By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002


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July 5, 1907

Mrs. E. L. NICHOLSON died Nashville, Tenn., June 20, 1907 aged 80 years; native of Massachusetts; several years ago she "made over" to Vanderbilt University her house and fifteen adjoining acres near Nashville. [Tribute to her memory, written by O. P. Fitzgerald, page 28, July 28, 1907 issue]

SUSAN H. BARNES wife of William E. Barnes, daughter of Thomas E. and Susan Browder, born Olmsted, Ky., Aug. 2, 1866; married Nov. 2, 1898; died near Guthrie, Ky., May 18, 1907.

W. D. OWNBY born Bedford Co., Tenn., May 10, 1844; served in 4th Tenn. Cav. Reg., CSA; married Emma Knox, Jan. 9, 1868 and moved to Texas in 1880; died Hunt Co., Texas, April 26, 1907 where he had lived since 1902; 3 daus., 4 sons.

ULRICA CROW youngest daughter of Hon. T. M. and S. A. Stevens, Webster Co., Miss., born Nov. 2, 1882; married W. O. Crow, Dec. 26, 1903; died Custer City, Oklahoma, April 10, 1907; besides two sons she gave birth to twins, one of whom died as she died when they were born.


July 12, 1907

FRANCIS MURPHY, temperance lecturer, died Los Angeles, Calif., June 20, 1907 aged 71 years.


July 19, 1907

JAMES McGRANAHAN, gospel song writer, died Kinsman, Ohio, July 9, 1907 in the 67th year of his age.

LULA TRAWIGK WEATHERFORD daughter of Dr. A. M. Trawick, wife of Dr. W. D. Weatherford died Atlanta, Ga., July 12, 1907.


July 26, 1907

MARVIN M. DAVIS son of Rev. J. C. C. Davis, dec. died St. Joseph, MO, June 30, 1907 aged 37 years; married Anna McDonald; 2 daus., 1 son.


August 2, 1907

Rev. PAUL J. CARRAWAY died Greensboro, N.C., July 17, 1907 aged 82 years; labored for the Methodist Church 58 years.


August 9, 1907

Major HENRY A. BUTLER born Henderson, N.C., Sept. 18, 1836; moved with parents to Ark. in 1848, to Tulip, that state, in 1852; moved to Malvern, Ark. in 1873 where he died June 29, 1907; married Mary E. Coulter (died 1897) in 1865; 1 son, 3 daus.; Confederate veteran.


August 16, 1907

ANGIE GAUT born Feb. 9, 1814; died in residence of her daughter, Mrs. Angeline Davis, where she had lived since 1853, except for two years, on June 20, 1907; married Rev. B. R. Gaut (died 1853), 1833; 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

KATE HOLLAND WHITE daughter of John M. and Susan Clark Holland born April 1, 1833; died Nashville, Tenn., April 11, 1907; married Levi White, 1867; one daughter, Azile, wife of Charles H. Weakley in whose house she died; she had several stepchildren. Rutherford Co., Tenn.


August 23, 1907

Rev. M. V. HOWARD, East Columbia Methodist Conference died while in the pulpit, at Milton, August 4, 1907.


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August 30, 1907

W. R. A. YARBROUGH born Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 24, 1828; died Confederate Soldiers' Home near Nashville, Tenn., June 21, 1907; served four years in Confederate army; married Lydia Sweatt; one son, Walter S. Yarbrough.

JOSEPH HAMILTON son of Rev. B. and Nancy Whiteside Hamilton born Rutherford, N.C., April 15, 1839; died Los Angeles, Calif., June 12, 1907; during Civil War he was lieutenant-colonel of Dahlonega Company; captured and by federals and released from prison in July 1865; married Julia Stokes, Jan. 13, 1864; taught school and farmed; moved to Calif. in 1875.

HENRY SOMMERFIELD McBRIDE born Maury Co., Tenn., Oct. 12, 1848; son of William S. and Rosa McBride; married Fannie V. Waterhouse, June 21, 1882; 3 daus., 2 sons; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in Dec. 1870; served in the Tennessee Methodist Conference; died recently. His mother, aged 83 years, survived him.


September 6, 1907

Rev. JOHN MATHEWS, D.D., died St. Louis, MO, Sept. 1, 1907; born Philadelphia, Pa., June 13, 1826; of Scots-Irish descent; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, March 1845, and joined the Tennessee Methodist Conference in 1846; after long service he retired in 1902; wrote an autobiography, "Peep Into Life." His photograph is on page 20.

Rev. ABEL McKEE CHREITZBERG born Dec. 17, 1820; admitted as preacher into South Carolina Methodist Conference in 1839; still living, he retired late in 1892.

Rev. SAMUEL LANDER, A.M., D.D., born Lincolnton, N.C., Jan. 30, 1833; son of Rev. Samuel and Eliza Ann Lander, native of Ireland; his mother was a descendant of the Palatine Colony that fled the Rhine provinces and took refuge in Ballingarane, Ireland; he was well-educated; graduate, Randolph-Macon College, June 10, 1852; A. M. degree, 1855; civil engineer; teacher for several years; licensed as a local Methodist preacher March 30, 1861; preacher-teacher and president of Williamston Female College from 1873 until his death, July 14, 1904; married Laura Ann McPherson, Dec. 20, 1853. Children: Lily, dec.; Neill M.; Kathleen, wife of Rev. John Willson; Malcolm M.; Dr. Frank M.; Christie, died at age 6 years; Ernest M. The Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree conferred upon him by Trinity College [later Duke University], Durham, N.C., in 1878.


September 13, 1907

WILLIAM B. LEWIS died Coldwater, Miss., Sept. 2, 1907 in the 68th year of his age.

Reverend RICHARD T. WILSON, DD, Virginia Methodist Conference, died near Petersburg, Va., August 28, 1907 in the 60th year of his age.

KATHERINE MOORE daughter of Green H. and Zana Moore, granddaughter of Senator James Moore; died Oakland, Miss., Aug. 18, 1907 aged 4 years. [Repeated obituary in September 27, 1907 issue in which her birth date is given as May 29, 1903.]

PAUL ADAMS LLOYD Son of Rev. W. F. Lloyd born Columbus, Ga., June 20, 1898; died Kenna, New Mexico, April 12, 1907.

AMY JORDAN daughter of James and Lily Rogers Carroll born Sept. 14, 1906; died July 4, 1907; burial at Spring Hill beside her brother, Joe.

FOUNTAIN E. PITTS son of F. E. Pitts, Russellville, Ky., died July 26, 1907 aged 3 years.


September 20, 1907

DANIE PAINE BOWLIN, nee Fortson, born Prairie, Miss., Aug. 24, 1872; married Rev. W. A. Bowlin, Nov. 24, 1892; died Columbus, Miss., June 2, 1907.

HARRIET SIMPSON FORD died Paris, Ky., May 29, 1907 aged 79 years. "Home was her kingdom"; 4 daus, 2 sons.


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September 27, 1907

FRANCES IDELLA JAMES daughter of T. P. and M. C. Westbrook born Oct. 28, 1877; married G. M. James, Aug. 25, 1895; died Taloga, Oklahoma, July 23, 1907; her infant died Aug. 8, thereafter.

MARGARET C. FORD daughter of F. A. and Mary Shell, widow of Dr. James R. Ford, born Newberry Dist., S.C., May 27, 1838; died Clay Co., Miss., Aug. 5, 1907; married Jan. 28, 1866; her husband died Jan. 18, 1894 leaving her with a son (who died in 1897) and 2 daus. who both died 5 years later, the elder daughter being the wife of Rev. E. G. Kilgore.

LAURA EDMONDSON DALY born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Sept. 2, 1862; died near Clarksville, Tenn., July 22, 1907; married J. N. Daly, Jan. 10, 1888; long in ill health she returned to the scenes of her early life, dying in the residence of her brother, John Edmondson.


October 4, 1907

JESSE L. BOOGHER, president of Boogher-Force-Goodbar Hat Company, St. Louis, MO, died there, Sept. 27, 1907; born Pleasant City, Maryland, Mar. 4, 1833; moved to St. Louis in 1854; had given about $67, 000 to church building funds in St. Louis.

HENRY C. BRAZZEL, Bradley Co., Ark., died May 17, 1907; married Cecilia Smith; 3 daus.

BENJAMIN CHARLES THOMASSON born Nov. 22, 1877; died Monroe Co;, Tenn., July 31, 1907; graduate Hiwasse College, 1899; taught school for several years.

HENRIETTA SMITH born Logan Co., Ky., Oct. 31, 1837; died May 19, 1907.


October 11, 1907

Rev. JAMES M. KING, DD, corresponding secretary of Methodist Board of home Missions and Church Extension, died Philadelphia, Oct. 3, 1907; born in Pa. 68 years ago.

Rev. WILLIAM C. CAUSEY, local Methodist preacher, South Georgia Methodist Conference, died Oct. 4, 1907; burial in Macon, Ga.; surviving him were his widow and 3 children.

Miss MARY JANE HOLMES, author, died Brockport, New York, Oct. 6, 1907 in the 79th year of her age; had written 39 novels.


October 18, 1907

Rev. J. W. CHALK retired Methodist preacher, No. Texas Methodist Conference died Pilot Point, Texas, Oct. 11, 1907 in the 82nd year of his age.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, JR. youngest son of Thomas J. and Bessie Mann died Sept. 7, 1907 aged about 7 months.

ELIZABETH HARRISON born Hardin Co., Tenn., Jan. 27, 1890; died July 27, 1907. Oakland, Tenn.

Mrs. T. G. JONES daughter of A. W. Foote born Jan. 6, 1832; married Oct. 28, 1851; died Oxford, Miss., July 27, 1907.

EMMA DEEN FLOYD daughter of J. W. Elmore born Bedford Co., Tenn., Mar. 22, 1880; married Jonas Floyd, Jan. 26, 1898; children, Tommie, 9 years old and Lowrey, 21 months old; died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 4, 1907.

MARY FLETCHER WALKER born Orangeburg Dist., S.C., June 4, 1840; died Ripley, Tenn., July 20, 1907; daughter of William A. and Harriet Moorer; granddaughter of Rev. Joseph Jenkins, S.C.; moved with parents to Lauderdale Co., Tenn. in 1847; married Benjamin D. Walker when she was 18 years old; 6 children.

BENJAMIN FERRELL son of Hobson arid Martha Ferrell died near Oxford, Miss., Sept. 7, 1907 in the 81st year of his age.


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October 25, 1907

Dr. S. W. GODWIN son of Seth and Nancy Godwin born Maury Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1831; married (1) Nancy Lou Littleton (died June 23, 1901), Sept. 1859; (2) Mrs. Martha Sparkman, July 8, 1902; had moved to Obion Co., Tenn. in 1870; died August 28, 1907.

Rev. WADE HAMPTON FROST born Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 4, 1827; married (1) Mary Page, Nov. 15, 1854; (2) Mary Flippin, June 27, 1877; (3) Lucy Anne Harris, April 14, 1880; had 1 dau., 4 sons. Wingo, Kentucky.

ANN W. LIVINGSTON, nee Carlton, died June 9, 1907 aged 69 years; burial in Lebanon Cemetery.

Miss SARAH DAVIS born Henry Co., Tenn., May 11, 1826; taught school for many years; died Dancyville, Tenn. [death date not provided].


November 1, 1907

Rev. JOHN WATSON died Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, May 6, 1907.


November 8, 1907

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


November 15, 1907

Photograph and sketch of/about Rev. AMOS KENDALL, born 77 years ago in Ashby, England; came to the U.S. in 1854; labored as a Methodist preacher for years in the Memphis Methodist Conference; still living.

NANNIE MAUD WILLIAMSON daughter of Joseph and Mary E. Williamson born April 28, 1883; died Sept. 6, 1907.

Rev. JOHN CRANDELL son of Lemuel and Mary Crandell, born Mead Co., Ky., April 24, 1825; reared in Hardin Co., Ky.; began to preach before he was grown; labored in three Methodist conferences; died Sept. 15, 1907; married A. Eliza Dempsey, Jan. 9, l849.

Rev. Dr. WILLIAM BROWNING born Sumner Co., Tenn., Dec. 23, 1819; joined Methodist Church, August l836; licensed to preach in that church in March 1840; from 1849-1866 served in the Tennessee Conference, then transferred to Little Rock Conference in which he labored until he retired in l893; Confederate veteran; died Sept. 17, 1907; husband and father (2 daus., 1 son).

RANSOM D. STEELY son of James L. and Sarah Steely born Covington Co., Ala., May 3l, 1856; moved with parents to Mobile Co., Ala., 1865; married S. F. Wheat, 1882; moved to Washington Co., Ala. in 1883; owned a cattle-sheep ranch; died May 4, 1907; burial in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.

NAOMI MINNER daughter of Thomas A. and Mary Minner born Crittenden Co., Ky., Oct. 13, 1889; died Frederickton, MO, Sept. 27, 1907.


November 22, 1907

FANNIE S. JACKSON wife of Rev. W. L. Jackson, Tennessee Methodist Conference, died Nov. 16, 1907.

SARAH MARTON HOLLAND born Logan Co., Ky., August 1827; died Auburn, Ky. in residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy McCarly, Sept. 14, 1907; married Dr. J. T. Holland; one daughter. [Obit. published in Dec. 13, 1907 issue gives her birth date as August 9, 1827; married Jan. 2, 1849; daughter of Jefferson and Betsey Haden]

M. A. HALL born Woodford Co., Ky., May 12, 1820; died Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 27, 1907; married (1) James McConnell, 1840; 5 children, 2 living, Joseph H. and Mrs. Sallie Hubbard; (2) W. K. Hall, 1856; two sons, W. K. and John F. Burial in Hubbard Cemetery.

MARIAH SUSAN LYNDON, nee Jones, wife of Capt. J. L. Lyndon, born July 29, 1844; died Town Creek, Ala., Oct. 9, 1907; joined Methodist Church, Sept. 6, 1857; wife and mother (2 daus.)

O. L. COLEMAN born Lincoln Co., Tenn., July 22, 1848; married M. F. Rowell, Jan. 22 [year not provided]; moved to Texas in 1887; [death date not provided].


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MARY H. WATSON, nee Terry, born Talladega Co., Ala., April 22, 1837; died Oct. 27, 1907; married Nicholas S. Watson, Oct. 29, l857; moved to Pike Co., Ark. in Nov. 1880; 10 children.


November 29, 1907

THOMAS BROWN WINSTON born near Hartsville, Tenn., July 24, 1839; graduate, Wesleyan University Florence, Ala., 1861; served in Confederate army; married Missia Palmer, Feb. 25, 1863; 5 children; school teacher many years; died Sept. 25, 1907.

THOMAS MILTON EAST born Laurens Co., S.C., Sept. 16, 1830; moved to Ark. in. 1857; married (1) Susan Haynes, Nov. 16, 1858; she died leaving an infant; (2) Talitha Weir, 1863; steward in Okolona Methodist Church from 1871 until his death Oct. 20, 1907 from a stroke.

Rev. JOHN G. LEY born Burke Co., Ga., Dec. 20, 1822; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Dec. 16, 1843; labored in the Florida Conference; married (1) Anne Wade (died Mar. 29, 1850), May 1, 1849; (2) M. S. Pottle, July 1853; died Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 19, 1907. Three sons, John B., Edward F. and E. L. Ley.


December 6, 1907

WILLIAM HAYS McFARLIN oldest son of Benjamin and Nancy McFarlin born near Shelbyville, Tenn., Oct. 27, 1827; married (1) Elizabeth Miller (died May 10, 1868), Oct. 12, 1852; 6 children; (2) Mary Miller (died April 27, 1905), 1881; moved to Rogers, Ark. in 1881 and died there October 14, 1907.

EDNA ASTON daughter of James I. and Eleanor Ann Aston born Chickasaw Co., Miss., April 14, 1879; died Chico, Texas, Oct. 3, 1907.

JOSEPH RAY UNDERWOOD born McDonald Co., MO, April 22, 1874; died Cyclone, MO, Nov. 10, 1907; tuberculosis.

EFFA E. CROSS born Oct. 17, 1880; died Nov. 3, 1907; school teacher in Knox Co., Tennessee.


December 13, 1907

Rev. B. H. CUNDIFF, Louisville Methodist Conference, born Hardin Co., Ky., Jan. 25, 1830; died Corydon, Ky., Nov. 10, 1907. Methodist preacher for fifty-five years. "The tired servant has gone to his everlasting reward."

ROBERT BUCKNER WINSTON born Granville, Va.; died Morgan, Texas, June 17, 1905 in the 48th year of his age; descendant of Judge Edward Winston of Amherst Co., Va.; married Katie Bolling Dillard, granddaughter of Capt. William W. Lucas, Franklin Co., Ala.; children, Laura Mary and Hal Dillard Winston.

LEWIS ELMER HALL son of Rev. B. F. and Ella Hall born Fayette, MO, June 21, 1892; died Kiowa Co., Oklahoma, May 21, 1907. [Obituary repeated in Dec. 27, 1907 issue]

SALLIE BURGES PERRY wife of Elijah Perry born Warren Co., N.C.; died Nov. 17, 1907 aged 73 years. Children: Dr. Mark; Mrs. James L. Harper; Dr. Edward; Elijah; Miss Sallie. [Obituary repeated in December 27, 1907 issue]


December 20, 1907

Among the old-time girls' schools in which many ancestresses were educated are mentioned in this issue, including:
GEORGIA FEMALE COLLEGE (now Wesleyan) established 1839;
JUDSON FEMALE INSTITUTE, Marion, Ala., opened in 1839;
SALEM ACADEMY, N.C., established in 1802;
FISK ACADEMY, Blount Co., Tenn., established in 1806;
KNOXVILLE (Tenn.) ACADEMY chartered in 1811;

[Between 1782-1799 thirty-three girls' schools were chartered in North Carolina and many were established in Virginia as well.]


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December 27, 1907

Photograph of Rev. A. E. HOLLOWAY and wife, White River Conference, Arkansas; page 20.

Rev. THOMAS J. NEWELL, DD, son of Colonel C. P. and Lucretia Newell born Carrollton, Miss., April 30, 1851; alumnus, Emory-Henry College; married Sallie A. Turner, May 27, 1875; Methodist preacher; ordained deacon, Nov. 1875; ordained elder, Nov. 1879; founded Grenada College; pastored at Paris, Brownsville, Dyersburg, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., etc. [death date not provided].

MARY FRANCES STUTTS born Tishomingo Co., Miss., Jan. 19, 1849; married J. H. Stutts, Sept. 19, 1867; moved to McNairy Co., Tenn. in the fall of 1871; died July 1, 1907; 3 sons (including Rev. R. E. L. Stutts, North Texas Methodist Conference); 4 daughters.

Several of the people mentioned in this publication have their final rest in the cemetery adjoining the Methodist Church in Dancyville, Haywood County, Tennessee.

This congregation dates to about 1835 and has been active ever since that time. The church building here dates to 1850 and is known as the oldest standing church in the Memphis Conference. The venerable building and the burial ground nearby have been listed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES for almost a decade.


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