MY RIVERSIDE CEMETERY TOMBSTONE
INSCRIPTIONS SCRAPBOOK

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

NOTES BY LOT

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BIGELOW LOT, NO. 350B

Sacred
to the memory of
ELIJAH BIGELOW
who died Aug. 28th 1830
Aged 31 years

Friends nor physicians could not save
This mortal body from the grave
Nor will the grave confine me here
When Christ my Saviour shall appear.

 

Sacred
to the memory of
MARIA O. BIGELOW
Died
January 21, 1872
in the 76th year of her age

In memory of
(Miss) MARY ANN
daughter of Amariah CHILDS, Esq.
of Lynn, Mass.
Died
Feb. 21, 1832

JACKSON GAZETTE, December 31, 1825, "Married. On the 20 inst., MR. ELIJAH BIGELOW of this town, to MISS MARIA O. CHILDS of Nashville, Ten."

Likely, Miss Childs was a schoolmarm in Nashville, as she vas for many years in Jackson.

ELIJAH L. BIGELOW
Who after three years painful suffering
was called to his final rest, June 9th 1851
Aged 20 years 8 months 9 days

Jesus said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now
but thou shalt know hereafter.? John 13 Chapter 7 Verse

This scriptural quotation, from John (New Testament) is very appealing: Bigelow was so young! His father died in August before he was born in the fall of 1830. Elijah Bigelow appears with a young woman and two small girls in their household in the 1830 census of Madison County.

WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson, Jan. 27, 1872:

DIED. At the Memphis Conference Female Institute, in this city, on Sunday 21st., Mrs. Maria Bigelow, in the 76th year of her age. Mrs. Bigelow had been a citizen of this city since 1824. Her husband died in this city . . . leaving her with three children. By her own exertions, she educated her children highly and the two now living are ornaments in the best social circles of Jackson. Owing to her good management and the increased value of her property, she left her heirs a handsome estate. She devoted her whole life to the great cause of education and in this city she trained the minds of three generations. Her name is today enshrined in the hearts of hundreds of the most brilliant and noblest women in Tennessee. She was a Christian and thoroughly devoted to all the duties of life. With a mind clear and comprehensive, a heart in harmony with the greatest wants and tenderest feelings of humanity, she was indeed a noble benefactor. In her death, Jackson has lost an eminent citizen, society an ornament and the world of letters a distinguished devotee. Upon her tombstone should be written, "A Public Benefactor."

 

P. MILLER LOT, NO. 352B

MARY LOUISA
Daughter of
Wm. Blount
Wife of
Pleasant M. Miller
Died
(I could not read.)

RICHARD BLOUNT

? ? ? MILLER
March 14. 1827-
(missing) 1855

JOHN JACOB
Son of
P. M. & M. L. MILLER
Died
September 1836
Aged
1? Years

In BLOUNT FAMILY OF NORTh CAROLINA AND ALLIED FAMILIES, by Thomas Stephens and Rufus Overlander, n.d., pages 6-10, coverage of the family of Pleasant Moorman Miller (1773-1849), distinguished Madison Countian; he came to Madison County in 1824; moved to Gibson County in Tennessee, 1837-1848. He is buried in the county seat, Trenton. He married Mary Louisa, a daughter of Governor William Blount (married April 1801). Her death date is given as Feb. 14, 1847, which can be detected on her tombstone but not without prior knowledge of the proper date. Their daughter, Darthula married Alexander Bradford. Her dates: Jan. 15, 1802-Feb, 1836. Their son, John Jacob Miller's datess1824-1836. Their son, Richard Blount Miller's dates: March 14, 1827-Oct. 30, 1855. Near their burial lot is buried William Blount Miller (Jan. 26, 1806-March 12, 1841), another son. These tombstones are in wretched physical condition, a few hardly more than rectangular slate slabs.

 

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EWELL AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 328

Traditionally, this brick cairn, with any inscription it may have borne now gone, covers the remains of a genuine hero, THOMAS EWELL, who died in battle during the Mexican War.

Thomas Ewell was a younger son of Dr. Thomas Beale Ewell (1785-1846) and Elizabeth Stoddert Ewell (1785-1859) of Virginia. (See, THE EWELLS IN AMERICA AND SOME ALLIED FAMILIES, 1635-1990, by James H. Ewell, Layton, Utah, 1990, pages 79-80; 88)

Among the family Bible records in the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, is that of George W. Campbell. This family Bible was published circa 1777 by the Oxford University Press (England). Among the data therein: Benjamin STODDERT married Rebecca Lowndes, June 7, 1781. He died Dec. 18, 1813, having been a sometime U.S. Secretary of the Navy. His wife, Rebecca, died Feb. 10, 1802. Among their several children was the mother of Thomas Ewell, Elizabeth Stoddert, born July 9, (1785), who married Dr. Thomas B. Ewell, March 3, 1807. Her sister, Harriett Stoddert, born April 12, 1789, married George W. Campbell, July 18, 1812 and she died July 17, 1849. There were other siblings but of interest to the history of Jackson was a brother, WILLIAM STODDERT, who is given as born Sept. 1796, married July 1, 1830 and died January 14, 1839. This well-educated lawyer settled in Jackson. The Stodderts lived in Georgetown, D.C.

Thomas Evell's brother, Richard, graduated from the West Point Military Academy a few years before the Mexican War and he also served in this conflict. It has been alleged that Thomas Ewell was also a graduate of West Point, but the office of archives at West Point assured me that there is no record of such a person attending West Point, much less graduating from there. Doubtless he was confused with his brother.

Thorns Ewell came as a youngster to live with the family of his uncle, William Stoddert in Jackson, in which place he was educated; one of his classmates, W. T. Haskell, was a commander in the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the war, Ewell served as recruiter, as 2 Lt of the Mounted Rifles, USA. He was in service with other Americans, including the 2nd Tenn. Regt., serving under General Winfield Scott. In the battle of Cerro Gordo, Ewell was mortally wounded and died, April 18, 1841. Also wounded was Wiley P. Hale of Jackson who died a few days later of his wounds at the American camp in Plan del Rio.

In the book, THE MEXICAN WAR, by Edward D. Mansfield (Cincinnati, 1850), owned by Mr. Jack D. Wood of Jackson, page 362, is the mention that Thomas Evell, of the "Rifles" gave his life at the battle at Carro Gordo, April 18, 1847.

In his official dispatch from Plan del Rio, General Scott, wrote April 19, 1847, "And I know, from personal observation on the ground, that 1st Lieutenant Ewell, of the Rifles, if not dead, was mortally wounded, in entering, sword in hand, the entrenchments" of the enemy. (DAILY EAGLE, Memphis, May 20, 1847) THE DAILY ENQUIRER, Memphis, announced in its May 5, 1847 issue that Lt. Thos. Ewell and Lt. Wiley P. Hale, of Haskell's troops, had been "badly wounded" at Cerro Gordo. Haskells forces had served their time of enlistment and on May 14, 1847 embarked for New Orleans, aboard a ship from Vera Cruz, Mexico, reaching N.O., May 19; among the living troops were also the wounded and evidently in sealed coffins the bodies of Thomas Ewell and Wiley P. Hale. (THE DAILY ENQUIRER, Memphis, May 25. 1847) In a Memphis, Tenn. dinner in honor of the returning troops, was a toast made by Wm. Armour, "The memory of Lieut. Thos. Ewell, grandson of Benj. Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy," was "one of the first men who sealed the breastworks at Cerro Gordo. He gave his life to the glory of his country, worthy of the grandsire." (IBID., May 14, 1847) At a dinner held at the Gayoso Hotel in Memphis, June 2, 1847, Colonel Haskell paid a beautiful tribute to Lt. Ewel, "which brought tears from the eyes of nearly all those present." (DAILY EAGLE. Memphis, June 3, 1847)

Colonel Haskell, Lts. Ewell and Hale are buried in Riverside, their graves only a few feet apart. Other of their brave comrades have their final rest there as well. PEACE and ETERNAL GLORY TO THEIR MEMORIES!

 

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TAYLOR LOT (two lots), NOS. 34-35

REBECCA F.
Wife of
Thos Taylor
Born
Nov. 2, 1817
Died
October 15, 1885

REV. THOS. TAYLOR
Born
October 9, 1811
Died
Sept. 3, 1876

In ornamental bordering: "His Last Words Were All's Right."

These inscriptions are largely corroded; "deciphering" with help of the Taylor obits. in the Nashville CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE.


REVEREND THOMAS TAYLOR

 

MINUTES OF THE MEMPHIS CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SOUTH, 1876, page 17:

MEMOIRS

REV. THOMAS TAYLOR, D.D., was born in Oxford, N.C., Oct. 9, 1811. In 1828 he moved to Tennessee with his parents who settled near Whiteville, in Hardeman County. He was converted to God at Ebenezer Campmeeting in 1829 and the following year was licensed to preach by the Rev. Thomas Smith, Presiding Elder and recommended for admission to Conference. At Franklin, Tenn. in November, 1830 he was admitted on trial in the Tennessee Conference, and appointed to Gibson Circuit. Being of a delicate constitution and not able to undergo the hardships of the itinerancy in a newly-settled country, he discontinued at the ensuing session of the Conference. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Soule in Florence, Ala., November 1, 1835; and elder by Bishop Andrew in Jackson. Tenn., November 8, 1840. His degree of D.D. was conferred by Andrew College, Trenton, Tenn. For thirty-six years he continued in the local ranks, until November 1867, when he was admitted on trial in the Memphis Annual Conference at Paducah, Ky. In 1866 Bishop Paine had appointed him superintendent of the work among the colored people; and he was continued in this work until the General Conference of the Colored M. E. church in America was organized in Jackson, Tenn. in 1870. . . . 1875, superannuated. At his home near Jackson. Tenn., September 3, 1876, in the quiet of a holy Sabbath day, he calmly feel asleep and no doubt entered 'that everlasting rest the saints enjoy in heaven.' His illness was long and painful but borne with Christian patience and fortitude. 'All's right,' were his dying words; and doubtless all was right with him. To his brethren of the Memphis Conference he sent the following message. 'Tell my brethren at Conference that the gospel I have tried to preach is not in vain, but is the power of God unto salvation. . .  ." Our brother was twice married; first, on September 21, 1831 to Miss Julienne Gilchrist of Gibson County, Tenn., who died December 28, 1842; and second, on May 1, 1845, to Mrs. Rebecca F. Meriwether of Madison County, Tenn., who survives. . . .

D. R. S. Rosebrough

 

HARRIS AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 202

BENJAMIN R. HARRIS MD
Born in
Orange Co., N.C.
Feb. 5, 1825
Died
Nov. 11, 1891
MWCM 1884
M_CM 1876

ELLEN ANDERSON
wife of
B. R. HARRIS
Born in
McNarry Co., Tenn.
March 4. 1837
Died
Jackson, Tenn.
Jan. 4, 1897

 

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McCLANAHAN LOT
South of 8th Street
[Lots 412-414 in Tombstone Inscriptions]

SAMUEL McCLANAHAN
1801-1873
One of the first elders of the First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Tennessee.

LAURA FORTUNE
Wife of Samuel McCLANAHAN
1837-1900

Sacred
to the memory of
LOUISA U.
Consort of
Samuel MCCLANAHAN
Born
in AbbeviliC Dist. S.C.
Febr. 7, 1807
Died Oct. 30, 1857

In memory of
NELSON McCLANANAN
Born in Lawrence [Laurens] District, S.C.
May 15, 182(4)
Died
in Jackson, Tenn.
May 6, 185(1)
(In an attempt to repair this tombstone, the last digits in the years of birth/death yere obliterated. The digits here quoted are those of the 1937 and suggested by the 1850 census.)

 

SESSION BOOK OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, JUNE 1859-APRIL 1880, pages 100-103:

Died in this city at his late residence on the morning of the 14th inst. Bro. SAMUEL McCLANAHAN in the 72 year of his age. The deceased was born in Lawrance (Laurens) District, S.C. on the 19th day of Sept. A. D. 1801. He graduated at the South Carolina College in 1824 under the presidency of Dr. Cooper; & in 1827 was admitted to the bar & began the practice of law which profession he finally relinquished in the evening of life, when the hand of disease was 1ayed upon him, that he might calmly prepare to appear at that Bar before which all must at last come. In 1828, he removed to Jackson, Tennessee, where the remaining years of his life were spent, a prominent actor in whatever pertained to the growth & prosperity of his adopted home. At the age of 20 years he gave his heart to the Lord & united with the Presbyterian Church & in 1833 was ordained & installed a Ruling Elder which office he filled with very great acceptance till the day of his death. (Resolution of sympathy issued to his family. July 20, 1873)

 

Madison County. by Jay G. Cisco, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, volume 8 (January 1903), #l, pages 34-35:

Samuel McClanahan was the oldest of ten children, five brothers and five sisters, who had been left orphans in South Carolina, while some of them were quite young. He lived with his parents of their farm until he vas eighteen years of age, when his father apprenticed him to a tailor who worked on the bench by the side of Andrew Johnson. After Samuel had learned the trade of tailor, he returned home and because of his studious habits and fondness for books his father sent him to a law school from which he graduated in due time and then in 1827 came to Jackson where he taught school a few months and then returned to South Carolina, from which state he brought his sisters and brothers to his home in the west. He then taught school in Jackson until 1832 when he formed a partnership with Andrew L. Martin in the practice of law, which occupation he followed until his death. Of Samuel McClanahan's brothers: James was a skilled and popular teacher, David was a farmer, John was a journalist and editor, was an efficient captain of a company of volunteer soldiers in the war between this country and Mexico and afterwards owned, edited and published with distinguished success, the MEMPHIS APPEAL, with which he was connected in 1866, the date of his death. Nelson, another brother and the youngest, had about reached his majority when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the regular army of the United States, and in that capacity gallantly served in the Mexican war and was raised to the rank of captain and after the cessation of that war returned to Jackson, where he resided for a while and until he went to Memphis, and with his brother John was connected with the APPEAL. Neither Nelson nor John ever married.

 

WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson. July 19, 1873:

Members of the Jackson, Tennessee Bar penned a tribute of respect. on July 14, 1873, to SAMUEL McCLANAHAN, deceased. He was, "at his death, July 14, 1873 the oldest member of this Bar, having moved from South Carolina, his native State and settled in this town in 1829. The high culture of his mind was recognized by leading citizens at whose solicitation he opened and for five years successfully conducted a high school the severity of legal contests between himself and some of those he taught, attest his success in that calling. In 1834 he gave his attention to law a most zealous mistress. . . . In a short time he acquired a practice coextensive with the circuit in which he lived at that time embracing nearly the half of West Tennessee. By his practice he amassed considerable wealth and has been for many years in easy circumstances. . . . He was particularly successful in criminal cases. . . . For many years he has stood high as an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Jackson, in the communion of which he died. . . ."

 

SOUTH SLOPE, near Jobe Lot
[Lot 384-B in Tombstone Inscriptions]

BRYAN B. PROTHY
Born
May 14, 1823
Died
Aug. 17, 184(7)

I cannot state without reservation that this mans name is PROTHY. The 1937 copyist has it thus and it seems to be correct. Also. his death month is decidedly August.

 

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READ AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 294

An imposing obelisk monument bearing three names:

In memory of
JOHN READ
Born
Nov 26, 1766
Died
June 20, 1865

In Memoriam
MARY
the beloved wife of
John READ
Died
Feb. 12, 1875
She lived and died a faithful member of the Episcopal Church.

JOHN J. D. READ
Born
Aug. 24, 1812
Died
June 17, 1833

John Read was Circuit Court Judge of Madison County, 1840-1862. In volume 3. pages 122-123, R. H. Cartmell in his diary, under date, June 21, 1865, wrote. "Old Judge Reid had died yesterday morning. He was an old citizen & for a number of years a circuit judge. He leaves an aged wife, no children living.

In Madison Co. Will Book A, page 116, LWT of John Read. "in my own hand writing in the seventy-ninth year of my age & on the second day of February AD eighteen hundred and sixty-five? Date he executed his holographic will which was proven only some years later, June 6, 1871, with testimony from numerous leading citizens that it was written in his handwriting. IBID., County Court Minute Book 12, page 125.

The Reads had lived quite comfortably, living in town, but owned a nearby farm. Mary Reads LWT executed Sept. 19, 1873 and proven March 2, 1875. Ibid., Will Book A, page 194; CC Min. Bk. 13, page 473. She left most of her estate to her husband's two nieces and a bequest to Mary Read, daughter of Docia (Hale) Taylor, her namesake. She also requested that a "proper" tombstone be erected to her memory. "I am not aware that I owe a human being one cent."

Madison County, by Jay G. Cisco, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, volume 6 (January 1903), #1, pages 40-41:
Jay G. Cisco wrote quite interestingly of Judge Read, that he "was a successful practicing lawyer in Jackson for about seventeen years, before he assumed the judicial ermine. . . . Moreover, he was first elected Circuit Court Judge by the General Assembly of this State. . . . His big heart, his genial manner and his winning oddity so rendered him. Thus equipped and being also a safe, a just and an incorruptible judge, he easily won the support of the people. . . . Not only was Judge Read a fine mixer with the people always heartily grasped their hands and told amusing events of which he was the chief hero. . . . During the course of a day sot long after the Legislature of this State had elected him judge, his wife, whom he always addressed as 'Polly'. advised him to abandon his slovenly habit, that he should put on a clean shirt every day and in other particulars of dress and of customs emphatically charged him to imitate . . . the two leading and stylish men of Jackson. The judge readily promised to comply with his wife's advice and emphatic charge and so for the time being they separated. Nor is there proof that after she had thus charged him she saw him further that day until he had retired to his bed for sleep. Soon after that act Mrs. Read followed the judge and finding him nude she administered to him not only a wifely rebuke, but to her question as to the whereabouts of his shirt, he meekly responded. 'Polly I nicely folded it and then put it under the pillow of my bed. I obeyed your command. That is, acted as you told me was the custom of Messrs. . . .' Nor is this the only 'shirt scrape' which befell the fun loving judge in his attempts to obey the commands of his wife as to how he should use that necessary and very becoming garment. . . . Judge Read was a native of Kentucky. an ardent Whig and an admirer of Henry Clay. In short, he was a just judge, an honest man and so he died."

Judge John Read served in the Senate of Tennessee from Dickson Co., 1813- 1818, while he and family were in residence in Dickson County. He practiced law in Charlotte there and served as circuit court clerk for a time.

In the 1850 census, Mary Read was given as age 58; in ditto, 1860, 69.

Judge Read was for some time editor of the SOUTHERN STATESMAN, Jackson. In the June 22, 1833 issue of this newspaper he had the sad duty to write his only son's (and child) obituary. John J. D. Read had died June 17 in Charlotte, Dickson Co.. Tenn., where he had been born: had been on his way home from college in Indiana and became desperately ill. He was given as 20 years, 9 mouths and 24 days old. His remains were interred in the Charlotte cemetery. In the same issue the "Jackson Grays" a militia unit to which young Read had belonged published a tribute to his memory.

 

J. VAULX LOT, NO. 305

JAMES VAULX has no tombstone, but family sources give his birthdate: March 21, 1783. (THE VAULX ROAD FOR 900 YEARS, by James GG. Horsfall, 1979, page 103). St. Luke's burial register has Vaulx buried in Riverside; died March 16, 1862.

On a single tombstone, lettering worn but readable: ELIZA GEDDY, wife of James VAULX, born Feb. 11, 1799; died Sept. 12, 1845. These are CLEARLY the dates on this stone. Their daughters and so stated in each instance on the tombstone: SUSAN VAULX, Feb. 19. 1835-Nov. 10, 1836; JULIA JANE VAULX, Sept. 23, 1836-Aug. 26, 1846; MARGARET ANN BOYD, Dec. 15, 1827-Sept. 7, 1856 (wife of James A. Boyd). In his book, Horsfall calls Margaret a daughter of James and SUSAN Vaulx. With her inscribed name she is very clearly called a "daughter of James & Eliza G. Vaulx."

Mr. Jack D. Wood of Jackson tells me that from family sources, he learned that this name, Vaulx, was pronounced originally in the English, Vox as in fox.

THE REPUBLICAN, Jackson, September 26, 1845. Eliza G wife of James Vaulx, daughter of Dr. Richard Fenner, died Sept. 11 in her 47th year.

A heart-felt tribute is paid to Mrs. Eliza Geddy Vaulx by William H. J. (Nov. 20, 1856), in St. Luke's Register I, page 5, after a general statement that this congregation, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jackson, was organized July 23, 1832 in the Masonic Hall in Jackson. Of the founders, he wrote. 'Foremost of these was Mrs. Eliza G. Vaulx who from the organization of the parish in 1832 down to her death in 1845 abounded in every good word and work, giving freely of her time and means to the promotion of prosperity. It is deemed appropriate to put on record this testimony to the worth of one who, more than any other person, may be called the founder of the church in Jackson.

 

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J. CARUTHERS LOT, NO. 300

(east side)

JAMES CARUTHERS
Mar. 1. 1795-Mar. 17, 1863

FRANCIS ELIZA McCORRY
Wife of James Caruthers
Mar. 5, 1808-March 4, 1859

(west side)

CHILDREN OF JAMES AND FRANCES
ELIZA CARUTHERS

THOMAS Aug. 31, 1825-June 6, 1826
WILLIAM Oct. 8, 1827-Mar. 24, 1864
VIRGINIA Nov. 11, 1829-Mar. 5, 1861
LAURA E. May 25, 1831-Feb. 23, 1889
JAMES June 1, 1833-Nov. 29, 1864
FRANCES A. Dec. 21, 1835-Dec. 14, 1840
SUSAN M. Sept. 11, 1838-June 13, 1888
JO. HENRY Apr. 8, 1841-March 9, 1888
STODDERT Feb. 22, 1845-Dec. 20, 1904
SALLIE P. Apr. 5, 1846-Apr. 8. 1890

Sallie P. Caruthers married Capt. Middleton Hays, Dec, 18, 1868.

Robert H. Cartuell, in his diary, volume 2, page 9, March 4. 1859. "Mrs. (Frances) Caruthers died this morning. She had been sick for several months . . . wife of James Caruthers and sister of Henry McCorry of Jackeon. . . . Also heard of the death of Saml. Lancaster, another of the old residents of the place (Jackson).

 

CARUTHERS LOT, No. 266

GOODSPEED'S HISTORY OF TENNESSEE (MADISON COUNTY EDITION, 1887), p. 850:

Stoddert Caruthers, attorney at law, of Jackson, Tenn., a native of Madison County, was born February 21, 1845, son of James and Frances E. (McCorry) Caruthers, natives, respectively, of Rockbridge County, Va., and East Tennessee. The father came to West Tennessee as a representative of several large land companies about 1819, and was engaged in his professional capacity as surveyor some years, locating in Jackson in 1821. He bought out the land owned by the companies he represented, and traded and dealt extensively in lands in West Tennessee and Mississippi until his death, in 1863. Our subject was reared to manhood in this his native county, securing a literary education at West Tennessee College. At a later period he graduated in law at Lebanon, Tenn. (in 1867), and commenced practice here the same year with Judge McCorry, continuing thus until the latter went on the bench, and has been connected with Mr. E. S. Mallory in the practice of his profession since 1871, and it may be justly said that Mr. Caruthers has contributed largely to the success and standing of this well-known law firm. Mr. Caruthers is and always has been a Democrat in politics. He served as a private in the late war in Company G, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, two years. Mr. Caruthers is a member of the K. of P. and I.O.O.F. fraternities, and is recognized as one of the enterprising and successful citizens of Jackson, and a legal practitioner of high experience and ability.

 

Stoddert Caruthers died in office, Dec. 20, 1904, serving in the Senate of Tennessee from Madison and several other counties.

 

J. R. TAYLOR LOT, NO. 311

JAMES R. TAYLOR
Feb. 2, 1809-Nov. 19, 1871

SARAN McCLANNAHAN TAYLOR

In THE DAILY PLAIN DEALER, Jackson, November 21, 1871, notice of death of JAMES R. TAYLOR, who died Nov. 19; born near Clarksville, Tenn., 1809; a son of Monoah Taylor, old Welsh Baptist. JRT baptized in same denomination, 1836.

Sarah (Sallie) McClanahan was married to James R. Taylor, respected local gin and sometime gun maker.

In LIFE, LECTURES AND POETRY OF ROBERT HAYWOOD OSBORNE, by Ancil W. Stovall (St. Louis. 1898). page 35, of Mrs. Sarah H. Taylor, "She was born in Laurens District, South Carolina, of Irish parents, the 15th December, 1816 and came to Jackson in the winter of 1826-7. Her maiden name was McClanahan; she had five brothers. . . . She states that she has seen as many as seventeen keel boats on the Forked Deer at the landing at Jackson, at one time; that a great many immigrants came to this country on such boats, going down the Cumberland. Ohio and Mississippi, and up the Forked Deer, carrying their families and entire belongings, being prepared to cook. and sleep in these primitive crafts.

In an article written in 1917 by Captain Thomas N. Gates of Jackson, in one of the newspapers of the city, entitled "History of Jackson, Reminiscences of Early Days," he tells his reader that Sarah McClanahan Taylor, wife of James Taylor, died in 1902. He quotes an interview held with her by the Rev. Oscar Haywood and Mr. Ed Mercer, in 1900; as to her origins, she is supposed to have said, "I was born in Lawrence District of South Carolina in 1816. I had five brothers and four sisters, and all grew to be men and women. We buried our father and mother in South Carolina. My grandfather was killed at the battle of Cow-pens. I had one brother and two sisters out here and one brother-in-law. My oldest brother and oldest sister took charge of the other children and brought us here. My oldest brother, John R. McClanahan, owned the COMMERCIAL APPEAL . . . and changed its name to the MEMPHIS APPEAL. . . .

Mrs. Sarah Taylor's reminiscences quoted by Captain Gates appeared in the JACKSON DAILY, March 28, 1900.

 

McCOWAT LOT, NO. 231E
[Lots 230-231 in Tombstone Inscriptions]

OUR FATHER
P. C. McCOWAT
1819-1902

FRANCES JANE,
Wife of
P. C. McCOWAT
(no dates)

PHILIP CURTIS McCOWAT
July 14, 1819, Lynchburg, Va.
July 2, 1902, Jackson, Tenn.

TRIBUNE & SUN, Jackson, Jan. 25, 1878 has notice that Frances J., w of PC McCowat, died January 23, 1878

 

BOYCE LOT. NO. 260E

Small double marker

MARTHA BOYCE
Born 1827
Died June 6, 1905

JOSHUA BOYCE
Born March 4, 1834
Died April 5, 1918

 

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