DEATH NOTICES FROM THE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 1880-1882, (OF THOSE PERSONS BORN UP TO AND INCLUDING THE YEAR 1830)
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000
January 7, 1882
FANNIE M. ENOCHS born June 3, 1811; joined Methodist Church, March 11, 1826; married F. G. Enochs, September 7, 1830; died September 23, 1881.
ANDERSON JOYCE born Marshall Co., Tenn., December 24, 1820; married Elizabeth Stammer, 1845; joined Methodist Church at Old Mt. Zion about 1855; "a frugal man"; husband and father; died November 17, 1881.
MARY ANN B. YAGER wife of A. A. Yager, born Orange Court-house, Virginia,
April 11, 1815; married December 15, 1836; two sons, two daughters; died Cleburne, Texas, October 24, 1881.
CHARLES WHITE MOORMAN born Virginia about 1800; at age 12 years he moved with family to Kentucky; about 1824 moved to Davidson Co., Tenn.; served term in state legislature /represented Davidson County in the House of Representatives, 1843-1845/; married (1) Leanard Heeling; (2) Mrs. Jennett, daughter of Major George Ware of Robertson Co., Tennessee.
LUCINDA APSLEY born November 7, 1818; died November 16, 1881; joined Methodist Church in 1835.
The Rev. THOMAS L. BEARD born Iredell Co., No. Carolina, September 5, 1845; moved with parents to Williamson Co., Tenn.; became a preacher in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; moved to Marshall Co., Miss. and became a Methodist preacher; in 1855 the agent for Andrew College; married Lucy F. Fant, 1841; in 1855 he was married again and moved to La. and in a few years moved to Memphis and began merchandizing; died November 20, 1881; a son, the Rev. J. M. Beard.
January 14, 1882
The Rev. Dr. F. C. WILKES born Marion Co., Tenn., December 23, 1823; licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1841; married December 12, 1843; moved to Texas in the fall of 1851; served as captain in Confederate army and promoted to colonel in 1862; returned to the ministry in the Texas Conference, until 1873 when he was re-admitted to the Tennessee Conference; in October 1879 he retired from active ministry; moved in November 1879 to Texas; died there, at Lampasas, December 8, 1881.
THOMAS McCORMACK, native of Ireland, but in his 15th year of age moved to Manchester, England and in his 30th year of age moved to the U. S.; lived in New York for three years and then a year in Louisville, Ky.; in 1840 moved to Nelson Co., Ky. "settling on the Rolling Fork of Salt River about ten miles above New Haven" where he died November 25, 1881. In three marriages he had thirteen children and two step-children.
M. H. CAMPBELL born and reared in Lincoln Co., Tenn.; married M. A. Hampton, October 1, 1840 and moved to Obion Co., Tenn. in 1844; six children; died on a visit in Lincoln Co., Tenn., November 19, 1881. Sisters: Mrs. Fannie Cauthern and Miss Susan Campbell of Lincoln Co., Tennessee.
DRUSILLA HOWSER born Giles Co., Tenn., October 21, 1802; married Jacob Howser, April 5, 1837; died Maury Co., Tenn., November 29, 1881.
General J. W. G. JONES born Smith Co., Tenn., April 11, 1821; moved with father, Rev. R. B. Jones and family to Anderson Co., Tenn.; married Helen Colburn, December 5, 1850; four children; served as state senator in 1871 and 1872; a lawyer; Lexington, Tennessee, where he died, November 27, 1881. /John Willis G. Jones served in the Tennessee Senate: in 1871.
SARAH M. MURRELL, nee Montgomery, wife of James B. Murrell, daughter of Robert and Clemestina Montgomery, born Adair Co., Ky., June 17, 1830; died October 19, 1881; married James B. Murrell, September 19, 1852; five children.
WILLIAM BROWN WILKS born Maury Co., Tenn., January 5, 1817; died Aberdeen, Miss., November 26, 1881.
January 21, 1882
MARY GILMORE born Lee Co., Virginia, November 3, 1793; married James Gilmore, 1814; moved to Mo., then in 1852 moved to Douglass County, Oregon; died Nov. 19, 1881; mother of fourteen children.
GEORGE E. LACKEY born in Virginia, 1806; moved to Ky. in 1832; died September 1, 1881.
MALINDA MEDLIN wife of Grey Medlin born in No. Carolina, February 1803; died August 1881; eight children.
THOMAS POWERS born Robertson Co., Tenn., March 2, 1786; died December 2, 1881; joined Methodist Church in 1802; moved to Montgomery Co., Ark. in 1812, then back to Robertson County; served in the War of 1812; located in 1836 near Clarksville, Ark. where he died.
Mrs. MARY M. STEPHENS died November 21, 1881 aged about 54 years. Huntsville, Arkansas.
Dr. HENRY B. HAYNIE born March 16, 1816; died near Dixon Springs, Tenn., Dec. 7, 1881 of consumption; active Methodist layman.
MINOHM AVERY, nee Crompton, wife of Jesse Avery, born Greenville Dist., So. Carolina, May 12, 1802; died near Houston, Alabama, November 29, 1881; married June 13, 1822; joined Methodist Church in Shelby Co., Ala. in 1843.
January 28, 1882
Mrs. ALICE WALLER, nee Pritchett, wife of Dr. J. S. Waller, Hanson Station, Ky., died December 18, 1881.
February 4, 1882
Mrs. MINERVA PORTER McFERRIN, wife of the Rev. Anderson P. McFerrin, was born in Williamson County, Tenn., Aug. 10, 1823; was married, April 21, 1842; and died Jan. 13, 1882. She was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas D. Porter, an eminent Methodist minister, who was among the early preachers of Middle Tennessee, and who died while on a visit to Texas more than forty years ago. He left two daughters, Mary, now the widow of the late Rev. B. F. Weakley, M. D., and Minerva, the subject of this notice. The daughters were well educated, and both embraced Christ in early life; each became the wife of a Methodist minister, and each brought up ten children, and each has already given two sons to the work of the ministry. Minerva’s husband at the time of her marriage was not a preacher, but afterward entered the ministry, and is now a member of the Tennessee Conference. Her eldest son, the Rev. John P. McFerrin, now pastor of the Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, is well known in Tennessee, and her son, the Rev. Thomas S. McFerrin, is a local preacher in Bedford county. Her other children are nearly all Methodists, and useful members of the Church. I am thus minute for the reason that I wish to pay a tribute of respect to the memory of the departed, and show the good fruit of pious and consistent lives. Here is a woman brought up in a circle of good society, surrounded with all the comforts which independence in worldly things could afford, devoting her life to the interests of her house and the Church of God, and sending forth a large family who cling to the Church of their parents, and are handing to the generations following an influence that shall be felt for good long after her whole household has been gathered to their fathers. Mrs. McFerrin’s prominent characteristics were sound sense, liberal culture, great energy, devotion to her family, and uniformity in her piety. For many years, because of bodily suffering and family affliction, she was deprived of the privileges of the Church; but she was at home doing good, ministering to those who demanded her care, and sending up prayers to God for those she loved. She had great faith in prayer, believing that God heard those who asked in faith. Her last sickness was protracted, but as she weakened in body she strengthened in faith, and became ripe for the garner. Her way was clear, her hope strong, and her victory complete. To her ten living children and many friends she has bequeathed the savor of a good name, and after nearly forty years of married life she has left her bereaved husband the consolation that soon they will be reunited in the Father’s house above, where there is no more death, neither sorrow nor sighing. She has joined her sainted parents, and will hail with joy her own family, as one by one they enter the city of God. Let mothers be patient and courageous in their life-long toils; they do not always anticipate what grand results will follow; but the fruit will be seen; their reward will be glorious. Let ministers and Christians be encouraged in the work of God. Here are children of the third and fourth generations true to Christ and firm in their adherence to the Church.
J. B. McFerrin
BENJAMIN W. HUDSON son of Colonel William Hudson, born Honeycomb Valley, Marshall Co., Ala., April 7, 1826; died Franklin Co., Ala., Dec. 26, 1881.
ROBERT HOWELL TAYLOR, 1816-1881:
ROBERT HOWEL TAYLOR, eldest son of Richard Taylor, was born in Mecklenburg county, Va., June 24, 1816; came with his father’s family to West Tennessee, and settled in Haywood County in 1826; professed religion, and joined the Methodist Church in 1829, in which he lived an honored member for more than fifty-two years. He was married to Harriet, daughter of Capt. Howel Taylor, in 1838, of whom he had borne unto him six children, only three of whom remain among the living. He died suddenly, Dec. 5, 1881. What caused his death is not known. He took his breakfast, and went out on his farm in his usual health, pressed business energetically until noon, and was returning home to dinner, when near the house he suddenly stopped twice, complaining of some trouble about his head. The second time he stopped, he gave down, and was carried in the house, and in less than three-quarters of an hour from the first symptom life was extinct. Brother Taylor was considerably above an average man. He was possessed of a clear, strong mind, inventive genius, and administrative ability in a very high degree. Added to these, he was a man of great courage and wonderful energy. With these faculties and powers, he occupied the foremost rank in the battle of life; was eminently successful in his business, which was husbandry, and well deserved to be called "the prince of farmers." The best of all is, these high gifts and powers were sanctified by divine grace. He was a Christian after the primitive Wesleyan pattern. His doctrine was a "sound repentance, the witness of the Spirit," and a life "modeled upon the word of God." He delighted in religious experience, hence class-meetings and love-feasts were his delight. His rule was to pray without ceasing, and in all things give thanks. His last testimony before a love-feast was that he "had seasons, both public and private, that were inexpressible, and full of glory." Death came suddenly, but it could not take such a man by surprise. That it did not is clear from his dying words, "If this be death, then it is sweet to die." His growth in grace, and ripening in piety were so rapid the last five or six years of his life, as to be a matter of merit and remark upon the part of his kindred and brethren. His pastor often contemplated it, and wondered; but it all seems plain enough now, together with the lavish hand with which God dealt out his grace to his children; and the explanation is this, it was God preparing his servant for the sudden event of death, and his children to take his place in the Church. May God’s grace abound richly unto the bereaved widow and children is the prayer of their former pastor and loving friend,
W. I. Duckworth
Dec. 30, 1881
Note: Son of Richard Taylor (1793-1865) and Nancy Alexander Taylor (1798-1828) of Haywood County, Tennessee. See THE TAYLORS OF TABERNACLE, by Tabernacle Historical Committee, 1957, page 570.
February 11, 1882
MARGARET C. T. EVANS wife of W. A. Evans, born Wilson Co., Tenn., December 1, 1826; died Nashville, Tenn., January 18, 1882; joined Cumberland Presbyterian Church at New Hope in 1842; married September 3, 1846 and subsequently joined the Methodist Church.
NANCY GARLAND, nee Johnson, born No. Carolina, May 30, 1815; moved with parents to Madison Co., Tenn. where she married J. C. Garland, April 10, 1834. He was born in Virginia, December 12, 1810. In February 1858 the family moved to Bowie Co., Texas but later moved to Red River County, Texas where the husband died September 2, 1874 and she died November 30, 1881.
WILLIAM FORT CONNELL born Montgomery Co., Tenn., September 14, 1826; died Lowndes Co., Miss., November 24, 1881; moved to Miss. with father and family in 1832; married (1) Eveline B. Hughes, 1848, three children; (2) Orpha M. Salmon, Cass Co., Texas, February 2, 1865, one son.
B. F. BERKELEY born Clark Co., Ky., October 27, 1808; died October 15, 1881; a sometime J. P., sheriff; married Isabel1a Keas, July 14, 1836; no children but reared Mary Ray who first married John W. White, then P. F. Magruder. Brothers: Harrison C. and George W.; John W. of Lexington, Ky. Sisters: Mrs. Nannie White, Mrs. Elizabeth Stevens, Miss Sally Berkeley, Covinton, Ky.
WILSON A. WILLIS born October 30, 1815; died December 1, 1881; joined the Baptist Church at Hopewell in Robertson Co., Tenn., a member thereof for nearly fifty years.
February 18, 1882
HENRY FOREST CORNELIUS born Iredell Co., No. Carolina, December 30, 1805; moved to Logan Co., Ky. when young; married Jane Brown, August 19, 1834; joined Methodist Church about 1832. "He was a man who really enjoyed religion…At times he would get shouting happy while on his knees praying…" Died in 1881. Tribute of Respect for him by the Adairville Quarterly Conference; dated January 7, 1882.
MALINDA JARED born Kingston, Tenn., August 8, 1800; married Moses Jared (died April 10, 1837), son of William and Betsy Jared, May 3, 1818; joined Methodist Church in 1819; three daughters, one son (then 54 years old); died Cedar Bluff, Putnam Co., Tenn., December 7, 1881.
Mrs. ELIZABETH SEARGEANT died December 16, 1881 being "a little over 75 years old." Winchester, Tennessee.
February 25, 1882
SALLY SOPHRONIA KILPATRICK daughter of the Rev. Joshua and Sally Kilpatrick, born Cumberland Co., Virginia, September 22, 1817; died Verona, Miss., November 13, 1881. "She treasured the memory of her father and mother as an heritage from the Lord."
GEORGE HARDEMAN born in Virginia in August 1811 and with family moved to Ky. the same year; married (1) Elizabeth Pendleton (died May 7, 1866), January 14, 1836; (2) Rachel McDonald, March 14, 1869. Died recently.
MARY A. MORRISON daughter of Colmore and Mary Duvall, born Montgomery Co., Tenn., March 10, 1812; married R. R. Morrison, November 12, 1834; moved to Graves Co., Ky. in 1857 where she died September 24, 1881; mother of ten children.
ELEANOR WRIGHT born Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, November 7, 1814; married R. T. Wright, October 19, 1837; died December 11, 1881.
THOMAS A. CHAMBERS died 9 miles south of Nashville, Tenn., January 5, 1882; born Halifax Co., Virginia, September 29, 1811; as a child moved to Williamson Co., Tenn.; married Miss Morgan.
MARY BROWNING wife of Olman Browning, one of the oldest members of Bell's Chapel (Methodist); died January 4, 1882 in her 68th year of age; two sons, one daughter.
March 4, 1882
AMANDA C. WILLIAMS born May 24, 1820; married William Perkins of Warren Co., Ky., in 1839; died near Rockfield, Ky., January 2, 1882.
ANDREW EBENEZER EVANS son of Andrew and Phebe Evans, born N. Y., June 12, 1809; married in Ohio to Sal1ie Ann, daughter of Amos Hart; died Wright City, Mo., October 25, 1881 "in company of his so Stiles. "
JOHN L. BROWN son of Raleigh and Nancy Brown, born Brunswick Co., Va., about 1810; moved in childhood to Giles Co., Tenn.; married (1) Edna Oliver, mother of his five children; (2) Mrs. Abigal1 Beckum; died Limestone Co., Alabama, November 26, 1881.
ISRAEL W. PRICE born September 28, 1812; joined Methodist Church in 1858; died recently. Lexington, Alabama.
ASA HASWELL WEATHERLY born Lincoln Co., Tenn., Sept. 21, 1807. "His father built the first house ever erected in Nashvil1e, Tenn. "Family moved to Alabama; he married in 1841 and moved to Miss. in 1845; then to Ala. in 1846; to Attala Co., Miss. in 1847 where he died in residence of his only child, JO. M. Weatherly, January 7, 1882.
JACOB EICHELBERGER, 1811-1881:
JACOB EICHELBERGER, second son of Jacob and Maria Eichelberger, was born in Hanover, York County, Pa., Aug. 28, 1811. He was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran Church, and when he grew up he became a communicant of the same. He was married to Asenath Scoggins, of Jasper County, Ga., in Herd County, at the residence of John Stewart. His wife died March 23, 1870, near Oxford, Ala., leaving him with seven children. He was married the second time to Charlotte Allen, Dec. 6, 1871. He died at his residence in Taladega County, Ala., a few miles form Oxford, of heart disease, Nov. 1, 1881, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 6 days. He joined the M. E. Church, South, in October 1879, there being no Lutheran Church near him. He was fond of reading, and kept himself posted in the current news and events of the day. During the last few months of his life he devoted himself more than usual to the study of God’s word. He carried his Bible with him to the field, and would read and meditate as he could snatch time during intervals in business. For some time before his death he seemed impressed that he would die soon and suddenly, but spoke of it calmly and deliberately. To the editor of a paper in Hanover, Pa., his native town, we are indebted for the following facts concerning Brother Eichelberger: "In 1828, after having passed one term in Dickinson College, at Carlisle, he moved to new Lisbon, Ohio, where he learned the tanning business under Mr. Daniel Hostetter, remaining two years. In 1830, he returned East, and after working two years at his trade in New York City, his health failed, and in 1832 he removed to Edgefield, South Carolina, where he engaged in tanning and merchandising, remaining there until 1835, when he removed to De Kalb, Kemper County, Miss. He remained there until 1836, when he again returned East, locating at Abbotstown, Adams County, where he was engaged for about a year in the tanning business. In 1840 he again removed South, locating in Trompe County, Ga., where he remained till 1843, when he removed to Wehadkee, Randolph County, Ala., where he remained till 1866, when he removed to Oxford, Calhoun county, Ala., retaining his interest in the extensive flouring mills and cotton mills, located at Wehadkee and Rock Mills, in that state. During the troublous times in the South during the war, he adhered to the cause of the Union, but in such spirit and manner as to command the admiration and esteem of his Confederate neighbors." He was highly esteemed in the community where he last lived and where he died. Those who have spoken to us of him have done so in his praise. No one has alleged to us aught against him. "Of a genial and kindly disposition, it was a real pleasure to his neighbors, his acquaintances, and friends to enjoy his presence and society. He was the poor man’s friend, and the companion of all who would do right. He leaves a widow and six children—two sons and four daughters—all grown." He died in peace. We cherish his memory.
W. R. Kirk
Oxford, Ala., Jan. 5, 1882.
March 11, 1882
The Rev. BENJAMIN F. ARNOLD born Henry Co., Virginia, January 22, 1799; died McLean Co., Ky., April 7, 1881; when about 21 years old he moved to Logan Co., Ky.; married Cassandra L. Marshall, October 9, 1822; joined Methodist Church in 1823; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, August 16, 1834; ordained deacon October 29, 1835; ordained elder Sept. 23, 1854.
JOHN B. RIDLEY born Davidson Co., Tenn., February 17, 1818; died Williamson Co., Tenn., January 27, 1882.
MATILDA WATTS born Hardin Co., Ky., June 6, 1830; married J. M. Watts, April 1, 1847; died Leesburg, Florida, January 10, 1882.
REBECCA A. LEWIS daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Lewis, born Stewart Co., Tenn., March 9, 1822; died Dover, Tenn., October 27, 1881; married Dr. J. W. Smith, July 17, 1845; two sons, three daughters.
LUCINDA SHEARING daughter of Solomon and Barbara Moser, widow of the Rev. Joseph Shearing, born Hardin Co., Tenn., September 5, 1819; married in her 20th year of age; died in Hardin Co., Tenn., September 22, 1881 at the residence of her only son, the Rev. T. A. Shearing; she was left a widow 28 years ago.
March 18, 1882
NANCY D. RAMSEY, nee Knox, died Gibson Co., Tenn., January 20, 1882; born in Rutherford Co., Tenn., September 20, 1810 "of Presbyterian heritage"; married "Brother" /W. F. /Ramsey, January 23, 1832 and moved to Gibson Co., Tenn.; mother of twelve children.
MARTHA C. WAUGH born Forsyth Co., No. Carolina, February 23, 1826; married Samuel Waugh, September 18, 1853; died Jefferson, N. C., January 1, 1882.
Major ALEXANDER BUTLER, 1807-1881:
Major Alexander Butler died at Tulip, Ark., Dec. 17, 1881. He was born in Roydton, Va., Aug. 8, 1807; married Miss Mary W. Revis, of Henderson, N. C., in 1832; was converted and joined the Methodist Church in 1831; came to Arkansas in 1818. Among the many Christian friends it has been my privilege to know and love, I associate the name of Alexander Butler. I knew him for thirty years. I knew him well. We were near neighbors. We took sweet counsel together, and often walked to the house of God in company. The word preached he enjoyed, and he grew thereby. When able he was always in his place. The social meetings of the Church were not neglected, and the family altar was always the place where the household gathered morning and evening. He and his faithful wife raised and educated twelve children—two having passed on before him—all professors of religion and members of the Church, "followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." I have never known parents more successful in training their children, bringing out in full development Christian character and moral integrity in the conduct of their offspring. All professed religion in early life, some in childhood. Of this family it may be said "the sons are as plants grown up in their youth, the daughters as corner stones polished after the similitude of a palace." The children of this family are indeed a "heritage from the Lord," and show in the uprightness of their lives the result of proper family government sanctified by the word of God and prayer on the part of the parents. God said I know Abraham "that he will command his children and his household, and THEY shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment," etc., so in this Christian family. There cheerfulness sat enthroned. No moroseness, no sour godliness making religion repulsive to the young. Brother Butler and his faithful wife walked hand in hand in the ways of the Lord, bringing up their children in his nurture and admonition, and their labor was not in vain. The husband and father has gone to join Louis and Anna who had crossed the river before him, and the others are following. Following it maybe sometimes in sadness and in tears, but still following, and faith sees them as forerunners waiting and watching at the golden gates of the city of our God. The ear of faith catches the notes of the distant music that breaks from the lips of those redeemed from sin. O what rapturous joy will thrill the immortals as they witness whole families "come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads, they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." May all the members of my brother Butler’s family be of that number.
Collegeville, Ark., Jan. 26, 1882
MASON GARDNER born July 6, 1808; died November 21, 1881; surviving were five sisters, one brother.
FRANCES JOHNSON, stepmother of V. C. Allen, wife of John Allen; died Caharoba Valley, Shelby Co., Ala., December 20, 1881 aged 93 years.
NANCY FIELD born Adair Co., Ky., in 1820; married Dr. Samuel Field, August 27, 1837; two daughters; died Columbia, Ky., January 12, 1882.
The Rev. ACHILLES LASHBROOKS born July 2, 1820; died Sacramento, Ky., Nov. 20, 1881; married (1) Martha Johnson, 1840; (2) Mrs. H. H. Nelmns, November 28, 1874; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, July 29, 1845; ordained deacon October 6, 1872.
Mrs. LUCY ANN THOMPSON widow of Captain James Thompson; died Mercer Co., West Virginia, January 3, 1882 in her 69th year of age.
CHARLOTTE THORNTON born March 29, 1805; daughter of Charles and Mary Railey; married David Thornton in 1823; died January 31, 1881.
MARINDA CURRY born September 31, 1824; daughter of Allen and Ruthy Freeman; died January 13, 1881; married Scott S. Cary, December 30, 1847; one child.
MARY BORING, 1790-1881:
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF MARY BORING.
BY HER SON, Rev. John Boring, of the Holston Conference.
Peter Roble, my grandfather, came from Germany to the United States in 1760, and settled in or near Hagerstown, Frederick County, Md., and was married, March 19, 1770, to Miss Catherine West, who was also a native Germany. Of these German parents my mother was born, June 2, 1780, and from them she inherited a strong, healthy body, and a good, sound mind, with which to begin her earthly life. She was their tenth child. The following are the names of her brothers and sisters: Susan, Jacob, Barbara, Henry, Catharine, John, Magdalena, Peter, Elizabeth, and Eve, the youngest. All of these had ended the journey of life and passed over the river of death before the soles of mother’s feet were dipped in the brim of its waters. In 1798 her father moved to Washington County, Tenn., and settled five miles south of Jonesboro, where he lived until his death, which occurred about 1834. I have now in my possession his old German Bible and hymn book, out of which he used to read and sing; and in this same old Bible, an heirloom of the family, may be found a beautiful record of the birth of each child in her father’s family, all of whom were trained by their parents to fear God and keep his commandments. Under the influence of such teaching mother made a profession of saving faith in Christ and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the days of her early youth. Of her subsequent religious life, while growing up to mature womanhood in her father’s house, I know but little, and can only judge of her heart, the fountain-head, by the streams of hallowed influences that flowed out from it for more than three-quarters of a century. And these influences, through her generations, are still multiplying and flowing on farther and farther, and spreading wider and wider, and blessing more and more of our race. Thus it is with those who hearken to God’s commandments, their "peace is as a river, and their righteousness as the waves of the sea." She was married to Greenberry Boring, of Washington County, Tenn., Oct. 11, 1807, a young man of robust health and vigorous manhood, with whom she lived about sixty-seven years, and became the mother of twelve children—nine sons and three daughters—all of whom she gave to God in their infancy by baptism, and lived to see them all grown, and nearly all religious. Four of her sons were called to preach—viz., Peter Roble, Lorenzo Dow, Washington, and the writer. These all, except myself, fell at their post; all died on the field; and together with father and sister Elizabeth, had all finished their work and gone to rest before the sun of mother’s life went down. The means and advantages of acquiring even an English education were few and feeble in Washington County, Tenn., eighty years ago, when my mother was a girl: consequently, she received quite a limited education while in her father’s house, and having married in her seventeenth year a man in moderate circumstances, she, like her husband, had to work for her living, which left but little time for the cultivation of her mind. And when the responsibilities of a mother and the cares of a growing family claimed her attention she had still less time to improve her education. As a consequence, she was not well versed in books, science, art, and literature. Yet she was one of nature’s noble women, having a large share of common sense and a practical knowledge of the business of life, which enabled her to fill all the positions in which providence placed her in this world with credit and honor, and has left to her children and grandchildren the legacy of a "good name," which, according to the Bible, is more to be desired than great riches, and I will add, than great learning also.
While father was in the War of 1812, mother had many hardships to endure in providing for her little family, but having been trained by domestic parents to habits of industry, economy, and perseverance, she was well fitted to be a soldier’s wife, possessing, as she did, great decision of character, indomitable energy, and heroic courage. These characteristics enabled her to fight the battles of domestic life successfully at home while father fought in the battles of his country abroad. But the strength of her life then, as she has expressed it since, was a deep, settled faith in God, that he would never put more upon her than she was able to bear. She was a woman of uniform habits, of great physical endurance. She has been heard to say that there was a period in her life that she did not take one dose of medicine in forty years. As a rule, she was the last to retire at night and the first of her household to rise in the morning. She was one of whom the Bible speaks, who "seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands; who looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." God has said, "Six days shalt thou labor and do thy work." This command mother kept, both in letter and spirit. I have known her nearly fifty years, and cannot recall one hour of all that time that she spent unemployed, except on the holy Sabbath, the day God said, rest. And such were her views and habits of working with her own hands, that she held on to the distaff and spun her flax when she was in her eighty-eighth year. This she did, not then of necessity, but of choice. And I thank God that I had a mother that could spin and weave in her day and generation, and clothe her offspring, and thereby imitate her Heavenly father, who turns the worlds, spins out the seasons, and weaves the webs that carpet the meadows, covers the fields, robes the forests, and clothes the world. Mother was preeminently a motherly woman, having much of the milk of human kindness in her heart. She was a great sympathizer with all sufferers, even including all domestic animals about the whole premises. During the winter season she would frequently inquire of father and others, whose duty it was to look after the stock, if all had been cared for, and never seemed contented until each one, as far as possible, had been sheltered and fed. She had special attention given to the young, the poor, the lame, the sick, and the dying. In this she was also like the Father in heaven, who carries the lambs in his bosom, giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry, and who opens his hand to satisfy the desire of every living thing; not even a sparrow escapes his notice, in its life or death. Mother had a transparent character; there was nothing hidden about her; she was candid and outspoken; she never dissembled; she was truthful in thought, word, and deed. And this lesson of truthfulness in the inner and outer life she taught to her children, both by precept and example, together with other kindred lessons, to be honest and honorable in all the social, domestic, and business relations of life. The influence of such a mother in the home circle is great indeed in forming the habits, molding the character, and shaping the destiny of her children, both for this life and the life to come. Father himself was not religious for many long years after his marriage, and this fact was a great drawback to mother in developing her own religious character: still, her moral influence over him finally won him over from the paths of sin to the ways of righteousness. And she had the pleasure of living to see her husband a Christian man the last twenty-five years of his life. I never knew mother to turn anybody from her door who came for bread because they were hungry, or to borrow because they were needy. During the last two years of her life, while I was her guardian, having been appointed by the court to look after her interests and take care of what she had, I felt sometimes that she had too many applications for help from those who had no special claims upon her bounty, in her condition, and having called her attention to this fact, she looked at me and said "John, doesn’t the good Book say we must be kind to the poor?" I felt reproved, and said no more. Mother was "discreet, chaste, a keeper at home, good, obedient to her own husband," as saith the Apostle, one who attended to all the routine duties of domestic life for seventy-five years, laboring on and on in her little home-kingdom, looking after her children, who, like thrifty olive-plants, were growing up around her table. In this nursery she wrought with head, heart, and hand, for many long years, with her history unwritten and her name unknown to fame. Such was mother’s life here, but wait till the great school-session of time ends, and the Master reads out on the last day the grade of each scholar. When the grade of the subject of this sketch is announced on that great occasion it will be such as to correct the judgment of earth and justify the ways of God with man, "for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than our ways, and his thoughts than our thoughts." When mother finished her earthly pilgrimage she was in her ninety-first year, and had lived about half that time at the old family residence on Watauga River, in Washington County, Tenn. Some of her children and grandchildren had come on a visit from Dayton, Ohio, and had persuaded her to return with them; and the morning she was to leave many of her old neighbors came to see her for the last time on earth and to take their final leave of "grandmother," as they called her. O what a time of sorrowful crying was witnessed when mother walked out of her room into the porch to take the parting hands of those whom she had known and loved so long! In the midst of this farewell scene at the old home mother passed through the crowd in the yard, and I helped her into a covered buggy and drove off. She never looked back, and made no mention of all she was leaving behind where she had lived and labored so long. She staid one day and night with me at Johnson City, and next morning took the train with her children for her new home with them in Ohio. She stood the journey remarkably well for one of her age, and was highly pleased with the scenes of the trip. In six or seven weeks after her arrival there she was stricken with paralysis and lost the use of her speech. She continued in this state about two weeks, and when her children saw that she was slowly sinking and could live but a few days, they sent me a dispatch to come at once. I took the first train, and reached Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1881, and the next day, at 2 o’clock and 20 minutes, at the residence of David Dyer, her son-in-law, my dear old mother, with her hand in mine, breathed her last in the presence of three generations who had descended from her, and who stood around her bed to witness the closing scene in her long and useful life. If all of her father’s family who had gone on before mother, had reached the city of God, what a shout they must have raised to God and the Lamb when they saw her, the last absent member of the household, coming up, fresh from the battle of life, flushed with victory over death, and robes all radiant with light, approaching the gates of the city to complete the family circle above, and to take part in the great song of the saved as they sing "unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood"! After her body was dressed for the last time it was placed in a richly-cushioned bed in a costly casket, where her position, appearance, and every thing about the body, indicated a state of comfort, quietness, and peace, such as she never had on earth before. And as I gazed at her peaceful form she seemed to say to me, "John, don’t you think I can sleep here, ‘where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.’" And while lingering by her side I looked at her
folded hands resting upon her cold, cold bosom, and thought, "O how much faithful service they have performed for me and for all her children, and what a great blessing it was from God to have had such a mother on earth!" On Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1881, her body was taken to one of the city churches, where the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Clark, of the M. E. Church, preached her funeral sermon from Rev. vii, 14-17. Then, when the earth was covered with a deep snow, and more falling fast from the clouds, we followed her remains in a solemn procession that moved slowly through the streets of Dayton out to Woodland Cemetery, where she was buried in a manner highly gratifying to me, in the family square belonging to my Brother Wesley. That city of the dead, where her body is to rest till Jesus comes, embraces about forty acres of elevated land, inclosed, and kept clean and sacred, and where the great white monuments contrast beautifully with the evergreens and many other trees and growths common in the American forest. The deep interest many of the Christian citizens manifested in my mother’s affliction, death, and burial, endeared them to me very much and for them I expect ever to cherish feelings of grateful remembrance. When the last sad services had been performed at the grave we turned away with feelings of lonely sadness that she could not return with us, and that we would never, no, never, see her face again in this life; but these shadowy feelings soon passed off when we remembered that mother’s body was left in that mysterious house of death by God’s own appointment, who doeth all things well, and who seemed to say to me at the time, "I will remain with her body in that lone land of silence, I will watch over it and take care of it. It is now sleeping in Jesus, and resting under my promises of a glorious resurrection at the last day, when ‘I will swallow up death in victory’ and then your mother shall live again."
Yes when the night of death is past,
And the bright day of heaven has dawned
Sun then will hear the trumpet-blast,
And with the saints her robes put on,
Then with them rise to joys above,
And as the sun forever shine,
In worlds of life and peace and love
With beams of glory all divine.
March 25, 1882
JOHN FITCH born May 14, 1808; died December 29, 1881; married (1) Minerva Quinn; (2) Amanda Norwood; joined Methodist Church in 1828.
ROSANNA "Aunt Rosa" FITCH born June 22, 1808; died December 2, 1881; married James Fitch, December 31, 1824.
JOSEPH P. MOXLEY born Wilson Co., Tenn., February 20, 1814; died Benton Co., Mo., December 29, 1881; he built the Moxley Chapel (Methodist).
NANCY E. JONES daughter of Isaac Vaught, born February 7, 1828; married Levi Jones, December 14, 1851; died Jackson Co., Ala., December 13, 1881; two sons, local Methodist preachers.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TANKSLEY born January 2, 1829; died February 17, 1882.
RACHEL ANN COATS born Coffman, Ky.; died Webster Co., Ky., January 1, 1882 in her 76th year of age.
April 1, 1882
JOHN LEIPER born Philadelphia, Pa., May 8, 1808; married Elizabeth A. Rucker, July 15, 1835; died Murfreesboro, Tenn., November 7, 1881; businessman.
JOSEPH MYERS born Lexington, Ky., July 1, 1792; died Bullitt Co., Ky., January 30, 1882; when a year old moved with family to Boyle Co., Ky., then in his l0th year the family moved to Bullitt Co. where he died; married (1) Miss Alexander; (2) the widow Buskirk, nee Dayhuff; (3) Mary I. Hornback, two children -James B. Myers and Mrs. Bettie Foreman, Louisville, Kentucky.
Mrs. SINEY M. DUNCAN born 1826; died 3 miles east of Corinth, Miss., January 12, 1882; seven children.
REBECCA SMITH wife of Dr. J. W. Smith, Dover, Tenn., born 1822; died October 27, 1881.
Apri1 8, 1882
WILLIAM C. NORRIS born September 21, 1817; married Mary S. Rose, February 19, 1852; died June 2, 1881; husband and father.
JOHN D. ROBINSON born May 11, 1824; died recently on the Savanah Circuit, Coney Chapel neighborhood.
JANE C. MURDOCK born Abbeville, So. Carolina, June 2, 1808; married John Murdock in 1828; died near Milam, Texas, December 9, 1881; joined Methodist Church in 1841.
April 15, 1882
CATHARINE E. STAINBACK, nee Palmer, widow of R. D. Stainback, born Brunswick Co., Virginia, November 7, 1819; married March 10, 1836; moved to Tenn. in the fall of 1836; died Fayette Co., Tenn., February 8, 1882.
FRANKEY STICE born in Kentucky, 1807; died Marshall Co., Ky., December 29, 1881; married Hugh M. Stice in 1824; two children surviving.
ANDREW RAYNER born September 21, 1818; died Nashville, Tenn., January 12, 1882; married (1) Levicy Hackney, February 7, 1843; (2) January 26, 1859; father of three children.
WILLIAM ROYAL ROBERTSON born Nottoway Co., Virginia, August 2, 1809; died Panola Co., Miss., November 28, 1881; married (1) Elizabeth Jones in 1835; (2) Susan Hightower of Halifax Co., Va. in 1839 and had two sons, four daughters; moved to Panola County in 1840 where he died.
JANE G. BROWN widow of William Brown, died Shelbyville, Tenn., February 4, 1882 in the 72nd year of her age.
RHODA A. ARNOLD, nee Dol1ar, born Orange Co., No. Carolina, February 24, 1825; moved to Tenn. where she married Green Arnold, February 28, 138; moved to McCracken Co., Ky. where he was killed working in a sawmill near Paducah, Ky.; she died February 6, 1882.
Apri1 22, 1882
RICHARD COWHERD, SR., born March 16, 1806, Green Co., Ky.; died Taylor Co., Ky., December 20, 1881; married Mary F. Hazlewood (died September 17, 1869), March 2, 1828.
The Rev. J. F. BURDINE born in So. Carolina, August 18, 1811; at age 7 years he moved to Miss. where he died January 30, 1882; licensed to preach in the Methodist Church at age 26 years and served for many years as a local preacher; ordained deacon in 1868; husband and father.
ELIZABETH BUCHANAN born Warren Co., Tenn., December 1, 1815; daughter of Andrew and Bethiah Buchanan and moved with them to Lincoln Co., Tenn.; died January 27, 1882.
FRANCES WANSLEY daughter of Obadiah and Priscilla Milliner, born in Georgia, September 13, 1814; died Lee Co., Miss., February 16, 1882 of pneumonia; married John C. Wansley, July 20, 1832.
EMILY B. GREGORY daughter of Thomas and Ellen Worthington, born in now- McLean Co., Ky., May 4, 1818; married J. L. Gregory, October 6, 1836; died November 15, 1881.
Apri1 29, 1882
ZILPHA WEATHERLY CHILCUTT wife of John Chilcutt, born March 28, 1811; married November 28, 1833; died White Co., Tenn. in 1881.
SARAH R. BRAZELTON wife of Isaac Brazelton, born November 12, 1819; died November 6, 1881; three children.
RACHEL PAULINE FRAZIER born Dallas Co., Ala., November 23, 1827; daughter of Wright and Hannah Williams; married William S. Frazier, January 28, 1843, Hardin Co., Tenn.; in 1854 moved to Ark. and in 1855 moved to Texas and was there until 1867 when they moved to Umatil1a Co., Oregon where she died February 5, 1882.
ELIZABETH STEVENSON widow of the Rev. Edward Stevenson, D. D., daughter of William T. and Susan Duncan, born Logan Co., Ky., April 22, 1813; married February 13, 1840; died at residence of nephew, R. F. Lyon near Russellville, Ky., February 4, 1882; burial in family graveyard "on the premises."
SAMUEL WILLIAMS born April 27, 1811; died DeKalb Co., Tenn., February 24, 1882; married Mary M. Fite, March 2, 1847.
T. H. NELSON born Fairfax Co., Virginia, June 22, 1815; married (1) Amanda, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Sewell, Fairfax County, September 8, 1836; two children; (2) Mary C. Sewell, daughter of the Rev. Joseph and Catherine Sewell, Henry Co., Ky., three children; joined Methodist Church at Nelson Chapel, Fairfax County in 1849; died Henry Co., Ky., February 20, 1882.
May 6, 1882
ROSANNAH PETER born now-Marion Co., Ky., January 1, 1800; died Washington County, Ky., January 27, 1882; daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Ray; married (1) Henry Parsons, no children; (2) Richard Peter (died in 1854), one son who died at the age of seven years.
MARTHA J. NORTH daughter of James and Sarah Pierce Anderson, born Cumberland Co., Va., September 25, 1805; married (1) Vincent Shelton Bailey, Dec. 22, 1823 in Lynchburg, Va.; (2) Rev. Henry B. North, January 4, 1832 in Clarksville, Tenn.; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn. where she died March 5, 1882.
NEILL B. McKENNON born in No. Carolina, February 2, 1828; married Mary J. Thomas, August 19, 1868; died Dal1as, Texas, February 16, 1882; three children.
FLORENCE PIKE SULLIVAN son of Levi and Tempsey Sullivan, born No. Carolina, March 19, 1805; moved as an infant with family to Wilson Co., Tenn., then moved to Madison Co., Tenn. where he married Mary Jane Wilson, September 2, 1834; ten children; twenty-seven grandchildren; he and wife moved to Davidson Co., Tenn. in 1846; joined Methodist Church at Hayes Chapel in Madison Co., Tenn. and later were members of Gower's Chapel in Davidson County; died February 28, 1882; a son, the Rev. Levi J. Sullivan, Tennessee Conference.
SARAH J. COX wife of Dr. M. T. Cox, born Blountsville, Tenn., November 7, 1828; died Temple, Texas, February 7, 1882.
May 13, 1882
The Rev. Dr. THOMAS O. SUMMER, native of Dorsetshire, England, died May 6, 1882; a Methodist preacher and former editor of the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE.
May 20, 1882
WILLIAM HARRISON TOFF born Jefferson Co., Tenn., February 3, 1818; married Julia Hughes, January 2, 1844; died February 9, 1882. Scott Co., Arkansas.
NEWSOM THOMPSON died near Shelbyville, Tenn., January 14, 1882 in his 69th year; native of Bedford Co., Tenn.; businessman.
MARY BISCOE NEWMAN born Loudoun Co., Virginia, January 22, 1810; died Pikevil1e, Tenn., February 8, 1882 while waiting on Mrs. Lucy N. Stradley.
May 27, 1882
JOHN F. THOMAS born Nelson Co., Ky., August 20, 1824; died January 12, 1882.
MARTHA SANDFORD POYAS widow of the Rev. F. D. Poyas, born Charleston, So. Carolina, in January 1806; died Pickens Co., Ala., March 7, 1882.
Dr. JAMES M. COX born Scott Co., Virginia, January 12, 1826; died Gonzales Co., Texas, March 3, 1882; one of his ancestors, "Dr. David Cox, of England, before his removal to America, had been the physician to the royal family and whose son, Lawyer Daniel Cox, was the father of Free Masonry in America" of which Dr. Cox was also a member.
ELIZABETH MATTHEWS born in No. Carolina, August 18, 1798; moved to middle Tennessee when 9 years old; married in 1815; husband died in 1830; she died January 23, 1882. Spring Hill, Tennessee.
June 3, 1882
No obituaries appeared in this issue.
June 10, 1882
MARY POOL born Wilson Co., Tenn., May 2, 1817; died February 20, 1882; oldest daughter of James and Elizabeth Quesenburry; married J. P. Pool, October 27, 1859; mother of five children.
TIMOTHY CULP, native of No. Carolina, died Obion Co., Tenn., November 26, 1881 in his 76th year of age; married (1) Miranda Lewis, February 14, 1825 and moved to Washington Co., Ark., then to Marshall Co., Miss. where she died August 17, 1840; (2) Elizabeth Branch, April 1841 and moved to Obion Co., Tennessee.
MARGARET M. "Aunt Peggy" MORRIS wife of J. B. Morris, born Rutherford Co., No. Carolina, August 14, 1802; married November 14, 1824; joined Methodist Church in 1834; died Calhoun Co., Alabama, February 28, 1882.
June 17, 1882
J. N. OSLIN died Marshall Co., Tenn., March 15, 1882 aged 57 years and 6 months; native of Lauderdale Co., Alabama.
June 24, 1882
MARY N. LOVELL born Giles Co., Tenn., November 10, 1820; married James W. Lovell, November 22, 1838; died Farmersville, Texas, March 3, 1882.
ROBERT A. GOODLOE born December 7, 1814; died near Cherokee, Ala., March 8, 1882.
JOSEPH MYERS -his obituary appeared in the April 1, 1882 issue - some additional information in this obituary of him. Born Lexington, Ky., July 14, 1792; at one year of age taken to Daniel, Kentucky where his father kept a tavern until 1802 when he moved his family to Bullitt Co., Ky. where Joseph Myers married Mrs. Buskirk, nee Allen, at age 35 years; married thirdly, Mary J. Hornsback, two children.
NANCY LAYTON SHROPSHIRE born April 18, 1817; died July 9, 1881; married (1) Judge Palmer, December 22, 1836, five daughters; (2) J. W. Shropshire (died 1864), October 4, 1855, one son; most of her life spent in Lyon Co., Kentucky.
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