847; 1 son, 1 dau. (deceased).
BEULAH WALLACE daughter of J. J. and Josie Yeates; born Jan. 12, 1869; alumna, Huntsville, Ala. Female College; married Prof. J. S. Wallace, Agricultural and Mechanical College, Dec. 27, 1894; children: Harris, aged 5 years; Beulah, a few weeks old; died Starkville, Miss., Feb. 27, 1900.
O. K. HICKS, Madison Co., Tenn., died Mar. 31, 1900 in his 40th year of age; surviving were his widow and 3 daus., 1 son.
THOMAS HERRING DUPREE son of Dr. H. T. and Margaret Dupree; born July 10, 1871; died Apr. 24, 1900
BETTIE P. DICKINSON youngest daughter of C. M. and Mary Cason; born Mar. 3, 1867; married J. D. Dickinson, Oct. 17, 1894; died Mar. 21, 1900; 1 son and 2 stepsons; burial in Henderson Cem.
MASSIE L. COLEMAN, nee Penuel; born Tipton Co., Tenn., Mar. 16, 1832; married Wasner A. Coleman, Oct. 31, 1849; died Mar. 28, 1900 in residence of son, Rev. Charles A. Coleman, Memphis Conf.
JAMES BOYD CAMPBELL born in Ky., Aug. 28, 1820; died Tipton Co., Tenn., Jan. 30, 1900; burial in family graveyard near Simonton, Tenn.; husband and father (1 son, several daughters).
June 7, 1900
Colonel C. P. ATMORE died Louisville, Ky., May 28, 1900; an Englishman and son of Rev. William C. Atmore, Wesleyan preacher; grandson of Rev. Charles Pawson Atmore, also a "stanch Methodist"; for many years the general passenger agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. [A panegyric, written by J. Morris, appeared in the June 21, 1900 issue, page 13.]
Mrs. JOHN G. GIBSON wife of the Methodist preacher of this name; born Mar. 21, 1836; married August 31, 1853; died Lawrence Co., Tenn., Feb. 10, 1900; 9 children, 2 surviving her.
CORNELIA BRYSON daughter of William and Althia Swain Siler; born Aug. 4, 1830; died Waynesboro, N.C. in residence of daughter, Mrs. Cora Christy, Mar. 19, 1900; married Major J. H. Bryson, Dec. 19, 1848; mentions "the high esteem in which she was held by the Cherokee Indians who lived near her home on the Cartoogachaye." Burial at Andrews beside her husband and daughter.
WILLIAM G. SUTTON son of Thomas and Sarah Sutton; born Fayette Co., Tenn., Nov. 15, 1853; died Monroe Co., Ark., Feb. 23, 1900; being the youngest child, he lived with his sister, Mrs. Sue Kerr, who "cared for him till her death." Burial in Macedonia Cemetery. A sister, Mrs. R. B. Cavett, lived in Paris, Tenn.
GEORGE W. ADAMS born Halifax Co., Va., Sept. 18, 1827; moved to Weakley Co., Tenn.; married Rebecca Glasgow, Jan. 23, 1851; died near Martin, Tenn., April 10, 1900; 5 daus., 5 sons.
Rev. JOHN ALLEY born Aug. 11, 1825; died Sequatchie Valley, Tenn. in residence of son, W. T. Alley, April 10, 1900; as a Methodist preacher admitted to Holston Conference in 1847; married Elizabeth Kirkland, 1849; she predeceased him by about a year; had spent most of his time in Sequatchie Valley. "I expect that he married more people and preached more funeral sermons than any other Methodist preacher that ever lived in this valley." (so said A. D. Stewart)
ELLINOR CRAWFORD daughter of A. H. and R. A. Crawford; born Auburn, Ala., Jan. 18, 1870; died April 2, 1900; moved to Talladega Co., Ala. in 1886 where she lived and died.
FANNIE E. McCLELLAN born Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 3, 1829; daughter of Charles B. and Martha (Old) Porter who died when she was young and she was reared by a grandmother in Va.; on a visit to Somerville, Tenn. she met and married Dr. Thomas G. McClellan, Aug. 29, 1848; 5 children, 2 surviving her; died in Kaufman, Texas where she had lived for five years, Feb. 20, 1900; burial in Somerville, Tenn.
VINES LUCAS COLLIER born West Feliciana Parish, La., May 4, 1822; died Sumner Co., Tenn., April 5, 1900; moved to. Tenn. with his parents in 1833; married (1) Susan E. Jones, Sept. 9, 1847; 6 children, a son and 2 daughters of whom survived him; (2) Louisa Watkins, Oct. 15, 1863; 4 children, 2 surviving him.
LOU VICEY WARMACK born Feb. 2, 1840; married John D. Phipps, May 29, 1860; 12 children; 8 surviving her; died Goodlettsville, Tenn., March 6, 1900.
Dr. C. J. COX born Mercer Co., Ky., Feb. 17, 1857; graduate, Baptist College, Clinton, Ky., 1876; graduate, Medical College at Louisville, Ky., June 2, 1884; married Belle White of Weakley Co., Tenn. in 1886; practiced medicine in Dyer, Tenn. for several years, then at Nauvoo, Tenn.; died St. Louis, MO, Mar. 4, 1900; surviving him were his widow and daughter.
BELLE GOODNER daughter of J. J. and Martha Goodner; born Nov. 25, 1864; died Mar. 26, 1900; buried in a white casket.
LAURA CARTER, nee Bramer; born Crittenden Co., Ky., Aug. 2, 1865; died Fulton Co., Ky., Feb. 25, 1900; married L. M. Carter, Dec. 24, 1885; 4 children.
Tribute of Respect for VICEY ANN PHIPPS who died in Goodlettsville, Tenn., Mar. 6, 1900 in her 60th year of age; by the local Methodist Home Mission Society; undated.
JAMES AIKIN DICKSON born Dickson Co., Tenn., Aug. 18, 1848; married Ellen Moore, July 12, 1870; 8 children, two of whom, Clara and Nelle, predeceased him; he died near Trenton, Ky., April 9, 1900.
June 14, 1900
SARAH BAIRD TAYLOR wife of former Tennessee governor, Robert L. Taylor, died Knoxville, Tenn., June 4, 1900.
Rev. Dr. JOHN C. LOWRIE, long a Presbyterian missionary in India, died East Orange, New Jersey, May 31, 1900 aged 92 years; went to India in 1833 and later returned to the States and served as the assistant secretary on the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions; in 1850 he was appointed secretary of the same board and so served until he retired in 1891; author of four books about missions.
Dr. CHARLES HUNTER ROSS son of Rev. B. B. Ross, dec.; born Tuskegee, Ala., Oct. 14, 1867; died El Paso, Texas, Feb. 23, 1900; graduate, Johns Hopkins University (Ph. D.), 1892; taught there and then at Marvin College, Ky., Southwestern University in Texas, Alabama Polytechnic Institute.
Rev. ROBERT PAINE DICKERSON born Franklin Co., Va., April 9, 1820; the eldest of nine children of Josiah W. and Patty Campbell Dickerson; she was the daughter of Sir Thomas Campbell, Dublin, Ireland; alumnus, Randolph-Macon College; received his medical degree in 1844 and moved to Jackson, Tenn.; married Mrs. Martha Wilkins Hobbs; served as supervising surgeon
on General Sterling Price's staff during Civil War; moved to Paris, Tenn. in 1868; practiced medicine and served as editor of the Paris INTELLIGENCER; licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1854; moved to Orlando, Fla. in 1882 where he died April 29, 1900.
ISABELLA CORNELIUS born Logan Co., Ky., May 25, 1837; daughter of H. F. and Jane Cornelius; married John H. Gooch, April 15, 1856; died Mar. 25, 1900; 4 sons, several daus.
THEO. COLYAR, nee Neal; born Va., Mar. 14, 1865; died St. Peter's Hospital, Helena, Montana, Mar. 17, 1900; daughter of Rev. W. W. Neal, Holston Conference; married George T. Coylar, Tracy City, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1881. Burial in Butte, Montana where she had lived since Nov. 1896.
MORD P. SHORT born and reared in Panola Co., Miss.; married Climmie Tucker; died Apr. 5, 1900.
SARAH McCLELLAND born in Va., 1832; died near Lewisburg, Tenn., April 10, 1900, the last survivor of a family of eleven children; moved with parents to Tenn. when four years old; member of Cornersville, Tenn. Methodist Church.
ALICE FREEMAN daughter of Rev. T. G. Freeman, No. Miss. Conference; born Benton Co., Miss., Sept. 11, 1872; married James H. Temple, Aug. 20, 1897; died a week after the death of her firstborn child, Durant, Miss., Mar. 25, 1900.
FRANCES M. KEYS, nee Watkins, born Calloway Co., Ky., July 14, 1843; died near Almo, Ky., April 13, 1900; burial in family graveyard near Shiloh, Ky.; married Ben C. Keys, June 10, 1860; 6 daughters.
KATE HANSBRAUGH CAMERON, nee Armstrong; born Bellefonte, Ala., May 7, 1836; married (1) William B. Fariss (died 1860) at age 18 years; (2) Wm. E. Cameron (died July 13, 1886), July 15, 1879; one son, Harrie C. Fariss of Attala, Ala., where she died Mar. 4, 1900; taught school for several years.
ADOLPHUS SCOTT ATKINS born McNairy Co., Tenn., Aug. 28, 1854; died Arkadelphia, Apr. 21, 1900; husband and father.
DR. WILLIAM D. TAYLOR son of James A. and Caroline M. Taylor; born Madison Co., Tenn., Sept. 1, 1850; graduate, St. Louis Dental College, 1875; practiced in Brownsville, Tenn.; married Helen Bond, June 26, 1879; 6 children; died Brownsville, Tenn., March 16, 1900.
GEORGIA A. JUDD daughter of Tillman C. and Elizabeth Bettis; born Memphis, Tenn., August 11, 1850; died March 17, 1900; married C. W. Judd,. April 25, 1886; 3 daus., 1 son.
MARY HANNAH GREEN widow of Rev. A. L. P. Green, Texas Conference; died Bastrop, Texas, April 28, 1900 aged 57 years, 1 month and 13 days old [March 15, 1843]; burial in Fairview, Texas.
NARCISSUS PEELER wife of Andrew J. Meals; born June 4, 1859; died April 12, 1900; 4 children; she died "only three hours before her husband."
ANDREW J. MEALS born Henderson Co., Tenn., Jan. 21, 1856, where he lived his entire life; died April 12, 1900, shortly after his wife died; 2 daus., 2 sons; two brothers and two sisters also survived him.
Tribute of Respect for GEORGE M. WEATHERLY who died recently; by Acono, Miss. Methodist Sunday School, dated May 6, 1900, nothing his "long life."
H. H. ESTES died Cross Plains, Tenn., April 17, 1900 aged about 59 years; a freemason; husband.
June 21, 1900
MARTIN G. TUCKER died Nashville, Tenn., June 19, 1900.
Rev. W. R. DAVIS born Giles Co., Tenn., Nov. 11, 1823; died Ridgway, Texas, April 9, 1900; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1845; ordained deacon in 1849; ordained elder in 1856; local preacher for years he entered the La. Conference in 1856; transferred to Texas Conference in 1862, then to East Texas Conference in 1864; charter member of No. Texas Conference in 1867; located for two years; re-entered itinerant ministry in 1869; located in 1872; re-entered itinerant ministry in 1882; retired in 1887; married Lucy D. Rutland in 1848; 7 children, 1 son surviving him.
Mrs. JOHN F. HOUSE daughter of L. B. arid Catharine Beech; born Williamson Co., Tenn., July 27, 1829; married John F. House, a lawyer, Jan. 7, 1851; her husband served in the U.S. House of Representatives for "a series of terms." She had a daughter who died at age 6 months. She had helped raise a black girl, Katie, who had also died. She died April 12, 1900.
MARY JANE MEWBORN, nee Long; born near Huntsville, Ala., Sept. 10, 1821; died April 18, 1900; married Charlton A. Mewborn, August 1835 and moved to Fayette Co., Tenn. in 1843; 16 children, 7 surviving her; 42 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren survived her. One son, J. C. Mewborn, mentioned by name.
MARY JOHNSON married Dr. Julius Johnson, Lawrence Co., Ala., Dec. 13, 1843 (1 dau., 5 sons, among them Rev. Eugene Johnson); died Jackson, Tenn. in residence of daughter, Mrs. J. S. Swayne, March 5, 1900. [Their tombstone in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson reads: Dr. Julius Johnson, April 5, 1819-August 14, 1880. Mary Howson wife of Julius Johnson, Sept. 1, 1820-Mar. 5, 1900.]
ALMIRA H. McKISSACK, nee Hardeman; born Williamson Co., Tenn., May 30, 1845; married A. McKissack, Spring Hill, Tenn., Sept. 1, 1888; died March 31, 1900; no children.
WILLIAM LEVI ROGERS oldest son of L. S. Rogers; born Tippah Co., Miss., July 14, 1873; married Annie May Nisbet, Nov. 10, 1896; 1 son; died New Albany, Miss., March 30, 1900.
HERMAN A. WHITNEL son of D. J. and J. P. Whitnel; born Mar. 16, 1880; died March 11, 1900.
JAMES H. BARNHILL son of T. H. and H. C. Barnhill, Graves Co., Ky.; born May 30, 1879; died Dec. 5, 1899; burial "at old Sharon."
MONROE MONTS son of William and Sallie Monts; born Lee Co., Miss., Aug. 2, 1885; died April 28, 1900. Hester, Texas.
ELLEN HAMLIN, nee Keys; daughter of Rev. Ben C. and Frances M. Keys; born Calloway Co., Ky., Sept. 1, 1864; married C. S. Hamlin, Jan. 23, 1900; died near Almo, Ky., April 22, 1900; burial near Shiloh, Ky.
June 28, 1900
Rev. JAMES E. ANDREWS died June 13, 1900. Alabama Conference.
Colonel JOHN WESLEY O'REAR born January 3, 18717; died Montgomery Co., Ky., Dec. 30, 1899; never married; father, John O'Rear, came from Virginia and settled on "the farm at the head of Hinkston, occupied since by John W. and Joseph C. O'Rear." His mother was Tamar daughter of William Calk, first resident of Montgomery Co., Ky. He served as colonel of 31st Ky. Volunteers at one time. He was the ninth in a family of ten children, only one surviving him, Joseph C. O'Rear with whom he shared property and earnings; devoted to one another; member of the Methodist Church for over 60 years.
GODFREY S. NEWSOM died Nashville, Tenn., April 7, 1900 aged 86 years.
MONROE B. ELDER born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 12, 1817; moved to Gibson Co., Tenn. in 1832; until Civil War he was a merchant in Trenton but afterwards farmed; married Lucy Baber, Nov. 2, 1836; she died June 14, 1893; 5 daus., 3 sons. He died in Memphis in residence of his daughter, Mrs. Patterson, May 4, 1900; burial in Trenton, Tenn. [Corrected obituary in July 5, 1900 issue, page 17.]
RACHEL WATKINS MOREMEN born Big Spring, Ky., June 18, 1811; married Alanson Moremen, Mar. 8, 1827; joined Methodist Church at Brandenburg, Ky., 1830, near which place she died May 21, 1900; 11 children, the oldest child being 73 years old and the youngest 44 years old; she and her husband "were equal partners in life, each laboring to embrace the happiness of the other."
REBECCA SHANNON BOWEN daughter of James and Lucinda Buchanan; born June 28, 1822; married Jerry Bowen, esquire, Oct. 25, 1848; 9 children, 5 surviving her; died May 22, 1900.
ROBERT E. ELLIS son of B. R. and Sarah Ellis; born Shelby Co., Tenn., Aug. 6, 1850; died Capleville Tenn., May 12, 1900; married Emmett the youngest daughter of Rev. L. D. [Lorenzo Dow] Mullins, Nov. 27, 1879; 3 sons.
BETTIE LESTER born DeKalb Co., Ala., Sept. 1, 1847; married Dr. J. H. Lester, Oct. 13, 1863; moved to Attala about 20 years ago where she died May 1, 1900; 6 children, 2 surviving her.
LUCY CRAGHAN TEMPLE born where Auburn, Ky. "now stands," Sept. 22, 1824; married Robert Bowling, Jan. 1845; died Adairville, Ky. in residence of daughter, Mrs. George H. Holman, April 21, 1900; the youngest daughter of Benjamin and Elinor Temple; granddaughter of General Jonathan Clark and grandniece of Gen. George Rodgers Clark.
Professor BENJAMIN J. BELL son of James J. and Mary A. Bell; born Davidson Co., Tenn., Oct. 24, 1862; never married; school-teacher; died recently.
C. N. J. VAUGHAN, nee Benson, born Ala., Jan. 6, 1839; died near Shannon, Miss., Jan. 21, 1900; married M. D. Vaughan; 2 daus., 7 sons.
HENRY MOSS son of W. F. Moss, Bethpage, Tenn.; died Sept. 4, 1899 in his 19th year of age.
RUTH LANDIS daughter of George L. and Cassie Landis; born Mar. 3, 1900; died April 25, 1900.
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