MY RIVERSIDE CEMETERY TOMBSTONE
INSCRIPTIONS SCRAPBOOK

By Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1992

NOTES BY LOT

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JOSEPH TALBOT LOT, Opposite Lot 296
[Lot 383-A in Tombstone Inscriptions]

Sacred
to the memory of
MRS. ALMEDIA ANN TALBOT
Wife of
JOSEPH H. TALBOT, ESQ.
Born March 5th 1807
Died October 10th 1835
Aged 28 years. 7 months and 5 days

There is a calm for those who weep,
A rest, for weary Pilgrims found,
They softly lie, and sweetly sleep,
Low in the ground.

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Captain Thomas N. Gates wrote, in a Jackson newspaper article, Mrs. Almedia Ann Talbot was Almedia Ann Sanders. Young Jamison was madly in love with Miss Sanders. Mr. Sanders, for reasons known only to himself, refused young Jamison permission to visit his daughter. Supposedly this was the motive for his having murdered Francis Sanders.

Thomas Jamison was indicted for murder, July 1826, trial subsequently held and he was sentenced to death by hanging on May 4, 1827. (Madison Co. Circuit Court Book 1, pages 280, 333, 346)

* * *

Besides Almedia Talbot, Francis Sanders had a daughter, Mary M., wife of Robert H. Lake; Thomas F. Sanders, etc. (Madison Co. Deed Rook 2, page 277)

Colonel Talbot was remarried, August 16, 1842, to Martha Freeman in Madison County.

* * *

Sacred to
the memory of
JOSEPH GREER
son of
Joseph & Almedia Talbot
Born 20th Sept. 1832
Died 27th May 1834
Aged 1 year, 8 month & 7 days

 

LAKE LOT, Adjoining Lot 351

In memory of
ELIZABETH
daughter of Robt. H. LAKE
Who departed this life
Feb. 2d 1831
Aged 1 year, 7 months and 20 days

COMPILATION OF DATA ON LAKE FAMILIES IN AMERICA, by James A. Lake (Greenville, Ms., 1987), page 28. Robert Hart Lake died Sept. 1835 in Madison Co.; born in Maryland, 1804, (Page 32) He married Mary Sanders, 1826. Among their children, Elizabeth Lake, born June 12, 1829; died Feb. 2, 1831. Robt. H. Lake was a prominent merchant in Jackson. His remains are supposed to be in this lot.

 

HENDERSON LOT, NO. 238
[Described in Tombstone Inscriptions as being on the west side of Lot 237]

MARY I.
Wife of
N. C. JORDON
and daughter of
D. D. & N. G.
BENNETT
Born
Mar. (12?) 1834
Died
Dec. 11, 1855

Mary E. Bennett was married to Newton C. Jordon, in Madison Co., March 23, 1854.

1850 Census, Madison Co., CD 15, page 661:
D(awson) D. Bennett, 44. Va.; Nancy G. Bennett; Mary E. Bennett, 16, Tn.

 

MASON LOT (originally), No. 284

Sacred
to the memory
of HENRY D. MASON
who was born
March 29, 1813
Died
May 3, 1852
He was the poor mans friend.

 

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LEE AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 349B
[Lot 350-B in Tombstone Inscriptions]

Sacred
to the memory of
JAMES LEE
Merchant
Who died Nov. 12, 1835
Aged 25 years
Son of Samuel Lee
of
Londonderry,
Ireland

 

BUTLER AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 349B

Sacred
to the memory
of MARY JANE
the daughter of William E. BUTLER
Who departed this life
September the 12th 1824
Aged 8 years, 2 months and 5 days

JACKSON GAZETTE, September 16, 1824:

OBITUARY

Departed this life, on Sunday morning last. MARY JANE, daughter of Dr. Wm. E. Butler, of this county, in the 9th year of her age. This most amiable child, the only daughter of her fond parents, was at school the preceding Monday, in all the vigor and sprightliness of beauty and youth, the perfect picture of health and innocence. In her death a father's tenderness and a mothers care have been deprived of an object which promised everything, which the most sanguine hopes could anticipate. During her short illness, her behaviour bespoke more the wisdom of age than the weakness of youth. Every affection of her warm heart was in its highest glow. in the evening her soul was employed in devotion to her God, in the Lords prayer on the Mount, the impress of a pious mother; and in the morning, without the least struggle or distortion of features, her eyes were closed in the sleep of death.

 

M. BOYD LOT, NO. 282

MILTON BOYD
Born Sept. 11, 1819
Died Dec. 11, 1855

Milton B. Boyd was given as age 30 in Madison Co. 1850 census, with four children, aged 4 to 10. MBB remd. Mary L. W. Becton, Oct. 27, 1850. After his death she was allotted a widow's years allowance from his estate. Ibid., Will Bk. 6, page 205. It may be that Milton B. Boyd who married in middle Tenn., January 1841, to Isabel Dabbe, was the MBB of Jackson.

 

CONNALLY AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 328

Sacred
to the memory of
FANNY L. CONNALLY
Wife of
Thomas D. Connally
and daughter of
John & Elizabeth Kerr
of Halifax County, Virginia
Born
5th March 1811
Died
21st July 1845
Kind angels watch the sleeping dust
Till Jesus comes to raise the just;
Then may she wake with sweet surprise
And in her Saviours image arise.

Thomas D. Connally was also deceased by Dec. 1851. See Madison Co. Will Book 5, page 162.

 

CHESTER AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 348B

In memory of
RICHARD M.
CHESTER
Born in Jonesborough,
E. T. October 10th
1807
And died March
21 1826

JACKSON GAZETTE, April 1, 1826:

OBITUARY

It is with much pain it becomes our duty to record the melancholy event, which has snatched from his relations, and from society, RICH'D M. CHESTER, of this place, a promising youth about 16 years he died on the 25th ult. after a painful illness of about ten days.

 

In memory of
WILLIAM P. CHESTER
Born in Jonesborough
E. T. April 13th 1799
And died September 15th
1826

JACKSON GAZETTE, September 16, 1826:

DIED. On yesterday morning, Doctor WILLIAM P. CHESTER, aged 27 years, a respectable Physician of this town; leaving an amiable and affectionate wife, an only child, and a numerous train of relations and friends to lament his death. Dr. C. was engaged in an extensive practice, during the season he was confined fifteen days and notwithstanding every effort of his physicians, he has been snatched from society in the midst of his usefulness.

 

SOUTH SLOPE
Just west of the Kershaw tombstone
[Lot 379-B-1 in Tombstone Inscriptions]

SA (rest broken off)
May 7, 1820-Jan. 10, 1881

The 1937 copyist was able to read this person's name: SARAR GOODWIN.

 

COL. R. I. CHESTER LOT, NO. 409A

ROBERT I. CHESTER
Born
at Carlisle, Pa.
July 31, 1793
Died
at Jackson, Tenn.
Jan. 14, 1892

(west side)
MM May 1817
RAM Sept. 1827
Kt. T, July 1872
W.M.-E.H.P.
Grand H. P. of Tenn.
Oldest Mason in Tennessee

Likeness of Colonel Chester published in the FORKED DEER BLADE, Jackson, Jan. 7, 1888

 

WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson, April 17, 1875:

ROBERT I. CHESTER

        Robert I. Chester was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on the 31st of July, 1793. He grandfathers, Robert I. Chester and Samuel Greer, were natives of Ireland and served in the Pennsylvania line during the war of the American Revolution. His father, John Chester, was united in marriage with Mary Greer on the 10th day of September, 1792, in the town or Carlisle. They removed from Pennsylvania to the town of Jonesboro, Washington County, Tennessee, in the autumn of 1797, where the Cherokee Indians still lingered. The subject of our notice received such educational advantages as the rude school cabins of the time and place afforded. In 1813 he was employed as clerk in the store of David Deaderick, one of the first merchants of Jonesboro. In the fall of 1814, during the war of 1812, a requisition was made on East Tennessee for two regiments. In the eastern division the call was responded to and Col. Samuel Bayles raised the 4th regiment of East Tennessee volunteers. . . .
        This regiment was mustered into the United States service in Knoxville in November, 1814 and was afterward ordered to Washington, Rhea County, Tennessee, to build boats to descend the river for the defense of New Orleans. After being there a short time the command was ordered to Mobile, Alabama, where it arrived in January 1815, after a long march by land. While preparations were being made for defending Mobile in March, 1815 the news of peace was received, when months were required for the transmission of news across the Atlantic by means of sail packets. Col. Chester returned to Jonesboro and again resumed his peaceful pursuits of a merchant's clerk in the store of John McAllister, until July 1816, removing to Nashville in that year and settling in Carthage, Smith county, Tenn., where he engaged in merchandizing with his uncle, Robert Allen, remaining there until the spring of 1820. . . .
        On the 22d of June, 1823, he arrived in Jackson and participated in a Masonic celebration, on which occasion there was a speech, supper, and ball in the log court house. he determined to make Jackson his home but was so circumstanced that he did not do so until May, 1824 when he purchased property and made arrangements for removal. On the 20th of January, 1825, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth hays, daughter of Col. Robert hays, her mother being a sister of Mrs. Gen. Andrew Jackson.
        Soon after his marriage he located his residence on the hill north of Jackson. In 1832 he built the house now occupied as a residence by John S. Miller and afterward sold the property to his brother-in-lay, Gen. Samuel J. Hays. In 1825 he was appointed Post master. In 1835, with his brothers-in-law, Dr. W. E. Miller and gen. hays, he made a visit to Texas but the revolution prevented a removal and they returned to Jackson in 1836. In this year he was reappointed Post master and deputy Register of the Land Office, in which there was much business. In 1837 the U.S. Court was established at Jackson and he was appointed U.S. Marshall, Morgan brown of Nashville being District Judge and james L. Talbot, Clerk. John Catron being Circuit Judge. . . .
        In November 1841 death entered his home, shadowing his hearth by the untimely demise of his wife. he raised a family of seven children, of whom four sons survive. On the 22d of jan'y, 1855 he married Mrs. Jane P. Donelson, widow of Dr. Samuel Donelson and daughter of Col. David Royster of Goochland County, Va. . . .
        After his retiring from the office of U.S. Marshall, upon the accession of President Taylor, he became a partner in the practice of law with Judge Hays, Esq., at Jackson and continued with him until his reappointment to the Marshallship by President Pierce. Colonel Chester has been engaged in planting and otherwise actively identified with the business of Madison County. and West Tennessee. On more than one occasion he has served this county as a representative in the State legislature. He is an elder of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Masonic order. . . .
        Colonel Chester is a resident of our city, and at the age of nearly 82 years, retains his physical and mental energies in a remarkable degree. Not a mist of dotage dime the mirror of his intellect and no decrepitude embarrasses him as he moves in out midst. There is a cheerfulness in his bland and affiable manner the conciliates all and the promise of a lengthened lease on life seems to inhere in a green old age, whose sloping sun goes down like a long light of a summer day. . . .

 

THOS. McCORRY LOT, NO. 345

THOMAS McCORRY
1776-1335
(This old tombstone is broken into two parts.)

ELINOR McCORRY
Daughter of Thos. &Sallie Jones
Parker McCorry
Jan. 16. 1824-Jan. 8, 1894

MUSIDORA CLARKE MCCORRY
Daughter at Thos. & Sallie Jones
Parker McCorry
June 26, 1821-Jan. 16. 1905

CORINNA ANNE McCORRY
Daughter of Henry Woods &
Carinna A. Henderson McCorry
Apr. 20, 1850-Jan. 10, 1921

(The latter was called "Miss Pet" McCorry.)

The secretary at the UDC Headquarters, Richmond, Va., told me that the MUSIDORA C. McCORRY CHAPTER is the fifth oldest chapter in U.S. It was chartered Jan. 8, 1895.

 

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J. L. BROWN LOT, NO. 241

The one tombstone on this lot is terribly defaced. The 1937 copyist read, simply: MARGOT FRIAR. This still solid, upright stone has naught else on it at this late date but what can be detected, MARGARET FREER. It is in fact the tombstone of MARGARET FREER BROWN, whose lengthy obituary in the TRIBUNE AND SUN. Jackson, October 5, 1877 carries essential information about her, that she was born April 1, 1794, in Lewisburg, Franklin Co., N.C., a daughter of Benj. and Susan Seawell. Brought when a child with her parents to Davidson County, she married Dr. John F. Brown (Sept. 16), 1817, Wilson Co., Tenn.; they came to Jackson in 1822. He died there in 1830, leaving her with two children, John and Susan, the latter of whom married Micajah Bullock and had children: Annis, wife of Richard A. Sneed and K. L. Bullock. "She was remarkably fond of flowers and her rare taste in adorning and beautifying home stimulated the love of flowers and their cultivation in this city. In fact she was the patroness of flowers in Jackson as long as she lived." That, she died in the home of her son, John L. Brown, in Jackson, October 1, 1877.

Madison Co. Will book 1, page 223. LWT of "Parson" John F. Brown, April 26, 1830, proven May 1830, in which he left the estate he had to his wife, Margaret. Her father-in-law, John B. Brown of Madison Co., in his LWF, October 31, 1833 and proven May 1634, left his grandchildren, the son of his decd. son, John F. Brown, property. Their names: John Lucian Brown and Susan Ann Brown. Will Book 1, page 446.

Surely others of Margaret Brown's family are buried here: perhaps her daughter, Susan, who died in 1859 and her husband, Micajah Bullock who died August 2, 1872.

 

HILDEBRAND LOT, NO. 217N

This is a pleasantly large, impressively done monument. HILDEBRAND inscribed in large letters on west side of stone. The basic inscription is almost completely gone. One can read: HENRY K.

(Filling in with his death and burial entry in St. Luke Episcopal Church, and age, the inscription may be reconstructed:

HENRY K. HILDEBRAND
Died July 26. 1877
Aged 46 Years

Henry K. Hildebrand married Mary Virginia Robinson, May 19, 1869, in Madison Co. In the 1870 Census, they are listed in Jackson, page 322: H. Hildebrathd. 37. foundry owner, born in Pennsylvania; J. Hildebrand, female, 20, born Tenn. "Jennie" Hildebrand listed in a Robinson household, in Jackson, 1880 census. She was aged 28.

 

FORTUNE LOT, NO. 257

With the kind assistance of Mr. L. N. McDaniel of Malesus Rd. in Jackson, I was able to "place" the person the following noted tombstone commemorates:

SOPHIA R.
Wife
of James V.
FORTUNE
A daughter of
Charles Caldwell
Married Oct. 9, 183?
Died March 27, 1859

Originally, this was a lovely upright stone with a floral design on the uppermost part of the stone.

Robert H. Cartmell, in his diary, volume 2, page 12, March 27, 1869, notes that he attended "Mrs. Fortune's funeral."

From the Stark-Fortune papers (courtesy of Mrs. Barbara Taylor Hairrell of Jackson), in the Tenn. Room, Jackson Library, copies of documents of the 19th century reveal that Sophia R. Caldwell was the wife of James Varnum Fortune (Oct. 23, 1812, Nelson Co., Va.-Jackson, Tenn., June 15, 1887); moved to Jackson, 1837. Sophie's son George T. Fortune was married to Emaline Stark. In Madison County Deed Book 17, page 467: Elisha Fortune of Monroe Co., Ky. deeded. "for the love I have to my daughter in law, Sophia R. Fortune, wife of my son. James V. Fortune, "certain property, and for their children: Laura (who later married Samuel McClanahan); Josephine, Marcella, George and Mary J. Dated Oct. 9, 1854; registered Oct. 6, 1854. The official death certificate of George T. Fortune (Oct. 26, 1842-Jan. 6, 1920) lists his parents as James V. Fortune and Sophie Caldwell Fortune.

To Sophie Fortune's right is a fallen tombstone, an upright, broken and totally defaced stone of a Fortune family member.

 

W. HOLLAND LOT, NO. 256

On this tall, polished shaft tombstone are inscribed the names of WILLIAM HOLLAND, 1834-1902 and HARRIET E. HOLLAND, 1847-1933. In Goodspeed's HISTORY OF TENNESSEE, Madison Co., 1887, page 873, it is stated that William Holland moved to Jackson from South Carolina in 1871. He was a son of John and Susan Holland. He married Hattie Sullivan in S.C., 1868. Holland was well-known as a merchant in Jackson and his family carried on this business for many years.

 

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SOUTH SLOPE Midway of this section of the cemetery
[Lot 500-A in Tombstone Inscriptions]

ON A MOSES TABLET, these records of the Kelly children:

ELLEN
Dau. of Peter & Ellen
KELLY
Born
Aug. 2, 1866
Died
Aug. 6, 1867

MARY ANN,
Dau. of Peter & Ellen
KELLY
Born
Apr. 26, 1864
Died
Aug. 31, 1868

CATHARINE.
Dau. of Peter & Ellen
KELLY
Born
Jan. 14, 1863
Died
May 14, 1863

Although I could find no tombstone for their mother there was mention in the TRIBUNE and SUN, Jackson, August 3, 1877, that Mrs. Ellen, wife of Peter Kelly, abt. 37, died July 29. "She was an affectionate mother and died a Christian."

 

SOUTH SLOPE
Far side of south slope; towards the concrete block fence
[Lot 399-A in Tombstone Inscriptions]

Off its base.

LOVE YE BLESSED
G. HACKLITZ
Died 1889
Aged 72 Year.
Erected by
John Magda

 

J. H. DAY LOT, NO. 287

JOHN H. DAY
Born
Oct. 16, 1797
in
Hanover Co. Va.
Died
Aug. 16, 1856

The tombstone to the south of Day's stone, smaller but of the same column style, is completely corroded, but undoubtedly is that of his wife, MARTHA, given in the 1850 census as age 43. She had died before he executed his LWT, Aug. 14, 1856, shortly before his own death; which was proven Sept. 1856. Madison Co. Will Bk. 6, page 263. Ibid., County Court Minute Bk. 7, page 674, reads, "John H. Day died testate in the County of Madison on the 15th day of August 1856." Although some of the inscription on this stone is well-nigh impossible to read, Day's death day is clearly 16.

 

SOUTH SLOPE
Near the J. S. LYON LOT [439-A and 440-A]

Sacred
to the memory of
ELIZA ANN
Wife of
Geo. N. HARRIS
Born March 17, 1821
Died Dec. 2. 1849
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord
From henceforth, yea saith the spirit that they rest
From their labours and their works do follow them.

This is a box-vault, artfully inscribed, with an epitaph, almost verbatim, from REVELATIONS 14:13. King James Version of the Bible. The Harrises had several children and he was remarried.

 

SOUTH SLOPE
Close to the front part (Riverside Drive) of the cemetery
[Lot 508-B in Tombstone Inscriptions]

A brick enclosed family lot, its step-stone bearing the name: M. McCARTY. On flat slabs were these names sans dates: (l to r) CHARLEY, FATHER, MOTHER, AUNT, JOHN

 

JOBE LOT, NO. 385B

ANDREW JOBE
Born in
Muhlenburg Co. Ky.
Feb. 4, 1800
Died in Jackson, Tenn.
Aug. 28, 1870

LUCINDA BROOKS
Wife of
A. JOBE
Born in Virginia
1804
Died in Jackson, Tenn.
Sept. 2, 1841
(I had to rely on the 1937 copyist for the years of birth/death for Lucinda Jobe; these dates are too worn to be read now.)

The entry for Andrew Jobe in the 1850 census, Madison County, page 222: Andrew Jobe, 46, Ky, clerk: Susan M. Jobe 16; Lucinda J. Jobe, 13; William L. Jobe, 9. In the 1860 ditto. page 36, Andrew Jobe, living alone, aged 54, born Kentucky. Several of the Jobe family are also buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Jackson.

 

S. J. HAYS LOT, NO. 329

GEN. SAMUEL J. HAYS
FRANCES MIDDLETON HAYS

Although there are not individual tombstones on this lot, this is one of the best-known and highly regarded old families of Madison County. There are genealogical files about them in the Tenn. Room in the Jackson/Madison Co. Public Library in Jackson.

 

UNKNOWN BURIAL SITE

ISAAC (Ike) JACKSON

In the 1860 census of Madison Co. are listed, in Mrs. Eliza Miller's household: Isaac Jackson, 27, Va., Sarah Jackson. 22, Tenn. Ike Jackson was 1st Lt.. Co. G, 6th Tenn. Inf., CSA and fell in the battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862. St. Luke's burial register states that he was buried in "city cemetery (Riverside)", April 13, 1862. He had married Sarah Eliza Miller, May 26, 1856 and their son, Henry Kemp Jackson, was baptized at St. Luke's April 10, 1862, a few days after his fathers tragic war-time death.

[HTML editor's note: mother-in-law Eliza Miller is buried in Lots 341-B and 342-B, Miller-Elrod]

 

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R. STARK LOT, NO. 297

In
memory
of
ROBERT STARK
Born in Tyrone County Ireland 1797
Came to this Country 1817
Died in Jackson Dec. 27, 1854

Robert Stark
P. C.M. of the Grand Lodge of I.O.O.F.
of the STATE OF TENNESSEE

Erected
20 day of Feb.
1856
by the Brethren of the
I.O.O.F.

 

CARUTHERS LOT, NO. 300

On one tombstone:

CAPT. J. B. FREEMAN
Died April 7, 1862
Aged 37 Years
Virtually unreadable epitaph, alluding to his service in the Confederacy.

VIRGINIA
Wife of J. B. FREEMAN
Born
Nov. 11, 1829
Died
March 5, 1861

FRANCES McCORRY
Daughter of
J. B & V. C. FREEMAN
Born
Mar. 1, 1854
Died
Feb. 11, 1883

Joseph B. Freeman married Virginia Caruthers, Oct. 25, 1849 in Madison County. According to St. Lukes burial register J. B. Freeman was killed at Shiloh battle and buried in Riverside, April 10, 1862.

Joseph B. Freeman was commissioned captain of the G company, 6th Tenn. Infantry, May 23, 1861; he had enlisted May 15, 1861 in Jackson, at age 37, according to his official war record.

On a small, upright stone near the other Freeman stones is that:
JAMES, son of Joseph B. and Virginia Freeman, Oct. 17, 1850-Jan. 12, 1853.

Robt. H. Cartmell wrote in his diary, volume 2, page 161, under April 9, 1862, "Jo Freeman & Isaac Jackson's bodies were brought down (to Jackson) . . . brought down a good number of the wounded." April 10, "Attended burial of Jos. B. Freeman, buried by Masons. He was a noble fellow. I knew him well & always liked him."

 

MITCHELL, CALLAWAY LOT, NO. 264

DEVASTATION!
One hopes that it was the giant tree's limbs that fell and broke several of the stones on this lot, rather than their having been destroyed while workers cut down this HUGE tree. In any event. the stones on this lot have been devastated. Buried on the west side of the lot are the CALLAWAYS, to the east MITCHELL and SNOOKS. The 1937 copyist copied these stones:

BERNARD MITCHELL
Died May 26, 1859, Aged 70 Years

CHARLES C. BROOKS
Feb. 22, 1850-April 23, 1872

WILLIAM S. CALLAWAY
Sept. 11, 1811-Sept. 17, 1860

E. M., his wife, Apr. 30, 1812-June 29, 1875

JOHN, their son, Mar. 12, 1841-May 3, 1871

JAMES HUBBARD, their son, Feb. 26, 1853- Dec. 6, 1861

MATTIE, their dau., died May 16, 1860, aged 2 years

* * *

Captain Mitchell's tombstone was nearest the felled tree and just north of Charles Brooks stone which is still in sound condition. Captain Mitchell's stone is gone completely as is Wm. Callaways and that of his son James. When "Mattie" Callaway's stone was cleaned, her name was mad to be, on this stone, NANNIE, old-fashioned nickname for Ann. Her death date: May 16, 1860; age: 9 years, 6 months and 1 days.

1860 Census, Tennessee Mortality Schedule, page 357, Madison County, line 32, states that Ann N. Callaway died in May, aged 9, from "putrid throat."

* * *

Madison Co. 1850 Census, indicates that BARNEY MITCHELL was born in Massachusetts; age 63.

From the JACKSON CITY DIRECTORY of 1875-1876 (Gardner/Gaines, Jackson, 1875), pages 3-4:

Among the earliest and most popular of these welcome pioneer navigators (of the Forked Deer River) was Captain Barney Mitchell, a worthy, honest trader who, by his industry and enterprise accumulated a good property and contributed liberally to the building up of the town. . . . He passed through life a bachelor, a friend with young and old and died at a ripe old age, regretted by all.

In his LNY, Darney Mitchell (signing his will as Bernard), executed Feb. 8, 1858 and proven June 1859, he left generous bequests to local organizations, to persons he liked and to the children of his brother, Alexander Mitchell, who lived in Rose, New York. Madison Co. Will Book 7, page 46.

* * *

THE JACKSON SUN, July 2, 1875: Elizabeth. N., wife of William S. Callaway, died June 29, aged 63; native of Virginia. "Her larchstring was always hung on the outside and the poor and needy always received a welcome" from her. Her husband was a Jackson grocer.

 

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MAGDA LOT, NO. 193W

According to the U.S. Census, Madison Co., Tenn., 1900 (June 5). John MAGDA was born in Austria, with German origins, Feb. 1857; came to U.S. in 188; his wife vas Josephine, of German background, born Nov. 1865 in Illinois; had several children; married 13 years. Lot 193 in Riverside Cemetery is marked with the MAGDA name; one very old stone is on this lot, unreadable except for last portion of death date: 22 ds!

 

UMPHLETT, COLLINS, LOT. NO. 289

The center, large monument on this lot, Umphlett, has these names inscribed upon it:
(east side: JOB UMPHLETT, born Feb. 21, 1827; died July 13, 1905:
MIRIAM S. wife of JOB UMPHLETT, born Sept. 6. 1832; died Oct. 19. 1899)
(north side: RACHEL V., wife of Job UMPHLETT, born Aug. 26, 1833; died Oct. 6, 1853)
(south side: HENRIETTA H., daughter of Job and M. S. UMPHLETT, Mar. 1, 1866-Aug. 25. 1868)

Just to the south is a marker:
LEVIS COLLINS UMPHLETT, son of J. & M. S. Umphlett, Dec. 6, 1869-July 4, 1888. We will meet again.

To its north are two infants' stones, one of which reads: LUCY E. daughter of B. J. & E. HAWTHORNE, Born Sept. 1, 1871; Died Sept. 20. 1871. The other equally small stone is unreadable but it is almost certainly the stone for HATTIE, daughter of B. J. and Emma HAWTHORNE, who died October 6, 1872, according to the WHIG AND TBIBUNE, Jackson, October 12. 1872.

Just to the north of the large UMPHLETT monument is a large upright slab tombstone, inscribed (with Masonic emblem): HENRY D. COLLINS, Born Nov. ?? 1799. Died Jan. _4, 1866. Beside it is a smaller stone, the inscription on which is so worn it seemingly cannot be read with a certainty, but applying testing and photography to it, it seems to be indeed the stone to Job Uuphlett's first wife, Rachel, perhaps raised to her memory not long after her death and many years before her name was inscribed along with the others on the central stone.

* * *

1860 Census, Madison Co. page 242:
N. D. Collins, 60. Va. farmer:
John Collins. 16. Th. (C. Dist. 14)

In the same county's census appear:
Job Umphlett, 33, N.C. and M. S., female Umphlett, 26, Tenn.

Madison Co. Will Bk. A, page 39: LWT of Henry D. Collins, exec. Oct. 1, 1857, proven Feb. 6. 1866. (See also, County Court Min. Bk. 10. p. 114.) Collins mentioned as chief heir, a son, John G. J. Collins, whose education was a priority, mentioned other children but not by name. IBID., Will Bk. B. page 226. LWT of Job Umphlett, exec. March 3, 1905, proven July 1905. Evidently left no direct descendants, bequests to other type kindred and friends.

 

LIGON AND OTHERS, LOT NO. 387A

In
memory of
MRS. ELIZA ANN
Consort of
Doct. B. H. LIGON
Who died Oct. 21st A.D.
1834
Aged
29 years, 2 months
& 15 days

(stonecutter: Solles)

 

A. JACKSON LOT, NO. 319

Sacred
to the memory of
SUSAN A.
Wife of
Dr. A. JACKSON
& daughter of
James Freeman
Born in Bertie Co., N.C.
Oct. 7th A.D. 1816
Died March 4th A.D. 1849

WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson, March 9, 1849: "Death of Susan A., wife of Dr. A. Jackson and a daughter of the late Major James Freeman, born Bertie Co., N.C."

 

SOUTH SLOPE, Near the Confederate graves
[Lot 426-B, Boyd, in Tombstone Inscriptions]

ELLEN MORAN
Daughter of
J. W. & C. BOYD
Born
August 20, 1646
Died
June 13, 1646

Daughter, probably of James Boyd and Caroline Malone who were married February 6, 1645.

In his diary, volume 3, under entry of Jan. 1, 1866. Robert H. Cartmell wrote:

Before I got to town (Jackson) this morning, a difficulty occured between James W. Boyd, who has lived a long time in the place and a man whose name I forget, did not know him. He was a lieut. in one of the companies of Newsom's (Rebel) regmt which resulted in the shooting & killing of Boyd. The difficulty originated in this man and some one else taking 2 fine horses last spring from one Major Smith's command of Yankees. Boyd with a squad of Smith's men was engaged to pursue them. Boyd leaves 5 or 6 children; his wife died last winter. Poor unfortunate man, poor fatherless and motherless children. Boyd was a wild, reckless man, considered by many, a bad man, he was certainly a wicked man. He possessed some good traits, was a man of considerable shrewdness, sad fate was his. He was a lieut. in 6th regmt of Tennessee, shot and killed a soldier at Union City. . . .

 

(Page 9)

JOYNER AND OTHERS, LOT NO. 328
[Listed with Lot 327 in Tombstone Inscriptions]

MARY ELIZABETH
daughter of
T. & E. JOYNER
And pupil of the Institute
Died a Christian
August 3rd 1846
Aged 16 year.

This young lady had been enrolled in the Memphis Conference Female Institute (Methodist) , forerunner of Lambuth College, and she appears in the minutes of the Euzelian Society of the school, June 6, 20, 1846. Among her classmates were other Madison County girls: Maria Turley, Penelope Campbell, Rachel Hays, Matilda Vaulx, Rebecca Fenner, Virginia Caruthers.

 

BROWN AND OTHERS, LOT NO. 349B

Sacred
to the memory of
ANN H. K. BROWN
Consort of
JAMES BROWN
and daughter of
Green and Martha Williamson
who was born the
12th of November 1809
And departed this life the
23rd of September 1832

From the SOUTHERN STATESMAN, Sept. 29, 1832, "Died. On Sunday night last, 23d instant, of a short but severe illness, Mrs. Ann H. K. Brown, wife of James Brown. Esq. and daughter of Mrs. Martha A. Williamson of Maury County. . . ."

 

NALL LOT, NO. 286

REV. ROBERT NALL DD
Oct. 17. 1805-Dec. 28, 1885
Minister of Christ
5Z Years

ELIZABETH WOODS
Daughter of
James Hoge DD
Beloved Wife of
Robert NALL DD
Dec. 8, 1811-Feb. 16, 1885

west side of tombstone, being a tall obelisk, records that this couple married December 6, 1832

NALL FAMILIES OF AMERICA, by Sally Nall Dolphin and Charles F. Nall, 1978, page 544 states that the Rev. Robert Mall was born in Montgomery Co., N.C., Oct. 17, 1805; died in Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 29, 1885; married December 6. 1832. His wife was born Dec. 3, 1811 and died February 16. 1885.

 

J. L. TALBOT LOT, NO. 141

JAMES LAWRENCE TALBOT
Born
in
Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 13. 1813
Died
June 11, 1872

WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson, June 22, 1872:

DIED. At his residence in this city on Friday the 11th inst., after a long and painful illness, JAMES LAWRENCE TALBOT, Esq. in the 59th year of his age. Mr. Talbot was born and brought up at Nashville and was graduated at the University of that city in the year 1831. He settled at Jackson in 1834, and not long afterwards was appointed Postmaster, a position he resigned to take charge of that popular newspaper, the TRUTH TELLER, which he edited with ability in 1836 and 1637. He was married in 1836 to Ann P. Dickens, who, with their two children, still survives. From 1838 to 1861 he was Clerk of the Federal Court and from 1843 to his death a trustee of West Tennessee College. . .  He was for nearly thirty years a communicant in the Episcopal Church and an active vestryman of the parish at Jackson. . . . Within the enclosure of his own grounds upon the summit of that lofty height from which his hospitable mansion overlooks the busy town that spreads beneath there. . . .

(This grave and several others were brought from the old Talbot homeplace in Jackson.)

 

J. ELROD LOT, NO. 341B

Sacred
to the memory of
JAMES ELNOD
Merchant
Son of
William & Martha Elrod
Was born
January 8th 1791
In Anderson District, S. Carolina
Departed this life.
Sept. 28th 1839

James Elrod left his estate favoring his wife and children. (Madison Co. Will Book 3, page 118. Executed Sept. 20, 1839; proven Dec. 6. 1839) The widow. Sarah R. Elrod. was remarried to Benjamin Barr, Jan. 4. 1843 and she had several Barr children.

(Sometimes the "1791" above has been quoted as 1794, but there is no evidence of a "4", even allowing for a fine line now gone.)

 

ALEXANDER LOT, South of 8th Street
[Lots 410-B and 411-B in Tombstone Inscriptions]

LYDIA J.
Daughter of
Wm. & Elizabeth
ALEXANDER
Died
Aug. 7, 1845
Aged 6 years

 

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