By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003


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January 2, 1902

Reverend L. C. BRYAN, in his 85th year of age, died near Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 21, 1901; entered the regular Methodist ministry in 1840 at about the age of 23 years. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville. [See, obit, this publication, January 30, 1902 issue.]

Reverend WILLIAM (Will) T. HARRIS born Gibson Co., Tenn., May 13, 1833; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, summer 1852; nephew of Governor Isham G. Harris, Tenn.; served in General Forrest's command, CSA, Civil War. Doctor of Divinity degree bestowed upon him by Trinity College, N.C., in 1877; married (1) Mary Woods, 1854; 6 children; she died in 1873; (2) Georgia Woods, one child (died infancy); died Jackson, Tenn., Oct. 13, 1901; burial in Martin, Tenn. Surviving children were Mrs. Lillian Dickard, Texas; Mrs. Annie Hayden, Jackson; Rev. Edmond Sidney Harris, Clinton, Ky.

ANNIE C. DOUGLAS died in her father's residence, Vanderbilt Un. campus, Nov. 26, 1901.


January 9, 1902

Reverend J. H. JENNINGS, president of McFerrin College, Martin, Tenn., died Jan. 4, 1902; graduate, Emory-Henry College, Virginia; had been keen student of New Testament Greek; surviving were a widow and a "little" daughter.

Reverend RANSOM J. JONES, Methodist pastor at Crystal Springs, Miss.; died Dec. 12, 1901; pneumonia.

Reverend FREDERICK WHITE born west Tenn., May 30, 1831; son of Redding and Mary L. E. White; died Nov. 7, 1901; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, 1852; married Henrietta Taliaferro. "As a preacher he was gifted by nature with a comely person, a little above the ordinary size, with a good mind and a very strong voice."

SARAH DICKINSON born Fayette Co., Tenn., Mar. 25, 1863; in youth lived in Somerville, Tenn.; married the Rev. R. B. SWIFT, Nov. 21, 1889, who served in the Memphis and Western Methodist conferences; died near Stevensville, Montana, Nov. 16, 1901; children, Helen and Kimbrough.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. A. P. PARKER, deceased; by the Methodist Woman's Board of Foreign Missions; undated.

Mrs. MARY A. WILKERSON daughter of Caleb and Kittie Baxter, born in Dresden, Tenn. where she married the Rev. F. A. Wilkerson, Sept. 1885; one son; helped rear 6 children of her husband's by a former marriage; died Pryorsburg, Nov. 11, 1901.

GRACE LORENA HOOPER daughter of W. M. and M. E. Hooper, born Oct. 6, 1898; died Dec. 10, 1901.

Tribute of Respect f or HENRY GRABLE who died Sept. 30, 1901; by a church committee; undated.


January 16, 1902

Picture of West End Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn.; dedicated on Jan. 26, 1889; this congregation dated to 1856.

Reverend A. E. GOODWYN, Texas Conference, died Marlin, Texas, Jan. 2, 1902 aged about 74 years old.

JOHN WESLEY RAMSEY son of Jefferson Ramsey, born Gibson Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1840; brother of Rev. Nat P. Ramsey and William B. Ramsey, Memphis Methodist Conference; married Victoria M. Heard, July 3, 1866; 6 daus., 1 son; died Trenton, Tenn., Nov. 4, 1901.

MARTHA LOUSE CLINARD, nee Binkley, born near Mt. Zion Church, Robertson Co., Tenn., Aug. 9, 1844; married W. H. Clinard, 1869; died Greenbrier, Tenn., May 15, 1901; about 6 years a widow; surviving were 1 dau., 3 sons, having "lost" 1 son and 2 grown daughters.

KITTIE ROBINSON HULME only daughter of F. E. Hulme, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1894; died Nov. 3, 1901.


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Tribute of Respect for Mrs. C. F. REID, among the Women Who served the Methodist Church in China and Korea; wife of Dr. C. F. Reid; by the Woman's Board of Foreign Missions; undated.

LUCY SMITH CRUTCHFIELD OVERALL born Wilson Co., Tenn., April 27, 1824; married Rev. A. D. Overall, Tennessee Methodist Conference; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn. in 1880 where she died October 25, 1901.

KADDIE BISHOP PARKER daughter of Samuel W. and Jane Turner Bishop, born Sept. 24, 1877; died Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 20, 1901; married Edward Parker of Baird, Miss.; 1 daughter.

HATTIE BOXLEY wife of Philip Boxley, born April 29, 1842; died July 21, 1901; burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Franklin, Tenn.

JAMES B. CROOK born Chester Co., S.C., Dec. 25, 1828; died Kaufman Co., Texas, Dec. 15, 1901; married Clara A. Edwards, Harris Co., Ga.; 9 children; lived in Elmore Co., Ala. until the move to Texas in 1895.

JULIA G. MURRAY, nee Moore, born near Petersburg, Va., March 26, 1810; died in residence of her nephew, Mr. Reese, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 2, 1901; married (1) Richard Berry; (2) Ennis Murray; charter member of Bethlehem Methodist Church, on Franklin Circuit; a life member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society; burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Franklin, Tenn.

Dr. D. H. PARKER, Medon, Tenn., born in N.C., May 26, 1832; moved to Tennessee in infancy; died in Medon, Tenn., Nov. 14, 1901; married the first time at age 21 years [to Mariah Reeves]; 3 children; (2) Viola Maxwell, 1893.


January 23, 1902

DAVID HAM MERRYMAN son of Charles and Nancy Merryman, born Maury Co., Tenn., Feb. 9, 1821; joined the Methodist Church in June 1843; licensed to preach in this church he entered the ministry in Tenn. Conference in 1845; retired in 1883. Died Oct. 15, 1901; married Elvira Jane Coburn, Oct. 11, 1848; 11 children.

NANNIE J. McMILLIN born Rhea Co., Tenn., 1832; her father, Mr. Cravens, was an iron manufacturer at the Eagle Furnace; moved to Chattanooga in 1851; married J. P. McMillin in 1852; he died in 1882 leaving her with 3 children; she died in Chattanooga in residence of her dau. and son-in-law, Ann M. and Atwell Thompson, Dec. 24, 1901; oldest member of Centenary Church; her brothers, Dr. James R. Cravens, Ringgold, Ga. and Jesse R. Cravens, Chattanooga.

MARY E. LITTLETON, Union City, Tenn., born Fayette Co., Tenn., 62 years ago; married Daniel Hinemon, Somerville, Tenn., 1858 Who died there during the Civil War; two children, Mrs. Carrie Applegate Who died in Union City a few years ago and J. H. Hinemon, superintendent of city schools, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (2) W. B. Littleton and moved to Union City about 1873.

HIRAM ABRIS WILLIAMS born Oct. 4, 1833; joined Methodist Church at Hickory Hill in 1850; died Oct. 16, 1901; married Sophronia Whitman, Aug. 8, 1858; 1 daughter.

Dr. RICHARD LEMUEL BUTT born Columbia Co., Ga., Nov. 1, 1824; son of Moses and Priscilla Butt; had a twin brother, John, who died many years ago; graduate, University of New York, 1846; practiced medicine in Memphis until he moved to Midway, Ala. in 1875; married Mrs. M. E. Henderson in 1876 (a stepdaughter, Mrs. T. R. McCarty); died Dec. 18, 1901; a brother, Rev. M. E. Butt, Childersburg, Ala. and a sister, Mrs. Georgia P. Young, Columbus, Miss.

RACHEL ELIZABETH MORRIS daughter of Leander Black and a half sister of Rev. J. P. Walker; born Fayette Co., Tenn., June 13, 1862; married Walter Morris, Dec. 17, 1884; died Sept. 25, 1901; consumption. Two sons, George and Walter Lee Morris.

ERNEST HALE son of C. B. and Mattie Hale, born Oct. 10, 1883; died Dec. 12, 1901; typhoid fever; Obion Co., Tenn.


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MARY WIGGINS born N.C., Aug. 7, 1825; died near Macon, Tenn., Dec. 16, 1901; married Wiley W. Wiggins, Mar. 15, 1843 (he died 2 years ago); 10 children.

Reverend GEORGE W. MATTHEWS, retired Methodist preacher, Little Rock Conference, died Oak Hall, Virginia, Dec. 13, 1901 in his 77th year of age; local preacher on eastern shore of Va. and 27 years a preach in Little Rock Conference; surviving were his widow and sons, George and Herbert.


January 30, 1902

Reverend W. L. JONES, Methodist preacher, Holston Methodist Conference, died Rogersville, Tenn., Jan. 16, 1902.

Reverend J. P. DRAKE, Memphis Methodist Conference, died Summit, Miss., Jan. 19, 1902.

Reverend JAMES F. SMITH, Methodist preacher, died Jan. 13, 1902.

Reverend LEWIS CANNON BRYAN son of Asa and Edith Dias Bryan, born Robertson Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1817; joined Methodist Church, 1839; entered Methodist ministry in Tenn. Conf. in 1840; died Dec. 21, 1901; married Sarah D. King, Oct. 12, 1843; 11 children.

SARAH CUMMINGS daughter William and Kitty Brawster, born White Co., Tenn., May 20, 1822; died in residence of dau., Mrs. M. A. Cummings, Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 2, 1901; married J. J. Cummings, June 2, 1837; 10 children, 4 surviving her.

BARRETT AKAMS born Nov. 20, 1876; died Sept. 17, 1901; an engineer.

ELMER HANSBERRY son of Edward and Martha J. Hansberry born Wilson Co., Tenn., Mar. 6, 1875; died Nov. 11, 1901.

PAULINE WINSLOW daughter of H. M. Winslow and wife died Nov. 12, 1901 aged 12 years.

ELIZABETH JANE FUTRELL, nee Browning, born near Shelbyville, Tenn., April 8, 1830; moved with parents to McCracken Co., Ky. in 1831; married Dr. Daniel Futrell, June 5, 1850; 6 children; died Nov. 11, 1901; one brother, William Browning.

LUNA M. MILLER daughter of F. M. and Mary E. Hagler, born Shelby Co., Tenn., May 1, 1867; died St. Louis, MO, Dec. 15, 1901; married (1) Mr. Mercer (children, Grace and Hughes Mercer); (2) Thomas C. Miller.

JAMES EDMOND GAMBLE son of J. G. Gamble born April 30, 1899; died Nov. 24, 1901.

Tribute of Respect for LOUISE LUCAS, a deceased child; by a Sunday School group; undated.

ANNA BELLE LEWIS born near Courtland, Ala., Feb. 14, 1825; moved to Ky. in childhood; married Dr. Archibald S. Lewis, Aug. 2, 1846; died Nov. 4, 1901.

HATTIE HORTON WITTEN born Abb's Valley, West Va., Aug. 21, 1870; married Rev. B. C. Horton, Holston Methodist Conf., Oct. 11, 1892; died Nov. 23, 1901; alumna of Martha Washington College.


February 6, 1902

Photograph of the tombstone of Reverend JOHN NEWLAND MAFFETT, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.; he died fifty years ago. A reminiscence of his "artist's face, the poet's imagination... and a voice and pose that charmed the hearer.... " Among the data discernible on the tombstone: born in Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 28, 1794; came to U. S. in 1819; died in Mobile, Alabama, May 28, 1850.

Reverend MARCUS L. MANLY born Dinwiddie Co., Va., Aug. 29, 1829; moved to Fayette Co., Tenn. when 4 years old; married (1) Martha Amis, April 5, 1859; (2) Lina Amis, Jan. 1, 1890; preached many years in Methodist churches in the Little Rock Methodist Conference; died Rayne, La., December 31, 1901.


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JEFFERSON CAMPBELL PENDERGRAST born Hamilton Co., Tenn., Jan. 4, 1823; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1842; served in the Holston and Pacific Methodist conferences; married Maria A. Truslow, Nov. 14, 1852; 5 children; died Jan. 1, 1902, San Jose, California.

LAURA CHAMBLESS, nee Carlock, born near Huntsville, Ala., April 1, 1822; died Senatobia, Miss., Dec. 25, 1901; married Stephen Chambless (died Oct. 4, 1851), Oct. 21, 1845; no children but helped to rear several young relatives.

BENJAMIN F. SHAW born Buckhead, Ga., July 27, 1864; died Birmingham, Ala., May 19, 1901; married Gertrude Shetterly, June 5, 1894; 5 children; moved to Birmingham in 1894.

NANNIE M. WRIGHT, nee Black, born Cherokee Co., Ala., Feb. 8, 1857; married W. P. Wright, Mar. 7, 1878; joined Methodist Church, Sept. 1878; mother of two adopted daus.; died Nov. 24, 1901.

Mrs. JOSEPH KENT daughter of William and Elizabeth Polk, born Hardeman Co., Tenn., July 28, 1821; married Dr. Joseph Kent, Dec. 18, 1843; 7 children; surviving were a son, Joseph Kent, Newscastle, Tenn. and a granddaughter, Mrs. Sallie Norment, Whiteville, Tenn. Buried Jan. 11, 1902; burial in Polk Cemetery, Bolivar, Tenn. [This was Sarah Roach Polk Kent.]

W. N. TINSLEY born Bedford Co., Va., Aug. 25, 1836; died Louisiana, MO, Dec. 10, 1901; married (1) Margaret Goodman, 1857; (2) Miss Morris, 1864; (3) A. Robinson; only children, 9 of them, were from third marriage; those surviving were Mrs. Margaret A. Pearson, Mrs. Lula Bright, Miss Jessie Tinsley, Miss Adison Tinsley, Edward Tinsley.

MARTHA JOHNSON WALSH daughter of John M. and Anna McDonald Johnson, born Moore Co., N.C., Nov. 8, 1824; moved to McNairy Co., Tenn. in childhood; died Grayson Co., Texas, April 5, 1901; married Madison Walsh, Sept. 1856 and moved to Grayson Co. in 1856; he died in 1872; 9 children.

TENNESSEE F. MARKS daughter of S. A. Bell, born Wilson Co., Tenn., Nov. 2, 1824; moved to Bedford Co., Tenn. at age of 1 year; married Rev. T. B. Marks, Tenn. Methodist Conf., Oct. 3, 1850; 6 children; died in Bedford Co., Tenn., Dec. 19, 1901; burial in Shelbyville, Tenn.


February 13, 1902

Obituary and photograph of Reverend ROBERT A. YOUNG, D. D., LLD, on page 8. He was born Knox Co., Tenn., Jan. 23, 1824; died in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 7, 1902; joined Methodist Church in Aug. 1842; alumnus, Washington College; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1841; served in Holston and Tennessee conferences; he was 6'7" tall.

Major DAVID R. DUNCAN son of Prof. David Duncan of Randolph-Macon and Wofford colleges; sometime member of S.C. legislature; died Spartanburg, S.C., Jan. 28, 1902.

Reverend JAMES A. JEFFERSON, N.C. and Va. Methodist conferences, died Salem-Winston, N.C., Jan. 16, 1902 in his 83rd year of age.

MARY ALICE POPE only daughter of J. E. Stevens; born Austin Co., Texas, May 16, 1872; moved with parents to Comanche Co., Texas and then in 1890 to Coleman Co., Texas where she died Nov. 3, 1901; graduate, Waco Female College; married Dr. J. G. Pope, Feb. 22, 1900; burial in Coleman Cemetery.

Reverend WILLIAM LOVELADY, M. D., born Perry Co., Ala., Dec. 12, 1821; died Bon Secour, Ala., Nov. 5, 1901; married (1) Mary A. Bencher; (2) Cornelia Flemming; 2 daus.; spent last 16 years as a physician in Bon Secour.

ARA LOUISE LUCAS daughter of Ernest and Loula Lucas, born Dec. 17, 1898; died Oct. 20, 1891. Kosciusko, Miss.

Tribute of Respect for NETTIE O. RICHMOND daughter of T. B. Oswald; born Marshall Co., Miss., Feb. 6, 1874; married E. L. Richmond, June 9, 1897; died near Holly Springs, Miss., Dec. 24, 1901; by Mt. Moriah Methodist Church where she had been a Sunday School teacher; undated.


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ALFRED M. MAYHEW born Simpson Co., Ky., Jan. 16, 1820; moved with parents to Lawrence Co., Tenn. about 1821; moved to Pontotoc Co., Miss. in 1854 and then in 1874 to Corydell Co., Texas where he died Jan. 17, 1902; married (1) Elenor Campbell, 1839; 6 children; (2) Mary C. Horand, Mar. 5, 1879; 1 child (died in infancy).

Reverend G. W. MATTHEWS born Accomack Co., Va., Sept. 19, 1826; joined Methodist Church at age 16 years; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1856; in November 1870 admitted to Va. Conference; transferred to Little Rock Conference; retired in 1897; moved back to Va. where he died recently [December 13, 1901].

Dr. B. F. KIBLER, youngest son of Jeremiah Kibler, died Dayton, Va., Dec. 8, 1901; burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery near his parents.

ELLEN ELISABETH TAYLOR daughter of John L. and Letitia Richardson, born near Somerville, Tenn., June 12, 1840; moved with parents to now-Grenada Co., Miss. about 1856; married Dr. John F. Taylor, Nov. 10, 1858; moved to Monroe Co., Ark. in 1873; died there, Dec. 20, 1901; 9 children.

SUSAN V. ROBERTSON daughter of Lawson and Malinda Robertson, born Madisonville, Ky., Dec. 25, 1830; moved with parents to Evansville, I.; married there to Eli Ely, June 7, 1851; 4 children; surviving were Mrs. James S. Wortham, Litchfield, Ky. and Mrs. George Gilbert, Logan Co., Ky., where she died Dec. 3, 1901.

EDGAR E. DELONG born Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 1868; died in Ft. Smith, Ark., Nov. 26, 1901; married Willie Thompson, Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 25, 1890; 3 sons.

VIRGINIA LESTER daughter of Rev. J. H. and Lucy Gold; born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Sept. 16, 1872; died Washington, Ark., Dec. 30, 1901; married Theo Lester, Nov. 18, 1896; 1 child.

J. W. BOND died Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 29, 1901, just past the age of 36 years; surviving him was his widow.


February 20, 1902

WILLIAM ALBERT LUSBY son of W. H. and Louisa J. Lusby, born Limestone Co., Ala., Dec. 6, 1860; joined Methodist Church in 1883; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in Sept. 1884; Tennessee Methodist Conference; married (1) Josephine Lewis (died Jan. 13, 1883), Oct. 6, 1881; (2) Ida Broune, Jan. 18, 1888; he died Dec. 21, 1901; burial in Winchester, Tenn.

Reverend ROBERT T. McBRIDE born N.C., Dec. 25, 1824; died Tarrant Co., Texas, Feb. 2, 1902; orphaned at the age of 6 years; licensed to preach in Methodist Church and entered the Tenn. Meth. Conf. in 1853; ordained deacon, Oct. 16, 1853; ordained elder, Oct. 15, 1855; transferred to No. Texas Conf. later; married Martha C. Sisk (dec.), Oct. 3, 1855; 5 surviving children.

PEMBROKE S. TARTT born Henry Co., Tenn., Nov. 22, 1835; died Jan. 16, 1902; moved to Ky. where he married in Graves Co. to Susan A. Morse, Mar. 2, 1858; 1 dau., 1 son.

T. G. JAMES son of Rev. Peter James, born Copiah Co., Miss., Oct. 4, 1824; died Oxford, Miss., Jan. 20, 1902 in residence of his daughter, Mrs. M. S. Collier; married Jane Foot, Yazoo Co., Miss., Oct. 28, 1851; moved to Tallahatchie Co., Miss. in 1873; 1 dau., 1 son.

MARY J. TRAVIS, Weakley Co., Tenn., born Oct. 4, 1821; married Walter Travis, 1840; died Jan. 2l, 1902 in residence of her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Rodgers; 5 surviving children.

HATTIE A. MILLER, nee Painter, born Aug. 12, 1877; died Sept. 30, 1901; married J. W. Miller, Pulaski, Va., June 1897; 1 son; member of Methodist Church in Ivanhoe, Va.

ADELAIDE M. COLDWELL daughter of Charles W. and Ester L. Hart; wife of Judge J. P. Coldwell; born Oakland Co., Michigan, July 2, 1863; married Nov. 1, 1891; died Pineville, MO, Nov. 18, 1901; wife and mother.

THOMAS B. PLEASANTS born Powhatan Co., Va., Jan. 17, 1844; moved with parents to Ky. in 1866; married Matilda A. Hendricks, 1869; Confederate veteran; died Paducah, Ky., Aug. 3, 1901; a daughter, Miss Mary B. Pleasants.


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February 27, 1902

ALERI MORRISON youngest son of Bishop H. C. and M. E. Morrison, died in Ga., Jan. 8, 1902; alumnus, Wofford College.

LIZZIE ANDREWS WILSON daughter of W. E. and M. B. Andrews, born Parker Co., Texas, July 22, 1873; moved to Miss. in 1877; married Rev. J. R. Wilson, No. Miss. Meth. Conf., Dec. 20, 1889; died Cornersville, Miss., Oct. 20, 1901; typhoid fever; no children.

WILLIAM BROWN PATTERSON born Donoughoode, Co. Down, Ireland, June 24, 1833; moved to the U. S.; married Eliza C. Glenn, Nov. 3, 1865; children: William, Simeon, Jennie and Mrs. R. B. Brown; he died Feb. 1, 1902.

JAMES J. TAYLOR born Beford Co., Tenn., Feb. 2, 1848; died Winchester, Tenn., Jan. 2, 1902 and was buried there; married Sophronia Tarpley, Mar. 10, 18l6 [obvious error, possibly 1876]; 8 children.

MARTHA BELLE COOK, nee Webb, wife of Ed Cook, died Dec. 22, 1901 in the 25th year of her age; surviving were widower and a five-month-old baby.

MAGGIE E. POOL wife of William B. Pool, Union Co., Ky., born Dec. 1, 1839; died Jan. 18, 1902; moved to Tulane Co., California in April 1879; wife and mother.

Dr. JOHN R. WILLIAMS born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Feb. 29, 1867; died Port Royal, Tenn., Sept. 3, 1901; married Lula Rosson, April 25, 1894; 3 children.

ERNEST JAMES son of Dr. William B. and Martha C. WELBOURN, born near Torrance, Miss., Oct. 12, 1852; died there, Feb. 8, 1902.

JOEL A. PRINCE son of William and Susan Prince, born Nov. 18, 187i; died Feb. 11, 1902; burial in Woods Cemetery.


March 6, 1902

Photograph and sketch about Reverend J. HOFFMAN WAUGH, Baltimore Methodist Conference, who lived to age 87 years; an encomium without much biographical detail.

EDNA FLOWERS JENNINGS born Greenville, Ala., Mar. 21, 1880; died Blakely, Ga., Jan. 17, 1902; daughter of Joseph Hampton Flowers, the youngest son of W. Hampton Flowers, dec.; her mother Clara Howard Flowers; married Dr. William Jesse Jennings, Nov. 26, 1901.

MARTHA REBECCA STONESTREET wife of Dr. E. E. Stonestreet, daughter of Rev. Basil Barry and Martha Wilson Magruder, born Chambersburg, Pa., Sept. 24, 1831; moved with parents to Rockville, Maryland in infancy; alumna, Jarboe School; wife and mother. "She was a Methodist through and through."

MARGARET ELIZABETH McLIN died Feb. 23, 1902; married (1) Rev. George Eakin (died 1861); (2) Colonel John Blair McLin (died 1877); born at Dove Dale, family farm, near Abingdon, Va., Jan. 31, 1833; orphaned at age 9 years; reared thereafter by Major John Lynch and wife.

Reverend JAMES H. JEFFERSON died Winston, N.C., Jan. 16, 102 aged 83 years; native of Va.; a "near relative" of President Thomas Jefferson.


March 13, 1902

ELIZABETH J. WILKES widow of Rev. William H. Wilkes, died Columbia, Tenn., Feb. 2l, 1902 in residence of nephew, W. S. Fleming; married (1) Caswell Martin, 2 sons; (2) Rev. Wilkes; dau. of Alexander and Mary Johnson; burial near Culleoka, Tenn.

Mrs. B. G. CHOWNING daughter of Thomas and Joanna Chandler; born Overton Co., Tenn., 1822; married Burl G. Chowning, Feb. 1849; 6 children; died Clay Co., Tenn., Dec. 24, 1901.

ELIZABKTH H. GUINN, nee Barnes, wife of N. W. Guinn, born Franklin Co., Tenn., Jan. 26, 1827; died Luling, Texas, Dec. 26, 1901; moved to west Texas.


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JOSEPH WASHINGTON GREGORY son of T. W. and Mary N. Gregory, born Sacramento Co., Ky., June 30, 1885; died Dec. 7, 1901 when run-over by a train, Gilbertsville, Ky.

MARIA LOUISE ELLIOT, nee Fitzgerald, born Pittsylvania Co., Va., Jan. 21, 1836; died Monroe Co., Miss., Nov. 20, 1901; married Dr. J. C. Elliot, Chickasaw Co., Miss., 1872; burial in Tranquil Cemetery; among her survivors was her 83 year old mother in whose residence she died.

PARTHENIA SCOTT, nee Norsworthy, born Dickson Co., Tenn., July 12, 1818; married J. N. Scott, April 13, 1834; joined Methodist Church, 1844; died Feb. 14, 1902. She and husband donated the land for the old Meadow Brook Methodist Church in Bethlehem Circuit. Surviving her were her 77 year widower, a son and four daughters.

THOMAS STONE STRANGE, JR. born Mobile, Ala., Aug. 31, 1868; died Fairford, Ala., Dec. 14, 1901; only son of his parents.


March 20,1902

Mrs. ELEANOR LINTER divorced five husbands and married the sixth, in Providence, Rhode Island, Dec. 30, 1896; all within the span of ten years.

In 1678, JAMES WATSON, Brant Broughton, England, buried his 8th wife; JAMES GRAY, who died at Bordeaux, April 28, 1772, aged 101 years, having married 16 wives.

Judge [James] ANDERSON, Sumner Co., Tenn., died Mar. 16, 1902 in the 76th year of his age; son-in-law of Dr. John B. McFerrin, dec.; father of Judge J. M. Anderson and Mrs. Douglas Anderson of Nashville; native of Va.; alumnus, Emory-Henry College; moved to Nashville more than fifty years ago and lived in its "vicinity" ever since. [See page 60]

JOHN FRANKLIN SPALDING, Episcopal Bishop of Colorado, born Belgrade, Maine, Aug. 25, 1828; graduate, Bowdoin College, 1853 and N.Y. Theological Seminary, 1857; elected bishop in 1873; died Erie, Pa., Mar. 9, 1902; pneumonia.

WILLIAM PRYOR LEWIS born Goochland Co., Va., March 23, 1822; died Suffolk, Va., Feb. 20, 1902; 11 days after his wife died (Helen M. Lewis); buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn. his widowed mother went to live with her parents and moved with them from Va. to Rutherford Co., Tenn. where W. P. Lewis was reared; served in Co. D, 53 Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA. His wife,

HELEN MAR LEWIS, nee Sturdevant, born Nashville, Tenn., June 15, 1829; died Suffolk, Va., Feb. 9, 1902; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville,

S. J. BOXLEY daughter of Dunkin Camron, an early settler of Williamson Co., Tenn., born in 1850; married James M. Boxley, 1866; 4 children; moved to Grayson Co., Texas in 1891 where she died Feb. 7, 1902; burial at, Pilot Point, Texas.

FANNIE WILCOXSON widow of Dr. L. J. Wilcoxson died in 1902 aged about 62 years old. Creek Stand, Alabama.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. E. Y. PEPPER, dec.; by Woman's Foreign Missionary Society; undated

COLUMBUS WASHINGTON POPE born Hancock Co., Ga., July 26, 1809; moved to Monroe Co., Ala. about 40 years ago; died Loachapoka, Ala., Feb. 13, 1902; married at Talbottom, Ga., Jan. 28, 1836 to Mary E. McCool, who aged 82 years, survived him; 6 children; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

MARTHA FRANCES GOODRICH daughter of Silas Cheek and Mary Magdalene Goodrich, born Madison Co., Tenn., Nov. 27, 1842; married John J. Blackmon, Feb. 19, 1865; 6 children; died Rollins, Tenn., Dec. 4, 1901.

NORA SIBLEY born near Sulphur, Ky.; resided with her brother, James Sibley, there; died Feb. 17, 1902.


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LUCRETIA H. FLETCHER daughter of Isaac L. Overall, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Feb. 12, 1825; died there, Feb. 26, 1902; married Morris L. Fletcher, July 6, 1841; burial in family graveyard.

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Of the seventeen Wesleyan Methodist ex-Presidents now living four are octogenarians. The oldest is Dr. Jenkins, who, was born in Exeter in 1820, shortly after George III died. Dr. Rigg, the Nestor of Conference, still, a marvel of physical vigor and mental strength, was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1821. Dr. W. B. Pope, of whom little has been heard of in recent years because of his severe mental affliction, was born in Nova Scotia in 1822. Rev. Thomas McCullagh, nineteen years ago President of the Conference at Hull, and the only Irishman in the ranks of the ex-Presidents, was born in Galway in 1822. He is still most active with his pen, and preaches with much of his former vigor. Recently he received the warm congratulations of his Liverpool friends on the completion of his eightieth year. Next in point of age comes Rev. Richard Roberts one of the greatest pulpit orators in the Methodist Church during the second half of the last century. He is a native of south Wales, and was born in 1823. As an occasional preacher he still draws large congregations. Rev. Joseph Bush, a native of Spilsby, still full of vigor, was born in 1826. In the same year Dr. Marshall Randles was born in Over Darwen. A few months hence he will complete half a century in the active ministry, and retire from the theological chair at Didsbury College, which post he has filled for sixteen years. Rev. John Walton, M. A., mingles but little now in Church affairs. He is a native of Leeds, and was born in 1829. In the early sixties, on his retirement from missionary work in India, he was a powerful speaker, in general demand throughout the Connection. Rev. Walford Green and Rev. C. H. Kelly were born within a few months of each other in 1833. Dr. Waller, physically the finest man in the ranks of the ex-Presidents, at present a pensioner owing to influenza and bronchial troubles, was born in the Yorkshire Dales in 1835. Dr. H. J. Pope, of the Home Mission Department, so much to the front just now in connection with the amalgamation of solitary stations into large mission circuits, is a native of Cambridgeshire, and was born in 1836. Dr. T. B. Stephenson, like Dr. Rigg, hails from the metropolis of the North; he was born in Newcastle in 1839. Dr. Thomas Allen, a product of village Methodism, was born in 1837. Rev. W. L. Watkinson, Connectional editor, was born at Hull in 1838. Rev. F. W. MacDonald, a native of Leeds, was born in 1842. Mr. Price Hughes, the youngest of the ex-Presidents, was born at Carmathen in 1847. Dr. W. T. Davison, the present President, was born at Bath in 1846. Eleven of the Ex-Presidents are now resident in London.


March 27, 1902

Reverend JAMES WESLEY HENDRICK, a local deacon in Methodist Church, born Charlotte Co., Va., Dec. 18, 1831; moved with parents to DeKalb Co., Tenn. in Sept. 1844; there his mother died and was buried; the family moved to Alexandria in the same county. He married Louisa J. Kirkpatrick, Sumner Co., Tenn., June 27, 1857; 4 children, all died young; he married Rachael C. Combs, Sumner Co., April 4, 1867; 7 children; joined Methodist Church in 1867; licensed to preach in this church in 1883; died Dennison, Texas, Feb. 13, 1902; burial in Maple Grove Cem.

GEORGE BAKER born New Haven, Conn., April 10, 1832; died St. Louis, MO, Feb. 3, 1902; married Eleanor Street, 1858; moved to Montana in 1865 and later returned to St. Louis (1874).

MARY ELIZABETH HUGHES daughter of William Browder; born Greene Co., Ky., June 2, 1824; died Louisville, Ky., Jan. 29, 1902; married William Hughes, Jan. 12, 1841 and lived in their homeplace, Locust Grove in Logan Co., Ky. until Oct. 1893 when they moved to Clarksville Tenn., he died in 1896 and she went to live with youngest daughter, Mrs. Boyer, Louisville.


April 3,1902

NANCY McKENZIE, nee Hale, born Hardin Co., Tenn., Nov. 6, 1825; married Dr. James McKenzie, Henderson Co., Tenn., but he died in 1857; 7 children; died Paducah, Ky., March 1,1902.


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JAMES CHARLTON MEWBERN born Oct. 16, 1839; died near Macon, Tenn., March 9, 1902; served in Co. B, "Macon Grays," 13th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA. [Given as Mewborn in April 10 issue]

GEORGE R. BARNES son of Adam and Elizabeth Barnes, born Sullivan Co., Tenn., April 29, 1846; married Sarah J. Adams, Jan. 25, 1866; 11 children; died March 15, 1902.

JANE BOSWELL SKEEN born Bellbuckle, Tenn., April 6, 1830; died Jan. 2, 1902 in residence of her only child, M. L. Skeen, Bellbuckle.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. NANNIE HARDISON, dec.; by the inmates of the Tenn. Confederate Soldiers Home in memory of their commandant's wife; dated March 21, 1902.


April 10, 1902

Photograph of MORTON MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURGH, Monteagle, Tenn., to be dedicated in August 1902; named for Dr. David Morton.

Reverend HENRY DANNELLY MOORE son of James and Ann Fisher (native of Liverpool, England); grandson of John Moore, a Scots-Irish Presbyterian who came from northern Ireland and became a successful merchant in Charleston, S.C. Reverend Henry Moore was born in Abbeville, S.C., Oct. 13, 1838; graduate, S.C. Military Academy, 1857; married Caroline Bartlett Thomason, 1859; entered Methodist ministry in 1859; chaplain, 12th Ala. Inf. Reg., CSA; became president of LeVert Female College in 1869; three years later, became president of Ala. Conference Female College; married Caroline Tait, 1874; re-entered ministry; died Opelika, Ala., Feb. 20, 1902.

JOHN L. DUNNICA born near Jefferson City, MO; died Chicago, Ill., Jan. 29, 1902; married Sarah H. Cooper, 1856; many years a member of Centenary Methodist Church, St. Louis.

SARAH M. RIGGS widow of Rev. Adam S. Riggs, daughter of Bird S. and Susan E. Hurt; born Maury Co., Tenn., April 8, 1823; died at home, Sylvan Side, Bedford Co., Tenn., Mar. 10, 1902; married Mar. 5, 1845. Children: Mrs. John J. Gill, Mrs. W. W. McLean, William Hurt, Adam S., Mrs. Joe D. Steele and Lavinia Kelley Riggs. Her husband died Oct. 29, 1870.

MARY JANE ELLIS, nee Harris, born Feb. 11, 1830; died Simpson Co., Ky., Nov. 3, 1901; married Thomas Ellis, May 1, 1856.

Tribute of Respect for J. C. MEWBORN, dec.; by a Methodist Church group; undated; he had "always [been] ready to lend a helping hand and to speak words of cheer and sympathy.... "

MARY A. BURKS daughter of John Powell, wife of Raphael S. Brooks, born Haywood Co., Tenn., March 9, 1838; died Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Jan. 30, 1902. Her dau., Mollie Burks, born June 25, 1860; died Jan. 29, 1902; both from pneumonia.

FRANCES ANN MARTIN, nee Patton, born Nov. 25, 1834; died Jan. 28, 1902; married Benjamin Martin, dec., Sept. 15, 1859; 3 sons, Decatur Co., Tenn. and 1 dau., Mrs. James Pickens, Bethel Sprs., Tenn.

SUSIE BARNETT TANNER daughter of W. S. Barnett, born Helena, Ark., May 7, 1862; married T. J. Tanner, May 29, 1883; died Mar. 6, 1902; wife and mother.


April 24, 1902

JOSEPH W. ALLEN, merchant, banker, capitalist died Nashville, Tenn., April 16, 1902 aged 88 years. Born in 1814; his mother died in 1822.

C. B. GALLOWAY, JR., an invalid, died April 13, 1902 in the 28th year of his age.

MILDRED BRIGHT MARSTON born Halford, England, Dec. 17, 1827; died Maysville, Tenn., Mar. 3, 1902; married Richard Marston; migrated from England to "near" Knoxville, Tenn. in 1872; one dau. was a medical missionary in India.

THOMAS J. CONNELL son of Will and Lula Poiterant Connell, died Oct. 23, 1901 aged 2 years and 3 months old.

FANNIE E. LUCAS died Kosciusko, Miss., Feb. 19, 1902; daughter of J. C. Lucas.


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MARY MOFFATT CURRY wife of Rev. James T. Curry, daughter of Rev. W. S. Moffatt, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; alumna, Peabody Normal College; married Nov. 1886; wife and mother; died Bellbuckle, Tenn., April 1, 1902 in the 39th year of her age.

MARY ELIZA SULLIVAN, nee Davidson, born near Charlotte Pike, Tenn., Feb. 11, 1843; died Feb. 25 1902; married Rev. L. J. Sullivan, July 24, 1863; 9 children, the oldest child having died July 31, 1889.

Miss ELIZABETH JORDAN "Aunt Lizzie", aged 67 years, died Feb. 27, 1902, Pulaski, Va. in the residence of her niece, Mrs. O. P. Jordan.

Miss KATIE NEAL born near Chattanooga, Tenn.; died Denver, Col., Mar. 30, 1902; burial in Rockwood, Tenn.


May 1, 1902

"A Great Cherokee" by Reverend B. H. Greathouse

Dear Dr. Hoss:

Having been a preacher in the Cherokee Nation four years, and having lived on the border of Cherokee Territory all my life, I have gained some information about this, the noblest Indian tribe, that perhaps, will not prove uninteresting to many of the patrons of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE.

The Cherokees are proud of their blood, and if they mix with other nationalities it must be the best. They will not mix with the negro. In the veins of living Cherokees there runs some of the best white blood the world has ever produced. A little over one hundred years ago John McDonald, a native of Inverness, the capital of Highland Scotland, came to Willstown and married Anna Shorey, a maid of the Eagle Clan. Their daughter, Mollie, married Daniel Ross, a Scotchman. To John and Eliza was born August 28, 1820, at the foot of Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee River, seven miles south of Chattanooga, William Porter Ross, who proved to be the greatest member of that great tribe. He was early taught the English alphabet by his mother, and when a small boy was sent to the Presbyterian mission school, taught by William Potter, at Wills Valley, Ala. Then he was sent awhile to a school at Greeneville, Tenn. At the age of seventeen he entered Hamil's preparatory school at Lawrenceville, N.J. In 1842 he graduated at Princeton at the head of a class of forty-four. When he returned to Tennessee his people had moved to their new home in the West. He found his parents at Park Hill, Ind. T., one of the most lovely spots the writer ever saw. At once he began to teach at Fourteen Mile Creek in a little log Methodist church, where Rev. John Boots, an eloquent Cherokee, preached. On the 3rd of October, 1843, he was elected clerk of the Cherokee Senate at Tablequah, their capital. He proved to be efficient and very helpful to the chief; for he was expert from the start in drawing up State papers, etc. The first Legislature-in which Ross was clerk of Senate and J. Mulkey clerk of the Council-established a national organ. The Cherokee Advocate, and Ross was elected editor. He edited it ably for four years. In 1846 he was married to Mollie Ross by John Page, a Choctaw Methodist preacher. After his marriage he retired for a time from editorial work, and practiced law. He was often sent to Washington to look after the interests of his tribe. When the war between the States came on the United States government withdrew its troops from the forts in the Indian Territory, and left them defenseless. Gen. Albert Pike promised them Southern protection, and the "Knights of the Golden Circle" followed him South. The "Pins" went North. During the struggle Ross was a paroled Southern officer. His great effort after the war was to unite his people. In 1866, on the death of his uncle, John P. Ross, the place of principal chief was made vacant, and he was elected to fill the vacancy. In 1873 Chief Downing died, and William Ross was elected to succeed him. After this, at different times, he was elected editor of the Indian Journal at Muskogee, the Indian Chieftain at Unita, and the Indian Arrow at Fort Gibson. On the 20th of July, 1891, he died in the Christian faith at his home in Fort Gibson.

That William P. Ross was an orator and statesman of superior ability is clearly shown in his almost matchless speech made before the Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., February 1, 1872. The speech reveals his perfect knowledge of all the treaties the United States had made with his people, and with invincible logic he opposed the proposition to consolidate numerous Indian tribes in Oklahoma and put them under territorial government. He also opposed suggested railroad legislation, with grants of Indian lands, etc.


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On the 5th of March, 1872, he argued two points before the committee in Washington: The Cherokee Nation is a body politic; the Cherokee Nation owns the lands within her limits.

Notwithstanding the United States has set aside the first proposition and dealt with the Cherokees as wards, I do not believe any candid men can read this speech of the great Cherokee chief without concluding that it was not only plausible, but logical and true.

When William P. Ross was made chief of the Cherokees on the death of his Uncle John, be called the first Cherokee council that was held after the war. In this assembly were the two great factions: the "Knights of the Golden Circle"-the Southern sympathizers- and the " Pins," who were Northern in sentiment. Besides these, there were other factions that had grown out of personal disputes. A less skillful chief might have involved them in a fratricidal war that would have wrought their extermination, but William P. Ross manipulated that council, with such skill as has seldom been seen in political emergencies. If he did not completely weld the factions, he knit them together firmly enough to forever preserve the unity of the Cherokee people.

His speeches before industrial fairs, educational conventions, and school commencements were models of elegance and practical common sense. It seems a misfortune that this great statesman, orator, and scholar did not have a broader field in which to use his superior powers, and a larger constituency to impress with his manly character. If he had been a member of Parliament, the world would have felt the force of his mighty intellect; if he had been in the Senate of the United States, he would have been the peer of Benton, Clay, Calhoun, or Webster; but, being a member of a weak and decaying people and unwilling to leave them, he was not in a position to do the greatest possible good with his mighty intellect and superb character.

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on, the desert air.

Notwithstanding this noble life was given -through patriotism- to a feeble folk, the whole country ought to he interested in preserving proper memorials of William P. Ross.

Palestine, Tex., February 11, 1902

[William Potter Ross died in 1891.]

[William Potter Ross was a son of John Golden Ross, 1787-1858, and his wife, Elizabeth Ross, 1789-1875, daughter of Daniel and Mollie McDonald Ross; her brother, John Ross (1790-1866), was a distinguished member of the Cherokee tribe, his Indian name being "Cooweeskoowee." An excellent source of information about the Rosses is to be found in Gary E. Moulton's scholarly THE PAPERS OF CHIEF JOHN ROSS, University of Oklahoma, 1985, in two volumes. A sketch in this work about William Potter Ross is found in volume 2 of the two-volume set, page 735. ]


MARY FLIPPEN HALEY daughter of S. H. Flippen, born near Carthage, Tenn., Sept. 2, 1878; married Curtis B. Haley, Dec. 19, 1900; died Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 4, 1902 after surgery.

Miss ADA LEE McCLELLAND born July 29, 1854; died Mar. 29, 1902 near Lewisburg, Tenn.

CHARLES DENNY FLOYD son of James and Maggie Floyd, Caney Spring, Tenn., died recently, aged 1 year and 3 days old.

MARGARET MILLER OSLIN born Sept. 15, 1829; died Jan. 26, 1902; married Dr. J. N. Oslin, July 1, 1856; 6 daus. Caney Spring, Tenn.

JANE BREATHETT CARL, nee Stewart, born Hopkinsville, Ky., Oct. 11, 1806; died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 28, 1902 in residence of her son-in-law, Dr. O. Waller; married Jacob B. Carl; in her extreme old age she had gained her second eye-sight, enabling her to do close needle work.

JANE M. BOTELER daughter of Uriah and Elizabeth Couch, born Morgan Co., Ala., April 14, 1831; married J. H. Boteler, Mar. 16, 1851; joined Methodist Church, May 1853; 4 children; died Memphis, Tenn., April 8, 1902.


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RICHARD C. JONES born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Feb. 3, 1822; died Chicago, Ill., Dec. 26, 1901 in residence of his daughter, Mrs. Mattie Duffer; descended from "old Welsh Methodist stock", his grandfather having migrated from Wales to the U. S.; married Rebecca Davis; 4 children, with Mrs. Duffer being his only survivor; he served as an officer in General William Bates' old regiment of Tenn. volunteers, CSA; lived most of his life in Bedford Co., Tenn.


May 8, 1902

Reverend L. M. HAMER born Feb. 27, 1825; died April 22, 1902.

Reverend JOHN CRAWFORD born Nov. 29, 1818; married Sarah Pepper, June 21, 1841; joined Methodist Church, Oct. 10, 1846; licensed to preach therein, July 2, 1853; ordained deacon, Feb. 25, 1861; ordained elder, August 8, 1869; died Feb. 16, 1902; 7 children, 41 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren.

HARRIETT ADALINE KERR, fifth child of Jackson and Lucinda Roberts, born Asheville, N.C., Feb. 12, 1831; married Rev. William M. Kerr, Holston Meth. Conference, Sept. 13, 1849; died Asheville, April 26, 1902. Ten children: James R., San Diego; Frances L., dec.; John P., Asheville; George D., Dallas; Mrs. J. K. Boone, Waynesville, N.C.; Mrs. E. C. Jones, Loudon, Tenn.; Misses Hattie, Cordelia and Annie, Asheville; William, dec. A sister, Mrs. G. W. Whitson, near Asheville.

NANNIE J. HARDISON daughter of Captain Richard Stem, wife of Captain R. C. Hardison, born Bedford Co., Tenn., Nov. 4, 1846; married Nov. 18, 1866; children were Mrs. Vashie C. Pope, Williamson Co., Tenn.; E. J. of Maury Co.; T. L. of Marshall Co.; her husband was superintendent of the Tennessee Confederate Soldiers Home, Nashville; she died March 18, 1902.

MARY E. DODSON wife of Presley E. Dodson, born Hickman Co., Tenn., Feb. 20, 1820; moved with parents to Maury Co., Tenn.; married in 1838; 2 children (dec.); survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; died recently; funeral to be delivered at Wilkinsville, Tenn. the fifth Sunday in June 1902.


May 15, 1902

SAMUEL KEITH MADDIN son of Percy D. Maddin, died in Nashville, Tenn., May 5, 1902; in a "few days" he would've had his 8th birthday; died from tetanus.

MAHALA DARDEN, nee Byrns, born Mar. 5, 1808; married Berry Darden, Jan. 20, 1828; 12 children, 39 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; died in residence of her son, Charles B. Darden, 2. 5 miles from Cedar Hill, Tenn., Feb. 8, 1902.

B. F. SPRING born Bledsoe Co., Tenn., Jan. 11, 1818; a son of one of 5 brothers who came from Germany in 1805 and settled in Virginia; three coming on to Bledsoe Co. in 1809. He married Julia Frances Hammond in 1839; moved to Ga.; subsequently returned to Tenn. Of his children, Mrs. Sloan lived in Chattanooga; Carrie lived in Alabama; Mrs. W. W. Pyott lived in Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; Rev. James E. lived in Madisonville, Tenn.; Oscar and Nicholas died in Texas. William, David and Lula were "at home." John, "the preacher boy" died in 1874.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. MAGGIE E. LIGON who died Nov. 22, 1901 aged 56 years; a helpful neighbor; by a Methodist Sunday School; undated.

BISMARCH BOEHM son of Rev. J. C. L. Boehm born Obion Co., Tenn., Sept. 7, 1880; died Reynolds Co., MO, April 27, 1902 of tuberculosis; a printer.

ALBERT BAIRD EAHEART born Laporte Co., Ind., Dec. 27, 1864; died Shelby Co., Tenn., Mar. 19, 1902; married Ida Mary Rankin, Oct. 31, 1895; 1 dau., dec.

Dr. ROBERT B. STITH son of Thomas H. and Lucy Stith, born Meade Co., Ky., Feb. 24, 1829; died Hardin Co., Ky., Jan. 10, 1902; burial in family graveyard.


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I have lately come in possession of some valuable and interesting papers concerning the life and labors of Rev. John King, one of the first Methodist preachers sent by Rev. John Wesley to America. I think they will prove interesting and instructive to the readers of the ADVOCATE, as well as valuable information to his many descendants living in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

A great deal of this information was secured through his grandson, my cousin, Dr. William R. King, of Louisburg, N.C., who died a few years ago.

Rev. John King was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1746. He received a thorough education at Oxford, England. Choosing the medical profession, he was sent to one of the best medical colleges in London. Soon after receiving his diploma and beginning the practice of medicine in that city, he attended services held by Rev. John Wesley, and under his wonderful preaching he was convicted of sin, sought pardon, was converted, and "straightway' joined the then despised and persecuted people called Methodists, and soon after was sent over, with several others, to America. His firm, unyielding nature was wonderfully manifested in the disruption of friendly relations with his elder brother, Joel, on account of his professing religion under Wesley. After using all manner of persuasion, without effect, resort was had to threats of disinheritance. But all proved unavailing. He stood firmly fixed in his resolution, and so was disinherited by his family. The historian says of his preaching in, Baltimore "that his piety was so stamped on his bearing that Henry Bowman was converted before the preacher had uttered a word." And although the table on which he stood to preach was upset, and he thrown to the ground, he still went on with his sermon. Rev. Mr. Glendenning, of Baltimore, once made an announcement for my grandfather to preach in these words: "Brother Johnny King, a little red faced English man, full of faith and the Holy Ghost, will preach at __ on the __ day of the month of __." He, was heard to say that thousands of people assembled at the place to hear him, for the people in those days had not heard much about the Holy Ghost, and the curiosity of the whole country was aroused. He is regarded as the Huss of Methodism in Baltimore, having been the first Methodist to preach there.

He came over from England in 1772 or 1773, and was admitted on trial in the Conference in 1774. Soon after this he married Miss Sarah Seawell, of Brunswick County, Va., daughter of Hon. Benjamin Seawell; Green Hill, of Methodism fame, having married another daughter, Mary Seawell. Dr. King was rather a low, stout man, not, more than five feet and five inches high. His wife was a tall, well developed woman, five feet, seven inches in height. Soon after their marriage, together with his wife's father, they came to North Carolina, und settled about two miles east of Louisburg, about one and a half miles from the famous Green Hill place. He had five sons and one daughter, Elizabeth, his oldest child and my maternal grandmother. Joel was next, then Benjamin, Thomas, John, and William. Joel was the father of Dr. William R. King. He was a merchant in Louisburg for many years; afterwards bought the Green Hill place and died there in 1863. Benjamin was also a prosperous merchant; he lived in Raleigh for several years, and afterwards moved to Alabama and died there. He left several children. Thomas, born about 1782, was married near Nashville, Tenn., and is the grandfather of Mr. Thomas Weaver, Mrs. Dr. Joseph Harris, and Mrs. L. C, Bryan, of Nashville, Tenn. John was a Methodist minister, living also in Tennessee. William, the youngest, was also a Methodist minister, who lived a while in North Carolina, but moved to Kentucky, where he died about 1825 or 1826. He had two sons and one daughter. Marcus, his son, was also a Methodist preacher; Elizabeth married Geraldus Toole, a wealthy, but earnest, consecrated Methodist landowner of Tarboro, N.C., and has a great-grandson who is a member of the North Carolina Conference, Rev. Edward Hill Davis, stationed at Warrenton, N.C.

The following instances, as told by his grandson, will illustrate well not only the character of Dr, King, but his devotion to the Church he so ardently served. It will also serve to show us something of how they managed their children in those days. Dr.

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pelted with stones, bad eggs, etc., and was often guarded on each side by friends, who helped to ward off hostile missiles while he preached. On one occasion, when he arrived at the appointed place for preaching, he found a mob collected around the door; who forbade his entrance; he was borne back several times by the mob, but finally his friends lifted him through a side window, and ere the mad crowd was aware of it, he had ascended the pulpit and was making ready to preach. There was no further disturbance at that place."

He was rather a rigid disciplinarian in rearing his children, if we are to judge by the following incident. Dr. King goes on to say: "My father, Joel (his eldest son), was a very successful trapper of birds-partridges -which his father was very fond of eating. But on a certain morning my father was not back in time for family prayers. His father called upon him to give an account of his absence. He could give no other reason than that he had been detained attending to his traps. He chastised him without ceremony. A short while after this my father heard his mother severely chiding his father for the act, but did not know that her little boy was hearing every word, who, as soon as he heard it-to use his own language-said, 'It put the old boy in me,' and he went straight to his traps and destroyed them through revenge. Several mornings passed without his father's usual supply of birds on the table. He inquired of his son the cause. He replied: 'If trapping birds caused me to get a whipping, I have determined it shall not again, and I have destroyed the traps.' His father took him aside and thrashed him again, and made him rebuild his traps and catch birds as he had done before. He obeyed promptly."

This was the old-fashioned way of dealing with boys: certainly not the modern way. Another illustration shows his nerve and vigorous manner of dealing with his children. Dr. King says: "He had to amputate a negro man's foot, and, as he intended my father to be a doctor, he made him attend and see the operation, putting certain instruments in his hands to hold for him. It was not long before my father got sick and faint at the sight of blood, which caused him to turn his face away from the scene. His father discovered it, and, taking the instruments from him, he gave him a most vigorous shaking. That made him so angry; he said he could have stood by and seen the fellow's head cut off without flinching, and watched the remainder of the operation with perfect composure. He knew afterwards that his father did the 'shaking' for thin effect."

The following incident shows that his wife was equal to him in strength of character and possessed the same iron nerve. "My father," says Dr. King, "when a small boy, was thrown from his horse, and fractured a bone in his forearm. He arose and sought his father, asking it he could mend it. This his father immediately set to work to do, with the assistance of his wife" But seeing his own child in that condition so unnerved him that he became faint and sick, and had to desist. His wife, discovering his condition, gave him a glass of brandy and made him lie down, while she officiated as surgeon, and right well did she do it, for my grandfather afterwards said that it was done in the best style, with no deformity whatever after his recovery."

There is in possession of the family a small Bible that my great-grandfather usually carried around with him in his saddlebags. His circuits were at first quite long ones-from Delaware to North Carolina. The Bible once had brass clasps, but they are now gone. It is some four by six inches long, leather bound, and has his name on a flyleaf written thus: "John King's Book, Preacher of the Gospel, North Carolina." He also had a Hebrew Bible that one of his sons has kept, which he often used. It is said that on one occasion he was thrown in company with some ministers of other denominations, who began to ask questions about the new sect he represented in rather a derisive manner. One of the company asked if the preachers could all read, at the same time handing him a Hebrew Bible. Great was their astonishment and consternation when he read it fluently and readily, which they could not do.

Dr. John King and his wife attended that memorable first Conference, held at his brother-in-law's, Green Hill's, Bishops Asbury and Coke presiding. As he entered the door of the room where the Conference was held, saddlebags on his arm, he was called on to pray the opening prayer; kneeling down where he stood, he offered up a prayer that electrified the assembly.

Nothing remains to mark the place where he once lived, near Louisburg, but the debris of an old chimney. But near by is the old spring that the family once used, as flush now as ever. And a grand old oak, which stood just above it, still puts forth its annual foliage as fresh and as green as it has done for more than a century. Near this spot lies


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buried his wife and his wife's father, Hon. Benjamin Seawell. Dr. John King was buried on his old farm, eleven miles west of Raleigh, but we regret that we cannot now identify the spot.

A few years ago, while Bishop A. W. Wilson was presiding over a District Conference in Louisburg, he and the members of the Conference were invited by my sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Davis, to come, out to Green Hill, their old home, and hold a service there. The Bishop came, and, going into that "upper room," made almost sacred by its holy associations, held one of the most appropriate and spiritual services I ever attended. There were just twenty persons in the room, the same number that had composed that first Conference. From the singing of the first hymn, "Give me the wings of faith to rise," to reading a part of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews by Rev. John N. Cole, and on to the fervent, uplifting prayer of the Bishop, "heaven seemed to come down our souls to bless," while the spirits of the holy men who, in April, 1785, had assembled in that room -- Asbury, Coke, Pilmoor, Robert Williams, John King, and Green Hill, and their wives and others-seemed almost visibly present. The Holy Spirit filled the room, and under His sweet influences a hush, like that that pervades a room when a sainted spirit wings its flight to heaven, seemed to fall upon the little assembly.

Reidsville, N.C.


May 22, 1902

HELEN A. DUNLAP, nee Pate, born in Tenn., Oct. 4, 1837; married J. E. Dunlap, April 8, 1858; 5 children; died Benton Co., Ark. and buried on March 27, 1902 in Southwest City, MO cemetery.

MARTHA F. SCOTT wife of Robert C. Scott, daughter of Rev. John C. and Jane V. Parker, born Jefferson Co., Ark., Jan. 13, 1843; moved with parents to Yell Co., Ark. when she was three years old; married Oct. 20, 1861; died Jan. 12, 1902; no children but helped rear a number of children.

Tribute of Respect for Dr. W. H. LEITH, dec.; by Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, Elkin, N.C.; undated.

BETTIE BELL RICE daughter of James J. and Mary A. Bell, born Nov. 23, 1869; died near Una, Tenn., Dec. 29, 1901; married J. A. Rice, Dec. 26, 1894; joined Methodist Church, 1879; 1 child.

Reverend CHARLES PINKNEY JONES born Guilford Co., N.C., Mar. 8, 1823; entered Methodist ministry in 1842 and served the church in N.C. for 20 years; moved to Ga. and practiced law there during Civil War; moved to MO in 1868 and in 1874 to California; retired from the ministry in 1890; married Sarah Ann McLaughlin, Fayetteville, N.C., April 24, 1844; wife died June 21, 1875; 9 children; he married Etta Parker, Nov. 23, 1878; 1 child; he died April 30, 1902. DD degree conferred by Emory College, Oxford, Ga., on him, in June 1869.

RACHEL MALINDA REED born Sevier Co., Tenn., Sept. 10, 1856; married Patrick Johnson, April 15, 1875; died April 17, 1902; 10 children.

WILLIE C. DEERY son of James E. Deery, born Oct. 4, 1883; died April 29, 1902; burial in Triune, Tenn.


May 29, 1902

ISAAK W. NASH born Bath, England, July 29, 1835; migrated to the U. S. in 1848; died Henderson, Tenn., Feb. 28, 1902 "at his desk" in the GAZETTE-NEW ERA office; career as a newspaper publisher; married Sarah Bell in 1860; 3 daus., 2 grandsons.

Miss FANNIE BRAME daughter of Charles and Susan Brame, born Christian Co., Ky., Dec. 16, 1838; died Dec. 17, 1901.

MARY JESSIE PATTON daughter of William M. Biffle; born Nov. 2, 18l6; married J. A. Patton, Dec. l6, 1897; died near Hampshire, Tenn., April 29, 1902; 2 children.


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E. CLEMENT HUNTER son of Rev. J. H. Hunter and wife, born near Sarepta, Miss., May 15, 1880; graduate, Polytechnic College, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1901; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in March 1900; died from consumption, April 16, 1902.

Tribute of Respect for WILLIE DEERY who died April 28, 1902; by his schoolmates at Triune, Tenn. Methodist Sunday School; undated.

Tribute of Respect for Colonel JOHN WESLEY PORTIS, dec., member of the Methodist Church for 59 years; by Quarterly Conference, Suggsville Circuit, Tenn., dated April 10, 1902.

SALLY M. TYLER, nee Gregory, born Dinwiddie Co., Va., April 3, 1821; died May 8, 1902; moved with relatives to Granville Co., N.C. about 1842; married William L. Taylor, 1845; he died in 1897.


June 5, 1902

Dr. B. M. PALMER "Nestor of the Presbyterian pulpit in the South" died in New Orleans, La. May 28, 1902 aged 84 years.

BISHOP W. TYLER, Methodist Church, died Palo Alto, California, May 19, 1902; retired preacher.

MARY MARVIN LEATHERWOOD daughter of Rev. W. M. and Sarah Leatherwood, born Tipton Co., Tenn., June 20, 1879; died Rockwell, Texas, Mar. 9, 1902; graduate, Scarritt Collegiate Institute, Neosho, MO, June 6, 1900.

WILLIAM MORGAN WAGGENER born June 12, 1812; married (1) Permelia Cheatham, Jan. 5, 1836; (2) L. Nunn, July 23, 1840; (3) Eleanor Roberts, July 23, 1850 (several children); (4) Elizabeth Nunn, June 18, 1887; died Feb. 21, 1902.

HARTWELL PATTERSON born Wilson Co., Tenn., May 14, 1818; died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Mar. 10, 1902; married Martha Ann Chisholm (died Jan. 1, 1895), 1837; 12 children.

M. E. EDWARDS, nee Macon, born N.C.; married J. M. Edwards, Oct. 22, 1842; he died Aug. 18, 1896; 9 children; died Coosa Co., Ala., Nov. 4, 1901.

LOUISE G. SMITH, nee Powell, born Walker Co., Ga., Mar. 29, 1832; died Mar. 17, 1902; married Henry Smith, Sulphur Springs, Ga., Feb. 14, 186l; 3 surviving children.

JAMES D. HAZLEWOOD born Fayette Co., Tenn., Nov. 25, 1840; married Julia Irby, Dec. 16, 1866; 2 daus., 2 sons; died suddenly, April 1, 1902; member of Smyrna Methodist Church until early part of 1902 when he moved his membership to the Whiteville, Tenn. Methodist Church.


June 12, 1902

Photograph of Bishop ELIJAH EMBREE HOSS, former editor of the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, page one.

Colonel JOHN WESLEY PORTIS born Nash Co., N.C., Sept. 9, 1818; died Suggsville, Ala., April 1, 1902; at the age of three months moved with parents to Suggsville, Ala. where he lived all his life except for three years in Texas; alumnus, University of Virginia; studied law in Monroe Co., Ala. and practiced law for a career; married Rebecca Rivers, 1840; joined Methodist Church in 1843; an active church layman; member of the Alabama legislature, 1843-1844; member of the Board of Trustees, University of Alabama, 1844-1858; Democrat; served in Second Ala. Inf. Reg., CSA; colonel of 42nd Ala. Inf. Reg.; wounded at Corinth, Miss.; after the war resumed his profession and farming; husband, father, grandfather.

MARIA N. DOSIER wife of Charles M. Dosier, born in Tenn., Mar. 10, 1841; died Madison Co., Ala., May 25, 1902; married in 1867; 4 sons, 1 dau; one son, Rev. James A. Dosier, No. Ala. Methodist Conf.

A. W. SORY born and reared in Mississippi but spent most of his life in Ark. where he died, in Devall's Bluff, April 26, 1902 aged 66 years.


June 19, 1902

The funeral of Reverend ANDREW HUNTER, the patriarch of Arkansas Methodism, was held June 4, 1902 in First Methodist Church, Little Rock, Ark. He was a native of Co. Antrim, Ireland; had been in the Methodist ministry since 1836.


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Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer, D. D., L. L. D., was born in Charleston, S.C., January 25, 1818. The ancestor in this country of the Palmer family was William Palmer, who came to America in the first ship after the "Mayflower." From the first the family has been prominent as preachers, statesmen, and educators. The subject of this sketch was the oldest son of Job and Sarah Bunce Palmer. His early training was under his mother's instruction and such schooling as the country afforded. In 1832 he entered Amherst College, Massachusetts. Later he entered the University of Athens, Ga., graduating in 1838, and the following year he was enrolled in the Theological Seminary at Columbia, S.C., where he completed his theological training.

He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Charleston in April, 1841; he was then twenty-three years of age. He began his ministerial labors at Anderson, S.C. In the year 1847 he became one of the projectors and editors of the Southern Presbyterian Review, a religious quarterly, which at once took a high place and became very influential, maintaining its position and influence for many years, being recognized as one of the ablest organs of the Presbyterian Church. In 1853 he added to his labors, at the earnest solicitation of his co-presbyters, the arduous duties attached to the chair of Ecclesiastical History and Church Polity in the Columbia Theological Seminary, which he continued to fill, while at the same time he carried on his pastoral and editorial work. This continued until 1856.

It was while on a visit to the Southwest, in 1855, in the interests of his seminary, that he first came in contact with the people of New Orleans, in the First Presbyterian Church, of this city. The attraction was instant and mutual, and, as a result, a call was extended to him to come and fill the pastorate of that Church, which he accepted, and was installed pastor of that Church, and in this pastorate remained until the day of his death.

It is not only in his ministerial capacity that he endeared himself to the people of New Orleans. In every walk of life, and in every circle, religious, political, educational, and social, his influence has been strong and deep; not confined to any sect or denomination, but wherever and whenever an opportunity presented for the uplifting and advancement of the people, there he has been found, ready to lead the people to a higher, nobler, and truer life. Here he truly found his mission, and here he resolved to abide and fight his great fight for the faith that was in him.

He received many calls to far richer and larger congregations, both North and South, and was at various times elected to some of the most important educational positions in the country. As early as 1860 he was elected to the chair of Pastoral Theology in Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1874 he was tendered the chancellorship of the Southwestern Presbyterian University at Clarksville, Tenn., and in 1881 he was tendered the chair of Pastoral Theology of the Theological seminary at Columbia; but all these flattering offers were declined.

When epidemics devastated the city, driving away to distant places of refuge tens of thousands of her citizens and sweeping thousands to untimely graves, he was always found at his post. He was ever ready to cooperate personally in any measure to restrain vice, reclaim the degraded, and relieve the destitute, combating in the pulpit the social and moral evils which have afflicted the State.

In the great fight over the "lottery question" some years ago, which stirred the social and political fabric of the State to its very foundation, Dr. Palmer took a most decided stand as an uncompromising foe to that institution, and a speech made by him opposing its rechartering elicited widespread attention, being generally recognized as the most logical and unanswerable argument upon the question.

Dr. Palmer married September 7, 1845, Miss Mary Augusta McConnell, of Columbia, S.C., a stepdaughter of Rev. Dr. George Howe, Dr. Palmer's teacher in the seminary. She was a lady of lovable character, quiet in her disposition, and remarkable for her prudence-a great gift in a public man's wife. She was firm and unchangeable in her opinion, thoroughly domestic, remarkable for her devotion to her children, and esteemed and loved by all who knew her. She was the ideal pastor's wife.

The limits of this sketch do not admit of more than briefest mention of his wider interest in all that was for the good of Southern Presbyterianism. His connection with Columbia Seminary, with the Southwestern Presbyterian University, and even the connection of his name with the Palmer Orphanage, have been a source of inspiration and of strength.


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He asked that no eulogy should be pronounced over his dust as it was committed to the earth. We have felt that these facts of his faithful service were his noblest eulogy and his of simple goodness and charity his truest monument. A weeping city bore him to his resting place. A great denomination mourns his death. And above all, he has heard the voice of Him he served and loved saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Rev. W. McF. Alexander, in a funeral address, said: "He is looked up to by the whole Southern Presbyterian Church as the father of that Church. In the times of trial forty years ago, when the Southern Church protested against the action of the General Assembly in Philadelphia which passed resolutions calling on Presbyterians to be loyal to the Federal government, thus mixing Church and State, whose was the voice then chosen to utter that protest? It was Dr. Palmer's. He was then in the splendor of his mature manhood, and he was never more eloquent than when he stood before the first Assembly of our Southern Church and in the opening sermon set forth the doctrine of the headship of Christ, on which our Church is largely founded, and solemnly refused to permit the Church, the bride of Christ, to be tied to the chariot wheels of Caesar. Dr. Palmer was made the first Moderator of our Church, and has been a trusted leader ever since. Some men are great as statesmen, some as philosophers, some as theologians, some as preachers; but Dr. Palmer was great in whatever relation he sustained. In the pulpit he was without a peer; as a theologian clear, strong, logical; as a citizen and patriot, second to none. It is, however, as a preacher that Dr. Palmer must be remembered as preeminent. He never spoke without laying deep as a foundation of his discourse some great principle of eternal truth"-- From the Southern Presbyterian.

[Dr. Benjamin Morgan Palmer died May 28, 1902.]


ELIZA EBBERT born Lincolnshire, England, March 19, 1814; died St. Louis, MO, May 24, 1902; daughter of Edward and Mary Eaton who came to America in 1816 and settled in Maysville, Ky. in 1817 (she was one of 13 children); married Rev. Isaac Ebbert (died May 1, 1872), a Methodist preacher, in 1841; 2 sons (the oldest, Samuel, living; the youngest died May 21, 1891); 1 dau., Mrs. J. J. Webber, St. Louis, MO.

JULIA KENNON daughter of Rev. Robert L. Kennon, born Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 1, 1826; married [name of spouse not given]; 6 children; died recently.

Miss IDA SHERROD born Trentville, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1880; died June 6, 1902; burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

NANCY LOUISA GRAY, nee Stanfill, born Maury Co., Tenn., Aug. 28, 1819; moved to Hickman Co., Tenn. in her youth; married Alexander Gray, Jan. 23, 1840; moved to Hardin Co., Tenn. but in Nov. 1881 moved to Fresno, California; moved to Selma in 1891 where she died May 24, 1902; husband died Nov. 11, 1893; 2 daus., 3 sons.

MATTIE E. MORRIS daughter of Albert M. and Adaline Julian, born June 20, 1881; died Jasper, Ala., May 30, 1902; married Virgil M. Morris, Jasper, April 25, 1901.


June 26, 1902

Mrs. ELIZABETH HOOKER HEWGLEY born Aug. 14, 1820; died Jan. 23, 1902.

ALBRITTON DRAKE born Aug. 18, 1819; died April 27, 1902; married Elizabeth Hancock, Dec. 25, 1841; 7 daus., 3 sons.

Captain WILLIAM HOLLAND born Greenville Co., S.C., May 24, 1834; son of John T. and Susan Brockman Holland; married Harriet Sullivan; 5 children: Mrs. Edith Bond, Carolina, William, John Warthen and Harriet Brockman; died Feb. 13, 1902; served in Second S.C. Inf. Reg., CSA; moved to Jackson, Tenn. in 1871 where he mercantiled; steward of First Methodist Church, Jackson.


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