MY RIVERSIDE CEMETERY TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS
SCRAPBOOK PART VI
by Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1995
BROWN, CARUTHERS, DANCY
LOT 266, BROWN, CARUTHERS, DANCY
First Row: (This portion of the lot is entered on a footstone reading: Brown.)
Died Apr. 13, 1870, Aged 53 Years
MARTHA LEONORA, wife of
Born Sept. 15, 1826
Died July 7, 1900
/Martha L. Brown executed her will in 1898 and it was probated the same year, indicating that her correct death year is 1898./
Born Aug. 1838/no day given/
Died Jan. 1898/no day given/
SARAH BROWN DANCY
Born Dec. 6, 1846
Died Sept. 20, 1933
Born Feb. 28, 1804
Died May 14, 1883
SARAH F., Beloved Wife of Milton
Born Dec. 22, 1817
Died May 10, 1876
After a happy union in this
life of 41 years and 110 days
we part on earth to meet above
and part no more. Milton & Sarah
J. J. Crowly, Brownsville, Tenn. /monument works/
HERVEY BROWN GILMORE
Jan. 8, 1868-May 25, 1897
WILLIAM STODDERT BROWN
Infant son of Milton & Sarah F.
Born Dec. 30, 1838
Died Aug. 8, 1839
(name on west side; dates on east side of tombstone)
FANNIE, dau. of Hervey & Martha L. BROWN /east side/
Born Nov. 13, 1849 /south side /
Died Oct. 6, 1862 /north side /
Also Infant Son /west side/
J. J. Crowly, Brownsville, Tenn. /monument works/
May 17, 1889 /only date given/
SARAH TORIAN CARUTHERS
May 7, 1893-Feb. 25, 1942
Feb. 21, 1845-Dec. 20, 1904
ELLA BROWN CARUTHERS
Aug. 31, 1853-July 7, 1931
CLIFTON BROWN DANCY
Nov. 20, 1887-Nov. 19, 1976
Only daughter of Clifton & S. J. DANCY
July /no day/ 1873-Mar. /no day/ 1888
ALEX J. BROWN
Born Nov. 4, 1835
Died April 15, 1864
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord
MILTON I. BROWN
July 23, 1837-Jan. 27, 1911
Not lost but gone before
Third Row (this section and the second row are entered over a footstone reading: Gilmore & Dancy)
DR. JOHN TAYLOR GILMORE
Dec. 7, 1835-Sept. 19, 1875
ELIZABETH JANE GILMORE
Aug. 22, 1840-Sept. 8, 1908
In God we put our trust
MILTON BROWN GILMORE
Apr. 27, 1866-Feb. 27, 1906
Infant Daughter of Jas. A. &Annie HEARD
Died Feb. 10, 1871
Born /effaced inscription/
Died in Mobile, Alabama
March 1st 1871
Ingram James was able to read this tombstone in 1937 as:
Son of J. T. &L. J. GILMORE
Born August 23, 1869
Died March 1, 1871
MARY, Infant dau. of J. T. &
L. J. GILMORE, no dates
Elizabeth Jane Gilmore was called Lizzie, her nickname, hence the L. J. on these tombstones.
Hervey Brown (1817-1870) was an attorney; served in the House of Representatives of Tennessee, representing Madison County, 1855-1857; 1865-1867. A brother of Milton Brown. (See, BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, edited by Robert M. McBride, Nashville, 1975, volume 1, page 85, for biographical sketch of Hervey Brown.)
JACKSON SUN, Jackson, Tenn., May 12, 1876:
BROWN – At her residence in Jackson on the 10th inst., MRS. SARAH F. BROWN, wife of the Hon. Milton Brown, in the 59th year of her age.
Mrs. Brown's last illness and confinement to her chamber was protracted over a period of some three months, which tested her patience and fortitude, and proved her Christian graces equal to the emergency. She was born in Halifax county, Va., raised under pious influences, and educated liberally in Salem, N. C., and completed her school course at the Nashville Female Academy.
On the 21st of January, 1835, when she was a member of Dr. Jackson's family in Paris, Tenn., she married Judge Brown and came at once to his home in Jackson. In a month or so she professed religion and joined the Methodist church, thus making a second bond of union and sympathy with her husband. This well assorted union of hearts and hands was blessed eminently with harmony and happiness for upward of forty-one years. It was blessed with seven children, four boys and three girls, all of whom were raised except William Stoddart Brown, who died at about two years of age. Col. Alex. J. Brown, a patriotic soldier of the Confederate army died about the close of the war, having gained troops of friends and high renown. Mrs. Brown's watchword was duty, which she never forgot or neglected in all her relation to home, church and society. Meek, gentle, kind and unobtrusive in spirit; her circle of friends was coextensive with the range of her unostentatious social intercourse. Enemies, she had none, for in her modest and kindly intercourse, she neither felt guile or envy in her own breast, or excited such feelings in the breasts of others. The poor will lament her loss, so also will the sick for her open handed charity and benevolent heart were ever ready to minister to their wants and sufferings. Her numerous friends deeply deplore their loss, and rejoice in her great gain in the exchange of worlds. To the bereaved family their condolence and sincere sympathies are tendered.
AN OLD FRIEND
BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 651:
BROWN, Milton, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Lebanon, Ohio, February 28, 1804; moved to Nashville, Tenn.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Paris, Tenn.; later moved to Jackson, Tenn.; became judge of the chancery court of west Tennessee in 1835 and held this position until elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh, Twenty-eighth, and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1841- March 3, 1847); resumed the practice of law; one of the founders of Southwestern University (later Union University) and of Lambuth College, both in Jackson, Madison County, Tenn.; president of the Mississippi Central & Tennessee Railroad Co. 1854-1856; president of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Co. 1856- 1871; died in Jackson, Tenn., on May 15, 1883; interment in Riverside Cemetery.
1860 U.S. Census, Jackson, Tenn., page 27:
Hervey Brown, 40, born Ohio
M. L. Brown, 32, born Indiana
Fannie Brown, 9, born Tennessee
Milton Brown, 55, born Ohio
Sarah Brown, 40, born Virginia
Alexr. Brown, 24, born Tennessee
Milton Brown, Jr., 22, born Tennessee
Lizzie Brown, 19, born Tennessee
Sarah Brown, 14, born Tennessee
Ella Brown, 8, born Tennessee
Balie Brown, 4, born Tennessee
THE JACKSON SUN, Feb. 26, 1942:
Miss Sarah Caruthers, daughter of Stoddert Caruthers, died in Morgantown, N. C. Sisters Mrs. Randall Vann, Mrs. Thornley Jobe
THE JACKSON SUN, November 21, 1976:
Clifton Dancy, son of Colonel Clifton Dancy and Sarah Torian Dancy; survived by a niece, Mrs. Turner Bridges of Jackson.
WHIG and TRIBUNE, Jackson, Tennessee, June 25, 1874:
Dr. Jas. A. Heard. The degree of D.D. was conferred on Rev. Jas. A. Heard, by West Tennessee College on Wednesday last /June 24/. The honor was most worthily bestowed and there is no fear that it will not be worthily worn.
GOODSPEED'S HISTORY OF TENNESSEE (Madison County) Nashville, 1887, page 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.
Pertinancies From Madison County Will Books
WILL BOOK A
pages 102-103. HERVEY BROWN, executed will Nov. 6, 1866; probated June 1870. Wife, Martha L. Brown, all estate. Provides $3000 for building an iron fence around "our" burying lot and for erecting "suitable monuments" over graves for wife and himself similar to that of "our" daughter, Fannie's grave. Wife and brother, Milton Brown, executors.
pages 208-210. J. T. GILMORE, executed will July 7, 1875; probated Nov. 1875. Wife Lizzie Jane Gilmore entire estate except medical library, bookcases, which are to be held in trust for his sons Milton Brown Gilmore and Hervey Brown Gilmore. Milton Brown, executor.
pages 320-323. Judge MILTON BROWN executed will Jan. 8, 1878; probated May 22, 1883. Son, Milton I. Brown money advanced to him already for purchase of a plantation, not to be charged agt. him in final settlement of estate. Rest of estate divided equally between my two sons and three daughters. Son, Milton I. Brown, charged with $16, 000 for lands conveyed to him and my son, R. Bailey Brown, jointly, the cash value of which is $32, 000. Son, R. Bailey Brown, to be charged $16, 000 for these Miss. lands. Dau. Lizzie Jane Gilmore charged $7000 advanced to her for
house and lot in Mobile, Alabama. Dau. Sarah T. Dancy charged $7000 advanced to her for lands in Madison Co., Tenn. Son, Milton I. Brown, son-in-law, Clifton Dancy and friend, W. A. Caldwell to be executors. Codicil, Dec. 29, 1879. Son-in-law Clifton Dancy to be sole executor. Son Milton I. Brown to have 1/2 undivided interest in my farms in Miss. being the "Sterling Place," the "Clark Place," the "Lipscomb Place." Daus. Sarah T. Dancy, Ella C. Brown, the other 1/2 interest of same. Dau. Lizzie Jane Gilmore 30 acres east of Jackson, Tenn. Three daughters in equal portions the remainder of my estate that "I've" not previously disposed of. Codicil, April 2, 1883. The lands in Clark Co., Miss. mentioned Dec. 29, 1879 codicil "my" children to have equally divided among themselves. Milton Brown, Clifton Dancy and W. A. Caldwell, executors.
WILL BOOK B
pages 97-99. MARTHA L. BROWN executed her will May 31, 1898; probated July 17, 1898. Martha Leonora Bond, dau. of Mrs. M. F. Bond, $l000. Milton I. Brown home and lot and another lot in ward one, Jackson, Tenn. Mrs. E. J. Gilmore my undivided 1/2 interest in storehouse, lot in Jackson and a lot in ward one; other real and personal property. Mrs. Ella B. Caruthers, wife of Stoddert Caruthers a lot in ward two "upon which she has erected her dwelling house" and other property. My late husband, Hervey Brown's estate willed to me, now "I" will it to Mrs. Ella B. Caruthers. Stoddert Caruthers, executor.
page 216. STODDERT CARUTHERS executed his will Nov. 25, 1903; probated Feb. 6, 1905. Wife, Ella Brown Caruthers entire estate and she to serve as executrix.
pages 334-337. Mrs. E. J. GILMORE executed her will Aug. 31, 1908; probated Sept. 18, 1908. Monument to be placed at my grave. Sister, Mrs. Ella B. Caruthers all my lands east of Jackson in civil District 15 (48 acs, 31 acs, 375 acs). Sister, Mrs. Sarah T. Dancy, all my lands east of Jackson, south of Cotton Grove Road in C. D. 15 (212 acs, 91 acs). Brothers, Milton Brown, Bailey Brown land in Clarlk Co., Miss. inherited from "my" father, Milton Brown. Nephew, Dr. A. B. Dancy a house, lot in ward one, Jackson. Nephew, Clifton Dancy, house in ward two, lot in ward one, Jackson. Nieces, Medora Caruthers, Sarah Caruthers, Ella B. Caruthers, equally a house, lot in ward two and other property. God-child, Annie Turley Hinton, 2 set diamond ring. Nephew, Dr. Dancy, "my" largest diamond ring. Mrs. Sarah T. Dancy, Mrs. Ella B. Caruthers, executors.
pages 428-429. MILTON I. BROWN executed his will Feb. 12, 1906; certified copy from Chancery Clerk, Chickasaw CO., Miss., Aug. 26, 1911. Sisters: Lizzie J. Gilmore, Sarah T. Dancy, Ella C. Caruthers and bro. R. Bailey Brown, my entire estate, equally. R. Bailey Brown, exec.
WILL BOOK D
pages 315-317. A. B. DANCY executed his will May 1928; probated June 19, 1933 Wife, Mary Happel Dancy. Children Mary Happel Dancy, Alexander Brown Dancy. Aunt, Mrs. E. J. Gilmore. Brother, Clifton Dancy, with whom he shared property deeded them by their mother, Mrs. S. T. Dancy in Sept. 1924. Wife to be executor.
page 324. Mrs. S. T. DANCY executed her will Sept. 1, 1920; probated Sept. 26, 1933. Sons: Dr. A. B. Dancy and Clifton Dancy. T. I. Taylor and A. B. Dancy, executors.
ALEXANDER JACKSON BROWN (1835-1864) was elected colonel of the 55th Tenn. Infantry Regiment when it was organized at Columbus, Kentucky, February 14, 1862. It was consolidated with the 46th Tenn. Infantry Regiment early in 1863. These troops were captured by the Federals at Island No. 10 in April 1862. Afterwards, with other military units, they were placed under General Samuel Maxey's command in his brigade. Colonel Brown was released for exchange July 31, 1862. His compiled military service record (CMSRec, Confederate, National Archives microcopy 268, Roll 330) shows that Dr. Theo Westmoreland, Sr., surgeon for Maxey's Brigade, submitted from Halls Mills, Alabama to General Samuel Cooper in Richmond, Virginia, a certificate of disability dated September 16, 1863 for Colonel Brown, noting, "I have examined this officer & find him suffering from organic disease of the heart... which totally incapacitates him to discharge the duties of his office. One afflicted as he is should live as quiet a life as possible. Colonel Brown tendered his resignation accordingly which was accepted October 5, 1863. He survived for a time but died the next year. Apparently, Colonel Brown died in Mississippi, perhaps on one of the family plantations His remains were exhumed from their burial location in that state and re-interred in Riverside Cemetery sometime during January-February 1868, according to the March 10, 1868 sexton's report to the City Council of Jackson. (Jackson City Council Minute Book, 1858-1869, page 302)
Another biographical sketch about Stoddert Caruthers
NOTABLE MEN OF TENNESSEE, by John Allison (1905), volume 2, pages 117-118:
STODDERT CARUTHERS, late of Jackson, Tenn., one of the leading attorneys at the Madison County bar, was born in that city, Feb. 21, 1845, his parents being James and Frances (McCorry) Caruthers. His father was educated for the law, but never followed that profession. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his father, Joseph Caruthers, the grandfather of Stoddert, was with Washington during the Revolution, being present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, which practically closed the struggle for independence. With such antecedents, it was natural that he should become a soldier in the Confederate army during the Civil war. When hostilities commenced he was a student at the West Tennessee college, but laid aside his books to join a company of boys, the oldest one in the company being the captain, John S. Groves, who was but nineteen years of age. This company was made Company G, Ninth Tennessee cavalry, and assigned to Forrest's brigade. The regiment remained with Forrest until after the battle of Chickamauga, when it was transferred to Wheeler's command, and it served there until ordered to report to General Martin for detached duty in Eastern Tennessee. During the Atlanta campaign young Caruthers was with Kelly's brigade, and was later again under Forrest in the military operations about Franklin and Nashville. After the final surrender at Gainesville, Ala., in May, 1865, he returned home and entered the law department of Cumberland university, from which he graduated in June, 1867. Since then Mr. Caruthers won an honorable name for himself in the legal profession and attained a wide influence as a citizen. He never ceased to be a student, and few attorneys in his section of the state were better equipped to enter into the trial of a difficult case. In 1888 he was appointed attorney-general for the eleventh judicial circuit, where he made a record as an efficient, conscientious and courageous official. As a counselor he was always conservative, never advising his clients to go to law unless he was almost certain that they had a good cause; as an advocate he was earnest and energetic, his arguments rarely failing to have the desired effect on the court or jury; and as judge of law he was fully conversant with all the leading authorities, which made his opinions worth observing. In private life he was a genial, affable gentleman, always ready to assist any worthy charity or to further any movement for the good of the general public.
WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, Tenn. January 27, 1872:
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