By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2004


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January 4, 1872

W. S. HOLSHOUSER had acquired the T. R. Smoot & Co. mercantile firm in Paris, Tenn., in Dec. 1871 and pledged "to systematize the business and make it as attractive as possible."


January 11, 1872

MARIA LOUISA widow of Avery HUNT, formerly of Madison Co., Tenn., died in Paris, Tenn., January 5, 1872.

Tribute of respect in memory of Miss JOSIE MILLIKEN who died in Henry Co., Tenn., Dec. 17, 1871; by Sons of Temperance; undated.

JOHN M. CLARK was elected mayor of Paris, Tenn., Jan. 6, 1872 with 158 votes. [No record of the proceedings of the Mayor and Aldermen of the town of Paris prior to 1882 exists in such form as to be made available for the purposes of this history. These records were no doubt either lost or destroyed in the time of the Civil War. (THE CITY OF PARIS AND HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE. by W. P. GREENE, 1900, pages 16-17)]

A young man, RICHARD BUTLER, living near Caledonia was kicked in the head a few days ago by a horse and after lingering unconscious for several days, died.

T. B. RENNOLDS married MALLISSA A. ROWE, Henry Co., Tenn., Dec. 26, 1871.

J. J. ADAMS married MINERVA C. GRAY, Henry Co., Tenn., January 4, 1872.


January 18, 1872

Obituary of MARIA LOUISA (LOU) HUNT, native of Virginia; moved with her widowed mother, Mrs. Mary Thompson, to Madison Co., Tenn., where her mother married V. S. Van [Vann]; married there to Avery Hunt [July 4], 1844 and lived near Jackson, Tenn. Left a widow with eight children soon after her husband returned from war service, she moved to Paris, Tenn. about a year ago where she died [January 5, 1872]. [Mrs. HUNT's mother, MARY G., wife of Valentine S. Vann, 1788-1855, died Mar. 2, 1854 aged 52 years. WEST TENNESSEE WHIG, Jackson, March 9, 1854. The Vanns lived on a plantation in Civil District 10, several miles northwest of Jackson. See next page.]


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[According to Madison County, Tenn. Chancery Court Minute Book 4, page 19 and Madison County Probate File 736, Avery Hunt died in January 1867, leaving a 1253 acre plantation located about three miles northwest of Jackson, Tenn. The surviving Hunt children were Wilkins J., Robert A., William H., Mary, Lucy A., Bettie H., Andrew D. and Avery D. Hunt. The 1860 (Sept. 19) U.S. Census, Civil District 15, Madison Co., Tenn., page 179: Avery Hunt, aged 38, farmer, born in Virginia; real estate value, $25,000. Personal estate value, chiefly slaves, $60, 000. Mariah Hunt, aged 33, born Tenn.; Wilkins Hunt, aged 12; Robert Hunt, aged 11; William Hunt, aged 9; George Hunt, aged 7; Mary Hunt, aged 4; Lucy Hunt, aged 3; Bettie Hunt, aged 4 months. Included, also, was Hyrum Williams, aged 26, the overseer. Mrs. MARIAH HUNT's residence, "a valuable lot," buildings all new, was offered for sale in the INTELLIGENCER immediately after her demise.]

MARY ELIZABETH VAUGHAN died January 8, 1872.

JOHN CHILDERS died Henry Co., Tenn., January 9, 1872.

HARRY son of W. H. and Sarah J. VANDYCK died January 14, 1872 aged 9 mos. & 8 days [born April 6, 1871].


        MY MILLS, ten miles from Paris, and six miles from Henry Station. The Grist Mill has two run of stone with double bolts, flour packer, and every thing required in a first-class Mill, with capacity to grind 300 bushels per day, and in good repair. Also a splendid circular Saw Mill attached, with late improved machinery, with capacity to cut 4,000 feet per day. If these mills are kept employed, their Income is $50 to $100 per day. The above machinery is all in good repair with plenty of water to run at all seasons of the year. Also a good locality for a cotton factory with power sufficient to drive 1,000 spindles.
        Parties wishing such property, I will refer them to Dr. W. P. Smallwood, who formerly owned this property.
        I also wish to sell my farm, eight miles West of Paris, containing 286 acres, and will divide it to suit purchasers. Those wishing to buy will address.

Oct. 26, 1871-2m
Como, Tenn.


[He sold 100 of these acres in November 1871. Deed Book R, p 536.]


February 1, 1872

CECIL son of A. P. GREER, Arkansas, formerly of Paris, Tenn., died recently; his body was returned for burial in the Paris cemetery.


The next term of this School will begin on the third Monday in January, 1872:

Primary Classes…$10.00
Intermediate Classes…$15.00
Advanced Classes….$20.00
Music on Piano or Guitar…$25.00
Use of Instrument…$5.00
Incidental Fee…$1.00

Board can be had in the village, at ten dollars per month, or eleven dollars, including lights, fuel and washing.

For further particulars address
J. P. Parker, Prin'l
Henry Station, Tenn.
Nov. 30th, 1871 –1m.


February 8, 1872

JOHN J. IRVINE died Calloway Co., Ky., Jan. 20, 1872 in the 73rd year of his age; freemason.

WILLIAM GREEN died near Sulphur Well, Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 4, 1872; "old and respected" citizen.

According to the records of the United States Postal Service, HENRY STATION was activated as a post-office in July 1860. Its name was changed simply to HENRY, Tennessee on November 29, 1882


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February 15, 1872


A Leaf from Henry A. Wise's Book— A Story for the Eighth of January. — Life and Death of
Mrs. Jackson — Constancy and Devotion of the Hero of New Orleans.

        The new book of Hon. Henry A. Wise, of Virginia, "Seven Decades of the Union" etc., has many very graphic and interesting reminiscences in it of a personal character, in connection with the public men of the past, etc. We annex one or two, to-day, as follows:


        But we are anticipating events, by painting, perhaps out of place, the private characteristics and traits of a very great man, whose name belongs only accidentally to this memoir of one of his successors. Gen. Jackson was elected President in the fall of 1828. His domestic life had been scanned and scourged; and his beloved and honored wife had been most malignantly reviled and tortured by the forked tongues of his political opponents. She was happy in his love, and never aspired to the splendor of his fortune in life. She had fled to his manhood for protection and peace, and had been sheltered and saved by his gallant championship of the cause of women. He, and he alone, was her all, and of him it may be truly said that, in respect to "wassail, wine and women" he was one of the purest men of his day, and that, too, in an age of rude habits and rude vulgar dissipation among the rough settlers of the west.
        He was temperate in drink, abstemious in diet, simple in tastes, polished in manners, except when roused, always preferred the society of ladies, with the most romantic, pure and poetic devotion. He was never accused of indulging in any of the grosser vices, except that in early life he swore, horse-raced and attended cock-fights. As for the wife of his bosom, she was a woman of spotless character, and an unassuming, consistent Christian, yet political rancor bitterly assailed her, and, not content with defamation, endeavored to belittle her by the contemptuous appellation of "Aunt Rachel," and held her up to ridicule for smoking a corn-cob pipe. She did prefer that form, not for the pleasure, of smoking, but because a pipe was prescribed by her physician for her phthisis, and she often rose in the night to smoke for relief. On a night of December, 1828, she rose to smoke, and caught cold while sitting in her night clothes; and the story is that her system had been shocked by her over-hearing reproaches of herself whilst waiting in a parlor at the Nashville Inn. She had said to a friend, upon the election of her husband, "For Mr. Jackson's sake I am glad; for my part I never wished it. I assure you I had rather be a doorkeeper in the palace at Washington" She was not allowed to live in "that palace in Washington." Before the day of her husband's inauguration at the White House she was taken by her God to that "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
        The 23d of December was the anniversary of General Jackson's greatest strategy in war. He had, without means, made preparation for the defense of New Orleans. He had arrested, suspected persons by a strong arm; he had aroused the populace of the city, of all races and colors, to seize arms for defense; he had seized cotton bales to make him a line of impenetrable ramparts from river to lagoon for miles; he had manned gunboats to cooperate with the land forces; he had done wonders in making strongholds of nothing for the last ditches of defense; but the coup de main was, after making his last hold as strong he could, in leaving his entrenchments to attack the invading foe in full force at night, with a handful of men, under Coffee and Carroll, on the 28d of December, and striking so hard a blow full in the face that he was staggered and made to hesitate and pause, giving Jackson sixteen days' time to recruit his forces and strengthen still more his defenses. Had the enemy marched directly on New Orleans on the 23d or 24th of December; the "beauty and booty" of the city would have fallen a prey to his lust and rapine. But Jackson pursued his "policy of rashness," struck unexpected and unseen, saved the city, and won immortal laurels.
        This, the 23d of December, 1814— not the 8th of January, 1815 — he counted his day of victory. Strategy was the successful forerunner of courage and force.
        Preparations were being made in Nashville to give him and his lady a grand reception and celebration of the anniversary of this lucky day, and all eyes were bent toward the Hermitage to see the conquering hero, the then President, come with his cherished wife at his side, when lo! a messenger on "the White Horse" was seen, riding fast, to announce that his partner was — dead. She was no longer the afflicted, deserted one whom he had championed and married, and lived with in holy and lawful wedlock. She was no longer his angel bosom partner; she was no longer a target for this world's fiery darts of detraction; she was a saint. The day's gladness was turned to earthly mourning, and the day of rejoicing to the day of fasting.
        Dr. Heiskel, of Winchester, Va., was just starting as a young physician in the neighborhood of the Hermitage, and was the first to minister to her relief, and attended until two, eminent physicians were called in from Nashville. From him we learned that she had caught cold, and pleuretic symptoms supervened upon her constitutional nervous affections. She was sitting smoking her corn-cob pipe when she caught her last malady.
        The day of burial came, and we witnessed the solemn scene. This we confidently testify, that more sincere homage was done to her dead than was ever done to any woman in our day and country living. Thousands from the city and from all the country around flocked to her funeral. The poor white people, the slaves of the Hermitage and adjoining plantations, and the neighbors, crowded off the gentry of town and country, and filled the large garden in which the interment took place. She had been a Hannah and Dorcas to every needy household. She had been more than mistress, a mother to her servants and dependents, and the richest and best were proud of the privilege of her sincere and simple friendship. She was, without question, loved and honored by high and low, white and black, bound and free, rich and poor; and that love was so unaffectedly expressed by a wail so loud and long that there was no mistaking its grief for the loss, not of the departed one, but of the living left behind her. From that same door of the northeast room of the house, near which the happy bridal party sat but a few short months before, her coffin was borne to the grave dug in the garden for her remains.
        Following the pall-bearers came General Jackson, with his left hand in the arm of General Carroll, holding his cane in his-right hand, not grasping it with hand over the head nor with the thumb up, but with the back of the hand up, and holding the point of the cane forward as he would have held a sword, and where he stopped at the pile of clay its point rested on the clods. Weeping and mourning was heard on every side, but at the moment of his coming up to that cold portal of clay a favorite old servant of Mrs. Jackson burst through the group around the pit, and tried to get into the grave with the coffin. She was about sixty years of age, robust and strong, and, falling near the brink, got both feet over the edge of the grave, when the sexton and others took hold of her and prevented her descending, and were trying to raise her up and remove her. Her cries were agonizing: "Mistress, my best friend, my love, my life, is gone— I will go with her."
        This was but a moment; but, close to General Jackson, we watched him intently. Every muscle of his face was unmoved; steady as a rock, without a teardrop in his eye or a quiver in his voice, he quickly raised his voice and said, "Let that faithful servant weep for her best friend and loved mistress; she has the right and cause to weep, and her grief is sweet to me." The persons who had hold of her immediately released her and left her sitting over the fresh clods, weeping, and there she, remained, hindering, the burial, until after a while some of her friends persuaded her to leave the grave and let the ceremony go on. The body was let down, "dust to dust" was said, the grave' was filled up and shaped into the common mound


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which covers poor mortality, and Gen. Jackson was led away by Gen. Carroll back to the northeast room. The crowd followed and we got in close to the chief mourner. Arriving fairly into the room and pausing a few moments, he looked around him, and raising his voice, said:
        "Friends and neighbors, I thank you for the honor you have done to the sainted one who remains now repose in yonder grate. She is now in the bliss of Heaven, and I know that she can suffer here no more on earth. This is enough for my consolation; my loss is her gain. But I am left without her to encounter the trials of life alone. I am now the President-elect of the United States, and in a short, time must take my way to the metropolis of my country, and if it had been God's will I would have been grateful for the privilege of taking her to my post of honor and seating her by my side, but Providence knew what was best for her. For myself I bow to God's will and go alone to the place of new and arduous duties, and I shall not go without friends to reward, and I pray God that I may not be allowed to have enemies to punish. I can forgive all who have wronged me, but will have fervently to pray that I may have grace to enable me to forget or forgive any enemy who has ever maligned that blessed one who is now safe from all suffering and sorrow, whom they tried to put to shame for my sake!"
        This was uttered calmly, firmly, mournfully, and in such deep silence of the crowd that it was audible to every one in the room. We can never forget it. Could he? The answer to the question illustrates his leading trait of the policy of pugnacity.


APPLETON's DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY, edited by James G. Wilson and John Fisher, volume 1, New York, page 384 (from the original set in the Memphis Public Library and Information Center):


        His wife, Rachel, b. in 1767; d. at the Hermitage, Tenn., 22 Dec., 1828, was the daughter of Col. John Donelson, a wealthy Virginia surveyor, who owned extensive iron-works in Pittsylvania county, Va., but sold them in 1779 and settled in French Salt Springs, where the city of Nashville now stands. He kept an account of his journey thither, entitled "Journal of a Voyage, intended by God's Permission, in the Good Boat 'Adventure,' from Fort Patrick Henry, on Holston River, to the French Salt Springs, on Cumberland River, kept by John Donelson." Subsequently he removed to Kentucky, where he had several land-claims, and, after his daughter's marriage to Capt. Lewis Robards, he returned to Tennessee, where he was murdered by unknown persons in the autumn of 1785. (For an account of the peculiar circumstances of her marriage to Jackson, see page 374.) Mrs. Jackson went to New Orleans after the battle, and was presented by the ladies of that city with a set of topaz jewelry. In her portrait at the Hermitage, painted by Earle, she wears the dress in which she appeared at the ball that was given in New Orleans in honor of her husband, and of which the accompanying vignette is a copy. She went with Gen. Jackson to Florida in 1821, to Washington and Charleston in 1824, and to New Orleans in 1828. For many years she had suffered from an affection of the heart, which was augmented by various reports that were in circulation regarding her previous career, and her death was hastened by overhearing a magnified account of her experiences. She was possessed of a kind and attractive manner, was deeply religious and charitable, and adverse to public life.


February 15, 1872 (continued)

J. D. MORRIS married SALLIE J. COX, Henry Co., Tenn., recently.


February 22, 1872

WILLIAM ALLEN died near Henry Station, Tenn., Feb. 19, 1872.

WILLIAM CLARK died of pneumonia, February 17, 1872.

CHARLES BOSTIC died Henry Co., Tenn., February 15, 1872.

MARGARET wife of John PEARCE died of pneumonia, February 18, 1872.

WYLY TOMBS married Mrs. MARY PEARCE, both of Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 7, 1872. [The Henry Co., Tenn. marriage record shows that they married Feb. 8, 1872.]


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The seven-year-old son of BENJAMIN JOB was killed when he was thrown from a buggy in a runaway horse situation, February 16, 1872.


February 29, 1872

AUGUSTIN PEARCE died Henry Co., Tenn., February 24, 1872 aged 74 years.

HORTON grandson of Dr. JO. H. PORTER died Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1872 aged about 18 months.


March 7, 1872

Colonel W. D. LANNOM was shot and killed by pistol shot in Paris, Tenn., March 4, 1872, by Vack Cook; disagreement over "a few dollars. " [There was a resolutions of respect in his memory by the local lawyers, dated March 13, 1872 that appeared in the March 14, 1872 issue. His tombstone reads (in the Paris city cemetery): LT. COLONEL W. D. LANNOM 12th Regiment Cavalry Ky. Volunteers, CSA Born 1827 Died Mar. 4, 1872.]

LOUISA V. widow of Robert HAMBY, formerly of Paris, Tenn., and mother of W. R. Hamby; died Union City, Tenn., March 1, 1872; burial in Paris cemetery.

RUTH I. wife of John R. WANDELL died in Paris, Tenn. after a long illness, February 28, 1872; native of that town.

J. M. WRIGHT, Paris, married KATE daughter of Benjamin PATTERSON, Louisville, Ky., January 28, 1872.


March 14, 1872

GUS MITCHELL died in Paris, Tenn., March 7, 1872 of congestion.

ROBERT CROCKETT infant son of General and Mrs. L. M. THARPE died March 8, 1872 [and he was born January 20, 1871].


March 21, 1872

SAMUEL RUSSELL son of Colonel R. S. Russell, proprietor of the Thompson House, depot in west Paris, Tenn., accidentally shot and killed himself while hunting, March 16, 1872; nativer of Kentucky, in the prime of his youth. Surviving were his parents and a sister.

THOMAS L. DARNEL died Henry Co., Tenn., March 12, 1872 aged 35 years. BENJAMIN TURBEVILLE died Henry Co., Tenn., Mar. 17, 1872 aged about 50 years.

M. V. son of Robert MATHEWS died Montgomery, Ala., Mar. 11, 1872 in 31st year of his age; surviving were his widow and one child. His father was a resident of Paris, Tenn.


March 28, 1872

Mrs. POLLY COTHRAN died in Paris, Tenn., Mar. 22, 1872 aged about 72 years; "a good woman."

Mrs. GEORGE N. FOSTER died near Henry Station, Tenn., Mar. 25, 1872. Methodist.


April 4, 1872

Former governor of Tennessee, W. B. TROUSDALE, died in Gallatin, Tenn., Mar. 27, 1872. Born in N. C., 1794.

On the next page, a sketch about Governor Trousdale from HISTORIC SUMNER COUNTY, by Jay Guy Cisco, Nashville, 1909, pages 302-303:


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William Trousdale was born in Orange County, North Carolina, September 23, 1790. In 1796 his father, Capt. James Trousdale, moved to Tennessee, and settled on a grant of 650 acres of land on which the town of Gallatin was afterwards located. He was educated in the common schools of the county. In 1813 he volunteered for the Creek war, and was elected Third Lieutenant. Took part in the battles of Talladega and Tallahatchie. Re-enlisted in 1814, and was at the capture of Pensacola, and in the battle of New Orleans, under Jackson. After the close of the war he returned home and resumed his studies. Admitted to the bar in 1820. In 1827 married Miss Mary Ann Bugg. In 1835 he was elected to the State Senate. In 1836 he was made Major General of Militia. He was Colonel of the Second Regiment of Mounted Volunteers in the Seminole War, in 1836. After the close of that war he declined to accept the appointment as Brigadier General in the Regular Army, tendered by President Jackson. He was a Democratic elector in 1840. In 1847 he was appointed by President Polk, Colonel of the Fourteenth United States Infantry, and as such participated in the battles of Contreras, Cherebusco, Molina del Rey and Chepultepec, in the war with Mexico. In this last battle he commanded a brigade. He was twice wounded, but refused to leave the field. On August 23, 1848, he was made Brigadier General by brevet. In 1849 he was elected Governor of Tennessee, and served two terms. In May, 1853, President Pierce appointed him Minister to Brazil, which office he held four years. Died in Gallatin, March 27, 1872, leaving many descendants.


April 11, 1872

Infant SON of A. M. PENFIELD died April 6, 1872.

A tornado of April 8, 1872 did extensive damage to "a large number of buildings" in Brownsville, Haywood Co., Tennessee.

P. R. ORR married FANNIE A. TODD, Louisville, Ky., April 3, 1872.


April 18, 1872

In crossing the plains in 1870, Tommy Dod was gobbled up the Goshoot Indians, and for some months remained a captive among them. He says among other plunder obtained by the Indians when they took his train was a hand organ which an adventurous Italian was bringing out to California. The organ was a big thing among the Indians after they had reached their village. The chief had a man to sit in front of his hut and grind it every night. It was set to play "Yankee Doodle," and "Yankee Doodle" it played every night, week in and week out, without "variation." One night, in fooling with the machine, the Indian grinder shifted the stop, and when he resumed the crank, out came "Pop Goes the weasel." The old chief listened a moment, and supposing the machine was spoiled, seized his tomahawk, leaped from the door of his hut, and with a fierce yell brained the discoverer of the new tune upon the spot.


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JENNIE infant daughter of F. H. and M. C. UPCHURCH died in Paris, Tenn., April 14, 1872. "Died to live with the angels."

JOHN H. HASTINGS, aged 17 years, married CYNTHIA A. CARTER, aged 15 years, Henry Co., Tenn., April 7, 1872.

B. F. TURBEVILLE, Henry Co., died recently and his life insurance with New York Life was paid in full, $2000, to his family.

JOHN LEMLY was shot and killed by WILLIAM N. PUTNAM a few miles south of Huntsville, Alabama, March 23, 1872.


April 25, 1872

JOHN W. TRAVIS married MARIA LOUISE DAWSON, Henry Co., Tenn., April 11, 1872.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM was to be hanged in Clinton, Hickman Co., Ky., June 7, 1872 for the murder of JOSEPH PENDERGRASS.

[In a missing issue, the death of MOLLIE COLE would likely have been noted. In the Paris city cemetery is a double tombstone: JOHN E. COLE Born April 12, 1841 Died April 26, 1870 MOLLIE, wife of J. E. COLE Born April 5, 1851 Died May l, 1872; each had a long epitaph inscribed beneath their names and vital statistics but these are now virtually illegible.]

May 16, 1872

"JORDAN BAXTER, a colored woman, aged one hundred and thirteen years, with her boy [son], aged eighty-three, were passengers by the Lebanon train today from Richmond Junction to Lebanon Junction."

AMANDA wife of Albert WRIGHT died near Mt. Hebron, Henry Co., Tenn., May 8, 1872.

NATHAN CLEMENTS died Henry Co., Tenn., May 11, 1872.

Mrs. WILLIAM MOODY died of tetanus, Henry Co., Tenn., May 12, 1872.

Mrs. NANCY JONES died in Henry Co., Tenn., May 10, 1872; widowed daughter of DR. Benjamin Peebles in whose residence she died; surviving were two children.

The new Methodist Episcopal Church, South building in Paris, Tenn. was dedicated on Sunday, May 12, 1872.

Two daughters of Fayette NORED, aged 11 and 8 years, five miles NW of Paris, were fatally burned while trying to light a small oil lamp, May 10, 1872. [Buried in McFarland Cemetery, several miles northeast of Paris: ARA NORED Born July 1, 1864 Died May 10, 1872; EMMA I. NORED Born June 24, 1861 Died May 10, 1872. Their parents: A. Lafayette (Fayette) Norid (1835-1905) and Margaret (McFarland) Nored (1834-1902).]


May 23, 1872

The estate of Mrs. PARMELIA PALMER, Henry Co., Tenn. had been declared insolvent in the Henry County Court.

W. S. BURTON married MATTIE W. COVINGTON, near Caledonia, Tenn., in the residence of her uncle, Colonel H. W. Woll. May 16, 1872.

M. L. HOBBY died from pulmonary disease at Harry Trevathan's residence, Henry Co., Tenn., May 19, 1872.


May 30, 1872

HESTER wife of E. Hester; daughter of Rev. Thomas Valentine, died of consumption, near Conyersville, May 5, 1872.


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JOSEPH PILLOW died near Conyersville, Tenn., May 9, 1872 aged 84 years; native of Virginia; veteran of the War of 1812. Baptist.

MARY widow of John W. CRAWFORD committed suicide by hanging herself, May 26, 1872; surviving her were four children.


June 6, 1872

FELIX JOHNSON died in the residence of H. F. Melton, Henry Co., Tenn., Wednesday night, June 5, 1872. [His tombstone in the Paris city cemetery reads: FELIX T. JOHNSTON Born July 20, 1829 Died June 4, 1872. Comp, G, 7 Tenn. Cav.]

PETER LOONEY's dwelling in Henry Co., Tenn. burned May 30, 1872; a complete loss, including forty dollars cash.

JOHN M. COMER died near Mansfield, Tenn., May 30, 1872.


July 4, 1872

DAVID CALDWELL, black, raised by Colonel R. D. Caldwell, Paris, Tenn., died at Martin's Mills, Henry Co., Tenn., a few days ago.


July 25, 1872

The estate of W. C. SWOR, dec. had been declared insolvent by the Henry County Court. G. W. Swor, administrator.

GEORGE HORTON died four miles east of Paris, Tenn., July 19, 1872 aged about 78 years.


August 1, 1872

JAMES R. son of John A. and Mary E. ALLEN born Nov. 20, 1867; died July 17, 1872.


August 8, 1872

Hon. MICAJAH BULLOCK, notable lawyer, died Jackson, Tenn., August 3, 1872. [He's buried in an unmarked grave in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson.]

Funeral of J. [JOHN] W. NANCE, SR. held in Paris, Aug. 6, 1872. [He is buried in the city cemetery.]

The McMinnville, Tenn. NEW ERA [newspaper] announced the death of JOHN MARTIN in Warren Co., Tenn., June 29, 1872, aged 109 years.


August 15, 1872

W. E. COOK married MARY W. HICKS, both of Paris, Tenn., August 8, 1872.

DORINDA PEDEN aged 74 years, died August 9, 1872; "a great sufferer for years." [The WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, Tenn., Aug. 24, 1872. "The Paris INTELLIGENCER of the 15th chronicled the death in that place on the 9th of Mrs. DORINDA PEDEN, aged seventy-four years." Her tombstone in the Paris city cemetery reads: DORINDA Wife of C. [Cornelius] PEDEN Born March 9, 1798 Died Aug. 9, 1873 aged 74 years, 5 mos.]


JAMES COONEY aged 74 years, died Aug. 9, 1872 in Paris, Tenn.

Mrs. R. A. GIBSON died in residence of her mother, Mrs. Dorch, five miles east of Paris, Tenn., August 10, 1872; survived by an 8 year old son.


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August 29, 1872

Mrs. I. C. DAVIS died in west Paris, Tenn., Aug. 7, 1872; surviving were 3 children.

The WIFE of Dr. A. P. WARTERFIELD died in Cottage Grove, Tenn., Aug. 22, 1872; survived by several children.


September 12, 1872

AUSTIN PERRY married NANCY HUIE, Henry Co., Tenn., September 4, 1872.

WILLIAM VAUGHN died at Porter's Station, Henry Co., Tenn., Sept. 7, 1872 aged about 83 years; veteran of the War of 1812.

GIDEON MILAM died near Caledonia, Tenn., Sept. 7, 1872 aged about 75 years; native of North Carolina. Methodist.


September 19, 1872

ALFRED HILL died of consumption, Dresden, Tenn., September 14, 1872.

TOM FOX died Dresden, Tenn., Sept. 11, 1872. "Another victim of intemperance."

The Rev. JOHN CLAYBOURNE, black preacher at the Paris African Methodist Episcopal Church for the last two years "is" leaving and he thanked the local citizenry for their "kind treatment" to him.


September 26, 1872

Hon. GARRETT DAVIS, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, died in Paris, Ky., Sept. 26, 1872 aged 72 years.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 831:

DAVIS, Garrett (brother of Amos Davis), a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Mount Sterling, Ky., September 10, 1801; completed preparatory studies; employed in the office of the county clerk of Montgomery County and afterward of Bourbon County; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Paris, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives 1833-1835; elected as a Henry Clay Whig to the Twenty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1847); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; declined to be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the ticket headed by John J. Crittenden in 1848; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849, but resigned because of his opposition to an elective judiciary; nominated by the American Party as a candidate for President of the United States in 1856, but declined; was opposed to secession; supported the Constitutional Union ticket of Bell and Everett in 1860; elected as an old-line Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of John C. Breckinridge; reelected as a Democrat in 1867 and served from December 10, 1861, until his death in Paris, Bourbon County, Ky., September 22, 1872; interment in Paris Cemetery.


M. E. R. [MASTIN] FREEMAN, in the prime of life, died unexpectedly, Paris, Tenn., Sept. 5, 1872 [aged about 36 years].

SCOTT GUTHRIE died Sept. 19, 1872 aged 19 years.

MARY A. COLLINS born Louisa Co., Va. Sept. 4, 1804; married July 16, 1819; funeral to be held, Oct. 23, 1872. Baptist. [Wife of Dillard W. Collins]

Mrs. WILLIS ATCHISON died near Manleyville, Tenn., Sept. 18, 1872 about 28 years old; surviving was her infant child.


October 10, 1872

Rev. Peter Cartwright.
One of the oldest and most widely known Methodist preachers in America died on Wednesday, at his home, near Pleasant Plains, Sangamon County, Ill. Peter Cartwright was eighty-seven years old. He was a native of Amherst county, Va., and was born in 1785, two, years after the close of the Revolutionary War. While he was still a child his parents removed with him to Kentucky. His early years were spent in that wild frontier land, where the war whoop of the savage often aroused his father and his neighbors to the defence of their lives and homes. Peter was scarcely sixteen years old when he was converted by an itinerant preacher, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The event determined the career of his whole life. He conceived the idea that he had been called to preach the gospel in the Wilderness, and almost immediately he entered upon that duty. In his autobiography, published about fifteen years ago, he related many interesting and often amusing incidents of his early labors in the backwoods. Like many of the men of his time and section, he had an iron constitution and a strongly marked individuality, and was a bold, courageous, and zealous worker. He feared neither man nor the devil, and for his cause was ready at any time to fight both if they stood in his way.


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The Rev. C. S. BUTLER, Baptist, died October 4, 1872.

HATTY daughter of Nat PORTER, dec., died October 5, 1872.

IVA daughter of N. B. PORTER died Henry Co., Tenn., Oct. 8, 1872 aged 3 years.


October 24, 1872

CLINT WILLIAMS, Paris, Tenn., married FELICIA KITTRELL, Hamburg, Ark., in Nashville, Tenn., October 16, 1872.


November 7, 1872

Lawyers advertising their services in Paris, Tenn.: R. P. COLE, S. A. CHAMPION, JAMES T. and WILLIAM A. DUNLAP.

A Correspondence Between Friends of Near Half a Century.

PARIS, TENN., Oct. 17, '72.

Hon. Amos R. Johnson, Jackson, Miss:

DEAR SIR: — By to-day's express we send you a cane, which was fashioned by one of our number, (Cornelius Pedon), from a portion of the old Ramage press on which, forty-four years ago, you printed in this town the "Western District Herald." Out of the large circle of acquaintances then living in Paris, and who greeted the first number of the Herald, but four male persons now reside in the place. What solemn reflections and touching memories are called up by this look into the past! Our early friends, where are they? Their forms appear, but only as a vision that returns in sleep, and vanishes when awake.
        It has been forty-two year since most of have seen and talked with you, but we have often heard from you, and our hearts, through the long years that have divided us, have been made to beat high as we watched your endeavors, and the brilliant success that has attended them. From poverty, and only such education us a printing office affords — by dint of energy and native talent — you have achieved a name and fame, as jurist and statesman, worthy the admiration of all true lovers of country.
        As a token of life-long friendship and esteem, we present to you this old Ramage Press cane, trusting that you may not only find it a physical support in your declining years, but that it may also prove a source of comfort in the reflection that, in the friends of "Ould Lang Syne," you have a wall of friendship and support that will endure forever and forever.

Yours of the olden time,
Andrew McCampbell, John H. Dunlap, B. C. Brown, Cornelius Peden, W. W. Gates G. N. Harris, P. C. McCowat.


Jackson, Miss., Oct. 19, '72.

Messrs. Andrew McCampbell, John H. Dunlap, B. C. Brown, Cornelius Peden, W. W. Gates, G. N. Harris, and P. C. McCowat

GENTLEMEN: — Yours of 17th inst. presenting me with a Cane, made by one of your number from a portion of the old Ramage printing press, used by myself more than forty years ago, in printing the "Herald," at Paris Tennessee, was received yesterday. On the same day, per express, I received the "Cane" — a most beautifully fashioned and ornamented article, with appropriate inscriptions.
        I can hardly find words, friends of the olden time, to suitably express the emotions of deep gratitude and thankfulness with which this gift has inspired me. I shall cherish this cane as my most precious treasure, during the few days I am to remain on earth, and when I depart hence, I shall transmit it to my son, as an heir-loom more valuable than diamonds and gold. When I look upon this gift, the events of my early and obscure life at Paris, (long, long years ago) come up in review, before me, with singular vividness. The (then) little village is pictured in the mind's eye, distinct as an actual portrait; and the hundreds of inhabitants who then dwelt in Paris, (but most of whom, alas! now dwell in the silent city of the dead,) old and young all pass before me in solemn procession. I can see their forms and almost hear their voices; and of all these, it seems, my friends, that you and I are the sole male survivors. In God's own time, (and not long hence,) we too must join the thronging multitudes who have crossed the dark river before us, and realize the great mysteries of the never-ending life to come.
        Gentlemen, I remember very well every one of you, whose names I see on the presentation letter before me, although I have met few of you since I left Paris, and I rejoice to know that you still live, blessed with health and prosperity. May you all realize many years of these enjoyments. And my friend W. W. Gates, (one of your number,) how well do I remember him, as a curly-headed, bright-eyed boy, setting type in the Herald office, and pulling the lever of the same old wooden press from which my cane is fashioned. And, how can memory fail in this connection, to revert to Felix Zollicoffer, my friend and associate in the Herald office? Zollicoffer, the brave, the pure, the intellectual, the honorable. He who stood in the front rank of Tennessee's sons, "the noblest Roman of them all," and who yielded up his great soul on liberty's battlefield, "without fear and without reproach."
        Gentlemen, your estimate of my capacity and position, as expressed in the letter before me is not fully merited by myself, but I have always endeavored to act the part assigned me in the drama of life, to the full extent of such capacity and such opportunities as Providence has pleased to afford me.
        This occasion is so very suggestive of reflection, that I might write you a volume in reply; but I now conclude, with a repetition of my thanks for your beautiful and precious gift, and my best wishes for the happiness of you and yours.

As ever, your friend,
Amos R. Johnston.


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November 14, 1872

SAMUEL W. THOMPSON, formerly of Henry Co., Tenn., died at Marlborough, Carroll Co., Tenn., Nov. 9, 1872; buried in Paris city cemetery. [His grave marked by a simple stone reading CSA in this cemetery.]

Infant SON of J. P. and M. M. DUNLAP died five miles of Conyersville, Tenn., Nov. 4, 1872 aged 4 mos. and 5 days old [born June 29, 1872].

Mrs. [] HOLLAND died four miles north of Conyersville, Tenn., Nov. 8, 1872.

MARTHA wife of Dan McBRIDE died near Conyersville, Tenn., Oct. 27, 1872, leaving one child.

THOMAS FRANKLIN died of pneumonia, near Conyersville, Tenn., Nov. 1, 1872.


November 21, 1872

J. L. SMITH married ADDIE GIBBS, Dresden, Tenn., November 10, 1872.

D. C. KENT married JENNIE WAKELAND, Henry Co., Tenn., November 6, 1872.

ROBERT B. RENNOLDS married Mrs. JANE H. RENNOLDS, Henry Co., Tenn., Nov. 8, 1872.


November 28, 1872

Mrs. ELIZABETH CULPEPPER, nee SWEENEY, died in residence of Elder L. M. Edgar [Baptist preacher], Henry Co., Tenn., Nov. 22, 1872 aged 92 years; married in 1832 near Nashville, Tenn. [Elizabeth Swinney married James H. Culpepper, Davidson Co., Tenn., December 13, 1832.]

Judge WILLIAM C. [CLAIBORNE] DUNLAP died recently in Memphis, Tenn., in 72nd years of his age; native of Knoxville, Tenn.; came to west Tenn. in his youth; lawyer; served in Congress; circuit judge of the Memphis judicial district. [Judge Dunlap is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis. His name and dates are inscribed on the Hugh Dunlap monument in the Paris city cemetery: WILLIAM C. DUNLAP Born Feb. 25, 1798 Died Nov. 17, 1872.]

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 887:

DUNLAP, William Claiborne, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Knoxville, Tenn., February 25, 1798; attended the Ebenezer Academy and Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., 1813—1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Knoxville in 1819; served in the Indian campaign in 1818 and 1819; moved to Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., in 1828; held a commission in the United States Volunteers in 1830; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Tennessee from 1840 to 1849, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate in 1851, 1853, and 1857; served in the State house of representatives 1857-1859; died near Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., November 16, 1872; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.


[A copy of the compilation entitled, A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE DUNLAPS OF TENNESSEE, by Kenneth A. Dunlap, Sr.. Sterling Heights, Michigan, 1996, is in the Rhea Library in Paris, Tenn., 400 Washington, Paris 38242. It details the life of the Irish immigrant, Hugh Dunlap (died 1846) and his wife, Susanna Gilliam Dunlap (died 1859) and their descendants.]

The Reverend SIMON G. FULLER, Episcopal Church, died in New Jersey, Nov. 21, 1872 aged 36 years.


December 5, 1872

Major W. J. STURDIVANT, well-known resident of Oak Grove, Lauderdale Co., Tenn., died of exposure to cold, December 4, 1872.

JO. RAGAN died near Dresden, Tenn., November 30, 1872.


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JOHN CURTIS, native of North Carolina, died six miles west of Paris, Tenn., December 2, 1872 aged 80 years; for 35 years a resident of Henry County; "estimable man."

JOHN SCOTT married ELLEN BURNS, Paris, Tenn., November 30, 1872.

B. C. GAGE married LENA W. CROWDER, both of Grenada, Miss., in Paris, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1872.

ROBERT A. HUNT, Jackson, Tenn., married POCAHONTAS PILLOW, six miles north of Paris, Tenn., December 4, 1872.

Contracted by DAVID MOORE, the new dwelling of J. WEST COOK, two miles east of Paris, Tenn., noted as a "handsome" residence; had been completed.


December 12, 1872

T. A. ERWIN died a mile south of Manleyville, Tenn., December 6, 1872.

BUCK MOSSMAN died of pneumonia, three miles east of Paris, Tenn., recently.

NANCY wife of Joseph BAXTER, near Caledonia, Tenn., suffered "completely prostrating" stroke, December 2, 1872.


December 19, 1872

The Rev. G. W. D. HARRIS died Dyersburg, Tenn., Dec. 9, 1872; Methodist preacher for 47 years. [The WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 21, 1872., "The Rev. G. W. D. HARRIS died at his residence in Dyersburg on the 9th inst., at 3 1/2 a.m. in the 79th year of his age; and his venerable wife who had passed through the storms of fifty-three winters with him, followed him to the unseen world at 1 o'clock a. m., on the 10th. United in life, they were not separated in death."]


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