MY RIVERSIDE CEMETERY TOMBSTONE
INSCRIPTIONS SCRAPBOOK PART II
By Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1992
NOTES BY LOT
FENNER LOT, NO. 233
DR. JOHN S. FENNER
B/Feb. 25, 1835
D/Nov. 24, 1888
(ease side of shaft)
Neat this shaft which marks the spot where he (JSF) rests, lie his Father & Mother, ROBERT & ANNE N. FENNER
John S. FENNER
D/March 21, 1909
John S. &Virginia FENNER
Dr. Robert Fenner (1803-1874) was married July 28, 1828, to Ann Maria Jones. He was a son of Dr. Richard Fenner (c1758-1878), native of New Bern, North Carolina, and his wife, Ann McKinney Geddy. One of his sisters, Ann, married Thomas Henderson (1778-1836) and another, Eliza Geddy, married James Vaulx of Madison County. Ruth Leslie Barrett has prepared a scholarly paper, "The Fenner Forebears of Samuel Fenner Leslie, 1877-1969" (1987), in which she documents the story of Dr. Richard Fenner's parents, Richard Fenner and Ann Coddington Fenner, who emigrated from County Dublin, Ireland to New Bern, North Carolina.
The baptismal records of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Jackson, reveal that on May 23, 1858, several children of Robert and Ann Fenner were baptized; their names: Fanny Florence, Ross Matilda, Ella, Samuel, and William. John Sobieski Fenner had been baptized in the same year (May 25). Their mother, Ann Fenner, died June 12. 1861. Their father, Robert Fenner, survived until 1874.
R. H. Cartmell Diary, vol. 33, page 80-81, June 21. 1915:
Mattie Fenner died this morning. a daughter of Dr. John S. Fenner and Geanie Day. . . . She married when a girl about 18. a man named Skerre. They seperated after a few days & maybe never met again. . . . She had talent, studied art in New York at Cooper's Institute & in Paris. Prance. Her work in oil painting, water colors & pen & ink sketches, show that had she elected to devote herself to it, she sight have attained brilliant success. She published a small volume of poems and stories. . . . The Fenners were pioneers of this county. The oldest one settled at what was then called Madisonville, now Cotton Grove. He raised a no. of boys & girls. . . . Robert Fenner who remained in Jackson & practiced medicine during his life and died here after the close of the war. He was the brainy one of the family. He married a daughter of Atlas-Jones, a pioneer of Madison County, Tenn.
WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, Sept. 19, 1874:
Died. Dr. Robt. Fenner died in this city at the residence of his son, Dr. John S. Fenner, on Sunday morning last, the 13th. Dr. F. was born in North Carolina In 1803 and had for (a) full fifty years been citizen of Madison county. He embarked in the practice of his profession in 1821 in the Cotton Grove neighbourhood, in connection with his father who was an eminent and experienced practitioner. . . . Dr. Fenner . . . was popular with young and old of both sexes. . . . He has lived in this city since 1832. . . . He was continued upwards of a year by disease of heart and lungs and died at last suddenly. . . .
WEST TENNESSEE WHIG, June 21, 1861:
Died. Ann Fenner wife of Robert Fenner, died June 12, age 49. Member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Dr. John S. Fenner enlisted as a private, May 15, 1861, Co. N, 6th Tenn. Inf. CSA; commissioned assistant surgeon, May 25, 1861 and served to the end of the war; paroled at Greensboro. North Carolina, May 1, 1865.
WATKINS LOT, NO. 158
[Lot 158, west in Tombstone Inscriptions]
(W. H. Watkins)
B/Jan. 28, 1827
D/Dec. 11, 1877
The top portion of this tombstone. that on which the person's name was inscribed is missing entirely, but the birth and death dates are intact. Ingram :James could read the whole stone inscription in 1937 and he styles it as being W. H. Watkins. The TRIBUNE-SUN death notice confirms the name.
See, TRIBUNE-SUN, I Dec. 28, 1877, for mention of the death of W. H. Watkins, showing his death day as Dec. 11 (as on his tombstone).
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On Saturday morning, May 2, 1992, I was busy trying to read inscriptions in the old Murrell lot at Riverside, and quite out of the blue, I heard the most beautiful, shall I say truthfully, angelic, voices, lifting up their praises in hymns. I looked around and saw a large crowd around Bishop Lane's lot. After everyone had dispersed, except a few individuals, I went up and asked what the occasion was. One of the men, Dr. Arthur L. David, president of Lane College, told me kindly that it was custom, at commencement time, for the Lane Choir and Others to visit at the old Bishop's grave, to perpetuate his memory and respect for what he had accomplished. Dr. David allowed me to take a picture of him. I have observed a number of interesting things at Riverside, but never did I expect to hear such utterly beautiful hymns sung there.
[Photograph of Lane Family marker too poor to reproduce]
HICKS-ROBERTSON LOT, NO. 381˝
[LOT 281˝. CUNDIFF-HICKS in Tombstone Inscriptions]
RO8ERTSON, page 18:
Hicks-Robertson Lot, NO. 381˝
In 1937, Ingram James copied the inscription on a tombstone in his WPA listing, next to John T. Hicks. It read: CHARLIE, SON OF J. A. & M. A. ROBERTSON, MAY 23, 1850-JUNE 30, 1856.
During my labors in Riverside, I found three fragments of a tombstone laying against a tree on 8th street. I could make out the following: J. R. & M. A. Robertson. Born May 2_, 1850. Died. . . . Months later, I cleaned the intact stub of a tombstone, with a clear date close to its base: June 30, 1856. This tombstone inscription, then, in its entirety: CHARLIE, SON OF J. R. & M. A. ROBERTSON. Born May 23, 1850. Died June 30, 1856.
J. A. HARRISON LOT, NEAR HOWLETT LOT
[Lot 434-a, HARRISON in Tombstone Inscriptions]
There are no 'stones on this lot and there are no visible tell-tale signs that there ever were such memorials to the Harrisons on this lot. It was with the cordial assistance of Mr. W. Edward Terry of Jackson that this lot was identified positively from Riverside records in his possession. There is no mention, known to me, in any records, that the graves in this lot could have been removed elsewhere.
1. St. Luke Episcopal Church records reveal that Charles N., son of John A. and Emma L. Harrison was baptized Apr. 30. 1859 and died Feb. 6, 1862; buried in the city (Riverside) cemetery.
2. St. Luke's burial register reveals that Philip N., son of John A. and Emma L. Harrison, died Oct. 19, 1855; burial in city (Riverside) cemetery.
3. TRIBUNE-SUN, Jackson, July 17, 1879. Obit. for William Clement Harrison, who died at St. Luke's rectory, July 12, 1879, aged 23, after a lengthy illness; burial in city (Riverside) Cemetery. "During the service at the cemetery the choir sang, 'Lord. Forever at Thy Side.' Youngest son of the Rev. John A. Harrison. He was born in Jackson. He graduated from the University of the South in 1876 and from the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1879. He was admitted to deacons order in this city on St. Barnabas Day, June 11, 1879. St. Luke's records show that young Harrison vas baptized June 22. 1856.
Note: John A. Harrison was rector of St. Luke’s Parish, 1855 until his resignation December 14, 1880, to remove to Demopoljs, Alabama. He is presumed to have been a widower. The 1880 Census, Jackson, reveals that John A. Harrison, 53, born in Va., with daughters: Sarah H. Harrison, 25, born in Missouri; Emma Harrison, 12, Missouri; Kate Harrison, 11, Missouri. Their mother was born in District of Columbia.
MICHIE LOT, NO. 187˝
M. L. MICHIE
D/Aug. 16, 1873
Aged/41 Y, 6 m 25 ds.
J. B. & M. L. MICHIE
Born Jan. 2, 1874
Died Oct. 2, 1874
J. B. & M. L. MICHIE
B/Jan. 8, 1871
D/Sept . 26, 1878
Aged 7 Yrs 8 mos & 15 ds
J. B. & M. L. MICHIE
Born/Mar. 21, 1858
Died/Feb. 16, 1877
Aged/18 Ys 10 ms 25 ds
TRIBUNE-SUN, Jackson, Sept. 21, 1878
Died. In this city, yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, Horace Hampden, only son of Mrs. Jo. B. Michie, aged about six years. Poor little fellow, he was his mother's only earthly treasure. . . . She is now left along in the world. Some four years ago her husband, Mr. Jo. B. Michie, was killed by a railroad accident and later her son, Charlie, a youth about 18 years of age was killed in the same manner. Charlie was his mother's sole support and lost his life while working hard for her.
Mary L. Michie, whose fate was a cruel one, indeed, was long a seamstress.
In Madison Co. Court Min. Bk. 13. page 19, Mary L. Michie is given as the wife of Jo. B. Michie. Court date: Nov. 6, 1873.
MORRILL LOT, NO. 248
J. McDONALD MORRILL
Born/Apr. 21, 1827
Died/Sept. 30, 1862
1850 Census. CD 15, Madison Co., Tenn. (page 216), John M. Morrill, boarding with the Adamson family, was given as age 24. born in Maine: a lawyer.
Madison Co. Court Min. Bk. 6, page 38. April 1849. John N. Morrill, gentleman, good character. etc. suggested by Geo. W. Bond. for a license for Morrill to practice law locally.
IBID. Will Book 7, page 98, LWT of John N. Morrill, executed Nay 14, 1861 (leaving his estate to his wife, Mary E.) and it was proven October 9, 1861.
Mrs. Mary E. Morrill was remarried, Feb. 27, 1867, Madison Co., to Willis W. Williams.
Although the stone states that Morrill died in 1862, court records reveal that he actually died in 1861.
MERIWETHER-WISDOM LOT, No. 139˝.
Tombstone at the grave of little
ANNE WISDOM, 1886-1891
HARKINS LOT, NO. 55
This is an enlargement of an entry in my first scrapbook about the Harkins boys, the Tolson child and the Grogan child; which appeared on page 22:
On a rather square stone, easily read after a rainfall:
Terre Haute, Ind.
July 22, 1882
Jan. 1, 1890
Terre Haute, Ind.
Feb. 8, 1884
Dec. 30, 1889
Sons of Earnest & Mary HARKINS
In an article written about 1912 by Captain Thomas M. Gates of Jackson, in one of the city's newspapers, an article entitled, "A Day Spent Among . . the Tombs," he tells his readers about he tragic deaths of Willie and Eddie Harkins, "just as you enter the driveway in Riverside cemetery, you will see a slab covering the remains of two little brothers, Eddie and Willie Harkins. Many of the citizens of Jackson will remember the sad death of these two little brothers (who) together with a little son of Mr. James Grogan, were playing in the sandbank, corner of Lexington and Hays avenues, when suddenly the bank caved in on them and when found, several hours afterwards, they were just (barely) alive and both died. . . . Also the little son of Mr. Grogan died. . . . a little son of Mr. Meal Tolson was killed by the caving in of earth at the sandbank mentioned above." Gates relates more, that Earnest Harkins, the boys' (Eddie and Willie) father, died in January of 1912.
[Photo of slab under trees too poor to reproduce.]
From various sources, more information about these tragic deaths:
From the BURIAL REGISTER BOOK, Jan. 2, 1890-May _____ [unreadable] GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Jackson, Tennessee, these data in the first four pages of this register. Examined by me at the Funeral Home, May 1992.
Responsible Party: Mr. James Grogan
Name of (decedent): Jimmie Grogan
Born 1883 in Tennessee.
Died Dec. 30, 1889, aged 6 years, cause being in an accident
Residence: Stoddert Street, Jackson, Tennessee
Hearse, white curtain, 3 carriages, burial in Catholic Cemetery
2 o'clock, Dec. 31st. Officiating Father T. C. Abbott Roman C.
Remarks: Killed by cave-in of sand bank on College St.
Responsible Party: Mr. Neil Tolson
Name (of decedent): Loyd Tolson
Born 1883 in Alabama.
Died Dec. 31m 1889, aged 6 years, cause being an accident
Residence. Stoddet Street, Jackson, Tenn.
Hearse, White curtains, 2 hacks, burial in Riverside Cemetery
1:30 Jan. l, 1890, Rev. E. K. Bransford, officiating
Remarks, was killed by cave-in of sand bank on College St.
Responsible Parties: Messrs. Harkins & Allison
Name (of decedent): Eddie. Harkins
Born 1881 in Kentucky.
Died Jan. 1st 1890, aged 6 years, cause being an accident
Residence, Stoddert Street. Jackson, Tenn.
Hearse, White curtains, 2 hacks, burial in Riverside Cemetery.
3:30, Jan. 2, 1890. Rev. E. K. Bransford, officiating.
Remarks: caught under sand bank on college Street Dec. 30, 89 & died from injuries sustained Jan. 1, 1890.
Responsible Parties: Messrs. Hatkins & Ernshaw
Name (of decedent): Jimmie Harkins
Born 1883 in Kentucky.
Died Dec. 30, 1889, aged 6 years, cause being an accident
Residence, Stoddert Street, Jackson, Tenn.
Hearse. White curtains, 2 hacks, burial in Riverside Cemetery.
5 o'clock, Dec. 31, 1889, Rev. E. K. Bransford. officiating.
Remarks. killed by caving in of sand bank on College St.
The plate on the coffin of each child bore the inscription, "Our Darling." Although the Tolson child has no known tombstone at Riverside it is likely that he is buried near the Harkins boys, in or near the Sidney Tolson lot.
The BAPTISMAL AND INTERMENT RECORD FOR LITTLE JIMMIE GROGAN FROM THE RECORDS OF ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. The baptismal record "translated" says that James Francis son of James and mary Anne Foster Grogan was born Dec. 2, 1883; baptized Feb. 10, 1884; his parents were of Jackson, Tenn. His godparents were James Prather and Mrs. Annie Marks. The parish priest was P. O'Brien. Jimmie was buried in CALVARY, the Catholic cemetery in Jackson. It had been first acquired for the parish in 1883; first burial in August 1884. Lots were not plotted and sold until 1896, so that Jimmie was believed buried in an open lot. A lovely, simple stone marks his grave, the inscription of which has become unreadable.
[photograph of Jimmie Grogan tombstone too poor to reproduce.]
WRIGHT LOT, NO. 194
Z. N. WRIGHT
D/May 5, 1886
(Zachariab Noel Wright), born May 1846. Madison Co. Trustee from 1876 until his death in May 1886. He was a Jackson saddler.
Z. N. WRIGHT DEAD
It is with sorrow that we chronicle the death of one of our best and most popular citizens, Mr. Z. N. Wright , who died at his home in this city, the 5th inst., after a lingering illness of several months. He was born at Huntingdon, Carroll county, and at the time of his death was about 40 years of age. When the war broke out, though his father espoused the cause of the Union, he ran away and joined the confederates at the age of 15 years. He made a gallant soldier and carried to his grave honorable scars received in the brunt of battle. At the close of the war he cast his fortunes in this city and since that time made an honorable and useful citizen. He was city tax collector for some years and in 1882 was elected Trustee of Madison County and has served ever since. He was so popular and esteemed that he had no opponents before the primary election, which is to come off today, and would have been unanimously nominated again. Noel Wright was one of the most faithful officials this county has ever had. He was a strict member of the 1st Presbyterian church and a deacon. A bereaved wife and six children are left who have our sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow. His funeral took place from the 1st Presbyterian church Tuesday evening, Rev. J. H. Mall officiating and a large number of friends followed the remains to Riverside.
(WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, May 6, 1886)
(This was Zachariah Noel Wright.)
J. A. GREER LOT, NO. 183
A massive double-stone:
JOHN A. (Alvis) GREER
B/Feb. 27. 1827
D/Feb. 7, 1903
wife of John A. GREER
Born in North Carolina
1832. Died 1900.
John A. Greer md. (1) Laura Ingram, May 22, 1859; (2) Mrs. Alice Macklin Ingram, Feb. 20. 1901. The latter wife is buried elsewhere in Riverside and she died Feb. 19, 1925.
Madison Co. Will Bk. B, pages 160-166. LWT of John A. Greer, executed Feb. 20, 1901; proven Feb. 18, 1903. Chief legates, his wife, Alice Macklin Greer. Greer was apparently a man of considerable wealth; converted his money into U.S. bonds and real estate.
SOUTH SLOPE, NEAR ALMEDIA TALBOT'S SLAB TOMBSTONE
[Lot 380-B-3, Kershaw in Tombstone Inscriptions]
T. B. /KERSHAW
June 30. 1825
D/Aug. 5, 1896
Mar 9, 1821
D/Oct. 30, 1877
In the Gardner-Gaines 1875-1876 Jackson Directory, page 69, Thomas B. Kershaw is listed as a blacksmith.
AN OLD MAN FALLS DEAD
AT HIS POST OF DUTY
On Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock, Mr. T. S. Kershaw, while at york at his forge in the M. & O. Machine Shops of this city, dropped in a fit of apoplexy [a stroke] and died almost instantly. He had not been heard to complain and left home at seven o'clock in his usual health. Seven minutes before he dropped dead he walked to a bench close by and borrowed a chisel. In two minutes afterwards he said to his nearest neighbor. "I am suffering with violent pains in my back, please get help and take me home." His comrade turned a moment to procure the help and in that instant Mr. Kershaw gently dropped to the ground and was dead without four or five minutes. He was 56 years of age and a most industrious, honorable and sensible man. Indeed he possessed a high order of natural ability and an "old Roman's sense of justice. His death was a terrible shock to his family. They were wholly unprepared for so terrible a visitation, and the blow was almost crushing. On Sunday night, deceased talked with unusual freedom and frequently spoke of his failing strength. He seemed to think that he could not stand hard work much longer. The night before he died, he talked with his wife until a late hour, about purely family matters. But he hinted not a word about feeling badly or anticipating an early death. He was buried on Wednesday by a large concourse of comrades and citizens, who knew and honored his many manly virtues. A wife, four daughters and two sons survive him. We tender the bereaved our deepest sympathy.
(TRIBUNE AND SUN, Jackson, November 2, 1877)
It occurs to me that if the writer of the above obituary thought that a person of 56 was "old," then would he have thought that a person of 75 was absolutely antediluvian!
GLASS AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 221
[Lot 221, south in Tombstone Inscriptions]
MRS. JANE C.
J. W. GLASS
Departed this life 21
Aged 41 Yrs. 11 mos. 23 days
This is a closer examination of a tombstone reported in my first scrapbook. J. W. Glass was for some years a Jackson merchant; the family moved away from the area.
HALL AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 196
A. L. & M. E. PRITCHETT
Died June 23, 1891
Aged 2 Yrs 2 mos. 9 ds
BARNHILL AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 176
B/June 7, 1851
D/June 16, 1886
POTTS AND OTHERS LOT, NO. 160
W. W. POTTS
B/Aug. 20, 1855
D/Dec. 22, 1876
On this tombstone, the middle name is not spelled out — there is only the initial "L."
MORENAS LOT, NO. 247
Eldest son of
E. F. NORENAS
Capt. of French Marines
& J. F. NORENAS
B/Jan. 14, 1863
D/Nov. 7, 1900
MOTHER (J. F. MORENAS)
(11 or so lines epitaph, now unreadable; letters too ornate and small)
1900 Census, Jackson, Tenn.:
James R. Morenas, born Jan. 1863 in Texas. Father born in France. Mother born in Texas. JRM given as a widower; merchant.
Madison Co. Will Book B, page 111. LWT of James R. Morenas, executed Nov. 7, 1900 (day of his deaths), proven Nov. 13, 1900. "I want my mother to have all my property that I leave"; small bequests to friends and employees. (This must surely have been a man of real feeling for others.)
J. H. WILLIAMS LOT, NO. 214W
[Lot 214˝ in Tombstone Inscriptions]
Initially this seemed to me to be a Shelton family stone but proper cleaning revealed that this was the 'stone that Ingram James noted as "Joe H. Williams" some 55 years ago. A large, upright slab stone, artistically wrought with drapery, it has worn terribly. All that I can now detect on the face of this 'stone is JOE H. The last line of inscription may faintly be read in part. It is, in fact, the only stone still on this particular lot.
TRIBUNE-SUN, Jackson, December 13, 1878, carried notice of death of Joseph H. Williams, who died Dec. 12, a man of abt. age 33. "The remarkable fact in his death is, that he was pronounced dead at 8 o'clock in the morning, his mouth and eyes closed and the usual bandage bound around his face and head, after which he revived and lived eight hours" but died at 4 p.m. Popular constable in Jackson.
Madison Co. Court Minute Bk. 14, page 148. Joeeph H Williams, qualified as constable of Civil District 15. Sept. 5, 1876. IBID. , page 603, Sept. 2, 1878. He is variously called Joe H. and Joseph H. in the public records.
Madison Co. Court Min. Bk. 15, page 31. Jan. 8, 1879, Joseph H. Williams, recently deceased; left a widow, grdn. of their children. IBID., page 60. Feb. 4, 1879. Joseph H. Williams died in December 1878.
JUST EAST OF THE L. EPPINGER LOT
[Listed in Lot 180 in Tombstone Inscriptions]
B/Jan. 12, 1826
D/Aug . 17, 1872
WHIG-TRIBUNE, Aug. 24, 1872:
Died. At his residence in this city on Saturday, the 17th, Mr. J. M. Weatherly, in the 47th year of his age. Mr. Weatherly had been a citizen of this county since 1831, living until the late war near or in Denmark. In 1856 his eyes became afflicted and for 15 years he suffered as few men ever suffered before. One of his eyes went entirely out and the other was seriously damaged. At the time of this affliction he was in good circumstances but for years he was unable to attend to business and his affairs became entangled. The war swept what of his fortune years of affliction had left. At the close of the war he moved to Jackson and at the time of his death was beginning to prosper once more. . . . He was buried by the Masonic lodges of this city on Sunday evening last.
HUGHES LOT, NO. 212
Born in Ireland
Dec. 21, 1811
D/Sept. 27, 1870
MARTHA W. PARHAM
D/Jan. 8. 1889
Aged 72 Years
James Hughes was postmaster of Jackson, 1853 into the Civil War period.
LOT LOCATION UNKNOWN
POOR JAMES BRIM
His grave-site not known:; perhaps he was buried among his Confederate comrades in one of the two lots in Riverside for the Confederate soldiers.
THE JACKSON SUN, April 21. 1876:
Died. JAMES H. BRIM, aged about 35. Had been a Confd. soldier; wounded at Shiloh; captured at Shelbyville, Tenn., June 1863; long imprisoned. "He died in destitute circumstances and was buried by the survivors of his old company in Jackson." Sixth Tenn. Inf. CSA.
The official war record shows that Brim enlisted May 15. 1861, Jackson, Co. H, 6th Tenn. Inf. CSA, taken prisoner at Shelbyville; imprisoned at Ft. Delaware; later in hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
MUSE LOT, NO. 225
THOMAS C. MIJSE
B/Jan. 23, 1834
D/NOV. 29, 1892
wife of/Thos. C. MUSE
B/Mar. 4, 1837
D/June 8, 1912
[A photograph of the base of this marker is too poor to reproduce.]
ADAMSON LOT, NO. 83
[Lot 83 south in Tombstone Inscriptions]
A shaft tombstone:
June 22. 1807;
moved to/Jackson, Tenn.
Jan. 1835; Died in/
Jan. 31. 1876
Return unto me, for
I have redeemed thee.
Dickson Co., Tenn.,
Jan. 6, 1811
Married/Feb. 10, 1831
D/Jan. 27, 1875
THE JACKSON SUN, Feb. 4, 1876
Died. Paris, Tenn., Jan. 31, 1876, Dr. Greenberry Adamson. Born in Md. June 22, 1807. Buried from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jackson.
JACKSON DAILY SUN. April 24, 1903:
Mention of the old Adamson shop on Liberty street being demolished, a three-story brick building now replacing it. Dr. Greenberry Adamson came to Jackson, Jan. 10, 1835, soon after which he had the old shop built. His bro., Frederick Adanson, also came to Jackson, but died later of fever and he too is bur'd. at Riverside.
In the biographical sketch of Frederick W. Adamson, Goodspeed's HISTORY OF TENNESSEE (Madison Co. edition), 1887, page 887, he is given as the son of Greenberry and Elizabeth L. (Clark) Adamson, natives, respectively of Maryland and Tennessee. His father, while yet single, came to Tennessee in 1830, locating at Charlotte, Dickson County, where he married and in 1833 came to Jackson. He followed blacksmithing for a few years and then engaged in the drug business . . . and which considerably impoverished his property. He finally retired from business and in 1876 died in Paris, Tenn. (For many years it was customary to address pharmacists or druggists as "Dr.")
KUNZ LOT, LOT N0. 3
B/Oct. 17, 1835
D/Apr. 26, 1895
Husband and Wife
Born Feb. 6, 1840
Died Dec. 29, 1884
Madison Co. Will B, p. 18, LWT of Charles Kuns, May 5, 1892; proven April 1895. To bro., Julius Kunz, "now living in Germany, Rhine Province & the village of Eisen, my two story brick building in which I now live. . . ." Also, his sister, Caroline Baker.
GOODELL LOT, NO. 251
A border, horizontal stone is inscribed, "LORENZO GOODELL'S FAMILY". Buried south to north are:
LAURA CLARK GOODELL
Inft. Son GOODELL
Inft. SON GOODELL
Inft. DAU. GOODELL
FANNY A. GOODELL
LORENZO D. GOODELL
THE JACKSON SUN, Dec. 17, 1876
Died. In this city, Tuesday night. December 14th, Lorenzo Goodell in his 56th year. [this age does not agree with the obituary dates] Deceased was born in Courtland county [Cortland Co., NY], August 30, 1817. He became a citizen of Jackson in 1845. August 24th, 1847 he married Miss Laura O. Clark, by whom he had three children, one boy and two girls. The girls are happily married and the bright and promising boy sleeps with his mother and father in death. Lorenzo Goodell became a member of the Presbyterian Church in his 15th year and died in the communion of the faith professed in his boyhood.
In the bio. sketch of Louis J. Brooks, born 1853 (in Goodspeeds HISTORY OF TENNESSEE, Madison Co. edition, 1887, page 844). it is stated that he was "one of four surviving members of a family of several children born to the marriage of Rev. John Brooks and Sarah S. Acton. John Brooks was born in the Emerald Isle, in 1810, and when about thirteen years of age came to the United States and resided in Philadelphia two years; eventually moved to Nashville, then Purdy, Tennessee; finally to Jackson, Tenn. He was first md. to a Miss Wilson and had three children; then Sarah Acton, native of Fincastle, Va. He died in 1880.
DARR, formerly Huddleston, LOT, NO. 210
This lot was formerly the Huddleston lot number 210, and so listed in the Index to Lot Owners, Riverside Cemetery, July 24, 1939, kept in the Jackson city hall. The Darr family acquired it many years after the time of the Huddlestons and several burials of that name are evident on the lot. The one Huddleston stone terribly defaced, under closest scrutiny will yield only the information that it was that of PLEAS. M. HUDDLESTON; the dates are gone completely. Properly, then
(Masonic emblem above
WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, March 2, 1872. Died. In this city on Friday, the 23d, ult., Pleasant Huddleston in the 65th year of his age. Mr. H. was an industrious and highly respected citizen.
Madison Co. Court Min. Bk. 12. page 452. Oct. 9, 1872. P. M. Huddleston of Madison Co. died on or about Feb. 22. 1872, intestate: his widow, Martha, was appointed administratrix of his estate.
Huddleston had bought a lot in Jackson in Dec. 1869. (Madison Co. Dd. Bk. 28, page 286) Several of the Huddlestons moved into the Jackson area from their former homes in Hardeman County. Among these were Pleasant H. Huddleston and wife, Martha, and children. The lot was officially in the name of W. H. Huddleston.
BROOKS LOT, NO. 190
formerly west section of Lot 189
JOHN R. ALSTON
B/March 6, 1817
D/Oct. 26, 1885
Born at Fincastle
Va./June 9, 1825
D/June 21, 1895
REV. JOHN /BROOKS
Born in Ireland
July 12, 1810
D/Oct. 22, 1880
WEST TENNESSEE WHIG, Jackson, Oct. 28, 1885, mention of death of John R. Alston, died Oct. 26, aged 39; wife and three children survived him.
THE ALSTONS AND ALLSTONS OF NORTH AND SOOTH CAROLINA by Joseph A. Groves, 1901, pages 100-101: John R. Alston, d. Oct. 1885, with wife Nannie, was a son of James Alston, grandson of Philip Alston who came with his family to Madison County.
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