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


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Found in the Burial Register of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jacks, these servant records:


AMANDA, servant of James Caruthers, died June 20, 1855; buried city cemetery.

EMELINE, .servant of Joseph D.Mason, Esq. died Aug.16, 1856; buried city cemetery.

EMMA, servant child belonging to W. M. Long died Sept. 9, 1856; buried city cemetery.

SILAS, servant belonging to T. P. Scurlock, died Dec. 14, 1857; buried city cemetery.

JAMES EDWARD, serv't child of Mrs. Jester died Aug. 10, 1858; buried city cemetery.

JAMES, infant serv't of Mrs. Jester, died Jan. 15th 1859; buried city cemetery.

ANN ELIZA, serv't belonging to Mrs. Hurley, died July 12th, 1859; buried city cemetery.

JAMES, child of Judy serv't of Mrs. Jester died Nov. 30th 1860; buried city cemetery.

ALICK ANDERSON, infant serv't of W.H. Stephens, .died Jan.11th 1861; buried at Mr. Stephens'.

WILLIAM WILSEY, serv't belonging to Mrs. Hewitt, died April 19th 186; buried city cemetery.

ELLEN, Henrietta's child, belonging to Mrs. Scruggs, died Aug. 2nd 1861; buried city cemetery.

GEORGE, serv't of Mrs. Jester, died Jan. 4th 1862; buried city cemetery

(several servants buried on plantations so I haven't listed but one of those)

DILLA HARRIS (colored) died Aug.30, 1879; buried city cemetery.



JAMES, servt of J. L. Talbot & MARY ANN, do of Mr. Brown, at Mr. Brown's, .April 26, 1857.

ABRAHAM, servt of Dr. Dashiell & ANN do of W. H. Long, at Mr. Long's, Jan. 2, 1858.

PETER, servt of S. Lancaster & SARAH do of W. H. Stephens, at St. Lukes Church, Nov. 14, 1858.

BEN, servt of E. Parkman & FANNY do of Mrs. Hale, at Mrs. Hale's, Dec. 25, 1861.

WILLIS, servt of J. S. Millsr & MARIA do of Ben Long, at St. Luke's, Feb. 2, 1862.

ROBIN, servt of Mrs. Stoddert & HANNAH do R. P. Ford, at St. Luke's, Apr.6, 1862.

ISAAC (col'd) to PATIENCE, servt of Dr. Womack, at Dr. Womack's, July 6, 1862.



JAMES EDWARD, servant child belonging to Mrs. Jester, June 16, 1856.

EMMA, servant child belonging to W. H. Long, .August 1, 1856.

DAVID OTEY, servant child belonging to Mrs. Stoddert, June 7, 1857, along with her other servants: JERRY, LIZETTE, SOPHRONIA EDNY.

HETTY, servant child belonging to John Williams, July 5, 1857.

LEANDER, servant child belonging to J. L. Talbot, Oct. 4, 1857.

EMMA, COOPER, NORA, servant children belonging to W. H. Stephens, June 10, 1858.

SUSAN MEDORA, servant child belonging to Mrs. Snodgrass, June 10, 1858.

ALFRED, servant man belonging to J. Vaulx, Esq., June 10, 1858.

FANNY, servt adult of James L. Talbot, March 17, 1858.

FLORENCE, child of FANNY, ditto.

EPAPHRODITUS, son of Martha, servant of Mrs. Hale, Apr. 30, 1858.

WILLIAM, servant man belonging to James Vaulx., Esq., May 27, 1858.

CHARLOTTE, servant infant, dau. of MARIA, servt of J. B. Long, June 17, 1858.

JOE, son of ANNE, servt of W. H. Long, and ANNE, dau. of same, and ALICE, dau. of same, June 17, 1858

ALICK ANDERSON, son of ANN, servant of Wm. H. Stephens, Jan. 11, 1861.

ALBERT, servant child belonging to J. L. Talbot, June 25, 1858.

MARY IDA, servant child belonging to Mrs. Jester, Aug. 11, 1858.

JAMES, .son of Mrs. Jester's JUDY, Jan. 15, 1859

SARAH ADA, dau. of LUCINDA, servt of John Read, Oct. 2, 1859.

DORA, ditto.

CHARLES, servant, adult, J. L. Talbot's, Aug. 5, 1861.


Notes taken by me from HISTORY OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, JACKSON, TENNESSEE,1837-1912, by Henry Clay Irby (Jackson.1912), regarding some persons buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Page 9. January 29, 1837, this congregation vas organized in Jackson, among its first members were Mrs. Lucinda Jobe and Miss Elizabeth Lake.

Page 10. Sarah (McClanahan) Taylor was baptized July 1837.

Page 10. Mrs. Lucinda Jobe had a daughter living in 1912, Mrs. J. C. Robinson of Jackson.

Page 13. Ann Eliza Lancaster was received on profession, Oct. 9, 1845.

Page 30. Joel R. Chappell was church clerk, 1856-1867; devoted to Masonry.

Page 30. Deacon John Norvell joined the congregation in 1849. Mrs. J. E. Glass was his daughter.

Page 30. JAMES B. CONGER was born May 22, 1792 and died Nov. 7, 1871, and ordained a deacon.1849. "He was a man of strong convictions, had strong sympathy for the destitute and afflicted."


In his obituary (WHIG AND TRIBUNE, Jackson, Nov. 11, 1871), it is stated of Major J. B. Conger that he died Nov. 7, in his 80th year of age; born in North Carolina and one of the pioneer settlers of Madison Co. He vas for many years a valued contributor to the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. . . . Whilst we sympathize with his afflicted family in their bereavement, yet we know that the old man is resting well."

I suspect that his is the large upright tombstone in Conger lot 201 Riverside, on which the lettering is dissolved.


Regarding A. Searoy, page 27:

In the list of riverside lots (by family names), owned by the late Miss Mary Eleanor Timberlake (1876-1970) of Jackson, which list was written at least before 1940, the names provided at this location are those seen by the 1937 copyist. The Timberlake list has the name "A. Searcy" rather than Searoy which to me, at least, makes better sense. This tombstone was located very close to 6th St. Only its seeming base-stone has survived.


THE WEEKLY TIMES, Jackson, Feb. 13, 1891

[clipping here was of too poor a quality to read and transcribe]

an old newspaper clipping about William Holland


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Colonel Joseph H. Talbot and Almedia Sanders were married, in Jackson, March 15, 1827; she being a daughter of Francis Sanders, Esq. (NATIONAL BANNER AND NASHVILLI WNIG, March 17, 1827)

An article appeared in THE JACKSON SUN, Feb. 18, 1826:

        HORRID MURDER. Died at his residence in this county, on Thursday morning the 16th inst., MR.. FRANCIS SANDERS, .aged about 50 years, of wounds received by the hands of an assassin on Thursday evening preceding. The circumstances are concisely theses: On Wednesday evening the 6th inst. whilst engaged in looking over his farm, he was shot at by some villian in coward. Fortunately, at this time, he received no injury. Who it could be or what extraordinary motive the assassin could be actuated by, it vas impossible to conjecture. On the evening following, about dusk, as he was returning to his house from a piece of new ground, where he had been superintending . . . he suddenly received a blow, without knowing at the time from whence it had come, on his head, which instantly brought him senseless to the ground. A repetition of blows appears to have succeeded the one which brought him down; in this situation he was found shortly after and brought to his house where he languished until last Thursday morning about 5 o'clock, when he died having previously recovered his senses. The villian who committed the atrocious act and whose name is _______ Jamison, has confessed his crime and is now in close confinement in Jackson jail, together with a negro fellow belonging to Mr. Sanders, who has also made a full confession. The wretches can scarcely assign a motive for their conduct. Jamison is a young man about 21 or 22 years of age and resided with his father on the land of Mr. Sanders. The deceased emigrated to this section of country from Davidson county, Stone River, where he had resided many years commanding the esteem of all who knew him.
        If such a man at home almost in the bosom of his family could not be safe from outrage, how precarious is all human security!
        A jury of inquest has been held over his body and find his death produced by an act of willful murder, agreeably to the foregoing statement of facts. On Friday evening his remains were interred with great solemnity by the Free Masons of Jackson Lodge.


"Madison County," by Jay G. Cisco, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, volume 8 (January 1903), #l, pages 38-39:

        John H.Day . . . was as eccentric and as positive in his character as he was popular and successful as a teacher. Besides being a thorough teacher of mathematics, he impressed his pupils with the importance of a thorough knowledge of grammar and in so instructing them, steadily and with much force maintained, that as gender denoted a distinction of sex, there could be only two genders, masculine and feminine, and that as neuter, signified neither, such a gender was not authorized by true grammatical law. Mr. Day was a native of Virginia. After he ceased being a teacher he became a justice of the peace and in that capacity pronounced judgments, which, because of their justness, rendered him truly popular. In 1840 he owned and conducted the Jackson hotel which was situated on the lot which the First National Bank now occupies. But preferring farming to hotel life, he abandoned the latter and until his death successfully cultivated the farm on the eastern limit of this city, now known as the James McKee place.


Free the Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts, the following are listed as children of Amarish and Ruth Childs:

Eliza Jacksom, born at Charlestown, October 27, 1792;
MARIA OLIVER, born at Charlestown, June 10, 1794;
Rebecca, twin, born at Charlestown, August 23, 1795;
Ruth, twin, born at Charlestown, August 23, 1795;
Amariah, born at Charlestown, August 23,1797;
Ebenezer Larkin, born at Charlestown, May 6, 1799;
Isaac, born at Charlestown, Feb. 1, 1801;
Catherine, born December 20, 1803;
MARY ANN, born June 25, 1807;
Samuel Capen, born May 22, 1809.

Ruth, wife of Amariah Childs, died July 6, 1812, he remarried to the widow, Ann Larkin, Oct. 24, 1813 and their son, George Edvin, was born Nov. 13, 1814. Ann Larkin Childs died April 17, 1816. Amariah Childs died of erysipelas, aged 60, Jan. 21, 1846.



See page 14, W. P. Turley

The Hon. William Bruce Turley was Judge of the Memphis Court of Common Law and Chancery. On April 23, 1851 he slipped on a round stick, after "stepping from the door of the hotel, he fell and his cane, being broken, pierced his left side near the region of the heart, inflicting a terrible wound of which he died Tuesday night." (May 27th) (See: MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, May 29, 30, 1851) "The remains of the Hon. Wm. B. Turley were yesterday borne to the Winchester Cemetery." Masonic funeral from home of his bro., Thos. J. Turley. (Ibid.May 30, 1851) Memphis Bar and Somerville Bar published tributes to him. (Ibid., May 31 and June 3, 1851) He died, then, MAY 27,1851.


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